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Lawyer accuses cop of lying as trial of Al Miller starts

(L-R) MILLER… accused of attempting to
pervert the course of justice. COKE… found in company of clerygman
after one month on the run

THE prosecution's first witness in the trial of Rev Al Miller was yesterday accused of lying and exaggerating his role in the capture of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke as a means of furthering his career, as the defence sought to attack his credibility. Detective Sergeant Winston Radcliffe — who wa ... Read More

SPENCER… complained
recently of not feeling well Pregnant cop dies on job
FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The sudden death of a pregnant policewoman, who collapsed while on the jo ... Read More

Col Jacqueline Payne-Borden (right) receives the President of
the United States certificate of appreciation from Col Sandra
Tynes at a retirement ceremony held to honour her 28 years of
service to the US Air Force. The retirement ceremony was held
recently at Fort McNair Officers’ Club in Washington, DC. President Obama commends retired Jamaican-born air force colonel
WASHINGTON, DC, USA — United States President Barack Obama has commended Jamaican-born Jacque ... Read More

12 injured in
bus crash 12 injured in bus crash
Twelve people were injured yesterday when these two coaster buses transporting passengers collided o ... Read More

ISA Assembly closes a day ahead of schedule

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Members of the International Seabed Authority at yesterday’s assembly. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

THE 20th session of the International Seabed Authority, convened at the Jamaica Conference Centre, came to a close last evening, a day ahead of schedule. The final day of the three-week session was spent deliberating on aspects of the secretary general's report, as well as listening to presentations from the credentials and finance committees. Also on the final day, a revised budget for 2015 and 2016 was adopted, a revision of the regulations governing the prospecting and exploration for polym ... Read More

Bail extended for banker accused of fleecing George Nooks of $12 million

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, July 25, 2014    

George
Nooks

A bank employee accused of fleecing more than $12 million from the account of entertainer George Nooks yesterday had her bail extended. The accused, Abbey-Gaye Thompson, 27, was booked to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on August 8. Thompson, of Savatri Road in Kingston 11, was employed to the Half-Way-Tree branch of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in Kingston during the time the money allegedly disappeared. The court was informed that Nooks started doing bus ... Read More

PHOTO: A sword for you, Minister

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Security Minister Peter Bunting (left) accepts a Samurai Sword from Rear Admiral Hideki Yuasa, commander, Japan Training Squadron, who made a courtesy call on the minister at the Ministry of National Security in Kingston, on Tuesday. A sword for your, Minister --> Read More

Six Caribbean countries among 43 in arrears to ISA

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Junior Foreign Affairs Minister Arnaldo Brown (left, Permanent Secretary Paul Robotham and
other members of the Jamaican delegation at yesterday’s special commemorative session of the
ISA Assembly at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston. (PHOTOS: ASTON SPAULDING)

SIX Caribbean countries are among a list of 43 members of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) that are in arrears of two years or more with dues, effective April 2014. They are Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The secretary general's report, which was presented to the Assembly Wednesday, did not give the dollar amount of that which is owed, but said that up to April 30 this year, only 29.7 per cent of the Authority's 166 mem ... Read More

Ensure the safety of your child, CAC warns

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Dorothy Campbell

THE Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) has urged parents to ensure that basic safety measures are considered when preparing their children for back-to-school. "It is important that parents and guardians take the time to teach the children, especially the very young ones, about ways in which they can avoid incidents that may place them in dangerous or harmful situations," communication specialist at the CAC, Dorothy Campbell, told JIS News. She explained that "while it is the role of the CAC to ... Read More

KSAC seeks to improve efficiency through ICT

Friday, July 25, 2014    

BROWN BURKE… this is what is going to make the difference

THE Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is seeking to improve the efficiency of its operations through the introduction of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions. As part of measures to ensure staff fully embrace this change, the KSAC held its inaugural ICT Innovation Summit on Wednesday at the Altamont Court Hotel in New Kingston. According to a statement from the KSAC, the corporation is currently faced with the challenge of fully integrating ICT at all levels in a ... Read More

New bill to cover disaster management funding tabled

Friday, July 25, 2014    

ODPEM’s efforts are tailored
to help minimise the
devastation caused by
natural disasters in
communities such as
Portland Cottage, a section of
which is seen here following
Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

FINANCING of the National Disaster Fund (NDF) is to be expanded to improve the availability of funding for disaster mitigation. This is included in the Disaster Risk Management Bill, which was this week tabled in the House of Representatives by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Noel Arscott. Under the new Act, it is proposed that the fund will be financed by funding appropriated annually by Parliament for that purpose in the budget; an amount equivalent to one per cent, ... Read More

One accused ‘death squad’ cop remains in custody

Friday, July 25, 2014    

DETECTIVE Corporal Kevin Adams, who is facing four counts of murder in the ongoing 'death squad' probe, was Wednesday remanded in custody, while seven of his colleagues' bails were extended when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. Adams was initially denied bail in the resident magistrate's court but was earlier this month granted $5 million in the Supreme Court. However, the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM), which is investing the controversial pol ... Read More

Gov't agrees to deal with infrastructure issues at ISA

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor - features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, July 25, 2014    

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and head of the Jamaican delegation to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Senator A J Nicholson has assured the organisation that some long-standing infrastructure issues it has will be addressed. In a report presented to the Assembly on Wednesday, secretary general Nii Odunton pointed to problems of poor air-conditioning units, inconsistent water supply, faulty windows, increased fees for a parking garage that should have been renovated but has not yet been im ... Read More

70 Years Of Art

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon associates Simone Bowie Jones (left) and Danielle Stiebel (centre) listen attentively as independent curator Nicole Smythe-Johnson
speaks to Jamaica Observer online about mixed-media/graphic artist Leasho Johnson's works Attack and Defense at the law firm’s transformed gallery space on
East Street in downtown Kingston. Smythe-Johnson is the curator of the exhibition titled Trajectories, organised by Bowie Jones and Stiebel, which will be
unveiled at the law firm this afternoon for a three-day showing, pairing the work of master Jamaican artists including Edna Manley, Barrington Watson, Kapo and
Seya Parboosingh, from the firm's extensive art collection, with those of new and emerging artists like Leasho Johnson. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)

Myers, Fletcher & Gordon demonstrates investment in Jamaica's creative potential with Trajectories: 70 Years of Art at MF&G Myers, Fletcher & Gordon, Attorneys-at-Law have long been known for their legal expertise, professionalism, civic engagement and progressive approach. Since the firm's founding in 1944, three partners have been appointed as ambassadors, two as ministers of government, and three have been awarded the Order of Jamaica for outstanding public service. This year MF ... Read More



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