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Social Development Commission parish manager for St Thomas Lori Ann Peart Roberts argues
that St Thomas is ripe with development opportunity at the Jamaica Observer weekly Monday
Exchange. In the background are fellow members of the committee spearheading the 150th
anniversary observance of the Morant Bay uprising (from left), pastor of the Kitson Town Circuit
of Baptist Churches Rev Norva Rodney, chairman of the St Thomas Parish Development
Committee Bobby Sephestine, and executive director of Jamaica Diaspora Institute, Professor
Neville Ying. (PHOTOS: ANTONIO GRAHAM)

THE committee spearheading the 150th anniversary observance of the Morant Bay uprising has challenged potential investors to set up businesses throughout St Thomas, which it said was ripe with development opportunities and endless possibilities. "We are here now to say to the public: 'Jamaica, St T ... Read More

Matthew Samuda Vote-Catching Ploy
GENERATION 2000 (G2K) yesterday dismissed the Government’s $50-million sustainable development ... Read More

The mangled
remains of
Dr Barrington Clarke’s
Toyota Axio motor car,
in which he died
during an accident
yesterday morning. Medical doctor dies in car crash
SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Popular Westmoreland medical doctor, Barrigton Clarke, died ear ... Read More

Delano Seiveright (file photo) St Thomas residents to treat water used for domestic purposes
THE South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) yesterday urged residents of St Thomas to treat wat ... Read More

More stringent monitoring of cops coming

Wednesday, September 02, 2015    

HINDS… some of the issues that
have surfaced have not been
seen before.

THE Police High Command says new screening methods are to be employed for all members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). To ensure that this is achieved and maintained, a more stringent supervision mechanism is being implemented to effectively manage the screening of members joining the JCF, a release from the constabulary said yesterday. "[As it now stands] persons are screened and revetted for specialist units regularly [but] it is not so for the entire population (of the JCF) and this is something that we a ... Read More

Education access policy discriminatory- Holness

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter henryb@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, September 02, 2015    

HOLNESS...having diverted the resources, there is no capacity
or capability in the education system to respond to disruptive
behaviour.

LEADER of the Opposition Andrew Holness has accused the government of pursuing a discriminatory and non-inclusive policy on access to education. In response to questions from the Jamaica Observer on the recent speech made by Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites to the annual conference of the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) in St James, Holness said his administration was confronted with an almost epidemic of behavioural problems, between 2007 and 2011, which often triggered violence and de ... Read More

Is the Express Entry system too slow?

Antonn Brown | Wednesday, September 02, 2015    

Citizenship and Immigration
Minister of Canada Chris
Alexander says he expects
10 to 15 per cent of the
immigrants arriving in
Canada this year will have
been selected through the
new Express Entry
application system.

Dear Mr Brown: I understand that the Express Entry is not going very well. Is it expected to improve? I hope there will be changes after the expected federal election later this year. -- DS Dear DS: There will always be changes in immigration policy to meet present needs and circumstances. The Government of Canada intends to accept up to 280,000 immigrants this year. Although Express Entry was launched on January 1, 2015, the vast majority of immigrants will still be selected under the old s ... Read More

Students urged to focus on schoolwork

Wednesday, September 02, 2015    

Principal Director of the
National College for
Educational Leadership (NCEL)
Dr Maurice Smith and Chief
Executive Officer of Manpower
& Maintenance Services
(MMS) Ltd Audrey Hinchcliffe,
(centre) cut a cake with Grade
Six Achievement Test (GSAT)
scholarship awardees, during a
function held last Friday at the
MMS head office in Kingston.

SEVERAL students who will be attending traditional and non-traditional high schools in September have been urged to remain focused on their academic pursuits and to form friendships with others, who will encourage and motivate them to do well. The words of advice came from Principal Director of the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) Dr Maurice Smith, while addressing a Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards ceremony held last Friday at Manpower and Maintenance Services' head ... Read More

Jamaica’s election boss leads Caricom observer team for T&T polls

Wednesday, September 02, 2015    

Orrett Fisher

JAMAICA'S direction of elections Orrett Fisher is to lead a Caribbean Community (Caricom) delegation that will observe parliamentary elections in Trinidad on Monday. He leaves the island tomorrow. After the election the delegation will issue a report to the secretary general of Caricom, indicating its finding on the election and make recommendations on what could be done to improve the system. The secretary general is then expected to share the report with heads of governments and the leader ... Read More

Prisoners hurt in police truck crash

Wednesday, September 02, 2015    

PRISONERS HURT IN
POLICE TRUCK CRASH

A police truck transporting about four prisoners crashed yesterday on Highway 2000, while the vehicle was on its way to Kingston. Here police remove one of the inmates from the truck. They were all taken to hospital. It was, however, not immediately clear what was the condition of the prisoners and the policeman who was driving the truck. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Read More

Gov’t, Opposition want special honour for track & field stars

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, September 02, 2015    

Portia Simpson-Miller (file photo)

THE Government has indicated that it will appoint a committee to determine how the country will honour its track and field athletes for their second-place showing at last week's IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller gave the indication during an exchange with Opposition leader Andrew Holness, who was responding to her statement in which she paid tribute to the athletes, as the House of Representatives resumed its sitting after its summer break at Gordo ... Read More

Backlog reduced at Firearm Licensing Authority

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 6:34 PM    

Security Minister Peter Bunting

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — National Security Minister Peter Bunting says the Firearm Licensing Authority has significantly reduced the backlog of applications for firearm licences. Bunting, who was responding to questions from Opposition Spokesperson on Security, Derrick Smith, said up to the end of June this year, some 2,581 applications were processed. Speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Bunting noted that for the period ending August 2012, the backlog of applications f ... Read More

One of Lucea's most wanted turns self in

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 6:14 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — One of the men listed as wanted by the Area One police is now in custody after he turned himself in to the police on Tuesday. In custody is Rowandre Reid. Reports are that about 10:00 am, Reid, who was accompanied by his lawyer, turned himself in to the Lucea police. He is currently being questioned and is expected to be charged with three counts of wounding with intent, illegal possession of firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. The police are again advising ... Read More

Forex: J$118.01 to one US dollar

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 5:46 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Wednesday, September 2, ended trading at J$118.01, up by eight cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$88.96, up from J$88.65, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$179.36, down from J$180.38. Read More



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