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Bunting: Abu Bakr's $4m jet was insurance premium

PETER Bunting yesterday said that he regards the $4 million spent to send home Trinidadian Muslim leader, Yasin Abu Bakr, by a private jet last Wednesday, as a home insurance premium. "I regard this expenditure the same way I do a home insurance policy. We regret having to pay the premium when noth ... Read More

Cavalier extend lead atop RSPL
A brace by Girvon Brown in the 44th and 45th minutes was enough for Cavalier SC to maintain their un ... Read More

BARTLETT... calling on Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator A
J Nicholson to give a full account of the steps being taken to secure the best
interest of Stephens Bartlett wants gov’t to intervene on behalf of Jamaican pilot in Qatar prison
OPPOSITION spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Edmund Bartlett says that the Government m ... Read More

MUKULU… expressed concern
that many of the inmates,
despite being medically certified
as fit to plea, remain domiciled
in the facilities for years without
being sent to court Scandalous!
A senior investigator in the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) yesterday said that there are a num ... Read More

Sagicor donating $4-m machine to boost Ebola screening

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Sagicor Life Jamaica President and CEO Richard Byles outlines details of his company’s approximately $4.3 million
financing of a state-of-the-art thermal temperature scanner being acquired from Canada for placement at Sangster
International Airport in Montego Bay. Byles made the announcement yesterday at a media briefing at Sagicor’s Corporate
offices in New Kingston. At left is National Security Minister Peter Bunting. (PHOTO: JIS)

SAGICOR Group Jamaica Limited yesterday said it was donating a fever scan machine worth $4.3 million to the Ministry of National Security to aid in the detection of people with Ebola at the nation's ports. "We are concerned for the safety of all Jamaicans. The potential threat of this health hazard is something that requires a collective effort, and our purchase and donation of this equipment is part of our contribution to the welfare of the entire Jamaican society," Sagicor Group President Ric ... Read More

CHEC workers robbed on National Heroes Day

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

A section of the just-opened Linstead
to Moneague leg of Highway 2000.

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) says that there were three robberies on two sections of the North/South link of Highway 2000 on National Heroes Day. In a release yesterday, the Chinese construction firm said that, in the last six months, it has been subjected to numerous robberies, mostly involving the stealing of petrol, machinery and other items from its construction sites. Two robberies occurred on Monday at the company's main compound and construction site at Caymanas, St Catherin ... Read More

Double murder in Lea's Flat

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

crime scene (Observer file photo)

The bodies of a common-law couple murdered by gunmen in Lea's Flat, Red Hills, were found early yesterday morning with stab wounds. Police report that the couple's two young sons, who were gagged and bound, managed to free themselves and alerted neighbours. Police believe that the couple was killed on Sunday night. Two motor vehicles were reportedly stolen from the home. Up to news time the police were still processing the scene and had not released the names of the couple nor any further det ... Read More

'No need to arrive early'

Ask the US Embassy | Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Visa applicants inside the United States Embassy in Kingston. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

Q: I've got an appointment for a visa interview next week at 8:30 am. What time should I plan to come to the Embassy? Do I need to come early? A: There's no need to come early! We know that your time is valuable. The time assigned in the appointment system indicates the time you should arrive at the embassy and begin processing, not the time of your actual interview. So if your appointment time is 8:30 am, please plan to arrive at 8:30 - there's no need for or advantage to arriving earlier. I ... Read More

Upgrading of Ocho Rios cruise ship terminal complete

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Both craft vendors and visitors find shopping more convenient at the newly
renovated Ocho Rios Cruise Ship Terminal.

The rehabilitation work included upgrading and expansion of the parking area, and the renovation of the terminal building, and the road leading to the marina and the promenade "This will facilitate the provision of better service in a more comfortable environment for both incoming and outgoing cruise ship passengers," the ministry said. "It forms part of an overall transformational project, which is funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund, and will help to enhance the appeal of the resort town ... Read More

Wife admits ordering killing of Briton on Bali, Indonesia: police

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:20 AM    

Robert and Julaikah Noor Ellis

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) - The wife of a British man found with his throat slashed and dumped in a ditch on Indonesia's resort island of Bali has admitted ordering the killing, police said Wednesday. Robert Ellis, 60, who was also an Australian passport holder, was killed on instructions from his Indonesian wife, they said, with one suspected motive being money. Residents found the decomposing body of Ellis, who had lived on Bali for several years, early Tuesday dumped next to a paddy field, ... Read More

Justin McMaster heads for Philadelphia Union Academy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Reporting from Port-au-Prince, Haiti If ever there was a model student athlete, Justin McMaster would be the ideal candidate. He is cool, calm and collected. He is lethal in front of goal and, importantly, he is doing very well academically. McMaster, 15, has come in for high praise from the management staff of the National Under-17 team and it is no surprise he had a successful trial at the United States Major League soccer outfit Philadelphia Union Academy and will be joining them when his ... Read More

Warmington puts foot down on debating schedule

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Warmington puts foot
down on debating schedule

THE House of Representatives last week got a taste of what it would be like to have outspoken South West St Catherine Member of Parliament Everald Warmington as Leader of Opposition Business. Warmington, who acted as the Leader of Opposition Business for the day, due to the absence of Derrick Smith, who had been bitten with Chikungunya-like symptoms, has constantly objected to the government tabling bills and having them debated the same day. So, when Leader of the House Phillip Paulwell sough ... Read More

Gallantry Steals the Show

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Young Toni-Ann Miller with the Medal of Honour for Gallantry
she received yesterday during the national honours and awards
investiture ceremony at King’s House.
(PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

THERE were cheers and sporadic rounds of applause throughout the national honours and awards investiture ceremony at King’s House yesterday, but it was the citations for those being awarded for gallantry that evoked the most reaction from the large audience assembled on the sprawling lawns. When the story about the then 10-year-old Toni-Ann Kacian Miller’s rescue of two young brothers trapped in a burning house in May of last year was recounted, there were more than a few teary eye ... Read More

Cash Pot survival

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Patrons line up at an outlet to
purchase Cash Pot. (PHOTO: FILE)

WHILE buying Cash Pot may be a hobby for some Jamaicans, for others it is not only an additional income but their sole means of survival. Cash Pot, Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) flagship lottery game, has numerous supporters ranging from professionals, unemployed individuals, people with disability, and senior citizens as discovered by the Jamaica Observer during a recent visit to some outlets in Kingston and St Andrew. From as early as 8:00 am many can be seen at SVL outlets placing their b ... Read More



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