Andrew Holness

Last updated on 2017-10-18T11:06+0300.

About this image

sign

Quotes... Extracted quotes from

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 : “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 : “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 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 : “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 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 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 : “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 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 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

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:23:00 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 said : “It is more than dance and music. We have to take the cultural excellence in those areas and also place it in our academics, in our art and craft [and] in our science and technology,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 5:27:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There is a particular situation that has come on our radar this morning. One that I must pay careful attention to because it throws up something that we are always contending with marked in our society — the unequalness of the society, the haves and the have nots. Why is it that some people are allowed to party and others are not? The unequal nature of the society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 30, 2021 12:22:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There is a particular situation that has come on our radar this morning. One that I must pay careful attention to because it throws up something that we are always contending with marked in our society — the unequalness of the society, the haves and the have nots. Why is it that some people are allowed to party and others are not? The unequal nature of the society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 28, 2021 11:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There is a particular situation that has come on our radar this morning. One that I have to pay careful attention to because it throws up something that we are always contending with in our society. The unequalness of the society - the haves and the have nots. Why is it that some people are allowed to party and others are not?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 28, 2021 8:15:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It cannot be morally justified that rich countries, many of whom gained their wealth and scientific advantage through the exploitation of Africa and its people, now use this wealth and scientific advantage to hoard and stockpile vaccines, while the poor and historically exploited and deprived countries wait in uncertainty to access equitable and consistent supplies, their populations at risk and their economies on pause,” “It would be the greatest setback for mankind if inequitable vaccine access were to cause uneven recovery and a widening of the development gap between rich and poor globally,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 6:31:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This has not only become a critical lifeline for our COVID-19 vaccination response but a flagship example of South-South Cooperation on critical developmental matters, leveraging the purchasing power of Africa as a whole on behalf of smaller more dispersed populations,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 6:31:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It cannot be morally justified that rich countries, many of whom gained their wealth and scientific advantage through the exploitation of Africa and its people, now use this wealth and scientific advantage to hoard and stockpile vaccines, while the poor and historically exploited and deprived countries wait in uncertainty to access equitable and consistent supplies, their populations at risk and their economies on pause,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 26, 2021 1:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “The impact on our countries remains worrying. Economic partnership agreements introduced a new dimension into the special arrangements which came out of our colonial past, yet the record of performance has been mixed and far from encouraging,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 26, 2021 1:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Our people are also disproportionately affected by climate change and, in the global space, do not enjoy equitable access to education, justice and equal treatment,” “The imperative is to harness our wealth and resources and with equal urgency we need to rebalance existing international and economic structures in favour of our accelerated development and dignity. We must strive to overcome systemic and institutional prejudices, inequitable health care and education and all other residues of enslavement and colonialism that have undermined our progress and prosperity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 26, 2021 1:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I thank all workers who continue to make strides in their fields of work for the betterment of our families and for Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 10:31:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “Now Jamaica has more labour laws to protect the rights of our workers, and we no longer have rampant civil unrest in our society caused by labour disputes. Indeed, Jamaica's labour relations environment has been built on respect and the rule of law, which acknowledges the rights of workers and employers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 10:31:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Indeed, stalwarts such as Sir Alexander Bustamante, Norman Manley, St William Grant, Hugh Shearer, Dwight Nelson, among other outstanding labour movement leaders, have played an integral role in transforming the labour movement so we can now have a better country in which to live and work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 10:31:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Digicel Foundation ) : “As such, Digicel Foundation has provided grant support to 360 Recycle to boost their Social Enterprise,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 12:58:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It embodies where we are going as a people in terms of urban planning and signals the commitment of the Government of Jamaica to introduce more green spaces in our communities. It is well documented that green spaces and other nature-based solutions offer alternate ways to increase the quality of urban environments. Green spaces promote healthy lifestyles, by improving both the health and wellness of residents. For this reason, I encourage you to see this beach park as a turning point for what you can expect from the public service and by extension, your Government, as it relates to sustainability in development. We recognise that development must be sustainable if it is to offer long-term benefits,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 24, 2021 11:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I thank all workers who continue to make strides in their fields of work for the betterment of our families and for Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 24, 2021 2:17:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “Now Jamaica has more labour laws to protect the rights of our workers and we no longer have rampant civil unrest in our society caused by labour disputes. Indeed, Jamaica's labour relations environment has been built on respect and the rule of law, which acknowledges the rights of workers and employers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 24, 2021 2:17:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Indeed, stalwarts such as Sir Alexander Bustamante, Norman Manley, St William Grant, Hugh Shearer, Dwight Nelson, among other outstanding labour movement leaders, have played an integral role in transforming the labour movement, so we can now have a better country in which to live and work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 24, 2021 2:17:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness pointed out : “Now China Harbour would have gone ahead and prepared for the project, they would have expended resources in good faith, they would have had all expectation to move ahead with the project. We changed in midstream, we took a mature decision in Jamaica's best interest to finance the project from our fiscal resources the same way that we have financed this project that we are opening here today from our fiscal resources,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “In fact, that will be part of our general thrust and negotiations to ensure that our local contractors get a significant portion of the work. And the same way as we did under MIDP and the South Coast Road Improvement Project it won't be friend and company selection. There will be a process of limited tenders, where four of five or six or a group of contractors are asked to tender on components of the work. So there is a competitive element in the tendering process. So I am confident that, all in all, we have put in an arrangement that is in the best interest of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “Under the other regime you would not know because, more than likely, they would have been some non-disclosure and other kinds of agreements in the contract bilaterally that would prevent such disclosures. So this is a far better arrangement than the previous arrangements that existed. Far better arrangement in terms of ensuring that we keep good faith this is also a good arrangement, because in dealing diplomatically you must ensure that there is good faith,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “One plan that I am happy about is the development of an oceanarium, and that is planned for Montego Bay. This would be a living museum of the ocean. We have several protected areas in Montego Bay and we want to bring those areas to life. But more than that, it creates another attraction. This is something to come to Montego Bay to see and experience, not just for foreigners visiting, but for schoolchildren who want to understand what is under the sea but will not be able to dive under the sea. So it is also educational and it would be probably the only one of its kind in the Caribbean when it is done,” “It is not a small undertaking, but the UDC [Urban Development Corporation] is growing in strength and ambition and is undertaking these projects, which is not at its 'hand reach'. It will have to do some tipping to reach it but that is how you grow and get stronger so I am very happy to see that the UDC is now fulfilling its true mandate – which is to spark development in Jamaica and in particular urban areas” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There are many agencies in Jamaica, they hold lands, buildings and other assets, and sometimes they are just there languishing on balance sheets, not being utilised, and not realising the value that they have,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 1:48:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is well documented that green spaces and other nature-based solutions increase the quality of urban environments. Green spaces promote healthy lifestyles and improve the health and wellness of residents. For this reason, I encourage you to see the beach park as a turning point for what you can expect from the Government as it relates to sustainability in development,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 12:44:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have identified several thousand acres of land, and we are going to earmark those lands for housing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “We are looking for lands in proximity to urban areas where we know there is significant economic activity. Lands near the tourism areas where we know there is a pull for employment. We want to target over 30,000 housing solutions in the affordable income range,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There are those who continue to encourage persons and say ‘gwaan go squat on the land, nobody nuh have it, a government land, just go on it,’ and there are those who continue to push the view that we must ignore property rights and just go and settle as you will. That is a recipe for destruction,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “This small school has 176 students, and they would have previously gotten 40 tablets through the Ministry of Education’s PATH modality, plus the principal estimates that about 30 students would have already had their own devices, but usually those are shared devices. Also, through your own initiatives, you would have gotten donations of 10 tablets,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness remarked : "Now today through the foundation I am going to give you 30 devices and they will be given to students at various grades so you are going to move very rapidly from 80 kids with devices to now having 120 with devices," External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 22, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “What we really want to do is address the issues of environment, address the issues of culture, address the issues of transportation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 21, 2021 10:16:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “I am always listening to what the public is saying, and stakeholder groups. We will gauge public opinion, engage the public in this conversation, and then we make a decision,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:15:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica has enjoyed a special relationship with the Republic of South Africa and shares a tradition of pursing racial equality. The work continues and, in this phase, we remain focused on forging even stronger strategic, economic, cultural and political cooperation between our countries,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 18, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “These things shouldn't be secret. As soon as they have been developed, what I will do is to bring them to the Opposition before, so that you can have an opportunity to research and look at them, because we will probably have to consider how we treat these as national development projects,” “And so... just to be clear, declaring projects as national projects does not necessarily mean that they would automatically be accepted,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness asserted : “For some people, if it don’t take long to do, it nuh do good. And for other dem just pure bad mind, because when they were at the wicket, dem never score any runs and see me now at the wicket and me just a throw me bad ...,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 15, 2021 9:38:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “I am sure everyone who knew him… would agree that he was a gentleman, an incredibly friendly personality. But above all of that, he was a man of great intellect, and great integrity and he has left a legacy; he has made a significant contribution, for which Jamaica is a grateful beneficiary,” External link

jis Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “After working in the private sector from 1970 to 1980, running operations of Jamaica Frozen Foods, JAMPRO Limited, and as the Executive Director of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, he then ventured into politics and made the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) the political party of his choice and he joined in 1980,” External link

jis Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “At different times during his political career he would speak on several portfolios – Technology, Education, Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, Mining and Energy. And, indeed, he could do this because aside from his sharp intellect, he was well read,” External link

jis Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “He really believed in the principles and the philosophy of the party and what the party stood for. He made his contribution even when the party was down, he came out and he made his contribution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The demand has been overwhelming and we will be expanding the pilot programme for registration to businesses islandwide by Thursday, May 6, 2021,” “We are moving quickly to further enhance ENDS to prepare for a full launch to be called ENDS 2.0 which will include a redesigned website and mobile apps, as well as interconnection with other government systems to facilitate proper monitoring and enforcement,” External link

jis Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:22:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I want to emphasise that even though incoming travellers would have presented a negative COVID-19 test, the 14-day quarantine requirement still applies, including persons who have been fully vaccinated,” External link

jis Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:22:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We understand what is happening...as soon as we can allow our children to go back to school we will. The only way that this is going to happen, however, is if we get our population vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about error ) : “Even though we are hearing good news, we are not going to make the error of opening up; bear with us for another four weeks. We know it's rough, people are losing their houses, mortgages are coming due; the business sector, the entertainment sector, the restaurant sector are complaining, the sports sector; we know, we know, we know, but we also know what could happen if we don't take the measures now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:16:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The curfew will now being at 6:00 pm on Saturdays and at 2:00 pm on Sundays and end at 5:00 am the following day,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:16:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “We will have to send our children back to school,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness asserted : “The COVID-19 infection prevention and control protocols will be firmly established and enforced in the school and we are expecting that there will be strict adherence to these rules,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness observed : “You can see that we will have a significant population of our youth moving about in the population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It was agreed that it could be submitted on a rolling basis. That means that as you [have] completed a part of it or the whole of it, you can submit. So that way, they don’t have a pileup of SBAs to mark ... ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “They really want to go back to school ... . I just see it on their faces,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Jamaica has indeed lost a servant, a political elder, a great mind a teacher, a hard worker, a true statesman. The Parliament mourns his loss,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “He really believed in the principles and the philosophy of the party and what the party stood for. He made his contribution even when the party was down, he came out and he made his contribution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 5, 2021 5:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Ambassador Johnson became a member of the Jamaica Labour Party in 1980 and went on to be appointed to the Senate, after which he took on the role of Member of Parliament for North East St Catherine, where he served his constituents with great distinction. At different times during his political career Ambassador Johnson had various portfolio responsibilities, including technology, education, industry, commerce, agriculture, mining and energy. He was also the first Jamaican council member of Parliamentarians for Global Action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “He distinguished himself as a reporter, news anchor, journalist, and a host. After 38 years in the field, Michael Sharpe would have become a part of every Jamaican household through his reports, Parliament, his anchoring of the nightly news, and the many broadcast programmes he hosted,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “In the early 2000s, we rented a studio to record a national broadcast. Michael happened to be there and he was very helpful in guiding me through my first time using a teleprompter. He made it look so easy and you could tell that he was a master at his craft. He was very willing to share skills and guide generations of journalists and broadcasters who came after him. Michael will be really missed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “He led a life that can only be described as selfless, having made invaluable contributions to both the private and public sectors and as an educator lecturing at the University of the West Indies for many years,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Johnson Smith ) : “I express heartfelt condolences to his wife and four children, including our own Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, and the rest of his family, as they mourn this tremendous loss,” “His passing has left us heartbroken” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The need for meaningful climate action has never been greater,” “Jamaica is heartened that the United States has rejoined the Paris Agreement — an important expression of global solidarity for climate action” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 26, 2021 5:57:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “This is an area in which we will have to increase the training resources, so that we are able to meet our own demand and still continue to be a net exporter of nurses to the world,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 26, 2021 12:00:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “This is an area in which we will have to increase the training resources, so that we are able to meet our own demand and still continue to be a net exporter of nurses to the world,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 24, 2021 5:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica is heartened that the United States has rejoined the Paris Agreement — an important expression of global solidarity for climate action,” “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect storm...[for] small island developing states — the collapse of tourism, falling revenues, rising debt, limited access to vaccines and with disasters continuously threatening lives and our sustainability,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 23, 2021 7:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We, like all small island developing states and many developing countries remain committed to advancing climate action and we are determined to build forward, stronger, better and greener. The world committed to US$100 billion per year to support climate action in developing countries. It is critical that this commitment will not only be honoured, but that the ambition be increased and major emitters should contribute more to its financing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 23, 2021 7:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "While increasing the quantities of finance is necessary, it will not be sufficient to address the needs of small island developing states unless it is accessible, flexibly enough to target support for all vulnerabilities," External link

