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Transport group volunteers to help JGRA

ONE of the island's major public passenger transportation groups says it stands ready to work with the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) to put a stop to operators illegally using gas stations as taxi stands. Read More

Viral fear sparks global run on face masks
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Fear of the spreading coronavirus has led to a global run on sales of face masks despite evidence that most people who aren't sick don't need to wear them.... Read More

TransJamaican Highway IPO closes Monday
THE TransJamaican Highway (TJH) initial public offering (IPO) will close on Monday, March 2, one week ahead of the original March 9 closing date.... Read More

PAHO chief calls on Caribbean countries to intensify COVID-19 preparedness, response activities
WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) – Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr Carissa F Etienne on Wednesday urged Caribbean and other countries in the Americas to intensify their plans to prepare and respond to COVID-19, given the appearance of cases of new...... Read More

NEPA steps in

BY KASEY WILLIAMS Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, February, 29 2020    

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The developer of a proposed gas station at the intersection of Villa and deCarteret roads here has been ordered to cease construction, pending the issuance of an environmental permit following Thursday's Jamaica Observer front page article. Read More

Lock them up

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleywillisa@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, February, 29 2020    

NATIONAL Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons Diahann Gordon Harrison has appealed to legislators to recognise “forced criminality” as a form of human trafficking, as the country builds its arsenal of tools to trap these perpetrators. Read More

Jamaican banker quits job to volunteer on Logos Hope

BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, February, 29 2020    

WALKING away from her cushy job in 2018 to volunteer on the floating book ship Logos Hope was not a tough decision for Chantell Jolly. Read More

Hagley Park/Maxfield Avenue intersection closes this weekend

Saturday, February, 29 2020    

THE Hagley Park Road/Maxfield Avenue/Eastwood Park Road intersection, which converges at the St Andrew Parish Church in Half-Way-Tree, will be closed this weekend – Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1. Read More

Chicken pox row stalls King Valley gang trial

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleywillisa@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, February, 29 2020    

SUPERINTENDENT in charge of the Horizon Adult Remand Centre Albert Brown is disputing a report made to Chief Justice Bryan Sykes Thursday that correctional officers at that facility held police officers at ransom on the Spanish Town Road property after they refused to transport three of... Read More

Financial pain deepens as nearly 60 countries report virus

Saturday, February, 29 2020    

TOKYO, Japan (AP) — A deepening health crisis became an economic one too yesterday, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak sapped financial markets, emptied shops and businesses, and put major sites and events off limits. Read More

Boy warned by mom not to go to river drowns

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, February, 29 2020    

RESERVE, Trelawny — The body of 16-year-old William Knibb Memorial High School grade 11 student Jonathan Eccleston was yesterday removed from a river here, a day after he fell into the water while fishing with friends. Read More

Teachers want more support for special needs students

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February, 28 2020    

TEACHERS are clamouring for more support for special needs students and those who educate them. The problem, they say, is especially noticeable at the secondary level which does not effectively cater to the needs of these children and offers inadequate support for... Read More

Occupational Safety Bill Committee to meet with gas retailers

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February, 28 2020    

THE parliamentary committee reviewing the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) Bill says it will be inviting Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) to its next meeting to discuss issues arising from last week's fire at the Mandeville Fresco gas station. Read More

More than $100 million spent on Portland by-election

Friday, February, 28 2020    

IN a disclosure report published by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) yesterday, the Portland Eastern by-election saw the People's National Party (PNP) receiving a total of $47,761,005 in monetary contributions and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) $53,070,000, which together saw... Read More

Massive power cut in Jones Twon

Friday, February, 28 2020    

MORE than 1,220 illegal connections were yesterday removed from Jamaica Public Service (JPS) infrastructure in the community of Jones Town, St Andrew. Read More


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