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Minister Audley Shaw Assumes Responsibility for Agriculture and Fisheries
Government Announces Extension of No-Movement Days
EXEMPTED CATEGORIES UNDER THE DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT ACT
Jamaica Has Lost A Great Pioneer of Music: the Unforgettable Lee “Scratch” Perry – PM Holness
Amendments to DRMA to Accommodate Places of Worship and Other Persons
Entire Council of Ministers Fully Vaccinated – PM Holness
Minister Audley Shaw Assumes Responsibility for Agriculture and Fisheries

Minister Audley Shaw Assumes Responsibility for Agriculture and Fisheries

September, 16 2021
Minister Audley Shaw who currently has portfolio responsibility for Industry and Commerce, has been asked to assume the additional responsibility for Agriculture and Fisheries. This follows the resignation of Minister Floyd Green. The Government will ensure that all current programmes of work and policy direction are maintained to yield the maximum benefits to our farmers and our local agricultural sector.
Government Announces Extension of No-Movement Days

Government Announces Extension of No-Movement Days

September, 02 2021
The Government of Jamaica has extended for an additional two weeks, the current Covid-19 measures under the Disaster Risk Management Orders which include no-movement days. Speaking during a media conference yesterday [September 1, 2021], Prime Minister Andrew Holness said, while the Government sees some early signs of improvement, for example with a decline in the Ro number, the advice of the public health experts is that there needs to be on extension of the current restrictions for another two weeks. Therefore, the existing measures will continue. There will be an additional 6 no-movement days beginning this weekend: Sunday , September 5th Monday, September 6th Tuesday, September 7th Sunday, September 12th Monday, September 13th Tuesday, September 14th The curfew hours will remain at 7pm nightly until 5am the following morning on Wednesdays to Fridays and 6pm on Saturdays. Prime Minister Holness continues to encourage Jamaicans to get vaccinated. He noted that persons who wish to receive the vaccine will be allowed to do so during curfew hours as was done over the last two weeks. Prime Minister Holness said; “Despite the extended curfew hours, we want the vaccination programme to continue in full force. Certain vaccination sites will remain open during…
EXEMPTED CATEGORIES UNDER THE DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT ACT

EXEMPTED CATEGORIES UNDER THE DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT ACT

September, 01 2021
Members of the public are being reminded that the nightly curfew today, Wednesday, September 1 which begins at 7:00 p.m., also marks the extension of a three-day, no-movement period as stipulated by the Most Honorable Andrew Holness, prime minister of Jamaica, in a press conference on Wednesday, September 1. During the three-day period, 52 categories of persons have been granted leave to traverse to and from work.  These include members of parliament, councillors, judges, persons working in the healthcare sector, persons working in the oil and gas industry and farmers. Persons who will be travelling to and from vaccination sites are also exempt.  Exceptions have also been provided for persons working in the tourism sector and persons journeying to and from hotels, including persons entering and departing the island. Persons transporting persons in the exempt category are also covered. The Police are however, reminding all persons who fall into the exempt categories to ensure that they have proper identification, and where necessary, authorization letters, to establish the legitimacy of their claim when stopped by the Police. The full list of exempt persons can be found on our website, www.jcf.gov.jm. Persons can also seek clarification from their local Police or contact…
Jamaica Has Lost A Great Pioneer of Music: the Unforgettable Lee “Scratch” Perry – PM Holness

Jamaica Has Lost A Great Pioneer of Music: the Unforgettable Lee “Scratch” Perry – PM Holness

August, 29 2021
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed deep sadness at the passing of music pioneer and one of the founding fathers of Reggae, Rainford Hugh Perry affectionately known as “Lee “Scratch” Perry. Lee “Scratch” Perry died this morning while under care at the Noel Holmes Hospital. He was 85 years old. Perry was a pioneer in the development of dub music in the 1970s. His innovative nature led him to become one of the greatest remixing and studio effects guru; creating new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks. His unique approach to recording meant that he was responsible for some of  the greatest Reggae songs including, “Dreadlocks in Moonlight”, “Curly Locks”, "City Too Hot" and “I Am A Mad Man”. He has worked with many of Jamaica’s musical greats such as Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos and many more. Lee “Scratch” Perry has received several highly and internationally acclaimed awards such as the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album aptly titled “Jamaican E T” in 2004. He received many other  awards and accolades for his achievements in music from various organizations. The Government of Jamaica also bestowed the sixth highest national award, the Order of Distinction, Officer class in 2012. The Reggae pioneer has…
Amendments to DRMA to Accommodate Places of Worship and Other Persons

Amendments to DRMA to Accommodate Places of Worship and Other Persons

August, 21 2021
The Government has made an adjustment to enable places of worship to accommodate 20 persons for services on August 22. Places of worship will be able to stream live, their worship services and accommodate up to 20 persons in the sanctuary including clergy, worshippers, musicians and technical people. Those who will attend services will be required to travel with a valid national ID and a signed form by their pastor. The form is available in the latest Disaster Risk Management Order online and on opm.gov.jm. In the meantime, the current Order has listed limited opening hours for some special services. Money transfer and remittance services, and farm stores, may operate only between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on the following days - (a) Monday, August, 23, 2021; (b) Tuesday, August 24, 2021; (c) Monday, August 30, 2021; and (d) Tuesday, August 31, 2021. During the curfew periods persons in the following categories: traveling between work and home ONLY will be exempt. Persons in the medical profession working at hospitals or attending to the sick Emergency vehicle operators Pharmacies Media Construction workers Manufacturing workers Immigration Port workers Parents and children traveling to vaccination blitz sites will be allowed passage.…
Entire Council of Ministers Fully Vaccinated – PM Holness

