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Zimbabwe elections in '4 to 5' months — president

Thursday, January, 18 2018 7:07 am    

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Zimbabwe will hold elections in four to five months, the country's new president has said, pointing to an earlier date than expected following the ousting of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe. Read More

O-Wrap: Police used car dispute... Gov't renews crime focus... Teacher on sex charges

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 7:00 pm    

In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:1. O'Brien's refuses to terminate contract to supply used cars for policeThe Government and O'Brien's International Car Sales Limited are now locked in another layer of dispute over the... Read More

Education ministry looking to offer more science scholarships

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 9:25 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — National Mathematics Coordinator, Dr Tamika Benjamin, says discussions are under way towards increasing the number of scholarships offered to student-teachers who are pursuing science majors at the tertiary level.She said the move is aimed at boosting... Read More

UPDATE: 13 siblings held captive in US home were likely coerced to remain quiet

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 9:05 pm    

LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) — When a 17-year-old girl jumped out a window from the house where her parents allegedly starved and tortured their 13 children, she broke a silence that had likely lasted years.It's not clear why the teenager waited so long to act, but... Read More

CARICOM countries could be removed from EU blacklist

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 8:43 pm    

BRUSSELS, Belgium (CMC) — At least two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that had been included in a new list of global tax havens by the European Union could be removed after submitting plans to change their tax rules.Reuters News agency is reporting that Barbados and... Read More

Apple urged to study iPhone addiction in children

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 8:27 pm    

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Two large shareholders urged Apple to study whether iPhones are proving addictive for children and that intensive use of the smartphones may be bad for their mental health."There is a growing body of evidence that, for at least some of the most... Read More

St Catherine teacher accused of having sex with primary school student

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 7:19 pm    

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica —  Detectives assigned to the St Catherine branch of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) today disclosed  that a teacher in that parish has been charged with having sex with a minor.According to the agents, the... Read More

JSIF urges increased partnership with service clubs

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 7:16 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Managing Director, Omar Sweeney, is encouraging more service clubs to support community development projects such as those being implemented by the agency.He said their input in this regard is important to JSIF's... Read More

Gov't invests $161m to boost forensic lab

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 6:42 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of National Security says it has invested more than $161 million to build new facilities (The Annex) at the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine (IFSLM) in an effort to have more robust processing of evidence related to criminal matters. Read More

Grenada records first homicide for 2018

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 6:25 pm    

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — Grenadian authorities have charged a 37-year-old man with the murder of former police officer, Curtis Calliste, as Grenada records its first murder for 2018.Police said that the 42-year-old former police officer was killed on Monday in the St... Read More

PM says gov't ready to take 'firm and resolute measures' in crime fight

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 6:01 pm    

ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness said this afternoon that his Government is now prepared to take what he called “firm and resolute measures” to deal with Jamaica's crime monster.“We have reached the point where we are prepared to take these... Read More

Forex: J$124.80 to one US dollar

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 5:47 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Wednesday, January 17, ended trading at J$124.80 down by 16 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading summary.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$100.22 up from J$99.94 while the British pound... Read More

St Thomas teacher charged with having sex with minor

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 5:25 pm    

ST THOMAS, Jamaica — The police are reporting that a St Thomas teacher was yesterday arrested and charged with having sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years old. Reports from agents at the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) are that... Read More

Gas prices up $1.47, diesel down $0.10

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 5:12 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see an increase at the pumps in the price of gasoline and a decrease in the price of diesel, effective Thursday, January 18, according to the latest ex-refinery costs from Petrojam.87- and 90-octane gasoline will be sold for $122.24 and... Read More

Virtual sports museum for 2018/19

Wednesday, January, 17 2018 4:50 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Virtual Sports Museum, which will trace and showcase Jamaica's performance in sports, is scheduled to be developed during the 2018/19 fiscal year, which begins on April 1.  Creation of the virtual museum is one of the legacy projects for Jamaica's... Read More


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