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Johnson & Johnson shares plunge after report on asbestos in baby powder

Friday, December, 14 2018    

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — US pharmaceutical and cosmetics group Johnson & Johnson saw its shares plunge Friday after a media report alleged the group had deliberately concealed for decades that its baby powder sometimes contained asbestos. Read More

No access to May Pen via Trenton Road/Paisley Avenue for next five days — NWA

Friday, December, 14 2018    

CLARENDON, Jamaica — The Trenton Road/Paisley Avenue intersection in May Pen, Clarendon will remain closed for another five days as the National Water Commission (NWC) continues exploratory work to locate its underground infrastructure. Read More

Senior cop Castelle fined $1m for shooting pregnant woman

Friday, December, 14 2018    

ST JAMES, Jamaica — Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Anthony Castelle who was found guilty in the St James Court Parish Court for the January, 2016 shooting of a pregnant woman in St James has been fined $1 million. Read More

PHOTOS: Miss Jamaica Universe Emily Maddison wows in Thailand

Friday, December, 14 2018    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica's Emily Maddison yesterday paraded in a stunning evening gown and swimsuit in the respective pre-pageant competitions leading up to the 67th Miss Universe coronation show in Bangkok, Thailand. Read More

Vere Tech teacher accused of beating student faces court next April

Friday, December, 14 2018    

CLARENDON, Jamaica — The trial of embattled Vere Technical High school's physical education teacher Sashauna Wellington has been set for April 12, 2019. Read More

Churches express 'deep disappointment' at Petrojam saga

Friday, December, 14 2018    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) has expressed “deep disappointment” at reports of “mismanagement, malfeasance and misconduct” at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica and its subsidiary, Petrojam Limited. Read More

C'bean Tourism Organisation declares 2019 'The Year of Festivals'

Friday, December, 14 2018    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has declared 2019 the Year of Festivals in the Caribbean.According to the CTO, the region will celebrate the unique rhythm and tempo of each CTO destination throughout 2019. Read More

Traffic changes in Santa Cruz Monday — NWA

Friday, December, 14 2018    

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — The National Works Agency (NWA) says it will be implementing traffic changes in the town of Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth, come Monday, December 17.The agency said the changes are to facilitate the conversion of the town's Main Street into a one-way. Read More

New Facebook bug may have exposed unposted photos

Friday, December, 14 2018    

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Facebook apologised Friday for a "bug" that may have exposed unposted photos from as many as 6.8 million users over a 12-day period through third-party applications. Read More

Antigua PM invites Scotiabank officials for talks on proposed sale to Trinidad bank

Friday, December, 14 2018    

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — The Antigua and Barbuda government is seeking a meeting with senior officials of the Bank of Nova Scotia by January 7 next year to discuss the sale of the bank's branch holdings on the island. Read More

Dead elector removal exercise to cut election costs — director of elections

Friday, December, 14 2018    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Electoral Office of Jamaica's (EOJ) 'Dead Elector Removal Exercise' is expected to result in significant savings to the country in terms of election costs, says Director of Elections, Glasspole Brown. Read More

Trump knew hush-money payments were wrong: ex-lawyer Cohen

Friday, December, 14 2018    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump knew it was wrong to order election-eve hush money paid to two women who claimed to have had affairs with him, his former lawyer Michael Cohen said in an interview to be broadcast Friday. Read More

Seven-year-old Guatemalan girl dies in US custody

Friday, December, 14 2018    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died in American custody after being detained by US border police in New Mexico, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. Read More

Reverend Dr Byron Chambers is dead

Friday, December, 14 2018    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Reverend Dr Byron K Chambers has died.OBSERVER ONLINE has been informed that he passed away last night at the Andrews Memorial Hospital, where he had been hospitalised for the past few day. Read More

Opposition calls on PCJ head to give account of stewardship

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, December, 13 2018    

OPPOSITION members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have suggested that the chairman of Petrojam's parent company, Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), should be asked to provide the parliamentary body with an account of his stewardship. Read More



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