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WILLIAMS… the lie being told is that the licences
are being issued to Hondurans

TWO of the island's leading fishing associations have rubbished claims that licences for the 2015 season have been issued to Hondurans and have defended the Government's award process, describing it as transparent and fair. In fact, the Jamaica Lobster Harvesters' Association (JALHA) and the All-Is ... Read More

A screen grab from the JDF
video showing Christopher
‘Dudus’ Coke in custody at Up
Park Camp in 2010. Questions raised over 18 bodies found at May Pen Cemetery
PATHOLOGIST reports from evidence presented to the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry seem to have run cou ... Read More

Spying error - US corrects Internet monitoring report
JUNIOR Technology Minister Julian Robinson has welcomed the clarification issued yesterday by the US ... Read More

MCGREGOR ... this will not be
an overnight situation SSP McGregor pledges to turn around crime in St James
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of St James, Steve McGregor, is expressing confidenc ... Read More

Jurors to get increased allowance

Friday, July 03, 2015    

GOVERNMENT has approved an increase in the daily allowance paid to jurors, from $500 to $2,000 daily to meet travelling and food expenses. A release from the Ministry of Justice said the minister, Senator Mark Golding, recently signed regulations that will increase the allowance payable to jurors in civil and criminal cases. The increase is stipulated under the amendment to the Jury Bill 2015, which will be brought to Parliament soon. The ministry said the amendment is expected to solve the o ... Read More

Murders jump in three western parishes

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, July 03, 2015    

LUCEA, Hanover — Data released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force Statistics and Information Management Unit have shown that three of four parishes in western Jamaica — Westmoreland, Hanover and St James — have seen a spike in murders for the first half of the year, when compared to the same period last year. The data requested by the Jamaica Observer show that the parish of Westmoreland has been hit the hardest with an almost 100 per cent increase, jumping from 22 last year to ... Read More

Jamaican sentenced in US for lottery fraud

Friday, July 03, 2015    

A Jamaican citizen residing in Virginia has been sentenced to prison for his role in an international lottery scam, the US Department of Justice and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) have announced. Carlos O'Brien Ricketts, 32, was sentenced by US District Court Judge Michael F Urbanski of the Western District of Virginia to serve 10 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $74,450 in restitution t ... Read More

NWC reports good response to amnesty

Friday, July 03, 2015    

Acting President of the National Water Commission Mark Barnett guides Danlis Gregorie who
visited the company’s offices on Marescaux Road in Kingston on Wednesday to get infomation
on the amnesty being offered to delinquent customers.
(PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

THE National Water Commission (NWC) reported an above normal turnout at its offices across the island Wednesday as delinquent customers responded to the amnesty announced by the company. The commission launched a series of initiatives last month in an effort to improve and increase its revenue collection. "One of the things we recognise is that some people are finding it difficult to pay their bills. We recognise the economic times and we just want to give people the opportunity... to start af ... Read More

Gov’t could renew talks with Krauck Systems

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, July 03, 2015    

FALCONER… investments are very important to us

THERE are indications that Cabinet could give the nod to renew discussions with Krauck Systems if the Anthony Hylton-led investment ministry can come up with credible evidence that the Austrian engineering company has the wherewithal to finance proposed multi-billion dollar investments in the Government's logistics hub initiative. “Investments are very important to us and we (Cabinet) said to the ministry, if you feel that there is more to get, go and investigate, if we can get credible i ... Read More

Weekly Round-up: Fennell supports same-sex marriage...25 homeless after fire...Dudus at Up Park Camp

Friday, July 03, 2015 7:34 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Fire left several homeless in St Catherine after a suspected case of arson on Tuesday. Meanwhile in the west, murders spiked following the killing of two brothers, a businessman, a father and his son. Then, video footage was released of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke while detained at Up Park Camp. Watch as OBSERVER ONLINE reviews the week for you. See stories below: Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell supports same-sex marriage Wortley Home rebuilding fund opened 2 men m ... Read More

All set for Altezza Club link up

Friday, July 03, 2015 7:13 PM    

Toyota Altezza owner’s club Tezzaworld, will host their first major event, Tezzaworld Jamaica Link Up: JDM Style tomorrow at Mary Brown’s Corner Texaco Service Station, St Andrew. (Photo: File)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Kingston-based Toyota Altezza owner’s club Tezzaworld will hold Tezzaworld Jamaica Link Up: JDM Style tomorrow at Mary Brown’s Corner Texaco Service Station, St Andrew. The free event will run from 6:00 pm to midnight. “It should be a fun-filled type of event,” Elvis Byfield, Tezzaworld president, told Auto. Byfield said Tezzaworld Jamaica Link Up: JDM Style is open to all to participate, but will focus on the brand and model for which his cl ... Read More

IMF gives Greece something to mull over

Friday, July 03, 2015 6:29 PM    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Reviled in Greece for pushing the bitter medicine of austerity, the IMF has nonetheless thrown Athens a bone by urging European countries to cough up more money to ease Greece's titanic debt load. Ignoring its own procedures, the International Monetary Fund threw caution to the wind Thursday and shook up things both in Brussels and Athens, two days before the referendum in Greece on accepting new bailout terms. The IMF acknowledged Greece is an economic ... Read More

US on alert for terror threat on July 4 holiday

Friday, July 03, 2015 6:25 PM    

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) –The United States is ramping up security across the country and urging people to stay alert over the Independence Day holiday weekend over fears of a terrorist threat. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security and National Counterterrorism Center have all warned of an increased risk of attacks during the long Fourth of July weekend. New York State is ratcheting up its monitoring of celebrations and events on Saturday, expected to ... Read More

Forex: J$117.07 to one US dollar

Friday, July 03, 2015 5:32 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Friday, July 3, ended trading at J$117.07, up by four cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$92.94, up from J$92.87, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$182.60, down from $183.64. Read More



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