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Seiveright hits back after fireworks at PAAC over $8.9-m travel bill

SENIOR communications strategist in the Ministry of Tourism Delano Seiveright has shot back at chairman of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) Dr Wykeham McNeill over questions about the merit of his employment to that ministry. Read More

Rights group backs Opposition in NIDS fight
RIGHTS group Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS) has thrown its support behind the legal action being taken by the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) against the Government, who is seeking to block the implementation of the national identification system (NIDS) in its...... Read More

CPFSA reaches out to teen who confessed to self-inflicted wounds
THE Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) has reached out to the 17-year-old high school student who was the subject of a Jamaica Observer story on Monday, after she posted pictures of reportedly self-inflicted cuts on social media that sparked calls from mental health...... Read More

Beaches Ocho Rios chefs 'cook off' in hot culinary contest
TEAM 5 comprising Samoya Morgan, Annakaye Riley and Avianna Rodney emerged overall champions at the 2018 Taste of Beaches Culinary Cook-off Competition held at the resort recently.... Read More

9-y-o girl found dead; boy, 13, in custody

Thursday, June, 7 2018    

BOG, Westmoreland — The Westmoreland police have taken a 13-year-old boy into custody in connection with the gruesome discovery of the body of a nine-year-old girl in bushes Tuesday night. Read More

UHWI falls short

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, June, 7 2018    

RECENTLY released figures by the Ministry of Health indicate that while the national average for neonatal mortality was 20.0 per 1,000 live births, the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) for the year 2017 posted an alarming rate of 111.1 per 1,000 live... Read More

How to use less plastic everyday

Thursday, June, 7 2018    

A new report launched by United Nations Environment has shed light on the state of plastics across the globe and has provided a roadmap for managing it. Read More

Holness to address G7 meeting in Canada

Thursday, June, 7 2018    

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness left Jamaica yesterday afternoon for Canada, where he will fulfil a number of official engagements, including attending a meeting of the Group of Seven (G7) Summit. Read More

'Unprecedented'

Thursday, June, 7 2018    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Stopover tourists to Jamaica for the first five months of this year have surpassed the one-million mark. Read More

Report on regional health authorities review being finalised

Thursday, June, 7 2018    

THE Ministry of Health is in the process of finalising a report from a review of the four regional health authorities, which will be the subject of stakeholder consultations during the 2018/19 fiscal year. Read More

Montague says Jamaica seeking a waiver on UC Rusal issue

Thursday, June, 7 2018    

MINISTER of Transport and Mining Robert Montague says the Government has been monitoring the situation affecting production at UC Rusal's facilities in Jamaica and will continue to update Parliament. Read More

Former taxi association head Egerton Newman on fraud rap

Thursday, June, 7 2018    

EGERTON Newman, former president of the National Association of Taxi Operators, is facing fraud charges following allegations that he collected $105,000 from three taxi drivers under the guise that he could get them hackney carriage licences, but failed to deliver. Read More

MOCA, FID called in to probe National Insurance Fund investments

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, June, 7 2018    

ALARM bells raised by the Auditor General's Department about poor governance practices in equity investments made by the National Insurance Fund (NIF), and activities of the Rehabilitation Programme — both under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security — are now the subject... Read More

Wheatley to receive award in New York

Thursday, June, 7 2018    

MINISTER of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley will be honoured with the Jamaica College Old Boys' Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) inaugural Technology Leadership Award this month. Read More

This Day in History — June 7

Thursday, June, 7 2018    

Today is the 158th day of 2018. There are 207 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1970: Voters in Switzerland reject proposal to force almost one-third of a million aliens to leave that country. OTHER EVENTS Read More



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