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Jamaica stands in solidarity with Canada in wake of shooting

A Canadian flag is flown
half mass at the Canadian
High Commission in
Jamaica in the wake of
the attack on Canada’s
parliament and the killing
of a soldier guarding a war
memorial in Ottawa on
Wednesday. (PHOTO:
GARFIELD ROBINSON)

THE Jamaican Government and Opposition, yester-day, expressed solidarity with Canada following the shooting attack on that country's parliament and the killing of a soldier guarding a war memorial, on Wednesday. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has sent a condolence message to Canada's Prime Mi ... Read More

Police patrol a street in Rockfort, east Kingston yesterday, a day after three men were shot dead by gunmen in the community. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Rockfort residents deny turf war behind murders
ROCKFORT residents yesterday rubbished a claim by the police that a fight for turf between criminal ... Read More

Min Zhu (centre), the International Monetary Fund’s deputy managing director, in discussion with
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips yesterday at the
start of the two-day 2014 High Level Caribbean Financial Forum at Montego Bay Convention
Centre in Rose Hall, St James. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON) IMF commends Jamaica for 'miracle' performance
The International Monetary Fund's (IMF's) Deputy Managing Director Min Zhu says Jamaica's achievemen ... Read More

Therese Turner Jones (right),
country representative of the
Inter-American Development
Bank, in conversation with
Heritage Education Funds
International executives (from
left) Lyndie Headley, agency
director (Jamaica); Kameka
Clarke, marketing
representative and Jason
Maguire, president and CEO. IDB helping Jamaica's youth
THE Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is working with Jamaica to help upgrade skills and prepare ... Read More

Police corporal accused of corruption

Friday, October 24, 2014    

A police corporal accused of soliciting $200,000 from a teacher to dispose of an alleged sexual offence case file was yesterday offered $1 million bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. Detective Corporal Shawayne Whyte, who was assigned to the Area 4 Scenes of Crime Unit, was yesterday arrested and charged with breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act. The police allege that, on October 10, Whyte contacted the complainant and informed him that he was a serge ... Read More

Giscombe Gym employees facing fraud charges

Friday, October 24, 2014    

THREE employees of Giscombe Gym and Wellness Centre in Kingston were yesterday hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court for reportedly conspiring to defraud the company of a little over half-a-million dollars. They are 27-year-old Venice Maragh of Bridgeport, St Catherine, who was employed as an assistant accountant; Natalie Brown-Burnette, 31, of Chester Avenue, Kingston 11, who served as an administrator; and Kenneth McGregor, 45, of Lakehurst Drive, Kingston 8, who was th ... Read More

'Your honour, let the gavel do the talking'

Friday, October 24, 2014    

JAMAIA Observer online readers have weighed in on the decision by the St Ann Court to use bystanders as jurors in order for a trial to begin on Wednesday. The move followed several previous delays caused by the shortage of people to sit on the jury panel. Here are some edited comments: D Smalling I never knew that bystanders could be jurors. Well, why not? Your honour, let the gavel do the talking. 21_18_18_25 @D Smalling: Right... that's really the exception. The judge had to "get creative" ... Read More

Show me your papers!

Friday, October 24, 2014    

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — The Bahamas government says Jamaicans and other non-nationals living here will from November 1 have to show evidence that they have permission to live or work in the country. Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said that while the Perry Christie administration had outlined the new immigration policy earlier this year and allowed for feedback, nothing that has come back by way of feedback on the policies indicates that there is a need to change that administrative st ... Read More

Copperwood Farms wins top honours at National Quality Awards

Friday, October 24, 2014    

CB Group's representatives (from left) Joseph Small, Craig Plunkett, Dr Velton Gooden and
Micheal Gibbs celebrate after winning three awards at the recently concluded National Quality
Awards held in Kingston.

COPPERWOOD Farms in Hanover walked away with three awards at the recently concluded National Quality Awards organised by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ). In conjunction with the celebration of international World Standards Day, the award seeks to recognise excellence in local companies who pay special attention to quality in their production processes and adhere to international standards such as those set by International Standard Organisation (ISO). The Lucea-based processing plant wo ... Read More

NWA faults CHEC, procurement system for late payments

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October 24, 2014    

CHEC internships

The National Works Agency (NWA) has blamed government's procurement procedures and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for delays in payments to small contractors on the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP). A report to Wednesday's meeting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) from NWA Chief Executive Officer EG Hunter recalled that, when the just-concluded JEEP 3 was launched on March 18, there was an understanding to expedite payment to small ... Read More

Push for more Jamaicans to become fluent in Spanish

Friday, October 24, 2014    

Finance and Planning Minister Dr Peter Phillips addressing students of the Montego Bay
Community College in St James on October 22. Sitting at the head table are Governor of the Bank
of Jamaica Brian Wynter (left) and Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Min Zhu

MINISTER of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips is encouraging Jamaicans to become fluent in speaking, reading and writing Spanish, in order to take advantage of the opportunities which are set to open up shortly. Addressing students of the Montego Bay Community College in St James, earlier this week, Dr Phillips said opportunities in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and tourism sectors are set to open up in a very big way, especially in western Jamaica. "I think one of t ... Read More

Late Syringa Marshall-Burnett hailed as nation builder

Friday, October 24, 2014    

MARSHALL-BURNETT... introduced the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programme on the
University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller has hailed late former President of the Senate Syringa Marshall-Burnett as a nation builder who helped significantly to improve the healthcare sector, particularly in the area of nursing. "I acknowledge on behalf of the Government, and the people of Jamaica, Syringa Marshall-Burnett's decades of contribution to Jamaica and her attainment of the pinnacle of service in her chosen professional calling," the prime minister said. Simpson Miller who was leading ... Read More

Trelawny farmer stabbed to death, family member held

Friday, October 24, 2014 9:33 AM    

TRELAWNY, Jamaica -- The police have arrested a man for the murder of 34-year-old Bradley Smith, a farmer of Warsop, Trelawny, who was stabbed to death at his home yesterday, Thursday, October 23. Reports are that about 8:05 pm, Smith had a dispute with a family member which escalated into a fight. A knife was brought into play and Smith was stabbed multiple times. The police were summoned and Smith taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The identity of the accused is being withheld ... Read More

42-y-o man fatally shot in Manchester shop

Friday, October 24, 2014    

MANCHESTER, Jamaica – Forty-two-year-old Christopher Swaby, otherwise called ‘Bobo Chris’, of New Forest in Manchester was shot dead at a shop in the parish on Thursday, October 23. Reports from the Alligator Pond Police are that about 5:55 pm, Swaby was among a group of men at a shop when armed men approached them and opened fire hitting him. The police were summoned and Swaby taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. No one else was injured in the incident. Read More



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