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US pulls last diplomats from Venezuela

Source: Jamaica Observer CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The US said late Monday that it is pulling its last remaining diplomats from Venezuela, saying their continued presence at the… Link: US pulls last diplomats from Venezuela

Holness says plane crash a 'tragedy of immense scale'

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has extended condolence to the families, loved ones and colleagues of the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner that crashed in… Link: Holness says plane crash a 'tragedy of immense scale'

WHO launches strategy to fight 'inevitable' flu pandemics

Source: Jamaica Observer GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The World Health Organization (WHO)on Monday launched a strategy to protect people worldwide over the next decade against the threat of… Link: WHO launches strategy to fight 'inevitable' flu pandemics

Ministry reviewing registration process for medicine

Source: Jamaica Observer The Ministry of Health is undertaking a review of the registration process for pharmaceutical drugs, in an effort to achieve a more modernised system. Health… Link: Ministry reviewing registration process for medicine

Uchence Wilson gang trial resumes today

Source: Jamaica Observer The Uchence Wilson gang trial will resume today in the Home Circuit Court with the continuation of the testimony from a former member of the… Link: Uchence Wilson gang trial resumes today

Clarke: Jamaica has no need to borrow more funds from IMF

Source: Jamaica Observer Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke says that Jamaica cannot be proud of the country’s 32-year relationship with the International Monetary… Link: Clarke: Jamaica has no need to borrow more funds from IMF

Regulations to empower NSWMA near completion

Source: Jamaica Observer REGULATIONS to govern solid waste management in the island are expected to be completed in short order.“They are in the final stages now,” said executive… Link: Regulations to empower NSWMA near completion

Two lives lost for $1.2m

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Heavily armed robbers on Sunday morning made off with $1.2 million after killing a driver and a security guard in… Link: Two lives lost for .2m

'Much ado about nothing'

Source: Jamaica Observer THE furore over the appointment of a former Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) staff sergeant to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Police in the Jamaica… Link: 'Much ado about nothing'

PIOJ, Panos pushing community climate change project

Source: Jamaica Observer NOTING what it describes as an “alarming indifference” among Jamaicans to the effects of climate change, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is partnering with… Link: PIOJ, Panos pushing community climate change project

Daughter seeks help to buy mom pacemaker

Source: Jamaica Observer TWENTY-three year old Kerry-Ann Angus of Jones Town in Kingston is seeking assistance to purchase a pacemaker for her mother, Carmen Williams, who is 58… Link: Daughter seeks help to buy mom pacemaker

Jamaican to face Miramar, Florida polls tomorrow

Source: Jamaica Observer MIAMI, USA — Jamaican-born educator and businessman Leo Gilling is among five candidates who will face the electorate in Miramar, Florida tomorrow, seeking to become… Link: Jamaican to face Miramar, Florida polls tomorrow

Demolished!

Source: Jamaica Observer It was the end of an era for vendors at Constant Spring Market yesterday, as they dismantled the last of their shops and packed up… Link: Demolished!

Chief Justice Sykes to address nation

Source: Jamaica Observer One year after he was appointed as Jamaica’s eighth Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes will address Jamaicans on the transformation and modernisation of the country’s court… Link: Chief Justice Sykes to address nation

Clarke: Jamaica needs post-IMF disaster risk policy

Source: Jamaica Observer With its current Precautionary Standby Agreement (PSBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) scheduled to end October, the Government is working on measures to fill… Link: Clarke: Jamaica needs post-IMF disaster risk policy

UWI student's dream rejected because of eye condition

Source: Jamaica Observer A first-year pharmacology student at the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI Mona), says the prestigious institution rejected his application to study medicine because… Link: UWI student's dream rejected because of eye condition

Not even family spared

Source: Jamaica Observer A former gangster yesterday testified that one of the biggest heists carried out by the Uchence Wilson gang was an attack on one of his… Link: Not even family spared

FLOW customers get free Internet upgrade

Source: Jamaica Observer TELECOMMUNICATIONS company FLOW says thousands of its residential customers have been enjoying the benefits of faster broadband speeds, free of cost.The telecoms firm said it… Link: FLOW customers get free Internet upgrade

JCC happy with $14-b tax giveback

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) yesterday congratulates the Government for the pro-growth initiatives announced in Thursday’s budget presentation by Minister of Finance and the… Link: JCC happy with -b tax giveback

Debt-to-GDP ratio to fall to 96 per cent

Source: Jamaica Observer JAMAICA’S Debt-to-Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio will fall to 96 per cent at the end of the 2018/19 financial year on March 31.Opening the 2019/20… Link: Debt-to-GDP ratio to fall to 96 per cent

$14-b tax giveback

Source: Jamaica Observer Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke yesterday created a stir in the country when he announced that the Government was “giving back” $14 billion to taxpayers.Dr… Link: -b tax giveback

Shaw vows to beef up Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit

Source: Jamaica Observer HAGUE, Trelawny — Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw has pledged to inject more resources into the struggling Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit.The Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit was… Link: Shaw vows to beef up Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit

Tax Administration, Jamaica Customs to improve efficiencies

Source: Jamaica Observer GOVERNMENT’S principal revenue collection agencies – Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) – will be implementing strategies aimed at improving efficiencies during… Link: Tax Administration, Jamaica Customs to improve efficiencies

$1 billion for social housing in 63 constituencies

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Government has allocated $1 billion to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to support the implementation of an islandwide social housing programme… Link: billion for social housing in 63 constituencies

SLB relief

Source: Jamaica Observer FINANCE Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has announced several changes to the existing loan agreement at Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB), signalling Government’s intention “to expand economic… Link: SLB relief

Growing murderers

Source: Jamaica Observer ANTHROPOLOGIST Dr Herbert Gayle says abused boys account for more than half the number of men who murder or commit violent crimes in Jamaica. At… Link: Growing murderers

Petrojam dismisses rumours of planned strike at refinery

Source: Jamaica Observer GENERAL Manager of Petrojam Winston Watson has dismissed rumours of planned disruption to the gasoline retail trade. Watson, in a statement, was responding to a… Link: Petrojam dismisses rumours of planned strike at refinery

Finance minister opens Budget Debate today

Source: Jamaica Observer THE 2019/20 budget debate gets going at Gordon House this afternoon with the opening contribution from the Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr… Link: Finance minister opens Budget Debate today

Hanna concerned about BGLC's support for Diamond Mile

Source: Jamaica Observer OPPOSITION MP Lisa Hanna yesterday expressed concern about Government spending on horse racing.Hanna raised the issue in the House of Representatives on Monday when the… Link: Hanna concerned about BGLC's support for Diamond Mile

Youth on show in 2019 agriculture calendar

Source: Jamaica Observer TWELVE young professionals from various fields in the agriculture sector are being celebrated by Nutramix, as the youngsters take centre stage in the company’s 28-page… Link: Youth on show in 2019 agriculture calendar

WhatsApp continues to reduce telephone tax revenue

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Government confirmed yesterday that the increasing use of the free WhatsApp messenger by mobile phone users continues to be reflected in drops in telephone… Link: WhatsApp continues to reduce telephone tax revenue

The budget explained

Source: Jamaica Observer EACH year, the Government outlines its plans for the economic and social development of the country, through its budget.This is a projection of what Jamaica… Link: The budget explained

Council considering enhanced security measures

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness, during the monthly sitting of the National Security Council last Friday, proposed a new legislative framework, giving intermediate and specific powers… Link: Council considering enhanced security measures

Ship repair company partners with CMU

Source: Jamaica Observer GERMAN Ship Repair Jamaica Limited (GSRJ) has partnered with Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) to undertake its skills training programme, aimed at increasing employment in the… Link: Ship repair company partners with CMU

New date for Portland Eastern poll

Source: Jamaica Observer A new Member of Parliament is to be elected in Portland Eastern on April 4, instead of March 25 as was previously announced, to fill… Link: New date for Portland Eastern poll

Unions criticise private sector's position on IDT awards

Source: Jamaica Observer AS the controversy over the partiality of Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) rulings rages, the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) has come out criticising the… Link: Unions criticise private sector's position on IDT awards

Review of 2019/20 budget starts today

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Standing Finance Committee (SFC) of the House of Representatives will start meeting this morning at Gordon House, to review the 2019/20 estimates of expenditure.The… Link: Review of 2019/20 budget starts today

'It's a pleasure to serve'

Source: Jamaica Observer LEAVING their Hamilton Gardens home in Portmore, St Catherine at 5:30 am in order to avoid the traffic snarl en route to Kingston has become… Link: 'It's a pleasure to serve'

Ex-convicts show off their wares at expo

Source: Jamaica Observer AT the end of a prison term, many ex-convicts find it difficult to obtain a job in order to sustain themselves. However, a number of… Link: Ex-convicts show off their wares at expo

PNP introduces Crawford to Portland Eastern

Source: Jamaica Observer PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Damion Crawford, the Opposition People’s National Party candidate in the Portland Eastern by-election that is set for March 25, was last… Link: PNP introduces Crawford to Portland Eastern

Sharpe moves to quench thirst of horse racing public

Source: Jamaica Observer GIVING the horse racing public what it wants is the broad task laid out by chairman of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Ltd (SVREL), Solomon… Link: Sharpe moves to quench thirst of horse racing public

Sharpe: Caymanas Park needs tender loving care

Source: Jamaica Observer Relatively new Chairman of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Ltd (SVREL) Solomon Sharpe is champing at the bit and all set to reach the winning… Link: Sharpe: Caymanas Park needs tender loving care

March 25 by-election

Source: Jamaica Observer PORT ANTONIO, Portland — A new Member of Parliament is to be elected in Portland Eastern on March 25 to fill the vacancy created by… Link: March 25 by-election

