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Pepsi CEO to visit ‘Champs’ as guest of KC

CAREY... wants to sit with the Jamaican people   Pepsi

Chief Executive Officer of Pepsico Inc North America Albert P “Al” Carey will visit the Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championship (Champs) for the first time when the event is held later this week. Carey, 64, will be guest of Kingston College, which, along with Jamaica College ... Read More

PHILLIPS ... takes over as fifth PNP President Peter Phillips becomes PNP President today
Peter David Phillips will become the fifth President of the People’s National Party by acclama ... Read More

Author Paul Buchanan (left) shows the Jamaica Observer’s Executive Editor Vernon Davidson a section of his latest book Jones Town Trench Town :the journey back when he called on Davidson at the newspaper’s Beechwood Avenue, St Andrew, offices last week. (Bryan Cummings) Former MP Buchanan to launch second book Tuesday
Former Member of Parliament Paul Buchanan will launch his second book ‘Jones Town Trench Town ... Read More

CHARLES JNR ... we understand that facilities are needed (karl mclarty) UK prison deal not Government priority, says Charles Jnr
Minister of state in the Ministry of National Security, Pearnel Charles Jnr, has said that the Gover ... Read More

Top cop lashes out at people who back wrongdoers

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, March 24, 2017    

Women attend a round-table talk at Sandals Royal Caribbean in St James on Wednesday. (Photos: Philp Lemonte)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant has lashed out at people who warn wrongdoers of the police’s approach to their communities, in a scathing attack against residents who take the side of criminals. “Don’t signal to them (criminals). Don’t give paralanguage and sign language, and all kind of sounds in the community, to tell them that we (police) are coming. Don’t do that because what you are doing is exposing yourself to eve ... Read More

Africa trade meeting has no Africans after US visa denials

Friday, March 24, 2017    

A US visa

LOS ANGELES, United States — Each year, the University of Southern California brings delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the US. But this year, the African summit has no Africans after all were denied visas, the Voice of America ( VOA ) has reported. Visa issues are not uncommon for people travelling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees at the African Global Economic ... Read More

PM announces NHT grants for the disabled

Friday, March 24, 2017    

The NHT headquarters in New Kingston

EFFECTIVE July 1, the National Housing Trust (NHT) will provide a grant for mortgagors with disabilities or who reside with and care for family members with disabilities, in a move to meaningfully improve benefits for the disabled. The grant is to be used to retrofit or upgrade the beneficiary’s dwelling to make it suitable to serve the needs of the disabled person. This was announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in his budget debate presentation in the House of Representatives on ... Read More

$3.2-billion roadworks to start shortly

Friday, March 24, 2017    

ROAD rehabilitation projects valued at just over $3.2 billion are slated to get underway in 11 parishes. The projects will be executed under the local component of the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP). Manager, communication and customer services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw said that contracts for the projects were recently agreed between China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited and nine local companies that will be executing the works. Among the roads to be rehabilitat ... Read More

Religious TV station in Senegal accidentally airs porn

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Regulate of cable TV falls under the purview of the Broadcasting Commission.

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An Islamic television station in Senegal says it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur “X’’ for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming. Viewers tuning into Touba TV on Monday afternoon got a shock when hardcore pornography was aired from 1:10 pm to 1:30 pm. Touba TV on Wednesday called the broadcasting blunder a “criminal act” and said the formal complaint ... Read More

‘We are not afraid’

Friday, March 24, 2017    

LONDON, England — People gather yesterday at a vigil for the victims of Wednesday’s attack, at Trafalgar Square in London. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack by a man who ploughed an SUV into pedestrians and then stabbed a police officer to death on the grounds of Britain’s Parliament. Mayor Sadiq Khan called for Londoners to attend a candlelight vigil at Trafalgar Square yesterday evening in solidarity with the victims and their families and to show that London remains united. (Photo: AP)

LONDON, England (AP) — Authorities yesterday identified a 52-year-old Briton as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism — but was not currently on a terrorism watch list. As millions of Londoners returned to work a day after a rampage that killed four victims and injured at least 30, British Prime Minister Theresa May had a message for other attacker ... Read More

Holness says tax system has to be adjusted

Friday, March 24, 2017    

File Photo

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says that Jamaica’s tax system has to be overhauled and reformed to promote greater reliability, equity, and economic efficiency. “For better or worse, personal income tax has proven to be an unreliable and unjust mechanism with great horizontal inequity, as few people pay and those who do, don’t always pay on all their income,” Holness told the House of Representatives on Tuesday. He said that 1.3 million Jamaicans are employed, but less t ... Read More

MOCA to become elite law enforcement investigative agency

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Customers were yesterday forced to wait outside while detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) carried out a raid at the Cross Roads Tax Collectorate in Kingston. Here, a MOCA detective speaks to a customer who wanted to know why people were not being allowed into the collectorate. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

THE Government has taken another step to strengthen Jamaica’s anti-corruption laws through the tabling of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) Bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. It is the second piece of legislation, designed to boost Jamaica’s anti-corruption framework, which the Administration has tabled, following the Integrity Commission Bill two months ago. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who tabled the MOCA Bill during his 2017/18 Budget D ... Read More

Digicel records high traffic on free Gov’t websites

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Maia Wilson, head of legal and regulatory at Digicel Jamaica, greets Andrew Wheatley, the minister of science, energy and technology, following the signing of a memorandum of agreement for Digicel and its telecoms counterpart to offer free access to Government websites. The signing took place at the ministry’s offices last week Wednesday.

DIGICEL says that following the signing of an agreement with the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology and its telecommunications counterpart to formalise the arrangement to provide free access to Government websites, there has been a heavy volume of traffic from customers accessing the service. “Since June 2016, Digicel customers have logged more than 43,000 megabytes worth of free access to Government departments via the service,” disclosed David Butler, CEO of Digicel Jamaic ... Read More

Lands identified for construction of logistics operations facilities

Friday, March 24, 2017    

BALBOA, Panama — A view of containers in the port of Balboa, near the Panama Canal on Wednesday.Photo: AFP

THE Government says it has identified strategically located parcels of land for the construction of facilities that will further develop logistics operations in the country. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, speaking in the budget debate in Parliament on Tuesday, said the lands will facilitate construction for warehousing, manufacturing, assembly and other value-added activities. He said the identified lands include a block immediately adjacent to the trans-shipment terminal; a 40-hectare block ... Read More



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