GSAT students in State care recognised by CDA

Child Development Agency's Children Advisory Panel members
Sasha-Gaye Tyrell and Shennie Finlayson addressing GSAT
students in State care at a special recognition session held by
the CDA to acknowledge their accomplishments. The session
was held during the recent National Children's Summit at the
Jamaica Conference Centre.

The Child Development Agency (CDA) used its recently held National Children Summit to host a special recognition and preparation session for some 100 children in State care who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and are now moving on to high school. Chief Executive Officer of the CDA Rosalee ... Read More

Minister of
Health Dr Fenton
Ferguson at
yesterday’s press
conference at the
Pegasus Hotel in
Kingston. Sick health system
THE Ministry of Health yesterday released the main findings of its audit of conditions in the public ... Read More

CEO of the National Works Agency (NWA) E G Hunter (left); Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Transport and Works Audrey Sewell (second left); Stephen Shaw (third
left), communication and customer service manager at the NWA; along with Member
of Parliament for South East St Catherine Colin Fagan (back) witness the formal
handing over of the contract document for the rehabilitation of the Forum bridge to
Sheldon Goldbourne (second right), a representative from Quality Plus Contracting
Company Limited, by Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Works and
Housing Richard Azan (centre), while acting mayor of Portmore, Leon Thomas (right),
and O'Rielly Henry, director of projects at the NWA, look on. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) $28-m rehabilitation for Forum Bridge in Portmore
TRAFFIC changes will, as of next week, be made along the Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St Catheri ... Read More

The bus/taxi park area at the centre of Mandeville was back to normal yesterday, following
Tuesday night's shooting which left two men dead. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) Police suspect extortion behind Mandeville double murder
MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- The Manchester police are probing reports of extortion in the Mandeville b ... Read More

Public sector wage settlement an insult - Shaw

Thursday, September 03, 2015    

SHAW… the more the citizens are paying for these services
is the less service they are receiving

OPPOSITION Spokesman on Finance and Planning Audley Shaw says the "celebrated" wage settlement for public sector workers is an insult to the hard-working employees. Shaw noted that the workers are now being given a maximum increase of $4,000 per month which "cannot even buy one patty a day". Speaking Sunday at the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) divisional conference in New Green, North West Manchester, Shaw said that after a five-year wage freeze, during which the Government has sharply cut th ... Read More

EOJ to be election-ready by September

Thursday, September 03, 2015    

Director of Elections Orette Fisher

DIRECTOR of Elections Orette Fisher said his office will be election-ready by the end of September. Fisher told the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday that the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is awaiting the delivery of three pieces of equipment which will make the organisation ready when either the local Government or general election is called. "We are not a hundred per cent there but my aim is... that by the end of September we are in a state of readiness to conduct the election whenever it is c ... Read More

National Journalism Awards to recognise bloggers

Thursday, September 03, 2015    

contribution of bloggers to
journalism across the world is

THE Press Association of Jamaica's (PAJ) National Journalism Awards will this year, for the first time, recognise the work of bloggers, with one new award, and the opening up of an existing award. The category of "Best Blog" has been created, while the Opinion Journalism Award is now being opened up to bloggers, as well as producers of podcasts and vidcasts, and the Online Journalism Award has been re-branded as "Best News Website". "The contribution of bloggers to journalism across the world ... Read More

Photo: Catch of the day

Thursday, September 03, 2015    


A boy holds on to a fish while ensuring that his other catch from a canal in Ellerslie Pen, Spanish Town, St Catherine, remains in the net. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Catch of the day --> Read More

Shaw wants audit of Southern Waste Management Ltd

Thursday, September 03, 2015    

SHAW... increase cannot buy one patty a day because a patty
costs $140 and the wage increase amounts to $129 a day

OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, wants the Auditor General's Department to audit the Government-owned SPM Waste Management Limited, formerly Southern Parks and Markets. Speaking in the new State of the Constituency debate at Gordon House on Tuesday, Shaw said that the state of affairs regarding the collection of garbage in Manchester was "intolerable". "I am calling on the Auditor General to do an audit on Southern Parks and Markets (SPM), through the National Solid W ... Read More

Holness to engage Diaspora next month

By Harold G Bailey Observer writer | Thursday, September 03, 2015    

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness to engage in
series of meetings in the diaspora

NEW YORK, United States - Opposition and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness, is to engage the Jamaican Diaspora here in a series of meetings aimed at outlining his party's vision for moving Jamaica from poverty to prosperity. The meetings are scheduled to take place in New York and New Jersey between September 15 -18, and will also be used to raise funds for the party. Holness's itinerary includes a youth conference at Brooklyn's Medgar Everes College on September 16, at which ... Read More

Take message of resilience and unity from World Championships - GG

Thursday, September 03, 2015    

Carter, Stephen Francis and Kemar Bailey-Cole

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen says Jamaicans can show their appreciation for our athletes by taking the message of resilience and unity which their performance at the recently concluded IAAF World Athletics Championships symbolises. As he and Lady Allen congratulate the athletes whose combined performances earned Jamaica second place in the overall medal standings at the World Athletics Championships, Sir Patrick Allen said the camaraderie which fuelled communities across Jamaica and overf ... Read More

Health centre manger,3 others in court for insurance fraud

Thursday, September 03, 2015    

Trial begins for four
accused in Nannyville

A manager at a health centre in Spanish Town and three others accused of defrauding Sagicor of $1 million had their bails extended when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. The accused are Craig Graham, 33, of St Catherine; 49-year-old Rowan Grey of Allman Town and Rock Hall District in St Andrew; Dwight Clarke, 21, of a Daytona Avenue address in Kingston; and Dian Brown, 29, of Central Village, St Catherine. All are charged with conspiracy to defraud, fo ... Read More

Community tourism being developed in Manchester North West

Thursday, September 03, 2015    

Mikael Phillips

Member of Parliament for Manchester North West Mikael Phillips, says plans are underway to develop certain areas in his constituency for community tourism. He informed that with money from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), efforts are being made to turn the community of Maidstone, the first free village in Manchester, into a tourist attraction. "The community itself had an organised community-based grouping, where from the district of Adam's Valley, where the first slave settlement was, the ... Read More

This Day in History - September 3

Thursday, September 03, 2015    

Pope John Paul II

Today is the 246th day of 2015. There are 119 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT 1978: Pope John Paul II becomes the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. OTHER EVENTS 1189: England's King Richard I is crowned in Westminster Abbey. 1497: Manuel, king of Portugal, marries Isabella of Spain. One of the conditions for the marriage is that he expel all Jews from Portugal. 1609: English navigator Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan, looking for a passage to India on behalf of the Dutch ... Read More



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