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Boy claims he was burnt at girls’ home

Kemar Williams, 17, claims he was burnt with acid by a house mother at a girls home in St Andrew.

A 17-year-old boy says he has not slept in a week because of the painful wounds he received after he was attacked at a girls’ home. Kemar Williams of a Grant’s Pen address claims he was burnt with acid at a girls’ home in the area when he went to collect his earphones from one of ... Read More

Lucy Brooks ... business was 90 per cent better before Alpart closed (Gregory Bennett) Residents hoping for Alpart’s reopening
NAIN, St Elizabeth — Lucy Brooks, who operates a restaurant, Country Grill, located on a slope ... Read More

One of the signs put up by some companies to alert their employees about the dangers of tobacco use, which is often ignored by smokers. Little enforcement of Tobacco Control Act douses its relevance
It has existed on Jamaican law books for three years now, but the one-time much heralded Public Heal ... Read More

Jevan Smith (left) a beneficiary of ‘A New Path’ initiative  greets CEO of the Trust for the Americas Linda Eddleman (right). The Trust in partnership with the Organisation of American States last week sought support from public and private sector entities for the project. Also in photo is project director Susan Ewerse. (Garfield Robinson) How prison changed one young man’s life
Incarceration is not often paired with gratefulness, but for Jevan Smith, it is what changed his lif ... Read More

Jamaicans must get tobacco conscious and secure their health — Ferguson

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

FERGUSON ... citizens need to insist that people stop violating the regulation

The man who introduced the Tobacco Control Regulations Act wants Jamaicans to play a far more active role in preserving their health by resisting the use of tobacco. Former Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson continues to argue that the use of tobacco posed so many health risks to Jamaicans, that it was in their best interest to prevent certain people from violating the regulation that guards against smoking in public places, and thereby reducing the nation’s healthcare bill. “In ... Read More

Slain St Catherine gangster is hotelier’s killer, say police

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

HENRY CHIN ... shot to death in Montego Bay on March 3

MONTEGO BAY, St James – The St James police say they have made a breakthrough in the March 3 murder of Montego Bay hotelier Henry Chin. According to the cops, 33-year-old St Catherine gangster Anthony Riley, who was shot dead on Thursday, June 23 by his cronies in the tough inner-city Gulf section of Norwood, St James, was the trigger man in the hotelier’s shooting. Chin, who operated Toby Inn Hotel in Montego Bay, was robbed then shot by a gunman at his farm in the industrial area ... Read More

Help these youngsters turn their lives around

Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Organization of American States representative in Jamaica Jeanelle van GlaanenWeygel addressing the launch of a membership programme for public-private sector partners at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in New Kingston last Thursday morning. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

The Organization of American States (OAS) representative in Jamaica has appealed to public and private sector employers to give rehabilitated youngsters an opportunity to turn their lives around under an internship programme designed to help reduce recidivism and, ultimately, crime and violence in Jamaica. “I know that some of those that we are asking you to consider for apprenticeships, internships or even job opportunities may have broken spirits, are angry at the world for the unfair t ... Read More

DBJ ignites innovation in entrepreneurship

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter bennettk@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) will pay out $72 million in grant funding to recipients of the Innovation Grant from New Ideas to Entrepreneurship programme (IGNITE). On Tuesday, 27 companies were awarded up to $4 million each ( 70 per cent of the project cost ) to facilitate the implementation of business activities to support the creation and growth of innovative business ventures on the local market. The following top 10 companies received grant funding of $4 million each from DBJ: ... Read More

Scotiabank encourages upkeep of children’s homes beyond Labour Day

Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Little ones love colour. Here, a volunteer helps a child to get inolved in the beautification of Homestead Place of Safety.

Studies have shown that beautiful colours and pleasant surroundings can have a direct and subtle influence on emotions, recuperation, behaviour, learning and general wellness. This makes the upkeep and beautification of State-run children’s homes an essential part of caring for the welfare of State wards. Nineteen children’s homes across the island are better environments today, following Scotiabank’s intervention. Joining hands with the Child Development Agency and Edgechem, ... Read More

Heat wave hits Parliament as Senators toss jackets aside

with Balford Henry | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Jamaica Labour Party Senators react to the heatwave during Friday’s sitting of the Senate. (Mark Bell)

Parliament is expected to start its summer recess this week, with the final sitting of the House of Representatives for the session on Tuesday, and the Senate on Friday. The closing session was highlighted by the annual Sectoral Debate, which was probably much more of a painful exercise than its predecessors, primarily due the ill-advised changes to the debate format which forced Cabinet ministers to ignore large portions of their speeches because of lack of time. It will be interesting to see ... Read More

ATL Autobahn execs talk customer service at BMW confab

Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Dr Philip Brown, group director, training standards at Sandals Resorts International (SRI), offers insight into ATL/ SRI’s leading customer service practices at the BMW Importers Conference in Lima, Peru.

ATL Autobahn executives provided a riveting presentation on the company’s best customer service practices at the annual BMW Importers Conference held in Lima, Peru this month. The executive team, led by ATL Automotive and Sandals Resorts International CEO Adam Stewart, represented the Caribbean at the event, which hosted 100 of the top BMW importers in Latin America. “We were proud and humbled to be invited to represent Jamaica amongst such esteemed company and perhaps share some ... Read More

Sex with the Zika-infected

Dr Derrick Aarons | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Scientists have detected the live Zika virus in human saliva and urine. Their fear is that a person can contract the virus by coming into contact with these fluids. (Photo: AP)

ZIKA virus infection is the only vector-borne disease — which is an ailment transmitted by mosquitoes — that has been found to also be transmissible through sexual intercourse. Up until now, the only reported cases of sexual transmission in humans involved men who passed the Zika virus to women during sex via their ejaculation or semen. Research also revealed the Zika virus to be present in men’s semen long after it has disappeared from their bloodstream. We should note that ... Read More

Venezuela about to find out if Maduro recall vote can happen

Sunday, July 24, 2016 4:16 PM    

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) – Venezuela's electoral authorities are to announce Tuesday whether moves to stage a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro can go ahead after verifying signatures on an opposition-organized petition. The outcome could open the way to a vote to oust Maduro, the chosen successor to late president Hugo Chavez who is ruling over an economy crippled by mismanagement and low oil prices. But the government has said the petition is riddled with fake signatur ... Read More

India beat Windies by innings, 92 runs in first Test

Sunday, July 24, 2016 4:08 PM    

West Indies Devendra Bishoo (Left) takes a big swing while batting during day four of the cricket test match between West Indies and India July 24, 2016 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St John's, Antigua. (Photo: AFP)

NORTH SOUND, Antigua & Barbuda (AFP) – Ravichandran Ashwin completed a magnificent all-round performance with seven wickets to bowl India to a crushing victory by an innings and 92 runs on the fourth day of the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua on Sunday. His haul of seven for 83 off 25 overs followed his third Test hundred – 113 – in India's massive first innings total of 566 for eight declared at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Resuming their second innings ... Read More



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