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60% decline in water supply affecting St Mary, says NWC

Thursday, July, 27 2017    

ST MARY, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) has advised that a 60 per cent decline in flows at the Iterboreale/Annotto Bay water supply treatment plant is causing customers in the area to experience low water pressure or intermittent supplies.Affected areas... Read More

Sugar not so sweet for mental health – study

Thursday, July, 27 2017    

PARIS, France (AFP) — Sugar may be bad not only for your teeth and your waistline, but also your mental health, claimed a study Thursday that was met with scepticism by other experts.Researchers at University College London (UCL) compared the reported sugar intake of more than... Read More

CDB to finance start-up of Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund

Thursday, July, 27 2017    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced that it will provide the initial capital for a multi-donor fund to improve the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries sector in its borrowing member countries (BMCs), including Jamaica. Read More

In US first, scientists edit genes of human embryos

Thursday, July, 27 2017    

Oregon, United States (AP) — For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases.The experiment was just an exercise in science — the embryos were not... Read More

Logwood residents owe NWC $8.1m in outstanding balances over 4 years

Thursday, July, 27 2017    

ST THOMAS, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) says, as at the end of June, a total balance of $8.1 million in outstanding charges is owed on the 89 accounts it has registered on its system in Logwood, St Thomas. NWC said the balance represents charges for the last... Read More

Amazon's Jeff Bezos becomes world's richest person

Thursday, July, 27 2017    

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday became the world's richest person, as a jump in the share price of the US tech giant enabled him to overtake Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Forbes magazine estimated.The magazine said its real-time tracking of... Read More

Nine World Champs medals predicted for Jamaica

Thursday, July, 27 2017    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A week before the start of the IAAF World Championships in London, Track and Field News, the self-styled 'Bible of the sport since 1948', has predicted nine medals for Jamaica with Usain Bolt going into retirement with two more gold around his neck.The... Read More

Cops in human trafficking probe after 40 detained in 'Back Road' raids

BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July, 26 2017    

The police are now investigating a possible case of human trafficking following operations on Port Henderson Road, Portmore in St Catherine yesterday morning in which 40 people, including two teenage girls, were detained. Read More

Moratorium for diaspora ambulance, but duties have to be paid

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July, 26 2017    

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton confirmed yesterday that his ministry had received a one-year moratorium on the Fiat Ducato Ambulance donated to the health sector by Jamaicans in the United Kingdom (UK) on July 20. Read More

Number of parolees doubles in two years

Wednesday, July, 26 2017    

Over the last two years, the number of parolees in Jamaica has more than doubled.In fact, these ex-prisoners have been moving on with their lives despite the many challenges associated with reintegrating in society. Read More

Scientists divulge latest in HIV prevention

Wednesday, July, 26 2017    

PARIS, France (AFP) — A far cry from the 1990s ABC campaign promoting abstinence and monogamy as HIV protection, scientists yesterday reported on new approaches allowing people to have all the safe sex they want. Read More

Is it difficult to find a job in Canada?

Jamaica To Canada | Wednesday, July, 26 2017    

Dear Mr Brown,I would like to know whether new immigrants have a difficult time finding employment in Canada. Also, I would like your opinion on the best place to settle in Canada.— PO  Read More

Prisoners to be allowed conjugal visits, says Montague

Wednesday, July, 26 2017    

INMATES may soon be allowed conjugal visits, according to m inister of n ational s ecurity Robert Montague. Read More

Westmoreland top cop links spike in murders to increased gang activity

Wednesday, July, 26 2017    

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Head of the Westmoreland Police Division, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Egbert Parkins, has attributed the increase in the number of killings in the parish since the start of the year to an increase in gang... Read More

Not true! No shortage of funds to pay teachers, says Education Ministry

Wednesday, July, 26 2017    

THE Ministry of Education, Youth and Information on Monday denied reports that there is a shortage of funds to pay teachers or non-academic employees. Read More



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