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April 24, 2018

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Murder accused wants $35m

Source: Jamaica Observer ACCUSED murderer Mervin Cameron, the first prisoner to successfully sue the State for keeping him too long in custody without being tried, is asking for $35 million in damages following his landmark victory in the Constitutional Court last month.The court ruled that Cameron’s right to be tried within a reasonable…

Geraldine Foster dies

Source: Jamaica Observer Former executive director of the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) Geraldine Foster died last Thursday in Crawfordville, Georgia, USA. Having practised as an attorney in competition law for a number of years in the United States, she returned to Jamaica and joined the FTC as senior counsel in 1993 and was…

Stand like the brave, SDA head urges police

Source: Jamaica Observer MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The head of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in western Jamaica, Pastor Glen Samuels, has challenged members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), to stand like the brave, build integrity, and treat all people with respect. Link: Stand like the brave, SDA head urges police

IMF unveils new corruption policy for member states

Source: Jamaica Observer WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will systematically address corruption and its impact on economic growth with all its member countries under new guidelines launched yesterday.The stricter new policy also aims to tackle how rich countries contribute to corruption in the developing world by failing…

Shaw: New 'micro market' coming at JSE

Source: Jamaica Observer Senior Government minister Audley Shaw says that the Administration is working on introducing a third tier of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) — the micro level — to accommodate small companies earning up to $50 million. Link: Shaw: New ‘micro market’ coming at JSE

Mangoes are awesome

Source: Jamaica Observer THIS week we will be looking at the benefits of the favourite fruit of many: Mangoes.These sweet, succulent, ancient tropical fruits bear on trees, some of which can grow up to almost 100 feet. They have a history dating back 4,000 years, throughout lands such as India, Southeast Asia, Australia,…

Tommy Cowan and the Claudie Massop link

Source: Jamaica Observer ENTERTAINMENT types have always had ties to the underworld. Pianist Fats Waller played for Al Capone, Frank Sinatra had strong Mafia links, and Bob Marley hung with heavyweights from both sides of Jamaican politics. Link: Tommy Cowan and the Claudie Massop link

Keneetha Ferguson on a mission after winning scholarship

Source: Jamaica Observer KENEETHA Ferguson is the first student to be awarded the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) Coy Family Scholarship.The Coy Family Scholarship is new to AFJ, a non-profit entity which has contributed millions to local organisations for the past 36 years. Ferguson received US$4,650 to finance her tuition for her final…

A Belgian relives Haiti earthquake eight years after

Source: Jamaica Observer PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Journalist Maude Malengrez left Belgium for Haiti in 2003 with a blank page and pen ready to take notes of what the north Caribbean island was like. Link: A Belgian relives Haiti earthquake eight years after

FFP — Jamaicans are living in horrible conditions

Source: Jamaica Observer WITH the annual Food For The Poor (FFP) 5k run almost here, the non-profit organisation is seeking to remind Jamaicans that their contributions can improve the impoverished living of thousands of Jamaicans.When FFP employees sieve through the 5,000 applicantions on their waiting list, the conditions they come across are tear-jerking,…

Sealy Monteith accredited as EU, Belgium ambassador

Source: Jamaica Observer Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith’s accreditation as Jamaica’s head of mission to the European Union was formalised on April 11 when she was received by the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk.This follows her presentation, on January 31, 2018, of letters of credence to the King of the Belgians at…

Fourth man charged in Collymore murder case

Source: Jamaica Observer A fourth man has been charged in connection with the alleged contract killing of St Andrew businesswoman, Simone Campbell-Collymore, which the police accuse her husband Omar “Best” Collymore of orchestrating.The 32-year-old woman and 36-year-old taxi operator Winston Watson were gunned down on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, on…

May's immigration policy was seen as Nazi-like — ex-official

Source: Jamaica Observer LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — A former top official has severely criticised British Prime Minister Theresa May’s immigration policies when she was interior minister after the threatened deportations of Caribbean immigrants caused a political furore this week. Link: May’s immigration policy was seen as Nazi-like — ex-official

Police post, CCTV cameras for Spanish Town Bus Park

Source: Jamaica Observer NEW security measures, including the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, are being implemented at the Spanish Town Municipal Bus Park in St Catherine.“We’ve installed 11 Hikvision CCTV cameras in and around the park so far,” Head of security for the park, Onesho Goode told the Jamaica Observer Tuesday. Link:

