Health minister takes new approach to sectoral debate

MINISTER of Health Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday brought a new approach to how the sectoral debate is done in Parliament.Instead of giving a detailed speech on the happening's within the health sector, Dr Tufton gave a brief overview of each... Read More

Highway woes
IT could take at least another 20 years before developers of the north-south link of Highway 2000 starts making a profit as they are spending an estimated US$30 million annually on debt servicing, almost twice its revenues of US$18 million, a House committee was told yesterday.... Read More

It's classist!
DIRECTOR of the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) Rosemary Campbell-Stephens is calling for the restructuring of Jamaica's education system, which she has described as classist.“As has already been said, we have inherited...... Read More

PM suggests shift from directly subsidising tertiary fees
Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday offered his Government's solution to the controversy over the inability of some tertiary students to pay their fees.However, he admitted that his plan, which proposes a shift from directly subsidising the...... Read More

$3.5-billion upgrade for public health care facilities

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter | Thursday, May, 4 2017   

 HEALTH Minister Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday announced Government's plans for a major overhaul of the country's health care infrastructure over a two-year period, which he said will result in a huge capital expenditure. Read More

26% of schools enter less than 15 students for Grade 4 tests

Thursday, May, 4 2017   

JUST more than a quarter of the primary schools which entered students to sit the Grade Four Numeracy and Literacy Tests last year had fewer than 15 students enrolled in that grade. That represents 199 schools or 26 per cent of the 764 in the... Read More

PHOTO: Reading time

Thursday, May, 4 2017   

Emily Vaz, Grade 6 Hillel Academy student, is supported by Anna Ward, administrative officer of the C B Facey Foundation, as she reads to the infant class at the Boys' Town Infant and Primary School during the school's observance of “Read Across Jamaica Day” onTuesday. Read More

Funding needed to improve service delivery, says NWC head

Thursday, May, 4 2017   

IRONSHORE, St James — President of the National Water Commission (NWC) Mark Barnett says appropriate financing is needed to improve service delivery to the people of Jamaica.“The National Water Commission produces... Read More

Specialist teaching model for 35 schools in September

Thursday, May, 4 2017   

The Ministry of Education is looking to implement a pilot “specialist model” at 35 primary schools across the country in September, to teach mathematics and language arts.According to Minister of Education Senator... Read More

NWA working to clear roadblocks in St Andrew

Thursday, May, 4 2017   

THE National Works Agency (NWA) said yesterday that teams were mobilised to deal with multiple landslides in sections of St Andrew, as heavy rains continued to affect some communities.According to NWA spokesman Stephen Shaw, the main road from... Read More

JSIF meets with Trench Town 'influencers' to chart way forward

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter | Thursday, May, 4 2017   

Trench Town may be well known for its significance to reggae music and as the inspiration for some of reggae icon Bob Marley' songs, but the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is looking at ways to maximise the untapped potential of the area. Read More

Digicel acquires ICT business in French Overseas Territories

Thursday, May, 4 2017   

Digicel announced yesterday that it has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire IDOM Technologies, which operates across the French Overseas Territories, providing a wide range of ICT services.Digicel, in a... Read More

Shaw opens debate on Debt Management Bill

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Thursday, May, 4 2017   

Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw said today that a Bill amending 2012 Public Debt Management Act (PDMA) has become necessary to effect changes in line with international best practices.Opening the debate in... Read More

Peter Abrahams' alleged killer gets bail

Thursday, May, 4 2017   

The 61-one-year-old farmer who was implicated in the death of veteran journalist Peter Abrahams was offered $300,000 bail when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.Norman Tomlinson of Cyprus district in Red Hills, St Andrew,... Read More

Billy Craig unveils new health card at MoBay fair

Thursday, May, 4 2017   

Billy Craig Insurance Brokers' Chief Executive Officer William Craig says his company welcomes its partnership with the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector to maintain a physically and financially healthy workforce within the sector. Read More




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