Gov't initiates action to access dormant bank accounts

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Government has initiated steps to tap into nearly $50 billion in dormant bank accounts, which are being sought to provide low-interest financing to micro,… Link: Gov't initiates action to access dormant bank accounts

Labour Ministry to upgrade parish offices

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson says that a number of parish offices across the island will be upgraded and renovated in short… Link: Labour Ministry to upgrade parish offices

Young man charged in MP's murder

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Portland man who was initially taken into custody and released in connection with the gruesome murder of Dr Lynvale Bloomfield was yesterday charged with… Link: Young man charged in MP's murder

Robbery suspect cops for court next week

Source: Jamaica Observer THE two police officers who were pointed out in an identification parade in connection with last week’s robbery in Hellshire, St Catherine, are scheduled to… Link: Robbery suspect cops for court next week

Capleton returns to court March 27

Source: Jamaica Observer A committal hearing for the rape charge agains t popular reggae artiste Capleton was Monday rescheduled for March 27 in the Kingston and St Andrew… Link: Capleton returns to court March 27

Laws coming to provide opportunities for seafarers

Source: Jamaica Observer LILLIPUT, St James — Robert Montague says the Government will be moving, in short order, to implement legislative measures that will open up opportunities for… Link: Laws coming to provide opportunities for seafarers

Illegal dump operator for court March 16

Source: Jamaica Observer THE man who was hauled from his St Andrew home last week for operating an informal dump at the location is scheduled to appear in… Link: Illegal dump operator for court March 16

Robbery suspect cops pointed out on ID parade

Source: Jamaica Observer TWO of the policemen who were detained on Sunday in connection with a robbery in Hellshire, St Catherine, last week, have been identified.The officers, who… Link: Robbery suspect cops pointed out on ID parade

Do not smoke, students warned

Source: Jamaica Observer A stern warning is being issued to students across the island to desist from smoking cigarettes, marijuana, hookahs, e-cigarettes, and other harmful substances. Consultant pulmonologist… Link: Do not smoke, students warned

Scammed!

Source: Jamaica Observer A group of seven young adults have complained to the Jamaica Observer that weeks after attending interviews and paying money for uniforms to secure jobs… Link: Scammed!

Ministry can't yet declare dengue plateau

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Ministry of Health cannot, at this point, say whether the dengue outbreak has plateaued, as a number of suspected cases are still being reported.This… Link: Ministry can't yet declare dengue plateau

Gov't pensioners to get increase; minister happy with PEP

Source: Jamaica Observer CABINET has given approval for government pensioners to be given an increase this year.Pressed for details at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister… Link: Gov't pensioners to get increase; minister happy with PEP

Man shot dead, other injured in Cassava Piece

Source: Jamaica Observer One man was shot dead and another injured yesterday morning in Cassava Piece, a community in upper St Andrew that is plagued by intermittent violence.Up… Link: Man shot dead, other injured in Cassava Piece

PM calls on Caricom to build on successes

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has called on Caricom leaders to act decisively, take action, and build on the successes of the 39th heads of government… Link: PM calls on Caricom to build on successes

8 shot dead in Westmoreland

Source: Jamaica Observer SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland – Nine people were shot, eight fatally, when gunmen went on rampages in separate incidents across the parish between Monday afternoon and yesterday… Link: 8 shot dead in Westmoreland

Muzzle Plan

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Ministry of Education has designed a concept paper that proposes a range of regulations that would effectively encroach on the right to freedom of… Link: Muzzle Plan

Trade unionist warns against changes to labour laws

Source: Jamaica Observer BLENHEIM, Hanover – Assistant general secretary of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) Collin Virgo has urged the Government not to yield to the temptation… Link: Trade unionist warns against changes to labour laws

Don't blame us for failed crime strategy, says PNP

Source: Jamaica Observer THE People’s National Party (PNP) says it rejects as supercilious the remarks by the General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party and the Minister of… Link: Don't blame us for failed crime strategy, says PNP

Sykes points to importance of family in crime prevention

Source: Jamaica Observer Stressing the importance of strong functional families and the key role they play in crime prevention, Chief Justice Bryan Sykes yesterday urged after-care probation officers… Link: Sykes points to importance of family in crime prevention

4 cops held

Source: Jamaica Observer FOUR policemen have been detained in connection with a robbery in Hellshire, St Catherine, last week when thieves made off with $17 million worth of… Link: 4 cops held

Heart Foundation pushes for tax on sugary drinks

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) used the launch of the fourth phase of its “Are We Drinking Ourselves Sick” campaign to push for a… Link: Heart Foundation pushes for tax on sugary drinks

JFB concerned about increase in fire deaths

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) says it remains deeply disturbed by the high number of deaths caused by fire in the country.Child deaths increased by… Link: JFB concerned about increase in fire deaths

More optimism among parents, teachers for PEP

Source: Jamaica Observer SECOND vice-president of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) Stuart Jacobs says parents and teachers have become less apprehensive about the Primary Exit Profile… Link: More optimism among parents, teachers for PEP