Trinidadian woman sentenced to death by Iraqi court

Source: Jamaica Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Security officials are in the process of investigating reports that a Trinidadian woman has been sentenced to death by an Iraqi court.The report first surfaced on the news agency Arab News under the headline “Foreign women sentenced to life in prison for joining IS…

JTA expresses concern about decision to extend school year

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) has noted with concern, the Ministry of Education’s decision to extend the school year by three days.Yesterday’s Jamaica Observer front page story said that some teachers have suggested that this action is a direct response to the teachers’ sick-out on March 12-14 as wage negotiations…

'I wasn't there'

Source: Jamaica Observer DR Jephthah Ford is denying reports elsewhere in the media that he was present at Patrick Bailey’s house when the police arrived after a man was murdered there in September 2016.Ford, who placed Bailey on bed rest after Germaine Junior’s body was found with more than a dozen stab wounds…

Reinstated!

Source: Jamaica Observer FORMER head of the now Court Management Services (CMS) Deborah Patrick-Gardner is to remain in the public service after the Full Court yesterday quashed a decision of the Public Service Commission (PSC) to send her on early retirement.Justices Bertram Morrison, Sarah Thompson-James and Audre’ Lindo all ruled that the manner…

Anger brewing

Source: Jamaica Observer TEMPERS in the education system are just below boiling point in response to a Ministry of Education circular effectively extending the academic year by three days. In bulletin 65/201, dated April 13, 2018, the ministry said that in order to make up for the lost contact time during the period…

Expo Jamaica to highlight new and emerging industries

Source: Jamaica Observer Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) President Metry Seaga has said that “new and emerging” local industries and innovative products will highlight Expo Jamaica, which opens this evening at the National Arena in Kingston.The annual event, which showcases the best of Jamaica’s manufacturing sector, will run until Sunday, April 22 with the…

Phillips wants PM to address CRH issue

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips on Tuesday demanded that Prime Minister Andrew Holness address the issue of the problem-plagued Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), saying that the head of Government needs to speak to the one-year delay in implementing a Ministry of Health recommendation to evacuate…

Reconstruction project on in earnest

Source: Jamaica Observer WORK is on in earnest as construction on the four kilometres of road, between the Red Hills Road intersection with Eastwood Park Road to Manor Park in St Andrew advances. The roadwork will see the widening of the road from two to four lanes, with sidewalks and concrete median, among…

Displaced vendors contemplating next move

Source: Jamaica Observer VENDORS who, up to Tuesday, sold items in the vicinity of the newly installed bridge in Manor Park, St Andrew, have been sent packing and are now wondering where to go next.The vendors told the Jamaica Observer Tuesday that they were told by a man on Monday that they should…

Deviant behaviour checklist for schools

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be developing a checklist that will help school officials identify students with deviant behaviour traits. Link: Deviant behaviour checklist for schools

At least 54 lives saved so far in St James SOE, say police

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Police High Command is insisting that the state of public emergency in St James has been “very effective”.In fact, the high command said the state of emergency (SOE) has saved at least 54 lives since its implementation on January 18.In a statement issued by the constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit…

Anti-gay laws are wrong, British PM tells ex-colonies

Source: Jamaica Observer LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday told former colonies that anti-gay laws once imposed by her country “were wrong then, and they are wrong now”.The premier raised discriminatory legislation affecting same-sex couples, women and girls, in an address to Commonwealth leaders in London. Link: Anti-gay

May apologises to Caribbean leaders over deportation row

Source: Jamaica Observer LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday personally apologised to Caribbean leaders after her Government threatened to deport some of the hundreds of thousands of people who emigrated to Britain from the region in the 1950s and 1960s. Link: May apologises to Caribbean leaders over deportation row

JamaicaEye gets strong support from private sector

Source: Jamaica Observer THE national closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance programme, geared at improving public safety and security, is receiving strong support from members of the private sector, who believe that the initiative will make an impact on crime in the country.Dubbed ‘JamaicaEye,’ the public-private partnership, launched in March, is designed to network CCTV…

Jamaica to lead development of Caribbean Tourism Innovation Centre

Source: Jamaica Observer FOLLOWING presentation of a plan to establish a Centre of Tourism Innovation through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Jamaica was asked to lead the development of a similar centre for the region, the Ministry of Tourism has said. Link: Jamaica to lead development of Caribbean Tourism Innovation Centre

