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More police stop-and-search this Christmas

A Jamaica Observer file photo of police carrying out traffic duties.

THE Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be increasing stop-and-search operations during the festive season. Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, head of the JCF Corporate Communications Unit Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said there will be a surge in the number of police on the ... Read More

PHILLIPS… I have the experience of government and of the party                                Phillips says chances good for PNP presidency
THE People’s National Party’s (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips, who will be running for presidenc ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second left) joins representatives of other stakeholders in the signing of the Partnership for a Prosperous Jamaica document at King’s House, yesterday. Others (from left) are Oneil Grant, vice-president of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions; P B Scott, president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica; and Diana McCaulay, CEO of Jamaica Environmental Trust (JET), representing civil society. Absent is Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller. (Photo: Michael Gordon) Absence of Opposition snags signing of social contract
POLITICAL differences between the Government and the Opposition over recent developments spilled ove ... Read More

Swearing-in for KSAC postponed
THE Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People’s National Party (PNP) have agreed to the postponeme ... Read More

Bus kills pedal cyclist in Santa Cruz

Thursday, December 08, 2016    

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — A pedal cyclist is dead after being hit by a bus in Santa Cruz early yesterday. The victim has been identified as Willis Green, a welder of Grosmond, Braes River, St Elizabeth. He marked his 58th birthday on December 3. Corporal Albert Simpson, who heads the Santa Cruz Traffic Division, told the Jamaica Observer that the driver of the bus has been warned for prosecution pending further investigations. According to the police, about 6:20 am the pedal cyclist, w ... Read More

JLP switches leadership team for St ELizabeth Parish Council

Thursday, December 08, 2016    

MP JC Hutchinson

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth – In a startling move, the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has switched personnel for chairman and deputy chairman of the St Elizabeth Parish Council. Members of parish councils are to be sworn in today following the November 28 local government elections which ended in islandwide victory for the JLP over the People’s National Party (PNP), including a triumph by nine divisions to six in St Elizabeth. JLP deputy leader JC Hutchinson confirmed by telepho ... Read More

Florida resident pleads guilty to conspiracy in Jamaican lottery

Thursday, December 08, 2016    

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — Florida resident Cassandra Althea Palmer has pleaded guilty for her role in a Jamaican-based fraudulent lottery scheme. The Department of Justice announced yesterday that 33-year-old Palmer pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Marcia G Cooke in the Southern District of Florida to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a fraudulent lottery scheme. “The help of a co-conspirator in the United States makes it ... Read More

Dec 26 and 27 are public holidays

Thursday, December 08, 2016    

THE Ministry of Labour and Social Security says Christmas Day — a public holiday — will be observed on Monday, December 26, 2016, while Boxing Day will be observed on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. “This is in accordance with the Holidays (Public General) Act, which stipulates that when Christmas Day (December 25) falls on a Sunday, then the 26th and the 27th of December are to be observed as public holidays,” the ministry said The ministry also advised that employees who ... Read More

Kingston craft vendors ‘bruck ducks’

BY RACQUEL PORTER Staff reporter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, December 08, 2016    

Craft vendor Joan Reid flashes a smile inside the Kingston’s craft market in downtown Kingston on Tuesday.

The docking of the Monarch in the Kingston Harbour on Tuesday brought craft vendors an upsurge in business they haven’t seen in years. The ship, the first cruise vessel to dock in Kingston in three years, called at the port at 6:00 am with a capacity load — 2,744. “You know what ‘bruck ducks’ mean?” craft vendor Joan Reid asked this reporter in reference to the colloquial term, which means a windfall after a period of drought. “Well, wi bruck ducks t ... Read More

New exhibitors cash in on a Jamaican Made Christmas

Thursday, December 08, 2016    

Gianna Fakhourie shows off one of her beaded bracelets to a customer at Jamaican Made Christmas last week. Fakhourie said she made more than $200,000 over the two days.

AS the curtains came down on the second staging of National Baking Company’s ‘A Jamaican Made Christmas’, first-time exhibitors were singing its praises. The event, held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel on November 27 and 28, saw a steady stream of eager shoppers looking to grab their Christmas gifts early, much to the appreciation of the almost 70 small businesses on display. As busy shoppers bustled along ‘Eggnog Avenue’ and across ‘Ham Highway’ to stock ... Read More

Royal Caribbean says visit of the Monarch a test trip for Jamaica

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, December 08, 2016    

The Monarch cruise ship docked in Kingston on Tuesday. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

KINGSTON on Tuesday welcomed its first cruise ship in three years. The Pullmantur-owned vessel, Monarch, was the largest-ever ship to dock in Kingston. The 268m-long vessel sailed into the Kingston port at 6:00 am with a capacity load of 2,744 passengers during the ship’s Caribbean Legendary Tour, which seeks to retrace the journey made by European voyager Christopher Columbus in the 15th century when he came to the so-called New World. The ship, which sailed in from Cartagena, Columbia, ... Read More

Caribbean Maritime Institute to be expanded

Thursday, December 08, 2016 7:51 PM    

Students hoist the Jamaica flag at a ceremony held at the Caribbean Maritime Institute at Palisadoes, Kingston.

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government will be making an investment in the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), to make it easier to accommodate the growing number of applicants vying for spaces. Holness says he is aware of the challenges at the facility and that discussions are well advanced to expand the Institute to give more students the opportunity of pursuing a career in a sector that could give Jamaicans a competitive edge in the global marketpla ... Read More

Simpson Miller's security bar media interview

Thursday, December 08, 2016 7:27 PM    

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller (centre) waves to supporters before being whisked away after today's swearing-in ceremony in Portmore, St Catherine. (Photo: Kimone Francis)

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller was again barred from speaking to the media following the swearing-in ceremony of Portmore mayor and councillors in St Catherine, today. Simpson Miller, who surprised many when she showed up at the ceremony held at the Portmore Pines Plaza, was whisked away by a member of her security team, who insisted that she would do no interviews. "No, no, no, absolutely no!" the woman security shouted at members o ... Read More

UPDATE: JLP candidate gets 15 more votes, retains Moneague Division

Thursday, December 08, 2016 6:56 PM    

ST ANN, Jamaica — The Jamaica Labour Party candidate for the Moneague Division Delroy Kelly was again declared the division's winner following a magisterial recount at the St Ann Parish Court on Thursday. Kelly received 837 votes to beat the People's National Party candidate Lloyd Garrick, who received 817 votes, and the independent candidate Vernon Williams who received 789 votes. Kelly was initially declared the winner of the division following the local government election on November ... Read More



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