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House finally passes National ID Bill

THE House of Representatives last night finally passed the long-delayed National Identification and Registration Act with 100 amendments, most of which were brought by the Government in response to issues arising from the original draft.

Dexter Pottinger's accused killer for court today

THE 21-year-old welder who has been charged in connection with the death of popular fashion designer Dexter Pottinger is scheduled to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court today.Romario Brown, who is also a tattoo artist of Rocky Valley, Stony Hill, in St Andrew, was charged with the ...

Caricom integration long overdue

Dear Editor,Isn't it beautiful now, in hindsight, that perfect vision and insight reigns? How differently things could have been if we dealt with integration and regionalism matters in a timely manner and a balanced way?I refer to the blending of all Caribbean people as one, and all Caribbean land ...

Jamaica facilitates all flights in and out of island

CHAIRMAN of the board of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority Phillip Henriques said the country has, as of yesterday, achieved its first goal of facilitating all scheduled flights in and out of the island, following the September 8 lightning strike which damaged radar and communication systems at ...

PM looking to shuffle Cabinet

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday said a shuffle of his 18-member Cabinet is on the cards. Holness, who was speaking on Nationwide Radio during call-in programme Ask the OPM, said the move will serve to re-energise the members of his Cabinet.

Jamaica Observer launches Design Week 2017

THE Jamaica Observer yesterday launched Design Week JA 2017 with a brunch at the newspaper's Beechwood Avenue headquarters in Kingston.Aimed at stakeholders in the design, construction and real estate industries, as well as homeowners and homemakers, the inaugural Design Week 2017 will run from ...

There are improvements in immigration processing

Dear Mr Brown,I would like to know whether immigration processing is improving under the new immigration minister. It seems like there are still delays for temporary and permanent resident visa applications., TEDear TE:

Maria forces barge with BVI hurricane relief supplies to return

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent , Rough seas and other unfavourable marine conditions on the weekend forced the return to Kingstown of an 1,800-tonne barge laden with relief supplies bound for storm-ravaged British Virgin Islands .

This Day in History , September 20

Today is the 263rd day of 2017. There are 102 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1990: The East German and West German parliaments each ratify the treaty governing the legal aspects of a German reunification.OTHER EVENTS

PHOTO: Petrojam in the mix

Environment assistant at Petrojam Kenneth Henry tries to clear a pile of bottles that make their way to the shoreline near his offices after residents improperly dispose of them across the Corporate Area.Team Petrojam is hard at work on International Coastal Cleanup Day last Saturday.

Slain US woman was victim of lottery scam, say police

MONTEGO BAY, St James , Sixty-eight-year-old Heidi-Ann Muth, the Californian woman who was murdered in St James last week, was a victim of a lottery scam four years ago.In fact, the police are theorising that the American woman's death might have a direct link to the scam.

Brothers donate funds to help church after arson attack

STS Peter and Paul Catholic Church has received their first donation to help cover the cost of items that were damaged in a fire early Sunday morning.The fire, which the police believe was the work of arsonists, damaged vestments, candles, drapes, among other items, and forced members of the ...

Security ministry under PM's microscope after foul-up

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday said that he will have to take a “close” look at the activities of the Ministry of National Security following several foul-ups in recent times.A news release from the ministry Monday night said a new board had been appointed at the scandal-hit ...

Maria's mayhem

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday pledged Jamaica's assistance to Caribbean nations impacted by major hurricanes in recent weeks as Hurricane Maria headed towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, with the US National Hurricane Center warning of a “potentially catastrophic” ...

Dinthill gets in the HYPE

Students from Dinthill Technical High School sign up for the Healthy Youth Positive Energy Club, which was launched at the school by the St Catherine Health Services on Monday.Supervising the students is Belinda Grandson, health education officer, St Catherine Health Services. The HYPE Club is a ...

Phillips calls for immediate assistance to storm-ravaged Dominica

JAMAICA'S Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips yesterday expressed condolences to the Government and people of Dominica for the loss of lives and the devastation of the country Monday night in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Principal wants more funding for primary school

ESHER, Hanover , Public relations officer for the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools , Linvern Wright, says successive Jamaican governments have got the funding of schools wrong as more emphasis should be placed on primary schools and not secondary institutions.

