Jamaica Observer Thu, Jun 24, 2021 07:01:00 GMT $25 million in damages being paid to people affected by Riverton fire
SEVERAL anguished residents who took legal action against the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) for their suffering resulting from fires at the Riverton disposal site in St Andrew in 2012 and again in 2015 are to receive...Thu, Jun 24, 2021 07:01:00 GMT 'Relaxed COVID-19 measures could affect reopening of schools'
AFTER almost two hectic years outside the classroom, there is great concern that Government's relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions could jeopardise the 2021/2022 academic year. Various players in education told the Jamaica Observer that ...Thu, Jun 24, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Changes to Extradition Act won't infringe infringe people's rights - Chuck
JUSTICE Minister Delroy Chuck has assured that changes to the Extradition Act will not infringe on the rights of people who are sought for extradition to the United States and other countries. The House of Representatives on Tuesday gav...Thu, Jun 24, 2021 07:01:00 GMT New Fortress Energy welcomes 18 engineering interns
NATURAL gas provider New Fortress Energy (NFE) recently welcomed its very first set of engineering interns at its liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities across the island, as part of its commitment to the development of youth and scienc...Thu, Jun 24, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Vax chaos
THE Ministry of Health and Wellness is blaming people who failed to follow established procedures for the confusion at vaccine centres, mainly in the Corporate Area, yesterday.Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, addressi...Thu, Jun 24, 2021 07:01:00 GMT 'A step in the right direction'
MANDEVILLE, Manchester - Business stakeholders in this south-central town have welcomed Tuesday's announcement of relaxed COVID-19 measures announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.Kenisha Dwyer-Powell, president of the Manchester Cha...Thu, Jun 24, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Bar patrol
HAVE you placed a notice on a wall at your bar which reads: 'It is my intention to apply for a spirits licence at the next court session'? If you have, please go and get your licence as Minister of Local Government and Rural Development...Thu, Jun 24, 2021 07:01:00 GMT This Day in History - June 24
Today is the 175th day of 2021. There are 190 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT2003: The World Health Organization removes Beijing, China's capital, from its list of areas where severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was sprea...Thu, Jun 24, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Pressure on Government to establish effective post-crash care system
The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is calling on the Government to establish an effective post-crash care system to transport people involved in road crashes to hospital effectively and safely. Speaking at a Ministry of Transport and...Thu, Jun 24, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Safety net for fishers
Jamaican fisherfolk have finally landed a safety net.For the first time registered fishermen and women will have access to insurance coverage for their fishing vessels and accessories, stemming from a partnership involving Advantage Gen...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Hoteliers expect entertainment to breathe new life into tourism
THE Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) says it is in full support of Government's decision to reopen the entertainment sector, saying it is a win for both the entertainment and tourism industries.According to the hoteliers, an...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Report highlights risky sexual behaviour among young children
THERE is a prevalence of risky sexual practices among children who work, hustle, or live on the island's streets, with boys being propositioned by men for sex, and some girls seeing prostitution as a means of survival, insisting that th...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Rick's Café execs return to court August 9
SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland - Conroy Barrett, financial controller for Rick's Café in Negril, is expected to know on August 9 if the Westmoreland Parish Court will drop charges laid against him by the police for the illegal hosting of...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT False information is grounds for visa refusal
VISA applicants are required to provide detailed information about themselves in the electronic application form and during the consular interview. It is imperative applicants are entirely truthful during the application process, as del...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Numbers still low, but local agencies grateful for BridgeUSA uptick
THOUGH the number of students participating in this year's BridgeUSA programme is nowhere near pre-pandemic level, some local placement agencies are grateful for the upward trend after things plummeted last year amid COVID-19."It is a b...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Pastors happy with new relaxed COVID-19 measures
PASTORS yesterday expressed pleasure with the number of worshippers that will now be allowed in churches, following the relaxation of COVID-19 measures announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in Parliament.Holness told the House that...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Near normal
WITH Jamaica inching back to normality amidst Government's decision to further relax COVID-19 restrictions, Prime Minister Andrew Holness last night warned the country not to abandon caution, stressing that a spike in infections this su...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 06:10:01 GMT Canada lifts some COVID-19 restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers
Dear Mr Brown:I heard that Canada will soon reopen its border for international travellers so that we won't have to quarantine any more. Please confirm whether this is true.- AFDear AF:Starting July 5, 2021, Canada will be lifting most ...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT PHOTO: At ease
