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TSO takes over Thursday

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:56
KINGSTON, Jamaica — With just a few hours to go before the start of the annual Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out (TSO) five-hour discount shopping spree Thursday, participating stores and companies are making final preparations.

Barbados PM recovering from influenza in Canada

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:24
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is recovering in Canada following a bout of influenza, according to an official statement issued here on Wednesday.

Education minister condemns murder of Trelawny teen

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:12
KINGSTON, Jamaica—Education Minister Ronald Thwaites on Wednesday condemned the murder of eighth grade Muschette High student Alesha Brown, whose body was found in Stewart Town, Trelawny.

FOREX: J$112.68 to one US dollar

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 13:39
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Wednesday, October 1, ended trading at J$112.68 up one cent, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary.

Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 13:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

CCJ to protect traders of goods and services

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:52
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Traders of goods and services will have protection from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), under the Caricom Regional Integration Electronic Public Procurement System, being developed across the region.

Gas price up 21 cents, diesel down 64 cents

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:44
KINGSTON, Jamaica —Petrojam Limited has decreased the ex-refinery prices of five of its categories of fuel, effective Thursday, October 2.

Body of missing Trelawny teen found

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:57
TRELAWNY, Jamaica — The body of a female 13- year-old Muschett High School student, who went missing Monday, was discovered a short while ago in Stewart Town in the parish.

Holness says public has lost confidence in health minister

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:52
KINGSTON, Jamaican — Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness has said that Jamaicans have lost confidence in Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson and is calling on Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to act now in the interest of the public.

Statement from the Minister of Local Government re-vector control response

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:50
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The following is a statement from the Minister of Local Government, Noel Arscott on the government's vector control response.

NSWMA stands ready to partner in Chik-V fight

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:36
KINGSTON, Jamaica--The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has said that it stands ready to partner with the Ministry of Health, community groups, municipal agencies and residents in the national effort to rid the country of mosquito breeding to combat the spread of the chikungunya virus.

House starts debate on political party registration

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:54
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Leader of the House of Representatives Phillip Paulwell says that the amendments to the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2014 to provide for the registration, regulation and funding of political parties, will take Jamaica’s democracy “one step higher”.

Kei Miller wins top British and Ireland poetry award

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:52
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Forward Prize for Best Collection was awarded last night to Jamaican Kei Miller for The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion.

Health Ministry strengthens Ebola preparedness plan

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:27
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse says The Ministry of Health has been strengthening its Ebola preparedness plan in light of the report of a confirmed case of the Ebola virus in the United States.

I am honoured says newly appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police - Novelette Grant

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:20
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Novelette Grant today became only the second woman in the long history of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to be named to the second highest position in the organisation, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).

ISIS beheadings spark Opposition questions of Jamaican detention in Islamic countries

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 05:57
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A flurry of beheadings of its prisoners by the militant Islamic State (IS) has led Opposition Senator Robert Montague, to table a motion in the Senate seeking information on Jamaicans detained overseas.

New York Times to slash 100 newsroom jobs in streamlining

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 05:19
NEW YORK, (AFP) - The New York Times said Wednesday it plans to cut 100 newsroom jobs in the latest move by the prestigious daily to adapt to industry upheaval.

Ardenne alumni working to cut school’s energy bill by $500,000 monthly

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:52
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ardenne Alumni Foundation (AAF) is set to spend $30 million on a solar energy project aimed at reducing the monthly electricity bill at Ardenne High School by $500,000.

Health Ministry: No shortage of paracetamol tablets

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:34
KINGSTON, Jamaica—The Health Ministry’s Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse says there is no shortage of paracetamol tablets and syrup in the public health sector.

Three reports of murder on Tuesday

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 04:25
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Three incidents of murder have been reported in Clarendon and St Andrew on Tuesday.