Half-Way-Tree clock tower damaged by fire

THE historic Half-Way-Tree clock tower was yesterday damaged in an early morning fire. It was not clear up to last night what was the cause of the fire. Public relations officer at the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Emilio Ebanks, said that he was unable to say what caused the fire. “When fire person ... Read More

Dwight Brown is a picture of grief as he recalls how he and local fishermen recovered the body of his 12-year-old son Dwayne as well as Dwayne’s 14-year-old friend Keico Mendez from the sea yesterday. Tragedy at sea
Yesterday, Dwight Brown came face to face with every parent’s greatest fear. When he went in ... Read More

A grieving Martha Stewart sits with her hand on her head while her brother, Almando Kenton, looks on as they gathered at the home of their brother who was allegedly killed by his grandson in Paradise Lane, St Thomas, over the weekend. ‘Yuh cyaan get mi out; a kill mi a go kill yuh’
Family members of the senior citizen who was allegedly chopped to death by his 17-year-old grandson ... Read More

Flow’s vice-president of marketing and products Carlo Redwood speaks at the <InfoBold>Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange </InfoBold>at the newspaper’s Kingston offices yesterday. FLOW makes appeal to parents attending Skool Aid
FLOW has appealed to parents of children who will be attending its highly anticipated Skool Aid back ... Read More

PNP admits financial challenges

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Julian Robinson

People National Party (PNP) Deputy General Secretary Julian Robinson says that while the party faces challenges in financing this year’s annual conference and possible local government elections, it is hopeful that its targets will be met. Speaking with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, Robinson admitted that there are challenges, “as there always are after losing a general election”. However, he said that the situation should become much clearer after next month’s annua ... Read More

Local seafood firm expands local distribution

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Roderick Francis, CEO of B&D Trawling

LOCAL seafood company B&D Trawling has entered the local market through a distribution deal with several major supermarkets islandwide. According to B&D’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Roderick Francis, in November 2015, B&D Trawling embarked on a campaign to get its products into local supermarkets and has brokered a deal with Hi-Lo Supermarkets, MegaMart and Shopper’s Fair. Less than a year later, through its SeaBest line, its products are also in the Sovereign, John ... Read More

Howard Isaacs is new JTA president

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Newly installed Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) president Howard Isaacs is flanked by outgoing President Norman Allen and JTA trustee Dr Polly Bowes Howell during Monday’s installation ceremony at the association’s annual general conference at Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay.

Principal of Moneague College Howard Isaacs has been installed as the 52nd president of the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) during the official opening session of the annual general conference being staged at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St James. Isaacs, who was trained at Moneague and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College as well as the University of the West Indies, will lead a 23,000-member strong association for the 2016/2017 conference year. “Tonight I humbly ... Read More

11 alleged lottery scammers held in St Ann police raids

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

A lottery scammer
shares some of
what he knows
with the Jamaica
Observer. At right: A lottery scammer
‘works’ his laptop while
he attends university.

ELEVEN people who were accused of involvement in the ongoing lottery scam have been charged by the St Ann police with breaches of the Law Reform Fraudulent Transaction Special Provision Act (2013) after they were formally interviewed in the presence of their their lawyers. Detective Sergeant Kirk Nicholls, head of the St Ann Proactive Investigation Unit, said the 11 were arrested during police operations in Belle Air, Runaway Bay, along the Drax Hall main road and in Madras, near Watt Town. ... Read More

Education minister urges students to stay away from lottery scamming

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid speaking at the NCB Foundation’s Scholarships and Grants reveal event and launch of its Innovative, Creative, Outstanding and Nationalistic (ICON) Scholarship, at the Courtleigh Hotel in St Andrew, last Thursday.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid is urging students to refrain from a life of illegal activities, especially lottery scamming. “We have had to contend with scamming as a very notorious element of our society. There is nothing that says because you do not have that, you have to do things that are unethical or criminal,” he said. Senator Reid was speaking to students during NCB Foundation’s Scholarships and Grants reveal event, and the launch of it ... Read More

Inmate allegedly jumps to death

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

An aerial view of the Tower Street Adult
Correctional Centre.

AN inmate of the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in downtown Kingston died Monday afternoon after allegedly jumping from the second floor of the hospital section Monday afternoon. The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) said the inmate was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The 50-year-old inmate, whose name was not released, was serving a two-year sentence for wounding. The DCS said he recently developed mental issues, but did not exhibit ... Read More

The visa application fee is non-refundable

Ask the Embassy | Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Q. My visa application has been refused. Why can’t I get my money back? A. We’re sorry to hear you didn’t qualify for a United States visa. Many people are confused about our fee, so we welcome this opportunity to try to explain it. The fee you paid is actually an application fee. It covers the cost of processing your application from start to finish. The fee has nothing to do with visa issuance or denial. It is a fee for service. This fee is non-refundable regardless of wh ... Read More

Security council preparing comprehensive crime plan

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

HOLNESS... you are going to have to look at every single business process that you undertake

THE National Security Council (NSC) is planning a strategic anti-crime action plan involving an integrated and comprehensive set of measures and actions to significantly reduce crime in the country, a Jamaica House release said on Monday. “The NSC has been meeting monthly rather than quarterly as previously obtained, and has embarked on a comprehensive and thorough approach with a view to achieving significant and sustainable reductions in crime, in preference to the adopting of ad hoc, s ... Read More

Brown’s Hall residents benefit from free health fair

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton (right) presents educational items to children at a health fair and back-to-school event, organised by the National Heath Fund (NHF)  at the Brown’s Hall Primary School, in St Catherine, last Saturday.

Scores of residents in the Brown’s Hall area of St Catherine and surrounding communities received free health screening through a National Health Fund (NHF) health fair, last Saturday. The event, which also targeted children who will be going back to school in September, was held at the Brown’s Hall Primary School. Residents were screened for high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, iron levels in the blood, eye issues and HIV. Counselling was also provided, and boys rec ... Read More

Transformed irrigation process a must for agriculture — Hutchinson

Wednesday, August 24, 2016    

Chairman of the National Irrigation Commission Senator Aubyn Hill (right) greets technical officer from the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, Lena Heng (centre) at the opening of  a four-day workshop at the Ministry of  Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries in St Andrew, on Monday. At left is manager of Agronomic Research and Development at Sentek Technologies in Adelaide, South Australia, Peter Buss.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries JC Hutchinson says sustainable growth of the agricultural sector requires transformation of the irrigation process. He pointed out that with issues such as inadequate water supply and climate change negatively impacting the growth of crops, structured and planned management of water resources is important. Hutchinson was addressing the official opening and introductory ceremony of a four-day training ... Read More



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