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With a number of government departments and agencies continuing to break the law by not submitting annual reports — some for more than 15 years — legislators are now working on hammering out a solution to the chronic problem. According to a status document of annual report submissions t ... Read More

The statue of Florence Nigtingale in Pall Mall Seacole versus Nightingale
THE row in London over the planned unveiling of a statue of Jamaican-born nurse Mary Seacole in the ... Read More

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (left) is in discussion with Deirdre English Gosse, chief executive Officer (CEO) and Deputy Keeper of Records at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), at a briefing session for the inaugural Caribbean Civil Registration and Identity Management Conference at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on Tuesday. The conference will be held at the Montego Bay Conference Centre, St James, from July 6-8.Photo: JIS Tufton: Registration of all deaths and their causes ensure well-functioning health system
HEALTH Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says Jamaica and other countries in the Caribbean have a lot m ... Read More

A man takes great care to avoid spilling his drink as he transfers it from cup to bottle while seated in a bus in downtown Kingston, yesterday.Photo: Joseph Wellington PHOTO: Window of Opportunity
A man takes great care to avoid spilling his drink as he transfers it from cup to bottle while seate ... Read More

Man charged with slaying of US missionaries

Friday, June 24, 2016    

Portraits of Harold Nichols and Randy Hentzel

THE police yesterday disclosed that charges have been laid against a man in relation to the murders of two American missionaries, whose bodies were found in a remote part of Boscobel, St Mary, last month. Police report that 48-year-old Randy Hentzel and 53-year-old Harold Nichols rented motorcycles in Ocho Rios, St Ann, and went on a trail. Residents later stumbled upon Hentzel’s body, face down with the hands bound. Nichols’ body was found the following day with his head bashed in. ... Read More

New fire stations for St Mary, St James

Friday, June 24, 2016    

Minister Desmond McKenzie

THE parishes of St James and St Mary are set to receive two new fire stations in short order, Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has announced. Making his contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, McKenzie said construction of the stations — which will be located in Port Maria and Montego Bay — is slated to begin this fiscal year. He emphasised that the completion of the projects is vital, as the ... Read More

Ex-con imprisoned for visa trick

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, June 24, 2016    

AN ex-convict, who conned a man out of US$900 and $70,000, claiming he could file documents for the man to get a United States visa, was on Wednesday slapped with an 18-month prison sentence. Andrew Pryce was sentenced by Senior Parish Judge Judith Pusey after he pleaded guilty to obtaining money by false pretence in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. According to the facts, the complainant met Pryce through a mutual friend and, between May 15 and 26, paid over monies to him after Pryce ... Read More

Another deadly lovers’ quarrel in St Elizabeth

Friday, June 24, 2016    

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — A 25-year-old man is dead and a 22-year-old female student from the Cayman Islands is battling for life after yet another lovers’ quarrel turned violent in St Elizabeth. Police have identified the dead man as 25-year-old Kevin Dennis of Negril, Westmoreland, who had a visiting relationship with the critically injured woman (name withheld) who lived at Luana, just outside Black River in south-west St Elizabeth. Police say that about 9:30 pm Wednesday night ... Read More

Forensic audit of NSWMA under way

Friday, June 24, 2016    

The National Solid Waste Management Authority building on Half-Way-Tree Road in St Andrew.Photo: Observer file

THE Board of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is now carrying out a forensic audit of the agency. This was requested by Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie. Making his contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 22, Mr McKenzie said the administration is committed to transforming the agency, particularly in the areas of governance and service delivery. In the meantime, the minister informed that t ... Read More

This Day in History — June 24

Friday, June 24, 2016    

Silvio Berlusconi

Today is the 176th day of 2016. There are 190 days left in the year. TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT 1947: Aeroplane pilot Kenneth Arnold sees a squadron of unidentified flying objects near Mount Rainier, in Washington state, and coins the phrase “flying saucers”. OTHER EVENTS 1497: Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto, also known as John Cabot, on a mission for the English crown, discovers Canada but thinks it is Asia. The discovery forms the basis for English claims to Canada. 1793: First ... Read More

Simpson Miller to speak on Integrity Commission Report in Parliament

Friday, June 24, 2016 7:27 PM    

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Leader and People’s National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller is expected to address the House next week on matters relating to her report to Parliament’s Integrity Commission. A statement from the PNP late Friday said Simpson Miller will “table a statement which speaks specifically and decisively to integrity issues and her own Report to the Integrity Commission”. A number of political commentators as well as head of the ... Read More

UPDATE: Minister won't comment on parish council raid

Friday, June 24, 2016 7:04 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says his ministry has been advised of the investigations currently being carried out into the Manchester Parish Council. McKenzie said he received a letter from the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) earlier Friday, advising him of plans to commence investigations into the awarding of contracts at the council for the last seven years (2009 to present). Added to that, the minister said he is u ... Read More

Weekly Round-up: Deadly lovers' quarrel... Teacher, security injured during brawl...Delus is dead

Friday, June 24, 2016 7:00 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A 25-year-old man is dead and a 22-year-old female student from the Cayman Islands is battling for life after yet another lovers’ quarrel in St Elizabeth. Police identified the dead man as Kevin Dennis of Negril, Westmoreland, who had a visiting relationship with the critically injured woman who lived at Luana, just outside Black River in south-west St Elizabeth. The woman’s name was not been released. Meanwhile, a teacher and a security manager were hosp ... Read More

Banks urged to increase private-sector credit

Friday, June 24, 2016 6:44 PM    

Fayval Williams, state minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Public Service, Fayval Williams, is calling on banks to increase credit to the private sector in order to help grow the economy. Williams, who was making her contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, noted that bank credit to the private sector is approximately 30 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), well below the 52 per cent average among countries in Latin America and th ... Read More



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