7.1 magnitude quake kills 119 in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Mexico , A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico yesterday, killing at least 119 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

Naturalised citizens need US passport to enter that country

Q. My sister in New York is coming to visit our family for Christmas. She became a US citizen earlier this year and has her naturalisation certificate. What documents does she need to come to Jamaica now that she's a US citizen? Can she travel with just her naturalisation certificate? Is there a ...

BITU welcomes public sector pensions working group

BUSTAMANTE Industrial Trade Union President Senator Kavan Gayle says his union welcomes the announcement of the setting up of a working group for consultations on issues delaying passage of the pension reform Bills in the Senate.

US$50 million worth of cocaine seized

FLORIDA, USA , The United States Coast Guard says it has seized an estimated 1,800 kilogrammes of cocaine with a wholesale value of more than US$50 million in drug operations in the Caribbean Sea.The coast guard said that the drugs were intercepted last month by crew members from the Cutter ...

St Mary road project has nothing to do with by-election, says Vaz

THE Government has rejected suggestions by the Opposition People's National Party that a $626-million road and infrastructure project in St Mary, which is to start next month, is a vote-buying ploy to win the upcoming St Mary South Eastern by-election.

Poor little Dominica

Friends, what a piece a disaster on the Caribbean! Irma did not cry 'cree' as it made its deadly trek across the region, and ole woman Maria decided fi tek a similar path. Poor little Dominica mash up, joining so many other islands left on their faces by storm damage.

Trump threatens to destroy North Korea

UNITED NATIONS , President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the UN General Assembly, threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the nation's “Rocket man” leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons.

Jamaica meets all but one vaccination target

ISLANDWIDE, all targets of the seven mandatory vaccinations for children, except one, have been met.

Campbell denies snubbing PNP conference

OUTSPOKEN People's National Party Member of Parliament for St Ann North Western Dr Dayton Campbell has denied claims that he snubbed the party's 79th annual conference held at the National Arena in Kingston.The four-day conference ended on Sunday with a public session from which Campbell was ...

More J'cans back home from hurricane-ravaged islands

JAMAICANS in Caribbean islands ravaged by the recent passage of Hurricane Irma have started to return home, the Government announced yesterday.According to the Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management, the Government formulated plans to assist Jamaicans wishing to leave the British ...

Plant quarantine division helping to boost trade

THE Plant Quarantine Division in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is playing a key role in helping to boost trade in agricultural produce and ensuring that citizens have access to safe, quality foods.Chief Technical Director in the ministry Dermon Spence said the ...

MoBay schoolboy who fatally stabbed another charged

MONTEGO BAY, St James , A male student from a prominent Montego Bay high school has been charged with Friday's murder of a Green Pond High schoolboy.It is alleged that the grade 11 student, who has been identified as 16-year-old Ryan Whyte of a Salt Spring, St James address, was fatally stabbed ...

Repairs on road to Aunt V's home started hours before her death

DUANVALE, Trelawny , The much-needed repairs to the bumpy road from the Duanvale main road leading to the home of Violet Moss Brown, the world's oldest person who died on Friday at the age of 117 years old, began three hours before her passing at the Fairview Medical Centre in Montego Bay.

Bail hearing next month for cop in custody since 2014

A bail application hearing has been scheduled for October 11 for Constable Collis “Chucky” Brown, who has been in custody for almost four years after he was implicated in four murders in the alleged police death squad in Clarendon.Attorney Norman Godfrey, who is representing Brown, along ...

Students build robots for better access to community amenities

Creating technological devices is beyond the understanding of the average person. While we know how to operate them, many of us are clueless about how to make them.

Hurricane Maria bears down on battered Caribbean

Pointe--Pitre, France , Hurricane Maria strengthened rapidly yesterday as it blasted towards the eastern Caribbean, forcing exhausted islanders , still recovering from megastorm Irma , to brace for the worst again.

Chapel being converted to house 'long-staying' hospital patients

TWENTY-NINE people who have been described as “long-staying” patients at the Spanish Town Hospital are to be housed at the Spanish Town Infirmary, where a chapel is being developed into a housing facility.The patients have been discharged from the Spanish Town Hospital, but they have not ...