peopledaily Friday, April 23, 2021 1:39:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness asserted : “It is critical that this commitment not only be honoured but that the ambition be increased, and major emitters should contribute more to its financing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 23, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica has great sprinters; we know that a great start does not guarantee a win. It requires momentum building, in this case, an accessible and equitable climate-finance mechanism,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 23, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "While increasing the quantities of finance is necessary, it will not be sufficient to address the needs of small island developing states unless it is accessible, flexibly enough to target support for all vulnerabilities," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, April 23, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “While increasing the quantum of financing is necessary, it will not be sufficient to address the needs of SIDS unless it is accessible and flexible enough to [provide] support for our vulnerabilities,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 23, 2021 3:21:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “Like all well-thinking Jamaicans who saw the viral video circulating, I was outraged at the display of violence. Subsequent allegations that a person captured in the video is a member of parliament placed a new disturbing dimension to the issue,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 21, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If we are not seen as exemplifying the law and believing in what we preach, our electorate and the wider society will not take us seriously and worse they will not trust us,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 21, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is not everything that we call ‘culture’ will have the longevity to carry from generation to generation. Societies have died because culture degenerated into decadence. The State cannot just stand by and allow the culture to just degenerate. The State has to work in support of those people who are willing to see to the longevity of the culture,” External link

tuko Tuesday, April 20, 2021 6:39:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “Jamaica has the human capacity to do it. The question is one of economics do we have the scale to do it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 18, 2021 12:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So yes, I would work towards the day when Jamaica can be one of the countries in the world that stand up and say 'Yes, we have a vaccine as well.' That is something we must aspire to and we should never be afraid of aspiring to that, even if there are persons in our society who are self-doubting, myopic and just lack consciousness,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 18, 2021 12:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “It cannot provide the level of parliamentary oversight that is required because we only have the main hall and one or two rooms where we have close to 19 committees that should be meeting, but the same people criticise and say Parliament is not working,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 18, 2021 12:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have to lock down because the persons who are going to the corner shop on a Sunday or a Saturday, or whichever day, to buy the two pounds of rice, the big gill of oil, the half of bread … those persons are not wearing their masks, they are not social distancing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 17, 2021 10:02:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica’s candidature is an important signal of our maritime status and reputation at the international level and underscores the importance we ascribe to the International Maritime Organization and our involvement in its work” External link

hellenicshippingnews Friday, April 16, 2021 4:17:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As a political organisation, we have a duty to ensure that all our actions follow the due process of the law. However, we also have a high duty to ensure that matters which affect public well-being and public trust, particularly where public figures are involved, are addressed transparently and timely,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 16, 2021 10:43:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We will make further arrangements for its expansion across the island. We are still working out some of the glitches. We are hearing the complaints, we are hearing the recommendations, and very shortly, you should see a full scaling up of the ENDS programme,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have communities at war with each other and at war with the State. That is a war that needs to be addressed. Young men with guns under some kind of nefarious leadership use these guns not just for economic benefits, it is not just that they are going out to rob and that's how they live, they are using it [guns] to settle conflicts that you and I would just say, 'Come mi buy you a beer' and laugh and talk over,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Ninety per cent of the youths in these communities are not attached to anything. They are not in schools regularly, they are not in any training programme and they are fodder for gang warfare,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “What about the rights of the people who live in all of these communities… to live in peace? They can't get up in the morning in peace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We need to keep peace in some of these communities [and] we do not have enough police and soldiers to maintain the kind of peace keeping that is necessary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “We have to intervene. We have to use exceptional powers to address this epidemic that we have of crime and violence and that is how we have used the SOEs and the ZOSOs to manage certain communities and it has worked,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “But that is a manpower-intense strategy, so we are trying to figure out now the next step, how do we use technology to reduce the reliance on human resources because we need the police men and women and soldiers to put them in other areas as well,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is of utmost importance that maritime concerns of particular importance to the Caribbean, SIDS, and other vulnerable countries, in particular, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) be fully aired and addressed in the IMO. These include the plight of seafarers, maritime safety and security, cybersecurity in shipping and port technologies, and pollution prevention measures,” External link

jis Friday, April 16, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “To those countries that have the supplies that they may not be able to utilise before the expiration date because of their take-up rate, make them available by loaning them to us, and we will place our orders and return to you. We all must move towards recovery on an even keel. It cannot be that some people are fully vaccinated and ready to recover, and others are suffering and struggling and can’t participate in recovery,” External link

jamaica-star Thursday, April 15, 2021 9:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Presently, we have not designated spaces for entertainment, so you might have a dancehall right beside a church or a clinic within residential areas, and we disturb our neighbours. What the pandemic has revealed is that we need to reconfigure our society. We need to sit with the stakeholders and plan to build a new Jamaica, a Jamaica in which entertainment can be accommodated, and this is a conversation that we need to have without anybody saying that we are fighting dancehall,” External link

jis Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:37:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “To those countries that have the supplies that they may not be able to utilize before the expiration date because of their take-up rate, make them available by loaning them to us, and we will place our orders and return to you. We all must move towards recovery on an even keel. It cannot be that some people are fully vaccinated and ready to recover, and others are suffering and struggling and can’t participate in recovery,” External link

jis Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:37:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “We made it clear in 2016 that this was not what we want for our country and I don't need anybody from outside to tell me that is not what I want. I don't need any human rights group to tell me that. This is not what Jamaica will do,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We can't rely only on witness statements. We have to invest in the science and the forensics. We have made that investment in the cyber forensics… in terms of DNA and chemical analysis and so forth and you will see that the police have been able to quickly interdict and arrest persons after major crimes have been committed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So the level of violence has increased in the real terms and from what the public is consuming. So the strategy is not just looking at the police dimension, we need to have a strong national security apparatus to manage our borders, manage our water, manage our ports and manage the corruption of law enforcement officers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “So this idea that there is no crime plan and so forth, when I hear it I get very frustrated because we have spent a lot of time, more than any other Government has, in doing comprehensive review of how to treat with this situation and at the same time bring down police killings and extra-judicial killings,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If you were to take Jamaica and compare it to other countries in the region, Jamaica's borders are open – we were among the first to reopen for tourism. Almost 600,000 persons have visited Jamaica since we resumed controlled entry into the country, and that is a massive impact on our economy. To do that while managing the pandemic at the same time is incredible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 3:08:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “I think the way the Government has operated in terms of managing the economy, managing the social tensions that could exist, and managing the health situation, I think it's credible. I think it is worthy of credit and I think Jamaica stands among the countries that have done very well in managing the pandemic,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 3:08:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “The greater challenge in managing the pandemic…is the 'infodemic', this deluge of content and information which doesn't make sense, and what we are also finding is that there are persons who are being opportunistic in latching on to this infodemic to create social contention and dissonance in the society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 3:08:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Permanent Secretaries ) : “Permanent Secretaries and heads of agencies are directed to ensure that only persons who work in critical service delivery and perform job functions that require them to be at the physical location should be at the office. For the private sector, employers should allow all persons who can work from home to do so,” External link

jis Wednesday, April 14, 2021 9:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “All persons in public passenger vehicles are reminded to wear masks at all times and sanitise before entry and exit of the vehicle and they should ensure that the windows remain open and the air conditioning is turned off,” External link

jis Wednesday, April 14, 2021 9:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have reached out to the United States — yes, to the highest office possible and through multiple channels — and we continue to reach out,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 7:59:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “What I am trying to get into the psyche of the Jamaican people [is]: Do not believe that anybody owes us anything. We are going to have to fight this on our own. So, don't believe that there is anybody coming to give us anything because what this pandemic has shown is that parson going to christen him pickney first,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 7:59:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The weekend lockdowns will be modified for the next three weekends. The curfew will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays [and end at 5:00 a.m. the next day] and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays and end at 5:00 a.m. the next morning,” External link

jis Wednesday, April 14, 2021 4:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are not going to be closing at half-day on Fridays; that no longer obtains,” External link

jis Wednesday, April 14, 2021 4:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “What we are seeing happening, and I am happy for it, is a greater sense of public outrage, because it is not just the murder of women, it is the deeper problem of abuse, of intimate partner violence, of domestic violence, which end up in the ultimate expression of violence, which is murder,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “These are issues which speak to the social problems in the society. What is it in the social environment that is leading Jamaicans to bring violence to its ultimate which is to take someone's life? It is a question that every Jamaican must answer,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “So women are not as dependent as before and women have demonstrated a higher level of social responsibility. The boys on the other hand, they are not doing well in schools, by and large. They will get jobs but they are not going to always get the best jobs or the highest-paying jobs because they are not getting the educational results to claim on that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “But we have grown numb to that, we have grown accustomed to that – it has become part of the backdrop of the conversation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Obviously this will offend and create outrage in any society. So there is an element, but there is also an element of awareness that there is a set of persons in our society…who are seeing what is happening in our society [and] who are intellectually outraged and so they are speaking out,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “Every officer in charge of a station, every duty officer, every policeman must elevate these crimes as priority and treat with them with the greatest level of sensitivity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “When I saw it I made sure to enquire whether or not public funds were used, and I was assured that no public funds were used,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I have said to them that we have to consider what is in good taste for the public and we also have to be respectful not just of the workers but the general population — what does the general population think,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “What I've tried to do is to give them a structure within which to work, so we've put a more robust structure in the CDF (Constituency Development Fund), so there's greater accountability and greater targeting of resources. So, you're going find that this crop of MPs will be able to show more on the ground than ever before,” “Internally, we're also training them to understand Parliament, to understand their role in Parliament, so you will see them participating in debates from a much more informed position and making really solid contributions to debates,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness charged : “I think [for] the countries that hold stocks to the point of expiration … it would be the greatest tragedy to humanity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness asserted : “If we get the stock, we are not going to sit down on it. We are going to use it rapidly. And to countries like Jamaica who are not sitting down waiting on gifts, we have money allocated in the budget to buy back, so when you need it, we will order it and return it to you,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “It can’t be that some people are fully vaccinated and ready to recover and others still suffering and struggling and can’t participate in the recovery. That is not fair in the world,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : "The curfew will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and end at 5 a.m. the next day, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays and end at 5 a.m. the next morning," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:14:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "We are not going to be closing at half-day on Fridays, that no longer obtains," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:14:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "In our music and our culture, in as much as you are free to reflect what is happening in the society, you also have a duty to place it in context. Dat yuh tek up the AK-47 and tun it inna a man head … That is not right. And though you have the protection of the constitution to sing about it, you also have a duty to the children who are listening to you," External link

jamaica-star Monday, April 5, 2021 6:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Unless we are prepared to enter deeper cooperation with fairer, smarter, and broader views of our world and common interests, we should temper our expectations that the crisis is nearing its end," External link

allafrica Saturday, April 3, 2021 4:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Unless we are prepared to enter into deeper co-operation with fairer, smarter and broader views of our world and common interests, we should temper our expectations that the crisis is nearing its end," External link

