JCSA president defends NHT board

President of the Jamaica
Civil Service Association
O'Neil Grant speaking at a
Civil Service Week
Symposium at the MIND
campus in Mandeville last

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A member of the embattled National Housing Trust (NHT) board last week defended its controversial $180-million purchase of the Outameni tourist attraction and dismissed what he said were claims of mismanagement. "People are saying that the NHT mismanaged the whole thi ... Read More

everything I could to
keep it afloat $100-m of my own money down the drain, says Little-White
LENNIE Little-White, conceptualiser of the Outameni Experience, the cultural and educational dream t ... Read More

The house where 30-year-old teacher Kerry-Ann Powell and her boyfriend were attacked. Cop released in poisoned teacher case
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Authoritative police sources have confirmed that a policeman detain ... Read More

A section of Port Royal, the historic town that should have
been developed into a historical and cultural tourism
destination, but that plan was shelved in late 2001 after the
Port Royal Development Company failed to attract foreign
investors and eventually became insolvent by December 2003. UDC was on the verge of bankruptcy in mid-2000s
Former general manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Joy Douglas, said that the sale o ... Read More

Defying the odds with Derrimon Trading Ltd

BY MOSES JACKSON | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Derrick Cotterell, the founder and
executive chairman of Derrimon
Trading Company Ltd, in the foyer
to the company’s main office and
warehouse located on Marcus
Garvey Drive in Kingston.

Below is the story on one of the nominees for this year’s Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award. All the nominees are drawn from the list of entrepreneurs who have listed their companies on the Junior Stock Exchange. The Business Leader Award presentation takes place on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. DERRICK Cotterell spent his early working years immersed in a culture where nothing big happened without the magical power of money. In this world, it was an article ... Read More

John Holt: Memories by the Score

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

The casket, draped in a
white pall, sits at the altar
of the Holy Trinity Cathedral
in downtown Kingston
during the service for John
Holt last Monday.

EVERYWHERE one went across the Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Kingston last Monday, there were pockets of persons reminiscing on the life of reggae great John Holt. The memories came into sharp focus when Lloyd Parks and We The People Band struck up the opening notes to the Holt hits Love I can Feel and Stick By Me. This would unleash a flood of artistes who for the next hour would deliver some of the tracks which have made Holt a household name in Jamaica and part of the world since the ... Read More

Gov't senator urges amending Noise Abatement Act

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Patrons at a recent Mojito Mondays session in Kingston. Government Senator
Sophia Frazer-Binns is arguing that the provisions of the Noise Abatement Act
limits the ability of the nocturnal economy to grow as Jamaican party-goers
generally do not attend parties until after midnight and, usually, party until four or
five am.

Government Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns says that the State should remove the curfew on night entertainment and allow music sessions to go beyond the 2:00 am limit, to empower the nocturnal economy. She said that amending the Noise Abatement Act to allow longer hours for entertainment, as well as creating entertainment zones and promoting the construction of enclosed venues, would prod the development of the entertainment industry. This would impact on employment opportunities, earnings and pro ... Read More

Police action illegal

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

MUKULU… the State cannot make gifts of the property of its

A row is brewing between Acting Public Defender Matondo Mukulu and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) over the police seizing perishable goods from street vendors and donating them to government agencies. "The State cannot make gifts of the property of its citizens," Mukulu said in a report flowing from recent investigations carried out by his Office of the Public Defender into complaints by vendors that goods and carts seized by the police were not returned to them after going through the le ... Read More

'Dyeing' to make a living

BY KARENA BENNETT Sunday Observer reporter | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Pauline Thomson Campbell, who is
from the Johns Town community,
measures fabric as part of her
training with Daughters of Indigo.

SOCIAL enterprise organisation Daughters of Indigo has discovered a new cash crop to improve the livelihood of young women living in St Thomas. The two-year-old company uses the extracts from the plant Indigofera tinctoria and its related species to create a rich bluish-purple dye pattern on various types of fabric. The fabric is then used to create craft and household items from the natural materials. "We figured that we could get amazing colours and patterns from the indigo plant," Daughters ... Read More

'Slipped disc'

With Dr Chris Davis | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

The chiropractic adjustment can
ensure that the bones are aligned
properly, providing the most space for
the nerves with or without a
herniation present.

WITHOUT fail, increasingly, many primary care physicians are too quickly and commonly diagnosing "slipped discs". This is completely incorrect at worst; and, at best, is a common misnomer. You see, discs do not "slip". Discs are composed of very strong, elastic material and they are firmly attached to the vertebrae of the spine -- both above and below. If the design were flawed to the point where these structures "slipped", we would all be walking around like unstable, limp noodles at best, an ... Read More

Sickle cell symposium educates, empowers

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Kimberly Lawson (second right), brand manager at Wisynco
Group Ltd — and gold sponsor of the Sickle Cell Health and
Wellness Symposium — hands over a cheque to co-founders
and directors of the Sickle Cell Support Club of Jamaica (from
left) Camille Daley and Morette Wright, along with executive
member Natalie Roach.

AS part of its 21st annual Sickle Cell Awareness Week activities from November 9-15, the Sickle Cell Support Club of Jamaica (SCSCJ) on November 15 hosted a Sickle Cell Health and Wellness Symposium at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. The week-long activities were held under the theme: "Holistic Approaches to Managing Sickle Cell Disease". The SCSCJ is a voluntary service organisation that is committed to supporting families affected by sickle cell disease (SCD), a genetic condition which ... Read More

Senator Nicholson in sackcloth

With Balford Henry | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

NICHOLSON… a convincing apology. FRAZER-BINNS… called for the Noise
Abatement Act to be amended, to
allow the dancehall industry to thrive
as a nocturnal product

HAVING known Senator AJ Nicholson for more than two decades, I never expected to see him wearing sackcloth. Certainly not the man who gave Ferdie Yap a political whipping in West Central St Andrew in 1989, and served in portfolios such as attorney general and minister of justice between 1995 and 2007. However, now 72 years old and in the twilight of his political career, the goodly senator explained, while apologising to the Senate for his behaviour on October 31, that "despite my rainments" - ... Read More

Chaos at Falmouth Hospital

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

A section of the blood-stained floor of the Accident and Emergency
Department at  Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny, where a man was assaulted
while reportedly being treated yesterday.

A fight between two men that started in Duanvale, Trelawny escalated at the Falmouth Hospital yesterday morning when one of the combatants was attacked inside the Accident and Emergency Department. The attack, plus the convergence of their families on the hospital compound with pickaxes, disrupted operations. "From what we gather, there was a mob outside and there were pickaxes on the compound, bottles were thrown in the Accident and Emergency [Department] and one patient was stabbed while undergoing trea ... Read More

Daughter wants mom jailed

with Tanesha Mundle | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

A pregnant woman who claimed her mother hit her with a stone while she was sitting in her bed stunned the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last week after declaring that she wanted her mother to be sent to prison. The 21-year-old woman, whose deep resentment for her mother was very evident, was quick in telling Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey that she wanted her mother to be locked away, despite the mother's explanation that she did not deliberately hit her with the stone. Th ... Read More



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