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June 22, 2018

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After migration row, UK hails its C'bean communities

Source: Jamaica Observer LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain celebrated Friday the “enormous contribution” of its Caribbean migrants, who for a long time were airbrushed from history while some were even recently threatened with deportation.Prime Minister Theresa May attended a service at Westminster Abbey marking 70 years since the first arrivals embarked from…

PANCAP to increase HIV prevention, care and support

Source: Jamaica Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS will next week convene a regional forum in Port of Spain, Trinidad, for the Development of a Regional Rights-Based Framework to increase access of migrants and mobile populations to HIV prevention, care, support, and treatment. PANCAP is the mechanism…

Criminal bigwigs in security minister's cross hairs

Source: Jamaica Observer NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Horace Chang yesterday charged that his Administration will be targeting major players in the criminal underworld who wealthy and are funding criminal activities across the island.The minister also indicated that legitimate business operators and government workers, including police officers and customs officers, who help to facilitate…

KSAMC told of cheaper way to restore parochial roads

Source: Jamaica Observer THE cost associated with restoring parochial roads could be much cheaper if the road-surfacing material polymer is used instead of asphalt, the Roads and Traffic Committee of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) learnt on Tuesday. Link: KSAMC told of cheaper way to restore parochial roads

Shaw says Jamaica cannot become Caricom's single market

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw says that Jamaica is not in a position to become the lone “single market” in Caricom. Link: Shaw says Jamaica cannot become Caricom’s single market

Photos of escapees from Cross Road police station released

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police have released the photos of two men who escaped from the Cross Road Police Station yesterday. The escapees are 19-year-old Eustace Powell of Lincoln Road, Kingston 5, who was charged with rape and buggery, and 29-year-old Sanjay Burton, otherwise called Christopher Peart or ‘Michael’, of Tavern Avenue,…

Facebook expands fact-check effort to photos, videos

Source: Jamaica Observer SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Facebook said Thursday it would launch fact-checking of photos and videos as it expands the effort to curb misinformation to more countries.The huge social network, which has been a frequent target for failing to stop the spread of false news, said it will use…

Another court date set for el-Faisal

Source: Jamaica Observer MUSLIM cleric Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, who is challenging his extradition to the United States on terrorism charges, suffered yet another delay in the hearing of his habeas corpus application in the Supreme Court on Monday.El-Faisal is seeking to have the high court quash the United States’ extradition request for him…

Crackdown in Annotto Bay

Source: Jamaica Observer SUPERINTENDENT of police in charge of St Mary Bobbette Morgan yesterday termed Annotto Bay, the “Achilles heel” of St Mary, pointing to an increase in murders that have now disrupted the tranquillity for which the rural parish is known. Link: Crackdown in Annotto Bay

Rastaman on rape charge agrees to provide DNA samples

Source: Jamaica Observer A 51-year-old Rastafarian man accused of raping a 11-year-old girl in his community yesterday volunteered to provide DNA samples to clear his name, when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.The construction worker, who resides in an inner-city community in Kingston, was this month arrested and charged…

Free birth registration fair for Linstead today

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Registrar General’s Department (RGD) will be hosting a series of registration fairs across the island over the next 18 months to facilitate individuals who are without a birth certificate or those who may need to complete the process.The first in the series of fairs will be held today from…

Government, Opposition see value in Caricom Review Report

Source: Jamaica Observer GOVERNMENT and Opposition MPs yesterday expressed bipartisan positions on the recommendations from the Bruce Golding-led Caricom Review Commission’s Report, which was discussed in the House of Representatives yesterday.Prime Minister Andrew Holness had requested that yesterday’s meeting at Gordon House focus solely on the 51-page report, in an effort to create…

NWA gets ready for complete closure of Three Miles

Source: Jamaica Observer ALTERNATIVE routes motorists will be able to use when the National Works Agency (NWA) closes Three Miles/Portia Simpson Miller Square to vehicular traffic completely, in a month’s time, were outlined to yesterday’s Roads and Traffic Committee meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation. Link: NWA gets ready for

PPV drivers renewing licences despite numerous road breaches

Source: Jamaica Observer The Transport Authority (TA) is insistent that it has been increasing enforcement and monitoring of Public Passenger Vehicle (PPV) operators, but a performance audit report points to drivers still being able to renew their licences despite racking up summonses for numerous violations. Link: PPV drivers renewing licences despite numerous road

JCDC looking to stage more events in rural areas

Source: Jamaica Observer INTERIM executive director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Orville Hill says the agency is looking at ways to stage more national festival events outside of Kingston.He noted, for example, that a segment of the finals of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition could be held in western Jamaica.

Trump unmoved despite outrage over immigration

Source: Jamaica Observer WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — Undaunted and unapologetic, US President Donald Trump defended his a dministration’s border-protection policies yesterday in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Tough action is needed to fight illegal immigration, he declared, and the US” will…

'We have hit an all-time low as a people and a country'

Source: Jamaica Observer NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — Caribbean-American Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has joined intensified outrage in the United States over the Trump Administration’s decision to separate migrant children from their parents at the US border. Link: ‘We have hit an all-time low as a people and a country’

Collymore retains lawyer but remains behind bars

Source: Jamaica Observer OMAR “Best” Collymore, the man accused of orchestrating the alleged contract killing of his wife, has secured the services of veteran defence attorney Diane Jobson.However, on Friday when he appeared in the Gun Court section of the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, he was further remanded and a new…

Jamaica identifies 30 Windrush cases

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has referred 30 cases related to the Windrush immigration scandal, which has affected scores of families, to the British High Commission, State Minister Pearnel Charles Jr has said. Link: Jamaica identifies 30 Windrush cases

Rural and coastal towns targeted for development

Source: Jamaica Observer CHAIRMAN of the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), Lyttleton Shirley, says the country’s rural and coastal towns are being targeted as Government moves to boost economic and social opportunities for citizens.He said that Port Antonio, Falmouth, Port Maria, Lucea, Savanna-la-Mar and Morant Bay are some of the towns that have…

This Day in History — June18

Source: Jamaica Observer Today is the 169th day of 2018. There are 196 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT2010: BP removes chief executive Tony Hayward from day-to-day oversight of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis a day after he was pummelled by US lawmakers at a hearing. OTHER EVENTS Link: This Day in

Presidential candidates vow to transform JAS

Source: Jamaica Observer THE two candidates vying for the presidency of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) say they have the requisite skills to transform farming in Jamaica.Glendon Harris, who is currently the second vice-president and a past president of the JAS, says he has unfinished business to take care of.Harris, an agriculturist and…

Using insects to help solve crime

Source: Jamaica Observer Latoya Foote sat and listened in awe to what she knew was evidence being casually raised during the enquiry into the security forces’ May 2010 operation in Tivoli Gardens to apprehend Christopher “Dudus” Coke. Link: Using insects to help solve crime

“Pure confusion!”