CBC Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Some people have interests in going to parties. It is the ultimate expression of social selfishness to be pursuing these kinds of activities which aid in the spread,” External link

sunstkitts Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:49:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If we had the NIDS, then all that would happen is, you come in, just show your card and all that data captured would then go into the vaccination database. It would take maybe two or three [or] four minutes off the process time,” External link

sunstkitts Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:49:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Unless we are prepared to enter deeper cooperation with fairer, smarter, and broader views of our world and common interests, we should temper our expectations that the crisis is nearing its end,” External link

ipsnews Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:16:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Unless we are prepared to enter into deeper co-operation with fairer, smarter and broader views of our world and common interests, we should temper our expectations that the crisis is nearing its end," External link

CBC Monday, March 29, 2021 9:31:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There is nothing we can do that will make this any easier, but your request for justice is one that stands very well and close to my heart and I am monitoring the case personally,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 29, 2021 10:02:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “With the vaccination programme in full swing in the United States, the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) is cautiously optimistic that Cruise operations will resume on or before the start of the season in November 2021,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 29, 2021 1:02:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “With these developments, Jamaica intends to be a leader in the Cruise Sector in the hemisphere. We have five distinctive terminals, each featuring a range of attractions in proximity, and all are near an international airport. Montego Bay is ideally equipped as a homeporting facility. This is a segment of the Cruise Sector that we intend to grow significantly,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 29, 2021 1:02:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have five distinctive terminals, each featuring a range of attractions in proximity, and all are near an international airport. Montego Bay is ideally equipped as a home-porting facility. This is a segment of the Cruise Sector that we intend to grow significantly,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 11:59:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “The police have someone in custody. They are very advanced in their investigation and in collecting evidence, both forensic and other evidence, and we are certain that we should be able to bring this perpetrator to the doors of justice for justice to be served,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness pointed out : “There are many fears being stoked and circulated against vaccination. While I am no expert, most of the concerns are sufficiently addressed in readily available information from trusted sources,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “What I do know is that the pandemic will not end until the population has developed immunity, either by the virus infecting a large percentage of the population, which would lead to a kind of natural selection, where persons with strong immunity to this particular virus would survive and those with weak or weakened immunity would die if they are unable to prevent infection. Or, we could go the route of getting the vaccine and building the immunity preemptively in the population increasing the chance of our collective survival,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Are there legal issues – legal hurdles – that we have to cross? Sometimes, I suspect that that may be the case. And, as long as we follow the process, definitely the information should be shared,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 28, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "I am particularly concerned that you have raised the issue regarding response time of the police, but as a general principle we are going to [review] the internal process. Already we have a new policy, whether or not that policy has filtered down to the administrative staff that's something we have to correct," "It can't be in the future that any police officer is dismissive of the public or treat lightly any report of someone that is reported missing and is potentially in danger," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “The Bill is crafted in this way to give great flexibility of response in a disaster, as in a disaster it is quite possible that the institutions of Government, including Parliament, may not be able to work, so this Bill is designed on the continuity of Government, even without the institution of Parliament or the courts. Once there exists a central core of continuity, then the Government can act. I'm very reluctant to change that because it is necessary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness insisted : “While I agree that, especially these far-reaching [laws] should have parliamentary oversight, we don't want to change the structure and framework, which is why I have always come to this House before the orders are gazetted so that there can be debate. We shouldn't change the nature of the Bill to take that element of quick response away,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “There should be no face-to-face instruction in all primary and secondary schools, both public schools and independent schools, until April 13, 2021. Students are to be instructed using other modalities… This is to include students who are to sit the exit examinations. So effectively, all schools are closed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Documentation is very important because we need to ensure that everyone who has taken a vaccine is accounted for. We want to be able to properly understand the side effects [and] we want to be able to, at some point in time, give a very accurate count of the number of persons vaccinated to know whether or not we have reached the threshold of herd immunity, which is [at least] 65 per cent of the population,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “If we had the NIDS, then all that would happen is that you would come in, show your card and all that data capture would then go into the vaccination database and it would take maybe… four minutes off the processing time. It means that you could have a throughput 20 per cent higher than what it is now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “So during that period of time there is still a potential and if there are too many persons gathering at the site… then they would have been exposed. So it has to be done in an orderly way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We face what could be described as an existential threat. The potential breakdown of our health system ... is a serious threat, and it is of grave concern and we have to take the measures that we have put in place today in order to bring these numbers down rapidly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 24, 2021 10:03:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Since the start of the pandemic we have doubled our capacity in terms of beds, moving from 17 beds at the start to almost 600 beds presently. Our case numbers remain unacceptably high. Our rate of new hospitalisations is beyond our health system capacity. Our oxygen tanks are in short supply. The hospitals are stretched. They are doing their best to take persons in, as many as they can... treat. However, we should note that we are now at a breaking point. We have reached that breaking point,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “On Friday, March 26, 2021, workplaces will be required to close at 12 noon, except for essential services, medical establishments, supermarkets, wholesale stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and other food establishments, which will remain open. This is to facilitate persons to conduct their shopping to prepare for the tighter weekend curfew,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness replied : “I can tell you that the permanent secretary and the minister can tell you what I have done and what they have done as a result of that,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, March 23, 2021 4:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There should be no face-to-face instruction in all primary and secondary schools, both public schools and independent schools, until April 13,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 23, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness replied : “I can tell you that the permanent secretary and the minister can tell you what I have done and what they have done as a result of that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 23, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “We must get our children back to school by September 2021. I have insisted that teachers should be in the first phase of those being prioritised for vaccination. Depending on how quickly we can get our teachers vaccinated, we could possibly consider summer school as an option for make-up classes,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 22, 2021 7:27:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness pointed out : “This equipment should significantly enhance the country’s capacity to test COVID-19 [and other viral] samples more quickly and accurately,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 21, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness insisted : “Jamaica must have the instant capability to determine the variants of viruses present in our population as part of our routine public health surveillance,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 21, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I believe the sector that has been hardest hit is education. I fear it will have the most far-reaching, long-lasting and devastating effect on our society and prospects for faster, stronger and better recovery,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 21, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “There is serious work to be done, and the Parliament as it is now structured is just not sufficient to carry out the level of work that is required. With 16 sessional committees and several ad hoc committees, this building doesn't have the facility to fully accommodate the Parliamentary committee system,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I'm treading carefully on the subject because vaccine politics is a real issue, and the social divide in the country is easily stirred up. But it is something that we have to talk about. Why is it that higher income people are more willing to take the vaccine? It is usually because of information. They do more research, they have more access to information and many of them speak to their doctors directly. And so, they get advice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness pointed out : “This equipment significantly enhanced the country's capacity to test COVID-19 [and other viral] samples more quickly and accurately,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness contended : “The levels of crime, in particular shootings and resultant murders, are well above the norm for countries at peace where conventional policing and law enforcement measures can be applied,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 20, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness urged : “Whenever a measure is working, we should unite and say ‘let us support it’,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 20, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “The most pressing matter of concern for most Jamaicans regarding our sense of security is the murder rate and its seemingly intractable nature. We can report that we ended 2020 with fewer murders than the previous year and since 2018, we have essentially flattened the murder curve,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 20, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness pointed out : “This equipment significantly enhanced the country's capacity to test COVID-19 [and other viral] samples more quickly and accurately,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Standing Orders ) : “Nevertheless, the business of the nation cannot be stalled. Committees that are empanelled under the Standing Orders must start working on their subject matter and review materials, even if they don’t have hearings. By the end of June, I am mandating that all sessional committees must have at least one meeting, whether in person or virtually, given the COVID protocols,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So I reflected on what was said to me directly, and the commentaries in media. I discussed it with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and we agreed that we would make it clear that the principle of equity in distribution must not be compromised,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is incredibly frustrating that right when we had applied the right measures, the right tools to show that we can use the [security] forces without violence, we can give extraordinary powers, greater accountability, as we can get results, for political reasons it was oppose, oppose, oppose at every turn,” “For what reason? To just come here and show a graph? That's it? When, if it was supported, right now the entire country would have been celebrating an even deeper fall in crime,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are planning to add an additional two communities, and restructure the operation of one existing ZOSO,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 11:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This would be the first major highway development financed with our own resources and not linked to a loan,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness contended ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Jamaica represented the issues and the positions on the global stage. We brought the concerns of small countries and small economies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “When Jamaica is one of the countries selected for a vaccine gift and we don’t make a lot of noise and public relations about it … Jamaica has quietly, steadily, and consistently represented on the international stage, and our voice is respected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness charged : "We are not trying to use the extraordinary measures to abuse the people of Jamaica!" External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness asserted : “This would make the new measures more effective if we have this amendment in place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 4:24:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness expressed : “our deep appreciation to the Government and people of India for this very much-needed support” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness warned : “I wish to prepare the Jamaican people that if the numbers do not improve, there are other measures that we will put in place. These measures will have an impact on the economy. It will have an even greater impact on your ability to move and gather,” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, March 16, 2021 9:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The government has always acted in a situationally-appropriate way. So where we are now, the measures that we have put in place, we have given three weeks for them to work. If they don’t work, then there would be more measures to come. I’m being upfront with the nation to say, as I’ve always said, that a lockdown is not off the books. We’ve never been this close to it, but we are very close to it now,” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, March 16, 2021 9:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “Regardless of who you are in this society, once the rule is set you will abide by the rule; for too long people have stood by and said it is those who know others and who are connected, they are the ones who are going to get through, and the pressures have already started. But I'm committed to ensuring that the distribution of the vaccine does not fall into this category of nationally important goods to be distributed, where people break the line because of connections,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:56:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The whole ticketing process is now at our Legislative Committee, which is the penultimate stage before it reaches Parliament. I had promised it would come within the first week of the new Budget year… so we are on track,” External link

jis Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “some of these… have to be thoroughly debated before we can come to the [appropriate] legislative conclusions” External link

jis Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “But, I believe we are at a stage now… we have to be far more assertive in the enforcement of the protocols, because it is now putting the entire public good at risk. We have done all that we can in balancing lives and livelihoods, and the equation and balance has now shifted to saving lives,” External link

jis Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “My conscience is clear that we have done all that we can in balancing lives and livelihoods. At this stage, the equation and the balance have now shifted to saving lives,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There are those who would wish to challenge the authority of the State in ways that even the most liberal Jamaican would believe is a threat to the rule of law and the order and discipline and indeed the justice of the society,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The pressures have already started, but I’m committed to ensuring that the distribution of the vaccine does not fall in this category of nationally important goods to be distributed, where people break the line and because of connections, they get,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Your need to party and be free and go about not wearing your mask has to be balanced against the need against someone who will be deprived of care because we simply have no beds,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 9, 2021 6:10:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "It is justifiable now to be more assertive in the enforcement of the protocols that are in place," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 9, 2021 6:10:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “The Government has to shift this burden because obviously the limited budget that we have, in every area we have to try and save. So, we will shift the burden of the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test unto the business traveller,” External link

sunstkitts Thursday, March 4, 2021 5:10:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Churches, in general, have done well to supervise themselves, and many of them have put in place measures over and above what we have put in the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “In a few weeks' time, we are heading back into dry season, and at that point in time, the public focus will shift again, and then it will be a different conversation about what is the government doing,” “Government has a long-term plan, and that plan is being rolled out, not just incrementally or sequentially, but there are many projects happening all over the place” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 4, 2021 3:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I want the public to be assured that, in spite of the pandemic and all of the other challenges, the government is continuing to make investments in securing our water supply to improve our quality of life and the convenience of our citizens,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 4, 2021 3:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “In a few weeks' time, we are heading back into dry season, and at that point in time, the public focus will shift again, and then it will be a different conversation about what is the government doing,” “Government has a long-term plan, and that plan is being rolled out, not just incrementally or sequentially, but there are many projects happening all over the place” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 1:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I want the public to be assured that, in spite of the pandemic and all of the other challenges, the government is continuing to make investments in securing our water supply to improve our quality of life and the convenience of our citizens,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 1:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "This is a great loss for Jamaica and for Reggae," External link

