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Opposition walks out of House of Representatives

Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, Andrew Holness

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Members of the Opposition today walked out of the House of Representative after Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller refused to answer questions tabled last week by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness regarding the Outameni property purchase by the National Housing Trust (NHT) ... Read More

Pat Francis Will Jamaica’s Pat Francis get top ACP post?
BRUSSELS, Belgium (CMC) — Three Caribbean nationals, including Jamaica's Pat Francis, have bee ... Read More

Acting Director, Emergency, Disaster Preparedness and Special Services at the
Ministry of Health, Dr Sonia Copeland addresses the audience at an event held
to mark the first Natural Health Awareness Day at the Michi Super Centre in
Kingston on Sunday. The event was hosted by former Third World band member
Irvin ‘Carrot’ Jarrett, now a naturopathic holistic health practitioner, and his
wife, Alisia. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON) 'Production of natural products set to explode'
ACTING Director, Emergency, Disaster Preparedness and Special Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr ... Read More

Director General of the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST) Professor Errol
Morrison speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank. Science expo at Emancipation Park this Thursday
THE Scientific Research Council (SRC), in association with the National Commission on Science and Te ... Read More

VIDEO: NHT board stays

BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

National Housing Trust Chairman Easton Douglas speaking during a news conference yesterday. Flanking him are fellow NHT
board members Norman Horne (left) and Percival LaTouche. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

THE Government last night announced the immediate appointment of four new members to the National Housing Trust (NHT) board, saying that the measure will strengthen the directorate. Jamaica House released the decision after a marathon Cabinet meeting hours after NHT Chairman Easton Douglas and three of the eight remaining board members defiantly told journalists at a mid-morning news conference that they will not resign. The board members made their intentions clear, despite growing calls for ... Read More

Tony Welsh to know fate on December 8

Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

Gavel

FORMER People's National Party (PNP) activist Milton 'Tony' Welsh will know on December 8 if the prosecution will try him a third time for the killing of a man in 2006. Welsh was set for trial in the Home Circuit Court yesterday but the prosecution told the court that it has issues securing the attendance of the main witness, who was said to be overseas. Welsh, the reputed Brandon Hill, St Andrew area leader, first went on trial in October 2006 for the murder of 21-year-old Damion Hussey of Go ... Read More

Sweet music

Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

 Sweet music

An excited Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 Kaci Fennell has the full attention of Duhaney Park Primary's Music teacher Vennica Nicholson and First Global's vice-president for marketing, Peter Lindo, as she takes lessons in blowing of the trumpet. Occasion was the recent staging of First Global Bank's Music Day at Duhaney Park Primary, which highlighted the important link between music and academics. Read More

Japanese lessons for Caribbean in waste management

Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

An aerial view of the Ariake Incineration Plant.

TOKYO, Japan (CMC) — The Ariake Incineration Plant will probably have no major role to play in the construction of the Olympic Village for the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Japan. Chances are, however, it will have to deal with the waste that will be generated by the athletes during the Games of the XXXII Olympiad from July 24 to August 9. The Olympic Village will be constructed not far from the plant which has acknowledged that its role is to reduce waste generation, reuse waste an ... Read More

George's fifth former to 'shadow' CIBC FirstCaribbean MD

Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

Nigel Holness (right), managing director of CIBC FirstCaribbean
International Bank, in discussion with Sayeed Bernard, fifth
form student at St George’s College, at the Junior Achievement
Company of Entrepreneurs Programme annual general meeting
at the Jamaica Conference Centre last week Tuesday.

THEY say one should be careful what they ask for but, invariably, we rejoice when wishes are granted. This is true of young Sayeed Bernard, a fifth form student at St George's College, who is heading to CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank as 'managing director for a day'. Sayeed's keen questions as a participant at the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs Programme (JACE) annual general meeting at the Jamaica Conference Centre last week Tuesday won him an invitation from the bank's m ... Read More

St Thomas PC to get new $250-m home

Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

ARSCOT… does not convey the idea that the local government ministry is in safe
and competent hands

A new building is to be constructed to house the St Thomas Parish Council at a cost of approximately $250 million. Local Government and Community Development Minister Noel Arscot last Friday broke ground for the project, on which work is scheduled to start soon. The proposed two-storey structure, to be built on three acres of land adjoining the St Thomas Infirmary in Morant Bay, will replace the office complex currently being used, which is situated in the town's commercial district. The faci ... Read More

Ministry starts Ebola town hall meetings today

Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

Persons travelling from Nigeria or any other West African country
must present a negative blood test result for Ebola done not more
than seven days prior to leaving their home country.

THE health ministry will today host the first in a series of town hall meetings to educate the public about the deadly Ebola virus. Today's meeting will be hosted by the North East Regional Health Authority at the Ocho Rios High School Auditorium on Milford Road. A ministry release said other sessions will take place on December 8 at Mandela Park, Half-Way-Tree; December 10 at the Cecil Charlton Hall, Mandeville; and December 11 at Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay. "The meetings are being he ... Read More

St Kitts-Nevis nationals now need visa to land in Canada

Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

DOUGLAS... countries review and change their policies
routinely in order to protect their interests and their people

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — The St Kitts-Nevis government yesterday sought to downplay the decision by Canada to impose visa restrictions on nationals from the twin-island federation wanting to visit the North American country, noting that since the September 2011 terrorist attacks on the United States countries have been reviewing their immigration policies periodically. "Countries review and change their policies routinely in order to protect their interests and their people and so do ... Read More

Thompson Town High gets new resource centre

Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

The Thompson Town
High School marching
band in action.

THOMPSON Town High School in Clarendon now has a resource centre, which was constructed at a cost of $4 million. The Calvin T Walters Resource Centre, named after the institution's immediate past principal, is located on the ground floor of a two-storey building, the top of which houses two classrooms for sixth form students. It is equipped with the printed material on various subjects, and will be a centre for student study, reference and research. Work is underway to provide computers to sup ... Read More

Mico College students get $3m in scholarships

Tuesday, November 25, 2014    

Mico College students get $3m in scholarships

The St Andrew-based Mico University College last Tuesday held its annual Presentation of Scholarship Awards Ceremony, which saw 25 students receiving bursaries with an overall value of $3 million. Here scholarship recipients are joined by Mico staff and individuals and representatives of entities that sponsored the awards. Mico College students get $3m in scholarships --> Read More



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