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Pepsi CEO to visit ‘Champs’ as guest of KC

CAREY... wants to sit with the Jamaican people   Pepsi

Chief Executive Officer of Pepsico Inc North America Albert P “Al” Carey will visit the Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championship (Champs) for the first time when the event is held later this week. Carey, 64, will be guest of Kingston College, which, along with Jamaica College ... Read More

PHILLIPS ... takes over as fifth PNP President Peter Phillips becomes PNP President today
Peter David Phillips will become the fifth President of the People’s National Party by acclama ... Read More

Author Paul Buchanan (left) shows the Jamaica Observer’s Executive Editor Vernon Davidson a section of his latest book Jones Town Trench Town :the journey back when he called on Davidson at the newspaper’s Beechwood Avenue, St Andrew, offices last week. (Bryan Cummings) Former MP Buchanan to launch second book Tuesday
Former Member of Parliament Paul Buchanan will launch his second book ‘Jones Town Trench Town ... Read More

CHARLES JNR ... we understand that facilities are needed (karl mclarty) UK prison deal not Government priority, says Charles Jnr
Minister of state in the Ministry of National Security, Pearnel Charles Jnr, has said that the Gover ... Read More

A dad’s ‘special’ joy

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor – publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

GRAZ, Austria — Romaine Austin of Jamaica skates away from his opponents to win his second gold in the 333m speed skating competition at the ice skating rink in Graz on Friday, March 24, 2017. He won his first gold in the 500m. (PHOTO: Collin Reid courtesy Digicel,Courts and Alliance Investments)

True to form, Errol Austin didn’t become excited when his son, Romaine, created history by becoming the first Jamaican to win a gold medal at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria last week. “I just knew he was going to do it,” the elder Austin told the Jamaica Observer on Friday, hours after his son captured a second gold medal in the most unlikely event for someone from a tropical country — speed skating, an ice sport. According to the elder Austin, he kn ... Read More

Dawn Henry — excelling in a male-dominated business

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Dawn Henry, president of the JUTA Falmouth Chapter hard, at work at her office in Falmouth. (Philp Lemonte)

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Eighteen years ago when Falmouth resident Dawn Henry accepted a temporary job as an administrative secretary, set to last for three months at the offices of the Jamaica Union of Travellers Association (JUTA) Falmouth Chapter, she had no idea that one day she would become the president of the male-dominated chapter. In fact, in 2014, she agreed to vie for the presidency of the then almost 37-years-old organisation, after she was besieged by members who saw her enormous ... Read More

Infidelity, penis length and life expectancy

Angela Davis | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

According to a poll done by a popular dating site, most faithful men have foot sizes between seven and nine.

The myths about people’s shoe size have been around for centuries, especially those involving men. Research shows that there can be positive results for both large and small feet. Here are the results of some studies and surveys that have been carried out around the world. GROWTH SPURTS Foot size can predict growth spurts. Height and foot size are related in most people, but not all. If a teenager has large feet, it can indicate imminent growth in height. This is because the small bone ... Read More

Former Miss Jamaica Gina Hargitay making a mark

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

The former beauty queen is swarmed by children of the National Basic School in Trench Town.

Former Miss Jamaica Gina Hargitay spends a lot of time travelling the world. The vivacious beauty has a busy schedule, including her role as a sought after motivational and public speaker who primarily works with young people. She has had several speaking engagements all over the world, to places such as Senegal, Brazil, Grand Cayman, Canada, and the United States. She is currently studying history and politics at the University of Westminster in London. No matter where she is in the world, ... Read More

Trump blames party hardliners for health debacle, as more battles loom

Sunday, March 26, 2017 4:47 PM    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Donald Trump on Sunday squarely blamed his Republican party's ultra-conservative wing for the most stinging defeat of his young presidency, holding it responsible for the failed attempt to repeal Obamacare in a way that may signal bruising battles ahead over taxes and spending. In a Twitter message, the US president not only faulted the hardline Freedom Caucus and two other influential conservative groups for the stunning setback, he suggested they had we ... Read More

BPO sector becoming the number one source of employment in western Jamaica

Sunday, March 26, 2017 4:19 PM    

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and MP for St James North Western, Dr Horace Chang (left) shares in a light moment with Mayor of Montego Bay, Homer Davis at a recent Business Process Outsourcing meeting in Montego Bay.

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — The Business Process Outsourcing Sector (BPO) is fast becoming the number one source of employment, next to tourism in western Jamaica. Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Mayor of Montego Bay, Homer Davis said the sector is now officially one of the main engines of economic growth and “is also a place where many young persons have been making something of their lives.” “Currently, the Government, through the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) ... Read More

Phillips says giving more power to security forces not an effective crime solution

Sunday, March 26, 2017 3:50 PM    

Former Prime Ministers PJ Patterson (left) and Portia Simpson Miller (right) share a moment with PNP party leader, Dr Peter Phillips. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Newly appointed President of the People's National Party Peter Phillips has dismissed government plans to give more power to the security forces as an ineffective method of solving the country's crime problem. "The solution to crime is not to be rooted in having the state unleash more violence on the people or in passing laws that take away people's rights," he said. According to Phillips, who this afternoon took over leadership of the PNP from Portia Simpson Miller, ... Read More

Pakistan beat Windies by six wickets

Sunday, March 26, 2017 3:40 PM    

Pakistan's Shoaib Malik (centre) takes a run during the first of four-T20I-match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Kensington Oval stadium in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Photo: AFP)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Pakistan defeated West Indies by six wickets in the opening Twenty20 International of the four-match series at Kensington Oval on Sunday. Scores: WEST INDIES 111 for eight off 20 overs (Carlos Brathwaite 34 not out; Shadab Khan 3-7) PAKISTAN 115 for four off 17.1 overs (Shoaib Malik 38 not out, Babar Azam 29; Jason Holder 2-27) Read More

Tears flow as Portia bids PNP farewell

Sunday, March 26, 2017 3:26 PM    

A visibly emotional Lisa Hanna hugs Portia Simpson Miller after she gave her last speech as PNP party leader. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Loyal supporters and members of the People's National Party (PNP) were overcome with tears as Portia Simpson Miller made her final address as party leader this afternoon. The supporters were moved to tears after Simpson Miller ended her address in which she spoke about her love for the party and her rise from humble beginnings to become the first female vice president and president of the party as well as the country first female prime minister. Councillor Venesha Phi ... Read More

Fishermen reaping the benefits of fish sanctuary

Sunday, March 26, 2017 3:19 PM    

(file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Fishermen of Oracabessa Bay in St Mary are reaping the benefits of the locally established fish sanctuary, which has significantly increased the fish stock in the area. Manager of the Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary, Inilek Wilmot said that  since the inception of the project in 2008, there has been a significant increase in the fish stock. “We have per area measurement for fish and this gives an indication of the density of fish there. Up to 2016, ... Read More



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