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Mixed views on JPS' new PAYG service

(L) BROWN... it gives customers
the option to use what they
can afford. (PHOTOS: LIONEL
ROOKWOOD)
(R)
HANSEL... this is just another
way for the JPS to make more
money

JAMAICANS yesterday expressed mixed views about the introduction of a Pay As You Go (PAYG) electricity supply system by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS). The light and power company said that, with the new system, customers have the option to purchase the amount of electricity they want to use on a ... Read More

Soldiers inside
Tivoli Gardens
following the bloody
May 2010 operation.
(OBSERVER FILE
PHOTO) Ellington: Greater number of casualties was anticipated in 2010 operation
FORMER Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington says that it had been anticipated that a greater number ... Read More

(L) NICHOLSON... made a
statement in parliament on
Friday that the Opposition said
was nothing more than vulgar
politicking.
(R) BARTLETT... the minister’s
focus on politicking detracted
from his statement. 'Vulgar politicking'
OPPOSITION Spokesman on foreign affairs and foreign trade, Edmund Bartlett, has accused Minister of ... Read More

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Phillip Paulwell is assisted by principal of
the University of the West Indies, Mona, Professor Archibald McDonald (left), and Government
MP Raymond Pryce in planting the first legal ganja tree on the university’s campus. Standing at
left is Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding. (PHOTOS: ASTON SPAULDING) Historic legal ganja tree planted at UWI
THE University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, planted its first legal ganja (marijuana) plant yeste ... Read More

No deal yet

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter bennettk@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

HYLTON... an
MOU is an
agreement to talk

ANTHONY Hylton yesterday sought to address growing concerns about the capacity of two foreign companies to develop and fund infrastructure for the Government's much-touted logistics hub, saying that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be signed with the firms is merely an opportunity for them to prove their ability and legitimacy. "Let me be clear, an MOU is an agreement to talk," Hylton told guests attending the launch of Intellectual Property Week and the unveiling of the geographical indi ... Read More

Opposition says Gov't 'arrogant' in dealing with Negril development

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

ROBINSON... said that the recent vote
against the project by the Jamaica Hotel
and Tourist Association (Negril Chapter)
members only adds to mounting
opposition against the system

OPPOSITION spokesperson on tourism and cruise shipping, Shahine Robinson, says she is "absolutely disturbed' by the arrogance being shown by the government and its agencies in the controversial breakwater project planned for Negril. Robinson said that the recent vote against the project by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (Negril Chapter) members only adds to mounting opposition from the Negril Chamber of Commerce, the Negril Cluster, the Negril Entertainment Association, the Westmorel ... Read More

Horne explains resignation as PNP treasurer

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

HORNE… I intend to serve in
other capacities that are not
as demanding as the treasury

NORMAN Horne yesterday confirmed that he has resigned as treasurer of the ruling People's National Party (PNP), saying that his decision was influenced by new opportunities in his line of business that demand his full attention. At the same time, Horne pointed out that his move would not reduce his involvement in the party, but would give him more opportunities to serve in other areas. "I intend to serve in other capacities that are not as demanding as the treasury," Horne told the Jamaica Obs ... Read More

Gov't prohibits sea cucumber fishing

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

GOVERNMENT has imposed a prohibition on sea cucumber fishing, in light of a $30-million study to determine its prospects and viability in Jamaica. According to Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier, because the sea cucumber industry has been unregulated and uncontrolled, and due to the high level of interest in the species and status of the stock, the Government is prohibiting the fishing of sea cucumber until a management plan is developed and adopted by the autho ... Read More

Sandals pleases with 'speakeasy' concept at renamed resort

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Online/Health Co-ordinator richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

ROBINSON... said that the recent vote
against the project by the Jamaica Hotel
and Tourist Association (Negril Chapter)
members only adds to mounting
opposition against the system

Obviously, the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol is no longer illegal in the United States, but this has not prevented Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios, St Ann, from bringing the speakeasy bar concept to the Caribbean -- the first of its kind at an all-inclusive resort and in the Caribbean. Appropriately called The Rabbit Hole, it is nestled in plain sight on the resort formerly known as Sandals Grande Riviera Beach and Villa Golf Resort. The entry point: An unmarked black ... Read More

Copyright Amendment Bill Tabled

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

Anthony Hylton

MINISTER of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton has tabled a Bill seeking to amend the Copyright Act to protect copyright owners from Internet abuse. The Bill, which was tabled last week during Hylton's sectoral debate presentation, states that the World Intellectual Property Organization copyright treaty of 1996 and the Performances and Phonograms Treaty of 1996, which are together commonly known as "Internet Treaties", provide the most comprehensive protection for copyright owne ... Read More

$15-m perimeter fence for Hope Institute

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

THE South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has commenced fencing of the Hope Institute in St Andrew as it seeks to improve security at the facility. "The hospital sits on approximately 2.4 acres of land and so the fence will also serve to enhance the existing 24-hour security. There have been security breaches at this facility in the past and so this project is designed to ensure the safety and security of the staff, patients and visitors," said SERHA Board Chairman Dr Andrei Cooke. The ... Read More

Phillips happy with outcome of Washington talks

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

PHILLIPS… urged chamber to propose some changes they
would welcome within the present tax and investment
arrangements

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips has described as successful, the meetings he held with multilateral agencies in Washington, DC, while attending the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank spring meeting last week. "We held a series of discussions with officials at the highest level at the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, IMF, as well as with the US Administration in the Security Council, State Department, US Treasury and US Departm ... Read More

Gov't, US discuss tax arrangements to encourage investors

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips (file photo)

FINANCE Minister Peter Phillips says the Government is to engage in talks with the US Government aimed at reshaping its bilateral investment and tax arrangements in order to encourage more US investors to Jamaica. "One of the things that we discussed with US President Barack Obama and his team (on their recent visit to Jamaica) was how to re-define arrangements and agreements to provide a practical, but more attractive environment for the US investors to the country," he said. Addressing membe ... Read More

Happy 75th anniversary

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

Happy 75th Anniversary!

Wife of the governor general, Lady Allen (right), is assisted by Chairman of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs Senator Norman Grant to cut the organisation's 75th anniversary commemorative cake, during the recent launch of activities to mark the celebrations, at the agency's Old Hope Road head office, in St. Andrew. Lady Allen is patron of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Among those sharing the occasion are: Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier (centre); Youth and Culture Minis ... Read More



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