PM, trade union leaders hail Clive Dobson

DOBSON… remembered
as a staunch and
formidable advocate.

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller and several trade union leaders yesterday paid tribute to President Emeritus of the National Workers Union (NWU) Clive Dobson, who died Sunday at his home in Montego Bay, St James. Born Clive St Aubyn Dobson, son of the late John, a preacher, and Lucille, a hous ... Read More

A view of the Mona Dam as it
were last Wednesday. The
National Water Commission says
the water level at the reservoir is
now at 34 per cent of its capacity.
JAMAICANS who have been enduring severe water supply restrictions over several weeks will see some w ... Read More

An aerial view of the March fire at
the Riverton dump in St Andrew
(JAMAICA OBSERVER FILE PHOTOS) Hylton seeks help to set Riverton right
SINCE a major fire, followed by the heated exchanges between Government and Opposition on the issue ... Read More

(From left) FLOW's Errol Miller; Dr Lisa Hurlock-Clarke, consultant cardiologist;
Dr Victor Elliot, consultant cardiologist; Carla Seaga, executive director of the
University of the West Indies Development and Endowment Fund (UWIDEF); and
Karl Wright, board director of UWIDEF, smile for the camera after the new ECG
Treadmill System was donated by FLOW to the Cardiology Department at the
University of the West Indies. University Hospital gets $2.5-million gift
THE University Hospital the West Indies was recently presented with a new stress ECG Treadmill syste ... Read More

CDEMA deploys teams to assess hurricane damage in The Bahamas

Tuesday, October 06, 2015    

JACKSON… teams will finetune
emergency relief and
restoration needs.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) yesterday deployed three rapid damage and needs assessment teams to The Bahamas to determine the extent of damage suffered during the passage of Hurricane Joaquin over the weekend. The CDEMA-led teams will provide assistance to the disaster agencies in the Bahamas in the assessment of damage to critical facilities, infrastructure and housing, water, sanitation and health, telecommunications and coastal zones ... Read More

Hanover JPs urged to help fight lottery scamming

Tuesday, October 06, 2015    

Peter Bunting (file photo)

NATIONAL Security Minister Peter Bunting has urged justices of the peace in Hanover to join the police in the fight against lottery scamming, which he said is to be blamed for the increase in murders in the parish since the start of the year. "As leaders in your communities, you cannot turn a blind eye to it. Keeping silent is giving consent and that is what is called the conspiracy of silence," he said. The minister was addressing a forum hosted by the Hanover Chapter of the Jamaica Lay Ma ... Read More

Danny Glover In Jamaica

Tuesday, October 06, 2015    


American actor Danny Glover greets four-year-old Jadane Dyer during his visit yesterday to National Heroes Park in Kingston. Glover is scheduled to speak on reparatory justice at a breakfast forum this morning hosted by the National Commission on Reparations at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON Read More

Britain tops world 'Quality of Death' index

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 8:52 AM    


LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Britain topped an 80-country "quality of death" study released Tuesday, which warned that ageing and booming populations would make palliative care a growing worldwide issue. The 2015 Quality of Death Index, compiled by the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit, found Britain to be the best at palliative care. "Its ranking is due to comprehensive national policies, the extensive integration of palliative care into the National Health Service, a strong ho ... Read More

Edna Manley College gets $4.9M for Rex Nettleford Arts Conference

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 8:26 AM    

Counsellor for Public Affairs, United States Embassy, Joshua Polacheck, hands over a cheque for $2.9 million (US$24, 928.61) to Principal of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), Dr Nicholeen DeGrasse-Johnson.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) has received donations amounting to $4.9 million for the staging of the 2015 Rex Nettleford Arts Conference The sum includes $2.9 million (US$24, 928.61) from the United States Embassy and $2 million from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund. The conference was first held in 2011 to celebrate the late Professor’s significant contribution to Jamaica’s performanc ... Read More

US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 8:02 AM    

US President Barack Obama

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to government figures obtained by The Associated Press. Deportations of criminal immigrants have fallen to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, despite his pledge to focus on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally. The overall total of 231,000 deportations generally does not include Mexic ... Read More

Online prayer for the day

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 7:00 AM    

Almighty God, my Eternal Father, from the fullness of my soul I adore You. I am deeply grateful that You have made me in Your image and likeness, and that You ever hold me in Your loving embrace. Direct me to love You with all my heart, with all my soul, and with my whole mind. Direct me to love all Your children as I love myself. O, my Father, my soul longs to be united to You, and to rest in You forever. Have the Holy Spirit touch my soul so that I may love You as He does, and as ... Read More

Books4Kids Jamaica now reaching more kids across island

Tuesday, October 06, 2015    

THE Palymyra Foundation continues to inspire and encourage children at the basic school level to get excited about reading and writing through the non-profit organisation's Books4Kids Jamaica programme. It's only been three weeks into the 2015 book distribution and Books4Kids Jamaica teams have visited 5,508 children at 54 schools. This achievement, in part, is due to the support given by the 50 sponsors and volunteers who have participated in the event so far. "We go out and solicit donations ... Read More

Boston-bound airline pilot dies; co-pilot lands safely in NY

Tuesday, October 06, 2015    

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — An American Airlines captain became gravely ill and incapacitated while flying from Phoenix to Boston and later died, but his first officer safely diverted and landed the nearly 150-passenger plane, an airline spokeswoman said. Passengers on the flight were told the pilot was sick and it was making an emergency landing in Syracuse. They later learned of his death. The scenario is rare but not unheard-of: Seven pilots for US airlines and one charter pilot have died dur ... Read More

This Day in History — October 6

Tuesday, October 06, 2015    

Today is the 279th day of 2015. There are 86 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT 1927: In the United States, the era of talking pictures arrives with the opening of The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, a movie which features both silent and sound-synchronised scenes. OTHER EVENTS 1536: William Tyndale, who translated the first English Bible, is executed for heresy in Vilvoorde, the Netherlands. 1683: Thirteen families from Krefeld, Germany, arrive in present-day Philadelphia to begin G ... Read More



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