Andrew Holness

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Andrew Holness remarked ( about Rear Admiral ) : “I am confident that under Rear Admiral Wemyss-Gorman's leadership, the JDF will continue to grow from strength to strength. It will also continue along its path of transformation and capacity development, as it positions itself to more effectively and efficiently combat current and future threats impacting Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 21, 2022 4:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “The rear admiral's many years in the JDF coast guard has allowed her to treat significantly with issues related to maritime security and the blue economy. She will therefore bring a unique perspective to our discussions and our efforts to strengthen our borders and prevent illicit inflows,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 21, 2022 4:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Jamaica Labour Party makes a commitment that we will look very closely at the remuneration of policemen. We will look very closely at the conditions and terms of policemen to ensure that they are comfortable in the fight against crime,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 20, 2022 9:42:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “I have full confidence in Minister Chang, in his knowledge and his competence and his heart, which is to ensure that every Jamaican is safe,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “And we are not going to change the current situation through the flick of a switch. The problems are deep-rooted and they require significant structural, institutional cultural and resource reform,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “What you are seeing before you now is a police force that is far more intelligence-based than at any time. What you are seeing now is a direction of resources into our security apparatus that gives us domain control, on land and sea, to the point where [if] you believe you are going to enter Jamaica illegally and stay here, you have another thing coming,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “And you will see it, the increased capabilities [of the security forces] to find weapons. And all of this was done without taking any lives,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It therefore means that I cannot, at this point, unduly interrupt the plans laid and the institutional knowledge that has been gained while Minister Chang has been at the helm at the Ministry of National Security,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Some of these communities are urban in nature and their profile fits the application of zones of special operations,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “I have spent time in these areas and I am aware of the conditions of terror that the people endure. I feel their pain and I know that the vast majority of residents in those gang-captured communities, whether in Central Kingston, August Town, or Savanna-la-Mar south, are peaceful law-abiding citizens who simply want to live in peace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So, in addition to the security element, it has a heavy community intervention, social intervention, and community-building component which must be properly organised, so it is not merely a matter of mobilisation of forces into an area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There are some people who just no longer care. It has been normalised. I still care about every life that is lost in this country and I do get very concerned, emotional, yes, because it should not be in this beautiful country of ours,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Dr Chang ) : “I asked Dr Chang to take over the portfolio of national security before the last election. It is the most difficult portfolio in the country. It requires a long-term commitment to the plans that we have in place[and] we are not going to change the current situation through the flip of a switch,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 17, 2022 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Dr Chang ) : “I asked Dr Chang to take over the portfolio of national security before the last election. It is the most difficult portfolio in the country. It requires a long-term commitment to the plans that we have in place[and] we are not going to change the current situation through the flip of a switch,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 17, 2022 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There was no partisan or political consideration” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 16, 2022 10:07:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “It is the most difficult portfolio in the country. It requires a long term commitment to the plans that we have in place and we're not going to change the current situation through a flip of a switch. The problems are deep rooted and they require significant structural, institutional, cultural and resource reform,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 16, 2022 10:07:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “This is the beginning of the transformation of the security forces into security forces that can be compared to security forces worldwide of the highest standard. It will take time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 16, 2022 10:07:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I have full confidence in minister Chang, in his knowledge, in his competence and in his heart which is to ensure that every single Jamaican is safe,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 16, 2022 10:07:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Chang In ) : “What you are seeing before you now is a police force that is far more intelligence-based than at any time ever. What you are seeing now is a direction of resources into our security apparatus that gives us domain control on land and at sea and you will see the increased capabilities to find weapons and all of this is being done without taking any lives. This is the beginning of the transformation of our security forces into security forces that can be compared to security forces worldwide of the highest standard. It will take time. It, therefore, means that I cannot at this point, unduly interrupt the plans laid and the institutional knowledge that has been gained, which Minister Chang has been ahead of at the Ministry of National Security,” “I have full confidence in Minister Chang. In his knowledge, in his competence and in his heart, which is to ensure every single Jamaican is safe,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 16, 2022 9:39:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness disclosed : “This will reduce banking costs, the cost of handling money and will allow for more accountability,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As the commissioner said very clearly, we do not have a problem with inadequate spending on education. What we are spending, in relative terms, puts us in the top 20 per cent of the countries in the world, but we’re not getting the bang for the buck. Clearly, our focus has to be on accountability for results from the money we are spending,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 14, 2022 9:44:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “There is a sense that we are getting our debt under control, we are getting our fiscal house in order, there is certainty, there is confidence in the economic environment of the country, so you can now calculate your risks and make investments,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 14, 2022 12:52:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “These changes are also designed to facilitate greater coordination and synergy of resources on further increasing the number of housing solutions at affordable prices as well as the development and pursuit of new economic opportunities, such as the blue and the green economy as we recover from the pandemic,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 13, 2022 9:55:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I am urging every Jamaican to refocus at this time as we look towards the celebration of our 60th [anniversary of Independence]; the country must be unified. The 60th year is an important year. We are in the decade when we should be achieving Vision 2030,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 12:38:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The laws have been passed and we are now in the execution phase… I had the opportunity to tour the production facility and they are almost ready to go, but it needs that kind of guidance, it needs dedicated ministerial attention to ensure that Jamaicans do come on-board and participate fully,” “There are also administrative issues there, as well, that you would have to pay attention to; the establishment of the national identification and registration authority; so you will have your hands full. A part of ministerial work is advocacy and you will have to do a great deal of advocacy for the NIDS, meaning you will have to be communicating constantly with the public, you will have to become the voice and face,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “You have a major task in front of you to reform Jamaica's laws, to start the process of reviewing our constitution and indeed the conversation has already begun about our status as a constitutional monarchy and the change we would all like to see. But there is a process to achieving that and we want to make sure that we order all our steps appropriately and you will have the task of guiding that from the executive's perspective,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “It requires the mobilisation of our farmers and farming communities. As we see what is happening globally to supply chains and the impact on prices, Jamaica must have the capacity to insulate itself somewhat,” “We won't be able to do it fully, but we must have local capacity to supply our food needs, and part of your job will be to mobilise our farmers in our rural areas to ensure that our extension services are supporting them and that they get the resources and materials that they need so that at the local level our agriculture can meet the food needs of our people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “In any Government there will always be need for human resource management. Like any organisation you have to move your staff around, you have to place people in positions that suit their competencies and you have to pay attention to what the public that you serve is saying, so this is one iteration of the changes that will have to be made to the Cabinet to get us to that point of fulfilling our mandate to the people,” “So there will be more changes to come to the Cabinet. Right now, we have focused on getting the Government's legislative agenda settled, getting agriculture back up, getting information back on track… so we have, in this iteration, addressed some element of the Government's performance. Later on in the year, or as opportunities present themselves, there will be more changes to come,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I have said what the [containment] strategy is. It is now in your hands. Go and take the vaccine. That is the strategy,” “We can't hold yuh down and put the needle in your hand. If yuh get sick, you take that responsibility,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 9:29:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “You have to place people in positions that suit their competencies and you have to pay attention to what the public that you serve is saying,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 12, 2022 8:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As opportunities present themselves, there will be more changes to come. It is a difficult time, but we are a stable Government. We are a solid Government, we have competent people, we have a clear set goal and mission and with the challenges we face with the pandemic, we can say, unlike most countries that we have been surviving the pandemic, certainly from a fiscal standpoint very well,” “We have challenges with crime, but we have our plans in place, and we are steadily working through those. I wish to assure the people of Jamaica that we will not be deterred and we are on the job 24/7 working in your service,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 5:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "After two years into the pandemic we all know what to do," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 12, 2022 1:08:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So this is one iteration of the changes that will have to be made to the Cabinet to get us to that point of fulfilling our mandate fully to the people. So there will be more changes to come to the Cabinet,” “Right now, we have focused on getting the government's legislative agenda settled, getting agriculture back on track, getting information back on track.so we have, in this iteration, addressed some areas of government performance. Later on in the year, or as opportunities present themselves, there will be more changes to come,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 12, 2022 12:00:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As the Government moves towards fulfilling its mandate, increasing the pace of implementation of projects, and transitioning its management of the pandemic, there is also greater need for coordination in the dissemination of timely and accurate information to the public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 11, 2022 3:30:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As the government moves towards fulfilling its mandate, increasing the pace of implementation of projects, and transitioning its management of the pandemic, there is also greater need for coordination in the dissemination of timely and accurate information to the public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 11, 2022 7:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I know there is great tension in the air, and what it says to me is that people are not listening to what I have said. I have been very clear in Parliament, very clear, absolutely gone overboard to say that we are not going back to lockdowns, so be calm,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 10, 2022 4:32:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I have said what the [containment] strategy is. It is now in your hands. Go and take the vaccine. That is the strategy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 10, 2022 4:32:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “This is a long-term strategy, yes when we do intervene we see an immediate reduction in violence, but it is more than a displacement strategy, it is a strategy to harden the area against the return and re-institutionalisation of criminality in the community, so we are building peace in the community. We are building people who will become wardens of the peace, we are giving people the opportunity to be employed we are improving the environment and conditions of the community…and we believe that this nexus between security operation and community development will ensure that these communities will sustain the peace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 10, 2022 4:32:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Imagine if there is a situation where there is a threat that the Government needs to act and maintain its action and the Opposition says we are not convinced of that threat, even if we share information, even if it is obvious and lives are lost. Then the Government is hobbled in its ability to respond to the threat, which is what we are now seeing played out with the inability to have the SOEs executed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 10, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “Your questions is based on a very dangerous premise…” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 10, 2022 5:09:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “People have died as a result [of claims for sovereignty] and you expect me to stand here as prime minister and fund activities that could lead to the breakdown of our state. Never!” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 10, 2022 5:09:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We initially designed the plan to target the top 20 communities that were plagued with crime and violence in an increasing way, particularly with murders, shooting and gang-related activities. We now have five ZOSOs implemented and generally, they have been successful,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 9, 2022 9:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “I go to my bed with these things on my conscience every night. I know that I have tried. It's a minefield, because every turn you make there is someone trying to stop it and I am left to wonder, are they in support of the criminals of the country?” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 9, 2022 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We can't keep doing that because that would just totally destroy the economy. There is a kind of personal choice that we have to balance if we abandon these measures; what is going to protect you? We already have enough problems that we cannot continue to keep our children out of school as a shielding measure to control the pandemic,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 7, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “When parents return from work and children return from school, it is likely that they would take home the virus with them, and so, whilst the Government will not be putting in the general shielding measure anymore, families must now figure out how they are going to shield and protect the vulnerable in their homes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 7, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “One of the things I've struggle with in the pandemic — the very measures that keep us safe, that kept our numbers low, is the same measures people turn 'roun and cuss me for. But that's how it is. I believed we have managed it well, people are well informed and people know what to do,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 7, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Many of these people who you see coming up with all kinds of foolishness are mercenaries being paid to execute an agenda to mislead, misdirect, and disrupt. I am urging every Jamaican to refocus at this time as we look towards the celebration of our 60th, the country must be unified. The 60th year is an important year. We are in the decade when we should be achieving Vision 2030,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 6, 2022 3:33:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Have you seen what has been happening in Jamaica recently? Turning away from listening to the truth and wandering off into myths. We have seen this happen, I don't have to go into the examples, as I speak they are flashing before your eyes. You see them on social media, you are bombarded with them every day. Nonsense being preached to you every single day, but some of you believe it. Some of you don't know what to believe” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 6, 2022 3:33:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Then you get angry and say, 'Chro mi nah follow nutten weh the Government tell mi.' Then it becomes a constant struggle to get the society back on track as you accumulate teachings to suit your own passions. Beware of the false prophets!” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 6, 2022 3:33:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I do think we are all serious and on the same page about getting to that Vision 2030, and a part of that Vision 2030 is the peace of the country. The country is not at peace,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 6, 2022 9:00:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Death has robbed this nation yet again of an astute business leader whose contribution to the business community was revered,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 5, 2022 4:53:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The data that you give is kept in the highest level of security, with proper oversight to ensure that [this] is protected; the protocols around how that data is used and shared is of the highest level,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 5, 2022 5:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “We have decided to recommend the declaration of SOEs, having regard to the increase in murders, compared year on year, both in the communities in which we have declared them and nationally. These increases we consider to be of an extensive scale such that they threaten public safety, both in the communities in which the SOEs have been declared and nationally,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 4, 2022 1:12:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “This is not to say that we're abandoning work from home totally; it will be an option, but not a requirement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 31, 2021 6:12:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness insisted : “We have to send our children back to school. There’s no question about it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 31, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness wrote : "I am appealing to residents to give all information to the security forces so the perpetrators can be brought to justice," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 31, 2021 2:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Unfortunately, these incidents are taking place too often," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 31, 2021 2:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is necessary and, like any other organisation, you have to look at the horizon, see what is coming, look at your current situation, your current deployment of your human resources, and figure out how to change that to be able to respond to what is coming on the horizon,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 24, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “We have been doing that as a Cabinet,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 24, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness pointed out : “The USF is an important agency in Government for ensuring that all Jamaicans can get access to information services. They have done a wonderful job over the years, including funding labs in schools, through e-learning, [and] funding the provision of broadband and wi-fi services through community access points, that are free, across Jamaica,” External link

jis Friday, December 24, 2021 2:40:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I do have confidence in that person who is the chairman of HEART that if there were any conflict or connected party issues that they would have been declared to the prescribed authority; and, if he was a part of any decision-making process to be party or beneficiary to any contract that he would recuse himself from it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 22, 2021 5:28:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “We have to be careful how we seem to vilify persons who enter public life to give service. We are doing everything possible to ensure that there is transparency and probity [but] we also have to increase the public's understanding of the governance issues. One of the things we are concerned about is — if we will have people who are willing to serve — if we weaponise these things where simple things can turn out into the demonisation and destruction of people's character and integrity. We have to be fair,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 22, 2021 5:28:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think everybody knows what to do now. Vaccines are available, masks are available. You know that you should maintain distance and if you are exposed, get tested, stay home, and watch and see what's going to happen if you develop symptoms. [Persons] know what to do,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 22, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think everybody knows what to do now. Vaccines are available, masks are available. You know that you should maintain distance and if you are exposed, get tested, stay home, and watch and see what’s going to happen if you develop symptoms. [Persons] know what to do,” External link

jis Tuesday, December 21, 2021 9:48:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have contracted and we have ordered a new pump which will be taking water from Pepper and [will] pump it up Spur Tree into the town and to supply the parish generally. The pump is a specialised pump. It takes one year to build so the order is in. It is now being built and we are very hopeful that early next year we could have the pump,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 20, 2021 4:10:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It may mean that on weekends we still would have to continue with some of our programmes… using this very channel that we are funding,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 18, 2021 6:22:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “These medical oxygen concentrators is not a full solution to the problem, because you need high-flow oxygen for patients who have serious breathing distress, but these machines will help to save the moderately ill and reserve high-flow oxygen for those children severely ill,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 18, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That was a lesson that I learnt and we have to ensure that we have enough capacity, enough resources, enough redundancies in our systems that when these unplanned, unexpected events happen at the magnitude that they do oftentimes, that we are able to respond,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 18, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “There are failures at the staff and management levels as well, and based upon our labour laws, based upon our PBMA (Public Bodies Management and Accountability Act) and others, it is not always easy for immediate action to be taken when you do not get output and value for money from performance. So that general conversation needs to be had,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 16, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I've certainly given that direction to the board,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 16, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics (STEM) disciplines and coding are at the heart of the global technological revolution. In that regard, Jamaica will establish six new STEM academies and an academy for the creative and performing arts” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 15, 2021 8:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “We have to be careful how we seek to vilify persons who enter public life to give service,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 15, 2021 8:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As we approach our 60th year as an independent nation, and we reflect upon what we have achieved, tourism obviously has been an important part of those 60 years of independence. For our 60th year, we need to see an institute that is going to train persons in entertainment and culture so that our offerings are not just unidimensional,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 13, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Our local persons who are naturally talented and gifted can be exposed to a wide variety of other forms and areas of entertainment that they themselves can become professionals in. I think the tourism industry could give this to Jamaica as a gift for our 60th year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 13, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “We must spend more time on the linkages between tourism and the rest of the economy those linkages need to be strengthened. Already we know our utility sector benefits from tourism, but agriculture and manufacturing can benefit much more,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 13, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Tourism is the heartbeat of Jamaica, and this is not an industry we can allow to be affected and restricted by the pandemic. At the same time, we have to ensure the livelihood of the people in the industry, and everyone in the industry should protect themselves by getting vaccinated,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “We see this opening as a strong sign and an endorsement of Jamaica as a strong country. We are going to recover to where we were before, and we are going to go much higher,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The nation is as the nation does, and there are some people who want to speak prosperity into being, and to speak sovereignty and independence into being. I spend my time doing because the greatest frustration is a dream not achieved those who have ears to hear those vague terms will understand them until it is time for us to have that full and direct discourse,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 10, 2021 6:47:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We need to see an institute that is going to train persons in entertainment and culture so that the offerings are not just uni-dimensional, so that local persons who are naturally talented, naturally gifted, can be exposed to a wide variety of other forms and areas of entertainment that they themselves can become professionals in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 10, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “One thing that I have reflected on and that is the nation is as the nation does. There are some people who want to speak prosperity into being, speak sovereignty and independence into being. My philosophy is that we must do these things into being. We must make them happen. It must not be empty symbolism. It must be genuine, it must be borne of action that what we say, we are; it is what we are in our actions and in our achievements and in what we have done,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 10, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I'm certain those who have ears to hear those vague terms will understand them until it is time to have that full and direct discourse, which that process has started,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 10, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "When it comes to reggae bass playing, no one comes close to having the influence of Robbie Shakespeare," "He will be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music industry and Jamaica's culture" External link

