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US pathologist concerned about deaths in police custody

BADEN... I am going to try and see if I
can provide any answers as to what
happened (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Internationally renowned pathologist Dr Michael Baden says that he is concerned about the death of people in police custody. Baden, who is based in the United States, made the declaration yesterday as he arrived at the Sangster International Airport for today's autopsy ... Read More

Acting Public Defender Matondo Mukulu addresses yesterday’s Jamaica
Observer Monday Exchange at the newspaper’s head office Beechwood
Avenue in Kingston. Beside him is Kayla Beckford, director of investigations.
(PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR) Tivoli claims mount
THE Office of the Public Defender (OPD) said yesterday that it will refer claims for damages suffere ... Read More

Parents of students from the Barracks Road Primary School in Montego Bay, St James, demonstrate at the school yesterday over the high price of food at the
educational facility. (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE) Parents protest against price of lunch at St James school
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Scores of irate parents of students who attend the Barracks Road Prima ... Read More

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill (centre), Mayor of Savanna-La-Mar Councillor Bertel Moore (right, and Acting Assistant Commissioner
of Police for Area One Gary Griffiths test out the three new motorcycles donated by the ministry to the Negril Police. Tourism ministry donates bikes to Negril police
Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has donated three new Yamaha motorcycles to the Negril Police ... Read More

Pit latrines to go at Brae’s River Primary

Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

Raymond Pryce

NORTH Eastern St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Raymond Pryce said pit latrines at Brae's River Primary will soon be replaced even as he asked students, parents and teachers for patience ahead of the start of the project. The school, which was established in 1929, he said, is on the list to receive the crucial upgrade with a modern bathroom block this year. Since January 2012 with the assistance of the Constituency Development Fund, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, the CHASE Fund and the Mi ... Read More

43 treated at hospital after inhaling chlorine in Morant Bay

Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

A section of the Princess Margaret
Hospital in Morant Bay, St Thomas.

SOME 43 people were yesterday treated at the Princess Margaret Hospital after inhaling gas from a chlorine spill on Church Street in Morant Bay, St Thomas. Horace Glaze, deputy director of the Office of Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Management (ODPEM), said while the office had not yet been informed about the cause of the leak, the agency was able to monitor the problem to get things back in order. "We are awaiting information from the parish council, the fire brigade and the National Wa ... Read More

Acting public defender says office now more proactive

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Observer staff reporter richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

Acting Public Defender, Matondo Mukulu  (Photo:JIS)

ACTING Public Defender Matondo Mukulu says professionalism and a commitment to their role are the order of the day among staff at the Office of the Public Defender, as his office takes a proactive approach to not only correcting State entities, but also to highlight where improvements can be made to the country's laws. Speaking to reporters and editors yesterday at the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange at the newspaper's Beechwood Avenue, St Andrew offices, the acting public defender said it is ... Read More

Courts gives $6 million in scholarships

Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites presents Andre Williams with his
scholarship award from Courts Jamaica Limited

FIFTY-FIVE students, who will be attending secondary and tertiary institutions beginning this month, have been awarded scholarships by Courts Jamaica valued at more than $6 million. The scholarship recipients who expressed gratitude for the financial assistance were chosen after a competitive selection process, which involved some 3,000 applicants. Twenty-nine scholarships, each worth $100,000, went to students, who received high grades in this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Six st ... Read More

‘Just have one booklist for all schools’

Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

‘Just have one booklist for all schools’

JAMAICA Observer online readers have weighed in on a report of a collusion between teachers and players in the book retail industry to pad booklists. According to the Sunday Observer probe, teachers are including unnecessary items on the booklists, so stores can make additional sales, and the teachers in return get a percentage of the proceeds. Here are some edited comments: nickmini What about the racket inside the Ministry of Education, where only books of "friend and company" get on the app ... Read More

In the pink

Tuesday, September 02, 2014    

In the pink

Looking pretty in their pink uniforms, these girls flashed a smile in the direction of our cameraman as they headed out to school yesterday on the official start of the new school year. The two were seen on Seaward Drive in St Andrew. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) In the pink --> Read More

Gay rights activist going after TVJ, CVM

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 11:28 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Attorney and gay-rights activist Maurice Tomlinson is pressing to have legal action taken against local television stations TVJ and CVM despite a constitutional court ruling in favour of the stations last November. Tomlinson has filed an appeal against the ruling in which he sought to have three national television stations air an advertisement promoting tolerance of homosexuals. He is now appealing against only two of those stations. He claims that the television stations ... Read More

Govt needs an economic development policy linked to education, says Holness

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 11:20 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica—Leader of the Opposition and former Education Minister Andrew Holness says that the Government lacks vision and is failing to articulate a “coherent economic development policy” in relation to its link with an education policy. Addressing delegates of the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Area Council 3 in Central Manchester, Holness argued that “the quality of the education a child receives, will impact the quality of human resource input in the econo ... Read More

‘Culture Card’ gives students free access to heritage sites

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 8:35 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Young people across the island will soon be granted free access to museums, galleries, heritage sites and exhibitions under the Culture Card Programme of the Ministry of Youth and Culture. The programme is currently being evaluated in preparation for a national roll out this month. Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, made the announcement while speaking at the launch of the 40th anniversary exhibition of the National Gallery of Jamaica, held on August 31, at ... Read More

UPDATE: Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 8:17 AM    

WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown this morning pleaded guilty to misdemeanour assault in a DC court and has been sentenced to time served. In January and again in June, Brown rejected plea deals on a misdemeanour assault charge in an October 2013 fight outside a Washington hotel. At the time, Brown was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. Read More



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