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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

Tears and laughter for Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher

Saturday, March 25, 2017 7:17 PM    

Chairs on display at Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery on March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Friends, family and hundreds of wellwishers gathered in the Hollywood Hills on Saturday to celebrate the lives of beloved celebrity mother and daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Comedy actor Dan Aykroyd and singer James Blunt were among the stars who made their way to the Forest Lawn cemetery, where the pair are interred side by side following their deaths just one day apart in December.     Fisher, who catapulted to worldwide stardom ... Read More

World bids farewell to Derek Walcott

Saturday, March 25, 2017 6:22 PM    

Sir Derek Walcott

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Derek Alton Walcott, born in humble surroundings on Chaussee Road and who mesmerised the world with his poetry, plays and paintings, was buried here on Saturday, one week after he died following a prolong illness. The Nobel Laureate, who died at the age of 87, was eulogised during the just over two-hour state funeral service, as a man who gave Caribbean people  an opportunity to “have dreams and have visions”. Monsignor Patrick Anthony urged th ... Read More

Regional health experts to meet in Guyana

Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:51 PM    

James Hospedales

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Regional health and environmental specialists meet here next month to examine a number of issues during the 62nd annual Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) conference. CARPHA’s executive director, Dr C James Hospedales said that increases in vector-borne diseases, rising sea level, prolonged periods of drought which pose a significant threat to human health and more frequent and intense storms and hurricanes in the region are among some crucial agenda ... Read More

27 public sector management analysts to benefit from training course

Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:26 PM    

Deputy Financial Secretary in the Strategic Human Resource Management Division of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Wayne Jones, addresses the orientation and opening ceremony for the Management Analysis programme at the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) in St Andrew on March 24, 2017. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Twenty-seven public-sector management analysts will be trained and certified in their field under a programme offered by the Management Institute for National Development (MIND).  The management analysis programme involves partnership with the strategic human resource management division of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and ultimately seeks to improve the way public service is delivered.  It represents a key pillar of the public sector ... Read More

Three inmates die in fire after fight in Mexican prison

Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:01 PM    

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AFP) — A fire started by inmates at a prison in northern Mexico left at least three prisoners dead and one person injured, officials said Saturday, just days after 29 detainees escaped through a tunnel. "Three dead and one seriously injured in a dispute between inmates. Prison under control measures," the security spokesman for Tamaulipas state said on Twitter.  The large blaze broke out Friday night at the prison in the state capital of Ciudad Victoria afte ... Read More

Monaco on high alert after brazen Cartier heist

Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:29 PM    

Monaco's police officers stand guard in front of the Cartier jewellery boutique after it was robbed in downtown Monaco on March 25, 2017. One robber was arrested by Police, as two remained on the run. The amount of the heist was not specified.

Three men entered the boutique toward 3:40 pm (1440 GMT) while a driver waited in a car, the Monaco prosecutor's office said, adding that no shots were fired and no one was wounded or taken hostage. The area -- which is also home to Monte Carlo's famed casino -- was sealed off by the police as soon as the alarm was sounded, they said, adding that at least one man was armed. Clients in the showroom as well as tourists who found themselves in the zone were confined for part of the afternoon in t ... Read More

$2 billion allocated for climate resilience project

Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:21 PM    

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of  Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz (second left), speaking at the launch of the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (AP&M) Project, one of five projects falling under the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in Jamaica. The launch was held in Frankfield, Clarendon, on March 23. Others (from left) are Mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh; Deputy Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, Claire Bernard, and Project Manager, Anaitee Mills. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Some US$17.5 million (J$2 billion) has been allocated to the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (AP&FM) project, one of five projects falling under the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) in Jamaica. Funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the project represents the kind of partnership the Government believes is necessary for the achievement of economic growth and development of the country. Delivering the keynote address at ... Read More

Traffic changes for PNP conference

Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:28 PM    

(file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police are advising citizens, especially those who live, work or will be conducting business in the vicinity of Independence Park tomorrow, that several traffic changes will be instituted, beginning at 8:00 am, to facilitate the People’s National Party (PNP) special delegates conference at the National Arena. The conference, which will be held at the National Arena in Kingston, is set for 10:00 am. The party is expected to confirm Opposition Spokesman on Fina ... Read More

'Champs' tickets go on sale with 5% increase Tuesday

Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:13 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tickets for this year's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships, or 'Champs' in short, will go on sale with a five per cent increase on Tuesday.  The premiere high school athletics competition will be staged from Tuesday March 28 to Saturday, April 1.  In a release from the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), Colleen Montague, chairman of the 'Champs' organising committee said the competition is expected to welcome more than 25, 000 spe ... Read More

Trump, after stinging defeat, promises a 'great' health plan

Saturday, March 25, 2017 1:46 PM    

US President Donald Trump (Photo: AFP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump sought on Saturday to put a good face on his most stinging political setback yet -- the failure of Republicans' attempt to repeal Obamacare -- declaring that the health care program would collapse under its own weight and vowing to develop a "great" replacement. "ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!" the Republican said on Twitter. But it was fa ... Read More



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