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            [post_content] => In the aftermath of the controversy where two members of the Senate were removed and subsequently returned, the leader of the main opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Andrew Holness, has held charge following a move to oust him from office. Holness received 13 of the 20 votes cast in a secret ballot on Monday.

"He has been reaffirmed as leader of the opposition, it was a very good meeting and I’m very convinced that based on what we picked up at the meeting, we are in good stead and we will be moving together as one in the future and we expect great things," Leader of Opposition Business in the Lower House, Derrick Smith said.

The meeting held on Monday was called to discuss Holness' stewardship of the 72-year-old party following a recent Senate controversy in which the Constitutional Court ruled that his request for use of undated pre-signed resignation letters to oust Arthur Williams and Dr. Christopher Tufton from the Upper House in 2013 was unconstitutional null and void.While Holness appealed the ruling, the Appeals Court upheld the ruling by the Constitutional Court. In the Appeals Court, the procedure used by Williams to initiate the court action against the opposition leader was also deemed as wrong by lawyers for Holness. The Attorney General's department, which also stood as one of the respondents in the appeal, said that it was surprised that an argument about procedure was being used. Initially, Holness has said that the Constitutional Court had erred on matters of law and fact.

According to media report among those voting against Holness were Daryl Vaz, James Robertson, Delroy Chuck, Marissa Dalrymple-Phillibert, Gregory Mair and Audley Shaw. When journalists questioned them to confirm whether or not they voted in favour of Holness, they refused to provide an answer.

Last week, Chuck, who was the spokesman on justice and legal affairs, resigned as a member of Holness-led shadow cabinet, saying that ruling by the Court of Appeal had harmed Holness' reputation and that of JLP. He also urged Holness to consider resigning his post.
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Jamaica Opposition Leader Survives Attempt Made To Overthrow Him From Office

April 1, 2015
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In the aftermath of the controversy where two members of the Senate were removed and subsequently returned, the leader of the main opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Andrew Hol...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => At the launch of the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference that was held yesterday in New York, United States, Jamaica's prime minister Portia Simpson Miller chastised gay-rights protestors who crashed her keynote address. As Simpson Miller highlighted Jamaica's records of protecting the rights of gays, the protestors vented that she hasn't done enough for them. The prime minister however did not take kindly to the disruption and chided the protestors for not being truthful.

"Nobody never hears the Government of Jamaica beating up gays; not one. Let me tell you something; you want to disturb, you can disturb, but this woman come here with the blood of Nanny of the Maroons and the spirit of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, and this woman is not afraid of no man, nowhere, anywhere, and I will speak the truth everywhere," the prime minister said as loud cheers and applause erupted from the audience.

With their previous leader of the administration of the People's National Party, Bruce Golding, being famously known for his stance on not allowing gays to serve in his cabinet, Simpson Miller noted that she as well as the current members of her political party take a different view. She stressed that she would submit herself to be bullied by those who utter lies about Jamaica's treatment of gays. She also lamented that Jamaica would not bow to attempts to hurt the country's image with misinformation.

The prime minister averred that Jamaica respects the human rights of all its citizens, including gays. She added that those who disagreed are not being truthful.

"Jamaica will continue to rise and shine globally. Jamaica will rise and shine all over the world and no one man can stop that," Simpson Miller declared.

On previous occasions, gay-rights protestors in New York have picketed events that the prime minister attended. They have complained that there have been no real efforts by the prime minster and her government to follow through on her promises for the 2011 election for a review of the buggery law and conscience vote among parliamentarians. Gay-rights protestors have also previously reprimanded the government, claiming that it had done little to stem the violence and discrimination being faced by gays in Jamaica.

In the country's report for years 2014-2015, human rights organisation Amnesty International highlighted five aspects it says Jamaica needs to improve in.  The five issues were related to police and security forces, justice, gender-based violence, children's rights and those of homosexuals. Adding that attacks and harassment of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people by police and security forces continues, the Amnesty International said that this remains as a huge cause for concern. The human-rights group however said that Jamaica has taken steps to deal with the issue of impunity.
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Jamaican Prime Minister Chastises Gay-Rights Protestors At The Jamaica Diaspora Conference Held In New York

March 28, 2015
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            [post_content] => On Tuesday night, resort officials of the Baha Mar in The Bahamas announced that the multi-billion dollar mega-resort will not open today (March 27) as planned. According to a statement that was released, the resort will instead open in May.

Despite repeated assurances from the contractor that the resort would be able to open on today, "it has become clear that the contractor has not completed the work with an attention to detail consistent with Baha Mar standards of excellence," the statement read. "From its inception, Baha Mar has committed to creating a gaming resort destination that will be unparalleled in the world."

"In setting our opening date for March 27, we relied in good faith on the representations of the resort’s construction manager and lead contractor," it continued. "Last Friday (March 20), based on this party’s repeated assurances, Baha Mar announced that it would begin a paced opening beginning March 27 and culminating in its grand opening scheduled for early May. Subsequently, it has become clear that the contractor has not completed the work with an attention to detail consistent with Baha Mar standards of excellence. Anything less than a world-class facility and best-in-class guest experience is not acceptable to Baha Mar. As a result, Baha Mar will not begin its paced opening on March 27. Baha Mar expects to celebrate its grand opening the first week of May 2015, as planned."

This delay of the opening of the Baha Mar stands as the second postponement. It was originally scheduled to be opened last December.'Travel Weekly' was told by the Baha Mar vice president, Alyssa Bushey, that only one of the four new Baha Mar hotels would open on Friday, that is the Baha Mar Resort and Casino that is a nearly 1,000 room property with a 100,000 square foot casino.

On another note, the Grand Hyatt is set to open on the 1st of May, while the former 694-roome Sheraton Nassau Beach Hotel, now the Melia Nassau Beach, is expected to again be renamed as the Melia at Baha Mar once that property completes its $19 million renovation. The opening dates for counterparts SLS Lux and Rosewood Baha Mar has also yet to be revealed.

The Baha Mar first surfaced in February 2011. Prime Minister Perry Christie has touted on numerous occasions that the resort is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs. The CEO of Baha Mar himself, Sarkis Izmirlian, has also highlighted the benefits the resort will have on the economy and in reducing the rising crime rate in the country.

Amenities of the resort will include the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, the ESPA at Baha Mar spa, and more than a dozen pools. There will also be a 50,000 square feet of high-end retail and shopping , and over 30 restaurants, bars and lounges. Other features include 200,000 square feet of combined state-of-the-art convention facilities, including a 2,000-seat performing arts centre and an art gallery with the largest curated collection of Bahamian art, a beachfront sanctuary with native Bahamian flora and fauna, and a private island.

The resort is being financed by Export-Import Bank of China and its main contractor is China State Construction Engineering Corporation.
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Grand Opening Of Mulit-Billion Dollar Mega-Resort 'Baha Mar' In Bahamas Delayed

March 27, 2015
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On Tuesday night, resort officials of the Baha Mar in The Bahamas announced that themulti-billion dollar mega-resort will not open today (March 27) as planned. According to a state...Continue reading