CBC Thursday, December 9, 2021 5:46:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The legendary bassist Robbie Shakespeare played a significant role in recording and producing albums for various Reggae artists including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, U Roy, Culture, Burning Spear among other big names,” “When it comes to Reggae bass playing, no one comes close to having the influence of Robbie Shakespeare. He will be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music industry and Jamaica’s culture. May his soul Rest In Peace” External link

thejournal Thursday, December 9, 2021 4:56:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Except for Christmas Eve night, December 24, the curfew will commence past midnight and start at 1:00 a.m. early Christmas morning and for New Year’s Eve night, December 31, the curfew will commence after midnight at 1:00 a.m. early on New Years Day,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There has been a number of concerns expressed about the loss of productivity that this measure is having. We need to get back to normal but, of course, to do so safely. This is not to say that we are abandoning work from home totally; it will be an option but not a requirement,” “Individual ministries, departments and agencies should assess their own circumstances and determine what is best. The goal is to return to full productivity effective the first workday in January 2022. So, the public sector must get back to work at their workplaces,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As I had indicated previously, any public event held by the Government must be a controlled event by invitation only and only attended by persons who are fully vaccinated. I have attended a few and the public sector has [done] very well in ensuring that these rules are followed,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “We are reviewing it, particularly as we approach the Christmas season. The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development has announced that we are reviewing the measures, and those measures are likely to include a pretest before being allowed to enter. It is also likely that only vaccinated persons will be allowed to enter, but these measures are being studied carefully. Both the Minister of National Security and the Minister of Local Government will make their announcements shortly,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “At some point, the virus will become the dominant strain and make the ban pointless. So given our open economy, it is inevitable that the Omicron variant will enter Jamaica at some point. The purpose of the band is to delay its arrival in Jamaica to give us time to get more information and to prepare us,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It has worked; it has served us well. It is not meant in any way to be discriminatory to our good friends and partners. I want my brothers and sisters in South Africa to know that this is just pre-emptive, and we would never do anything to support any perception of Africa as being a cause of spread. We are reviewing and, in short order, we will make an announcement,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It was passed here, went up to the Upper House, but didn't make it past there. But the genesis of this legislation… goes back a few years and it represents an acknowledgement of a deficiency in our public administration and the need to moderate politics in governance,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The same standard ways to protect ourselves that we are now very accustomed to, works against the new variant, we just need to be more diligent about doing these things,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "There has been a number of concerns expressed about the loss of productivity that this measure is having. We need to get back to normal but, of course, to do so safely. This is not to say that we are abandoning work from home totally; it will be an option but not a requirement," "Individual ministries, departments and agencies should assess their own circumstances and determine what is best. The goal is to return to full productivity effective the first workday in January 2022. So, the public sector must get back to work at their workplaces," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, December 8, 2021 1:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Except for Christmas Eve night, December 24, the curfew will commence past midnight and start at 1 a.m. early Christmas morning and for New Year's Eve night, December 31, the curfew will commence after midnight at 1 a.m. early on New Year's Day," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, December 8, 2021 1:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The Government you elected wrestled with this issue internally because not everyone sees this as an absolute necessity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 8, 2021 9:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That is a challenge that deserves serious consideration,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 8, 2021 9:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It doesn’t make sense that we renew and then end up with a concrete jungle. So, the environmental and governance concerns in the renewal of our city are important,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 8, 2021 9:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “What we have to do as a country is to begin to recognise and respect the value and importance of each member of that partnership. We need to stop this kind of partnership and class warfare in our country where we want to cast people who are in business as exploiters,” “We want to make profit a bad word, and we need to take that out of our minds, but also to understand that people who have capital and people who control business also must recognise their social and governance responsibilities to the poor,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 8, 2021 9:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “This is not to say that we're abandoning work from home totally; it will be an option, but not a requirement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 8, 2021 7:51:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “The pandemic has only accelerated this, some experts say, by up to five years. Although technology and automation will continue to displace, there will be huge new opportunities created in digital economy jobs,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness wrote : "I used the opportunity this morning to congratulate Elaine on being awarded the 2021 World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “Anyone found with a gun [that is illegal] should start with the death penalty,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 7, 2021 3:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So what you [will] have is a flow. So when that 12,019 now under construction [are complete], you will have a replacement from those moving out of planning… and that’s in the pipeline,” External link

jis Monday, December 6, 2021 11:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have put some into education and we have put some into the fiscal sustainability programme. If the cash reserves were converted into housing then you couldn't really take anything out if it, because it would be in housing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 2, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It rubs me the wrong way when I hear the blanket criticisms without context of what the NHT is doing, as if to say the construction of one development on Ruthven Road somehow immediately destroys and deprives everyone else of housing, as if to say the people who will benefit from Ruthven Road are not contributors as well. The mandate of the NHT is to build houses for contributors,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 2, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We see the misalignment of vision and reality in the public commentary on the decisions and actions of the NHT, so it kinda rubs me the wrong way as well, when I hear the blanket criticisms without context, of what the NHT is doing, as if to say the construction of one development on Ruthven Road somehow immediately destroys and deprives everyone else of housing, ... as if to say the people who will benefit from Ruthven Road are not contributors as well,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 2, 2021 9:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The commitment for Ruthven Road was made before my time, by a former prime minister, and it is a commitment that I agree with; I believe it should be done. So it’s either we leave it or we get it done. The direction was ‘Get it done’,” “If we didn’t do it, then maybe we wouldn’t have anything to argue about and 86 people would not be housing beneficiaries today. Who knows? Probably the land would be sitting down there, waiting to be developed” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 2, 2021 9:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The Jamaica Teaching Council Bill will be brought to Parliament early next year. This bill will establish professional codes and standards for our teachers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 1, 2021 8:48:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “For this, I would make an exception. Anyone found with an illegal gun should start with the death penalty,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 1, 2021 8:48:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "anyone found with an illegal gun should start with the death penalty" External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:36:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Anyone found with a gun [that is illegal] should start with the death penalty. That's how strongly I feel about it...that's how serious we should treat it” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I have asked the Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General to advise me on the process of reviewing the Constitution. We do intend to start next year, the process for constitutional review and the necessary reforms that may flow from that,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 29, 2021 12:22:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “This is a miserable time. It is not the time for politics and election. This is the time for the nation to remain focused, and it doesn't make sense to call an election, because nothing is going to change. We are still going to win the parish council elections,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “But we had no discussions about local government elections and, for those who are anxiously awaiting it, I don't believe that it would be the right thing to do with a new variant strain [of the novel coronavirus] on the horizon and all the pressures of COVID and [food] prices,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “The longer you wait to see what is going to happen the more we are going to see dangerous variant strains emerge,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So the longer you wait, the greater the probability that what you are going to see are more dangerous variants and versions of the virus. So, we say to all Jamaicans, go and get the vaccination. Don't wait until it's too late,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Anyone found with a gun [that is illegal] should start with the death penalty,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “That's how strongly I feel about it...that's how serious we should treat it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I wish it [the amendments to the Firearms Act] could be that draconian,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “I believe at the heart of the problem is the easy access to the gun...The problem that we have in Jamaica is the mass, unregulated inflow of unregistered light arms and weapons from post-war countries and from our big trading partners to the North,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So overall… the murders have reduced by seven in the first 10 days compared to the 10 days prior to the calling of the SOEs,” External link

jamaica-star Monday, November 29, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I believe that several events over the last few years have demonstrated that the intersection between politics and governance on public boards represents an unnecessary risk and exposure to the Government,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 29, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So, I’ve directed the minister of finance to return the legislation to Parliament and to immediately have it passed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 29, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The problem that we have in Jamaica is the inflow, a mass unregulated inflow of unregistered light arms and guns from post-war countries and from our big trading partners to the north,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 29, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "These greatly appreciated Sinopharm vaccines demonstrate the value of the evolving relationship which Jamaica shares with China and is in keeping with the collective efforts to respond to an ever-changing environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic," External link

cctv-en Monday, November 29, 2021 7:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I wish it [the amendments to the Firearms Act] could be that draconian,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 5:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "That's how strongly I feel about it," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 29, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “I give the parents of Jamaica my commitment, we will not let your children lose and suffer because of the pandemic; we will do all in our power to ensure that they get the best education possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 3:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I have asked the minister of justice and the attorney general to advise me on the process of reviewing the Constitution. We do intend to start next year, the process for constitutional review and the necessary reforms that may flow from that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 3:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The Government continues to act in the best interest to preserve lives and to preserve livelihoods as best as possible. We are being very cautious in reopening and, just to be clear, we are not going to shut down again,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 12:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The Government will ultimately have no choice but to allocate a finite set of resources to managing COVID-19-related hospitalisations, including a fixed number of beds. We cannot continue to dedicate virtually the entire capacity of the health system to dealing only with COVID-19 to the detriment of other health system users” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 12:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We would have lost an important part of our education system with the absence of face-to-face the interpersonal [element],” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 28, 2021 9:07:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The truth is employers tell you this all the time that they get the students with the grades, but they simply just don't have the softer skills to cope in the work environment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 28, 2021 9:07:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "These greatly appreciated Sinopharm vaccines demonstrate the value of the evolving relationship which Jamaica shares with China and is in keeping with the collective efforts to respond to an ever-changing environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic," External link

sinacom-en Sunday, November 28, 2021 7:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Let me say for the record, this is a lie!” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So overall… the murders have reduced by seven in the first 10 days compared to the 10 days prior to the calling of the SOEs,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 26, 2021 3:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The SOEs work, and if you were to take the analogy of the SOEs being the emergency measures that we have taken during the pandemic to slow and control the spread of the virus, you would effectively say that the SOEs have flattened the curve. That's what they have done,” “It is not meant, and no one on this side has ever said that the SOE is the silver bullet. That's not what we have been saying. The SOEs cannot replace conventional policing. This is a point on which we agree. The SOE, however, is a tool to attenuate the situation. To bring it to yield, to allow for conventional policing to work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 24, 2021 9:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness suggested : “You have said that you are not supporting the SOEs, because they are unconstitutional. As the minister of justice and others have said, there has been no such ruling. So, the position of lack of support for the SOE must be more than just a conviction. It is probably a strategy to ensure that the Government does not have full use of a tool that would result in the reduction of murders in the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 24, 2021 9:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “What the SOE does is to give us the ability to have the police force and the military deployed. People will say 'well, you can deploy the police and the military generally'. The difference with the SOE is that the military is also able to deploy on its own,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 24, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We only see these kinds of actions happening in war zones” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 21, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Through the Coding in Schools Programme, (students) will acquire basic numeracy, language, and problem-solving skills, which are the prerequisites for coding. Too many of our students are leaving school without these basic functional skills,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 11:45:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “My sense of the people is that right now, they are under stress from COVID. They are under stress from crime. They want their children back in school. Prices are going up. The last thing anybody wants to hear about now, with all of what is happening, is an election,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “The COVID-19 pandemic has really taken up quite a bit of my time and I’m now shifting my focus back on to the other issues, which seemingly are getting out of control,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have to get back a lid on crime. We have to get back the economy up and running. We have to bring inflation under control, though most of the inflation is imported, and the prices have to come back down,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “We have councillors here with us; they’re also wondering [if the elections will be held]. My message to them is, just go and do the work and serve the people. I don’t get the sense from the people that they are interested, there are other issues that they want to address and I’m refocusing on all those issues,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I had committed publicly that if there were to be an election at that time, that we would dispense with the SOEs, and it is for a good reason why I did it because for people who are in the political field, there is always a suspicion that the SOEs can be used in a political way” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “Before we put in the SOEs there were five murders the night before and we were tracking what was happening in Westmoreland,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 19, 2021 11:09:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Certainly, in the communities where the SOEs have been declared, in the parishes, police divisions, you would see a dampening effect, except in Westmoreland, and I am here in Westmoreland because this is now the epicentre,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 19, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The core of that epicentre is the gangs. There are several gangs in this region that appear to be at war with each other. They are brazen, they don't seem to fear the law and they seem determined to exact revenge on each other, and in so doing innocent citizens are killed. So yes, we have had a dampening effect right across the island in the divisions and the parishes, except Westmoreland, where we have a problem that is over the capacity of regular policing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 19, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “While I agree with you that there is a shortage, let me say that the shortage is as a result of the level of crime and violence. In other words, the normal manpower distribution for this area would be quite appropriate were the level of crime and violence lower,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 19, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I’m here in Westmoreland because this is now a sort of epicentre,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 19, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “My report is that they are working to find a way to resolve the issues,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 19, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The Government will ultimately have no choice but to allocate a finite set of resources to managing COVID-19-related hospitalisations, including a fixed number of beds,” “We cannot continue to dedicate virtually the entire capacity of the health system to dealing only with COVID-19 to the detriment of other health system users” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 18, 2021 4:26:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told ( about Джеймс Сун ) : “The Government is already down that road because we have made allocations in the Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project to undertake the studies for a proper drainage system for St James. So, the funding is in place for that and the work for that should start and, indeed, that would be the first step towards truly addressing this problem,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 18, 2021 4:24:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “The Government continues to act in the best interest to preserve lives and livelihoods as best as possible. We are being very cautious in reopening. Just to be clear, we are not going to shut down again. We have reopened our schools [and] we have seen cases reported of possible exposure to COVID-19. We tell them to sanitise, clean up, isolate the child, but we are not going to close the schools again. It is what it is. If it is we have reached this level of frustration with the measures, we can't continue to have that, so we have to take down the measures, we have to do so gradually, and we will face the brave new COVID world where it is your responsibility to maintain social distance, sanitise, do your own surveillance and find a way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are in a different era of accountability and our supporters need to understand that it is not [about] taking up cash and just giving it out those days are gone. Work must be done for this income,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This police force has brought several of the most dangerous gangs – gangs that were formerly protected, when we could have taken action to undermine them, erode them, displace them. But this force, even without the exceptional powers of an SOE (state of emergency), invested significant time and resources to build cases. I don't think the public understands that an entire police division has to be built, then put to investigate, for months [and] years, then we have to put up witnesses and protect them, then we have to properly document and build a case and take it to court. When was that done before?” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 2:10:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness insisted : “Every society must have powers to deal with exceptional circumstances and emergencies,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 2:10:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have used it in such a way that we are respectful of the human rights and dignity of the citizens, and at the same time, whenever we have used the SOEs, it has brought down murders and has returned a sense of safety and security both to the communities in which we have implemented them and nationally,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness asked : “What of the rights of the victims?” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 4:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness asked : “Who speaks for the people who have been killed? What of their constitutional rights? Who defend those rights of the 1,300 or more Jamaicans who have been murdered in this country” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 4:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We only see these kinds of actions happening in war zones,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 4:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The Commissioner of Police, the Minister of National Security, the Chief of Defence Staff have all been doing, in my judgment and grading, a very good job with the resources [that they have] and the particular circumstances, which are in some instances, unique to Jamaica and very extreme…” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “Until we recognise that violence is similar in nature to a pandemic, to a disease, and we agree that the same principle that we have applied in the pandemic where we declare it an emergency and we all as one society dealt with it, until we recognise that then we're going to continue to ask the police to solve a problem that has started in the breakdown of our families, and our homes and communities and national leadership and the degeneration of morality and civility in the society” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "It is almost a competition for cruelty, the worst of the worst and it appears to be designed, properly calculated to drive fear into the citizens of the country and panic in communities," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness wrote ( about Norman Manley ) : "Jamaica received its second shipment of the Pfizer vaccine yesterday afternoon at the Norman Manley International Airport," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 5, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Importantly, the pandemic demonstrated that the world has the capacity to develop global solutions in record time when we believe and agree that the problem threatens our safety and security. It also demonstrated the need for equity. Equity is similarly critical to our response to climate change,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 4, 2021 3:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We wouldn't want our children to once again be deprived of the opportunity to sit their exams in a full and comprehensive way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 4, 2021 10:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I don’t like to speak when I’m not fully briefed. I have some information . However, let me say the Government is always very concerned when matters of governance of public bodies are raised,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This was the basis of the 2009 US$100-billion per year pledge which still needs to be met if the developing world is to achieve our resilience and low carbon emission goals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 1:30:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Many countries are presently going through a fourth wave, but without the hospitalisations, because they have high vaccination levels,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “Countries that have profited the most from carbon over decades have a responsibility to make resources and technology available to others to adapt and transition to low-carbon economies. This was the basis of the 2009 US$100 billion-per-year pledge, which still needs to be met if the developing world is to achieve our resilience and low carbon-emission goals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The consideration is for a return to face-to-face for the vaccinated category of students, but we have to also look at where we are in the present wave,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “I am appealing especially to parents who would like to see their children return to school, to get vaccinated and when the vaccines that are approved for children come, please get your child vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaican passport holders and tourists can now obtain expedited approvals within minutes of submitting their application, provided that no coronavirus (COVID-19)-related risks are identified. Permanent residents and work permit holders are required to upload documentary evidence of residency status in Jamaica, following which approval is granted,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 30, 2021 6:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We were among the first to do it in the Caribbean, and other countries looked at what we were doing and copied it and introduced the same systems and other similar systems. It has served us well. It is not a perfect system, and the speed at which it was developed by a local company, that is something that we should really look at and commend ourselves,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 30, 2021 6:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Permanent Secretaries ) : “The Permanent Secretaries are now directed that they must determine the vaccination status of the workers in their charge and this is to help us now plan for the endemic stage of the management of the disease,” External link

