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McKenzie wants police to do more in West Kingston

Desmond Mckenzie (file photo)

WEST Kingston Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie is calling on the police to implement more strategic measures to stem gun violence plaguing the area. McKenzie made the call in light of three more shootings between Sunday and Monday in Denham Town. "I think there needs to be more strategic move ... Read More

The Special Olympics Jamaica bocce team celebrates with the gold medal. Jamaica's bocce team tops at World Summer Games
CALIFORNIA, USA — Lorna Bell, the executive director of Special Olympics Jamaica, expressed jo ... Read More

GOLDING… I think we
should have gone back
up to tier two. ‘We are disappointed’
JUSTICE Minister Senator Mark Golding has rejected the United States' latest report on human traffic ... Read More

Justice of the Peace Michael Jones signs his writ of
commission while Custos of Kingston Steadman Fuller looks on. Act in public's interest, shun corruption, DPP advises new JPs
DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn has chided public officers who have failed to ... Read More

My appointment has been rescheduled - what should I do?

Ask the US Embassy | Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

My appointment has been
rescheduled – what should I do?

I booked an appointment for a nonimmigrant visa interview for August 7. I just received an email from 'The Visa Information Service' saying that my appointment has been rescheduled for August 5. Is this official? Who can I check with about this email? A: We know that your time is valuable, and that you want to make sure you are receiving accurate information regarding your visa appointment. Please be reassured that communications from the Visa Information Service of CSC, our authorised serv ... Read More

Two gunmen shot dead in Roehampton

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

MCGREGOR… led operation in violence-prone
St James communities.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Two men, believed to be from the community of Flanker, were shot dead during a joint police/military operation in Roehampton, as the St James Police Division moves to cut the high level of violence in the parish. Police said two illegal firearms were also recovered after the alleged confrontation between gunmen and the police. According to commander of the St James Police Division, Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor, yesterday morning a team, comprising 117 memb ... Read More

ILO's assistance to transform informal economy timely, says Kellier

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

KELLIER… programme will boost productivity and enhance the
quality of jobs.

MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier says the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) current work to help transform the informal economy is a well-needed intervention, which he said will serve to boost productivity and enhance the quality of jobs. Over the past six months, the ILO has been carrying out a pilot project dubbed 'Formalisation of the Informal Economy' in two communities in St James. The beneficiaries are small business people residing in the urban district of G ... Read More

Does Canada pay people to have babies?

Antonn Brown | Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Does Canada pay people to have babies?

Dear Mr Brown, I plan to study in Toronto. However, I am pregnant. I will be applying for the study permit soon. I was not sure whether I should have the baby in Jamaica or Canada. I heard that Canada pays people to have babies. Is this true? Would I receive such payments if I had the child in Canada? -KS Dear KS: There is relevant information that was not included in your message. However, in responding to your query, I will begin with encouraging you to ensure that you adhere to Canadian I ... Read More

LIME Foundation hosts second blood drive today

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

MILLER… our staff, our
contractors and our
customers are all invited to
join in the cause

THE LIME Foundation will today host its second blood drive, as it aims to assist the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) with its huge demand for the life-saving liquid. The blood drive will be held at the LIME Corporate headquarters on Half-Way-Tree Road, starting at 9:00 am. "We have issued an urgent call for persons to come in and to give the 'gift of life'. Our staff, our contractors and our customers are all invited to join in the cause. Many persons may not realise that the life th ... Read More

Festival fashion 'Bandana wid Denim'

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

A model displays this Andrea
Lindo bandana and denim
design.

WITH eight days to go before the country's 53 anniversary of Independence, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is urging Jamaicans to mark the occasion with fashion as was done in the early days of Festival. This year the theme is 'Bandana wid Denim - Ketch di Fashion Riddim', the JCDC advised in a news release in which it said that the decision to reintroduce Festival Fashion allows designers, seamstresses and tailors islandwide to be creative with designs using our bandana comb ... Read More

Suspect held for bus shooting

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

shooting

LINDOW'S HILL, Westmoreland — Police were, up to late yesterday afternoon, questioning a man who was held in connection with a gun attack on a minibus in this community Monday. The suspect, police said, is expected to be charged with illegal possession of firearm and shooting with intent. Two women, one elderly and another pregnant, were among three people left nursing gunshot wounds after gunmen fired on a Toyota Hiace minibus about 6:30 pm Monday. Police said the minibus, which plies ... Read More

Licence plates shortage to ease next week; TRN cards now printed on demand

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Tax Administration Jamaica’s director
of communications Meris Haughton
talks about the agency’s new online
service at the Monday Exchange.
(PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

THE shortage of private motor vehicle licence plates should ease by next week as two batches of material to print the plates are expected to arrive in the island this week, according to Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ). Director of communications at TAJ Meris Haughton told the Jamaica Observer that a small batch should be airfreighted initially, followed by the bulk of the material later in the week. She said strategies have been put in place to distribute the licence plates to the TAJ's office ... Read More

Youth have big role to play this Independence

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna outlining plans for Emancipation and Independence celebrations

YOUNG people will be playing a "serious role" in Emancipation and Independence celebrations this year, according to Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna. Hanna, who was speaking at a JIS Think Tank last Friday, said youth from across the island will be involved in the planning and executing of activities from August 1 to 6. She said that National Youth Service participants "will be engaged at the Grand Gala, at the Independence Village, throughout various places, and many of them will be giv ... Read More

Bandana returns for Festival 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna and Executive Director at the Jamaica Cultural
Development Commission Delroy Gordon show off their bandana and denim festival outfits
following a JIS Think Tank last Friday.

BANDANA has returned for 'Emancipendence' 2015 with the reintroduction of festival fashion under the theme: 'Bandana wid Denim, Ketch di Fashion Riddim.' Speaking at a JIS Think Tank last Friday, Executive Director at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Delroy Gordon said the reintroduction of festival fashion will not only present a more coordinated approach to the look and feel of Independence, but also provides an opportunity for the fashion industry to generate income and sho ... Read More



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