Manchester cops get 25-year sentence for murder

MANCHESTER, Jamaica — Two Manchester cops found guilty of murder on Wednesday were today sentenced in the Manchester Circuit Court to 25 years in prison. The policemen were charged with the shooting death of Anthony ‘Tony’ Richards in Alligator Pond on New Year’s Day 2010. ... Read More

Jamaican-born Lorna Johnson with President Barack Obama. New US envoy to Ja named; Obama appoints J'can to performing arts advisory committee
United States foreign service veteran Luis G Moreno was yesterday confirmed as America's next ambass ... Read More

(L-R) WATSON... sacked last year. CUTHBERT... is reported to have come under intense pressure from the JEF board

NHT board crippled
The beleaguered National Housing Trust (NHT) was last night facing a new dilemma as a third director ... Read More

A roadblock mounted yesterday by
protesting downtown Kingston vendors. Sewage flows near fish market
POLICE say they will be monitoring sections of Spanish Town Road in Kingston today following threats ... Read More

OAS concerned about new Bahamas immigration policy

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor - special assignment | Friday, November 21, 2014    

Organisation of American States General Secretary Jose Miguel Insulza gesticulates while addressing yesterday’s Jamaica
Observer Press Club at the newspaper’s head office in Kingston. Also photographed are Paul Spencer (centre), advisor to the
secretary general; and Danville Walker, Observer managing director. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

SECRETARY General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza has expressed concern about the Bahamian Government's new immigration policy under which non-nationals who are unable to show they have permission to live and work there are being arrested. "I sincerely hope that we can examine the matter soon," Insulza told reporters and editors at the Jamaica Observer Press Club held at the newspaper's head office in Kingston yesterday. Insulza said that the Inter-American Com ... Read More

CASE cancels graduation

Friday, November 21, 2014    

THE board of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) yesterday cancelled its 2014 graduation, which was scheduled to take place last evening. "This is based on the fact that the number of graduands registered to attend the event is way below 85 per cent of the number eligible for graduation, making it unfeasible to proceed with plans for the ceremony," the college said in a press release. "We are disappointed by this development but the reality is that graduation is not a fund ... Read More

Labour ministry gets new permanent secretary

Friday, November 21, 2014    

Colette Roberts-Risden

COLLETTE K Roberts-Risden has been appointed as permanent secretary for the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with effect from January 1, 2015. She will replace permanent secretary Alvin McIntosh, who will be proceeding on retirement. Roberts-Risden first joined the Public Service as a research fellow at the Management Institute for National Development on April 1, 1997. She was later appointed to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security on January 3, 2000, as director of public assi ... Read More

Lowe pledges $3 million to fund nutraceuticals research, development

Friday, November 21, 2014    

Dr Henry Lowe

RESEARCH and development prospects for Jamaican nutraceutical products have been boosted by a pledge by scientist Dr Henry Lowe to pump some $3 million into a fund for the development of the industry. Dr Lowe made the pledge after being awarded the $1.5-million National Commission on Science and Technology's (NCST) medal for science, technology and innovations last week. He pledged to match the cash award and donate the money to a fund to support young scientists and graduates in the field of ... Read More

Opposition wants PNP treasurer off NHT board

Friday, November 21, 2014    

HORNE… confirmed as PNP treasurer in July this year

THE Opposition has called for the immediate removal of People's National Party (PNP) treasurer Norman Horne as a member of the board of the National Housing Trust (NHT). "I can't believe how barefaced this government is," Opposition spokesman on finance and planning Audley Shaw said, as he made the call at the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP's) post conference briefing at Belmont Road in Kingston Tuesday. Shaw was supported by both Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, who noted that Horne, a business ... Read More

Tourism Ministry seeks support of artistes in promoting island

Friday, November 21, 2014 8:15 PM    

Damion Crawford

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) — State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Damion Crawford, said the Ministry will be introducing an artiste ambassadors programme to assist in the promotion of destination Jamaica. Addressing the closing session of the 6th Tourism Outlook Seminar at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James on Friday (November 21), Crawford said that the Ministry will be seeking the support of an initial four travelling Jamaican entertainers under the initi ... Read More

St Ann customers without water as thieves hit NWC again

Friday, November 21, 2014 6:52 PM    

ST ANN, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) says that customers in Breadnut Hill and surrounding areas of St Ann are now without regular water supply after thieves Thursday night made off with over 600 feet of electrical service wires. Replacing the stolen wires will cost in excess of $1 million, the NWC said in a release Friday. According to the NWC this latest incident comes on the heels of vandalism and theft of electrical wires and other pumping accessories at the commissio ... Read More

At least 12 dead in New York snow storm

Friday, November 21, 2014 6:02 PM    

UFFALO, NY (AP) — Residents of western New York may soon have to worry about the water in their basements as well as the snow on their roofs. After a three-day onslaught that dumped a historic 7 feet of snow on the Buffalo area and killed at least 12 people, the sun came out Friday, but so did predictions of flooding caused by rain, temperatures up to 60 degrees and blocked catch basins. "We are preparing now for more flooding than we've seen in a long, long time," Governor Andrew Cuomo ... Read More

FOREX: J$113.39 to one US dollar

Friday, November 21, 2014 5:36 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Friday, November 21 ended trading at J$113.39, up five cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed at J$100.42, up from J$99.84 while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$177.41 down from J$177.46. Read More

Latin American leaders, OAS chief praise Obama's immigration reprieve

Friday, November 21, 2014 5:24 PM    

US President Barack Obama  

MEXICO CITY (AFP) — Mexico’s president on Friday joined Central American leaders and Latino celebrities in applauding US President Barack Obama’s landmark offer to shield millions of undocumented migrants from deportation. “I wish to express our appreciation, as a country, to the president of the United States for his announcement,” President Enrique Pena Nieto said at a gathering of justice officials in Mexico City. “Speaking of justice, this is an act of j ... Read More



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