jis Friday, October 29, 2021 4:03:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “We believe we can manage the risk of outbreak by strategically allowing some children to go back and putting in place a measure that allows vaccinated students where vaccines are accessible… . Students will be allowed to go back unvaccinated but that would be for the population where no vaccine is approved,” External link

jis Friday, October 29, 2021 3:02:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "We took the view that the safest place for the children to be in the pandemic is at home. It may be the case but not all homes are safe. Not all homes nurture their children. Not all homes have children who can read and write," "I have got calls about young girls getting pregnant so I have asked for some data as to whether or not we are seeing any rise in teenage pregnancy as a result of children being home, many of them unsupervised" External link

jamaica-star Friday, October 29, 2021 2:08:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The permanent secretaries are now directed that they must determine the vaccination status of the workers in their charge and this is to help us now plan for the endemic stage of the management of the disease,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 29, 2021 1:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “We cannot continue with this cat-and-mouse game of opening up and then locking down,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 28, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “These will be done in small groups using a rotation schedule as guided by the COVID-19 protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 28, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “At this stage the Government is not considering implementing mandatory vaccination; however, probablyit will emerge in the near future,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 27, 2021 3:53:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “We are doing this knowing that reopening and sending our children back to school could also cause the numbers to increase. There is no perfect and easy solution. We believe we can manage the risk of outbreak by strategically allowing some children to go back and putting in place a measure to allow vaccinated students where vaccines are accessible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 27, 2021 1:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We wouldn't want our children to once again be deprived of the opportunity to sit their exams in a full and comprehensive way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 27, 2021 1:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The consideration is for a return to face-to-face for the vaccinated category of students, but we have to also look at where we are in the present wave,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “I am appealing especially to parents who would like to see their children return to school, to get vaccinated and when the vaccines that are approved for children come, please get your child vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Don’t come and ask for care package and fight ‘bout road and garbage to be collected when, from the pool of resources that is paid in taxes, we have to take out almost $10 billion to put aside for COVID response when we could have easily gotten over that if you were to be wise citizens of your own country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 23, 2021 9:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness wrote : "Through financing from CHASE Fund, an agency under the Office the Prime Minister, the long-awaited Genome Sequencer, which will test for different strains of the coronavirus, as well as other viruses, was handed over to the National Influenza Centre at the University Hospital of the West Indies this morning (Friday)," External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 23, 2021 4:36:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness charged : “We must never cede the space of the public mind to those persons,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “A man forcing something into another man is buggery. A man forcing himself into a woman is rape. No Prime Minister can change common law and common sense!” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We're not strong on social media combating the nonsense that is being put out. The University of the West Indies, which is the repertoire of knowledge, which we spend billions of dollars on, has a duty and a responsibility to be a strong voice in all spaces to ensure that the public is properly guided,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Colin Powell ) : “When I decided that my path would be in politics, Colin Powell was one personality in the political space that inspired me. Many of us take inspiration from the life and work of Secretary Powell. He remains a source of great joy and pride for all of us at home and abroad,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 22, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “There are many persons who are on the farm work programme who would ordinarily have taken a perspective which many Jamaicans are taking which is, 'Let me wait and see. Let me wait and see'. There are many who are on the farm work programme who would normally buy into some of the garbage that is being placed in social media… But because they have made the connection between their economic livelihood and their health status, they have decided to come and get vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The only way that we're going to come out of this economic situation in which we find ourselves is if our economy returns to normal. And what does return to normal mean? It means that we will have to one, do away with the limits on movement and gatherings. When we have to shut down our economy at seven or eight o'clock, that impacts on production, it impacts on your ability to earn,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have had many good conversations and very interesting discussions about Jamaica and the developments taking place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Colin Powell ) : “General Colin Powell is the first Jamaican- American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as Chairman,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 9:48:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I was under the impression that there was consensus and agreement. As it turned out, there wasn't and the point is unassailable that with the breakdown of that consensus then obviously you have to go to a joint select committee,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I am relieved to learn that Phylisia has been found! Thank God. We now pray for her full recovery after this extremely traumatic event” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 17, 2021 1:10:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think employees and employers have the right to sit with each other and negotiate. That’s the first strategy, but I think employers also have the right to protect their businesses and their investments,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness charged : "The PNP has no interest in [the] public good. They are only interested in politics. They don't want to face a defeat in local government elections...It's transparent what they are doing. They are saying 'hey, don't call any election because we don't want to lose'," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 16, 2021 1:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "That is the farthest thing from my mind...What more is there to prove?" External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 16, 2021 1:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So we are eventually moving into that space where the number of persons vaccinated will outnumber those who are not vaccinated. By November, we will reach one million doses and then after that, the numbers are going to increase gradually. When we pass the 50 per cent mark then there will be no question about the need for having a vaccine option,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 15, 2021 8:12:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “But, in Jamaica, the fear of the people that if you introduce something new it could be used to deprive them of access; the fear that if you introduce something new it could take away their freedom; the fear that if you introduce something new that looks like it is going to give the Government more power, then that power would be used to abuse you and, therefore, you must oppose it, oppose it, oppose,” “It is our economic freedom that is going to secure our political freedom, and until every single Jamaican understands that, we will continue to quibble over the meaningless things and miss the important things, which is about getting our ability to be resilient from shock, to continue to produce, to increase our wealth nationally, and to be able to address the needs of the poor and vulnerable,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:33:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There will come a time when we will have to insist upon persons taking the vaccines or be restricted in certain ways. I have already sounded that warning,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:05:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness charged : “Those who don't take the vaccine remain the host population for the reproduction and mutation of the virus. The consequence of this is that the people who would have taken the vaccine will face the potential of being infected by a mutated version of the virus for which the original vaccine they took would not be as effective” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 12, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness says : "the Government has to lead the country towards normality and to live with the COVID-19 virus" External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 12, 2021 5:32:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Today, we have taken the decision to return our Cabinet to face-to-face, not just for the effectiveness of our decision making, but as a symbol to the rest of the country that yes, we are still in a pandemic, however, we must transition to living with COVID-19,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The way to do it is for every Jamaican to take the option of getting vaccinated. The way to do it is for every Jamaican to comply with the infection, prevention and control measures that have been established, which will eventually be relaxed the higher the level of vaccination. And for those who choose not to take the option, the requirement would still be in place for testing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness remarked : “If we are having this challenge meeting online in the Cabinet, can you imagine the challenge our children are having trying to learn online? We must return our children to school and again the way to do it is to have your children and our teachers vaccinated,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I want you to become the ambassadors, to go back into your communities, into your households, schools, churches, and the marketplace and encourage [persons who haven't yet taken the vaccine] to get vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 11, 2021 6:19:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “You are the heroes [and] now I want you to become the ambassadors. Go back into your community, into your households, schools, churches [or] marketplace, and as you talk to your neighbours, encourage them to get vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 10, 2021 5:50:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That is not impossible and not necessarily a very difficult task,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 10, 2021 5:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica is a society where rights issues have to be treated very carefully, so we are very careful in how we move to any differential treatment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 10, 2021 5:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "We will respect people's rights and the process before we do anything, but we can't continue like this for much longer; our children must go back to school. They have suffered the most, and so there will come a time when we will have to insist upon persons taking the vaccines," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 10, 2021 5:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That is not impossible and not necessarily a very difficult task,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 8, 2021 5:31:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica is a society where rights issues have to be treated very carefully, so we are very careful in how we move to any differential treatment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 8, 2021 5:31:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That is not impossible and not necessarily a very difficult task,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 8, 2021 4:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Gleaner ) : “Jamaica is a society where rights issues have to be treated very carefully, so we are very careful in how we move to any differential treatment,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 8, 2021 4:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “There will come a time when we will have to insist upon persons taking the vaccines or be restricted in certain ways. I have already sounded that warning, that notice, and it is not for fearmongering, it is just a matter of public duty and process before we implement any such thing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 8, 2021 9:41:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The Government that you elect can't come and impose on you because the very act of that imposition would cause you to resist, and that is why the Government that you elect… would never do that. I respect your right and your freedom,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 8, 2021 9:41:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness warned : “But it can't go on forever,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 8, 2021 9:41:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think it is becoming increasingly clear that the Government has done more than enough in bringing information about the vaccines, in providing the vaccines, and in encouraging persons to take the vaccines. So we are reaching that critical point where we can start to take differential action, such as what you have said allow the vaccinated children back into the classroom,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 8, 2021 9:41:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “Yes, people are expressing different opinions and different views, [but] there is benefit in that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 8, 2021 9:41:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That is not impossible and not necessarily a very difficult task,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 8, 2021 8:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica is a society where rights issues have to be treated very carefully, so we are very careful in how we move to any differential treatment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 8, 2021 8:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Within the context of the public sector, both our internal and external customers should expect and receive nothing but the best service. This service should be evident in the efficiency in which we execute responsibilities,” External link

jis Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:28:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “with which we conduct ourselves, [have] patience [when] interacting with customers, respect our clients, [and be] accountable” External link

jis Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:28:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness urged : “Show them that you have taken the vaccines and have not been affected by [it],” External link

