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Samuda says action will be taken in CMU matter, if required

MINISTER without portfolio with responsibility for education Karl Samuda has indicated that, if the law has to be called in based on the findings of the auditor general's special report on the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the education ministry, justice will be allowed to take... Read More

Bad company
THE resignation of Ruel Reid as minister of education last March before his arrest and charge months later, and the Government's failure to make the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) an independent organisation are some of the factors believed to be behind the...... Read More

Witness says army fatigue, masks found near alleged gangsters' homes
A police witness has described items of clothing, including masks purportedly worn by members of the Westmoreland-based King Valley gang during their exploits, as being “in good condition and were being worn”.... Read More

Cop hit down while doing traffic duties
THE police high command has condemned yesterday's incident in which a constable was mowed down by a public passenger vehicle at the intersection of Trafalgar Road and Worthington Avenue in St Andrew.... Read More

Litigants, attorneys encouraged to use mediation to settle cases

Friday, January, 24 2020    

MINISTER of Justice Delroy Chuck is encouraging people involved in lawsuits, and attorneys to utilise mediation to achieve mutual results and to free up the courts. Read More

NWA wrapping up $29-million roadworks in Port Royal

Friday, January, 24 2020    

THE National Works Agency (NWA) says it is now completing rehabilitation works valued at some $29 million, in Port Royal, as well as major roadways leading into the township. Read More

NCB Foundation backs digital literacy initiatives

BY SHARLENE HENDRICKS Observer staff reporter hendrickss@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January, 24 2020    

CHIEF executive officer of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation, Nadeen Matthews Blair, has highlighted a need for digital literacy in Jamaica, signalling the foundation's commitment to funding training opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and... Read More

Crime Stop Jamaica gets new manager

Friday, January, 24 2020    

CHERISE Bruce-Douglas has been appointed manager of the National Crime Prevention Fund, otherwise known as Crime Stop Jamaica Her appointment became effective on January 2, 2020 and she replaces Prudence Gentles who has retired. Read More

Naming baby Bolt

Friday, January, 24 2020    

CELEBRITY baby names have long been a source of intrigue for celebrity watchers. One need look no further than the 100-1 odds bookmakers put on the Sussex's bundle, Archie Harrison last year. Read More


BY ARTHUR HALL Editor-at-large halla@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January, 24 2020    

National Integrity Action (NIA) has rubbished allegations that it is behind Jamaica's fall in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released yesterday by Transparency International. Read More

Lawyer to again try to quash case against Reid, Pinnock

BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January, 24 2020    

ATTORNEY Hugh Wildman turned up at court yesterday with the intention of having the criminal charges against Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President Professor Fritz Pinnock, former education minister Ruel Reid and his daughter Sharelle and wife Sharen, and Councillor Kim Brown... Read More

Mad rush for 'Learner's' Applicants swell to 5,000 to avoid road code test

Friday, January, 24 2020    

Hundreds of Jamaicans wishing to obtain provisional driver's licences have been rushing to Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) offices in an effort to avoid sitting a road code test which will become mandatory after January 25. Read More

'Informer fi dead' culture hindering police investigations, says DCP

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January, 24 2020    

DEPUTY Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey says that the culture of “informer fi dead”, which persists in some Jamaican communities, has significantly restricted the police's investigative capacity. Read More

Ministry seeking $1.4 billion to fix farm roads in 2020/21

Friday, January, 24 2020    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries will be lobbying for a $1.4-billion allocation in the next budget to rehabilitate more farm roads islandwide in the 2020/2021 financial year. Read More

Three break-ins in three weeks

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January, 24 2020    

LITTLE LONDON, Westmoreland — The staff of Little London Primary School in Westmoreland have been left devastated following a break-in at the school — the third such incident in three weeks. Read More


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