UPDATE: Murder of four neighbours leave Michleton residents in shock

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica -- Residents of the quiet rural community of Michleton Meadows in Linstead, St Catherine, are today trying to come to grips with Wednesday night’s murder of four neighbours. Gunmen dressed in army fatigue and denim went on a rampage shortly after 9:00 pm leaving the four ... Read More

NICELY… we have noticed a kind of Nicodemus approach by
the Ministry of Education Outstanding money, transfers hot topics for JTA conference
MARTHA BRAE, Trelawny — All is set for the 50th staging of the Jamaica Teachers' Association ( ... Read More

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson (centre) has the rapt attention of (from left) Dr Carlos Santos-Burgoa, PAHO/WHO
Risk Factors Unit Chief; Margareta Skold, PAHO/WHO country representative for Jamaica; Dr Tibor Szilagyi, technical
officer at the Reporting and Exchange of Information at the WHO FCTC Convention secretariat; and Mark Connolly,
UNICEF representative at Tuesday’s FCTC joint needs assessment stakeholders meeting at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel.
(PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Ministry reports 43% drop in tobacco cultivation
GOVERNMENT appears to be winning the war against tobacco cultivation, with the Ministry of Agricultu ... Read More

Elderly hit hardest by bus fare hike
THE elderly will be the hardest hit when the new Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) fare structure ... Read More

Opposition plans street protest as Gov't announces bus fare hike

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Thursday, August 21, 2014    


THE Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says that it will not back down from its position that increased bus fares announced yesterday cannot be justified and should not be implemented. "Plain and straight, we not supporting it. It is a travesty, a grave injustice, inconsiderate, and wicked for the Government to come to the country with another fare increase (at this time)," Opposition Leader Andrew Holness told a press briefing at the JLP's Belmont Road headquarters in Kingston. In answers ... Read More

Teachers to get pay one day late

Thursday, August 21, 2014    


THE Ministry of Education yesterday advised teachers that salaries for August will this week be sent to their accounts on Friday instead of Thursday. "The ministry apologises for any inconvenience caused by this delay and thanks teachers for their understanding," a ministry release said. Teachers to get pay one day late --> Read More

Most public schools get poor grade in new inspection report

Petulia Clarke | Thursday, August 21, 2014    

THWAITES… revealed the most recent findings of the National Education
Inspectorate which reiterates the crisis in the education system

A mere 39 per cent or 50 public primary and secondary schools assessed in the latest round of inspections by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) have been rated as effective, the Ministry of Education announced yesterday. The data, compiled from the inspection of 129 schools between September 2013 and March 2014, indicated that in a large number of the schools, students have not attained the minimum academic standards, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites told journalists at a breakfast mee ... Read More

'A very wicked act'

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

Kimberley Stewart
Aston Green
Debbie-Ann Campbell

JAMAICA Observer editor Karyl Walker solicited the views of commuters on the new bus fare structure set to take effect on Sunday. There is general consensus among the commuters that the move is ill-timed and the increases too much. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Cleveland Anderson: I don't know how it's gonna be. We are not working and several people, like me, are not working. November coming I will be 70, and I have not been working for the past seven years and I have no chance of getting anythi ... Read More

Jamaicans urged to participate in online survey for diaspora project

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

BROWN… information
gathered will enable the
Government to better serve
the diaspora

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown has encouraged Jamaicans living abroad to participate in the online survey for the Mapping Jamaica's Diaspora Project. Speaking at the Baltimore launch of the project last Friday, Brown said the initiative, which is expected to run for 18 months, is geared towards creating a database of skills, interests and location of diaspora members. It is being funded by the International Organ ... Read More

Police Federation wants cop held in Canada released

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

WILLIAMS… sought
extradition of Jamaican

THE Jamaica Police Federation has sought the intervention of the Government to secure the release of a Jamaican policeman now in custody in Canada. Constable Witney Hutchinson, 28, who is accused of being part of a death squad in the central parish of Clarendon, was arrested by the Canadian authorities in June, following a request by the Independent Commission for Investigations (INDECOM). The Canadian authorities claimed Hutchinson is being held on the basis that he's a threat to public safet ... Read More

Disabled trucks cause garbage problem in St Elizabeth

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South/Central Bureau | Thursday, August 21, 2014    

Uncollected garbage just outside Junction in South East St Elizabeth, last

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — As if their struggles with intense drought are not enough, residents of the Junction and Southfield areas of South East St Elizabeth have had to contend with a garbage pile-up in recent weeks. However, Richard Sadhi, regional operations manager of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), says improved garbage collection will be seen by this weekend with the repair of two trucks which had broken down. Sadhi said two of the four trucks operated by t ... Read More

Granny in trouble for alleged coffee burns to grandson

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

ALEXANDRIA, St Ann — A 70-year-old woman who allegedly threw a cup of hot coffee on her 13-year-old grandson, after the boy failed to make enough of the beverage, is now facing a charge of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. Allegations are that on August 9, Iris Wright, a resident of Green Hill, St Ann, asked her grandson to make coffee. The woman was displeased with the small amount of coffee the boy made and allegedly threw the hot liquid on him. The boy had to be taken to the h ... Read More

'We care for the poor, so we will continue to make people poor'

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

Passengers boarding a Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus at the Half-Way Tree Transport
Centre in St Andrew. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

JAMAICA Observer online readers have reacted with outrage to Government's announcement of an increase in fares to ride Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses. The increases, which will take effect on Sunday, will see adult fares moving from $100 to $120; fares for students and the disabled increasing to $30 from $20; and senior citizens' fares moving from $20 to $60. The readers are particularly upset about how senior citizens will be impacted. Here are some edited comments: spanishtown12 So, wil ... Read More

Digicel donates water tanks to schools

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

Donovan Betancourt, Digicel’s head of facilities
management and technical operations, and Suzie
Ann Baker, bursar at Swallowfield Primary and
Junior High School, examine the label on a
650-gallon water tank that was donated to the
school by the telecoms company yesterday.

TELECOMS company Digicel yesterday donated plastic water tanks to four schools as it kick-started a drive to assist institutions in some water-starved communities in the Corporate Area, St Thomas and Clarendon. The donations included the delivery of 650-gallon tanks to Swallowfield Primary and Junior High and Mona Heights Primary schools in St Andrew, as well as to Golden Grove Primary and Junior High and Dalvey Primary School sin St Thomas. The telecoms company said that the initiative is to ... Read More



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