PJ scolds Cameron

PJ Patterson (file photo)

Former Jamaica Prime Minister PJ Patterson yesterday said that United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister David Cameron's "mere acknowledgement of the crime of slavery" during his visit to the island last week was insufficient. Patterson accused Cameron of refusing to apologise, while his Government has al ... Read More

PAULWELL… said he would investigate the matter and
provide a response, but didn’t up to press time 30-month delay in tabling ECJ report causes concern
THE Jamaica Observer was yesterday unable to get an answer as to how a 30-month-old report from the ... Read More

Latoya Jones tells her story Tuesday during the launch of Breast
Cancer Awareness Month at the Jamaica Cancer Society in St Andrew.
Once was blind...
A 32-year-old woman who regained her sight after six months of total blindness due to a cancerous tu ... Read More

selection took
place and I was
thrown aside Former JLP Mayor Floyd Patterson crosses floor
PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Former Port Antonio Mayor Floyd Patterson crossed the floor of the P ... Read More

New prison could help stem inmate cellphone use, says Bunting

Friday, October 09, 2015    

BUNTING… phones seem to find a way back into the system

NATIONAL Security Minister Peter Bunting believes a new modern prison could address the problem of convicts using mobile phones to access the Internet from behind bars, and that this would be yet another benefit of the UK prison deal that the Government is pursuing. Recent media reports have shown videos and images of inmates who have found their way onto the social media website Facebook, posting 'selfies' from jail and exposing the inner workings of Jamaican prison life to the world wide web. ... Read More

'Jamaicans know this is a cheap gift to a wanga gut Admin'

Friday, October 09, 2015    

Security Minister Peter Bunting: Prison deal will benefit both Jamaica and Britain

MORE Jamaica Observer online readers have reacted to the controversial prison deal between the Government of Jamaica and Britain. This, after National Security Minister Peter Bunting disclosed Wednesday that Britain's £25 million towards the construction of a new prison in Jamaica is a conditional offer. Here are some edited comments: Jamaicanyute They have been very clear that this substantial contribution towards the building of the new prison is conditional upon us passing legislation ... Read More

11 early childhood institutions hit by hand, foot and mouth disease reopen

Friday, October 09, 2015    

Hand, foot, and
mouth disease is
a common
childhood illness.

ELEVEN of the 14 early childhood Institutions (ECIs) that were closed for sanitisation as a result of the hand, foot and mouth disease, have reopened for classes. The 11 are located in the Ministry of Education's Regions Two, Three and Six. One hundred and one of the students who were infected with the viral illness have since returned to school after the buildings and other infrastructure were sanitised. Terry-Ann Wellington, principal at the Gregory Park Basic School, which is among the reop ... Read More

Jamaicans to observe 150th anniversary of the Morant Bay uprising on Oct 11

Friday, October 09, 2015    

The Morant Bay Rebellion, as interpreted by artist Barrington Watson.

THE Ministry of Youth and Culture has partnered with the St Thomas 150th Planning Committee to host the 150th Anniversary of the Morant Bay Uprising, this Sunday, October 11. Hundreds of residents from communities in St Thomas are expected to participate in the Paul Bogle and Martyrs March from Stony Gut, the birth place of National Hero Paul Bogle, at 6:30 am. The march will end in the Morant Bay Square at 8:00 am. Minister with responsibility for culture Lisa Hanna said that the observance ... Read More

UPDATE: Attorney Earl Melhado charged with fraud

Friday, October 09, 2015 4:34 PM    

KINGSTON,Jamaica – Attorney-at-law Earl Melhado was today arrested and charged by detectives from the Major Organised Crime & Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) for fraud. Read: Attorney Earl Melhado detained by MOCA Melhado, 65, was arrested at the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston. The police say that the operation was the culmination of months of investigations by their detectives into allegations of fraudulent conversion of client funds following the sale of a property in 2012. Me ... Read More

Hopeton Caven dies

Friday, October 09, 2015 4:16 PM    

Hopeton Caven

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Senate today paid tribute to former trade union leader and parliamentarian, Hopeton Caven, who died at his home in Kingston before dawn this morning. Government Senator Lambert Brown opened the tributes, recalling Caven, a former People’s National Party (PNP) nominated member of the Senate and General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), as a mentor of current Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. Caven contested the South West St Andrew seat on a P ... Read More

Dom Rep closes border market amid Haiti goods ban

Friday, October 09, 2015 3:33 PM    

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Merchants in the Dominican Republic have shuttered the biggest border market for trade with Haiti amid that country's ban on some goods entering overland. Haiti has banned 23 products from crossing by land its border with the Dominican Republic, seeking to improve tax collection and ensure better quality control. As of October 1, such things as drinking water, flour and construction materials can arrive only by air or sea. On Friday, Dominican Rep ... Read More

No mercy as RM cages begging drug mule

Friday, October 09, 2015 3:26 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man, who said he was ‘trying a thing’ when he attempted to export more than two pounds of ganja in his stomach, was fined and imprisoned in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court. Lanchester Daley was fined and sentenced after pleading guilty to charges of possession of ganja, dealing in ganja and taking steps to export ganja. Daley was busted after being stopped and searched while attempting to board a flight at the Norman Manley Internati ... Read More

Apprentice show casts former Miss Universe Jamaica

Friday, October 09, 2015 2:39 PM    

Photo courtesy of DailyMailUK, shows Jackson's photo for the Apprentice.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – April Jackson, the Jamaican who was crowned Miss Jamaica Universe 2008, will be a part of this season’s cast of the reality business show the ‘Apprentice’. Jackson, who owns her own boutique in Kingston, also founded a successful event management company and a children’s charity. DailyMailUK said during Jackson’s interview for the show, she drew comparisons on being involved in the pageant and appearing on the Apprentice. She said: &ldqu ... Read More

UPDATE: Trauma team visits Brown's Town High after schoolboy killed

Friday, October 09, 2015 2:24 PM    

ST ANN, Jamaica – The Education Ministry today dispatched a team of counsellors to the Brown’s Town High School in St Ann, a day after Grade 11 student, Jamala Barnaby, was fatally stabbed by a schoolmate. Read: Student killed at Brown's Town High Following an extended devotional exercise students, who were the least affected by the incident, were directed to regular classes, while counselling sessions were held for students who showed signs of trauma. There were 25 counsellors on ... Read More



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