Britain eyes Brexit boost from Commonwealth summit

Source: Jamaica Observer LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain’s hosting of this week’s Commonwealth summit was overshadowed yesterday by a scandal involving long-time Caribbean immigrants threatened with deportation, distracting from an agenda of increased trade London hoped to promote ahead of Brexit. Link: Britain eyes Brexit boost from Commonwealth summit

Profile of a killer — Part 2

Source: Jamaica Observer The following is the social enquiry report filed by the Department of Correctional Services in the Home Circuit Court before Justice B Morrison on Thursday April 12, 2018. It provides details of the social enquiry carried out by officers of the court to inform the case against 50-year-old Michael “Mikey”…

Stand up for another Bogle — Jackson

Source: Jamaica Observer People’s National Party (PNP) candidate for the April 27 by-election in the Yallahs Division in St Thomas Western, Constantine Bogle is urging residents to vote for him.“You can’t go wrong when you vote for Bogle,” he said while speaking to journalists after he was nominated at the Yallahs Baptist Church…

Holness condemns killing of Ecuadorian journalists

Source: Jamaica Observer Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed outrage at the killing of three journalists in Ecuador who were kidnapped along the Colombia/Ecuador border. Speaking at the Summit of the Americas on Saturday, Holness joined leaders in the hemisphere in condemning the killing, which was confirmed Friday.He said the targeted killing of…

Expect a JLP victory on April 27 — Robertson

Source: Jamaica Observer Member of Parliament for St Thomas Western James Robertson has expressed confidence that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be victorious in the April 27 by-election called for the Yallahs Division in the constituency.Robertson was speaking to members of the media at the Yallahs Baptist Church Hall in St Thomas,…

Check for IDs, NWC warns

Source: Jamaica Observer The National Water Commission (NWC) on Friday reissued an advisory to members of the public that all its employees and contractors working on its behalf are issued with valid photographic identification cards, which are to be shown upon request. Link: Check for IDs, NWC warns

Exercising for overall wellness

Source: Jamaica Observer  IN my last article we looked at the fact th at the most effective way to lose weight is through nutritional changes, and that the results are faster, easier and more sustainable than through any reasonable form of exercise. Link: Exercising for overall wellness

Ahesha Myers — an inspiration to teen moms

Source: Jamaica Observer AHESHA Myers’ childhood was marred by abuse, disappointment, financial difficulties and fear.At age 25 now, she has been through hell and back, but her faith in God has kept her strong throughout everything. Link: Ahesha Myers — an inspiration to teen moms

Security forces kill Most Wanted 'Ratty' Peterkin

Source: Jamaica Observer ONE of St James’ Most Wanted criminals, according to the police, was shot dead yesterday during a confrontation with the security forces in Berkshire, St Elizabeth. Link: Security forces kill Most Wanted ‘Ratty’ Peterkin

Dr Mavis Gilmour makes it 92 not out

Source: Jamaica Observer Former Member of Parliament for St Andrew West Rural and retired Cabinet minister Dr Mavis Gilmour continues to put West Indies batsmen to shame by inching close to her century when she marked the 92nd anniversary of her birth on Friday at her home in St Andrew. The veteran Jamaica…

Pregnant woman one of 14 left homeless after blaze

Source: Jamaica Observer A pregnant woman is among 14 people who were left homeless after fire destroyed seven homes at lower First Street in Trench Town, Kingston, late Thursday.Kemeisha Dunn, who is four months away from bringing her child into the world, told the Jamaica Observer that she was at her mother’s home…

Mayor says inaugural conference was opportunity to share ideas

Source: Jamaica Observer MAYOR of Kingston Senator Delroy Williams says the three-day inaugural Caribbean Conference of Mayors provided an opportunity for them to share developmental approaches in their respective countries. Link: Mayor says inaugural conference was opportunity to share ideas

Motorists in Barbican to experience new traffic flow today

Source: Jamaica Observer MOTORISTS travelling in the Barbican area of St Andrew are today expected to experience, for the first time, the new traffic flow that the National Works Agency (NWA) will be implementing in the area following the completion of roadworks. Link: Motorists in Barbican to experience new traffic flow today

Two women killed in Hanover in separate incidents

Source: Jamaica Observer TWO women were killed mere hours apart in separate incidents in Hanover, between Thursday night and early yesterday morning.The women, Ronda Smith, 38, and 58-year-old Barbara Gilpin, were both gunned down in their respective communities.Smith, a businesswoman of Haughton district, Salt Spring, was shot dead in an incident which left…

