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Bunting’s term limits call not new

BUNTING...  the constitution of the PNP provides annual opportunities for reaffirming or replacing officers through re-election

PETER Bunting’s call last week for term limits on leadership in the People’s National Party (PNP) is not a new idea inside the Opposition party. The proposal was actually first made in 2001 by the PNP Youth Organisation (PNPYO) in an interview with theJamaica Observer. Bunting made the ... Read More

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams addressing a news conference yesterday on the killing of two American missionaries. He said the Jamaican police were doing everything possible to identify and apprehend  the criminals responsible.  Bryan Cummings                Us to join hunt
POLICE Commissioner Dr Carl Williams yesterday disclosed that Jamaica is receiving help from the Uni ... Read More

Gordon House in downtown Kingston House starts review of 2016/17 budget today
THE House of Representatives will this morming commence its review of the Estimates of Expenditure f ... Read More

Motorists fill up at a Petcom station in the Corporate Area.Photo: Observer file Petcom sold for J$2.3 billion
THE Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) yesterday announced that Petroleum Company of Jamaica Ltd (Pet ... Read More

Woman withdraws $1.2m after opening Scotia account with $5,000

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

Withdrawal

AN aspiring nurse who defrauded the Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) of $1.2 million via a cheque, after opening an account with only $5,000, is to know her fate on June 30 when she appears in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. The 26-year-old woman, Jeniqua Johnson, had also attempted to obtain over $300,000 after lodging three other cheques to BNS. Johnson pleaded guilty to three counts of attempting to obtain money by false pretense and a count of obtaining money by false pretense yesterday ... Read More

T&T mulling decriminalising ganja

Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

ganja

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago government is examining the possibility of decriminalising marijuana and is reviewing existing legislation as well as planning wide consultation before adopting any position, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has said. He told the Trinidad Guardian newspaper yesterday that there has been “a full exercise of analysing the types of crime in our prisons and the pre-trials detention or remand statistics for a range of offences, inclu ... Read More

Shaw promises Finsac report, despite death of commission’s secretary

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

Fernando DePeralto was named secretary to the Finsac Commission of Enquiry in May 2009.Photo: Observer file

MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw says he regrets the passing of the secretary to the Finsac Commission of Enquiry, Fernando DePeralto, but insists that his death will not derail plans to produce the report this year. “I regret his passing and I extend deep condolences to his family but, despite his death, we will have a report,” Shaw told the Jamaica Observer yesterday, in response to news of DePeralto’s death and a thanksgiving service planned for the U ... Read More

‘The death penalty might have its place, but...’

Talk Back | Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

Detectives at a crime scene in St Andrew.

A suggestion by opposition spokesman on Justice and Governance, Senator Mark Golding, that hanging is not the solution to Jamaica’s crime problem has ignited a debate among Jamaica Observer online readers. Golding’s suggestion came Sunday in response to a declaration by National Security Minister Robert Montague on Friday that the Government would be assessing if there are any legal impediments to resume hanging. Golding, who was justice minister in the previous People’s Nation ... Read More

Church urged to play greater role in protecting children

Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

GREEN... new MP for St Elizabeth South West

THE church is being called on to help in the counselling of abused children, and to assist the authorities in nabbing perpetrators. Minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green says the church has the capacity to play a greater role in the security of children. “We have a collective responsibility to ensure that each child is taken care of, that each child is protected, and I hope the church will join with us,” Green told the congregation gathe ... Read More

Murdered woman’s family happy with husband’s life sentence

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

Jail cell

RELATIVES of 74-year-old St Ann pensioner and returning resident Floris Clarke, who was murdered in 2007 by two schoolboys hired by her husband, Bertram Clarke, are happy with the life sentences handed down to two of the accused on Friday. Sixty-five-year-old Bertram Clarke and 24-year-old Arthur Robinson, who was 15 years old at the time of the killing, were sentenced by Justice Gloria Smith in the Supreme Court. Clarke will serve 25 years before he is eligible for parole while Robinson will ... Read More

PHOTO: State comfort

Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) and Minister of National Security Robert Montague console relatives of slain policewoman Corporal Judith Williams during a visit to the family home at 23½ Bryden Street, Kingston 16 yesterday. Corporal Williams was shot on her way to work on April 28. She underwent several surgeries before succumbing to her injuries on Friday. The prime minister has condemned the killing of the corporal, and has called on Jamaicans to join the fight against crime. &ldq ... Read More

  This Day in History — May 3

Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

This Day in History

Today is the 124th day of 2016. There are 242 days left in the year. TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT: 1933: Nellie T Ross became the first female director of the US Mint. OTHER EVENTS 1515: Pope Leo X promulgated the bull “Inter sollicitudines” allowing the Catholic Church to review and censor books. 1765: The first school of medicine in the American colonies, the Medical School of the College of Philadelphia (now the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania), was f ... Read More

Irrigation system 101

Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

Managing Director of the National Irrigation Commission Dr Mark Richards (right) explains features of a prototype irrigation system to a group of Calabar High School boys during Career Day at the school recently.Photo: Joseph Wellington

Managing Director of the National Irrigation Commission Dr Mark Richards (right) explains features of a prototype irrigation system to a group of Calabar High School boys during Career Day at the school recently. (Photo: Joseph Wellington) Read More

Providing ‘Trees for Earth’

Tuesday, May 03, 2016    

(From left) Menard Griffiths, forest technician; Renford Williams, Sandals Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) guardian; Haniff Richards, Sandals EHS Manager; Yone Gayle, EHS guardian; Chase Webb, Sandals Royal Caribbean landscaping manager; and Patrick Barrett, Forester Client Services, pause for a group shot following a tree-planting activity at Burnt Ground in Hanover two Fridays ago. The activity was in observance of Earth Day 2016 under the theme ‘Trees for Earth’. During the hour-and-half long activity more than 200 seedlings were planted by volunteers from Sandals Resorts in the Montego Bay region and the Forestry Department.

(From left) Menard Griffiths, forest technician; Renford Williams, Sandals Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) guardian; Haniff Richards, Sandals EHS Manager; Yone Gayle, EHS guardian; Chase Webb, Sandals Royal Caribbean landscaping manager; and Patrick Barrett, Forester Client Services, pause for a group shot following a tree-planting activity at Burnt Ground in Hanover two Fridays ago. The activity was in observance of Earth Day 2016 under the theme ‘Trees for Earth’. During the ... Read More



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