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$100,000 Reward for safe return of baby samunya

Samunya Bloomfield snatched
from her parents’ home

CRIME Stop Jamaica has increased the reward for the safe return of little Samunya Bloomfield to $100,000. The baby was snatched from her bed at her parents’ home one month ago. Her whereabouts have, however, remained a mystery to her family and the police. Anyone with information on where S ... Read More

Arthur Williams
Andrew Holness Court reserves judgement in Williams/Holness Senate case
THE Judicial Review Court yesterday reserved judgement in the case brought by Arthur Williams over h ... Read More

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown (left) greets Commander of the
Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Training Squadron Rear Admiral Hideki Yuasa while
Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica Yasuo Takase converses with Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-
Burke during a special function at Kingston Terminal to welcome the squadron. Japan naval vessel visits Jamaica
A Japanese naval vessel yesterday visited the Jamaican capital Kingston in celebration of 50 years o ... Read More

Goat Islands is
to be the site of a
transshipment port.
(PHOTO: MAX EARLE) PM bats for ENVIRONMENT
SHE hasn't had a history of addressing environmental matters at home, but Prime Minister of Jamaica ... Read More

Cruel irony

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

?Paralympian swimmer Rupert Morgan struggles up the stairs to the second
floor of Gordon House to listen and watch as legislators finally pass the longawaited
Disabilities Bill yesterday.

After just over a decade, Parliament yesterday passed the Disabilities Bill. But even as the members sought to take credit for the legislation, the cruel irony of the State’s neglect of the disabled was evident when the majority of Jamaicans with physical challenges who went to Gordon House to watch the debate were unable to enter the building. Instead, they were accommodated in a section of the garage downstairs — as there is no ramp access to the building — and watched the p ... Read More

Distribution of tablets to teachers for e-Learning project begins

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Distribution of tablets to
teachers for e-Learning
project begins

THE distribution of 25,000 tablets to teachers and students under the Tablets in Schools (TIS) Pilot Project began Monday with the delivery of approximately 180 devices. The deliveries will now allow the commencement of training of teachers in seven educational institutions included in the pilot phase. The devices were delivered by Digicel Jamaica, which is one of four companies contracted to provide the tablets under the year-long pilot project. The other three companies are Innovative Corpor ... Read More

Gov't to enforce law against lighting fires

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Minister of Local Government, Noel Arscott

PEOPLE who continue to light fires indiscriminately may soon face prosecution, according to Local Government and Community Development Minister Noel Arscott. Arscott said that lighting fires is an illegal activity and the Government will now look at enforcing the law to curtail this practice. The move comes against recent incidents of bush fires in St Elizabeth, where farmers have been using the slash and burn technique to clear their land for planting. One farmer has died as a result of a fi ... Read More

Six Portmore residents convicted for water theft

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

THE National Water Commission (NWC) reported yesterday that six people were recently convicted in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court for trespassing on the works of the NWC. The six — all of Portmore — were all found guilty and each charged and fined $8,000 or serve 30 days in prison. "The National Water Commission reminds persons who continue to trespass on its network that it has stepped up its operations across the island, and those caught will be prosecuted and made t ... Read More

JDIP contractors seek legal advice to recover $1.6 b from Govt

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Minister of Housing - Dr Omar Davies

CONTRACTORS claiming over $1.6 billion in unpaid bills after participating in the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) are seeking legal advice on proceeding with the issue, despite meeting with Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar Davies, last Thursday. The meeting had been arranged with the minister by president of the Incorporated Master Builders Association of Jamaica Carvel Stewart in an effort to resolve the prolonged matter, which has also taken up much of the ... Read More

Audi takes care of FIFA vice-president for a day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb
(second left) and Jamaica Football
Federation (JFF) President Captain
Horace Burrell alight the Audi A6,
while a JFF staffer at the Football
Centre at the UWI closes the door.
(PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

When FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb, who also heads the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), visited Kingston on Monday, it was only natural that his mode of transportation would be an Audi. Webb, accompanied by Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell, and a delegation from CONCACAF, flew to the capital city from Montego Bay to attend the opening ceremony of a FIFA-sanctioned workshop for coaches of women's football at the ... Read More

ISA pays tribute to late former council president Lennox Ballah

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor - features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

(From left) Secretary General of the International Seabed Authority Nii Odunton; a daughter of the late Lennox Ballah, Lennon Ballah-Lashley; High Commissioner of Trinidad & Tobago to Jamaica Rev Dr Iva Gloudon; Deputy Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations Ambassador Eden Charles; and Ballah-Lashley's son Shawn, admire the monument unveiled in the late Ballah’s honour on the grounds of the Trinidadian High Commission in St Andrew last Friday. (PHOTO: KENYON HEMANS)

THE words on the plaque read 'Born to Serve', and according to former colleagues and family members, they accurately sum up the life of the late Lennox Ballah, a Trinidadian jurist who has gone down in history as the first ever president of the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Ballah took that office in 1996 when the authority weaned itself off the United Nations and became an autonomous international organisation. Last Friday, members of the authority, hosted by Tinidadian ... Read More

Mechanical sewage treatment systems to be rehabilitated

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Dr Fenton Ferguson

HEALTH Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says a number of mechanical sewage treatment plants at hospitals across the island will be rehabilitated, under phase two of the Sewage Treatment Project. "We have already begun to implement mitigating measures at some of the facilities involved so that we can urgently put in place corrective interventions that will improve the process until we are able to comprehensively rehabilitate those systems," Dr Ferguson said. Phase one of the Sewage Treatment Projec ... Read More

Gov't vows not to allow abuse of rights under flexi-work week

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Labour Minister Derrick Kellier

LABOUR Minister Derrick Kellier says the Government will not tolerate any abuse of rights or discrimination of employees under the proposed flexi-work week arrangements. He gave the assurance as he addressed the 55th National Conference of the Association of Methodist Men's Fellowship, Jamaica District at St John's Methodist Church in Montego Bay. According to Kellier, the Government has already given a commitment that workers' right to worship is protected under the legislation. He told the ... Read More

PHOTO: Cooling down!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Firefighter Michael Sutherland quenches his thirst just after putting out a fire in Lakes Pen, St Catherine, last week. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

Firefighter Michael Sutherland quenches his thirst just after putting out a fire in Lake Pen, St Catherine, last week. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Read More



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