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August 17, 2018

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Caustic death

Source: Jamaica Observer WHEN 13-year-old Shanoya Wray left home quietly on the night of July 15, her relatives — who quickly reported her missing — had no clue she would not return home alive.Not once during the week in which they awaited her return did they think that she would have turned up…

'Dispel this false notion that there is no security plan'

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday dismissed repeated statements by the Opposition that his Administration does not have an effective crime plan in place, and has called on Jamaicans to reject that assertion. Link: ‘Dispel this false notion that there is no security plan’

Cabinet changes coming

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness admitted yesterday that since the resignation of science and technology minister Dr Andrew Wheatley he has considered changes in his Cabinet with the appointment of a new minister to take over the portfolios of the former minister. Link: Cabinet changes coming

Dump privatisation team should complete work in 14 months

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says the enterprise team charged with identifying an investor for the privatisation of the island’s dumps should have its work completed within another 14 months. Link: Dump privatisation team should complete work in 14 months

Access denied

Source: Jamaica Observer AT least one sign language interpreter is speaking out on behalf of the deaf community, calling for greater inclusion and access to information.Antoinette Aiken’s appeal comes after the recent Grand Gala at National Stadium, which was part of the activities associated with the country’s 56th anniversary of Independence.According to the…

Gov't to launch commission to find solutions to violence

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says the Government will be launching a commission shortly to examine and find solutions to violence in Jamaica.He said that the media will be a major stakeholder in the process. Link: Gov’t to launch commission to find solutions to violence

Chung: No reason dump divestment

Source: Jamaica Observer CHAIRMAN of the board of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Dennis Chung says he is frustrated with the slow pace of action from the enterprise team that was set up to manage the privatisation of the Riverton City dump. Link: Chung: No reason dump divestment

KSAMC eyes CCTV to monitor vending, urinating in public spaces

Source: Jamaica Observer The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) is negotiating with JamaicaEye for use of its cameras to monitor vending, illegal parking, the dumping of garbage, and urinating in public spaces, particularly in downtown Kingston and Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew.The disclosure was made by Kingston Mayor Senator Delroy Williams at yesterday’s…

Caricom mourns passing of Sir VS Naipaul

Source: Jamaica Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (Caricom) says it mourns the death of the Trinidad-born novelist and Nobel Laureate, Sir VS Naipaul, who died Saturday at his home in Britain, six days shy of his 86th birthday Link: Caricom mourns passing of Sir VS Naipaul

Three-day RBM system seminar opens today

Source: Jamaica Observer A three-day sensitisation seminar on the Caricom Results Based Management (RBM) System will be held in Jamaica from August 14 to 16.The seminar opens at 9:00 am at the Office of the Prime Minister, 1 Devon Road, Kingston 10, where a discussion will be held with permanent secretaries, heads of…

Pipeline works to affect water supplies in Kingston this week

Source: Jamaica Observer THE National Water Commission (NWC), as part of its ongoing non-revenue water reduction programme being carried out with co-management partners Miya International, will this week carry out emergency pipeline work that will impact several sections of the Corporate Area.These works, the NWC said, are slated to facilitate valve and meter…

Holness hits back!

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday fired back at the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) which has stepped up its pressure on the Government and suggested that he has been silent on issues affecting his ministers.Holness, who was speaking at last night’s presentation of caretaker Robert Miller to the St Catherine…

Bunting demands Montague resign

Source: Jamaica Observer MILE GULLY, Manchester — Former National Security Minister Peter Bunting is demanding the resignation of Cabinet Minister Robert Montague following the reissuing of a gun licence to a St Mary man accused of being a gang member and lotto scammer. Link: Bunting demands Montague resign

Roads in Monticelo, Avon Park neglected for almost four decades

Source: Jamaica Observer RESIDENTS of the adjacent communities of Avon Park and Monticello in Angels, St Catherine, say they are frustrated with decades of inaction by local government representatives to fix the deplorable roads in the area.“Something must be done,” Valda Lawrence-Campbell told the Jamaica Observer. “We cannot continue to live like this.”

Negril supermarket facing lock-down

Source: Jamaica Observer NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Owners of a Chinese-owned supermarket in this resort town will know today if it will remain open following an ultimatum Friday to correct alleged public health breaches.The deadline to have problems corrected by today was given on Friday after Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie and other agencies…

Calling reliable suppliers

Source: Jamaica Observer CALGARY, Canada — For many Jamaicans living overseas, overcoming culture shock can be achieved with a little flexibility and minor adjustments, but getting used to the cuisine in their adopted countries many times require expert-level coping skills.So much so that speciality stores that stock Jamaican products and produce will easily…

Holness wants quicker response to climate smart proposals

Source: Jamaica Observer The Caribbean looks set to become the first climate-smart zone in the world, with the launch of the Sir Richard Branson-backed Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator programme.But, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness is concerned that the pace has slowed since the 2015 One Planet Summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in…

Crawford: Don't expect me to cut my locks

Source: Jamaica Observer DAMION Crawford is convinced that he can climb further up Jamaica’s political ladder without having to cut his locks that sanctions him as a Rastaman.That’s why the popular Opposition senator, who is seeking to become a vice-president of the People’s National Party (PNP), has scoffed at the view that if…

Not true!

Source: Jamaica Observer ROBERT Montague yesterday sought to rubbish claims that, as minister of national security in 2017, he overruled a decision by the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) in accepting the gun licence appeal of an individual believed to be of questionable character from his St Mary Western constituency, saying due process was…

3,500 youths to start summer employment programme Monday

Source: Jamaica Observer MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Approximately 3,590 young people from across the island will on Monday embark on a six-week Ministry of Local Government and Community Development Youth Summer Employment Programme. Link: 3,500 youths to start summer employment programme Monday

New policy for electrical approvals by year end, says PM

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Government is seeking to fully implement the new policy framework governing the electrical inspection approvals process for new buildings by year end.This was announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Thursday while speaking at the official opening of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) new Kingston office at 6 Montrose…

IAEA has advanced Jamaica's nuclear technology capacity — PIOJ head

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) Director General Dr Wayne Henry says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been pivotal in advancing the country’s nuclear technology capacity. Link: IAEA has advanced Jamaica’s nuclear technology capacity — PIOJ head

'Professional bailers'

Source: Jamaica Observer Justice Minister Delroy Chuck yesterday indicated that consideration is being given to regularising ‘bailer men’, making them a recognised group of professionals.Relatives of accused individuals often rely on the services of people who are termed bailer men when they do not have the collateral and relevant documentation to secure bail…

Washington, DC's top cop advocates better pay for JCF

Source: Jamaica Observer Washington, DC — USA Officer of the Year 2017 Donald Green believes that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) could attract a stronger cadre of cops if members were better remunerated and had improved working conditions.Green, a former lance corporal in the Jamaica Defence Force, left the island 15 years ago…

UWI to confer honorary degrees on 17 this year

Source: Jamaica Observer SEVENTEEN people who have made outstanding contributions regionally and internationally within their respective fields will be awarded honorary degrees by The University of the West Indies (UWI) at its graduation ceremonies later this year. Link: UWI to confer honorary degrees on 17 this year

Asphalt now available

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Office of the Prime Minister says adequate supplies of asphalt and asphaltic products are now available in the market.Last week, the Jamaica Observer reported that a shortage of asphalt was severely impacting roadwork across the island. However, according to a release from OPM yesterday, supplies are now available following…

RGD clarifies 'marriage issue'

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Registrar General’s Department (RGD) said it had apologised, on June 14, 2018, to Suffragan Bishop of Kingston Robert Thompson for the inconvenience caused by the retention of his marriage register.According to a release yesterday commenting on the issue concerning the bishop, the RGD said it, however, reminded him of…

CCTV cameras, sprinklers proposed for city markets

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) is planning to use closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) to boost security at city markets, following Monday’s fire that destroyed the Ray Ray Market. The corporation said the CCTV cameras would have real-time monitoring.At the same time, the city council plans to utilise…

Roads disturbed by water commission to be fixed soon

Source: Jamaica Observer MOTORISTS have been assured that road surfaces that were disturbed by the National Water Commission (NWC), due to essential work to its Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction Programme in Kingston and St Andrew, will be reinstated in short order. Link: Roads disturbed by water commission to be fixed soon

Can cannabis be a cure for cancer?