Minister of National Security Horace Chang was caught in repose during yesterday's sitting of the House of Representatives. Among the discussions in Gordon House yesterday was the announcement by Prime Minister Andrew Holness of an easi...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Gov't says George Wright is 'no stranger in the House'
FORMER Government Member of Parliament George Wright took a back seat on the Opposition benches yesterday, paying little attention to the raucousness circulating around him, as he formally returned to the House of Representatives after ...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Nestlé on sustainability journey
AS Nestlé Anglo Dutch Caribbean continues its efforts to attain zero greenhouse gas emissions across its operations and to make its packaging either recyclable or reusable by the year 2025, the company highlighted some of its achieveme...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Remembering Kristoff
HIGHGATE, St Mary - While his death came as a shock, family and friends of 27-year-old Kristoff Murray were not surprised to learn that he died while trying to save others. The young father got into difficulty in Florida on June 12 whil...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Jamaican-born Sarah Cooper who drove Trump crazy is Digital Creator of the Year
Sarah Cooper, the merciless Donald Trump impersonator who almost drove the former United States president to ban TikTok from the US, has won Adweek's Digital Creator of the Year 2020 award, Hollywood Reporter said Monday.The publication...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT 'It cannot continue like this'
PEOPLE'S National Party councillor for the York Town Division, Uphel Purcell is appealing to criminals to desist from perpetrating acts of violence in the division. The appeal came hours after a resident was murdered in the Four Paths c...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Son says Dunkirk man held in US was never involved in 'donmanship'
THE son of 53-year-old Dean Cooke, who was arrested by authorities in Pompano Beach, Florida last week Thursday for attempting to enter the United States of America illegally by boat, is claiming that his father is being unfairly and in...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Merkel gets Moderna as second jab after AstraZeneca first dose
BERLIN, Germany (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel received a Moderna coronavirus vaccine as her second jab, after getting AstraZeneca as the first, a spokesman said yesterday.The 66-year-old took her first dose of AstraZeneca's va...Wed, Jun 23, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Nature bites back
PARIS, France (AFP) - The pandemic and climate change is testing as never before the delicate balance of human co-habitation with the natural world.As an Australian prison is evacuated after it was overrun by the plague of mice ravaging...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Slain woman's mother happy her killer is dead
CLARENDON, Jamaica - Sylvia McKay, the mother of Tasheika McKay whose throat was slashed by her boyfriend Markland Hayles on Sunday afternoon, says she is relieved at police reports that he had taken his own life. "Mi feel a likkle bett...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT SPM promises to clear Mandeville pile-up amid garbage woes
MANDEVILLE, Manchester - Regional operations manager for Southern Parks and Markets (SPM) Waste Management Limited Edward Muir says the pile-up of garbage affecting communities in Mandeville and its environs will be cleared this week."A...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Imani upset
PEOPLE'S National Party (PNP) caretaker for the Kingston Central constituency, Imani Duncan-Price said yesterday she is angry that Prime Minister Andrew Holness has failed to implement a zone of special operations (ZOSO) in crime-plague...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Two illegal guns seized on day two of Norwood ZOSO
MONTEGO BAY, St James - The zone of special operations (ZOSO) declared in Norwood, St James, on Sunday has already started to yield results following yesterday's recovery of two illegal firearms by members of the security forces.The sec...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT JCF restricts training to only vaccinated recruits
SENIOR communications strategist of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Dennis Brooks has confirmed reports that the force is restricting the training of new recruits to people who have received COVID-19 vaccination.According to Brook...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Tourism rebounds
JAMAICA has recorded close to one million visitors since reopening the doors to its tourism sector in June 2020, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett revealed yesterday.According to the minister, a total of 816,632 tourists have visited ...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT JPS seeks rate hike
THE Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has asked the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) for an adjustment to its rates, which if approved would see residential customers' bills going up by 3.8 per cent, and small businesses by 2.2 p...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Taxi operator robbed, shot in face
A taxi operator of the El Shaddai taxi service was shot in the face on Addington Drive in St Andrew yesterday afternoon.It was reported that about 3:40 pm the taxi operator was sitting in his motor car when he was approached by a man, w...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT This Day in History - June 22
Today is the 173rd day of 2021. There are 192 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT2010: After a month-long manhunt, accused Jamaican strongman Christopher "Dudus" Coke is apprehended by police on Nelson Mandela Highway in St Catherin...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT 'COVID, yuh nah overpower mi, yuh nah kill mi!'
