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Jamaica rejects Cayman cannabis company's claims

BOTH the Ministry of Health and the Cannabis Licensing Authority yesterday denied any approval was given for sale of cannabis oil medication from the Cayman Islands.The denial was triggered by reports in the Cayman news media that Jamaica's Government-owned Hope Institute was close to making a deal ...

Jamaica pays tribute to Marcus Garvey

THE Government and people of Jamaica yesterday honoured the life and legacy of the country's first National Hero Marcus Garvey with a floral tribute at National Heroes Park in Kingston.The function, which included the laying of floral arrangements at Garvey's shrine, was to commemorate the 130th ...

Cops take flight

THE worrisome attrition rate in the Jamaica Constabulary Force astonished guests at a function on the University of the West Indies , Mona campus yesterday when Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake revealed that only two experts of the 15 trained for the Cyber Crimes Unit have remained.

400 Dinthill Technical students benefit from free health fair; continues today

MORE than 400 students of Dinthill Technical High School in St Catherine were yesterday treated to free medical and dental checks on day one of a two-day health fair on the school's compound.

Samuda hails police after shutdown of illegal slaughterhouse

MINISTER of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda has hailed the Jamaica Constabulary Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit for its quick action on the weekend, which resulted in the arrest of four men and seizure of more than 2,000 pounds of uninspected meat.An illegal slaughterhouse ...

New software to greatly improve monitoring of children in care

GOVERNMENT is streamlining services within the child protection sector with the launch of the Child Case Management System , incorporating the Social and Health Management software.Developed by Canadian software development company, Avocette, the software allows child protection officers to upload ...

Observer's highlight gets remedy for broken section of roadway

A day after the Jamaica Observer highlighted the dangers posed by a broken section of the roadway in National Heroes' Circle in Kingston, repair worked started Wednesday night.

80 children participating in Kingston tech camp

JA Biztown on Monday welcomed approximately 80 students from communities in Kingston 5 to the third staging of the week-long JA Biztown Tech Camp.

Opposition wants FLA CEO out, update on activities at agency

THE Opposition People's National Party has called on Security Security Robert Montague to immediately inform the country on the present state of the Firearm Licensing Authority , including its continued operation without a board of directors, the tenure of its chief executive officer, as well as the ...

ISA member states urged to pay arrears

MEMBER states of the International Seabed Authority in arrears with their annual contributions to the body's Voluntary Trust Fund are being urged to bring the payments up to date quickly.This call comes from Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, who noted that ...

Lottery scam suspect arrested after one year on run

NORTH DAKOTA, United States , Authorities have caught another suspect in a Jamaican lottery scam that bilked mostly elderly Americans out of millions of dollars.Akil Gray is among 15 suspects charged in US District Court in North Dakota with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors say he ...

World Tourism Organisation wants Bolt as special ambassador for major conference

THE Jamaica Tourist Board says Jamaican track legend Usain Bolt , the world's fastest man , has been invited to serve as a special ambassador for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.The invitation was extended to Bolt to attend the UN World Tourism Organization/Government ...

700 team members benefit from Sandals back-to-school fairs

MORE than 700 team members from Sandals Ochi Beach Resort and Sandals Royal Plantation benefitted from special back-to-school fairs hosted by both resorts last week.

Today's Horoscope

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, August 18, 2017: This year you might choose to act on a long-term desire. Check in with yourself and make sure that you still have the same goals. Know that your chosen path has a strong chance of being successful. If you are single, define and recognise the type of ...

13 dead in Barcelona terror attack

BARCELONA, Spain , At least 13 people were killed yesterday when a driver deliberately slammed a van into crowds on Barcelona's most popular street in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.Police said they had arrested two suspects after the assault, the latest in a wave of vehicle rampages ...

Triple tropical threat looms in the Caribbean

PHILADELPHIA, USA , The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based AccuWeather News Service says two of three budding tropical systems in the Atlantic will approach the Caribbean, Central America and the United States in the coming days.AccuWeather, which provides weather service worldwide, said yesterday ...

This Day in History - August 18

Today is the 230th day of 2017. There are 135 days left in the year.TODAY'S EVENTS2000: Indigenous people belonging to a tribe believed to have been decimated 80 years ago are located in the jungles of the Amazon state of Acre in Brazil.OTHER EVENTS1527: French forces take Pavia and Genoa in ...

