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Late application could kill PNP’s bid for recount in Rae Town

Tom Tavares-Finson

A row is brewing between the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People’s National Party (PNP) over whether the ballots cast in last week’s local government election in the Rae Town Division of Central Kingston can be recounted at this time. Senator Tom Tavares-Finson, the JLP member of the ... Read More

VAUGHAN… also lectured at Montego Bay Community College MoBay mortician slain
MONTEGO BAY, St James — A popular Montego Bay mortician was early yesterday morning shot dead ... Read More

SIMPSON MILLER… announced Sunday that she will be retiring as leader of the People’s National Party    Analysts offer mixed views on Portia’s planned departure
PEOPLE’S National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller’s notice of retreat into t ... Read More

New People’s National Party General Secretary Julian Robinson speaking at a news conference on Sunday after a meeting of the party’s National Executive Council at Cedar Grove Academy in St Catherine. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans) New general secretary Robinson outlines vision for PNP
Julian Robinson opened his innings as People’s National Party (PNP) general secretary on Sunda ... Read More

Ex-soldier kills thief who trailed him from bank

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

A man who yesterday attempted to rob an ex-soldier was shot dead on North Odeon Avenue in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew. A police source told the Jamaica Observer that about 2:10 pm the licensed firearm holder had just concluded business at a bank in the area and was walking along North Odeon Avenue when he was pounced on by a man, armed with a knife, who attempted to rob him. The ex-soldier, who received injuries to his hand and forehead during a tussle, pulled his firearm and shot the man. He re ... Read More

Government reaffirms commitment to social partnership

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Andrew Holness (File photo)

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has reaffirmed his Administration’s commitment to a social partnership. “The Government understands the importance of building partnerships and we are committed to having genuine exchanges towards building stronger partnerships,” a Jamaica House release quoted Prime Minister Andrew Holness, chairman of the Partnership for a Prosperous Jamaica (PFPJ). A new agreement will be signed tomorrow at King’s House to replace the previous one, which ... Read More

PATH goes for mobile money

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

NCB in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew

NATIONAL Commercial Bank (NCB) Jamaica limited, which has been chosen to undertake the pilot project to provide electronic mobile payments of benefits under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) with the bank’s mobile money platform, NCB Quisk, will roll out its pilot programme next month. “The use of NCB Quisk will remove the overhead that the Government would have had to pay to prepare and disburse cheques,” a news release from Quisk quotes NCB&rsq ... Read More

UWI to meet with PAAC at Gordon House Wednesday

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

The Regional Headguarters of
The University of The West Indies in Mona, Jamaica

THE University of the West Indies (UWI) is finally expected to appear before the House of Representatives’ Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) tomorrow. A release from the Houses of Parliament over the weekend noted that “the committee will be meeting with UWI’s representatives at its next meeting on Wednesday morning at Gordon House”. In response to an invitation to appear before the budget oversight committee in October, the UWI had sent a lett ... 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

Boy chained with dead chicken around neck sues foster mom

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 3:03 PM    

NORTH CAROLINA, United States (AP) — A teen found chained to the porch of a house with a dead chicken around his neck is suing his former foster mother as well as social services officials and Union County, North Carolina. The boy, now 13, claims Wanda Sue Larson used "connections" with local officials to manipulate his custody and that Union County inadequately supervised her, according to reports from local news outlets. The former Union County social worker and her live-in boyfriend p ... Read More

Six killed in vehicular crash in Trinidad

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 2:55 PM    

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Tuesday said six people were killed in a two vehicle smash up on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, east of here, late Monday night. “The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service continues to appeal to drivers to exercise caution, obey traffic laws and practice safe, responsible road use at all times,’ the TTPS said in a statement. Graphic images in the media from the crash scene show the broken bodies of t ... Read More

NSWMA appoints Audley Gordon as executive director

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 2:24 PM    

Audley Gordon (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Board of Directors of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has appointed Audley Gordon to the position of executive director for the Authority effective Monday.   Gordon was previously employed to the NSWMA in the position of chief technical officer, where he has demonstrated an ability to get things done, the Authority said in a release today. “He comes to the position with a mix of pragmatic and appropriate managerial training and ex ... Read More



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