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Leaders call for unity, respect for human rights in Emancipation messages

SIR PATRICK… it is time for us to
stand together and combine all our
efforts to free our country from every
form of barrier
&
SIMPSON MILLER… every monument
to our ancestors, new and old, is
important in celebrating the memory of
those who bled and died
(then)
HOLNESS… there are many in our
society who are not free to move about
as they wish

JAMAICA'S leaders have issued a call for unity and respect for human rights in their Emancipation Day messages. Governor General Sir Patrick Allen said it was optimistic that despite the fact that a number of Jamaicans today live in 'nowhere land' the resilience of the people will see the country p ... Read More

These little ones from Chisholm Avenue in Kingston could not hide their joy as they celebrate yesterday’s downpour after an
extended dry season. See related photos on Page 6. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) 'I'm so happy for the rain'
JAMAICANS across the Kingston Metropolitan Area were more than happy for yesterday afternoon's downp ... Read More

HARRIS… for those families who have never had a reunion it’s
a great way to connect to their roots
(then)
HANNA… there are more than 120 tourism entities
participating in the Experience Jamaica campaign J'cans urged to explore country on National Family Day
THE Ministry of Youth and Culture has partnered with the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment to gi ... Read More

A parked vehicle covered with dust Dust from dirt roads haunting residents of East Rural St Andrew
ON Wednesday, as the two young children walked with two female adults along a dirt road in the commu ... Read More

Jamaica Cancer Society expects big savings from new mammography machine

BY JEDIAEL CARTER Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, August 01, 2014    

Radiographer Donnet Hyman
demonstrates how the
machine will operate to the
Minister of Health Fenton
Ferguson (second right);
Chairman of the Jamaica
Cancer Society Earl Jarrett
(right); and Executive
Director of the society Yulit
Gordon.
(PHOTO: TYRONE SIMMS)

THE Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) says the recently purchased mammography machine will save it approximately $2 million per year in providing mammograms at its clinic. Executive director of the JCS Yulit Gordon said the General Electric Healthcare Alpha RT Mammography Unit and the Konica Minolta Nano A Class Mammography Computed Radiography machines cost the society $16 million and is expected to reduce expenditure because it does not require the use of chemicals that the organisation would usua ... Read More

PHOTO: Proud land owners

Friday, August 01, 2014    

Proud land owners

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (centre) embraces proud landowners Luther and Beryl Spence, after presenting them with their land title during a ceremony held at the St Mary Parish Church, yesterday. (PHOTO: JIS) Proud land owners --> Read More

Cops in INDECOM case fined $650,000 each

Friday, August 01, 2014    

THE eight policemen who were found guilty of refusing to co-operate with the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) were yesterday fined $650,000 each. Orette Williamson, Gerville Williams, Francis Rennalls, Devon Noble, David Hutchinson, Petro Green, Marcel Dixon, and Kenneth Daley were, however, given two months to pay the fine or serve six months in prison. The sentence was handed down in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court by Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser. H ... Read More

Gov’t allocates $57 million for Grand Gala

Friday, August 01, 2014    

A scene from last year’s Independence Grand Gala at the National Stadium.

A sum of $57 million has been allocated for the staging of the Independence Grand Gala at the National Stadium on Wednesday, August 6. This was disclosed by principal director of culture, Ministry of Youth and Culture, Dahlia Harris, in an interview with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) on Wednesday. Harris said although the cost to produce the show is lower than in previous years, it does not mean that it will not be as enjoyable. "The reality in Jamaica is that we have to cut budgets a ... Read More

RADA ramps up water harvesting programme in St Elizabeth

Friday, August 01, 2014    

LAWRENCE… we have been
partnering with some donor
agencies

THE Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), in order to help alleviate the challenges faced by farmers annually in the farming areas of St Elizabeth because of a lack of water, is ramping up its water harvesting programme in sections of the parish. Deputy RADA Parish Manager Marvin Lawrence said part of the drought mitigation programme being undertaken is the construction of water harvesting ponds in several farming communities. "We have been partnering with some donor agencies to do ... Read More

Remembering Sir Howard

Friday, August 01, 2014    

Denise Dear, wife of Montego Bay businessman Winston Dear (standing), signs the condolence book for the late former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke, at the Western Office of the Prime Minister in Montego Bay, this week. The businessman had also signed the condolence book, Sir Howard, who died on July 11 at the age of 98 will be given a State Funeral on August 8. Read More

Court of Appeal overturns decision to ban attorney Owen Clunie

Friday, August 01, 2014    

Owen Clunie

THE Court of Appeal yesterday overturned the General Legal Council's (GLC) decision to strike former Deputy Commissioner of Police Owen Clunie from the roll of attorneys-at-law entitled to practise in the courts of Jamaica. The court at the same time, remitted the matter back to the GLC for a rehearing into the allegations that got Clunie struck off in the first place. Clunie, who operates from offices at Oxford Road in Kingston, was struck from the roll on September 28, 2013. The Disciplinar ... Read More

Beauties and the ... permanent secretary

Friday, August 01, 2014    

Beauties and the … permanent secretary

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Donovan Stanberry (seated centre) shares a photo op with contestants in the National Farm Queen competition, during a courtesy call at the ministry's Hope Gardens offices on Wednesday. (PHOTO: JIS) Read More

Police chokehold caused NYC man's death

Friday, August 01, 2014 8:20 PM    

(Photo:AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The city medical examiner ruled Friday that a police officer's chokehold caused the death of a man whose videotaped arrest and final pleas of "I can't breathe!" sparked outrage and led to the announcement of an overhaul of use-of-force training for the nation's largest police department. Eric Garner, a black man whose confrontation with a white police officer has prompted calls by the Reverend Al Sharpton for federal prosecution, was killed by neck compressions from the ch ... Read More

PHOTOS: Highlights from the Denbigh Agricultural Show

Friday, August 01, 2014 7:49 PM    

Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen and acting Minister of Agriculture, Derrick Kellier being shown sweet peppers at the 62nd staging of the Denbigh Agricultural Show.

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The 62nd staging of the Denbigh Agricultural Show in May Pen, Clarendon on Friday had no interruptions from the trough currently moving across the region. The event saw the likes of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and acting Minister of Agriculture Derrick Kellier, who both had a chance to view the different displays and partake in the day's events. The show was well supported as patrons got a taste of horse racing action, live performances as well as opportunities to ... Read More



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