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Cancer victim begins collecting court award from Gov't

TAYLOR… got cancer of the
blood from exposure to a
shipment of dangerous chemicals

THE State has started making payment to a 38-year-old man, who developed cancer of the blood from exposure to a shipment of dangerous chemicals while working at Kingston Wharves 10 years ago. Attorney Nigel Jones told the Jamaica Observer, yesterday, that payment is now being made to his client Rad ... Read More

Occupants of this house were left breathing a sigh of relief after it was spared from the massive bush fire in sections of Jack’s
Hill. Residents say it is the worst bush fire in the community. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) Blaze under control, but firefighters keep watch on Jack's Hill
OFFICERS of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) were last evening still monitoring sections of Jack's Hil ... Read More

A Jamaica Observer file photo of a jet ski Jet ski operators put on warning
THE Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) says there will be a zero tolerance approach to priv ... Read More

WILLIAMS… complains about slow court
process 8 cops convicted for failing to comply with orders from INDECOM
THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) yesterday finally got some convictions in the ... Read More

Jamaica confirms second imported case of chikungunya

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

The best way
to prevent
chikungunya
infection is to avoid
mosquito bites.

DR Marion Bullock-Ducasse, director of emergency, disaster management and special services in the health ministry, last night urged Jamaicans to take precautions when travelling to countries with Case of chikungunya. Her call followed the ministry's confirmation of the second imported case of chikungunya. Dr DuCasse explained that, in both cases, the individuals travelled from an affected country where they were infected with the chikungunya virus and became ill here. There has been no local t ... Read More

Jamaican-born taxi driver gives back to Tryall Heights

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor - special assignment browni@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

Marcel Smith is all smiles as
he makes a presentation to
these children during his
recently hosted fun day in
Tryall Heights

JAMAICAN-BORN Marcel Smith, a taxi driver in Springfield, Massachusetts, has not allowed the type of job he does to prevent him from giving back to the children of his Tryall Heights, St Catherine community. Smith, for the second year, earlier this month shipped barrels of supplies to host the treat for scores of children from Tryall Heights and neighbouring communities. Not only were the children presented with back to school supplies but they also enjoyed merry-go-round, bounceabout and tramp ... Read More

PHOTO: Kemar's Gold

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

GLASGOW, Scotland — Jamaica's Kemar Bailey-Cole crosses the finish line ahead of England's Adam Gemili (right) to win the 100m Commonwealth Games gold medal in Scotland last night. Bailey-Cole clocked a season-best 10.00 seconds. Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade won bronze in a time of 10.12. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Kemar's Gold --> Read More

Japan gives Caribbean US$15m for climate change projects

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

Japanese Prime Minister Abe (left in gray suit)  in Trinidad.
(PHOTO: TRINIDAD EXPRESS)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Japan is providing US$15 million to help several Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries cope with the impact of climate change. The "Project for Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership" will help Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Suriname, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Dominica and Belize build the capacity to cope with climate change. The agreement was signed on the margins of the first ever Japan-Caricom summit here on Monday that was attended by ... Read More

PHOTO: Shot put gold

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

GLASGOW, Scotland — O'Dayne Richards throws then celebrates with the Jamaican flag after creating history by becoming the first Jamaican to win a Commonwealth Gold medal in the shot put yesterday. Richards threw a Commonwealth Games and national record of 21.61 metres. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON & AFP) Shot put gold --> Read More

National Human Rights institutions proposed for Ja

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla (right) addressing the launch of three projects aimed at improving justice and human rights
services for Jamaicans at the British High Commission in Kingston. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)

THE Ministry of Justice and the Commonwealth Secretariat have entered into discussions with a view to establishing a National Human Rights Institution in Jamaica. Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding said the growth and maturity of a nation are reflected in the recognition and protection it accords to Human Rights. According to Golding, after 50 years of independence it was timely that Government should seek to review and bolster the mechanisms to promote and protect Human Rights within an ... Read More

PHOTO: JTACCU bursaries

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna (back row, fifth left) pose with recipients of bursaries from the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) Co-operative Credit Union. Children of members of the union who performed exceptionally well in their Grade Six Achievement Test were presented with bursaries worth $400,000 during an awards function at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston last Friday. Also pictured is President Elect of the JTA Doran Dixon (left) and Credit union executives Acting ... Read More

Violence soars in Gaza as world pleads for truce

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

STRIKE ON GAZA CITY

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AFP) — Bloodshed in and around Gaza surged yesterday with a strike killing eight Palestinian children and a mortar shell leaving dead four in Israel, shattering hopes for an end to three weeks of devastating violence. It was a bloody start to the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr yesterday, with international demands for an end to the fighting falling on increasingly deaf ears. "In the name of humanity, the violence must stop," pleaded UN Secretary-General Ban ... Read More

Nine rural schools to be upgraded

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites and Managing Director of the Jamaica Social
Investment Fund (JSIF) Scarlette Gillings affix their signatures to the contract for rehabilitation
and expansion of nine schools in rural Jamaica. Also sharing in the moment during a ceremony
at the ministry’s Heroes Circle offices last Friday are Director of MAE Construction Company
Phillip Evans (seated right) and (standing from left) Principal of Aberdeen Primary and Junior
High School Milbert Miller, Director of Ricam Construction Devon Richards, and Member of
Parliament for South East St Elizabeth Richard Parchment.

SOME $160 million has been allocated to undertake expansion and rehabilitation works at nine schools in rural Jamaica, ahead of the 2014/15 academic year, which begins in September. The schools are: Clarence Brimm, Dutch Hill, Ulster Spring and Raymoth Notice Basic in Trelawny; Austin Primary, Bethlehem All-Age, and Aberdeen Primary and Junior High in St Elizabeth; Glendevon Primary and Junior High in St James; and May Pen School of Special Education for Children with Intellectual Disabilities, ... Read More

This Day in Hostory - July 29

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

Former South
African President
P W Botha

Today is the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT 1914: Transcontinental telephone service begins with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco. OTHER EVENTS 1499: Lepanto in Greece surrenders to forces of Turkey's Sultan. 1588: The English defeat the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines. 1656 - Poles, under John Casimir, are defeated at Warsaw by combined Swedish-Brandenburg force. 1696: Russian forces of Peter the Great t ... Read More



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