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Video: KSAC to probe grave allegations at May Pen Cemetery

What appears to be a burnt human skull is seen in the grave at
May Pen Cemetery.

THE Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) last night said it would probe allegations that criminals are breaking into graves at May Pen Cemetery and removing and burning humans remains then reselling caskets in what is believed to be a multimillion-dollar operation. Town Clerk Robert Hill said ... Read More

Two out-of-service ambulances at the May Pen Hospital. Ambulance shortage delays hospital emergencies
DUE to the shortage of ambulances at public hospitals, emergency processes are being delayed, an iss ... Read More

He should go to prison for stupidity,RM says of phone thief Theft after Obama's visit
AFTER successfully hosting President Barack Obama and his team during their official visit to the is ... Read More

Dave Holding looks at what is
left of his gas stove, last
Wednesday, after his house in
the St Andrew hills was
of fate destroyed by fire. Cruel twist of fate
WHEN the firesthat devastated large swathes of farmlands in the St Andrew hills started earlier this ... Read More

From CHIKV to ZIKV

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

An Aedes
Aegypti
mosquito

FOLLOWING confirmation of a case of the Zika virus in Brazil, the Ministry of Health has issued several releases urging Jamaicans to clean up their surroundings and destroy mosquito-breeding sites. The Zika virus threat to the island, comes on the heels of a CHIKV epidemic that recently wreaked havoc on the economy and the population. Yesterday, Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson urged citizens to use Labour Day, to destroy potential mosquito-breeding sites. The minister said the activities sh ... Read More

'I have never seen it like this'

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

(L) Content Gap farmer Dave
Hollingsworth shows some of his
tomatoes that were destroyed by
the fires in the St Andrew hills.
(R) Dave Hollingsworth inspects what is left of this banana tree
on his farm last Wednesday, days after the devastating fires
in the St Andrew Hills. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

THE road to Dave Hollingsworth's farm in Pine Grove, Content Gap, is lined with depressing evidence of the fires that wreaked havoc in the St Andrew hills for almost two weeks earlier this month. The soil is a mixture of brown and black; 'charcoaled' trees with mustard and green leaves; bamboo blackened by the flames lean to one side as if about to fall; and utility poles stand precariously with large chunks of their base eaten away by the fires. "I have never seen it like this, never in histo ... Read More

Former Jamaican policewoman killed in apparent murder-suicide

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

Alicia Richards (nee Stewart-Walker) in her uniform. (PHOTOS:
LLEWELLYN WYNTER)

A former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Alicia Ruby Richards, was killed in what the Covington Police in Georgia, USA, said was a murder suicide last Thursday night. A report on the Rockdale Citizen website quoted Covington Police Department Captain Craig Treadwell as saying that the 40-year-old Richards was apparenty shot by her ex-husband, 48-year-old Norman Alphonso Richards, during an argument. "Investigators interviewed eyewitnesses, and at this point in the investigation ... Read More

The vibrant, yet opinionated Edith Martina Gordon

BY DONNA HUSSEY-WHYTE Sunday Observer Writer | Sunday, May 24, 2015    

Centenarian Edith Gordon (centre) shares a laugh with two of her children George and Cynthia
Gordon.

"A so mi stay!' This was one of the most used catch phrases of Edith Martina Gordon as she sat in her Ewarton, St Catherine home recently wearing a bright smile and a welcoming countenance. Her constant retorts and refusal to divulge too much of her private life is something she is known for. "Den if mi tell you, you going to pay me?" she asked, then burst into laughter and added: "a suh mi stay!" Born October 7, 1910, Gordon, who resides with her 83-year-old son George Gordon and daughter C ... Read More

Teacher accused of pulling knife, using expletives at student

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

Accused ‘bus park’
attackers remanded in jail

MONTEGO BAY, St James -- A teacher assigned to a high school in western Jamaica is under probe by school officials after she was accused of using expletives to a student and subsequently pulling a knife from her waist in a flex of power and might. The incident was said to have occurred a week ago. The Jamaica Observer understands that written reports have been submitted to the school's management by the accused teacher, and by another teacher named as an eyewitness. A statement has also been t ... Read More

READY FOR ZIK-V?

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

(L-R)
Antoinette T,
George Wright,
Antoinette Rochester

The Ministry of Health has warned Jamaicans to take "necessary precautions" in light of the outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika Virus (Zik-V) in Brazil. The Jamaica Observer solicited the views of some citizens regarding the Government's ability and level of preparedness to tackle this virus, should it come to Jamaica. Additionally, we asked individuals about their level of preparation. George Wright The Government seem more prepared and sensitised now. We are hearing about this virus from ea ... Read More

PHOTO: Beautifying a hospital

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

BEAUTIFYING
A HOSPITAL

Chief Executive Officer of the Spanish Town Hospital, Petakaye Sinclair Hamilton (left) leads a group of employees in painting the Kataie Hoo Haemodialysis Unit of the Spanish Town Hospital yesterday. The effort marked Labour Day 2015, which is usually observed on May 23 of each year, but which is being officially recognised tomorrow. Looking on are Shirlene Marshall Davis (right), Director of Nursing Services at the hospital, and Sadia Small Powell, nurse manager in charge of the Katie Hoo Haem ... Read More

Kellier lashes Government's critics on IMF agreement

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May 24, 2015    

KELLIER ... we have no
option at this time

ROSE HALL, St James -- Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier has blasted critics who are calling on the Government to cease its pursuit of economic growth under the existing International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement. "As Minister of Labour and Social Security, I have a perspective on the phenomenon of growth in the economy which begins with a rejection of the view calling for the halting of the Administration's efforts to grow the economy under the existing International Monet ... Read More

LGBT issues raise new challenges for Jamaica

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May 24, 2015    

GOLDING ... defended Jamaica’s response to human rights issues.

Jamaica has been commended by several United Nations member states for its Charter of Rights, Vision 2030 National Development Plan and the Independent Commission. However, there are concerns about the treatment of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT),violence against women and children, the rights of disabled persons, gender equality, and climate. This was reflected in information available from the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on the universal periodic review (UPR) of Jamaica's ... Read More

The issue of banking in Jamaica

HOWARD HAMILTON | Sunday, May 24, 2015    

The issue of banking in Jamaica

NATIONAL Commercial Bank (NCB) has had many shots fired across the bow, yet management seems not to have any desire to heed those warnings. The latest blow to management is the recent, much delayed unfair dismissal ruling against the bank by the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) in favour of a senior manager, Peter Jennings, who was accused by NCB management of actions which the institution said could result in losses. The entire case underlines the Kangaroo court system to which Mr Jennings ... Read More



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