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Pittsburgh residents urged to block calls from Jamaican area code

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Residents in sections of Pittsburgh, USA have been warned to beware of a telephone scam believed to be based in Jamaica and are being urged to block the 876 area code. The warning came from the District Attorney for Allegheny County Stephen Zappala, who said the callers cl ... Read More

Al Miller’s aiding and abetting case postponed
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Reverend Al Miller’s attempting to pervert the course of justice case was ... Read More

Samunya Bloomfield snatched
from her parents’ home $100,000 Reward for safe return of baby samunya
CRIME Stop Jamaica has increased the reward for the safe return of little Samunya Bloomfield to $100 ... Read More

Arthur Williams
Andrew Holness Court reserves judgement in Williams/Holness Senate case
THE Judicial Review Court yesterday reserved judgement in the case brought by Arthur Williams over h ... Read More

Japan naval vessel visits Jamaica

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

State Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown (left) greets Commander of the
Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Training Squadron Rear Admiral Hideki Yuasa while
Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica Yasuo Takase converses with Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-
Burke during a special function at Kingston Terminal to welcome the squadron.

A Japanese naval vessel yesterday visited the Jamaican capital Kingston in celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between both countries and the Japan-Caricom Friendship Year 2014. During their stay in Jamaica, members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Training Squadron will participate in a number of engagements with government officials, and representatives of the Jamaica Defence Force, the Jamaica Coast Guard and the Jamaican cadet. Japanese ambassador to Jamaica Yasuo Tak ... Read More

PM bats for ENVIRONMENT

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Goat Islands is
to be the site of a
transshipment port.
(PHOTO: MAX EARLE)

SHE hasn't had a history of addressing environmental matters at home, but Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller waxed eloquent on the subject at yesterday's special session to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Addressing the Authority at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Simpson Miller urged stronger protection of the world's oceans and seas, particularly for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as Jamaica, where tourism and fishing are ... Read More

Cruel irony

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

?Paralympian swimmer Rupert Morgan struggles up the stairs to the second
floor of Gordon House to listen and watch as legislators finally pass the longawaited
Disabilities Bill yesterday.

After just over a decade, Parliament yesterday passed the Disabilities Bill. But even as the members sought to take credit for the legislation, the cruel irony of the State’s neglect of the disabled was evident when the majority of Jamaicans with physical challenges who went to Gordon House to watch the debate were unable to enter the building. Instead, they were accommodated in a section of the garage downstairs — as there is no ramp access to the building — and watched the p ... Read More

Distribution of tablets to teachers for e-Learning project begins

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Distribution of tablets to
teachers for e-Learning
project begins

THE distribution of 25,000 tablets to teachers and students under the Tablets in Schools (TIS) Pilot Project began Monday with the delivery of approximately 180 devices. The deliveries will now allow the commencement of training of teachers in seven educational institutions included in the pilot phase. The devices were delivered by Digicel Jamaica, which is one of four companies contracted to provide the tablets under the year-long pilot project. The other three companies are Innovative Corpor ... Read More

Gov't to enforce law against lighting fires

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Minister of Local Government, Noel Arscott

PEOPLE who continue to light fires indiscriminately may soon face prosecution, according to Local Government and Community Development Minister Noel Arscott. Arscott said that lighting fires is an illegal activity and the Government will now look at enforcing the law to curtail this practice. The move comes against recent incidents of bush fires in St Elizabeth, where farmers have been using the slash and burn technique to clear their land for planting. One farmer has died as a result of a fi ... Read More

Six Portmore residents convicted for water theft

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

THE National Water Commission (NWC) reported yesterday that six people were recently convicted in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court for trespassing on the works of the NWC. The six — all of Portmore — were all found guilty and each charged and fined $8,000 or serve 30 days in prison. "The National Water Commission reminds persons who continue to trespass on its network that it has stepped up its operations across the island, and those caught will be prosecuted and made t ... Read More

$100,000 reward for safe return of Baby Samunya

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Samunya Bloomfield snatched
from her parents’ home

CRIME Stop Jamaica has increased the reward for the safe return of little Samunya Bloomfield to $100,000. The baby was snatched from her bed at her parents' home one month ago. Her whereabouts have, however, remained a mystery to her family and the police. Anyone with information on where Samunya can be located is asked to call Crime Stop on 311. $100,000 reward for safe return of Baby Samunya --> Read More

JDIP contractors seek legal advice to recover $1.6 b from Govt

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Minister of Housing - Dr Omar Davies

CONTRACTORS claiming over $1.6 billion in unpaid bills after participating in the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) are seeking legal advice on proceeding with the issue, despite meeting with Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar Davies, last Thursday. The meeting had been arranged with the minister by president of the Incorporated Master Builders Association of Jamaica Carvel Stewart in an effort to resolve the prolonged matter, which has also taken up much of the ... Read More

Audi takes care of FIFA vice-president for a day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb
(second left) and Jamaica Football
Federation (JFF) President Captain
Horace Burrell alight the Audi A6,
while a JFF staffer at the Football
Centre at the UWI closes the door.
(PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

When FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb, who also heads the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), visited Kingston on Monday, it was only natural that his mode of transportation would be an Audi. Webb, accompanied by Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell, and a delegation from CONCACAF, flew to the capital city from Montego Bay to attend the opening ceremony of a FIFA-sanctioned workshop for coaches of women's football at the ... Read More

ISA pays tribute to late former council president Lennox Ballah

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor - features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

(From left) Secretary General of the International Seabed Authority Nii Odunton; a daughter of the late Lennox Ballah, Lennon Ballah-Lashley; High Commissioner of Trinidad & Tobago to Jamaica Rev Dr Iva Gloudon; Deputy Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations Ambassador Eden Charles; and Ballah-Lashley's son Shawn, admire the monument unveiled in the late Ballah’s honour on the grounds of the Trinidadian High Commission in St Andrew last Friday. (PHOTO: KENYON HEMANS)

THE words on the plaque read 'Born to Serve', and according to former colleagues and family members, they accurately sum up the life of the late Lennox Ballah, a Trinidadian jurist who has gone down in history as the first ever president of the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Ballah took that office in 1996 when the authority weaned itself off the United Nations and became an autonomous international organisation. Last Friday, members of the authority, hosted by Tinidadian ... Read More



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