Group formed to sustain peace in St Catherine North

Source: Jamaica Observer A stakeholder working group has been formed in the St Catherine North police division in an effort to sustain the positive results of the state of public emergency in the area.The group, comprising members of the security forces, political representatives, business leaders, community leaders and the church, was formed at…

Trump ran White House like a 'mob boss', says Comey

Source: Jamaica Observer WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — Former FBI director James Comey says in a new book that President Donald Trump reminded him of a mafia boss who demanded absolute loyalty, saw the entire world against him, and lied about everything. Link: Trump ran White House like a ‘mob boss’, says

Cops probing reports that prisoner went on sexual escapades

Source: Jamaica Observer DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn yesterday disclosed that the police are conducting a high-level probe into reports that convicted killer Michael McLean left prison on false writs at least 19 times to engage in sexual activity while he was awaiting trial. Link: Cops probing reports that prisoner went

13 children murdered since the start of 2018

Source: Jamaica Observer THE police yesterday reported that 13 children have been murdered between January and April 7; six more than the same period last year. Link: 13 children murdered since the start of 2018

Judge wished he could have sentenced McLean to death

Source: Jamaica Observer BEFORE sentencing St Thomas businessman Michael McLean to 48 years in prison for slaughtering six members of a family, Justice Bertram Morrison yesterday expressed regret that he could not sentence the unrepentant killer to death.McLean, 51, was given six life terms and sentenced to 60 years in prison before parole.…

Medical cannabis conference at UWI this Sunday

Source: Jamaica Observer A conference that the organisers say is aimed at providing local health practitioners with an informative and comprehensive view on medical cannabis is scheduled for Sunday, April 15 at The University of the West Indies (UWI).Titled ‘Medical Cannabis: The Way Forward’, the conference will be held at the Faculty of…

Parents, guardians urged to AFFIRM children

Source: Jamaica Observer THE National Child Month Committee is encouraging parents and guardians to practise positive reinforcement to get the best out of their children.The committee’s chairman, Dr Pauline Mullings, made the appeal at an event to launch Child Month at GraceKennedy Limited on Harbour Street in Kingston yesterday. Link: Parents, guardians urged

Clarke responds to newspaper article on cost of Government cars

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke yesterday described figures used in an article carried in the Sunday Gleaner of March 25, about the cost of new motor vehicles for Government ministers, as “false”. Link: Clarke responds to newspaper article on cost of Government cars

Planning to have a baby?

Source: Jamaica Observer WOMEN are being encouraged to practise proper pre-conception care in an effort to reduce the country’s maternal mortality rate, especially deaths caused by factors that are largely preventable. Link: Planning to have a baby?

Priest urges Observer to keep readers thinking about national issues

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Jamaica Observer continued its 25th anniversary celebrations yesterday with a morning mass during which resident priest at Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Father Howard Thompson, encouraged the newspaper to keep readers thinking critically about national issues.At the same time, the daily’s publisher and chairman, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, reiterated his…

Mayors' conference to bolster relations among Caribbean cities

Source: Jamaica Observer MAYORS attending the inaugural Caribbean Conference of Mayors at The University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters at the Mona campus yesterday attended the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) council meeting.The mayors were allowed to briefly address the councillors and bring greetings.The three-day conference, which started on Monday,…

Bold moves

Source: Jamaica Observer INDUSTRY giant National Baking Company is reaching down to help small manufacturers expand their businesses.With Expo Jamaica just days away, the baking company’s Chairman Gary “Butch” Hendrickson announced yesterday that manufacturers who have already established themselves will be on hand to offer advice to smaller entities during the event.The expo…

Anti-visitor harassment measures bearing fruit, says Bartlett

Source: Jamaica Observer TOURISM Minister Edmund Bartlett says anti-visitor harassment measures being implemented in resort areas are bearing fruit.These include training programmes and sensitisation workshops for front-line industry representatives interacting directly with visitors; and heightened vigilance and patrols by resort security officers. Link: Anti-visitor harassment measures bearing fruit, says Bartlett

Gov't, lawyers for 'police death squad' resolve payment issue

Source: Jamaica Observer ATTORNEY General Marlene Malahoo Forte yesterday reported that the impasse between the Government and lawyers representing members of the so-called police death squad has been settled.The issue had resulted in the murder cases being stalled in the Home Circuit Court after the Government had refused to pay the policemen’s attorneys,…

CRH should be back to normal by year end — Tufton

Source: Jamaica Observer Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday said that improvements to the problem-plagued Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay should be completed by year-end. Link: CRH should be back to normal by year end — Tufton

