- House passes National ID and Registration Bill with 100 amendments
- Possible Cabinet reshuffle coming
- Guyana turns to Ja to protect food exports
- Chuck blames inept public sector for case backlog
- Ministry misfires on new FLA board
- Cleaner Ja coming with LNG use
The House of Representatives on Tuesday night passed the National Identification and Registration Bill with 100 amendments after more than two hours of deliberations, consultations, committal and recommittal of clauses. Deliberations on the Bill which was piloted by Prime Minister Andrew Holness began minutes to 6:00 p.m and ended at 7:55 p.m., after several concerns from the Opposition led by Dr Peter Phillips. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
A Cabinet reshuffle is coming soon. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that he’s actively looking at the matter. Holness said, in fact, he wanted to review the composition of Cabinet from some time ago to refresh and re-energise the body but held back. He did not say why. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
The Guyanese government has sought to protect its exports to the United States by turning to Jamaica for assistance in preparing processed food exporters to meet the requirements of the US Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA). Signed into law by former US President Barack Obama in January 2011, the FSMA aims to ensure that the US food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
Urging the various stakeholders in the justice system to make use of the newly passed Plea Bargaining law, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has said the Circuit Courts will never be able to dispose of the more than 2,000 cases waiting to be tried. In the Home Circuit Court alone there are 861 serious offences to be tried. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
There is confusion surrounding whether a new Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) board has been appointed, after a series of conflicting press releases out of the Ministry of National Security. In the latest release sent out yesterday, the ministry said that a previous message stating that Cabinet had approved appointment of a Major General Antony Anderson-led board was sent out prematurely. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
Jamaica is expected to reap significant benefits with the addition of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the country’s energy mix, and the environment is being touted as the big winner. Ahead of a planned conference on natural gas with local and international players, starting on October 4, environmental protection is being seen as a core component of the promotion of LNG. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.