UPDATE: JFF claims agreement with Boyz, possible boycott averted

LOS ANGELES, California --- The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) says it was able to head off a possible strike by players after both parties reportedly agreed to terms regarding fees related to the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Players and JFF officials, led by president Captain Horace Burrell, were engage ... Read more


Holness says when PNP in power murder rate rises

HOLNESS...if this trend continues, murders could pass the
1,200 mark by year end.

OPPOSITION Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness has described as callous security minister Peter Bunting's characterisation of the current increase in murders as a 'bump in the road'. "While your brothers and sisters are being killed in the most brutal way, the minister is being very c ... Read More

The truck carrying
petrol that crashed
yesterday on the Port
Henderson Road in St
Catherine yesterday. Truck spills oil, crushes bus in nasty Port Henderson crash
A section of Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St Catherine, was closed off for hours yesterday after ... Read More

NWC announces new water restrictions NWC announces new water restrictions
THE National Water Commission (NWC) says that customers in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) serv ... Read More

Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Errol Mowatt, Fire Brigade worried as hills in St Thomas, St Andrew burn
COMMISSIONER of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) Errol Mowatt yesterday painted a disturbing picture o ... Read More

Perfect 10

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

Police Commissioner Dr
Carl Williams speaking
at a news conference at
his office yesterday.

POLICE Commissioner Dr Carl Williams yesterday gave himself a perfect rating of 10 out of 10 as he launched what he said were a number of new and tweaked initiatives to go after criminals who are responsible for almost 90 per cent of the 602 murders recorded in the island over the first six months of this year. The figure represents a 19 per cent jump (98 more) in the number of murders committed over the corresponding period last year. Yesterday, Commissioner Williams, obviously seeking to all ... Read More

Young Ejay Riley beating the odds

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

President of the Rotaract Club of New Kingston Terrence Smith (third left) presents a gift
voucher to assist Half Way Tree Primary student Ejay Riley to purchase books for the upcoming
school term. His mother Patricia Riley, (fifth left) and other members of the Rotaract Club share
in the occasion. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY).

EJAY Riley is being hailed as the boy, who managed to secure a passing grade in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) even before he answered the first question on the exam paper. Teachers at Half Way Tree Primary School are heaping praises on the 12-year-old student, who -- despite being left in a vegetative state for more than six months following a stroke -- was able to overcome his challenges and not only successfully completed GSAT but is now an inspiration for fellow students. "Determi ... Read More

Rusea's High wins four Junior Achievement awards

Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

Alphie Mulilngs
Aiken (left) and
Yanique Taylor
(right), president
and director of
programmes for
celebrate with
some of the
students from
Rusea's High's
Teen La'bor
Enterprise — the
top company in
the Junior
Company of
From second left
are Akena Davis,
Cunningham and
Shian Mair.

STUDENTS from Rusea's High School in Hanover were beaming with pride after their student company -- Teen La'bor Enterprise -- took home four awards at the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) awards banquet held at the University of the West Indies recently. Among the awards was the coveted title of 2015 JACE/Citibank Company of the Year Award. In addition, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has sponsored a trip for the top student in the company to a ... Read More

Parents' back-to-school fair July 25

Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

THE Jamaica College PTA is hosting a special fair this month to help parents take the hassle out of back-to-school activities. Betty Stephenson Ashley, the association's vice-president, said that the fair will not only target Jamaica College parents, but also parents from other Corporate Area schools such as Papine High, Mona High and Campion College. "Our aim is to help parents to begin planning early for back-to-school," said Ashley, who disclosed that the special fair is set for Saturday, J ... Read More

Former JPS worker on fraud charges

Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

The JPS head office
in New Kingston

A former employee of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) who is accused of causing the company to lose in excess of $9.8 million is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on September 30. The accused, Donovan Carson, who was employed as an engineer, is charged with unauthorised modification of computer data, access with intent to commit an offence, conspiracy to defraud, unauthorised interception of computer functions and unauthorised access to computer data. The co ... Read More

Antigua PM denies victimisation in arrest of former House Speaker

Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

BROWNE... knee-jerk reaction
of every single person who
finds themselves in trouble
with the law.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Prime Minister Gaston Browne has denied allegations that his administration played a role in the arrest of former Speaker of the Parliament, D Gisele Isaac, who is facing fraud charges in Antigua. Browne, who was attending the 36th annual summit of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders that ended in Barbados on the weekend, told reporters that the allegations were nothing more than a "knee-jerk reaction of every single person who finds themselves in trouble wi ... Read More

This Day in History — Junly 7

Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

Today is the 188th day of 2015. There are 177 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT 2000: Eager children around the globe grab volumes of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the boy wizard's fourth magical adventure -- a massive hit even before its publication. OTHER EVENTS 1718: Alexis, son of Russia's Peter the Great, dies in a Moscow fortress after being tortured on his father's orders and questioned about a conspiracy. 1753: Act is passed for naturalisation of Jews in England. 1815 ... Read More

Senator calls for end to corruption, victimisation

Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

SKEFFERY… we must reject
unfair pressure.

GOVERNMENT Senator Wensworth Skeffery has called for the denunciation of the corrupt use of power and the victimisation of Jamaicans. "We must reject unfair pressure and denounce corrupt use of power and victimisation of our people. We must never deny them the right to live because they do not share our political calling," Skeffery told the Senate Friday, as he opened the annual state of the nation debate in the Senate. "I am confident that if we unite as a people, focus on key national prior ... Read More

Europe used old list to name Caribbean countries as tax havens

Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

BROWNE... knee-jerk reaction
of every single person who
finds themselves in trouble
with the law.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) -- The European Union has acknowledged that the list used to blacklist several Caribbean countries as tax havens was outdated, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has said. "We take very little comfort in that, in fact we expect them to adjust their records accordingly...because the consequences are serious and there are consequences for our banking relationship," Browne told reporters as the 36th annual summit of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders was ... Read More

Tourism boost expected from UNESCO's listing of Blue, John Crow Mountains

Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna

YOUTH and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna says the inscription of Jamaica's renowned Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO)World Heritage List (WHL) is expected to further boost the country's heritage tourism product offerings. The inscription, which is Jamaica's first site listing, was formally announced on July 3, by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, following a unanimous decision by the 21-member panel, durin ... Read More



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