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Kerr-Jarrett leaving representational politics

KERR-JARRETT… I truly believe that
this is the right decision

PAULA Kerr-Jarrett yesterday told the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) that she would be resigning as its caretaker for Eastern Hanover and described the decision as difficult, but one she had to take as her involvement in her family business is limiting the time she can spend representing her ... Read More

A section of one the candidate’s performance
profile in the Regional Examination for Nurse
Registration, which shows a failing score of 63.3
per cent and the passing score of 66 per cent. Second chance
THE Nursing Council of Jamaica (NCJ) is today expected to meet students who sat the October 2014 Reg ... Read More

Firefighters battle the blaze in Arnett Gardens yesterday.
(PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON) 'Everything bun up'
AT least nine people were left homeless yesterday when fire destroyed five board houses and a shop i ... Read More

(L-R) MIAMI, Florida — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, who won the Miss Universe title last night, during the
evening gown segment of the pageant.  MIAMI, Florida — Miss Jamaica Kaci
Fennell poses during the Miss Universe
pageant in Miami last night. (PHOTOS: AP) Kaci places fifth in Miss Universe
KACI Fennell last night placed fifth in the 63rd staging of the Miss Universe pageant which was won ... Read More

February 7 funeral service for Ralston Smith, PR pioneer

Monday, January 26, 2015    

SMITH… would have been 77 years old
on May 20 this year

A thanksgiving service for the life of Ralston Smith, the outstanding pioneer in the public relations field, will be held on Saturday, February 7, beginning at 10:00 am at Portmore United Church in Bridgeport, St Catherine. Smith, who was a founding member of the Public Relations Society of Jamaica and is remembered as the communications advisor to former Prime Minister P J Patterson, died on January 14, 2015. He would have been 77 years old on May 20 this year. Smith was remembered yesterday ... Read More

Golding tables ganja amendments in Senate

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, January 26, 2015    

GOLDING... tabled landmark
Bill

Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, tabled the landmark Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill which contains proposed changes to laws affecting the use of ganja, in the Senate on Friday. Golding had announced on Wednesday at a post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House that the Bill would be tabled Friday, following Monday's approval of the proposed amendments by Cabinet. The amendments are expected to be supported by the Opposition. The Bill has proposed the following amendments to the Da ... Read More

PHOTO: LUNCH BREAK

Monday, January 26, 2015    

This banana vendor takes a break for lunch on Hope Road in Kingston last week. Read More

Arnett Gardens tragedy

Monday, January 26, 2015    

The look on the face of this young man at right reflects the feeling of the people who lost their homes and all their possessions in yesterday's fire in Arnett Gardens. At leat nine persons were afffected by the blaze. Story and photos on Pages 4 & 5. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Read More

Climate change brings world closer to 'doomsday', say scientists

Monday, January 26, 2015    

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — Richard Somerville (right), research professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, unveils an
updated version of the ‘Doomsday Clock’ during a press conference held by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists last Thursday in
Washington, DC. The group moved the clock, considered a metaphor for the dangers facing the world, from five minutes to
midnight to three minutes to midnight due in large part to growing concern over global climate change. Also pictured is Sivan
Kartha, senior scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute. (PHOTO: AFP)

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AFP) — Climate change and the danger of nuclear war pose an ever-growing threat to civilisation and are bringing the world closer to doomsday, a group of prominent scientists and Nobel laureates said Thursday. "It is now three minutes to midnight," said Kennette Benedict, executive director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, as the group moved its symbolic 'Doomsday Clock' two minutes forward. The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947. It has changed 18 times sin ... Read More

Beyond tragic; A beautiful creation gone too soon

Monday, January 26, 2015    

This undated photo provided
by California University of
Pennsylvania shows Shanice
Clark during a college
basketball game. The
Washington County coroner’s
office says the 21-year-old
from Toronto likely inhaled
chewing gum into her lungs
while asleep before being
found dead in her dormitory.
(PHOTO: AP)

The untimely death of 21-year-old Toronto, Canada-based basketball player Shanice Clark in the United has generated shock and grief among Observer Online readers. Clark, who was born in Jamaica, was last weekend discovered unresponsive in her dormitory at California University of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is believed to have died after inhaling her chewing gum, the Toronto Sun reported. These are some of the comments from Jamaica Observer readers. Meredith This is beyond tragic! ... Read More

Association formed to protect religious freedom

BY RHOMA S TOMLINSON Observer writer | Monday, January 26, 2015    

The Glendevon Seventh-day Adventist Church choir singing praises at Saturday’s Festival of Religious Freedom,
spearheaded by the Jamaica Union of Seventh-day Adventists at the National Arena in Kingston.

THE Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church in Jamaica has launched the country's first ever National Religious Liberty Association to defend the rights of employees, students and every other Jamaican whose religious liberty is under threat. The association comes just months after the Government passed the controversial flexi-workweek Bill into law. The Bill, which set off a firestorm of controversy months before it was passed in Parliament, is seen by a number of religious groups as a threat to rel ... Read More

PM, Paulwell at Clean Energy Summit in DC

Monday, January 26, 2015 1:01 PM    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Jamaica's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell are among dozens of regional officials currently gathered at the US State Department here for the Caribbean Energy Summit, which is being hosted by United States Vice President Joe Biden. The Summit, which aims to promote cleaner and more sustainable energy future for the Caribbean, is a key component of the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative announced by Biden in 2014. Apart from t ... Read More

Prelim budget allocation 'reasonable', says Education Minister

Monday, January 26, 2015 12:42 PM    

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites on Monday said the preliminary budget allocation for his portfolio ministry is "reasonable". Speaking to reporters and editors at the Jamaica Observer, Thwaites said the preliminary numbers, which look at a capital budget of just under $2 billion and a recurrent budget of about $79 billion, is less than needed but will have to suffice. "Each administration has recognised the importance of education and have made (allocations) in t ... Read More

Haiti urges UN to keep troops in country

Monday, January 26, 2015 12:24 PM    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) – The Haitian government urged the United Nations Security Council on Sunday against cutting its troop presence ahead of crucial elections. Haitian Justice Minister Pierre-Richard Casimir made the request to visiting UN envoys from the council's member countries as they visited the deeply impoverished country's only police academy. "I urge the Security Council to not reduce the number of MINUSTAH (peacekeeping mission) troops during the electoral process," Cas ... Read More



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