Support for Baltimore mom

CLUNIS... no
for riots

WINNIPEG Police Chief Devon Clunis says his mother would likely have smacked him in the same manner as Toya Graham, had she found him misbehaving in a manner similar to the Baltimore mom's son. "That would have been my mother. Take control... we can't leave it to the Government to take care of our ... Read More

Canadian police officers carrying out renovation work at Jessie
Rippoll Primary School in Kingston yesterday.
(PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Jessie Rippoll Primary gets facelift
JESSIE Rippoll Primary School in Kingston was given a major facelift yesterday, thanks to the kind a ... Read More

SAMUDA... said to be hurt by the
scathing e-mail. Heat on Samuda
AN email calling for Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament Karl Samuda to retire from repr ... Read More

York Regional Police Service Inspector Keith Merith (left) gesticulates as he addresses
yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. Also photographed are his colleagues Deputy
Chief of the York Regional Police Service Andre Crawford (second left), Winnipeg Police Service
Chief Devon Clunis, and Toronto Police Service Inspector Sonia Thomas. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Police lesson
THE Canadian police have strategically chipped away at the bitter divide that once existed between t ... Read More

40 Canadian cops here on humanitarian mission

BY PATRICK FOSTER Deputy news editor | Tuesday, May 05, 2015    

Inspector Sonia Thompson of the Toronto Police Service speaking at yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange as her
colleagues (from left) Inspector Keith Merith and Deputy Chief Andre Crawford, both of the York Regional Police Service; and
Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis listen. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM)

FORTY volunteers affiliated to the Canadian Police Service are now on the island on a humanitarian mission offering assistance to Missionaries of the Poor and the Jessie Ripoll Primary School in Kingston. Four members of the group, all with Jamaican roots, headed by Jamaican-born Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis, were guests at the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange yesterday, where they voiced great optimism and satisfaction at being able to assist. "We want to give back, we want to share the ... Read More

No need to worry, DNA has it locked!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015    

Security Minister Peter Bunting

SECURITY Minister Peter Bunting Thursday moved to allay fears over pending DNA legislation, telling a press briefing that the bill, when passed, will not violate constitutional rights. "One of the challenges that we grappled with in developing the Bill and actual making the provision for the taking of samples, particularly without the consent of the suspect, was to put provisions in place to ensure that the rights of the individual were observed and that only reasonable force was use to extract ... Read More

This Day in History — May 5

Tuesday, May 05, 2015    

Adele is 27 years old today.

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT 1862: Mexican army defeats invading French forces in the Battle of Puebla. May 5 is now Mexico's National Day, Cinco de Mayo. OTHER EVENTS 1494: During his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus first sights Jamaica. 1570: Turkey declares war on Venice for refusing to surrender Cyprus. Spain comes to Venice's aid, but the Turks conquer Cyprus fully three years later. 1646: British forces under King Charles I surrender to Scots at Newark, England. 17 ... Read More

'Wheelie' good gesture

Tuesday, May 05, 2015    


Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) business relationship and sales managers Jacqueline Robotham (standing, left) and Jennifer Twiddle observe as former Paralympian Vinnette Green attaches the foot stand to a new wheelchair presented to her daughter Sasha McKane by JNBS yesterday. The handing over took place at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre in Mona, St Andrew. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) 'Wheelie' good gesture --> Read More

TAJ hails 'partners' for increase in property tax collection

Tuesday, May 05, 2015    

HAUGHTON... we work in partnership with the Ministry of Local Government to
ensure persons understand what their rights and responsibilities are in relation
to property tax.

TAX Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is attributing the increase in property tax collections last fiscal year to more collaboration with its partners. Director of communications at the TAJ, Meris Haughton, said this is one area in which the authorities work to seek to increase compliance for the payment of property tax, which is due on April 1 of each year. For the 2014/15 fiscal year the authorities collected approximately $7.45 billion in property tax. "We work in partnership with the Ministr ... Read More

Maritime matters

Tuesday, May 05, 2015    


Dr Fritz Pinnock, executive director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute, displays the prestigious Geneva 2015 Century International Quality Era Award in the Gold Category for Leadership by the Business Initiative Directions (BID). He is captured here with (left-right) Pascal Ollivier, director of Corporate Development (SOGET, France); German Ambassador to Jamaica Joachim Schmillen; French Ambassador to Jamaica Jean-Michel Despax and Bekhait Morad, second secretary to the French Ambassador. The ... Read More

MSME president says 'good must not suffer for the bad'

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior Staff Reporter | Tuesday, May 05, 2015    

PRESIDENT of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Alliance, Donovan Wignal, has expressed support for the stand taken by local manufacturers against a proposed cess on imported refined (granulated) sugar. Wignal said that he could not agree to a policy which would make "the good suffer for the bad". "I am not into this thing, where you punish everybody for the crimes of a few. It is unjust," the MSME president told Wednesday's MSME Alliance President's Luncheon, at the Incorporated M ... Read More

Final Push

Tuesday, May 05, 2015    

BATH, England — British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to supporters at Hayesfield Girls School yesterday in Bath, south-west England, while on the
UK general election campaign trail. The Conservatives and Labour launched their final push yesterday to woo voters ahead of this week’s British general
election, as potential kingmaker parties marked out their territory. (PHOTO: AFP)

LONDON, England (AFP) — Britain's political leaders prepared for a final frenetic 48 hours of campaigning from today ahead of Britain's knife-edge general election on Thursday. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Opposition Leader Ed Miliband said that voters faced a stark choice two days from the opening of polling stations. With polls showing the two main parties neck-and-neck and unlikely to win a majority in Thursday's vote, power will likely hinge on the performance ... Read More

Cop kills cop then himself

By Renae Dixon Observer staff reporter | Monday, May 04, 2015    

Independent Commissioner of
Investigations officers on the
scene at White River.

Police Constables Keemo Walsh and Andualy Smith were best friends. Those close to the two said they went everywhere together. In fact, persons close to the dead cops said they were out celebrating a friend's birthday on Saturday, May 2 while anticipating celebrating Smith's birthday on Sunday, May 3. It was therefore a shock for colleagues and friends when they heard that the two were dead in an alleged case of murder/suicide that shook the White River community near the tourist resort town of ... Read More

Journalists to discuss Access to Information Act today

Monday, May 04, 2015    

Claude Robinson

THE Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), in association with the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), will mark World Press Freedom Day with a panel discussion on "The Access to Information Act and the Jamaican media", this morning at 9:00 o' clock at CARIMAC, UWI, Mona in St Andrew. Panellists will be the head of the ATI Unit, attorney-at-law Damion Cox; editor of the Business Review of the Mona School of Business and Management, Claude Robinson; and CVM-TV journalist Tyron ... Read More



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