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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

Court introduces criminal bench book

Monday, March 20, 2017 12:43 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica judiciary is introducing a “criminal bench book” to help judges in crafting summations to juries in criminal matters. Chief Justice Zaila McCalla said that the book is “designed to save judicial time in the preparation of summations, and to assist in the delivery of consistently predictable, accurate and clear directions to the jury.” The book was funded by some £60,000 provided by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and co ... Read More

Medical Council of Jamaica expresses condolence for slain doctor

Monday, March 20, 2017 12:21 PM    

Dr Garth Officer (centre) was shot and killed outside his home on March 17, 2017. (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Medical Council of Jamaica this morning says it regrets the untimely passing of colleague, Dr Garth Officer. A statement from the council expressed condolence to the family and friends of Officer, who it said was an exemplary member of the medical fraternity, dedicating his life to caring for his patients. The statement also said fraternity was saddened the death of a former member of the Medical Council and expressed “consternation” at what it called ... Read More

ONLINE POLL RESULTS: NHT should not be treated as a financial institution 

Monday, March 20, 2017 11:57 AM    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness addresses a ground-breaking ceremony for the Darliston and Masemure housing developments in Westmoreland on March 10. (Photo: Anthony Lewis)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Over eighty per cent of 2,867 respondents to an OBSERVER ONLINE poll said they do not agree with Prime Minister Andrew Holness that the National Housing Trust (NHT) should be treated as a financial institution. Speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony for the Darliston and Masemure housing developments in Westmoreland on March 10, Holness asserted that the NHT was not a housing agency but rather a financial institution. A day after his administration announced a withdra ... Read More

Denham Town lock-up escapee sentenced to six months 

Monday, March 20, 2017 11:41 AM    

Theodore Lawrence

KINGSTON, Jamaica — One of the prisoners who cut their way out of the Denham Town Police Station lock-up last September was on Thursday sentenced to six months. Twenty-three-year-old Theodore Lawrence, otherwise called Theo, of a Slipe Pen Road, Kingston address, was captured in Cross Roads earlier this month. Lawrence who was charged with murder at the time of his escape, pleaded guilty to escaping custody when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. "Why you escaped cu ... Read More

Heart institute to receive grant from Japan 

Monday, March 20, 2017 11:18 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC) will this Friday hold a contract signing ceremony for a grant from the Embassy of Japan to the embassy's Grassroots Human Security Project. The region’s premier centre for heart disease said in a release that the grant will allow for the procurement of two ambulances, which will contribute toward the establishment of an islandwide dedicated cardiac emergency service in Jamaica. This, HIC said was needed to reduce death ... Read More

CDB provides funds for poverty reduction in 8 Caribbean countries

Monday, March 20, 2017 10:58 AM    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says it is providing US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). It said the resources will support improved access to quality education; water and sanitation; basic community access and drainage; livelihoods enhancement and human resource development services in low-income and vulnerable communities under the ninth phase of BNTF (BNTF 9). The ... Read More

Man in custody after police discover sub-machine gun

Monday, March 20, 2017 10:37 AM    

Arrested

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man was yesterday taken into custody after the police discovered a sub-machine gun during a raid in St Catherine. Reports from the Brown's Hall police are that lawmen conducted the raid at premises in St Faith district at about 9:39 am and seized an AP sub-machine gun and two rounds of ammunition. The man was taken into custody in relation to the seizure but his identity is being withheld pending investigations. Read More

FBI probing links between Russia, Trump associates — director

Monday, March 20, 2017 9:53 AM    

FBI Director James Comey (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that the bureau is investigating possible links and coordination between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in last year's presidential election. The extraordinary revelation came at the outset of Comey's opening statement in a congressional hearing examining Russian meddling and possible connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign. He acknowledged ... Read More

Grants under Poor Relief Programme to increase – McKenzie

Monday, March 20, 2017 9:19 AM    

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie (Photo: JIS)

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says the ministry will be increasing the funeral and educational grants under the Poor Relief Programme starting in the new financial year. McKenzie said that the move is in response to concerns from poor relief officers about a lack of adequate resources for the many social programmes they have to undertake. “I met with the poor relief officers in Portland about six weeks ago and t ... Read More

ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Boxing is a brain-damaging sport 

Monday, March 20, 2017 8:51 AM    

Dear Editor,  I still have trouble understanding why Jamaica so warmly embraces a brain-damaging activity (sport?) such as boxing.  Fencing has moved on and away from shedding blood, so if boxing must continue, can it not involve only blows to the body, with a head punch immediately disqualifying the puncher for life? Perhaps like racing cars on a racetrack, it is thought that fighting in the ring will reduce the incidents of dangerous driving/actual fights in real life. But I have ... Read More



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