PNPYO Demands that Johnson-Smith Apologize to Dr. Morris

November 11, 2017
KINGSTON, JAMAICA: The People’s National Party’s Youth Organization is this morning demanding an apology from Sen. Kamina Johnson- Smith to Senator Dr. Floyd Morris for the disparaging remarks she made yesterday morning while addressing the Senate on the Nation Identification and Registration Bill.

Minutes before the start of the senate, Senator Morris was given several pages of amendments in writing that he was expected to peruse for discussion. Senator Morris, who is visually impaired, expressed difficulty and asked for an adjournment of the senate to facilitate his participation in the debate. The government senators voted against his request.

As if this were not enough, the Senate majority leader, Kamina Johnson-Smith went further to mock Dr. Morris saying he would have just completed his PhD and autobiography and should therefore come into no difficulty understanding the amendments provided. This is a clear abandonment of the prior commitment she had made to senate, during the debate on the Jury Act, to work with the Parliamentary clerk to better facilitate disabled members.

This to us, is a disgraceful and calculated attack, not only on Senator Floyd Morris but also, the disabled community of this country. It demonstrates that the Government of Jamaica gives little regard to the challenges of our disable brothers and sisters and think it burdensome to accommodate them in the ways necessary to ensure their full participation.

Dr. Morris’ achievements showcase the key role our disabled community can and have played in governance.

Given the advent of the Disabilities Act, this government, especially, should foster the inclusion of all and not seek to treat our disabled Jamaicans as second-class citizens. The disabled community already faces overwhelming challenges daily; from the deprivation of sidewalks on roads, exclusion of the use of braille in schools and workplace inter alia.

The PNPYO, is therefore inviting all Jamaicans, to join their voices in demanding a public apology from Senator Kamina Johnson Smith not just to Senator Morris but the entire disabled community for her ignorance, arrogance and lack of consideration for the disabled community.

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Contact:

Ms. Connoly Black
PNP YO President

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PNPYO Calls For Warmington’s Dismissal

October 17, 2017
KINGSTON, JAMAICA: The Peoples National Party’s Youth Organization (PNPYO) this afternoon questions the integrity of Holness led government since the administration is yet to dissociate themselves from the repulsive statements made by Cabinet Minister Everald Warmington, at a party gathering hosted in South East St. Mary last weekend. In his address Minister Warmington insinuated to the people of South East St. Mary that it would a hindrance to the constituency’s development to elect a Member of Parliament from the PNP under a JLP led government. 

The Prime Minister’s failure to distance himself from such repugnant statements not only prejudices the Works Portfolio and the entire administration but also leaves us to conclude that the Prime Minister approved the statements and adopted them as his own. The disparaging statements authenticate the claims of victimization through the debushing and road programs administered under Works portfolio and is telling of the disdain meted out to constituencies not represented by JLP Members of Parliament. This kind of vengeful approach to development of the constituencies of the country by the Jamaica Labour Party is nothing short of a cruel attack on the people of Jamaica and their democratic right to elect a representative of the their choice.

Minister Warmington has been known to frequently and unapologetically make damaging statements such as these. Leading up to the last elections Mr. Warmington warned the voters of ‘ No vote no benefits’. It is on these grounds that the PNP YO is publicly calling on the Prime Minister to once and for all put an end to the episodes of Mr. Warmington by dismissing him from the Works Portfolio in an attempt to salvage the integrity of the Government of Jamaica.

Bipartisan cooperation is imperative and Mr. Warmington represents a direct and inexcusable threat to the development of our country. 

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Contact:

Connoly Black (Ms.)

PNP YO President

PNP YO Slams Young Jamaica 

October 14th, 2017PNP YO Slams Young Jamaica 
KINGSTON, JAMAICA: The Peoples’ National Party’s Youth Organization this afternoon, expresses outrage at what they described as a most irresponsible statement made by Young Jamaica in a recent release in relation Dr. Shane Alexis, PNP candidate for the South East St. Mary By-election. 

In a statement this afternoon the PNP YO said, ‘Dr. Shane Alexis received no scholarship from the Government of Jamaica for his Medical Studies in Cuba. At no time did Dr. Alexis receive any financial consideration or support from the Government of Jamaica whether academically related or otherwise. Had Mr. Chamberlain, the President of Young Jamaica, who is an aspiring attorney, done sufficient research, he would have confirmed these facts.’

The provisions of the Cuba – Jamaica bilateral agreement are clear and have been virtually unchanged since its inception. It is hinged on formalized Jamaican citizenship thus making it virtual impossibility for any other nationality to be considered. 

It is upon these facts that the PNPYO encourages Young Jamaica to research before they speak. ‘This is a clear attempt not only sully the reputation of a medical professional but is also clear attack on the integrity of the Government of Jamaica/Government of Cuba bilateral agreement. Unless evidence can be produced in the contrary, Young Jamaica should refrain from making such careless statements. It is important that as young representatives of public opinion, we conduct ourselves in a more responsible manner rather than to promote candidates through blind and mindless loyalty’, said President Black. 

Dr. Alexis has been and continues to be a youthful servant of the Jamaican people. His appointment by previous PNP and the current JLP led administration to governmental boards not only speaks to his capacity but to his integrity and dedication to building Jamaica.

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PNP YO Commends the Granting of University Charter to Caribbean Maritime University (CMU)

September 29, 2017
PNP YO Commends the Granting of University Charter to Caribbean Maritime University (CMU)

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: The People’s National Party Youth Organization (PNP YO) congratulates the Caribbean Maritime Institute now Caribbean Maritime University on being conferred to the status of University. The University was born out of co-operationbetween the Government of Jamaica and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway, with the aim to train and equip professional seafarers.

