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

Biggest Carnival weekend in recent times says Bartlett

Monday, April 24, 2017 3:09 PM    

Edmund Bartlett

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says that this month’s Carnival celebrations in Kingston and around the island are the biggest in recent years, with very large increases in tourist traffic, including from neighbouring Caribbean islands. “Preliminary figures for the period April 1 to Friday April 21, shows Kingston recording a whopping 34 percent increase over the corresponding period last year, with 25,330 visitors pouring in through the Norman Manley Inte ... Read More

IMF warns of financial problems associated with the withdrawal of CBRs

Monday, April 24, 2017 2:17 PM    

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says financial fragility 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 international ... Read More

Motorist dead, Oracabessa High students injured in St Mary crash

Monday, April 24, 2017 1:57 PM    

ST MARY, Jamaica — One man is dead and two students of the Oracabessa High School are injured after a three-vehicle crash this morning on the Boscobel main road in the vicinity of the Ian Fleming airport. According to the police Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), 33-year-old Patrick Wallace died from injuries he sustained in the collision which took place about 7:10 am. The police said that Wallace was driving along the Boscobel main road heading towards Ocho Rios when he allegedly coll ... Read More

Ready to train new leaders, Obama says in first post-presidency speech

Monday, April 24, 2017 1:37 PM    

Dr Tiffany Brown listens as former US President Barack Obama speaks with youth leaders at the University of Chicago during a forum to promote community organizing on April 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The visit marks Obama's first formal public appearance since leaving office. (Photo: AFP)

CHICAGO, United States (AFP) — Former US president Barack Obama returned to the public spotlight Monday, saying he hopes to spend the next phase of his life helping to "prepare the next generation of leadership." After three months off, Obama broke his silence in his adopted hometown of Chicago, speaking to high school and college students about the need for greater civic engagement. The 55-year-old Democrat, who ended his two terms at the White House in January -- handing power over to ... Read More

Cumberland High School to get new principal

Monday, April 24, 2017 1:11 PM    

The entrance to Cumberland High School in Portmore, St Catherine.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Cumberland High School in Portmore, St Catherine is to have a new principal come September, according to the education ministry. The ministry told OBSERVER ONLINE this afternoon that current Principal Michael Brydson will be retiring. The ministry did not provide the reasons for his retirement. The Portmore school has been in the news recently after classes were suspended when a teacher was threatened by members of a group which accompanied a parent of a grade 9 stude ... Read More

Groundbreaking for China-funded school tomorrow

Monday, April 24, 2017 12:58 PM    

Andrew Holness

ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Education Minister Ruel Reid will tomorrow attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the Tower Hill Infant School in Olympic Way, St Andrew. The school is being constructed under the China-aided Project for Early Childhood Institutions through funding provided by the Government of the People’s Republic of China. According to a ministry release, the Tower Hill institution is one of two to be built under the programme, along with the ... Read More

ONLINE POLL RESULT: Majority of readers against $200-m Jamaica 55 expenditure

Monday, April 24, 2017 12:47 PM    

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Eighty-five per cent of the 1, 823 respondents to recent OBSERVER ONLINE poll said that they did not support the Government's proposed spending of $200 million for Jamaica 55 celebrations. Opposition Spokesperson on Culture, Lisa Hanna, questioned the necessity of 'Jamaica 55' celebrations in her sectoral debate contribution in Parliament earlier this month. Hanna said that Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange had embarked on a “culture of extravag ... Read More

Phillips reiterates call for probe of JLP’s bushing programme after Clarendon flooding

Monday, April 24, 2017 11:53 AM    

Opposition Leader Peter Phillips speaks to residents of Nineteen Miles in Clarendon during his tour of the community. Listening are Mrs Duncan Sutherland (right), Opposition Spokesman on Local Government Noel Arscott (left), and in the background is People's National Party (PNP) General Secretary Julian Robinson. (Photo: PNP)

CLARENDON, Jamaica — Opposition Leader Peter Phillips says there is need for a thorough investigation into what was actually done with "several hundred million dollars” allocated by the Jamaica Labour Party administration for bushing and drain cleaning. Phillips, during a tour of several affected communities yesterday, was questioning reasons behind the flooding in Clarendon. In a release this morning, the People's National Party head argued that the flooding should not have happen ... Read More

Caribbean looking to UAE to boost tourism sector

Monday, April 24, 2017 11:39 AM    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says it is seeking to strengthen its relationship with Emirates Holidays, the largest airline tour operator in the Middle East, as it moves to broaden the Caribbean’s appeal in the Arabian market. The CTO said that meetings with the tour operator have been scheduled during the April 24-27 Arabian Travel Market (ATM) to build on the relationship which began last year when the CTO conducted an in-hous ... Read More

Cop convicted for soliciting $10k from motorist

Monday, April 24, 2017 10:56 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A police constable was, early April, fined $250,000 or six months in prison after he was convicted for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act. Lewelyn Martin, of the St Catherine Division, was found to have solicited $10,000 from a motorist who was involved in an accident along the Mount Rosser main road, in order to investigate the incident, according to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency. The motorist reportedly paid $8,000, but expressed concer ... Read More



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