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Sagicor counters politicians’ flooding claims

Trey Grandison shovels silt and sand from a drain in Mineral Heights while Tivon Howell patiently waits to take the sludge to a nearby field. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Sagicor yesterday provided building approval numbers for its Millennium Mall in Mineral Heights, Clarendon, as it countered statements made by two politicians implicating the company in the severe flooding in that area over the weekend. “Sagicor sought and received approval from the National ... Read More

Guard dies in St Mary crash; students among six injured
SECURITY guard Patrick Wallace, 33, was killed yesterday in an accident on the Boscobel Main road in ... Read More

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie  McKenzie to update House today on weekend flooding
MINISTER of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie will make a statement in the ... Read More

Gavel Cop accused of St Thomas contract-style killing for court Friday
THE policeman who was charged jointly with two other men in the alleged contract-style killing of 33 ... Read More

French company gets contract for Port Antonio sewerage project

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Dr Horace Chang (right) discusses aspects of plans for the Port Antonio Sewerage and Drainage project with country manager, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Timothee Delebarre, at the contract-signing ceremony for the undertaking held recently at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Andrew. (Photo: JIS)

The Government has awarded a contract to VINCI Construction Grands Projects, based in France, to undertake works on the Port Antonio Sewerage and Drainage project (Stage 2). The contract, in the sum of $361,743.45, plus US$4,721,641.82, is being fully financed under the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)-funded Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) Water Supply Improvement Programme. It will allow for the provision of necessary services to design, build and operate the components required to fac ... Read More

CC Old Boys to honour Hopeton Dunn, Clifton Yap and Ivan Godfrey

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Hopeton Dunn

Communications specialist Professor Hopeton Dunn and architect Clifton Yap will be honoured by the Kingston Chapter of the Cornwall College Old Boys’ Association this Saturday. The awards for distinguished service in their professional fields and contribution to the wider society will be presented at the association’s annual Dinner Dance and Awards at Mona Visitors’ Lodge on the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus commencing at 7:00 pm. Dunn is professor of commun ... Read More

Healthy start

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Associate editor — news richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Managing Director of Seprod Richard Pandohie (right) shares a light moment with the Observer’s executive editor — publications Vernon Davidson, following the launch of the Jamaica Observer Your Health, Your Wealth Symposium yesterday.

Interest in the Jamaica Observer Your Health Your Wealth Symposium is high as a record number of people have already indicated that they will attend today’s inaugural event. Set for a 3:30 pm start at the Worthington, Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston, Jamaicans are seemingly eager to access the wealth of health information and complimentary health checks that will be available. Cancer survivor Rockell Clarke told the Observer yesterday that she is looking forward to today’s sympo ... Read More

LASCO Top Cop wants to continue inspiring inner-city youth

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Comissioner of Police George Quallo (right) and  Peter Chin (left), deputy executive chairman of LASCO, pose with winners of the LASCO Top Cop competition. Corporal Stokely Fagan (centre), who took the top award, is flanked by first runner-up, Constable Hilette Virgo and Constable Michael Hutchinson. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

CORPORAL Stokely Fagan, the 2017 LASCO top cop, who has been described as a beacon of hope in his Bay Farm Villa community in Kingston, said that he hopes that the award will inspire others in his community and other inner-city areas to strive for excellence. “God leads to you to where he needs you to be, [so] when I was nominated I made sure I put out my best because persons look up to me, they counted on me, so I said I going to do my very best,” Fagan said after receiving his award y ... Read More

Cop who asked for cash to investigate crash fined

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Policeman fined $250,000 after soliciting $10,000 from motorist.

Constable Lewelyn Martin of the St Catherine Police Division was recently fined $250,000 or six months’ imprisonment for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act. According to a release from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Agency (MOCA), in August 2012, Martin solicited $10,000 from a motorist who was involved in an accident along the Mount Rosser main road, to investigate the incident. After paying over $8,000 to the policeman, MOCA said the complainant was unable to get ... Read More

FLOW chooses eco-friendly operations

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Heather Wallen-Bryan examines a used printer cartridge, which is to be collected by a third-party supplier and refilled.

Telecommunications firm FLOW says it has reaffirmed its commitment to support the global “Go Green” agenda for businesses to implement eco-friendly practices and methods in their day-to-day affairs. According to Heather Wallen-Bryan, FLOW’s director of business continuity, safety andsecurity, over the past 10 years, the company has adopted a number of new recycling programmes for solid waste (refuse) at its corporate offices and throughout its technical operations. “At ... Read More

IMF warns of financial problems associated with withdrawal of CBRs

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

BROWNE... we have always taken the position that we reserve the right to call off the referendum

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says financial fragilities occasioned by the decrease in the number of correspondent banking relationships (CBRs) could undermine the long-run growth and financial inclusion prospects of countries affected by the withdrawal of CBRs. Correspondent banks, which are mainly large, international banks domiciled in the United States of America, Europe and Canada, provide Caribbean states with vital access to the interna ... Read More

Hampton School seeks new principal for Sept

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

MURRAY ... tried to prevent photographer from taking pictures of accused Rupert ClarkeJamaica Observer file

THE Hampton School in St Elizabeth is set to get a new principal to lead the all-girls institution in the upcoming school year beginning in September, replacing embattled principal Heather Murray, who the ministry says will be going on pre-retirement leave. In a newspaper advertisement over the weekend, the Munro and Dickenson Trust, which governs the operations of the school, invited applications for the position of headmistress, with interested candidates having up until May 31 to submit appl ... Read More

Eye on castor oil

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter skyerss@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Armed with data showing that just about half of the global demand for castor oil and its related products are being met, Jamaican stakeholders are laying the foundation to benefit from the industry that is expected to grow to over US$2 billion in another seven years. According to Jamaica Castor Industry Association (JCIA) Interim President Joel Harris, while the association has only been formally registered since January 2017 it has been working since last year to sensitise stakeholders in the ... Read More

No conflict of interest, Grange insists in response to Hanna

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Olivia 'Babsy' Grange

CULTURE Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange is maintaining that there was no conflict of interest in the engagement of Trevor Nairne as artistic director in last year’s Grand Gala celebrations, as was suggested by St Ann South Eastern Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna. In her response to questions tabled in the House earlier this month by Hanna, the Opposition spokesperson on culture, Grange said Hanna was attempting to establish a link between the awarding of a contract to Nairne by ... Read More



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