In a video message during the ceremony, IAAF President Sebastian Coe acknowledged the impact Bolt has had on athletics. “Usain has changed the face of our sport,” said Coe. “His has been an extraordinary career which has exemplified competitive excellence, extraordinary character, good sportsmanship and professionalism. “His career has exemplified competitive excellence, extraordinary character, outstanding sportsmanship and professionalism, all of which has made him a global superstar. “Usain may have left the track but I know he will never leave the sport and we look forward to working closely with him on the next part of his journey in the greatest sport on the planet,” added Coe. “On behalf of the world of athletics, thank you to a giant of world sport who has made an immense contribution to athletics worldwide.” While lauding the achievements of the sprinter, Prime Minister Holness says it’s important that the National Stadium is upgraded to world class status to hosts world class events and nurture more Usain Bolts for the future.
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) December 4, 2017
It is reasonable to expect a democratically elected Government to engage with the electorate, prior to the passage of legislation, particularly one of this magnitude which has serious and long-term social and financial implications. It was this consideration which caused the JCHS to adopt the viewpoint that the Bill should have been sent to a Joint Select Committee and that widespread consultations and analysis, with the public, and not merely with selected stakeholders, should have been done. The JCHS remains concerned about the mandatory nature of the legislation and the punishment which will be imposed for non-compliance. Of particular concern is the fact, that in time, persons who are not enrolled, including children, will be denied access to services provided by public bodies. This includes education and police, fire and legal aid services. We therefore urge Jamaicans in Jamaica and in the Diaspora to raise and continue to voice their objections to this legislation and to find all legitimate ways of making their voices heard.
“We should restore these buildings, and have them functional, so that people can live within their walls. When the buildings are used, they are better preserved,” the Prime Minister said. Colbeck and Colbeck Castle were named after John Colbeck, who received a grant of 1,340 acres of land as a reward for helping the English capture Jamaica in 1665. At different points in history, Colbeck produced sugar and tobacco. The castle is owned by the JNHT, and became a national monument in 1985, and declared a heritage site in 1990. The housing development will incorporate the historical artefacts of Colbeck, which include an aqueduct, wheelhouse and two structures.
Additionally, residents of The Orchards will enjoy an adjacent commercial development of over 62,000 square-feet which will includes supermarket, pharmacy and other retail stores and office spaces. Rivi Gardner and Associates is a leading architectural and planning firm in Jamaica with over 30 years experience in the design and management of residential and commercial developments. SCJ Holdings Limited is a wholly owned agency of the Government of Jamaica, and its mission is to provide efficient land management services that will foster sustainable, economic and social development in former sugar-dependent communities. The Orchards is one of many public/private partnership initiatives of the SCJH. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
Introductory Remarks I recognize that I stand here today only by the Grace of God. It has not been an easy journey to this podium, but earnest labour and fervent prayers conquer all. To God be the glory. It is with a deep sense of gratitude, honour and humility that I took the Oath of Office moments ago, fully conscious of the magnitude of expectations and responsibility I have assumed, but equally energized and optimistic about a prosperous future for Jamaica. I pledge to serve the people of Jamaica faithfully, with all of my energies, all of my heart, mind and soul. I stand here today happy to be representing the voice, vision, vote and victory of Jamaica. We may have different voices and different votes on a similar vision, regardless of our differences, Jamaica was victorious at the General Elections. It is not perfect, but we can all be proud of the people, systems and institutions that make up our democracy. Meaning of the Mandate On the day of Election, I witnessed a young man carrying, cradled in his arm, an obviously bed-ridden elderly man from a polling station. I was touched by the sight. In the bustle of the busy school yard, as they passed, the elderly man pointed his ink stained finger at me and said, “Andrew, do the right thing!” I stand here humbled by the awesome power of you, the people, and I commit to doing right by you. The people are sovereign and their views and votes must never be taken for granted. The people of Jamaica did not vote in vain. They expect a government that works for them and by the same expectation, an Opposition that is constructive. This historic election delivered the smallest majority but also the clearest mandate: Fix Government! With this mandate:There is no majority for arrogance;There is no space for selfishness; There is no place for pettiness;There is no room for complacency and There is no margin for error.
