PJ scolds Cameron

PJ Patterson (file photo)

Former Jamaica Prime Minister PJ Patterson yesterday said that United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister David Cameron's "mere acknowledgement of the crime of slavery" during his visit to the island last week was insufficient. Patterson accused Cameron of refusing to apologise, while his Government has al ... Read More

PAULWELL… said he would investigate the matter and
provide a response, but didn’t up to press time 30-month delay in tabling ECJ report causes concern
THE Jamaica Observer was yesterday unable to get an answer as to how a 30-month-old report from the ... Read More

Latoya Jones tells her story Tuesday during the launch of Breast
Cancer Awareness Month at the Jamaica Cancer Society in St Andrew.
Once was blind...
A 32-year-old woman who regained her sight after six months of total blindness due to a cancerous tu ... Read More

selection took
place and I was
thrown aside Former JLP Mayor Floyd Patterson crosses floor
PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Former Port Antonio Mayor Floyd Patterson crossed the floor of the P ... Read More

New prison could help stem inmate cellphone use, says Bunting

Friday, October 09, 2015    

BUNTING… phones seem to find a way back into the system

NATIONAL Security Minister Peter Bunting believes a new modern prison could address the problem of convicts using mobile phones to access the Internet from behind bars, and that this would be yet another benefit of the UK prison deal that the Government is pursuing. Recent media reports have shown videos and images of inmates who have found their way onto the social media website Facebook, posting 'selfies' from jail and exposing the inner workings of Jamaican prison life to the world wide web. ... Read More

'Jamaicans know this is a cheap gift to a wanga gut Admin'

Friday, October 09, 2015    

Security Minister Peter Bunting: Prison deal will benefit both Jamaica and Britain

MORE Jamaica Observer online readers have reacted to the controversial prison deal between the Government of Jamaica and Britain. This, after National Security Minister Peter Bunting disclosed Wednesday that Britain's £25 million towards the construction of a new prison in Jamaica is a conditional offer. Here are some edited comments: Jamaicanyute They have been very clear that this substantial contribution towards the building of the new prison is conditional upon us passing legislation ... Read More

11 early childhood institutions hit by hand, foot and mouth disease reopen

Friday, October 09, 2015    

Hand, foot, and
mouth disease is
a common
childhood illness.

ELEVEN of the 14 early childhood Institutions (ECIs) that were closed for sanitisation as a result of the hand, foot and mouth disease, have reopened for classes. The 11 are located in the Ministry of Education's Regions Two, Three and Six. One hundred and one of the students who were infected with the viral illness have since returned to school after the buildings and other infrastructure were sanitised. Terry-Ann Wellington, principal at the Gregory Park Basic School, which is among the reop ... Read More

Jamaicans to observe 150th anniversary of the Morant Bay uprising on Oct 11

Friday, October 09, 2015    

The Morant Bay Rebellion, as interpreted by artist Barrington Watson.

THE Ministry of Youth and Culture has partnered with the St Thomas 150th Planning Committee to host the 150th Anniversary of the Morant Bay Uprising, this Sunday, October 11. Hundreds of residents from communities in St Thomas are expected to participate in the Paul Bogle and Martyrs March from Stony Gut, the birth place of National Hero Paul Bogle, at 6:30 am. The march will end in the Morant Bay Square at 8:00 am. Minister with responsibility for culture Lisa Hanna said that the observance ... Read More

Manchester woman held with ganja at airport – report 

Friday, October 09, 2015 8:40 AM    

Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A woman has been charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act following yesterday’s seizure of three pounds of ganja at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA). She is 24-year-old Onieka Stephens, bartender of Chudleigh district, Manchester. Reports are that about 12:30 pm, Stephens checked in at the airport to board a flight destined for Barbados. During a search of her luggage, a false compartment of her suitcase was found with seven parcels contain ... Read More

JCF’s Mobile Reserve gets $3M computer centre

Friday, October 09, 2015 8:25 AM    

Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams (seated) tests out one of 10 computers in the new computer centre at the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Mobile Reserve. Looking on (from left) are: State Minister in the Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Ministry Julian Robinson;  portfolio Minister Phillip Paulwell; and  Minister of National Security Peter Bunting. (JIS Photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – A $3 million computer centre, outfitted with Wi-Fi access, was officially handed over to the Mobile Reserve of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on Wednesday. The facility is equipped with 10 computers, a printer, a projector and a screen, and will be used as a training centre for officers, facilitate report and statement writing, as well as research and analysis of crime patterns, trends and concealment techniques. It was established through funding from the ... Read More

NSCC says sacking of St Hilda’s head girl breached child rights

Friday, October 09, 2015 8:15 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The National Secondary Students’ Council (NSSC) says it is “appalled and concerned” at the decision by St Hilda’s High School to rescind the appointment of the institution’s head girl due to her ‘purported’ religious beliefs. According to NSSC, the decision is in breach of several rights enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of a Child. The council in a release yesterday described the move as a “retrograde, cursory a ... Read More

Hanover Massacre! 

Friday, October 09, 2015 8:00 AM    

Police gathered on a crime scene. (FILE PHOTO)

HANOVER, Jamaica – Gunmen allegedly pounced on a family of 10 in Longwood, Hanover last night, killing six members before setting the nine-apartment board house ablaze. Two teens and an elderly woman are reportedly dead while another teen and an elderly man are said to be in critical condition at hospital. When contacted, the police’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) said police were still processing the scene. The unit was unable to provide further details. Read More

Online prayer for the day

Friday, October 09, 2015 7:00 AM    

Let me pause as I begin this new day to give it to You, Lord. Before the tumult of activities breaks in; before breakfast plates crash through my still sleepy mind; for this last moment in my bed, thank you, Lord. Let me hold Your promise of new life. Keep me from slipping back for I know that what is forgiven is as if it never were. Each new day, Your grace gives me a fresh start to walk in Your light again. May the Lord support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the ev ... Read More

$7-million Internet connection for 73 police stations

Friday, October 09, 2015    

People seen outside the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station in
Westmoreland yesterday, hours after nine prisoners
escaped the facility. (PHOTO: PHILP LEMONTE)

GOVERNMENT'S Universal Service Fund (USF) is funding a project to provide Wide Area Network connectivity for 73 police stations and facilities across the island, at a cost of $7 million. This islandwide broadband fibre-optic network, being put in by FLOW, will provide interconnectivity and Internet across the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) facilities. This will allow officers to share information and will facilitate internal communication across stations. Director of projects at the USF, Eve ... Read More



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