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  1. Portia plans exit
  2. PNP in transit
  3. PCJ $275m energy project for 6 hospitals
  4. JLP target youth
  5. Craft vendors want more of tourism pie
  6. Prescription fraud concern

Portia-Simpson-Miller-lead-story-pic1. Portia plans exit

Portia Simpson Miller yesterday told her People’s National Party (PNP) that she will step down as its president by the time her current mandate expires next September. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. PNP in transit

An excerpt from the presentation made by People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller to yesterday’s sitting of the party’s National Executive Council at Cedar Grove Academy in Portmore, St Catherine: “Comrades, I have been in politics for many years, and I have been assessing my future as leader of my beloved People’s National Party (PNP). I have been reflecting on what the past 10 years have meant and mean.” See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. PCJ J$257m energy project for 6 hospitals

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) will be carrying out major energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at six public hospitals to reduce electricity costs under the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Deployment of Renewable Energy and Improvement of Energy Efficiency in the Public Sector Project. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

PortiaspeaksM20150324JB4. JLP targets youth

Jamaica Labour Party Leader and Prime Minister Andrew Holness has charged the party’s young professional arm, Generation 2000 (G2K), to target young Jamaicans. “It’s not enough to go to your political meetings and say ‘Shower! Shower! Shower!’ because young people want to hear more than just the common political talk,” Holness declared on Saturday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Craft vendors want more of tourism pie

Despite the optimism of Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, craft vendors are not enthused about the upcoming winter tourist season, and even before the first visitor arrives, some are ready to give the season a failing grade. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Prescription fraud concern

Prescription fraud is becoming a serious problem in Jamaica, and doctors who flout the law by not ensuring their names and registration numbers are clearly visible on all prescriptions are a major part of the problem. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.