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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

EU leaders mark Treaty of Rome anniversary

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Pedestrians walk past the European Commission building on which a banner is displayed celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, in Brussels. EU leaders met in Rome yesterday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the treaty and discuss the future of the bloc without Britain. (Photo: Xinhua)

ROME, Italy (Xinhua) — European Union (EU) leaders gathered in the Italian capital yesterday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome that launched the European integration process. The summit is meant to celebrate the major achievements reached by European countries since they embarked on the journey of integration. Besides that, there are challenges for the EU to address. Its leaders are expected to sign a Declaration of Rome to outline Europe’s future goals and perspec ... Read More

22 IS militants killed in drone strikes

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

(File photo)

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Xinhua) — Twenty-two Islamic State (IS) militants have been confirmed dead in drone attacks in eastern Nangarhar province on Friday, a spokesman for the provincial government said yesterday. The air strikes targeted IS hideouts in the Milo area of Nazian district on Friday evening, leaving 22 IS militants dead, said Attaullah Khogiani. Two group commanders named Zabihullah, alias Shino and Daz Gul were among those killed in the raids, the spokesman added. The IS ... Read More

Jamaica constantly on alert, says security minister

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Cofounder and director of counselling at Choose Life International (CLI) Faith Thomas (left) presents National Security Minister Robert Montague (second left) with a book at CLI’s conference on happiness at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on Thursday. Others (from third left) are management consultant and social entrepreneur, Dr Henley Morgan, and founder of CLI, Dr Donovan Thomas. (Photo: JIS)

NATIONAL Security Minister Robert Montague says Jamaica is constantly on alert for terrorists at the country’s ports of entry, by using a watch list provided by the international criminal police organisation, Interpol. “Our immigration officers are on alert. We have the software and backup systems to check passengers before they land, and when they land we’re cued into Interpol,” he said. Montague gave the assurance in a JIS News interview, at a Choose Life Internati ... Read More

Young cop killed in Clarendon crash

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

The remains of Constable Jamie Robinson’s motor car (Photo: Gregory Bennett)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Twenty-eight-year-old police constable, Jamie Robinson, lost his life in a motor vehicle accident on Thursday. According to the police, about 6:30 pm the policeman was driving his Nissan Skyline motor car along the Bustamante Highway in Clarendon when he lost control of the vehicle and was killed. Police reported that Robinson was in the process of overtaking a truck when one of the rear wheels of his motor car hit one of the front wheels of the truck. Police sa ... Read More

Sadness in Morant Bay

BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, March 25, 2017    

AFFLICK… killed in motor vehicle crash Tuesday (Photos: Racquel Porter)

FIFTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Bernett Afflick was the life of Morant Bay High School in St Thomas, but his heart expanded way beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Tears from fellow educators, students and members of the community when they got news that the information technology teacher was killed Tuesday in a motor vehicle accident on the Yallahs main road, while on his way to school, tell the story of man who is well loved and who will be sadly missed. Afflick’s colleagues, who expressed sa ... Read More

Police tell Manchester residents to be vigilant

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Police questioning a motorist (File Photo)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Superintendent Wayne Cameron of the Manchester Police Division has urged residents to be vigilant, noting that there are criminal elements plaguing the parish. He issued the caution following a kidnapping incident in the parish on Thursday. Police reported that two businessmen were held against their will for more than an hour as gunmen made demands for a sum of $1 million. The wife of one of the men, reportedly acting on instructions from the kidnappers, left t ... Read More

Universal Access Fund pushes hard for better Internet penetration

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Chief executive officer of the Universal Service Fund Suzette Buchanan (Photo: JIS)

THE Universal Service Fund (USF) says it has provided millions of dollars in support to libraries and educational institutions as the entity continues to carry out its mandate to provide 100 per cent Internet penetration across Jamaica. Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, chief executive Officer at the USF Suzette Buchanan said the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) has received $13.9 million to boost Internet access for users. The JLS’s Director General Karen Barton, meanwhile, said the US ... Read More

PICA takes outreach campaign to Toronto today

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

JAMAICA’S Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) will be taking its outreach campaign to an exposition at the Pearson Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada, today. This will be done in partnership with the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), National Land Agency, and Jamaica National. In an interview with JIS News, acting director of customer service at PICA Stephanie Gordon, said once someone is interested in travelling to Jamaica, whether for business or personal st ... Read More

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Saturday, March 25, 2017 8:45 PM    

The statue of Christ the Redeemer is seen after being plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on top of Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 25, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

PARIS, France (AFP) — Iconic global monuments including the Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House plunged into darkness Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change. Millions of people from some 170 countries and territories are expected to take part in the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants. The event, which originated in Sydney, has grown to become a w ... Read More

Tears and laughter for Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher

Saturday, March 25, 2017 7:17 PM    

Chairs on display at Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery on March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Friends, family and hundreds of wellwishers gathered in the Hollywood Hills on Saturday to celebrate the lives of beloved celebrity mother and daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Comedy actor Dan Aykroyd and singer James Blunt were among the stars who made their way to the Forest Lawn cemetery, where the pair are interred side by side following their deaths just one day apart in December.     Fisher, who catapulted to worldwide stardom ... Read More



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