dw-en Wednesday, March 3, 2021 3:43:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Bunny Wailer ) : “This is a great loss for Jamaica and for Reggae, undoubtedly Bunny Wailer will always be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music industry and Jamaica's culture. May his soul rest in peace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I had a presentation from the PSOJ a few nights ago which showed how delivery could be done, so we have a subcommittee of Cabinet looking at how we could implement it,” “We have agreed that we will test it in a geographical area, and as soon as those details are refined, we will bring that solution to the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We would like to see the resumption of sporting activities, but we would want to see it done safely,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have to take this drastic action because we do not see any willingness on the part of our brothers and sisters — not everyone, because some people do comply — but we are seeing a significant level of non-compliance in this area,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:11:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have to take this drastic action because we do not see any willingness on the part of our brothers and sisters — not everyone, because some people do comply — but we are seeing a significant level of non-compliance in this area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 2, 2021 4:26:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “But we have kept them open; we have considered the essential, especially for those people who have to go work in this new regime,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:35:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “We would like to see the resumption of sporting activities, but we would want to see it done safely. We observe that the various sporting associations are coming on board with plans, but now, it would be inconsistent with the challenges that we face if we were to approve. We will still consider them and work with them to ensure that we refine the arrangements, and as soon as we are out of this danger zone, we can start to look at how we can get the sporting sector back up and running” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 2, 2021 3:58:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If it comes to my attention that there is interference [with the process of delivery of the vaccines] then I will have to act,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1:49:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have to take this drastic action because we do not see any willingness on the part of our brothers and sisters — not everyone, because some people do comply — but we are seeing a significant level of non-compliance in this area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 1, 2021 7:33:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If it comes to my attention that there is interference [with the process of delivery of the vaccines] then I will have to act,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 1, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “We have to take this drastic action because we do not see any willingness on the part of our brothers and sisters — not everyone, because some people do comply — but we are seeing a significant level of non-compliance in this area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 1, 2021 1:47:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This is a critical trigger and we have to shift policy efforts to ensuring that we can preserve every Jamaican's life,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 1, 2021 4:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “What the Government has been doing behind the scenes is to refine a new set of measures that will enable the economy to continue but to have the control on movement that will prevent the spread of the disease,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The work that goes on behind the scenes to get it to this point, we don’t bring it to the public,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Because we don’t, it leaves a gap for speculation. You would have heard things like ‘the rest of the Caribbean is ahead of us’ and they have done things that we haven’t,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There is a situation now where larger countries, more affluent countries are able to secure supplies. We are in the early phase of production of the vaccines and, therefore, the demand for the vaccines for outstrips the existing supply. And it is those persons who have the existing capacity and who have the sovereign control would obviously get the first control over supply,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "I've heard what the Opposition have said and I have heard what others have said. Much of what is being said is not accurate and can be misleading to the public," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "The work that goes on behind the scenes to get to this point, we don't bring it to the public, and because we don't, it leaves a gap for speculation. You would have heard things like 'the rest of the Caribbean is ahead of us' and 'they have done things that we haven't done.'..You would have seen a statement from CARICOM which explains our position because Jamaica is not the only country awaiting vaccines," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Your government is acting in your best interest," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Only through this concerted effort to control the spread of the virus will we be able to maintain a level of productivity to secure lives and livelihoods and recover more quickly from this crisis," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:37:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We will continue to work closely with the government so people can look forward to a well-deserved break away, after what has been a very difficult year for many,” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6:42:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are trying to identify the lands for them and we have some housing developments that are slated for this area as well,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 22, 2021 2:28:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We could reallocate those resources to other areas in health. In fact, to even acquire more vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 22, 2021 2:28:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are still in the danger zone and therefore we must use the 'vaccine' that is readily available to us; the mask, the social distancing, the hand sanitising, the gathering rule and how you conduct yourself. Those have been the first and foremost method of protecting yourself against the disease and I want to urge our Jamaicans to bear that in mind,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:46:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “We tried our best to ensure that the privacy and the rights of individuals are respected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 21, 2021 5:06:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “This project is not for fattening your pockets. This project is to help the people of St Thomas come out of a hundred years of neglect. This project will be put under the highest level of scrutiny because we know the stories and we are tired of it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “They don’t last forever so we have to ensure that we plan enough to educate,” “On that note, they will be moving forward with public education and promotion of vaccines to communicate with citizens the purpose of the vaccines, possible side effects and time and place of deployment” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The programme is designed to address people who are in need, people who can't get houses going the regular method, but it is also designed to bring hope to communities that are in need of such interventions,” “The recipients are very grateful and it is transformational to their lives and to the community,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 17, 2021 11:21:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The programme is designed to address people who are in need, people who can’t get houses going the regular method, but it is also designed to bring hope to communities that are in need of such interventions,” “The recipients are very grateful, and it is transformational to their lives and to the community,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 16, 2021 10:54:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The role of the Government in this is to identify the lands and make them available at reasonable cost; to dedicate resources for the development of common infrastructure as much as possible, and to deal with the impediments in the permitting and regulatory environment to reduce those costs to ensure that the housing solution that comes to the market is timely and affordable,” “The work has started, and you will hear more once we go to budget regarding how we are going to seek to achieve those 70,000 new housing solutions in the next five years” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:36:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This Government is committed to providing the mechanisms, the solutions, the pathway for every single Jamaican, whether poor or rich, to fulfil your dreams,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:36:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “And we are doing it in many ways. We are doing it through titling, by going through and regularising persons who have occupied lands but have no titles; we are doing it through the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), regularising communities that were informally settled; again we are doing it through the HAJ in bringing to market affordable, low-income housing solutions; and we are doing it through the NHT in providing support for the financial system for home ownership,” “We made a commitment in the last election that we are going to build 70,000 houses. The 70,000 housing solutions will not be easy to achieve, but we are going to go as close as possible as we can,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:36:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This kind of mentality of illegally and improperly settling land must end in Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:36:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is not the Government’s intention to prolong the tighter curfew hours which now starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. the following morning,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We understand the devasting impact it can have on the economy, but we looked at the numbers in hospital and we weighed both risks. The bigger risk to the country is that we would not want people to turn up at hospitals, struggling to breathe, needing attention and we don’t have space for them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “We don’t have anything to fear. We have our own set of laws established here, our policies are established, and we have an excellent set of experts in this area who are employed to the Government, or who were formerly employed, or who are experts employed to international agencies and we go through that process to ensure that when we do get the vaccines here, we have the best vaccines,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We understand the devastating impact it can have on the economy, but we looked at the numbers in hospital and we weighed the risks. The bigger risk to the country is that we would not want people to turn up at hospitals, struggling to breathe, needing attention and we don’t have space for them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 5:42:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “We don’t have anything to fear… we have our own set of laws established here, our policies are established, and we have an excellent set of experts in this area who are employed to the government or who were formerly employed or who are experts employed to international agencies. We go through that process to ensure that when we do get the vaccines here, we have the best vaccines,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 5:42:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Governments must support this ambitious drive of Jamaicans to own Jamaica. But ownership cannot happen in chaos,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness asserted : “This Government that I currently lead cannot continue this destructive history that we have had of tacitly allowing people to settle on land improperly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “As a matter of policy, the Government cannot continue to do this. So, if it becomes necessary for state quarantine to be implement, then those persons who would be so affected should take this now as notice that you would have to be prepared to pay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “It may not necessarily be that the person would pay the full economic cost, but there would be some cost attributable to the person,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have no hesitation in saying to the security forces that they must now go full force, as much as they can, in enforcing the orders for quarantining at home,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This project is not for fattening your pockets. This project is to help the people of St Thomas come out of a hundred years of neglect. This project will be put under the highest level of scrutiny because we know the stories and we are tired of it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have been discussing the implementation of new legislation for ticketing, and for giving the security forces greater enforcement powers. In my conversation with the minister of justice, the legislation is complete in terms of its drafting, and by next week it should be with the legislative committee for final approval,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 11, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Hopefully, if it suits all the members [and] meets our approval, we can pass it very quickly and have that enforced,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 11, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The curfew has proven to be the most effective measure, but it the most expensive measure because of the impact it has on the economy and on business,” External link

caycompass Wednesday, February 10, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Starting [Wednesday] when the curfew begins, the police will be visible and active on the roads,” External link

caycompass Wednesday, February 10, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If we don’t act now, we could overwhelm our health system, which could lead to more problems,” External link

caycompass Wednesday, February 10, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have been discussing the implementation of new legislation for ticketing and for giving the security forces greater enforcement powers. In my conversation with the Minister of Justice, the legislation is complete in terms of its drafting, and by next week it should be with the legislative committee for final approval,” External link

jis Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Hopefully, if it suits all the members [and] meets our approval, we can pass it very quickly and have that enforced,” External link

jis Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "If we don't act now, we could overwhelm the health system," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:09:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “The recent surge should serve as a reminder that the pandemic is not over, and we should not let our guard down,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We cannot dedicate the entire capacity of our healthcare system to COVID-19 alone. There are other critical illnesses and events to which our healthcare professionals have to continue to respond,” External link

sunstkitts Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:55:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Kingston Public ) : “Currently, the Western Health Region is at 83 per cent of capacity, the Southern Region is at 76 per cent, the Northern Region is at 66 per cent and the Southeast Region at 59 per cent. Additionally, there are a number of hospitals across the island that are at or above 90 per cent occupancy level and this includes the May Pen Hospital, Kingston Public Hospital and Spanish Town Hospital,” “What we are seeing here, having interrogated this data, is that there is need for a greater sense of urgency, both on the part of the Government in our response, but more so on the part of the citizens. You have to take greater personal responsibility,” External link

jis Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “I know one of the questions on persons’ minds is whether the spread we are now seeing is related, in any way, to the new strains or variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” External link

sunstkitts Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:55:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "It doesn't mean that we are not going to close schools," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "The schools have been doing so and I think I have seen (that) once a case is confirmed in a school, the principal may make a decision to shut down the school for the day and deep clean," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "The results from genome sequencing will give us better insights into how prevalent the new variants may be in Jamaica," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “I know one of the questions on persons' minds is whether the spread we are now seeing is related, in any way, to the new strains or variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are also seeing less hesitancy towards being tested and a reduction in the stigma associated with COVID-19, as a result of increased awareness. More persons are, therefore, voluntarily coming forward to be tested,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We all need to exercise the vigilance and care that we did before that enabled us to flatten the curve,” “What I want every Jamaican to understand is that the Government can put in place more restrictive measures, but those measures come at an economic cost” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The curfew has proven to be the most effective measure, but it the most expensive measure because of the impact it has on the economy and on business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Starting [Wednesday] when the curfew begins, the police will be visible and active on the roads,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If we don’t act now, we could overwhelm our health system, which could lead to more problems,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Kingston Public ) : “We are also seeing increased hospitalisations across the island. The islandwide hospital census shows significant occupancy levels across the health regions. Currently, the Western Health Region is at 83 per cent capacity; the Southern Region is at 76 per cent; Northern Region at 66 per cent; and Southeast Region at 59 per cent. Additionally, there are a number of hospitals across the island that are at or above 90 per cent occupancy level including May Pen, Kingston Public Hospital and Spanish Town Hospital,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 3:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are also seeing less hesitancy towards being tested and a reduction in the stigma associated with COVID-19 as a result of increased awareness. More persons are therefore voluntarily coming forward to be tested,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 3:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The curfew has proven to be the most effective measure, but it is the most expensive measure because of the impact it has on the economy,” “The curfew helps to filter non-productive activities but it does have an impact on productive activities that happen outside curfew hours,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:52:00 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%


 
Show/hide duplicate news articles.
<<10<12345678910>>>10
 
Show/hide duplicate news articles.
<<10<12345678910>>>10

Tools

Load latest edition

Saturday, September 25, 2021

3:02:00 AM EAT

Languages Collapse menu...Expand menu...

Select your languages

af
am
ar
de
en
es
fr
ha
pt
rw
sw
all
Show additional languagesHide additional languages

Interface:

Legend Collapse menu...Expand menu...


Quotes... Explore Relations


EMM Visual Explorer


Quotes... Extracted quotes about

AfricaBrief

Andrew Holness

Last updated on 2017-10-18T11:06+0300.

