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INDECOM worried about fatal police shootings for first two months

Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations Terrence Williams addresses yesterday’s press conference in Kingston. Beside him is Assistant Commissioner Hamish Campbell. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

WITH 31 people killed by the police just two months into 2017, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says it is worried that the country could record more than 200 such killings for the year. According to statistics released yesterday by INDECOM during a press conference at its off ... Read More

ALI JR... I was just appalled Muhammad Ali Jr says airport detention made him feel ‘violated’
FLORIDA, USA — Muhammad Ali Jr, son of the American boxing great, said yesterday he felt &ldqu ... Read More

Tamika Curruthers performs a back massage on one of her clients. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood) No sight? ...no problem
Tamika Curruthers is resolute that nothing in life will ever get her down. In fact, the visually imp ... Read More

Jamaican-American New York State Assembly Member, Michael Blake Son of Jamaican immigrant is vice chairman of Democratic Party
NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — A Caribbean American legislator in New York has won a top position in th ... Read More

Slain 16-year-old was promising student

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer | Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

BROWN… described as a focused, helpful and respectful young woman

PONDSIDE, Hanover — Students and teachers at Merlene Ottey High School here fought hard to hold back tears yesterday as they mourned the fatal stabbing of a promising student — 16-year-old Shanickey Brown. “She was a motivator to her fellow schoolmates,” said Principal Joan Jackson Cope. Brown, fondly called “Ribbon”, was reportedly killed by another 16-year-old girl at a birthday party in Johnson Town, Lucea, in the parish Sunday night. Jackson Cope said w ... Read More

House begins budget review today

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Houses of Parliament. (Observer File Photo)

THE Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives will begin its review of the 2017/18 Estimates of Expenditure at Gordon House at 10:00 this morning. Today’s schedule includes examination of expenditure for: the Governor General; Houses of Parliament; Office of the Public Defender; Auditor General; Offices of the Services Commission; Office of the Children’s Advocate; and Independent Commission of Investigations. Allocations for the Office of the Prime Minister; Minis ... Read More

FLOW partners with Crime Stop to cut theft, vandalism of property

BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff rpeorter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

FLOW’s senior director, customer experience, Ronnie Thompson (left) explains how copper theft has been affecting the company with Crime Stop chairman, Major General Robert Neish (centre), and FLOW’s manager, security operations, Christopher Bryan, during a press conference at FLOW’s head office in Kingston, yesterday.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS giant FLOW yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with Crime Stop, in an effort to combat the long-standing issues of theft and vandalism that have cost it $300 million between 2013 and 2016. FLOW’s senior director of customer experience, Ronnie Thompson, told the attendees to the signing at the company’s head office in Kingston that the partnership is designed to boost the company’s efforts to clamp down on theft and vandalism of its network infrast ... Read More

Bull Head Mountain beckons on Ash Wednesday

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Visitors at the peak of Bull Head Mountain in Clarendon.

MAY PEN, Clarendon — This south-central parish has the distinction of being home to the centre of the island, the Bull Head Mountain, and Ash Wednesday is officially celebrated as Bull Head Mountain Day. At the beginning of Lent each year, Bull Head comes alive with the staging of an annual festival offering visitors a mixed bag of live and recorded music, food, art, and craft. Organisers say the festival will be no different this Ash Wednesday (March 1). There will also be an opportun ... Read More

The student teacher

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter skyersj@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Audrianna Williams says she hopes to be employed as an agricultural science teacher following the end of her programme.

Being a student and teacher at the same time is not a common occurrence. So, naturally, 22-year-old Audrianna Williams has attracted some amount of attention, given that she’s a fourth-year College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) student while teaching at her alma mater, Knockalva Agricultural School in Ramble, Hanover. Williams, who is completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education at CASE, is getting teaching practice at Knockalva, which she entered as ... Read More

Farmers benefit from climate services forum

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter skyersj@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Some of the participants at the climate services forum staged by the Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate cHange II (Ja REEACH) project, at Gulf View Hotel in Mandeville last Tuesday. (Photos: Gregory Bennett)

An unusual and albeit simple ‘bean game’ was used to send a strong message to farmers participating in a recent climate services forum. The message was that practising climate-smart risk management strategies will help to greatly reduce losses incurred by farmers during periods of extreme weather changes, such as in the case of a drought. The game, which saw the beans being used as currency, afforded farmers the choice of paying a bean in order to secure their remaining currency, o ... Read More

Pay attention to link between nutrition, cancer

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Professor Marvin Reid addresses a JIS Think Tank on the relationship between nutrition and cancer.Photo: JIS

Acting Director of the Caribbean Institute for Health Research at the University of the West Indies, Professor Marvin Reid, is reiterating the need for people to pay close attention to the relationship between nutrition and cancer. Speaking in an interview with JIS News on behalf of the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS), Professor Reid said nutrition plays a role both as a risk factor and as a tool for management of the disease. “There are strategies and interventions that can be employed by ... Read More

Women In Energy Conference next week

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Kelly Tomblin, JPS president and CEO

More than 400 women from across Jamaica, the Caribbean and North America are scheduled to attend the second annual Women In Energy Conference on March 9 and 10 at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. The conference, which is spearheaded by the women of JPS, seeks to broaden discussion on the developments in energy and how everyone impacts the future of energy. The conference also aims to empower women in male-dominated industries by providing a platform for them to constructively address gl ... Read More

This Day in History — Feburary 28

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on
Chistmas Day 2012. Benedict XVI resigned on this day in history, 2013.

Today is the 59th day of 2017. There are 306 days left in the year. TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT 2006: Officials announce finding the deadly strain of bird flu in a cat in Germany, the first time the virus has been identified in an animal other than a bird in central Europe. OTHER EVENTS 1525: Cuauhtemoc, the last Aztec emperor, is tortured and executed by Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes. 1594: Britain’s Royal Physician Roger Loper is arrested for alleged conspiracy to poison Queen Elizabe ... Read More

Netflix boss predicts mobile operators will soon offer unlimited video

Tuesday, February 28, 2017    

BARCELONA, Spain — Founder and CEO of Netflix Reed Hastings speaks during a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday. Phone makers are seeking to seduce new buyers with artificial intelligence functions and other innovations at the world’s biggest mobile fair that started yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) — Netflix head Reed Hastings predicted yesterday that mobile carriers will soon offer data plans that give users unlimited video streaming to meet the rising popularity of watching TV and movies on mobile devices. “Ten to 20 years from now all the video you view is going to be on the Internet,” he said at the Mobile World Congress, the phone industry’s largest annual trade fair. “I think screens today are really stunning; you can see all the ... Read More



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