Source: Jamaica Observer “A just pure confusion,” Ransford Warren told the Jamaica Observer when we caught up with him in Three Miles, St Andrew last week.It was approximately 2:30 pm on June 13, just a few hours after the new traffic arrangements by the National Works Agency (NWA) came into effect, and Warren…

#WC2018: Profligate Brazil held by stubborn Switzerland

Source: Jamaica Observer ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AFP) — Brazil’s bid for a sixth World Cup got off to a slow start as Switzerland withstood an early onslaught to snatch a 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don today.On the day when holders Germany were shocked 1-0 by Mexico, Brazil’s tag as pre-tournament favourites looked justified in a…

Stop digging your graves with your fingers, spoons, forks

Source: Jamaica Observer WHEN fathers and father figures are actively involved in a child’s life their importance in development is unmistakable. The presence of fathers and grandfathers in a family unit lessens lawbreaking, school dropout rates, risky sex, and promotes the pursuance of healthy relationships, higher education, a healthier physiology, and IQ scores.

Gov't shows renewed interest in Sexual Harassment Bill

Source: Jamaica Observer JAMAICANS may have been wondering recently how come they have been left out of the renewed attention currently being paid to sexual harassment across the world. Link: Gov’t shows renewed interest in Sexual Harassment Bill

AMCHAM Ja hosts historic forum with US Chamber

Source: Jamaica Observer In what is being described as a momentous occasion, senior vice President, Americas, Department at the U S Chamber of Commerce, Neil Herrington will be the keynote speaker at a breakfast forum hosted by AMCHAM Jamaica to discuss the US regional trade agenda with the membership of AMCHAM Jamaica on…

JMEA reveals five-year plan to boost GDP

Source: Jamaica Observer ROSE HALL, St James — The Jamaica Manufacturer and Exporters Association (JMEA) says it is currently working on a plan to increase the contribution of the manufacturing sector to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 50 per cent over the next five years.The strategy, according to President of the…

PHOTO: REAPing success

Source: Jamaica Observer Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw kisses Fort George Primary and Infant School student Mikayla Minto, who presented him with a bag of peppers at LASCO’s Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) annual awards ceremony, held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston last week. Link: PHOTO: REAPing

Bail extended for reggae artiste Capleton

Source: Jamaica Observer JAMAICAN reggae artiste Capleton, who is facing a rape charge, had his bail extended when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday.The matter was scheduled for another mention date and the 51-year-old entertainer, whose real name is Clifton Bailey, was instructed to return to court…

Child dies in accident involving JUTC bus

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company said yesterday that it was awaiting a report from its accident department and the police to determine what caused the death of a child who was a passenger on a Number 3A bus which operates on the Christian Gardens to Half-Way-Tree route. Link: Child dies

Businessman freed of incest; daughter charged with mischief

Source: Jamaica Observer An incest trial involving a Kingston real estate businessman, who was accused of raping his 15-year-old daughter three years ago, collapsed Thursday in the Home Circuit Court after his daughter maintained that she had lied.The businessman’s daughter, who had confessed from last year that she had lied, was taken into…

Power company pumps US$30m into tech to combat theft

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has invested US$30 million into technology to stem the approximately US$100 million it loses annually due to electricity theft islandwide.In fact, the investment, which the power company said is its largest to date, is approximately one-third of the company’s total capital budget for this…

Vaz says PIOJ data does not reflect situation on ground

Source: Jamaica Observer ROSE HALL, St James — Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz has taken issue with the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) growth data. Link: Vaz says PIOJ data does not reflect situation on ground

Petrojam could face supply challenges in next two years

Source: Jamaica Observer Jamaica is not among the eight countries that Venezuela’s State oil and natural gas company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) has announced it will suspend petroleum deliveries to, under the PetroCaribe agreement. But Petrojam, the island’s Government-run oil refinery in which PDVSA has 49 per cent share, will be struggling in…

Attorney Patrick Bailey freed of fraud-related charges

Source: Jamaica Observer Well known attorney Patrick Bailey was yesterday freed of fraud-related charges in relation to a multimillion-dollar land transaction.Bailey was acquitted of conspiracy to defraud in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court after Parish Judge Tara Reid-Carr upheld a no-case submission brought by Bailey’s defence team of Garth McBean, Pierre…

Education ministry still to recover $26m in overpayments since 2011

Source: Jamaica Observer THE education ministry is yet to recover $26.1 million in overpayments made to teachers under the Government’s Early Childhood Development Project, some owing from as far back as 2011. The amount for the 2016/17 fiscal year is $2.1 million. Link: Education ministry still to recover m in overpayments since 2011

$12-m HR manager

Source: Jamaica Observer  GENERAL manager of Petrojam Floyd Grindley yesterday confirmed that the current human resources (HR) manager of the State-owned oil refinery is earning $12 million per annum, almost $3 million more than her predecessor. Link: -m HR manager

PAAC questions refund of US$8,000 to oil refinery chair

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament yesterday asked general manager of Petrojam, Floyd Grindley to explain why there was a deviation from Government policy in the purchase of an air ticket for board chairman Perceval Badahoo-Singh. Link: PAAC questions refund of US,000 to oil refinery chair

Gov't moving to have special vehicles built for J'can police

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of National Security Horace Chang yesterday reiterated that, going forward, the Government has no intention of purchasing any more used motor vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).The minister restated an issue which he had raised during his sectoral debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, that…

Attorney Jennifer Messado out on $5-million bail

Source: Jamaica Observer ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Jennifer Messado, who is now facing fraud charges in four different cases and who police say could face more charges, was yesterday offered bail in the sum of $5 million.The prosecution, which told the court that there were reports suggesting that the accused was planning to flee the island,…