EOJ says it's ready for Portland Eastern by-election

Source: Jamaica Observer DIRECTOR of Elections Glasspole Brown says the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) stands ready to conduct the Portland Eastern by-election once Prime Minister Andrew Holness… Link: EOJ says it's ready for Portland Eastern by-election

Be careful of that unripe ackee

Source: Jamaica Observer MOST countries have a favourite or national dish. Popular with residents and forming part of a country’s identity, they are an important experience for visitors,… Link: Be careful of that unripe ackee

70-year milestone a big deal for JGRA

Source: Jamaica Observer As the Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association prepares to mark 70 years of existence next year, several events are now at the planning stage.But the association’s… Link: 70-year milestone a big deal for JGRA

Pastor wants justice for Bloomfield

Source: Jamaica Observer IN his sermon 30-minute sermon centered on the story of Cain and Able, Reverend Dayne Grant called for justice for slain People’s National Party (PNP)… Link: Pastor wants justice for Bloomfield

Former Caricom heads reject use of force in Venezuela

Source: Jamaica Observer FIVE former prime ministers of Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries on Friday expressed great disquiet about political developments in Venezuela, and have rejected the use of… Link: Former Caricom heads reject use of force in Venezuela

Gov't hails progress made to reduce infant mortality

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Government says there has been significant progress under the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC), since its launch in 2013.The… Link: Gov't hails progress made to reduce infant mortality

It's ZOSO Community Day in Denham Town

Source: Jamaica Observer DENHAM Town and surrounding areas in western Kingston will engage in sport, fun and entertainment at the ‘Denham Town ZOSO Community Day’, today.An initiative of… Link: It's ZOSO Community Day in Denham Town

Former Westmoreland MP Owen Sinclair is dead

Source: Jamaica Observer LEADER of the Parliamentary Opposition and President of the People’s National Party (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips says the party is saddened by news of the… Link: Former Westmoreland MP Owen Sinclair is dead

OUR gets two new deputy directors general

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) yesterday announced the appointments of two new deputy directors general – Cedric Wilson and Cheryl Lewis. They were appointed… Link: OUR gets two new deputy directors general

'Jamaica Day is everybody's business'

Source: Jamaica Observer SCORES of students from across the island are expected to participate in Jamaica Day celebrations today at the National Arena in Kingston.The event will be… Link: 'Jamaica Day is everybody's business'

POCA being amended to address illicit cash transactions

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of Justice Delroy Chuck says that the Government will be amending the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) this year to address illicit cash transactions.“The… Link: POCA being amended to address illicit cash transactions

Fire chief says more stations needed across island

Source: Jamaica Observer HEAD of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) Commissioner Stewart Beckford has highlighted the urgent need for more fire stations across the island, to enable firefighters… Link: Fire chief says more stations needed across island

'They have cleaned me out!'

Source: Jamaica Observer  It was her deceased parents’ wish for her to return to Jamaica. But, after being robbed twice at her home in Hellshire, St Catherine in… Link: 'They have cleaned me out!'

PIOJ optimistic

Source: Jamaica Observer WITH an estimated 1.7 per cent growth in GDP for the October to December 2018 quarter, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is predicting that… Link: PIOJ optimistic

Solid waste agency seeking to lease 100 trucks

Source: Jamaica Observer THE National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is in the process of leasing 100 trucks, which the agency hopes will better improve the collection of… Link: Solid waste agency seeking to lease 100 trucks

Petrojam to pay for unfair and unjustifiable dismissal

Source: Jamaica Observer STATE oil refinery Petrojam, already struggling under the weight of a bruising scandal, has been knocked further on the ropes by an Industrial Disputes Tribunal… Link: Petrojam to pay for unfair and unjustifiable dismissal

MP renews call for ZOSO in August Town

Source: Jamaica Observer MEMBER of Parliament for St Andrew Eastern Fayval Williams is renewing her call for the implementation of a Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) in August… Link: MP renews call for ZOSO in August Town

Tufton welcomes modern X-ray system at UHWI

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of Health Dr Christopher Tufton says he welcomes the addition of a new DDR X-ray machine to the growing storehouse of modern, medical technology… Link: Tufton welcomes modern X-ray system at UHWI

New minister reiterates plan to ensure quality gas at pumps

Source: Jamaica Observer NEWLY appointed Minister of Energy Fayval Williams yesterday reiterated the Government’s position to explore legislation that would ensure that consumers receive quality gas at the… Link: New minister reiterates plan to ensure quality gas at pumps

'Thank God me get it so people can stop call me alien'

Source: Jamaica Observer FOUR months after the Jamaica Observer highlighted his plight of not having a birth certificate, Raheem Powell is finally a registered Jamaican citizen.Powell received a… Link: 'Thank God me get it so people can stop call me alien'

Happy Valentine's, from Sandals!