Source: Jamaica Observer  The cannabis plant continues to be praised as a multi-purpose source of medicine capable of treating a variety of healthcare problems. This includes the strong perception that certain extracts from the cannabis plant can treat and in some cases even cure certain types of cancer. Link: Can cannabis be a

GG hails contribution of Jamaica Agricultural Society

Source: Jamaica Observer Governor -General Sir Patrick Allen has lauded the 123-year-old Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) for its contribution to advancing the country’s agricultural industry.He noted that the entity has been playing its part in increasing food security, expanding exports and modernising agricultural practices in Jamaica. Link: GG hails contribution of Jamaica Agricultural

Sandals South Coast cooks up a storm for Emancipendence

Source: Jamaica Observer WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland — Taste buds at Sandals South Coast were set on fire on Emancipation Day as department teams prepared 21 Jamaican delicacies in the resort’s Emancipendence Cook-Off. Link: Sandals South Coast cooks up a storm for Emancipendence

Carreras not considering introduction of cannabis cigarettes

Source: Jamaica Observer Local cigarette distributor Carreras Ltd yesterday made it clear that it is not actively considering the introduction of a marijuana cigarette, neither locally nor globally. Link: Carreras not considering introduction of cannabis cigarettes

JUTC denies bus in Moneague crash defective

Source: Jamaica Observer THE State-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is denying claims made by Opposition spokesman on transport and mining, Mikael Phillips, that its bus that was involved in a crash, which resulted in several people being injured, may have been defective.The bus was transporting JUTC staff and family on Saturday, when…

You can't protect what you can't see

Source: Jamaica Observer Enterprises have always leveraged technologies to gain a competitive edge, and the current digital transformation underway has led to unprecedented network expansion. This increased complexity can result in losing visibility into new attack vectors and exploits targeting devices and services running across the network. Modern networks have become accessible to…

Sandals Foundation continues life-changing work in rural communities

Source: Jamaica Observer Port Maria Hospital, Ocho Rios Health Clinic, and Women’s Centre of Jamaica Ocho Rios are the latest beneficiaries of Sandals Foundation’s commitment to community-based projects across Jamaica.The philanthropic arm of Sandals and Beaches Resorts last reopened the completely renovated Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Residence at Port Maria Hospital, a building…

Earth risks tipping into 'hothouse' state — study

Source: Jamaica Observer TAMPA, United States (AFP) — The planet urgently needs to transition to a green economy because fossil fuel pollution risks pushing the Earth into a lasting and dangerous “hothouse” state, researchers warned yesterday.If polar ice continues to melt, forests are slashed and greenhouse gases rise to new highs — as…

New Fortress Energy hosts back-to-school fairs for 1,000 students

Source: Jamaica Observer ONE thousand students are set to receive school supplies and assistance valued at $13 million when New Fortress Energy hosts three back-to-school fairs in partnership with the schools and communities near its energy projects. Link: New Fortress Energy hosts back-to-school fairs for 1,000 students

NW St Ann youth parliamentarian impacting lives

Source: Jamaica Observer SHE is only 17 years old, but already Sandrene McKenzie is displaying signs of a good politician. McKenzie, who just completed her studies at Westwood High School in Trelawny, is the youth parliamentarian for St Ann North Western.This is a role the teen has embraced and is determined to make…

We must learn from our ancestors — Vivian Crawford

Source: Jamaica Observer AS Jamaica marks 184 years since Emancipation and the 56th anniversary of Independence, executive director of the Institute of Jamaica, Vivian Crawford is highlighting the need for greater focus on the country’s rich heritage.He pointed out that there are important lessons to learn from how the ancestors lived and conducted…

Boost for dairy, livestock production

Source: Jamaica Observer INDUSTRY, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw says the ministry is targeting the implementation of several strategies intended to boost Jamaica’s livestock and dairy industries to enable the country to become more self-sufficient in these areas.He said the strategies aim, over time, to reduce imports and improve the country’s…

ECC gets grant to create more robust, secure IT system

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Early Childhood Commission (ECC) is the recipient of a US $83,000 grant from the Organization of American States to create a Child Care Education and Health Development Integration System (CCEHDIS) which facilitates the exchange of data within ECC’s five independent software applications created on separate databases. Link: ECC gets

Hacking DNA information

Source: Jamaica Observer WE are currently celebrating our Emancipation and Independence, yet we are now living in a ‘global village’ where everything is interconnected and from which we cannot be separated.For example, computer hacking has been occurring in virtually every jurisdiction, but one of the latest concerns is that of hackers accessing people’s…

Jamaican-born Ruschell Boone wins Jerk Festival celebrity cook-off

Source: Jamaica Observer Multi-award-winning reporter from Spectrum News NY 1, Ruschell Boone, emerged winner in the Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge cook-off at the recently held Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in New York. Link: Jamaican-born Ruschell Boone wins Jerk Festival celebrity cook-off

I have my father's back already, says young Phillips

Source: Jamaica Observer Scoffing at suggestions that he entered the vice-presidential race of the Opposition People’s National Party purely because he wanted to closely watch his father’s back, Mikael Phillips had one simple answer:“My father is my father. Be it a vice-president or not, I have his back.” Link: I have my father’s

Is Dr Phillips a weak leader? No, says his son

Source: Jamaica Observer DR Peter Phillips’s critics inside and outside of his Opposition People’s National Party often poke the finger of accusation at him about a perceived weakness to mobilise the 80-year-old party to put further pressure on the Government.But while tongues continue to wag, his flesh and blood, son Mikael, holds a…

No gas tax rollback

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Government has said it will not be rolling back the $7-per-litre tax on petrol which it imposed in March 2015, despite the outcry from the Opposition People’s National Party about the increase in petroleum products.The levy was implemented to fund the oil-hedging mechanism, which the Government had put in…

UDC board orders audit into Dunn's River operations

Source: Jamaica Observer THE board of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), with support from the board of the St Ann Development Company (SADCO), has ordered a detailed examination into the operations of SADCO, specifically in relation to Dunn’s River Falls.The UDC, in a statement yesterday, said that based on preliminary internal reports, there…

PICA adjusts procedures to safeguard passport applications

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) will now require that persons submitting an application on behalf of an applicant take along a certified authorisation letter signed by the applicant.PICA, in a release, said the new requirement is part of efforts to make the Jamaican passport more secure and to…

Youth in agriculture village to focus on climate change

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Youth in Agriculture (YIA) village at this year’s Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show will highlight methods to reduce the impact of climate change on agriculture under the theme ‘Youth in Agri-business: Sustaining the Environment”.The Denbigh show is being held from August 4 to 6 at the Denbigh Showground…

Accused turtle killers arrested, charged

Source: Jamaica Observer THE men allegedly observed on a video killing a turtle in 9 Miles, Bull Bay, St Andrew on June 6, 2018, have been arrested and charged with breaches under the Wildlife Protection Act. The arrest was made during a recent joint police operation, conducted by officials from the Counter Terrorism…

Jamaicans to be employed after training

Source: Jamaica Observer Fifty-two Jamaican university graduates in engineering, who were sent to China in March by Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO) Alpart for a one-year course, have successfully completed a three-month language study segment. The Jamaicans, along with counterparts from China and other countries, began power plant studies at the North…

Woman gets 4 years for human trafficking

Source: Jamaica Observer A St Catherine woman who coerced an underage girl to engage in sexual intercourse with several men has been sentenced to four years and five months in prison.The sentence was handed down last Friday in the St Catherine Circuit Court by Justice Georgiana Fraser, after the convict, Oshin Morgan, pleaded…

Siblings on murder rap remanded

Source: Jamaica Observer A woman and her brother, who have reportedly confessed to the shocking murder of a woman and her two children, were yesterday remanded when they appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. Twenty-seven-year-old Jamelia Leslie, a lab technician quality control supervisor, and 26-year-old Javone Leslie, a construction worker,…

'Much to celebrate'

Source: Jamaica Observer MAYOR of Portmore Councillor Leon Thomas, who is convinced that the youth generation is lacking cultural appreciation of Emancipation Day, used the municipality’s 15th anniversary jamboree yesterday to recreate aspects of a Jamaica of yesteryear. Link: ‘Much to celebrate’

Phillips urges J'cans to be mindful of the cost of freedom

Source: Jamaica Observer LEADER of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips is urging Jamaicans to draw on the experiences and achievements of their forefathers who broke the shackles of slavery, as inspiration to help move the country forward. Link: Phillips urges J’cans to be mindful of the cost of freedom

