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Household helper allegedly stole $6m from employer

A former household helper is to be tried in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on allegations that she stole over $6 million from her boss. Soares Lawrence, who pleaded not guilty to the charge of simple larceny on Tuesday, is to stand trial on April 4. The court heard that one ... Read More

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, Feb 13, 2016: This year your focus will be on your domestic life and y ... Read More

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown (left) hands over a copy of Jamaica’s political code of conduct to head of the Accompong Maroons, Colonel Ferron Williams. (File Photo) Ombudsman ready to mediate between Portia, Andrew
POLITICAL Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown says she stands ready to be a mediator to resolve the tens ... Read More

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is greeted by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness at yesterday’s signing of the political code of conduct at Emancipation Park in Kingston. Also pictured is Acting Custos Rotulorum for the Parish of St Andrew, Lt Cdr John McFarlane. PNP ducks debate
THERE is now great uncertainty over the much-anticpated political debates after the ruling People&rs ... Read More

Some St Catherine candidates shun political code signing

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter skyersj@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February 12, 2016    

The PNP’s St Catherine Eastern candidate Denise Daley displays her copy of the political code of conduct while Custos of St Catherine Jeffrey McKenzie (centre) hands a copy to Daley’s JLP challenger Dwight Peccoo.

Only 12 of the 22 candidates from both the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) and Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), as well as one from a third party, Democratic Alliance for Real Emancipation (DARE), attended yesterday’s political code of conduct signing for the parish of St Catherine. The ceremony held at Phillipo Baptist Church in Spanish Town was one of several staged across the island for candidates in the February 25 general election. The PNP had the largest number of ... Read More

Holness defends JLP tax plan

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February 12, 2016    

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says that its proposal to move the income tax threshold up to $1.5 million will relieve almost 120,000 Jamaican workers of the burden of personal income tax. “We are serious about it. We are not just talking. We are not just saying it as an election gimmick,” JLP leader Andrew Holness told journalists attending a press briefing at Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston yesterday. The press briefing was called to expand on the initial announcement made b ... Read More

Phillips maintains oil hedge insurance is money well spent

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February 12, 2016    

The price of a barrel of oil has tumbled significantly over the past year.

GOVERNMENT spent US$27 million to insure against fluctuating oil prices on the world market in the past year, an amount which has protected the country from potential losses of US$600 million, Finance Minister Peter Phillips has said. The money was raised from a $7 per litre cess on the price of petrol, which was in addition to the ad valorem tax previously in place. The increase took effect last March. “We took the opportunity with the declining price of oil to do two things last year. ... Read More

‘It’s a blessing when you can die peacefully in Jamaica these days’

Friday, February 12, 2016    

The bodies of Lansil Gregory and his wife Corita were found at their home on Monday.

JAMAICANS have reacted angrily to the murder of Manchester couple – Lansil Gregory, 71, and his 74-year-old wife, Corita. The bodies of the Gregorys, who returned from the United States, were found at their home in Edinburgh on Monday. Here are some edited comments. citizen_for_justice Imagine people in their golden years return to their homeland and provide for others only to be brutally killed. SHAME! fatherforesight @citizen_for_justice: And we have BOTH [political parties] dragging their feet on ... Read More

Victory is as ‘clear as day’, says Holness

Friday, February 12, 2016    

A Jamaica Observer file photo of Jamaica Labour Party leader Andrew Holness addressing a recent political rally.

JAMAICA Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness says that victory for the party in the February 25 general election is “as clear as day”. “We are going to win. It is as clear as day that the JLP will form the next Government of Jamaica,” Holness told the press after handing in his nomination papers at the Waltham Education Centre in St Andrew West Central on Tuesday. He said that he is confident that the Jamaican electorate will look closely at what both political part ... Read More

Sagicor pumps balloon feature into Sigma Run

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Jamaican-born Hollywood actress Sheryle Lee Ralph enjoying the launch of this year’s Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run with five-year-old cancer survivor Rusheka Goodhall last month. Ralph is one of the patrons of this year’s event. which Sagicor hopes will raise $50 million for cancer treatment, especially among children. Part of the effort to raise that amount is a feature in which patrons are encouraged to purchase balloons, on which they will be able to place the names of persons who are either afflicted with cancer or who have lost their battle with the disease.

The 18th staging of Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run is incorporating a special element by inviting patrons to purchase ‘I Run For…’ balloons, in honour of persons affected by cancer and in memory of those who have lost their battle with the disease. “Given the theme of this year’s run, we wanted to find a meaningful initiative where our race participants could recognise friends and family members affected by the disease,” a company news release quotes Ingrid ... Read More

#DecisionJa2016: Debates Commission says Tuesday's political debate called off

Friday, February 12, 2016 7:50 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Debates Commission (JDC) in a media release Friday evening said that they have written to the Peoples’ National Party (PNP) noting that in the absence of a response to its letter of February 11, it is no longer able to commit to organizing and staging the first in a series of political debates on Tuesday, February 16. The JDC said they wrote to the party asking it to re-consider its decision not to participate in three debates ahead of the February 25 ... Read More

US, Cuba to sign agreement resuming regular flights

Friday, February 12, 2016 7:45 PM    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – The United States and Cuba will sign a bilateral agreement Tuesday to restore regular flights between the two countries after more than half a century, the State Department said. "While US law prohibits travel to Cuba for tourist activities, this arrangement will facilitate authorized travel," the State Department said Friday in a statement. The United States announced plans to resume the flights in December, on the one-year anniversary of the start of r ... Read More

Weekly Round-up: Deadly JLP rally...Fitch upgrades Ja...Portia threatens Holness with lawsuit

Friday, February 12, 2016 7:00 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police confirmed that the two people who were on Sunday shot dead during the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) mass rally in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay St James which prematurely ended the night’s activities were gangsters. “The shooting resulted from a dispute among known persons who were in attendance at the public meeting.  We are aware that prior to the shooting, there were attempts by other persons at the meeting to quell the dispute,” Pol ... Read More

Phillips wants Holness to make disclosures about his house before debate

Friday, February 12, 2016 6:44 PM    

Aerial and stret-level views of the house being constructed by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness and his wife.  (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Campaign director for the People’s National Party (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips at a press conference held today at the party’s Old Hope Road Headquarters, sought to defend his party’s decision not to debate unless certain requirements are met. “Let me make it plain that the position of the party centres upon the specific role that the party has to protect the integrity of the political process,” Phillips said. Noting that there has been much c ... Read More



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