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Digicel to reduce global workforce by 25%

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Telecommunications giant Digicel today announced that it will reduce its global workforce by 25 per cent over the next 18 months, as part of its 2030 global transformation programme. The company, in a release announcing the programme today, said the first step in the proce ... Read More

This handout artist’s impression released by the European Southern Observatory on February 22, 2017 shows the view just above the surface of one of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. The stunning discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in our galaxy opens up the most promising hunting ground to date for life beyond the Solar System, researchers said Wednesday. (Photo: AFP)  
Seven Earth-like planets discovered around single star
PARIS, France (AFP) — Researchers announced Wednesday the stunning discovery of seven Earth-li ... Read More

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is seen at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb.ruary 22, 2017. President Donald Trump is sending Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to Mexico on a fence-mending mission made all the more challenging by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border. (Photo: AP) Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — President Donald Trump is sending his top diplomat and homeland sec ... Read More

ONLINE POLL RESULTS: Removal of tints from PPVs an effective crime fighting measure
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Sixty-nine per cent of the 2,216 respondents to a recent OBSERVER ONLINE p ... Read More

Statement of accused cops in 'death squad' trial allowed into evidence

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:45 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Justice Jennifer Straw a short while ago ruled that statements from two accused policemen in the ‘death squad’ trial be allowed into evidence. She gave the prosecution permission to show detective inspector Balvey Thomas the statements that were given by constables Collis Brown and Rohan Morrison in February 2010. Brown and Morrison are on trial in the Home Circuit Court for murder and wounding with intent. The deceased, Fabian Dinal, was allegedly shot d ... Read More

Security Corps approved sole security provider for restricted zones in aviation, maritime locations

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:31 PM    

Ruel Reid

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Approval has been granted by Cabinet for the Security Corps to be the sole designated security provider to operate and provide security in designated sensitive and restricted areas and zones in several aviation and maritime locations. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid made the disclosure at a post-Cabinet press briefing this morning at Jamaica House. He outlined that the areas and zones include the Norman Manley International Airport (N ... Read More

Supreme Court establishes new insolvency division

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:09 PM    

 Zaila McCalla

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Chief Justice, Zaila McCalla announced over the weekend the establishment of the Insolvency Division of the Supreme Court. The announcement was made at a training session, where members of the judiciary were sensitised on the new provisions of the Insolvency Act, a news release from the Court Management Division disclosed. According to the release, the Act makes provision for Jamaicans filing for bankruptcy to benefit from a more business friendly approach to adjudica ... Read More

Jencare founder Jennifer Samuda dies

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:52 AM    

Jennifer Samuda (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jencare Skin Farm founder and operator Jennifer Samuda died in Florida early Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer. A close family friend told OBSERVER ONLINE that Samuda, who had been struggling with cancer for the past two years, passed away about 3:00 am in hospital. Samuda, a former Jamaica Observer Business Leader nominee, combined her entrepreneurial and cosmetic formulation skills to develop Jencare Skin Farm from a modest backroom operation in the ... Read More

Principals to bar immigration agents from Chicago schools

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:31 AM    

Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg speaks during a news conference, at the Denver Public Schools downtown campus, in Denver, Thursday, February 16, 2017. The school board announced its intention to consider a resolution aimed at protecting students who might be affected by President Trump's immigration policy. The effort would call on the district to continue its practice of not collecting any information about students' immigration status. It also says the district would not grant access to students without a search warrant. (Photo: AP)

CHICAGO, United States (AP) — Chicago Public Schools have instructed its principals not to let federal immigration agents inside district buildings without a criminal warrant. Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson also urged principals Tuesday to have parents update student emergency contact forms and include backup contacts in case parents are detained. The action came as the Trump administration announced a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies for an estimated 11 milli ... Read More

UK gets first female police commissioner

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:12 AM    

Cressida Dick (Photo: The Sun)

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — A woman will become Britain's most senior police officer for the first time after the government announced Wednesday that Cressida Dick is to be commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Dick, 56, will succeed Bernard Hogan-Howe as chief of Scotland Yard, in London, returning to the force after leaving two years ago for the Foreign Office. "Cressida Dick is an exceptional leader, and has a clear vision for the future of the Metropolitan Police," interior min ... Read More

12 parcels of JIDC land to be transferred to FCJ

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:56 AM    

Ruel Reid

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Cabinet has approved the transfer of 12 parcels of land and industrial estates previously under the purview of the defunct Jamaica Industrial Development Corporation (JIDC) to the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ). Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid made the disclosure at a post-Cabinet press briefing this morning at Jamaica House. He said that Cabinet also supported the compulsory acquisition of four privately owned properties at an ... Read More

OAS chief denied visa to visit Cuba

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:38 AM    

Luis Almagro (File photo)

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Cuban authorities have denied a visa to the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, to travel to the communist-ruled island to receive a prize from a dissident organisation, he said Wednesday. Almagro had been invited to receive a prize named for dissident Oswaldo Paya, who died in 2012 in a car crash under mysterious circumstances. "My request for a visa for the official OAS passport was denied by the Cuban consulate in Washington," A ... Read More

Gov’t to set up 'Jamaica House' in London for 2017 IAAF World Champs

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:05 AM    

Ruel Reid

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Cabinet has approved the creation and operation of a ‘Jamaica House 2017’ in London, covering the IAAF World Athletics Championships during the period August 4 –13. The disclosure was made by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid at a post-Cabinet press briefing this morning at Jamaica House. He said that the project, which is an integrated marketing activity to promote brand Jamaica and generate excitement in relation to d ... Read More

Cabinet approves $200m for Jamaica 55 celebrations

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:54 AM    

Ruel Reid

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Cabinet has approved a special budgetary allocation of $200 million to support the execution of Jamaica 55 celebrations. The disclosure was made by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid at a post-Cabinet press briefing this morning at Jamaica House. Reid said Cabinet has also approved the establishment of the Jamaica 55 secretariat in the Ministry of Culture, Gender and Entertainment, which will be responsible for the planning and implementat ... Read More



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