About this image

sign

Quotes... Extracted quotes from

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 : “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 : “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 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 : “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 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 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 : “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 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 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

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:23:00 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 said : “It is more than dance and music. We have to take the cultural excellence in those areas and also place it in our academics, in our art and craft [and] in our science and technology,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 5:27:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There is a particular situation that has come on our radar this morning. One that I must pay careful attention to because it throws up something that we are always contending with marked in our society — the unequalness of the society, the haves and the have nots. Why is it that some people are allowed to party and others are not? The unequal nature of the society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 30, 2021 12:22:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There is a particular situation that has come on our radar this morning. One that I must pay careful attention to because it throws up something that we are always contending with marked in our society — the unequalness of the society, the haves and the have nots. Why is it that some people are allowed to party and others are not? The unequal nature of the society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 28, 2021 11:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There is a particular situation that has come on our radar this morning. One that I have to pay careful attention to because it throws up something that we are always contending with in our society. The unequalness of the society - the haves and the have nots. Why is it that some people are allowed to party and others are not?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 28, 2021 8:15:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It cannot be morally justified that rich countries, many of whom gained their wealth and scientific advantage through the exploitation of Africa and its people, now use this wealth and scientific advantage to hoard and stockpile vaccines, while the poor and historically exploited and deprived countries wait in uncertainty to access equitable and consistent supplies, their populations at risk and their economies on pause,” “It would be the greatest setback for mankind if inequitable vaccine access were to cause uneven recovery and a widening of the development gap between rich and poor globally,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 6:31:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This has not only become a critical lifeline for our COVID-19 vaccination response but a flagship example of South-South Cooperation on critical developmental matters, leveraging the purchasing power of Africa as a whole on behalf of smaller more dispersed populations,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 26, 2021 6:31:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It cannot be morally justified that rich countries, many of whom gained their wealth and scientific advantage through the exploitation of Africa and its people, now use this wealth and scientific advantage to hoard and stockpile vaccines, while the poor and historically exploited and deprived countries wait in uncertainty to access equitable and consistent supplies, their populations at risk and their economies on pause,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 26, 2021 1:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “The impact on our countries remains worrying. Economic partnership agreements introduced a new dimension into the special arrangements which came out of our colonial past, yet the record of performance has been mixed and far from encouraging,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 26, 2021 1:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Our people are also disproportionately affected by climate change and, in the global space, do not enjoy equitable access to education, justice and equal treatment,” “The imperative is to harness our wealth and resources and with equal urgency we need to rebalance existing international and economic structures in favour of our accelerated development and dignity. We must strive to overcome systemic and institutional prejudices, inequitable health care and education and all other residues of enslavement and colonialism that have undermined our progress and prosperity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 26, 2021 1:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I thank all workers who continue to make strides in their fields of work for the betterment of our families and for Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 10:31:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “Now Jamaica has more labour laws to protect the rights of our workers, and we no longer have rampant civil unrest in our society caused by labour disputes. Indeed, Jamaica's labour relations environment has been built on respect and the rule of law, which acknowledges the rights of workers and employers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 10:31:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Indeed, stalwarts such as Sir Alexander Bustamante, Norman Manley, St William Grant, Hugh Shearer, Dwight Nelson, among other outstanding labour movement leaders, have played an integral role in transforming the labour movement so we can now have a better country in which to live and work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 10:31:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Digicel Foundation ) : “As such, Digicel Foundation has provided grant support to 360 Recycle to boost their Social Enterprise,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 12:58:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It embodies where we are going as a people in terms of urban planning and signals the commitment of the Government of Jamaica to introduce more green spaces in our communities. It is well documented that green spaces and other nature-based solutions offer alternate ways to increase the quality of urban environments. Green spaces promote healthy lifestyles, by improving both the health and wellness of residents. For this reason, I encourage you to see this beach park as a turning point for what you can expect from the public service and by extension, your Government, as it relates to sustainability in development. We recognise that development must be sustainable if it is to offer long-term benefits,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 24, 2021 11:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I thank all workers who continue to make strides in their fields of work for the betterment of our families and for Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 24, 2021 2:17:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “Now Jamaica has more labour laws to protect the rights of our workers and we no longer have rampant civil unrest in our society caused by labour disputes. Indeed, Jamaica's labour relations environment has been built on respect and the rule of law, which acknowledges the rights of workers and employers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 24, 2021 2:17:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Indeed, stalwarts such as Sir Alexander Bustamante, Norman Manley, St William Grant, Hugh Shearer, Dwight Nelson, among other outstanding labour movement leaders, have played an integral role in transforming the labour movement, so we can now have a better country in which to live and work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 24, 2021 2:17:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness pointed out : “Now China Harbour would have gone ahead and prepared for the project, they would have expended resources in good faith, they would have had all expectation to move ahead with the project. We changed in midstream, we took a mature decision in Jamaica's best interest to finance the project from our fiscal resources the same way that we have financed this project that we are opening here today from our fiscal resources,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “In fact, that will be part of our general thrust and negotiations to ensure that our local contractors get a significant portion of the work. And the same way as we did under MIDP and the South Coast Road Improvement Project it won't be friend and company selection. There will be a process of limited tenders, where four of five or six or a group of contractors are asked to tender on components of the work. So there is a competitive element in the tendering process. So I am confident that, all in all, we have put in an arrangement that is in the best interest of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “Under the other regime you would not know because, more than likely, they would have been some non-disclosure and other kinds of agreements in the contract bilaterally that would prevent such disclosures. So this is a far better arrangement than the previous arrangements that existed. Far better arrangement in terms of ensuring that we keep good faith this is also a good arrangement, because in dealing diplomatically you must ensure that there is good faith,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “One plan that I am happy about is the development of an oceanarium, and that is planned for Montego Bay. This would be a living museum of the ocean. We have several protected areas in Montego Bay and we want to bring those areas to life. But more than that, it creates another attraction. This is something to come to Montego Bay to see and experience, not just for foreigners visiting, but for schoolchildren who want to understand what is under the sea but will not be able to dive under the sea. So it is also educational and it would be probably the only one of its kind in the Caribbean when it is done,” “It is not a small undertaking, but the UDC [Urban Development Corporation] is growing in strength and ambition and is undertaking these projects, which is not at its 'hand reach'. It will have to do some tipping to reach it but that is how you grow and get stronger so I am very happy to see that the UDC is now fulfilling its true mandate – which is to spark development in Jamaica and in particular urban areas” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There are many agencies in Jamaica, they hold lands, buildings and other assets, and sometimes they are just there languishing on balance sheets, not being utilised, and not realising the value that they have,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 1:48:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is well documented that green spaces and other nature-based solutions increase the quality of urban environments. Green spaces promote healthy lifestyles and improve the health and wellness of residents. For this reason, I encourage you to see the beach park as a turning point for what you can expect from the Government as it relates to sustainability in development,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 12:44:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have identified several thousand acres of land, and we are going to earmark those lands for housing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “We are looking for lands in proximity to urban areas where we know there is significant economic activity. Lands near the tourism areas where we know there is a pull for employment. We want to target over 30,000 housing solutions in the affordable income range,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There are those who continue to encourage persons and say ‘gwaan go squat on the land, nobody nuh have it, a government land, just go on it,’ and there are those who continue to push the view that we must ignore property rights and just go and settle as you will. That is a recipe for destruction,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “This small school has 176 students, and they would have previously gotten 40 tablets through the Ministry of Education’s PATH modality, plus the principal estimates that about 30 students would have already had their own devices, but usually those are shared devices. Also, through your own initiatives, you would have gotten donations of 10 tablets,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness remarked : "Now today through the foundation I am going to give you 30 devices and they will be given to students at various grades so you are going to move very rapidly from 80 kids with devices to now having 120 with devices," External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 22, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “What we really want to do is address the issues of environment, address the issues of culture, address the issues of transportation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 21, 2021 10:16:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “I am always listening to what the public is saying, and stakeholder groups. We will gauge public opinion, engage the public in this conversation, and then we make a decision,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:15:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica has enjoyed a special relationship with the Republic of South Africa and shares a tradition of pursing racial equality. The work continues and, in this phase, we remain focused on forging even stronger strategic, economic, cultural and political cooperation between our countries,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 18, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “These things shouldn't be secret. As soon as they have been developed, what I will do is to bring them to the Opposition before, so that you can have an opportunity to research and look at them, because we will probably have to consider how we treat these as national development projects,” “And so... just to be clear, declaring projects as national projects does not necessarily mean that they would automatically be accepted,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 16, 2021 11:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness asserted : “For some people, if it don’t take long to do, it nuh do good. And for other dem just pure bad mind, because when they were at the wicket, dem never score any runs and see me now at the wicket and me just a throw me bad ...,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 15, 2021 9:38:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “I am sure everyone who knew him… would agree that he was a gentleman, an incredibly friendly personality. But above all of that, he was a man of great intellect, and great integrity and he has left a legacy; he has made a significant contribution, for which Jamaica is a grateful beneficiary,” External link

jis Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “After working in the private sector from 1970 to 1980, running operations of Jamaica Frozen Foods, JAMPRO Limited, and as the Executive Director of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, he then ventured into politics and made the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) the political party of his choice and he joined in 1980,” External link

jis Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “At different times during his political career he would speak on several portfolios – Technology, Education, Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, Mining and Energy. And, indeed, he could do this because aside from his sharp intellect, he was well read,” External link

jis Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “He really believed in the principles and the philosophy of the party and what the party stood for. He made his contribution even when the party was down, he came out and he made his contribution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The demand has been overwhelming and we will be expanding the pilot programme for registration to businesses islandwide by Thursday, May 6, 2021,” “We are moving quickly to further enhance ENDS to prepare for a full launch to be called ENDS 2.0 which will include a redesigned website and mobile apps, as well as interconnection with other government systems to facilitate proper monitoring and enforcement,” External link

jis Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:22:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I want to emphasise that even though incoming travellers would have presented a negative COVID-19 test, the 14-day quarantine requirement still applies, including persons who have been fully vaccinated,” External link

jis Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:22:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We understand what is happening...as soon as we can allow our children to go back to school we will. The only way that this is going to happen, however, is if we get our population vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about error ) : “Even though we are hearing good news, we are not going to make the error of opening up; bear with us for another four weeks. We know it's rough, people are losing their houses, mortgages are coming due; the business sector, the entertainment sector, the restaurant sector are complaining, the sports sector; we know, we know, we know, but we also know what could happen if we don't take the measures now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:16:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The curfew will now being at 6:00 pm on Saturdays and at 2:00 pm on Sundays and end at 5:00 am the following day,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:16:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “We will have to send our children back to school,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness asserted : “The COVID-19 infection prevention and control protocols will be firmly established and enforced in the school and we are expecting that there will be strict adherence to these rules,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness observed : “You can see that we will have a significant population of our youth moving about in the population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It was agreed that it could be submitted on a rolling basis. That means that as you [have] completed a part of it or the whole of it, you can submit. So that way, they don’t have a pileup of SBAs to mark ... ,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “They really want to go back to school ... . I just see it on their faces,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Jamaica has indeed lost a servant, a political elder, a great mind a teacher, a hard worker, a true statesman. The Parliament mourns his loss,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “He really believed in the principles and the philosophy of the party and what the party stood for. He made his contribution even when the party was down, he came out and he made his contribution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 5, 2021 5:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Ambassador Johnson became a member of the Jamaica Labour Party in 1980 and went on to be appointed to the Senate, after which he took on the role of Member of Parliament for North East St Catherine, where he served his constituents with great distinction. At different times during his political career Ambassador Johnson had various portfolio responsibilities, including technology, education, industry, commerce, agriculture, mining and energy. He was also the first Jamaican council member of Parliamentarians for Global Action,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “He distinguished himself as a reporter, news anchor, journalist, and a host. After 38 years in the field, Michael Sharpe would have become a part of every Jamaican household through his reports, Parliament, his anchoring of the nightly news, and the many broadcast programmes he hosted,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “In the early 2000s, we rented a studio to record a national broadcast. Michael happened to be there and he was very helpful in guiding me through my first time using a teleprompter. He made it look so easy and you could tell that he was a master at his craft. He was very willing to share skills and guide generations of journalists and broadcasters who came after him. Michael will be really missed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “He led a life that can only be described as selfless, having made invaluable contributions to both the private and public sectors and as an educator lecturing at the University of the West Indies for many years,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Johnson Smith ) : “I express heartfelt condolences to his wife and four children, including our own Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, and the rest of his family, as they mourn this tremendous loss,” “His passing has left us heartbroken” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The need for meaningful climate action has never been greater,” “Jamaica is heartened that the United States has rejoined the Paris Agreement — an important expression of global solidarity for climate action” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 26, 2021 5:57:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “This is an area in which we will have to increase the training resources, so that we are able to meet our own demand and still continue to be a net exporter of nurses to the world,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 26, 2021 12:00:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “This is an area in which we will have to increase the training resources, so that we are able to meet our own demand and still continue to be a net exporter of nurses to the world,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 24, 2021 5:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica is heartened that the United States has rejoined the Paris Agreement — an important expression of global solidarity for climate action,” “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect storm...[for] small island developing states — the collapse of tourism, falling revenues, rising debt, limited access to vaccines and with disasters continuously threatening lives and our sustainability,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 23, 2021 7:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We, like all small island developing states and many developing countries remain committed to advancing climate action and we are determined to build forward, stronger, better and greener. The world committed to US$100 billion per year to support climate action in developing countries. It is critical that this commitment will not only be honoured, but that the ambition be increased and major emitters should contribute more to its financing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 23, 2021 7:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "While increasing the quantities of finance is necessary, it will not be sufficient to address the needs of small island developing states unless it is accessible, flexibly enough to target support for all vulnerabilities," External link

