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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

Man gets in trouble for pocketing lost wallet containing US $700

with Tanesha Mundle | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

An airport worker who found a wallet containing US $700 and $2,500 at his workplace and kept it for himself, is to know his fate on April 25. Leroy Morgan, 55, who was employed as a janitor at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, pleaded guilty to larceny by finding when he appeared in court last Friday. The court heard that on January 20, the complainant lost his wallet in the lounge at the airport, which he reported. Following an investigation, Morgan was seen on camera tak ... Read More

Walkout, abstention and Govt/Opposition relations

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

BUCHANAN ... seemed to have mistaken Parliament with his party’s conference

This year’s Budget Debate has been quite unusual in many ways, and may have left members of the public wondering what is going inside Parliament. One medium raised the possibility that Leader of the House of Representatives Derrick Smith might have been absent from the vote on the Estimates of Expenditure, leading to defeat for the Government’s budget proposals. But obviously, the Government was much more comfortable than that, knowing that the veteran politician had not only compl ... Read More

Policeman killed in Clarendon

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Too many victims are thankful that they were physically unscathed
during the robbery ordeal and cannot be bothered to relive their
experience by going through the courts.

Police corporal Kevin McLean, 37, was shot dead along the Frankfield main road in Clarendon Friday night, the police force’s information arm, the Constabulary Communication Network said in a statement yesterday. McLean was from Coleyville in Manchester and was assigned to the Chapelton Police Station. The CCN said that around 7:40 pm, McLean was on his way home from work when, upon reaching a section of the main road, he came upon gunmen who were robbing two Chinese nationals. They shot ... Read More

Fish and vegetables keep Hanover senior going

BY JEDIAEL CARTER Staff reporter carterj@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Leanora Watson, 105, is confident she will live to see the fourth generation of children in her family. (Kenyon Hemans)

It’s not every day someone lives to be actively involved in the rearing of children from the third generation of their family. Centenarian Leanora Watson, an example of such, is confident that she will live to nurture and raise her fourth generation of relatives. “Me gwaan live to see di fourth generation, all dem yah gwaan give me grandpickney,” Watson declared as she pointed to her great-grandson, whom she readies for basic school daily. In a spirited conversation with the ... Read More

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Dr Ashish Sarangi | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Are you feeling tired all the time?

Are you feeling tired all the time, even after resting and sleeping for a prolonged period? You may be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). CFS is complex and involves debilitating illness that interferes with activities of daily living and occupational and social functioning. The disorder has the following characteristics: •Fatigue: Clinically evaluated with no cause found; unexplained; lasting more than six months, not lifelong; not result of exertion; not relieved by rest; c ... Read More

Scientists solve the mystery of how sperm swim

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

The sperm’s tail creates a rhythm that pushes the sperm forward.

Researchers have developed a mathematical formula based on the rhythmic movement of a sperm’s head and tail, which significantly reduces the complexities of understanding and predicting how sperm make the difficult journey towards fertilising an egg. Researchers at the Universities of York, Birmingham, Oxford, and Kyoto University, Japan, found that the sperm’s tail creates a characteristic rhythm that pushes the sperm forward, but also pulls the head backwards and sideways in a coo ... Read More

Dale Carnegie training programme back in business

BY JAVENE SKYERS Staff reporter skyersj@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Managing Director and franchisee for the Dale Carnegie Training programme, Marlon Creary (left) presents the Jamaica Observer’s Jason Brown with the highest award for achievement for his performance during the course. (Naphtali Junior)

After over 30 years of absence from the Jamaican market, courses under the Dale Carnegie training programme are once again being offered to corporate companies locally, where courses will explore how to improve on key areas of corporate development such as professional leadership, skills and performance, among other areas. “Dale Carnegie was here in Jamaica from like the 40s to the 80s, and after the 80s the two franchisee operators who used to deliver the programme passed away and the pr ... Read More

Accountant General’s Dept makes changes

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Effective April 1, the Accountant General’s Department (AGD) will only accept barcoded life certificates from pensioners. Accountant General Carlene Murdock said the document will improve service delivery to pensioners. “We started using barcoded life certificates two years ago. It gives us all the information required for the pensioners. When it is scanned, the pensioners’ information is automatically updated, it is authenticated and goes straight into the payroll system,&r ... Read More

Excerpts from Jones Town Trench Town the Journey back

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Author and former Member of Parliament Paul Buchanan has penned his second book — Jones Town Trench Town the Journey Back, which will be officially launched on Tuesday at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies. Today we carry excerpts of the book which takes a historical look at life in the communities of Jones Town and Trench Town in the earlier years, and, among other things, the talent that emerged from those communities. Read More

Edited Epilogue

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

PJ Patterson

We salute the vision of Michael Manley and continue to benefit from his social legislations and uncompromising economic quest for a fairer world; and yes, there was Edward Seaga’s unrelenting devotion to promote and preserve our culture, the development institutions he established and the growth strategies he never stopped championing; and Percival James Patterson built highways, a modern information technology and communications network, advanced tertiary education and gave land to the pe ... Read More



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