PHOTO: Road march

Source: Jamaica Observer Revellers in the Bacchanal Jamaica band make their way along Waterloo Road in St Andrew yesterday as Carnival Sunday activities kicked into high gear. (Photo: Karl McLarty) Link: PHOTO: Road march

Young woman chooses farming as ideal career

Source: Jamaica Observer TANASHA Tamasa, 25, is not your typical young Jamaican who is swooned by the perceived glamour and prestige associated with careers in academia, law or medicine.Unlike many of her contemporaries, Tamasa’s choice as the ideal career is farming, and she is resolute in her belief that her decision to pursue…

New custos calls for ethical campaign for St James

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTEGO BAY, St James — Newly installed Custos Rotulorum of St James Bishop Conrad Pitkin has charged stakeholders in the parish to mount an ethical campaign. Link: New custos calls for ethical campaign for St James

Renovated Family Court opens in Clarendon

Source: Jamaica Observer RESIDENTS of Chapelton and neighbouring communities in Clarendon now have a newly renovated Family Court, which was refurbished with funds provided by the European Union (EU) and Government of Canada. The facility, which is located at the Chapelton courthouse, was officially opened by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck and Chief Justice…

Scholarship to be named in honour of late JLP mayor

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says that a scholarship is to be instituted in honour of the late Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) mayor of Spanish Town and councillor for the Homestead Division of St Catherine South Central, Owen Palmer. Link: Scholarship to be named in honour

Meditation — An affordable way to manage stress

Source: Jamaica Observer  WE live in a fast-paced society that has us filling many roles and meeting many unrealistic deadlines, causing unwanted stress.Stress can be very debilitating as it affects our body, thoughts and behaviour. Numerous studies highlight stress as a high contributor to health problems such as high blood pressure, obesity and…

Local Freemasons help to keep Boys' Town afloat

Source: Jamaica Observer THINGS have not been as great lately for Boys’ Town, situated in the inner-city Trench Town community of south St Andrew.A bronze statue of well-known cricketer O’Neil Gordon “Collie” Smith, which was unveiled during an official ceremony at on Wednesday, March 21, stands out like a jewel against a backdrop…

A guide to avoiding dysfunction

Source: Jamaica Observer MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Thirty years as Baptist preacher taught Michael Friday the hard lesson that the Christian Church”, “the life and body of Christ’, is being undermined by serious dysfunctions. Link: A guide to avoiding dysfunction

An extremely sick building

Source: Jamaica Observer The indoor air quality issues plaguing Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St Jams reportedly emerged about a decade ago. Since the problem resurfaced in recent months, the Ministry of Health put together a chronology of the issues. The report, which basically tells the story of an extremel sick building, was…

All for the boys!

Source: Jamaica Observer CONTINUING its trend of engaging and inspiring Jamaicans through interactions with persons who are themselves accomplished, the J Wray and Nephew Foundation (JWNF) will have as presenters Americans Troy Kemp and Calvin Hadley for its ‘Spotlight Sessions’ — Focus on Boys. Link: All for the boys!

China sperm bank demands loyalty to Communist Party

Source: Jamaica Observer BEIJING, China (AFP) — One of the largest sperm banks in Beijing has set loyalty to the Communist Party as a prerequisite for donors, in a sign that China’s increasing emphasis on ideological training is being extended to the womb.The bizarre requirement was part of a sperm donation drive launched…

63% of licensees meet road licence renewal deadline

Source: Jamaica Observer The Transport Authority says it has received 38,859 applications for the various categories of road licences and commercial carriers since the February 12, 2018 commencement of the 2018/19 road licensing period. Link: 63% of licensees meet road licence renewal deadline

Ruddy Spencer to apologise, says political ombudsman

Source: Jamaica Observer Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament for Clarendon South Eastern Rudyard Spencer is to apologise to the country for offensive comments he made on a political platform in Bellefield, Manchester, last month. Link: Ruddy Spencer to apologise, says political ombudsman

Bartlett says tourism growth figures on track

Source: Jamaica Observer Edmund Bartlett yesterday said that Jamaica’s tourism numbers for the first quarter of 2018 have hit new records.Bartlett, the tourism minister, was responding to concerns raised by the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) spokesman on tourism Dr Wykeham McNeill about “a declining rate of growth in stopover arrivals”. Link: Bartlett