Three arrested in multimillion-dollar ganja bust in St Elizabeth

Source: Jamaica Observer THREE men who attempted to elude police officers in St Elizabeth on Sunday night have been arrested in a multimillion-dollar ganja bust.The police say the men are to be interviewed in the presence of their attorneys before charges are laid. Link: Three arrested in multimillion-dollar ganja bust in St Elizabeth

Beckles to make case for Windrush generation in London

Source: Jamaica Observer Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, is expected to visit London, United Kingdom, this week on a special invitation from the British Library to participate in discussions on the ongoing cases concerning the Windrush generation. Link: Beckles to make case for Windrush

Messado appears in court today on fresh fraud charges

Source: Jamaica Observer EMBATTLED real estate attorney Jennifer Messado is scheduled to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court today on a new set of fraud charges in relation to the alleged unauthorised sale of properties, amounting to $58 million. Link: Messado appears in court today on fresh fraud charges

Measures coming to tackle crime in St Andrew South Police Division

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness warned yesterday that a “full suite” of actions is being contemplated to deal with the rising levels of violence and murders in the St Andrew South Police Division. Link: Measures coming to tackle crime in St Andrew South Police Division

Three Miles traffic changes take effect today

Source: Jamaica Observer EFFECTIVE midday today — June 13 — new traffic arrangements will be implemented in the vicinity of Three Miles in Kingston, the National Works Agency (NWA) said last evening.NWA spokesman Stephen Shaw said that the changes were supposed to take effect yesterday but after further consultation with relevant stakeholders, additional…

PM announces several new taxes to revitalise ailing Barbados economy

Source: Jamaica Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The Barbados Government said yesterday that it is prepared to implement “tough decisions” to revitalise an ailing economy as it announced a series of new tax measures as a part of new fiscal policies. Link: PM announces several new taxes to revitalise ailing Barbados economy

Two charged in cop's murder for court today

Source: Jamaica Observer THE second suspect held in connection with last month’s shooting death of Constable Derron Henry has been charged with murder.He, along with his co-accused, will make their first appearance in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court today. Link: Two charged in cop’s murder for court today

Holness invited to attend G20 and Oceans summits

Source: Jamaica Observer PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has been invited to attend the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a Special Oceans Summit in Oslo, Norway following his successful historic presentation at the outreach session of the just-concluded G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Canada.According to Jamaica House, Holness, who returned to the island…

New minimum wage to be announced today

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson is expected to announce a new national minimum wage, as well as new minimum rates for private security guards, when she speaks at Gordon House today.Robinson will be making her contribution to the sectoral debate when the House of Representatives convenes this…

STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO ENTERTAINMENT HIRING PRACTICES

Source: Jamaica Observer Sandals Resorts International (SRI) categorically denies the assertions, as contained in an ‘untagged’ video currently making the rounds on social media regarding inter alia, the company’s hiring practices. Indeed the world-leading resort chain considers the accusations misleading and downright spurious. Link: STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO ENTERTAINMENT HIRING PRACTICES

Junor slams 'tyranny of bureaucracy'

Source: Jamaica Observer MANDEVILLE, Manchester — One of Jamaica’s top attorneys, John Junor, has strongly criticised what he calls a “tyranny of bureaucracy” in Jamaica and accused the leadership of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) of using innuendo to soil the name of reputable citizens. Link: Junor slams ‘tyranny of bureaucracy’

Nestlé targets 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025

Source: Jamaica Observer Nestlé yesterday announced its ambition to make 100 per cent of its packaging, including plastics, recyclable or reusable by 2025, as it moves to ensure that none of them end up in landfills or as litter. Link: Nestlé targets 100% recyclable or reusable packaging by 2025

Centenarian credits unity with God for his longevity

Source: Jamaica Observer Uriel Wedderburn went to church yesterday morning, a day before his 100th birthday, to give thanks to God for granting him long life.The spiritual celebration was planned well in advance by his siblings as, according to his sister, Joyce Wedderburn-Dixon — they had actually miscalculated that he would have reached…

Vendors, teachers support sugary drinks restriction

Source: Jamaica Observer Some school administrators and vendors have welcomed the Government’s plan to restrict sugary drinks in the diets of students as part of efforts to tackle the country’s increasing rate of obesity. Link: Vendors, teachers support sugary drinks restriction

Obesity fight: Marathon not a sprint

Source: Jamaica Observer “Pork is red meat, people!”That was the message from Professor Alafia Samuels, director, George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre at The University of the West Indies in Barbados, as she warned those in attendance at the opening ceremony for the Medical Association of Jamaica’s 2018 Symposium Jamaica Pegasus hotel on…

Susan McLean scores a century today

Source: Jamaica Observer TODAY will be one of celebration for the over 80 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren of Susan McLean as they mark her 100th birthday.On arrival to her home in McCook’s Pen, St Catherine, McLean quietly made her way to the verandah using her walker, with her grandson Horace Harvey…

Dehring, Ready TV banking on human nature

Source: Jamaica Observer ALMOST a year into officially launching his newest project, Ready TV, Chris Dehring is confident that things are moving apace, and his vision of providing affordable television for all Jamaicans is becoming more convincing. Link: Dehring, Ready TV banking on human nature

Shaw: Top motor company wants to grow hemp in Jamaica

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw has disclosed that Government is zealously seeking to facilitate a top-tier motor vehicle company desirous of cultivating industrial hemp in Jamaica.Shaw recently returned from a cannabis business exploration mission in Canada. Link: Shaw: Top motor company

Political ombudsman praises Kiwanians for volunteerism

Source: Jamaica Observer POLITICAL Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has lauded the Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew for its volunteerism over the years.The club was hailed by the political ombudsman at it’s 39th anniversary meeting at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston, where her administrative assistant Ann-Marie Brown read her address in her…

JC old boys to honour Dr Clive Lai, Stephen Shelton

Source: Jamaica Observer JAMAICA College (JC) old boys Dr Clive Lai, a gynaecologist, and Stephen Shelton, an attorney-at-law, have been named this year’s recipients of the Carlton Alexander Award. Link: JC old boys to honour Dr Clive Lai, Stephen Shelton

