PSOJ calls for fuel price reduction in line with global trends

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) says that local manufacturers and consumers are not benefitting enough from the effects of the strong global reduction in oil price. According to the PSOJ, fuel prices from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and oth ... Read More

Luis Alberto Moreno IDB president impressed with Jamaica’s economic progress
LUIS Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) left behind a feel-good ... Read More

Slain cop had
planned to leave
the JCF soon Slain cop had planned to leave the Force soon
IT shouldn't have ended this way, the forever dream. The dream Felecia Preddie had of growing old wi ... Read More

Arlene Lindo, executive assistant, accepting the plaque for
Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 on behalf of her boss, Gordon
‘Butch’ Stewart, chairman of the Sandals/ATL Group, from
Michael Steele, head of the Joan Duncan School of
Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership. Sharing the moment
is Dionee Palmer, incubator manager In an age of great men
THE Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership which houses the Technology Innova ... Read More

West Kingston police/community initiatives stomp crime

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer reporter | Monday, December 22, 2014    

Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams (left) and Senior Superintendent of Police Steve
McGregor, head of Kingston West Division, at a community meeting in Tivoli Gardens recently. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

THE West Kingston Police on Saturday threw a treat for some 5,000 children in and around the division as they report success with community initiatives that have resulted in a drop in serious crimes and greater relations between the police and citizens. "The event was part of plans by the authority to give back to the community, especially the children," said Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor. Police said that at the treat held at the Charlie Smith Comprehensive High School, children who on ... Read More

How to keep safe this festive season

Monday, December 22, 2014    

Senior Superintendent of Police at the
Community Safety and Security Branch, Karina
Powell-Hood, highlights safety tips for the
Yuletide season at a JIS Think Tank last week

THE Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is urging citizens to be extra vigilant as they go about their various activities during the festive season. Senior Superintendent of Police Karina Powell-Hood, who is attached to the Community Safety and Security Branch, said there is usually an increase in robberies, road crashes, fraudulent activities, and housebreaking during this period and so it is important that precautions be taken to minimise risk to lives and property. Powell-Hood, who was address ... Read More

Airy Castle Police Youth Club making a difference

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor - special assignment | Monday, December 22, 2014    

Airy Castle Police Youth
Club making a difference

SEVERAL Jamaican communities have been struggling to attract young people to become members of police youth clubs because of the fear of being labelled as informers. However, the situation is quite the opposite in Airy Castle, St Thomas, where that police youth club has been able to attract a steady increase of young people who are determined to use the club to effect changes in their community. "We have a few persons who were staying away because of the police label but when we explained to t ... Read More

Kris An Charles investment marks 22 years

Monday, December 22, 2014    

Trevor Hutchinson

WHEN Judith and Trevor Hutchinson started Kris An Charles Investment Company 22 years ago this December 27, they had already tasted of failure in business and knew what it would take to succeed. The first sign of their determination came with the decision to name the company after their three children - KRIS from daughter Kristen; AN from son Antoan and CHARLES from son Gibran Charles Hutchinson - symbolising their belief in the future and an unshakeable desire to bequeath success to their bel ... Read More

Tufton sees possibilities for Ja in new US-Cuba policy

Monday, December 22, 2014    

Christopher Tufton

UNITED States President Barack Obama's announcement last week of a thaw in relations with Cuba offers some opportunities for Jamaica, former Cabinet minister Dr Christopher Tufton believes. "There are potential synergies for tourism by establishing a regional presence and having a packaged approach for tourists going to Cuba and coming to Jamaica," Tufton, who headed the Industry, Investment and Commerce Ministry, as well as the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries at separate periods during t ... Read More

Homeless for Christmas

BY RENAE DIXON Observer reporter | Monday, December 22, 2014    

Boulders resting on
the ill-fated house.

LIME HALL, ST ANN -- It won't be much of a merry Christmas for eight adults and children whose homes in Content Heights district were damaged last week during a land slippage that followed two days of heavy downpour. The huge landslide, which occurred last Wednesday afternoon, sent two large boulders crashing into the houses, forcing occupants to scamper as they narrowly escaped injury and possibly death. They are now shacking up elsewhere. "I heard a crack; mi nuh see no crack but mi say run ... Read More

Georgia airline worker arrested in gun smuggling plot

Monday, December 22, 2014 9:06 PM    

ATLANTA (AP) -- Federal authorities say an Atlanta airline employee is suspected of helping smuggle firearms to New York City on passenger jets. FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said Monday that Delta baggage handler Eugene Harvey was arrested by federal agents without trouble. An FBI affidavit says Mark Quentin Henry, a former Delta employee who was fired in 2010, was arrested in New York on December 10 in a gun trafficking investigation after an undercover agent bought a gun from one of his acco ... Read More

Ministry of Health King Street office relocated to New Kingston

Monday, December 22, 2014 7:56 PM    

Dr Marion Bullock-DuCasse

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Health is advising that its head office at 2-4 King Street in Kingston has been relocated to 24-26 Grenada Crescent and 15-16 Grenada Way (RKA Building), New Kingston, Kingston 5. The ministry says that due to the relocation exercise, the public will have difficulty contacting them and may experience some disruptions in services offered over the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the following offices can be contacted for information and continued services: 1. ... Read More

Kingston, St Catherine police list 10 wanted men

Monday, December 22, 2014 7:17 PM    

Paul Casanova (left) and Ricardo Jones

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police in Kingston and St Catherine have listed several men as wanted in connection with several crimes. The Kingston police are in search of: • Paul Casanova otherwise called ‘Pablo’, ‘Bobby’, he is of dark complexion slim build and about 6 feet 2 inches tall and has a surgical scar at the centre of his stomach. He is said to frequent Veron Lane Mountain View Avenue, Bob Marley beach, Bull Bay and Bayshore Park in St Andrew. • ... Read More

Lawrence gets injunction barring ouster as JLP caretaker/candidate

Monday, December 22, 2014 6:48 PM    

Othniel Lawrence

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Othniel Lawrence today secured a 28-day injunction barring the party from forcing him out as the candidate for the North West St Ann constituency. The injunction also bars the party from keeping any meeting in the constituency without Lawrence being present. Lawrence’s attorney Hugh Wildman applied to the Supreme Court for the injunction after Lawrence was reportedly kicked out of a meeting in the constituency last week bec ... Read More



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