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Teacher’s death shocks Charlemont High School

HOWELL... described as passionate about his job

STUDENTS and staff at Charlemont High School in St Catherine have been left searching for answers after the body of a male teacher was discovered Saturday morning in bushes in Barrett Hall, St Ann. He is 35-year-old Tanijah Howell of Linstead, St Catherine. Howell, who taught mathematics at the Li ... Read More

Treasurer of the National Organisation of Deported Migrants, Dwight Jones, and vice-president of the organsiation Anjuline Green explain the nature of the assistance they provide for deportees Government starts new programme to assist deportees
While the country grapples with its crime issues, over 100 Jamaicans are being deported home every m ... Read More

FATHER AUGUSTINE ... there has been a sixfold increase in 10 years (Photo: Naphtali Junior) Number of abandoned children on the increase
THE number of abandoned children at the Missionaries of the Poor (MOP) apostolates in Kingston has s ... Read More

This homeless man was all smiles while eating his melon in downtown Kingston, despite the threat of Category Four Hurricane Matthew approaching the island in October 2016. (File photo) More people homeless
The Board of Supervision, commonly known as the poor relief department, says its December 2016 surve ... Read More

Sigma Run reaches $50.5m

Monday, February 20, 2017    

... And they’re off

The 19th staging of the Sagicor Sigma 5K run yesterday garnered a whopping $50.5 million in funds for charity. “We are taking donations right through to March. So I’m still appealing to persons to donate by going to sagicorjamaica.com clicking on how to donate and follow the steps through or visiting the Sagicor Bank, Vice-President of Sagicor Group Marketing, Ingrid Card said, adding that there is still time to hit this year’s $60 million target. Card added: “Charm bra ... Read More

Gov't funds LAMP land titling project through 2017/18

Monday, February 20, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) hands over a land title to Donald Miller, one of more than 220 recipients of land titles at a ceremony held by the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP) at Jamaica House, in August 2016. (File Photo)

Concerns raised by Opposition Senator Sophia Fraser Binns about the possible “disbanding” of the government's Land Administration and Management Programme(LAMP), have been dispelled in the 2017/18 Estimates of Expenditure. According to the estimates, tabled in Parliament on February 9, the government has budgeted $216 million to meet the administrative expenses of LAMP in 2017/18. LAMP is a government initiative, which assists landowners in obtaining certificates of title, by provi ... Read More

They are a menace!

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, February 20, 2017    

SENIOR Medical Officer (SMO) at the Savanna-La-Mar Public General Hospital in Westmoreland, Dr Alfred Dawes, is calling for a crackdown on illegal bike riders who he says are putting serious pressure on the health care system in western Jamaica. According to Dr Dawes, the frequency of motorbike crashes, and the extent of the injuries suffered by the victims without proper headgear result in clogging the system. “They are a menace!” Dr Dawes remarked yesterday. “With these he ... Read More

Brown’s Town High wins police debate competition

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, February 20, 2017    

Jacqueline Thames (right), acting principal of the Moneague College, makes a presentation to the winning team, Brown’s Town High School..

IT was a proud moment for students and staff of the St Ann-based Brown’s Town High School last Wednesday when the debate team defeated St Mary High in the finals of the Area Two Police debate competition. Brown’s Town High, St Mary High and Titchfield High battled at the regional level after topping their respective zones at the parish level. At the end of the competition, Brown’s Town High emerged champions after successfully proposing that ‘capital punishment should be ... Read More

Science meets dancehall

Monday, February 20, 2017    

Professor Christopher Emdin speaking at JN Foundation’s ILead Summit last year

The JN Foundation is collaborating with Professor Christopher Emdin to launch Science Genius Jamaica, a new education project that will fuse dancehall music with science. The project, which mirrors Professor Emdin’s Science Genius programme that blends hip hop music with science, is part of a movement to connect youth culture and education — commonly known in the United States of America as #HipHopEd. The Science Genius Jamaica programme will seek to excite Jamaican students and ... Read More

The Blue Lagoon: world-famous attraction

Monday, February 20, 2017    

This rafter gives a thumbs up as he tours the lagoon with visitors..

ONE of the most exquisite attractions in Jamaica, the Blue Lagoon in Portland has established itself as a haven for visitors seeking a relaxed day with nature. The source of the 213feet- deep pool is said to begin in the Blue Mountains and continues beneath the earth to the point where it expels into the sea. “It’s a very good place for tourists to come. The whole scenery here is great; the water is nice and clear, and there’s not much interference with the lagoon’s nat ... Read More

Thousands of anti-Trump protesters say 'not my president'

Monday, February 20, 2017 8:06 PM    

Arturo Gomez participates in a Presidents Day protest near Trump Tower on February 20, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: AFP)

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — About 10,000 anti-Trump protesters marched in New York to shouts of "not my president!" Monday, joined by others in cities across the United States on its Presidents Day holiday. After a raucous first month in office, President Donald Trump returned to Washington after spending a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Miami Beach, Florida, which he calls the "Winter White House." The "Not My Presidents Day" protests aim to show grassroots opposition to the Re ... Read More

O-Wrap: Residents protest police killing... Robbery at Holmwood Technical... Cops wearing body-cameras

Monday, February 20, 2017 7:30 PM    

In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE’s top 10 stories for today. 1. March Pen residents protest police killing Residents of the March Pen community along the Spanish Town Bypass in St Catherine this morning mounted a protest in response to the alleged police killing of a higgler from the community last night. Full story here 2. Prisoner escapes from May Pen Hospital The Clarendon police have launched a manhunt for a prisoner who escaped from the May Pen Hospital this morning ... Read More

Gov’t to implement e-tendering and purchase system

Monday, February 20, 2017 7:18 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Government is to implement an electronic tendering and purchase system this fiscal year as it continues its work to streamline operations within the public sector. The system will ensure a more transparent and efficient process in Government procurement. This and other activities are to be carried out under the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme (PSTMP), for which a sum of $652 million has been set aside in the 2017/18 Estimates of Expe ... Read More

‘Order in public transport system will help stem murders,’ says Holness

Monday, February 20, 2017 6:07 PM    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness 

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness today declared that the Government is committed to confront the country's murder problem. He said it will be done through implementing measures to ensure order in the public transport system. Referencing the recent policy directive to remove tints from all public passenger vehicles (PPVs), the prime minister insisted that there should be clear view into vehicles to reduce and eliminate crimes, including abductions and rapes, on the public ... Read More



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