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70 participate in Mario Deane protest in New York

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00
NEW YORK, USA — About 70 protesters who gathered peacefully in front of the Jamaican Consulate in Manhattan, New York, presented a signed petition against the Jamaican Government, yesterday.

Antiguan team observes work done by China Harbour

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00
Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Morais Guy (left) greets Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Housing for Antigua and Barbuda Eustace Lake when he visited the ministry in Kingston yesterday. A team from Antigua is in Jamaica to look at projects that have been carried out by China Harbour Engineering Company. (PHOTO: JIS)

'Dem fraid ah him'

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00
THE rejection of an application by FBI agent Wilfred Rattigan for the post of police commissioner has ignited a debate among Jamaica Observer online readers. Rattigan, a Jamaican, had his application turned down late Tuesday by the Police Services Commission. However, Observer readers have mixed views as to whether he was given a fair chance. Here are some edited comments:

Rainforest Seafoods hands out $1.5m in scholarships, book grants

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00
Chief Executive Officer of Rainforest Seafoods Brian Jardim (right); his wife Shelagh (second left); General Manager Ernest Grant (centre, back), and another member of their team (third right) with several of the students who received scholarships and book grants at the 10th annual staging of the seafood company's Scholarship and Awards Presentation at its office on Slipe Road in Kingston. At left is Elizabeth Lawrence, who was guest speaker at the function. Jardim said that a total of 15 scholarships and 76 book grants totalling $1.5 million were handed out to students, who are pursuing primary, secondary and tertiary studies. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

Regional fisheries body to make arguments before int'l court

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00
BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) says it will present oral arguments to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Germany next month in response to a request for an advisory opinion on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in African waters.

This Day in History

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00
Today is the 240th day of 2014. There are 125 days left in the year.

Street Scenes

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00

Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00
JERUSALEM, Israel (AP) — Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory yesterday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering.

Tablets issued to 1200 Secondary school teachers -- Paulwell

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:26
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A total of 1,200 teachers across the public secondary school system have been issued with tablet computers as Government rolls out the pilot for its Tablets in Schools project, in time for the start of the 2014 academic year, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Phillip Paulwell, says.

New PAHO/WHO representative starts tour-of-duty in Jamaica

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:27
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson has welcomed the new Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Jamaica, Dr Noreen Jack who will begin her tour of duty as of tomorrow Thursday, August 28.

3,000 sign NY petition against govt in Mario Deane murder case

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:25
KINGSTON, Jamaica – A petition against the Jamaican government in the Mario Deane murder case has been handed to Deputy Consul General, Derron McCreath of the Jamaican consulate in New York.

Forex: J$112.80 to one US dollar

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:11
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The US dollar on Tuesday, August 26 ended trading at J$112.80 up three cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary.

Digicel CEO gives 3 schools water tanks after Ice Bucket Challenge

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:50
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Forfeiting an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Digicel’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barry O’Brien decided to instead donate three water tanks to schools in Kingston.

Pastor shot, wounded in Wyoming church

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:31
CENTENNIAL, Wyoming (AP) -- A Wyoming pastor was shot and wounded with his own handgun after apparently interrupting a burglary at his rural church.

JCS calls for stronger action to address prostate cancer

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:18
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) is calling on government for the enforcement of legislation that addresses the main modifiable risk factors for prostate cancer.

Police destroy ganja plantation in St Elizabeth

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:07
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police on August 26 discovered approximately half acre of fully grown ganja plants and 60,000 ganja seedlings near Slipe in St Elizabeth.

Jamaica Broilers increases cash prize in Fair Play Awards competition

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:09
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The largest cash prize to be offered to local journalists in a competition for outstanding work, is to be presented this year by the Jamaica Broilers Group in its Fair Play Awards of Excellence.

NWC signs contract with private company for provision of well water

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:49
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The National Water Commission (NWC) has signed a 20-year contract with private company Tallawah Investments for the provision of one million gallons of water per day to service areas of the Capital.

US pathologist to oversee autopsy on Mario Deane

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:03
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The pending autopsy for Mario Deane will take place under the supervision of US pathologist, Dr Michael Baden, who conducted the autopsy on Michael Brown – the 18-year-old man recently shot dead by police in the Ferguson, Missouri.

IMF boss Lagarde charged in France graft case

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:34
WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The International Monetary Fund is again touched by scandal with chief Christine Lagarde's being charged in a French graft case, three years after predecessor Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned in disgrace.