peopledaily Friday, April 23, 2021 1:39:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness asserted : “It is critical that this commitment not only be honoured but that the ambition be increased, and major emitters should contribute more to its financing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 23, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica has great sprinters; we know that a great start does not guarantee a win. It requires momentum building, in this case, an accessible and equitable climate-finance mechanism,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 23, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "While increasing the quantities of finance is necessary, it will not be sufficient to address the needs of small island developing states unless it is accessible, flexibly enough to target support for all vulnerabilities," External link

xinhuanet_en Friday, April 23, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “While increasing the quantum of financing is necessary, it will not be sufficient to address the needs of SIDS unless it is accessible and flexible enough to [provide] support for our vulnerabilities,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 23, 2021 3:21:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “Like all well-thinking Jamaicans who saw the viral video circulating, I was outraged at the display of violence. Subsequent allegations that a person captured in the video is a member of parliament placed a new disturbing dimension to the issue,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 21, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If we are not seen as exemplifying the law and believing in what we preach, our electorate and the wider society will not take us seriously and worse they will not trust us,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 21, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is not everything that we call ‘culture’ will have the longevity to carry from generation to generation. Societies have died because culture degenerated into decadence. The State cannot just stand by and allow the culture to just degenerate. The State has to work in support of those people who are willing to see to the longevity of the culture,” External link

tuko Tuesday, April 20, 2021 6:39:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “Jamaica has the human capacity to do it. The question is one of economics do we have the scale to do it,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 18, 2021 12:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So yes, I would work towards the day when Jamaica can be one of the countries in the world that stand up and say 'Yes, we have a vaccine as well.' That is something we must aspire to and we should never be afraid of aspiring to that, even if there are persons in our society who are self-doubting, myopic and just lack consciousness,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 18, 2021 12:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “It cannot provide the level of parliamentary oversight that is required because we only have the main hall and one or two rooms where we have close to 19 committees that should be meeting, but the same people criticise and say Parliament is not working,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 18, 2021 12:51:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have to lock down because the persons who are going to the corner shop on a Sunday or a Saturday, or whichever day, to buy the two pounds of rice, the big gill of oil, the half of bread … those persons are not wearing their masks, they are not social distancing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 17, 2021 10:02:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Jamaica’s candidature is an important signal of our maritime status and reputation at the international level and underscores the importance we ascribe to the International Maritime Organization and our involvement in its work” External link

hellenicshippingnews Friday, April 16, 2021 4:17:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “As a political organisation, we have a duty to ensure that all our actions follow the due process of the law. However, we also have a high duty to ensure that matters which affect public well-being and public trust, particularly where public figures are involved, are addressed transparently and timely,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 16, 2021 10:43:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We will make further arrangements for its expansion across the island. We are still working out some of the glitches. We are hearing the complaints, we are hearing the recommendations, and very shortly, you should see a full scaling up of the ENDS programme,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have communities at war with each other and at war with the State. That is a war that needs to be addressed. Young men with guns under some kind of nefarious leadership use these guns not just for economic benefits, it is not just that they are going out to rob and that's how they live, they are using it [guns] to settle conflicts that you and I would just say, 'Come mi buy you a beer' and laugh and talk over,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Ninety per cent of the youths in these communities are not attached to anything. They are not in schools regularly, they are not in any training programme and they are fodder for gang warfare,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “What about the rights of the people who live in all of these communities… to live in peace? They can't get up in the morning in peace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We need to keep peace in some of these communities [and] we do not have enough police and soldiers to maintain the kind of peace keeping that is necessary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “We have to intervene. We have to use exceptional powers to address this epidemic that we have of crime and violence and that is how we have used the SOEs and the ZOSOs to manage certain communities and it has worked,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “But that is a manpower-intense strategy, so we are trying to figure out now the next step, how do we use technology to reduce the reliance on human resources because we need the police men and women and soldiers to put them in other areas as well,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 16, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is of utmost importance that maritime concerns of particular importance to the Caribbean, SIDS, and other vulnerable countries, in particular, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) be fully aired and addressed in the IMO. These include the plight of seafarers, maritime safety and security, cybersecurity in shipping and port technologies, and pollution prevention measures,” External link

jis Friday, April 16, 2021 12:40:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “To those countries that have the supplies that they may not be able to utilise before the expiration date because of their take-up rate, make them available by loaning them to us, and we will place our orders and return to you. We all must move towards recovery on an even keel. It cannot be that some people are fully vaccinated and ready to recover, and others are suffering and struggling and can’t participate in recovery,” External link

jamaica-star Thursday, April 15, 2021 9:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Presently, we have not designated spaces for entertainment, so you might have a dancehall right beside a church or a clinic within residential areas, and we disturb our neighbours. What the pandemic has revealed is that we need to reconfigure our society. We need to sit with the stakeholders and plan to build a new Jamaica, a Jamaica in which entertainment can be accommodated, and this is a conversation that we need to have without anybody saying that we are fighting dancehall,” External link

jis Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:37:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “To those countries that have the supplies that they may not be able to utilize before the expiration date because of their take-up rate, make them available by loaning them to us, and we will place our orders and return to you. We all must move towards recovery on an even keel. It cannot be that some people are fully vaccinated and ready to recover, and others are suffering and struggling and can’t participate in recovery,” External link

jis Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:37:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “We made it clear in 2016 that this was not what we want for our country and I don't need anybody from outside to tell me that is not what I want. I don't need any human rights group to tell me that. This is not what Jamaica will do,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We can't rely only on witness statements. We have to invest in the science and the forensics. We have made that investment in the cyber forensics… in terms of DNA and chemical analysis and so forth and you will see that the police have been able to quickly interdict and arrest persons after major crimes have been committed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So the level of violence has increased in the real terms and from what the public is consuming. So the strategy is not just looking at the police dimension, we need to have a strong national security apparatus to manage our borders, manage our water, manage our ports and manage the corruption of law enforcement officers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “So this idea that there is no crime plan and so forth, when I hear it I get very frustrated because we have spent a lot of time, more than any other Government has, in doing comprehensive review of how to treat with this situation and at the same time bring down police killings and extra-judicial killings,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If you were to take Jamaica and compare it to other countries in the region, Jamaica's borders are open – we were among the first to reopen for tourism. Almost 600,000 persons have visited Jamaica since we resumed controlled entry into the country, and that is a massive impact on our economy. To do that while managing the pandemic at the same time is incredible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 3:08:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “I think the way the Government has operated in terms of managing the economy, managing the social tensions that could exist, and managing the health situation, I think it's credible. I think it is worthy of credit and I think Jamaica stands among the countries that have done very well in managing the pandemic,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 3:08:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “The greater challenge in managing the pandemic…is the 'infodemic', this deluge of content and information which doesn't make sense, and what we are also finding is that there are persons who are being opportunistic in latching on to this infodemic to create social contention and dissonance in the society,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 3:08:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Permanent Secretaries ) : “Permanent Secretaries and heads of agencies are directed to ensure that only persons who work in critical service delivery and perform job functions that require them to be at the physical location should be at the office. For the private sector, employers should allow all persons who can work from home to do so,” External link

jis Wednesday, April 14, 2021 9:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “All persons in public passenger vehicles are reminded to wear masks at all times and sanitise before entry and exit of the vehicle and they should ensure that the windows remain open and the air conditioning is turned off,” External link

jis Wednesday, April 14, 2021 9:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have reached out to the United States — yes, to the highest office possible and through multiple channels — and we continue to reach out,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 7:59:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “What I am trying to get into the psyche of the Jamaican people [is]: Do not believe that anybody owes us anything. We are going to have to fight this on our own. So, don't believe that there is anybody coming to give us anything because what this pandemic has shown is that parson going to christen him pickney first,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 7:59:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The weekend lockdowns will be modified for the next three weekends. The curfew will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays [and end at 5:00 a.m. the next day] and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays and end at 5:00 a.m. the next morning,” External link

jis Wednesday, April 14, 2021 4:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are not going to be closing at half-day on Fridays; that no longer obtains,” External link

jis Wednesday, April 14, 2021 4:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “What we are seeing happening, and I am happy for it, is a greater sense of public outrage, because it is not just the murder of women, it is the deeper problem of abuse, of intimate partner violence, of domestic violence, which end up in the ultimate expression of violence, which is murder,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “These are issues which speak to the social problems in the society. What is it in the social environment that is leading Jamaicans to bring violence to its ultimate which is to take someone's life? It is a question that every Jamaican must answer,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “So women are not as dependent as before and women have demonstrated a higher level of social responsibility. The boys on the other hand, they are not doing well in schools, by and large. They will get jobs but they are not going to always get the best jobs or the highest-paying jobs because they are not getting the educational results to claim on that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “But we have grown numb to that, we have grown accustomed to that – it has become part of the backdrop of the conversation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Obviously this will offend and create outrage in any society. So there is an element, but there is also an element of awareness that there is a set of persons in our society…who are seeing what is happening in our society [and] who are intellectually outraged and so they are speaking out,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “Every officer in charge of a station, every duty officer, every policeman must elevate these crimes as priority and treat with them with the greatest level of sensitivity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “When I saw it I made sure to enquire whether or not public funds were used, and I was assured that no public funds were used,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I have said to them that we have to consider what is in good taste for the public and we also have to be respectful not just of the workers but the general population — what does the general population think,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “What I've tried to do is to give them a structure within which to work, so we've put a more robust structure in the CDF (Constituency Development Fund), so there's greater accountability and greater targeting of resources. So, you're going find that this crop of MPs will be able to show more on the ground than ever before,” “Internally, we're also training them to understand Parliament, to understand their role in Parliament, so you will see them participating in debates from a much more informed position and making really solid contributions to debates,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness charged : “I think [for] the countries that hold stocks to the point of expiration … it would be the greatest tragedy to humanity,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness asserted : “If we get the stock, we are not going to sit down on it. We are going to use it rapidly. And to countries like Jamaica who are not sitting down waiting on gifts, we have money allocated in the budget to buy back, so when you need it, we will order it and return it to you,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “It can’t be that some people are fully vaccinated and ready to recover and others still suffering and struggling and can’t participate in the recovery. That is not fair in the world,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : "The curfew will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and end at 5 a.m. the next day, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays and end at 5 a.m. the next morning," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:14:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "We are not going to be closing at half-day on Fridays, that no longer obtains," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, April 14, 2021 3:14:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "In our music and our culture, in as much as you are free to reflect what is happening in the society, you also have a duty to place it in context. Dat yuh tek up the AK-47 and tun it inna a man head … That is not right. And though you have the protection of the constitution to sing about it, you also have a duty to the children who are listening to you," External link

jamaica-star Monday, April 5, 2021 6:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Unless we are prepared to enter deeper cooperation with fairer, smarter, and broader views of our world and common interests, we should temper our expectations that the crisis is nearing its end," External link

allafrica Saturday, April 3, 2021 4:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Unless we are prepared to enter into deeper co-operation with fairer, smarter and broader views of our world and common interests, we should temper our expectations that the crisis is nearing its end," External link

