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Advisory board set up for Girls Who Code programme

Najeeka Rose (second left) works on her coding techniques at
a coding workshop for girls held recently, at the General
Accident Insurance Company boardroom in Kingston.
(PHOTO: JIS)

MINISTER of state in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Julian Robinson says an advisory board has been established to guide the activities of the Jamaican Girls Who Code programme. The board, of which Robinson is the only male, was established earlier this year, and followed t ... Read More

Handguns, with their plastic and wooden parts removed, are seen on the back of a truck before being burnt during the first day of a national disarmament campaign in Volta Redonda, Brazil on May, Friday 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Victor R Caivano) Guyana to launch one-month gun amnesty
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) -- The Guyana Government says it will implement a gun amnesty programme fro ... Read More

Tanya March (left) of Jamaica Hospital Supplies, from where colposcope was procured, takes part in the handing-over ceremony
with (from 2nd left) Dr Rudolph Stevens, executive director of the Women’s Health Network (WHN), consultant gynaecologist and
WHN mission coordinator Winsome Butler, projects coordinator for Sandals Foundation Karen Zacca, and Kadi-Ann Gentles, a
WHN volunteer. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT) Cervical cancer tests available at Black River Health Centre
BLACK River, St Elizabeth — As the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) works to establis ... Read More

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (centre) hands a copy of the signed wage agreement between the Government and the Jamaica Teachers' Association to
newly installed President Norman Allen (second left). Also participating in the occasion are (from left) Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites, Minister of Finance
and Planning Dr Peter Phillips, and minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning Horace Dalley. Simpson Miller says JTA wage agreement a win for Jamaica
PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller says yesterday's signing of wage agreement between the Governm ... Read More

JDF Coast Guard gets two new vessels from United States

Thursday, August 27, 2015    

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting
(left) shakes hands with US Ambassador
to Jamaica Luis G Moreno aboard one of
the two vessels handed over yesterday.
(PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)

THE Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard yesterday received two new maritime intercept vessels from the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), which will allow the army to increase its activities in protecting the island's borders. The two 37-foot Boston Whaler 'Justice' vessels were gratefully welcomed by the JDF Coast Guard at the presentation held in Port Royal. Speaking with the Jamaica Observer, commanding officer of the JDF Coast Guard, Commander Antonette Wemyss-Gorman said the v ... Read More

Sentencing guidelines for judges near completion

Thursday, August 27, 2015    

MCCALLA… had
appointed a
committee from the
judiciary to formulate
the guidelines.

CHIEF Justice Zaila McCalla has said that the long-awaited sentencing guidelines for judges are "soon" to be completed. However, Justice McCalla, who made the disclosure Monday during a function at King's House in St Andrew to swear in the acting head of the Court of Appeal, did not elaborate on the matter. Justice McCalla had appointed a committee from the judiciary to formulate the guidelines that are expected to end disparity in sentencing and foster more guilty pleas. This, too, is touted ... Read More

Step up to the plate, Hanna urges youngsters

Thursday, August 27, 2015    

HANNA… stop joining those who believe that 'nutten nah
gwaan'

MINISTER of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna says now is the time for the country's youth to step up to the plate and take their role as the nation's future leaders. "You are at a defining moment in this country, so stop joining those who believe that 'nutten nah gwaan' in Jamaica. It is your generation that has to make something go on," she said. Hanna was speaking at Tuesday's second staging of the National Children's Summit at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. The youth mini ... Read More

Blind man on murder charge accused of raping 11-y-o girl; bail revoked

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, August 27, 2015    

Gavel

A blind man who is on a murder charge yesterday had his bail revoked when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's RM Court following allegations that he raped an 11-y-o girl. "You can't be on a murder charge and come here on a rape charge and still be on bail," Resident Magistrate Maxine Ellis told the 40-year-old accused. The accused was arrested and charged with rape and sexual touching of a person under 16 following allegations that he tied the complainant to a bed, in May o ... Read More

Woman's body found in shallow grave

Thursday, August 27, 2015 7:51 PM    

ST JAMES, Jamaica — The St James police are asking the assistance of the public in identifying the body of a woman which was found in a shallow grave in a section of Salt Spring in the parish Thursday morning. Reports are that residents became curious after smelling a foul odour coming from a section of the community on Wednesday. The police, who were summoned this morning, went to the area where they found the partially decomposing body of the woman. The body was clad in a blue blouse a ... Read More

SLB is adequately financed - Thwaites

Thursday, August 27, 2015 7:36 PM    

Applicants outside the old Students' Loan Bureau office wait to submit forms (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites is assuring prospective tertiary-level entrants that the Student Loan Bureau (SLB) is adequately financed to fulfil its demands this year. He said the SLB has been allocated between $4 billion and $5 billion to deal with the usually high number of applications by those hoping to undertake tertiary education. Thwaites, who was speaking at the Sagicor Scholarship Awards ceremony held at the Pegasus Hotel on Thursday, encouraged thos ... Read More

Developing trough could dump heavy rain on Ja — Met Service

Thursday, August 27, 2015 7:24 PM    

(file photo)

Kingston, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica says a trough induced by Tropical Storm Erika is expected to dump heavy rain on Jamaica starting Saturday into Sunday morning. The Met Service said Erika is currently 280 km west of Guadeloupe and is expected to move north of the Dominican Republic Friday. As a result, a trough induced by the tropical storm is expected over the central Caribbean which includes Jamaica. A news release from the Met Service Thursday said that E ... Read More

Sarwan seeks place in Jamaica Franchise squad

Thursday, August 27, 2015 6:46 PM    

Ramnaresh Sarwan (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Guyana-born batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan is expected to try out for the Jamaica Scorpions franchise for the upcoming 2015-16 regional professional cricket season. OBSERVER ONLINE has learnt that Sarwan, the former West Indies captain, is expected to be in Jamaica for fitness tests on September 1 and 2 when contracted players will undergo physical evaluations. The trial match is scheduled for September 11 and 12. If selected as part of the squad, the 35-year-old, who is s ... Read More

UWI regrets 'untimely' passing of students

Thursday, August 27, 2015 6:38 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The University of the West Indies, Mona says it has noted with “sadness and regret the untimely passing” of two of its students on Wednesday. Twenty- two-year-old Shanise Simmond, a resident of Rex Nettleford Hall and a final year student in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, and 23-year-old O'Shane Reid, a postgraduate student in the Master of Arts Communication Studies Programme, died as a result of injuries they sustained when the vehicle they were ... Read More

Finance Minister emphasises importance of tax compliance

Thursday, August 27, 2015 5:26 PM    

Peter Phillips (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips says several pieces of legislation have been passed to ensure that more people comply with the law and pay their taxes.  “Our basic policy is to lower the rate and broaden the base,” Dr Phillips said, during the question and answer segment of a forum, dubbed: ‘Money Talk Hackathon’, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston, on Wednesday. “The laws have been passed an ... Read More



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