New principal takes charge at UWI Mona

Source: Jamaica Observer PROFESSOR Dale Webber yesterday began his tenure as principal of the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).Professor Ian Boxill, the new deputy campus principal, also took office yesterday. Link: New principal takes charge at UWI Mona

Workers fighting smoke at Riverton get more security

Source: Jamaica Observer LOCAL Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has secured enhanced protection for all the workers involved in handling the residual smoke at the Riverton disposal site in the wake of threats issued against them. Link: Workers fighting smoke at Riverton get more security

Work progressing on National Health Insurance Scheme

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of Health Dr Christopher says work is progressing on a National Health Insurance Scheme for Jamaicans.“We have brought teams together to look at health care financing… how are we going to pay for the increasing cost of health care, and that is going to morph into a National Health…

Gov't to relocate 22 Retirement dump families

Source: Jamaica Observer THE 22 families currently living at the Retirement landfill in St James are to be relocated, Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie announced Monday.The announcement comes two weeks after a second fire was set at the dump, costing the country more than $100 million. Link: Gov’t to

Mike Henry backs London Emancipation Day march

Source: Jamaica Observer MEMBER of Parliament for Clarendon Central and reparations advocate, Mike Henry has joined the international drive to generate increased public discourse and support for reparatory justice through his backing of the African Emancipation Day Reparations March, scheduled for London today. Link: Mike Henry backs London Emancipation Day march

PM reassures civil society groups

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday sought to reassure representatives of the Umbrella Group of Churches, the Private Sector Organisation, the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association, and National Integrity Action, following a letter from the group raising concerns on a range of governance matters. Link: PM reassures civil society groups

'Clean up your colonial mess'

Source: Jamaica Observer CHAIR of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Reparations Commission Sir Hilary Beckles says the enslaving governments of Europe, and their national institutions, should return to the region to participate in cleaning up their “colonial mess”. Link: ‘Clean up your colonial mess’

Jamaica Festival opens with celebration of freedom tonight

Source: Jamaica Observer AFTER many months of planning, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange says all is set for Jamaica Festival, which begins this evening with the annual Emancipation Jubilee — marking 180 years since full freedom. Link: Jamaica Festival opens with celebration of freedom tonight

INDECOM has right to probe firing of mortars by soldiers, says court

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Full Court which ruled yesterday refused the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) application to prevent INDECOM from serving notices on and taking evidence on oath from persons regarding the 2010 Tivoli operation. Link: INDECOM has right to probe firing of mortars by soldiers, says court

PM to meet civil society groups today

Source: Jamaica Observer Prime Minister Andrew Holness is to meet with civil society groups as well as representatives of some churches, the private sector and National Integrity Action (NIA) at Jamaica House today to discuss governance issues, including those which led to yesterday’s resignation of Dr Andrew Wheatley from the Cabinet. Link: PM

JUTC to provide transport to Denbigh from Portmore

Source: Jamaica Observer PATRONS attending this year’s Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, scheduled to take place from August 4 to 6, will be given an opportunity to travel in comfort.The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will again provide park-and-ride services over the three days. Link: JUTC to provide transport to Denbigh from

The Craft Council must be reinstated without delay, says McNeill

Source: Jamaica Observer The People’s National Party (PNP) shadow minister of tourism Dr Wykeham McNeill has called on the Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett to immediately reinstate the Craft Council, which he said had ceased functioning with the change of administration. Link: The Craft Council must be reinstated without delay, says McNeill

Former ATL FC Claudette McLeish 'believed in and loved the Lord'

Source: Jamaica Observer Claudette Verona McLeish, the 63-year-old retired financial controller for a number of Appliance Traders Limited’s (ATL) related companies, including the Jamaica Observer, was buried yesterday at Meadowrest Memorial Gardens, Green Acres, St Catherine. Link: Former ATL FC Claudette McLeish ‘believed in and loved the Lord’

MoBay residents 'can't take this smoke anymore'

Source: Jamaica Observer Some residents and businesses in Montego Bay, St James, are said to be getting ready to leave the city as the after-effects of a fire at Retirement dump continue to be felt throughout the parish. The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce has labelled the situation a disaster. Link: MoBay residents

Asphalt shortage hits roadworks islandwide

Source: Jamaica Observer THE National Works Agency (NWA) has turned to Petrojam Limited as a shortage of asphalt severely impacts roadwork across the island.NWA Acting Manager, Communications and Customer Service Ramona Lawson told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that Petrojam had indicated that it was working overtime to get things back on track. Link:

Metabolism boosters

Source: Jamaica Observer  METABOLISM is commonly equated with simply burning energy. It is the collection of processes which sustain life in living organisms, be it catabolic (breaking down) or anabolic (building up). Link: Metabolism boosters

Shop and house break-ins surge near Munro College

Source: Jamaica Observer SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Police and locals are expressing concern about a surge in shop and housebreakings in Potsdam and neighbouring communities of south-eastern St Elizabeth this year.Councillor for the Malvern Division Donald Simpson told the Jamaica Observer that since May this year there have been a “minimum” of…

Tertiary education system being restructured

Source: Jamaica Observer Minister of education, youth, and information, Senator Ruel Reid says the tertiary education system is being restructured in order to meet the demands of the 21st century and beyond. Link: Tertiary education system being restructured

Fenton hails outgoing VP Arscott

Source: Jamaica Observer Outgoing Vice-President of the Opposition People’s National Party Noel “Butch” Arscott has been lauded by one of his colleague deputies as the 80-year-old political organisation gets ready to elect a new set of second-tier leaders.Long-serving Vice-President Dr Fenton Ferguson described Arscott as one who dug deep for his party and…

Hardball!

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is turning the screw on embattled Science and Technology Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley, saying that it will not recognise his authority in Parliament.At the same time, the PNP repeated its call for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to remove Wheatley from the Cabinet. Link: Hardball!

Muslim leader not apologetic, 28 years later

Source: Jamaica Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Leader of the Jamaat-Al-Muslimeen group, Yasin Abu Bakr, says he will not apologise for the 1990 coup aimed at unseating the Trinidad and Tobago Government even as he acknowledged the “unfortunate inability” of at least one survivor to understand the context of the 1990…

Bartlett welcomes expansion of Rio Nuevo Village attraction

Source: Jamaica Observer TOURISM Minister Edmund Bartlett says the Rio Nuevo Village attraction in St Mary is making a major contribution to heritage tourism in Jamaica and efforts to grow visitor arrivals.“Heritage tourism contributes to the growth of community economies, creates new jobs, and strengthens local identity while increasing the competitiveness of the…

'Alarming'

Source: Jamaica Observer MORE than 50 per cent of cigarettes consumed in Kingston are illegal.In fact, there are 12 illicit brands of cigarettes circulating in the capital city, managing director at Carreras Limited Marcus Steele disclosed at the Anti-Illicit Trade Conference at Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on Monday.Carreras Limited is the leading…

'Blood moon' dazzles skygazers in century's longest eclipse

Source: Jamaica Observer PARIS, France (AFP) — The longest “blood moon” eclipse this century was underway yesterday, coinciding with Mars’ closest approach in 15 years to treat skygazers across the globe to a thrilling celestial spectacle.As Earth’s constant companion slowly sailed across the skies, crowds gathered around the world to catch a glimpse…

Pastor scolds clergy

Source: Jamaica Observer A local pastor yesterday chided her fellow church leaders for not doing enough to counter human trafficking, as well as sexual, physical, and child abuse.“We need to do better,” Dr Margaret Fowler of Hope United Church in Kingston, said in an address to the human trafficking conference in Trelawny. Link:

Carolyn Warren resigns as MD of NESol

Source: Jamaica Observer Carolyn Warren yesterday announced her resignation as managing director of National Energy Solutions (NESol) following weeks of pressure from the Opposition. Link: Carolyn Warren resigns as MD of NESol

BOJ to be freed from political control, says Clarke

Source: Jamaica Observer JAMAICA’S central bank, the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), is to be freed from the directional control of the country’s political leadership by the end of 2018.This was disclosed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke in a speech yesterday at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston, on…

Boycott companies supporting child labour, senior cop urges

Source: Jamaica Observer BRACO, Trelawny — Head of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit in the Jamaica Constabulary Force Deputy Superintendent of Police Carl Berry is calling on consumers to mimic the United States policy and boycott businesses that support child labour and other forms of human trafficking. Link: Boycott companies supporting child labour,

A national threat!