jis Tuesday, October 5, 2021 11:29:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “The Government cannot continue with these measures forever. We can’t keep locking down the country forever. We can’t keep the curfews forever. We can’t prevent people from gathering forever,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Let me be very clear to all Jamaicans listening, if there occurs a situation, in which we (the government) clearly see that there is a threat to life, community and property that rises to the level that satisfies the constitutional requirement, we will declare a state of public emergency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 8:48:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told ( about Джеймс Сун ) : “There are six gangs known to be operating in that very small space. And those gangs, though they are based in that area, operate all over St James. So, the ZOSO will target this area and will bring some peace to the community, but it will give an opportunity for that community to turn a new leaf in its existence,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 2:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated ( about Джеймс Сун ) : “An analysis of the situation in the Norwood community within the parish of St James and within the St James Police Division has revealed that the community continues to be characterised by increased gang-related violence and criminal activity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 2:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Norwood community, for the new zone of special operations...is an area of approximately one square kilometre. It has about 11, 800 residents. We have estimated that approximately 1,600 of those are males between 14 and 29. There are about 5,200 building structures in that community. The community is generally considered to have emerged in an unplanned way,” “It has issues such as lack of water, but the housing structures are generally of good stock and construction of concrete and houses workers mainly in the tourism sector. But you can see that in an area of approximately one square kilometre, with over 11,000 persons living there, with unplanned infrastructure, that there could be the levels of crime and violence that we're experiencing in those areas” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 2:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Although there are programmes like PATH, there are still other groups that require assistance, so we are here to assist you with these tablets,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 21, 2021 10:49:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is a symbol of hope for other people who might be in similar circumstances, whose housing and shelter solutions are substandard, and those living under inhumane conditions,” “We know, we see, and we care, and as fast as we can, we will respond” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 21, 2021 10:49:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Coming out of that [Cabinet deliberations] you'll hear a statement as to the Government's position,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 1:36:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “It may not be today but somewhere down the road, some of those communities in Central Kingston will be declared. I will say to the citizens, I understand your distress and we are working to bring long term peace to your community,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 1:36:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The ZOSO will target this area and will bring some peace not only to the community but it will give an opportunity for that community to turn a new leaf in its existence,” “The overall intention in declaring another ZOSO for St James is to ensure that the Government can deliver social interventions, leading to an improved living condition and quality of life for the citizens in that area and to reduce the exposure of our children to various behaviours and the exposure of violence in the area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:41:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “You now have the opportunity to use your office to mediate, inspire, and motivate citizens of the parish to seek a better way of life through peace, love, respect, unity, pro-social and pro-growth behaviour. You will not be alone in this, as you have a cadre of JPs to support you,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:21:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I am confident in the capabilities of Custos Gentles to fulfil the mandate of the Ministry of Justice and to serve the people of Trelawny with exceptional dignity. He has been appointed based on the merit and integrity of his work and character, and more importantly, his express impetus to serve,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:21:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We could give several incentives for owners to develop the land in accordance with the protected area. We could have partnerships with them, where we try to develop the land in keeping with the protected status of the land or we could acquire the land, depending on the nature of the protection and how we consider this as a valuable piece of land to protect,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 19, 2021 6:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The post still maintains its cherished value; it represents the call for unity and peace, as part of a system of values which must be engendered in our society,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 18, 2021 7:53:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “Our administration of public affairs reflects the values of our society that speak to our civility, and the office of the Custos, flowing from the Head of State, must exemplify, reflect and actively promote the dignity of the State,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 18, 2021 7:53:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Custodes are a key part of the framework for rebuilding the nation as a peaceful, caring, loving and dignified society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 18, 2021 11:16:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The office of custos, flowing from the head of State, must exemplify and reflect and actively promote the dignity of the State. The role exemplifies the importance of civic duty and must never be taken lightly. Mr Hugh Gentles, who has just been installed as custos today, has demonstrated dignity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 18, 2021 11:16:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As Jamaica embarks on a digital economy, the Global Services Sector will play a key role in the nation’s digital transformation. This, with the deployment of digital tools and services that enable a fully transformed digital economy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:55:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Even as we invite others to consider business opportunities in this established sector of Jamaica’s economy, Jamaica continues to be the most sought-after English-speaking location in this region and we continue to create and support opportunities for foreign investors seeking a nearshore solution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:55:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “These measures have helped to secure the jobs of about 43,000 employees, maintain stability within the sector, and allow foreign exchange earnings. Thus, the sector has rebounded from temporary declines during 2020 to return to pre-COVID numbers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:55:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Joseph Biden ) : “We welcome the announcement of the United States President [Joseph] Biden and his administration to make available some of their vaccines for the region,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, June 14, 2021 5:06:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Certainly, it will not be enough even in the first instance to satisfy our total demand to bring us to herd immunity, but we welcome it and appreciate it as a continuing example for rich countries who have surpluses to make them available right across the world, right across the globe, not necessarily entirely by grant, but certainly available for purchase,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, June 14, 2021 5:06:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are preparing for that (face-to-face classes); the Ministry of Education (Youth and Information) is ready for that; we want our teachers to be ready for that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 12, 2021 11:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness remarked : "These measures have helped to secure the jobs of about 43,000 employees, maintain stability within the sector and allow foreign exchange earnings. Thus, the sector has rebounded from temporary declines during 2020 to return to pre-COVID numbers," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 10:08:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : "These measures have helped to secure the jobs of about 43,000 employees within the sector and allow foreign exchange earnings. Thus, the sector has rebounded from temporary declines during 2020 to return to pre-covid numbers," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 11, 2021 9:24:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “New categories must be established for access to concessional and non-concessional development finance, based on vulnerability measures rather than per capita income,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Forget the talk, forget the bad-mind element in Jamaica. When you start to invest, people do all sort of things to trip you up, say all kind of negative things about you. Forget that and just persevere. Keep doing more and more,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Embrace our entrepreneurs. Embrace those persons who would take the risk of investing their capital because believe it or not, Jamaica, in my opinion, is probably the most entrepreneurial country with the most entrepreneurial people in this region,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That is how we get growth, when assets that are not utilised are paired with entrepreneurs, people who have vision to see what the unutilised asset could be, and people who have capital, resources tied up in savings, who are willing to take it and invest,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We want to invite the private sector to pay more attention to this element of the housing market that is either low-income, affordable income, or young professionals. They are going to need housing solutions that are affordable,” “We want all our citizens to have access to planned, structured communities where they can have proper roads, sewage, water, electricity and Internet,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 7, 2021 2:59:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are still hovering at around five per cent so we can't take any risk because the same people that curse us today about being too tight are the same ones who will turn around and curse us tomorrow if we loosen up. So we have to be very practical and very cautious,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 6, 2021 9:54:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Our nation's youths are the future of our country. If we are to reduce the high levels of violence and crime in Jamaica we must productively and positively engage our youths so that they do not become targets for recruitment by gangs or fall prone to other types of criminal activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “You have been given a firm foundation on which to build a successful military career. I urge you to continue to make the best of all the opportunities that will reveal themselves during your career as a member of the JDF,” “With each successive intake that successfully completes the JNSC programme, I am heartened that there are so many of our young Jamaicans who are still willing to serve. I believe that one of my primary duties is to ensure that there are good opportunities such as the JNSC programme that will enable a strong sense of duty and commitment to serve,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Joseph Biden ) : “We welcome the announcement of the United States President [Joseph] Biden and his administration to make available some of their vaccines for the region,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 5:33:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Certainly, it will not be enough even in the first instance to satisfy our total demand to bring us to herd immunity, but we welcome it and appreciate it as a continuing example for rich countries who have surpluses to make them available right across the world, right across the globe, not necessarily entirely by grant, but certainly available for purchase,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 5:33:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Edward Seaga ) : “When the proposal was made to name the school in honour of Edward Phillip George Seaga – a man whose history and legacy is that of building institutions and holding them to the highest standards, a man of order and excellence – I had some scepticism in my mind because the institution that bears the name of the person must reflect the standards of the person,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 4, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Much of the challenges that we face stems from the quality of education being delivered. It is a struggle for the teachers. When I speak to them, I feel their pain and frustration. They not only have to focus on what they are delivering in the curriculum to treat with issues of literacy and numeracy, but they also have to be correcting many of the problems that they (students) bring from the home into the classroom,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 4, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The age limit for the stay-at-home measure remains at 60 until June 30, 2021. However, persons who are fully vaccinated will be exempted from this. We, therefore, encourage all persons within the vulnerable age group to get vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “If you are fully vaccinated, meaning that you have received the required dosage, if it is a two-dose vaccine and you get the two doses, two weeks after we consider you to be fully vaccinated, or if it is a one-dose vaccine, and you have got the dosage, two weeks after we consider you fully vaccinated. You are no longer under the elder shielding measure,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There appears to be some confusion around this. What this means is that services with the mortal remains being present are not permitted,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have had to maintain this protocol as it is because when we have analysed the behaviour of the public in this activity, we see a very low level of adherence and compliance with the protocols. It is still a very risky activity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There are some people who say I'm going to wait and be in the 25 per cent that don't take the vaccine, [and] that is the unfairness of all of this. If we are going to come out of this pandemic the Government cannot continue with these restrictive measures. The only sustainable way is to just get the vaccine” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 3, 2021 4:09:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “Public education is an integral part of our approach to increase public awareness and engagement to support the disaster preparation and emergency management activities of the ODPEM (Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management). The Jamaican people will gain a greater understanding of disaster risk management to be able to prepare for disasters, emergencies and emerging hazards allowing them to safeguard themselves properly, intentionally, and actively, family and property thereby ensuring hurricane readiness in trying times,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 2, 2021 11:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “However, people who are fully vaccinated will be exempted from this. We, therefore, encourage all persons within the vulnerable age group to get vaccinated and when you get vaccinated you keep that card close at hand,” External link

jis Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:11:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “There are other areas in Jamaica [and] we have plans already to build those parks, and we will be expecting the participation of the Tourism Enhancement Fund in the building out of those parks,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 2, 2021 7:49:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think that our perspective on tourism as a country needs to be definitively positive, and we should remove this ambivalence about the product and be practical about it. What we have in Jamaica is an exceptional product, and with all the other issues that we face we are still growing in tourism,” “So, the sense that we are not getting full value for tourism because most of it is exclusive, that sense should not in any way colour the embrace and support of tourism,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 2, 2021 7:49:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think that our perspective on tourism as a country needs to be definitively positive, and we should remove this ambivalence about the product and be practical about it. What we have in Jamaica is an exceptional product, and with all the other issues that we face we are still growing in tourism,” “So, the sense that we are not getting full value for tourism because most of it is exclusive, that sense should not in any way colour the embrace and support of tourism,” External link

jis Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:20:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Like we have done successfully in the past year, our strategy must be to anticipate, plan and prepare for the threat, not to panic if or when it materialises. Let’s remember the tagline, ‘disasters happen, be prepared’,” External link

jis Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:20:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “For weekends, the curfew will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays and end at 5:00 a.m. the following morning,” External link

jis Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:14:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think that is significant and I know small business people and large business people may not be satisfied… they were lobbying for 10:00 p.m., but we have done what we believe is necessary to allow commerce and at the same time prevent a rapid increase in the numbers,” “So, on Saturdays two more hours have been given, which I think will be useful. Sundays remain the same and we had to do that as a kind of compensatory measure, just to make sure that we slow the numbers that could occur,” External link

jis Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:14:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Let us not repeat the mistakes of the past. Let us view the recrafting of the measures not as a licence for a free for all but as an opportunity to safely pursue our livelihoods and other activities that enhance our spiritual and mental health needs. Let us exercise personal responsibility to prevent a third wave that would force us to tighten the measures once again,” External link

jis Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:14:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The ODPEM [[Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management], of course, plays the lead role in the achievement of these objectives as the national disaster coordinating agency. ODPEM, in collaboration with national, regional and international agencies, is committed to taking proactive and timely measures to prevent or reduce the impact of hazards on Jamaica, its people, our natural resources, and our economy,” “I have, in my capacity as chairman of the National Disaster Committee, instructed the committee to direct its attention to a number of priority areas: First, readiness of shelters and shelter operations… We are ready. The cleaning of the country's priority drain infrastructure is another area of critical focus and I'm aware that the NWA [National Works Agency] has already started its mitigation mobilisation; and then the enhanced public education and awareness initiative of which this event is one example,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 2, 2021 2:59:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There are some people who say I'm going to wait and be in the 25 per cent that don't take the vaccine, [and] that is the unfairness of all of this. If we are going to come out of this pandemic the Government cannot continue with these restrictive measures. The only sustainable way is to just get the vaccine” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:56:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This is a strong signal of confidence of a rebound of our economy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We encourage them to carry evidence of their vaccinations with them – either the vaccination card or a picture of it on their phone,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness disse ( about Usain Bolt ) : “Há relatos de uma actividade relacionada com Usain Bolt. Todos esses assuntos estão a ser investigados a fundo e a Polícia fará um relatório num futuro próximo” External link

jornaldeangola Friday, August 28, 2020 12:51:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness disse ( about Usain Bolt ) : "Há relatos de uma atividade relacionada a Usain Bolt" External link

em Wednesday, August 26, 2020 7:05:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness disse : "A polícia está investigando todos os aspectos deste assunto (festa). Ninguém está sendo tratado com isenção ou tratamento especial. Todos os jamaicanos têm um dever. Todos os que estão na esfera pública têm um dever ainda maior" External link

bemparana Tuesday, August 25, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness anunció : “La ONU y sus Estados miembros lanzaron hoy una** alianza con actores clave**, incluidos el sector privado y la sociedad civil. Nuestro propósito es facilitar un proceso que dé lugar a soluciones concretas a la emergencia en curso” External link

reliefWeb Friday, May 29, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness indiqué : "La Jamaïque estime qu'un système multilatéral basé sur les règles est nécessaire à notre développement économique" External link

french-news Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:47:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness indiqué : "La Jamaïque estime qu'un système multilatéral basé sur les règles est nécessaire à notre développement économique" External link

french.china.org.cn Tuesday, November 5, 2019 11:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness déclaré : “Des gens vont peut être résister et nous demandons à nos citoyens d’obtempérer. C’est dans leur propre intérêt car cela économisera des ressources qui seront précieuses durant la période d’urgence, quand ce sera plus difficile de réagir” External link

euronews-fr Sunday, October 2, 2016 10:03:00 AM EAT



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minister43.42%EN12/10/201710/12/2017
finance minister0.11%EN12/10/201710/12/2017
leader6.74%EN09/19/201719/09/2017
prime minister of jamaica0.26%EN09/16/201716/09/2017
minister of jamaica0.11%EN09/16/201716/09/2017
ministre1.81%FR09/02/201702/09/2017
primer ministro de jamaica0.11%ES01/25/201725/01/2017
ministro de jamaica0.11%ES01/25/201725/01/2017
minister of education youth and information0.02%EN01/10/201710/01/2017
head of the government0.02%EN01/06/201706/01/2017
labour party leader0.04%EN11/29/201629/11/2016
security minister0.02%EN10/30/201630/10/2016
minister of local government0.02%EN10/09/201609/10/2016
foreign minister0.02%EN10/06/201606/10/2016
primer ministro0.11%ES10/02/201602/10/2016
ministro0.06%ES10/02/201602/10/2016
commissioner0.02%EN09/25/201625/09/2016
minister of education0.02%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
elected minister of education0.02%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
local government minister0.02%EN07/29/201629/07/2016
house leader0.04%EN07/15/201615/07/2016
minister of defence0.02%EN06/20/201620/06/2016
prime. minister0.02%EN06/01/201601/06/2016
leader0.15%SA08/29/201429/08/2014
opposition leader2.26%EN12/04/201304/12/2013
jamaica labor party leader0.06%EN11/13/201313/11/2013
current leader0.22%EN11/12/201312/11/2013
former prime minister0.28%EN11/11/201311/11/2013
former education minister0.06%EN11/02/201302/11/2013
Names Lang Count
Andrew HolnessEN81.31%
Andrew HolnessFR7.31%
Andrew HolnessDE5.29%
Andrew HolnessEU5.29%
Andrew HolnessES0.40%
Andrew HolnessPT0.17%
Andrew HolnessSA0.11%
ANDREW HolnessEN0.11%
Andrew HolnessPL0.00%


 
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Hugh Brown told ( about Andrew Holness ) : “I back Andrew Holness completely with this no more lockdown thing. Di people dem tired fi deh home all the time and we need the freedom. But now is the time to step up the other protocols. It's up to us now to do what we need to do to keep safe and keep the cases down,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 9:29:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting concluded ( about Andrew Holness ) : "However, it is difficult to effectively cooperate with an administration as insincere and fundamentally dishonest as this Holness led JLP administration is proving itself to be," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 10, 2022 1:47:00 AM EAT

Robert Montague explained ( about Andrew Holness ) : “Then the Commissioner of Lands, by law, cannot look beyond that vesting order and must proceed to what is necessary once the land is properly identified to process that title. This minister in the Andrew Holness-led Administration is deciding that we are going to make a conscious effort to benefit the poor and ordinary Jamaican. So, we have started,” External link

jis Sunday, January 2, 2022 3:41:00 PM EAT

Howard Mitchell asked ( about Andrew Holness ) : “What is happening with this Government is that the JLP leader Andrew Holness is the dominant leader and is the JLP. The JLP is nothing without him at this time, and that is where the blind loyalty comes from. Where have we seen that before?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 2, 2022 9:39:00 AM EAT

Peter Wickham contended ( about Andrew Holness ) : “What Holness has done is he has essentially ensured that Jamaica will not become a republic in any hurry because once you start talking about, ‘I agree, we should become a republic, however, we need to make it substantive,’ then we’re going to get into the minutiae of constitutional change, and we will never get it done,” “If you require opposition support, you can rest assured that they will find a basis on which to disagree” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 26, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Bruce Golding stated ( about Andrew Holness ) : “If we make the mistake of believing that the assignment we have been given is something that we are entitled to because we are good labourites. If we believe that we are put there to pursue our own interests or feather our own nests then we letting down Andrew Holness, we're 'colting the game. We must not let him down. We must not let down the thousands of labourite who put us where we are and who have kept us where we are,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 8:10:00 PM EAT

Hardley Lewin said ( about Andrew Holness ) : “I find something peculiar about the timing of the imposition of this SOE. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has developed into an astute politician and strategist, and if my theory is correct, he has made a masterful move,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 19, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Mikael Phillips said ( about Andrew Holness ) : “I was hoping that we would have gotten the same response as the member from East Rural St Andrew,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 9, 2021 9:19:00 AM EAT

