UPDATE: Police murder a wicked act, says Area Commander Kevin Blake

Constable Preddie ... second cop killed in 2014

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) for Police Area Three, which includes the parish of Manchester, Kevin Blake, is describing the murder last night of Constable Orville Preddie as a wicked act and one which must be condemned by the entire society. “This is furthe ... Read More

(L-R) Granville Valentine and Vincent Morrison Union irony
THE National Workers' Union (NWU), which for many years led several strikes in defence of hundreds o ... Read More

Despite slow sales, Mervin Dickson wears
a cheerful look as he and his young charge
sit at his fruit stall outside the Coronation
Market in downtown Kingston, yesterday.
(PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) Worse than last year!
WITH less than a week to go before Christmas, vendors in downtown Kingston are concerned about the ... Read More

Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses wait for passengers at a stop in St Andrew. (Inset) The Smarter Card that was introduced
by the bus company to curb leakage of its revenues. (OBSERVER PHOTOS) JUTC announces change to 'Pay for Other' feature amidst abuse
THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is to discontinue the 'Pay for Other' feature for concessio ... Read More

Petroleum marketing companies to pass on price cuts to retailers

Friday, December 19, 2014    

PETROLEUM marketing companies licensed to operate in Jamaica have agreed to pass on the full reduction of weekly refinery billing price adjustments quoted by Petrojam to their retailers, which should result in lower prices for consumers. The assurance followed an emergency meeting held yesterday between Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell and representatives of 11 marketing companies that control over 90 per cent of the industry. "A number of the marketing companies indicate that the reason for n ... Read More

Mahfood elected head of PSOJ

Friday, December 19, 2014    

Chairman of Wisynco, William Mahfood

THE chairman of WISYNCO Group Limited, William Mahfood, was yesterday elected the 17th president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) at a council meeting held at the PSOJ's offices on Hope Road. He succeeds Christopher Zacca, who did not seek re-election after serving a total of five years -- over two separate periods -- as president. Joining Mahfood on the PSOJ leadership team are vice-presidents Christopher Barnes, managing director of Gleaner Company Jamaica Limited; Denni ... Read More

Another break-in at Gordon House

Friday, December 19, 2014    

A police investigator is seen at the broken window through
which a robber gained access to Gordon House early
yesterday, making off with a computer and a television set.

THE Central Police Station is investigating the robbery of a computer and a television set from Gordon House, the seat of Parliament, yesterday. According to information obtained by the Jamaica Observer, at about 3 o'clock yesterday morning, a man entered Gordon House by removing a window to the joint offices of the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president of the Senate. The sources say that the CCTV cameras operating inside and outside the parliament building showed that a si ... Read More

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

Friday, December 19, 2014 6:56 PM    

Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro (Photo: AP)

HAVANA (AP) — Everyone in Cuba is talking about the startling turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro. So far, the larger-than-life retired Cuban leader has made no public comment on the biggest news in years — that the US and his island nation will restore diplomatic relations after more than 50 years of hostility. His brother, President Raul Castro, announced the historic shift in a surprise television appearance Wednesday and there was ... Read More

S&P lowers Barbados credit rating to 'B'

Friday, December 19, 2014 6:07 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) on Friday, December 19 lowered its long-term sovereign credit ratings on Barbados to 'B' from 'BB-'. Despite various adjustment efforts on both revenues and expenditures, Barbados' fiscal accounts remain under pressure with ongoing large deficits, a high debt burden that continues to rise, and narrower financing options, S&P said in a statement. GDP growth could turn a corner next year with increased investment in tourism ... Read More

Forex: J$114.59 to one US dollar

Friday, December 19, 2014 5:26 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Friday, December 19 ended trading at J$114.59, up one cent, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed at J$98.77, down from J$99.27 while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$179.06 down from J$179.30. Read More

Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

Friday, December 19, 2014 5:15 PM    

Obama...This is still a regime that represses its people

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days after reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama said Friday he doesn't expect the effort to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the US economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation. "This is still a regime that represses its people," Obama said at a year-end news conference two days after the historic announcement that he was moving to end the half century of Cold War acrimony with Havana. ... Read More

Mayor Harris's sale of Bogue lands breaches trust of citizens, says Sinclair

Friday, December 19, 2014 4:54 PM    

Former Mayor of Montego Bay Charles Sinclair

ST JAMES, Jamaica – Former Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Charles Sinclair is taking Mayor Glendon Harris to task for what he says is a breach of the trust in a decision to waive $28 million of rental revenue from the Bogue land and to sell the land at a 2009 value instead of current market value. Sinclair claims that Harris took the decision in spite of advice from the Parish Council Secretary Manager, and Director of Administration. "The position taken by the Mayor Harris flies in th ... Read More

Jamaica gets US$67-m IMF drawdown

Friday, December 19, 2014 4:43 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved disbursement of US $67 million for Jamaica. The development follows a successful sixth review of the country’s economic performance under the four-year Extended Fund Facility (EEF). The completion of the sixth review follows a November 5 to 11 visit to Jamaica by the IMF mission team, which said Jamaica’s programme with the Fund “remains on track and strong”. In a releas ... Read More

INDECOM exhumes Clarendon man's body in probe

Friday, December 19, 2014 4:22 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) conducted an exhumation of a man’s body on December 16 and 17 in a probe to gather further information on the cause death. The exhumation of the body of Seydane Nelson of Clarendon was undertaken with the assistance of international medical personnel and ballistic expert and observed by the Government of Jamaica Pathologist, INDECOM said in a report Friday, December 19. Nelson was one of nine people who were ... Read More



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