This ministry will cultivate public private partnerships, to creatively bring to life economic opportunities. It will ensure the coordination of resources to minimize red tape and maximize synergies and efficiencies. 2. We will immediately restore the benefits at the Junior Stock Market to grow equity financing for the expansion of small to medium size businesses, as they form the stable base for job creation. 3. We are committed in principle and practice to real reform of the tax system. This means leaving you with more of your income to save or invest. This means lower taxes and a business friendly tax system. We will again reduce transfer taxes, stamp duties, estate taxes, and as our economy grows. To help our economy grow and help you take care of your families, we will get rid personal income tax for everyone who earns a gross salary of JA$1.5m or less. So nurses, policemen and women, teachers, public sector workers, and young people starting out, the Jamaica Labour Party will give you a break, because we know you need one. 4. Apart from divestment of loss making government entities to which we are already committed, we will list on the Jamaica Stock Exchange several state owned enterprises such as the UDC and Factories Corporation. They all have significant asset bases which can be properly packaged and placed on the stock market with realistic investment plans would unleash the economic and job creation potential latent in these assets. 5. Jamaica’s water infrastructure is inadequate, we will fix it. We will make strategic capital investments in water. Jamaica is not short of water, this government does not know how to manage our water. There are still too many households and farms without reliable water supply. The investment in water will reduce the impact of drought on the economy, but it will also boost agriculture and housing construction. This is an example of synergy in our economic growth plan. 6. We will reform the NHT, the Housing Agency and the Mortgage Bank to expand affordable housing construction and reduce interest rates on mortgages. We will create a special intergenerational 50 to 60 year mortgage which will make home ownership and payments easier. It is the Jamaican dream to own a home, whether you are a household helper or a young professional, and the Jamaica Labour Party help you make that dream come true.. 7. We will create a special council of investment ambassadors who will be tasked to specially seek out large investors from all over the world and bring them to Jamaica. Jamaica must improve its international profile as an investment destination and not merely as an emerging market to lend money. We will complete the work we started to develop Jamaica as an International Business Centre. All our foreign missions will be tasked for economic diplomacy as the main objective. Our foreign policy must support our economic priorities. 8. Economic growth must mean jobs for our people. While we will seek investments that match the available skill sets, we are committed to improving the skills of Jamaicans to attract high value investments to sustain long term economic growth. Among other human resource development plans, we are particularly excited about our compulsory education and skills policy. All your young people who are not in a job or currently in school will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills, and attitude through a National Apprenticeship Programme and a National Service Programme, where they earn stipend and gain work experience and certification. 9. We will advance Jamaica as a digital society. An important step on this part is to digitize all government records, and business processes. This will improve the efficiency and accessibility of government. And this is just one area in which we will employ the young people we have trained under the national apprenticeship and service programmes . This is an example of our coordinated economic growth and job creation strategy. 10. We will revitalize and rebuild our town centres and cities. There is so much value lying idle in our real estate in blighted urban areas. However government has to lead the way with a clear, vision, policy and commitment to partnering with the private sector to get this done. We will start with the redevelopment of the Kingston waterfront and market district. And as another example of our coordinated thinking, this will be partially funded by the listing of the UDC on the stock market. These are just 10 of the many innovative and exciting things we will do to place Jamaica on the path to economic growth and job creation, the path to prosperity. The Jamaica Labour Party is united, strong and ready to give you good government and real chance for progress. The decision is yours, continue with things stagnant as they are, or grasps the opportunity to join with us in a Partnership for Prosperity and change things for the better. Choose prosperity. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
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But with the possibility of Local Government elections being called by the governing People’s National Party (PNP) Holness seems more focused on rallying the party base as they were soundly beaten at the last poll. Click audio to listen interview. Editor’s Note: The interview was cut short as we were told that Mr. Holness had to leave for another engagement. However, Mrs. Sharon Hay-Webster did informed Old Harbour News that the Party Leader did meet separately with Mr. Arthur Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton after the court ruled that his action was unconstitutional.
He reminded faithfuls that the founding principles established by its founder Sir Alexander Bustamante are still relevant in the modern era and urged labourites to support him in ensuring that those core values are upheld. The JLP controls only one of four divisions in St Catherine South West after Councillor Esworth Frankson crossed over to the PNP last year. Click audio to play.