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Divine intervention stopped plans by J'can couple taking up teaching jobs in Wuhan, China

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleywillisa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February, 14 2020    

WHEN Deborah Watson-Small and her husband Keeling heard of the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus in Wuhan China in January this year, one major disappointment in 2019 began to make perfect sense and not for the first time the couple deduced that their lives have been divinely... Read More

Ministry reports high success rate for restorative justice programme

Friday, February, 14 2020    

PERMANENT secretary in the Ministry of Justice Sancia Bennett Templer says there has been a 90 per cent resolution and settlement rate for referral cases through the Restorative Justice process. Read More

Commonwealth Secretariat confident funding will be restored

Friday, February, 14 2020    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The London-based Commonwealth Secretariat says it is confident that “discretionary funding” being withheld by some Commonwealth member states to highlight the way the organisation is being administered would be reinstated as early as April... Read More

Black Exposure: 20 Years of Reggae Through a Black Lens

Friday, February, 14 2020    

“There are many people across the world who wanted this show, and I don't know how I got it.” Those were the opening words of Black Exposure curator Maxine Walters. Opening the aperture to showcase previously undisplayed work, notable... Read More

PAHO prepares Caribbean countries for laboratory diagnosis of new coronavirus

Friday, February, 14 2020    

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it is preparing eight Caribbean countries for laboratory diagnosis of new coronavirus (COVID-19). Read More

Today's Horoscope — February 14, 2020

Friday, February, 14 2020    

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, February 14, 2020: This year, others might note a difference between what you say and what you do. You might not even notice this schism, but you will be forced to eventually. If single, this split makes others hesitant to dive into a relationship with you. Be aware of... Read More

Greg Christie is back

BY ARTHUR HALL Editor-at-Large halla@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, February, 13 2020    

GREG Christie, who has been picked to lead the day-to-day operations of Jamaica's leading anti-corruption agency, the Integrity Commission is ready to roll once he walks into the job on May 18. Read More

Holness moving to fill vacant Senate seat, Cabinet post

Thursday, February, 13 2020    

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says he will be moving quickly to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Pearnel Charles Jr from the Senate and the Cabinet in order to meet the requirements of the constitution. Read More

Samuda to discuss school security with JTA

Thursday, February, 13 2020    

KARL Samuda, the minister responsible for education, says he will be meeting with the president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) this week to discuss the urgent issues affecting security and safety in public schools. Read More

PM: Kari Douglas has a future in politics

Thursday, February, 13 2020    

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has welcomed the switch by former People's National Party Councillor Kari Douglas to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), which surprised some political pundits. Read More

Accused in murder of boy, 8, appears in court today

Thursday, February, 13 2020    

OCHEST Rose, the man charged with the murder of eight-year-old Galen Buchanan, is to appear before the court today.The accused was initially scheduled for the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday but was not brought as expected. Read More

JLP using Clarendon by-election to test 'pulse of the people'

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Senior staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobsewrver.com | Thursday, February, 13 2020    

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday said that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be using the Clarendon South Eastern by-election, scheduled for March 2, to test the organisation of the ruling party and the pulse of the people, as the country prepares for the general election... Read More

US Gov't drops NIA

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor — publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, February, 13 2020    

The United States Government will not renew its funding of National Integrity Action (NIA) when the current agreement ends next month. Instead, Ambassador Donald Tapia says Washington is to direct that money to improving Jamaica's judicial system... Read More

Improved access to water coming for 180,000 more Jamaicans

Thursday, February, 13 2020    

APPROXIMATELY 180,000 rural residents will be provided with potable water in the 2020/21 legislative year. Read More

Jamaicans encouraged to get vaccinated against flu

Thursday, February, 13 2020    

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton is again calling on Jamaicans to get vaccinated against influenza (flu). Read More


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