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JHTA optimistic about winter season

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 22:00
THE Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) says things are looking "very positive" for the upcoming winter tourist season, coming from a 3.1 per cent growth in the industry since the start of the year.

PHOTO: Top award

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 22:00
Vice Chairman of First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union Limited Leodis Douglas (left) presents 2014/15 Civil Servant of the Year and senior customs officer Sean Barrow, with his award at the Jamaica Civil Service Association awards presentation ceremony, held at King's House on Wednesday.

New project to enhance rehabilitation of juvenile remandees

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 22:00
THE Ministry of National Security has launched an initiative which is expected to significantly enhance the quality of rehabilitation for juvenile remandees at the South Camp and Metcalfe correctional facilities.

Nothing to fear from COPD tests, say researchers

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 22:00
RESEARCHERS from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Department of Medicine have appealed to persons selected to participate in the Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) study not be fearful of the spirometry testing that is being administered under the research.

Accused 'death squad' cop faces court today

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 22:00
THE policeman who reportedly fled the island after he was identified as one of the main suspects in a 'death squad' investigation in Jamaica is to face the court today.

This Day in History - Nov 21

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 22:00
Today is the 325th day of 2014. There are 40 days left in the year.

Inflation within target, says central bank governor

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 21:00
BANK of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor Brian Wynter says the annual inflation is expected to remain within the seven to nine per cent target range for the 2014/15 fiscal year.

New US envoy to Ja named; Obama appoints J'can to performing arts advisory committee

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:00
United States foreign service veteran Luis G Moreno was yesterday confirmed as America's next ambassador to Jamaica.

NHT board crippled

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:00
The beleaguered National Housing Trust (NHT) was last night facing a new dilemma as a third director, Brenda Cuthbert of the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF), indicated she would resign today, effectively crippling the board.

Sewage flows near fish market

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:00
POLICE say they will be monitoring sections of Spanish Town Road in Kingston today following threats from vendors to mount roadblocks for a second day until something is done to deal with raw sewage in the area close to the Red Rose Fish Market.

Labour ministry gets new permanent secretary

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:00
COLLETTE K Roberts-Risden has been appointed as permanent secretary for the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with effect from January 1, 2015.

Lowe pledges $3 million to fund nutraceuticals research, development

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:00
RESEARCH and development prospects for Jamaican nutraceutical products have been boosted by a pledge by scientist Dr Henry Lowe to pump some $3 million into a fund for the development of the industry.

IMF monitoring impact of PetroCaribe on regional economies

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:00
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact any changes to PetroCaribe, Venezuela's oil alliance with several Caribbean islands will have on regional economies.


Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:00
The Jamaica Observer reported yesterday that the decision to write-off the Development Bank of Jamaica's US$500,000 in the ailing Outameni Experience was taken under the watch of then Finance Minister Audley Shaw.

Outstanding civil servant

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:00
Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Public Service, Ambassador Douglas Saunders (left) presents Everton Davis of the Office of the Prime Minister with his long service medal for outstanding contribution to the public sector during the Jamaica Civil Service Association awards presentation ceremony at King's House on Wednesday.

OAS concerned about new Bahamas immigration policy

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:00
SECRETARY General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza has expressed concern about the Bahamian Government's new immigration policy under which non-nationals who are unable to show they have permission to live and work there are being arrested.

CASE cancels graduation

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:00
THE board of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) yesterday cancelled its 2014 graduation, which was scheduled to take place last evening.

Jamaica on track to welcome 3.5 m visitors – tourism minister

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 16:58
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill, says Jamaica is on track to welcome some 3.5 million visitors this year.

Obama eases threat of deportation for 4.7 million

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 15:36
In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican critics who say his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action is tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants and urged them to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has blocked.

MSME Alliance launch discount card

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 15:35
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Alliance president, Donovan Wignal, says that the new MSME discount card launched in Kingston today (Thursday, November 20) will help the sector to earn, save and remain viable.