Permanent secretary bats for mineral sector

Source: Jamaica Observer PERMANENT Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Mining Dr Alwin Hayles says the development minerals sector has the potential to deliver significant economic benefits for Jamaica. Link: Permanent secretary bats for mineral sector

Costa Rica's new vice-president has Jamaican roots

Source: Jamaica Observer The woman who will become the new vice-president of Costa Rica on May 8 has Jamaican heritage.Epsy Alejandra Campbell-Barr was elected to the post after Carlos Alvarado won Sunday’s run-off election to beat right-wing evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado (no relation), for the job as head of state. Link: Costa Rica’s

$300-m 'fake' goods bust

Source: Jamaica Observer The police raided two stores operated by Chinese in downtown Kingston yesterday and seized what they described as fake brands valued at more than $300 million.But the operation, carried out by the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (CTOC) Investigation Branch, angered some people who said they had no problems with…

Slow sign on for Jamaica Eye

Source: Jamaica Observer REGISTRATION for the Jamaica Eye project is going slowly, according to project manager Major Sheldon Bryan. Link: Slow sign on for Jamaica Eye

Reggae, resort team for Penn Relays

Source: Jamaica Observer TEAM Jamaica Bickle (TJB) is banking on a collaboration with reggae artiste Romain Virgo and VP Records, as well as Sandals Resorts International to help provide greater support to Jamaican and other Caribbean athletes at the annual Penn Relays later this month. Link: Reggae, resort team for Penn Relays

Government, Opposition want sector leaders in Vale Royal talks

Source: Jamaica Observer GOVERNMENT and Opposition leaders, who met at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Office, Mona, yesterday for the resumption of the so-called Vale Royal talks, are to consider expanding the forum to include leaders of other sectors. Link: Government, Opposition want sector leaders in Vale Royal talks

Shaw wants agri sector to push economic growth

Source: Jamaica Observer MONTPELIER, St James — Audley Shaw, who argued Monday that agriculture has to be the main focus to replicate the growth that characterised the 1960s and late 1980s, has cited the need for Government lands, especially parcels with irrigation, to be made available to private investors. Link: Shaw wants agri

Horticulture could save US$3 million through Tourism Linkages Network

Source: Jamaica Observer BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — Horticulture is to have a place in the Tourism Linkages Network with a view to having Jamaicans benefit from the nearly US$3 million currently being spent to import flowers, the tourism ministry has said. Link: Horticulture could save US million through Tourism Linkages Network

Gov't to clinically examine court issues, says Chuck

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of Justice Delroy Chuck says that the Government is now in a position to undertake a clinical examination of the issues plaguing local courts.Chuck told the House of Representatives in a statement yesterday, after tabling the annual Statistical Reports for Supreme and Parish Court, that there would be a…

CRH fast-tracks plan to relocate patients

Source: Jamaica Observer MOUNT SALEM, St James — The management team at Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St James has fast-tracked a plan to relocate patients and staff from the ailing building after yesterday’s sick-out by doctors and interns. Link: CRH fast-tracks plan to relocate patients

New Fortress happy with entrepreneurship workshops

Source: Jamaica Observer Organisers of New Fortress Energy’s entrepreneurship workshops, held March 26, are happy that the events attracted more than 250 participants who received sound investment advice from experts — among them Danny Warshay, executive director of the Jonathan M Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University. Link: New Fortress happy with

Check your connections, NWC urges customers

Source: Jamaica Observer THE National Water Commission, Jamaica’s provider of more than 90 per cent of the potable water delivered across the island, is advising customers to check their water supply connections “regularly”.The advice comes as part of the commission’s ongoing public education where it seeks to educate and advise customers on common…

Apple targets schools with new iPad, apps

Source: Jamaica Observer Apple has unveiled a new and improved iPad, with a suite of apps designed specifically for teachers and students as it seeks to regain momentum lost to Google in classroom technology.Over the years Apple has been unable to snatch Google’s hold on a large section of the education market —…

Leaders react to death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Source: Jamaica Observer PM: Winnie a champion of freedomPRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday hailed the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as a champion of freedom.Prime Minister Holness said Winnie Mandela’s death brings into focus the significant struggle of black people throughout the world against racism and in particular apartheid in South Africa. Link: Leaders react

$50 million for Buff Bay Police Station

Source: Jamaica Observer Former Minister of National Security Robert Montague last month announced plans for the construction of a $50-million police station to replace the current one in Buff Bay, Portland.Montague, who was last week reassigned to the Ministry of Transport and Mining, said that funds would come from the National Housing Trust…