Source: Jamaica Observer BRACO, Trelawny — Jamaica’s Acting Prime Minister Dr Horace Chang says human trafficking forms a part of transnational criminal activities and poses a danger to the national security of the country. Link: A national threat!

From being homeless to owning businesses

Source: Jamaica Observer MERVIN Thompson had to leave his home in Dunkirk, St Andrew at 11 years old, as he said his ambition of becoming a mechanic was not in line with his mother’s dream for him to one day be an attorney or pilot.Twenty-six years later, he is living his dream.In fact,…

Warning! Monitor your kids online as traffickers are after them

Source: Jamaica Observer BRACO, Trelawny — American police detective, Nicholas Parrika, says parents need to monitor their children’s Internet usage as human traffickers are targeting young ones through online games. Link: Warning! Monitor your kids online as traffickers are after them

Increased demand for US$ putting pressure on local currency

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER without portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Fayval Williams says increased local demand for the United States (US) dollar over recent weeks has resulted in further depreciation in value of the Jamaican dollar against the US currency.The Bank of Jamaica’s website indicates that the rate…

Ministry increases allocations to schools

Source: Jamaica Observer EDUCATION Minister Senator Ruel Reid says Government is on track with its allocation of financial support to secondary schools, and has bumped up resources to meet the needs of these institutions in the upcoming academic year, which begins September. Link: Ministry increases allocations to schools

Dudus's relative injured in police vehicle crash

Source: Jamaica Observer LANCHESTER Coke, a relative of former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher “Dudus” Coke, is today considering legal action against the State after he was injured when the police vehicle in which he was travelling crashed on Monday.Coke’s attorney, Carolyn Chuck, told the Jamaica Observer that he, along with the other prisoners…

MPs approve national minimum wage

Source: Jamaica Observer MEMBERS of Parliament (MPs) returned to Gordon House yesterday, much earlier than expected, to approve the national minimum wage, which becomes effective on Emancipation Day, August 1.Opposition spokesman on Labour and Welfare Horace Dalley called the increases “very small and meaningless”, and suggested that after two years the economy could…

Trouble averted at Petcom

Source: Jamaica Observer THE quality control officer employed to the Petroleum Company of Jamaica (Petcom) who was on suspension from his job without pay since December has been reinstated following an emergency meeting at the Ministry of Labour between the National Workers’ Union (NWU) and the company yesterday.The employee is to return to…

Chang defends Gov't spending on state of emergency

Source: Jamaica Observer FLANKER, St James — National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has defended Government spending on the current state of public emergency in St James, chiding Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips for raising the issue. Link: Chang defends Gov’t spending on state of emergency

Faith-based groups urged to do more in fight against human trafficking

Source: Jamaica Observer PERMANENT secretary in the Ministry of Justice Carol Palmer is calling on faith-based and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to adopt a more structured and coordinated approach in responding to trafficking in persons. Link: Faith-based groups urged to do more in fight against human trafficking

Record attendance at Seabed Assembly

Source: Jamaica Observer IN what the secretary general has described as record attendance, yesterday’s opening day of the International Seabed Authority’s (JSA) Assembly for the 24th session had 220 delegates from 82 member states, according to preliminary figures.In terms of attendance over the last five years, that figure would be beaten only by…

ICWI replaces disposable plastic cups

Source: Jamaica Observer Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI) yesterday announced that it has distributed more than 300 water bottles to its staff to utilise, instead of disposable plastic cups, at water fountains in its 13 branches islandwide. The move, the company explained, forms part of its contribution to reducing the use…

Street in Namibian capital renamed in honour of Marcus Garvey

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has expressed gratitude to the Government and people of Namibia for naming a street in the capital, Windhoek, in honour of Jamaica’s first national hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey.The street renaming ceremony took place yesterday, during Prime Minister Holness’ official working visit to Namibia. Link: Street in

Desperate for water

Source: Jamaica Observer  After more than 50 years without piped water, the residents of Lower Buxton and Middle Buxton, two communities in St Ann, have grown accustomed to harvesting rainwater.However, the current drought affecting the island is making them worried about their health and ability to make a living from farming. Link: Desperate

PAJ urges balanced approach to issue of lawyers talking to media

Source: Jamaica Observer The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) yesterday noted the current controversy around whether lawyers should give interviews to the media during criminal trials in particular and suggested that the approach should not be one of avoiding interaction with the press, but rather, encouraging more care and responsibility in public pronouncements.

Transport quarrel in St Elizabeth

Source: Jamaica Observer SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — For more than 50 years, a small, privately owned shopping plaza on Coke Drive in Santa Cruz has been the parking area for taxis which travel southerly, through Northampton to Myersville, and Leeds to Malvern. Link: Transport quarrel in St Elizabeth

Holness in Namibia on historic State visit

Source: Jamaica Observer Prime Minister Andrew Holness arrived in Namibia yesterday for what his office said was the first official State visit by a Jamaican head of Government to that country. Link: Holness in Namibia on historic State visit

Benefits of seeing the same doctor

Source: Jamaica Observer WHEN you fall ill, who do you see for your health care? Do you seek the same doctor every time, or do you use a centre, office or health institution where there is a different doctor each time? Link: Benefits of seeing the same doctor

Prospect College makes a difference for seven graduates

Source: Jamaica Observer After the curtains came down on another memorable graduation ceremony on the lawns of Prospect College in Western St Mary on Saturday, July 14, few of the parents of the seven graduates shared with the Jamaica Observer how they felt about their sons’ achievement.They also expressed their gratitude to the…

Youth entrepreneurship project bubbling in Clarendon

Source: Jamaica Observer MAY PEN, Clarendon – First launched in June 2016 to help lift young people out of poverty using small business, the Clarendon Youth In Business (CYIB) training programme is being numbered among the more progressive assistance ventures anywhere in Jamaica.Dozens of young entrepreneurs have so far been trained under the…

Cop's colleagues bemoan his passing

Source: Jamaica Observer “It (Lawrence’s death) was a very, very serious shock to me. That is the type of news that I could never have prepared myself for, and I am saddened by his death,” an apparently shaken ACP Graham told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.SSP Lawrence, who served in the police force since…

Summer with Flow

Source: Jamaica Observer Errol Miller, executive chairman of the Flow Foundation, welcomes 15-year-old St Andrew resident Jermaine Bailey to the first cohort of the annual Flow Foundation summer web design programme, which commenced on Monday and is now being hosted at the company’s corporate office in Kingston. Each week, until the end of…

Section of Constant Spring Road to be closed Sunday

Source: Jamaica Observer THE National Works Agency (NWA) says the section of Constant Spring Road between Shortwood Road and Dunrobin Avenue will be closed to through traffic this Sunday.The NWA said this is to facilitate the ongoing relocation of service poles by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) in relation to the Constant…

Six vie for four PNP vice-president posts; Noel Arscott out

Source: Jamaica Observer SIX members of the People’s National Party (PNP) have been nominated to contest the four vice-presidencial posts at the party’s 80th annual national conference scheduled for September this year. Link: Six vie for four PNP vice-president posts; Noel Arscott out

USF hits back

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Universal Service Fund (USF) has denied that its former chief executive officer, Dr Hugh Cross, was fired without cause in 2016.The matter was documented in a release from the USF yesterday, which stated that the former chief executive officer’s (CEO’s) contract with the fund was not renewed by the…

'Unacceptable'

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Montego Bay business community is fuming over the smoke nuisance being caused by a fire at the Retirement disposal site in St James.In fact, members of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) have flatly rejected Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie’s…

JPS launches reliability programme

Source: Jamaica Observer JAMAICA Public Service (JPS) President & CEO Emanuel DaRosa yesterday launched the light and power company’s reliability 3.0 programme, which is designed to improve reliability of the electricity service by 30 per cent over the next three to five years.The initiative will see the average duration of outages experienced by…

More heat

Source: Jamaica Observer BUSINESS and church leaders, as well as National Integrity Action (NIA), have requested an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Andrew Holness to discuss their recommendations regarding the handling of the Petrojam oil refinery issue. Link: More heat

PM to examine building approvals process

Source: Jamaica Observer Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he will be examining the procedure for the granting of building approvals by the local government authorities in order to speed up the process.He argued that “territorial behaviour” by the municipal bodies in the issuance of such permits often results in delays, negatively impacting the…

