Golding to chair Caricom Review Commission

Bruce Golding (File photo)

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced that former Prime Minister Bruce Golding will chair a Caribbean Community (Caricom) Review Commission to be established by the Government. He said that the commission would aim at positioning Jamaica to take full advantage of benefits available unde ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness makes his presentation yesterday on the 2016/17 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives. (Photo: Michael Gordon) PM announces several initiatives to get more J’cans in own homes
PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday outlined new initiatives aimed at increasing access to housi ... Read More

Carol Harvey Richards (centre), mother of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, was among people in the packed gallery in Parliament that listened to his budget presentation yesterday.Photo: Michael Gordon Holness calls for bipartisan cooperation on crime
PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday called for cooperation between the Government and the Opposi ... Read More

Minister Desmond McKenzie Changes to Litter Act to go before Cabinet soon
MINISTER of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says changes to the Litter A ... Read More

Trade unionist wants protection for temporary workers

Wednesday, May 25, 2016    

Danny Roberts

DANNY Roberts, director of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute, says Jamaica needs specific legislation to protect people working under fixed-term contracts, temporary employees, and unskilled workers. “The scope of any labour market reform must be the protection of our workers, including temporary and part-time,” he said, noting examples of managers being kept on three-month contracts which are renewed for extended periods. Roberts was speaking at a recent Wor ... Read More

SLB wants students to apply for loans by May 31

Wednesday, May 25, 2016    

SLB applicants at the entrance to the agency in this file photo.

NEW and returning tertiary students have been reminded that the deadline to apply for Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) funding is May 31, 2016. “This is only for the general loan that people repay after they have completed their programme of study,” said public education and public relations manager at the SLB, Analisa Allen. In a recent interview withJIS News, she said that with another loan type, ‘Pay As You Study’, there is no application period for that. “Th ... Read More

Transitioning from teaching to a new career in Canada

Jamaica to Canada | Wednesday, May 25, 2016    

Employment as a teacher in Canada is unlikely until one becomes a permanent resident. However, many students enrol in programmes that will facilitate employment in an area that complements their background based on their area of interest.

Dear Mr Brown: I recently graduated from a teacher’s college in Kingston. Having sent out numerous applications, I have not received a job offer as yet, nor do I expect any offers based on the work environment. Therefore, I am thinking of pursuing a short course in Canada. Do you have any recommendations for programmes that will allow me to stay in Canada as a recent graduate with no work experience? — JOW Dear JOW: We do receive many queries from those in the educational sector ... Read More

‘We can’t wait any longer’

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter | Wednesday, May 25, 2016    

Residents of Chesterfield in St Mary South Eastern building the column for a temporary bridge to go across the Wag Water River on Monday.Photo: Lionel Rookwood

AFTER almost 16 years of waiting in vain for assistance, frustrated residents of the isolated community of Chesterfield in St Mary South Eastern have taken matters into their own hands and on Labour Day began building a temporary bridge to get them across the Wag Water River to Junction main road. “We have to try something for ourselves because the politicians not giving us any assistance. Basically, what we are doing here is helping ourselves,” said Jason Cole, Monday, as he and ot ... Read More

What is a Returning Resident Visa?

Ask the US Embassy | Wednesday, May 25, 2016    

A provision exists under US visa law for the issuance of a Returning Resident special immigrant visa to legal permanent resident who remained outside the United States for more than a year due to circumstances beyond his/her control.

Q: A few years ago, my daughter filed for me and I migrated to the United States (US). I got my green card but did not naturalise as a US citizen. Three years ago, I came back to Jamaica to stay with my other daughter but got sick and couldn’t travel for a while. Now, I want to go back to the US. I have heard I should apply for a returning resident visa. What is that? A: A permanent resident (lawful permanent resident or LPR) or conditional resident (CR) who has remained outside the Uni ... Read More

Shaw slams Phillips for exaggerating achievements

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7:22 PM    

Opposition spokesman on finance Dr Peter Phillips (left) and Finance Minister Audley Shaw

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Finance Minister Audley Shaw says Opposition spokesman on finance Dr Peter Phillips has sought to “over-inflate” his achievements while in government, and has taken credit for far-reaching fiscal reforms for which he is not responsible. Shaw, while closing the budget debate this afternoon, said much of Phillips’ achievements were as a result of his administration’s policies between 2007 and 2011. “He lacked the graciousness to acknowledge ... Read More

BOJ maintains presence in foreign exchange market

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7:19 PM    

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) will be maintaining a presence in the foreign exchange market until it settles. “This presence underscores the Government’s commitment to ensuring orderly conditions in the foreign exchange market within the context of a flexible exchange rate regime,” Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, said as he closed the 2016/17 budget debate in the House of Representatives, on Wednesday. There has been a not ... Read More

Additional $175 million to be spent in Ocho Rios

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:30 PM    

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, says an additional $175 million is to be spent in Ocho Rios, St Ann, to make the resort town more marketable and attractive to cruise ship and stopover visitors. Following a recent tour of the area, Bartlett said the town will be given a complete makeover. Some $400 million had already been allocated for the town, some of which was spent on rehabilitating the Ocho Rios Cruise Ship Terminal and the sidewalks from the pier leadin ... Read More

Forex: J$125.42 to one US dollar

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:19 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican dollar held firm against the US dollar on Wednesday, May 25, ending trading at J$125.42 according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$95.93, down from J$96.05, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$181.01, up from J$180.89. Read More

No cut in national security budget, Shaw insists

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:15 PM    

Finance Minister Audley Shaw

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw has rubbished claims by Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller that the budget for national security has been cut. Phillips and Simpson Miller, during their contribution to the budget debate, expressed concerns about the figures presented in the estimates of expenditure. However, the finance minister, in closing the debate Wednesday, said the national security ... Read More



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