Holness wants Kingston to become major tourist destination

HOLNESS… Jamaica ought to be seen as the centre of the Caribbean (Photo: Observer file)

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says that his Jamaica Labour Party Government plans to restore tourism in Kingston in a big way. “We do have tourism (in Kingston) now. People do come, but we want to make it a big thing,” Holness told the large crowd attending Wednesday night’s launc ... Read More

MAIS… shot dead while travelling in taxi driven by Wayne Wright ‘Hostile witness’
TAXIMAN Wayne Wright, the main witness in the X-6 murder trial, yesterday spent almost the entire mo ... Read More

A <InfoBold>Jamaica Observer </InfoBold>file photo of a policewoman assisting a boy to cross the road. The Road Safety Unit has appealed to parents and guardians to accompany children, especially those in the age group five to nine years, when they have to venture into the traffic environment. Parents, guardians urged to introduce children to road safety
THE Road Safety Unit is appealing to parents and guardians to introduce their children to road safet ... Read More

Marvin ‘Fat Man’ Campbell ‘Fat Man’ to answer incest, rape charges after murder case
REPUTED gangster Marvin ‘Fat Man’ Campbell, Snr, who was scheduled to answer to incest a ... Read More

PHOTO: Roadblock

Saturday, October 22, 2016    

A motorist manoeuvres a section of North Street, downtown Kingston, where the shell of an old refrigerator is placed on a problematic manhole on Wednesday. The manhole has been causing great inconvenience for people living in the vicinity for months. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

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Bar attack

Saturday, October 22, 2016    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — One woman was shot and killed and three other people shot and wounded when two gunmen went berserk at a bar in the tough inner city community of Norwood, St James, on Thursday evening. The deceased has been identified as 26-year-old Marcia Dixon of Paradise, Norwood, St James. Police said about 6:30 patrons were at a bar in the the Paradise section of Norwood when two armed men walked up and sprayed the facility with bullets. The four injured were taken to hospi ... Read More

Irish potato programme to be expanded to new areas

Saturday, October 22, 2016    

JC Hutchinson, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, greets Hedda Pitter, business development manager, Newport-Fersan, at a sensitisation seminar for the National Irish Potato Expansion Programme held at the Christiana Potato Growers’ Co-operative Association in Manchester on Wednesday. The seminar, organised by the ministry in collaboration with Newport-Fersan and AgroGrace, was aimed at sensitising stakeholders on the requirements for the 2016-2017 Irish potato crop year.

THE Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries will be expanding the Irish potato programme to new planting areas for the 2016/17 crop year. Darliston in Westmoreland and Hounslow in St Elizabeth, which were not adversely affected by the recent dry spell, are among new planting areas being considered for the expansion, which is part of Government’s strategy towards 100 per cent self-sufficiency in Irish potato production. JC Hutchinson, minister without portfolio at the mi ... Read More

Adolescent Resource Centre opens at Women’s Centre

Saturday, October 22, 2016    

SIMPSON...  the centre will enable teens to have access to services in a confidential and hospitable environment Photo: JIS

THE Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) has strengthened its sexual and reproductive health support services provided to teen mothers through the opening of an Adolescent Resource Centre (ARC). The German Embassy provided $1.8 million for the refurbishing and equipping of existing space at the WCJF Kingston campus, to house the facility. Speaking at the official opening ceremony on Wednesday, WCJF Executive Director Dr Zoe Simpson said ARC will enable teens to have access to serv ... Read More

JFB says bush fire education programme a success

Saturday, October 22, 2016    

Senior deputy superintendent at the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) Emilio Ebanks (right) provides an update on the Community Bush Fire Management Education Programme during a recent JIS Think Tank.  Looking on is assistant commissioner JFB, Sean Martin. Photo: JIS

THE Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is reporting success in its Community Bush Fire Management Education Programme, which was launched in 2015 following a series of devastating fires that affected farms. Senior deputy superintendent at the JFB, Emilio Ebanks, said that the fires, which occurred in Mavis Bank, St Andrew, and Nain in St Elizabeth, resulted in millions of dollars in losses to farmers. He said several communities in the affected ar ... Read More

‘I can’t say goodbye properly’

Saturday, October 22, 2016    

Mona Habraham salvages a chair from her home, destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Port-a-Piment, a district of Les Cayes, Haiti, on Wednesday. Family and neighbours near the town of Port-a-Piment have dug by hand through wreckage and scoured the riverbanks looking for the bodies of missing relatives, but to no avail.

PORT-A-PIMENT, Haiti (AP) — Nobody has seen or heard from Edma Desravine, a 71-year-old grandfather known for his sly sense of humour and bad luck at cock fights, in the roughly two-and-a-half weeks since Hurricane Matthew sent floodwaters and debris crashing into his riverside shantytown. Family and neighbours near the hard-luck town of Port-a-Piment have dug by hand through wreckage and scoured the riverbanks, but to no avail. “It pains me that I can’t say goodbye properly, ... Read More

Grange announces plans to upgrade National Library

Saturday, October 22, 2016    

Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister  Olivia Grange (right) accepts a book on Miss Lou and Jamaican culture from Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Professor Mervyn Morris (centre),  at the launch of the Miss Lou Archives at the National Library of Jamaica on October 20.  Chairman of the function, Dahlia Harris (left), observes the handover. (Photo: JIS)

PLANS to upgrade the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) to facilitate the growing catalogues and collections created by local artistes and historians are to be undertaken by the Government. The disclosure was made by Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister Olivia Grange on Thursday at a ceremony to launch the Miss Lou Archives at the library in downtown Kingston. Grange indicated that although investments have been made to ease space constraints by digitising and storing content from ... Read More

NCB staff donates $2m in cash, supplies to storm-ravaged Haiti

Saturday, October 22, 2016    

Director general of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management Major Clive Davis (left) receives a donation of cash and supplies from chief executive officer of National Commercial Bank Foundation Nadeen Matthews at the bank’s Atrium offices in Kingston on Thursday. (Photo: JIS)

THE National Commercial Bank (NCB) has donated approximately $2 million in cash and supplies to the Haiti relief effort. The contribution, from the bank’s staff, was handed over to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) on Thursday at the NCB Atrium offices in Kingston. Director general of ODPEM, Major Clive Davis, who accepted the donation, said that NCB is among several corporate entities and members of the public who have already contributed to the relief ... Read More

Montague attends Caribbean Basin Security Initiative in Washington

Saturday, October 22, 2016 12:14 PM    

National Security Minister Robert Montague and delegates of the CBSI

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of National Security Robert Montague this week attended the sixth annual Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue in Washington DC. The dialogue is part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) launched by President Barack Obama in 2009. According to a news release from the Ministry of National Security, the occasion brought together senior representatives from the Caribbean, the United States, and international partners to strengthen r ... Read More

Early voting data shows strengths for Trump and Clinton

Saturday, October 22, 2016 11:53 AM    

People line up under the morning sun for early voting at Chavis Community Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.(Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — Hillary Clinton appears to be displaying strength in the crucial battleground states of North Carolina and Florida among voters casting ballots before election day, and may also be building an early vote advantage in Arizona and Colorado. Donald Trump, meanwhile, appears to be holding ground in Ohio, Iowa and Georgia, according to data compiled by The Associated Press. Those are important states for Trump, but not sufficient for him to win the presidency i ... Read More



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