Increased temperatures fan heat-related deaths study

Source: Jamaica Observer A regional study to determine the mortality rate associated with heat stress is to be undertaken by Jamaica’s Met Service, the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, and The University of the West Indies, a local climatologist has told the Jamaica Observer. Link: Increased temperatures fan heat-related deaths study

UCC partners with ministry to offer degree in human trafficking

Source: Jamaica Observer THE University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) will this year be offering a master’s degree in human trafficking, which is aimed at equipping stakeholders to better combat the multimillion-dollar trade, commonly referred to as modern-day slavery.The programme, expected to start in October, is a partnership between the Ministry of Justice…

Petrojam HR manager defends her reputation

Source: Jamaica Observer PETROJAM’S Human Resources Manager Yolande Ramharrack, whose name has been embroiled in allegations of nepotism at the State-owned oil refinery, yesterday took a firm stance before the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) as she continued to defend her reputation. Link: Petrojam HR manager defends her reputation

McKenzie apologises to St James residents for smoke nuisance

Source: Jamaica Observer ROSE HALL, St James — Desmond McKenzie has apologised to St James residents who, for the past few days, have had to endure the smoke nuisance from the Retirement landfill. Link: McKenzie apologises to St James residents for smoke nuisance

Drought conditions could worsen, Vaz warns

Source: Jamaica Observer JAMAICANS are being warned that drought conditions could worsen in some areas, especially the eastern parish of Portland, if the forecast by the Meteorological Service for July to September remains on track.National Water Commission (NWC) customers are also being alerted to expect water restrictions to be announced, as the NWC…

Still no word on reopening of University Road

Source: Jamaica Observer COMMUTERS now being inconvenienced due to a collapsed section of University Road in August Town, St Andrew, will have to hold out a while longer as the National Works Agency (NWA) cannot say when the road will be fixed. Link: Still no word on reopening of University Road

Senate passes Child Diversion Bill

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Senate last Friday passed the Child Diversion Bill with 13 amendments.The legislation seeks to enable the implementation of child-diversion measures in dealing with children who come into conflict with the law.The Bill was piloted by Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid. Link: Senate passes Child Diversion

Long Pond distillery razed

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Firefighters tried valiantly but failed to save a distillery with more than 65,000 litres of rum at Long Pond sugar factory in Trelawny yesterday.A worker at the factory said that the fire started in a sugar cane field behind the factory, caught a pile of…

Male decomposing body found in Westmoreland

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police are probing the circumstances surrounding the death of a man whose decomposing body was found in Roaring River, Whithorn in Westmoreland yesterday.The body is of brown complexion, medium build, about 170cm (5 feet 7 inches) long, clad in red and brown shorts and is believed to…

GG urges revolutionary training at UTech

Source: Jamaica Observer Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has challenged the University of Technology (UTech) to continue revolutionising education for the millennials whom the university will have to train for the 21st Century. Link: GG urges revolutionary training at UTech

Bartlett slaps chest over education feats

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Member of Parliament for St James East Central, Edmund Bartlett has described the provision of education assistance to over 10,000 students in his constituency as the most significant contribution he has made in his over four decades of political life. Link: Bartlett slaps chest over

From gang at JC and Tower Hill, to success at UTech

Source: Jamaica Observer It had been over two weeks since Oneil Josephs set foot inside his office, having gone on academic leave. But a sit-down with the Jamaica Observer last Monday called for an earlier than planned return. Link: From gang at JC and Tower Hill, to success at UTech

Trinidadian man cries foul

Source: Jamaica Observer A Trinidadian man is accusing staff at a popular hotel in Montego Bay, St James of fraud, after his credit card statement reflected a point-of-sale transaction he is insisting he did not make while staying at the hotel for the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) annual conference. Link:

US lifts export ban on suppliers to China's ZTE

Source: Jamaica Observer WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States yesterday formally lifted a crippling ban on exports to China’s ZTE, rescuing the smartphone maker from the brink of collapse after it was denied key components.The US Commerce Department said it would continue to monitor the company to prevent further violations of…

Revoked!

Source: Jamaica Observer HEAD of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) Shane Dalling announced yesterday that the regulator has revoked more than seven licences from individuals connected to a March incident in Manchester in which a gun-making machine was found.The machine was reportedly discovered when the authority carried out a probe into a matter…

KingAlarm not worried about being sued

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGALARM Managing Director John Azar on Thursday declared that he is not the least bit fazed by the possibility of a lawsuit from the businessman who was seen in a recent viral video being smacked in the face and kicked in the head by two of the company’s security guards.

JHTA endorses Tourism Workers' Pension Scheme

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) yesterday said it fully supports and endorses the proposed Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme announced by the Ministry of Tourism. Link: JHTA endorses Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme

PM reassures Petrojam staff

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday met with staff at the embattled Petrojam oil refinery on Marcus Garvey Drive in St Andrew to offer reassurance about the future of the company and emphasise the importance of adhering to policy. Link: PM reassures Petrojam staff

Paulwell calls on PM to sack NESOL boss

Source: Jamaica Observer People’s National Party (PNP) spokesman on energy Phillip Paulwell last night called on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to immediately fire managing director of National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL) Carolyn Warren.Paulwell, in an effort to justify his call, made damaging allegations against Warren. Link: Paulwell calls on PM to sack NESOL

Cabinet members to get good governance training, says PM

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that all members of the Cabinet will now be exposed to training in good governance practices as a measure to safeguard against corruption. Link: Cabinet members to get good governance training, says PM

'A bit of a disaster'

Source: Jamaica Observer The Hagley Park Road Improvement Project is proving an inconvenience to a number of companies in the general vicinity of the Portia Simpson Miller Square (formerly Three Miles), with one business operator saying that he may be forced to relocate. Link: ‘A bit of a disaster’

Kingston 20 taxi operator missing

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — A taxi operator from Kingston 20 has been reported missing since yesterday after having left home about 8:00 am.He is 41-year-old Romace Maragh of a Hemmings Way address in Duhaney Park.According to information from the police’s Corporate Communications Unit, Maragh is of brown complexion, slim build, of…

Chang says budget in place for MOCA

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of National Security Dr Horace Chang says the budget is in place for the establishment of an independent Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and focus will now be placed on ensuring that the entity is adequately staffed.“At the moment, I think they are at less than half…

Rotarians urged to inspire change

Source: Jamaica Observer Rassin made the call while in Jamaica for the installation of Dr Patrick Adizua as governor for District 7020 last Saturday. Link: Rotarians urged to inspire change

Jamaica House appeals for patience amid Petrojam allegations

Source: Jamaica Observer JAMAICA House yesterday sought to allay the concerns still surrounding scandal-hit Petrojam, despite the resignation of executives and senior personnel over the past few weeks, including General Manager Floyd Grindley, who had come under pressure from the Opposition and some staff of the State-owned oil refinery over the past month.

Cop says Jungle 12 drive-by shooting a reprisal killing

Source: Jamaica Observer THE August Town police are theorising that Tuesday night’s drive-by shooting in Jungle 12 was a reprisal.Seventeen-year-old Javaughn Ferguson, otherwise called Alkaline, was shot dead and another man was shot and injured in the incident. Link: Cop says Jungle 12 drive-by shooting a reprisal killing

Gastronomy space at

Source: Jamaica Observer TOURISM Minister Edmund Bartlett says discussions are being finalised for the acquisition of certain lands to expand the Devon House gastronomy space. Bartlett explained that the discussions involve “moving things around” to create proper parking spaces, “so that some of the facilities we now have for parking can (be used)…

Jamaica removes visa requirement for in transit-Haitians

Source: Jamaica Observer ROSE HALL, St James — Cabinet has approved a protocol that will remove visa requirements for Haitians who wish to travel to other countries by way of Jamaica. Link: Jamaica removes visa requirement for in transit-Haitians

PM says Bahamas has no interest in joining CSME

Source: Jamaica Observer NASSAU, The Bahamas (CMC) — The Bahamas has no intention of signing on to the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME), Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has told citizens.He made his country’s position clear on his return from last week’s 39th Caricom Heads of Government conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica,…

16 illegal job agencies closed in 2017/18

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) says that 16 illegal operators of private employment agencies were identified by its inspectors during the 2017/18 financial year.The MLSS says that of the 16 identified, three have since complied with the regulations to become legalised, while the others are closed. Link:

