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    The following is the lead story in Sunday`s Gleaner:-

    LIVING LARGE? $21m in travel over four years
    published: Sunday | July 31, 2005


    Leonardo Blair, Enterprise Reporter

    WITH A roll of pricy New York hotels, thousands of U.S. dollars in entertainment money, fuel costs for travelling on a private aircraft, personal butlers, assistants and advisers, Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has managed to rack up a bill of more than $21 million in expenditure on overseas travel in the last four years.

    And that figure does not include the cost attached to his travelling delegation, or costs contained in other documents which may have been missed during access to information searches.

    Access to Information officers who searched for the records revealed in this story, pointed out that there were some records which could not be found.

    While Jamaica continues to struggle under a heavy debt burden and to cut corners to meet its national budget, in November 2002, the PM forked out US$1,500 a night plus a 12.5 per cent gratuity payment for five nights in a New York hotel while on an official visit there. At that rate, the PM spent a total of US$8,437 or just over J$420,000 over the five nights.

    One travel writer on New York City hotels described rates shelled out by the PM in this manner: "If you want views of Central Park (New York) - expect to really pay through the nose (US$600-US$1,000 a night)." Local travel agents who did not want to be named for this story described the rates as, "hardly the average hotel stay".

    The information which was gleaned from official documents acquired under the Access to Information Act, points out that in 2001, the PM docked the public purse approximately $5.5 million for 13 official trips. In 2002, the bill was nearly $5 million for nine official trips; just over $7 million in 2003 for 10 trips, while in 2004, another 10 trips cost the nation just over $4 million even with some of the trips being sponsored.

    The records show that the PM's $7 million tab for 2003 was approximately $2 million more than his $4.7 million annual basic salary. That same year, on an official three-day trip to Cuba, the Prime Minister had the services of a special assistant, a press secretary and two butlers. The cost for Mr. Patterson alone was $260,000. His accompanying delegation was not included.

    With the exchange rate at just cents off the $60 to US$1 mark that year, the PM's travels also cost the nation nearly $1 million in one "official" seven day trip to New York between September and October, with hotel rates at US$1,125 per night. The PM was further allowed US$5,000 or nearly $300,000, for official expenses and entertainment on top of the US$250 per diem (daily allowance) he gets on each overseas trip.

    PRIVATE AIRCRAFT

    Records also show an invoice where payment was made for first-class tickets to Miami valued at $216,715 in 2003 for the Prime Minister and four other persons. However, details of the trip were not included. A private aircraft was also used to attend the Summit of the Americas meeting in Monterrey, Mexico last January, and it cost the government nearly $300,000 to buy fuel for the aircraft in order to make the trip. That five-day trip made by the Prime Minister cost approximately $650,000.

    The Sunday Gleaner made attempts to get the total amount spent by each ministry including the Office of the Prime Minister on overseas travel, however, the Ministry of Finance and Planning explained that that was a very difficult request. "It is difficult to provide the information from this end as the actual expenditure is most times in excess of the budgetary provision," said Rolda Grey of the Public Expenditure Division at the ministry.

    In the meantime, other ministers serving under the umbrella of the Office of the Prime Minister, such as Burchell Whiteman and Colin Campbell while he served under that office, received per diems of US$25 and US$30 a day for a number of overseas trips they made. Minister Whiteman, based on his records, hardly had a delegation.
    Let freedom and peace abide, the sun shine, and your love beside me with you everytime.

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    Re: Prime Minister at LARGE

    Suddenly on the eve of our 43 rd anniversary of independence the Gleaner is waking up and seeing things and publishing them.

    What about the mansion in southern France, that the PM allegedly owns?
    Quite up his alley to own all he can. With Jamaica bursting at its seams in debt, one would think that a prime minister would be more humble in his lavishness.
    Let freedom and peace abide, the sun shine, and your love beside me with you everytime.

