PAJ raps treatment of journalists at Jamaica House

MEDLEY… yanked microphone from reporter

THE Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) yesterday chided the Government for the treatment meted out to two journalists at Wednesday's post-Cabinet press briefing by the director of communications in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Huntely Medley. The PAJ, in a statement, said that both journa ... Read More

People crowd the Winnifred Beach in Portland in this file photo. Court orders public access to Winnifred Beach
THE Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has been ordered by the court to grant public access to Winn ... Read More

KNIGHT... we have to
tread carefully Knight irked by ‘politically exposed’ label
A new method of keeping politics out of public commissions, which is being tested under the new Inte ... Read More

304-bed dormitory to be built at Tamarind Farm Adult prison
A 304-bed dormitory is to be constructed at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre ... Read More

Pastor Al Miller returns to court Jan 22

Friday, November 28, 2014    

accused of
the course
of justice

REV Al Miller's attempting to pervert the course of justice case is to continue in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on January 22, 2015. The date was set yesterday when Miller appeared in court. Yesterday, a subpoena was issued for Sgt Winston Radcliffe to attend court to be further cross-examined by Miller's lawyer, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown. He is to be further cross-examined on the contents of his notebook in relation to the matter. Miller was charged after police officer ... Read More

JLP caretaker gets injunction to prevent removal

Friday, November 28, 2014    

LAWRENCE… fighting to stay
as caretaker

THE Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Othniel Lawrence yesterday obtained an injunction in the Supreme Court preventing his removal as his party's caretaker for the North West St Ann constituency. Lawrence on November 13 filed a suit against JLP Leader Andrew Holness and General Secretary Horace Chang following what he said was a decision taken to have him removed him as caretaker for the constituency. His removal would mean that he would not be able to contest the seat that he held previously in t ... Read More

'Ghetto organisation providing ghetto governance'

Friday, November 28, 2014    

‘Ghetto organisation providing ghetto governance'

THE treatment of journalists by Government officials at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday has been roundly condemned by Jamaica Observer online readers. Journalists were hard-pressed to get clarification from Information Minister Sandrea Falconer on conflicting information regarding the controversial purchase of the unprofitable Outameni attraction by the National Housing Trust. At one point, a microphone was yanked from a television reporter by director of communicati ... Read More

Automated immigration

Friday, November 28, 2014    

National Security Minister Peter Bunting scans a passport at one of the five automated kiosks commissioned into operation at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday. According to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, the kiosks will facilitate speedier processing of passengers through immigration as the average interaction time with the system will be 60 seconds, as opposed to two minutes on direct interaction with an immigration officer. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON) ... Read More


Friday, November 28, 2014    

With one hand balancing a piece of log on her shoulder and the other tightly holding smaller pieces of wood, this woman moves with ease along Half-Way-Tree Road, St Andrew, yesterday. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) EASY DOES IT --> Read More

PAJ introduces local art to National Journalism Awards

Friday, November 28, 2014    

Artist David Dunn in his studio

THE Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), in a bid to support local artists and introduce a new and original element to this year's National Journalism Awards, has commissioned well-known ceramic artist David Dunn to create an original piece of art for the prestigious PAJ Awards trophy. The awards banquet will take place tonight at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. "Having David on board gives the award even more cachet," said PAJ director Michelle Wilson-Reynolds. "He's one of Jamaica's to ... Read More

Woman arrested at Sangster airport for cocaine

Friday, November 28, 2014 1:31 PM    

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — A woman was arrested at the Sangster International airport in Montego Bay accused of attempting to export approximately half pound of cocaine. The woman said to be a French citizen reportedly gave a May Pen, Clarendon address in Jamaica. According to information reaching OBSERVER ONLINE the woman, earlier this week, checked in to board a flight to Europe. During routine screening of her luggage the drug was detected. She was charged for breaches under the dangero ... Read More

Warning for Antigua gov't over Citizenship by Investment Programme

Friday, November 28, 2014 1:09 PM    

Opposition Leader Baldwin Spencer

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — The Antigua and Barbuda Government is being cautioned that the twin-island nation could face repercussions if the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) continues under its current structure. The initiative allows individuals and their families to obtain citizenship in the twin isle state once they make substantial investments to approved locally-based projects or through hefty donations to the National Development Fund. “That is courting danger, ... Read More

Immigration kiosks installed at Norman Manley, Sangster airports

Friday, November 28, 2014 12:46 PM    

Security Minister Peter Bunting on Thursday, tests one of the five automated immigration kiosks installed at the Norman Manley International Airport, in Kingston, to process arriving passengers. (Photo:JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Government has installed five automated immigration kiosks to process airline passengers arriving at the Norman Manley International Airport, in Kingston, and 10 at the Sangster International Airport, in Montego Bay at a cost of J$200 million. The kiosks are expected to reduce processing time at the two international airports by at least a minute. Immigration officers will monitor the system, and intervene whenever necessary. Minister of National Security, Peter Bunt ... Read More

Ferguson protests move to retail stores

Friday, November 28, 2014 12:40 PM    

Protesters of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting chant slogans at the St Louis Galleria mall on Wednesday evening, November 26, in Richmond Heights, Missouri. They stayed in the mall for about 15 minutes and then left peacefully without confrontation with a large police presence. (Photo: AP)

FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) -- Protesters interrupted holiday shopping at major retailers around the St Louis area on Friday to speak out about the grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. Other Black Friday protests were planned in shopping centres around the nation, as demonstrators sought to catch the attention of consumers looking for good deals. About two dozen people chanted "no justice, no peace, no racist police" and "no more Black Friday" afte ... Read More



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