CBC Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:58:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Some people have interests in going to parties. It is the ultimate expression of social selfishness to be pursuing these kinds of activities which aid in the spread,” External link

sunstkitts Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:49:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If we had the NIDS, then all that would happen is, you come in, just show your card and all that data captured would then go into the vaccination database. It would take maybe two or three [or] four minutes off the process time,” External link

sunstkitts Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:49:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Unless we are prepared to enter deeper cooperation with fairer, smarter, and broader views of our world and common interests, we should temper our expectations that the crisis is nearing its end,” External link

ipsnews Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:16:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Unless we are prepared to enter into deeper co-operation with fairer, smarter and broader views of our world and common interests, we should temper our expectations that the crisis is nearing its end," External link

CBC Monday, March 29, 2021 9:31:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There is nothing we can do that will make this any easier, but your request for justice is one that stands very well and close to my heart and I am monitoring the case personally,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 29, 2021 10:02:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “With the vaccination programme in full swing in the United States, the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) is cautiously optimistic that Cruise operations will resume on or before the start of the season in November 2021,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 29, 2021 1:02:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness noted : “With these developments, Jamaica intends to be a leader in the Cruise Sector in the hemisphere. We have five distinctive terminals, each featuring a range of attractions in proximity, and all are near an international airport. Montego Bay is ideally equipped as a homeporting facility. This is a segment of the Cruise Sector that we intend to grow significantly,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 29, 2021 1:02:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have five distinctive terminals, each featuring a range of attractions in proximity, and all are near an international airport. Montego Bay is ideally equipped as a home-porting facility. This is a segment of the Cruise Sector that we intend to grow significantly,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 11:59:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “The police have someone in custody. They are very advanced in their investigation and in collecting evidence, both forensic and other evidence, and we are certain that we should be able to bring this perpetrator to the doors of justice for justice to be served,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness pointed out : “There are many fears being stoked and circulated against vaccination. While I am no expert, most of the concerns are sufficiently addressed in readily available information from trusted sources,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “What I do know is that the pandemic will not end until the population has developed immunity, either by the virus infecting a large percentage of the population, which would lead to a kind of natural selection, where persons with strong immunity to this particular virus would survive and those with weak or weakened immunity would die if they are unable to prevent infection. Or, we could go the route of getting the vaccine and building the immunity preemptively in the population increasing the chance of our collective survival,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 28, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Are there legal issues – legal hurdles – that we have to cross? Sometimes, I suspect that that may be the case. And, as long as we follow the process, definitely the information should be shared,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 28, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "I am particularly concerned that you have raised the issue regarding response time of the police, but as a general principle we are going to [review] the internal process. Already we have a new policy, whether or not that policy has filtered down to the administrative staff that's something we have to correct," "It can't be in the future that any police officer is dismissive of the public or treat lightly any report of someone that is reported missing and is potentially in danger," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 28, 2021 1:46:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “The Bill is crafted in this way to give great flexibility of response in a disaster, as in a disaster it is quite possible that the institutions of Government, including Parliament, may not be able to work, so this Bill is designed on the continuity of Government, even without the institution of Parliament or the courts. Once there exists a central core of continuity, then the Government can act. I'm very reluctant to change that because it is necessary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness insisted : “While I agree that, especially these far-reaching [laws] should have parliamentary oversight, we don't want to change the structure and framework, which is why I have always come to this House before the orders are gazetted so that there can be debate. We shouldn't change the nature of the Bill to take that element of quick response away,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “There should be no face-to-face instruction in all primary and secondary schools, both public schools and independent schools, until April 13, 2021. Students are to be instructed using other modalities… This is to include students who are to sit the exit examinations. So effectively, all schools are closed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Documentation is very important because we need to ensure that everyone who has taken a vaccine is accounted for. We want to be able to properly understand the side effects [and] we want to be able to, at some point in time, give a very accurate count of the number of persons vaccinated to know whether or not we have reached the threshold of herd immunity, which is [at least] 65 per cent of the population,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “If we had the NIDS, then all that would happen is that you would come in, show your card and all that data capture would then go into the vaccination database and it would take maybe… four minutes off the processing time. It means that you could have a throughput 20 per cent higher than what it is now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “So during that period of time there is still a potential and if there are too many persons gathering at the site… then they would have been exposed. So it has to be done in an orderly way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We face what could be described as an existential threat. The potential breakdown of our health system ... is a serious threat, and it is of grave concern and we have to take the measures that we have put in place today in order to bring these numbers down rapidly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 24, 2021 10:03:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Since the start of the pandemic we have doubled our capacity in terms of beds, moving from 17 beds at the start to almost 600 beds presently. Our case numbers remain unacceptably high. Our rate of new hospitalisations is beyond our health system capacity. Our oxygen tanks are in short supply. The hospitals are stretched. They are doing their best to take persons in, as many as they can... treat. However, we should note that we are now at a breaking point. We have reached that breaking point,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “On Friday, March 26, 2021, workplaces will be required to close at 12 noon, except for essential services, medical establishments, supermarkets, wholesale stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and other food establishments, which will remain open. This is to facilitate persons to conduct their shopping to prepare for the tighter weekend curfew,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness replied : “I can tell you that the permanent secretary and the minister can tell you what I have done and what they have done as a result of that,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, March 23, 2021 4:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There should be no face-to-face instruction in all primary and secondary schools, both public schools and independent schools, until April 13,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 23, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness replied : “I can tell you that the permanent secretary and the minister can tell you what I have done and what they have done as a result of that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 23, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “We must get our children back to school by September 2021. I have insisted that teachers should be in the first phase of those being prioritised for vaccination. Depending on how quickly we can get our teachers vaccinated, we could possibly consider summer school as an option for make-up classes,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 22, 2021 7:27:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness pointed out : “This equipment should significantly enhance the country’s capacity to test COVID-19 [and other viral] samples more quickly and accurately,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 21, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness insisted : “Jamaica must have the instant capability to determine the variants of viruses present in our population as part of our routine public health surveillance,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 21, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I believe the sector that has been hardest hit is education. I fear it will have the most far-reaching, long-lasting and devastating effect on our society and prospects for faster, stronger and better recovery,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 21, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “There is serious work to be done, and the Parliament as it is now structured is just not sufficient to carry out the level of work that is required. With 16 sessional committees and several ad hoc committees, this building doesn't have the facility to fully accommodate the Parliamentary committee system,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I'm treading carefully on the subject because vaccine politics is a real issue, and the social divide in the country is easily stirred up. But it is something that we have to talk about. Why is it that higher income people are more willing to take the vaccine? It is usually because of information. They do more research, they have more access to information and many of them speak to their doctors directly. And so, they get advice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness pointed out : “This equipment significantly enhanced the country's capacity to test COVID-19 [and other viral] samples more quickly and accurately,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness contended : “The levels of crime, in particular shootings and resultant murders, are well above the norm for countries at peace where conventional policing and law enforcement measures can be applied,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 20, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness urged : “Whenever a measure is working, we should unite and say ‘let us support it’,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 20, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “The most pressing matter of concern for most Jamaicans regarding our sense of security is the murder rate and its seemingly intractable nature. We can report that we ended 2020 with fewer murders than the previous year and since 2018, we have essentially flattened the murder curve,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 20, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness pointed out : “This equipment significantly enhanced the country's capacity to test COVID-19 [and other viral] samples more quickly and accurately,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Standing Orders ) : “Nevertheless, the business of the nation cannot be stalled. Committees that are empanelled under the Standing Orders must start working on their subject matter and review materials, even if they don’t have hearings. By the end of June, I am mandating that all sessional committees must have at least one meeting, whether in person or virtually, given the COVID protocols,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “So I reflected on what was said to me directly, and the commentaries in media. I discussed it with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and we agreed that we would make it clear that the principle of equity in distribution must not be compromised,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is incredibly frustrating that right when we had applied the right measures, the right tools to show that we can use the [security] forces without violence, we can give extraordinary powers, greater accountability, as we can get results, for political reasons it was oppose, oppose, oppose at every turn,” “For what reason? To just come here and show a graph? That's it? When, if it was supported, right now the entire country would have been celebrating an even deeper fall in crime,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are planning to add an additional two communities, and restructure the operation of one existing ZOSO,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 11:25:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This would be the first major highway development financed with our own resources and not linked to a loan,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness contended ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Jamaica represented the issues and the positions on the global stage. We brought the concerns of small countries and small economies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “When Jamaica is one of the countries selected for a vaccine gift and we don’t make a lot of noise and public relations about it … Jamaica has quietly, steadily, and consistently represented on the international stage, and our voice is respected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 9:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness charged : "We are not trying to use the extraordinary measures to abuse the people of Jamaica!" External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness asserted : “This would make the new measures more effective if we have this amendment in place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 19, 2021 4:24:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness expressed : “our deep appreciation to the Government and people of India for this very much-needed support” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:47:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness warned : “I wish to prepare the Jamaican people that if the numbers do not improve, there are other measures that we will put in place. These measures will have an impact on the economy. It will have an even greater impact on your ability to move and gather,” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, March 16, 2021 9:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The government has always acted in a situationally-appropriate way. So where we are now, the measures that we have put in place, we have given three weeks for them to work. If they don’t work, then there would be more measures to come. I’m being upfront with the nation to say, as I’ve always said, that a lockdown is not off the books. We’ve never been this close to it, but we are very close to it now,” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, March 16, 2021 9:21:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “Regardless of who you are in this society, once the rule is set you will abide by the rule; for too long people have stood by and said it is those who know others and who are connected, they are the ones who are going to get through, and the pressures have already started. But I'm committed to ensuring that the distribution of the vaccine does not fall into this category of nationally important goods to be distributed, where people break the line because of connections,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:56:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The whole ticketing process is now at our Legislative Committee, which is the penultimate stage before it reaches Parliament. I had promised it would come within the first week of the new Budget year… so we are on track,” External link

jis Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “some of these… have to be thoroughly debated before we can come to the [appropriate] legislative conclusions” External link

jis Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “But, I believe we are at a stage now… we have to be far more assertive in the enforcement of the protocols, because it is now putting the entire public good at risk. We have done all that we can in balancing lives and livelihoods, and the equation and balance has now shifted to saving lives,” External link

jis Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness declared : “My conscience is clear that we have done all that we can in balancing lives and livelihoods. At this stage, the equation and the balance have now shifted to saving lives,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There are those who would wish to challenge the authority of the State in ways that even the most liberal Jamaican would believe is a threat to the rule of law and the order and discipline and indeed the justice of the society,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The pressures have already started, but I’m committed to ensuring that the distribution of the vaccine does not fall in this category of nationally important goods to be distributed, where people break the line and because of connections, they get,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Your need to party and be free and go about not wearing your mask has to be balanced against the need against someone who will be deprived of care because we simply have no beds,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 9, 2021 6:10:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "It is justifiable now to be more assertive in the enforcement of the protocols that are in place," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 9, 2021 6:10:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “The Government has to shift this burden because obviously the limited budget that we have, in every area we have to try and save. So, we will shift the burden of the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test unto the business traveller,” External link

sunstkitts Thursday, March 4, 2021 5:10:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Churches, in general, have done well to supervise themselves, and many of them have put in place measures over and above what we have put in the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “In a few weeks' time, we are heading back into dry season, and at that point in time, the public focus will shift again, and then it will be a different conversation about what is the government doing,” “Government has a long-term plan, and that plan is being rolled out, not just incrementally or sequentially, but there are many projects happening all over the place” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 4, 2021 3:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I want the public to be assured that, in spite of the pandemic and all of the other challenges, the government is continuing to make investments in securing our water supply to improve our quality of life and the convenience of our citizens,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 4, 2021 3:18:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “In a few weeks' time, we are heading back into dry season, and at that point in time, the public focus will shift again, and then it will be a different conversation about what is the government doing,” “Government has a long-term plan, and that plan is being rolled out, not just incrementally or sequentially, but there are many projects happening all over the place” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 1:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I want the public to be assured that, in spite of the pandemic and all of the other challenges, the government is continuing to make investments in securing our water supply to improve our quality of life and the convenience of our citizens,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 1:35:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "This is a great loss for Jamaica and for Reggae," External link

