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Lisa Hanna's lawyers say findings of OCG baseless

ATTORNEY K D Knight and his team of lawyers representing embattled Member of Parliament for St Ann South Eastern Lisa Hanna have slapped down the contractor general's findings of wrongdoing against the MP as baseless, and vowed to defend her integrity.

Wheatley says Data Protection Bill will protect NIDS info

MINISTER of Science, Energy and Techology Dr Andrew Wheatley says the Data Protection Bill will ensure the privacy of personal information collected by the Government and its agencies, as well as private institutions and individuals.

Sharon Donaldson: driving General Accident to new heights

Today the Jamaica Observer publishes the ninth of 12 stories on the nominees for this year's Business Leader Award being held under the theme “Business Leader: Executive Steward”. The nominees are among the top CEOs in Jamaica.

'Full democracy'

HARARE, Zimbabwe , Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa told adoring crowds in Harare yesterday that they were witnessing “unfolding full democracy” as he returned to take power after Robert Mugabe stepped down after 37 years in power.It was his first public speech since ...

Flooding havoc in MoBay

There were anxious moments in the city of Montego Bay yesterday as heavy rains caused severe flooding, resulting in some businesses closing early and bringing traffic to a halt in some sections of the western city as rushing water made movements almost impossible. Up to late last night the main ...

We need more

THE Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse says at least 35 additional police investigators are needed to properly investigate child and sexual abuse cases across the island.Superintendent Charmine Shand, head of CISOCA, made the disclosure yesterday following the donation of ...

Applaud It! An Energy Renaissance

“Believe in yourselves,” charged JPS CEO Emanuel DaRosa as he welcomed nine young ladies from The Merl Grove High School , all members of the school's Energy Club , to his third-floor boardroom. “It was my belief in my own ability to succeed that propelled me from the small island ...

IDB approves US$20-m loan for Jamaica to fight crime

WASHINGTON, United States , The Inter-American Development Bank yesterday said it had approved a US$20-million loan to support the Jamaican Government's efforts to measurably increase the conviction rate for murders and other violent crimes.

Report: Design flaw caused 2014 plane crash off coast of Jamaica

MIAMI, United States , Investigators say a design flaw caused a single-engine plane heading from New York to Florida to crash into the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Jamaica, killing both occupants in 2014.

Westmeade Willows flooded

THE Housing Agency of Jamaica yesterday denied that it is responsible for cleaning clogged drains, which caused flooding of homes in Westmeade Willows during heavy rains early yesterday morning.Westmeade Willows, located across the road from the Garveymeade housing development, was built by the HAJ ...

Coffee growers to be trained at Starbucks centre in Costa Rica

MONTEGO BAY, St James , Caribbean Coffee Baristas Ltd, the local franchise holder for Starbucks, plans to send 12 young coffee growers to Starbucks Global Agronomy Centre in Costa Rica, to learn responsible growing practices and improve the quality and size of their harvests.

Jamaica moving to tap into billion-$ minerals industry

THE Government, through the new National Minerals Policy , is positioning the country to tap into potential opportunities from the billion-dollar global minerals industry.

Police Federation heads to court over heavy fine

THE Police Federation is shaping up to go to court over a heavy fine for breaches of employment contracts that were built into the zones of special operations legislation, on the basis that the police were not consulted on the new penalties.

Address issues that will affect digital switchover, Reid urges

MINISTER of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid is calling on stakeholders to address issues that will affect Jamaica's digital switchover from analogue broadcasting, a conversation that has been ongoing since 2003.

JDF colonel heads team reviewing Dominica Police Force

ROSEAU, Dominica , The Dominica Government said it is undertaking a review of the island's police service with the intention of assessing the functional services and effectiveness of the law enforcement agency.National Security Minister Rayburn Blackmoore, who announced the measure on Tuesday night, ...

More than 60 nominees shortlisted for PM's youth awards

MORE than 60 nominees have been shortlisted for the 2017 Prime Minister's National Youth Awards for Excellence, which is set for December 6 at Jamaica House after a three-year hiatus.

This Day in History - November 23

Today is the 327th day of 2017. There are 38 days left in the year.Today's Highlight1998: The European Union lifts a worldwide export ban on British beef. The ban was imposed after experts announced a possible link between “mad cow” disease and a fatal disease in humans.Other Events1531: ...

