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Moravian clergymen to sue as sex scandal deepens

GARDNER… to appear in court today along with former deputy

FORMER Moravian Church President Dr Paul Gardner and his deputy, Jermaine Gibson, yesterday instructed their attorney to file a suit for defamation, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment after they were slapped with sex charges in relation to the alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old gi ... Read More

Caricel services remain in suspension Court to rule today on Caricel’s licence issue
THE Supreme Court is today expected to hand down its ruling on the application from telecoms provide ... Read More

A Jamaica Observer file photo of Patrick Powell leaving the court last year. Patrick Powell’s gun case put off until Feb 16
A new trial date is expected to be scheduled on February 16, when businessman Patrick Powell returns ... Read More

Vision 2030 Regional consultation next month to discuss ending of HIV/AIDS by 2030
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — A two-day consultation on ending HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean by 2 ... Read More

Jamaica targets US$3 trillion health & wellness tourism market

BY JEDIEAL CARTER Observer staff reporter carterj@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, January 24, 2017    

Dr Guyan Arscott, who sits on the Health and Wellness Network Committee, gestures while addressing yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. Beside him is committee Chairman Dr Henry Lowe, while at right is Dr Winston Davidson.(Photo: Antonio Graham)

JAMAICA is often marketed to tourists for the sun, sand and the sea, but there is a new and serious push by the Government to broaden the scope of the tourism landscape by tapping into the US$3 trillion health and wellness industry by year-end. Medical Tourism Magazine defines health and wellness tourism as tourism that includes travelling both nationally and internationally to places and facilities such as hospitals, clinics, thermae, thalasso, wellness spas, fitness centres, and wellness res ... Read More

Jamaican doctor ready to roll out health service technology using app

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, January 24, 2017    

Telemedicine conceptualiser Dr Winston Davidson gestures while speaking about the technology at yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. Also photographed are Dr Guyan Arscott (left), who sits on the Government-appointed Health and Wellness Network Committee, and committee Chairman Dr Henry Lowe. (Photo: Antonio Graham)

After 16 years of research and development, Dr Winston Davidson yesterday revealed that he is ready to launch medical technology that will revolutionalise the provision of health services in Jamaica, starting with the hospitality industry. Dr Davidson, conceptualiser of a telemedicine service that will be accessible using an app titled ‘Doctor on Call’, said “It is a technology whose time has come”, while explaining the functions of the service at the Jamaica Observer ... Read More

Cancer patient appeals for help

Tuesday, January 24, 2017    

Carol Lodge looks at her son Delmar Braham, who was last April diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

Nineteen-year-old Delmar Braham once dreamt of becoming a doctor, but a rare form of cancer has forced him to put his schooling on hold. He found out last April that he has osteosarcoma, which manifested itself as a huge tumour below his shoulder. The Excelsior High School upper-sixth form student, who can barely move his arm without help, said he experiences excruciating pain almost daily. In fact, he was recently admitted to the Kingston Public Hospital with what his family members described ... Read More

Fix Winnifred Beach road, resident pleads

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, January 24, 2017    

A few visitors made the journey to Winnifred Beach, despite the condition of the roadway leading to the venue. (Observer)

VICE-PRESIDENT of the Winnifred Benevolent Society Cynthia Miller is pleading with the Government and relevant stakeholders to rehabilitate the road leading to the popular Winnifred Beach in Port Antonio, Portland. Miller said, in its current state, the free beach is losing potential customers to the nearby Boston Beach, which she said has recently been renovated and is “pulling the crowd” from the Port Antonio hot spot. “We maintain it, nobody else, just the Winnifred Benevo ... Read More

Rationalising speed limits

Tuesday, January 24, 2017    

Dear Editor, As the revised road traffic law comes into effect, we should expect the associated regulations will also be revised with the aim to reduce traffic accidents. Question to officials involved in promoting road safety: Why, in other jurisdictions, is the frequency of road accidents less after speed limits are rationalised? Speed limits are typically increased for certain road sectors following a well-established methodology. We await your published answer. Donald Duff Kingston ... Read More

A piece of BRAND JAMAICA at your fingertips

BY KELESHIA POWELL Online Coordinator keleshiap@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, January 24, 2017    

Photos: contributed

Can you remember the days when sending a message from your phone was simply boring old text? As mobile phones continue to evolve, our text messages change and with emojis, we are able to add a little sparkle to our conversations. Smiles, a heart, a slice of pizza or even a glass of wine now add colour to comments and messages from various emoji keyboards available for download. But what about authentic Jamaican things like our food, our symbols and our general expressions? Let’s be ho ... Read More

Port Antonio Infirmary gets $1.2m in donated items

Tuesday, January 24, 2017    

Harold Bailey hands over walkers to Janet Gulab, matron at Port Antonio Infirmary. Also present are Councillor Wayne McKenzie (left), Johnnie Erskine (second right) and Mayor of Port Antonio Paul Thompson. (Observer)

MEMBERS of the United States-based Ex-Correctional Officers Association of Jamaica recently donated items valued at $1.2 million to the Port Antonio Infirmary in Portland. The items included wheelchairs, walkers, adult pampers, and food. In making the presentation, Harold Bailey, co-founder and secretary of the organisation, said he hoped that the items would be of great assistance to patients at the facility. “It is sometimes difficult, financially, for the government alone to provide ... Read More

Cool donation

Tuesday, January 24, 2017    

Bustamante Hospital for Children officials Dr Brian James (left), head of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care; Dr Delroy Dawson (second left), consultant anaesthetist in charge of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU); and Dr Lisa-Ann Berry-McDonald (fourth left), consultant anaesthetist in charge of the operating theatre, along with Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton are pleased with the donations made to the ICU by ATL representatives Tonya Russell (second right), marketing manager; and Kendra Johnson, marketing executive, last Friday. (Bryan Cummings)

Appliance Traders Ltd (ATL) last Friday donated equipment to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Bustamante Hospital for Children, which was temporarily closed due to a fire on January 12. The fire occurred at approximately 7:15 pm in the consultant’s room, but was quickly contained by staff members using an extinguisher. An air conditioning unit was lost in the blaze along with a smart TV which was used for telemedicine to interface with doctors overseas and for consultation. The fire als ... Read More

Why Trump will find it hard to make American economy greater

Tuesday, January 24, 2017    

In this Sunday, January 22, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a White House senior staff swearing-in ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump’s economic plans are nothing if not ambitious. Yet even to come anywhere near his goals, economists say Trump would have to surmount at least a half-dozen major hurdles that have long defied solutions. (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — President Donald Trump’s economic plans are nothing if not ambitious: Annual growth of four per cent or more. A diminished trade gap. The creation of 25 million jobs over 10 years, including the return of good-paying factory positions. It all adds up to an immense challenge, one that Trump aims to achieve mostly by cutting taxes, loosening regulations, boosting infrastructure spending and renegotiating or withdrawing from trade deals. At the top of his ag ... Read More

Samsung blames Note7 fires on faulty batteries, delays new phone

Tuesday, January 24, 2017    

Koh Dong-Jin, president of Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Communications Business, speaks during a press conference in Seoul yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP)—The world’s biggest smartphone maker Samsung yesterday blamed faulty batteries for the fires that hit its flagship Galaxy Note7 device last year, as it sought to draw a line under the humiliating recall. Samsung Electronics was forced to discontinue the smartphone, originally intended to compete with Apple’s iPhone, after a chaotic recall that saw replacement devices also catching fire. Internal and independent investigations “concluded that bat ... Read More



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