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NEC to approve resolution backing embattled Opposition Leader

BY HG HELPS
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helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, April 14, 2019

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WHEN the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) meets in a special session today, one thing is certain: Dr Peter Phillips’ neck will not be placed on the chopping block.

The PNP president is expected to receive the overwhelming backing of NEC members in the verbal festival at The University of the West Indies, called, among other things, to essentially review the party’s loss in the April 4 by-election in the Portland Eastern constituency. In that election, the Jamaica Labour Party’s Ann-Marie Vaz upset the popular and likeable dreadlocked university lecturer and established businessman, Damion Crawford to win a seat that had virtually become a PNP fiefdom for three continuous decades.

The vacancy arose following the killing of incumbent MP Dr Lynvale Bloomfield in February.

Calls have been made near and far for Phillips to step aside and allow for a more popular leader who will grab the imagination of Jamaican voters as, according to opinion polls done recently, the former minister of finance and planning and respected public servant does not enjoy favourable ratings, particularly when he is put up against Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

The NEC, the party’s second-highest decision-making group, will hear from Dr Phillips about his intentions to lift the struggling party, which once touted democratic socialism, a few steps up the national political ladder.

A highly placed source told the Jamaica Observer that a resolution will be moved, with support from those backing Dr Phillips, for him to continue as party president, despite factions in the party suggesting that his time has passed and he should make way for younger potential leaders.

Dr Phillips, 69, has been president of the PNP since 2017, after Portia Simpson Miller, the then president, led the party to a surprise defeat in the February 2016 General Election.

It is expected that Dr Phillips will speak about the party’s performance in Portland Eastern, and outline his own aims and objectives for the organisation heading into an uncertain period of politicking.

Indications are that calls will be made for the party’s secretariat to be strengthened, while there have been some who believe that General Secretary Julian Robinson should vacate the position and make way for someone who is more experienced in running a secretariat.

Party officials have stated that while Robinson, in their estimation, is good as a Member of Parliament, his performance as general secretary has fallen below the expected mark.

“Julian is what some of us consider a first class MP,” one former Cabinet minister told the Sunday Observer. He is performing above expectations and even his constituents are appreciative of the efforts that he puts in to make their lives better. But he does not yet have the material to serve as the kind of general secretary that the party requires.

“The situation today calls for someone who is willing to take things on his own, and rebuild certain structures that have broken down over time,” the senior PNP official said.

Among the names that have been mentioned as possible replacements for Robinson, should the party ask him to step aside, are former PNP Youth Organisation President Basil Waite, who is also seeking to run as the PNP’s rep for St Elizabeth North Eastern in the next general election; former General Secretary Peter Bunting, who was the man in charge of the secretariat when the PNP choked the JLP 42-21 seats in the 2011 General Election; and Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Donna Scott Mottley.

“Any of those would be good for the organisation at this time,” one female candidate told the Sunday Observer.

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THE Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III is optimistic that the youth summer camps being funded under the programme will assist in improving relations between the police and citizens.

The CSJP III is supporting six residential and non-residential camps between July and August, targeted at young people in communities in which it operates across the island.

Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, CSJP III communications/social marketing specialist Patrice Tomlinson-Nephew said that the programme is committed to working with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), through its Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB), to increase engagement with citizens.

“All of our services offered — which include increasing their economic prospects, introducing them to life skills, and conflict resolution — are good, but if we don’t help to bridge the gap between police and citizens, it is almost as if our efforts might have been futile,” she explained.

Tomlinson-Nephew said that the CSJP III recognises the positive impact of building good relations between the police and community members, particularly the youth.

“These youngsters are exposed to another side of the JCF so they will understand that police personnel are human beings just like them. They will also gain a greater appreciation for law and order, so that is the rationale behind supporting camps that help to bridge police-citizen relations,” she added.

Sergeant Alexander Bloomfield, who also addressed the think tank, said “The police is there to reassure (citizens) that we aren’t just there to protect but also to serve them in whatever capacity that is necessary.

“We go into these communities daily to build a relationship, especially with the youth, for them to understand that we as the police officers cannot do our job without them,” he explained.

The summer camps funded by the CSJP III are coordinated by the Kingston Western division, St Andrew South division, Kingston South CSSB, St James Division, Kingston Eastern Division, St Andrew Central Division Sports Club, and the Office of the Children’s Advocate.

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Novlet Davis-Bucknor (left), founder of the United States-based LJDR Davis Foundation and a former resident of Brandon Hill, Clarendon, and dental technician Natalee Afflick (centre), reassure Brandon Hill resident Gabriel Dean as she undergoes a dental exam and cleaning. Gabriel was among more than 1,000 residents of Brandon Hill and surrounding communities who benefitted from a health fair staged by the foundation, in association with the Cari- Med Foundation, from July 15 to 18 at Evelyn…

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BUSTAMANTE Hospital for Children — the only specialist paediatric hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean — has managed to reduce its energy bill, thanks to the support of Guardsman Games.

The purchase of a Turn-Key Grid-Tied System for US$10,494, from proceeds of the games by Guardsman Group Limited, was officially handed over to the hospital in July 2018.

According to David Arscott — senior manager of Future Energy Corporation, the company commissioned to install the solar energy system — the hospital is reaping monetary benefits.

“The 5kW system has an estimated production of 7,000 kwh (Kilowatt hours) annually. This will give an estimated annual savings of around $300,000 and is projected to provide a lifetime savings of $28,759,495,” Arscott is quoted in a recent release.

The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Camille Panton shared that the system has proven its worth in its first year of operations.

“We are always adding new equipment, so if we were not getting that help from the solar energy system we would be faced with much higher electricity costs,” she is quoted as saying in the release.

Funding for the donation was made possible through part proceeds from 2017 Guardsman Games, and the system is currently being used to aid in powering the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

Panton explained that the system feeds into the hospital’s power grid while also controlling costs.

“Before the installations, we were seeing the electricity bill constantly rising, but while it now fluctuates, it is predominantly lower,” Panton shared.

The hospital CEO also highlights that the solar energy system is state-of-the-art and has required no repairs in its first year of operations.

“The system is working well, and the company which the system was purchased from has indicated that once we have any difficulties, they stand ready to facilitate us at any time,” she said.

The system can also be expanded to increase the energy produced by the solar panels.

The system’s cost of generation is US$0.06 per kilowatt hour, 82 per cent lower when compared to US$0.35 per kilowatt hour by the light and power company, Jamaica Public Service, the release continued.

The system is also expected to provide green energy for the next 40 years, while paying back its investment value in five years.

On Sunday, July 28, 2019, charity, athleticism and team spirit will converge in one space again with the Guardsman Games — comprising three events: Guardsman Challenge, LASCO Food Drink Tuff Kids Challenge, and Power Games.

Guardsman Challenge — a six-kilometre race with more than 20 obstacles — also serves as a qualifying race for individuals to represent Jamaica at the Obstacle Course Race World Championships in London, England. It starts at 6:00 am.

The LASCO Food Drink Tuff Kids Challenge, for children between nine and 14 years old, starts at 11:00 am.

The team event, Power Games, will host its Wild Card Play-off at 12:00 pm, closing with the finals at 1:00 pm, the release said.

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