The 1958 federal election

Source: Jamaica Observer SUNDAY, March 25, 2018 marked the 60th anniversary of the 1958 Federal Election, which not only played its part in shaping Jamaica’s hectic political history but also revealed some rather interesting facts, trends, strengths and weaknesses of our two major parties at a time when we were still within the…

Tourism minister targets wellness tourism market

Source: Jamaica Observer TOURISM Minister Edmund Bartlett says that Jamaica is well positioned to partake in the booming health and wellness tourism market which represents 1.8 per cent of global gross domestic product. Link: Tourism minister targets wellness tourism market

No competition for the church during Easter

Source: Jamaica Observer OCHO RIOS, St Ann — Despite the slew of parties, bun eating and kite flying that occur during the Easter holidays, church leaders are adamant that the festivities do not take away from the true meaning of the season.Traditionally, the Christian holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death…

Photo: LEARNING MORE ABOUT MARITIME INDUSTRY

Source: Jamaica Observer Management and staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade increased their knowledge of the maritime and related industries during their visit to Caribbean Maritime University Main Campus last Thursday, March 29. They were treated to a tour of the facilities, including the state-of-the-art FESTO Authorised and Certified…

Skincare practices from the Bible

Source: Jamaica Observer WOMEN the Bible identified as having been phenomenally beautiful, such as Queen Esther, Deborah, Bathsheba, Rebekah, and Sarah (who reportedly turned heads at the age of 100), shared five common skincare practices that I highly recommend today.Incorporate these five beauty basics into your daily skincare routine to reap the same…

North-South Highway paternity

Source: Jamaica Observer The brouhaha over the paternity of the north-south leg of Highway 2000 and the Government’s decision to name it in honour of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga is unnecessary and unfortunate. Link: North-South Highway paternity

US Embassy rewards community groups

Source: Jamaica Observer THREE community-based organistations have been awarded grants by the US Embassy Kingston to aid their projects centered on the education, mentorship, economic sustainability and social responsibility of women. Link: US Embassy rewards community groups

Manage self-doubt, self-criticism, business exec urges

Source: Jamaica Observer MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Fresh from a five-week holistic programme including education and empowerment activities, 42 young women were high on optimism at their graduation ceremony here recently. Link: Manage self-doubt, self-criticism, business exec urges

Faked death goes viral after failed bet

Source: Jamaica Observer DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) — Bangladesh police have detained a man who faked his murder on social media — using red fruit juice as imitation blood — to avoid paying out US$1,800 on a cricket bet, a senior officer said Tuesday.A video of Adel Shikder’s purported murder was shared some 10,000…

Chang calls on Jamaicans to reject all forms of human trafficking

Source: Jamaica Observer MINISTER of National Security Dr Horace Chang is calling on Jamaicans to reject all forms of human trafficking, while reiterating the Government’s commitment to stamping out this heinous activity. Link: Chang calls on Jamaicans to reject all forms of human trafficking

Mixed reactions to re-enactment of Jesus' crucifixion

Source: Jamaica Observer THERE was not much enthusiasm among pedestrians and motorists in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, yesterday as the Holy Cross Catholic Church put on its annual re-enactment of the path travelled by Jesus Christ before his crucifixion, but one could not miss the excitement of two women who left their Good Friday…

Trump declares April 'Sexual Assault Awareness' month

Source: Jamaica Observer WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump — who has himself been repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct — on Friday designated April 2018 “National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month” amid a national debate over the issue. Link: Trump declares April ‘Sexual Assault Awareness’ month

No more room

Source: Jamaica Observer CHAIRMAN of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) James Moss-Solomon is assuring medical professionals that all is in place at St Joseph’s Hospital to facilitate the temporary relocation of patients and staff. Link: No more room

16 dead as thousands of Gazans march near Israel border

Source: Jamaica Observer GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP)— Clashes erupted as tens of thousands of Gazans marched near the Israeli border in a major protest on Friday, leaving 16 Palestinians dead and hundreds more wounded in the conflict’s worst single day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war. Link: 16 dead as thousands

Schwarzenegger awakes from heart surgery declaring: 'I'm back!'

Source: Jamaica Observer LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger is in a stable condition after undergoing emergency open-heart surgery, his representatives said Friday, adding that his first words on waking were “I’m back.” Link: Schwarzenegger awakes from heart surgery declaring: ‘I’m back!’

