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Education minister says Opposition less than credible

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid

EDUCATION Minister Senator Ruel Reid has hit back at the Opposition for what he says are its disingenuous and “less than credible” calls for teachers who were previously employed in the pre-primary school system under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) to be given back th ... Read More

People’s National Party contenders for the party’s St Andrew Southern constituency organisation Mark Golding (left) and Colin Campbell argue over developments in the campaign during a sitting of the Jamaica Observer Press Club in June this year. A Mark against Colin
Candidate for chairman of the People’s National Party’s (PNP) St Andrew Southern constit ... Read More

BLYTHE... Comrades who dare to have a different point of view from that of the leader are being subjected to intimidation, verbal abuse, social media abuse and victimisation Make me PNP president, Blythe appeals to delegates
Dr Karl Blythe yesterday appealed to People’s National Party (PNP) delegates to elect him pres ... Read More

Team Ardenne on the ready in California for the World Championships of the Performing Arts. Ardenne Prep drummers win big in int’l contest
THE 10-member Ardenne Preparatory and Extension High School’s Lightning Drummers topped the Ju ... Read More

Oaklands murder accused says he was shocked at ex-girlfriend’s death

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, July 29, 2016    

KINGSTON businessman Steven Causewell yesterday told jurors in the Home Circuit Court repeatedly that he did not kill his ex-girlfriend, Nordia Mitchell, and that he is very sorry she is gone. “It is really an unfortunate and a tragic situation, but I did not kill Nordia; you must believe me. I am not guilty,” Causewell stressed. The defendant’s made the declaration during an unsworn statement delivered from the prisoner’s dock after the defence’s no-case submissi ... Read More

Delano Franklyn: A costly journey to death’s door and back

Friday, July 29, 2016    

Delano Franklyn

On his back in a hospital bed, in a state of near paralysis, Delano Franklyn, the former chief of staff for Prime Minister P J Patterson, gives a chilling account of his near-death experience when the marauding Zika virus opened the door to a little known but deadly disease. Don’t miss Franklyn’s costly journey to death’s door and back in this week’s Sunday Observer. Read More

Tourism a key part of Ja’s growth strategy — Holness

Friday, July 29, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) looks at breaded fish nuggets being shown to him by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rainforest Seafoods Brian Jardim. Occasion was a tour of the company’s manufacturing facility on Slipe Road in Kingston on Wednesday. (Photo: JIS)

Prime MinisterAndrew Holness has assured local and international tourism investors of the government’s support for the continued development of the sector. He noted that tourism is a key part of the national growth strategy and is a priority area of focus. “Tourism, being such a major part of our gross domestic product (GDP), would be the obvious place to start in growing the economy,” he said at a meeting with the investment partners at the Office of the Prime Minister, yes ... Read More

Cabinet approves sale of land for resort project in Rose Hall

Friday, July 29, 2016    

REID... it should be noted that this sale price holds with the caveat of completion of the sale within a year (Photo: JIS)

Cabinet has approved the sale of 96 acres of land at Success Estate in Rose Hall, St James, to Celebration Jamaica Development Limited for US$40.1 million for an integrated resort development project. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid said the lands, known as Northern Estate, are owned by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC). He was speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister, on Wednesday. Senator Reid informed that th ... Read More

May Pen Police appeal for assistance to recover stolen electronics

Friday, July 29, 2016    

The May Pen Police are appealing to members of the public to be on the alert for people selling electronics at discounted prices following a break-in at the local branch of a popular retail store, last Sunday. More than 400 items, including laptops, smartphones, headsets and modems were stolen from the establishment. As detectives continue to probe the case, they are urging people to promptly report any suspicious persons seen selling or transporting a large number of electronic devices. T ... Read More

Bunting’s divine intervention rubbing off here?

Friday, July 29, 2016    

Church leaders pray for National Security Minister Robert ‘Bobby’ Montague (third left) and his predecessor, Opposition spokesman on national security, Peter Bunting (fourth left), as well as for the security of the nation following the launch of the ‘Jamaica Pray’ initiative Tuesday at the Guardian Life building in New Kingston. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

JAMAICA Observer online readers have largely concluded that Sunday’s planned Jamaica Pray initiative will have little impact on the country’s crime problem. Here’s how the readers reacted to a call from the organisers for the public’s support in praying for the nation: PhilT McNasty Bunting’s divine intervention rubbing off here? What has happened to the tough talk that Montague had only yesterday. Oh, I see, it was just that... TALK! These Muslim/Islamic fanatic ... Read More

New species of scorpionfish found in Caribbean Sea

Friday, July 29, 2016    

The Scorpaenodes barrybrowni

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Scientists have discovered a new species of the vibrantly coloured scorpionfish in the Caribbean Sea. The bright orange-red fish was found at depth of 95 to 160 metres (310 to 525 feet) in waters close to Curaçao. The fish, which is the deepest-living member of its genus in the western Atlantic Ocean, was discovered using a manned submersible — the Curasub, operated by the Smithsonian Institute’s Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP). ... Read More

Businesswoman, sales rep charged over large cash transaction

Friday, July 29, 2016    

A businesswoman who bought a car for $1.4 million cash and the sales representative who closed the deal were arrested and charged by the Westmoreland Proactive Investigations Unit, last week. Charged with breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act are Karrian Gray, 37, of Norwood Gardens in Paradise, St James and Adrian Wilson, 24, of Hatfield in Manchester. Reports from the Westmoreland Police are that a lottery scamming operation was carried out at premises in Chantilly, Westmoreland, where a ma ... Read More

Gov’t to step up protection of territorial waters from poachers

Friday, July 29, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) looks at breaded fish nuggets being shown to him by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rainforest Seafoods Brian Jardim. Occasion was a tour of the company’s manufacturing facility on Slipe Road in Kingston on Wednesday. (Photo: JIS)

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says the Government intends to do more to safeguard the country’s territorial waters against poaching. He noted that Jamaica loses approximately US$10 million annually due to illegal fishing. He said the fishing jurisdiction is an important zone that, if properly protected and tapped into, can contribute significantly to the country’s growth and development. “The economic space that is under Jamaican jurisdiction is 25 times the size of our landm ... Read More

Save the Children-supported maternity hospital bombed in north Syria

Friday, July 29, 2016 9:50 AM    

Logo for UK-based NGO Save the Children

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — A maternity hospital supported by Save the Children was bombed Friday in Idlib province of northwest Syria, causing casualties and heavy damage, the Britain-based charity said. The UK Twitter account for Save the Children tweeted: "Save the Children supported maternity hospital in #Idlib bombed, casualties reported - numbers unconfirmed". It said the hospital in Kafar Takharim was heavily damaged and left barely operational. It later also tweeted video of rubble, ... Read More



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