Source: Jamaica Observer In the photo above, principal of Culloden ECI, Michelle Whittingham (right) and senior teacher Lorna Bernard (2nd right), with two students in tow, received a… Link: Happy Valentine's, from Sandals!

Alleged baby thief to undergo psychiatric evaluation

Source: Jamaica Observer ALLEGED baby thief Peta-Gay Ffrench entered the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday smiling at everyone, apparently unaware of the gravity of the charge… Link: Alleged baby thief to undergo psychiatric evaluation

Parents of John Mills approve JP's

Source: Jamaica Observer Parents of students at John Mills Infant, Primary and Junior High gave the JP St Mary’s breakfast programme the thumbs up recently, having seen the… Link: Parents of John Mills approve JP's

Mother, son accused of stealing from KPH

Source: Jamaica Observer A young man accused of stealing a large quantity of medical supplies from the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) was remanded in custody after the Kingston… Link: Mother, son accused of stealing from KPH

'We are not screening', doctor screams

Source: Jamaica Observer One out of every 21 women in Jamaica will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to… Link: 'We are not screening', doctor screams

US professor suggests method to cut Jamaica's crime rate

Source: Jamaica Observer UNITED States-based Professor, Dr Ashley Deans is recommending that Jamaica adopt a Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique to assist in addressing the country’s crime problem.Dr Deans… Link: US professor suggests method to cut Jamaica's crime rate

Security concern as apartment owners feel Airbnb boom

Source: Jamaica Observer SOME owners of apartments islandwide are feeling pressure caused by the Airbnb boom.This comes as other owners and occupants of residences seek to capitalise on… Link: Security concern as apartment owners feel Airbnb boom

JUTC begs commuters for sympathy

Source: Jamaica Observer Commuters now inconvenienced due to inefficency in the State-run bus apparatus will have to wait a while longer as the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC)… Link: JUTC begs commuters for sympathy

Wray & Nephew gives Gov't 20,000 reusable bags

Source: Jamaica Observer In a further demonstration of its eco-friendly stance, J Wray & Nephew Ltd has donated 20,000 reusable shopping bags to the Government of Jamaica, for… Link: Wray & Nephew gives Gov't 20,000 reusable bags

Hinds ready to score on Eastern Hanover pitch

Source: Jamaica Observer WAVELL Hinds does not plan to leave the Hanover Eastern pitch scoreless, roughly two years from now when a parliamentary election is constitutionally due.By that… Link: Hinds ready to score on Eastern Hanover pitch

PHOTO: Play time

Source: Jamaica Observer Jamaican Teas Limited, with its commitment to learning through play, has donated 500 play mats to schools in vulnerable areas across Jamaica. Here the company”s… Link: PHOTO: Play time

Colourful ceremonial opening of Parliament

Source: Jamaica Observer These students have fun outside Gordon House during the official opening of Parliament on Thursday.Security was strong during Thursday’s ceremonial opening of the 2019/20 parliamentary… Link: Colourful ceremonial opening of Parliament

Woman shot dead, estranged husband arrested

Source: Jamaica Observer SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Police say a woman has died from gunshot wounds and her estranged husband taken into custody following a shooting at… Link: Woman shot dead, estranged husband arrested

Stronger environment laws coming

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Government will amend a number of climate and environment-related legislation in the 2019/20 fiscal year, in an effort to strengthen the regulatory framework governing… Link: Stronger environment laws coming

Tight budget

Source: Jamaica Observer The Government yesterday tabled an $803 -billion budget for the 2019/20 financial year, showing a massive increase in public debt servicing, as well as increases… Link: Tight budget

Accused baby thief appears in court Monday

Source: Jamaica Observer THE woman accused of snatching a day-old baby from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston last month is expected to appear in the Kingston and… Link: Accused baby thief appears in court Monday

Government won't be distracted, says Vaz

Source: Jamaica Observer Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz says the policies and programmes outlined by Governor General Sir Patrick… Link: Government won't be distracted, says Vaz

Government makes security a priority

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Government intends to create and table enhanced security measures legislation in Parliament this year, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen revealed yesterday, as he outlined… Link: Government makes security a priority

Tenement yards to be upgraded

Source: Jamaica Observer The Government is to unveil a new social housing programme for the poor, and upgrade tenements, known in urban areas as “big yards”, this year.Governor… Link: Tenement yards to be upgraded

Fayval takes charge

Source: Jamaica Observer FAYVAL Shirley Williams – the Member of Parliament for St Andrew Eastern — will today take over the turbulent Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology. Link: Fayval takes charge

Refuge Cay shows signs of regeneration again

Source: Jamaica Observer THE mangrove forest at Refuge Cay, which boasts all four of the species endemic to the Caribbean, is showing signs of regeneration after years of… Link: Refuge Cay shows signs of regeneration again

Bull Bay begs for a ZOSO in troubled area

Source: Jamaica Observer RESIDENTS of Bull Bay in St Andrew are calling for the implementation of a Zone of Special Operation (ZOSO) to help reduce crime in the… Link: Bull Bay begs for a ZOSO in troubled area