Confirmed!

THE security ministry last night confirmed the appointment of Major General Antony Anderson as the new board chairman of the Firearm Licensing Authority .

'I'm frustrated!'

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn yesterday expressed frustration at the high volume of court cases that her office has to be dealing with despite a lack of adequate Crown counsel and support staff.

PHOTO: Safe with Mom

Oneila Wilks finds a comfortable place on the shoulder of her mom, Constable Daedre Blackstock who is stationedat Denham Town Police Station, during the ISSA/FLOW schoolboy football match between Tivoli Gardens High andWolmer's Boys' at the Tivoli playing field yesterday.

PHOTO: Keeping an eye on North Korea

In this photo provided by South Korea Defence Ministry, US Air Force B-1B bombers, F-35B stealth fighter jets and South Korean F-15K fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during joint drills in South Korea yesterday. South Korea says the US military has flown powerful bombers and stealth jets ...

Apple lays claim to smartphone future with new flagship

CUPERTINO, United States , Apple laid claim to the future of the smartphone last Tuesday with a 10th anniversary iPhone X, touting the device as the next generation of mobile computing.The iPhone X was one of three new iPhone models unveiled at the first event at Apple's new “spaceship” ...

This Day in History , September 19

Today is the 262nd day of 2017. There are 103 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1959: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, on a visit to Los Angeles, reportedly becomes furious when informed that he can't visit Disneyland for security reasons.OTHER EVENTS1356: The English under Edward, the Black ...

Registration growing as momentum builds for Observer Takes Style Out

Momentum is building for this year's staging of Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out , the five-hour shopping frenzy during which consumers benefit from huge discounts offered by storeowners across the island.

Smokers with HIV far more likely to die of lung cancer

MIAMI, United States , People who are infected with human immunodeficiency virus and who smoke are far more likely to die from lung cancer than HIV, researchers said yesterday.“Having HIV and using tobacco may together accelerate the development of lung cancer,” warned the report in the ...

Premier says TCI open for business after Irma

GRAND Turk Turks and Caicos Islands, , The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands says the British overseas territory is on the road to recovery nearly two weeks after it was hit by a Category Five hurricane.

Trump calls on UN to reform

UNITED NATIONS , President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations yesterday, using his first appearance to urge the 193-nation organisation to reduce bureaucracy and costs while more clearly defining its mission around the world.

Brite Lite funeral director shocked as he collects son's body at airport

IT'S a fate he said he would not wish on his worst enemy. Director and operator of Brite Lite Funeral Services and Supplies, Tommy Thompson, said he is hurt and broken about the manner in which his son's body was sent to the island, so much so he will be taking legal action against the England-based ...

I am the right doctor for St Mary South Eastern, says Alexis

FRESH on the political scene, the People's National Party standard-bearer for St Mary South Eastern Dr Shane Alexis is promising victory in the impending by-election for that constituency.Alexis was selected as the party's candidate last month to run in the seat left vacant by the sudden death of ...

Public Health Dept threatens to padlock People's Arcade

A simmering dispute over the state of the People's Arcade in Montego Bay is likely to explode today as the Public Health Department says it will padlock the property, which it has declared a serious health hazard.

35 Portland students get Petal's Variety education grants

PORT ANTONIO, Portland , The inaugural Petal's Variety Educational Grant was launched last Thursday at Royal Mall here, with the presentation of education grants valued at $500,000 to 35 students.Fifteen secondary schools got $20,000 each, and 20 primary schools got $10,000 each.

Phillips says JLP Gov't has failed the people

PEOPLE'S National Party President Dr Peter Phillips yesterday used his first conference as head of the 79-year-old movement to severely criticise the Government's stewardship of the country since it took office in March 2016.Phillips, in his hour-long address to Comrades at the National Arena in ...

Three Jamaicans held for drugs in Caymans

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, , Three Jamaicans are now in police custody in the Cayman Islands following the seizure of a large quantity of drugs last week.The police reported that officers from the Joint Marine Unit were patrolling the eastern side of Grand Cayman late Thursday when they came upon ...