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Andrew Holness remarked ( about Rear Admiral ) : “I am confident that under Rear Admiral Wemyss-Gorman's leadership, the JDF will continue to grow from strength to strength. It will also continue along its path of transformation and capacity development, as it positions itself to more effectively and efficiently combat current and future threats impacting Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 21, 2022 4:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “The rear admiral's many years in the JDF coast guard has allowed her to treat significantly with issues related to maritime security and the blue economy. She will therefore bring a unique perspective to our discussions and our efforts to strengthen our borders and prevent illicit inflows,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 21, 2022 4:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Jamaica Labour Party makes a commitment that we will look very closely at the remuneration of policemen. We will look very closely at the conditions and terms of policemen to ensure that they are comfortable in the fight against crime,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 20, 2022 9:42:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “I have full confidence in Minister Chang, in his knowledge and his competence and his heart, which is to ensure that every Jamaican is safe,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “And we are not going to change the current situation through the flick of a switch. The problems are deep-rooted and they require significant structural, institutional cultural and resource reform,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “What you are seeing before you now is a police force that is far more intelligence-based than at any time. What you are seeing now is a direction of resources into our security apparatus that gives us domain control, on land and sea, to the point where [if] you believe you are going to enter Jamaica illegally and stay here, you have another thing coming,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “And you will see it, the increased capabilities [of the security forces] to find weapons. And all of this was done without taking any lives,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It therefore means that I cannot, at this point, unduly interrupt the plans laid and the institutional knowledge that has been gained while Minister Chang has been at the helm at the Ministry of National Security,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Some of these communities are urban in nature and their profile fits the application of zones of special operations,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “I have spent time in these areas and I am aware of the conditions of terror that the people endure. I feel their pain and I know that the vast majority of residents in those gang-captured communities, whether in Central Kingston, August Town, or Savanna-la-Mar south, are peaceful law-abiding citizens who simply want to live in peace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So, in addition to the security element, it has a heavy community intervention, social intervention, and community-building component which must be properly organised, so it is not merely a matter of mobilisation of forces into an area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There are some people who just no longer care. It has been normalised. I still care about every life that is lost in this country and I do get very concerned, emotional, yes, because it should not be in this beautiful country of ours,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 17, 2022 12:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Dr Chang ) : “I asked Dr Chang to take over the portfolio of national security before the last election. It is the most difficult portfolio in the country. It requires a long-term commitment to the plans that we have in place[and] we are not going to change the current situation through the flip of a switch,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 17, 2022 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Dr Chang ) : “I asked Dr Chang to take over the portfolio of national security before the last election. It is the most difficult portfolio in the country. It requires a long-term commitment to the plans that we have in place[and] we are not going to change the current situation through the flip of a switch,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 17, 2022 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There was no partisan or political consideration” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 16, 2022 10:07:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “It is the most difficult portfolio in the country. It requires a long term commitment to the plans that we have in place and we're not going to change the current situation through a flip of a switch. The problems are deep rooted and they require significant structural, institutional, cultural and resource reform,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 16, 2022 10:07:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “This is the beginning of the transformation of the security forces into security forces that can be compared to security forces worldwide of the highest standard. It will take time,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 16, 2022 10:07:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I have full confidence in minister Chang, in his knowledge, in his competence and in his heart which is to ensure that every single Jamaican is safe,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 16, 2022 10:07:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Chang In ) : “What you are seeing before you now is a police force that is far more intelligence-based than at any time ever. What you are seeing now is a direction of resources into our security apparatus that gives us domain control on land and at sea and you will see the increased capabilities to find weapons and all of this is being done without taking any lives. This is the beginning of the transformation of our security forces into security forces that can be compared to security forces worldwide of the highest standard. It will take time. It, therefore, means that I cannot at this point, unduly interrupt the plans laid and the institutional knowledge that has been gained, which Minister Chang has been ahead of at the Ministry of National Security,” “I have full confidence in Minister Chang. In his knowledge, in his competence and in his heart, which is to ensure every single Jamaican is safe,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 16, 2022 9:39:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness disclosed : “This will reduce banking costs, the cost of handling money and will allow for more accountability,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 15, 2022 2:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As the commissioner said very clearly, we do not have a problem with inadequate spending on education. What we are spending, in relative terms, puts us in the top 20 per cent of the countries in the world, but we’re not getting the bang for the buck. Clearly, our focus has to be on accountability for results from the money we are spending,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 14, 2022 9:44:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “There is a sense that we are getting our debt under control, we are getting our fiscal house in order, there is certainty, there is confidence in the economic environment of the country, so you can now calculate your risks and make investments,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 14, 2022 12:52:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “These changes are also designed to facilitate greater coordination and synergy of resources on further increasing the number of housing solutions at affordable prices as well as the development and pursuit of new economic opportunities, such as the blue and the green economy as we recover from the pandemic,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 13, 2022 9:55:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I am urging every Jamaican to refocus at this time as we look towards the celebration of our 60th [anniversary of Independence]; the country must be unified. The 60th year is an important year. We are in the decade when we should be achieving Vision 2030,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 12:38:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The laws have been passed and we are now in the execution phase… I had the opportunity to tour the production facility and they are almost ready to go, but it needs that kind of guidance, it needs dedicated ministerial attention to ensure that Jamaicans do come on-board and participate fully,” “There are also administrative issues there, as well, that you would have to pay attention to; the establishment of the national identification and registration authority; so you will have your hands full. A part of ministerial work is advocacy and you will have to do a great deal of advocacy for the NIDS, meaning you will have to be communicating constantly with the public, you will have to become the voice and face,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “You have a major task in front of you to reform Jamaica's laws, to start the process of reviewing our constitution and indeed the conversation has already begun about our status as a constitutional monarchy and the change we would all like to see. But there is a process to achieving that and we want to make sure that we order all our steps appropriately and you will have the task of guiding that from the executive's perspective,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “It requires the mobilisation of our farmers and farming communities. As we see what is happening globally to supply chains and the impact on prices, Jamaica must have the capacity to insulate itself somewhat,” “We won't be able to do it fully, but we must have local capacity to supply our food needs, and part of your job will be to mobilise our farmers in our rural areas to ensure that our extension services are supporting them and that they get the resources and materials that they need so that at the local level our agriculture can meet the food needs of our people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “In any Government there will always be need for human resource management. Like any organisation you have to move your staff around, you have to place people in positions that suit their competencies and you have to pay attention to what the public that you serve is saying, so this is one iteration of the changes that will have to be made to the Cabinet to get us to that point of fulfilling our mandate to the people,” “So there will be more changes to come to the Cabinet. Right now, we have focused on getting the Government's legislative agenda settled, getting agriculture back up, getting information back on track… so we have, in this iteration, addressed some element of the Government's performance. Later on in the year, or as opportunities present themselves, there will be more changes to come,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I have said what the [containment] strategy is. It is now in your hands. Go and take the vaccine. That is the strategy,” “We can't hold yuh down and put the needle in your hand. If yuh get sick, you take that responsibility,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 9:29:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “You have to place people in positions that suit their competencies and you have to pay attention to what the public that you serve is saying,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 12, 2022 8:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As opportunities present themselves, there will be more changes to come. It is a difficult time, but we are a stable Government. We are a solid Government, we have competent people, we have a clear set goal and mission and with the challenges we face with the pandemic, we can say, unlike most countries that we have been surviving the pandemic, certainly from a fiscal standpoint very well,” “We have challenges with crime, but we have our plans in place, and we are steadily working through those. I wish to assure the people of Jamaica that we will not be deterred and we are on the job 24/7 working in your service,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 5:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "After two years into the pandemic we all know what to do," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 12, 2022 1:08:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So this is one iteration of the changes that will have to be made to the Cabinet to get us to that point of fulfilling our mandate fully to the people. So there will be more changes to come to the Cabinet,” “Right now, we have focused on getting the government's legislative agenda settled, getting agriculture back on track, getting information back on track.so we have, in this iteration, addressed some areas of government performance. Later on in the year, or as opportunities present themselves, there will be more changes to come,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 12, 2022 12:00:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As the Government moves towards fulfilling its mandate, increasing the pace of implementation of projects, and transitioning its management of the pandemic, there is also greater need for coordination in the dissemination of timely and accurate information to the public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 11, 2022 3:30:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As the government moves towards fulfilling its mandate, increasing the pace of implementation of projects, and transitioning its management of the pandemic, there is also greater need for coordination in the dissemination of timely and accurate information to the public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 11, 2022 7:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I know there is great tension in the air, and what it says to me is that people are not listening to what I have said. I have been very clear in Parliament, very clear, absolutely gone overboard to say that we are not going back to lockdowns, so be calm,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 10, 2022 4:32:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I have said what the [containment] strategy is. It is now in your hands. Go and take the vaccine. That is the strategy,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 10, 2022 4:32:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “This is a long-term strategy, yes when we do intervene we see an immediate reduction in violence, but it is more than a displacement strategy, it is a strategy to harden the area against the return and re-institutionalisation of criminality in the community, so we are building peace in the community. We are building people who will become wardens of the peace, we are giving people the opportunity to be employed we are improving the environment and conditions of the community…and we believe that this nexus between security operation and community development will ensure that these communities will sustain the peace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 10, 2022 4:32:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Imagine if there is a situation where there is a threat that the Government needs to act and maintain its action and the Opposition says we are not convinced of that threat, even if we share information, even if it is obvious and lives are lost. Then the Government is hobbled in its ability to respond to the threat, which is what we are now seeing played out with the inability to have the SOEs executed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 10, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “Your questions is based on a very dangerous premise…” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 10, 2022 5:09:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “People have died as a result [of claims for sovereignty] and you expect me to stand here as prime minister and fund activities that could lead to the breakdown of our state. Never!” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 10, 2022 5:09:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We initially designed the plan to target the top 20 communities that were plagued with crime and violence in an increasing way, particularly with murders, shooting and gang-related activities. We now have five ZOSOs implemented and generally, they have been successful,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 9, 2022 9:50:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “I go to my bed with these things on my conscience every night. I know that I have tried. It's a minefield, because every turn you make there is someone trying to stop it and I am left to wonder, are they in support of the criminals of the country?” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, January 9, 2022 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We can't keep doing that because that would just totally destroy the economy. There is a kind of personal choice that we have to balance if we abandon these measures; what is going to protect you? We already have enough problems that we cannot continue to keep our children out of school as a shielding measure to control the pandemic,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 7, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “When parents return from work and children return from school, it is likely that they would take home the virus with them, and so, whilst the Government will not be putting in the general shielding measure anymore, families must now figure out how they are going to shield and protect the vulnerable in their homes,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 7, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “One of the things I've struggle with in the pandemic — the very measures that keep us safe, that kept our numbers low, is the same measures people turn 'roun and cuss me for. But that's how it is. I believed we have managed it well, people are well informed and people know what to do,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 7, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Many of these people who you see coming up with all kinds of foolishness are mercenaries being paid to execute an agenda to mislead, misdirect, and disrupt. I am urging every Jamaican to refocus at this time as we look towards the celebration of our 60th, the country must be unified. The 60th year is an important year. We are in the decade when we should be achieving Vision 2030,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 6, 2022 3:33:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Have you seen what has been happening in Jamaica recently? Turning away from listening to the truth and wandering off into myths. We have seen this happen, I don't have to go into the examples, as I speak they are flashing before your eyes. You see them on social media, you are bombarded with them every day. Nonsense being preached to you every single day, but some of you believe it. Some of you don't know what to believe” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 6, 2022 3:33:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Then you get angry and say, 'Chro mi nah follow nutten weh the Government tell mi.' Then it becomes a constant struggle to get the society back on track as you accumulate teachings to suit your own passions. Beware of the false prophets!” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 6, 2022 3:33:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I do think we are all serious and on the same page about getting to that Vision 2030, and a part of that Vision 2030 is the peace of the country. The country is not at peace,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 6, 2022 9:00:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Death has robbed this nation yet again of an astute business leader whose contribution to the business community was revered,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 5, 2022 4:53:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The data that you give is kept in the highest level of security, with proper oversight to ensure that [this] is protected; the protocols around how that data is used and shared is of the highest level,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 5, 2022 5:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “We have decided to recommend the declaration of SOEs, having regard to the increase in murders, compared year on year, both in the communities in which we have declared them and nationally. These increases we consider to be of an extensive scale such that they threaten public safety, both in the communities in which the SOEs have been declared and nationally,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 4, 2022 1:12:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “This is not to say that we're abandoning work from home totally; it will be an option, but not a requirement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 31, 2021 6:12:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness insisted : “We have to send our children back to school. There’s no question about it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 31, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness wrote : "I am appealing to residents to give all information to the security forces so the perpetrators can be brought to justice," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 31, 2021 2:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Unfortunately, these incidents are taking place too often," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 31, 2021 2:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is necessary and, like any other organisation, you have to look at the horizon, see what is coming, look at your current situation, your current deployment of your human resources, and figure out how to change that to be able to respond to what is coming on the horizon,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 24, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “We have been doing that as a Cabinet,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 24, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness pointed out : “The USF is an important agency in Government for ensuring that all Jamaicans can get access to information services. They have done a wonderful job over the years, including funding labs in schools, through e-learning, [and] funding the provision of broadband and wi-fi services through community access points, that are free, across Jamaica,” External link

jis Friday, December 24, 2021 2:40:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I do have confidence in that person who is the chairman of HEART that if there were any conflict or connected party issues that they would have been declared to the prescribed authority; and, if he was a part of any decision-making process to be party or beneficiary to any contract that he would recuse himself from it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 22, 2021 5:28:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “We have to be careful how we seem to vilify persons who enter public life to give service. We are doing everything possible to ensure that there is transparency and probity [but] we also have to increase the public's understanding of the governance issues. One of the things we are concerned about is — if we will have people who are willing to serve — if we weaponise these things where simple things can turn out into the demonisation and destruction of people's character and integrity. We have to be fair,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 22, 2021 5:28:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think everybody knows what to do now. Vaccines are available, masks are available. You know that you should maintain distance and if you are exposed, get tested, stay home, and watch and see what's going to happen if you develop symptoms. [Persons] know what to do,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 22, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think everybody knows what to do now. Vaccines are available, masks are available. You know that you should maintain distance and if you are exposed, get tested, stay home, and watch and see what’s going to happen if you develop symptoms. [Persons] know what to do,” External link

jis Tuesday, December 21, 2021 9:48:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have contracted and we have ordered a new pump which will be taking water from Pepper and [will] pump it up Spur Tree into the town and to supply the parish generally. The pump is a specialised pump. It takes one year to build so the order is in. It is now being built and we are very hopeful that early next year we could have the pump,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 20, 2021 4:10:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It may mean that on weekends we still would have to continue with some of our programmes… using this very channel that we are funding,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 18, 2021 6:22:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “These medical oxygen concentrators is not a full solution to the problem, because you need high-flow oxygen for patients who have serious breathing distress, but these machines will help to save the moderately ill and reserve high-flow oxygen for those children severely ill,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 18, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That was a lesson that I learnt and we have to ensure that we have enough capacity, enough resources, enough redundancies in our systems that when these unplanned, unexpected events happen at the magnitude that they do oftentimes, that we are able to respond,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 18, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “There are failures at the staff and management levels as well, and based upon our labour laws, based upon our PBMA (Public Bodies Management and Accountability Act) and others, it is not always easy for immediate action to be taken when you do not get output and value for money from performance. So that general conversation needs to be had,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 16, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I've certainly given that direction to the board,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 16, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics (STEM) disciplines and coding are at the heart of the global technological revolution. In that regard, Jamaica will establish six new STEM academies and an academy for the creative and performing arts” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 15, 2021 8:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “We have to be careful how we seek to vilify persons who enter public life to give service,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 15, 2021 8:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As we approach our 60th year as an independent nation, and we reflect upon what we have achieved, tourism obviously has been an important part of those 60 years of independence. For our 60th year, we need to see an institute that is going to train persons in entertainment and culture so that our offerings are not just unidimensional,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 13, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Our local persons who are naturally talented and gifted can be exposed to a wide variety of other forms and areas of entertainment that they themselves can become professionals in. I think the tourism industry could give this to Jamaica as a gift for our 60th year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 13, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “We must spend more time on the linkages between tourism and the rest of the economy those linkages need to be strengthened. Already we know our utility sector benefits from tourism, but agriculture and manufacturing can benefit much more,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 13, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Tourism is the heartbeat of Jamaica, and this is not an industry we can allow to be affected and restricted by the pandemic. At the same time, we have to ensure the livelihood of the people in the industry, and everyone in the industry should protect themselves by getting vaccinated,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “We see this opening as a strong sign and an endorsement of Jamaica as a strong country. We are going to recover to where we were before, and we are going to go much higher,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The nation is as the nation does, and there are some people who want to speak prosperity into being, and to speak sovereignty and independence into being. I spend my time doing because the greatest frustration is a dream not achieved those who have ears to hear those vague terms will understand them until it is time for us to have that full and direct discourse,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 10, 2021 6:47:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We need to see an institute that is going to train persons in entertainment and culture so that the offerings are not just uni-dimensional, so that local persons who are naturally talented, naturally gifted, can be exposed to a wide variety of other forms and areas of entertainment that they themselves can become professionals in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 10, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “One thing that I have reflected on and that is the nation is as the nation does. There are some people who want to speak prosperity into being, speak sovereignty and independence into being. My philosophy is that we must do these things into being. We must make them happen. It must not be empty symbolism. It must be genuine, it must be borne of action that what we say, we are; it is what we are in our actions and in our achievements and in what we have done,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 10, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I'm certain those who have ears to hear those vague terms will understand them until it is time to have that full and direct discourse, which that process has started,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 10, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "When it comes to reggae bass playing, no one comes close to having the influence of Robbie Shakespeare," "He will be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music industry and Jamaica's culture" External link

