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Shaw slams Phillips for exaggerating achievements

Opposition spokesman on finance Dr Peter Phillips (left) and Finance Minister Audley Shaw

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Finance Minister Audley Shaw says Opposition spokesman on finance Dr Peter Phillips has sought to “over-inflate” his achievements while in government, and has taken credit for far-reaching fiscal reforms for which he is not responsible. Shaw, while closing the ... Read More

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw BOJ maintains presence in foreign exchange market
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) will be maintaining a presence in the fore ... Read More

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett Additional $175 million to be spent in Ocho Rios
ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, says an additional $175 million is ... Read More

Forex: J$125.42 to one US dollar
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican dollar held firm against the US dollar on Wednesday, May 25, ... Read More

No cut in national security budget, Shaw insists

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:15 PM    

Finance Minister Audley Shaw

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw has rubbished claims by Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller that the budget for national security has been cut. Phillips and Simpson Miller, during their contribution to the budget debate, expressed concerns about the figures presented in the estimates of expenditure. However, the finance minister, in closing the debate Wednesday, said the national security ... Read More

Met Service downgrades flash flood warning for eastern parishes

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:08 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica has downgraded the flash flood warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St Thomas, Portland, St Mary, and St Ann to a flash flood watch, effective 7:00 am tomorrow. A news release from the Met Service this afternoon said the flash flood watch for remaining parishes has been discontinued though a trough remains across Jamaica and the central Caribbean. It said satellite imagery indicates that the main area of rainfall a ... Read More

UPDATE: JPS restores electricity to just under 3,000 customers

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 5:42 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Public Service this afternoon said some 3,899 customers are still without electricity after heavy rains, which affected the island Tuesday night, left 6,600 customers without power. “JPS crews have been working throughout the day to restore customers, and as at 3:20 this afternoon, the number has fallen to 3,899 customers, who are without supply – the majority of these being in St Thomas, which was particularly hard hit, St Ann, St James and Kin ... Read More

Gas prices up $1.92, diesel up $1.71

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 5:36 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see an increase at the pumps in the price of gasoline and diesel, effective Thursday, May 26, according to the latest ex-refinery costs from Petrojam. 87- and 90-octane gasoline will be sold for $104.98 and 106.64 per litre, respectively, up by $1.92 each. Automotive diesel fuel will be sold for $97.56 per litre following an increase of $1.71, while ultra-low sulphur diesel is up by $1.68, and will be sold for $105.79 per litre. Meanwhile, kerosene i ... Read More

Stay alert as unstable weather continues, ODPEM urges

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 4:44 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is urging citizens to be alert as a trough that is producing unstable weather conditions continues to move across the island. The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica has advised that the system will continue to produce unstable weather. An ODPEM release Wednesday urged residents in low-lying areas to be on the alert for rising waters and be ready to move quickly to higher ground. ODPEM said it h ... Read More

Irregular power supply, muddy water affecting NWC customers

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:55 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Water Commission says customers in some sections of St Thomas and St Mary, are experiencing disruption in service as a result of high turbidity (muddy water) affecting operations at several water treatment facilities. The NWC said these facilities include: St Thomas - White Hall, Trinityville, Port Morant, Nuts River, and Wilmington Water Treatment Plants; St Mary - Palmetto Grove, Rock Spring, Martha Hall, and White River Water Treatment Plants. The ... Read More

Two shot and injured in Corporate Area

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:37 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — OBSERVER ONLINE has learnt that two people were shot and injured at the intersection of Hagley Park road and Waltham Park road in Kingston a short while ago. The Police’s Corporate Communications Unit confirmed the incident but said they could not provide details. A strong police presence is now at the scene of the incident. More information later. Read More

UPDATE: Tell us what you know, police urge after watchman's murder

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 3:32 PM    

Vendolyn Cameron-Powell

MANCHESTER, Jamaica – Police investigators are urging those who may have information regarding the murder of a watchman at a car wash here early Monday to come forward. “We are saying no matter how insignificant it may seem, there may well have been one or two people who saw something or someone… that kind of information can help us in the investigation… please tell us,” said Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell, head of the Manchester police. The police have ... Read More

NWA assessing St Thomas flood damage, clearing roadways

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 1:21 PM    

Stephen Shaw 

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Manager, communication and customer services at the National Works Agency Stephen Shaw says the agency is working feverishly to clear blocked roads in St Thomas following heavy rainfall which resulted in several landslides Tuesday night. Shaw told OBSERVER ONLINE that while damage assessment is still being done, focus remains on clearing roadways. “In terms of damage assessment, the process continues. I’m trying to see if we can clean some of those roads t ... Read More

St Mary man goes missing, found with throat slashed

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:50 PM    

ST MARY, Jamaica — The police in St Mary are investigating the murder of a man whose body was discovered with the throat slashed on Cunningsburgh Road on Tuesday. He is 44-year-old Elvis Walters, otherwise called ‘Man Rat’. Reports from the police are that neighbours discovered Walters’ body a day after he went missing and summoned them. On the arrival of the lawmen, Walters’ body was seen lying on the floor of a room in a house with its throat slashed. The crim ... Read More



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