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Warmington puts foot down on debating schedule

Warmington puts foot
down on debating schedule

THE House of Representatives last week got a taste of what it would be like to have outspoken South West St Catherine Member of Parliament Everald Warmington as Leader of Opposition Business. Warmington, who acted as the Leader of Opposition Business for the day, due to the absence of Derrick Smith ... Read More

Young Toni-Ann Miller with the Medal of Honour for Gallantry
she received yesterday during the national honours and awards
investiture ceremony at King’s House.
(PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Gallantry Steals the Show
THERE were cheers and sporadic rounds of applause throughout the national honours and awards investi ... Read More

Patrons line up at an outlet to
purchase Cash Pot. (PHOTO: FILE) Cash Pot survival
WHILE buying Cash Pot may be a hobby for some Jamaicans, for others it is not only an additional inc ... Read More

St James police yesterday on the
scene of Sunday evening’s triple
murder. (PHOTO: ALAN LEWIN) Heartless!
MONTEGO BAY, St James - Residents of Upper King Street were on edge last night following Sunday even ... Read More

Police warn of impostors posing as utility company workers

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

The National Water Commission Eastern Divisional Office in Kingston. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

THE police are issuing a warning to members of the public to beware of individuals posing as National Water Commission (NWC) workers or persons employed to other utility companies. The warning comes on the heel of reports received by the police, that men are posing as workers employed to utility companies, in particular, the NWC. "These nefarious individuals visit the homes of unsuspecting occupants and inform them that they have come to read meters or to install shower caps to reduce water wa ... Read More

Cops mourn colleague’s death

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Another cop arrested

MEMBERS of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) were yesterday left mourning the death of another of their colleague who suddenly fell ill and died in St Catherine over the weekend. Police reports are that 55-year-old Sergeant Dale Peart of the St Catherine Major Investigation Task Force was on duty when he collapsed after complaining of chest pains. The policeman, with over 30 years' service in the JCF, was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Yesterday, senior members of St Ca ... Read More

January trial for helper who allegedly stole designer clothes

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Top a Top Fashions offers a variety of trendy, affordable clothing.

The Clarendon helper who reportedly posted on Facebook several photographs of her wearing designer clothes and shoes she allegedly stole from her boss is to go on trial in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court next January. Sherry-Ann Evans, 32, of Frankfield is accused of stealing almost $3 million worth of goods, including designer bags, shoes, and household items from her employer over a three-year period. The accused, who was employed to the complainant for 10 years, was arrested ... Read More

Bill coming to reduce Administrator General's backlog

By Balford Henry Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

GOLDING...The administrator general will be empowered to
issue an ‘instrument of administration’

Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding says legislation is being drafted to allow the Administrator General to administer "multi-generational estates", which are the majority of estates making up the huge backlog of cases at the department. Senator Golding explained that multi-generational estates are those in which the parent estate has been in administration for more than 25 years and, in the interim, the beneficiaries have also died, with no representation in the secondary estate and somet ... Read More

Thwaites commends principals for outstanding leadership

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Minister of Education Rev
Ronald Thwaites (centre)
accepts a painting from
Barbara Graham and Principal
of Old Harbour High School
Lynton Weir at the annual
conference of the Association
of Principals and Vice-
Principals, held at the Grand
Palladium Resort and Spa in
Lucea, Hanover last Friday.
(PHOTO: JIS)

Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites has commended principals and vice-principals of educational institutions for the "outstanding leadership" displayed in getting the new school term off to a good start. "This has been one of the smoothest starts of the academic year that we have had (for a long time)," he noted. The minister encouraged the principals and vice-principals to continue to give of their best in leadership and the professional management of the school plant, for the ultimate ... Read More

Transport groups willing to support Ebola education campaign

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

An undated image by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. (PHOTO: AP/CDC)

THE Joint Coalition of Transport Operators which includes the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators, Rural Transit Association, Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services, and the Western Transit Association say they stand ready to give support to any public education campaign in the country's effort to prevent the deadly Ebola virus now ravaging other countries. "We are ready to be proactive in this fight as we are on the front line of the country's ground transporta ... Read More

Street Scenes-  October 21

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

This young cart operator
transports a boy along Slipe
Road, Kingston.

This young cart operator transports a boy along Slipe Road, Kingston. A cart operator transports this woman on his cart in downtown Kingston. Police direct traffic along Half Way Tree Road on Thursday. A pedal cyclist firmly holds on to a car bumper while making his way along Lyndhurst Road, Kingston. A motorist tries to change a tyre along Michael Manley Boulevard. Faced with water shortage in their homes a woman uses water from a bucket to wash a young girl's hair along the roadside in Al ... Read More

Raining on my parade

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

The Portland Heroes Day Parade was held amidst heavy
rains which held up the proceedings for more than an hour.
Here members of the uniformed groups brave the showers
to participate in the event. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN)

The Portland Heroes Day Parade was held amidst heavy rains which held up the proceedings for more than an hour. Here members of the uniformed groups brave the showers to participate in the event. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN) Read More

This Day in History

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli
politician and current prime
minister, celebrates his 65th
birthday today

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT 1945: Women vote for first time in France. OTHER EVENTS 1797: The US Navy frigate Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, is launched in Boston's harbour. 1805: A British fleet commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats the French and Spanish in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however, is killed. 1847: The Sonderbund War between Catholics and Protestants begins in Switzerland. 1861: The first South American railroad line is inaugurated in Paraguay. 1879: American in ... Read More

Monitoring eases for some in Dallas

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

DALLAS, Texas — A sign's wording is changed in front of LL
Hotchkiss School yesterday, in Dallas. Some elementary
school students on the the Ebola isolations list have returned
to the school after completing a 21-day period of monitoring.
(PHOTO: AP)

DALLAS, Texas (AP) — The woman who checked Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan's vitals before calling him an ambulance beamed with pride Monday as she sent her children off to school for the first time in three weeks, with clearance from health officials tucked into their backpacks. A letter dated October 19 and signed by Dallas County's chief epidemiologist, Wendy Chung, authorised Youngor Jallah, the daughter of Duncan's fiancee, Louise Troh, and her partner, Aaron Yah, to return to work a ... Read More



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