Searching for mom

In this July 14, 2015 photo, Mariette Williams, wearing a
yellow scarf, poses for a group photo with her newfound
relatives outside their home in Deron, a neighbourhood on the
outskirts of Pestel, Haiti. A Florida teacher with a master's
degree, Mariette thought that she was given up for adoption
because her parents were too poor to take care of her. But
through social media she found a sister and learned that her
parents had not consented to the adoption.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- As Mariette Williams waited for her flight from South Florida to Haiti, she paced the departure lounge, folding and re-folding her ticket and clutching the handle of a bag sagging with gifts. She was excited but terrified; for the first time in nearly 30 years she was ... Read More

Veteran journalist Barbara Gloudon (fourth left), who was presented with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award, is flanked by (from left) Jamaica Observer Photo Editor Bryan
Cummings; Sport Reporter Howard Walker; Staff Reporter Kimberley Hibbert; Executive Editor Vernon Davidson; Online Reporter Kimone Francis; photographer Kenyon Hemans; and
Online and Health Co-ordinator Anika Richards at the end of Saturday night’s National Journalism Awards at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID) Observer shines at National Journalism Awards
IT was a grand and rewarding evening for media professionals as they celebrated the past year's jour ... Read More

DPP Paula Llewelyn Parliamentary committee offers office more security in row with INDECOM
RECOMMENDATIONS from two committees of Parliament could strengthen the hand of Director of Public P ... Read More

Phillip Paulwell (second left), minister of science,
technology, energy and mining, flips the switch to turn on
lights in Lower Buxton during the official lighting ceremony
last Thursday. Sharing in the moment are (from left) Esther
Lewis-Wauchoppe, the People's National Party's caretaker
for the Bamboo Division, Dr Dayton Campbell, member of
parliament for St Ann North West and Marlon Garvey,
councillor for the Sturge Town Division. Lower Buxton residents now have legal electricity supply
LOWER BUXTON, St Ann -- Residents of Lower Buxton in St Ann finally have access to legal electricity ... Read More

Jamaica's maritime industry to benefit from UK aid

Monday, November 30, 2015    

CAMERON... wants recipient
countries to be able to make
the most of their natural
maritime resources

JAMAICA is among 25 small island Commonwealth nations that will get a share of a £5.6-million donation from Britain to help improve fishing, tourism and shipping industries in the Caribbean and other territories. British Prime Minister David Cameron made the announcement of the donation Saturday at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta, noting that he wants the recipient countries to be able to make the most of their natural maritime resources. Among the other 'small isla ... Read More

Dalley satisfied with burial procedure for dead babies

Monday, November 30, 2015    


HEALTH Minister Horace Dalley says that he is satisfied that the required procedures were followed by the management of the Kingston Public/Victoria Jubilee hospitals before the order was given Friday for the burial of 65 dead babies. "I'm satisfied that all the steps were taken for the burial of these babies. We have authorisation and they were presented to me," Dalley told the Jamaica Observer following a meeting at the health ministry's head office in New Kingston, where the matter was discu ... Read More

An employer's dream

BY ROCHELLE WILLIAMS | Monday, November 30, 2015    

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites greets Trench Town Polytechnic College students, from second left, Sasha Barnes, Tosshell Small, and Shushanna McKoy,
during the institution’s official opening ceremony on November 17. (PHOTO: JIS)

THE recently established Trench Town Polytechnic College (TTPC) has commenced training its first cohort of 381 students in a range of technical and vocational skills. Principal Dosseth Edwards-Watson, tells JIS News that the institution, located at Eighth Street in the St Andrew community, is focussed on preparing young people in areas that are in high demand in the labour market. The TTPC, which started classes on October 5, offers pre-college programmes through partnerships with the HEART Tr ... Read More

Cancer care gets $4-m injection from CIBC FirstCaribbean

Monday, November 30, 2015    

HOLNESS… truly encouraged by the enthusiasm of all who are
united in the fight against cancer

THE Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) can provide increased opportunities for screening for the disease, and diagnostic services, as well as expand its education and treatment programmes, thanks to a $4-million injection from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank. The money, the proceeds of the fourth annual CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure in Jamaica, was presented by Nigel Holness, managing director of the bank, to Yulit Gordon, executive director of the JCS, at a ceremony at Knutsford Court ... Read More

December 1 is World AIDS Day

Monday, November 30, 2015 7:56 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — World AIDS Day 2015 is being commemorated under the theme, “Take care of the complete you: ask for a HIV test too”. This year, the Ministry of Health says it will focus on a wellness and preventative drive that will be supported by mass media as well as community mobilization, which aims to increase the number of people with HIV knowing their status. Minister of Health Horace Dalley states that, despite the significant strides that have been made over the ... Read More

Monsignor Richard Albert has died

Monday, November 30, 2015 7:35 PM    

Roman Catholic priest Monsignor Richard Albert (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Roman Catholic priest Monsignor Richard Albert is dead. According to media reports, Monsignor Albert was pronounced dead Monday evening. Monsignor Albert is the founder of the St Patrick's Foundation and the Stella Maris Foundation. He has been a priest and missionary in Jamaica for more than 30 years and received the Servitor Pacis Award by the Path of Peace Foundation in November 2001. More information later. Read More

Delegation to lobby for Kingston to be designated a Creative City

Monday, November 30, 2015 6:59 PM    

Damion Crawford (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Senior officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment will be leaving for Hamamatsu, Japan, tomorrow to lobby for the city of Kingston to be designated a Creative City by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). These discussions are being facilitated through the UNESCO World Creative City Forum being hosted from December 1 to 8. The trip was announced by State Minister with responsibility for Entertainment Damion ... Read More

Limit your lights this Christmas

Monday, November 30, 2015 6:52 PM    

(File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has embarked on a public education campaign aimed at encouraging citizens to use less energy during the Christmas holidays. “Christmas is usually a high usage period for electricity. People are just burning more energy with the various events and activities associated with the holiday season, so at PCJ, we thought it was very important to get out there early with the energy conservation messages,” said manage ... Read More

PM says Gov't has increased loans to small businesses

Monday, November 30, 2015 6:39 PM    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (left) discusses issues affecting small businesses with Hugh Johnson, president of the Small Business Association of Jamaica at the Association’s 40th Anniversary Banquet on Saturday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — In addition to creating an enabling business environment, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says Government is determined to continue increasing access to financing for the micro and small business sector. Delivering the keynote address at the Small Business Association of Jamaica’s 40th Anniversary Banquet on Saturday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, the prime minister indicated that there has been an increase in the loans provided to small businesse ... Read More

Seventeen killed in Guatemala prison fight — official

Monday, November 30, 2015 5:58 PM    

ESCUINTLA, Guatemala (AFP) — Seventeen people have been killed in fighting inside a maximum security prison in Guatemala, officials said Monday as hundreds of police moved to take control of the facility. Army troops and police officers surrounded the Granja Penal Canada prison, which holds 3,100 inmates, following violence that erupted on Sunday. After police went inside to round up prisoners and search for reported firearms, AFP saw groups of inmates made to stand or sit on the grounds ... Read More



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