Ramharrack comes under more fire

Source: Jamaica Observer DOCUMENTS tabled in Parliament Tuesday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on the settlement package to former Petrojam Human Resources Manager Yolande Ramharrack yesterday gave rise… Link: Ramharrack comes under more fire

Man held in Buff Bay for MP's murder

Source: Jamaica Observer A suspect has been held in the investigation of the murder or Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) parliamentarian who represented the… Link: Man held in Buff Bay for MP's murder

Alfred Campbell's funeral Saturday

Source: Jamaica Observer Former Red Stripe executive Alfred Campbell, who died on January 24, will be laid to rest this Saturday after a funeral service at St Stephens… Link: Alfred Campbell's funeral Saturday

Pastor suggests raising age of consent

Source: Jamaica Observer LOCAL clergyman Kenroy Edwards believes it is time Jamaica changes the age at which an individual may give consent to sexual relations.Speaking on yesterday’s Jamaica… Link: Pastor suggests raising age of consent

Jamaica placed on flu alert

Source: Jamaica Observer HEALTH Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has put the island on alert for influenza (the “flu”), noting a significant increase in the number of cases of… Link: Jamaica placed on flu alert

Ministry says deportees will be reintegrated, rehabilitated

Source: Jamaica Observer THE security ministry says all deportees – whom it referred to as involuntary returned migrants (IRM) – will be provided with support to facilitate rehabilitation… Link: Ministry says deportees will be reintegrated, rehabilitated

Ganja guru objects to Shaw's suggestion

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Local marijuana guru Ras Iyah V is strongly objecting to Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw’s suggestion that… Link: Ganja guru objects to Shaw's suggestion

Vatican receives delegation from Venezuela's Guaidó

Source: Jamaica Observer VATICAN CITY (AP) — A delegation representing Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó met yesterday with Vatican officials as the Holy See weighs a request from… Link: Vatican receives delegation from Venezuela's Guaidó

Accused baby thief to be charged today

Source: Jamaica Observer THE woman who was taken into custody last week when she turned up at the Registrar General’s Department in Twickenham Park, St Catherine to register… Link: Accused baby thief to be charged today

PHOTOS: Texaco marks 100

Source: Jamaica Observer Texaco Jamaica Marketing Manager David Sterling shares a thought on the company’s 100th anniversary with Texaco dealer Annette Wong-Lee at Webster Memorial United Church in… Link: PHOTOS: Texaco marks 100

Gov't wants to build out new JDF unit

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Government is eyeing a further build out of the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) new Maritime, Air and Cyber Command unit.According to National Security Minister… Link: Gov't wants to build out new JDF unit

Bugs force patient relocation at Noel Holmes Hospital

Source: Jamaica Observer LUCEA, Hanover — Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Director Errol Greene has confirmed that some patients at Noel Holmes Public General Hospital in Lucea have… Link: Bugs force patient relocation at Noel Holmes Hospital

PNP shocked by former councillor's murder

Source: Jamaica Observer The People’s National Party (PNP) yesterday expressed shock and sadness at the killing of former Councillor Marjorie “Madge” Morris in St Thomas.Morris, who represented the… Link: PNP shocked by former councillor's murder

Phillips increases attack on Gov't

Source: Jamaica Observer Dr Peter Phillips yesterday upped the pace of the Opposition’s attacks on the Government, using what he said was the first in a series of… Link: Phillips increases attack on Gov't

Salad vs Soda

Source: Jamaica Observer Seattle residents who live in waterfront neighbourhoods tend to have healthier diets compared to those who live along Interstate-5 and Aurora Avenue, according to new… Link: Salad vs Soda

Brighter days ahead for Constant Spring school

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Constant Spring Primary and Junior High School in St Andrew is about to see a new dawn.Newly appointed principal, Shay Dillon who has expertise… Link: Brighter days ahead for Constant Spring school

Audrie Carnegie's new hope

Source: Jamaica Observer EACH cancer patient’s story is different. However, there may be similarities in their first reaction to getting the news no one wants to hear —… Link: Audrie Carnegie's new hope

PHOTOS: Living it up at Sandals South Coast

Source: Jamaica Observer Cabana Living – American actress and singer Dove Cameron and her beau Thomas Doherty spend some quality time in their private cabana while vacationing in… Link: PHOTOS: Living it up at Sandals South Coast

Financial controller on fraud charge

Source: Jamaica Observer A financial controller accused of swindling approximately $56,000 from a company was Wednesday offered $3 million bail after the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court… Link: Financial controller on fraud charge

Jamaican Consulate to stage forum on Garvey in NY

Source: Jamaica Observer NEW YORK, USA — A forum on the legacy of National Hero Marcus Garvey is scheduled take place at the Jamaica Consulate General’s office in… Link: Jamaican Consulate to stage forum on Garvey in NY