Police Chaplaincy Services Branch to fete children of cops next Thursday

THE Jamaica Constabulary Force's Chaplaincy Services Branch , Non-Geographic Formations No 2 , will host its Back to School Motivational Clinic next Thursday, August 24, under the theme “Upliftment through character building”.The clinic, which will take place at the Hope Botanical ...

Dog-heart people and blood

Friends, what a thing in big, big Spain yesterday. Imagine tourist soaking up the European ambiance and there comes a brute , killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more. These are, in the Jamaican context, what you call dog heart people.

China gets tough on long, odd company names

SHANGHAI, China , “Beijing Afraid of Wife Technology” and “What You Looking at Technology” are among the kind of company names that will become a thing of the past under new Chinese Government rules.

Trump decries removal of monuments to Confederate icons

WASHINGTON, DC, USA , President Donald Trump bitingly decried the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons yesterday, declaring the nation is seeing “the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart”.

Why a few drops of water make whisky taste better

PARIS, France , Ignore the snobs, because most experts agree: a few drops of water enhance the taste of whiskies, from well-rounded blends to peat bombs redolent of smoke, tobacco and leather. The only real question is, why is this true?The answer, a pair of biochemists in Sweden said yesterday, ...

Jephthah Ford found guilty of corruption

POPULAR medical doctor Jephthah Ford was yesterday found guilty of corruption after he tried to bribe a police officer to release two Surinamese men who were caught in 2014 with nearly $60 million. Dr Ford was found guilty on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice by Parish ...

Rockfort suffering from months of murders, theft and gunfights

THE Rockfort Development Council is hoping that a press conference slated for tomorrow will help to shed more light on what is a dire situation in the Rockfort community, which has been rife with bouts of crime and violence due to conflicts between several factions.

Press association urges Gov't to improve access to information law

PRESIDENT of the Press Association of Jamaica Dionne Jackson Miller is urging the Government to heed the many calls for the amendments to the Access to Information Act to be brought to Parliament, something she says has been promised by successive administrations.

Maths coaches, specialists for training workshop next week

ONE hundred and twenty mathematics coaches and specialists assigned to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will participate in a training workshop from August 21 to 24, hosted by Book Merchant Limited at Shortwood Teachers' College in Kingston.

10 back-to-school treats planned for St Andrew East Rural

SCORES of children from Harbour View and Bull Bay in St Andrew East Rural received educational supplies and free health checks at the first two in a series of back-to-school treats being hosted by Member of Parliament Juliet Holness.The students, who will be attending basic, primary and high schools ...

Robinson seeks to avert strike at UDC operations in St Ann

MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson has intervened into a dispute between the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union and the Urban Development Corporation , which is threatening the corporation's operations in St Ann.

Bill coming to remove criminal records of heroes and freedom fighters

MINISTER of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport Olivia “Babsy” Grange confirmed last night that the Government will be tabling a Bill in Parliament, by October, to fully absolve Jamaican national heroes of criminal liability.

Tropical wave could bring heavy weekend rain

THE National Meteorological Service says a tropical wave across the Caribbean is expected to move in the vicinity of the island on Friday. “As a result, the island is expected to experience periods of moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms across sections of most parishes during ...

Toll rates to soar

MOTORISTS using the north-south link of Highway 2000 could face toll increases of between 14 and 31 per cent based on the annual toll rate adjustments that have been submitted by the operators of the highway to Transport and Works Minister Mike Henry.

Man accused of stealing $2.1 million from the blind

A former employee of the Jamaica Society for the Blind, who is accused of stealing approximately $2.1 million from the organisation, has denied stealing that amount, saying instead that he only took about $670,000.The accused, Michael Hall, who was employed as a finance and administration ...

GraceKennedy closes two more Western Union locations

TWO more Western Union outlets in St Catherine have been closed.GraceKennedy Money Services , Western Union's agent in Jamaica, did not say which two locations have been shuttered in a release yesterday, but said the move is in an effort to enhance its network oversight and the protection of ...

Port operator expects normality to return by tomorrow

KINGSTON Freeport Terminal Limited , operators of the Kingston container terminal, advised Tuesday that the current backlog of containers at the port should be reduced and normality restored by tomorrow.

