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Four cops held on suspicion of corruption

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Major Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Agency (MOCA) arrested four policemen in Manchester and Kingston yesterday, September 1 for reasonable suspicion of breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act and other offences, pending further investigations. Reports are that ... Read More

BADEN... I am going to try and see if I
can provide any answers as to what
happened (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE) US pathologist concerned about deaths in police custody
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Internationally renowned pathologist Dr Michael Baden says that he is ... Read More

Acting Public Defender Matondo Mukulu addresses yesterday’s Jamaica
Observer Monday Exchange at the newspaper’s head office Beechwood
Avenue in Kingston. Beside him is Kayla Beckford, director of investigations.
(PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR) Tivoli claims mount
THE Office of the Public Defender (OPD) said yesterday that it will refer claims for damages suffere ... Read More

Parents of students from the Barracks Road Primary School in Montego Bay, St James, demonstrate at the school yesterday over the high price of food at the
educational facility. (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE) Parents protest against price of lunch at St James school
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Scores of irate parents of students who attend the Barracks Road Prima ... Read More

Tourism ministry donates bikes to Negril police

Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill (centre), Mayor of Savanna-La-Mar Councillor Bertel Moore (right, and Acting Assistant Commissioner
of Police for Area One Gary Griffiths test out the three new motorcycles donated by the ministry to the Negril Police.

Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has donated three new Yamaha motorcycles to the Negril Police Station in Westmoreland. The bikes are among several acquired by the ministry for deployment to police stations in resort areas, through a $4.3 million allocation from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF). At the handing over ceremony last Friday Dr Wykeham McNeill informed that he has been working closely with the Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, over the last two years, to improve t ... Read More

Pit latrines to go at Brae’s River Primary

Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

Raymond Pryce

NORTH Eastern St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Raymond Pryce said pit latrines at Brae's River Primary will soon be replaced even as he asked students, parents and teachers for patience ahead of the start of the project. The school, which was established in 1929, he said, is on the list to receive the crucial upgrade with a modern bathroom block this year. Since January 2012 with the assistance of the Constituency Development Fund, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, the CHASE Fund and the Mi ... Read More

43 treated at hospital after inhaling chlorine in Morant Bay

Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

A section of the Princess Margaret
Hospital in Morant Bay, St Thomas.

SOME 43 people were yesterday treated at the Princess Margaret Hospital after inhaling gas from a chlorine spill on Church Street in Morant Bay, St Thomas. Horace Glaze, deputy director of the Office of Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Management (ODPEM), said while the office had not yet been informed about the cause of the leak, the agency was able to monitor the problem to get things back in order. "We are awaiting information from the parish council, the fire brigade and the National Wa ... Read More

Acting public defender says office now more proactive

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Observer staff reporter richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

Acting Public Defender, Matondo Mukulu  (Photo:JIS)

ACTING Public Defender Matondo Mukulu says professionalism and a commitment to their role are the order of the day among staff at the Office of the Public Defender, as his office takes a proactive approach to not only correcting State entities, but also to highlight where improvements can be made to the country's laws. Speaking to reporters and editors yesterday at the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange at the newspaper's Beechwood Avenue, St Andrew offices, the acting public defender said it is ... Read More

Courts gives $6 million in scholarships

Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites presents Andre Williams with his
scholarship award from Courts Jamaica Limited

FIFTY-FIVE students, who will be attending secondary and tertiary institutions beginning this month, have been awarded scholarships by Courts Jamaica valued at more than $6 million. The scholarship recipients who expressed gratitude for the financial assistance were chosen after a competitive selection process, which involved some 3,000 applicants. Twenty-nine scholarships, each worth $100,000, went to students, who received high grades in this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Six st ... Read More

‘Just have one booklist for all schools’

Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

‘Just have one booklist for all schools’

JAMAICA Observer online readers have weighed in on a report of a collusion between teachers and players in the book retail industry to pad booklists. According to the Sunday Observer probe, teachers are including unnecessary items on the booklists, so stores can make additional sales, and the teachers in return get a percentage of the proceeds. Here are some edited comments: nickmini What about the racket inside the Ministry of Education, where only books of "friend and company" get on the app ... Read More

In the pink

Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

In the pink

Looking pretty in their pink uniforms, these girls flashed a smile in the direction of our cameraman as they headed out to school yesterday on the official start of the new school year. The two were seen on Seaward Drive in St Andrew. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) In the pink --> Read More

22-y-o student is Digicel’s one-millionth data subscriber

Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

Digicel Jamaica Marketing Director, Peter Lloyd and Digicel's one millionth data customer, Kellyon Smith, during the surprise celebration held in her honour at Digicel's regional headquarters in downtown Kingston on Tuesday, September 2.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Telecoms giant Digicel today handed over $1 million to 22-year-old Kellyon Smith in the company’s celebration of its one-millionth data subscriber. The company commented on Facebook that Smith activated a two-day 4G data plan for $100 and won for herself the $1 million prize as well as a brand new Samsung S5. An excited Smith told OBSERVER ONLINE that “I’m in school so I have a lot of expenses already. There is also student loan to repay so I have a ... Read More

Roger Clarke’s widow returns home

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 3:18 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Sonia Clarke, widow of the late Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke, returned to Jamaica Tuesday afternoon following the death of her husband in the United States last Thursday, August 28. She was met at the Norman Manley International Airport by a delegation of government officials led by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and including Cabinet Ministers Dr Fenton Ferguson, Derrick Kellier, Lisa Hanna among others. The officials expressed their condolence to Clarke&r ... Read More

Video purports to show beheading of another US journalist

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 2:35 PM    

Steven Sotloff (Photo: AFP)

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists released a video posted Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as US airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people." The footage — depicting what the US called a sickening act of brutality — was posted two weeks after the release of video showing the killing of James Foley and da ... Read More



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