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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Legacy to be focus of Jamaica Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Legacy-to-be-focus-of-Jamaica-Day_90325 PLANS are in high gear as schools at all levels of the education system prepare to celebrate Jamaica Day tomorrow.<br /> <br /> Jamaica Day is celebrated annually as part of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information effort to instil the spirit of nationalism that is necessary for the social and cultural development of the country.<br /> <br /> The theme for this year&rsquo;s celebration is &lsquo;Celebrating Jamaica: Exploring Our Legacy in a Global Context&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Explaining the reason for the theme, senior education officer and chair for the Jamaica Day Planning Committee, Marlon Williams, told<br /> <br /> JIS News that during a visit to Jamaica Archives Registry Department (JARD), he recognised that the department &ldquo;plays a critical role in preserving a lot that has to do with us as a nation&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;So we want to showcase what JARD does and at the same time show how it will be beneficial to our students, and to highlight areas of legacies and what students can do to start creating their legacy,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Williams added that schools are encouraged to look at people, programmes or initiatives in their schools, communities, Jamaica, and internationally that may have created a legacy &mdash; something that the schools are proud of that they can highlight and celebrate.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We also want to inculcate in our students that they can start creating legacies from now that will be celebrated in the future,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> This year the school to be featured nationally is the Green Island High School in Hanover, representing region four.<br /> <br /> According to Williams, this school is very resourceful and culturally aware, and has been contributing a lot to nation- building through the performing arts.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When you look at their performance in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) festivals, as it relates to speech and drama, they have been doing well over the years.Their performance in the CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) Drama examinations is exemplary, and last year the CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations) performing arts were introduced and this school performed exceptionally well in the examinations. So I can safely say that Green Island High has already started to create a legacy,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, in theother education regions, focus schools have been selected for Jamaica Day celebrations. In region one there are Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; School, St Aloysius Primary School, Kingston College, and Vaz Preparatory. In region two the focus school is Yallahs Primary in St Thomas; region three, Brown&rsquo;s Town High School; region five, Holland Primary in St Elizabeth and Port Henderson Primary in St Catherine.<br /> <br /> Williams is appealing to corporate Jamaica, government entities and departments, and Jamaicans in the diaspora to celebrate Jamaica Day by wearing the Jamaican colours (black, green and gold) or the bandana or just do something to celebrate Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &mdash; JIS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13355166/234311_61364_repro_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM 1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13663385/234311_61364_repro_dlysecld.jpg Digicel to cut at least 1,625 employees from global workforce http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Digicel-to-cut-at-least-1-625-employees-from-global-workforce_90399 Telecommunications company Digicel will be cutting its global workforce by at least 1,625 employees, starting March 1, as the company seeks to restructure its operations. <br /> <br /> In a press release yesterday, Digicel said its plans to design and integrate its organisation to be fit for purpose for 2030, and beyond, will result in the reduction of approximately 25 per cent of its global workforce over the next 18 months. <br /> <br /> The first step in the process being the offer of an Enhanced Voluntary Separation Programme which will open next month.<br /> <br /> In a response to the Jamaica Observer queries, Head of Group Public Relations Antonia Graham said Digicel currently employs in excess of 6,500 full-time employees, in addition to contractors and part-time employees. <br /> <br /> Digicel&rsquo;s redundancy numbers this year will affect at least 500 more individuals than it did in its last restructuring in 2012. <br /> <br /> Back then, the move was aimed at driving efficiencies and maximising performance following the integration of the Jamaican Claro operations into the company, said Digicel. Now the company seeks to design a market structure which will comprise a small number of regional hubs &mdash; two for the Caribbean and Central America tourism regions and two for the Pacific region. <br /> <br /> Graham was tight-lipped on locations of the hubs, but noted that the regional hubs will house back office centralised functions, while delivering shared services. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This means that staff in our 31 markets will be focused on sales and enhanced service delivery and resources and investment are prioritised to drive competition and innovation,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> Currently, Digicel has no regional hubs but will announce the locations of the hubs at a later date. Graham added that since the enhanced voluntary separation programme is a global one, it is not possible to predict what volume of applications the company will get from Jamaica. <br /> <br /> The telecommunications firm said it is now taking things to the &ldquo;next level&rdquo; and initiating an ongoing data network upgrade programme through a global partnership agreement that was signed on February 9 in Shenzhen, China, by Digicel Chairman Denis O&rsquo;Brien and Dr Zhao, chairman and CEO of ZTE. <br /> <br /> Digicel noted that this is the largest network transformation ever undertaken by the company and customers will very soon start to see the benefits.<br /> <br /> Commenting on the programme, Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves said: &ldquo;We are building Digicel for 2030 and beyond. Our transformation programme sees us taking the bull by the horns and daring to be different by challenging the status quo and by innovation-led growth. That&rsquo;s what we are known for and that&rsquo;s what we will continue to be known for into the future.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/8757667/Digicel.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM 2 St James man abducts, molests 11-y-o girl http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-James-man-abducts--molests-11-y-o-girl_90355 A man from Norwood, St James, is scheduled to face the court next month after he allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl in his community last Saturday.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Constabulary Force&rsquo;s Corporate Communications Unit said yesterday that the 22-year-old accused was on Monday charged with abduction, sexual touching, grievous sexual assault, and rape.