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Tufton says he's ready to serve

Dr Christopher Tufton (foreground) and Arthur Williams retake their seats in the Senate Friday after two courts ruled that their
dismissal by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness was unconstitutional. (PHOTO: KENYON HEMANS)

OPPOSITION Senator Dr Christopher Tufton on Friday said he was ready to serve in the Upper House once again and expressed regret at the circumstances that forced all involved in the Senate seat debacle to turn to the courts to resolve the issue. "I'm here to serve. That's my only intention. I want ... Read More

Opposition and Jamaica
Labour Party (JLP) leader
Andrew Holness addressing
last week’s Jamaica Observer
Monday Exchange. At left is
Senator Kamina Johnson
Smith (left), the JLP
spokeswoman on education.
(PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Holness outlines the JLP's philosophy
YOU can't help but notice the fluency with which Andrew Holness articulates the philosophy of the Ja ... Read More

OBAMA... will be in
Jamaica on April 9 Obama's 'Yes, We Can' meant to inspire blacks
A former classmate of United States President Barack Obama is insisting that the leader of the world ... Read More

Donald Brown (third left) poses with members of the International University of the Caribbean team after he delivered a
motivational speech to students of the institution in St Andrew last week. From left are Dr Joyce Dodman, IUC consultant;
Rev Dr Maitland Evans, IUC President; Dr Makesha Evans, Vice President, Academic Affairs, IUC; Everoy Chin, Pro
Chancellor, IUC North Middlesex and honorary consul for the Phillipines, and Shirley Hanna, Brown’s Events Manager. How Donald Brown overcame obstacles, and his famous walks across America
Donald Loring Brown's story is one of intrigue, suspense, drama and excitement. A high school dropo ... Read More

Ferguson welcomes increase in health budget

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Dr Fenton Ferguson (right), minister of health, and Senior Medical Officer at
Hargreaves Memorial Hospital in Mandeville, Manchester, Dr Azzard Comrie,
peruse the new-state-of the-art 64-slice Computerised Tomography (CT) machine,
installed at the institution, following its dedication at a ceremony last Thursday.

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson has welcomed the $7 billion increase in the ministry's budget, which was announced by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, during her Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives last week. A total of $49.1 billion has been allocated to the ministry in the 2015/16 budget, which is 17 per cent more than the 2014/15 allocation. Dr Ferguson said that the increased provision will enable the ministry to begin work aimed at further improving healt ... Read More

MP aims for hospital in Santa Cruz

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-large South Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

(L) Health minister Fenton Ferguson says there is a paradigm shift
to primary health care.
&
(R) Raymond Pryce aims for hospital
status in five years

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth -- Raymond Pryce, Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth North Eastearn, isn't shy when it comes to his ambitions for the Santa Cruz Health Centre of Excellence. He insists that, in five years, the health centre, which has been expanded and transformed over the last three years, will be a hospital serving the needs of his constituency and beyond. "I am not one who says things without being able to achieve them," Pryce, who is in his first term as MP, told journalists re ... Read More

Some improvement, but problems still plague Port Antonio

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior Staff Reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

A section of the sidewalk
on West Palm Avenue.

Today we start a new series on Jamaica's parish capitals and major towns, with particular focus on their infrastructure. Beautiful and breathtaking are among the adjectives most Jamaicans use when speaking of the north-eastern parish of Portland, with its startlingly lush plains and picturesque vales. But on entering the capital town of Port Antonio, one may be taken by surprise by its big-city hustle and bustle. It feels like just about most of its population of 30,000 are out and about on th ... Read More

Fish back not new

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive Editor -- Publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

ALTHOUGH out-of-touch Parliamentarians were hearing of fish back for the first time when Opposition Leader Andrew Holness spoke about the product in his budget presentation two weeks ago, the fact is that it has been on the market here for more than 10 years. And even though it is priced at approximately $40 per pound, fish back is mostly purchased by restaurateurs who use it to make soup, Rainforest Seafoods General Manager Ernie Grant told the Jamaica Observer. In fact, fish back is only one ... Read More

JLP council wants former Hanover mayor out

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

HAUGHTON ... JLP wants her out of Hanover Parish Council

THE executive of the Jamaica Labour Party Area Council Four has called on former Mayor of Lucea and Councillor of the Green Island Division, Shernett Haughton, to "do the honourable thing" and resign as councillor in the aftermath of the damning report from the Office of the Contractor General, which found her guilty of nepotism. The report has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for criminal charges to be considered. Speaking on behalf of the Area Council, Chairman Charles Sincla ... Read More

Table Talk Food Awards for Cayman Islands

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Table Talk Food Awards Cayman Islands judges, from left: Sebastien and Catherine Guilbard, Pamela Small, Olivia Scott Ramirez
and Eric Bush. (PHOTOS: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

THE buzz was palpable inside the ballroom of the Grand Marriott Beach Resort, Cayman, on the morning of Thursday, March 26, it was the launch of the much-anticipated Table Talk Food Awards — The Cayman Islands Edition presented by The Best Dressed Chicken. Who were the judges? When would it take place? Why Cayman? were just a few of the many questions posed by the probing press who came out in their numbers to be a part of culinary history. Christopher Levy, president and CEO of Jamaic ... Read More

Samuda heads G2K

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Matthew Samuda

MATTHEW Samuda became the new president for Generation 2000 (G2K), the group of young professionals attached to the Jamaica Labour Party earlier this month. Samuda, the son of local attorney Milton Samuda, entered G2K in 2011, and was previously one of four vicepresidents. He replaces attorney-at-law Floyd Green, who was returned unopposed as president in November 2014, but stepped down three months later to develop his political career. Outside of business, Samuda is also the JLP caretaker ... Read More

Non-fatal shooting, firearm and ammunition seized in St Ann

Sunday, March 29, 2015 6:44 PM    

ST ANN'S BAY, Jamaica- One man was shot and injured and a homemade firearm seized during a confrontation with the Police on the Hadden main road, St. Ann on Saturday, March 28. Along with the homemade firearm, ten 9mm rounds were also seized. The matter has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM). Read More

Impassable Roads due to  rain

Sunday, March 29, 2015 4:26 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica- In a news release a short while ago, the Police has advised members of the public and motorists that sections of Hagley Park Road, Three Miles, Portia Simpson Miller Square and Marcus Garvey Drive in St. Andrew are now impassable due to flooding. Motorists are therefore being advised to use alternative routes.     Read More

Limited choices for dates of international matches says JFF

Sunday, March 29, 2015 3:21 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) in a release issued a short while ago says it choices for its recent international friendly matches were limited. The full text of the JFF's release. The Jamaica Football Federation wishes to remind patrons that dates for international friendly matches are set by the international governing body for football, FIFA and are set years in advance. It is only on these FIFA sanctioned dates that countries can get their international player ... Read More



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