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  • 2,500 youths benefit from $38-m summer camps

    September 26, 2018 8:48 AM

    THE Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), from July 1 to August 31, 2018, implemented 36 summer camps in underserved communities in seven parishes across the island. The camps, which were held in Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, St Ann, St James, and Westmoreland, were conducted at a cost of $38.4 million and were funded through the JSIF-implemented

  • Four straight years as champion for Rhonoya

    September 26, 2018 5:03 AM

    "I feel really happy to know that for four straight years I have been the champion and I plan to go to nationals and win." This is Rhonoya's fourth win. The 11-year-old is in grade seven at Titchfield High School. She says she enjoys her new school and her classes. She is a part of Girl Guides and the debate team. She also has her eye on the choir. Her favourite

  • PNP welcomes ECJ's elector verification exercise

    September 26, 2018 2:15 AM 1

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) has welcomed the move by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) to commence a special elector verification exercise to update the voters' list. The ECJ today announced that it aims to accelerate the identification and removal of electors on the current voters' list who have died since 1998. General

  • Govt seeks $17b increase in 2018/19 budget

    September 26, 2018 1:33 AM 1

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government this afternoon tabled the First Supplementary Estimates for 2018/19, showing a planned increase in its budgetary spending for the fiscal year of $17.4 billion. The additional spending will increase the 2018/19 budget to $791.1 billion, from the original $773.6 billion. Non-debt expenditure increased, which received

  • Police assure heightened presence during Observer's Take Style Out

    September 25, 2018 10:29 PM

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is assuring members of the public that adequate security coverage will be provided for people wishing to participate in the Jamaica Observer's “Take Style Out” on Thursday, October 4. The JCF's assurance comes amidst a State of Public Emergency (SOPE) that was implemented on Sunday, September 23 and should

  • UPDATE: Cosby gets 3 to 10 years for 2004 sex assault

    September 25, 2018 6:40 PM

    Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home. Judge Steven O'Neill sentenced Cosby on Tuesday, five months after his conviction in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. The defence asked

  • NPTAJ wants parents compensated for wrong PEP textbooks

    September 25, 2018 5:13 PM

    The National Parents Teachers Association (NPTAJ) has joined the call for parents to be compensated for purchasing the wrong textbooks for their children who will be sitting exams under the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) this academic year. Some parents have said that the books they were told to purchase for PEP preparations were being phased out. Lennon

  • Bus passenger arrested for ganja possession in Corporate Area SOE

    September 25, 2018 3:31 PM 2

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police yesterday arrested a man for suspected breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act following the seizure of just under five pounds of ganja on Waltham Park Road, Kingston 11 yesterday. According to the constabulary's Corporate Communication Unit (CCU), he was aboard a public passenger bus that was stopped and searched at one of the checkpoints

  • FLOW Foundation's Errol Miller dies

    September 25, 2018 2:00 PM

    Errol Miller, the former executive chairman of FLOW Foundation and a board member of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), died yesterday after ailing for some time. "When I heard of Errol's death, I was overcome by a sense of great loss. He was someone who I admired very much and someone who contributed a lot in his professional life and as a volunteer

  • Teen mom, baby missing

    September 25, 2018 1:48 PM 2

    ST JAMES, Jamaica — The police have activated an Ananda Alert for 15-year-old Hobbiegaye Aldridge and her baby, who are of Anchor Avenue, Bogue Village in St James. Aldridge is of brown complexion, stout build and is about 165 centimetres (5 feet 5 inches) tall. Reports from the Montego Bay police are that Hobbiegaye was last seen at home with her baby about