Four more land surveyors commissioned

Minister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change
Robert Pickersgill (right) presents newly appointed land
surveyor David Gordon (centre), with his Instrument of
Commission, during a brief presentation ceremony at the
ministry’s New Kingston offices on Tuesday. Sharing in the
occasion is junior minister Ian Hayles.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill has underscored the importance of the work carried out by land surveyors, particularly in the process of sustainable development, incorporating land utilisation. "Your role is basic to all planning and development activiti ... Read More

Students and teachers of Kensington Primary and
representatives from the respective groups pose with the
equipment which was handed over. Sort it Out!
That is the theme of a recycling initiative launched at Kensington Primary School in Portmore, St Ca ... Read More

Birds enjoying a
warming session.
(PHOTO: AFP) Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species
GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their nu ... Read More

Yellow and pink poui
trees are among the
ornamental variety
being offered free of
cost by the Forestry
Department. (PHOTO:
BRYAN CUMMINGS) FREE seedlings for tree planting day
GOVERNMENT is urging more people to plant trees across the island by offering seedlings of fruit, or ... Read More

Ministry seeks funds to upgrade school labs

Friday, September 26, 2014    

The University of the West Indies (Mona) and the Bio-Tech R&D
Institute on Tuesday signed a collaborative agreement to
enhance innovation in scientific research and development.
Here Prof Archibald McDonald (left) signs on behalf of the
university, while Dr Henry Lowe inks the agreement on behalf of
Bio-Tech R&D Institute, of which he is executive chairman.
Witnessing the signing are (from left) Prof Errol Morrison,
director general of the National Council on Science and
Technology; Dr Camille Bell-Hutchinson, registrar, UWI Mona;
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites; and Prof Ishenkumba
Kahwa, deputy principal of UWI, Mona.

THE Ministry of Education is seeking money to assist in the upgrading of science laboratories and the provision of micro-science kits for secondary and primary schools across the island. This move is consistent with the ministry's plans to fully and formally integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) into all aspects of the education system. It also forms part of Government's strategic response to the need for more highly qualified technology graduates for t ... Read More

$50-note among garbage find

Wednesday, September 24, 2014    

The $50-note the team found sits on a clipboard along with the
report cards detailing the kind and quanitites of trash

LEAVE it to financial brokers to find money during a garbage collection. Volunteers from GraceKennedy (GK) Financial Group, who took on a section of the Palisadoes Go-Kart Track for International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day on Saturday, told the Jamaica Observer that among the refuse they pulled from between the mangroves along the shores of the Kingston Harbour was a J$50-note, which was taken out of circulation several years ago. "The most interesting thing we found was money," said Shanoy Co ... Read More

All-island clean-up

Wednesday, September 24, 2014    

Team Observer
joined forces
with JET and
several other
teams to clean
Fort Rocky along
the Palisadoes
strip. (PHOTO:

Saturday's observance of International Coastal Clean-up Day — coordinated globally by the Ocean Conservancy and locally by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) — attracted thousands of volunteers to sites across the island. Here are scenes from Kingston, Hanover, Westmoreland and Montego Bay. All-island clean-up --> Read More

International Coastal Clean-Up Day

Sunday, September 21, 2014    

Volunteers comb the beach in their mission to get rid of trash.

Jamaicans yesterday turned out for International Coastal Clean Up Day at several points across Jamaica. The International Coastal Clean Up Day is an initiative that started 29 years ago in the United States by the Ocean Conservatory, a non-Government Organisation. Since then, 152 countries have participated, collecting millions of tonnes of trash and making the event the single largest one-day volunteer event. Here are some of the scenes from yesterday's clean up along the Palisadoes coastline ... Read More

Be more responsible with inland waste — NEPA

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

Garbage washed ashore near the Palisadoes strip.

ON International Coastal Clean-up Day, which Jamaica observes today along with roughly 100 other countries worldwide, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging Jamaicans to pay stricter attention to their garbage disposal practices. ICC Day is an initiative spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy to rid beaches, as well as near shore and underwater sites of solid waste. But NEPA says that in addition to that, there needs to be more awareness about the root cause of marine litt ... Read More

It's Coastal Clean-Up Day

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

Volunteers clean debris from the Palisadoes beach during last year’s International Coastal Clean-up Day.

THOUSANDS of Jamaicans are today participating in the removal of garbage and other debris from the nation's beaches, as Jamaica observes International Coastal Clean-Up Day (ICCD). Up to a week ago, close to 9,000 volunteers had registered, according to programme co-ordinator at Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), Suzanne Stanley. "Last year it was about 6,000. Right now that figure is close to 9,000 and could get up to 10,000," she said. JET is the local coordinator of ICCD, while a range of c ... Read More

Ozone hole on the mend

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Maps showing the concentration of ozone molecules in the atmosphere over several years. The yellow areas show a heavier
concentration than the blue ones. (PHOTO: NOAA/NASA)

THE ozone Layer, the atmosphere's shield of protection from the sun's harmful rays, appears to be recovering from the gaping hole burned in it by humans and their use of aerosol canisters and other pollutants, scientists are reporting. In Jamaica, head of the Ozone Unit at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Nicol Walker, told the Jamaica Observer that, though the projection for a full recovery is "many, many years" off, some progress has been observed. "Scientists who are par ... Read More

Coastal clean-up this weekend

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Volunteers along the strip to Port Royal during last year's coastal clean up day

PLANS are in high gear for International Coastal Clean-up Day this Saturday, September 20 with national coordinators Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) reporting that a record-breaking 8,000 volunteers have registered to collect garbage from 130 sites, six of which are river-based and 11 underwater. "We aimed for 100 sites and more volunteers this year, but 130 sites far exceeds our expectations," JET's CEO Diana McCaulay has said. The sites are scattered in each of the four parishes, and includ ... Read More

46 million euros over next seven years

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

46 million euros over next seven years

JAMAICA is to receive programme funding in the amount of 46 million euros to be prioritised for projects in the areas of environment and climate change, and the rule of law, among others. The funds are being made available through an agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union and is called the National Indicative Programme, financed by the 11th European Development Fund. Jamaica joined 20 other ACP States, including nine Caribbean countrie ... Read More


Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Marcel Lamb follows
the recommendation to
only wear shades that
are polarised or have
UV protection.

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