Holness, Vaz reject OCG’s claims

Observer on May 1st, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz have rejected a claim by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) that they were involved in the negotiations which culminated with prime beachfront property in St Ann being sold at a fraction of the lowest independent valuation.

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OCG scolds Gov’t over sale of Ocho Rios beachfront property

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The former Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has found that the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) sold prime beachfront properties in St Ann for at least US$4.6 million below their value following what it described as a “farcical negotiation process”.

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JUTC drivers say they are not safe

Observer on May 1st, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

DRIVERS employed to the State-run Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) say they feel unsafe, following the slashing of a driver in the face yesterday by a passenger at the Half-Way-Tree Transportation Centre.Some of the drivers lamented that they are always worried about their safety while on the job.

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Observer Reggae Girlz Ultimate Fan Promotion a success

Observer on May 1st, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

Partners of the Jamaica Observer Reggae Girlz Ultimate Fan Promotion have deemed the activation a “huge” success.The promotion, which ran from March 7 to April 21, culminated at the newspaper’s Beechwood Avenue headquarters yesterday with the draw which saw Marilyn Allen emerging as the lucky winner from thousands of entries.

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Lawyer storms out of court, then returns shortly after

Observer on May 1st, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

ATTORNEY Hugh Wildman on Monday stormed out of a courtroom at Supreme Court after Justice Georgiana Fraser refused to grant him leave to seek judicial review after she ruled that the trial against accused murderer Mervin Cameron must proceed and that the charges against him would not be quashed.

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‘We must save lives’

Observer on May 1st, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

Insisting that “we must save lives”, Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson yesterday explained that increased acts of violence and murder, particularly in Westmoreland, led him and Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Rocky Meade to recommend the imposition of states of emergency (SOEs) in that parish, as well as in Hanover and St James.

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Observer Reggae Girlz promotion a success

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Jamaica Observer Managing Director Julian Rogers and (from left) Shanique Francis, promotions manager Wata; Karen Mignott, shop, food and services manager Total; Georgette Manning, regional commercial manager, north Caribbean at British Airway;s and planning and activations officer at Spreme Ventures Limited Jhana Edwards peruse the winning draw of the Observer Reggae Girlz Ultimate Fan Promotion at the company’s Beechwood Avenue offices yesterday. Marilyn Allen of a St Andrew address was…

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Residents welcome return of St James SOE

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced a state of public emergency in Hanover, St James and Westmoreland, which will remain in effect for 14 days.

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‘Double-edged sword’

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Stakeholders in the crime-ridden parishes of St James, Hanover and Westmoreland have come out in support of the state of public emergency (SOE) announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday.Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, who has been strident in his call for the reinstatement of the enhanced security measures in St James, was among those who welcomed the announcement.

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JUTC to upgrade service, increase ridership

Observer on May 1st, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

SEVERAL priority initiatives aimed at boosting service delivery have been targeted for implementation under the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) 2019/20 operational plan.

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