My country failed me!

Rosanna Pike, 2006 spelling bee champion, places her hand on
the forehead of the late Rev Glen Archer during a thanksgiving
service held at Ardenne High School in Kingston yesterday.

Reverend Glen Archer, the man, who for close to 40 years dedicated his life towards moulding some of the nation’s brightest minds, was yesterday remembered as the ultimate educator, whose contribution to Jamaica was beyond mere words.   “Archer was a colossal figure in the field of ... Read More

The crumpled remains of the
blue Toyota Yaris motor car
which crashed into a truck
laden with sand along the
Braco section of the North
Coast Highway, yesterday,
killing four foreign nationals.
(PHOTO: HORACE HINES) Four dead in horrifying crash
BRACO, Trelawny — Death came quickly and brutally to four foreign nationals — three from ... Read More

(L)Robert Pickersgill & (R)SSP Newton Amos Bobby retires Sandra Nesbeth; SSP Amos is up next
After five consecutive general election beatings by People’s National Party (PNP) Chairman Rob ... Read More

K D Knight $100-million downtown Kgn project
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) will shortly be inviting proposals for the management of a f ... Read More

Abusing the disabled?

Monday, March 02, 2015    


The Digicel Jamaica Foundation has condemned the physical abuse of special-needs students by high school students at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre in St Andrew, which was captured in a recent CVM television report. Jean Lowrie-Chin, chairperson of the foundation said in a letter to the editor that students of the Genesis Academy who were interviewed by the CVM reporter described similar treatment meted out to them and their friends. “We deeply regret the suffering of the child feat ... Read More


Monday, March 02, 2015    


Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper on February 17, 2015 played host to Jamaica’s newly appointed High Commissioner to Canada, Janice Miller after she presented her credentials to him. Read More

This Day in History - March 2

Monday, March 02, 2015    

Pope Benedict XVI
announces his
resignation on this day
in history, 2013.

Today is the 61st day of 2015. There are 304 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT 2011: Pope Benedict XVI makes a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity in a new book. OTHER EVENTS 1678: French forces of King Louis XIV capture Ghent and Ypres in Belgium. 1776: US Marines fight first battle, capturing British fort in Bahamas in American Revolutionary War. 1801: Spain declares war with Portuga ... Read More

Late wheel-chair bound King hailed as resilient, inspiring

By Tanesha Mundle Observer staff reporter | Monday, March 02, 2015    

Aston King (right), father of the late Marlon King and Akeem Stewart (left), friend of the
deceased, help to carry the casket bearing King’s body following the funeral service at the
Church of Jesus Christ United Faith Pentecostal in Tavern in Kingston yesterday.

Marlon King, the wheel-chair bound craft vendor whose life was tragically shortened last month during an accident involving a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus, was yesterday remembered as a very resilient and inspiring individual who rose above his circumstances. The 39-year-old artiste of Cheshire Village in St Andrew was crushed to death by a JUTC bus while travelling home along Golden Avenue in Kingston on January 29. On Sunday, scores of members from the disabled community, along w ... Read More

Never had measles and don't want to get it? Vaccinate!

Monday, March 02, 2015    

Dr Marion Bullock-DuCasse

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is advising the public that vaccination is the only way to prevent measles in persons who have not had the disease. In light of the current outbreak of measles in the United States, which has now spread to 17 states, the MOH has embarked on a campaign to ensure that all children between one and six years old are given both required doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.    The first dose is generally given at age 12 months and accordi ... Read More

CHIKV not through with Jamaica yet

Monday, March 02, 2015    

The Aedes aegypti mosquite was blamed for the chikungunya

Although anecdotal reports have subsided, it appears that the chikungunya virus (ChikV) is not through with Jamaica yet, as health authorities have revealed that there were 39 new cases over the past two months. Two of the cases had onset dates in February. “CHIKV will now be endemic in Jamaica from here on and cases could develop from time to time,”Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock-DuCasse told the Jamaica Observer. As at February 18, the National Surveillance Unit (NS ... Read More

Youth Development Programme gets $70m

Monday, March 02, 2015    

Lisa Hanna

Opposition spokesperson for Finance and Planning Audley Shaw says that the poor handling of the chikungunya epidemic by Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson contributed significantly to the country re-entering recession. He pointed out that the Jamaican economy went back into recession after it declined in the October to December quarter of 2014 — the second consecutive quarter of decline. The Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ’s) preliminary estimates showed that the economy ... Read More

Ganja decriminalisation: Three the hard way

By Desmond Allen Executive Editor - Special Assignment | Monday, March 02, 2015    

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 was an especially emotional day for three of the stalwarts who have fought for the decriminalisation of ganja. It was the day the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the bill now being called the ganja law. Raymond Pryce, the People’s National Party member of Parliament for Northeast St Elizabeth and his colleague Paul Burke, PNP general secretary, found common cause with Delano Seiveright who will be seeking a Jamaica Labour Party seat in St T ... Read More

'A sinister plot'

BY PAUL HENRY & ALPHEA SAUNDERS Observer staff reporters | Sunday, March 01, 2015    

(L-R)TERRELONGE... government
trying to ensure that
mayorship remains in PNP
CAMPBELL ... wants to hear from respondents too
FISHER ... said to have
collected 2,000 of over 5,000
signatures needed

A date is now to be set for the hearing of an application for an injunction to bar the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) from continuing to collect signatures from residents in Portmore and surrounding communities in order to go ahead with expanding the municipality's boundaries. The application was filed on Friday in the Supreme Court and was to have been heard then, but Justice Lennox Campbell postponed the matter, explaining that he wanted to hear not only from the parties who filed the appl ... Read More

Lowe wants public sector cooperation on ganja

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior staff reporter | Sunday, March 01, 2015    

(L-R)LOWE ... we must be wary of
bad weeds in the ganja bush
BUNTING ... piloted Bill in the
House of Representatives
GOLDING... pushed Bill in the

FOUNDER and Executive Chairman of Medicanja, Dr Henry Lowe, is urging a spirit of cooperation between government ministries and agencies involved in the development of Jamaica's ganja industry, following the passage of the Decriminalisation Bill in Parliament. "Government ministries and agencies need to work assiduously and in a spirit of cooperation for the development of a fair, transparent, efficient and accountable medical ganja industry, underpinned by high standards in research, growth, m ... Read More



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