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Politicians praise Roger Clarke

Roger Clarke although tied with his umbilical cord to the
People’s National Party always had time for others on the
other side of the political fence. Here Clarke (left) shares a
joke with Karl Samuda of the Jamaica Labour Party.

POLITICIANS on both sides of the political aisle in Parliament yesterday expressed regret at the passing of Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Roger Clarke, in Miami, Florida. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said that Clarke, a member of her ruling People's National Party (PNP) and one of h ... Read More

Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke
who said his final goodbye,
yesterday. (JAMAICA OBSERVER
FILE PHOTO) Farewell Roger!
THE bell tolled yesterday for flamboyant and jovial Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Roger Haro ... Read More

MOORE… Roger
Clarke was not my
MP but we lived
together very good Westmoreland mourns for Roger
PETERSFIELD, Westmoreland — The constituency of Central Westmoreland was plunged into a state ... Read More

Fire victims stand around items of furniture that were salvaged from the blaze. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) 'Everything fi mi pickney dem back-to-school bun up'
POLICE in the Kingston Central Division are investigating a possible case of arson after a fire yest ... Read More

JUTC to roll out bus tracking system for commuters

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, August 29, 2014    

Commuters crowd a ticketing office at the Transport Centre in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, on Wednesday.

JAMAICA Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it will on Monday roll out its long-promised tracking system that will allow commuters to monitor the locations of the State-run buses. In addition, an additional 100 buses will be dispatched across the Kingston Metropolitan Region (KMTR) to coincide with the official start of the new school year. The JUTC currently has a total of 345 buses on the road. Managing Director of the JUTC Collin Campbell said the tracking system, named Automatic Vehicle Loca ... Read More

Roger Clarke was a thoroughbred Jamaican — 'Butch' Stewart

Friday, August 29, 2014    

CLARKE…described as amiable
STEWART… Roger Clarke was larger than life

THE Caribbean's leading hotelier, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, joined a long line of Jamaicans yesterday in paying tribute to the late Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke, describing him as "a thoroughbred Jamaican". "I am in shock," Stewart said after receiving news that Clarke had died of an apparent heart attack on his way home to Jamaica from the United States where he had underwent back surgery. "Roger Clarke was larger than life. Amiable, mischievous, he never seemed to trouble anybody," said ... Read More

Clarke's final debate

Friday, August 29, 2014    

Clarke’s presentation highlighted the performance of the
agriculture sector over the 2013/14 fiscal year and laid out
plans for the future. (PHOTOS: JIS)

ROGER Clarke made his final contribution to the Budget Debate as head of the agriculture and fisheries ministry on April 23. The presentation was titled 'Continuing the Growth... Going for Export'. Here are some highlights: EXPORT/IMPORT PERFORMANCE "Notwithstanding the weather-related challenges I highlighted earlier, I am happy to report to this Honourable House, that non-traditional food exports increased by 5.7 per cent to US$152.7m, thanks to increased yam exports (13.3 per cent), ackee ( ... Read More

New Hanover PC chairman wants to put 'parish back on the map'

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large, Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, August 29, 2014    

Newly sworn-in chairman of Hanover Parish Council Wynter McIntosh being robed by former mayor of Lucea Shernett Haughton.
(PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE)

LUCEA, Hanover — Wynter McIntosh, the newly appointed chairman of the Hanover Parish Council, has vowed to ensure that viable opportunities are created to improve the economic development of the parish. "I see one of my tasks as helping to put Hanover back in its rightful place on the map of Jamaica. We need a capital for the parish that reflects and supports expansion and this can only be achieved through all those who have an interest in the betterment of the parish," he argued. He add ... Read More

St Elizabeth colleagues say Clarke was a 'political father', teacher

Friday, August 29, 2014    

Roger Clarke
dancing at a
conference of
his beloved
People’s
National
Party.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Leaders in local politics, business and civic affairs reeled in shock yesterday following news of the passing of agriculture minister and ruling People's National Party giant Roger Clarke. "I am at a loss for words, I don't know what to say... I am devastated," a sobbing Mayor of Black River Everton Fisher told the Jamaica Observer by telephone. Fisher, who is the councillor for the Balaclava Division where Clarke served before his promotion to parliamentary p ... Read More

Female pickpocket gets 18 months, faces more charges

Friday, August 29, 2014    

A woman who 'picked' $10,400 from another woman's purse was yesterday sentenced to 18 months in prison. The sentence was handed down by Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, after Nicola Myles pleaded guilty to simple larceny. The 36-year-old Myles, who hails from Albert Street in Kingston, told the court that she took the money after the complainant ignored her warning that the money was falling from the purse. "Mi a walk inna di crowd and ... Read More

High school dropouts get second chance with HSDE programme

Friday, August 29, 2014    

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites (right) converses with Deputy Opposition Spokesman on
Industry, Investment, Commerce, Mining and Energy Kent Gammon, during the launch of the High
School Diploma Equivalency (HSDE) Programme, at the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong
Learning (JFLL) head office, on South Camp Road in Kingston, recently.

PERSONS 17 years and older who, for different reasons, missed out on the opportunity to attain or complete their secondary education, will get the chance to achieve this goal under a new Ministry of Education initiative, the High School Diploma Equivalency (HSDE) programme, to be implemented in September. The HSDE is a three-tiered adult education programme designed to equip participants with the necessary academic qualifications and certification to enhance their marketability and thereby pos ... Read More

Deadline for Fair Play Awards entries today

Friday, August 29, 2014    

Money

THE largest cash prize to be offered to local journalists for outstanding work is to be presented this year by the Jamaica Broilers Group in its Fair Play Awards of Excellence. The deadline for submission of works published or broadcast across all media platforms for judging in the competition is today. The winner and two runners-up in the 2013/2014 staging of the awards programme will receive a total of $1 million in cash, in addition to Jamaica Broilers Group Fair Play Awards of Excellence tr ... Read More

Cayman Premier pays tribute to Roger Clarke

Friday, August 29, 2014 10:46 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin says he is deeply saddened to have learned of the Thursday passing of Jamaica’s Minister of Agriculture Roger Clarke. “It was fitting that Mr Clarke was Jamaica’s Minister of Agriculture as he was a son of the soil and never ventured far from his roots, remaining a farmer throughout his life,” McLaughlin said. “He will long be remembered for his work in agriculture.” Clarke, 74, died of a hear ... Read More

200 schools islandwide affected by inadequate water supply

Friday, August 29, 2014 10:41 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica—Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill, with the start of the 2014/2015 academic year just three days away, says that some 200 schools across the island will be affected by inadequate water supplies. According to a joint statement with the Education Ministry the primary reason lies with most of the schools affected not having proper water storage facilities. “For those educational institutions that have adequate storage capacity ... Read More



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