Cliff Hughes to pay PJ Patterson $12.5m for defamation

PJ Patterson (left) and Cliff Hughes

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Supreme Court has ordered journalist Cliff Hughes to pay former Prime Minister PJ Patterson $12.5 million in damages resulting from defamation to his character. The court made the ruling a short while ago and has awarded interest, which legal watchers have said could t ... Read More

Diahann Gordon Harrison OCA wants 'financial abuse' recognised as domestic violence
THE Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) says that the concept of domestic violence should be exp ... Read More

Finance and Planning Minister Peter Phillips (centre) addresses
journalists at a recent Jamaica House media briefing at the Office of
the Prime Minister, where he provided an update on matters pertaining to
the country's economic programme. Beside Phillips are Minister with
responsibility for Information Senator Sandrea Falconer and Minister
Without Portfolio, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Horace Dalley.
(PHOTO: JIS) Gov’t eyes pay increase offer for public sector workers
THE Government is expected to make a pay increase offer to trade unions representing its employees w ... Read More

Police at the scene of yesterday’s murder
of a man by gunmen on Kensington
Crescent on the outskirts of New Kingston.
(PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON) Daylight murder sparks fear
THE mid-morning murder of a man outside an apartment complex on the outskirts of New Kingston yester ... Read More

Smarter Card fraud

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

Unscrupulous employees of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company are reportedly
abusing the entity’s top-up specials for their personal gains. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is probing yet another incident of fraud involving employees of the State-owned entity. Managing Director Colin Campbell told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that, although it is early days yet, an audit has revealed evidence of abuse of its Smarter Card operations. "We conduct regular audits of our operations at the JUTC. The latest audit of our Smarter Card operations is revealing the abuse of the Smarter Cards by some of our employees, especially driv ... Read More


Thursday, October 30, 2014    

These ‘royally-attired’ Rastafarians turned heads as they trod the streets
of downtown Kingston yesterday. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)

These ‘royally-attired’ Rastafarians turned heads as they trod the streets of downtown Kingston yesterday. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON) Read More

Street scenes - Oct 30

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

This man fetches water from a hydrant connection in
downtown, Kingston.

1 - This man fetches water from a hydrant connection in downtown, Kingston. 2 - These men help each other to transport goods on a trolley downtown, Kingston. 3 - These bed and mattress vendors await their next customer in downtown, Kingston. 4 - This baby girl is a picture of perfection as she snuggles in her guardian's arm. 5 - This man was oblivious to the fact that he was breaking the law as he urinated on the street in downtown. (Photos: Michael Gordon) Street scenes --> Read More

Work to begin this week on Lady Musgrave, Montrose roads

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

Motorists try to navigate this pothole-riddled section of Lady Musgrave Road in Kingston, recently. The road, which is a major thoroughfare, has been in this
disgraceful condition for months. (FILE: PHOTO)

THE National Works Agency (NWA) said work is to begin this week on Lady Musgrave Road and Montrose Road in St Andrew. Manager Communication and Customer Services at NWA Stephen Shaw said the repairs to be undertaken will include drainage improvement, construction of sidewalks, replacement of base, removal of old asphalt and repaving. The Jamaica Observer recently highlighted the condition of the pothole-riddled section of Lady Musgrave Road, which has been in a disgraceful condition for month ... Read More

Looming danger

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

Looming danger

Residents of Luke Lane in downtown Kingston are calling on the relevant authorities to remove a utility pole which is threatening to topple over in the community. "Is more than nine years now the light post stay like that," said one resident. Yesterday, the residents told the Jamaica Observer that, despite several calls for the authorities to remove the pole, this is yet to be done. According to the residents, the toppling pole is just one of their concerns as the deplorable state of the ro ... Read More

'And they say talk is cheap'

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign
Trade Arnaldo Brown. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

JAMAICA Observer online readers have weighed in on reports about the high cellphone bills racked up by some Government ministers in 2013. The highest bill of $1.09 million was for an instrument assigned to junior minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Arnaldo Brown. Here are some edited comments: Clifton Bailey These telephone bills should be audited and the list of numbers called verified as to whether or not they were made on behalf of official government business. ... Read More

Jamaica wants changes to Caricom's Rules of Origin policy

Thursday, October 30, 2014    

HYLTON... Customs Agency is
playing a key role for Jamaica
in the revision process

THE minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, says that there is a need to ensure clarity in the treatment of import duties, following confirmation by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) that Trinidad and Tobago was exporting foreign lubricants to Jamaica. Hylton told the House of Representatives on Tuesday that a review of the regional verification procedure has already commenced within Caricom, at Jamaica's request, through the Caricom Customs Committee. He said that the J ... Read More

OUR admits directors’ appointment could be more transparent

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Thursday, October 30, 2014    

MONROE ELLIS...the appointment
framework may give rise to the
perception that there is interference in
the regulatory decisions

THE Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) says it accepts concerns raised by the auditor general about the method of selecting its directors, but maintains that changes will require Cabinet and parliamentary approval. The OUR made the admission in a submission to the Parliament Public Accounts Committee (PAC), chaired by Audley Shaw, on Tuesday at Gordon House. The committee is reviewing Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis's 2013/14 report, in which she says that her office had identified incon ... Read More

State Minister responds to charges of excessive telephone bill

Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:38 AM    

State Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown converses on his cellphone (file photo)

The following is a statement from Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Arnaldo Brown, acknowledging the high cost of his telephone bill: I understand the public concern over telephone expenses incurred during the twelve 12 month period July 2013 to June 2014. During the period, I went on 15 overseas assignments on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica. I visited several countries, including the United Kingdom, Turkey and Indonesia. The call and data ... Read More

Unidentified body found in Havanna Heights, Clarendon

Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:33 AM    

The circumstances under which the man died are unclear at this time, but the police have theorised that it was as a result of foul play. Assistant Superintendent of Police Udine Downy told OBSERVER ONLINE that when the police arrived at the scene shortly after six, the body was seen “lying face down in bushes with approximately eight spent cases around it”. Read More



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