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Pepsi CEO to visit ‘Champs’ as guest of KC

CAREY... wants to sit with the Jamaican people   Pepsi

Chief Executive Officer of Pepsico Inc North America Albert P “Al” Carey will visit the Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championship (Champs) for the first time when the event is held later this week. Carey, 64, will be guest of Kingston College, which, along with Jamaica College ... Read More

PHILLIPS ... takes over as fifth PNP President Peter Phillips becomes PNP President today
Peter David Phillips will become the fifth President of the People’s National Party by acclama ... Read More

Author Paul Buchanan (left) shows the Jamaica Observer’s Executive Editor Vernon Davidson a section of his latest book Jones Town Trench Town :the journey back when he called on Davidson at the newspaper’s Beechwood Avenue, St Andrew, offices last week. (Bryan Cummings) Former MP Buchanan to launch second book Tuesday
Former Member of Parliament Paul Buchanan will launch his second book ‘Jones Town Trench Town ... Read More

CHARLES JNR ... we understand that facilities are needed (karl mclarty) UK prison deal not Government priority, says Charles Jnr
Minister of state in the Ministry of National Security, Pearnel Charles Jnr, has said that the Gover ... Read More

A dad’s ‘special’ joy

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor – publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

GRAZ, Austria — Romaine Austin of Jamaica skates away from his opponents to win his second gold in the 333m speed skating competition at the ice skating rink in Graz on Friday, March 24, 2017. He won his first gold in the 500m. (PHOTO: Collin Reid courtesy Digicel,Courts and Alliance Investments)

True to form, Errol Austin didn’t become excited when his son, Romaine, created history by becoming the first Jamaican to win a gold medal at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria last week. “I just knew he was going to do it,” the elder Austin told the Jamaica Observer on Friday, hours after his son captured a second gold medal in the most unlikely event for someone from a tropical country — speed skating, an ice sport. According to the elder Austin, he kn ... Read More

Dawn Henry — excelling in a male-dominated business

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Dawn Henry, president of the JUTA Falmouth Chapter hard, at work at her office in Falmouth. (Philp Lemonte)

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Eighteen years ago when Falmouth resident Dawn Henry accepted a temporary job as an administrative secretary, set to last for three months at the offices of the Jamaica Union of Travellers Association (JUTA) Falmouth Chapter, she had no idea that one day she would become the president of the male-dominated chapter. In fact, in 2014, she agreed to vie for the presidency of the then almost 37-years-old organisation, after she was besieged by members who saw her enormous ... Read More

Infidelity, penis length and life expectancy

Angela Davis | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

According to a poll done by a popular dating site, most faithful men have foot sizes between seven and nine.

The myths about people’s shoe size have been around for centuries, especially those involving men. Research shows that there can be positive results for both large and small feet. Here are the results of some studies and surveys that have been carried out around the world. GROWTH SPURTS Foot size can predict growth spurts. Height and foot size are related in most people, but not all. If a teenager has large feet, it can indicate imminent growth in height. This is because the small bone ... Read More

Former Miss Jamaica Gina Hargitay making a mark

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

The former beauty queen is swarmed by children of the National Basic School in Trench Town.

Former Miss Jamaica Gina Hargitay spends a lot of time travelling the world. The vivacious beauty has a busy schedule, including her role as a sought after motivational and public speaker who primarily works with young people. She has had several speaking engagements all over the world, to places such as Senegal, Brazil, Grand Cayman, Canada, and the United States. She is currently studying history and politics at the University of Westminster in London. No matter where she is in the world, ... Read More

Windies struggle to 111 against Pakistan in first T20

Sunday, March 26, 2017 1:26 PM    

Pakistan's Wahab Riaz (Left) celebrates dismissing West Indies' Kieron Pollard (Right) during the first of four-T20I-match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Kensington Oval stadium in Bridgetown, Barbados, on March 26, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AFP) — Shadab Khan produced an outstanding debut performance as Pakistan limited West Indies to 111 for eight batting first in the first fixture of a four-match T20 international series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. Brought on as the fifth bowler after the hosts were put in on a bright, breezy afternoon, Shadab’s mesmerising mixture of leg-breaks and googlies earned him figures of three for seven, the most economical ever in the history of T20 inter ... Read More

Russia's opposition leader among hundreds arrested at Moscow protest

Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:45 PM    

Riot police officers detain protesters during an unauthorised anti-corruption rally in central Moscow on March 26, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Hundreds of people including top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested on Sunday as thousands of Russians defied bans to stage protests across the country against corruption. Navalny had called for the marches after publishing a detailed report this month accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a property empire through a shadowy network of nonprofit organisations. The report has been viewed over 11 million times on YouTube, but so far Medvede ... Read More

Samuda expresses support for Irish potato farmers

Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:23 PM    

Minister of Industry, Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, arrives at the Shiloah Apostolic Church in Malton, Manchester, last Friday, to address the launch of the Irish Potato Programme.

KINGSTON, Jamaia (JIS) — Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda is expressing support for Irish potato farmers, as the Government seeks to achieve self-sufficiency in the crop’s production. He was addressing farmers at the launch of the 2016/17 Irish Potato Programme at the Shiloah Apostolic Church in Malton, Manchester on Friday. The National Irish Potato Programme, is aimed at increasing production of the crop to fulfill 100 per cent of local consum ... Read More

PHOTOS: PNP delegates gather for instalment of Phillips as party leader

Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:05 PM    

Scores of PNP delegates gather at the National Arena to see Dr Peter Phillips ushered in  as the fifth party president. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Delegates of the almost 79-year-old People’s National Party (PNP) have gathered at the National Arena in St Andrew for the instalment Dr Peter Phillips as the new party leader. Phillips is replacing veteran politician Portia Simpson Miller, following her recent decision to step down. He will become the fifth president by acclamation. Phillips follows Norman Manley, the organisation’s first president, his son Michael Manley, PJ Patterson, and Simpson Miller ... Read More

Pakistan put Windies to bat in first T20

Sunday, March 26, 2017 11:36 AM    

Pakistan's Imad Wasim delivers a ball during the first of four-T20I-match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Kensington Oval stadium in Bridgetown, Barbados, on March 26, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and put the West Indies in to bat in the first T20 international of a four-match series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. Thrashed 3-0 by their opponents at the start of what proved a disastrous tour of the United Arab Emirates last September, the West Indies are again relying on their most experienced T20 specialists to exact revenge. Although without the services of opener Chris Gayle and injured all-rounder Dwa ... Read More

Repairs to be carried out at Port Antonio Market

Sunday, March 26, 2017 10:36 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says $10 million is to be allocated, to carry out emergency clean-up and repairs at the Port Antonio Market in Portland. During a tour of the facility on Friday, McKenzie said the market was in a deplorable condition and that efforts were to begin shortly to carry out the repairs. “There are some other areas that need to be dealt with as quickly as possible.  I gave the vendors th ... Read More



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