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Decrease in police fatalities, INDECOM says

Williams

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says it has recorded a sharp decrease in security force-related fatalities for the first quarter of 2014. At the end of the first quarter, the Commission said it recorded a total of 40 fatalities; 36 less than the firs ... Read More

Workers at the scene of yesterday’s mishap
at Caymanas Estate. Workman dies in pipe-laying accident
A workman was killed and seven others injured when a pipeline they were repairing in Caymanas Estate ... Read More

Untruths hurt Alpha Untruths hurt Alpha
ALPHA Boys' Home administrators yester-day made it clear that their decision to close the institutio ... Read More

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness (left) appears quite
concerned as he is briefed by West Kingston Member of
Parliament Desmond McKenzie about the shooting incident
involving members of McKenzie’s security team in Denham Town,
downtown Kingston, yesterday. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) McKenzie says attack on bodyguards 'frightening'
POLICE in West Kingston were on high alert last night after gunmen engaged members of the security d ... Read More

Mervyn Morris first Jamaican Poet Laureate since Independence

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Junior Tourism Minister Damion Crawford (left) congratulates
Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris at yesterday’s function at the
National Library of Jamaica in downtown Kingston. At right is
Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill.

PROFESSOR Emeritus at the University of the West Indies (UWI), 76-year-old Mervyn Eustace Morris, was yesterday named Jamaica's first Poet Laureate since independence in 1962. According to the National Library of Jamaica, the first Poet Laureate was Tom Redcam (Thomas McDermott) who was posthumously awarded the honour by the Poetry League of Jamaica in 1933, and the second JE Clare McFarlane, a former president of the league, who served between 1953 and 1962 when he died. The local poetry leag ... Read More

'Who Am I Online?'

JIS competition encourages teens to share views on Internet, social media usage | Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Web content writer at the
Jamaica Information Service
(JIS), Stephanie Todd. Todd is
reminding young persons to
be mindful of what they post
online, as inappropriate
content may damage their
reputation in the future.
(PHOTO: JIS)

YOUNG people, aged 13 to 18, are invited to express their views on the issue of responsible Internet and social media usage by entering the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) video blog (vlog) competition aptly titled 'Who Am I Online?' An initiative of the JIS' Computer Services Department, the competition — which opened on Monday — seeks to increase the awareness of young persons in this age group about the dangers and consequences of improper use of new media, while guiding them o ... Read More

NEPA reports big drop in lionfish sightings

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

The lionfish have been
colonising swathes of
the Caribbean and
Atlantic for years.

JAMAICA'S National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is reporting a big decline in sightings of lionfish, the voracious invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on regional reefs for years and wolfing down native juvenile fish and crustaceans. Some four years after a national campaign got started to slash numbers of the candy-striped predator with a mane of venomous spines, NEPA is reporting a 66 per cent drop in sightings of lionfish in coastal waters with depths of 75 feet (23 metre ... Read More

SSP Forbes to know fate on May 9

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

SSP Forbes to know
fate on May 9

SENIOR Superintendent of Police James Forbes will on May 9 know his fate in the corruption trial against him. Resident Magistrate Stephanie Jackson-Haisley is to make a decision on that date on the senior cop's guilt or innocence. But before that, Forbes' legal team is expected to make their address on May 6 to the magistrate. The prosecution on Tuesday made its address, outlining that it has proven its case, and calling for a conviction. The senior policeman is on trial for attempting to per ... Read More

Qualifying for the pending Express Entry programme

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Qualifying for
the pending
Express Entry
programme

Dear Mr Brown, As a business administrator, I realise that I am not eligible for Canadian permanent residency under the Federal Skilled Worker Class. I was doing some research and learned a little bit about the new programme called 'Expression of Interest.' When will this programme start and how do I apply? Would I be qualified? -- CG Dear CG: It was announced earlier this month by the Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration that the programme which was previously known as 'Expressi ... Read More

Can my helper accompany me to the US?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

The immigration officer at the
port of entry must be shown a
copy of the helper’s
employment contract.

Q: My family is planning a trip to the United States for two weeks, and we would like to take our helper along to take care of the children. We already have visas, but my helper does not have a visa and has never travelled before. How can we get a visa for her? A: If your helper is otherwise qualified for a visa, she can be issued a B1 visa for domestic workers, which would allow her to travel with you and perform her normal duties while in the US for a short visit. While in the United States, ... Read More

Education ministry spending heavy to recruit math specialists

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Thwaites

THE Ministry of Education is recruiting math specialists for the upcoming 2014/15 academic year to be placed in several schools across the island. "We have had to find over $150 million extra this year to get the programme underway, which will eventually cost more than $1.2 billion over three years," Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said. The programme will see the specialists working as coaches and resource teachers in primary and secondary schools. Addressing the launch of the Butterkist ... Read More

Paulwell issues energy licence, but silent on safeguards

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell

MINISTER of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Phillip Paulwell announced yesterday that he has granted Energy World International (EWI) a licence to supply electric power to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), under the terms of the Power Purchase Agreement between the two entities. However, the minister's statement that he granted the licence to EWI on Monday did not address the controversial issue of whether critical safeguards, including the US$37 million performance bond, which ... Read More

Doctor calls for more structured families

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Regional technical director at
the Southern Regional Health
Authority Dr Michael Coombs
addressing the first
quarterly SRHA town hall
meeting at the Cecil Charlton
Hall in Mandeville,
Manchester on Monday.

A call has been made for more structured families as a means of promoting health, curbing violence in the society, and easing the national burden of treating avoidable injuries. Making the appeal, regional technical director at the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Dr Michael Coombs, urged fathers to be involved in the socialisation of their children, noting that where fathers are absent, there is a greater predisposition to violence, and for children to become perpetrators or victi ... Read More

Three convicted in $50-m St Andrew jewellery heist

Wednesday, April 16, 2014    

Three convicted in
$50-m St Andrew
jewellery heist

THREE men who pulled off a $50-million jewellery heist are to be sentenced next month after being found guilty in the High Court on Friday. The men — Javed Absalom, Winston Harris and Garnet Linton — posed as police officers and entered a Tropical Jewellers store in St Andrew in April 2011. The staff were conducting regular business about 11 o'clock when the two men and woman entered the establishment. Two of the three individuals were wearing vests marked "police" with purported i ... Read More



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