<br /> <br /> Reports from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse in St James are that about 12:30 pm, the child was walking along a road when she was allegedly abducted by a man and sexually assaulted.<br /> <br /> He is to appear in the St James Parish Court on March 3. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10560931/Handcuffs_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM 3 Top cops spend time with student leaders http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Top-cops-spend-time-with-student-leaders_90339 Members of the Police High Command and assistant commissioners of police are set to host lunchtime forums with students from select schools as part of the initiative &lsquo;Youth Leaders Power Lunches&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> The initiative forms part of the Jamaica Constabulary Force&rsquo;s 150th anniversary celebrations.<br /> <br /> The police, in a release from the Corporate Communications Unit on Wednesday, said approximately 20 students from the top cops&rsquo; alma mater are expected to participate in the power lunches, which kicked off on Tuesday.<br /> <br /> The JCF said the students were selected based on their present leadership roles or power of influence at their respective schools.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As future leaders of the country, their thoughts on national security are valued so these lunches will give our senior officers the opportunity to listen to the concerns and suggestions they may have on issues of crime, police/citizen interaction, public order and other matters,&rdquo; the release quoted JCF Corporate Communications Director Nathelie Taylor.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In addition to those with formal leadership roles, we have also asked the schools to include other influential students who need to learn to positively channel the clout they have,&rdquo; she continued.<br /> <br /> The release said the initiative aligns with the force&rsquo;s established commitment to developing young people and disrupting criminal incidents that involve or affect youths. The JCF said the initiative will further complement other youth-focused interventions such as the IPAD For Life Empowerment Summer Camp and the Police Youth Clubs in Schools programme.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Far too many students have become vulnerable, are being impacted by and are being drawn into criminal activities. At a time when there seems to be increased youth violence participation or victimisation, it is critical that young people are reached and are empowered to make a positive difference in their schools and communities,&rdquo; Taylor said. &ldquo;We also know many students are from abusive situations and, not having the proper guidance, eventually become aggressors, abusers and sadly criminals.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This initiative is a small step, but one which will be a legacy project for the JCF&rsquo;s 150th anniversary as we work towards a safer Jamaica,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> In the meanwhile, the JCF said Sandals Resorts, through the provision of lunches, has partnered on this initiative.<br /> <br /> Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey kicked off the initiative on Tuesday when he visited his former school Prospect College in St Ann. Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, Head of Area Four, Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis and Assistant Commissioner of Police Wray Palmer, head of the Inspectorate of Police, yesterday visited their old stomping grounds of Cornwall College in St James, Seaforth High in St Thomas, and BB Coke High in St Elizabeth, respectively.<br /> <br /> Tomorrow, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers is set to visit the Green Island High School in Hanover.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I applaud the Jamaica Constabulary Force on its 150th anniversary milestone and for undertaking this excellent initiative in engaging the youth in Jamaica in its drive to identify strategic efforts to ensure the security of the nation. We look forward to having Mr Bailey&rsquo;s continued visits, and a continued close partnership with the JCF,&rdquo; said Gregory Wint, principal of Prospect College. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13662643/260191_86605_repro_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM 3 MPs want companies to answer to Parliament on $600-m bushing programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Let-contractors-come_90414 THE Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament will be seeking the advice of the Attorney General on whether contractors engaged by the Government to carry out its controversial $600-million islandwide mitigation programme can be asked to appear before the committee.<br /> <br /> The committee had, in January, indicated the possibility of going this route to get clarity on lingering questions about the programme. The decision was made yesterday during another sitting of the committee at Gordon House, where more answers were sought from the National Works Agency (NWA) about expenditures under the programme, and the nature of the contracts given to the five contractors. <br /> <br /> Chairman, Dr Wykeham McNeill explained that because there was no bidding process for the contracts &ldquo;each time we (the committee) asks a question we run up into that wall of &lsquo;oh, it was given to contractors&rsquo;. The methodology of sequence leaves a lot to be answered,&rdquo; he remarked, noting what he said was the autonomy given to the contractors.<br /> <br /> The chairman noted that the Attorney General&rsquo;s counsel would be useful for the PAAC&rsquo;s handling of questions regarding not just the mitigation programme but other Government projects in future.<br /> <br /> The contractors include: Build-Rite Construction Company Limited, YP Seaton and Associates, General Paving Limited, Asphaltic Concrete Enterprise Limited, and Construction Solution Limited. They were selected using the Government&rsquo;s emergency procurement methodology.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The contract is between the NWA and the contractors [but] what we have been doing largely is to ask you (NWA head) questions, but many of them, really, are questions that we should ask the contractors,&rdquo; McNeill suggested.<br /> <br /> Head of the NWA E G Hunter, however, cautioned against having contractors before a House committee. &ldquo;I think we have to be very careful with that. A contractor, whether he bids for a job or is awarded a job, gets a contract legitimately, performs and as long as he abides by the prescription of the contract, then he has done what he was contracted to do. Inviting a contractor here to answer questions which are not strictly within the ambit of his contract can be a little bit problematic,&rdquo; Hunter stated. <br /> <br /> A similar proposal was raised previously to have China Harbour Engineering Company appear before the committee to explain details of the outstanding debts to its local sub-contractors for major infrastructure development works.