Senate passes MOCA Bill with new amendments

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Senate yesterday completed its deliberations on the long-delayed Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) Bill.Debate on the Bill was suddenly stalled in the Senate in March, after the Appeal Court’s judgement against the right of Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to arrest people, including members of the security…

MP wants sewage disposal plant removed from constituency

Source: Jamaica Observer OPPOSITION Member of Parliament (MP) for St Andrew South Western Angela Brown Burke says she is determined to have a sewage disposal plant in the Greenwich Town community removed from the constituency. Link: MP wants sewage disposal plant removed from constituency

“Butch” thanks Sesame Street for Corporate Leadership Award

Source: Jamaica Observer Gordon “Butch” Stewart yesterday thanked Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organisation behind the successful children’s educational TV show Sesame Street, for the Corporate Leadership Award presented to his Beaches Resorts, saying the hotel chain is honoured to have what he described as a special relationship with the foundation. Link: “Butch”

9-y-o girl found dead; boy, 13, in custody

Source: Jamaica Observer BOG, Westmoreland — The Westmoreland police have taken a 13-year-old boy into custody in connection with the gruesome discovery of the body of a nine-year-old girl in bushes Tuesday night.The deceased has been identified as Kadijah Saunders, also called KC, of Bronte District, Westmoreland.Police believe that she was strangled by…

Beaches Ocho Rios chefs 'cook off' in hot culinary contest

Source: Jamaica Observer TEAM 5 comprising Samoya Morgan, Annakaye Riley and Avianna Rodney emerged overall champions at the 2018 Taste of Beaches Culinary Cook-off Competition held at the resort recently.Captain of the winning team Samoya Morgan was also adjudged “Chef of the Year” for the prestigious family-oriented resort. Link: Beaches Ocho Rios chefs

Rights group backs Opposition in NIDS fight

Source: Jamaica Observer RIGHTS group Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society (JCHS) has thrown its support behind the legal action being taken by the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) against the Government, who is seeking to block the implementation of the national identification system (NIDS) in its current form. Link: Rights group backs

Seiveright hits back after fireworks at PAAC over $8.9-m travel bill

Source: Jamaica Observer SENIOR communications strategist in the Ministry of Tourism Delano Seiveright has shot back at chairman of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) Dr Wykeham McNeill over questions about the merit of his employment to that ministry. Link: Seiveright hits back after fireworks at PAAC over .9-m travel bill

Obese patients are challenging, doctors say

Source: Jamaica Observer OBESE patients pose a challenge for medical doctors.“They are harder to manage, examine, investigate, and do surgeries on,” Dr Clive Lai, president of the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ), told reporters and editors at this week’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange at the newspaper’s Beechwood Avenue, St Andrew, headquarters. Link: Obese

Police report reduction in major crimes

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is reporting that, up to June 3, all categories of serious and violent crimes were trending down since the start of the year when compared to the same period last year. Link: Police report reduction in major crimes

India vows to eliminate single-use plastics by 2022

Source: Jamaica Observer NEW DELHI, India – India, the lobal host of World Environment Day this year, went big in its commitment to Beat Plastic Pollution with an announcement yesterday to eliminate all single-use plastic in the country in the next four years.The move, described as unprecedented and ambitious, is expected to drastically…

Five-year-old suspected of drowning in Manchester

Source: Jamaica Observer MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The body of five-year-old Aliyakay White was found in a water tank at her home in the community of Bethany, here, on Sunday.Police reports are that she was found afloat in the water tank about 12:52 pm, reportedly only minutes after leaving out of her family members’…

Custos calls on JPs to get

Source: Jamaica Observer CUSTOS for the parish of St Andrew Dr Patricia Dunwell has called on justices of the peace (JPs) to get more involved in safeguarding the lives of the nation’s children and youth.At a swearing-in ceremony for JPs for the parish of St Andrew, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New…

Reject single-use plastics, UN head urges

Source: Jamaica Observer The following is the message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the occasion of World Environment Day, today, June 5, 2018. A healthy planet is essential for a prosperous and peaceful future. We all have a role to play in protecting our only home. But it can be difficult to know…

Doctors to focus on obesity at three-day symposium

Source: Jamaica Observer THE spotlight will be on obesity at this year’s staging of Medical Association of Jamaica’s (MAJ’s) three-day symposium, which starts on Thursday at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.The symposium will be held under the distinguished patronage of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and under the theme ‘Obesity: Do we…

Disturbing

Source: Jamaica Observer A 17-year-old high school student who posted photographs of reportedly self-inflected cuts on social media late last week has elicited urgent calls from mental health professionals for more to be done in schools, and in society in general, to address what they describe as an emerging trend of self-mutilation among…

Jamaica, Thailand make gastronomy linkages

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is reporting that Jamaican cuisine made a huge impact on the global gastronomy industry during the fourth UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in Bangkok, Thailand. Link: Jamaica, Thailand make gastronomy linkages

Chamber of Commerce calls for Data Protection clarification

Source: Jamaica Observer The business community, under the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) umbrella, is urging legislators to clarify the role of the Minister of National Security as set out in the proposed Data Protection Act that is now before Parliament. Link: Chamber of Commerce calls for Data Protection clarification

Manhunt still on for suspect in Manchester murder

Source: Jamaica Observer MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Up to last evening the Manchester police were still searching for a man believed to be of unsound mind who allegedly chopped another man in his community to death in what is reported to be a dispute over land.The deceased is identified as Ainsworth Porter, 30, from…

Montague promises 2,000 land titles to bauxite evacuees

Source: Jamaica Observer Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague has said that the transfer of approximately 2,000 titles owed to families who have been relocated from bauxite mining lands will be priority. Link: Montague promises 2,000 land titles to bauxite evacuees

Sweet tooth?

