Jamaicans urged to take active part in Science and Technology Month

Andrew Wheatley

JAMAICANS were yesterday encouraged to take an active part in the celebration of Science and Technology Month in November, in order to better understand and appreciate the value of scientific research, innovation, and technology in the development of the country. The Scientific Research Council ( ... Read More

INDECOM chief Terrence Williams                                  Senior cops blame INDECOM boss for stand-off with police
DEPUTY Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds yesterday blamed much of the long-standing tension betw ... Read More

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett (right) makes a point to Prime Minister of St Marteen William Marlin during the 18th Annual International Shared Ownership Investment Conference at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel in Florida, yesterday. (Photo: Mark Cummings) Jamaica now ready for timeshare market, says Bartlett
FLORIDA, USA — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett declared yesterday that Jamaica is ready to co ... Read More

 The Business Observer on Wednesday carried a story on CAC 2000, which gave an inflated figure ... Read More

JIS Heritage Competition targets students

Thursday, October 27, 2016    

The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is urging students to complete their entries for the Heritage Competition and submit them online before the deadline of November 6. The JIS Heritage Competition, which opened on September 5, now comprises three categories: essay, poster and photo. The photo category was added this year and targets registered tertiary-level students in an accredited Jamaican institution. Chair of the Heritage Planning Committee and manager of special projects at the JIS, ... Read More

More people urged to use Stay Alert app

Thursday, October 27, 2016    

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay

HEAD of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, is encouraging more people to download and make use of the crime-fighting and safety software application ‘ Stay Alert ’. She was speaking on the Jamaica Information Service television programme Issues and Answers recently. She noted that, currently, there are more than 18,000 people utilising the app. Superintendent Lindsay said the software can be accessed at the Google ... Read More

Farmers told to be vigilant in dealing with cocoa plant disease

Thursday, October 27, 2016    

Inside of a cocoa pod infected by the Frosty Pod Rot Disease. 

­THE Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is advising farmers affected by the Frosty Pod Rot disease to exercise vigilance when disposing of cocoa pods. Identifier and entomologist at the Plant Quarantine Produce Inspection Branch, Karen Christie, told JIS News that the ministry has provided a step-by-step guide for farmers to follow. They were advised to remove all pods, both healthy and infected, from the cocoa trees. Infected pods should be removed before 9:00 am or wh ... Read More

JSIF urged to find new approaches to meet social needs

Thursday, October 27, 2016    

Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Derrick Smith (left), listens to a point being made by agriculture specialist at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Vincent Thompson (right), while touring exhibitions at a launch ceremony for the Fund’s 20th anniversary at Spanish Court Hotel, Kingston, on Tuesday. Others pictured (from second left) are Managing Director of JSIF Omar Sweeney; manager of JSIF’s Rural Agriculture Development Initiative, Kemeisha Batchan; Senator Sophia Fraser Binns; and JSIF Chairman Dr Wayne Henry. (Photo: JIS)

MINISTER without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Derrick Smith, has challenged the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to adopt new approaches to social development to meet the changing needs of the community. Addressing the launch of JSIF’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations and Annual General Meeting at Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston on Tuesday, Smith - who was representing Prime Minister Andrew Holness - said although cognisant of the agency’s comprehensive approach ... Read More

This Day in History — October 27

Thursday, October 27, 2016    

This Day in History

Today is the 301st day of 2016. There are 65 days left in the year. TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT 2006: Germany’s military suspends two soldiers from duty in connection with photos of troops posing with a skull in Afghanistan. OTHER EVENTS 1787: The first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the US Constitution, is published in a New York newspaper. 1871: Britain annexes the diamond fields of Kimberly, South Africa. 1904: The first rapid transit subwa ... Read More

Manchester MP calls for improvement in water systems

Thursday, October 27, 2016    

STEWART ... announced increase will not be sufficient to compensate for the loss of auxiliary fees

MEMBER of Parliament for Manchester Southern Michael Stewart has suggested that improving the constituency’s water supply systems will assist with the delivery of potable water to more homes and businesses. He said research has shown that the Victoria Town Water Supply System and the Hampton Road System have the capacity to supply the constituency and the parish with potable water. Stewart, who was making his contribution to the 2016 Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives re ... Read More

Reid says new school funding policy a success

Thursday, October 27, 2016    

REID... the secondary system is well funded for this year

EDUCATION Minister Senator Ruel Reid is reporting a successful transition from the auxiliary fee policy in secondary schools to a parent contribution model, owing to a 100 per cent increase in the education budget to $5.5 billion. Auxiliary fees were abolished in September and parents were instead urged to make a voluntary contribution to the schools. In addition, the Government allocation has a maximum of $19,000 per student. A number of school principals were opposed to the idea as they felt ... Read More

One dead, five injured in Haiti food fight

Thursday, October 27, 2016    

Residents await their turn to obtain food and zinc sheets for roofing at a local distribution center in the city of Jeremie, southwestern Haiti, on October 22, 2016, in the aftermath of Hurrican Matthew. (Photo: AFP)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A young woman in Haiti was killed and five others injured when a fight broke out while authorities were distributing food to hurricane victims, government officials said Wednesday. Looters apparently threw stones and conch shells at police and United Nations peacekeepers, who responded with tear gas and projectiles as a crowd gathered around a boat delivering supplies on Tuesday, officials said. It was unclear how the 18-year-old woman died and how the other ... Read More

Trump’s infrequent remarks on abortion draw strong reactions

Thursday, October 27, 2016    

TRUMP… advocated punishment for women who have an abortion (Photos: AP)

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — Only rarely has Donald Trump broached the topic of abortion during his presidential campaign. Twice, when he has done so, there has been stormy reaction. Back in March, in an interview with MSNBC, Trump said women should face “some sort of punishment” if they had an abortion in the event the practice was outlawed. Anti-abortion leaders swiftly repudiated him, and he soon backtracked, saying doctors should be punished, but not the women getting abortions. ... Read More

Presidential candidates divided on gun rights

Thursday, October 27, 2016    

An Associated Press file photo of handguns on display at an annual gun show in Albany, New York, USA. (Photos: AP)

ATLANTA, USA (AP) — If there was ever an issue underscoring the differences between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, it’s gun rights. Trump, the GOP presidential nominee, is a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association who believes the Second Amendment provides an absolute right to buy and own firearms. Democrat Clinton has advocated limiting the sales and possession of guns. Both claim their approach as an answer to the gun violence that is a top concern of Americans &mdas ... Read More



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