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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

UPDATE: Additional charges for businessman videoed pointing gun at motorists

Monday, April 24, 2017 6:53 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police said additional charges have been levied against businessman Zachary Reid who can be seen brandishing what seems to be a firearm in a video that has gone viral on social media. The 29-year-old restaurant owner was initially charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assaulting police. However, following an interview in the presence of his attorney this afternoon, he was slapped with three additional charges of failure to handover firearm for inspe ... Read More

Preliminary report on RIU explosion expected this week

Monday, April 24, 2017 6:15 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Local Government and Community Development Minister Desmond McKenzie says a clearer picture of the circumstances that led to the explosion that occurred at the RIU Hotel in Montego Bay last Thursday, will be known by the end of this week. The ministry said it is not aware if the hotel has reopened for business although a preliminary report of the Jamaica Fire Brigade has given clearance, from a fire safety perspective, for operations to resume. The minister noted tha ... Read More

Forex: J$128.96 to one US dollar

Monday, April 24, 2017 5:52 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Monday, April 24 ended trading at J$128.96 up by five cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$96.24 down from J$97.56 while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$164.77 down from J$165.48. Read More

Caribbean Commonwealth countries get commitment in fight against corruption

Monday, April 24, 2017 5:37 PM    

Governance and Anti-Corruption Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretariat, Dr Roger Koranteng, responds to questions during an interview with JIS News on April 21, ahead of Jamaica’s hosting of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB) Conference from April 24 to 28 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. The conference is being hosted under the theme ‘The Anti-Corruption Agenda – Today, Tomorrow, the Region and Beyond’. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Commonwealth Caribbean countries have been given a commitment by the Governance and Anti-Corruption Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretariat, Dr Roger Koranteng, to continue the facilitation of anti-corruption messages and dialogues among the states. Speaking with JIS News on Friday, ahead of today’s opening of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB) Conference, he said the anti-corruption fight h ... Read More

Grange expresses concern after cops pepper spray Dub Club, arrest promoter and selector

Monday, April 24, 2017 5:07 PM    

Olivia Grange

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange has expressed concern about the pepper spray and arrest of a promoter and selector at Dub Club on Skyline Drive in Kingston last night. The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said the two — 47-year-old Karlyle Lee, more popularly known as Gabre Selassie, a farmer of Skyline Drive and 25-year-old Rahay Mooyan of Royal Flat district, Manchester — were ... Read More

VIDEO: Businessman charged after pointing gun at motorists

Monday, April 24, 2017 4:51 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A businessman who was caught on camera brandishing a gun following the Carnival road march on Sunday has been arrested and charged with assault and illegal possession of firearm. The man 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. His attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson told OBSERVER ONLINE that Reid is a licensed firearm holder but he was charged with the m ... Read More

Misbah left on 99 as Pakistan open big lead v Windies

Monday, April 24, 2017 4:21 PM    

Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq plays a shot on day four of the first Test match between West Indies and Pakistan at the Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 24, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) — Misbah ul Haq became just the sixth batsman in Test history to be left stranded on 99 not out as Pakistan were dismissed for 407 in reply to the West Indies' first innings total of 286 on Monday. Last man and debutant Mohammad Abbas was trapped LBW by Roston Chase to deprive the captain of his 11th hundred and second against the West Indies in this format of the game. However the consolation would have been playing a significant role in the tourists building a p ... Read More

Haiti PM's motorcade hits 2, killing 1 near flooded zone

Monday, April 24, 2017 4:03 PM    

Jack Guy Lafontant

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A motorcade carrying Haiti's prime minister struck two teenage boys, killing one, as officials drove into the country's third largest city on Monday to see flood damage left by heavy rains. Serge Daniel, a government delegate who was traveling in Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant's motorcade, said one of the vehicles accidentally struck two adolescents who darted into the road on a motorbike. The motorcade continued on to its destination as the badly injured ... Read More

French company to undertake Port Antonio sewerage, drainage project

Monday, April 24, 2017 3:54 PM    

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 to 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, St Andrew. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The government has awarded a contract to VINCI Construction Grands Projets, 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 ... Read More

African ministers endorse UNWTO, Jamaica tourism conference — Bartlett

Monday, April 24, 2017 3:14 PM    

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, speaking at a recent function in Montego Bay. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group conference to be held in Montego Bay in November has received full endorsements from over 21 African ministers from the UNWTO Commission for Africa. Bartlett made his statement at the 59th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, on April 20, a ministry release said. “My visit to Africa has been a reso ... Read More



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