Smith offers prescription to cut murder toll

Opposition Security Spokesman addresses last Thursday’s
news luncheon at the Jamaica Observer.

DERRICK Smith, the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) spokesman on national security, believes improved mobility, an increase in the ratio of police personnel to citizens, accountability, as well as better pay and fringe benefits for the police are among the measures that could help to decrease t ... Read More

PNP President Portia Simpson Miller watches as candidates Hugh Buchanan (centre) and Evon Redman greet Comrades
in Black River on Sunday night. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) VIDEO: Political analyst says delay in election not good for party
AT least one political analyst believes that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s decision n ... Read More

Managing Director of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Colin Campbell displays a copy
of a Jamaica Observer article published recently about the bleeding at the State-run bus
company. Also pictured is deputy managing director in charge of operations, Kirk Finnikin.
(PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Campbell confident JUTC will achieve revenue target
MANAGING Director of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), Colin Campbell, says he is confident ... Read More

Cops basking in $60-m POCA success
THE police were yesterday still basking in the success of a forfeiture application under the Proceed ... Read More

Prof Edwin Jones to launch new book Thursday

Tuesday, November 24, 2015    

AS Jamaica approaches its next general election, noted academic Professor Edwin Jones will this Thursday launch his new sociohistorical book exploring significant aspects of the country’s more than five decades of national development. The book, titled Contending with Administrivia...Competition for Space, Benefits and Power, is being launched at the Undercroft at University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus in Kingston. Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson will give the main address ... Read More

KSAC serves cease work notice to Dunn's Plaza

BY CLAUDIENNE EDWARDS Observer writer | Tuesday, November 24, 2015    

The KSAC building in downtown Kingston.

The Building and Town Planning Committee of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) recently issued a cease work notice on Dunn's Plaza, located at 15 3/4 Red Hills Road, after it was discovered that a two-floor building on the property was being extended to five floors instead of the four floors that had been approved. Norman Shand, city engineer, told a recent meeting of the KSAC Building Committee that an inspection found that Dunn's Plaza was creating "a larger structure at the fourt ... Read More

Street Scenes - November 24

Tuesday, November 24, 2015    


This girl is no doubt enjoying a dangerous ride home from school on the handlebar of her guardian's bicycle in Three Miles, ST Andrew, yesterday. (PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) This girl is both cool and cute as she sucks on a bag juice under the shade of a wooden stall yesterday on Maxfield Avenue, St Andrew. A garbage truck 'sidewoman' is seen hard at work on Olympic Way, St Andrew, yesterday. Women are increasingly taking up jobs on the collections end of the waste disposal sector. A pedal cycl ... Read More

Jamaica names new ambassador to China

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 7:38 PM    

Fay Pickersgill, new ambassador of Jamaica to China

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Fay Pickersgill is the new ambassador of Jamaica to the People’s Republic of China. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Arnold J Nicholson announced her appointment on Tuesday. She is expected to assume duties in the coming weeks. “I believe that Mrs Pickersgill is uniquely qualified to serve as Jamaica’s top diplomat in Beijing. In her lifetime of service, she has proven to be a strong administrator, an experienced negotiator and ... Read More

25 Jamaicans get scholarships to study in Russia

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 5:58 PM    

Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites (left), congratulates some of the recipients of UC Rusal scholarships, valued at over $100 million, to study in Russia, at the presentation ceremony held on Tuesday at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston. At centre is Managing Director at Alpart Sergey Kostyuk. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Twenty-five Jamaicans have been awarded scholarships valued at over $100 million to study in Russia by aluminium conglomerate, UC Rusal, which owns the Alpart and Windalco bauxite companies. The fully funded scholarships are valid for up to six years and the students will pursue studies in chemical, mining, electrical, instrumental, and mechanical engineering. Awardees are from the Alpart and Windalco-operating areas, and they were selected through a competitive ... Read More

Turkey pilots warned Russian jet 10 times before shoot-down: US

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 5:47 PM    

A woman holds a placard reading 'Bring Turkey to account' as she and
others gather outside the Turkish embassy in Moscow on November 24,
2015. (Photo: AFP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – The US military backed up Turkey's claim Tuesday that Turkish pilots warned a Russian jet 10 times – but failed to get a response – before shooting it down after it briefly entered Turkish airspace. "We were able to hear everything that was going on, these (communications) were on open channels," Baghdad-based military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said in a video call with reporters. He added it was not immediately clear on which side of th ... Read More

New MoU signed to improve drug treatment, rehab programme

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 5:33 PM    

Minister of Health Horace Dalley (front row, 2nd right) and Zaila McCalla (right), Chief Justice of Jamaica, look on as Minister of Justice, Mark Golding (second left) hands a signed copy of the new Memorandum of Understanding to Micheal Tucker, executive director National Council on Drug Abuse. In the background are (from left) Dr Myo Kyaw OO, medical officer Bellevue Hospital, and Carol Palmer, permanent secretary, Ministry of Justice.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Health Horace Dalley on Tuesday indicated his commitment to moving the process forward for the streamlining of the operations of the Drug Treatment Court and Rehabilitation Programme during the official signing ceremony of the new Memorandum of Understanding at the Ministry of Justice offices in Kingston. “I know that any intervention that is geared at helping Jamaicans especially our youths and protecting them from the vicious cycle of drugs and subs ... Read More

Forex: J$119.87 to one US dollar

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 5:07 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Tuesday, November 24, ended trading at J$119.87, up by one cent according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$89.59, up from J$88.91, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$180.57, down from J$180.87. Read More

Elimination of violence against women to be highlighted tomorrow

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:58 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW) will be observed tomorrow, November 25, to be followed by 16 days of activism, ending on December 10. This year's observation of  IDEVAW will take the form of a social media and communications campaign and will focus on engaging the youth and men, in an effort to continue to raise awareness on the need for the elimination of gender-based violence. Spearheading the events during the per ... Read More

Barbados to push legislation to seize illegal assets

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:54 PM    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The Barbados Government will next year table legislation amending the Proceeds of Crime Act so as to allow the authorities to seize the assets of people with  no legitimate source of income. Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, addressing a ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) meeting over the weekend, said that drug barons and others engaged in criminal activities would not be allowed to flourish in Barbados. “I want to ensure that if (you) see a ... Read More



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