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My country failed me!

Rosanna Pike, 2006 spelling bee champion, places her hand on
the forehead of the late Rev Glen Archer during a thanksgiving
service held at Ardenne High School in Kingston yesterday.
(PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

Reverend Glen Archer, the man, who for close to 40 years dedicated his life towards moulding some of the nation’s brightest minds, was yesterday remembered as the ultimate educator, whose contribution to Jamaica was beyond mere words.   “Archer was a colossal figure in the field of ... Read More

The crumpled remains of the
blue Toyota Yaris motor car
which crashed into a truck
laden with sand along the
Braco section of the North
Coast Highway, yesterday,
killing four foreign nationals.
(PHOTO: HORACE HINES) Four dead in horrifying crash
BRACO, Trelawny — Death came quickly and brutally to four foreign nationals — three from ... Read More

(L)Robert Pickersgill & (R)SSP Newton Amos Bobby retires Sandra Nesbeth; SSP Amos is up next
After five consecutive general election beatings by People’s National Party (PNP) Chairman Rob ... Read More

K D Knight $100-million downtown Kgn project
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) will shortly be inviting proposals for the management of a f ... Read More

Haiti says Ebola measures still in effect

Monday, March 02, 2015 9:40 AM    

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – Health authorities here say that the international guidelines regarding the prevention of the Ebola virus remain in effect and that people who would have travelled to countries with the deadly virus “should not try to get into Haiti before a minimum period of 21 days after the departure from the affected country”. The Ministry of Public Health and Population said it was reiterating the need to protect the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARI ... Read More

Holness working to bring stability to JLP

Monday, March 02, 2015 9:19 AM    

Leader of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness  addressing delegates and supporters in Portland on Sunday

PORTLAND, Jamaica – Leader of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness declared Sunday evening that the JLP is strong in the midst of the present controversy facing the party. He was addressing East Portland delegates and supporters at the Fair Prospect High School at the East Portland constituency conference. “I am doing everything within my powers to bring stability and to carry out the functions and duties of the party” he told the audience. “I don't ... Read More

Ganja worth J$8.5m seized at KCT

Monday, March 02, 2015 8:45 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A team of officers assigned to the Narcotics Division seized more than 1,000 pounds of ganja at the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) on Gordon Cay on Sunday. Reports from the Newport West Police are that about 7:30 am, a routine check of the facility was conducted and the illicit drug found in a container destined for Costa Rica. The drug, weighing a total of 1,301 pounds (593.35 kilograms), was seized and has an estimated street value of J$8,456,500. No one was arr ... Read More

Pakistan police arrest 471 parents for refusing polio vaccine

Monday, March 02, 2015 8:29 AM    

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – Police in northwest Pakistan have arrested more than 450 parents for refusing to vaccinate their children against polio, officials said on Monday. Riaz Khan Mehsud, deputy commissioner of Peshawar, the main town of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, told AFP that 471 parents were detained and sent to jail for refusing the vaccine. Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic but years of efforts to stamp it out have be ... Read More

St James police deny killing shopkeeper 

Monday, March 02, 2015 8:08 AM    

MONTEGO BAY, St James – The St James police are refuting claims that they shot and killed a businessman whose bullet-riddled body was discovered in a section of the Salt Spring community in the parish yesterday morning. Yesterday, residents of Salt Spring staged a peaceful demonstration in their community over the fatal shooting of 28-year-old shopkeeper Sandrea Johnson of Simmonds Crescent, Montego Heights in Salt Spring, St James. The irate residents, who mounted roadblocks in the comm ... Read More

No consensus on Caribbean candidate for top Commonwealth post

Monday, March 02, 2015 8:02 AM    

Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have failed to agree on a single candidate for the post of Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne has said. The leaders, who met in the Bahamas last week for their 26th inter-sessional summit, said no agreement had also been taken regarding the position of Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). “The answer to that question is no b ... Read More

Fear grips Steer Town

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 02, 2015    

Fear grips
Steer Town

WITH crime, high unemployment and many other Challenges plaguing their community, residents of Steer Town have expressed delight at the implementation of the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP) which they are hoping will help stem the increase in criminal activities.    The ICDP promotes public safety and transformation through the delivery of basic infrastructure and social services in 18 communities across the island. The components of the programme include improvement i ... Read More

Abusing the disabled?

Monday, March 02, 2015    

Jean
Lowrie-Chin

The Digicel Jamaica Foundation has condemned the physical abuse of special-needs students by high school students at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre in St Andrew, which was captured in a recent CVM television report. Jean Lowrie-Chin, chairperson of the foundation said in a letter to the editor that students of the Genesis Academy who were interviewed by the CVM reporter described similar treatment meted out to them and their friends. “We deeply regret the suffering of the child feat ... Read More

CANADIAN CONNECTION

Monday, March 02, 2015    

CANADIAN CONNECTION

Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper on February 17, 2015 played host to Jamaica’s newly appointed High Commissioner to Canada, Janice Miller after she presented her credentials to him. Read More

This Day in History - March 2

Monday, March 02, 2015    

Pope Benedict XVI
announces his
resignation on this day
in history, 2013.

Today is the 61st day of 2015. There are 304 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT 2011: Pope Benedict XVI makes a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity in a new book. OTHER EVENTS 1678: French forces of King Louis XIV capture Ghent and Ypres in Belgium. 1776: US Marines fight first battle, capturing British fort in Bahamas in American Revolutionary War. 1801: Spain declares war with Portuga ... Read More



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