Cabinet approves merger of Forensic Science Laboratory and Legal Medicine Unit

Peter Bunting

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting says that Cabinet, on September 8, 2014, approved the formal merger of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and the Legal Medicine Unit (LMU) to form a new entity to be named the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine. &nbs ... Read More

PHILLIPS...projection is based on identified projects in
sectors such as tourism and energy PIOJ predicts 3 per cent growth
THE Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) says that over the next fiscal year there is significant po ... Read More

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr Kevin Harvey (second right) converses with
(from left): Global Fund Portfolio Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean, Lilian Pedrosa; Pan
American Health Organisation (PAHO)/World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in
Jamaica Dr Noreen Jack; PAHO Regional Advisor on the surveillance of resistance to ARVS Dr
Giovani Ravasi; and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission
Director Denise Herbol at the opening ceremony for PAHO’s Treatment Mission 2.0, at PAHO’s
University of the West Indies, Mona campus-based office, on Monday. Drugs to become more accessible in public pharmacies
The Ministry of Health is embarking on a programme to allow persons living with HIV/AIDS, as well as ... Read More

Funeral home says no to donation to bury Mario Deane
THE family of Mario Deane, already struggling to raise funds to bury their loved one, has been dealt ... Read More


BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Thursday, September 18, 2014    

THE National Education Inspectorate (NEI) has rated the performance of local primary and secondary schools as mediocre, based on the results emerging from its ongoing baseline study of the institutions. The inspectorate has recommended the creation of an education system, in which stakeholders accept education as the "primary vehicle for sustainable development and, ultimately, the greatest contributor to the creation of a globally competitive workforce". In a report tabled in the House of Rep ... Read More

'Only if Jamaica could be attached to a tug boat...'

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Parcels of illegal drugs siezed by the police.

THE naming of Jamaica among 22 major drug-producing, transit countries by United States President Barack Obama has been greeted with cynicism by Jamaica Observer online readers. Reacting to yesterday's front-page story, the readers described the US' action as hypocritical. Here are some edited comments: CHUCK EMANUEL the original @G.W.G: Well, having regurgitated all of that rhetoric for feel-good effects, we still will have to comply with all US and other international convention requirements ... Read More

Cabinet subcommittee to identify, remove impediments to development

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

PHILLIPS...projection is based on identified projects in
sectors such as tourism and energy

THE Government has mandated a Cabinet subcommittee to identify and remove impediments to growth projects, as well as pinpoint general economic measures to be undertaken, in order to enhance Gross Domestic Product (GDP) levels. Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips made the announcement at a post-Cabinet retreat press briefing yesterday morning at Jamaica House. The establishment of the committee comes against the background of Government having identified areas of investment and e ... Read More

Only 31 confirmed cases of chik-V so far — Ferguson

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Identifying, preventing Chikungunya

MINISTER of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson says that the number of confirmed the cases of chikungunya virus in Jamaica now stands at 31. In a statement to the House of Representatives yesterday, Dr Ferguson said that, up to September 13, there were 524 notifications, 251 of which were classified as suspected cases. Of the suspected cases, 26 were discarded, and 31 confirmed. He said that ministry has been using a geographic information system mapping to more easily determine the areas which are mo ... Read More

More St Thomas students, teachers out with 'flu-like' symptoms

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson (in background) reads a
story in Tuesday’s edition of the Jamaica Observer about
number of students and teachers who had fallen ill at Yallahs
Primary during a tour of the school yesterday. Also pictured
are Member of Parliament for Western St Thomas James
Robertson and an unidentified teacher at the school. (PHOTO:

THE Ministry of Education has reported a significant increase in the number of St Thomas students and teachers who have been afflicted by symptoms similar to that of the mosquito-carrying chikungunya virus. According to the ministry, approximately 697 students and 60 teachers were absent from 25 schools in the parish yesterday, as they were suffering from flu-like symptoms, joint pains and rashes. The ministry's disclosure came in the wake of a Jamaica Observer report Tuesday citing mass illne ... Read More

Holness resting with flu-like symptoms

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Opposition leader Andrew Holness

OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness has been at home resting with flu-like symptoms, the Jamaica Observer has been reliably informed. The Observer was unable to confirm the doctor's diagnosis of his symptoms, but sources close to the Jamaica Labour Party leader say that he has been resting since the symptoms appeared over the weekend. Holness also missed yesterday's sitting of the House of Representatives at Gordon House, Kingston. Efforts to speak with him, however, failed. Holness resting ... Read More

Big motor car fraud

Thursday, September 18, 2014    


A woman has been arrested and charged by members of the Fraud Squad after she reportedly stole several motor vehicles from a used car dealership where she was employed. She has been identified as 55-year-old Hauva Davis, car sales administrator of Cedar Grove in Portmore, St Catherine. The police alleged that between 2005 and 2014 Davis, who was responsible for logging motor vehicles taken into the company, sold a number of the vehicles and failed to either account for the sales in the compa ... Read More

Excitement abounds

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Excitement abounds

Principal of Cavaliers All Age School Renée Charlton-Wolfe (second right) explains features on one of the nearly 100 tablets being delivered to the school, under the Government's $1.4 billion Tablets in Schools Pilot project, following yesterday's formal roll out of the initiative at the institution. (Photo: JIS) Read More

A most welcomed gift

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Principal of Maldon Primary school Audrey Bernard-Kilbourne (centre) is joined by Samuel Johnson, chairman of the school board;
Sydney Henry, projects manager for the Sandals Foundation; Carl Beviere, general manager, Sandals Montego Bay and Kayla
Clarke, education officer, as she prepares to cut the ribbon officially opening the new reading and computer room gifted to the
institution by Sandals Foundation.

Sandals Foundation has provided students at Maldon Primary school in St James with the perfect back-to-school gift, that of a computer lab and reading room valued at over $ 2 million. The official handing-over of the facilities took place last week at the school where members of the school board and faculty as well as representatives from Sandals Resorts and the Sandals Foundation came out to celebrate the moment. "With the help of several generous donations, the school's PTA (Parent Teachers' ... Read More

Cops seize bulletproof vest, ammo in Kingston 5

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

The police vest and ammunition seized by the police on
Retirement Crescent

OFFICERS from the St Andrew Central Division on Tuesday seized a bulletproof vest and a red and black cloth vest -- both with the words police written on them, as well as 76 rounds of ammunition. The vests and the ammunition — 38 .45 hollow point and 38 9-mm rounds of ammunition -- were taken from under the cellar of a house on Retirement Crescent in Kingston 5 No one was taken into custody in relation to the seizure, the police said. Read More



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