Man drowns at Boardwalk Beach

Source: Jamaica Observer ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — The body of 58-year-old Courtney Taylor of Anthony Road, Kingston 5 was fished from the Boardwalk Beach in Hellshire, St Catherine this morning.Reports from the Hellshire police are that about 8:15 am, Taylor allegedly went swimming when he got into difficulties and drowned.The police were summoned,…

St Elizabeth man found hanging from mango tree

Source: Jamaica Observer ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — Forty-one-year-old Marlon McFarlane of Spring Park district, St Elizabeth is suspected to have committed suicide at his home this morning, the police reported.Reports from the Black River police are that about 9:00 am residents found McFarlane hanging from a mango tree at his home by a…

Ground broken for expansion of Ian Fleming Airport

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — New Transport and Mining Minister, Robert Montague yesterday broke ground for the expansion of the Ian Fleming International Airport (IFIA) in Boscobel St Mary.The minister informed that the expansion will be done in phases and that the first is slated to cost $65 million. Link: Ground

Weather Update: Partly cloudy in northern parishes today

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — In the local forecast today partly cloudy conditions are expected across northern parishes this morning, while elsewhere should be mainly sunny, the Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica has reported.This afternoon isolated showers are expected across sections of north-eastern and southern parishes, while tonight should be partly cloudy.

Senate approves motions to extend SOE in St Catherine

Source: Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Senate, today,  unanimously approved two motions to extend the state of public emergency in the St Catherine North Police Division until July 3,  during its sitting at Gordon House.They are the Emergency Powers (No 2) (Continuance) Resolution, 2018, and the Emergency Powers (No 2) Regulations…

Assault on extortion

Source: Jamaica Observer The police yesterday vowed to step up pressure on extortionists in the St Catherine North police division by increasing their presence at bus parks where the cops believe the bulk of extortion money is being made by Klansman gangsters. Link: Assault on extortion

US$4.8-m grant to help vulnerable fishing communities

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and the World Bank have signed a US$4.875-million grant agreement to help vulnerable fishing and fish farming communities in Jamaica to adapt to climate change-resilient practices.The agreement was signed at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service yesterday between the newly…

Be careful, Toll Authority tells motorists

Source: Jamaica Observer THE Toll Authority of Jamaica has appealed to motorists to observe the safety requirements and take all necessary precautions when using the country’s toll roads. In an interview with JIS News, CEO of the Toll Authority, Joan Fletcher, implored users of the high-speed roadways to ensure that their vehicles are…

Omission

Source: Jamaica Observer Everald Warmington, state minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for works, was omitted from the list of junior ministers carried on Page 4 yesterday. Link: Omission

Manchester police chief points to emerging crime trends worry

Source: Jamaica Observer MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Head of the Manchester Police Division Superintendent Wayne Cameron has identified lottery scamming, kidnapping, child pornography, and breaches of the Cybercrimes Act among what he describes as “emerging trends” in criminal activities in the parish. Link: Manchester police chief points to emerging crime trends worry

Shoot-out disrupts evening traffic

Source: Jamaica Observer Evening peak hour traffic was yesterday disrupted at the intersection of Lyndhurst Road and Maxfield Avenue, in the vicinity of the Transport Authority in St Andrew, after what some people said was a shoot-out between police and gunmen. Link: Shoot-out disrupts evening traffic

Antiguans arrested after ganja seized at NMIA

Source: Jamaica Observer TWO members of the management staff of the Antiguan national football team were arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston after 3.6 pounds of ganja was found in a checked luggage on Monday. Link: Antiguans arrested after ganja seized at NMIA

Attorney Don Foote freed of fraud charges

Source: Jamaica Observer VETERAN attorney Don Foote, who was accused of defrauding a client of $12 million, was yesterday freed of fraud charges in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. Link: Attorney Don Foote freed of fraud charges

Land decay to displace tens of millions, global survey warns

Source: Jamaica Observer MEDELLÍN, Colombia (AFP) — Land degradation will unleash a mass migration of at least 50 million people by 2050 — as many as 700 million unless humans stop depleting the life-giving resource, dozens of scientists warned yesterday. Link: Land decay to displace tens of millions, global survey warns

20 per cent energy reduction makes NWA winner of PCJ energy champion competition

Source: Jamaica Observer THE National Works Agency (NWA), which implemented several energy-saving measures, was recently adjudged winner of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) Energy Champion Competition.During the event, competing entities had to show a reduction in their energy consumption between September and December 2017 compared to the corresponding period in 2016. Link: