IMF boss charged

LAGARDE… I have instructed my lawyer to appeal this decision, which I consider totally without

PARIS, France (AFP) — IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announced yesterday that she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister. The shock announcement came a day after she was gril ... Read More

Police stand in the vicinity of Shoemaker gully following a raid. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Train The Cops!
State somehow, despite the many lessons, does not understand that human rights matter in all things, ... Read More

Sergeant Tai Cameron of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Lucea Division, administers blood pressure
checks to a participant at the Upper Rock Spring back-to-school empowerment and wellness
fair Hanover, Westmoreland residents benefit from back-to-school fair
APPROXIMATELY 200 residents of communities in Hanover and Westmoreland benefited from a recent back- ... Read More

Managing director of Tallawah Investments Ltd Richard Simpson
(left) shakes hands with water and environment minister Robert
Pickersgill at yesterday’s commissioning of the Tallawah well at
the company’s Ballater Avenue address. Water for 14,000 in South, SW and East Central St Andrew
AN estimated 14,000 householders in several communities in Kingston who have never had water piped i ... Read More

Transport Authority eyes old Jamintel building

Thursday, August 28, 2014    

A Jamaica Observer file photo of the old Jamintel building

TWO senior Cabinet ministers will lead a community consultation forum today to examine the possibility of moving the corporate offices of the Transport Authority to a popular, but rundown building in Central Kingston. Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies and Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, who is also Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, will be joined by Barrington Miller, project manager of Quantity Surveying Consultants Ltd, representatives of the Transport Authority, and residents fr ... Read More

Manchester, Trelawny top RADA parish competition

Thursday, August 28, 2014    

Trelawny parish manager at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Mervyn Green
(centre) receives a plaque from chief executive officer at RADA Lenworth Fulton (left) for
topping Phase 2 of the parish competition at the recently held Denbigh Agricultural Show, while
Acting Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Derrick Kellier looks on.

MANCHESTER and Trelawny emerged champions of phases one and two, respectively, of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) inaugural parish competition. The competition was based on the need to engage RADA staff in efforts to enhance service delivery, strengthen parish leadership and, by extension, positively impact productivity in the agricultural sector. Additionally, the competition was also aimed at engaging employees in developing positive attitudes, personal and professional a ... Read More

Girls exposed to fun side of coding

Thursday, August 28, 2014    

Graduate of the Jamaican Girls Coding 2014 Summer Camp Aleeka Cherrington (left) is
presented with a certificate of achievement and a tablet by Director of GSW Animation Studio
Lorna Green (centre), and General Manager, Productive Business Solutions (PBS) Michael Lewis
during the graduation ceremony for the programme which was held last Friday at the Jamaica
Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) headquarters in New Kingston.

TWENTY girls from schools across the Corporate Area have been exposed to the exciting world of computer programming at the inaugural Jamaican Girls Coding 2014 summer camp. The programme, which ran for one month, not only sought to expose girls to the "fun side" of coding, but also aimed to address the significant gender gap within the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Throughout the four weeks, the girls were taught various techniques including how to build their own webs ... Read More

70 participate in Mario Deane protest in New York

BY HAROLD BAILEY Observer writer | Thursday, August 28, 2014    

Thirty-one-year-old Mario Deane killed while in police custody.

NEW YORK, USA — About 70 protesters who gathered peacefully in front of the Jamaican Consulate in Manhattan, New York, presented a signed petition against the Jamaican Government, yesterday. The protest was organised to bring international attention to the circumstances surrounding the death of Mario Deane while he was in the care of the police at the Barnett Street Police Station in Montego Bay, St James, in early August. The petition was handed to Darren McCreath, a consular officer at ... Read More

China pledges aid to Caricom countries

Thursday, August 28, 2014    


BEIJING, China (CMC) — China has promised aid to Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries in a number of areas, including adapting to climate change, energy, education and tourism. Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who is on an official visit to the Asian country, Tuesday met with his Chinese counterpart, Premier Li Keqiang and both men promised to seek more common ground in economic co-operation and broader mutual support on international affairs. The meeting last ... Read More

Antiguan team observes work done by China Harbour

Thursday, August 28, 2014    

Antiguan team
observes work done
by China Harbour

Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Morais Guy (left) greets Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Housing for Antigua and Barbuda Eustace Lake when he visited the ministry in Kingston yesterday. A team from Antigua is in Jamaica to look at projects that have been carried out by China Harbour Engineering Company. (PHOTO: JIS) Antiguan team observes work done by China Harbour --> Read More

'Dem fraid ah him'

Thursday, August 28, 2014    

THE rejection of an application by FBI agent Wilfred Rattigan for the post of police commissioner has ignited a debate among Jamaica Observer online readers. Rattigan, a Jamaican, had his application turned down late Tuesday by the Police Services Commission. However, Observer readers have mixed views as to whether he was given a fair chance. Here are some edited comments: Sounding The squaddie mentality. Do not want someone to fight crime. The Diaspora needs to apply the pressure. perry skyi ... Read More

Rainforest Seafoods hands out $1.5m in scholarships, book grants

Thursday, August 28, 2014    

Rainforest Seafoods hands out $1.5m in scholarships, book grants

Chief Executive Officer of Rainforest Seafoods Brian Jardim (right); his wife Shelagh (second left); General Manager Ernest Grant (centre, back), and another member of their team (third right) with several of the students who received scholarships and book grants at the 10th annual staging of the seafood company's Scholarship and Awards Presentation at its office on Slipe Road in Kingston. At left is Elizabeth Lawrence, who was guest speaker at the function. Jardim said that a total of 15 schola ... Read More

Japan's 'Golden Bolt': 103-year-old challenges world's fastest man, Usain Bolt

Thursday, August 28, 2014 1:21 AM    

103-year-old Japanese sprinter Hidekichi Miyazaki (in red) leaves the start line during men's 100m dash at a Japan Masters Athletics competition in Kyoto on August 3, 2014. Miyazaki, who holds the 100 metres world record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds and is dubbed 'Golden Bolt'. 

KYOTO, August 28, 2014 (AFP) - Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: "let's rumble!" Hidekichi Miyazaki -- who holds the 100 metres world record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds and is dubbed 'Golden Bolt' after the Jamaican flyer -- plans to wait another five years for his dream race and was happy to reveal his secret weapon: his daughter's tangerine jam. "I'd love to race Bolt," th ... Read More

Uruguay begins registering marijuana growers

Thursday, August 28, 2014 1:18 AM    

MONTEVIDEO, August 28, 2014 (AFP) - Just a handful of people had registered by midday Wednesday to be private growers of marijuana in Uruguay, the first country to fully legalize the production, sale and distribution of the drug. Under a controversial law passed last December, marijuana users who sign up for a national register are allowed to grow cannabis, buy it at a pharmacy or join a distribution club. On the first day of registration for private growers, 10 people had signed up in the mor ... Read More



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