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Witness tells court he was present when order given to murder former JUTC boss

BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, November, 14 2019    

A self-styled former member of the Klansman gang turned State witness testified yesterday that he was present at the meeting where Tesha Miller gave instructions to kill former Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Chairman Douglas Chambers in Spanish Town, St Catherine in... Read More

Commission to wrap up minimum wage talks next week

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, November, 14 2019    

THE National Minimum Wage Advisory Commission (NMWAC) is to wrap up consultations on increased minimum pay for workers, when it meets at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Kingston next Wednesday at 10:00 am. Read More

Scotiabank wage settlement in sight

Thursday, November, 14 2019    

THE threat of industrial action by unionised workers employed to Scotia Group has been withdrawn as the parties move close enough to an agreement on pay increases, which could be settled by weekend. Read More

Youth parliamentarians tackle abortion, violence and climate change

Thursday, November, 14 2019    

YOUTH leaders tackled a number of issues during Monday's sitting of the 10th National Youth Parliament at Gordon House. Read More

Gender-based violence on the rise in Jamaica, T&T and Guyana

Thursday, November, 14 2019    

NAIROBI, Kenya (CMC) –A senior United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) official yesterday said that there's a growing problem of gender-based violence in Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Read More

OUR concerned about quality of telecoms service

Thursday, November, 14 2019    

DIRECTOR general of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) Ansord Hewitt says the agency expects network upgrades by local telecommunications firms, Digicel and Flow, to be carried out with minimum dislocation to customers. Read More

Gov’t giving priority to MSMEs, says Green

Thursday, November, 14 2019    

MINISTER of state in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green says the Government is giving priority to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) as a driver of economic growth. Read More

WHO launches initiative to boost insulin access for diabetics

Thursday, November, 14 2019    

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The World Health Organization yesterday said it had begun an initiative that would cut prices and dramatically increase insulin access for diabetics. Read More

Driver of ill-fated garbage truck for court tomorrow

Thursday, November, 14 2019    

THE driver of the garbage truck that killed seven-year-old Clan Carthy Primary School student Benjamin Bair was yesterday charged with manslaughter.The police have identified him as 52-year-old Alten Brooks of 9 Miles, Bull Bay in St Andrew. Read More

Dengue reaches highest number ever recorded in the Americas

Thursday, November, 14 2019    

DENGUE in the Americas has reached the highest number of cases ever recorded, with more than 2.7 million cases and 1,206 deaths so far this year, according to a new epidemiological update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Read More

'Race against time'

BY ARTHUR HALL Editor-at-Large halla@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, November, 14 2019    

MINISTER of Science, Energy and Technology Fayval Williams has warned that Jamaica and many other states in the region are in a race against time to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal Number Seven for affordable and clean energy. Read More

This Day in History — November 14

Thursday, November, 14 2019    

Today is the 318th day of 2019. There are 47 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1994: Tropical Storm Gordon kills at least 829 people in Haiti. OTHER EVENTS Read More

Concerns raised about health records under Data Protection Act

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, November, 14 2019    

THE joint select committee (JSC) which is reviewing the 2017 Data Protection Act, the Ministry of Science Energy and Technology (MSET), and the Ministry of Justice are mulling over provision in the legislation which makes it unlawful for employers to ask employees to supply health... Read More

Central bank pumps more money into FX market

Thursday, November, 14 2019    

The central bank yesterday intervened in the foreign exchange market for the second-consecutive day, by offering an additional US$30 million for sale to authorised dealers and large cambios. Read More

Controversy over Christmas tree, Bible Week

Thursday, November, 14 2019    

WISCONSIN, United States AP) — Republicans who lead the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to call the state Capitol evergreen a Christmas tree and formally recognise National Bible Week, moves they said were necessary to ensure Christianity isn't marginalised as the holidays... Read More



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