<br /> <br /> The discussion also centred on variations in the scope of the works, but Hunter noted that the owners (NWA) of the contracts were within their right to vary contracts as was seen fit, and that this did not always result in additional expenditure. <br /> <br /> Another point of contention for committee member Mikael Phillips was disparity in spending across in the parishes of Clarendon, St Elizabeth and Manchester. He noted that the contractor for those parishes had spent over $100 million in Clarendon, $8.4 million in Manchester, and $22.7 million in St Elizabeth. &ldquo;The NWA lost control,&rdquo; he alleged. &ldquo;Hence, why $100 million could be spent in the parish of Clarendon alone out of a contract sum of $133 million?&rdquo; Phillips asked.<br /> <br /> Phillips, an Opposition MP, took the line his People&rsquo;s National Party has been pushing, suggesting to the committee that spending was a ploy to shore up votes in the November local government elections.<br /> <br /> Amidst protests from the Opposition, Prime Minister Andrew Holness late last year announced a re-scoping of the programme, explaining that it was designed to address the dangers posed to public health and safety from the effects of continuous rainfall affecting the island at the time.<br /> <br /> According to the NWA, up to this month, $435.4 million has been paid out for works carried out under the programme. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13664509/ZZ04A2FE32_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM Y http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13663501/197427_26520_repro_sld1.jpg 01 4 Sign up for Scotiabank Vision Achiever by Feb 26 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Sign-up-for-Scotiabank-Vision-Achiever-by-Feb-26_90352 BUSINESS owners have been encouraged to sign up for the Scotiabank Vision Achiever before the close of applications on February 26.<br /> <br /> The programme is one of a number of initiatives offered by the bank to support the development of SMEs in Jamaica. The 17-week transformational business course is designed to impart the core competencies required for running a profitable business, to include sales, systemising business processes, marketing and understanding business financials. <br /> <br /> To date, over 130 businesses have benefited from exposure through this programme, Scotiabank said in a press release yesterday.<br /> <br /> Businesses interested in being part of the programme are invited to sign up based on their ability to meet the following criteria:<br /> <br /> &bull; Applicants must be a sole proprietor, partnership, corporation or limited liability company.<br /> <br /> &bull; Must be above the age of 21 and a Jamaican national.<br /> <br /> &bull; Must complete an online application form at www.scotiavisionachiever.com by or before the deadline.<br /> <br /> &bull; Business needs to be in operation for at least two years.<br /> <br /> &bull; Business should have earned at least US$150,000 in the last fiscal year. <br /> <br /> &bull; Should have good credit history<br /> <br /> The Scotiabank Vision Achiever programme, said the bank, offers a variety of capacity-building business courses that if properly implemented have been known to transform the efficiency and profitability of companies. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13518268/248678_75146_repro_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM 4 Man pleads guilty to 2011 murder of lecturer, husband http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Man-pleads-guilty-for-2011-murder-of-lecturer--husband_90338 OCHO RIOS, Ann &mdash; One of the two men charged for the August 23, 2011 murder of Discovery Bay couple Stephen Hall and Normalyn Campbell-Hall has been sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility for parole after 17 years.<br /> <br /> The accused, Steve Stewart, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder on Tuesday, February 22, and was sentenced by Justice Georgiana Frazer. The trial of the other accused, Jowayne Alexander, who pleaded not guilty, was expected to start today, February 22, in the St Ann Circuit Court.<br /> <br /> The bodies of businessman Stephen Hall and Normalyn Campbell Hall, a lecturer at the Brown&rsquo;s Town Community College, were found in Lakeside, Discovery Bay, about three miles from their home in Queen Crescent. The police theorised that the couple were killed at their home and their bodies taken to the location. Robbery was originally established as a motive for the killings.<br /> <br /> A third man, Raymond Mitchell, was charged for receiving stolen property after he was caught on camera using a debit card belonging to the couple in St James. A car belonging to Campbell-Hall was also found in that parish. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10561609/gavel_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM 4 March Pen Road residents want police post open http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/March-Pen-Road-residents-want-police-post-open_90321 RESIDENTS of March Pen Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, are demanding that the police post in their community be opened, especially given the ongoing violence in the area.<br /> <br /> On Monday the residents complained t hat the police post has been in the community for months, but has remained closed despite the flare-up of violence.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Oonuh build a station and no time dem (police officers) nuh come. Yuh never see a police up deh yet,&rdquo; one woman said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;How yuh fi have a police station and war a gwaan and no day it nuh open?&rdquo; she asked.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;And dem not even say mek dem come help wi and war a gwaan, but dem find time fi come up yah a shoot man,&rdquo; another woman added.<br /> <br /> The women were among a group of people protesting in the community on Monday following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Andrade McDonald.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A bun dung dem fi bun it dung, &lsquo;cause a waste a money dat,&rdquo; the second woman continued. &ldquo;And police come up yah every day and when dem come, dem hitch up a every bar. A tek we fi tek dem picture and mek it go viral.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> She was supported by men who threatened to set fire to the police post.<br /> <br /> The residents, who were upset by McDonald&rsquo;s death, blocked a section of the Spanish Town bypass as well as sections of the community by burning tyres, wood and other debris.<br /> <br /> Head of the St Catherine North Division, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Anthony Powell, could not tell the Jamaica Observer for how long the police post has been closed but said that it was already closed when he was assigned to the division in December 2015.<br /> <br /> He pointed out, however, that one of the main reasons for the closure is that the division does not have enough police officers to adequately man the post.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The risk factor is another reason that we have to consider. There was a similar post at the Spanish Town bus park and it was torched, and we would not be able to open the post unless we are able to put in enough officers to mitigate against any threat,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> According to police reports given to the Independent Commission of Investigations, McDonald was killed after police officers on mobile patrol in Black Land, March Pen Road, allegedly came under gunfire.<br /> <br /> Following the shooting, a shotgun was reportedly seized.<br /> <br /> However, the residents have disputed the police&rsquo;s version of the incident.