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12-y-o girl murdered

An undated photo of Jameila Johnson.

JAMAICA is again mourning another underage girl who has been found dead. The child, Jameila Johnson, also known as 'Zella' -- a 12-year-old student of the Harewood Primary School in St Catherine -- was found dead in bushes close to a river near her home in Williamsfield, near Riversdale in the pari ... Read More

Foreign Minister Senator A J Nicholson addressing Monday’s grant-awards
ceremony at the United States Embassy in Kingston. 33 organisations get grants worth $24 million from AFJ
THE American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) on Monday awarded $24 million in discretionary grants and dono ... Read More

Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission Professor Hopeton Dunn (left) and Executive
Director of the Commission Cordel Green address members of the media on copyright
compliance directive to cable television operators in Jamaica. Plug to be pulled on 19 channels
COME May 31, 19 cable channels are to be removed from the roster offerings. This follows a directiv ... Read More

The Wetlands and
Wildlife Interpretation
Centre in Salt River,
Clarendon. (PHOTOS:
KIMONE THOMPSON) C-CAM building wildlife centre in Clarendon
CARIBBEAN Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) on Wednesday, Earth Day, unveiled a multi milli ... Read More

Your Friday Observer is free as Digicel goes zero

Friday, April 24, 2015 12:49 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Mobile telephone provider Digicel Jamaica is today launching what it describes as a ground-breaking new offer known as Digicel Zero that will see customers getting all calls on its network free with the purchase of a three-day data plan. As part of its promotions Digicel has teamed with the Jamaica Observer to provide the newspaper’s Friday Observer (hard copy) free of cost – that is – zero dollars for your Friday Observer. Get your copy early. Read More

No Surprise

Friday, April 24, 2015    

HAUGHTON…
said to be elated

THE attorney representing disgraced former Lucea Mayor Shernet Haughton yesterday said he had no doubt that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) would not have been able to charge his client. "It is a ruling I anticipated, given the circumstances of the case being made up against Miss Haughton," attorney Delford Morgan told the Jamaica Observer after news emerged that DPP Paula Llewellyn advised yesterday that no criminal charges could be brought against Haughton in relation to her involve ... Read More

'PJ Patterson' sign stolen from renamed highway

Friday, April 24, 2015    

(From left) Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Omar Davies; Prime Minister Portia
Simpson Miller; former Prime Minister PJ Patterson; and Guillaume Allain, managing director of
TransJamaica Highway, pause for a photo after the unveiling of the sign declaring the Kingston
to May Pen leg of Highway 2000 the PJ Patterson Highway last week Friday.
(PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

A sign bearing the name of former Prime Minister PJ Patterson, erected on the May Pen leg of Highway 2000 last week Friday after the road was renamed in his honour, has been stolen. Steven Shaw, communication and customer service manager at the National Works Agency, said yesterday that he had been informed of the matter, which was later reported to the police. He said it will cost an estimated $120,000 to mount a replacement. "The NWA is looking to remount the sign as quickly as possible," S ... Read More

St Aubyn Bartlett ‘fired up’ to take Central Manchester

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April 24, 2015    

St Aubyn Bartlett in Bellefield addressing the first of 15 JLP
divisional meetings to take place in Manchester over the next
six months

BELLEFIELD, Manchester — Close to a year since becoming the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for Central Manchester, Dr St Aubyn Bartlett says he is "fired up" to replace Peter Bunting as Member of Parliament as well as help his party to form the next government. "Every time we (JLP) are in power Jamaica prospers and whenever we are outside of power Jamaica falters. A political party is here to get victory at the poll, not to be in opposition. I don't like to be called an opposition c ... Read More

Witness says proclamation entered into evidence fake

BY PAUL HENRY Co-ordinator -- Crime/Court Desk henryp@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April 24, 2015    

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding

IT was revealed yesterday that a fake proclamation concerning the State of Emergency of May 2010 had been entered into evidence at the Tivoli Enquiry. The document was on the report of the Office of the Public Defender and was used by Lord Anthony Gifford in his questioning of former Prime Minister Bruce Golding. Golding's questioning regarding the document dated March 13, 2010 was that the Government had been planning to call a state of emergency even before the authority to commence with ext ... Read More

70 Longville Park units for special allocation

Friday, April 24, 2015    

FALCONER… announced
selection of special
beneficiaries

CABINET has approved a recommendation for the retroactive implementation of the special selection housing beneficiaries in Phase Three of the Longville Park Housing Development in Clarendon. Senator Sandrea Falconer, the minister responsible for information, made the announcement at a Jamaica House press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday. She told the briefing that Cabinet has issued drafting instructions to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to facilitate the promulg ... Read More

Junior minister wants more girls in IT

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Julian Robinson
State Minister of Science, Technology,  Energy and Mining

MINISTER of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Julian Robinson wants more girls to become actively involved in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. He said that it is important to expose young women to the benefits of coding and career opportunities in ICT from a very young age. The state minister was speaking at the International Girls in ICT Day Workshop, held yesterday at the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) offices in downtown Kin ... Read More

'Amazing outcome to a sad story'

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Eighty-one-year-old Rosalvo Patterson standing at the entrance
to his new home. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

MUCH like they did when his dire situation was highlighted last month, Jamaica Observer online readers had much to say about Rosalvo Patterson's improved living conditions as published yesterday. Patterson moved into his new home two Sundays ago, weeks after he was reported to be living in a ramshackle fowl coop in Jericho, St Catherine. The readers particularly praised music producer Wayne "Lonesome" Brown, who led the assistance for the elderly man. Here are some edited comments: peejay the o ... Read More

Preparations for Workers' Week start

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Lisa Hanna

PREPARATIONS are currently underway by the Ministry of Youth and Culture for this year's observance of Workers' Week, which commences on Sunday, May 17, and culminates on Labour Day, Monday, May 25. Labour Day is being observed Monday, May 25, instead of the traditional May 23, which, this year falls on a Saturday. Its rescheduling is consistent with provisions under the Schedule of the Holidays (Public General) Act, which stipulates that where National Labour Day, May 23, falls on a Saturday ... Read More

Pauwell: No radical post office closures this year

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell

PORTFOLIO minister for the postal service, Phillip Paulwell says no decision has been made to cut the number of post offices and agencies across the island, even though Postmaster General Michael Gentles has indicated the urgency of rationalisation to stem mounting losses. Gentles told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament on Tuesday that up to 60 per cent of the current 551 facilities would have to be closed. But speaking at a Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, Paulwell sa ... Read More



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