Gov’t says transformation of justice system a priority

CHUCK… it is important that we attend to them urgently

JUSTICE Minister Delroy Chuck yesterday sought to reassure the public that transforming the justice system is among Government’s top priority. The statement by the justice minister follows public outcry in the wake of Monday’s not-guilty verdict in the X6 murder trial and renewed critic ... Read More

Bad gas pickle
Energy minister Andrew Wheatley says that while the Government supports compensation for victims of ... Read More

Renowned scientist Dr Henry Lowe addressing Monday’s 19th Forum for Markets Innovation and Capital (FOROMIC) in Montego Bay after being presented with the Inter-American Development Bank’s Local Innovator Award for his use of the Jamaican Ball Moss to develop nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products. (Photo: Philp Lemonte) Lowe wins IDB Innovator Award
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Jamaican scientist Dr Henry Lowe, who has gained international recogni ... Read More

CAMPBELL… was named as a ‘person of interest’ days after massacre ‘Fat Man’ not taken to court
MARVIN ‘Fat Man’ Campbell Snr, who was recently charged with five counts of murder in co ... Read More

First Caribbean ‘Walks for the Cure’ this Sunday

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter | Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

Executive Director for the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon (left), listens attentively as Marketing Manager at First Caribbean International Bank Renee Whitehorne speaks about their annual cancer fundraiser, “Walk for the Cure”. (Photo: Antonio Graham)

THE local arm of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), First Caribbean International Bank, has urged Jamaicans to come out this Sunday to support the fight against cancer by participating in “Walk for the Cure”. The bank’s initiative is a big boost to the local fight against cancer, especially in light of recent research which has shown that approximately 14 million people across the globe are diagnosed with cancer annually. “Walk for the Cure”, which is ... Read More

Williams hoping for smooth wage negotiations with public sector workers

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

Fayval Williams, state minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service

STATE minister for Finance and Public Service, Fayval Williams, is hoping that the 2017/19 wage negotiations between the Government and unions representing public sector workers will be conducted as smoothly as those which resulted in the existing two-year agreement. Similar views have been expressed by Head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Danny Roberts. Both were speaking at the Institute’s recent public forum ... Read More

‘Heed the message’

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Errol Mowatt,

COMMISSIONER of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), Errol Mowatt is urging members of the public to desist from the unnecessary burning of debris, especially under unsuitable weather conditions. “We burn everything, we burn everywhere, regardless of the weather. Heed the message of the Jamaica Fire Brigade [and] reduce burning, and if you really have to burn, it must be under the most controlled circumstances,” he emphasised. The commissioner was speaking Monday at the launch of Fire Safe ... Read More

Waste to wealth

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

The mould for a playground slide (left) and the completed product. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

Visual art educator-cum-green entrepreneur Scheed Cole makes a business out of recycling and upcycling trash. His company, 360Recycle Manufacturing Ltd, uses discarded plastic bottles, styrofoam, newspaper, and cardboard to create pieces of art, flower pots, playground equipment, garden sets, even buildings. Here is a look at some of his creations. Read More

Fearing election day trouble, some US schools cancel classes

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

Students arrive at Falmouth High School in Falmouth, Maine (Photo: AFP)

FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Talk of fraud, vigilante observers and angry voters in addition to threats and passions surrounding the presidential race have led communities around the US to move polling places out of schools or cancel classes on election day. The fear is that the ugly rhetoric of the campaign could escalate into confrontations and even violence in school hallways, endangering students. “If anybody can sit there and say they don’t think this is a contentious election ... Read More

France starts tearing down ‘Jungle’ migrant camp

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

Partial view of the Calais Jungle camp taken late yesterday during the demolition of the camp, in Calais, northern France, as hundreds of migrants boarded buses on the second day of a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement. (Photo: AFP)

CALAIS, France (AFP) — French workers escorted by riot police yesterday began tearing down shacks and tents in the Calais “Jungle” vacated by migrants who have been bussed to shelters around the country. The demolition work began on the second day of a massive operation to clear the squalid camp in northern France, where an estimated 6000—8000 migrants, mostly Afghans, Sudanese and Eritreans, have been living. “The start of the clean-up operations sends a sign tha ... Read More

St Lucia Opposition wants gov’t to be more open on CIP

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) – The main opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) on Monday called on Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to be open and transparent with the population regarding the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). The SLP said it also wanted the new government to provide the public with all the proposed changes to the existing legislative framework for discussion. In a statement, the SLP said that whilst being the leader of the then opposition United Workers Party (UWP), ... Read More

Bartlett announces further infrastructural development

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett 

THE resort town of Ocho Rios in St Ann is to benefit from an additional $286 million of Government expenditure to undertake further infrastructural developments over the next six months. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, who made the announcement, said the engagements will include the construction of a boardwalk from the Ocho Rios Pier to the Ocean Village Shopping Centre and the town’s Main Street commercial district. This, the Minister further stated, will be complemented by several s ... Read More

‘Use technology to secure Jamaica’s borders’

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

State Minister for National Security Senator Pearnel Charles, Jr (right) and Executive Director at the National Security Policy Coordination Unit in the Cabinet Office Jacinth Byles (centre), listen to a point being made by CEO of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, Dennis Chung, during the NSPCU’s Fifth Annual Conference on Border Security at the National Police College of Jamaica, last week. (Photo: JIS)

EXECUTIVE Director of the National Security Policy Coordination Unit (NSPCU) in the Cabinet Office, Jacinth Byles, has recommended increased use of technology to further safeguard Jamaica’s borders. Among the recommendations are biometric identification, aerial and land-based surveillance and detection, port and shoreline security, and cargo security. She has contended that if law enforcement and other relevant state agencies collaborate on how these measures can be used to greater ef ... Read More

Guyana, Chile move to strengthen ties

Wednesday, October 26, 2016    

GRANGER... graft can only become widespread if there is a symbiotic relationship between different people or groups

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) — Guyana and Chile have signed two agreements aimed at improving the relationships between the two countries. Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge and his Chilean counterpart Heraldo Muñoz, signed the Open Skies Air Services Agreement and the Reciprocal Visa Abolition Agreement in the presence of President David Granger and President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, following bilateral talks between the two leaders. A statement issued afterwards noted ... Read More



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