Eight rescued after US Navy aircraft crashes in Philippine Sea

TOKYO, Japan , Rescuers plucked eight people to safety yesterday south of Japan after a US Navy aircraft with 11 people on board came down in the Philippine Sea, the latest accident to hit American armed forces in East Asia.Japanese and American forces scrambled to reach the downed C2-A ...

'Butcher of Bosnia' found guilty of genocide, jailed for life

THE HAGUE, Netherlands , UN judges yesterday sentenced former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic to life in prison after finding him guilty of genocide and war crimes in the brutal Balkans conflicts over two decades ago.

PHOTO: Porsche lessons

Scotiabank's Shynelle Anderson speaks to businessman Errol Brennan about the 2018 Porsche Cayenne, while David Seivwright, head of business for Porsche, explains features of the new model, at the Porsche showroom in New Kingston on the weekend.

OCG calls for criminal probe of Lisa's seat, St Ann Municipal Corporation

THE Office of the Contractor General has recommended that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the police consider pursuing criminal investigations into the awarding of contracts at the St Ann Municipal Corporation and the St Ann South Eastern constituency office.

Cautious hope for Zimbabwe's future as Mugabe quits

PARIS, France , The resignation of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was greeted by hopes of better times for the nation's people, in early reactions from the international community yesterday.No one voiced regret at his removal. Below are some of the comments made after the 93-year-old African ...

US visa applicants must register prior to interview

Q: I hear there are changes to how immigrant visas are processed at the US Embassy. Is this true?Yes, improvements have been made to how we process immigrant visas. In order to benefit from these improvements, immigrant visa applicants will need to register prior to their appointment at

Modern court infrastructure in two years, says Chuck

MINISTER of Justice Delroy Chuck says that within the next two years, Jamaica should have a modern court infrastructure comparable to anywhere in the world.Addressing the Jamaican Bar Association Annual Conference at the Half Moon Hotel, Rose Hall, St James, on Saturday, Chuck said the ministry is ...

Early childhood institutions to extend services

MONTEGO BAY, St James , Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid says the Government will be putting measures in place to enable early childhood institutions to extend their current services to accommodate children from as young as seven months, particularly those from ...

NIDS Bill passed after Opposition walkout

IN a dramatic turn of events last evening, the Government passed the much-debated National Identification and Registration Act , approximately one hour after the Opposition walked out in protest against its refusal to withdraw the Bill.

No Mining

THE Government yesterday declared its decision to ban mining in the Cockpit Country areas of rural St Elizabeth and Trelawny.Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in making the announcement in a statement to the House of Representatives, said that his Government has declared that no mining will be ...

Mugabe: Liberation hero turned hated despot

HARARE, Zimbabwe , Thirty-seven years ago, Robert Mugabe was feted as a titan who had won Africa's last great war against colonialism.Yesterday, in the twilight of his life, Mugabe resigned, loathed by millions of his citizens for a rule tarnished by despotism, cronyism, corruption and economic ...

Truck rolls away, crushes man in Kingston

WHAT should've been a regular work day for a Master Mac employee yesterday was anything but, as it ended with him being crushed by a truck.The employee, who has been identified as Andrew Moss, was reportedly in the process of changing the batteries for his company's truck, when tragedy struck in ...

Man falls into gully after epileptic attack, rescued by car washer

A man who reportedly suffered an epileptic attack and fell into a gully on Half-Way-Tree Road was rescued yesterday by another man just as water from heavy rainfall started rushing through the drain.Noel Virgo told the Jamaica Observer that he jumped into the gully and pulled the man from the water ...

A Rainforest Seafoods Reunion

The camaraderie was palpable Tuesday afternoon inside the Kingston boardroom of Rainforest Seafoods when 12 students from the Iris Gelly Primary School, ranging from ages eight to 11, placed napkins on their laps as their hosts Brian Jardim, CEO, Rainforest Seafoods, and his executives Maxwell ...

US ends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

WASHINGTON, DC, USA , The United States Government has terminated Temporary Protected Status for nearly 60,000 undocumented Haitian nationals living in the United States.

What now after Robert Mugabe's resignation?

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa , Robert Mugabe shocked Zimbabwe and the world when he resigned as president yesterday, ending his 37-year grip on power.It also plunged the nation into uncertainty, raising institutional questions over succession although the military will likely retain power for ...