Opposition questions new public transport plans

Source: Jamaica Observer OPPOSITION spokesman on transport, Mikael Phillips says portfolio Minister Robert Montague should outline details on the operationalisation of the plans he announced for the public… Link: Opposition questions new public transport plans

Joy and suspicion

Source: Jamaica Observer The police are now investigating the possible existence of a baby-stealing ring after recovering an infant that had been snatched from Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH)… Link: Joy and suspicion

Jones Town Taxi operators fearful after colleague

Source: Jamaica Observer A number of taxi operators who ply the Jones Town to downtown Kingston route Wednesday expressed fear for their safety following the disappearance of one… Link: Jones Town Taxi operators fearful after colleague

Montague to put brakes on illegal transport operators

Source: Jamaica Observer Transport Minister Robert Montague has issued a warning to the approximately 14,000 illegal operators in the public transportation sector that the Government will be clamping… Link: Montague to put brakes on illegal transport operators

Four JDF senior officers promoted

Source: Jamaica Observer For the first time in its history the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has three officers at the rank of Brigadier, while Chief of Defence Staff… Link: Four JDF senior officers promoted

PHOTO: Tears for Bloomfield

Source: Jamaica Observer People’s National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips consoles Vivienne Pryce, a PNP supporter and long-time patient of the late Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, the Portland… Link: PHOTO: Tears for Bloomfield

PM: Don't make MP's death a political issue

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has urged supporters of both major political parties to desist from making the death of MP for Portland Eastern Dr Lynvale… Link: PM: Don't make MP's death a political issue

Infrastructure at police stations to be improved

Source: Jamaica Observer SECURITY Minister Dr Horace Chang says Government will be investing in the improvement of infrastructure at police stations to create suitable working conditions for the… Link: Infrastructure at police stations to be improved

Reid says education programme in line with Vision 2030

Source: Jamaica Observer THE government will be providing more than 20,000 computers to close to 200 primary schools within the next few months.Minister of Education, Youth and Information… Link: Reid says education programme in line with Vision 2030

Gov't to push research and development

Source: Jamaica Observer GOVERNMENT yesterday indicated that it will make funds available in the national budget for the pursuit of research and development (R&D) as of financial year… Link: Gov't to push research and development

Stolen baby found?

Source: Jamaica Observer THE mother of the baby who was snatched from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) last month is hoping to be reunited with her little one… Link: Stolen baby found?

Call made for more jobs, social services for seniors

Source: Jamaica Observer WITH more people living longer and in comparatively better health than in previous decades, ageing specialists here are pushing for more employment opportunities and social… Link: Call made for more jobs, social services for seniors

PM says more SOEs coming after budget

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness said yesterday that new states of public emergency (SOEs) will be declared soon after the 2019/20 budget is passed by the… Link: PM says more SOEs coming after budget

Man shot after attack on cop in Spalding

Source: Jamaica Observer THE police have commenced an investigation into a shooting incident in Spalding, Clarendon, yesterday in which a bus driver was shot and injured during a… Link: Man shot after attack on cop in Spalding

Former Petrojam HR manager gets $9.2-m separation package

Source: Jamaica Observer FORMER human resource manager for Petrojam Yolande Ramharrack was paid $9.2 million upon her separation from the company in November.At the same time Former General… Link: Former Petrojam HR manager gets .2-m separation package

Money mania!

Source: Jamaica Observer Wild scenes of excitement erupted in downtown Kingston yesterday afternoon when what appeared to be genuine $1,000 bills were seen being thrown from a motor… Link: Money mania!

Internet censors target Venezuelan opposition

Source: Jamaica Observer CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition Leader Juan Guaido’s calls for Venezuelans to abandon Nicolas Maduro’s government are booming across the world outside, but the self-declared… Link: Internet censors target Venezuelan opposition

Gaming licences must be renewed by March 31

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) is calling for all owners and operators of gaming machines to renew their licences by March 31.Speaking at… Link: Gaming licences must be renewed by March 31

Water lock-off disrupts court

Source: Jamaica Observer DETAINEES were not brought before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday due to a lack of piped water at the facility.However, water was… Link: Water lock-off disrupts court

Cruel irony

Source: Jamaica Observer ORANGE HILL, St James — Family members and members of the legal fraternity were yesterday left inconsolable following the retrieval of a decomposed body, strongly… Link: Cruel irony

Maduro rejects European ultimatum to call vote

Source: Jamaica Observer MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro flatly rejected yesterday a call by European countries to call snap elections after Opposition Leader Juan Guaido… Link: Maduro rejects European ultimatum to call vote

'Dem shoulda neva stop it'

Source: Jamaica Observer Four weeks after the state of public emergency (SOE) expired in the St Catherine North police division, a number of residents and business operators are… Link: 'Dem shoulda neva stop it'

Sunday Brew — February 3, 2019

Source: Jamaica Observer Needed: More MPs from the communities Last week the Opposition People’s National Party named five men whom the organisation said would be its representatives in five… Link: Sunday Brew — February 3, 2019

