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first_imgThe House of Representatives has passed 22 Bills since the beginning of the legislative period in April 2014.This was disclosed by Leader of Government Business and Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, during a sitting of the Lower House on December 9.He also informed that of the 22 Bills, 12 have gone on to be passed in the Senate and receive the assent of the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.“Of particular interest to the public is the Disabilities Act 2014, which will help to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities and enable them to participate more fully in public life, with fewer impediments in terms of physical infrastructure, and greater accommodation in the work environment and in respect of housing,” the House Leader said.Mr. Paulwell also informed that 23 orders and resolutions were approved as well as eight committee reports and four private members’ motions, as well as the motion opposing the United States embargo against Cuba.Eighteen Ministerial Statements were made between April and December of this year, he noted further, “in order to ensure that this Honourable House, and by extension, the nation, was kept informed about the affairs of Government and our response to issues of national importance.”Matters covered included changes to the tax regime; students’ performance in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT); measures to regulate the tertiary education sector; privatisation of the Kingston Container Terminal; the severe water shortage that affected the island during the year; preparedness for the Ebola virus; and national security and foreign trade.Mr. Paulwell stated that as further evidence of the willingness of the Government to provide access to information and promote transparency, 25 questions were answered during the period.“This represents a significant increase over the corresponding period last year, when only seven questions were asked, and answers given to three of them. This year’s questions dealt with a range of issues,” he said, “with extensive follow-up questions and much latitude allowed as regards discussion.”He said that among them were four questions relating to the purchase of the property at Orange Grove in Trelawny by the National Housing Trust (NHT).He noted that while not all the responses were deemed fully satisfactory, “at the end of the day, there was much information provided in respect of issues that could properly be placed in the public domain.”Mr. Paulwell thanked all Members for their contribution to the proceedings of the Lower House.“For the most part, the business of Parliament continues to benefit from an amicable working relationship between Government and Opposition, notwithstanding the vigour and enthusiasm which the Opposition sometimes brings to its role in keeping the Government accountable,” he said. RelatedJamaica to Enter Tourism Timeshare Market Story HighlightsThe House of Representatives has passed 22 Bills since the beginning of the legislative period in April 2014.This was disclosed by Leader of Government Business and Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, during a sitting of the Lower House on December 9.He also informed that of the 22 Bills, 12 have gone on to be passed in the Senate and receive the assent of the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. RelatedPM Says CCJ Will Protect Legal Rights of Citizens FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Advertisements House Passes 22 Bills Since April 2014 ParliamentDecember 11, 2014Written by: Latonya Linton RelatedPrime Minister Simpson Miller Addresses NHT Questions in Parliamentlast_img read more

first_img[email protected] HomeFeaturedSanta Monica Auctions holds its last auction at Bergamot Mar. 02, 2019 at 4:59 amFeaturedNewsSanta Monica Auctions holds its last auction at BergamotAngel Carreras2 years agoNewsSanta Monica A longtime art auctioneer is leaving his post at Bergamot Station after nearly a decade.Robert Berman, owner of Santa Monica Auctions, will host one last auction at his B-7 Bergamot space this Sunday before downsizing and moving his auction and gallery space elsewhere. Santa Monica Auctions has been around for 35 years, it’s last 8 years occuring at Bergamot.  The 35th anniversary and final auction at the space will feature works from Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein, Raymond Pettibon and more. Prices will range from pieces with no reserve to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Berman says he’s downsizing due to slowed business but also so he can relax in his latter years of life. He says the final auction coinciding on a milestone anniversary is bittersweet.“Ain’t everything in life bittersweet,” Berman said jokingly. “I’m just going to try to change my life a little bit and it’s difficult to do what I do for as long as I have. This is my 35th year in Santa Monica. I’ve had a gallery space somewhere for 40 years.Getting a little bit tired. Excited to be working less.”At 70, Berman can still be found shuffling around, climbing up ladders and carrying famed and framed works of art. Berman’s art world journey began in Chicago where he was born and raised. He attended Chicago’s Art Institute for his undergrad and briefly visited LA in the 60s. He spent time in Northern California but was impressed by a short visit Los Angeles and Santa Monica, saying “there was something special about those places.”He then traveled for ten years throughout Europe, selling art in Paris where he was a private art dealer. He worked a small gallery where he was exposed to and helped expose others to the works of Chicano artists and Basquait. He soon visited a friend in California and fell in love with Santa Monica.“I came to visit my friend that’s an art dealer. I was in the rain and cold of France and [in Santa Monica] it was sunny and everyone was smiling. I never thought I’d stay here but the lifestyle was fabulous. I enjoy riding motorcycles and driving sports cars and I want to do that and own a gallery. It was the perfect place. It’s been a fun adventure.”Santa Monica Auction’s last auction at the B-7 gallery will take place Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.smauctions.com/ Tags :NewsSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMorris, Martinez, Rooney highlight players to watch in ’19More mixed-use buildings moving through development pipelineYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more