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Press Conference Statement by Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade 11th January, 2017

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Thank you Madame PS.  Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen and thank you for joining us today.

Today’s press conference seeks to accomplish a few things:

- To update you the media and the wider Jamaica public about the activities of the Ministry. Much of what we do is actually confidential.  We will however share as much of the information as possible, and today is part of our efforts in this regard;

- Increase the understanding of the work done by this Ministry;  

SALARY UNIFORMITY IN PUBLIC-SECTOR TRANSFORMATION

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

KINGSTON, Jan. 6 (JIS):                                 

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says uniformity in pay scales across Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) will be a key feature of a transformed public sector.

He points out that 100 pay grades and scales currently being used in the sector create confusion, inequity and opportunities for arbitrage.

 The Prime Minister was giving a policy statement on the public-sector transformation process, now under way, during a meeting at the Office of the Prime Minister on January 5.

US$100,000 PURSE FOR JAMAICA OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

KINGSTON, Jan. 6 (JIS):

Local and international golf pros will compete for a US$100,000 purse at the 50th staging of the 2017 Jamaica Open Golf Championship.

The tournament, being organised by the Jamaica Golf Association, is slated to take place from January 11 to 14 at the Half-Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, welcomed the staging of the event.

SIX JUDGES PROMOTED

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

KINGSTON, Jan 6. (JIS):

            Six judges have been sworn in to serve in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, with effect from January 9.

            The judges are Hon. Justice Carol Edwards to the Court of Appeal; Her Honour Sonia Bertram Linton, His Honour Dale Palmer, Her Honour Calys Wiltshire and Her Honour Lisa Palmer Hamilton as puisne judges in the Supreme Court. Her Honour Yvonne Brown has been appointed Master-in-Chambers of the Supreme Court.

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS NEEDED TO FUND PROJECTS IN HEALTH SECTOR – CMO

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

KINGSTON, Jan. 6 (JIS):

            Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Winston De La Haye, is underscoring the need for public-private partnerships to provide funding for important projects pertaining to public health.                                      

            Among these is the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey (JHLS) III, now under way, which provides data on chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The Government is providing funding for JHLS III at a cost of approximately

$95 million.

SDC AND NSWMA LAUDED FOR UNDERTAKING TRANSFORMATIONAL WORK

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

KINGSTON, Jan. 5 (JIS):                                                 BY: O. RODGER HUTCHINSON

The Social Development Commission (SDC) and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) are being hailed for undergoing significant and transformational adjustments to their operations.

The staff were recently congratulated by Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, for their work in transforming the public image of both institutions.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES URGED TO READ HANDBOOK

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

KINGSTON, Jan. 4 (JIS):

Local Government representatives are being urged to familiarise themselves with the latest edition of the councillors handbook, by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie.

The 300-page handbook, entitled ‘A Guide for Jamaican Councillors’, will be made available to the representatives shortly.

“When you get it, read it, because it is a guide that is useful,” the Minister told the councillors at a sensitisation session held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on January 4.