Chile wants trade deal with Caricom

Source: Jamaica Observer PRESIDENT of the Republic of Chile Sebastián Piñera has expressed interest in entering into negotiations on a free trade agreement with the Caribbean Community (Caricom).Piñera said the Chilean Government, which already has free trade agreements with more than 70 countries in the world, has been looking forward to starting this…

Protesters, police clash in Haiti as unrest continues

Source: Jamaica Observer PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Protesters clashed with police yesterday in Haiti’s capital while a general strike kept most people at home across the country in a fourth day of unrest sparked by a now-rescinded Government plan to raise fuel prices in the impoverished nation. Link: Protesters, police clash in Haiti

May stares down Brexit plan backlash as ministers quit

Source: Jamaica Observer LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Government imploded yesterday as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson followed Brexit Minister David Davis in resigning over her plan for Britain’s future outside the European Union (EU).Johnson warned Britain was headed for the “status of colony” of the EU after it…

Weather Update: Mainly sunny conditions today

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica is reporting that this morning should be mainly sunny, hazy and windy. While this afternoon is expected to be partly cloudy as windy conditions persists across the island. Tonight should be mainly fair.  Link: Weather Update: Mainly sunny conditions today

Journalists welcome resumption of post-Cabinet press briefings, but…

Source: Jamaica Observer The organisation representing Jamaican journalists as well as senior editors at the island’s six major media houses have welcomed the Government’s decision to resume post-Cabinet press briefing starting this Wednesday. However, they voiced several concerns that they say the Administration needs to address. Link: Journalists welcome resumption of post-Cabinet press

Health, education benefits for spouses, dependents

Source: Jamaica Observer SPOUSES and dependents of Caribbean Community (Caricom) nationals, who relocate to other Member States, will now be entitled to access benefits such as health and education services, which were not previously afforded to them.This applies to individuals and their families, who move across the region to work, provide services and…

'We have nothing else to lose'

Source: Jamaica Observer PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Fresh looting broke out on the streets of Haiti’s capital yesterday as protestors called for a two-day general strike despite the Government’s climbdown over controversial fuel price hikes.Facing unrest that has now left at least three dead, leaders of the Caribbean country suspended the price spikes…

'Jamaicans should decide'

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reiterated the ruling Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) position on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which is to reserve the decision to embrace the CCJ for a referendum.While in opposition, JLP rejected the CCJ as the final appellate jurisdiction. Link:

Candidate AIDS vaccine passes key early test

Source: Jamaica Observer PARIS, France (AFP) — The near 40-year quest for an AIDS vaccine received a hopeful boost yesterday when scientists announced that a trial drug triggered an immune response in humans and shielded monkeys from infection.Shown to be safe in humans, the candidate vaccine has now advanced to the next phase…

Ferguson wants new deal for fishing

Source: Jamaica Observer Shadow Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Fenton Ferguson is calling for a new deal for the fishing industry which he said has strong potential for growth. Link: Ferguson wants new deal for fishing

Cherishing the work of a loving dad

Source: Jamaica Observer ARMANI Thompson owes his academic achievement and development as a teenager about to enter adulthood to his dad, Andrew. Link: Cherishing the work of a loving dad

Clarendon vex as NCB, Scotia cut back

Source: Jamaica Observer RESIDENTS and members of the business community in Chapelton and Frankfield, Clarendon, are angry because of the decision by two leading banks to reduce their services in the communities.Complaints arose following news that the National Commercial Bank (NCB) will be discontinuing teller operations at its Chapelton branch, while Scotiabank will…

Beryl now a small tropical storm

Source: Jamaica Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A tropical storm warning is in effect for Dominica while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Martinique, St Martin, St Barthelemy, Saba and St Eustatius as a weakened tropical storm Beryl moves towards the island chain.A tropical storm Warning means that…

OGM Integrated is 20 years old

Source: Jamaica Observer Top flight advertising agency OGM Integrated Communications Limited celebrated 20 years on Sunday, July 1 with a thanksgiving service at Hope Fellowship Church, 23 Molynes Road, Kingston. Link: OGM Integrated is 20 years old

Weather Update: Partly cloudy, hazy conditions expected today

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica is reporting that this morning should expect partly cloudy and hazy conditions islandwide.This afternoon should expect isolated showers across sections of central and western parishes, while tonight should be partly cloudy.There is currently a trough across Jamaica that is expected to…

Caricom must reposition to navigate the 'new normal'

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) — Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell says the Caribbean Community (Caricom) must reposition itself to operate in a global landscape characterised by the “new normal”.According to Mitchell, navigating the new normal means that leaders will have to consolidate their positions on key hemispheric and international…

CCJ not a priority for St Lucia at this time, says PM

Source: Jamaica Observer ROSE HALL, St James — St Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says while signing on to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is a critical issue, it is not a priority for his Government at this time. Link: CCJ not a priority for St Lucia at this time, says PM

A second serving of Where It's At

Source: Jamaica Observer Following strong response to last year’s show, events promoter Paul Johnson is preparing a second helping of Where It’s At in South Florida. Part two of the retro party is scheduled for August 25 at Magnolia Ballroom in Plantation, Florida. “I was indeed pleased with last year’s event. It was…

UK nurse arrested for killing eight babies is bailed

Source: Jamaica Observer LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — A British nurse arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies as part of an investigation into a hospital neo-natal unit in northwest England has been released on bail, police said on Friday.Lucy Letby, 28, was arrested on Tuesday as part of a probe into the…

Cuba reiterates commitment to Haiti

Source: Jamaica Observer HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) — The Government of Cuba has reiterated its commitment to help Haiti improve its major economic, social and cultural rights. Link: Cuba reiterates commitment to Haiti

Jamaican Gov't needs to 'man up'

Source: Jamaica Observer Jamaica Observer online readers had mixed reactions to yesterday’s front-page story ‘Entry Denied’, but a few called on Jamaica’s Government to “man up” and use the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, now under way in Montego Bay, St James, as a…

Shooting disrupts lunch-hour traffic; man dies

Source: Jamaica Observer Lunch -hour traffic at the intersection of Spanish Town Road and Norman Lane in St Andrew was disrupted yesterday, after a man was shot dead.Head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Assistant Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick told the Jamaica Observer that the deceased man…

Petrojam workers demand removal of GM and HR manager

Source: Jamaica Observer Workers at Petrojam staged a lunch-hour demonstration at the State-owned oil refinery in Kingston yesterday and called for the removal of acting general manager Floyd Grindley as well as Human Resource Manager Yolande Ramharrack.The workers, some wearing black, held aloft placards declaring that they were demotivated, not depressed as was…

Tropical Storm Beryl forms off Lesser Antilles

Source: Jamaica Observer BRIDGETOWN, (CMC) — The tiny Tropical Storm Beryl formed off the Lesser Antilles Thursday evening, with forecasters saying it could become a hurricane by Friday or Saturday but not posing any direct threat to the islands.The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the storm should dissipate by Saturday, but will…

Britain, Russia tensions spike over new nerve agent case

Source: Jamaica Observer SALISBURY, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain demanded answers from Russia on Thursday after a couple was exposed to the same nerve agent used on a former Russian spy and his daughter in an attempted murder blamed on Moscow.But Russia quickly hit back, denouncing Britain for playing “dirty political games” and…

Kingston Mayor to speak at leadership forum in Miami

Source: Jamaica Observer MAYOR of Kingston Senator Delroy Williams has been invited to speak at the 16th annual CG/LA Infrastructure Inc Latin American and Caribbean Leadership Forum in Miami, Florida.The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation said in a release yesterday that Williams will be the first mayor from the Caribbean to present…

$26 million to assist creative people

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has announced the establishment of the Jamaica Creative 100 programme with funding of $26 million.She informed that this is to help with the further development of creative people across Jamaica who have imprinted their unique brand in the global marketplace or…

Not your typical windscreen wiper

Source: Jamaica Observer WHILE the view that young men who wipe windscreens at major intersections across Jamaica are jobless and desperate is widely held, that is not the case for one 20-year-old who “hustles” at Portia Simpson Miller Square (formerly Three Miles), St Andrew. Link: Not your typical windscreen wiper

Tears of joy

Source: Jamaica Observer SHAMYRA Powell was moved to tears yesterday as she watched her five-year-old daughter Sue-Ann Harris collect her prizes at the school-leaving ceremony for Denham Town Infant School in west Kingston. Link: Tears of joy

