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PHOTO: One big party

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 22:00
A People’s National Party supporter is greeted by Jamaica Labour Party supporters during Nomination Day actitivies in St Catherine West Central yesterday.

16, 32, 25 and 27 looking good

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 22:00
Friends, things were going so well when the green (16) and ripe (32) mingled together like carnival. But when the news came late in di evening that men (23) armed with guns (27) left one dead (3) in the second city mi heart drop. Luckily di little rain (24) cool things down in the bigger city.

A show of unity

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 20:50
Supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party’s James Robertson and the People’s National Party’s Marsha Francis show unity during Nomination Day yesterday in St Thomas Western. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

Vaz gets support from family and friends

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 20:44
Daryl Vaz shows his nomination certificate as he poses for a photo with members of his family and supporters. Nomination took place at the Buff Bay Community Hospital Conference Centre yesterday morning. Vaz, the incumbent for the Portland Western seat, will be up against Vernon Hemmings of the ruling People’s National Party. (Photo: Everard Owen)

Bloomfield ready to go

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 20:41
Returning officer Silbert Davis (left) hands incumbent Dr Lynvale Bloomfield of the People’s National Party his nomination certificate after he was duly nominated to contest the Portland Eastern seat, yesterday. Bloomfield will face off with the Jamaica Labour Party’s Derron Wood. (Photo: Everald Owen)

Motorists happy with new highway; call made for Bog Walk exit

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
The Angels to Linstead Leg of the north-south link of Highway 2000 was opened to motorists on Monday. The Jamaica Observer’s Javene Skyers on Monday stopped by the Angels Toll Plaza to hear what motorists had to say about their driving experience on the new section of the highway.

Tree-planting project launched at Orange Hill Primary

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
MINISTER of Agriculture and Fisheries Derrick Kellier last week launched a tree-planting project at the Orange Hill Primary School, in Stonehenge, South St James.

$7.7 million worth of ganja seized in Unity Hall

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
DETECTIVES from the Area One Narcotics Division seized a quantity of ganja in a motor truck and several drums of gasoline aboard a boat in Unity Hall, St. James on Sunday.

Obama unveils US$4.1-trillion election-tinged budget

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Barack Obama unveiled the last budget of his presidency yesterday, a record $4.1-trillion plan that is dead-on-arrival in Congress but could shape the 2016 White House race.

Peace, quiet and good cheer in St Elizabeth

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
SANTA CRUZ , St Elizabeth — The police and returning officers reported a day of peace and good order after candidates for the February 25 Parliamentary Election were nominated for constituencies in St Elizabeth yesterday.

Nomination Day activities liven quiet St Catherine West Central

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
THE candidates for the two major political parties were yesterday nominated amid a carnival-like atmosphere in the Kitson Town area of the St Catherine West Central constituency.

Independent candidate wants better for St Mary Western

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
AN independent candidate yesterday joined the race for the St Mary Western seat, considered as one of the marginal seats going into the February 25 General Election.

Shooting spoils nomination activities in the west

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Yesterday’s Nomination Day activities in western Jamaica proceeded well until a late afternoon incident in the troubled Flanker community left one person dead when armed men fired on a Jamaica Labour Party motorcade.

One big party

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
Director of Elections Orrette Fisher says yesterday’s proceedings, which saw 152 candidates nominated across the island’s 63 constituencies for the February 25 General Election, were conducted without any problems.

Portia ready to force JLP opponent into Hyde-ing

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
The number of people who believe that Portia Simpson Miller can lose the St Andrew South West seat in the next general election rose to 11 yesterday, a little over an hour before she put herself up for nomination yet again.

Battle begins for St Andrew East Rural

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
AMIDST much fanfare and the customary trappings of nomination day, candidates from both major political parties were nominated without incident yesterday at the Gordon Town Community Centre in the St Andrew East Rural constituency.

Holness says internal polls put JLP ahead

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
JAMAICA Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness says that internal polls have shown that there has been a recent swing to the party, which will deliver several surprises in the February 25 General Election.

Legal protection for farm workers working in the US

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
Q: I travel on the farm work programme every year and I know that this year I will need to go to the United States Embassy in Kingston to apply for an H-2A visa before I can travel. Assuming all goes well, I would then be a foreigner living and working in the United States. As such, I wonder if there are laws in place to protect my rights there even though I am not a citizen or resident. If so, what are they?

Hylton, Williams confident of win in marginal St Andrew Eastern

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
THE chances of winning the St Andrew Eastern seat for People’s National Party (PNP) candidate Andre

Olympian Cuthbert Flynn is in the race

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:00
Olympian Juliet Cuthbert Flynn was duly nominated yesterday as the Jamaica Labour Party candidate for St Andrew West Rural. Cuthbert Flynn, who told the Jamaica Observer on Monday that she was three months pregnant, will contest the seat with the People’s National Party’s Paul Buchanan.