A young woman's passion for law

Source: Jamaica Observer MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Top of Shayla Reid’s agenda for 2019 is to enroll as a student at the University of Law in England and to… Link: A young woman's passion for law

Patterson ready to assist PNP, JLP, or no P

Source: Jamaica Observer PJ Patterson refused to give his views on the current state of his People’s National Party when he was asked to do so by the… Link: Patterson ready to assist PNP, JLP, or no P

The relative who moved to punch a doctor

Source: Jamaica Observer The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) usually carries less drama in its daily grind, but there have been times when staff members have… Link: The relative who moved to punch a doctor

Family, friends say goodbye to Troy Caine

Source: Jamaica Observer Family members and friends joined political associates, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday in saying farewell, to the late graphic artist and political analyst, Troy… Link: Family, friends say goodbye to Troy Caine

PHOTO: Love for Shelly

Source: Jamaica Observer Jamaica’s Olympic and World Championship sprint gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (third right) is flocked by cadets from The Queen’s School after she competed in the… Link: PHOTO: Love for Shelly

Jamaica sends condolences to Cuba

Source: Jamaica Observer Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has extended condolences to those who lost loved ones in Cuba, following a tornado… Link: Jamaica sends condolences to Cuba

Mandela's eastbound traffic to be switched to new lanes

Source: Jamaica Observer EFFECTIVE tomorrow, Traffic heading into Kingston along the Mandela Highway will be placed on new driving lanes just after clearing the traffic lights at the… Link: Mandela's eastbound traffic to be switched to new lanes

More math specialists for primary schools

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be expanding the number of expert mathematics teachers at the primary level under its ‘Specialist Model’. Portfolio… Link: More math specialists for primary schools

10-year high

Source: Jamaica Observer Cross-party support as well as the move to create a council to monitor compliance and increase transparency in fiscal matters are among the key drivers… Link: 10-year high

'Dem think mi done, but mi jus' a come'

Source: Jamaica Observer NEW MARKET, St Elizabeth — Veteran Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) politician and Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth North Western JC Hutchinson made it clear… Link: 'Dem think mi done, but mi jus' a come'

OPM says Petrojam not doing its own forensic audit

Source: Jamaica Observer JAMAICA House yesterday sought to clarify comments made by Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Sancia Bennett Templer on Tuesday at… Link: OPM says Petrojam not doing its own forensic audit

IDB commends Jamaica on climate change activities

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has commended Jamaica on its work to advance activities relating to its climate change agenda.“Jamaica is in a position of… Link: IDB commends Jamaica on climate change activities

Shaw to push for marijuana low in THC

Source: Jamaica Observer ROSE HALL, St James — Minister of Industry Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw says he will be perusing the production of medicinal marijuana low… Link: Shaw to push for marijuana low in THC

Sandals clarification on TCI closure

Source: Jamaica Observer BEACHES TCI has, for the past 23 years in which it has operated in the Turks and Caicos Islands, punctually and accurately paid taxes according… Link: Sandals clarification on TCI closure

Sandals welcomes TCI Govt's promise to settle dispute

Source: Jamaica Observer Sandals Resorts yesterday welcomed Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson’s assurance that her Government will settle a current dispute with Beaches Resorts.At the… Link: Sandals welcomes TCI Govt's promise to settle dispute

Lone woman tops class of 196 police constables

Source: Jamaica Observer Donique Anderson is finally a police officer.The Trewlawny native who was the only woman among the 196 recruits is the epitome of triumph over struggle.Anderson’s… Link: Lone woman tops class of 196 police constables

Grenada worried about instabality in Venezuela

Source: Jamaica Observer ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell says the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela could easily engulf the Caribbean and urged a… Link: Grenada worried about instabality in Venezuela

Road Safety Unit gets portable breathalysers

Source: Jamaica Observer THE operational capability of the Road Safety Unit has been further boosted with the addition of five portable breathalysers, valued at US$2,500.The devices were donated… Link: Road Safety Unit gets portable breathalysers

McBean replaced as Police Federation chair

Source: Jamaica Observer The Police Federation yesterday revealed that it has replaced Corporal Arleen McBean as its chairman in a restructuring of the leadership.The news chairman is Inspector… Link: McBean replaced as Police Federation chair

Ministry steps up fogging near schools

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Ministry of Education says schools identified as high-risk areas for mosquito breeding because of nearby swamps are being referred to the Ministry of Health’s… Link: Ministry steps up fogging near schools

T&T Government, Opposition in war of words over Venezuela

Source: Jamaica Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Trinidad and Tobago Government yesterday accused the main Opposition United National Congress (UNC) of seeking to create “fear… Link: T&T Government, Opposition in war of words over Venezuela

Maduro rival says taking control of Venezuela's foreign assets

Source: Jamaica Observer CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido said yesterday he was taking control of the country’s foreign assets as he piled pressure… Link: Maduro rival says taking control of Venezuela's foreign assets