SLB on education minister's radar

NOTING the important role the Students' Loan Bureau (SLB) plays in the service delivery of education to the country, Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid has indicated that he intends to have a look at how his ministry can assist the work of the bureau. Read More

PM directs NHT to find land in Barbican for low-cost housing
Prime Minister Andrew Holness last night gave a directive for the National Housing Trust (NHT) to identify land in the Barbican area to provide what will amount to low-cost housing for people who currently are not receiving NHT benefits. ... Read More

Gov't wants a performance-based public sector, says PM
PRIME Minister Andrew Holness said yesterday that a performance-based public sector is necessary to produce the efficiency required for increased economic growth and a sustainable economy.... Read More

'Bailer man' ends up behind bars
A man who posted bail for one of three accused murderers is now in jail after the accused man and his co-accused ran off while their trial was in session at the Home Circuit Court.... Read More

Jamaica outlines advancements made by women at UN forum

BY HAROLD BAILEY | Friday, September, 22 2017    

UNITED NATIONS — Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith told a United Nations Forum here Wednesday that Jamaica supports the full implementation of resolutions now before the General Assembly and the Security Council on the advancement,... Read More

Assault on cancer

BY CLAUDIENNE EDWARDS Observer writer | Friday, September, 22 2017    

NEXT month, the Ministry of Health will start visiting schools across the island to give girls in grade seven, aged nine to 14, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that should protect them against cancer of the cervix. Read More

Fake accusations

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter | Friday, September, 22 2017    

Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) President Metry Seaga yesterday labelled Minister Karl Samuda's claims of a leakage of refined sugar within the manufacturing industry as “fake accusations” that have gravely defamed and slandered the entire... Read More

'Fix crime and watch the growth of tourism'

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter | Friday, September, 22 2017    

BUSINESSMAN John Mahfood says that unless the long-standing problems with crime are addressed then there can be no hope for the growth in tourism sector, which he said is the sector that will best drive the country's economic success. Read More

Hurricane Maria left over 15 dead in Dominica, says PM

Friday, September, 22 2017    

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Hurricane Maria left more than 15 people dead in hard-hit Dominica, the small Caribbean island's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced yesterday. Read More

Woman who confessed to hiding ganja in vagina to be sentenced

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter | Friday, September, 22 2017    

A Kingston cosmetologist who tried to leave the island for Barbados with almost two pounds of ganja in her vagina and belly was on Wednesday remanded for sentencing in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on October 10. Read More

Guyana remains 'imperiled' by Venezuela's claim to its territory

Friday, September, 22 2017    

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) – Guyana has reiterated the danger that it says it is still facing on its borders as a consequence of the territorial claims by its western neighbor, Venezuela. Read More

PHOTO: Store on wheels

Friday, September, 22 2017    

These women examine goods being sold by this man from his 'bicycle store' on North Street in Kingston yesterday. (Photo: Karl McLarty Read More

'Too many illegal structures on riverbeds, gully banks and blocking drains'

Friday, September, 22 2017    

LOCAL Government and Community Development Minister Desmond McKenzie this week told residents of Clarendon that they have an important role to play to mitigate the effects of natural disasters. Read More

PHOTO: Education talk

Friday, September, 22 2017    

Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid (right) speaks with Member of Parliament for St Mary Central and Opposition spokesperson on foreign affairs and foreign trade Dr Morais Guy, and the ministry's Region 2 director Janet Brimm. Occasion was a recognition ceremony for 23... Read More

CCTV coming for schools

Friday, September, 22 2017    

EDUCATION Minister Senator Ruel Reid says several schools across the island will soon see the introduction of closed-circuit television (CCTV) equipment in a move to improve the state of safety and security in the nation's places of learning. Read More


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