dw-en Wednesday, March 3, 2021 3:43:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Bunny Wailer ) : “This is a great loss for Jamaica and for Reggae, undoubtedly Bunny Wailer will always be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music industry and Jamaica's culture. May his soul rest in peace,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “I had a presentation from the PSOJ a few nights ago which showed how delivery could be done, so we have a subcommittee of Cabinet looking at how we could implement it,” “We have agreed that we will test it in a geographical area, and as soon as those details are refined, we will bring that solution to the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We would like to see the resumption of sporting activities, but we would want to see it done safely,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have to take this drastic action because we do not see any willingness on the part of our brothers and sisters — not everyone, because some people do comply — but we are seeing a significant level of non-compliance in this area,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:11:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have to take this drastic action because we do not see any willingness on the part of our brothers and sisters — not everyone, because some people do comply — but we are seeing a significant level of non-compliance in this area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 2, 2021 4:26:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “But we have kept them open; we have considered the essential, especially for those people who have to go work in this new regime,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:35:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “We would like to see the resumption of sporting activities, but we would want to see it done safely. We observe that the various sporting associations are coming on board with plans, but now, it would be inconsistent with the challenges that we face if we were to approve. We will still consider them and work with them to ensure that we refine the arrangements, and as soon as we are out of this danger zone, we can start to look at how we can get the sporting sector back up and running” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 2, 2021 3:58:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If it comes to my attention that there is interference [with the process of delivery of the vaccines] then I will have to act,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1:49:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have to take this drastic action because we do not see any willingness on the part of our brothers and sisters — not everyone, because some people do comply — but we are seeing a significant level of non-compliance in this area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 1, 2021 7:33:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If it comes to my attention that there is interference [with the process of delivery of the vaccines] then I will have to act,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 1, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “We have to take this drastic action because we do not see any willingness on the part of our brothers and sisters — not everyone, because some people do comply — but we are seeing a significant level of non-compliance in this area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 1, 2021 1:47:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This is a critical trigger and we have to shift policy efforts to ensuring that we can preserve every Jamaican's life,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 1, 2021 4:14:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “What the Government has been doing behind the scenes is to refine a new set of measures that will enable the economy to continue but to have the control on movement that will prevent the spread of the disease,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The work that goes on behind the scenes to get it to this point, we don’t bring it to the public,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Because we don’t, it leaves a gap for speculation. You would have heard things like ‘the rest of the Caribbean is ahead of us’ and they have done things that we haven’t,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “There is a situation now where larger countries, more affluent countries are able to secure supplies. We are in the early phase of production of the vaccines and, therefore, the demand for the vaccines for outstrips the existing supply. And it is those persons who have the existing capacity and who have the sovereign control would obviously get the first control over supply,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "I've heard what the Opposition have said and I have heard what others have said. Much of what is being said is not accurate and can be misleading to the public," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "The work that goes on behind the scenes to get to this point, we don't bring it to the public, and because we don't, it leaves a gap for speculation. You would have heard things like 'the rest of the Caribbean is ahead of us' and 'they have done things that we haven't done.'..You would have seen a statement from CARICOM which explains our position because Jamaica is not the only country awaiting vaccines," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Your government is acting in your best interest," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 27, 2021 3:12:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "Only through this concerted effort to control the spread of the virus will we be able to maintain a level of productivity to secure lives and livelihoods and recover more quickly from this crisis," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:37:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We will continue to work closely with the government so people can look forward to a well-deserved break away, after what has been a very difficult year for many,” External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, February 23, 2021 6:42:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are trying to identify the lands for them and we have some housing developments that are slated for this area as well,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 22, 2021 2:28:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We could reallocate those resources to other areas in health. In fact, to even acquire more vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 22, 2021 2:28:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are still in the danger zone and therefore we must use the 'vaccine' that is readily available to us; the mask, the social distancing, the hand sanitising, the gathering rule and how you conduct yourself. Those have been the first and foremost method of protecting yourself against the disease and I want to urge our Jamaicans to bear that in mind,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:46:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “We tried our best to ensure that the privacy and the rights of individuals are respected,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 21, 2021 5:06:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “This project is not for fattening your pockets. This project is to help the people of St Thomas come out of a hundred years of neglect. This project will be put under the highest level of scrutiny because we know the stories and we are tired of it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 21, 2021 10:56:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “They don’t last forever so we have to ensure that we plan enough to educate,” “On that note, they will be moving forward with public education and promotion of vaccines to communicate with citizens the purpose of the vaccines, possible side effects and time and place of deployment” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:50:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The programme is designed to address people who are in need, people who can't get houses going the regular method, but it is also designed to bring hope to communities that are in need of such interventions,” “The recipients are very grateful and it is transformational to their lives and to the community,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 17, 2021 11:21:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The programme is designed to address people who are in need, people who can’t get houses going the regular method, but it is also designed to bring hope to communities that are in need of such interventions,” “The recipients are very grateful, and it is transformational to their lives and to the community,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 16, 2021 10:54:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The role of the Government in this is to identify the lands and make them available at reasonable cost; to dedicate resources for the development of common infrastructure as much as possible, and to deal with the impediments in the permitting and regulatory environment to reduce those costs to ensure that the housing solution that comes to the market is timely and affordable,” “The work has started, and you will hear more once we go to budget regarding how we are going to seek to achieve those 70,000 new housing solutions in the next five years” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:36:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This Government is committed to providing the mechanisms, the solutions, the pathway for every single Jamaican, whether poor or rich, to fulfil your dreams,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:36:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “And we are doing it in many ways. We are doing it through titling, by going through and regularising persons who have occupied lands but have no titles; we are doing it through the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), regularising communities that were informally settled; again we are doing it through the HAJ in bringing to market affordable, low-income housing solutions; and we are doing it through the NHT in providing support for the financial system for home ownership,” “We made a commitment in the last election that we are going to build 70,000 houses. The 70,000 housing solutions will not be easy to achieve, but we are going to go as close as possible as we can,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:36:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This kind of mentality of illegally and improperly settling land must end in Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:36:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “It is not the Government’s intention to prolong the tighter curfew hours which now starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. the following morning,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We understand the devasting impact it can have on the economy, but we looked at the numbers in hospital and we weighed both risks. The bigger risk to the country is that we would not want people to turn up at hospitals, struggling to breathe, needing attention and we don’t have space for them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “We don’t have anything to fear. We have our own set of laws established here, our policies are established, and we have an excellent set of experts in this area who are employed to the Government, or who were formerly employed, or who are experts employed to international agencies and we go through that process to ensure that when we do get the vaccines here, we have the best vaccines,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:23:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We understand the devastating impact it can have on the economy, but we looked at the numbers in hospital and we weighed the risks. The bigger risk to the country is that we would not want people to turn up at hospitals, struggling to breathe, needing attention and we don’t have space for them,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 5:42:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “We don’t have anything to fear… we have our own set of laws established here, our policies are established, and we have an excellent set of experts in this area who are employed to the government or who were formerly employed or who are experts employed to international agencies. We go through that process to ensure that when we do get the vaccines here, we have the best vaccines,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 5:42:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Governments must support this ambitious drive of Jamaicans to own Jamaica. But ownership cannot happen in chaos,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness asserted : “This Government that I currently lead cannot continue this destructive history that we have had of tacitly allowing people to settle on land improperly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness stated : “As a matter of policy, the Government cannot continue to do this. So, if it becomes necessary for state quarantine to be implement, then those persons who would be so affected should take this now as notice that you would have to be prepared to pay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness explained : “It may not necessarily be that the person would pay the full economic cost, but there would be some cost attributable to the person,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have no hesitation in saying to the security forces that they must now go full force, as much as they can, in enforcing the orders for quarantining at home,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “This project is not for fattening your pockets. This project is to help the people of St Thomas come out of a hundred years of neglect. This project will be put under the highest level of scrutiny because we know the stories and we are tired of it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:00:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have been discussing the implementation of new legislation for ticketing, and for giving the security forces greater enforcement powers. In my conversation with the minister of justice, the legislation is complete in terms of its drafting, and by next week it should be with the legislative committee for final approval,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 11, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Hopefully, if it suits all the members [and] meets our approval, we can pass it very quickly and have that enforced,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 11, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The curfew has proven to be the most effective measure, but it the most expensive measure because of the impact it has on the economy and on business,” External link

caycompass Wednesday, February 10, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Starting [Wednesday] when the curfew begins, the police will be visible and active on the roads,” External link

caycompass Wednesday, February 10, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If we don’t act now, we could overwhelm our health system, which could lead to more problems,” External link

caycompass Wednesday, February 10, 2021 11:54:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We have been discussing the implementation of new legislation for ticketing and for giving the security forces greater enforcement powers. In my conversation with the Minister of Justice, the legislation is complete in terms of its drafting, and by next week it should be with the legislative committee for final approval,” External link

jis Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness added : “Hopefully, if it suits all the members [and] meets our approval, we can pass it very quickly and have that enforced,” External link

jis Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:45:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "If we don't act now, we could overwhelm the health system," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:09:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness argued : “The recent surge should serve as a reminder that the pandemic is not over, and we should not let our guard down,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 6:09:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We cannot dedicate the entire capacity of our healthcare system to COVID-19 alone. There are other critical illnesses and events to which our healthcare professionals have to continue to respond,” External link

sunstkitts Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:55:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Kingston Public ) : “Currently, the Western Health Region is at 83 per cent of capacity, the Southern Region is at 76 per cent, the Northern Region is at 66 per cent and the Southeast Region at 59 per cent. Additionally, there are a number of hospitals across the island that are at or above 90 per cent occupancy level and this includes the May Pen Hospital, Kingston Public Hospital and Spanish Town Hospital,” “What we are seeing here, having interrogated this data, is that there is need for a greater sense of urgency, both on the part of the Government in our response, but more so on the part of the citizens. You have to take greater personal responsibility,” External link

jis Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “I know one of the questions on persons’ minds is whether the spread we are now seeing is related, in any way, to the new strains or variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” External link

sunstkitts Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:55:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "It doesn't mean that we are not going to close schools," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "The schools have been doing so and I think I have seen (that) once a case is confirmed in a school, the principal may make a decision to shut down the school for the day and deep clean," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : "The results from genome sequencing will give us better insights into how prevalent the new variants may be in Jamaica," External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:34:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness told : “I know one of the questions on persons' minds is whether the spread we are now seeing is related, in any way, to the new strains or variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are also seeing less hesitancy towards being tested and a reduction in the stigma associated with COVID-19, as a result of increased awareness. More persons are, therefore, voluntarily coming forward to be tested,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We all need to exercise the vigilance and care that we did before that enabled us to flatten the curve,” “What I want every Jamaican to understand is that the Government can put in place more restrictive measures, but those measures come at an economic cost” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:40:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The curfew has proven to be the most effective measure, but it the most expensive measure because of the impact it has on the economy and on business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “Starting [Wednesday] when the curfew begins, the police will be visible and active on the roads,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “If we don’t act now, we could overwhelm our health system, which could lead to more problems,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:11:00 PM EAT

Andrew Holness said ( about Kingston Public ) : “We are also seeing increased hospitalisations across the island. The islandwide hospital census shows significant occupancy levels across the health regions. Currently, the Western Health Region is at 83 per cent capacity; the Southern Region is at 76 per cent; Northern Region at 66 per cent; and Southeast Region at 59 per cent. Additionally, there are a number of hospitals across the island that are at or above 90 per cent occupancy level including May Pen, Kingston Public Hospital and Spanish Town Hospital,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 3:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “We are also seeing less hesitancy towards being tested and a reduction in the stigma associated with COVID-19 as a result of increased awareness. More persons are therefore voluntarily coming forward to be tested,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 3:57:00 AM EAT

Andrew Holness said : “The curfew has proven to be the most effective measure, but it is the most expensive measure because of the impact it has on the economy,” “The curfew helps to filter non-productive activities but it does have an impact on productive activities that happen outside curfew hours,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:52:00 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%


<<10<12345678910>>>10
<<10<12345678910>>>10

Tools

Load latest edition

Saturday, September 25, 2021

3:02:00 AM EAT


Quotes... Explore Relations


EMM Visual Explorer


Quotes... Extracted quotes about