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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

UK chaplain to The Queen urges Anglican church to strengthen mission

can-church-to-strengthen-mission------- | Monday, April 24, 2017    

HUDSON-WILKIN... encouraged church workers to be bold and achieve the mission for which God has planted them

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The 147th Synod of the Anglican Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands was last week reminded that it was called to “walk in the way of Christ, show love and serve”. The charge was delivered on the third day of the synod by Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin from the Diocese of London. Hudson-Wilkin, the first black female chaplain to The Queen and chaplain to the UK Speaker of the House of Commons, told the gathering that, like some people in the time of Jesus, ... Read More

Two die in Venezuela protests

Monday, April 24, 2017 9:50 PM    

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Two people were killed in Venezuela on Monday in renewed violence, raising the death toll in three weeks of massive demonstrations against leftwing President Nicolas Maduro to 23, officials said. Several others were seriously injured and "between life and death," said public defender Tarek William Saab. The latest casualties come on a day anti-Maduro demonstrators blocked major roads in the South American nation. Two government trucks in eastern Caracas were s ... Read More

JPIO to expedite 100 IP registrations at open house

Monday, April 24, 2017 9:32 PM    

Executive Director of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), Lilyclaire Bellamy (at podium), addresses participants at a Copyright Seminar at JIPO’s New Kingston offices on April 24. Pictured at the head table (from right) are Chairman, Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP), Paul Barclay; and Chairman, JIPO, Peter Goldson. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Persons wishing to apply for Intellectual Property (IP) registration will benefit from expedited processing of documents at an open house to be held at the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) in New Kingston, tomorrow. The first 100 applicants will qualify for this “hot desk” service during the event, which is slated to run from 10:00am to 3:30pm. This was disclosed by Executive Director of JIPO, Lilyclaire Bellamy, during a Copyright Seminar ... Read More

In call to Trump, Chinese leader urges restraint over N Korea

Monday, April 24, 2017 9:00 PM    

 In this Friday, April 7, 2017, photo, US President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pause for photographs at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — As the world braces for a possible North Korean nuclear test, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday urged restraint in a call to President Donald Trump. America's UN envoy warned of a strike if Pyongyang attacks a US military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile. Xi's phone call with Trump came amid signs Pyongyang could soon conduct its sixth nuclear test explosion since 2006, or the latest in a rapid series of missile tests, further advan ... Read More

Scottish independence support plummets ahead of UK election

Monday, April 24, 2017 8:52 PM    

Theresa May

EDINBURGH, United Kingdom (AFP) — Support for Scottish independence has plummeted ahead of a snap election designed to embolden the British government for forthcoming Brexit talks, according to a poll released on Tuesday. Just 37 per cent of Scots would back independence if another referendum were held "tomorrow", according to the Kantar poll. Support for remaining part of the United Kingdom remains at 55 percent -- the same percentage that voted no to independence in 2014 and its highes ... Read More

Corporal Stokely Fagan named the 2017 LASCO Top Cop

Monday, April 24, 2017 8:30 PM    

Founder and Executive Chairman, LASCO Affiliated Companies,] Lascelles Chin (right) presents Corporal Stokely Fagan with the winner's trophy for the LASCO/Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Police Officer of the Year 2017/18 at during the awards luncheon at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on April 24.

Kingston, Jamaica — Stokely Fagan, Corporal of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) was announced as the LASCO Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Police Officer of the Year 2017/2018 at the annual awards luncheon today at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Fagan took home the Police of the Year Trophy along with a $250,000 cash prize. Constable Hilette Virgo, who serves within the St James Division, was named first runner-up and awarded $200,000 while Constable Michael Hut ... Read More

McKenzie to report on flooding impact in Parliament tomorrow

Monday, April 24, 2017 8:03 PM    

Desmond McKenzie

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie is to deliver a statement to Parliament tomorrow on the impact of flooding in sections of the island during the onset of a trough over the weekend. According to an advisory this evening, the minister will report on the facts surrounding the impact of the weather system, as are so far known, and also, on the subsequent measures that are to be undertaken. The ministry is responsible for the Office o ... Read More

Haiti leader pleads guilty to money laundering in drug case

Monday, April 24, 2017 7:50 PM    

Guy Philippe (Photo: AP)

MIAMI, Florida (AP) — A former Haitian coup leader and recently elected senator in that country pleaded guilty Monday to a US drug money-laundering charge under a deal that should allow him to avoid a potential sentence of life in prison for cocaine trafficking. Under the plea deal, the recommended prison sentence for Guy Philippe is nine years and the drug trafficking charge would be dropped. He also faces a US$1.5 million fine at a sentencing hearing July 5. "You understand I am under ... Read More

Senate passes Arbitration Bill

Monday, April 24, 2017 7:30 PM    

Kamina Johnson Smith

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Arbitration Bill, which seeks to provide an effective non-judicial mechanism for settling disputes between contracting parties, was passed in the Senate on Friday (April 21) with 50 amendments. The Bill, which is intended to repeal and replace the 1900 Arbitration Act, also seeks to facilitate domestic and international trade and commerce by encouraging the use of arbitration as a method of resolving disputes. In her contribution to the debate, Leader of Gov ... Read More

O-WRAP: Businessman points gun at motorists, charged… Readers oppose Ja-55 expenditure… New principal for Cumberland High

Monday, April 24, 2017 7:00 PM    

A screengrab of Zachary Reid brandishing what appears to be a firearm last night along West King's House road.

In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE’s top 10 stories for today. 1. Businessman charged after pointing gun at motorists A businessman identified as 29-year-old Zachary Reid, was caught on camera pointing his gun at several motor vehicles along West King’s House Road in St Andrew last night. He has since been charged with assault and illegal possession of firearm among four other charges. Full story here 2. Grange expresses concern after cops pepper spray Dub Club patron ... Read More



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