Holness: Appeal not an act of belligerence

HOLNESS... I would encourage Jamaicans to take a very careful look at the
ruling of the Constitutional Court

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says that his decision to appeal in the Constitutional Court's declaratory ruling that his action in the matter of the Senate resignation letters was unconstitutional should not be viewed as being hostile. "The objective of this is not ... Read More

Students celebrate Jamaica Day at a Corporate Area school in 2014. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO) 'Showcase country's best on Jamaica Day'
TODAY'S celebration of Jamaica Day in schools is an opportunity to showcase the best examples of the ... Read More

TRAGEDY 11 injured in Portmore crash
ELEVEN people were yesterday rushed to hospital following an early morning motor vehicle collision ... Read More

Portmore battle
JAMAICA Labour Party (JLP) mayoral candidate for Portmore, Welton Shettlewood, and Councillor Keith ... Read More

Chamber of Commerce hails Avis Henriques

Friday, February 27, 2015    

died on
Wednesday at
the age of 91

THE Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) yesterday hailed Avis Henriques as a resolute champion of the business community as it offered condolence to her family on her passing. According to the JCC, a member of Henriques' family informed the chamber that she died Wednesday night. Henriques, 91, was the only woman to have headed the JCC. She also served as Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica president. The JCC, in its statement, noted that Henriques served as chamber president during the criti ... Read More

ECJ: The ministry is responsible for municipal boundaries

Friday, February 27, 2015    

FISHER… there is still some
lack of clarity

THE Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is washing its hands of the controversy surrounding the bid to have seven per cent of the electorate in Portmore sign a petition which would allow for the expansion of the boundaries of the municipality. The ECJ, in the wake of news that a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor as well as the party's mayoral candidate were about to file an injunction to block the petition, issued a release stating that it is the Ministry of Local Government that is respo ... Read More

'Children live what they learn'

Friday, February 27, 2015    

One of the student protesters shows off his placard. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

JAMAICA Observer online readers have weighed in on Wednesday's protest by students of Trench Town High against Government's plan to merge the school with neighbouring Charlie Smith High. Here are some edited views: @liqyliqy Wrong approach by these students. We, as a country, should not be encouraging these practices. ...Use the proper channel to deal with the matter; the days of tyre burning and old zinc should be over. chikV2Ebola I like the militancy of these students as this uncaring gov ... Read More

Bobbi Kristina suffers setback

Friday, February 27, 2015 12:41 AM    

Bobbi Kristina and Nick Gordon (Photo: AP)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Efforts to take Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston, out of her medical induced coma has suffered a setback, US media are reporting. Reports are that 21-year-old Brown started having seizures as soon as doctors tried taking her off various medications forcing them to keep her on them. It is almost a month now since brown has been in a coma, after being hospitalised January 31, having been found face down and unconscious in a bathtub at her Georg ... Read More

Waterhouse FC claim 2015 Jackie Bell KO title

Friday, February 27, 2015 12:09 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Waterhouse FC claimed the 2015 KSAFA Jackie Bell Knock-out football title after coming from behind to outscore Barbican FC 3-2 in Thursday evening's final at the Harbour View Mini-Stadium. Waterhouse took the lead in the 11th minute through Damarley Samuels, but Barbican fired back with strikes from Dean Phillips (31st minute) and Lennox Russell (37th minute) before the half-time interval. Jermaine Anderson, in the 79th minute, pulled things level for Waterhouse before Trem ... Read More

Passage of Ganja Bill doesn't mean free-for-all — Bunting

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

BUNTING… security forces will
continue to rigorously enforce
Jamaican laws
BAUGH… more public education is

MINISTER of National Security Peter Bunting has warned that amendments to the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, decriminalising the use of ganja, does not create a free-for-all in growing, transporting, dealing in, or exporting the drug. "The security forces will continue to rigorously enforce Jamaican laws, consistent with our international treaty obligations," Bunting told the House as it debated the Bill, Tuesday. He said that the Bill has been drafted to ensure compliance with Jamaica's int ... Read More

VIDEO: No cash, no problem!

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Namdi Thompson runs a credit card on his point-of-sale machine after completing a sale at his
stall in front of the Rae Town Fishing Village, Kingston, on Tuesday. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

IF you happen to stop by the Rae Town fishing village but find yourself low on cash, don't rush to leave just yet - Namdi Thompson can facilitate debit and credit card purchases. The 33-year-old, who goes by the alias 'Ratty', has long realised that creativity is essential to success in this modern, competitive world of business. And, he knows all too well that fewer payment options can lead to lost sales being the lead person at his family-run Maxine and Son's Fish Enterprise -- a wood-and-zin ... Read More

Protesting students padlock gates at Trench Town High School

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

A Trench Town High School student holds on to a placard while
Member of Parliament for St Andrew Southern Dr Omar Davis
addresses a meeting at the school following a protest by
students and parents, yesterday. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)
DAVIES... I don't deal with
intimidation and that is what
it is

TEACHERS, administrative and ancillary staff were yesterday locked out of the Trench Town High School in Kingston for several hours as students, joined by their parents and residents, padlocked the gates to the institution to protest against a Government decision to merge the school with neighbouring Charlie Smith High. "No Trench Town, no school" chanted some of the placard-bearing students. The action of the protesting students forced teachers and other staff members to stand outside the co ... Read More

Barbados salutes 'Butch' Stewart with Distinguished Entrepreneur Award

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Barbados salutes ‘Butch’ Stewart with
Distinguished Entrepreneur Award

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Jamaica and the Caribbean's leading hotelier, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, has received the coveted Barbados Distinguished Entrepreneur Award, a recognition for the huge impact his Sandals brand has had on the eastern Caribbean island. Stewart was presented with the award by Barbados Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss, in the wake of a sit-down with finalists in the popular Bank on ME reality show that will later be broadcast on 24 television stations th ... Read More

Grange hails Gayle, chides Cameron

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

CAMERON ... under fire for
retweeting negative response
to Gayle’s performances
GRANGE ... Cameron should
be more mindful about
GAYLE ... put in record
performance at World Cup

OPPOSITION spokeswoman on information, sports, entertainment and culture Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has congratulated West Indies opener Christopher Gayle, on achieving the highest score ever at a cricket World Cup match on Monday. In a statement yesterday on Gayle's performance, Grange, who is also member of parliament for St Catherine Central, cautioned West Indies fans and officials about turning against regional stars when they are experiencing a patch of bad luck. She said that Gayle's performa ... Read More



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