St Aubyn Bartlett facing opposition in Manchester Central

BARTLETT… all I know is I
am working my a** off

THERE seems to be trouble brewing for another Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for the general election that could be held before the end of the year. Dr St Aubyn Bartlett, who is seeking to unseat Security Minister Peter Bunting for the Manchester Central seat, has reportedly fallen out of fav ... Read More

Security Minister Peter Bunting: Prison deal will benefit both Jamaica and Britain ‘It’s not a gift’
SECURITY Minister Peter Bunting says Britain's £25 million towards the construction of a new p ... Read More

The two sisters were reportedly taken to a back room at this house
where they were slaughtered. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT) Discomfort in Manchester community following sisters’ murders
COMFORT, Manchester — The gruesome murder of two sisters in Comfort District in this central p ... Read More

An image released by the Child Development Agency which shows a child protesting at a recent demonstration in Claremont, St Ann. OCA says children can participate in demonstrations
THE Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) says that schoolchildren can participate in political de ... Read More


Thursday, October 08, 2015    


A female police officer gets a push-start from a civilian after her motorcycle failed to start yesterday, while on duty outside the Ferry Police Station in St Catherine. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Read More


Thursday, October 08, 2015    


Students of the Calabar Primary and Infant School in Kingston Central were Tuesday presented with books by the Palmyra Foundation, through its Books4Kids initiative. Here, Michael McMorris (right), principal/CEO of Kronos Investment and Development, one of the sponsors of the initiative, is joined by Education Minister Ronald Thwaites in handing out some of the books. Books4Kids Jamaica has, since its inception in 2007, through its sponsors and volunteers, provided more than 155,000 books to 43, ... Read More

’Please call the elections!’

Thursday, October 08, 2015    

(L) Andrew Holness
(R) Peter Bunting

JAMAICA Observer online readers have weighed in on Tuesday's incident in Parliament which saw members of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party staging a walkout during a heated discussion over the now controversial United Kingdom prison deal. Here are some edited comments: Polyglot Perfect fodder for election posturing! Neutral Justice Rational thinking has evaded Bunting; he has been goaded politically by the Opposition and therefore lost all his (believed positivity) presentation. Ladies and ... Read More

JSIF partners with Sandals in youth training project

Thursday, October 08, 2015    

Mike Pyke (seated left), programmes manager, Sandals Resorts International; Omar Sweeney (seated centre), managing director,
Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF); and Andre Wilson, president, Youth for Development Network, sign the memorandum of
understanding to create and implement a specialised youth workforce development project. The signing is witnessed by (standing
from left) Dawn Allison, programmes officer at JSIF; Alicia Williams of the Bob Marley Foundation, Mona Sue-Ho, social
development manager, JSIF; and Loy Malcolm, general manager, technical services, JSIF.

THE Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and Sandals Resorts International recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create and implement a specialised youth workforce development project. The project targets 20 participants in the 17 to 30 age group from the communities of Granville, Barrett Town, Retirement and Anchovy in St James; Steer Town in St Ann; and Russia in Westmoreland. The hospitality initiative will be conducted over a period of four months at an overall cost of $4 ... Read More

Cayman Islands now offering 10-year visa to Jamaicans

BY BRENT FULLER Cayman Compass | Thursday, October 08, 2015    

Cayman Islands now offering
10-year visa to Jamaicans

GRAND CAYMAN — Repeat Jamaican visitors to the Cayman Islands will be given special treatment under the immigration law, with the option to obtain a 10-year visitor's visa. Currently, all other nationalities which require a visa prior to visit the Cayman Islands can obtain only single-entry permission, or permission to enter multiple times within a one-year, three-year or five-year fixed period. A Cabinet directive was issued recently to Cayman's chief immigration officer to add the 10-y ... Read More

UPDATE: England, Germany call for 'emergency' FIFA meeting

Thursday, October 08, 2015 11:20 AM    

This photo taken on October 8, 2015 in Zurich shows the entrance sign for the FIFA world headquarters. (Photo: AFP)

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – The English and German football associations on Thursday demanded an emergency FIFA executive meeting following the suspension of the world body's president Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini. The 54-member UEFA is also expected to hold a special meeting next week to discuss the mounting corruption crisis. "David Gill, the British member of the FIFA Executive, along with Wolfgang Niersbach, the German representative, have today called for an emergenc ... Read More

Education Ministry probes sacking of St Hilda's head girl

Thursday, October 08, 2015 10:47 AM    

Ministry of Education head office in Kingston (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Education says its Regional Office in Brown's Town is currently investigating the reported cancellation of the initial appointment of head girl at St Hilda's High School. It has been reported that the head girl at the secondary institution was stripped of post due to her religious belief. The ministry says it will issue a statement tomorrow. Read More

Caribbean reefs affected by mass bleaching

Thursday, October 08, 2015 10:13 AM    

Staghorn coral (Photo: Renata Ferrarai)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Reefs in the Caribbean are among the world’s reefs that have been hit by a major episode of bleaching. Scientists have confirmed that corals in the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific are suffering from the worldwide bleaching episode that is said to be the worst on record as the warming Pacific current, El Nino, increases in strength. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned it may affect more than 38 per cent of the world&rsquo ... Read More

Belgian ambassador to Caricom says ‘no plan b for climate change’ 

Thursday, October 08, 2015 9:40 AM    

New Belgian Ambassador to CARICOM Guy Sevrin (left) and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Climate change and sustainable development “are vital issues for the planet” according to Belgian Ambassador Guy Sevrin. “There is no plan B for climate change,” the ambassador said in his remarks as he presented his credentials as his country’s ambassador to the Caribbean Community (Caricom) in Turkeyen, Guyana yesterday. According to a release from the Caricom Secretariat, Sevrin said that all countries must work together to save the p ... Read More

US official says ending Cuba embargo will take time 

Thursday, October 08, 2015 8:18 AM    

US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, left, shakes hands with Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez before a meeting in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, October 7, 2015. (Photo: AP)

HAVANA (AP) — US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker wrapped up her visit to Cuba on Wednesday by saying both sides need to learn more about each other as they work to improve relations. She also reiterated the President Barack Obama wants to see an end to the US trade embargo against the communist-ruled island, but cautioned that won't happen quickly. "The president wants to see the embargo lifted, but the president realizes it will take time," she said, alluding to the fact that many Rep ... Read More



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