MUKULU… expressed concern
that many of the inmates,
despite being medically certified
as fit to plea, remain domiciled
in the facilities for years without
being sent to court

A senior investigator in the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) yesterday said that there are a number of individuals who, after being determined fit to plea, are still detained in the prison system for up to 20 years without trial, due to bureaucracy. According to the investigator, Victor Hemming ... Read More

Warmington puts foot
down on debating schedule Warmington puts foot down on debating schedule
THE House of Representatives last week got a taste of what it would be like to have outspoken South ... Read More

Young Toni-Ann Miller with the Medal of Honour for Gallantry
she received yesterday during the national honours and awards
investiture ceremony at King’s House.
(PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Gallantry Steals the Show
THERE were cheers and sporadic rounds of applause throughout the national honours and awards investi ... Read More

Patrons line up at an outlet to
purchase Cash Pot. (PHOTO: FILE) Cash Pot survival
WHILE buying Cash Pot may be a hobby for some Jamaicans, for others it is not only an additional inc ... Read More


BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

St James police yesterday on the
scene of Sunday evening’s triple

MONTEGO BAY, St James - Residents of Upper King Street were on edge last night following Sunday evening's shooting attack which left three members of the community, including an elderly woman, dead. Another man, who was shot and injured, is now hospitalised in stable condition. The deceased, all of St James addresses, have been identified as 67-year-old, retiree, Nesline Young, 24-year-old porter Everald Wesley both of Upper King Street, and 38-year-old shopkeeper Heron Foster, also called Bog ... Read More

Keep doing good, Observer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Dear Editor, I wish to congratulate the Jamaica Observer for its invaluable contribution to the Jamaican society. Indeed, such work will and should not go unnoticed before the eyes of many Jamaican. I have witnessed many instances in which the Jamaica Observer’s intervention has caused persons to be on track with their dream. The most recent is that, through the intervention of the Jamaica Observer, Georgia Lindsay has gone to study medicine in China. Without a doubt, one can ... Read More

Police warn of impostors posing as utility company workers

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

The National Water Commission Eastern Divisional Office in Kingston. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

THE police are issuing a warning to members of the public to beware of individuals posing as National Water Commission (NWC) workers or persons employed to other utility companies. The warning comes on the heel of reports received by the police, that men are posing as workers employed to utility companies, in particular, the NWC. "These nefarious individuals visit the homes of unsuspecting occupants and inform them that they have come to read meters or to install shower caps to reduce water wa ... Read More

Cops mourn colleague’s death

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Another cop arrested

MEMBERS of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) were yesterday left mourning the death of another of their colleague who suddenly fell ill and died in St Catherine over the weekend. Police reports are that 55-year-old Sergeant Dale Peart of the St Catherine Major Investigation Task Force was on duty when he collapsed after complaining of chest pains. The policeman, with over 30 years' service in the JCF, was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Yesterday, senior members of St Ca ... Read More

January trial for helper who allegedly stole designer clothes

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Top a Top Fashions offers a variety of trendy, affordable clothing.

The Clarendon helper who reportedly posted on Facebook several photographs of her wearing designer clothes and shoes she allegedly stole from her boss is to go on trial in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court next January. Sherry-Ann Evans, 32, of Frankfield is accused of stealing almost $3 million worth of goods, including designer bags, shoes, and household items from her employer over a three-year period. The accused, who was employed to the complainant for 10 years, was arrested ... Read More

Bill coming to reduce Administrator General's backlog

By Balford Henry Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

GOLDING...The administrator general will be empowered to
issue an ‘instrument of administration’

Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding says legislation is being drafted to allow the Administrator General to administer "multi-generational estates", which are the majority of estates making up the huge backlog of cases at the department. Senator Golding explained that multi-generational estates are those in which the parent estate has been in administration for more than 25 years and, in the interim, the beneficiaries have also died, with no representation in the secondary estate and somet ... Read More

Thwaites commends principals for outstanding leadership

Tuesday, October 21, 2014    

Minister of Education Rev
Ronald Thwaites (centre)
accepts a painting from
Barbara Graham and Principal
of Old Harbour High School
Lynton Weir at the annual
conference of the Association
of Principals and Vice-
Principals, held at the Grand
Palladium Resort and Spa in
Lucea, Hanover last Friday.

Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites has commended principals and vice-principals of educational institutions for the "outstanding leadership" displayed in getting the new school term off to a good start. "This has been one of the smoothest starts of the academic year that we have had (for a long time)," he noted. The minister encouraged the principals and vice-principals to continue to give of their best in leadership and the professional management of the school plant, for the ultimate ... Read More

NBC cameraman recovers from Ebola: US hospital

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:10 PM    

Ashoka Mukpo

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - A US photojournalist who was infected with Ebola in Liberia is now free of the deadly virus and will go home on Wednesday, the Nebraska hospital treating him said. "Recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling feeling," Ashoka Mukpo, who was working as a freelance cameraman for NBC News in Monrovia when he fell ill, said in a hospital statement Tuesday. "Too many are not as fortunate and lucky as I've been. I'm very happy to be alive." The virus has killed more than 4,500 peo ... Read More

Two Manchester residents awarded for bravery in hospital shooting incident

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:40 PM    

Jermaine Christopher Rumell

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Manchester farmer Jermaine Christopher Rumell and fisherman Alfred George Dyght were yesterday awarded for bravery at the Heroes’ Day Parade and Awards Ceremony in Manchester. The two were orthopaedic patients at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in July when another patient on the ward allegedly went berserk and injured a nurse and another patient. The alleged attacker, 38-year-old Donovan Stewart reportedly used the Steinmann pin, which was being used in t ... Read More

Bunting says $4m jet was best option for Abu Bakr

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:14 PM    

Security Minister Peter Bunting

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of National Security Peter Bunting says sending Trinidadian Muslim Leader, Yasin Abu Bakr, home on a private jet was the best solution available to the Government. Bunting was responding to criticisms about the $4 million bill for flying Abu Bakr back home, after refusing him entry last week Wednesday to attend the 19th anniversary celebration of the Nation of Islam's (NOI) Million Man March. He said his ministry's security planning did not recognise the NOI ... Read More



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