PAJ raps treatment of journalists at Jamaica House

MEDLEY… yanked microphone from reporter

THE Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) yesterday chided the Government for the treatment meted out to two journalists at Wednesday's post-Cabinet press briefing by the director of communications in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Huntely Medley. The PAJ, in a statement, said that both journa ... Read More

People crowd the Winnifred Beach in Portland in this file photo. Court orders public access to Winnifred Beach
THE Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has been ordered by the court to grant public access to Winn ... Read More

KNIGHT... we have to
tread carefully Knight irked by ‘politically exposed’ label
A new method of keeping politics out of public commissions, which is being tested under the new Inte ... Read More

304-bed dormitory to be built at Tamarind Farm Adult prison
A 304-bed dormitory is to be constructed at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre ... Read More

Pastor Al Miller returns to court Jan 22

Friday, November 28, 2014    

accused of
the course
of justice

REV Al Miller's attempting to pervert the course of justice case is to continue in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on January 22, 2015. The date was set yesterday when Miller appeared in court. Yesterday, a subpoena was issued for Sgt Winston Radcliffe to attend court to be further cross-examined by Miller's lawyer, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown. He is to be further cross-examined on the contents of his notebook in relation to the matter. Miller was charged after police officer ... Read More

JLP caretaker gets injunction to prevent removal

Friday, November 28, 2014    

LAWRENCE… fighting to stay
as caretaker

THE Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Othniel Lawrence yesterday obtained an injunction in the Supreme Court preventing his removal as his party's caretaker for the North West St Ann constituency. Lawrence on November 13 filed a suit against JLP Leader Andrew Holness and General Secretary Horace Chang following what he said was a decision taken to have him removed him as caretaker for the constituency. His removal would mean that he would not be able to contest the seat that he held previously in t ... Read More

'Ghetto organisation providing ghetto governance'

Friday, November 28, 2014    

‘Ghetto organisation providing ghetto governance'

THE treatment of journalists by Government officials at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday has been roundly condemned by Jamaica Observer online readers. Journalists were hard-pressed to get clarification from Information Minister Sandrea Falconer on conflicting information regarding the controversial purchase of the unprofitable Outameni attraction by the National Housing Trust. At one point, a microphone was yanked from a television reporter by director of communicati ... Read More

Automated immigration

Friday, November 28, 2014    

National Security Minister Peter Bunting scans a passport at one of the five automated kiosks commissioned into operation at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday. According to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, the kiosks will facilitate speedier processing of passengers through immigration as the average interaction time with the system will be 60 seconds, as opposed to two minutes on direct interaction with an immigration officer. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON) ... Read More


Friday, November 28, 2014    

With one hand balancing a piece of log on her shoulder and the other tightly holding smaller pieces of wood, this woman moves with ease along Half-Way-Tree Road, St Andrew, yesterday. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) EASY DOES IT --> Read More

PAJ introduces local art to National Journalism Awards

Friday, November 28, 2014    

Artist David Dunn in his studio

THE Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), in a bid to support local artists and introduce a new and original element to this year's National Journalism Awards, has commissioned well-known ceramic artist David Dunn to create an original piece of art for the prestigious PAJ Awards trophy. The awards banquet will take place tonight at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. "Having David on board gives the award even more cachet," said PAJ director Michelle Wilson-Reynolds. "He's one of Jamaica's to ... Read More

At least 120 dead in Nigeria mosque suicide attack

Friday, November 28, 2014 9:24 PM    

Police forces patrolling while residents react after more than 45 people were killed in a twin bomb blasts in a market in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri (Photo: AFP)

Kano, Nigeria (AFP) – At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded on Friday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders. The attack at the Grand Mosque in Kano, the biggest city in the mainly Muslim north of the country, came just as Friday prayers had started. The mosque is attached to the palace of the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II, Nigeria's second most senior Muslim cleric ... Read More

Angry protests in Haiti over election delays

Friday, November 28, 2014 9:01 PM    

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) – Thousands of angry protesters took to the streets of Haiti Friday to demand the resignation of President Michel Martelly, in the latest public outcry over long-delayed elections in the troubled Caribbean nation. Haiti has been in political crisis for three years over the failure to hold municipal and legislative elections. If elections are not held before January 12, parliament will be automatically dissolved and Martelly can rule by decree. Demonstrators ... Read More

PCL Cricket: Cottrell wrecks T&T Red Force to put Jamaica on top

Friday, November 28, 2014 8:45 PM    

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – South Africa-bound Sheldon Cottrell wrecked Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s top order with a deadly burst to leave Jamaica Franchise on top, on the opening day of their WICB Professional Cricket League clash here Friday. The left-armer finished the day with four for 17, a spell that reduced the hosts to 59 for five at the close of the third round encounter at Queen’s Park Oval, still 114 runs adrift of taking first innings lead. Cottrell’ ... Read More

JMMB awards $1-m journalism scholarship 

Friday, November 28, 2014 8:42 PM    

Patricia Sutherland (2nd left), Chair, Joan Duncan Foundation makes a point about the role and responsibilities of budding journalists to Professor Hopeton Dunn, Director, Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC). Looking on are CEO, Joan Duncan Foundation, Kim Mair (left) and Dr Livingston White, Lecturer at CARIMAC, UWI, Mona.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Joan Duncan Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Group, today (Friday, November 27) handed over $1 million for a Journalism Scholarship to the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC)in recognition of National Journalism week. JMMB said in advisory that the scholarship seeks to empower and enable individuals with a passion for journalism by providing the financial support to pursue an undergraduate degree in M ... Read More



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