CBC Thursday, December 9, 2021 5:46:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The legendary bassist Robbie Shakespeare played a significant role in recording and producing albums for various Reggae artists including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, U Roy, Culture, Burning Spear among other big names,” “When it comes to Reggae bass playing, no one comes close to having the influence of Robbie Shakespeare. He will be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music industry and Jamaica’s culture. May his soul Rest In Peace” External link

thejournal Thursday, December 9, 2021 4:56:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Except for Christmas Eve night, December 24, the curfew will commence past midnight and start at 1:00 a.m. early Christmas morning and for New Year’s Eve night, December 31, the curfew will commence after midnight at 1:00 a.m. early on New Years Day,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There has been a number of concerns expressed about the loss of productivity that this measure is having. We need to get back to normal but, of course, to do so safely. This is not to say that we are abandoning work from home totally; it will be an option but not a requirement,” “Individual ministries, departments and agencies should assess their own circumstances and determine what is best. The goal is to return to full productivity effective the first workday in January 2022. So, the public sector must get back to work at their workplaces,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As I had indicated previously, any public event held by the Government must be a controlled event by invitation only and only attended by persons who are fully vaccinated. I have attended a few and the public sector has [done] very well in ensuring that these rules are followed,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “We are reviewing it, particularly as we approach the Christmas season. The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development has announced that we are reviewing the measures, and those measures are likely to include a pretest before being allowed to enter. It is also likely that only vaccinated persons will be allowed to enter, but these measures are being studied carefully. Both the Minister of National Security and the Minister of Local Government will make their announcements shortly,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “At some point, the virus will become the dominant strain and make the ban pointless. So given our open economy, it is inevitable that the Omicron variant will enter Jamaica at some point. The purpose of the band is to delay its arrival in Jamaica to give us time to get more information and to prepare us,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It has worked; it has served us well. It is not meant in any way to be discriminatory to our good friends and partners. I want my brothers and sisters in South Africa to know that this is just pre-emptive, and we would never do anything to support any perception of Africa as being a cause of spread. We are reviewing and, in short order, we will make an announcement,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It was passed here, went up to the Upper House, but didn't make it past there. But the genesis of this legislation… goes back a few years and it represents an acknowledgement of a deficiency in our public administration and the need to moderate politics in governance,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The same standard ways to protect ourselves that we are now very accustomed to, works against the new variant, we just need to be more diligent about doing these things,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "There has been a number of concerns expressed about the loss of productivity that this measure is having. We need to get back to normal but, of course, to do so safely. This is not to say that we are abandoning work from home totally; it will be an option but not a requirement," "Individual ministries, departments and agencies should assess their own circumstances and determine what is best. The goal is to return to full productivity effective the first workday in January 2022. So, the public sector must get back to work at their workplaces," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, December 8, 2021 1:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Except for Christmas Eve night, December 24, the curfew will commence past midnight and start at 1 a.m. early Christmas morning and for New Year's Eve night, December 31, the curfew will commence after midnight at 1 a.m. early on New Year's Day," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, December 8, 2021 1:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The Government you elected wrestled with this issue internally because not everyone sees this as an absolute necessity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 8, 2021 9:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That is a challenge that deserves serious consideration,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 8, 2021 9:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It doesn’t make sense that we renew and then end up with a concrete jungle. So, the environmental and governance concerns in the renewal of our city are important,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 8, 2021 9:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “What we have to do as a country is to begin to recognise and respect the value and importance of each member of that partnership. We need to stop this kind of partnership and class warfare in our country where we want to cast people who are in business as exploiters,” “We want to make profit a bad word, and we need to take that out of our minds, but also to understand that people who have capital and people who control business also must recognise their social and governance responsibilities to the poor,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 8, 2021 9:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “This is not to say that we're abandoning work from home totally; it will be an option, but not a requirement,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 8, 2021 7:51:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “The pandemic has only accelerated this, some experts say, by up to five years. Although technology and automation will continue to displace, there will be huge new opportunities created in digital economy jobs,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness wrote : "I used the opportunity this morning to congratulate Elaine on being awarded the 2021 World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “Anyone found with a gun [that is illegal] should start with the death penalty,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 7, 2021 3:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So what you [will] have is a flow. So when that 12,019 now under construction [are complete], you will have a replacement from those moving out of planning… and that’s in the pipeline,” External link

jis Monday, December 6, 2021 11:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have put some into education and we have put some into the fiscal sustainability programme. If the cash reserves were converted into housing then you couldn't really take anything out if it, because it would be in housing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 2, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It rubs me the wrong way when I hear the blanket criticisms without context of what the NHT is doing, as if to say the construction of one development on Ruthven Road somehow immediately destroys and deprives everyone else of housing, as if to say the people who will benefit from Ruthven Road are not contributors as well. The mandate of the NHT is to build houses for contributors,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 2, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We see the misalignment of vision and reality in the public commentary on the decisions and actions of the NHT, so it kinda rubs me the wrong way as well, when I hear the blanket criticisms without context, of what the NHT is doing, as if to say the construction of one development on Ruthven Road somehow immediately destroys and deprives everyone else of housing, ... as if to say the people who will benefit from Ruthven Road are not contributors as well,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 2, 2021 9:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The commitment for Ruthven Road was made before my time, by a former prime minister, and it is a commitment that I agree with; I believe it should be done. So it’s either we leave it or we get it done. The direction was ‘Get it done’,” “If we didn’t do it, then maybe we wouldn’t have anything to argue about and 86 people would not be housing beneficiaries today. Who knows? Probably the land would be sitting down there, waiting to be developed” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 2, 2021 9:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The Jamaica Teaching Council Bill will be brought to Parliament early next year. This bill will establish professional codes and standards for our teachers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 1, 2021 8:48:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “For this, I would make an exception. Anyone found with an illegal gun should start with the death penalty,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 1, 2021 8:48:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "anyone found with an illegal gun should start with the death penalty" External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:36:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Anyone found with a gun [that is illegal] should start with the death penalty. That's how strongly I feel about it...that's how serious we should treat it” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I have asked the Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General to advise me on the process of reviewing the Constitution. We do intend to start next year, the process for constitutional review and the necessary reforms that may flow from that,” External link

guyanachronicle Monday, November 29, 2021 12:22:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “This is a miserable time. It is not the time for politics and election. This is the time for the nation to remain focused, and it doesn't make sense to call an election, because nothing is going to change. We are still going to win the parish council elections,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “But we had no discussions about local government elections and, for those who are anxiously awaiting it, I don't believe that it would be the right thing to do with a new variant strain [of the novel coronavirus] on the horizon and all the pressures of COVID and [food] prices,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “The longer you wait to see what is going to happen the more we are going to see dangerous variant strains emerge,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So the longer you wait, the greater the probability that what you are going to see are more dangerous variants and versions of the virus. So, we say to all Jamaicans, go and get the vaccination. Don't wait until it's too late,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Anyone found with a gun [that is illegal] should start with the death penalty,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “That's how strongly I feel about it...that's how serious we should treat it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I wish it [the amendments to the Firearms Act] could be that draconian,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “I believe at the heart of the problem is the easy access to the gun...The problem that we have in Jamaica is the mass, unregulated inflow of unregistered light arms and weapons from post-war countries and from our big trading partners to the North,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So overall… the murders have reduced by seven in the first 10 days compared to the 10 days prior to the calling of the SOEs,” External link

jamaica-star Monday, November 29, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I believe that several events over the last few years have demonstrated that the intersection between politics and governance on public boards represents an unnecessary risk and exposure to the Government,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 29, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So, I’ve directed the minister of finance to return the legislation to Parliament and to immediately have it passed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 29, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “The problem that we have in Jamaica is the inflow, a mass unregulated inflow of unregistered light arms and guns from post-war countries and from our big trading partners to the north,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 29, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "These greatly appreciated Sinopharm vaccines demonstrate the value of the evolving relationship which Jamaica shares with China and is in keeping with the collective efforts to respond to an ever-changing environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic," External link

cctv-en Monday, November 29, 2021 7:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I wish it [the amendments to the Firearms Act] could be that draconian,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 5:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "That's how strongly I feel about it," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 29, 2021 4:11:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “I give the parents of Jamaica my commitment, we will not let your children lose and suffer because of the pandemic; we will do all in our power to ensure that they get the best education possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 3:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I have asked the minister of justice and the attorney general to advise me on the process of reviewing the Constitution. We do intend to start next year, the process for constitutional review and the necessary reforms that may flow from that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 3:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The Government continues to act in the best interest to preserve lives and to preserve livelihoods as best as possible. We are being very cautious in reopening and, just to be clear, we are not going to shut down again,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 12:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The Government will ultimately have no choice but to allocate a finite set of resources to managing COVID-19-related hospitalisations, including a fixed number of beds. We cannot continue to dedicate virtually the entire capacity of the health system to dealing only with COVID-19 to the detriment of other health system users” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 12:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We would have lost an important part of our education system with the absence of face-to-face the interpersonal [element],” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 28, 2021 9:07:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The truth is employers tell you this all the time that they get the students with the grades, but they simply just don't have the softer skills to cope in the work environment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 28, 2021 9:07:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "These greatly appreciated Sinopharm vaccines demonstrate the value of the evolving relationship which Jamaica shares with China and is in keeping with the collective efforts to respond to an ever-changing environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic," External link

sinacom-en Sunday, November 28, 2021 7:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Let me say for the record, this is a lie!” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So overall… the murders have reduced by seven in the first 10 days compared to the 10 days prior to the calling of the SOEs,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 26, 2021 3:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The SOEs work, and if you were to take the analogy of the SOEs being the emergency measures that we have taken during the pandemic to slow and control the spread of the virus, you would effectively say that the SOEs have flattened the curve. That's what they have done,” “It is not meant, and no one on this side has ever said that the SOE is the silver bullet. That's not what we have been saying. The SOEs cannot replace conventional policing. This is a point on which we agree. The SOE, however, is a tool to attenuate the situation. To bring it to yield, to allow for conventional policing to work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 24, 2021 9:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness suggested : “You have said that you are not supporting the SOEs, because they are unconstitutional. As the minister of justice and others have said, there has been no such ruling. So, the position of lack of support for the SOE must be more than just a conviction. It is probably a strategy to ensure that the Government does not have full use of a tool that would result in the reduction of murders in the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 24, 2021 9:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “What the SOE does is to give us the ability to have the police force and the military deployed. People will say 'well, you can deploy the police and the military generally'. The difference with the SOE is that the military is also able to deploy on its own,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 24, 2021 1:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We only see these kinds of actions happening in war zones” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 21, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Through the Coding in Schools Programme, (students) will acquire basic numeracy, language, and problem-solving skills, which are the prerequisites for coding. Too many of our students are leaving school without these basic functional skills,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 11:45:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “My sense of the people is that right now, they are under stress from COVID. They are under stress from crime. They want their children back in school. Prices are going up. The last thing anybody wants to hear about now, with all of what is happening, is an election,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “The COVID-19 pandemic has really taken up quite a bit of my time and I’m now shifting my focus back on to the other issues, which seemingly are getting out of control,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have to get back a lid on crime. We have to get back the economy up and running. We have to bring inflation under control, though most of the inflation is imported, and the prices have to come back down,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “We have councillors here with us; they’re also wondering [if the elections will be held]. My message to them is, just go and do the work and serve the people. I don’t get the sense from the people that they are interested, there are other issues that they want to address and I’m refocusing on all those issues,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I had committed publicly that if there were to be an election at that time, that we would dispense with the SOEs, and it is for a good reason why I did it because for people who are in the political field, there is always a suspicion that the SOEs can be used in a political way” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “Before we put in the SOEs there were five murders the night before and we were tracking what was happening in Westmoreland,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 19, 2021 11:09:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Certainly, in the communities where the SOEs have been declared, in the parishes, police divisions, you would see a dampening effect, except in Westmoreland, and I am here in Westmoreland because this is now the epicentre,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 19, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The core of that epicentre is the gangs. There are several gangs in this region that appear to be at war with each other. They are brazen, they don't seem to fear the law and they seem determined to exact revenge on each other, and in so doing innocent citizens are killed. So yes, we have had a dampening effect right across the island in the divisions and the parishes, except Westmoreland, where we have a problem that is over the capacity of regular policing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 19, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “While I agree with you that there is a shortage, let me say that the shortage is as a result of the level of crime and violence. In other words, the normal manpower distribution for this area would be quite appropriate were the level of crime and violence lower,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 19, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I’m here in Westmoreland because this is now a sort of epicentre,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 19, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “My report is that they are working to find a way to resolve the issues,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 19, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The Government will ultimately have no choice but to allocate a finite set of resources to managing COVID-19-related hospitalisations, including a fixed number of beds,” “We cannot continue to dedicate virtually the entire capacity of the health system to dealing only with COVID-19 to the detriment of other health system users” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 18, 2021 4:26:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told ( about Джеймс Сун ) : “The Government is already down that road because we have made allocations in the Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project to undertake the studies for a proper drainage system for St James. So, the funding is in place for that and the work for that should start and, indeed, that would be the first step towards truly addressing this problem,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 18, 2021 4:24:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “The Government continues to act in the best interest to preserve lives and livelihoods as best as possible. We are being very cautious in reopening. Just to be clear, we are not going to shut down again. We have reopened our schools [and] we have seen cases reported of possible exposure to COVID-19. We tell them to sanitise, clean up, isolate the child, but we are not going to close the schools again. It is what it is. If it is we have reached this level of frustration with the measures, we can't continue to have that, so we have to take down the measures, we have to do so gradually, and we will face the brave new COVID world where it is your responsibility to maintain social distance, sanitise, do your own surveillance and find a way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are in a different era of accountability and our supporters need to understand that it is not [about] taking up cash and just giving it out those days are gone. Work must be done for this income,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This police force has brought several of the most dangerous gangs – gangs that were formerly protected, when we could have taken action to undermine them, erode them, displace them. But this force, even without the exceptional powers of an SOE (state of emergency), invested significant time and resources to build cases. I don't think the public understands that an entire police division has to be built, then put to investigate, for months [and] years, then we have to put up witnesses and protect them, then we have to properly document and build a case and take it to court. When was that done before?” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 2:10:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness insisted : “Every society must have powers to deal with exceptional circumstances and emergencies,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 2:10:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have used it in such a way that we are respectful of the human rights and dignity of the citizens, and at the same time, whenever we have used the SOEs, it has brought down murders and has returned a sense of safety and security both to the communities in which we have implemented them and nationally,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness asked : “What of the rights of the victims?” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 4:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness asked : “Who speaks for the people who have been killed? What of their constitutional rights? Who defend those rights of the 1,300 or more Jamaicans who have been murdered in this country” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 4:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We only see these kinds of actions happening in war zones,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 4:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The Commissioner of Police, the Minister of National Security, the Chief of Defence Staff have all been doing, in my judgment and grading, a very good job with the resources [that they have] and the particular circumstances, which are in some instances, unique to Jamaica and very extreme…” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “Until we recognise that violence is similar in nature to a pandemic, to a disease, and we agree that the same principle that we have applied in the pandemic where we declare it an emergency and we all as one society dealt with it, until we recognise that then we're going to continue to ask the police to solve a problem that has started in the breakdown of our families, and our homes and communities and national leadership and the degeneration of morality and civility in the society” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 15, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "It is almost a competition for cruelty, the worst of the worst and it appears to be designed, properly calculated to drive fear into the citizens of the country and panic in communities," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness wrote ( about Norman Manley ) : "Jamaica received its second shipment of the Pfizer vaccine yesterday afternoon at the Norman Manley International Airport," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 5, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Importantly, the pandemic demonstrated that the world has the capacity to develop global solutions in record time when we believe and agree that the problem threatens our safety and security. It also demonstrated the need for equity. Equity is similarly critical to our response to climate change,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 4, 2021 3:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We wouldn't want our children to once again be deprived of the opportunity to sit their exams in a full and comprehensive way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 4, 2021 10:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I don’t like to speak when I’m not fully briefed. I have some information . However, let me say the Government is always very concerned when matters of governance of public bodies are raised,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This was the basis of the 2009 US$100-billion per year pledge which still needs to be met if the developing world is to achieve our resilience and low carbon emission goals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 1:30:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Many countries are presently going through a fourth wave, but without the hospitalisations, because they have high vaccination levels,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “Countries that have profited the most from carbon over decades have a responsibility to make resources and technology available to others to adapt and transition to low-carbon economies. This was the basis of the 2009 US$100 billion-per-year pledge, which still needs to be met if the developing world is to achieve our resilience and low carbon-emission goals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The consideration is for a return to face-to-face for the vaccinated category of students, but we have to also look at where we are in the present wave,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “I am appealing especially to parents who would like to see their children return to school, to get vaccinated and when the vaccines that are approved for children come, please get your child vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaican passport holders and tourists can now obtain expedited approvals within minutes of submitting their application, provided that no coronavirus (COVID-19)-related risks are identified. Permanent residents and work permit holders are required to upload documentary evidence of residency status in Jamaica, following which approval is granted,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 30, 2021 6:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We were among the first to do it in the Caribbean, and other countries looked at what we were doing and copied it and introduced the same systems and other similar systems. It has served us well. It is not a perfect system, and the speed at which it was developed by a local company, that is something that we should really look at and commend ourselves,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 30, 2021 6:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Permanent Secretaries ) : “The Permanent Secretaries are now directed that they must determine the vaccination status of the workers in their charge and this is to help us now plan for the endemic stage of the management of the disease,” External link