Four UDC-managed J'can attractions win premier travel awards

FOUR Urban Development Corporation-managed attractions have copped certificates from the world's largest travel site , TripAdvisor , for 2017 for excellence in hospitality and continuously meeting the needs of its customers.

UN body wants debt relief for hurricane-ravaged Caribbean countries

UNITED NATIONS , The United Nations' Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Monday presented its debt for climate adaptation swaps proposal for Caribbean countries ravaged by recent hurricanes.ECLAC outlined the proposals during the first of the two-day high-level conference at the ...

Putin in surprise talks with Assad

SOCHI, Russia , President Vladimir Putin discussed Syria yesterday with his US counterpart Donald Trump, with both speaking of the need for progress toward a peace settlement following the Russian leader's surprise summit with Bashar al-Assad.Putin's talks with Assad were part of Moscow's effort to ...

This is Day in History , November 22

Today is the 326th day of 2017. There are 39 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1963: US President John F Kennedy is assassinated as he rides in motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Vice-President Lyndon B Johnson becomes the 36th president.OTHER EVENTS

Major craft fair for Ocho Rios this Friday

THE Craft Department at the Tourism Product Development Company Limited will stage its second annual craft fair on Friday at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios.According to the TPDCo, the all-day event, which will commence at 9:00 am and run until 6:00 pm, is a move by the agency's craft team to ...

Oversight committee wants new bargaining model for public sector

CO-CHAIR of the Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee Danny Roberts says that the committee is concerned about the advocacy type of wage bargaining, which has historically characterised negotiations for public sector salary agreements.

US slaps new sanctions on North Korean, Chinese firms

WASHINGTON, DC, USA , The Trump Administration imposed new sanctions yesterday on a slew of North Korean shipping firms and Chinese trading companies, in its latest push to isolate the rogue nation over its nuclear weapons development and deprive it of revenue.

Teen suicide bomber kills 50 in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria , A teenage suicide bomber attacked worshippers as they gathered for morning prayers yesterday at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 50 people, police said, in one of the region's deadliest assaults in years.Bloody debris covered the floor inside the mosque in Mubi ...

10 missing after boat sinks near Venezuela-Colombia border

BOGOTA, Colombia , Ten people were missing Tuesday after a boat coming from Venezuela sank in the Orinoco River, bordering Columbia, while eight were rescued, officials said.The boat capsized at dawn with 18 people aboard due to rapidly rising water caused by heavy rains, but another boat came to ...

US networks sack TV host Charlie Rose

NEW YORK, United States , Charlie Rose, one of America's most well-respected television news anchors and an award-winning broadcaster, was sacked yesterday by several US networks, becoming the latest powerful man to fall from grace following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Murder: Ninjaman guilty

COLOURFUL dancehall deejay Ninjaman was yesterday found guilty of a murder committed eight years ago sparked by a domestic dispute.Following the more than three-hour deliberation by the seven-member jury, Ninjaman, who was handcuffed to his co-accused, flashed a smile and said “A suh it go, ...

17-year-old girl gunned down in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, St James , The St James police have revved up operations in this rural community following yesterday morning's shooting death of a 17-year-old girl, who became the third gunshot victim in the community since Saturday night.The police have identified yesterday's murder victim as Roxanne ...

Mom in 'merciless beating' under probe; State provides legal aid

THE State is providing legal assistance to the mother who was captured beating her daughter, believed to be no more than five years, in a video that went viral over the weekend.

NWA says $1.7-billion roadwork to start by Christmas

THE National Works Agency says it will spend another $1.7 billion to rehabilitate roads across the island.According to NWA Manager of Communication and Customer Service Stephen Shaw, 21 roads in seven parishes will be given attention under the second phase of the local component of the Major ...

PNP, JLP councillors differ on Westmoreland resolution

Councillors of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation were split along party lines last week on a resolution from the Westmoreland municipality, in which it is seeking support for the verification of services provided by agencies being paid from property taxes.In the end, the corporation ...

'John Doe' convicted in US fraud case believed to be from Jamaica

BALTIMORE, United States , A foreign national stole an American man's identity, then lived in the US for at least 20 years and committed social security and voter fraud, federal officials said.Now they're trying to determine his true identity.

Proven Success!

“Be your greatest critic! Positive Vibe + Positive Action = positive results” were some of the sound words of advice offered by Proven Wealth Ltd & Proven Fund Managers President & CEO Chorvelle Johnson as she addressed students of her alma mater Knox College around the boardroom table.