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People with restraining orders to be monitored electronically

SECURITY Minister Robert Montague says electronic monitoring is to be introduced for people who are the subject of restraining orders. The security ministry, said the minister, has started discussions with a supplier to procure the equipment. Read More

Government urged to withdraw Chinese from Heroes' Circle projects
THE Construction and Industry Council (CIC) yesterday called on the Holness Administration to halt what it says is an “ill-conceived” agreement with China Construction America (South America Division - CCASA) to complete concept designs for the development of Government offices...... Read More

A rocky road ahead
ROSE HALL, St James — President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) Helene Davis Whyte is expecting the 2017/2019 wage negotiations between Government and trade unions, on behalf of public sector workers, to be turbulent.... Read More

Medical practitioners being certified to prescribe medical marijuana
THE Ministry of Health says it is training medical practitioners to be certified prescribers of medical marijuana.In fact, scores of practitioners have already been trained and the ministry said the next course of training will begin in October.... Read More

Data protection Bill to be tabled in September

Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

THE Government's Data Protection Bill, which aims to safeguard the privacy of individuals whose personal information has been documented by entities with whom they interface, is expected to be tabled in September when the Houses of Parliament reconvene following the August summer... Read More

PHOTO: Astronomical beauty

Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

Three phases of the total eclipse of the sun are captured from Grand Teton National Park outside Jackson, Wyoming, United states yesterday. Thousands of people flocked to the park which was one of the areas that experienced a 100 per cent eclipse yesterday. (Photos: AFP) Read More

Ministry: No shortage of brown sugar

Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

THE Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries yesterday dismissed reports that there is a shortage of sugar in the retail trade. Read More

Hours for NYC's Caribbean festival shifted to fight violence

Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

NEW YORK, United States (AP) — City officials shifted the start time of a pre-dawn festival celebrating Caribbean culture and are taking other security precautions to stem violence, ahead of the West Indian Day Parade this year. Read More

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay US$417m in cancer lawsuit

Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — A California jury yesterday ordered drugmaker Johnson & Johnson to pay US$417 million to a woman who claimed she developed terminal ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products. Read More

WTTC partners with Gov't for UNWTO conference in MoBay

Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

THE world's leading travel and tourism stakeholders, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), is to collaborate with the Jamaican Government in the staging of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation's (UNWTO)/World Bank Group Conference in Montego Bay in... Read More

Is the Internet killing television?

BY DEANDRA MORRISON Online reporter morrisond@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

Ever since the birth of the Internet, pundits have argued that broadcast television was on its deathbed and successors such as YouTube, Netflix , Amazon Prime Video and more recently, Facebook's Watch are lining up to inherit its glory. Read More

$1 million worth of ganja seized at Kingston port

Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

MORE than 200 pounds of marijuana was seized at the Port of Kingston on Thursday. Read More

PHOTO: Health talk

Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

Prof Carol Baxter (right), principal research fellow, Department of Public Health, Imperial College, London and keynote speaker at the recent opening ceremony at the University of Technology, Jamaica's (UTech, Ja) Third International Biennial Nursing and Midwifery Conference, shares a... Read More

Neglect costs taxpayers $26m

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter skyersj@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

The State's failure to repair a road in Mount Ogle, St Andrew when the first signs of erosion emerged last year is now costing taxpayers $25.9 million and has left residents worried about the distance their children will be forced to travel when the new school year begins in less than two weeks'... Read More

Motorcycle regulations proposed to reduce road fatalities

Tuesday, August, 22 2017    

New regulations could be imminent for the sale and use of motorcycles across the island, as the Government seeks to stem the high number of fatalities among motorcyclists which is now at 69, according to the latest statistics from the Road Safety... Read More



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