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Another child shot, injured in West Kingston

Twelve-year-old Kawayne ‘Timo’ McNuff who
was killed by gunmen Friday night.

A five-year-old child was yesterday shot and injured by gunmen in West Kingston. The child was one of three people injured when armed thugs opened fire along Drummond Street in the city’s west end. “The reports we receive are that at about 9:00 am a father and his five-year-old daugh ... Read More

Fields of collards being grown in Jamaica's first solar-powered hydroponic farm. Introducing 'The Family Garden'
THE model of Jamaica's first solar-powered hydroponic farm is to be replicated in urban areas across ... Read More

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting (left) and Superintendent of Police Kenneth Chin
inspect new recruits of the Jamaica Constabulary Force at the passing out parade and awards
ceremony at the Jamaica Police Academy in Twickenham Park, St Catherine. JCF gets 195 new members
THE membership of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has been bolstered with the addition of 195 n ... Read More

A copy of the notice of appeal filed by Vybz Kartel’s attorneys
yesterday. Kartel, co-convicts appeal sentences
ENTERTAINER Vybz Kartel and his three co-convicts have filed appeals against their conviction and se ... Read More

Customers upset at JPS proposed request for rate hike

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

The Jamaica Public Service corporate offices in New Kingston. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

CONSUMERS, already angered by their ballooning electricity bills, on Monday rebuffed the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) proposed request for an increase in rates and branded it as "unacceptable". The grouses were raised during the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) public consultation meeting at Ardenne High School in St Andrew, where the JPS was branded as "disingenuous", and accused of asking for the increase to secure a "guaranteed revenue stream". The JPS has proposed an average overall in ... Read More

INDECOM reports 47.3% decrease in fatalities for first quarter

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has reported a sharp decrease in the number of extrajudicial killings by members of the security forces for the first quarter of the year. At the same time, the investigative body said it has recommended that 16 police officers be slapped with criminal charges, including murder, for the same period. INDECOM Commissioner Terrence Williams commented on the decrease in the fatal shootings in a release announcing the figures. "We are certainl ... Read More

Phillips opens budget debate today

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, April 17, 2014    

PHILLIPS… to tell nation how budget
will be financed

VERY little excitement is likely to be generated in the House of Representatives today as Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips opens debate on what is possibly his most predictable budget since 2011/12. Dr Phillips has already identified this year’s $539-billion budget as a “very tight” one, which, in real terms, adds up to virtually the same amount spent in last year’s $500-billion budget, or slightly below. This is due to the fact that inflation of clo ... Read More

Cops say 17-y-o boy behind attack on MP's security team

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

Opposition leader Andrew Holness (left) is briefed by Desmond
McKenzie in downtown Kingston Tuesday following the attack
on McKenzie’s security team. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

A 17-year-old boy suspected to have been involved in Tuesday's gun attack on the security team assigned to West Kingston Member of Parliament (MP) Desmond McKenzie remained in hospital under police guard last night. The teen is nursing a gunshot wound which the police believed was inflicted by one of McKenzie's bodyguards as they fired back at the gunmen who were firing in their direction. A 9mm pistol and 16 rounds of ammunition were seized following a shootout with law enforcement officers. ... Read More

'Too close for comfort, Desmond!'

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

Opposition leader Andrew Holness (left) is briefed by Desmond
McKenzie in downtown Kingston Tuesday following the attack
on McKenzie’s security team. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

JAMAICA Observer online readers have reacted with mixed emotions to Tuesday's attack by gunmen on the security team assigned to West Kingston Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie in the constituency. The readers were responding to a story published yesterday in which McKenzie described the incident as frightening. None of his bodyguards was injured in the attack. Here are some edited comments: Sandra Gallimore Good for you, Mr Mckenzie. I am not a JLP, but I wish every politician can take a p ... Read More

PHOTO: So close!

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

A driver peers out the window of his truck as he skilfully navigates a broken drain in the Corporate Area, yesterday. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) So close! --> Read More

Forex: $109.96 to one US dollar

Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:17 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar traded at an average J$109.96 to one US dollar on Thursday, April 17, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. On Wednesday, April 16, the US dollar closed trading at J$109.85. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar Thursday closed trading at J$99.84 while the British pound ended the day at J$184.59. Read More

UDC seeks proposals for development of Catherina Hall complex in MoBay

Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:00 PM    

Desmond Malcolm

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is seeking applications for the lease of the approximately 18.89-acre Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex located along the Howard Cooke Boulevard in Montego Bay, St James. The UDC said that it will consider development proposals “for the lease, rehabilitation, operation/management, and maintenance of the Catherine Hall site as a world-class venue, supporting activities centred on public entertainment, cultural development ... Read More

JP office moves to Air Jamaica building downtown Kingston

Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:51 PM    

(Photo: www.ho-ba.nl)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — As of Wednesday, April 23, all Justice of the Peace matters, special minister's marriage licences and expungement services offered by the Ministry of Justice will be done from the ground floor of the Air Jamaica Building on Harbour Street downtown Kingston. An advisory issued by the ministry Thursday said the services would no longer be offered at Oxford House, 6 Oxford Road, Kingston 5.  The ministry further advised that the opening hours will continue to be 8:3 ... Read More

Adventist World Church Secretary to visit Jamaica

Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:41 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Executive Secretary of the Adventist World Church Dr G T Ng will visit Jamaica from April 16 to 18 during a tour of the Caribbean region. While in Jamaica Ng will officially declare the start of the Jamaica Union Conference Youth Jamboree scheduled for April 17 to 21, at Camp Verley in Spring Village, St Catherine. He will also deliver the main address to the more that 2,000 young people expected from across the Union in what is expected to be a spirit-filled event. W ... Read More



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