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CAMPBELL… that is a
highly improbable thing to
happen in the JUTC

JAMAICA Urban Transit Company (JUTC) boss Colin Campbell is assuring customers of the State-owned entity that they are in safe hands each time they travel, saying that it's "highly unlikely" that drivers with mental conditions would be allowed to operate buses. As Jamaicans and the world keenly fol ... Read More

The National Stadium is filled to capacity on Saturday evening, the final day of the
ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Atheletics Championships. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Ticket holders engage cops in cat-and-mouse game to get inside packed stadium
  PANDEMONIUM reigned outside the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday as frustrated ticke ... Read More

The weapons and assorted ammunition recovered by Trelawny cops yesterday. Cops seize guns, rocket launcher, ammo in traffic check
FALMOUTH, Trelawny -- The Trelawny police have taken two men into custody in connection with the re ... Read More

Young man behind bars Police find teens committing robberies on orders from home
THE police say they have made a disturbing discovery in their investigation of an upsurge in robberi ... Read More

Witter facing challenge

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South/Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 30, 2015    

(L-R) WITTER… I am doing the necessary work and preparation
to ensure I remain chairman of the constituency.
PRYCE-BROOKS… says a lot
of things are not being done
by the MP and caretaker.
FOLKES… I believe that
instead of the MP simply
making decisions on behalf
of people, he should listen
to the people

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth -- With the next parliamentary elections now less than two years away, the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for South East St Elizabeth Frank Witter is being challenged for leadership of the constituency. Educator James Folkes, Santa Cruz businessman Rex Walker, and Sheila Pryce Brooks, an England-born educator and resident of Red Bank in SE St Elizabeth have thrown their hats in the ring to chair the JLP's constituency organisation and represent the part ... Read More

Minister says tyres to be removed from Riverton

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Tyres on fire at the Riverton dump in previous years. (File photo)

LOCAL Government Minister Noel Arscott says tyres dumped at the Riverton disposal site will be removed as part of measures to minimise future fires. "That will make it less likely for a fire of the magnitude we have had in the recent weeks," Arscott told the opening of a workshop at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston on Thursday. However, the minister did not say where used tyres would be dumped. The fire, which started on March 11 in a section of the disposal site reserved for ... Read More

Holness to submit Riverton health claims to public defender

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Smoke from the Riverton dump fire pollutes the air in Kingston
three weeks ago. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

THE Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be submitting claims from persons affected by smoke from the two-week fire at the Riverton dump in St Andrew to the Office of the Public Defender. Opposition Leader Andrew Holness last week led a tour of communities near to the dump after receiving the air quality reports on toxicity and what the JLP said were requests for medical assistance from persons across the Corporate Area. Holness was accompanied by a team of councillors and caretakers on ... Read More

Appeal Court rules on long-running Paymaster vs GKRS case

BY PAUL HENRY Co-ordinator -- Crime/Court Desk henryp@jmaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 30, 2015    

MARKS… said she had
shared the entire content of
Paymaster’s Business Plans
with Grace in the late 1990s

THE Court of Appeal has found that GraceKennedy Remittance Services (GKRS) Limited used the business plans of Paymaster Jamaica Limited to gain "unfair advantage" over the Audrey Marks-led company in the multi-bill payment market. "There can be little doubt that the business plan had been transmitted to GKRS under an understanding of strict confidence. As a consequence, GKRS was bound by an obligation of confidence not to use the plan," Justice Hazel Harris, who led a panel of three judges who ... Read More

Moon Palace Hotel says its committed to opening five star property soon

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Kathy Halpern (right), vice-president of sales and marketing of Palace Resorts has the attention of other team members (from left) Robert Martinez, senior
account executive; Public Relations Director Cessie Cerrato and General Manager Clifton Reader.

The Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Hotel in St Ann says it is expending $150 million to upgrade the former Sunset Jamaica Grande into a five-star property. And despite the hotel missing its April 11, 2015 completion date, following recent industrial unrest at the construction site, General Manager Clifton Reader said all is set for the grand opening to take place soon. Reader and members of his team were addressing journalists at a press launch held at Evita's Italian Restaurant in Ocho Rios, last ... Read More

April 28 funeral for Ambassador Donald Mills

Monday, March 30, 2015    

MILLS… Jamaica’s first president of
the powerful United Nations Security
Council

History-making Ambassador Donald Mills, Jamaica's first president of the powerful United Nations Security Council, will be eulogised at a funeral service on April 28, 2015 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Chapel, Mona in St Andrew. Ambassador Mills died peacefully on April 16 after ailing for sometime. He was in his 94th year. He was noted for his time as Jamaica's permanent representative to the United Nations -- from 1973 to 1981 -- where he earned international respect and was elev ... Read More

Saturday Night at the Fight

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Soca VS Dancehall director Kervin Santokie (centre) with deejays
Smoke (left) of Renaissance Disco, and the billed Lantern MD.
(PHOTOS: RORY DALEY

Accompanied by a backing band of diverse business interests, namely Digicel, Caribbean Producers Jamaica, CENITECH Engineering Solutions, Clearsound Production Services, and Supreme Outdoor Advertising, genre prizefighters and friendly rivals, soca and dancehall, entered the ring yet again under the auspices of the impresario tetrad of Mark McDonald, Clava Mantock, Kervin Santokie, and Akil Strachan, two Saturdays ago. Cooler- and bucket-bearing revellers invaded the lush Hope Botanical Garden ... Read More

Too much at stake for JLP to be divided - Holness

Monday, March 30, 2015 2:59 AM    

A part of the large audience at the JLP meeting in Old Harbour last night. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, told Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters in St Catherine last night that there is too much at stake for the party to be divided. “The Labour Party cannot be a divided house. There is too much at stake and everyone, including myself, must put away our personal pride and feelings and ambitions. The only pride, feelings and ambitions that matters is yours,” Holness told a large crowd of “Labourites” who savoure ... Read More

PHOTO: Lawmen at work

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Constable R McLeod and Constable C Bryan of the Castleton Police Station kept motorists in line as they conduct a speed check along the busy main road from Highgate to Anotto Bay in St Mary, recently. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) Lawmen at work --> Read More



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