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There is no shortage of food, says minister

KELLIER… has urged consumers not to pay high prices

ACTING Minister of Agriculture Derrick Kellier says there is no shortage of food on the island, despite the drought the country has been facing over the last couple of months. Kellier, who was addressing a media briefing at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Kingston, yesterday, said cons ... Read More

Minister with responsibility for public service in the Ministry
of Finance and Planning, Horace Dalley (centre) in discussion
with senior director, Procurement and Asset Policy Unit,
Ministry of Finance and Planning, Cecile Maragh, and
managing partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Leighton
McKnight, at Wednesday’s National Public Procurement
Conference, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New
Kingston. (PHOTO: JIS) Gov't announces new public procurement policy
THE Government yesterday tabled a bill to streamline and transform the present public procurement re ... Read More

Minister of State with Responsibility for Primary Health Care Infrastructure Luther Buchanan (centre) converses with
records clerk at Central Village Health Centre Joyce Tully during a tour of the facility on Monday while Acting Chairman of
South East Regional Health Authority Dr Andrei Cooke looks on. Central Village Health Centre to be upgraded
Improvement work is to be undertaken at the Central Village Health Centre, in St Catherine. This fo ... Read More

The US Embassy in Kingston. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO) You are allowed to have multiple visas
Q: Can a person hold multiple visas? For example, if one is the holder of a B1/B2 visitor's visa and ... Read More

PHOTOS: Other Jamaicans competing at the Commonwealth Games

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Jamaica's Richard Barnes blows a kiss and waves to adoring fans
during the Cross Country Mountain Bike competition at the Commonwealth
Games yesterday.

1 - Jamaica's Richard Barnes blows a kiss and waves to adoring fans during the Cross Country Mountain Bike competition at the Commonwealth Games yesterday. 2 - Gareth Henry of Jamaica competes in the badminton men's singles against Paul Georges of Mauritius in the first round of singles competition yesterday at the Emirates Arena. Henry won 17-21, 21-15, 21-15 and now moves to next round. 3 - Geordine Henry returns a shot on her way to winning the women's singles match 21-4, 21-3 against Sofia ... Read More

Missing children

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

NAME: Awayna Francis AGE: 14 years old Place last seen: At home, Tawes Pen, Spanish Town, St Catherine. Date last seen: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 Description: Dark complexion, stout build and about 152 centimetres (5 feet) tall. She has a tattoo of her Christian name on the left side of her hip. NAME: Shanisha Noble AGE: 15 years old Place last seen: At home, Frazers Content, Spanish Town, St Catherine Date last seen: Friday, July 4, 2014 Description: Dark complexion, medium build and ab ... Read More

Resort areas, attractions to be transformed

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Executive Director at the Tourism Product Development
Company Dennis Hickey highlights projects and initiatives that
the agency is spearheading.

THE Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) is spearheading several projects geared towards the transformation and redevelopment of some of the island's resort areas and attractions. Highlighting the scope of work at a JIS Think Tank on Monday, Executive Director of the TPDCo Dennis Hickey said the projects will enhance the country's tourism product and visitor experience. The resort town of Ocho Rios is now undergoing major transformation through the phased implementation of an enhanceme ... Read More

Staff honoured for long service at Savanna-la-Mar Hospital

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Longest serving member of staff at Savanna-la-Mar Public General
Hospital Pauline Lindo (left) is presented with a commemorative plaque
by deputy chairman of the hospital's Management Committee Balwin Leslie.
The presentation took place at the 50th anniversary and awards
presentation ceremony held last Thursday on the hospital's grounds.

Eight medical and non-medical employees of the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital in Westmoreland have been honoured for long service and leadership. The awardees were presented with commemorative plaques in recognition of their contribution to the growth and development of the institution during the hospital's 50th anniversary and awards presentation ceremony held last Thursday on the grounds of the facility in Grange Hill, Pauline Lindo, who has been employed to the hospital for 43 years ... Read More

Marketable Canadian careers in finance

Antonn Brown | Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Hello Mr Brown: I am a 23-year-old banker at a prominent financial institution in Jamaica. I wish to migrate to or study in Canada as I have relatives in Toronto with whom I would like to reside. I would like to know whether my career area is marketable and the best approach to take in relocating to Canada. -JS Dear JS: I can provide a general response to your queries as you did not specify your position. There are several demand occupations in Canada that relate to banking and finance, whi ... Read More

PHOTO: Getting there

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Workmen employed to China Harbour Engineering put the finishing touches on the Mount Rosser leg of the North-South Highway. The more than 19-kilometre roadway is slated for opening on Tuesday, August 5, and will result in significant reduction of travel time for motorists. "The contractors are doing clean-up work, installing signs, and doing the final road markings," Managing Director of the National Road Operating and Construction Company Ivan Anderson said yesterday. Motorists will travel toll ... Read More

Customs revamps programme to protect Ja borders, revenue

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton
(left) converses with Commissioner of Customs Major (ret'd)
Richard Reese during the official launch of the Jamaica
Customs Agency’s revamped Authorised Economic Operator
Programme at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown
Kingston.

THE Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) has launched its revamped Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme aimed at protecting the country's borders and revenue. Part of the World Customs Organisation's (WCO) framework of standards to secure and facilitate global trade, the AEO is designed to encourage compliance and reduce security risks by certifying all relevant personnel within the importation and exportation chain. The system rewards compliant economic operators and focuses resources on pote ... Read More

$600 pension

BY JEDIAEL CARTER Observer writer carterj@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Headley Chambers speaking with the Jamaica Observer in
Riverton Meadows, recently. (PHOTO: TYRONE SIMMS)

HEADLEY Chambers is a broken man. The Riverton Meadows, St Andrew resident believes the $600 he receives for his National Insurance Scheme (NIS) pension is not even worth his time to go and collect it at the post office. "When me guh fi di (first) cheque me see six an' some zero, so when me see dat me feel good. [When] me reach home an' open it an' really look a just two zero me see... a cheque fi $600," an almost tearful Chambers told the Jamaica Observer. Chambers said he worked with the Governme ... Read More

Two accused in high-profile fraud case denied bail

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

GEORGE Knight, the former National Works Agency projects manager and one of his four co-accused were yesterday denied bail when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on fraud-related charges. The men were remanded into custody after the court was told that the investigations were being carried out to determine the ownership of 30 rounds of ammunitions reportedly found at premises when the five men were arrested last week Friday. The other accused remanded along with K ... Read More

Met Service forecasts rain for Thursday

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:43 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica today forecast a break in the current drought in the Corporate Area, and sections of Clarendon and St Catherine. According to its advisory late Wednesday afternoon, heavy showers are expected for Thursday evening in Kingston and Portmore, St Catherine ; while May Pen in Clarendon will experience thunderstorm conditions. The rains are expected to come from a trough currently across the central Caribbean including Jamaica. The Me ... Read More



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