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Public defender calls for review of Parole Act

Acting Public Defender Matonda Mukulu addresses yesterday‘s
breakfast meeting of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation at the
Knutsford Court hotel in New Kingston.

ACTING Public Defender Matonda Mukulu has called for a review of the country's Parole Act, noting that much has changed since the law was passed almost 40 years ago. Mukulu, who was addressing members of the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF), during a breakfast meeting at the Knutsford Court Hote ... Read More

Jamaica on US drug list
JAMAICA has been listed as one of 22 major drug-producing and transit countries by US President Bara ... Read More

GORDON-WEBLEY… I have not told anyone that I am running in anybody’s seat Gordon-Webley dismisses report of challenging Holness on PNP ticket
FORMER Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Joan Gordon-Webley yesterday described as "absolute rubb ... Read More

Ms Clare Forrester PAJ, Falconer hail Clare Forrester
THE Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has paid tribute to veteran journalist Clare Forrester who di ... Read More

Dr Semaj and the Night Doctor's prescription for the ailing dollar

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Dr Leahcim Semaj (AT RIGHT) STEWART... announced in April 1992 that he would be pumping
US$1 million in the banking system every week at below
prevailing market rate

DR Leahcim Semaj (Michael James) had already become a household name in Jamaica when Gordon 'Butch' Stewart launched his campaign to revalue the Jamaican dollar whose loss in value was hurting Jamaicans in the pocket. Stewart announced in April 1992 that he would be pumping US$1 million in the banking system every week at below prevailing market rate — the dollar was trading at J$31 to US$1 — until the Jamaican currency, being manipulated by speculators, started to revalue. Semaj w ... Read More

Cabinet ends two-day retreat

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

(Observer file photo)

THE Cabinet ended a two-day retreat at Jamaica House yesterday, as a prelude to the 2015/16 budget. The retreat also set back this week's meeting of the House of Representatives to today, instead of the usual Tuesday meeting day. Minister with responsibility for information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, said yesterday that the retreat focused on the parameters of the 2015/16 budget, and the need to move up the process to meet new deadlines. Starting in fiscal year 2015/16, the minister of financ ... Read More

Thwaites orders probe into mass illness at St Thomas schools

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites

MINISTER of Education Ronald Thwaites has ordered a probe into the high incidence of illness among students at Yallahs Primary and other schools in St Thomas. "I have asked for a full report from the regional director as to the [situation] there and how it is affecting the operations at school," Thwaites told the Jamaica Observer yesterday, noting that he expects to get the report before the end of the week. The call for the probe came following an Observer report yesterday of mass absences at Yallahs Pr ... Read More

Human interest stories dominate Jamaica Broilers Fair Play Awards

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Chairman of Jamaica Broilers Group Robert Levy (left) greets newly elected Press Association of
Jamaica President Dionne Jackson Miller at the 14th staging of the JBG Fair Play Awards of
Excellence at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, while R Danny Williams, director
emeritus at the Jamaica Broilers Group, looks on.
(PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

HUMAN interest topics dominated submissions at this year's staging of the 14th Jamaica Broilers Fair Play Awards of Excellence. In fact, the majority of the entries featured young men quite prominently, though not in a good way. Chief judge, Professor Hopeton Dunn, in delivering his report, called for a "holistic approach" to tackling the challenges facing young men. "The demographic that is featured most, in a somewhat adverse way, in the coverage this year, is young men," Dunn, professor of ... Read More

Ozone hole on the mend

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Maps showing the concentration of ozone molecules in the atmosphere over several years. The yellow areas show a heavier
concentration than the blue ones. (PHOTO: NOAA/NASA)

THE ozone Layer, the atmosphere's shield of protection from the sun's harmful rays, appears to be recovering from the gaping hole burned in it by humans and their use of aerosol canisters and other pollutants, scientists are reporting. In Jamaica, head of the Ozone Unit at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Nicol Walker, told the Jamaica Observer that, though the projection for a full recovery is "many, many years" off, some progress has been observed. "Scientists who are par ... Read More

Illegal vending almost costs little boy his eye

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Vendors and shoppers crowd a section of Beckford Street in downtown Kingston last December. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

THE Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has vowed a zero-tolerance approach in its new clampdown on illegal vending in the capital city. The council's chairman and mayor of Kingston, Angela Brown Burke, said the struggle to remove vendors from the streets of the city intensified following an incident where seven-year-old Deshaun Larmond almost lost his left eye after he became entangled with a metal mannequin put on a pole by an illegal vendor on Beckford Street. Brown Burke, who recount ... Read More

One injured in St Andrew crash

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

This man appears to be in deep thought as he stands by a pile
of scrap metal that was removed from the crashed truck.
(PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

A sideman on a truck transporting scrap metal was seriously injured on Friday when the vehicle flipped over and slammed into a wall on Kirkland Close, St Andrew. The driver of the truck said that the vehicle developed mechanical problems while being driven on Red Hills Road, which forced him to divert the vehicle away from the busy thoroughfare. The accident occurred approximately 3:00 pm. "While I was driving I noticed that the brake on the vehicle failed me; all I could do was turn the truck ... Read More

A word about our new-look website

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Q: I tried to apply for a United States visa and the website looks different. What's new and how should I use it? A: We changed our system for accepting visa appointments as of September 2, 2014. We hope the new programme will be easier for everyone! Our new system starts at this website: https://jamaica.usvisa-info.com. The new website works best with Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers. When you access the site for the first time, you will be asked to create a user account. You must have an ... Read More

A more stringent Temporary Foreign Worker Programme

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

A more stringent Temporary
Foreign Worker Programme

Dear Mr Brown: I would like to know the best way to obtain a job in Canada, even if it is temporary. I have been trying to seek a job online to no avail. Is there any way you can assist me? — OJ Dear OJ, It is my understanding that since the Government of Canada announced a significant overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Programme (TFWP) on June 20, 2014 after the moratorium, the consensus from many in the industry is that it will be harder to obtain positions for foreign workers. ... Read More

Public Sector Customer Service Competition to be launched tomorrow

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

SAUNDERS… to speak about competition in context of modernisation programme

THE sixth staging of the Public Sector Customer Service Competition for 2014/2015 will be launched on Thursday at the Ministry of Finance and Planning, 30 National Heroes Circle in Kingston. The competition is a biennial event staged by the Cabinet Office and is one element of Government's wider customer service programme, which seeks to transform service delivery in all public sector entities. The competition recognises and rewards the use of creativity and innovation to improve customer se ... Read More



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