Source: Jamaica Observer PARIS, France (AFP) — Have you ever been on a diet and wished that spinach excited your tastebuds? Or that chocolate left you cold?Neuroscientists said last Wednesday they have discovered how to manipulate the brain to make sweet things off-putting, and bitter ones nice.But only in mice, for now. Link:

JWN's Beyer for investment forum

Source: Jamaica Observer Managing director of J Wray & Nephew Limited (JWN), Jean-Philippe Beyer, will number among the key speakers at the 2018 staging of the Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF).The forum, which is being held under the patronage of Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, will be held at the Montego Bay Conference Centre…

Charles or Morgan? Clarendon North Central people speak out

Source: Jamaica Observer  THE political battle lines have been drawn in Clarendon North Central as relations between Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Communications Director Robert Nesta Morgan and state minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Pearnel Charles Jr sour over who should replace the latter’s father, Pearnel…

Deported, desperate, but determined

Source: Jamaica Observer HUNDREDS, if not thousands, of deported Caribbean parents are desperately trying to reunite with children left behind in the United States.For Clinton, (not his real name) sheer desperation to see his injured daughter made him swim with sharks one night. Link: Deported, desperate, but determined

Cops kill four in gunfight; three firearms seized

Source: Jamaica Observer FOUR young men were yesterday shot dead during a firefight with police from the St Catherine South Division in Cressa Lane, Old Braeton. The men were not identified up to press time last night.Officers said firearms were seized by the police following the shooting. Link: Cops kill four in gunfight;

Banker on ammo rap now facing fraud charges; bail revoked

Source: Jamaica Observer A National Commercial Bank (NCB) employee, who was arrested last month along with his wife after 50 rounds of ammunition were allegedly found at their house, was remanded in custody after his bail was revoked this week. Link: Banker on ammo rap now facing fraud charges; bail revoked

JPS nabs electricity thieves during meter checks

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Public Service says its drive to reduce the illegal abstraction of electricity, through meter audits, strike force operations, and other strategies has been bearing fruit. According to the JPS, up to May, teams have audited 17,475 metres, resulting in the identification of 2,798 irregularities.The irregularities have been associated…

Caribbean gears for 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season

Source: Jamaica Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season began yesterday with the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) urging regional countries to undertake all necessary measures to ensure safety to their populations and Link: Caribbean gears for 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season

JUTC to introduce tracking system

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is to implement a vehicle tracking and maintenance monitoring system shortly.Minister of Transport Robert Montague made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday. Link: JUTC to introduce tracking system

Study to improve lives of Jamaican children

Source: Jamaica Observer A seven-year birth cohort study conducted by a team of The University of the West Indies (UWI) researchers have been presented at a two-day conference, which began yesterday, at the Sir Kenneth Standard Lecture Theatre.It aims to improve the health and well-being of Jamaica’s children by providing valuable data on…

Barbados calls for more collaboration on regional border security

Source: Jamaica Observer BARBADOS Chief Immigration Officer Wayne Marshall is calling for more collaboration among Caribbean countries to strengthen border security in the region.He was addressing Tuesday’s opening ceremony of the 19th annual staging of the Caricom Chiefs of Immigration and Comptrollers of Customs Conference (CICC19) at Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. Link:

SEHRA escalates probe of improper disposal of babies' bodies

Source: Jamaica Observer The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) says it has escalated its investigation into the improper disposal of the remains of neonates (newborn babies) stored at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH)morgue earlier this month. Link: SEHRA escalates probe of improper disposal of babies’ bodies

KSAMC pledges quick repair to Papine Market after fire

Source: Jamaica Observer The municipal authority yesterday said it would be moving quickly to repair Papine Market in St Andrew, a section of which was damaged by an early morning fire. Link: KSAMC pledges quick repair to Papine Market after fire

This Day in History — May 31

Source: Jamaica Observer Today is the 151st day of 2018. There are 214 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT1859: The Big Ben clock tower in London went into operation, chiming for the first time. OTHER EVENTS1043: Lady Godiva rides naked through the market square in Coventry, England. Link: This Day in History — May

Pastor calls for equity across society in abolishing of corporal punishment

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Arguing that schools are a microcosm of society, a clergyman is charging that corporal punishment for undisciplined students should not be abolished if it is not also outlawed in the wider society. Link: Pastor calls for equity across society in abolishing of corporal punishment

A new market at last

Source: Jamaica Observer AFTER years of promises, residents in St Mary can finally look forward to the construction of a new market in the parish capital of Port Maria.Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie yesterday symbolically broke ground for the construction of the first floor of what is expected to…

Opposition turns up heat on consultants in ministries

Source: Jamaica Observer GOVERNMENT and Opposition Members of Parliament (MP) sparred at yesterday’s meeting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament over a list of 40 consultants employed across the Government service, some of whom did not receive approval from the Ministry of Finance.The list contains names of persons who…

10-digit dialling takes effect today

Source: Jamaica Observer JAMAICANS will, effective today, be required to dial all 10 digits when placing local calls.The introduction of 10-digit dialling forms part of plans to move the country from the current standardised seven-digit dialling as the 876 area code becomes exhausted and a new area code — 658 — added. Link:

Excluded!

Source: Jamaica Observer THE family has been identified as one of the main groups which discriminates against people with disabilities, according to Christine Hendricks, executive director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD).At the same time, Hendricks said the society and systems for citizens are just as cruel to people with…

Study says Hurricane Maria

Source: Jamaica Observer FLORIDA, United States (AFP) — Hurricane Maria, which pummelled Puerto Rico in September 2017, is likely responsible for the deaths of more than 4,600 people, some 70 times higher than official estimates, US researchers said yesterday. Link: Study says Hurricane Maria

Frustrated Antiguan football official cries in court

Source: Jamaica Observer ONE of the two Antigua and Barbuda football team officials who were arrested on drugs smuggling charges wept openly in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday after the trial, which was scheduled to start, suffered yet another delay.The trial was scheduled to begin at 9:00 before Parish Judge…

Judge orders entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta released

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Popular dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta, who was detained by the police last week Sunday in Kingston, has been ordered released by St James Parish Court Judge Sandria Wong Small.The order from the judge follows failed attempts by the police to justify the continued detention…

School gets 'peace garden' in memory of slain student

Source: Jamaica Observer THREE subsidiaries of the GraceKennedy Group recently completed a peace garden at the Holy Family Infant & Primary School, in memory of student Taysha Hughes who was slain in her community by gunmen almost one year ago. Link: School gets ‘peace garden’ in memory of slain student

