JEEP/MIDP contractors to be paid tomorrow

HUNTER... agrees that the payment delays were unacceptable

Hunter gave the assurance after the members of parliament (MPs) warned the NWA's representatives at yesterday's weekly meeting of parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) at Gordon House that the situation was getting out of control. "As it now stands, coming out of ye ... Read More

Michael Erskine at his
Westmoreland home.
PETERSFIELD, Westmoreland — Attorney-at-law Michael Erskine conceded that he was stunned after ... Read More

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting (left) and Chile’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Eduardo
Bonilla, symbolically exchange documents containing the Defence Technical Agreement signed
on Tuesday between both countries at the Ministry of National Security on Oxford Road in St
Andrew. (PHOTO: JIS) Jamaica, Chile sign pact for humanitarian, peace-keeping training
THE Government and the Republic of Chile have entered into a Defence Technical Agreement, with the ... Read More

New Junior Mayor of
Montego Bay, Morganne
Kellier of Montego Bay
Community College (in robe)
beams following her win at
the annual St James Junior
Council competition, which
was sponsored by the
Jamaica Public Service (JPS)
Company, at the Montego Bay
Cultural Centre on October 15.
Joining her from left are guest
speaker and CEO for Global
Outsourcing Solutions, Davon
Crump; T’Shura Gibbs,
Director, Jamaica Public
Service’s Region West;
third-place winner Dominique
Reece of Mt Alvernia High
School; Mayor of Montego
Bay, Councillor Glendon
Harris; Deputy Junior Mayor
Anjue Goldson Woolery of
Cornwall College; Councillor
Suzette Brown and Deputy
Mayor Michael Troupe.
(PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE) New breed of politicians needed, says former MoBay Chamber president
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ... Read More

Insolvency Bill now passed in Senate

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, October 18, 2014    

GOLDING... It is the most challenging piece of legislation I have
had to deal with

THE Insolvency Bill passed safely through the Senate ending up with 143 amendments since the original Bill was tabled there last December by Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding. Golding had the honour of piloting it through the Senate, although the original Bill he had tabled had been withdrawn and replaced with a new one, which was tabled in the House of Representatives last month by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton. Hylton is responsible for the Bill, but it was ... Read More

KSAC deploys health volunteers in Chic V-affected communities

Friday, October 17, 2014    

SWABY... the volunteers will work in groups and engage
community members in eliminating breeding sites, promoting
personal care, and creating public awareness by the
distribution of flyers

THIRTY-ONE public health trained volunteers have been deployed to offer assistance to residents in Kyntire in east rural St Andrew and Burgher Gully in eastern Kingston -- the two comunities from which the St Andrew Public Health Department has received the highest number of reported cases of the painful chikungunya virus. The disclosure was made by deputy mayor of Kingston, Andrew Swaby, at Tuesday's monthly meeting of the KSAC at its Church Street headquarters in downtown Kingston. He told t ... Read More

Bartlett launches welfare programme for elderly, shut-in

Thursday, October 16, 2014    

BARTLETT... we want to see to it that
the old people who can't get attention
and whose children don't look after
them, that they get something to eat

ROSE HALL, St James — EAST Central St James Member of Parliament Edmund Bartlett on Sunday launched a welfare programme for the elderly in his constituency. Bartlett has also formed a group of young ladies in his community, named Ed's Tulips, who has been mandated to address the needs of the senior citizens within the constituency. "There are some old ladies and gentlemen who can't walk and can't leave the house, and some of them have worthless pickney who don't give them nothing," said ... Read More

Church group sends strong message to sex Bills committee

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobser.com | Thursday, October 16, 2014    

A packed
proceedings at
meeting of the
joint select
reviewing the
sexual offences
legislation at
Gordon House
in Kingston.

A powerful church group, backed by a gallery filled with supporters, yesterday sent a strong message to the joint select committee reviewing the sexual offences legislation that it will not support changes to current buggery provisions. Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society's (JCHS) spokeswoman Phillippa Davies urged Jamaicans to work towards the ideal, and not lower their standards because other Caribbean countries may lower theirs. The submission from the church group, which includes membe ... Read More

Registry established for tertiary institutions

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, October 16, 2014    

THWAITES... the ministry is inviting all new and existing private
tertiary level institutions to register with J-TEC

EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites told the House of Representatives Tuesday that among the interim measures being implemented to regulate tertiary institutions is a national registry. He said the establishment of a national registry of institutions offering tertiary education is a part of interim measures towards the introduction of the regulatory regime to be administered by the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC). "By way of this policy, the ministry is inviting all new and existi ... Read More

JLP supporters urged not to get comfortable with poll results

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 13, 2014    

This JLP supporter rings her bell to show her support for, and
confidence in her party winning the next local government and
general elections. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

OFFICIALS of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) have urged party supporters not to become complacent in light of the recent Bill Johnson poll results, even as they expressed confidence of a victory in the next general election. Speaking at the Area One Council Meeting at Girl Guides headquarters in St Andrew, JLP caretaker for Eastern St Andrew, Fayval Williams said while the poll which gives them a 12 percentage point lead over the People's National Party are promising, the party cannot afford to ... Read More

JCF and INDECOM commit to improving relations

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 13, 2014    

ROSE HALL, St James — In a move geared towards improving the strained relationship between members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), both parties have agreed to sit together in monthly meetings to discuss issues of concern. "We are going to have monthly meetings, and we are going to raise the concerns at these meetings. I am not here promising you that everything is going to be, as they say, criss from now on, but I think ... Read More

Bartlett wants clarification on Ja relationship with T&T

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 13, 2014    

Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Ed Bartlett

OPPOSITION spokesman on foreign affairs and foreign trade, Edmund Bartlett, says Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator A J Nicholson should "come clean" on the "real" state of the relationship between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Bartlett, in a release yesterday, said he is making the demand in light of the reported statement by Trinidad's Minister of National Security Gary Griffith regarding Jamaican nationals entering and currently residing in that country. Griffith, in a ... Read More

Govt reviewing support for teen moms

Monday, October 13, 2014    


MINISTER with responsibility for Information Senator Sandrea Falconer said Government is reviewing the work of the Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) regarding teenage pregnancies. However, she explained that, while the review has started and is to be followed by a survey of all the centres for teen mothers across Jamaica to inform government policy, no timelines can be set until the funding can be identified. Falconer told the Senate on Friday that, in terms of the centres operated b ... Read More

CMI students to receive $5-million tuition grant

Monday, October 13, 2014    

Youth and Culture Minister Lisa hanna (seated
centre) signs a Memorandum of Understanding at
the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) to signal
the partnering of the National Youth Service (NYS)
and the CMI last Friday to offer the Access to
Higher Education Partnership (AHEP) Programme.  (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON

FIFTY students pursuing undergraduate studies at the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will this academic year receive a total of $5 million in tuition grants from the National Youth Service (NYS) under its Access to Higher Education Partnership Programme (AHEP). The programme, which is open to students between the ages of 17 and 24 years, seeks to enhance the personal and professional development of participants. Each student will receive $100,000. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was sig ... Read More



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