MY experience with COVID-19, which I call COVID-21 (after all I had it in the year 2021) and COVID-teous-19. This disease is real, it is no joke. Feeling is believing, not that I ever doubted or disbelieved.On Friday, March 19, I starte...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Flow targets small and medium-size businesses in free online webinar
WITH many businesses transitioning to the online space, Flow Business is continuing to empower small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) on their digital journey by helping them to seamlessly make the transition - including arming them wi...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Cyriline McFarlane celebrates 90th birthday with book launch
CYRILINE McFarlane is not your regular senior citizen. The sprightly 90-year-old of Nightingale Grove, St Catherine, recently celebrated her birthday in fine style with children, grandchildren and other relatives at a function held in P...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Bartlett pushing to ensure more tourism dollars stay in Jamaica
MINISTER of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has expressed confidence that Jamaican producers will be better able to meet the demands of a revived tourism industry after the novel coronavirus pandemic. According to Bartlett, the Ministry of Tour...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Antigua Government brushes aside Opposition concerns over extension of SOE
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) - Prime Minister Gaston Browne has brushed aside concerns being raised by the main Opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) over plans to extend the state of emergency (SOE) by a further three months.The Parlia...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Manchioneal fisherfolk plead for help from the Government
FISHERFOLK in Manchioneal, Portland, are begging for help from the Government as they claim they have been hit hard by the economic hardships associated with the novel coronavirus pandemic.The Jamaica Observer visited Manchioneal recent...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Ethiopia votes, despite conflict and crisis in the north
Addis Ababa , Ethiopia (AFP) - Ethiopia voted Monday in an election billed as the most democratic yet in Africa's second-most populous country, but taking place as famine blights its war-torn Tigray region.It was the first electoral tes...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Rave at the palace: French president resumes pre-COVID gig
PARIS, France (AFP) - French President Emmanuel Macron invited music fans to a socially distanced techno party at the presidential palace yesterday, reviving a pre-COVID event to mark the country's annual street music festival.France ce...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Today's Horoscope - June 22, 2021
HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, June 22, 2021: You are a determined perfectionist. You have enormous dedication and perseverance in whatever you do. You are also charming, warm and sensitive. This year you must be responsible because you ar...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Companies give vaccines to workers, boosting Japan's roll-out
TOKYO (AP) - Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families yesterday in an employer-led drive reaching more than 13 million people that aims to rev up the nation's slow vaccine roll-o...Tue, Jun 22, 2021 07:01:00 GMT US hitting encouraging milestones with virus deaths and shots
COVID-19 deaths in the United States have dipped below 300 a day for the first time since the early days of the disaster in March 2020, while the drive to put shots in arms approached another encouraging milestone Monday: 150 million Am...Mon, Jun 21, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Figueroa brushes aside Oxford vaccine talk
A concern that Jamaicans who have been vaccinated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca (COVID-19) vaccine may encounter difficulty accessing some services internationally is being challenged by expert physician Professor Peter Figueroa, who is i...Mon, Jun 21, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Norwood residents welcome ZOSO
MONTEGO BAY, St James - There was overwhelming appreciation among residents for the zone of special operations (ZOSO) declared yesterday in the tough Norwood community of this western Jamaica city by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.But, d...Mon, Jun 21, 2021 07:01:00 GMT Serial rapists' reign of terror ends
TAXI driver Michael Swaby and his sidekick Dwayne Edwards - the duo behind a horrific string of kidnappings, robberies and rapes across the capital city - were on Friday found guilty of 20 of the 21 charges they were slapped with in the...