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Bill and Melinda Gates give J$226m to Jamaica’s ICT development

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has provided US$2 million (approximately J$226 million) to finance a project to provide Jamaicans with increased access to ICT services, as well as training to promote personal, organizational and national development. The grant will also ... Read More

Slight reduction
in expenditure in
supplementary
budget Slight reduction in expenditure in supplementary budget
THE Government has increased its recurrent (housekeeping) expenditure by $1 billion, but a $1.6-bill ... Read More

People's National Party (PNP) chairman and Government Minister Robert Pickersgill Ordinary Jamaicans know nothing about Twitter, says Pickersgill
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaicans on social media network, Twitter, last night expressed outrage a ... Read More

Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, Andrew Holness Opposition walks out of House after PM refuses to answer questions
OPPOSITION parliamentarians walked out of the House of Representatives yesterday in protest against ... Read More

Crackdown planned on fake Blue Mountain coffee

BY TERRON DEWAR Business reporter dewart@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, November 26, 2014    

Coffee Industry Board Chairman Delano
Franklyn displays what he says is a
package of counterfeit Blue Mountain
coffee at a news conference yesterday.
(PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)

THE Coffee Industry Board says it will be cracking down on the sale of fake Blue Mountain coffee, particularly in the island's resort areas. Coffee Industry Board Chairman Delano Franklyn did not give a specific date when the newly formed Brand Infringement and Enforcement Taskforce would begin its job of monitoring and protecting the world-famous brand, offering only that the raids will be conducted "before Christmas". Local gift shops, supermarkets and craft markets are the main targets of t ... Read More

Protest at KPH following attack on nurse

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, November 26, 2014    

Protest at KPH following
attack on nurse

MEDICAL workers at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) yesterday staged a protest after a mentally ill patient attacked a nurse at the downtown Kingston institution. According to the angry protesters, the nurse was doing checks on Ward 2A when she was chased by a man, who was a psychiatric patient. Jennifer McLeod, who claimed she witnessed the attack, said the nurse was also hit by the man. "If it weren't for me and another man the nurse could have been killed by the man this morning," she al ... Read More

Traffic Authority announces big fees for admin services

Wednesday, November 26, 2014    

Traffic Authority announces
big fees for admin services

PEOPLE needing some services provided by the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) will be forced to dig deep into their pockets starting Monday as the State body has announced a raft of fees as high as $20,000. In a statement yesterday, the ITA said that nine categories of administrative services -- which were normally offered free of charge -- will now attract fees that the entity projects will yield $174 million annually. The highest fee of $20,000 has been attached to structural verification of i ... Read More

JIE pays tribute to top engineers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014    

WHITE... it’s important for engineers to operate and innovate to
create a better society

A number of distinguished engineers and engineering students are to be honoured at the Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) annual awards dinner and gala scheduled for Saturday at Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. The awards to be presented at the event -- themed 'Engineering for Human and Social Development' -- include one for 'Excellence in Engineering', 'Engineering Project of the Year', and 'The President's Cup' to the Council member who has contributed the most to the JIE over the past year. An aw ... Read More

50 projects approved under National CHIKV Prevention campaign

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:53 PM    

Information Minister Sandrea Falconer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Fifty projects have been approved since the October commencement of the Government’s national campaign to reduce the spread of the Chikungunya virus (ChickV), across the island. The Approvals Sub-committee under the programme, has approved 39 projects for Members of Parliament (MPs) and 11 for Parish Councils. This was disclosed at a Jamaica House Press Briefing, today (November 26), at which an update was provided on the $500 million national health emergency ... Read More

GraceKennedy opens science centre downtown Kingston

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:25 PM    

Entrance to new STEM centre downtown Kingston

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Residents of Parade Gardens and environs are lauding GraceKennedy Limited following the launch of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre in the downtown Kingston community. The state-of-the-art science lab, outfitted with the latest gadgets, including a Mimio whiteboard, and 3D printer, is the second of its kind in Jamaica and was opened on Monday. "We are really happy that a centre such as this one was launched in our community," said Donna Wri ... Read More

Forex: J$113.49 to one US dollar

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:25 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Wednesday, November 26 ended trading at J$113.49, up five cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed at J$100.44, up from J$100.31 while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$178.21 up from J$177.34. Read More

Gas prices down $1.69, diesel down $1.58

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:14 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in prices of diesel and gasoline effective Thursday November 26, with a reduction in ex-refinery costs from Petrojam. 87- and 90-octane gasoline will be sold by Petrojam for $107.79 and $109.45 per litre, respectively, down $1.69 each. Automotive diesel fuel will be sold for $108.22 per litre after a decrease of $1.58, while ultra-low sulphur diesel is down by $1.27, and will be sold for $115.32 per litre. Meanwhile, keros ... Read More

Ferguson cleans up, but passions still inflamed

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:11 PM    

 A resident of Ferguson doing clean-up work.

FERGUSON, United States (AFP) - Residents of the US town of Ferguson said Wednesday they hoped racially-charged violence sparked by the Michael Brown case will abate, but nationwide protests suggest anger is still simmering. Violence erupted in the St Louis, Missouri suburb for a second night Tuesday over a decision by a grand jury not to prosecute a white police officer for shooting dead Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Windows were smashed at city hall, a police car was set on fire and prot ... Read More

Spanish health minister quits over graft scandal

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:08 PM    

MADRID, Spain (AFP) - Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato resigned on Wednesday after being linked to a massive corruption scandal involving an alleged kickback scheme at the heart of the Spanish prime minister's conservative Popular Party. "I have decided to present my resignation," Mato said in a statement, adding that she was stepping down for the good of the government and the ruling Popular Party. Mato has not been named as an official suspect in the corruption probe, but a judge said earlie ... Read More



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