Employment rate continues to climb

Observer on May 23rd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

JAMAICA’s employment level hit a new high in January, showing 1,232,700 people across the country reporting to work. The data was revealed by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) yesterday during its press briefing for the January to March 2018 quarter.

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Lawyers plead for fines instead of jail time for cops

Observer on May 23rd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

DEFENCE lawyers representing the three police constables convicted of manslaughter in relation to the March 2012 shooting death of schoolgirl Vanessa Kirkland yesterday urged high court judge, Justice Carol Lawrence Beswick to impose a fine instead of a custodial sentence.

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Basic schools get solar-powered wastewater systems

Observer on May 23rd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

THE University of the West Indies (the UWI), Mona, through the Mona Social Services (MSS), handed over wastewater management systems powered by solar energy and re-established kitchen gardens to two basic schools in August Town on Wednesday.

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Prime minister happy with Wigton’s $14-billion IPO

Observer on May 23rd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

“[IT'S] a good day for the government and shareholders,” was how Prime Minister Andrew Holness described yesterday’s listing of the Wigton Windfarm’s IPO (Initial Public Offering) shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE).

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Security companies continue to breach labour laws

Observer on May 23rd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

A number of companies which provide industrial security services to the Government continue to operate in breach of the law governing wages and benefits for security guards, ignoring warnings from the labour ministry.

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Gunmen shoot up truck in attempted robbery

Observer on May 23rd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

BARRETT TOWN, St James —The St James police have launched a massive manhunt for a group of brazen gunmen who, in an attempted robbery Tuesday night, ensnared a truck along the busy ‘elegant corridor’ and sprayed it with bullets, seriously injuring the three occupants.The lives of the three might have been saved by the gallant truck driver who sped from the attackers and sought refuge at the Coral Gardens Police Station.

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Chuck to pursue legislation to give convicts second chance

Observer on May 23rd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck says his ministry’s efforts to speed up the processing of cases before the courts will include encouraging people to admit guilt and eventually seek expungement of the crimes from their police records.He said that this offers an opportunity for more Jamaicans to get a second chance to make a positive contribution to society.

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New NIDS Bill by year-end

Observer on May 23rd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

THE Government is aiming to introduce the a national identification systems (NIDS) Bill by the end of the calendar year.Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck made the disclosure at a press briefing at his ministry, yesterday, which followed his sectoral debate contribution in Gordon House on Tuesday.

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Sagicor volunteers to labour at children’s homes today

Observer on May 23rd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

MORE than 300 Sagicor team members and Sagicor Foundation volunteers will be out today ‘labouring’ at four children’s home across the island in support of the national Labour Day theme ‘Child Safety…It’s You, It’s Me, It’s All Ah We’.

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Jamaica only Caribbean country in IAEA project to help fight food fraud

Observer on May 23rd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

VIENNA, Austria (CMC) — Jamaica is the only Caribbean country included in a five-year research project announced yesterday by the Austria-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to refine methods to apply nuclear-derived techniques to test for accuracy in food labels.

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