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'No more Mario Deanes'

WILLIAMS… I give my word

COMMISSIONER of police Dr Carl Williams has promised that under his watch incidents like that which led to the death of Mario Deane will be eliminated. Williams was responding to questions from the Jamaica Observer about assurances members of the public could have that relatives taken into police c ... Read More

Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna (centre) shares a moment with Sharon Lake (left), chairman of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, and Winsome Wilkins, director of the Voluntary Organisation for the Upliftment of Children ( VOUCH), during a child sexual abuse workshop at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) 26 per cent spike in reports of sexual abuse
MINISTER of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna has reiterated the call for Jamaicans to break the silence ... Read More

FORBES....
complained
of stomach
problems Death on hospital floor
JASON Forbes seemingly foresaw his death while lying on the floor of the Spanish Town Hospital Tuesd ... Read More

(L-R) WARMINGTON... If you cannot finance your own campaign,
don't run election. PAULWELL...the funding the current Bill speaks to is to pay for
the running of constituency offices and to pay staff and other
housekeeping bills.. DUNCAN... If only some people can finance the political
process, others will be left out 'Don't use poor people money finance political campaigns'
SOUTH West St Catherine Member of Parliament (MP) Everald Warmington has again clashed with Governme ... Read More

No confidence in health minister — Holness

Thursday, October 02, 2014    

HOLNESS...The prime minister is missing on the matter of this
devastating chikungunya virus

OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness said he has no confidence in the Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson to manage his portfolio in light of the increase in cases of the chikungunya virus. "Based on the potential threat of other more virulent diseases such as Ebola, the minister should be replaced and a serious and objective assessment of the state of readiness of the public health services be immediately undertaken to assure the public that Jamaica will be prepared and resourced to deal with th ... Read More

Give back while you swipe with NCB at Take Style Out!

Thursday, October 02, 2014    

WHAT'S better than scoring a great deal or discount? Earning additional rewards atop them and contributing to Jamaica's educational system. Shoppers across the country will get to celebrate today's Jamaica Observer Take Style Out (TSO) five-hour discount shopping spree with rewards from Jamaica's preferred credit card line -- NCB KeyCard NCB will be offering amazing rewards when shoppers swipe their NCB KeyCard during Jamaica's premium one-night shopping experience -- Take Style Out. For the ... Read More

Missing Trelawny student found dead

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, October 02, 2014    

Stacy Douglas (left), mother of 13-year-old Aliesha Brown whose body was discovered in Stewart Castle, Trelawny, and another woman wept uncontrollably on
learning of the teen’s murder.

STEWART CASTLE, Trelawny — Blood-curdling screams reverberated throughout an isolated section of this community after a member of a search party discovered the body of a 13-year-old girl who went missing after leaving home for school on Monday morning. The body of Aliesha Brown, affectionately called 'Miss Chin', was found clad in her maroon and white Muschett High School uniform, covered with a black motorcar bumper in bushes near the ruins of the Stewart Castle Great House. The grade ... Read More

Novelette Grant now deputy police commissioner

Thursday, October 02, 2014    

GRANT… I will do my best

ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant yesterday became only the second woman in the history of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to be named to the second highest position in the organisation — deputy commissioner of police (DCP). Grant will be in charge of the administration portfolio formerly held by DCP Clifford Blake, who has been put in charge of operations, while DCP Glenmore Hinds who had the operations portfolio has been put in charge of crime, which was held by newl ... Read More

NSWMA says it’s committed to national clean-up

Thursday, October 02, 2014    

EDWARDS... consideration must be given to an intense
and sustained public education programme which emphasises
personal responsibility of citizens to protect themselves and to
eliminate mosquito-breeding areas

THE National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) said yesterday it stands ready to partner with the Ministry of Health, the local authorities, community groups and residents in the national effort to rid the country of mosquito- breeding areas as the country grapples with the spread of the Chikungunya virus. Executive Director of NSWMA Jennifer Edwards had previously indicated that the authority is already challenged to collect regular waste due to a shortage of units despite the support o ... Read More

MegaMart turns 15

Thursday, October 02, 2014    

A file photo of the MegaMart store in Mandeville, Manchester

MEGAMART Wholesale Club, which is this month celebrating its 15th anniversary, has planned a number of activities to say thank you to its customers, staff and well-wishers for their continued support. "It has been a challenging yet fulfilling road, providing 15 years of quality products and services to the Jamaican people and we look forward to even greater milestones," said MegaMart CEO Gassan Azan Jr. For the month of October, customers will be feted at all four locations with the Mega Fies ... Read More

Four more land surveyors commissioned

Thursday, October 02, 2014    

Minister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change
Robert Pickersgill (right) presents newly appointed land
surveyor David Gordon (centre), with his Instrument of
Commission, during a brief presentation ceremony at the
ministry’s New Kingston offices on Tuesday. Sharing in the
occasion is junior minister Ian Hayles.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill has underscored the importance of the work carried out by land surveyors, particularly in the process of sustainable development, incorporating land utilisation. "Your role is basic to all planning and development activities and covers all facets of the interdependence between people and their surroundings. Your work determines boundaries, and is integral to the planning and construction of buildings, infrastructure, c ... Read More

This Day in History - Oct 2

Thursday, October 02, 2014    

Osama bin Laden

Today is the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT 2009: In a vote of high drama, the bustling Brazilian carnival city of Rio de Janeiro gets the 2016 Olympics, a first for South America. OTHER EVENTS 1187: Besieged Crusader forces in Jerusalem capitulate to Muslim commander Saladin. The Christians retake the holy city in 1229. 1518: Cardinal Wolsey devises the "Peace of London" among England, France, Emperor Maximilian I, Spain and the Papacy. 1780: Brit ... Read More

LIME ready to partner with Gov't in Chic-V fight

Thursday, October 02, 2014    

LIME's Garry Sinclair

LIME Jamaica yesterday expressed a willingness to partner with Government in its bid to help stem the spread of the chikungunya virus. In a press release yesterday, the telecommunications firm said it has, since Monday, been making its network available for the dissemination of much-needed information on the virus via text messages. "Our company is naturally concerned about the quality of our customers and, indeed, all Jamaican lives. We'll therefore do whatever it takes to ensure the safest p ... Read More

More than 200 basic schools to be merged by end of academic year

Thursday, October 02, 2014    

Students from Halker’s
Hall Basic School share in
a group photo with (from
back right), David Mair,
executive director of Food
for the Poor Jamaica;
Jennifer Newland,
teacher, and principal
Donna Gordon.

THE Ministry of Education has targeted more than 200 basic schools to be integrated into infant departments of primary schools by the end of the academic year as Government continues its reform of the Early Childhood Sector. This follows the rationalisation of 70 basic schools last year. Education Minister Ronald Thwaites made the disclosure during the recently held Early Childhood Commission's (ECC) 10th Anniversary Parish Awards for St Mary. According to Thwaites, most of the 2,500 Early Ch ... Read More



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