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Cops issue strong warning to drug couriers

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 22:00
THE police's Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND) has issued a strong warning to drug couriers disclosing that one of four people who swallowed drug pellets in smuggling attempts had died within the past month.

Scotia Investments donates freezer to children's home

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 22:00
SCOTIA Investments recently donated a freezer to Jamaica National Children's Home to replace an old unit that had long passed its usefulness.

Water before bauxite

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 22:00
JAMAICA Observer online readers have expressed alarm and anger at reports that Government is taking steps to mine Cockpit Country for bauxite. The sentiments run deep for most of them, with several urging citizens to protest against the move and file lawsuits against the Government. Here are a few of their edited comments.

Jamaica fails infant, maternal MDG targets

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 22:00
This was confirmed in the latest publication from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the annual Economic and Social Survey Jamaica (ESSJ), which was tabled yesterday in the House of Representatives.

Suspension of net billing irks Solar Energy Association

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 20:00
STAKEHOLDERS in the renewable energy sector are demanding answers from the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) and the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) about the suspension of the light and power company's net billing programme.

Rush on Kingston passport office

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 20:00
THE security forces were yesterday forced to increase their presence at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) office in St Andrew after thousands of Jamaicans flooded the grounds in a bid to process passport applications before increased fees take effect next Tuesday.

'It's corrupt!'

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 20:00
SECURITY Minister Peter Bunting yesterday accused the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (CPC) of protecting corrupt public officials by frustrating investigations being carried out by the police into cases of ill-gotten gain.

UK's Cameron to give police power to seize wages of illegal immigrants

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:02
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron will propose new laws to control immigration in a speech Thursday, including giving police the power to seize wages earned by illegal immigrants.

ONLINE READERS' COMMENT - Passport fees increase too high

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 18:51

Parliament committee wants OGC to obtain search warrant

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:55
KINGSTON, Jamaica — If the Joint Select Committee of Parliament, which is reviewing the Integrity Commission Act, has its way, the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) may in future have to obtain a warrant in order to enter premises to search for documents, records, and property critical to its investigations.

Trade unionists discuss 'Broken Promises, Hearts and Pockets' Thursday

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:44
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute (HLSTUEI) will host a discussion on Thursday at 1:00 pm in its lecture room at Mona, on the book, “Broken Promises, Hearts and Pockets”, written by veteran participant in the industrial relations process, Dr Orville Taylor.

Gas prices up $0.97, diesel up $0.42

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:37
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see an increase at the pumps in prices of gasoline with an increase in the price for diesel effective Thursday, May 21, with an increase in ex-refinery costs from Petrojam.

Holness writes PM over increase in passport fees

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:09
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition leader Andrew Holness has written to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller regarding the pending increase in processing fee for passport applications. The increase was announced this week by the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).

IMF approves new 3-year aid programme for Haiti

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:55
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The International Monetary Fund announced Wednesday a new aid programme for Haiti to help the impoverished Caribbean country to continue its recovery from the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Forex : J$116.11 to one US dollar

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:12
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Wednesday, May 20, ended trading at J$116.11, up by three cents according to the Bank of Jamaica daily foreign exchange trading summary.

UPDATE: Cockpit press briefing cancelled

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:58
KINGSTON, Jamaica – A press briefing scheduled for Thursday to discuss matters regarding contentious issues surrounding mining in the Cockpit Country has been cancelled.

Noranda says no mining outside authorised areas

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:25
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners has issued a statement regarding mining operations said to be taking place in the Cockpit Country.

Cuban wrestlers prepare to face US in Times Square

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:15
NEW YORK, United States (AP) — Invited to take part in an exhibition against the US in Times Square, top Cuban wrestlers quickly received approval from their government to make the trip.

Opposition party planning country-wide protests in Guyana

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:52
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – The main Opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) maintaining that the May 11 regional and general elections had been flawed, says it plans to embark on country-wide protest action.

Clarendon police to host town hall meeting

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:50
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Clarendon division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force is expected to host a Town Hall meeting Thursday at the Bucknor Community Centre in May Pen, Clarendon, scheduled for 5:00 pm.