PM happy with Government’s achievements so far

Prime Minister Andrew Holness talks about some of his Administration’s first-year achievements at a breakfast meeting with Jamaica Observer editors and directors last Friday at the newspaper’s head office in Kingston. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Almost a year in the chief executive’s chair, Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he’s happy and proud about a number of the Government’s achievements. Openness, partnerships, decision-making, staying on message, and maintaining business and consumer confidence were among the accom ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) breaks ground for the construction of a 1,500-unit housing scheme at Friendship in St James on Friday. He is joined by (from left): Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis; tourism minister and Member of Parliament for St James East Central Edmund Bartlett; attorney general and Member of Parliament for St James West Central Marlene Malahoo Forte; hairman of National Housing Trust Dr Nigel Clarke; and minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Dr Horace Chang. (Photo: JIS) Government starts ground breaking for new NHT housing schemes
PRIME Minister Andrew Holness last Friday broke ground for the construction of a 1,500-unit housing ... Read More

Garfield Robinson Dr Janet Dyer proves dreams do come true
DR Janet Dyer’s upbringing was no bed of roses, but today she’s ensuring that the young ... Read More

Dr Gabrielle Young, livestock support manager at Newport Mills, makes a presentation at the recent Nutramix workshop in Morant Bay, St Thomas. Nutramix targets livestock farmers in special workshops
FARMERS across Jamaica have, since January, been benefiting from a series of workshops conducted by ... Read More

It must be done!

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) addressing last Friday’s breakfast meeting at the headquarters of the Jamiaca Observer newspaper in Kingston. At right is Observer Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says that his ability to complete the long-delayed pension and public sector reforms within his current administration will determine his political legacy. “I don’t think any of the issues that are inherent in these two reforms are beyond the capacity of the Jamaican people to resolve,” Holness told Jamaica Observer board members and senior editorial staff at a breakfast meeting hosted by Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart at the newspape ... Read More

‘Don’t cry over nurses leaving; train more,’ says educator

By Garfield Myers Editor at large, South Central Bureau | Monday, February 27, 2017    

Striping is meant as recognition of students’ progress in nursing courses at Knox Community College.

Mandeville, Manchester — Rather than responding to a migration-spurred shortage of trained registered nurses as if the “sky is falling”, Jamaican authorities should be concentrating on training more nurses, says principal of the Knox Community College, Dr Gordon Cowans. Furthermore, Cowans says Knox Community College and similar institutions across the country are perfectly positioned to be part of the solution, once they are authorised to train more nurses. Community colleg ... Read More

Lisa Hanna responds to death threats

BY DESMOND ALLEN Executive editor - special assignment | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

HANNA… I pray that all Jamaicans who value common decency will find the courage to push back against this new normal and defend Jamaica’s true culture

DECLARING that she is without fear of reprisal when it comes to women’s and children’s rights, former Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna yesterday lashed her critics, some of whom had sent death threats, for attacking her comments on convicted murderer Vybz Kartel producing music from behind prison bars. Hanna reiterated her views that violent and sexually explicit lyrics had negatively influenced many Jamaican youth’s thought processes, resulting in increased feelings of h ... Read More

More than $697 million allocated for promotion of sports

Monday, February 27, 2017 7:23 PM    

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — More than $697 million will be used for the promotion of sports in the upcoming fiscal year. This is outlined in the 2017/18 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives. The promotion of sports programme, which falls under the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, is responsible for the development and implementation of sporting activities at the community and parish levels.  It also provides for development of a nation ... Read More

O-Wrap: 16-y-o girl kills peer… Amnesty critical of Ja… Disapproval of £410k on Ja promotion

Monday, February 27, 2017 7:00 PM    

In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE’s top 10 stories for today. 1. 16-y-o girl stabs peer to death in Hanover A 16-year-old girl was last night arrested after she allegedly stabbed her peer to death while at a birthday party in Jew Hill, Johnson Town in Hanover.  The deceased was a student of the Merlene Ottey High School in the parish. Full story here 2. Amnesty Int'l critical of Jamaica, Haiti and The Bahamas London-based international human rights group, Amnesty Int ... Read More

Drone pilots to be trained at CMI

Monday, February 27, 2017 6:47 PM    

Transport and Mining Minister, Mike Henry (left), greets Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) students in May Pen, Clarendon. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) has teamed with Agrocaelum Limited to train pilots for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly called drones. Part of the agreement will see a drone laboratory established at the CMI, through funding from Agrocaelum. Along with the training of pilots, there will also be testing of the drones to meet regional agricultural needs, which involve the spraying of crops. “This is about applied learning, and our curriculum is ... Read More

SpaceX to send two tourists around Moon in 2018

Monday, February 27, 2017 6:36 PM    

Space X's Falcon 9 rocket sits on the launch pad on February 18, 2017 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. (Photo: AFP)

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — SpaceX said Monday two private citizens have paid money to be sent around the Moon late next year, in what would mark the furthest humans have ever traveled to deep space. The United States has not sent astronauts to the Moon since NASA's Apollo missions of the 1960s and '70s. "We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year," said a statement by CEO Elon Musk. "This presents an ... Read More

TEF to drive development of human capital — Bartlett

Monday, February 27, 2017 6:09 PM    

Ed Bartlett

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has been repositioned to foster the growth and development of the tourist industry’s human capital. “We don’t have oil, gold or precious stones, but millions of people across the globe still visit our shores to experience our greatest resource — our people. So it is our duty to ensure that their needs are taken care of and that they receive the best opportunities for learni ... Read More

HFJ urges sudden cardiac arrest screening of student athletes

Monday, February 27, 2017 5:53 PM    


Director of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Deborah Chen, speaks about
activities for Heart Month in February, at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday January
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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) is urging parents and school officials to take responsibility for the screening of student athletes in order to detect risks for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).  “It is important to get the children screened and not wait for somebody else to pay for it,” said the HFJ’s Executive Director, Deborah Chen.  She pointed out that the cost is nominal and a price cannot be placed on human life.  &ldquo ... Read More

Muhammad Ali’s son says airport detention after Jamaica trip made him feel "violated" 

Monday, February 27, 2017 5:21 PM    

In this April 15, 1975 file photo, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and little Muhammad Ali Jr, his 2 1/2 year old son, arrive at Miami Beach. (Photo: AP)

FLORIDA, United States (AP) — Muhammad Ali's son said Monday he felt "violated" when immigration officials questioned him about his religion at a Florida airport. "I was just appalled," Muhammad Ali Jr told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "I'm a US citizen and they're asking me, what is my religion?" Ali Jr and his mother, Khalilah Camacho Ali, said they were pulled aside and separated from each other on February 7 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as they ret ... Read More



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