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No budget allocation for voter reverification

A policeman monitors voting activities at a polling station in Clarendon during the February 25 General Election.Photo: Naphtali Junior

DESPITE an eight-fold increase in the allocation to the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) for voter registration activities, there is still no provision in the budget for the house-to-house reverification of voters, which was a point of contention between the major political parties leading up to th ... Read More

Guardsman Group boss Kenny Benjamin (left), along with Jamaica National General Manager Earl Jarrett (second left), Manpower Maintenance Services owner Audrey Hinchliffe, and Appliacne Traders Group Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart discuss the Crime Stop plan at a luncheon hosted by Stewart at the Jamaica Observer yesterday.Photo: Joseph Wellington Crime Stop help
Private sector executives yesterday pledged to contribute up to $7 million to assist Crime Stop ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) greets the chairman of his new Economic Growth Council (EGC), Michael Lee Chin (left), during yesterday’s press launch of the EGC at Jamaica House. Also pictured are Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw (right), and newly appointed investment ambassador Nigel Clarke.Photo: Joseph Wellington No salaries for investment ambassadors
THE Government stood firm yesterday in its position that members of its newly formed, Michael Lee-Ch ... Read More

Sandals Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart (File photo) A grand future
BUSINESS mogul Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart yesterday told close to 30 top private sector lead ... Read More

Holness in Washington for energy summit

Wednesday, May 04, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (file photo)

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness is in Washington, DC, for the two-day United States-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit. It is his first official overseas assignment since winning the February 25 general election and being sworn in as prime minister on March 3. The energy summit will be hosted by vice-president Joe Biden and is a follow-up to the Caribbean Energy Security Summit he hosted in January last year. According to the US State Department, “the summit will launch the results ... Read More

Rio Grande rafters get

Wednesday, May 04, 2016    

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (left) and Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Portland Western Daryl Vaz prepare to hand out cheques to Rio Grande rafters on Monday.Photos: Everard Owen

BERRYDALE, Portland — Seventy-four rafters, who operate on the Rio Grande in the parish, were on Monday given cheques totalling just over $606,000 to repair their rafts damaged by recent floods in the parish. Cheques of $4,200 and $4,000 were presented to each of the rafters by Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Portland Western Daryl Vaz, and Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, respectively, during a visit to the area. The cheques p ... Read More

Visa in other passport

Ask the US Embassy | Wednesday, May 04, 2016    

Never try to remove the visa from your old passport and stick it into the new valid passport. If you do, your visa will no longer be valid and you will have to reapply.

Q: My old passport has already expired. My visa to travel to the United States is still valid but it is in my expired passport. Do I need to apply for a new visa with my new passport? I don’t want to have any trouble when I travel, but I also don’t want to have to spend the time and money on a new visa if I don’t need it. A: Not a problem at all. If your visa is still valid you can travel to the United States with your two passports, as long as the visa is valid (not expired), ... Read More

McKenzie hails St Elizabeth infirmary staff

Wednesday, May 04, 2016    

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie gives a listening ear to an elderly  woman at the St Elizabeth Infirmary during a recent visit.Photo: JIS

MINISTER of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has commended the management and staff of the St Elizabeth Infirmary in Santa Cruz for their commitment and hard work, and for keeping the facility in good order. In an interview with JIS News following visits to the infirmary, Santa Cruz market, transportation centre and other public facilities recently, McKenzie said he has toured several infirmaries and the one in St Elizabeth has stood out as a shining light. ... Read More

Prof Munroe for CIN New York lecture

Wednesday, May 04, 2016    

Dr Trevor Munroe will deliver the 12th Annual CIN Lecture on October 20.

POLITICAL scientist, former trade union leader and politician Dr Trevor Munroe will deliver the 12th Annual CIN Lecture at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in New York in October. The 12th Annual CIN Lecture will be held at Harlem’s Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture in New York on October 20. The lecture series is a community forum for Caribbean political leaders and academics “to reflect on regional affairs and provide hope and direction for the future&rd ... Read More

Lambton College offers scholarships for int’l students

Jamaica to Canada | Wednesday, May 04, 2016    


Tsering Topgyal

Dear Mr Brown: I read your articles every Wednesday and your emphasis on studies in Canada is duly noted. My question pertains to scholarships in Canada. Do you know of any scholarship or bursary that I actually have a good chance of receiving? I have read that many schools have scholarships or bursaries for existing students. However, I am inquiring about an entrance scholarship. — HB Dear HB: I appreciate your query, although it is difficult for me to respond as I do not have any i ... Read More

Bartlett wants more tourists from China, Europe

Wednesday, May 04, 2016    

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett 

MINISTER of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says the country will be going all out to pursue further tourism growth in non-traditional markets, such as China and Eastern Europe. Speaking with JIS News following the recently concluded Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) tourism trade show at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St James, Bartlett said that while the sector has been performing creditably, he is confident that there are more frontiers to be conquered. “We have done a good job over ... Read More

Law Enforcement Torch Run set for May 14

Wednesday, May 04, 2016    


Observer

The 30th staging of the Law Enforcement Torch 5K Run/Walk for Special Olympics Jamaica will be held on Saturday May 14, beginning and culminating at the Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road. The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the primary fund-raising activity for Special Olympic Teams across the world to attend the international games. This year, all law enforcement agencies, along with the Jamaica Fire Brigade, are partnering to raise $5 million to send our team to the World Winter G ... Read More

Private sector worried at crime in Guyana

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 7:30 PM    

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Guyana’s private sector has written to President David Granger complaining about the present crime situation and its impact on the country’s 50th anniversary of political independence from Britain. The Private Sector Commission (PSC) said it is concerned at the situation given that the government is seeking to attract nationals and in the diaspora and other visitors to come here to celebrate the political milestone. “The Private Sector Commiss ... Read More

Forex: J$123.51 to one US dollar

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 7:02 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican dollar on Wednesday, May 4, ended trading at J$123.51, up by 11 cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$95.77, down from J$97.36, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$177.46, down from J$179.06. Read More



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