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Cruel twist of fate

BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

In 2011 when Trudy Parker's house was destroyed by a fire she thought that placing her daughter in State care would be the safest option. Read More

Auditor general concerned about NWA's quality assurance system

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis yesterday expressed concerns about the National Works Agency's (NWA) quality assurance system, as Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) began reviewing her department's performance audit report of the agency for the period 2009-2014. Read More

This Day in History — January 17

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

Today is the 17th day of 2018. There are 348 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1893: Hawaii's monarchy is overthrown as a group of businessmen and sugar planters force Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate.  Read More

Will Canada follow the USA?

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

Dear Mr Brown: Read More

Obtaining an immigrant visa starts with filing of petition on behalf of applicant

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

Q. My brother lives in the US and he filed some papers for me to join him there five years ago. We have not heard or received any information. From which agency can I receive an update?  Read More

Ambassador hails committee for assistance to high school students

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

WASHINGTON DC, USA — Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks has commended the Jamaica David “Wagga” Hunt Scholarship Committee for providing more than US$8.4 million in scholarships to 21 students from Calabar High School and Kingston... Read More

Jack's Hill Primary gets big boost

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

JACK'S Hill Primary School in rural St Andrew is to benefit from additional support from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. Read More

Privy Council to consider fate of mentally ill death row prisoner

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The United Kingdom-based Privy Council is expected to hand down a ruling on whether a prisoner who may be mentally ill should remain on death row after he was convicted of killing another inmate. Read More

13 chained inside house

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

CALIFORNIA, USA (AP) — A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are... Read More

Disaster after disaster

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

Friends, disaster happens, but it hard when little ones (34, 16, 11) who are placed in a relatively small (10) place of safety die (3) in such a sad way, worse fire (2), which left them almost unrecognisable. Read More

Education ministry looking to offer more science scholarships

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — National Mathematics Coordinator, Dr Tamika Benjamin, says discussions are under way towards increasing the number of scholarships offered to student-teachers who are pursuing science majors at the tertiary level.She said the move is aimed at boosting... Read More

UPDATE: 13 siblings held captive in US home were likely coerced to remain quiet

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) — When a 17-year-old girl jumped out a window from the house where her parents allegedly starved and tortured their 13 children, she broke a silence that had likely lasted years.It's not clear why the teenager waited so long to act, but... Read More

CARICOM countries could be removed from EU blacklist

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

BRUSSELS, Belgium (CMC) — At least two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that had been included in a new list of global tax havens by the European Union could be removed after submitting plans to change their tax rules.Reuters News agency is reporting that Barbados and... Read More

Apple urged to study iPhone addiction in children

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Two large shareholders urged Apple to study whether iPhones are proving addictive for children and that intensive use of the smartphones may be bad for their mental health."There is a growing body of evidence that, for at least some of the most... Read More

St Catherine teacher accused of having sex with primary school student

Wednesday, January, 17 2018    

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica —  Detectives assigned to the St Catherine branch of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) today disclosed  that a teacher in that parish has been charged with having sex with a minor.According to the agents, the... Read More



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