Holness says no to censorship of the arts

HOLNESS ... we have a liberal democracy (Joseph Wellington)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that his Government will not give in to any public urge for censorship as a response to controversial cultural activities, including dancehall music. Holness told a breakfast meeting with members of the board and senior editorial staff of the Jamaica Observer at t ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness. After failed experiments, it’s morning again in Jamaica
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. — Winston Church ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness gestures while speaking at a breakfast meeting with Jamaica Observer editors and directors at the newspaper last Friday to review the Government’s first year in office. (Photo: Joseph Wellington) State can’t use lawlessness to fight crime, says PM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness didn’t appear fazed when he was asked for a response to criticis ... Read More

It’s a learning experience, says Green (Bryan Cummings) New MP Green happy with first year
IN a short time, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth South West, Floyd ... Read More

Debunking old wives’ tales: Beliefs about food

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Chocolate has been studied and there’s no hard evidence it has anything to do with acne. (Photo: AP)

“Everything our parents said was good is bad,” complains Alvy Singer, the character played by Woody Allen in Annie Hall, his 1977 Oscar-winning romantic comedy. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but when it comes to what certain foods can do to or for you, it’s probably best to take motherly advice, familiar sayings and other bits of conventional wisdom with a grain of salt. “There’s some validity to some of them, but many of them are just old wives’ ta ... Read More

Samuda happy with poultry growth

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Sunday, February 26, 2017    


Ministe of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda, says that Jamaica increased poultry meat production by over 12 million kilograms in 2016. The minister told a breakfast meeting hosted by the Jamaica Observer at its Beechwood Avenue offices in Kingston on Friday, that in 2016 the country produced 125.1 million kilograms of poultry meat, compared to 112.3 million kilos in 2015. Samuda was addressing the issue of a 15 per cent increase in agricultural production last year, pu ... Read More

Tufton: Ventilation system at Cornwall Regional to be replaced

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

TUFTON ... we called in a number of experts

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton has announced the decision to replace the noxious fume-leaking ventilation system at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), which has brought a temporary termination to all operations on the three lower floors of the 43-year-old institution. “We have taken the position, ladies and gentlemen, that we are going to have to replace this vent. The days of trying to repair it are over. We want to make a fundamental shift to f ... Read More

Smith recovering well — official

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

SMITH... said to be recovering well from recent medical procedure in the US

Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Derrick Smith is recovering well in a United States medical facility after undergoing a medical procedure last week, the Jamaica Observer has been told. An official close to Smith told the Sunday Observer that the veteran Member of Parliament for St Andrew North Western should be back at his desk “in due time”. The nature of the medical procedure was not disclosed, but the official, a member of the party’s politic ... Read More

A labour of love as Sandals Royal Plantation fetes ‘street people’

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

ARNOLD ... this is the one which is most dear to our hearts (Sandals)

OCHO RIOS — Twice each month the members of the Ocho Rios community who dwell on the streets, often referred to as “street people”, receive the special gift of a hearty meal from the team at Sandals Royal Plantation. “This is our labour of love,” noted a beaming General Manager Arnold Nugent during a recent feeding exercise in the heart of the tourism capital. “We do so many community activities, but this is the one which is most dear to our hearts,” ... Read More

Boyne basks in Profile’s 30-year existence

BY PATRICK FOSTER Deputy News Editor | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

BOYNE... host of second longest running programme on television — Profile (Karl Mclarty)

On Wednesday, February 21, the television personality programme Profile attained the significant milestone of being on the Jamaican airwaves for 30 continuous years. “The first edition of Profile was on Carlton Alexander in 1987,” Profile host Ian Boyne told the Jamaica Observer during a chat reminiscing the second-longest-running programme on local television. “Only Schools’ Challenge [Quiz] has been on air longer than Profile, but that programme is seasonal. Profile airs ... Read More

Praise for retired accountant at book launch

BY RACQUEL PORTER Staff reporter | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Dr Nsondi Jaja, (right) admires the book with author Patricia Ried Waugh, while University of the West Indies Professor Mervyn Morris looks on. (Bryan Cummings)

WHILE some people may dread the free time that retirement brings, Patricia Reid Waugh has used it to her advantage. Besides writing a book six years into retirement, the 69-year-old has learned to play the violin. Both achievements were on display at the launch of her book Retirement: A New Adventure recently at Waterfalls, Liguanea, St Andrew. Reid-Waugh, who is no stranger to playing instruments, plays the piano and performs poetry. The book, which is more of a manual for retirement, took ... Read More

Banana Board looking to boost exports

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

The Banana Board is targeting further increase in exports by year-end, says the entity’s general manager, Janet Conie. She said the prospects are positive, as Jamaica has received queries from several countries, particularly in Europe, regarding potential export arrangements. She was speaking following a tour of farms and facilities in Portland and St Mary last Wednesday that are benefiting under the European Union (EU) Jamaica Banana Accompanying Measures (JBAM) programme. Conie noted ... Read More

When to get a new toothbrush

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Studies have found that your toothbrush could be a breeding ground for tiny microorganisms. (Photo: AP)

The filthy truth? Your toothbrush is a breeding ground for germs. But fear not, experts say just know when it’s time to give yours the old heave-ho. Do you know how much bacteria live on your toothbrush? Brace yourself! Researchers have found that a single toothbrush can be loaded with as many as 10 million germs and bacteria. In fact, recent studies even found that your toothbrush could be a breeding ground for tiny microorganisms. But before you swear off brushing, know this — t ... Read More

Financial abortion

Derrick Aarons | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

A mother stands near her baby being taken care of at UNICEF Clinic near a camp for internally displaced people camps in Dikwa on February 15, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

Despite our presumed love for children, the unfortunate reality is that we currently have far too many unwanted children in Jamaica. Visit any of our children courts across the island and witness the horrible consequences of this. Listen to the depressing and sometimes unbelievable stories of what transpired in some families and how those children came to be in their awful predicaments. Children who were so abused and neglected by parents and relatives that they repeatedly ran away, were rebell ... Read More



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