<br /> <br /> They claimed McDonald was killed in cold blood while he and another man were on their way to a section of the community to access Wi-Fi. The residents also denied reports that he had a firearm in his possession.<br /> <br /> McDonald&rsquo;s relative said he was a vendor who sells cups, plates and other items from a handcart in the May Pen Market.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Him a hustler. Him mother stock up a cart and gi him and him go sell it a daytime. A Saturday him celebrate him birthday,&rdquo; his cousin said.<br /> <br /> McDonald&rsquo;s mother, Andrea Gayle, also said her son was not involved in any wrongdoing and did not deserve to die in the manner he did.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Him nuh want for nothing. Mi pickney a nuh thief. Anything him want mi give him. A last Thursday him tell me seh him want a shoes fi him birthday and me give him the money,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Gayle said the police should have arrested her son if they caught him with a gun.<br /> <br /> But SSP Powell told the Observer that from reports received, McDonald was a &ldquo;violence producer&rdquo; in the community. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13663221/260229_86683_repro_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00 AM Y http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13663225/260229_86683_repro_sld2.jpg 02 4 Selection policy change for Reggae Boyz, says Burrell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Selection-policy-change-for-Reggae-Boyz--says-Burrell KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) &mdash; Football Federation president, Captain Horace Burrell has pointed to a change of policy in selection for the national team, with more emphasis set to be placed on home-based players in the future.<br /> <br /> The veteran administrator said with a new attitude emerging from many of the young players who played domestically, overseas-based professionals were no longer guaranteed of automatic places in the Reggae Boyz squad.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;What we are seeing from the young players is a major difference right now in terms of attitude, in terms of really getting out there doing it, and I think this is one area that we must concentrate on and so the days of players coming from overseas and walking into the national team, those days are behind us,&rdquo; the Gleaner newspaper quoted Burrell as saying.<br /> <br /> He added: &ldquo;In fact, when you look at the players on the field of play, you realise that there is something different, and speaking with my colleagues in CONCACAF, they, too, have noticed that there is a difference, and so we intend to continue along this line, and I am sure that everything will fall into place in the right order.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Foreign-based pros have become a feature of Reggae Boyz sides over nearly the last two decades, as Jamaica has become one of the most powerful nations in Caribbean football.<br /> <br /> Seven members of their historic World Cup squad in 2002 were based in England and successive World Cup campaigns have seen increasing numbers of players who ply their trade outside of Jamaica.<br /> <br /> In fact, at the last CONCACAF Gold Cup two years ago when the Reggae Boyz were good enough to reach the final, only two of the 23-player squad were based at home.<br /> <br /> Jamaica&rsquo;s failure to reach the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup may have influenced the new approach but Burrell reiterated it was time to change course.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have to be man enough to say it has not worked and, therefore, after meeting with all the stakeholders, the Jamaica Football Federation decided to embark on a new initiative by including the youngsters and the local-based players who are hungry and who really want to make an impression, and we&rsquo;re getting the results,&rdquo; Burrell said.<br /> <br /> Jamaica are currently preparing for two major tournaments &ndash; the Caribbean Cup finals from June 22-25 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup from July 7-26.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666094/Captain-burrell-Arrives_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 5:55 PM 5 Forex: J$128.14 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-128-14-to-one-US-dollar2017-02-23T14-47-43 KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Thursday, February 23, ended trading at J$128.14, up by 13 cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$97.41, down from J$97.56, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$159.58, up from J$159.11.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13666028/forex_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 5:46 PM 5 Moravian ministers' sex case adjourned http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Moravian-ministers--sex-case-adjourned MANDEVILLE, Manchester &mdash; The carnal abuse and indecent assault case of former head of the Moravian Church in Jamaica Dr Paul Gardner and his deputy Jermaine Gibson was adjourned in the Manchester Circuit Court today.<br /> <br /> The men will return on Thursday, March 2.<br /> <br /> When the names of the men were called this morning for them to enter the courtroom they were not yet present.<br /> <br /> The matter was on hold when they arrived because of a trial in progress in the Circuit Court.<br /> <br /> That seems to have played a part in the adjournment.<br /> <br /> Defence attorneys Peter Champagnie and Pierre Rogers for Gardner and Gibson respectively, should know by the upcoming court date if the case will be removed from the Manchester Circuit Court.<br /> <br /> The men have been accused of sexually molesting a minor in the parish years ago.<br /> <br /> Both Gardner and Gibson are now on bail.<br /> <br /> Alicia Sutherland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665795/gardner-gibson_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:41 PM 5 Three C'bean beaches make TripAdvisor's top 10 Travellers' Choice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Three-C-bean-beaches-make-TripAdvisor-s-top-10-Travellers--Choice KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Travel website TripAdvisor has released its 2017 Travellers' Choice award for the best beaches in the world.  <br /> <br /> According to the site's press release, the list is determined based on "the quantity and quality of traveller reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor, gathered over a 12-month period." <br /> <br /> Although Jamaica&rsquo;s world famous Negril Beach is absent from the list, the Caribbean is represented three times with a second and third-place ranking.<br /> <br /> Here are the top 10:<br /> <br /> 1. Baia do Sancho, Brazil <br /> <br /> 2. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos <br /> <br /> 3. Eagle Beach, Aruba <br /> <br /> 4. Playa Paraiso, Cuba <br /> <br /> 5. Siesta Beach, Florida <br /> <br /> 6. La Concha Beach, Spain <br /> <br /> 7. Playa Norte, Mexico <br /> <br /> 8. Radhanager Beach, India <br /> <br /> 9. Elafonissi Beach <br /> <br /> 10. Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665792/beaches-turks-caicos_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:35 PM 5 Training unaffected by vacant head coach position, assures JNA president http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Training-unaffected-by-vacant-head-coach-position--assures-JNA-president KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) &mdash; Netball Association president, Paula Daley-Morris, says she expects the vacant head coach position to be filled soon but has given the assurance that the national team programme will press ahead unaffected regardless.<br /> <br /> The Sunshine Girls, the Caribbean&rsquo;s top-rated side, has been without a head coach since Minneth Reynolds resigned last December.<br /> <br /> Daley-Morris said the JNA had received three applications for the post and would begin interviews next week. And though no specific date had been targeted for the appointment for the new head coach, the administrator said the coaching structure in place would ensure the team&rsquo;s preparations were not hindered.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t have a date in mind but the committee will decide that as well, and so I have to hear from them based on the process that they are using because we can&rsquo;t announce it until a candidate is selected,&rdquo; Daley-Morris told the Gleaner newspaper here.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;But we also have other coaches in place, so we are not going to rush the process.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> She added: &ldquo;The team will begin their training in early March, so if we do not have a head coach, it is not going to stop the team from training, because we have an assistant coach, who is still there, and a technical director, and we have other personnel that work around the team.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Reynolds assumed her post in early 2014 following a stint by former national player Oberon Pitterson, and oversaw Jamaica&rsquo;s fourth place finish at the World Cup in Sydney the following year.<br /> <br /> Her last series in charge coincided with Jamaica&rsquo;s 2-1 victory over England in a three-Test away series last December.<br /> <br /> Daley-Morris revealed that among the applicants was a foreign coach but said this was expected because of the team&rsquo;s international profile.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are an internationally rated team, so we accept applications from anywhere, and so we expected people from anywhere to apply,&rdquo; she pointed out. &ldquo;We have employed overseas persons to coach the team before.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Daley-Morris said the JNA committee would begin pouring over applications this week before starting interviews.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The committee will meet this week to review the applications, and at the end of the review, the applicants will be asked to submit their additional documents, and then we will set up interviews for them,&rdquo; said Daley-Morris.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665744/DR-DALEY-MORRIS_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:19 PM 5 Preventative detention is a cop's function under common law, use it &mdash; Chuck http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Preventative-detention-is-a-cop-s-function-under-common-law--use-it---Chuck KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) &mdash; Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is encouraging members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to utilise preventative detention as a means to reduce the likelihood of a crime being committed. <br /> <br /> Chuck&rsquo;s encouragement follows the announcement by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte on February 8, for the use of preventative detention as part of the Government&rsquo;s crime strategy.<br /> <br /> The practice essentially requires an individual, or set of individuals, to be held in jail or an institution because he or she is regarded as a danger to the community. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;That is what we have been saying, for the police to be engaged in more proactive policing. Try and get the intelligence to anticipate the likelihood of the crime being committed and&hellip; intervene before the people engage in violence. That is essentially what preventative detention is about,&rdquo; Chuck said. <br /> <br /> He was addressing a recent meeting of the Kiwanis Club of North. St Andrew, at the Police Officers&rsquo; Club, on Hope Road. <br /> <br /> The minister noted that since the announcement was made for the use of the practice, there has been debate surrounding its lawfulness and whether it is constitutional. <br /> <br /> However, Chuck explained that the practice is a function of a police constable under Common Law. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Anyone who knows the Common Law would know that preventative detention is a common-law activity. In fact, it has been and has always been a part of a constable&rsquo;s power. He must have that power to maintain the peace,&rdquo; the minister emphasised. <br /> <br /> Chuck pointed to two cases of preventative detention being used around the world as well as a recent case involving the decision taken by the United Kingdom&rsquo;s Supreme Court to make it a part of the police&rsquo;s arsenal. <br /> <br /> He indicated that preventative detention does not necessarily require jailing the offender, but to institute a curfew for an individual to remain within the confines of his or her home. <br /> <br /> Chuck also mentioned the discussions he has heard from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, surrounding preventative detention. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;She emphasised that if the police were engaged in preventative detention more often, many of the cases she has had to prosecute wouldn&rsquo;t have come, because so often people go to the police that they have been assaulted or threatened and... nothing is done,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> The minister acknowledged that preventative detention can be used to stem crimes associated with gang violence and domestic violence. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665683/chuck_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:41 PM 5 Hanna lambasted on social media for suggesting ban on Vybz Kartel's music http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Hanna-lambasted-on-social-media-for-suggesting-ban-on-Vybz-Kartel-s-music KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Opposition People&rsquo;s National Party (PNP) spokesperson on Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna is being lambasted by social media users for comments she made calling for incarcerated Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel&rsquo;s music to be banned from public airwaves.<br /> <br /> Fans of the incarcerated artiste took to the MP&rsquo;s social media accounts to air their grouses, after she expressed her views in an interview yesterday on Nationwide 90 FM. <br /> <br /> The social media users, who disagreed with her suggestions, stated that Hanna is concerned about the fact that the artiste has been able to produce music from behind bars.<br /> <br /> Vybz Kartel whose real name is Adijah Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for murder.<br /> <br /> Hanna&rsquo;s comments came amid discussions about how violence in the country is intertwined with certain negative aspects of popular culture.<br /> <br /> Instagram users have been relentless in their efforts to chide the former minister by leaving their comments under photos she has posted in the past.