Holness expresses confidence in CCJ president

Source: Jamaica Observer ST JAMES, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed confidence that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), under the leadership of new President, Justice Adrian Saunders, will continue to guard the rights of the Caribbean people. Link: Holness expresses confidence in CCJ president

Weather Update: Mainly sunny Wednesday morning

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica is reporting that this morning is expected to be mainly sunny and windy, while possible isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected across hilly inland areas this afternoon.  Tonight should become fair.According to the Met Service, a high pressure ridge remains temporarily…

New CCJ president to be installed today

Source: Jamaica Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will see a change in leadership today when Justice Adrian Saunders takes over from Sir Dennis Byron.The transition will take place as a part of the activities before the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of…

Guards in apartment melee removed from duties

Source: Jamaica Observer THE KingAlarm security officers who were seen in videos, in which one man was shot at an apartment complex on Braemar Avenue in New Kingston, have been removed from duties pending investigations by the police and security company. Link: Guards in apartment melee removed from duties

Lengthy House sitting after warning of Opposition revolt

Source: Jamaica Observer THE House of Representatives got off to a menacing start yesterday, with House Leader Karl Samuda expressing fears of a planned Opposition revolt, and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips urging him that “no man pursueth”.As members settled into their seats, Samuda informed Speaker Pearnel Charles Snr that he had been…

Increased allowances for security guards

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Ministry of Labour and Social Security has released additional information on the new minimum rates to be paid to private security guards as of August 1. Link: Increased allowances for security guards

Work on China-backed industrial park starts January, says Henry

Source: Jamaica Observer Government minister Mike Henry says phased construction of the Jamaica-Gansu Industrial Park, the island’s first Special Economic Zone (SEZ), should start next January.According to Henry, the Government is currently looking at the “dual impact” of the industrial park, which is being spearheaded by Chinese firm, Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company…

Coffee may boost longevity — study

Source: Jamaica Observer CHICAGO, USA (AP) — Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily.In a study of nearly half-a-million British adults, coffee drinkers had a slightly lower…

Defence attorney warns J'cans against felony convictions

Source: Jamaica Observer NEW YORK, United States — A leading defence attorney in the Jamaican community here, Donald P Vernon, has warned against felony conviction, saying it can cause a loss of assets and seriously affect one’s immigration status, including the deportation of anyone convicted of felony offences. Link: Defence attorney warns J’cans

No room yet for trade of recreational marijuana

Source: Jamaica Observer Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque yesterday shot down any idea of trade in recreational marijuana regionally, citing international law that would “preclude” any move in that direction. Link: No room yet for trade of recreational marijuana

Energy portfolio to be transferred to OPM

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) says that effective July 5, Energy Minister, Andrew Wheatley will no longer manage the energy portfolio. Critics have in recent weeks called for Wheatley’s resignation amidst a hail storm of allegations of corruption and victimisation at the state-run oil company,…

Treat praedial larceny as organised crime, Ferguson urges

Source: Jamaica Observer Opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP) shadow minister on agriculture and rural development Dr Fenton Ferguson said that no food safety plan can exist without addressing praedial larceny. Link: Treat praedial larceny as organised crime, Ferguson urges

Wray & Nephew Foundation doubles tertiary scholarships

Source: Jamaica Observer THE J Wray & Nephew (JWN) Foundation has fortified its commitment to the academic advancement of the nation’s youth by doubling its allocation of tertiary-level scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year, moving the numbers from 10 to 20.As a result of the increase, money disbursed to cover scholarships has swelled…

PJ wants positive values, attitudes crusade again

Source: Jamaica Observer POINT, Hanover — Former Prime Minister P J Patterson has called for the implementation of a wholesome values and positive attitudes crusade, similar to the one he had launched in the early 1990s, aimed at addressing the ills of the society to include violence. Link: PJ wants positive values, attitudes

Go nuts!

Source: Jamaica Observer WE seldom stop to think about the actual benefits of nuts. Many of us will tear through a tin or bag of peanuts, cashews or mixed nuts but, as with all things, the healthy quantity is the last thing on our minds, not to mention how much good they can…

Sygnus makes first investment since IPO

Source: Jamaica Observer Sygnus Credit Investments Limited (SCI) says it has completed its first investment since its recently closed US$20-million initial public offering (IPO) in May.According to the company, it invested the equivalent to US$2.1 million in a medium-sized firm in the petroleum industry. Link: Sygnus makes first investment since IPO

Sunscreen a Summer Must-Have

Source: Jamaica Observer Add sunscreen to your list of summer must-haves. a ll skin needs protection from the sun’s UV rays, and Fontana Pharmacy carries a pretty impressive selection. Here’s what you need to know about sunscreen: Your sunscreen should provide broad spectrum protection, to ensure you are protected from both long wave…

JCF announces additional support systems for returnees

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is moving to assure returning residents that their safety and security is a high priority for the organisation.In fact, the JCF said in a release yesterday that it is currently bolstering strategies and support systems for returnees’ protection. Link: JCF announces additional support systems for

School loses 'dry weather' reputation

Source: Jamaica Observer BEING referred to as a “dry weather” school is never a compliment. However, that moniker has been an unfortunate reality at Alexander Basic since the school’s inception in 1997.But today, the staff and students of Alexander Basic School in St Catherine are celebrating their new building, thanks to Food For…

Woman killed in crash with Knutsford Express bus identified

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police have identified the woman who was killed in a motor vehicle collision along the Rio Bueno Bypass yesterday. She has been identified as 27-year-old Diandra Bravo, sales executive of Montego Bay, St James. Read: One dead, multiple injuries in Knutsford Express crashPolice report that Bravo…

Pharmaceutical society happy with achievements in 2017/18

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ) has hailed the last year, which culminated with its 33rd annual conference, held on the weekend in Montego Bay, a success.It based the assessment on its role in the development of its members, its timely and informative focus on non-communicable diseases and provisions for…

At least five dead in US newsroom shooting

Source: Jamaica Observer ANNAPOLIS, United States (AFP) — At least five people were killed yesterday when a gunman opened fire inside the offices of the Capital Gazette , a newspaper published in Annapolis, a historic city an hour east of Washington.A reporter for the daily, Phil Davis, tweeted that a “gunman shot through…

Opposition wants Rent Act reviewed

Source: Jamaica Observer Opposition spokesman on housing Dr Morais Guy says that it is time that the Government address the issue of the provisions in the Rent Restriction Act which are stacked against landlords. Link: Opposition wants Rent Act reviewed

Mental health crisis among Jamaican children

Source: Jamaica Observer Jamaica is currently experiencing a mental health crisis among adolescents aged 14 to 17 and the problem is further compounded by a shortage of mental health specialists in the public sector to deal with the affected children. Link: Mental health crisis among Jamaican children

Gov't to develop Light and Hazardous Work List for children

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Government of Jamaica will be developing a Light and Hazardous Work List which will outline specific activities that children are restricted from participating in, so as to prevent them from engaging in hazardous work.Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson said the list will better guide Jamaicans “as…

CCTV cameras to be installed in all courts

Source: Jamaica Observer BRACO, Trelawny — Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says closed-circuit television cameras are to be installed at all courthouses across the country as an additional security measure.“… It will be an additional security feature to ensure adequate security in all the court complexes across the island,” the minister said on Sunday,…

Police unhappy with support from Kingston Eastern residents

Source: Jamaica Observer COMMANDING officer for the Kingston Eastern Police Division Victor Hamilton says he is disappointed that residents in some “hot spots” have failed to share information with the police, despite helping to resolve conflicts and being there for them.Superintendent Victor Hamilton said he believes that residents were not passing on information…

CCJ rules two terms only for presidents of Guyana

Source: Jamaica Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that an amendment that barred presidents of the Republic of Guyana from serving more than two terms in office was a valid amendment to the Constitution. Link: CCJ rules two terms only for

Investigators move in on Petrojam

Source: Jamaica Observer INVESTIGATORS from the Integrity Commission and the Major Organised Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) yesterday raided the scandal-hit State-owned oil refinery, Petrojam, as investigations continued into questionable activities at the company. Link: Investigators move in on Petrojam

Speaker accused of 'muzzling' Opposition in House

Source: Jamaica Observer OPPOSITION Members of Parliament yesterday shouted down Speaker of the House of Representatives Pearnel Charles after he decided to delay answers to their questions at the sitting. Link: Speaker accused of ‘muzzling’ Opposition in House