jis Friday, October 29, 2021 4:03:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “We believe we can manage the risk of outbreak by strategically allowing some children to go back and putting in place a measure that allows vaccinated students where vaccines are accessible… . Students will be allowed to go back unvaccinated but that would be for the population where no vaccine is approved,” External link

jis Friday, October 29, 2021 3:02:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "We took the view that the safest place for the children to be in the pandemic is at home. It may be the case but not all homes are safe. Not all homes nurture their children. Not all homes have children who can read and write," "I have got calls about young girls getting pregnant so I have asked for some data as to whether or not we are seeing any rise in teenage pregnancy as a result of children being home, many of them unsupervised" External link

jamaica-star Friday, October 29, 2021 2:08:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The permanent secretaries are now directed that they must determine the vaccination status of the workers in their charge and this is to help us now plan for the endemic stage of the management of the disease,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 29, 2021 1:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “We cannot continue with this cat-and-mouse game of opening up and then locking down,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 28, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “These will be done in small groups using a rotation schedule as guided by the COVID-19 protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 28, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “At this stage the Government is not considering implementing mandatory vaccination; however, probablyit will emerge in the near future,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 27, 2021 3:53:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “We are doing this knowing that reopening and sending our children back to school could also cause the numbers to increase. There is no perfect and easy solution. We believe we can manage the risk of outbreak by strategically allowing some children to go back and putting in place a measure to allow vaccinated students where vaccines are accessible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 27, 2021 1:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We wouldn't want our children to once again be deprived of the opportunity to sit their exams in a full and comprehensive way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 27, 2021 1:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The consideration is for a return to face-to-face for the vaccinated category of students, but we have to also look at where we are in the present wave,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “I am appealing especially to parents who would like to see their children return to school, to get vaccinated and when the vaccines that are approved for children come, please get your child vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Don’t come and ask for care package and fight ‘bout road and garbage to be collected when, from the pool of resources that is paid in taxes, we have to take out almost $10 billion to put aside for COVID response when we could have easily gotten over that if you were to be wise citizens of your own country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 23, 2021 9:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness wrote : "Through financing from CHASE Fund, an agency under the Office the Prime Minister, the long-awaited Genome Sequencer, which will test for different strains of the coronavirus, as well as other viruses, was handed over to the National Influenza Centre at the University Hospital of the West Indies this morning (Friday)," External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 23, 2021 4:36:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness charged : “We must never cede the space of the public mind to those persons,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “A man forcing something into another man is buggery. A man forcing himself into a woman is rape. No Prime Minister can change common law and common sense!” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We're not strong on social media combating the nonsense that is being put out. The University of the West Indies, which is the repertoire of knowledge, which we spend billions of dollars on, has a duty and a responsibility to be a strong voice in all spaces to ensure that the public is properly guided,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 23, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Colin Powell ) : “When I decided that my path would be in politics, Colin Powell was one personality in the political space that inspired me. Many of us take inspiration from the life and work of Secretary Powell. He remains a source of great joy and pride for all of us at home and abroad,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 22, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “There are many persons who are on the farm work programme who would ordinarily have taken a perspective which many Jamaicans are taking which is, 'Let me wait and see. Let me wait and see'. There are many who are on the farm work programme who would normally buy into some of the garbage that is being placed in social media… But because they have made the connection between their economic livelihood and their health status, they have decided to come and get vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The only way that we're going to come out of this economic situation in which we find ourselves is if our economy returns to normal. And what does return to normal mean? It means that we will have to one, do away with the limits on movement and gatherings. When we have to shut down our economy at seven or eight o'clock, that impacts on production, it impacts on your ability to earn,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have had many good conversations and very interesting discussions about Jamaica and the developments taking place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Colin Powell ) : “General Colin Powell is the first Jamaican- American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as Chairman,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 9:48:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I was under the impression that there was consensus and agreement. As it turned out, there wasn't and the point is unassailable that with the breakdown of that consensus then obviously you have to go to a joint select committee,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 18, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I am relieved to learn that Phylisia has been found! Thank God. We now pray for her full recovery after this extremely traumatic event” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 17, 2021 1:10:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think employees and employers have the right to sit with each other and negotiate. That’s the first strategy, but I think employers also have the right to protect their businesses and their investments,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 16, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness charged : "The PNP has no interest in [the] public good. They are only interested in politics. They don't want to face a defeat in local government elections...It's transparent what they are doing. They are saying 'hey, don't call any election because we don't want to lose'," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 16, 2021 1:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "That is the farthest thing from my mind...What more is there to prove?" External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 16, 2021 1:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So we are eventually moving into that space where the number of persons vaccinated will outnumber those who are not vaccinated. By November, we will reach one million doses and then after that, the numbers are going to increase gradually. When we pass the 50 per cent mark then there will be no question about the need for having a vaccine option,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 15, 2021 8:12:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “But, in Jamaica, the fear of the people that if you introduce something new it could be used to deprive them of access; the fear that if you introduce something new it could take away their freedom; the fear that if you introduce something new that looks like it is going to give the Government more power, then that power would be used to abuse you and, therefore, you must oppose it, oppose it, oppose,” “It is our economic freedom that is going to secure our political freedom, and until every single Jamaican understands that, we will continue to quibble over the meaningless things and miss the important things, which is about getting our ability to be resilient from shock, to continue to produce, to increase our wealth nationally, and to be able to address the needs of the poor and vulnerable,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:33:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There will come a time when we will have to insist upon persons taking the vaccines or be restricted in certain ways. I have already sounded that warning,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:05:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness charged : “Those who don't take the vaccine remain the host population for the reproduction and mutation of the virus. The consequence of this is that the people who would have taken the vaccine will face the potential of being infected by a mutated version of the virus for which the original vaccine they took would not be as effective” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 12, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness says : "the Government has to lead the country towards normality and to live with the COVID-19 virus" External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 12, 2021 5:32:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Today, we have taken the decision to return our Cabinet to face-to-face, not just for the effectiveness of our decision making, but as a symbol to the rest of the country that yes, we are still in a pandemic, however, we must transition to living with COVID-19,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The way to do it is for every Jamaican to take the option of getting vaccinated. The way to do it is for every Jamaican to comply with the infection, prevention and control measures that have been established, which will eventually be relaxed the higher the level of vaccination. And for those who choose not to take the option, the requirement would still be in place for testing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness remarked : “If we are having this challenge meeting online in the Cabinet, can you imagine the challenge our children are having trying to learn online? We must return our children to school and again the way to do it is to have your children and our teachers vaccinated,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I want you to become the ambassadors, to go back into your communities, into your households, schools, churches, and the marketplace and encourage [persons who haven't yet taken the vaccine] to get vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 11, 2021 6:19:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “You are the heroes [and] now I want you to become the ambassadors. Go back into your community, into your households, schools, churches [or] marketplace, and as you talk to your neighbours, encourage them to get vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 10, 2021 5:50:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That is not impossible and not necessarily a very difficult task,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 10, 2021 5:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica is a society where rights issues have to be treated very carefully, so we are very careful in how we move to any differential treatment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 10, 2021 5:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "We will respect people's rights and the process before we do anything, but we can't continue like this for much longer; our children must go back to school. They have suffered the most, and so there will come a time when we will have to insist upon persons taking the vaccines," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 10, 2021 5:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That is not impossible and not necessarily a very difficult task,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 8, 2021 5:31:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica is a society where rights issues have to be treated very carefully, so we are very careful in how we move to any differential treatment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 8, 2021 5:31:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That is not impossible and not necessarily a very difficult task,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 8, 2021 4:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Gleaner ) : “Jamaica is a society where rights issues have to be treated very carefully, so we are very careful in how we move to any differential treatment,” External link

stabroeknews Friday, October 8, 2021 4:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “There will come a time when we will have to insist upon persons taking the vaccines or be restricted in certain ways. I have already sounded that warning, that notice, and it is not for fearmongering, it is just a matter of public duty and process before we implement any such thing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 8, 2021 9:41:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The Government that you elect can't come and impose on you because the very act of that imposition would cause you to resist, and that is why the Government that you elect… would never do that. I respect your right and your freedom,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 8, 2021 9:41:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness warned : “But it can't go on forever,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 8, 2021 9:41:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think it is becoming increasingly clear that the Government has done more than enough in bringing information about the vaccines, in providing the vaccines, and in encouraging persons to take the vaccines. So we are reaching that critical point where we can start to take differential action, such as what you have said allow the vaccinated children back into the classroom,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 8, 2021 9:41:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “Yes, people are expressing different opinions and different views, [but] there is benefit in that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 8, 2021 9:41:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That is not impossible and not necessarily a very difficult task,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 8, 2021 8:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica is a society where rights issues have to be treated very carefully, so we are very careful in how we move to any differential treatment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 8, 2021 8:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Within the context of the public sector, both our internal and external customers should expect and receive nothing but the best service. This service should be evident in the efficiency in which we execute responsibilities,” External link

jis Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:28:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “with which we conduct ourselves, [have] patience [when] interacting with customers, respect our clients, [and be] accountable” External link

jis Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:28:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness urged : “Show them that you have taken the vaccines and have not been affected by [it],” External link

