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Ombudsman ready to mediate between Portia, Andrew

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown (left) hands over a copy of Jamaica’s political code of conduct to head of the Accompong Maroons, Colonel Ferron Williams. (File Photo)

POLITICAL Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown says she stands ready to be a mediator to resolve the tension between Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness who have threatened each other with lawsuits in recent days. Parchment Brown made the declaration at Emancipation ... Read More

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is greeted by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness at yesterday’s signing of the political code of conduct at Emancipation Park in Kingston. Also pictured is Acting Custos Rotulorum for the Parish of St Andrew, Lt Cdr John McFarlane. PNP ducks debate
THERE is now great uncertainty over the much-anticpated political debates after the ruling People&rs ... Read More

The PNP’s St Catherine Eastern candidate Denise Daley displays her copy of the political code of conduct while Custos of St Catherine Jeffrey McKenzie (centre) hands a copy to Daley’s JLP challenger Dwight Peccoo. Some St Catherine candidates shun political code signing
Only 12 of the 22 candidates from both the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) and Opposition ... Read More

Holness defends JLP tax plan
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says that its proposal to move the income tax threshold up to $1.5 mi ... Read More

‘It’s a blessing when you can die peacefully in Jamaica these days’

Friday, February 12, 2016    

The bodies of Lansil Gregory and his wife Corita were found at their home on Monday.

JAMAICANS have reacted angrily to the murder of Manchester couple – Lansil Gregory, 71, and his 74-year-old wife, Corita. The bodies of the Gregorys, who returned from the United States, were found at their home in Edinburgh on Monday. Here are some edited comments. citizen_for_justice Imagine people in their golden years return to their homeland and provide for others only to be brutally killed. SHAME! fatherforesight @citizen_for_justice: And we have BOTH [political parties] dragging their feet on ... Read More

Sagicor pumps balloon feature into Sigma Run

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Jamaican-born Hollywood actress Sheryle Lee Ralph enjoying the launch of this year’s Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run with five-year-old cancer survivor Rusheka Goodhall last month. Ralph is one of the patrons of this year’s event. which Sagicor hopes will raise $50 million for cancer treatment, especially among children. Part of the effort to raise that amount is a feature in which patrons are encouraged to purchase balloons, on which they will be able to place the names of persons who are either afflicted with cancer or who have lost their battle with the disease.

The 18th staging of Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run is incorporating a special element by inviting patrons to purchase ‘I Run For…’ balloons, in honour of persons affected by cancer and in memory of those who have lost their battle with the disease. “Given the theme of this year’s run, we wanted to find a meaningful initiative where our race participants could recognise friends and family members affected by the disease,” a company news release quotes Ingrid ... Read More

OLAPS welcomes renovated computer lab

Friday, February 12, 2016    

(From left, standing) Patrick
Whittock, board member of Our
Lady of the Angels Preparatory;
Desron Graham, manager at
National Commercial Bank;
and Tamara Crooks, president
of the Our Lady of the Angels
Preparatory Home and School
Association, assist the school’s
head boy, Jaden Howell, and
head girl Janelle Williams as
they use two of the computers
installed in the renovated lab.
(Photo: Kimmo Matthews)

TEACHERS and students at Our Lady of the Angels Preparatory School (OLAPS) in St Andrew are heaping praise on parents and corporate Jamaica for their recent efforts to renovate and equip the school’s computer lab. The centre was officially reopened on Monday during a ceremony held on the grounds of the Molynes Road-based institution. Teachers said their dream for a well-equipped lab was realised when the National Commecial Bank Foundation, J Wray & Nephew, and MC Systems came to the ... Read More

UWI launches Regional Zika Task Force

Friday, February 12, 2016    

BECKLES... the rapid spread of the Zika virus poses serious regional challenges and as a regional university we have a duty and a responsibility to confront these challenges head-on

THE University of the West Indies (UWI) has launched a Regional UWI Zika Task Force that will leverage the university’s extensive public health capabilities and co-ordinate its efforts with regional governments and health ministries to combat the virus. Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles announced that Prof Clive Landis, deputy principal of UWI’s Cave Hill, Barbados campus, will chair the task force comprising eminent scholars, scientists and public health experts. Other ... Read More

US programme allows smokers to vote with their butts

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Each poll box is decorated with a question that has two possible answers. (image courtesy City of Boston)

MASSACHUSETTS, USA (AP) — The city of Boston is trying to rid the streets of unsightly cigarette butts by placing special receptacles in high-traffic areas that will allow smokers to vote on a simple question. The butt receptacles, with two disposal holes each, will be placed in seven areas of the city. Each is decorated with a question that has two possible answers. For example, one butt receptacle asks smokers: “Which superpower would you want?” Smokers can deposit their ... Read More

Paulwell: Noranda bankruptcy filing has nothing to do with bauxite levy row

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

PAULWELL… to meet with labour unions, management of Noranda tomorrow

MINISTER in charge of mining, Phillip Paulwell, has dismissed speculation that the bankruptcy filing by Noranda Bauxite’s parent company in the United States is in any way related to the recent arbitration ruling in favour of the Jamaican Government’s right to be paid the full bauxite levy that the company owes. Paulwell, in a release late Tuesday, pointed out that Noranda has been facing challenges with its upstream and downstream operations for some time. “The bauxite l ... Read More

Political campaigning banned in volatile Flanker

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, February 11, 2016    

Jubilant
Jamaicans out
in support of their
respective political
parties on Tuesday,
Nomination Day.

THE Election Centre, which is co-chaired by the political ombudsman and the director of elections, has asked the police to immediately ban political campaigning in the volatile St James community of Flanker in the wake of the shooting death of four people between Sunday evening and Tuesday. In a release issued yesterday, Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown said both political parties have agreed to immediately cease marches, motorcades, spot meetings, political gatherings, as well as the ... Read More

Big projects on Bunting’s agenda as he looks forward

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND | Thursday, February 11, 2016    

Peter Bunting’s wife, Anushca, acted as his agent for his nomination.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — It has been eight-and-a-half years since incumbent member of parliament (MP) Peter Bunting has been in Manchester Central. As he vies for his third term in the constituency, he said that two of the major projects on his agenda going forward are additional improvements at the Mandeville Regional Hospital and expansion of Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) in the constituency. “I would like to see the business process outsourcing continue to grow. Now that ... Read More

PM demands apology from Holness over ‘con artist’ comment

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

Andrew Holness (File photo)

THE attorney for Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has written to Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness seeking an apology and damages for a statement he allegedly made during a television interview on Tuesday. Holness was responding to comments made by Simpson Miller where she made reference to his “10-point plan” as a “10-point con” during a political rally in Yallahs square, St Thomas, on Sunday. The St Andrew West Central incumbent allegedly used the t ... Read More

Murdered Manchester couple were returning residents

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

FAMILY members of an elderly Manchester couple found dead on Monday were yesterday still trying to come to grips with the vicious attack. Lansil Gregory, 71, and his 74-year-old wife, Corita — who returned to Jamaica from the United States — were chopped to death at their home in the rural community of Edinburgh. A relative of the family, Alwyn Gregory, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that he believes that robbery was not the only motive when the couple’s lives were snu ... Read More



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