Council working with OUR to improve utility services to the disabled

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is working with the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) to improve service provided by utility and telecommunications companies to consumers within the disabled community.Dr Christine Hendricks, executive director of the JCPD, told JIS News that the collaboration is essential for promoting greater…

Middlesex Infant School to get $30-million upgrade

Source: Jamaica Observer THE board of directors of the J Wray & Nephew Foundation (JWNF) has approved the allocation of $30 million to restore the Middlesex Infant School in north western St Elizabeth.The project is a partnership between JWNF and the Early Childhood Commission and will serve the approximately 2,600 people and 663…

Disappointed Chuck still pushing for plea bargaining

Source: Jamaica Observer BRACO, Trelawny — Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says he is disappointed with the less than desirable take-up of the plea bargaining system introduced by Government last year.The system, which was enacted on June 2 of last year, is aimed at reducing the backlog of cases in the courts by reducing…

'Not all doom and gloom'

Source: Jamaica Observer BRACO, Trelawny — Chief Justice Bryan Sykes has disclosed that, despite resource constraints, there have been significant performance improvements in some courts across the country.“In the midst of what we are doing, we need to recognise that good things are happening within the courts [and] that it is not all…

Crawford slams PNP for unfair treatment

Source: Jamaica Observer MAY DAY, Manchester — Outspoken Opposition politician Damian Crawford has slammed his People’s National Party (PNP) for what he suggested is resistance within the organisation to his interest in serving in the top leadership. Link: Crawford slams PNP for unfair treatment

Ruel Reid, Ann Marie Vaz among JLP caretakers

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Central Executive of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP), at a meeting held at the party’s Belmont Road Headquarters Kingston yesterday, confirmed four new caretaker/candidates.Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has been confirmed as the caretaker for the St Ann North West constituency. Reid, a former Jamaica Teachers’ Association president,…

New prison to be built in Trelawny

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Security Minister Horace Chang says a new prison, to be constructed in Trelawny, will, among other things, cut off gang leaders from the outside world. Link: New prison to be built in Trelawny

Sandals commends Government's efforts to build agricultural linkages

Source: Jamaica Observer Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has commended Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett and Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw for what it described as an “exciting initiative” to ensure that more locally produced items are consumed by the hotel sector as opposed to imports. Link: Sandals commends Government’s efforts to build agricultural linkages

Common causes

Source: Jamaica Observer THERE are many different reasons for swollen feet. In most cases, it is a temporary condition without much cause for concern.However, if the feet and ankles remain swollen for prolonged periods of time, it may indicate an underlying condition that needs to be treated.Here are some of the most common…

Health officials, police issue warning

Source: Jamaica Observer HEALTH and law enforcement authorities are warning potential drug users against experimenting with dangerous substances such as embalming fluid.For some time, there have been anecdotal and social media reports of gangsters using highly potent concoctions to intoxicate themselves, allegedly prior to committing crimes. Link: Health officials, police issue warning

A journey to Russia through the eyes of a Jamaican

Source: Jamaica Observer MOSCOW, Russia — The world’s largest country by area — Russia — possibly remains one of the countries that people, particularly Jamaicans, may not have on their bucket list to visit. Link: A journey to Russia through the eyes of a Jamaican

Sykes argues for less time to do things

Source: Jamaica Observer BRACO, Trelawny — Chief Justice Bryan Sykes says the public’s popular chorus surrounding “the length of time that it takes to get things done” must end and, as a result, different ways must be found to improve and create an efficient justice system. Link: Sykes argues for less time to

JCPD working with OUR to improve service to the disabled

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is working with the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) to improve service provided by utility and telecommunications companies to consumers within the disabled community.Executive Director of the JCPD, Dr Christine Hendricks, told JIS News that the collaboration is…

Appeals court grants new sentencing hearings for Lee Boyd Malvo

Source: Jamaica Observer MARYLAND, United States. (AP) — A sniper serving life in prison for terrorising the Washington, DC, region as a teenager must get new sentencing hearings in Virginia, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. Link: Appeals court grants new sentencing hearings for Lee Boyd Malvo

'Timely'

Source: Jamaica Observer THE European Commission has received authorisation from the European Council to open negotiations for a new partnership agreement with the 79 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. Link: ‘Timely’

Alleged obeah man gets 15 years for rape

Source: Jamaica Observer A man, who pretended to be an obeah man and raped a university student after convincing her that he could get rid of a spirit that was supposedly following her, has been slapped with a 15-year prison sentence.The complainant was raped in bushes in May Pen, Clarendon, in September 2016…

US court grants new sentencing hearings for Lee Boyd Malvo

Source: Jamaica Observer VIRGINIA, United States (AP) — A sniper serving life in prison for terrorising the Washington, DC, region as a teenager must get new sentencing hearings in Virginia, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. Link: US court grants new sentencing hearings for Lee Boyd Malvo

Gov't to move faster on ganja industry — Shaw

Source: Jamaica Observer MANCHESTER, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw says he will be moving to ensure that Jamaica is not left behind in the growing global medical cannabis industry. Link: Gov’t to move faster on ganja industry — Shaw

After migration row, UK hails its C'bean communities

Source: Jamaica Observer LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain celebrated Friday the “enormous contribution” of its Caribbean migrants, who for a long time were airbrushed from history while some were even recently threatened with deportation.Prime Minister Theresa May attended a service at Westminster Abbey marking 70 years since the first arrivals embarked from…

PANCAP to increase HIV prevention, care and support

Source: Jamaica Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS will next week convene a regional forum in Port of Spain, Trinidad, for the Development of a Regional Rights-Based Framework to increase access of migrants and mobile populations to HIV prevention, care, support, and treatment. PANCAP is the mechanism…

Criminal bigwigs in security minister's cross hairs

Source: Jamaica Observer NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Horace Chang yesterday charged that his Administration will be targeting major players in the criminal underworld who wealthy and are funding criminal activities across the island.The minister also indicated that legitimate business operators and government workers, including police officers and customs officers, who help to facilitate…

KSAMC told of cheaper way to restore parochial roads

Source: Jamaica Observer THE cost associated with restoring parochial roads could be much cheaper if the road-surfacing material polymer is used instead of asphalt, the Roads and Traffic Committee of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) learnt on Tuesday. Link: KSAMC told of cheaper way to restore parochial roads

Shaw says Jamaica cannot become Caricom's single market

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw says that Jamaica is not in a position to become the lone “single market” in Caricom. Link: Shaw says Jamaica cannot become Caricom’s single market

Photos of escapees from Cross Road police station released

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police have released the photos of two men who escaped from the Cross Road Police Station yesterday. The escapees are 19-year-old Eustace Powell of Lincoln Road, Kingston 5, who was charged with rape and buggery, and 29-year-old Sanjay Burton, otherwise called Christopher Peart or ‘Michael’, of Tavern Avenue,…

Facebook expands fact-check effort to photos, videos

Source: Jamaica Observer SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Facebook said Thursday it would launch fact-checking of photos and videos as it expands the effort to curb misinformation to more countries.The huge social network, which has been a frequent target for failing to stop the spread of false news, said it will use…

Another court date set for el-Faisal

Source: Jamaica Observer MUSLIM cleric Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, who is challenging his extradition to the United States on terrorism charges, suffered yet another delay in the hearing of his habeas corpus application in the Supreme Court on Monday.El-Faisal is seeking to have the high court quash the United States’ extradition request for him…

Crackdown in Annotto Bay

Source: Jamaica Observer SUPERINTENDENT of police in charge of St Mary Bobbette Morgan yesterday termed Annotto Bay, the “Achilles heel” of St Mary, pointing to an increase in murders that have now disrupted the tranquillity for which the rural parish is known. Link: Crackdown in Annotto Bay

Rastaman on rape charge agrees to provide DNA samples

Source: Jamaica Observer A 51-year-old Rastafarian man accused of raping a 11-year-old girl in his community yesterday volunteered to provide DNA samples to clear his name, when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.The construction worker, who resides in an inner-city community in Kingston, was this month arrested and charged…

Free birth registration fair for Linstead today

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Registrar General’s Department (RGD) will be hosting a series of registration fairs across the island over the next 18 months to facilitate individuals who are without a birth certificate or those who may need to complete the process.The first in the series of fairs will be held today from…

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