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Jamaica stands in solidarity with Canada in wake of shooting

A Canadian flag is flown
half mass at the Canadian
High Commission in
Jamaica in the wake of
the attack on Canada’s
parliament and the killing
of a soldier guarding a war
memorial in Ottawa on
Wednesday. (PHOTO:
GARFIELD ROBINSON)

THE Jamaican Government and Opposition, yester-day, expressed solidarity with Canada following the shooting attack on that country's parliament and the killing of a soldier guarding a war memorial, on Wednesday. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has sent a condolence message to Canada's Prime Mi ... Read More

Police patrol a street in Rockfort, east Kingston yesterday, a day after three men were shot dead by gunmen in the community. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Rockfort residents deny turf war behind murders
ROCKFORT residents yesterday rubbished a claim by the police that a fight for turf between criminal ... Read More

Min Zhu (centre), the International Monetary Fund’s deputy managing director, in discussion with
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips yesterday at the
start of the two-day 2014 High Level Caribbean Financial Forum at Montego Bay Convention
Centre in Rose Hall, St James. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON) IMF commends Jamaica for 'miracle' performance
The International Monetary Fund's (IMF's) Deputy Managing Director Min Zhu says Jamaica's achievemen ... Read More

Therese Turner Jones (right),
country representative of the
Inter-American Development
Bank, in conversation with
Heritage Education Funds
International executives (from
left) Lyndie Headley, agency
director (Jamaica); Kameka
Clarke, marketing
representative and Jason
Maguire, president and CEO. IDB helping Jamaica's youth
THE Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is working with Jamaica to help upgrade skills and prepare ... Read More

Police corporal accused of corruption

Friday, October 24, 2014    

A police corporal accused of soliciting $200,000 from a teacher to dispose of an alleged sexual offence case file was yesterday offered $1 million bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. Detective Corporal Shawayne Whyte, who was assigned to the Area 4 Scenes of Crime Unit, was yesterday arrested and charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act. The police allege that, on October 10, Whyte contacted the complainant and informed him that he was a serge ... Read More

Giscombe Gym employees facing fraud charges

Friday, October 24, 2014    

THREE employees of Giscombe Gym and Wellness Centre in Kingston were yesterday hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court for reportedly conspiring to defraud the company of a little over half-a-million dollars. They are 27-year-old Venice Maragh of Bridgeport, St Catherine, who was employed as an assistant accountant; Natalie Brown-Burnette, 31, of Chester Avenue, Kingston 11, who served as an administrator; and Kenneth McGregor, 45, of Lakehurst Drive, Kingston 8, who was th ... Read More

'Your honour, let the gavel do the talking'

Friday, October 24, 2014    

JAMAIA Observer online readers have weighed in on the decision by the St Ann Court to use bystanders as jurors in order for a trial to begin on Wednesday. The move followed several previous delays caused by the shortage of people to sit on the jury panel. Here are some edited comments: D Smalling I never knew that bystanders could be jurors. Well, why not? Your honour, let the gavel do the talking. 21_18_18_25 @D Smalling: Right... that's really the exception. The judge had to "get creative" ... Read More

Show me your papers!

Friday, October 24, 2014    

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — The Bahamas government says Jamaicans and other non-nationals living here will from November 1 have to show evidence that they have permission to live or work in the country. Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said that while the Perry Christie administration had outlined the new immigration policy earlier this year and allowed for feedback, nothing that has come back by way of feedback on the policies indicates that there is a need to change that administrative st ... Read More

NWA faults CHEC, procurement system for late payments

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October 24, 2014    

CHEC internships

The National Works Agency (NWA) has blamed government's procurement procedures and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for delays in payments to small contractors on the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP). A report to Wednesday's meeting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) from NWA Chief Executive Officer EG Hunter recalled that, when the just-concluded JEEP 3 was launched on March 18, there was an understanding to expedite payment to small ... Read More

Ebola outbreak forces Liberians into exile

Friday, October 24, 2014    

People walk through an area occupied by Liberian refugees stranded due to the West African Ebola outbreak in the camp area
situated on the outskirts of the city of Accra, Ghana. Hundreds of Liberians are stranded in Ghana, separated from their families
because of poverty, fear and logistics.

BUDUBURAM CAMP, Ghana (AP) — Henry Boley left Liberia to attend a conference in Nigeria just days after his twins were born. Now, weeks later, he can't get home. Amanda Johnson, a 50-year-old Liberian living in Ghana, awaits her fiance's departure from their home country for their wedding, but refuses to return home because of Ebola. Hundreds of Liberians are stranded in Ghana, separated from their families because of poverty, fear and logistics. Some are waiting for flights to resume aft ... Read More

NYC reports first case of Ebola

Friday, October 24, 2014    

Saturday, October 11,
2014 was Britain's day
of Ebola simulations.
When is ours?

NEW YORK, New York (AP) — A law enforcement official and a New York City official say a doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus. It's the first confirmed case in the city. The officials received notification of preliminary test results and told The Associated Press last evening, but weren't authorised to discuss the case publicly before a news conference later in the night. The doctor had been working in Gui ... Read More

PHOTO: Pothole-riddled

Friday, October 24, 2014    

Motorists try to navigate this pothole-riddled section of Lady Musgrave Road in Kingston yesterday. The road, which is a major thoroughfare, has been in this disgraceful condition for months now, obviously neglected by the authorities. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Read More

ALBA to help region stave off Ebola

Friday, October 24, 2014    

A man suffering from Ebola virus lies on the floor outside a house in Port Loko Community,
situated on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Tuesday. (PHOTO: AP)

HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) — The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) says it will look after, as a priority, "the special needs of our sister countries in the Caribbean that would allow them to benefit from the co-operation for preventing and confronting Ebola that are agreed to by the ALBA-TCP countries". The declaration came at the ALBA summit on Ebola in Cuba this week, where Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves told the ALBA Extraordinary Su ... Read More

PHOTO: Missing students

Friday, October 24, 2014    

A woman places a candle on photos of the missing students during a protest against the disappearance of 43 students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college, in Mexico City, yesterdat. Tens of thousands marched in Mexico City's main avenue demanding the return of the missing students. The Mexican Government says it still does not know what happened to the young people after they were rounded up by local police in Iguala, a town in southern Mexico, and allegedly handed over to gunmen from a ... Read More



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