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New project to provide support for civil society organisations

Saturday, May, 27 2017    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The institutional capacity of selected local civil society organisations (CSOs) and other partners is expected to be strengthened over the next five years, under a new initiative of the United States Agency for International Development... Read More

Over 50 US senators support eliminating restrictions on travel to Cuba

Saturday, May, 27 2017    

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — As the Trump administration’s Cuba policy review reaches its final stage, politicians, companies and organisations that support the policy of engagement are making an extra effort to send a clear message to the US president not to eliminate... Read More

Gunmen kill mother, son in Hanover

Saturday, May, 27 2017    

HANOVER, Jamaica — A mother and her son were on Friday night shot dead by gunmen at their home in Middlesex, Hanover.The deceased have been identified as 43-year-old Juliet Grant and 24-year-old Romario Daley. Grant is a shopkeeper... Read More

Farmers urged not to overuse pesticides

Saturday, May, 27 2017    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is urging farmers not to overuse pesticides on crops during pest outbreaks.“I want to remind farmers that they are to be guided by the recommendations on the... Read More

Global computer outage grounds BA Heathrow, Gatwick flights

Saturday, May, 27 2017    

LONDON (AP) — British Airways cancelled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports Saturday as a global IT failure caused severe disruption for travelers on a busy holiday weekend.The airline said it was suffering a... Read More

Weekly Round-up: Cash Plus boss freed...Cocaine-laden dolls seized...Blake targets treble at World Champs

Saturday, May, 27 2017    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Former Cash Plus boss, Carlos Hill, walked out of the Home Circuit Court a free man on Wednesday after the case collapsed due to the unwillingness of witnesses to testify against him.And, on the crime scene, police on Wednesday seized... Read More

More needs to be done, but Ananda Dean's dad hopeful

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May, 26 2017    

Nine years after his then 11-year-old daughter was snatched and found murdered, Richard Dean says he is pleased with the progress that the Jamaican authorities have made in their effort to protect children and track down those who go missing. Read More

Observer Food Awards winners

Friday, May, 26 2017    

Karl Hart (left), chef/patron of The Pantry, accepts the Chairman's Award from Jamaica Observer Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart at last night's Observer Food Awards at Devon House in Kingston. (Photos: Joseph Wellington) Read More

Cocaine-stuffed dolls seized at airport

Friday, May, 26 2017    

Children's toys, which could double as souvenirs, might have been considered off-limits when it comes to the ingenuity of people looking for ways to smuggle contraband outside of Jamaica, but things are changing.According to a... Read More

Above average hurricane season predicted

Friday, May, 26 2017    

MIAMI, United States (CMC) — Forecasters are predicting that the Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1, will be above average with 11 to 17 big storms and up to nine hurricanes.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric... Read More

Sex offence screen

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May, 26 2017    

A parliamentary committee reviewing the Sexual Offences Act and related laws is considering making it mandatory for employers to check if individuals seeking jobs in specific professions have sexual offences records, and whether people indicted for the murder of pregnant women... Read More

Customers could see increase if OUR gives JPS nod

Friday, May, 26 2017    

The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) has applied to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) for changes to its tariff, which could see the typical residential and small commercial customer bill increasing on average by approximately 2.8 per... Read More

History

Friday, May, 26 2017    

Today is the 146th day of 2017. There are 219 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1977: George H Willig scales the outside of the South Tower of New... Read More

UK suicide bomber: a young man thirsting for revenge

Friday, May, 26 2017    

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was a British-born university dropout with Libyan jihadi links who, according to his sister, may have sought revenge for the deaths of Muslim children.Abedi was... Read More

PAHO warns of slowdown in eliminating mother-to-child HIV transmission in Caribbean

Friday, May, 26 2017    

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) – A new report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) shows that progress towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean has slowed.According... Read More



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