Fear not

CAMPBELL… that is a
highly improbable thing to
happen in the JUTC

JAMAICA Urban Transit Company (JUTC) boss Colin Campbell is assuring customers of the State-owned entity that they are in safe hands each time they travel, saying that it's "highly unlikely" that drivers with mental conditions would be allowed to operate buses. As Jamaicans and the world keenly fol ... Read More

The National Stadium is filled to capacity on Saturday evening, the final day of the
ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Atheletics Championships. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Ticket holders engage cops in cat-and-mouse game to get inside packed stadium
  PANDEMONIUM reigned outside the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday as frustrated ticke ... Read More

The weapons and assorted ammunition recovered by Trelawny cops yesterday. Cops seize guns, rocket launcher, ammo in traffic check
FALMOUTH, Trelawny -- The Trelawny police have taken two men into custody in connection with the re ... Read More

Young man behind bars Police find teens committing robberies on orders from home
THE police say they have made a disturbing discovery in their investigation of an upsurge in robberi ... Read More

Witter facing challenge

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South/Central Bureau | Monday, March 30, 2015    

(L-R) WITTER… I am doing the necessary work and preparation
to ensure I remain chairman of the constituency.
PRYCE-BROOKS… says a lot
of things are not being done
by the MP and caretaker.
FOLKES… I believe that
instead of the MP simply
making decisions on behalf
of people, he should listen
to the people

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth -- With the next parliamentary elections now less than two years away, the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for South East St Elizabeth Frank Witter is being challenged for leadership of the constituency. Educator James Folkes, Santa Cruz businessman Rex Walker, and Sheila Pryce Brooks, an England-born educator and resident of Red Bank in SE St Elizabeth have thrown their hats in the ring to chair the JLP's constituency organisation and represent the part ... Read More

Minister says tyres to be removed from Riverton

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Tyres on fire at the Riverton dump in previous years. (File photo)

LOCAL Government Minister Noel Arscott says tyres dumped at the Riverton disposal site will be removed as part of measures to minimise future fires. "That will make it less likely for a fire of the magnitude we have had in the recent weeks," Arscott told the opening of a workshop at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston on Thursday. However, the minister did not say where used tyres would be dumped. The fire, which started on March 11 in a section of the disposal site reserved for ... Read More

Holness to submit Riverton health claims to public defender

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Smoke from the Riverton dump fire pollutes the air in Kingston
three weeks ago. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

THE Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be submitting claims from persons affected by smoke from the two-week fire at the Riverton dump in St Andrew to the Office of the Public Defender. Opposition Leader Andrew Holness last week led a tour of communities near to the dump after receiving the air quality reports on toxicity and what the JLP said were requests for medical assistance from persons across the Corporate Area. Holness was accompanied by a team of councillors and caretakers on ... Read More

Appeal Court rules on long-running Paymaster vs GKRS case

BY PAUL HENRY Co-ordinator -- Crime/Court Desk | Monday, March 30, 2015    

MARKS… said she had
shared the entire content of
Paymaster’s Business Plans
with Grace in the late 1990s

THE Court of Appeal has found that GraceKennedy Remittance Services (GKRS) Limited used the business plans of Paymaster Jamaica Limited to gain "unfair advantage" over the Audrey Marks-led company in the multi-bill payment market. "There can be little doubt that the business plan had been transmitted to GKRS under an understanding of strict confidence. As a consequence, GKRS was bound by an obligation of confidence not to use the plan," Justice Hazel Harris, who led a panel of three judges who ... Read More

Moon Palace Hotel says its committed to opening five star property soon

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Kathy Halpern (right), vice-president of sales and marketing of Palace Resorts has the attention of other team members (from left) Robert Martinez, senior
account executive; Public Relations Director Cessie Cerrato and General Manager Clifton Reader.

The Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Hotel in St Ann says it is expending $150 million to upgrade the former Sunset Jamaica Grande into a five-star property. And despite the hotel missing its April 11, 2015 completion date, following recent industrial unrest at the construction site, General Manager Clifton Reader said all is set for the grand opening to take place soon. Reader and members of his team were addressing journalists at a press launch held at Evita's Italian Restaurant in Ocho Rios, last ... Read More

April 28 funeral for Ambassador Donald Mills

Monday, March 30, 2015    

MILLS… Jamaica’s first president of
the powerful United Nations Security

History-making Ambassador Donald Mills, Jamaica's first president of the powerful United Nations Security Council, will be eulogised at a funeral service on April 28, 2015 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Chapel, Mona in St Andrew. Ambassador Mills died peacefully on April 16 after ailing for sometime. He was in his 94th year. He was noted for his time as Jamaica's permanent representative to the United Nations -- from 1973 to 1981 -- where he earned international respect and was elev ... Read More

Shooting incident outside US spy agency: media

Monday, March 30, 2015 11:02 AM    

(Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – A man was killed and a second injured by gunfire Monday after apparently trying to ram an entrance gate to the US National Security Agency outside Washington, media reports said Monday. Video imagery showed a crash-damaged police vehicle and a civilian vehicle outside a main gate of the super-secure Fort Meade, Maryland headquarters of the NSA, the US intelligence agency that conducts electronic surveillance worldwide. US television reports, citing a fed ... Read More

Issue of Marcus Garvey's name in US criminal records to be raised with Obama – PM

Monday, March 30, 2015 10:40 AM    

Portia Simpson Miller - Prime Minister of Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says she will be raising with United States President Barack Obama, the issue of Jamaica’s first National Hero, Marcus Garvey's name being in the criminal records of the US. Simpson Miller spoke of the possible talks with the US president on the matter while addressing people at the St George’s Episcopal Church in New York on Thursday, March 27. In commending Jamaicans in the Diaspora for their consistent support of Jam ... Read More

T&T priest says parliamentarians setting bad example for young men 

Monday, March 30, 2015 10:26 AM    

T&T Parliament (Photo: 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) – Parliamentarians are setting a bad example for young men in Trinidad and Tobago, according to Roman Catholic priest Fr Clive Harvey. Harvey was speaking with the Express following yesterday’s Palm Sunday procession through Port of Spain, organised by the Downtown Ministers’ Fellowship, under the theme “Jesus Call Men: Fix your eyes on me and be transformed”. Harvey said in today’s society many young men feel estran ... Read More

Apple Watch to spark wearable tech growth: IDC

Monday, March 30, 2015 10:05 AM    

Watches are seen on display
during an Apple media event
at the Yerba Buena Center for
the Arts in San Francisco,
California on March 9.

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Wearable technology devices are seeing a growth surge that is likely to continue over the next few years, helped by the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch, a market tracker said Monday. IDC said it expected some 45.7 million wearable tech gadgets to be shipped globally this year, up 133 percent from 2014. By 2019, the research firm sees volumes of 126.1 million units, or an average growth pace of 45 percent. Propelling the market higher will be devices lik ... Read More



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