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    • #3
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      this is pure propagonda against the Rt Hon PJ Patterson, it is more like because he has offered himself to be a contender in the PNP pressidential Illections. The person who wrote this artilce should be ashame of themself, they should be proud to note that this Jamaican leader is trying to keep the economy going, they should be proud that we have such a prime Minister, They talk about his legacy, the Prime Ministers legacy is that he has carry us on, we are still able to provide food we are still able to be part of an existing group carribean countries that are doing all they can for our Inhabitants. With pertaining to the crime situation, there need to be mas mo-bolisation of information on these criminal elements on the Island, Infiltrate , and broken down. my Remedy is operation S+C+O+P+E= study(infiltrate/know who thier contacts are both abraod and domestic),Consantrate(knw them well), organizebring all available information to the table, be able to tell even how the criminal sleeping
      practice,know the terraine, the layout of the criminal invironment, EXicute-brake in down the crimal element from head to foot, this is the end, arrest with all legal action in hand leave nothing out, know both the rights of the criminals and the right of soceity notice that the act that they commit is not only against individuals, their action are against society atlarge, so that these organise criminal will not get away in any manner justice must be served.
      JAMAICAN

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      • #4
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        if I had more time I would tell you more about another tacktick I would call operation C-L-E-A-N- house, these criminals should be Psychologically broken down and build up to fit societies norms, they should be uniformed when in custody, they should be used to biuld roads and help on government projects wether it is clean streets, Building schools, helping in rescue operatin after floods are even planting food(yam, banana and other food suplies)
        JAMAICAN

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        • #5
          Re: Prime Minister at LARGE

          UNWORD PJ!!!! WE ARE proud to have you as our leader
          JAMAICAN

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by McIntosh, ONE:
            [qb] UNWORD PJ!!!! WE ARE proud to have you as our leader [/qb]
            Not all of us. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] [img]/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
            Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.
            - Anonymous

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            • #7
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              Whilst other nations in our category are providing goods and services and educating their students, we are barely struggling for survival.
              The politics of a fight for benefits and politcal spoils by 2 tribes at war contributes continuously to the de-polarization of the people of Jamaica.
              We haven`t lifted off to any meaningful stage of industrialization or service. We are where we are never before. Our factories have long become tombs of Michaels experiments in socialism.
              Patterson has usually been hardly awake, except for when he travels and stays at lavish suites in 5 star hotels doing what for Jamaica.
              The late Mike Manley always at least set up comittee after comittee to investigate questionable occurrences. Patterson, has never been as remotely been involved.
              Hence the failed state we have called Jamaica.
              Let freedom and peace abide, the sun shine, and your love beside me with you everytime.

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              • #8
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                Approximately US$100,000 per year??
                for the prime minister's entourafe travel expenses?
                these people who are complaining, are the same people why the country is so poor while they are so damn wealthy.
                they try to distract the poor with nonsense tike these,while they rake evert opportunuty to keep the country poor while them make the hog off the poor.
                This is all about Patterson deciding to run again. It is all about presssure. They have their select waiting in the wings,to use to continue to rip off the country until the peiple get fed up,they give them another,and another,and when they get old and die their offspring come and do the same.
                Join me as members of the church of LOVE,and let us change the world, one good deed at a time.

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                • #9
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                  The country will never become economically developed,until the whole attitude of believing that dertain groups of people should sacrifice for the country,while other groups,lavish in it's wealth.
                  That is whi LeeChin's father could not get a job at the bank he recemtly bought.
                  His colour but him in the sacrificial group,and the position was reserved fron the lavishers.
                  Join me as members of the church of LOVE,and let us change the world, one good deed at a time.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Prime Minister at LARGE

                    PM not excessive ' - Prime Minister's travel allowance within limits, says press secretary
                    published: Friday | August 5, 2005


                    THE OFFICE of the Prime Minister yesterday slammed news reports intimating that Prime Minister P.J. Patterson had notched up an excessive overseas travel bill, arguing instead that he has saved the country thousands of dollars by employing several cost saving measures during visits abroad.

                    "It is also necessary that the Jamaican people understand that the Prime Minister's accommodation must meet the security requirements of the country that he is visiting," Sandra Graham, Mr. Patterson's press secretary pointed out yesterday.

                    Ms. Graham's statement to the press was in response to a report carried in The Sunday Gleaner this week, stating that Prime Minister Patterson spent $21 million in overseas travel over four years. The information was obtained through the Access to Information law.