<br /> <br /> One social media user said she (Hanna) is contradicting herself. &ldquo;She mentioned Buju Banton not releasing any new music.. Well he did last week & he's in Florida, US jail... Di song name mek MI si.. So it's obvious she focusing on Vybz Kartel.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Another user said &ldquo;it's best if you shut up and go one side.... Caa u naah do nth (nothing) better that irritate people..... you know how long mi deh yh a pree the amount a foolishness yaa comment and a talk bout freedom of speech.....Just go one side.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Another said &ldquo;...When its election you same people playing the DJ music. Stop blaming the music alone.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Among the plethora of comments on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were also death threats against the MP.<br /> <br /> When contacted for a response, PNP General Secretary, Julian Robinson told OBSERVER ONLINE that he would not be commenting on the matter.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665660/Lisa-Hanna-2_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:30 PM 5 428 inmates reclassified in thrust to reduce prison population http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/428-inmates-reclassified-in-thrust-to-reduce-prison-population KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The Ministry of National Security today revealed that over a one-year period ending January 2017, the Department of Correctional Services has reclassified 428 inmates in an ongoing exercise aimed at reducing the population in the island&rsquo;s maximum-security facilities.  <br /> <br /> The reclassification exercise, according to the ministry, is carried out by a Classification Committee, which sits at each of the island&rsquo;s penal institutions. Previously the superintendent at each facility carried out this exercise.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> The project focuses on inmates at the Tower Street and St Catherine Adult Correctional Centres.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services Ina Hunter-Fairweather said: &ldquo;When an offender is sentenced by the court to serve time, that person is sent directly from the court to the St Catherine, Tower Street or Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centres.  At the institutions, they are interviewed by the Classification Committee, where the lower-risk inmates are re-classified and moved to the appropriate institutions.  They can also be recommended by the Committee to participate in such community projects as bushing and building renovations, or to be a part of the new electronic tagging/monitoring project, where they are tagged with an electronic device and sent back to their communities to serve the remainder of their sentences, while being monitored by the Department of Correctional Services.&rdquo; <br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Between January and November last year, 413 of the 428 reclassified inmates were from the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, Tamarind Farm and St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> The largest contingent of 81 inmates from the St Catherine and Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre was reclassified in May, 2016; while the second largest number of 56 inmates from St Catherine and Tower Street Adult Correctional Centres were reclassified in November last year. <br /> <br /> The third largest number of reclassified inmates was 44 from the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in January 2016 and 44 from the St Catherine and Tower Street Adult Correctional Centres in June 2016.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr reiterated the importance of the reclassification exercise to the management of the correctional centres.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> &ldquo;At present, the Tower Street and St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centres are reception centres for convicted offenders. The reclassification exercise is essential to reducing the burden on the those institutions, as well as supporting the rehabilitation agenda by diverting inmates to specific programmes based on the outcome of their risk assessment,&rdquo; Senator Charles said.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> He further stated that the two pronged approach of electronic monitoring and the reclassification exercise will further support the government&rsquo;s efforts to reduce the inmate population and recidivism in Jamaica. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665633/JAIL2_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:10 PM 5 MSET donates $310m to CMI'S development http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/MSET-donates--310m-to-CMI-S-development KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, says that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Universal Access Fund (USF) and the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will contribute to Jamaica&rsquo;s target of five per cent growth within four years.<br /> <br /> Speaking at the signing of the MOU this morning at his Ministry, Trafalgar Road, New Kingston, Wheatley said that assisting the CMI in its capacity-building process fits squarely into the USF&rsquo;s mandate of supporting the provision of infrastructure at educational institutions in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> He said that the MOU will facilitate Phase II of the CMI&rsquo;s Capacity Building and Expansion Project, which is valued at $310 million.<br /> <br /> The funding will enable the CMI to build and operate at its Port Royal base: the National Maritime Port Operations Simulator Training Centre; a multi-purpose laboratory, which will be utilised as a regional training venture; and also a Geographic Information System (GIS) Centre.<br /> <br /> The MoU indicates that the ports operations simulator training centre will be designed to produce locally trained, technical personnel required at sea and air ports.<br /> <br /> The USF says it is funding the CMI to enable the institution to deliver &ldquo;the best quality training in logistics, freight forwarding, immigration and other border protection for officials in ASYCUDA World and related areas".<br /> <br /> The MOU was signed by Wheatley and CMI&rsquo;s Executive Director, Dr Fritz Pinnock. USF chairman, Robert Lawrence, also spoke at the function. USF is an agency of the ministry.<br /> <br /> Balford Henry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665610/Wheatley_w504_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:39 PM 5 Protocols for police body-worn cameras must be published &mdash; JFJ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Protocols-for-police-body-worn-cameras-must-be-published---JFJ KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) is calling on the Government to share the protocols governing the use of body-worn cameras by the police with INDECOM, other stakeholders and the public.<br /> <br /> JFJ, in a news release today, said the call comes in light of a disclosure made by INDECOM Commissioner Terrence Williams indicating that despite INDECOM&rsquo;s requests, the protocols have not been shared with it.<br /> <br /> JFJ said the equipping of police with additional body-worn cameras is welcome news but Williams&rsquo; disclosure was very disappointing as the protocols governing body-worn cameras are essential to their effective use.