Al-Faisal wants Islamic Council  acting head out

AL-FAISAL... I don’t have any involvement with the Islamic State

CONTROVERSIAL Muslim cleric Abdullah al-Faisal has hinted that there may be plans afoot to unseat the acting president of the Islamic Council of Jamaica, Al-Hajj Mekaeel Maknoon. Al-Faisal told the Jamaica Observer that some Muslims in Jamaica were not pleased with Maknoon's leadership. But late y ... Read More

United States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno and
country director, Peace Corps Jamaica, Jennifer White (left),
share a moment with newly appointed Peace Corps volunteer
Carla Schmidt during the swearing-in ceremony for new
volunteers. (PHOTO: JIS) US committed to seeing equality in Jamaica
UNITED States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno says he is proud of his country's push for respect f ... Read More

Grant Labour Day help
THE Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory Limited are partnering with ... Read More

The Blue Mountain Project team (from left) Executive Director Kevin Gebhart, medical ambassador Vanessa Hardy, local staff Rohan Cuff and nurse Carma
Messam, Dr Shushita Soni, and Dr Moira Walker. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Filling a gap
Each year, scores of volunteer doctors, nurses, educators and other professionals from around the wo ... Read More

May 25 is Int'l Missing Children's Day

Monday, May 25, 2015    

Children collect information pamphlets at an OCR event.

Today is being observed as International Missing Children's Day. The observance was launched in 1998 as a joint venture of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and the United States' National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The day is used to remember missing and abducted children while celebrating those who have been recovered. Here in Jamaica, the Office of the Children's Registry (OCR) is marking the day with its usual effort to recover missing children. ... Read More

Waterford High's innovators

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Observer senior reporter | Monday, May 25, 2015    

Proud teacher Tera Rankine (standing right) and principal Cecile
Bernard (standing centre) with members of the school’s
Science and Environmental Club (seated from left): Tiana
Prendergast, Sasha Daley, Shanique Gyles, Mackayla
Lawrence, and Kemo Anderson (standing left).

WATERFORD High School may not be known for too many major non-academic achievements, but what the St Catherine institution is quickly becoming recognised for is its interesting array of natural products, made from scratch, by the eager hands of the enthusiastic students of the Science and Environmental Club. The club's flagship products are facial cleansing soap bars, which it makes in a variety of essences, including garlic and lemongrass, orange, and aloe. The students and their teacher Tera ... Read More

PM, Opposition call for supporting communities, children on Labour Day

Monday, May 25, 2015    

(L) Portia Simpson Miller
(R) Andrew Holness

Below are the Labour Day messages of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller My fellow Jamaicans, Once again we pause to observe Labour Day and to reflect on the many struggles, sacrifices and achievements of those Jamaicans who paved the way in securing the rights and freedoms that Jamaican workers enjoy today. The campaign for a fair day's wages in return for a fair day's work started from the time of plantation slave ... Read More

Gov’t advances plans to establish National Human Rights Institute

Monday, May 25, 2015    

 Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding

OFFICERS within the public sector are to commence human rights training in June, as the Government advances plans to establish a National Human Rights Institute for Jamaica. The training, which will begin with judicial officers, is targeting all public sector professionals, whose work involve aspects of human rights. The Government has been working on establishing the institute since May 2014 with technical support from the Commonwealth Secretariat and the United Nations Development Programme ... Read More

Montague wants update on Cockpit Country

Monday, May 25, 2015    

MONTAGUE... the way the
Government is handling the ganja
issue is woefully inadequate

SHADOW Minister for Mining and Energy Senator Robert Montague is calling on Government to immediately set clear boundaries for the Cockpit Country, and where mining is not permitted. Montague said he is alarmed at last week's cancellation of a public update on the issue after allegations surfaced about mining in the protected area. "The protected area produces 40 per cent of Jamaica's water supply and is home to many protected species of plants," Montague said in a release yesterday. "An upd ... Read More

Missing children - May 25

Monday, May 25, 2015    

Matthew Heholt,
Cindy Dehring,
Tahinia Powell

NAME: Tahinia Powell AGE: 12 years old Place Last Seen: At home on Bayfarm Road, Kingston 11 Date Last Seen: Thursday, May 7, 2015 Description: Dark complexion, slim build and about 157 centimetres (5 feet 2 inches) tall. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing a pink blouse and blue shorts NAME: Cindy Dehring, ward of the state AGE: 14 years old Place Last Seen: At the home in St Andrew were she is housed. Date Last Seen: Friday, May 15, 2015 Description: Dark complexion, sli ... Read More

Ja REEACH Project supports 89 bee farmers

Monday, May 25, 2015    

The 89 farmers who received training in bee farming in a joint initiative by the Ja REEACH
Project and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

EIGHTY-NINE farmers joined Jamaica's apiculture industry following their graduation from the USAID-funded Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) and Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries apiculture training programme. The graduation ceremony, held on May 20 at the HEART Trust/NTA Ebony Park Academy in Clarendon, celebrated the accomplishment of four farming groups that participated in a 10-week course in bee-keeping. Graduates have now improved their income ... Read More

Suspend increase in trade licence until public is notified — McKenzie

Monday, May 25, 2015    

MCKENZIE... people simply do
not know what is going on.

OPPOSITION Spokesman on Local Government Desmond McKenzie is calling on the Government to suspend the increase in trade licence fees until the public is properly notified. In a statement, McKenzie noted that from research he has carried out so far, the public is not aware that there was an increase in the fees for trade licences; neither would they be aware of when the increase would have taken effect. "People simply do not know what is going on until they turn up to make payments," he explain ... Read More

Jaital Tours gives back

Monday, May 25, 2015    

Members of Jaital team pose for
a photo with students at Fern
Grove Basic School. From left
are Stacey Lee Anderson, tour
representative; Orlando Hall,
driver; Sharatta Gay Palhie,
Destination Manager; Silvan
Haye, driver, and Shavel
Pendley, tour representative.

Employees of tour company Jaital Tours celebrated some of the nation's children last week when they visited several schools in and around Ocho Rios, St Ann, bearing gifts for the young ones. Destination Manager, Sharatta Gay Palhie said in celebration of Child month and particularly Children's Day, the company received items from some of their guests for distribution to the children. "It's a rewarding feeling just to see the smile on the children's faces; they get so excited when they see that ... Read More

Westmoreland pastor charged for sex with juvenile

Monday, May 25, 2015    

THE Westmoreland Police on Friday charged a pastor with having sexual intercourse with a person under 16 as well as grievous sexual assault. Reports are that in 2014, the victim was sent to the pastor's house to collect payment for goods, and she was assaulted and raped. The matter was reported to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, and following an investigation, a file was prepared and sent to the Defender of Public Prosecutions who ruled that he should be ch ... Read More



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