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Council to review MOU for logistics hub Monday

HYLTON… signed MOU last month

A National Logistics Initiative Council (NLIC) has been appointed to review the ability of two foreign companies to develop and fund infrastructure for the planned logistics hub at the sitting of Cabinet on Monday. The development follows an explanation by Minister of Industry, Investment and Comme ... Read More

Members of the
massive crowd
yesterday attempt to
force open the gates
of the Constant Spring
Road passport office. Video: Crush!
MAYHEM erupted yesterday at the office of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) in ... Read More

Minister of Transport and Works Dr Omar Davies (right) and Member of
Parliament for Clarendon South East, Rudyard Spencer share a light moment
yesterday following the signing of a contract with S&G Road Surfacing for
road works to be carried out from Mineral Heights to Dawkins Pen, under the
Major Infrastructure Development Programme. Nine contracts were signed
yesterday at the Ministry of Transport and Works on Maxfield Avenue, St
Andrew, for road and bridge works. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) $1.5b to be spent on road, bridge works
THE major component of the Chinese-funded Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) is final ... Read More

Minister of Transport, Works, Dr Omar Davies (second right) looks on as
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Port Authority of
Jamaica, Professor Gordon Shirley (left), and General Manager of China
Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), Zhongdong Tang, exchange signed
copies of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Portland Bight
development project. The signing took place during a ceremony held at
the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday (August 5). At second left
is Chairman of CHEC, Wehe Mo. (Photo: FILE/JIS) Government to make changes to CHEC agreement
THE Government has signalled its intention to make changes to its concession agreement with China Ha ... Read More

PHOTO: Female 'fan'

Friday, May 22, 2015    

A woman is seen carrying a standing fan and a pair of pillows in the vicinity the Kingston Public Hospital, downtown Kingston, on Monday. (PHOTO GARFIELD ROBINSON) Female 'fan' --> Read More

Where is Cockpit Country?

KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor - Features & Environment thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May 22, 2015    

DEPENDING on who you talk to, Cockpit Country — the expanse of tropical rainforest situated on sculpted limestone hills and valleys in west central Jamaica — is spread over 1,099 square km, or just about 10 per cent of the island's total area. That would have it featuring in six parishes: St James, Trelawny, St Ann, St Elizabeth, Manchester, and the northern tip of Clarendon. Another interpretation puts it at 820 square km, featuring the parishes already mentioned, except St Ann. ... Read More

US LGBT envoy visits Jamaica

Friday, May 22, 2015    

BERRY... here to discuss
discuss the human rights
of LGBT persons and
other marginalised
groups... here to discuss
discuss the human rights
of LGBT persons and
other marginalised
groups

RANDY Berry, the United States Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender) Persons, arrived in the island yesterday for a three-day visit. The US Department of States said Berry and United States Agency for International Department Senior LGBT Co-ordinator Todd Larson, who is also in the island, are here to "discuss the human rights of LGBT persons and other marginalised groups". During the three-day visit, Berry and Larson will meet with government rep ... Read More

Munroe: Confidence in police at its highest

Friday, May 22, 2015    

Executive Director of the National Integrity Action Professor Trevor Munroe addressing the
handing-over ceremony for community policing material at the Police Officers Club in Kingston.
Some of the material handed over by the USAID/COMET II to the Jamaica Constabulary Force
included training handbooks/manuals to assist the police in building a culture of lawfulness
among its members, and MOCA-branded exercise books to support the anti-lottery scam school
outreach programme. (PHOTO: JIS)

THE public's trust in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has grown in the last nine years and is now at its highest level, according to Executive Director of the National Integrity Action Professor Trevor Munroe. Munroe, who cited data from the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), said the gains resulted from the effort made by members of the Dr Carl Williams-led JCF to improve the relationship between the police and citizens. Speaking at a handing-over ceremony for community polic ... Read More

LIME gets $464-m contract to upgrade JCF phone system

Friday, May 22, 2015    

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting addressing Parliament.

LIME Jamaica Limited has been awarded a contract for US$4 million, or just over $464 million, for the upgrading of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) telecommunications system. The Cabinet approved the contract on April 20, pointing out that the current 119 system being used by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is eight years old and needs replacing. Minister of National Security Peter Bunting first announced in April 2014 that his ministry was in discussions with LIME to upgrade the poli ... Read More

Holy Trinity Cathedral just like Notre Dame?

Friday, May 22, 2015    

A view of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston.

THE congregation at Kingston's Holy Trinity Cathedral will have something extra to celebrate at their services this Sunday. They can treasure the favourable comparison of the acoustics of their church building to the experience at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Dr Sheila McDonald Harleston, director of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Choir, made the comparison as her choir paid a visit to the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Monday, May 18, while on a Jamaica National Building So ... Read More

Pryce banking on achievements ahead of challenge

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-large -- South/Central bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May 22, 2015    

Raymond Pryce with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller at the launch of the classroom project
in Balaclava. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Some say Raymond Pryce will have an uphill battle shaking off the challenge of Santa Cruz businessman Evon Redman for leadership of the ruling People's National Party'(PNP) St Elizabeth North Eastern constituency organisation. But Pryce, the member of Parliament for the constituency since the elections of December 2011, is banking on his accomplishments and work, particularly in education and health, to carry him through. Speaking to journalists recently, foll ... Read More

Senate to discuss Jamaica’s human rights record today

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May 22, 2015    

Minister of Justice, Mark Golding

JUSTICE Minister Mark Golding will today update the Senate on a United Nations report on Jamaica's human rights record. This second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights in Jamaica was undertaken by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) between May 4 and 15. The first such examination was done in November 2010. The UPR is a unique mechanism of the HRC aimed at improving the human rights situation on the ground in each of the 193 United Nations member states. Under this mechanism, the hu ... Read More

 Mother and Daughter missing

Friday, May 22, 2015 3:33 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Fifty-year-old Marsha Irons and her seven-year-old daughter Regina Hensley both of Miller Avenue, St John’s Heights Spanish Town, St. Catherine have been missing since Monday, April, 27.    Marsha is of dark complexion, slim build, has a mole under her left eye, has six fingers and is about 145 centimetres (4 feet 9 inches) tall and Regina is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 91 centimetres (3 feet) tall.  Reports from the Spanish Town P ... Read More

Health authority urges action as ZIK-V threatens

Friday, May 22, 2015 2:34 PM    

Dr Marion Bullock Ducasse

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse has reiterated the need for individuals to destroy mosquito breeding sites given current rainfall being experienced islandwide and the threat from the mosquito-borne Zika virus. “Greater attention… needs to be placed on destroying mosquito breeding sites around homes, schools, businesses and places of worship as this mosquito thrives around people,” she said in a release Friday in relation to th ... Read More



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