<br /> <br /> It said that sharing the information would be in line with the paradigm of accountability and transparency the Jamaica constabulary Force (JCF) has committed to in recent times. <br /> <br /> The organisation said it supports INDECOM&rsquo;s call for those units or divisions with records of a high incidence of civilian fatalities from police weapons to be given priority for cameras over traffic and highway patrols. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Also, it is not simply up to the individual police officer to decide when to turn on a camera with only a four-hour battery life. Rather, he should generally be guided by his team leader&rsquo;s decision, for example as the patrol enters difficult terrain or is about to face a challenging situation,&rdquo; the release continued.  <br /> <br /> JFJ said the seriousness of this matter must be recognised, adding that civilian fatalities from police guns declined significantly over the past two years but at 98 in 2016 still exceed the level in most other countries of the world. <br /> <br /> Additionally, it said that, according to police statistics, the number of such fatalities for the first seven weeks of this year reached 26, and, against the pattern of previous decline and viewed as threatening to be a forecast for the coming year, this is shocking. <br /> <br /> The organisation said it will be writing to Acting Police Commissioner Novelette Grant requesting that she outlines how the force is proceeding in this matter and what to expect regarding this important new technology for the JCF. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665562/Cameras_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:29 PM 5 Westmoreland pair tied up, shot dead in cane field http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Westmoreland-pair-tied-up--shot-dead-in-cane-field WESTMORELAND, Jamaica &mdash; The bullet-riddled bodies of a man and woman were yesterday found in a cane field in Mount Eagle, Westmoreland with their hands and feet bound.<br /> <br /> Police say the deceased have been identified as 47-year-old Mark Walker, otherwise called &lsquo;Tallist&rsquo; and Tanisha Buchanan, otherwise called &lsquo;TanTan&rsquo; both of Crowder district, Grange Hill in Westmoreland.<br /> <br /> Reports from the Morgan&rsquo;s Bridge police are that residents discovered the bodies about 4:45 pm and summoned them. <br /> <br /> The lawmen said that on their arrival, Walker and Buchanan were seen with multiple gunshot wounds and their hands and feet bound. The bodies were removed to the morgue pending post mortem. <br /> <br /> Investigations into the matter are ongoing. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665491/crime-scene_w319_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 1:42 PM 5 Florida man arrested in J'can lottery scam scheme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Florida-man-arrested-in-J-can-lottery-scam-scheme WASHINGTON, United States &mdash; A 49-year-old Florida man was arrested in Miramar, Florida, on mail and wire fraud charges in connection with the fraudulent lottery scheme tied to Jamaica.<br /> <br /> His arrest follows the return of a 12-count indictment against him by a grand jury in the Southern District of Florida.<br /> <br /> The Department of Justice announced today that Claude Shaw aka Mac and Claude Mac, a US citizen residing in Florida, was charged with two counts of mail fraud and 10-counts of wire fraud in connection with a fraudulent lottery scheme tied to Jamaica.  <br /> <br /> According to the indictment, the victims in the scam were instructed on how, and to whom, to send their money.  <br /> <br /> It alleged that Shaw discussed plans to receive victims&rsquo; money via text messages then send a portion to accomplices in Jamaica. <br /> <br /> As alleged in the indictment, the victims never received any lottery winnings.  <br /> <br /> Five of the 10 wire fraud counts are based on money Shaw is alleged to have wired from the United States to an individual in Jamaica.  <br /> <br /> If convicted of mail fraud or wire fraud, Shaw faces a statutory maximum term of 20 years in prison on each count. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665500/lottery-scam_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 1:30 PM 5 Skeletal remains found near Riverton landfill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Skeletal-remains-found-near-Riverton-landfill KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Skeletal remains, believed to be that of a male, were yesterday found in the vicinity of the Riverton City landfill, Kingston 11. <br /> <br /> Reports from the Hunts Bay police are that about 3:30 pm residents discovered the remains and summoned them. <br /> <br /> On their arrival the scene was processed and the remains removed to the morgue.<br /> <br /> Police say investigations continue. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665435/police-line.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 1:14 PM 5 Amend criminal laws to allow compensation for victims &mdash; G2K president http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Amend-criminal-laws-to-allow-compensation-for-victims---G2K-president KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; President of Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party, Stephen Edwards is calling on the Government to amend criminal laws to allow compensation for victims.<br /> <br /> Edwards today noted that the conversations about crime have largely been dominated by the horrendous acts of criminals and possible crime fighting strategies. <br /> <br /> However, he said his mind is preoccupied with the victims of violent crimes and the inevitable challenges they have to endure.<br /> <br /> The G2K president argued that the system currently contributes to victim&rsquo;s trauma. He lamented that victims and their families face a tremendously long and arduous road, which is often riddled with devastating physical injury, emotional trauma, financial distress, loss of property and other damages.<br /> <br /> Making simple amendments to existing criminal laws, which will empower the Judiciary to award nominal, compensatory and punitive damages to the victims, he said, can make navigating this difficult road, a little easier for victims.<br /> <br /> Edwards suggested that the government amend &lsquo;the Child Care and Protection Act&rsquo; and the &lsquo;Offences Against the Person Act&rsquo; to include provisions for the award of compensation to the victims. <br /> <br /> This, he explained, will enable the criminal courts to effectively go after the pockets and the assets of convicted criminals at the very moment of sentencing.<br /> <br /> Edwards stressed that these laws address the majority of violent crimes, with the former focusing on offences involving children, adding that, though they are powerful laws, both are virtually silent on the matter of compensation for the victims. <br /> <br /> He further suggested that when the criminal courts determine how much the perpetrator should pay, consideration should not only be given to imprisonment and fines but also to the cost of restoring the victims as far as possible to their status prior to the offence.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is the perpetrator&rsquo;s actions that brought about the damages, hence they should be held responsible for the resulting costs such as medical bills, counselling, loss of wages and loss of assets,&rdquo; he explained.