                    WITHIN THE LIMITS

                    But yesterday the Prime Minister's press secretary defended her boss' travel bill, claiming that the hotel rates quoted were within the limits allowed and were not excessive. According to her "contrary to what was stated in the article, the rates that Mr. Patterson is allowed do not afford him the views of Central Park (in New York) and he has always opted to stay at hotels where the rates are modest and where his personal staff can also afford to be accommodated."

                    She disclosed that Mr. Patterson had, in fact, been receiving travel allowances based on rates set 16 years ago by the Edward Seaga administration. The press secretary said despite the escalation in prices and hotel rates Mr. Patterson "has not, during the period, obtained the full per diem to which he is entitled by virtue of the approved rates."

                    Ms. Graham also claimed the use of a private aircraft to transport the Prime Minister, the Foreign Affairs Minister, the security team and personal staff to Monterey, Mexico in January, 2004 "actually saved the Jamaican taxpayers over US$5,000, representing the cost of overnight en-route to and from Mexico."

                    She added that this also saved the Jamaican delegation four days of travel time to the summit where leaders in the hemisphere discussed matters relating to sustainable economic development and the reduction of poverty and hunger.

                    With respect to the visit to Cuba in 2003, Ms. Graham said the accommodation of the Prime Minister and his delegation in a villa resulted in savings because his support staff prepared meals for the entire group.

                    Travel rates

                    Government per diem rates for travel to North America, March 1, 1989.

                    Prime Minister - US$300

                    Finance Minister - US$250

                    Ministers - US$230

                    Permanent Secretary - US$200
                    Join me as members of the church of LOVE,and let us change the world, one good deed at a time.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Prime Minister at LARGE

                      LINCHOY friend, you are one out of a million, not to say your opinion doesn't count. What is happening is I think Mr.Bruse Golden is trying to descredit the Priminesters achievements, knowing that it was after the PM decided to run for the the PNP presidential race if called up on to do so, that is when all these propaganda tackticks suddenly seem to be coming about. We still have food on our table and we should be thank full to the PM for his work and leadership that has sustain. Micheal would be proud.
                      PJ is a great JAMaican leader and a great WI.
                      JAMAICAN

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                      • #12
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                        You measure leadership by "we still have food on our table" What contempt do you have for Jamaicans!
                        Let freedom and peace abide, the sun shine, and your love beside me with you everytime.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by McIntosh, ONE:
                          [qb] We still have food on our table and we should be thank full to the PM for his work and leadership that has sustain. Micheal would be proud.
                          PJ is a great JAMaican leader and a great WI. [/qb]
                          Lol,diss mek mi laff [img]/forums/images/graemlins/704555_dwl.gif[/img]

                          So what are you saying,that Jamaicans will put up with anything as long as there`s food on the table..?? (well at least food for some anyway)
                          Seems to me that your statement suggests a classical example of a people that are so used to the mediocre it doesnt take much for them to be kept happy,like a puppy dog, just throw them the odd bone now and again to keep them quiet and contented.

                          As long as some people in Jamaica are prepared to put up with shabby governments,and shabby quality of life for a plate of food now and again their "great Jamaican leaders" will always be able to get away without any accountability to the people they represent.
                          bigger badder and browner !

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by McIntosh, ONE:
                            [qb] UNWORD PJ!!!! WE ARE proud to have you as our leader [/qb]
                            EDIT EDIT EDIT EDIT

                            Joemaican:This level of communication is against board rules Sir I would appreciate if you would restrict your post to the limits of the rules. Thank you
                            bigger badder and browner !

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                            • #15
                              Re: Prime Minister at LARGE

                              Originally posted by neutral:
                              [qb]
                              Originally posted by McIntosh, ONE:
                              [qb] UNWORD PJ!!!! WE ARE proud to have you as our leader [/qb]
                              You forgot to add.. thou great one,long may the sun shine from your anal passage,we are not worthy to sniff the sweet aroma of wind that emits from your back orifice,or taste the patties that are made from your excellency`s stools [/qb]
                              Oh dear, I figured you were capable of a very many things, but not this...**cawk mi nose*** Diss mek my missing ((friend)) look like an altar boy..
                              <span style="font-style: italic">If it must choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas</span>..John Cocteau.

                              <span style="font-weight: bold">all the lonely people, where do they all come from?</span>

                              <span style="font-style: italic">IGNORE A TROLL, di TROLL LOSES</span>

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