Jamaican Made Christmas expo fully subscribed

(L) WONG… our phones are ringing off the hook with persons still
interested in being a part of this event.
(R) HENDRICKSON… the small and medium sectors represent a
real opportunity for the country to grow.

CONTINENTAL Baking Company Foundation's inaugural expo for small and medium-sized manufacturers has been fully subscribed, with a total of 52 entities and individuals confirming their participation. "We have had such an overwhelming response, and even now our phones are ringing off the hook with pe ... Read More

Dr Alfred Dawes,
former president of
the Jamaica Medical
Doctors’ Association,
addressing the Private
Sector Organisation of
Jamaica President’s
Forum yesterday.
MCLARTY) Politics killing health sector
THE doctor who was instrumental in exposing the grisly state of the country's public health sector y ... Read More

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Ralph Thomas (second left) with Jamaican
recipients of the 2015 Caribbean Heritage Awards. They are (from left) Michael Thompson,
recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Award; Luminary awardee, international Reggae
Artist Maxi Priest; and recipient of the Forerunner Award, Beverly East. The awards were
presented at the 22nd Annual Caribbean Awards Gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington
DC, on Friday. (PHOTO: JIS) Three Jamaicans recognised at Caribbean American Heritage Awards
THREE Jamaicans are among eight outstanding Caribbean Americans honoured by the Washington-based Ins ... Read More

TUFTON... party agrees he's the best candidate for the seat Tufton a shoo-in for St Catherine West Central
Dr Christopher Tufton's selection as the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for St Catherine West ... Read More

Witter knocks Government's handling of Coke extradition request

BY PAUL HENRY Co-ordinator, Crime/Court Desk | Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

Former Public Defender Earl Witter

FORMER Public Defender Earl Witter, QC, yesterday said that the "cataclysmic" events of May 2010 wouldn't have occurred had the Government's handling of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke's extradition not been so protracted. "...undoubtedly, I feel, the events of May 2010 would not have taken place and our country would have been spared this great disaster in which so many people lost their lives," Witter said in response to questions from Tivoli Commission Chairman Sir David Simmons. "I make no commen ... Read More

Call for responsible use of social media

Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Julian Robinson (2nd right), greets Aldane
Walters (left), chair of the Children’s Advisory Panel in the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) at a cyber security
forum held Friday at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew. Others looking on are Lone Hvass (left), deputy country
representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund, and Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison. (PHOTO: JIS)

STATE Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Julian Robinson, is again appealing to Internet and social media users to protect their personal information in cyberspace. He said they should limit the amount of information they post online in order to avoid fraud and personal injury. He was addressing a forum held at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew last Friday, where the Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) announced that it will be publishing an Internet and so ... Read More

Special types of business visas

Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

There are certain common
business situations that will
require special types of
business visas to travel to the
United States.

Q. I am a businessperson and need to send staff to work temporarily in the United State. What visa options are available to my company? A: Thank you for doing business in the United States! We understand how important it is in today's business climate to arrange successful international travel, including intracompany transfers abroad. Remember, as described in this column two weeks ago, most business travel can be accomplished on a regular B-1/B-2 visitor visa. There are certain common busi ... Read More

Holness urges uncommitted to vote JLP

Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

HOLNESS...envisions a public hospital in Portmore under his Government.

OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness has called on uncommitted Jamaicans to join the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in rescuing Jamaica from what he described an "inept, corrupt and ineffective" Government. Holness also encouraged uncommitted voters to seriously consider in whose hands they are leaving their fate if they decide not to participate in the democratic process. He was speaking Sunday at a JLP mass meeting in Granville, St James. According to the JLP leader, many Jamaicans who say they wil ... Read More

Ministry: No imported honey, honeybee products allowed

Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

The agriculture ministry says locally
reared honey bees will remove
contaminated hive product remains
from these containers and take them
back to their hives, which can destroy
the bee population.

THE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries' Apiculture Unit has warned against the illegal importation of honey and honeybee products into the country. According to the ministry, the Apiculture Unit, with the assistance of beekeepers, has discovered and removed the eight brands of imported honey and one brand of bee pollen found on the shelves of some health food stores in Kingston and St Andrew. "Records of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries indicate that no import permits for bee produ ... Read More

Finsac threat

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

SHAW... many Finsac’d houses were sold way below the
market price to friends and connected friends of the PNP

GRANVILLE, St James — Opposition spokesman on finance Audley Shaw on Sunday threatened to expose what he said was cronyism among members of the ruling People's National Party (PNP) involved in the sale of houses which belonged to victims of Finsac, if they continue commenting on Opposition Leader Andrew Holness's house. "...A tell you something more, you see the same Finsac (Financial Sector Adjustment Company) thing there that the Government hiding, covering up the report, many of those ... Read More

A welcome facelift

Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

Volunteers from Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Negril raise their tools in celebration of
their joint effort to beautify a section of the Negril Community Centre and surrounding areas

THE heart of Negril received a welcome facelift last Friday as employees of Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Negril undertook a beautification project in the vicinity of the resort town's community centre. The group of volunteers worked for much of the morning painting sections of the centre's main car park and kerbs along the craft market area, as well as mowing the lawn at the forefront of the facility. Several persons also cleaned a section of the surrounding seven-mile beach. "Negril i ... Read More

Promised changes to Canada's immigration policy

Jamaica to Canada | Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

Justin Trudeau, has promised
several changes to Canada’s
Citizenship and Immigration
Policy, including making
family reunification a core

I heard that a recent change to Canadian law is that siblings can now be sponsors for permanent residence. Is that true? -- AJT Dear AJT: With the recent change in Government, I have been receiving many questions regarding changes and potential changes to Canadian immigration policy. I can give a highlight of changes based on recent speeches by government officials. Canada has an aging population, with a longer life expectancy and a relatively low birth rate. Accordingly, the country needs ... Read More

This Day in History— November 25

Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

1999: Five-year-old Elian Gonzalez is rescued at sea after a boat capsizes during a voyage from Cuba, killing his mother and 10 others. Elian is turned over to his Miami relatives, but his Cuban father demands the boy's return and a highly politicised custody battle rages for seven months. OTHER EVENTS 1917: A plebiscite approves separation of state and church in Uruguay; Russia holds its last free election for more than half- a-century. 1942: A special Moscow communique reports 15,000 more G ... Read More

Agriculture minister calls for more youth involvement, use of technology

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 6:33 PM    

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Derrick Kellier,

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Derrick Kellier, says the time has come for a “new kind of agriculture” that incorporates more youth involvement and the infusion of modern technology. “Greater level of mechanisation and an increased use of high quality inputs at the appropriate time, based on the physiology of the plant and the composition of the soils (are necessary)…. .A consistent flow of excited well-trained young people (must be ... Read More



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