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Jamaicans urged to conserve energy even as costs trend down

Caribbean Coordinator/Consultant, Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE), Dr Earl Green (left), in discussion with Energy Specialist for the Caribbean, OLADE, Carlos Andrade (second left); Specialist, OLADE’s National Energy Information System, Jaime Cevallos (second right); and Director, Project Management, Energy Division in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Horace Buckley, during an energy workshop at Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston, today (December 6). (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Jamaicans are being encouraged to continue practising energy-conservation and efficiency methods, even as the cost of electricity continues to trend downwards. This urging came from Director of the Energy Economics and Planning Unit, Energy Division, Ministry of Scie ... Read More

Magisterial Recount for Moneague Division
 KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has been summoned to a magiste ... Read More

Strong earthquake rocks Trinidad and Tobago
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 rocked Trinidad and Toba ... Read More

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie (centre), with youth mayors at a luncheon he hosted for them at Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston on December 5. (Photo: JIS) Young people urged to participate in political process
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Young people are being encouraged to participate in the country&rsqu ... Read More

PNP's Donovan Mitchell selected as Mandeville mayor designate

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 6:52 PM    

MANCHESTER, Jamaica — The People’s National Party’s (PNP) Donovan Mitchell was selected to be the next mayor of Mandeville and chairman of the Manchester Parish Council. Mitchell will be sworn in on Thursday along with other councillors who were victorious in the recent Local Government Election. He is going in his fourth term as councillor for the Royal Flat Division in Central Manchester. He will replace former Mayor Brenda Ramsay, who has retired from representational po ... Read More

Forex: J$128.91 to one US dollar

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 6:30 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Tuesday, December 6, ended trading at J$128.91, up by two cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$97.21, up from J$97.16, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$163.31, up from J$162.17. Read More

Opposition members walk out of Parliament

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 6:15 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Members of Parliament walked out of the House of Representatives this afternoon when their demand for a statement on the government's current infrastructure programme was not met. Ironically, however, Prime Minister Andrew Holness gave the House of Representatives an update after they left. Holness said only $400 million have already been spent on the programme. He said that the rest will be spent on upgrading the island's drainage network. Holness also pr ... Read More

Minister says radical approach needed to deal with Grenada sex offenders

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 5:57 PM    

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — Grenada Social Development Minister, Delma Thomas, Tuesday called for a more radical approach to dealing with matters of sexual abuse and urged religious organisations to speak out against this social scourge which can have long term implications on children. “We have to take a radical approach to deal with issues that confronts our children, we have to go out more to the schools, more to the communities, and I want to call once more again to the c ... Read More

PAAC meeting with UWI postponed

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 5:34 PM    

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KINGSTON. Jamaica — Parliament has advised, in a release this afternoon, that the controversial Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) meeting with representatives of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, has again been cancelled. Tomorrow's meeting, which follows a previously cancelled meeting set by the PAAC in October, was expected to allow the committee and the UWI to discuss the issue of whether the committee has a right to summon UWI representatives for a ... Read More

Christmas Day to be celebrated on Monday, Dec 26

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 5:10 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) says that Christmas Day, which is a public holiday, will be observed on Monday, December26 this year, and Boxing Day on Tuesday, December 27. The ministry says that this is in accordance with the Holidays (Public General) Act, which stipulates that when Christmas Day (December 25) falls on a Sunday, then December 26 and the 27th of December are to be observed as public holidays. The ministry also advised that employees who ... Read More

NCDA calls for enforcement of drug laws

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 4:53 PM    

Executive Director of the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), Michael Tucker, addresses recent JIS ‘Think Tank’. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) is advocating for the enforcement of the laws that relate to drug use to stem the tide of increased misuse of drugs, particularly among young Jamaican males. Executive Director of the NCDA, Michael Tucker, told JIS News that the enforcement of laws regarding underage drug use is something that is essential to prevent early exposure.  He was speaking against the background of the results of the National Drug Prevale ... Read More

Electricity wires stolen from poles in St Mary

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 4:38 PM    

This file photo shows poles and wires that were put in place to facilitate the electrification programme in the community.

ST MARY, Jamaica — Councillor-elect for the Islington Division, Lincoln Dixon, is calling on the authorities to move speedily in providing electricity through the Rural Electrification Programme (REP) to Comesee Road, near White Hall in St Mary. Dixon made the call in light of the recent theft of about 50 per cent of un-energized wires installed on poles in the community.    “They stole about 50 per cent of the wires off the poles,” a very disgruntled Dixon said. ... Read More

Grammy nomination 'best birthday present ever', says Devin Di Dakta

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 4:18 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Dancehall/reggae artiste Devin Di Dakta, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, said he is overjoyed at being nominated for a Grammy Award adding that it is the “best birthday present one could ever receive”. The entertainer, who was a 2015 winner in the Magnum Kings and Queen Competition, told OBSERVER ONLINE that he cried for about half-an-hour after hearing the news. “After about half an hour of tears of joy, I am now feeling overjoyed,” s ... Read More

Lotto scammers could also do prison time in the US

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 3:32 PM    

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, says people doing prison time in Jamaica for lottery scamming could be extradited to the United States to face additional charges once their sentences are completed here. “While the charges are similar in nature, there are other aspects to the crime why they would be wanted in the US,” Chuck pointed out. “I think it is fair to say that the American authorities would want to connect these lotto scammers with vi ... Read More



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