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Embassy scare

Jamaica Defence Force soldiers take up positions in
front of the United States Embassy in Kingston after a
man threw a bag over the walls of the building, causing
a security scare. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

THE United States Embassy in Kingston yesterday hurriedly locked down its operations after a Caucasian man threw a bag over the walls of the Old Hope Road-based mission, causing a security scare. Jamaican police and soldiers rushed to the embassy to secure the facility, while US marines with high-p ... Read More

An aerial view of the Falkland Islands. This Day in History - April 2
Today is the 92nd day of 2015. There are 273 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT 1982: Argent ... Read More

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness wears a broad smile as he walks to his motor vehicle to leave the Jamaica Labour Party headquarters yesterday afternoon
after Opposition MPs voted to have him remain as leader of the party. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Man in Holness death threat hoax gets 30 months in prison
THE 48-year-old man implicated in the death-threat hoax against Opposition Leader Andrew Holness was ... Read More

Duval Wyndham (left), vice-principal at Buff Bay Primary School in Portland, and Acting Principal June Dobbs have a
discussion with educational professional and consultant to the iLead programme Dr Robin Attfield during a recent
iLead workshop at the JN conference centre in downtown Kingston Rural schools pursue educational leadership
FIVE rural secondary and primary schools which were found by the National Education Inspectorate to ... Read More

Industry ministry admits shortcomings in implementing gov't policies

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

THE frontline ministry in the State's programme to induce growth and promote investments has admitted that it has not been effectively monitoring and evaluating the implementation of Government policies. In a submission to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives yesterday, in response to concerns raised by Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis in her 2013/14 report, the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) said it agreed with the concerns, but felt that ... Read More

Fishers say NEPA hurting sales

Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

This vendor was among demonstrators who yesterday protested at the Greenwich Farm Fishing Beach in Kingston.
(PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

FISHERFOLK at the Greenwich Town Fishing Village in Kingston yesterday accused the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) of seeking to hurt their business by advising the public to be on the look out for tainted sprat. The NEPA warning was issued Monday, after the agency confirmed that a fish kill had occured in Portmore, St Catherine. "The public is being urged to refrain from collecting or eating fish from the area since the cause of death is not ascertained," NEPA said in a press ... Read More

Gaining 'Express Entry' without a job offer

Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

There are 1,200 points under the Express Entry programme, of which up to 600 points are based on one’s profile and the other 600
for an approved job offer.

Dear Mr Brown: I would like to find out if someone can get though under Express Entry to migrate to Canada without having the approved job offer (which is very difficult to get.) I keep applying for positions online to no avail. How can one submit a competitive application when any skilled worker from around the world can also submit an application? -- CGH Dear CGH: As recently as March 20, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada issued invitations to apply for permanent residence to applic ... Read More

NIC: Expanded drought management plan will improve service to customers

Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

Director of engineering and technical services at the National Irrigation Commission Limited
(NIC), Milton Henry (right), makes a point as he addresses a recent JIS Think Tank. At left is
Chief Executive Officer Dr Mark Richards.

THE National Irrigation Commission (NIC) has expanded its drought management plan to improve service to its more than 3,600 customers. Last year the agricultural sector was significantly impacted by drought conditions and word out of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change is that Jamaica is one of those countries to be impacted by climate change, hence drought conditions will become a recurring decimal. "In terms of our landscape last year, we had a drought plan that la ... Read More

Howard Cooke Blvd to undergo major repairs

Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

WORK to rehabilitate sections of Howard Cooke Boulevard in Montego Bay, St James, is set to begin on April 10. The work, which will be done t sections of the road in close proximity to the St James Police Headquarters at Montego Bay Freeport, will be undertaken by the National Works Agency with funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund to the tune of $14 million. Making the announcement at a press conference at the St James Parish Council chamber on Monday, communication and customer services ... Read More

Caricom wants int'l help to push socio-economic development

Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

The Caricom secretariat in Guyana.

Addressing the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, Christie -- who is the Caricom chairman -- said that regional countries are acutely aware of the complexity of the global economic environment and the major transformation underway in the world economy. "Indeed, the aftermath of the global economic and financial crises has translated into a less than favourable international context for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caricom region into much of the next decade or so ... Read More

Baker accused of torching ex-lover's dwelling

Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

A Kingston baker, accused of torching an eight-apartment house where his ex-lover resided in downtown Kingston, was further remanded when he appeared Monday before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. Forty-one-year-old Dwight Brown, otherwise called 'Bread Man', of James Street in downtown Kingston, was arrested and charged with the New Year's Day fire that destroyed the house and left nine people homeless. In his statement, Brown claimed that the fire was not a deliberate act, as ... Read More

Fish kill

Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

FISH KILL

An egret has tiny silver-hued anchovies for breakfast in the Dawkins pond in Portmore, St Catherine, yesterday. The anchovies, victims of a fish kill, floated up on Monday. See related stories on Page 4 and in Environment Watch. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Read More

PAAC to review NWC parish plans this morning

Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

Urgent need for upgrading of NWC facilities such as this one located close to Parks Road.

THE management of the National Water Commission will appear before the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of the House of Representatives this morning to respond to questions on its parish plans. The PAAC is seeking answers to a number of issues surrounding the supply of water and disposal of sewage by the NWC under its parish plans. Among the issues expected to be addressed by the commission are: The timeline for moving house-to-house water supply coverage from its curr ... Read More

'A teller of lies'

BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

Opposition leader Andrew Holness

THE 48-year-old man implicated in the death-threat hoax against Opposition Leader Andrew Holness was yesterday sentenced to two years and six months behind bars. Maxie Robinson was sentenced by Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey who -- in handing down the sentence -- said that based on Robinson's record, he was a 'teller of lies' and had a history of deviant behaviour. She added that Robinson had achieved his plot to create excitement and mayhem. Robinson's lawyer, Andrew Wildes, had asked for a ... Read More



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