Entire Council of Ministers Fully Vaccinated – PM Holness

August, 21 2021
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, having verified with each member of the council of Ministers, and with their permission to publicly do so, is confirming that all Ministers, including Cabinet Ministers, the Attorney General and Ministers of State, are fully vaccinated. The list of Ministers are : The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, PC, MP The Honourable Dr. Horace Chang, CD, MP The Honourable Edmund Bartlett, CD, MP Dr. the Honourable Nigel Clarke, Phil, MP The Honourable Robert Montague, MP Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson-Smith Dr. the Honourable Christopher Tufton, MP The Honourable Audley Shaw, CD, MP The Honourable Desmond McKenzie, CD, MP The Honourable Olivia Grange, CD, MP The Honourable Karl Samuda, CD, MP The Honourable Fayval Williams, MP The Honourable Daryl Vaz, MP The Honourable Delroy Chuck, QC, MP The Honourable Floyd Green, MP The Honourable Everald Warmington, MP The Honourable Pearnel Charles Jr., MP Senator the Honourable Aubyn Hill Senator the Honourable Matthew Samuda Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte, QC, MP, JP Ministers of State The Honourable Robert Morgan, JP, MP The Honourable Dr. Norman Dunn, MP The Honourable Marsha Smith, MP The Honourable Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, MP The Honourable Zavia Mayne, MP The Honourable J.C Hutchinson, MP The Honourable…
PM Holness Mourns Death of Former MP Ernest Smith

PM Holness Mourns Death of Former MP Ernest Smith

August, 19 2021
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has extended heartfelt condolences to the family of former Member of Parliament for South West St. Ann, Ernest Smith. Mr. Smith, who was also an attorney at law, died last night at about 9:00 p.m. (August 18) at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). He was 70 years old. Mr. Smith was a two-term MP who served from 1997 to 2002. In reflecting on his life, Prime Minister Holness said, ‘Ernie had a larger-than-life personality. As a Member of Parliament, Ernest was devoted to his constituents and sought to ensure they had in him, effective representation. He brought this same energy to the practice of Law and carved out a name for himself in the profession.’ The Prime Minister continued, ‘His humour and wit were as classic as his common touch and I am deeply saddened at his passing. Jamaica has lost a true man of the people.’ The Prime Minister says his heart goes out to Ernest’s family;  his wife, Lynette Royes-Smith, son Ernest Jr, and four daughters, Nesta Claire, Celia, Michelle, and Marsha. His Daughter Marsha Smith,  is now State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Member of…
PM Holness Mourns the Passing of Former Prime Minister Sir Lester Bird

PM Holness Mourns the Passing of Former Prime Minister Sir Lester Bird

August, 10 2021
It was with sadness that I learnt of the the passing of the former Prime Minister of our sister island, Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Lester Bird. Sir Lester served the people of Antigua and Barbuda as its second Prime Minister for 10 years. He however served his country as Minister of different portfolios before serving as Prime Minister. Among his notable achievements was his work to develop the island state which became known for its tourism product. Sir Lester was well loved by the people of his country. In CARICOM, during the period 1994-2004,  Sir Lester was a resonating voice on regional matters as he advocated for the recognition of small island states. Jamaica pays tribute to Sir Lester and his enduring work in Antigua and indeed within the regional movement. The Government and people of Jamaica extend sincere condolences to the Bird family as well as the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda.
Prime Minister Holness Congratulates Jamaica’s Women on Their Historic 1, 2, 3 Finish in the 100M Sprint

Prime Minister Holness Congratulates Jamaica’s Women on Their Historic 1, 2, 3 Finish in the 100M Sprint

July, 31 2021
Our Jamaican athletes have once again shown the world that we are a global superpower in athletics. This morning, all of Jamaica, Jamaicans across the globe and indeed the world  witnessed history as our ladies delivered in magnificent style, a clean sweep in the 100M sprint at the Tokoyo Olympics. It is with tremendous pride that I pay tribute to and salute our Jamaican athletes; Elaine Thompson Herah who won the gold medal erasing the 33 year old Olympic record; Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who copped the silver and Shericka Jackson who finished strong to take the bronze medal. Elaine, Shelly and Shericka have etched their names and legacy among the greats in global sports. They carried the hopes of an entire nation with them as they delivered with scintillating and unforgettable performances, cementing in the consciousness of the world, the greatness, resilience and winning spirit of Jamaica, land we love. This victory today would have added to Jamaica's historic legacy in the women's sprints with memories of the 2008 1, 2, 2 sizzling run by our women in Beijing. Our athletes continue to represent our great nation with the highest  distinction  on the greatest stage in athletics. On behalf of the Government…