We acknowledge the great strides made over the years, as the Caribbean Maritime has extended its reach globally and is today, recognized as a center of excellence for tertiary maritime education in the Caribbean. Importantly, the CMU now enjoys the elite status of being the only internationally approved maritime education and training institution in Jamaica producing world-class logistics and industry leaders. 

We urge CMU to continue to drive Jamaica’s economic development through the provision of good quality education and training.

Contact:

Connoly Black (Ms.)

PNP YO President

PNPYO Applauds Phillips’ Shadow Cabinet Selection 

PNPYO Applauds Phillips’ Shadow Cabinet Selection 

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: The People’s National Party Youth Organization (PNP YO) wishes to applaud Opposition Leader and Party President, Dr. Peter David Phillips on his selection of members to form the new Shadow Cabinet. We particularly applaud the inclusion of youthful representation in Dayton Campbell, Lisa Hanna, Mikael Phillips and our former PNP YO President Damion Crawford. We believe this is reflective of the PNP’s seriousness with regards to attacking head-on the issues crippling the development of our nation’s youth. It is with this new vigor and vitality complimented by the experience and wisdom of the other members of the shadow cabinet, that the PNP shows its commitment to resolving our nation’s issues in an attempt to move Jamaica forward. 

We have no doubt that at all times, issues unique to Jamaican youth will remain at the forefront of the minds of our newly selected shadow cabinet. After all, it is imperative that we not only counter in the strongest voice, the anti-youth policies of the Government but also introduce a new and higher level of thinking and planning for sustained development where it is now lacking.  

The naming of this new shadow cabinet concretizes the growing public belief that the PNP is a government in waiting. The PNPYO remains supportive of Dr. Phillips’ leadership and stands by our Party’s vision to create a Jamaica that works for all. 
Contact:

Ms. Connoly Black 

PNP YO President

Pound of Flesh

For a mere pound of flesh a day, my fellow Jamaicans, we can live, work and raise a family in this country we love. 
How do you feel about that first statement? I suppose you would prefer to drink arsenic too? Well my fellow Jamaicans that is where we have found ourselves as a people. We’ve struck ‘green’! We have landed ourselves in the lowest of political abysses with a government that is willing to trade the proverbial ‘puss inna bag’ for the pounds of flesh of its people. Lie after lie, mistruth after half-truth – to no truth at all, we’ve been impressed upon by the embellished gold font and green paper promising years of grand prosperity! ‘What would you do with up to 18,000 dollars PER MONTH? One year and forty odd days later we’re yet to smell even the slightest scent of it. Instead my people we’ve received something far less grand – well grand in its imposition. The mid-winter Santas robed in green have delivered to us LARGE blocks of coal labeled property, heath insurance, gas and electricity tax increases! One for you! One for you! One for me? Now that may lead you to question whether you’ve been naughty or nice. Unfortunately, from the looks of things it seems to me that we’ve all made the naughty list – since we’ll all be removing our daily pound of flesh as holy sacrifice for the 30 billion dollar tax regime. But that isn’t so bad, is it? It’s only a DAILY pound of flesh from a disabled man, a pensioner, a retiree, a student and a young woman or man working to make a life for her or himself. Admittedly, I would love to be exaggerating the facts! But sadly my people, to no solace of your own or mine; it is that bad, it definitely is worse than it sounds.  
I presume that this is what slavery would have looked like. Well in the most generous of its existence – but slavery nonetheless. The Jamaican taxpayers of course would be the slaves, toiling in the field to harvest crop (hard earned cash). Our white, rich, couldn’t-careless masters would then be the government, subjecting us to 18,000 lashes all while screaming ‘work faster!’ completely ignoring that we were doing our best under the conditions (joblessness, criminality, tertiary funding or the lack thereof). A pretty dark reality – that may be euphemistic. But how big of an irony is it that the minority oppressed the majority? A selfish few held hostage the lives of MILLIONS. The truth is, the light that the slaves always needed to overcome the shackles of slavery were always within them. But in order to discover and realize the full potential of that light they needed to first believe that they deserved better than what was being dealt to them. That they were better than the burdensome taxes – forgive me, burdensome culture of slavery. All they had to do was believe that they were worthy of bearing hopes for their own future. 
What they allowed continued. WHAT WE ALLOW WILL CONTINUE.
Me. Connoly Black 

Dr. Peter Phillips Engages Youth

We are awed at the change in political wind in our country. The rhetoric for quite some time now has been whether age influences one’s decision in choosing a political leader. Most people will say ‘no,’ competence is the chief variable that influences their decision. On the other hand, in recent times the electorate has been demanding the political parties to have youth representation in the Houses of Parliament.
We are very proud of Prime Minister, Andrew Holness for becoming the youngest Prime Minister and a long-standing Member of Parliament. However, a few weeks ago, we noticed a meme circulating on social media with a number of MP’s from the Jamaica Labour Party who are well over the age of retirement. One would never guess, because when we think of age, all we see is the fact that our Prime Minister is young. We were never prompted to take into account the age of his cabinet ministers.
It is interesting to note however, that although Dr. Peter Phillips is Prime Minister Holness’ senior by well over a score, we see more youth involvement surfacing from the PNP. We have been watching keenly the approach Dr. Phillips would have taken and although it is still early days, he seems to be one who can relate with the youth and engage them. We see tangible evidence of this with people such as Damion Crawford and Raymond Pryce coming back actively on the political scene.
To put the icing on the cake, the appointment of former senator, Imani Duncan-Price to Chief of Staff in the Office of the Opposition Leader is a big deal! The epitome of inclusion and leadership mixed with experience and youth. That is commendable!
We look forward to good governance and an even more robust opposition.
Kimberley Thompson