Pompeo arrives today

Observer on January 21st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

UNITED States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Jamaica this evening amid mounting speculation around the reasons for his visit and clear signs of a rift in the Caribbean Community (Caricom) over the planned discussions in Kingston.Pompeo is expected to be met by government officials led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamina Johnson Smith when he lands at the Norman Manley International Airport shortly after six this evening.

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CMU board chair resigns ahead of Samuda statement

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EDUCATION Minister Karl Samuda, whose portfolio has over the past several days been rocked by the damning findings of a special audit report on Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the ministry itself, will deliver a highly anticipated statement in the House of Representatives today.

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Minister commends MSMES for providing revenue, employment

Observer on January 21st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw says the micro-small -and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector is providing stable revenue and employment for Jamaica.

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Another one!

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THE Jamaica Library Service (JLS), for which the already scandal-plagued Education Ministry has responsibility, has been rapped by Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis in a recently completed performance audit.In her report she cited a litany of examples that painted a picture of less than vigorous accounting procedures.

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Council to educate J’cans on justification for reparation

Observer on January 21st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE National Council on Reparations (NCR) will be spearheading a number of activities this year to raise public awareness of the historical and current justification for reparation.Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the council has a mandate to organise events and to conduct research and publish the findings in accessible forms that will educate the public on reparatory justice.

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Witness insists he didn’t inform on gang to avoid prison

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THE main prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of alleged members of the Westmoreland-based King Valley gang yesterday dismissed suggestions from defence attorneys that he had knifed his fellow gang members in order to avoid jail time for his own criminal acts and also in exchange for immunity.

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‘Deliberate indiscipline’

Observer on January 21st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Director of the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, Kenute Hare is lamenting that, since the start of the year, 25 people have lost their lives on the nation’s roads up to yesterday.“We don’t gone 25 days in the year yet and 25 people dead already. The writing is on the wall; just as it is in the days of Nebuchadnezzar, the writing is on the wall. We need to shape up!” Hare declared.

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‘Defend the peace’

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CONCERNS raised yesterday that a spike in crime might occur following the historic docking of the first cruise ship in Port Royal have been allayed by head of the East Kingston police Superintendent Victor Hamilton, who urged residents to “protect the peace”.

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77 youth rewarded for success in fight against substance misuse

Observer on January 21st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

SEVENTY-SEVEN youth who have achieved significant success in their recovery journey against substance misuse have been honoured.Their recovery programme was facilitated through a five-year partnership between the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III and the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA).Of this number, 13 have achieved sobriety, while 23 have attained 90 per cent reduction in substance misuse.

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Jamaica Methodists talk environmental stewardship

Observer on January 21st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Leaders of the Methodists throughout Jamaica will gather at Saxthorpe Methodist Church, 143 Constant Spring Road in the Corporate Area, to celebrate 231 years of Methodist witness and participate in the Jamaica District council meetings to be held from January 23 to 27, 2020.

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