Montego Bay Convention Centre gets new board

Source: Jamaica Observer TOURISM Minister Edmund Bartlett yesterday announced senior appointment to the board of directors of the Montego Bay Convention Centre (MBCC).The tourism ministry said the appointment of new members to the board followed recent Cabinet approval for the ownership of the MBCC to be transferred from the Urban Development Centre (UDC)…

AGD conducting performance audit of Students' Loan Bureau

Source: Jamaica Observer The Auditor General’s Department (AGD) is now conducting a performance audit of the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) to determine whether the agency has an efficient and effective loan management system that will enable a sustainable supply of loans for tertiary education. Link: AGD conducting performance audit of Students’ Loan Bureau

Mottley to visit Jamaica for Caricom heads meeting

Source: Jamaica Observer JUST six weeks after being sworn in as prime minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley is expected to be in Jamaica for the Caribbean Community (Caricom) 39th Heads of Government Conference scheduled for July 4-6 in Montego Bay, St James.Caricom Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque gave a virtual confirmation of her…

This Day in History — May 28

Source: Jamaica Observer Today is the 148th day of 2018. There are 217 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT1929: The first all-colour talking picture, On with the Show! , produced by Warner Bros, opens in New York. OTHE EVENTS1533: The archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, declares the marriage of England’s King Henry VIII to…

Cops seize guns, masks, ammo in Hanover

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Police High Command has commended officers in the Area One Police Division after four illegal guns were seized in Land Top, Chester Castle, Hanover, yesterday.A release from the police’s Corporate Communications Unit said the firearms were seized along with 34 assorted rounds of ammunition and a number of lead…

Several injured in Portland bus crash

Source: Jamaica Observer AT least nine people were injured when a bus veered off the Spring Gardens main road in Portland yesterday and crashed into a tree.The bus, which was travelling from Port Antonio to Annotto Bay, plies the Hector’s River to Ocho Rios, St Ann, route.Reports are that the incident occurred about…

P-STOC chairman raises issues about contract employment

Source: Jamaica Observer CO-CHAIRMAN of the Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee (P-STOC), Danny Roberts says that the success of public sector transformation will depend on consistency in ensuring that “dignity and respect” are shown to all types of work in the public service. Link: P-STOC chairman raises issues about contract employment

One-stop cardiac care

Source: Jamaica Observer JAMAICA now has its first heart hospital at the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) in St Andrew, which is dedicated to improving the outcome for patients with cardiovascular disease in Jamaica and the Caribbean region. Link: One-stop cardiac care

A month in the life of Edmund Bartlett

Source: Jamaica Observer WE are all familiar with the images of tourism ministers as they stride on stage at global summits, shaking hands and kissing babies for the cameras.But, while this is important, it is the tireless work that they put in, day-in, day-out, that can have the most impact on the tourism…

Saluting the great Maurice Foster at 75

Source: Jamaica Observer HE turned 75 on May 9 of this year, but don’t remind Maurice Linton Churchill Foster of that fact.Foster’s everlasting boyish conduct will make many feel like he has not spent that many years on planet Earth.Fos, as he is known by so many in his native land and globally,…

McBean firm on better salaries, overtime pay for police

Source: Jamaica Observer CORPORAL Arlene McBean, the first woman chairperson of the Jamaica Police Federation (JPF), has outlined her mandate — the first order of business being salary negotiations of rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Link: McBean firm on better salaries, overtime pay for police

Historic! Barbados elects first female PM

Source: Jamaica Observer Mia Amor Mottley yesterday took office as Barbados’s eighth prime minister and the first woman head of Government and immediately received support from the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA), which congratulated her and signalled its intention to partner with the new Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Administration to address the ailing…

JUTC warns against delays as road works continue

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has said that improvement works currently being undertaken by the National Works Agency in the Hagley Park Road/Three Mile area will continue to affect its service through to June 2019.It urged commuters who live, work or traverse these areas and use the affected routes,…

Louise Bennett-Coverley All-Age gets well-needed facelift

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Louise Bennett-Coverley All-Age School in Gordon Town, St Andrew benefited from a well-needed facelift with the repainting of its buildings, de-bushing, landscaping and paving from Labour Day activities organised by the JN Foundation.Onyka Barrett Scott, acting general manager of the JN Foundation, said the school was selected based on…

Subtropical Storm Alberto forms ahead of hurricane season

Source: Jamaica Observer FLORIDA, USA (AFP) — Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in the Caribbean yesterday, giving an early kick-off to the Atlantic hurricane season one week ahead of schedule.Alberto formed about 55 miles (90 kilometres) south of Cozumel, off of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center reported. Link: Subtropical Storm Alberto

Opposition calls for urgent review of Patent Act

Source: Jamaica Observer OPPOSITION spokesman on science and technology Julian Robinson has called on the Government to review and update legislation governing patents in Jamaica, saying innovators are losing out in areas where their counterparts in the region have been able to monetise their ideas. Link: Opposition calls for urgent review of Patent

PHOTO: Caring for the elderly

Source: Jamaica Observer Volunteers from the Association of Businesspersons comb the hair of two elderly women at the Sector E of the Golden Age Home in Vineyard Town in Kingston on Wednesday — Labour Day. The association and its affiliate social partners Unite Jamaica People and Church Women United collaborated to interact with…

Cops say two of five wanted men surrender

Source: Jamaica Observer The Kingston Eastern Police said two of the five men who are wanted in connection with the murder of 31-year-old Patrick Davis on March 12 in Rockfort, St Andrew, have surrendered. Link: Cops say two of five wanted men surrender

Father slaughtered in front of family

Source: Jamaica Observer Hours after Orlando Marshall was brutally shot and his throat slashed by gunmen, his girlfriend was still shaken.Her eyes filled with tears as she recounted how she begged the gunmen to spare her and her three children after they invaded her home at Dover Avenue in Gregory Park, St Catherine.

