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Not enough evidence to prosecute police in Kentucky Kid’s killing, DPP insists

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewelllyn and INDECOM boss Terrence Williams

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewelllyn, responding to reports that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has sent a special report to Parliament regarding the fatal shooting of Robert ‘Kentucky Kid’ Hill by the police, insists th ... Read More

LLEWELLYN... would have been
“unethical” for my office to proceed with
the case. WILLIAMS... insisted that there was a
prima facie case that Hill’s right to life
was breached INDECOM criticises DPP’s handling of ‘Kentucky Kid’ case
THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has severely criticised the decision of Direc ... Read More

CAREY… I’m thrilled to be performing in
Jamaica for the first time ever Jazz & Blues signs Mariah Carey
GLOBAL superstar Mariah Carey has been confirmed as the headline act for the 19th annual Jamaica Jaz ... Read More

One of the fishermen who was ordered to leave the Forum Fishing Village sets off to sea with his
belongings, yesterday. (PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY) UDC relocates fisherfolk from Forum Fishing Village
THE Urban Development Corporation (UDC) yesterday acted on its plan to relocate fisherfolk from the ... Read More

How come?

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October 31, 2014    

The ‘unusual’ electricity connection discovered at Vineyard
Town Police Station is seen in this photo taken yesterday. JPS
said the connection is legal but is not in keeping with best
practice safety standards. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

THE Vineyard Town Police Station in Kingston was yesterday placed under investigation by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) after information emerged that an unconventional electrical connection was spotted on the property. Evidence of the connection was revealed by residents in the area, who observed the unusual wiring and raised an alarm. This led to an investigation by a JPS team, which reported that based on checks no illegal activity was detected. The explanation given by the light and pow ... Read More

JOHN MAHFOOD: Long-term preparation key to listing

BY MOSES JACKSON | Friday, October 31, 2014    

John Mahfood
stands in front of
Jamaican Teas’
22,000 square foot
factory, warehouse
and office at 2 Bell
Road in Kingston.
(PHOTOS: GARFIELD
ROBINSON)

JOHN Mahfood and his father Adeeb placed Jamaican Teas in public listing mode the moment they acquired the firm's predecessor, Tetley Tea Company Ltd, in January 1996. For 13 years after the Tetley acquisition, the Mahfoods, with the elder Adeeb at the helm, operated the rebranded firm as a privately held family enterprise, but judiciously put in place all the systems and controls that could one day make for a seamless transition to public ownership. The galvanising event that sent the family ... Read More

NLA aims for top public sector customer service award

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Director of business services at the National Land Agency (NLA), Lori-Ann
Thompson, speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank held on
October 29 at the agency’s head office in Kingston. Looking on (from left) are
Christopher Barlow, director of strategic relations and communications at
Thomson Reuters; and Peter Baker, manager of property services at the NLA.
(PHOTO: JIS)

THE National Land Agency (NLA) continues to improve its service delivery through the use of technology and innovation and has its eyes set on taking the top spot in the 2014 Public Sector Customer Service Competition now under way. The biennial competition, which falls under the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme in the Office of the Cabinet, is one of the strategies implemented by Government to achieve higher levels of service delivery in public sector entities. It reward ... Read More

Low visitor traffic from Ebola-hit countries to Jamaica

Friday, October 31, 2014    

People walk through an area occupied by Liberian refugees stranded due to the West African Ebola outbreak in the camp area
situated on the outskirts of the city of Accra, Ghana. Hundreds of Liberians are stranded in Ghana, separated from their families
because of poverty, fear and logistics.

VISITOR traffic from Ebola-hit West African countries to Jamaica has been relatively low, with 66 persons coming from Sierra Leone; 65 from Liberia and 11 from Guinea, so far this year, for a total of 142. Countries, including Jamaica, have been on high alert for visitors from those West African nations, as fears of the deadly Ebola virus spread across the globe. Of the three countries, Sierra Leone has the largest number of visitors to Jamaica - 279 - in the past four years, broken down as fo ... Read More

OCA head bats for foetal homicide law

Friday, October 31, 2014    

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison (File photo)

THE Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) has suggested that, in cases where pregnant women are murdered, the accused should be prosecuted for the death of the foetus as well. "Life begins at the point of conception and as such a foetus represents another life that if lost, due to the deliberate action of another who intends to cause death or grievous bodily harm, ought to be punishable," Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon-Harrison told the joint select committee reviewing several pieces of s ... Read More

The perfect bridge

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive Editor - Publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October 31, 2014    

Allison Peart (second left in front), immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Kingston, and her fellow Rotarians officially hand over the Ja BizTown project to
Junior Achievement Jamaica President Alphie Mullings-Aiken at the official launch on Tuesday. Beside Mullings-Aiken is Paul Lalor, chairman of Junior

AMIDST all the speeches delivered by adults, Allman Town Primary School Grade 5 student Mackeda Henry best summed up the importance of the JA BizTown project to children in her age group. It is, she said, "the perfect bridge that I need [to] help me appreciate what I am taught every day, and [to] be able to play a more active and responsible role in my household, my family, my community, and my nation". "I believe I speak on behalf of all the students in my age group when I say that Ja BizTown is just ... Read More

CDEMA gets € 20m grant from EU

Friday, October 31, 2014 8:00 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Disaster management in the Caribbean region is getting a boost with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The funds are expected to support the strengthening of National Disaster Offices and CDEMA in the implementation of the 2014-2024 Comprehensive Disaster Management Strategy, the agency said in a release Friday. The EU intervention is also expected to strengthen critical infrastruct ... Read More

Trinidadian courier sentenced for failure to declare cash

Friday, October 31, 2014 7:46 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Financial Investigations Division (FID) has reported that a Trinidadian courier was today (October 31) sentenced to pay J$250,000 or serve three months in prison for failure to declare US$45,000 at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Kevin Dyer, 29, pleaded guilty to the offence after he was charged by officers of the FID for failure to declare cash exceeding US$10,000 in keeping with section 101 of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). According to t ... Read More

'Plastic' Halloween skulls found in Connecticut are human remains

Friday, October 31, 2014 7:24 PM    

(Photo: halloweenmart.com)

MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) — A pair of Connecticut junk haulers was stunned to learn on Friday that two skulls picked up at the cluttered home of a deceased man on the day before Halloween were human remains, not made of plastic as they had thought. The skulls were among thousands of occult-related items that David Odice and Charlie Inzucchi of The Junkluggers Junk Removal company cleared out of the Fairfield home where Robert L DeVitto lived until his death two weeks ago at age 56. ... Read More

‘POSH’ to raise funds for sickle cell community

Friday, October 31, 2014 7:09 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Dental surgeon, Dr Michelle Charles, in collaboration with the Sickle Cell Trust (of Jamaica) will be staging the inaugural charity event, ‘Posh’ on Saturday November 1 at Cru Bar CPJ’s The Courtyard, Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston. ‘Posh’ is an ultra exclusive event with premium liquor, food and state-of-the-art entertainment and starts at 8:00 pm. It will be hosted by Posh Party Coordinators to assist the Sickle Cell Trust. Dr Charles, da ... Read More



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