Only 29 per cent vote in Portmore by-election

Jamaica Labour Party Chairman Robert Montague and People’s National Party councillor for the Payne Land Division Audrey Smith-Facey greet each other warmly at the polling station at Ascot Comprehensive High School in Greater Portmore yesterday during the by-election for Greater Portmore North Division. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

EXCEPT for outdoor agents garbed in party colours, yesterday’s by-election in the Greater Portmore North Division would have gone unnoticed even to the very residents living in that section of the municipality. The eventual 29 per cent voter turnout reported by the Electoral Office of Jamaica ... Read More

Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica Shri Sevala Naik (centre) addressing yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. Flanking him are high commission officials Mark Ngamthangrum, cultural attache, and Akilah Coore, cultural assistant. (Photo: Naphtali Junior) India willing to help develop Jamaican film industry
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Digicel Cash Prix winner to expand small business with prize money

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Winners in the Digicel Cash Prix promotion pose for a photo op after receiving their prizes. From left  are Kimberly Lewin, winner of $100,000; Barrington Senior, winner of $200,000; Annalise Harewood, head of recharge and distribution at Digicel; and Terri-Ann Guyah, winner of $50,000.

Barrington Senior plans to expand his construction business with the $200,000 he won recently as a weekly prize in the Digicel Cash Prix. The promotion, which was launched on February 3, sees lucky customers wining $200,000, $100,000 and $50,000 in weekly cash prizes, while other weekly prizes included smartphones, call credit and data plans. Senior, who has been operating Barr’s Construction Services in Old Harbour, St. Catherine for more than 12 years, says he is happy for the abilit ... Read More

Certainly not revenue generation!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party and Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness

I am tired of the kind of leadership we have in Jamaica and I am sure that the majority of my fellow citizens are too. The main source of funds for the Government over the years has been taxation. It would seem, based on my observation, that it has become the only source of funds, and there also seems to be no rush on the Government’s part to change that any time soon. Due to the comfort found in scraping taxes from everywhere, the Government has labelled their unconscionable taxation pol ... Read More

Government may include Outameni in housing programme

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter | Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

The front of the Outameni attraction in Trelawny.

The Government is hoping that it will finally get a buyer for the Orange Grove/Outameni estate in Trelawny. However, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Dr Horace Chang has hinted that the Administration may have to fit the controversial property into its housing programme. “Nothing has happened yet, no takers yet, (and) I’m not aware of a plan B yet. I’m certain if we don’t get sale for it we will have to see how we can fit it ... Read More

PNP Easy

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

The People’s National Party’s Gary Nicholson breaks a smile yesterday as he raced to victory in the by-election for the Greater Portmore North Division. Nicholson polled 2,105 votes to defeat the Jamaica Labour Party’s Ann Marie Lewis, who secured 993 votes. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) easily retained the Greater Portmore North Division of the Portmore Municipal Council (PMC) yesterday and, in the process, regained control of the wider St Catherine Municipal Corporation (SCMC). First-time contestant, the PNP’s Gary Nicholson romped home, scoring 2,105 votes to the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Ann Marie Lewis’s 993 votes. The result means that the PNP will continue to keep control of the huge 41-division SCM ... Read More

Bloody day at JUTC Spanish Town canteen

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

A man is now in police custody following yesterday’s fatal stabbing of another man at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) canteen at the Twickenham Park depot in Spanish Town, St Catherine. The deceased, Raymond McDonald, and the accused were employed as assistant manager and manager, respectively, by the canteen concessionaire at the depot. The police reported that approximately 9:55 am, McDonald was stabbed after an argument developed between him and his co-worker. A JUT ... Read More

Irish potato farmers appeal for help

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Farmer Julie Bryson Hing says she is hopeful that this year will be a good one for Irish potato farmers in Manchester, despite the fact that they are still suffering from the effects of the drought in 2015. (Photos: Gregory Bennett)

“I lost over $700,000 in Irish potato when the drought hit us. Right now I owe the bank that money, so, yes, we lose a lot and we are here struggling to bounce back to get back on our feet,” director of the Christiana Potato Growers Association and farmer, Glenroy Powell, told the Jamaica Observer following the staging of a climate smart management forum held by Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate cHange II (Ja Reeach) a few weeks ago in Mandeville. Powell said ... Read More

High commissioner pushing for Jamaicans to study in India

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Shri Sevala Naik

JAMAICANS are now taking up scholarships to study in India, Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica Shri Sevala Naik told yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. The high commissioner confirmed that previously there were no responses to between 15 and 25 scholarships advertised locally annually, but said things have now changed. “There used to be, I believe, 25 slots [but] there were no takers from even government employees. Since the time I came and campaigned aggressively I got all ... Read More

Wigton lab offers 3-day course in April

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

Participants receiving hands-on training during a solar energy certificate course, which was delivered at the Wigton Renewable Energy Training Laboratory in Rose Hill, Manchester, earlier this year.

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica yesterday announced that registration is now open for a certificate course in solar thermal technologies at the Wigton Renewable Energy Training Lab in Rose Hill, Manchester. The training is scheduled for April 5-7, 2017. According to a release from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, the three-day workshop will provide a “thorough” overview of solar thermal technology, with an emphasis on the measurement and distribution of solar radiation, s ... Read More

Mayor concerned about security after stampede at concert

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

WILLIAMS... we have to put measures in place to mitigate any possible harm to patrons (File photo)

Following last Saturday’s staging of the Magnum New Rules concert at the National Stadium’s car park, Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams has said that, going forward, several security concerns will have to be addressed for similar large-scale events. During one of the performances on the night, fans uprooted the fence which separated the VIP and General sections, causing a stampede. The mayor said in a release that measures must be put in place to minimise harm. “We have to p ... Read More

Redlands farmers building tank for community

Tuesday, March 28, 2017    

The site wher the tank is being built. (Ian Hash)

Farmers in Redlands, Clarendon, have pooled their resources and skills to build a water tank for the district where regular supply of the precious commodity is a problem. The project is being undertaken by the Redlands Production and Marketing Organisation (PMO), a farmers’ group established four years ago and which now has 32 members. Generally, PMOs deal with collective marketing of produce grown by farmers. However, the Redlands PMO has extended its scope to include community developm ... Read More



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