Some citizens still scared of jury duty

Source: Jamaica Observer SOME Jamaicans are still unwilling to take on jury duty in criminal cases despite the measures implemented by the Government over the last couple of years to widen the jury pool as well as reduce the number of jurors required for a panel. Link: Some citizens still scared of jury

PHOTO: LABOUR OF LOVE

Source: Jamaica Observer Therese Braham participates in yesterday’s national Labour Day project at Cumberland Road Health Centre on Brunswick Avenue, Spanish Town, at which a ramp was built to accommodate members of the disabilities community — the focus of Labour Day 2018. More Labour Day coverage on in today’s edition. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Chuck says over 1,000 criminal records expunged in 2017

Source: Jamaica Observer MORE than 1,000 criminal records were expunged last year by the Ministry of Justice, portfolio minister Delroy Chuck told the House of Representatives on Tuesday.Chuck said that 1,027 criminal records were expunged during the year, and 10,690 marriage licences were issued. Link: Chuck says over 1,000 criminal records expunged in

Corporate Jamaica labours

Source: Jamaica Observer Several members of corporate Jamaica yesterday volunteered their services at Labour Day projects across the island. Here are some photo highlights: Link: Corporate Jamaica labours

Goffe wants NIDS challenge among cases streamed live

Source: Jamaica Observer HUMAN rights advocate Susan Goffe says Government’s move to implement live streaming of select criminal and civil court proceedings is a step in the right direction, especially for cases that are of particular national interest. Link: Goffe wants NIDS challenge among cases streamed live

Full speed ahead

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Government will be going ahead with the official renaming of the north-south highway as the Edward Seaga Highway on June 12.The naming of the highway will take place at the Moneague Toll Booth, Unity Valley in St Ann. Link: Full speed ahead

Bunting urges protection for director of elections

Source: Jamaica Observer FORMER member of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) and Central Manchester Member of Parliament Peter Bunting says the office of Director of Elections needs to be protected from the whims and fancies of other members on the commission. Link: Bunting urges protection for director of elections

Semi-nude photo angers Tommy Lee's lawyer

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — A member of the defence team representing popular dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta says they will be writing to Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson about the circulation on social media of a semi-nude photo believed to be that of his client in custody.The photo…

Deejay's lawyers say Sony wants to talk

Source: Jamaica Observer THE lawyers representing Jamaican dancehall artiste Flourgon in his US$300-million suit against American singer Miley Cyrus alleging copyright infringement say they have been contacted by Sony Corporation for a mediation.Well-known American attorney Willie Gary made the disclosure during a discussion on the implications of the lawsuit at JN Financial Centre…

Barbadians vote for new Gov't amid economic concerns

Source: Jamaica Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Barbadians go to the polls this Thursday to elect a new government amid growing economic concerns and the possibility of choosing a woman for the first time to lead a government in this Caribbean Community (Caricom) country. Link: Barbadians vote for new Gov’t amid economic concerns

ECJ Opposition members want probe of issues raised by Fisher

Source: Jamaica Observer The two Opposition members of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) yesterday withdrew their support for a statement issued by the commission last week countering a claim of “growing political influence” at the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) by former elections boss Orrette Fisher. Link: ECJ Opposition members want probe

JCF vows to punish cops

Source: Jamaica Observer The police high command last night said it has asked the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for information regarding its claim that some cops are planting guns at certain crime scenes as it intends to probe the matter and punish any member of constabulary found guilty. Link: JCF vows to

Remove options to leave CCJ, says Chuck

Source: Jamaica Observer Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck, says that the threat by the Barbados Government to leave the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), is evidence of a flaw in the court’s jurisdiction. Link: Remove options to leave CCJ, says Chuck

Adventists mourn death of former NCU President

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica is mourning the passing of Dr Hermon Douce who died in Florida, USA, on May 10, after a brief period of illness. He was 88.Dr Douce, an ordained pastor who entered denominational work in 1953, served the Adventist Church in various capacities during his…

MoBay gets new academy September

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Come September, the city of Montego Bay will welcome the opening of an eagerly anticipated and highly touted international academy for secondary school students. Link: MoBay gets new academy September

Watermelon: A dieter's best friend

Source: Jamaica Observer  IN our continued pursuit of healthy snack options, we have to talk about fruits and all their nutritional and health benefits. This week we are looking at the refreshing and tasty watermelon. Link: Watermelon: A dieter’s best friend

Heart disease worse than crime — Dr Madu

Source: Jamaica Observer Nuclear cardiologist, founder and CEO of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) Dr Ernest Madu says heart disease has far more crippling social implications than crime. Link: Heart disease worse than crime — Dr Madu

Those 40 amazing years at sea

Source: Jamaica Observer As you could expect, fishermen often have many a tale of near misses and close shaves at sea.However, to a real seafarer, ‘tales’ of close calls may be fantastic, but far from imaginary. Link: Those 40 amazing years at sea

Pastor Curry spices up royal wedding with power of love

Source: Jamaica Observer WINDSOR, United Kingdom (AFP) — US pastor Michael Curry fired up Britain’s royal wedding on Saturday with some dramatic oratory about the power of love that bemused the royal family but made him a social media hit.Curry, the first African American leader of the US Episcopal Church, opened his full-throttle…

Battle for PNP baton in St Elizabeth NE

Source: Jamaica Observer SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth – Hundreds of Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) delegates are expected to turn up at the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) today to choose their standard bearer for St Elizabeth North Eastern in the next parliamentary election.The PNP’s deputy general secretary Basil Waite and councillor…

PHOTO: New Confucius Institute for UWI

Source: Jamaica Observer Professor Archibald McDonald (left), pro-vice chancellor and principal of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, leads (from second left) Senator Ruel Reid, minister of education, youth and information; Fayval Williams, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service; and Tian Qi, ambassador extraordinary and…

Yanny or Laurel?

