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Kaci’s Home

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell is back on home soil following her fifth-place finish at the Miss Universe pageant in Miami on Sunday.

US$90-m boost

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
WASHINGTON, DC, USA — The 34-megawatt (MW) greenfield wind farm being built by US-owned BMR Energy in St Elizabeth is to receive a US$90-million capital injection by way of a loan through a tripartite arrangement among the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the International Finance Corporation (IFC),) and the Government of Canada.

Gov’t, unions get ready for new wage talks

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
WITH approximately nine weeks to the end of financial year 2014/15, there are concerns as to whether the Government can conclude a new wage and fringe benefits agreement with its employees by March 31.

Port Maria woman robbed of $250,000

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
PORT MARIA, St Mary — A St Mary businesswoman was hijacked and robbed of $250,000 on Sunday morning by three armed men.

33-y-o man fatally shot in Hanover

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
LUCEA, Hanover — A man, identified as 33-year-old Stevie Campbell of Negril in Westmoreland, was fatally shot by unknown assailants in Johnson Town, Hanover on Sunday.

A strong one

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
Managing Director of the Jamaica Observer Danville Walker (right) accepts a bottle of Wray & Nephew's three-litre rum from the company's promotional representative Earl McDonald, while his colleague Lex-Ann Martin looks on. The presentation was made at the Observer's Beechwood Avenue headquarters in Kingston yesterday.

Labour ministry, ILO stage workshop for small entrepreneurs

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is collaborating with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in conducting a two-part series of Entrepreneur Skills Training workshops, aimed at formalising the informal economy.

Jamaica an ideal business destination — IDB rep

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
The Inter American Development Bank (IDB) is encouraging both local and international entrepreneurs and private sector interests to take advantage of Jamaica's improved business climate.

A gift for your, sir

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China Zhang Baowen (second left) accepts a gift from Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness, (second right) during a courtesy call on the Opposition leader at his office in Kingston, recently. Sharing in the moment are Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Edmund Bartlett (left) and Jamaica Labour Party Chairman Robert Montague. Zhang led a recent Chinese delegation as guests of Jamaica's Parliament.

Monster snowstorm swirls into Northeast US

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
NEW YORK, United States (AP) — The Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor of more than 35 million people began shutting down yesterday as a monster storm that could unload a paralysing one to three feet of snow swirled into the Northeast.

Cop killed in motor vehicle crash

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
A police constable assigned to the Mavis Bank Police Station in St Andrew died Sunday from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle crash along Molynes Road in the parish.

Cotterell

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — The National Works Agency (NWA) has started phase two construction of a $145 million eight-kilometre shared pathway for bicycle and pedestrian traffic along the Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, Westmoreland.

UN delegation calls for free and fair elections in Haiti

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) -- The United Nations has welcomed the formation of a new Government in Haiti after the country's Parliament became "dysfunctional" due to its failure to hold elections within its constitutional framework.

Russia defiant!

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — Russian officials struck a defiant note yesterday after Western leaders threatened to further punish Moscow for escalated fighting in eastern Ukraine over the weekend, arguing that the Ukrainian Government is responsible for the latest increase in violence.

This Day in History – Jan 27 2015

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:00
1944: The German and Finnish siege of Leningrad, now St Petersburg, is lifted. At least 650,000 people died during the 872-day siege.

Sinclair denies mayor's claim in Bogue lands dispute

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:00
MONTEGO BAY, St James — As controversy over the Bogue lands continues to rage, Councillor Charles Sinclair (JLP, Montego Bay North East Division) yesterday denied that he authorised the informal occupiers to cease paying rental for the property.

French islands want associate membership in Caricom

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:00
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The French territories in the Caribbean have begun discussions with the Caribbean Community (Caricom) on their applications to become associate members of the 15-member regional grouping, the Guyana-based Caricom Secretariat announced yesterday.

Teen's body found in St Mary river

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:00
The St Mary police are now investigating the death of another child in the parish after the body of a 14-year-old girl was discovered in Enfield, Annotto Bay Monday morning.

Election forces reschedule of CXC exams

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:00
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Education Minister Priya Manickchand said yesterday that the Barbados-based Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations originally scheduled for May 11-12 have been re-scheduled so as not to coincide with the general and regional elections.

Robinson receives report on gov't website hacking

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:00
MINISTER of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM) Julian Robinson has received the preliminary Cyber Incident Response Report from the team of cyber-security and forensics experts, comprising the Organization of American States (OAS), Government of Uruguay and technical officers from several ministries and agencies in Jamaica.

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