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Lisa Hanna's lawyers say findings of OCG baseless

ATTORNEY K D Knight and his team of lawyers representing embattled Member of Parliament (MP) for St Ann South Eastern Lisa Hanna have slapped down the contractor general's findings of wrongdoing against the MP as baseless, and vowed to defend her integrity. Read More

Wheatley says Data Protection Bill will protect NIDS info
MINISTER of Science, Energy and Techology Dr Andrew Wheatley says the Data Protection Bill will ensure the privacy of personal information collected by the Government and its agencies, as well as private institutions and individuals.... Read More

Sharon Donaldson: driving General Accident to new heights
Today the Jamaica Observer publishes the ninth of 12 stories on the nominees for this year's Business Leader Award being held under the theme “Business Leader: Executive Steward”. The nominees are among the top CEOs in Jamaica. ... Read More

'Full democracy'
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa told adoring crowds in Harare yesterday that they were witnessing “unfolding full democracy” as he returned to take power after Robert Mugabe stepped down after 37 years in power.It...... Read More

Flooding havoc in MoBay

Thursday, November, 23 2017    

There were anxious moments in the city of Montego Bay yesterday as heavy rains caused severe flooding, resulting in some businesses closing early and bringing traffic to a halt in some sections of the western city as rushing water made movements almost impossible. Up to late last night... Read More

We need more

BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, November, 23 2017    

THE Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) says at least 35 additional police investigators are needed to properly investigate child and sexual abuse cases across the island. Read More

Applaud It! An Energy Renaissance

Thursday, November, 23 2017    

“Believe in yourselves,” charged JPS CEO Emanuel DaRosa as he welcomed nine young ladies from The Merl Grove High School — all members of the school's Energy Club — to his third-floor boardroom. “It was my belief in my own ability to... Read More

IDB approves US$20-m loan for Jamaica to fight crime

Thursday, November, 23 2017    

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) yesterday said it had approved a US$20-million loan to support the Jamaican Government's efforts to measurably increase the conviction rate for murders and other violent crimes. Read More

Report: Design flaw caused 2014 plane crash off coast of Jamaica

Thursday, November, 23 2017    

MIAMI, United States (AP) — Investigators say a design flaw caused a single-engine plane heading from New York to Florida to crash into the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Jamaica, killing both occupants in 2014. Read More

Westmeade Willows flooded

Thursday, November, 23 2017    

THE Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) yesterday denied that it is responsible for cleaning clogged drains, which caused flooding of homes in Westmeade Willows during heavy rains early yesterday morning. Read More

Coffee growers to be trained at Starbucks centre in Costa Rica

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicobserver.com | Thursday, November, 23 2017    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Caribbean Coffee Baristas Ltd, the local franchise holder for Starbucks, plans to send 12 young coffee growers to Starbucks Global Agronomy Centre in Costa Rica, to learn responsible growing practices and improve the quality and size of their... Read More

Jamaica moving to tap into billion-$ minerals industry

Thursday, November, 23 2017    

THE Government, through the new National Minerals Policy (NMP), is positioning the country to tap into potential opportunities from the billion-dollar global minerals industry. Read More

Police Federation heads to court over heavy fine

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, November, 23 2017    

THE Police Federation is shaping up to go to court over a heavy fine for breaches of employment contracts that were built into the zones of special operations (ZOSO) legislation, on the basis that the police were not consulted on the new penalties. Read More

All the president’s men…and women — honouring a great boss

Thursday, November, 23 2017    

MANY of the top executives of the Sandals Group were in Montego Bay to show support for Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, who took the inaugural RJRGleaner Communications Group Hospitality Jamaica Pioneer Award on November 11, 2017 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St James. To... Read More

Address issues that will affect digital switchover, Reid urges

BY DEANDRA MORRISON Online reporter morrisond@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, November, 23 2017    

MINISTER of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid is calling on stakeholders to address issues that will affect Jamaica's digital switchover (DSO) from analogue broadcasting, a conversation that has been ongoing since 2003. Read More



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