OJ for Cliff Stone after 50 years of service to nation

CLIFTON George Whyms Stone, a modest public servant who has served the trade union movement, the political and public sectors, as well as the diplomatic service since 1965, is among the five Jamaicans who will this year be awarded the Order of Jamaica , the country's fourth-highest national honour.

Hurricane Gert strengthens after passing harmlessly by Bermuda

HURRICANE Gert grew to a Category two storm yesterday after racing past Bermuda, producing dangerous sea swells and strong gusts but nothing to alarm residents of this sub-tropical North Atlantic island.Gert, the second hurricane of the Atlantic season, which had been deemed a threat to Bermuda, ...

National Security Council to get 10-day report on ZOSOs

THE National Security Council is expected to receive a 10-day report on the happenings in areas designated zones of special operations . National security advisor, Major General Antony Anderson, explains that the report is a requirement under the Law Reform Act.

Strata corporations urged to file annual returns

PROPRIETORS of strata corporations are being urged to file their annual returns with the Commission of Strata Corporations in order to avoid delinquency.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, the CSC's Inspectorate Manager Ainsworth Norton said that there has been a worrying trend of non-compliance in ...

Caricom looks to Sweden for help with development financing criteria

GEORGETOWN, Guyana , Caribbean Community Secretary General Irwin LaRocque yesterday called for a new model for development finance saying that the existing gross domestic product per capita should not be the principal measurement used in determining the development status of a country.

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone , Sierra Leone yesterday began a week-long period of national mourning as it emerged that 105 children were killed by the mudslides and torrential flooding that have left 600 people still missing in Freetown, in one of the worst natural disasters to hit the country.

UN chief urges political solution on Venezuela

UNITED NATIONS, United States , UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres yesterday urged the Venezuelan Government and Opposition to restart negotiations, calling for a brokered solution to the country's economic and political crisis.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the army to conduct a ...

Petrojam fire will not affect supplies, says minister

DESPITE an early morning fire yesterday at the Petrojam Refinery, the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley has given assurance that there will not be a petrol shortage as the facility has not been affected by the incident.According to the minister, there is no need for ...

Man accused of killing grandfather heard voices, say relatives

Relatives of a young man accused of killing his visually impaired grandfather and dumping his body in a sewage pit at their home in Mitchell Town, Clarendon, say he told them he committed the murder after he heard voices inside his head.


NIKEISHA Howell, the mother of slain 17-year-old Mickolle Moulton, was planning to move out of the Arnett Gardens community of Zimbabwe in St Andrew with her two daughters before tragedy struck.In fact, she had already packed her belongings and was waiting until after her mother's funeral to leave ...

Dept of corrections using camp to help transform juvenile offenders

THREE hundred and eleven juvenile offenders from across the island who are currently on probation orders will, over the next two weeks, embark on what organisers call “a holistic journey towards positive transformation and empowerment”.

Transport Authority to license more route taxis

THE Transport Authority on Monday reopened 3,683 spaces for route taxis and 229 rural stage carriages islandwide.The routes, the authority said, have been reopened to satisfy the increased demand for legally operated public transportation services, and to encourage illegal operators to get ...

FLA developments disturbing, says Phillips

OPPOSITION Leader Peter Phillips has described developments at the Firearms Licensing Authority as disturbing, and charged that the security ministry, which should be preventing crimes, is empowering criminals by allowing guns to get into the hands of people who have a history of criminal ...

Dog, cow, goat , roll call

Friends, wi don't have di dog culture like our friends in North America and Europe, so you can imagine how mi frighten when I realised a poodle was pulling at my pants while I was in the pharmacy yesterday. The young woman who took the animal with her did not even have him on a leash.

Peter Phillips under fire

COUNCILLOR for the Chancery Hall Division of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation Duane Smith has blasted Opposition Leader and People's National Party President Dr Peter Phillips for comments he made while on a political platform on Sunday.Arguing that the Jamaica Labour Party was using ...

PNP leaves Bunting in Chinese row

THE Opposition People's National Party has scrambled to make amends with the Chinese Government in the wake of a backlash resulting from scathing comments made by its spokesperson on national security, Peter Bunting, about Chinese investment and commercial activity in Jamaica.Bunting also alleged ...