Gov't to use shared corporate services to reduce admin expenses

POTTINGER-SCOTT... the intention is to use that shared corporate services
approach to try and deal with some of the areas and functions inside of

THE Government is moving to implement shared corporate services within the public sector, to reduce the cost of administrative functions and to improve efficiency. A shared corporate service represents the combining of service activities across different organisations, to improve efficiency and ser ... Read More

Police patrol a street in Rockfort, east Kingston on Thursday, a day after three men were shot dead by gunmen in the community. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) East Kingston residents protest police treatment
NOISE erupted in East Kingston yesterday as residents voiced their disgust at how the police were ha ... Read More

ZJ Wah Wa ZJ Wah Wa pleads guilty at hearing
JAMAICAN radio disc jock ZJ Wah Wa pleaded guilty to telemarketing fraud at a hearing in the Federal ... Read More

Mott Hall High School student Brian Binion (right) and fellow students read fliers about Ebola risk, near the
apartment building of Ebola patient Dr Craig Spencer, in New York, yesterday. (PHOTO: AP) Ebola jitters in New York
NEW YORK, USA (AP) — Travelling into Manhattan by subway from Brooklyn on Friday, the day afte ... Read More

Acid test for Alkaline - Church knocks visit

Saturday, October 25, 2014    


AN Antiguan church minister is calling on authorities to put a ban on dancehall artiste Alkaline, who is scheduled to perform in that country on Saturday. According to the Antiguan Observer, Bishop Charlesworth Browne, head of Christian Ministries Church, said the artiste "will bring decadence and death" to the nation. The religious leader said he is prepared to call for a boycott of the nation's Independence celebrations over the upcoming performance. Antigua and Barbuda celebrates independen ... Read More

Report: Americas register more than 7 suicides per hour

Saturday, October 25, 2014    

ETIENNE... many things about suicide make it
especially tragic

SOME 65,000 people take their own lives in the Americas each year -- more than 7 per hour -- according to a report released this week by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The report, Suicide mortality in the Americas, is based on data from 48 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere. It shows that suicide is a significant health problem and one of the region's leading preventable causes of death. ... Read More

US journalist says body was 'at war' with Ebola

Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:50 PM    

Ashoka Mukpo

PROVIDENCE, (AP) — Ashoka Mukpo knew he really was in trouble when he saw the people treating him in full protective suits and hoods. The American video journalist is home now after recovering from Ebola he contracted while working in the virus-ravaged West African country of Liberia. In an interview with The Associated Press, he described the fear he felt when medical workers appeared at his bedside in the heavy duty gear needed to prevent the spread of the deadly infection. "The only t ... Read More

SpaceX ship returns to Earth loaded with lab results

Saturday, October 25, 2014 3:52 PM    

(Photo: AFP)

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft left the International Space Station and returned to Earth on Saturday after a month in orbit, NASA said. Astronauts at the orbiting lab manipulated the space station's robotic arm to detach the Dragon on time, at 9:57 am, in what the US space agency called a "very clean release." The capsule splashed down five and a half hours later, at 3:39 in the Pacific Ocean, near the Mexican coast, slowed by three enormous parachutes. The unmanned ... Read More

Taxi operator shot dead in Manchester

Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:07 PM    

Mandeville, Manchester- Thirty-two-year-old taxi operator Kevin Vidal otherwise called ‘Buscom’ was shot and killed in the parish early Saturday morning by unknown assailants. Police reports are that at about 12:15am residents alerted them to the body at Vidal’s home in the New Hall community. No motive has yet been established for the killing, police say. Alicia Sutherland Read More

Barca beaten by Real Madrid on Suarez debut

Saturday, October 25, 2014 1:13 PM    

(Photo: AFP)

MADRID, (AFP) - Luis Suarez's Barcelona debut ended in defeat as Real Madrid cut the gap on the La Liga leaders to just a point as they came from behind to win El Clasico 3-1 on Saturday. Playing for the first time in a competitive game since being handed a fourth month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, Suarez's Barca career had got off to a flying start as he set up Neymar to slide home the opening goal after just three minutes. However, Real responded like European champions ... Read More

Cop on corruption charge, co-accused offered bail

Saturday, October 25, 2014 1:01 PM    

ST JAMES, Jamaica — A police constable and facing corruption charges and his co-accused were offered bail Thursday in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) is reporting. Charged for breaching section 14 (1) (beer) of the Corruption Prevention Act are Constable Dwayne Wright of the Montego Bay Traffic Office and Damion Tummings of a St James address. The two were arrested and charged by detectives from MOCA on Monday, ... Read More

Unsanitary Trinis could bring CHIKV cases to a million — health minister

Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:34 PM    

Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Fuad Khan

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Fuad Khan says he fears chikungunya cases in the twin island republic “might spread from 1,000 to one million cases” if people don’t make a concerted effort keep their immediate surroundings clean. CHIKV is spread by the bite of the dreaded Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also transmits dengue fever. Khan added: “If people kept their places clean we would not have CHIKV—especially people with empty ... Read More

Weekend starts on bloody note

Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:21 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two people were shot dead in separate incidents Friday by unknown assailants in Kingston and St James. Preliminary reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that in one incident, about 9:30 am, residents stumbled upon the body of a man with what appeared to be gunshot wounds on Orange Street, central Kingston and called the police. The body was removed to the morgue. Meanwhile, the body of 29-year-old Keno Brown was discovered in Lilliput District, St james after resident ... Read More

Human Rights Watch: Jamaican gays, transgenders face unchecked abuse

Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:15 PM    

File photo

MIAMI, (AFP) - Jamaican police are not doing enough to protect gay and transgender people who "live in constant fear," as incidents of extreme violence and even murder go unchecked, according to a report Tuesday. At least two gay men have been killed in recent years, the US-based rights watchdog said, and incidents of mob violence, shooting, stabbing and beatings are "part of the lived reality" of many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Jamaica. In July 2013, 16-year-old D ... Read More



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