House approves crime expungement bill

BUNTING… piloted criminal
records Bill

THE House of Representatives yesterday approved amendments to the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act, reducing the period for people convicted of misdemeanours to have their conviction expunged from the criminal records. Closing the debate, Minister of National Security Peter Bunti ... Read More

Acting Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Derrick Kellier (File photo) Agri sector gets $95m more for drought mitigation
GOVERNMENT has approved $95 million to continue drought mitigation efforts in the agricultural secto ... Read More

A happy customer makes a purchase at a Digicel retail outlet in Kingston. Digicel's Delightful Deals For TSO
WITH a day left before the start of the annual Observer Takes Style Out (TSO) five-hour discount sho ... Read More

An undated image by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. (PHOTO: AP/CDC) Ebola hits US
DALLAS, Texas (AP) — The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the US was confirmed yesterday in a ... Read More

Bustamante Hospital seeing only ‘critical’ cases

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

The Bustamante Hospital for Children.

THE South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has asked parents with children with illnesses not considered ‘critical’ to seek assistance at the nearest primary care facility as the Bustamante Hospital for Children has been facing bed capacity and other challenges. Dr Andrei Cooke, acting SERHA board chairman, said the shortage of beds at the children’s hospital. as well as increased waiting time, has been impacting negatively on the facility’s patient load. “W ... Read More

Ferguson seeks help from diplomats to fight chikungunya

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

FERGUSON… the Government alone cannot do this

HEALTH Minister Fenton Ferguson yesterday appealed to members of the diplomatic community to assist in reducing the spread of the chikungunya virus. Dr Ferguson was speaking during a meeting with representatives of the Diplomatic Corps and UN agencies held at the Pan American Health Organisation offices in Kingston. “…We have to continue to appeal to our citizens as we stress the importance of individual responsibility to get rid of mosquito-breeding sites in their environment. I w ... Read More

Int'l Coastal Clean-up Day a tremendous success

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

Trudy Brady and
Charles Williams
remove plastic bottles
and other debris from
the stones, thorns and
mangroves on the
harbour side of the
Palisadoes on
International Coastal
Clean-up Day, Saturday,
September 20.

THE effort to rid the island's beaches of solid waste on International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day was a huge success, according to coordinators of the event in Jamaica, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). Having planned for 100 sites and 6,000 volunteers, the NGO overshot that and recorded 138 sites and some 9,000 volunteers. "International Coastal Clean-up Day Jamaica was a tremendous success...We far exceeded expectations with 138 sites and 9,000 volunteers. We had at least one clean-up in ... Read More

JUTC extends bus service for Observer TSO

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

A fleet of JUTC buses

THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is extending service up to 11:00 pm at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre tomorrow. The added hours are to accommodate shoppers wishing to take advantage of the annual five-hour discount window being offered by merchants in the annual Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out (TSO). Routes benefiting from the service extension are 3A to Christian Gardens, 12A to Naggo Head via Cumberland, 17A and 20A to Greater Portmore, 21A to Spanish Town, 23A to Spanish Town ... Read More

Ready, Set, Shop!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

Benjamin Simms, sponsorship executive, Digicel
TSO Must-Shop Destinations: Collectibles and Lee's Fifth
Lydia Coy, fashion designer
TSO Must-Shop Destination: Bill Edwards for his
womenswear line.

THE anticipation has reached fever pitch as The Rock looks forward to the biggest day in retail therapy, the Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out (TSO), tomorrow from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. To usher in the big day, retailers and sponsors turned out for the official launch last Monday at J Wray & Nephew's Dominica Drive ultra-chic bar to sip top-shelf libation and nibble savoury eats courtesy of Jacqui Tyson's From Thought to Finish. Still wondering where to shop? Not to worry, guests shared the m ... Read More

World leaders call for Global Mangrove Fund

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

The United Nations Environment Programme says more than
a quarter of the world’s mangroves have already been lost,
and the current rate of destruction is more than triple that of
land forests.

PARIS, France (AFP) — World lenders should set up a “Global Mangrove Fund” to protect these hotspots of biodiversity and vital sources of income, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Monday. More than a quarter of the world’s mangroves have already been lost, and the current rate of destruction is more than triple that of land forests, it said. Greenhouse gas emissions have increased as a result, as methane and carbon dioxide are unlocked from vegetation and sedi ... Read More

Jobs for the Express Entry Programme

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

Jobs for the Express Entry Programme

Dear Mr Brown: I have heard about local firms actively recruiting applicants in the health care, financial services and construction industries for the Express Entry programme in January 2015. Can I participate in the recruitment if I am not in one of these industries? Do you have any tips you can give me?  — AH Dear AH:  In response to your query, please be advised that potential jobs do not have to be in those particular areas to be eligible under the Express Entry Programme ... Read More

Mixed reactions to Ebola case in US, says J’can

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

An undated image by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. (PHOTO: AP/CDC)

A Jamaican man living in Texas yesterday reported mixed reactions to reports that the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in USA. “Some people are going about their normal business while there are others who have begun to panic,” said the Jamaican who opted not to be named. Yesterday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden said the affected man left Liberia on September 19, arrived in the US the next day to visit relatives and started feeling ill four or ... Read More

Ex-TAJ employee remanded, facing new fraud charges

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    


The 37-year-old information technology specialist was remanded by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey after he pleaded guilty to a new charge of cheating revenue. In addition to the new charge, Moore -- who was employed at the East Street branch of the TAJ -- is facing 10 counts of unauthorised access to computer data and unauthorised interception of computer service and is expected to be slapped with more charges. When the matter was mentioned, Moore's attorney Peter Champagnie was absent and as a ... Read More

Craft lessons

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

Craft lessons

Petrona Hamilton (right) has the rapt attention of (from left) senior director of strategic planning, Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Althea Heron; general manager, Milk River Hotel & Spa, Diane Sommerville; and deputy director of tourism, Sandra Scott, as she makes a mat out of burlap and fabric scraps. The tourism stakeholders were touring booths at a community tourism fun day hosted by the Ministry of Tourism & Entertainment, its agencies and tourism partners on World Tourism D ... Read More



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