Source: Jamaica Observer WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — An audio snippet with just two syllables has ignited an Internet meltdown, dividing social media users into staunchly opposed camps: Do you hear “Yanny” or “Laurel”? The collective sensory experiment causing a Twitter tizzy mushroomed from a short audio clip originally published by a high…

Electronic case management system for DCS

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is to implement an electronic case management system to replace the current paper-based one to support effective offender management. Link: Electronic case management system for DCS

Gov't seeking to have non-capital murders tried by judge alone

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of Justice Delroy Chuck has tabled a Bill in Parliament seeking to amend the Gun Court Act to provide for non-capital murder offences involving firearms to be heard by a judge without a jury. Link: Gov’t seeking to have non-capital murders tried by judge alone

Judges forewarned

Source: Jamaica Observer CHIEF Justice Bryan Sykes yesterday challenged judges and other court staff to hold themselves accountable when they have not performed to the highest standard required to fulfil the mandate of the country’s justice system. Link: Judges forewarned

Gov't working on framework for disaster risk financing

Source: Jamaica Observer JAMAICA has been working on establishing a policy framework for disaster risk financing, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Fayval Williams said on Tuesday. Link: Gov’t working on framework for disaster risk financing

INDECOM alleges cops still planting guns at shoot-out scenes

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says that its investigations have identified that a “planted firearm scenario” still persists within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).In its first quarterly report (January-March) for 2018, INDECOM said the issue remains “a troubling feature for which the JCF must take responsibility to eradicate”. Link:

Westmoreland gangsters remanded

Source: Jamaica Observer SIXTEEN reputed members of the Westmoreland-based Dexter Street Gang, which police say was the recipient of the shipment of 19 guns and more than 4,000 rounds of ammunition found at Kingston Container Terminal last November, were yesterday remanded when they appeared in the Home Circuit Court. Link: Westmoreland gangsters remanded

UWI principal heads oversight committee for CRH rehabilitation

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Ministry of Health says it has named a multi-skilled, independent oversight committee for the rehabilitation project at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH).In a release yesterday, the ministry said the move is to ensure accountability and provide transparency to the Jamaican public. Link: UWI principal heads oversight committee for CRH

PSTOC head wants value of public sector taught in schools

Source: Jamaica Observer CO-CHAIRMAN of the Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee Danny Roberts wants the education sector to incorporate, as part of its social studies curriculum at primary and high school levels, the value and importance of the public sector to national development. Link: PSTOC head wants value of public sector taught in

CRH forum at UTech tomorrow

Source: Jamaica Observer A public forum on the problem-plagued Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) is being held tomorrow by the University of Technology, Jamaica’s Faculty of the Built Environment.The forum, scheduled to run from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the faculty’s lecture theatre 4, will feature architect Dr Patricia Green, lecturer at the…

PNP calls for end to violence against Palestinians

Source: Jamaica Observer JAMAICA’S Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) says it views with alarm and sadness the death of 60 Palestinians and wounding of more than 2,700 people in the Gaza Strip during protest against the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. Link: PNP calls for end to violence against Palestinians

200 students, teachers prepare for science and technology fair

Source: Jamaica Observer MORE than 200 students and teachers participated in ideation sessions held recently to prepare them for the Scientific Research Council (SRC) National Science and Technology Fair.The three sessions, which were held in Kingston, Montego Bay and Mandeville, provided a forum for participants to identify key challenges affecting sectors in Jamaica…

CPA secretary general to visit Jamaica this week

Source: Jamaica Observer SECRETARY General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Akbar Khan, will pay a visit to Jamaica from May 16 to May 20, 2018. The secretary general will on Friday, May 18 lead a CPA Roadshow, aimed at sensitising youth about good governance and the importance of parliamentary democracy, as well…

Real estate attorney, broker for court today

Source: Jamaica Observer A real estate broker was yesterday charged in connection with the alleged attempted sale of a property by attorney Jennifer Messado, who has also been charged in the matter.The two are scheduled to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court today. Link: Real estate attorney, broker for court

Fisher hits back at ECJ, calls for full disclosure

Source: Jamaica Observer FORMER Director of Elections Orrette Fisher has shot back at the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) for a statement it published in the press on the weekend insisting that the commission is not aware of any incidents of political interference in the work of the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ).

St Ann health department opens adolescent clinic

Source: Jamaica Observer The St Ann Health Department has started its adolescent clinic at St Ann’s Bay Health Centre in the parish. Several parents and their children attended the first clinic on May 5, where the children accessed dental and medical services. The start of the clinic at the health facility is expected…

Jewel of Bog Walk gets PM's Medal of Appreciation

Source: Jamaica Observer IF anyone deserves the Jamaican Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation it is Claudette Cameron-Stewart, who keeps one foot firmly anchored in her homeland and the other steadfastly planted in her adopted home, Canada.After over 30 years of voluntary work to make life better for Jamaicans and Canadians, especially the young,…

Lisa Hanna's heart bleeds for wounded Venezuela

Source: Jamaica Observer Lisa Hanna, the foreign affairs and foreign trade spokesperson for the Opposition, went to bat, in her first sectoral presentation in the portfolio, for embattled Venezuela, questioning the Government’s support for the wounded Central American nation-friend now under attack. Link: Lisa Hanna’s heart bleeds for wounded Venezuela

Another Jamaican hits Super Lotto jackpot

Source: Jamaica Observer Supreme Ventures (SVL) has announced that a Jamaican has won the Super Lotto Jackpot from draw #893 on Friday, May 11. While the advertised jackpot was $301.5 million on a full- priced $300 ticket, the winner purchased a $200 ticket and won the split price amount of $180.9 million or…

Mothers know best

Source: Jamaica Observer WHEN parents or caregivers mistakenly say, “They are only baby teeth, they are going to fall out anyway”, they have the wrong impression. Link: Mothers know best

Vilma Barrett Gunter: The ultimate mom

Source: Jamaica Observer If ever there was a ‘Mom of the Year’ award, Vilma Barrett Gunter would be among the top contenders, if left up to her three sons — Alex, 20; Andre, 16; and Sean, 15.Her husband of 18 years, Delroy, would also agree, as he refers to her as the “ultimate…

Scores benefit from BeWellers Pharmacy health fair

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Suite at Phoenix Central was a bustling scene of activities last Friday as scores of people aro und the business district turned up to access services and products being offered at a health fair held by BeWellers Pharmacy.The fair was in celebration of the pharmacy’s first anniversary.People from…

NIS bias!

Source: Jamaica Observer MANDEVILLE, Manchester — For many low-income Jamaicans, a pension through the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) may be their only means of sustaining themselves in retirement.To ensure a pension and other benefits, the National Insurance Act, which came about in 1966, states that every individual working in Jamaica between 18- 65…

More changes as Senate passes Road Traffic Act

Source: Jamaica Observer WITH June being National Road Safety Month, Parliament appears to be on a mission to introduce the new Road Safety Act by next month. But that mission now depends on rerouting the Bill through the House of Representatives and, eventually, into the gazette. Link: More changes as Senate passes Road