jis Tuesday, October 5, 2021 11:29:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “The Government cannot continue with these measures forever. We can’t keep locking down the country forever. We can’t keep the curfews forever. We can’t prevent people from gathering forever,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 2, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Let me be very clear to all Jamaicans listening, if there occurs a situation, in which we (the government) clearly see that there is a threat to life, community and property that rises to the level that satisfies the constitutional requirement, we will declare a state of public emergency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 8:48:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told ( about Джеймс Сун ) : “There are six gangs known to be operating in that very small space. And those gangs, though they are based in that area, operate all over St James. So, the ZOSO will target this area and will bring some peace to the community, but it will give an opportunity for that community to turn a new leaf in its existence,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 2:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated ( about Джеймс Сун ) : “An analysis of the situation in the Norwood community within the parish of St James and within the St James Police Division has revealed that the community continues to be characterised by increased gang-related violence and criminal activity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 2:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Norwood community, for the new zone of special operations...is an area of approximately one square kilometre. It has about 11, 800 residents. We have estimated that approximately 1,600 of those are males between 14 and 29. There are about 5,200 building structures in that community. The community is generally considered to have emerged in an unplanned way,” “It has issues such as lack of water, but the housing structures are generally of good stock and construction of concrete and houses workers mainly in the tourism sector. But you can see that in an area of approximately one square kilometre, with over 11,000 persons living there, with unplanned infrastructure, that there could be the levels of crime and violence that we're experiencing in those areas” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 2:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Although there are programmes like PATH, there are still other groups that require assistance, so we are here to assist you with these tablets,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 21, 2021 10:49:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is a symbol of hope for other people who might be in similar circumstances, whose housing and shelter solutions are substandard, and those living under inhumane conditions,” “We know, we see, and we care, and as fast as we can, we will respond” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 21, 2021 10:49:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Coming out of that [Cabinet deliberations] you'll hear a statement as to the Government's position,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 1:36:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “It may not be today but somewhere down the road, some of those communities in Central Kingston will be declared. I will say to the citizens, I understand your distress and we are working to bring long term peace to your community,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 1:36:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The ZOSO will target this area and will bring some peace not only to the community but it will give an opportunity for that community to turn a new leaf in its existence,” “The overall intention in declaring another ZOSO for St James is to ensure that the Government can deliver social interventions, leading to an improved living condition and quality of life for the citizens in that area and to reduce the exposure of our children to various behaviours and the exposure of violence in the area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:41:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “You now have the opportunity to use your office to mediate, inspire, and motivate citizens of the parish to seek a better way of life through peace, love, respect, unity, pro-social and pro-growth behaviour. You will not be alone in this, as you have a cadre of JPs to support you,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:21:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I am confident in the capabilities of Custos Gentles to fulfil the mandate of the Ministry of Justice and to serve the people of Trelawny with exceptional dignity. He has been appointed based on the merit and integrity of his work and character, and more importantly, his express impetus to serve,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 19, 2021 8:21:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We could give several incentives for owners to develop the land in accordance with the protected area. We could have partnerships with them, where we try to develop the land in keeping with the protected status of the land or we could acquire the land, depending on the nature of the protection and how we consider this as a valuable piece of land to protect,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 19, 2021 6:13:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The post still maintains its cherished value; it represents the call for unity and peace, as part of a system of values which must be engendered in our society,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 18, 2021 7:53:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “Our administration of public affairs reflects the values of our society that speak to our civility, and the office of the Custos, flowing from the Head of State, must exemplify, reflect and actively promote the dignity of the State,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 18, 2021 7:53:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Custodes are a key part of the framework for rebuilding the nation as a peaceful, caring, loving and dignified society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 18, 2021 11:16:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The office of custos, flowing from the head of State, must exemplify and reflect and actively promote the dignity of the State. The role exemplifies the importance of civic duty and must never be taken lightly. Mr Hugh Gentles, who has just been installed as custos today, has demonstrated dignity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 18, 2021 11:16:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As Jamaica embarks on a digital economy, the Global Services Sector will play a key role in the nation’s digital transformation. This, with the deployment of digital tools and services that enable a fully transformed digital economy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:55:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Even as we invite others to consider business opportunities in this established sector of Jamaica’s economy, Jamaica continues to be the most sought-after English-speaking location in this region and we continue to create and support opportunities for foreign investors seeking a nearshore solution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:55:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “These measures have helped to secure the jobs of about 43,000 employees, maintain stability within the sector, and allow foreign exchange earnings. Thus, the sector has rebounded from temporary declines during 2020 to return to pre-COVID numbers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:55:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Joseph Biden ) : “We welcome the announcement of the United States President [Joseph] Biden and his administration to make available some of their vaccines for the region,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, June 14, 2021 5:06:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Certainly, it will not be enough even in the first instance to satisfy our total demand to bring us to herd immunity, but we welcome it and appreciate it as a continuing example for rich countries who have surpluses to make them available right across the world, right across the globe, not necessarily entirely by grant, but certainly available for purchase,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, June 14, 2021 5:06:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are preparing for that (face-to-face classes); the Ministry of Education (Youth and Information) is ready for that; we want our teachers to be ready for that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 12, 2021 11:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness remarked : "These measures have helped to secure the jobs of about 43,000 employees, maintain stability within the sector and allow foreign exchange earnings. Thus, the sector has rebounded from temporary declines during 2020 to return to pre-COVID numbers," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 10:08:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : "These measures have helped to secure the jobs of about 43,000 employees within the sector and allow foreign exchange earnings. Thus, the sector has rebounded from temporary declines during 2020 to return to pre-covid numbers," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 11, 2021 9:24:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “New categories must be established for access to concessional and non-concessional development finance, based on vulnerability measures rather than per capita income,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:27:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Forget the talk, forget the bad-mind element in Jamaica. When you start to invest, people do all sort of things to trip you up, say all kind of negative things about you. Forget that and just persevere. Keep doing more and more,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Embrace our entrepreneurs. Embrace those persons who would take the risk of investing their capital because believe it or not, Jamaica, in my opinion, is probably the most entrepreneurial country with the most entrepreneurial people in this region,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “That is how we get growth, when assets that are not utilised are paired with entrepreneurs, people who have vision to see what the unutilised asset could be, and people who have capital, resources tied up in savings, who are willing to take it and invest,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We want to invite the private sector to pay more attention to this element of the housing market that is either low-income, affordable income, or young professionals. They are going to need housing solutions that are affordable,” “We want all our citizens to have access to planned, structured communities where they can have proper roads, sewage, water, electricity and Internet,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 7, 2021 2:59:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are still hovering at around five per cent so we can't take any risk because the same people that curse us today about being too tight are the same ones who will turn around and curse us tomorrow if we loosen up. So we have to be very practical and very cautious,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 6, 2021 9:54:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Our nation's youths are the future of our country. If we are to reduce the high levels of violence and crime in Jamaica we must productively and positively engage our youths so that they do not become targets for recruitment by gangs or fall prone to other types of criminal activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “You have been given a firm foundation on which to build a successful military career. I urge you to continue to make the best of all the opportunities that will reveal themselves during your career as a member of the JDF,” “With each successive intake that successfully completes the JNSC programme, I am heartened that there are so many of our young Jamaicans who are still willing to serve. I believe that one of my primary duties is to ensure that there are good opportunities such as the JNSC programme that will enable a strong sense of duty and commitment to serve,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:20:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Joseph Biden ) : “We welcome the announcement of the United States President [Joseph] Biden and his administration to make available some of their vaccines for the region,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 5:33:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Certainly, it will not be enough even in the first instance to satisfy our total demand to bring us to herd immunity, but we welcome it and appreciate it as a continuing example for rich countries who have surpluses to make them available right across the world, right across the globe, not necessarily entirely by grant, but certainly available for purchase,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 5:33:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Edward Seaga ) : “When the proposal was made to name the school in honour of Edward Phillip George Seaga – a man whose history and legacy is that of building institutions and holding them to the highest standards, a man of order and excellence – I had some scepticism in my mind because the institution that bears the name of the person must reflect the standards of the person,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 4, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Much of the challenges that we face stems from the quality of education being delivered. It is a struggle for the teachers. When I speak to them, I feel their pain and frustration. They not only have to focus on what they are delivering in the curriculum to treat with issues of literacy and numeracy, but they also have to be correcting many of the problems that they (students) bring from the home into the classroom,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 4, 2021 9:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The age limit for the stay-at-home measure remains at 60 until June 30, 2021. However, persons who are fully vaccinated will be exempted from this. We, therefore, encourage all persons within the vulnerable age group to get vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “If you are fully vaccinated, meaning that you have received the required dosage, if it is a two-dose vaccine and you get the two doses, two weeks after we consider you to be fully vaccinated, or if it is a one-dose vaccine, and you have got the dosage, two weeks after we consider you fully vaccinated. You are no longer under the elder shielding measure,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 9:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There appears to be some confusion around this. What this means is that services with the mortal remains being present are not permitted,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have had to maintain this protocol as it is because when we have analysed the behaviour of the public in this activity, we see a very low level of adherence and compliance with the protocols. It is still a very risky activity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There are some people who say I'm going to wait and be in the 25 per cent that don't take the vaccine, [and] that is the unfairness of all of this. If we are going to come out of this pandemic the Government cannot continue with these restrictive measures. The only sustainable way is to just get the vaccine” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 3, 2021 4:09:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “Public education is an integral part of our approach to increase public awareness and engagement to support the disaster preparation and emergency management activities of the ODPEM (Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management). The Jamaican people will gain a greater understanding of disaster risk management to be able to prepare for disasters, emergencies and emerging hazards allowing them to safeguard themselves properly, intentionally, and actively, family and property thereby ensuring hurricane readiness in trying times,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 2, 2021 11:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “However, people who are fully vaccinated will be exempted from this. We, therefore, encourage all persons within the vulnerable age group to get vaccinated and when you get vaccinated you keep that card close at hand,” External link

jis Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:11:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “There are other areas in Jamaica [and] we have plans already to build those parks, and we will be expecting the participation of the Tourism Enhancement Fund in the building out of those parks,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 2, 2021 7:49:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think that our perspective on tourism as a country needs to be definitively positive, and we should remove this ambivalence about the product and be practical about it. What we have in Jamaica is an exceptional product, and with all the other issues that we face we are still growing in tourism,” “So, the sense that we are not getting full value for tourism because most of it is exclusive, that sense should not in any way colour the embrace and support of tourism,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 2, 2021 7:49:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think that our perspective on tourism as a country needs to be definitively positive, and we should remove this ambivalence about the product and be practical about it. What we have in Jamaica is an exceptional product, and with all the other issues that we face we are still growing in tourism,” “So, the sense that we are not getting full value for tourism because most of it is exclusive, that sense should not in any way colour the embrace and support of tourism,” External link

jis Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:20:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Like we have done successfully in the past year, our strategy must be to anticipate, plan and prepare for the threat, not to panic if or when it materialises. Let’s remember the tagline, ‘disasters happen, be prepared’,” External link

jis Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:20:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “For weekends, the curfew will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays and end at 5:00 a.m. the following morning,” External link

jis Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:14:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I think that is significant and I know small business people and large business people may not be satisfied… they were lobbying for 10:00 p.m., but we have done what we believe is necessary to allow commerce and at the same time prevent a rapid increase in the numbers,” “So, on Saturdays two more hours have been given, which I think will be useful. Sundays remain the same and we had to do that as a kind of compensatory measure, just to make sure that we slow the numbers that could occur,” External link

jis Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:14:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Let us not repeat the mistakes of the past. Let us view the recrafting of the measures not as a licence for a free for all but as an opportunity to safely pursue our livelihoods and other activities that enhance our spiritual and mental health needs. Let us exercise personal responsibility to prevent a third wave that would force us to tighten the measures once again,” External link

jis Wednesday, June 2, 2021 3:14:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The ODPEM [[Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management], of course, plays the lead role in the achievement of these objectives as the national disaster coordinating agency. ODPEM, in collaboration with national, regional and international agencies, is committed to taking proactive and timely measures to prevent or reduce the impact of hazards on Jamaica, its people, our natural resources, and our economy,” “I have, in my capacity as chairman of the National Disaster Committee, instructed the committee to direct its attention to a number of priority areas: First, readiness of shelters and shelter operations… We are ready. The cleaning of the country's priority drain infrastructure is another area of critical focus and I'm aware that the NWA [National Works Agency] has already started its mitigation mobilisation; and then the enhanced public education and awareness initiative of which this event is one example,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 2, 2021 2:59:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There are some people who say I'm going to wait and be in the 25 per cent that don't take the vaccine, [and] that is the unfairness of all of this. If we are going to come out of this pandemic the Government cannot continue with these restrictive measures. The only sustainable way is to just get the vaccine” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 2, 2021 1:56:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This is a strong signal of confidence of a rebound of our economy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We encourage them to carry evidence of their vaccinations with them – either the vaccination card or a picture of it on their phone,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness disse ( about Usain Bolt ) : “Há relatos de uma actividade relacionada com Usain Bolt. Todos esses assuntos estão a ser investigados a fundo e a Polícia fará um relatório num futuro próximo” External link

jornaldeangola Friday, August 28, 2020 12:51:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness disse ( about Usain Bolt ) : "Há relatos de uma atividade relacionada a Usain Bolt" External link

em Wednesday, August 26, 2020 7:05:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness disse : "A polícia está investigando todos os aspectos deste assunto (festa). Ninguém está sendo tratado com isenção ou tratamento especial. Todos os jamaicanos têm um dever. Todos os que estão na esfera pública têm um dever ainda maior" External link

bemparana Tuesday, August 25, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness anunció : “La ONU y sus Estados miembros lanzaron hoy una** alianza con actores clave**, incluidos el sector privado y la sociedad civil. Nuestro propósito es facilitar un proceso que dé lugar a soluciones concretas a la emergencia en curso” External link

reliefWeb Friday, May 29, 2020 3:28:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness indiqué : "La Jamaïque estime qu'un système multilatéral basé sur les règles est nécessaire à notre développement économique" External link

french-news Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:47:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness indiqué : "La Jamaïque estime qu'un système multilatéral basé sur les règles est nécessaire à notre développement économique" External link

french.china.org.cn Tuesday, November 5, 2019 11:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness déclaré : “Des gens vont peut être résister et nous demandons à nos citoyens d’obtempérer. C’est dans leur propre intérêt car cela économisera des ressources qui seront précieuses durant la période d’urgence, quand ce sera plus difficile de réagir” External link

euronews-fr Sunday, October 2, 2016 10:03:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
prime minister43.75%EN12/10/201710/12/2017
minister43.42%EN12/10/201710/12/2017
finance minister0.11%EN12/10/201710/12/2017
leader6.74%EN09/19/201719/09/2017
prime minister of jamaica0.26%EN09/16/201716/09/2017
minister of jamaica0.11%EN09/16/201716/09/2017
ministre1.81%FR09/02/201702/09/2017
primer ministro de jamaica0.11%ES01/25/201725/01/2017
ministro de jamaica0.11%ES01/25/201725/01/2017
minister of education youth and information0.02%EN01/10/201710/01/2017
head of the government0.02%EN01/06/201706/01/2017
labour party leader0.04%EN11/29/201629/11/2016
security minister0.02%EN10/30/201630/10/2016
minister of local government0.02%EN10/09/201609/10/2016
foreign minister0.02%EN10/06/201606/10/2016
primer ministro0.11%ES10/02/201602/10/2016
ministro0.06%ES10/02/201602/10/2016
commissioner0.02%EN09/25/201625/09/2016
minister of education0.02%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
elected minister of education0.02%EN09/01/201601/09/2016
local government minister0.02%EN07/29/201629/07/2016
house leader0.04%EN07/15/201615/07/2016
minister of defence0.02%EN06/20/201620/06/2016
prime. minister0.02%EN06/01/201601/06/2016
leader0.15%SA08/29/201429/08/2014
opposition leader2.26%EN12/04/201304/12/2013
jamaica labor party leader0.06%EN11/13/201313/11/2013
current leader0.22%EN11/12/201312/11/2013
former prime minister0.28%EN11/11/201311/11/2013
former education minister0.06%EN11/02/201302/11/2013
Names Lang Count
Andrew HolnessEN81.31%
Andrew HolnessFR7.31%
Andrew HolnessDE5.29%
Andrew HolnessEU5.29%
Andrew HolnessES0.40%
Andrew HolnessPT0.17%
Andrew HolnessSA0.11%
ANDREW HolnessEN0.11%
Andrew HolnessPL0.00%


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Hugh Brown told ( about Andrew Holness ) : “I back Andrew Holness completely with this no more lockdown thing. Di people dem tired fi deh home all the time and we need the freedom. But now is the time to step up the other protocols. It's up to us now to do what we need to do to keep safe and keep the cases down,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 12, 2022 9:29:00 AM EAT

Peter Bunting concluded ( about Andrew Holness ) : "However, it is difficult to effectively cooperate with an administration as insincere and fundamentally dishonest as this Holness led JLP administration is proving itself to be," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 10, 2022 1:47:00 AM EAT

Robert Montague explained ( about Andrew Holness ) : “Then the Commissioner of Lands, by law, cannot look beyond that vesting order and must proceed to what is necessary once the land is properly identified to process that title. This minister in the Andrew Holness-led Administration is deciding that we are going to make a conscious effort to benefit the poor and ordinary Jamaican. So, we have started,” External link

jis Sunday, January 2, 2022 3:41:00 PM EAT

Howard Mitchell asked ( about Andrew Holness ) : “What is happening with this Government is that the JLP leader Andrew Holness is the dominant leader and is the JLP. The JLP is nothing without him at this time, and that is where the blind loyalty comes from. Where have we seen that before?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 2, 2022 9:39:00 AM EAT

Peter Wickham contended ( about Andrew Holness ) : “What Holness has done is he has essentially ensured that Jamaica will not become a republic in any hurry because once you start talking about, ‘I agree, we should become a republic, however, we need to make it substantive,’ then we’re going to get into the minutiae of constitutional change, and we will never get it done,” “If you require opposition support, you can rest assured that they will find a basis on which to disagree” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 26, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

Bruce Golding stated ( about Andrew Holness ) : “If we make the mistake of believing that the assignment we have been given is something that we are entitled to because we are good labourites. If we believe that we are put there to pursue our own interests or feather our own nests then we letting down Andrew Holness, we're 'colting the game. We must not let him down. We must not let down the thousands of labourite who put us where we are and who have kept us where we are,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 8:10:00 PM EAT

Hardley Lewin said ( about Andrew Holness ) : “I find something peculiar about the timing of the imposition of this SOE. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has developed into an astute politician and strategist, and if my theory is correct, he has made a masterful move,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 19, 2021 9:56:00 AM EAT

Mikael Phillips said ( about Andrew Holness ) : “I was hoping that we would have gotten the same response as the member from East Rural St Andrew,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 9, 2021 9:19:00 AM EAT