<br /> <br /> Edwards also called for an immediate reduction in court case backlog, stressing that the large volume of cases and the limited resources result in cases moving slower than &ldquo;pond water through the system&rdquo;. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665408/G2K-logo_w400_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 1:00 PM 5 Trinidad reports nearly 800 cases of Zika http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trinidad-reports-nearly-800-cases-of-Zika PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) &mdash; Health authorities in Trinidad are reporting more than 400 confirmed cases of pregnant women suffering from the mosquito-borne Zika virus.<br /> <br /> The Ministry of Health said that since the virus was first reported here in February last year, there has been 718 cases with 463 confirmed cases noted in pregnancy.<br /> <br /> So far this year, there have been four confirmed births of babies with microcephaly, a rare neurological condition in which an infant&rsquo;s head is significantly smaller than the heads of other children of the same age and sex.<br /> <br /> The ministry said that of the four cases, two of the mothers tested positive for the Zika virus during the course of their pregnancy.<br /> <br /> The ministry said it is now awaiting the test results to determine the cause of the other two cases of microcephaly in keeping with expected international rates of Zika related complications.<br /> <br /> The Ministry of Health said that it is maintaining close communication with the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services to ensure that assistance, as required, is made available to the babies and families affected by the disease, in accordance with established policy.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;All cases of microcephaly are treated with the utmost confidentiality and sensitivity by the Ministry of Health and the Regional Health Authorities. It is expected that the privacy of the affected families will be respected at this time,&rdquo; the ministry added. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665348/Zika2-300x225.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:54 PM 5 Entrepreneurs to benefit from JBDC workshops http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Entrepreneurs-to-benefit-from-JBDC-workshops KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) &mdash; Entrepreneurs are set to benefit from the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) Lean Start-up Strategy Workshop series, which will be held from March 7-8 at the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ruthven Road, in Kingston.<br /> <br /> The workshop, which is being held for the second time, will focus on topics such as &lsquo;Testing and Validating Your Business Model&rsquo; and &lsquo;Financing Your Start-up&rsquo;. <br /> <br /> In an interview with JIS News, Manager of Business Advisory Services at the JBDC, Althea West Myers, said the Lean Start-up Strategy is about enabling the participants to create a minimum viable version of their product and taking it to the market in order to gain valuable earnings.<br /> <br />  &ldquo;It also helps business owners to know how to respond to the market; how to drive demand in the marketplace; how to interpret and reinterpret what the market is saying to you; and how to be efficient in your business operations,&rdquo; West Myers explained. <br /> <br /> She said focus will also be placed on participants understanding their cost structure for their businesses and the efficient use of capital within businesses.<br /> <br /> The workshop is targeted at, but not limited to, persons who have been in business for a while but have not been making any measurable or significant progress, and persons who might be grappling with the uncertainty of the start-up period of their businesses.<br /> <br /> West Myers said so far, registration has been going well and is advising entrepreneurs to register as quickly as possible.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Last year was excellent in terms of the feedback, the attendance and the progress that we see people making in implementing what they have learnt,&rdquo; she told JIS News.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, West Myers said it is hoped that at the end of the workshop, participants will realise that failure of a start-up business is a part of the process.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The start-up failure rate is said to be high. We hear numbers of 80 and 90 per cent. We want people to understand that failure is a part of the process, but we want people to understand that the learning and the risk that is associated with the level of failure, we want to reduce that,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We want people to fail fast and take the learning from the failure and put it into the business in order to improve and grow. We want people to reduce inefficiencies in the business and we want them to understand the value of speed and the value of learning,&rdquo; the manager added.<br /> <br /> She further noted that the workshop aims to increase competitiveness among small businesses and reduce long-term failure.<br /> <br /> West Myers is encouraging persons who are genuinely entrepreneurial and who have an interest in growing their businesses to sign up.<br /> <br /> The cost to participate in the event is $10,000 and includes course materials and refreshments.<br /> <br /> Interested persons are required to register online at https://www.jbdc.net/ by February 24. Participants also have the option of attending one or both workshops. <br /> <br /> Payments may be made through a National Commercial Bank deposit via account No 351859067, Knutsford Boulevard Branch; or at the JBDC offices at 14 Camp Road, Kingston 4, or Unit 10a, 76 Marcus Garvey Drive.<br /> <br /> The JBDC goal is to help businesses to survive and prosper by providing them with business advice, consultancy and training of the highest professional standard on both generalist and specialist business subjects. <br /> <br /> More than 2,000 businesses have benefited from the JBDC&rsquo;s services over the years. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665346/AJWM_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:41 PM 5 US governor to launch Black Advisory Commission today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-governor-to-launch-Black-Advisory-Commission-today BOSTON, United States (AP) &mdash; US Governor Charlie Baker is planning to launch a Black Advisory Commission charged with advising him on issues related to the economic prosperity and well being of the black community in Massachusetts.<br /> <br /> The Republican governor plans to launch the commission as a celebration of Black History Month by signing an executive order Thursday and swearing in several members of the panel.<br /> <br /> Baker says the commission expands the mission and scope of the African-American Commission, recognising that the black community includes those identifying with many national origins and ethnicities, not limited to African-American, Cape Verdean, Haitian, Jamaican, Somali or Ethiopian.<br /> <br /> The signing ceremony is scheduled to take place at 1:00 pm at the Statehouse.<br /> <br /> Baker will be joined by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Labour Secretary Ronald Walker and members of the Legislature. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13665340/Charlie-Baker_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:29 PM 5