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Late application could kill PNP’s bid for recount in Rae Town

Tom Tavares-Finson

A row is brewing between the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People’s National Party (PNP) over whether the ballots cast in last week’s local government election in the Rae Town Division of Central Kingston can be recounted at this time. Senator Tom Tavares-Finson, the JLP member of the ... Read More

VAUGHAN… also lectured at Montego Bay Community College MoBay mortician slain
MONTEGO BAY, St James — A popular Montego Bay mortician was early yesterday morning shot dead ... Read More

SIMPSON MILLER… announced Sunday that she will be retiring as leader of the People’s National Party    Analysts offer mixed views on Portia’s planned departure
PEOPLE’S National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller’s notice of retreat into t ... Read More

New People’s National Party General Secretary Julian Robinson speaking at a news conference on Sunday after a meeting of the party’s National Executive Council at Cedar Grove Academy in St Catherine. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans) New general secretary Robinson outlines vision for PNP
Julian Robinson opened his innings as People’s National Party (PNP) general secretary on Sunda ... Read More

Ex-soldier kills thief who trailed him from bank

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

A man who yesterday attempted to rob an ex-soldier was shot dead on North Odeon Avenue in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew. A police source told the Jamaica Observer that about 2:10 pm the licensed firearm holder had just concluded business at a bank in the area and was walking along North Odeon Avenue when he was pounced on by a man, armed with a knife, who attempted to rob him. The ex-soldier, who received injuries to his hand and forehead during a tussle, pulled his firearm and shot the man. He re ... Read More

Government reaffirms commitment to social partnership

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Andrew Holness (File photo)

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has reaffirmed his Administration’s commitment to a social partnership. “The Government understands the importance of building partnerships and we are committed to having genuine exchanges towards building stronger partnerships,” a Jamaica House release quoted Prime Minister Andrew Holness, chairman of the Partnership for a Prosperous Jamaica (PFPJ). A new agreement will be signed tomorrow at King’s House to replace the previous one, which ... Read More

PATH goes for mobile money

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

NCB in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew

NATIONAL Commercial Bank (NCB) Jamaica limited, which has been chosen to undertake the pilot project to provide electronic mobile payments of benefits under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) with the bank’s mobile money platform, NCB Quisk, will roll out its pilot programme next month. “The use of NCB Quisk will remove the overhead that the Government would have had to pay to prepare and disburse cheques,” a news release from Quisk quotes NCB&rsq ... Read More

UWI to meet with PAAC at Gordon House Wednesday

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

The Regional Headguarters of
The University of The West Indies in Mona, Jamaica

THE University of the West Indies (UWI) is finally expected to appear before the House of Representatives’ Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) tomorrow. A release from the Houses of Parliament over the weekend noted that “the committee will be meeting with UWI’s representatives at its next meeting on Wednesday morning at Gordon House”. In response to an invitation to appear before the budget oversight committee in October, the UWI had sent a lett ... Read More

PHOTO: Christmas cheer

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Santa was early for several little ones in the Slipe Pen Road area of St Andrew on Saturday when Rainforest Seafoods and National Baking Company hosted their fourth Christmas treat for children ages 4 - 12 years. The children played games, received gifts and were treated to sumptuous meals. Here marketing manager of Rainforest Roger Lyn (left, background) looks on as Santa has fun with the children.Photo: Garfield Robinson

Santa was early for several little ones in the Slipe Pen Road area of St Andrew on Saturday when Rainforest Seafoods and National Baking Company hosted their fourth Christmas treat for children ages 4 - 12 years. The children played games, received gifts and were treated to sumptuous meals. Here marketing manager of Rainforest Roger Lyn (left, background) looks on as Santa has fun with the children. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Read More

PHOTO: Focus on the disabled

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson (second left) greets a member of the disabled community, Patrick Rhoden, at the Grace Baptist Church in May Pen, Clarendon, for the launch of Disabilities Awareness Week 2016 on Sunday. Under the theme ‘Inclusive Information Communication Technologies… The Way to the Future’, the week is observed to highlight the work and worth of persons with disabilities and to increase public knowledge about disability matters.Photo: JIS

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson (second left) greets a member of the disabled community, Patrick Rhoden, at the Grace Baptist Church in May Pen, Clarendon, for the launch of Disabilities Awareness Week 2016 on Sunday. Under the theme ‘Inclusive Information Communication Technologies… The Way to the Future’, the week is observed to highlight the work and worth of persons with disabilities and to increase public knowledge about disability matters. (Photo: ... Read More

Mexico cement giant moves to take over TCL

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

A Jamaica Observer file photo of the east Kingston-based Caribbean Cement Company Plant, a subsidiary of the TCL Group.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Mexico-based cement giant, CEMEX, yesterday announced plans to take over the Trinidad-based Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL), reviving moves of a takeover more than a decade ago. CEMEX, through one of its indirect subsidiaries Sierra Trading, said it is seeking to acquire 132,616,942 shares at a price of TT$4.50 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) in cash per TCL share. The proposed offer price represents a 33.13 per cent premium over TCL’s price of TT$3.38 ... Read More

This Day in History — December 6

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Hugo Chavez

Today is the 341st day of 2016. There are 25 days left in the year. TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT 1998: Six years after staging a bloody coup attempt, former Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Chavez is elected president of Venezuela, dealing a blow to the establishment that ruled the country for 40 years. OTHER EVENTS 1534: Spanish conquistadors establish presence in Quito, an Inca city in the Andes. 1790: Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia. 1884: Army engineers complete construction of th ... Read More

Bloody weekend in Trinidad and Tobago

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Trinidad Flag

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago murder toll jumped to 426 following a bloody weekend in which six homicides were reported. The death of a man who was hit by a motor car was also being investigated. Police said that 33-year-old Troy James, of Claxton Bay in west central Trinidad, was shot several times on Saturday night as he attended the wake for his friend, Anil Samkar, 24, whose decomposing body was found in an outhouse. A robbery in Mayaro, east of here, ended ... Read More

Death toll in Oakland warehouse fire rises to 36

Tuesday, December 06, 2016    

Firefighters work to clear the debris from a doorway following an overnight fire at a warehouse in the Fruitvale neighbourhood on Saturday in Oakland, California. (Photo: AFP)

OAKLAND, United States (AFP) — The death toll from a fire at a California warehouse crowded with dance party revellers rose to 36 yesterday as fire officials announced they had suspended work because the structure was at risk of collapsing. Alameda County Deputy Sheriff Tya Modeste said 11 of the 36 victims recovered so far at the site in Oakland have been positively identified. Most of the casualties were in their 20s and 30s but one victim was a 17-year-old boy. Previously, the toll had ... Read More



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