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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

15-y-o State ward reported missing

Saturday, March 25, 2017 1:11 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police is reporting that a 15-year-old ward of the State is missing.  An Ananda Alert has been activated for Nathan Lawrence, a ward of the state at Goodwin Park Hostel in Kingston 4 who has been missing since yesterday afternoon. He is of dark complexion, slim build and about 5'2" tall. Reports from the Allman Town Police are that Lawrence was last seen at the Goodwin Park facility about 3:45 pm wearing a grey T-shirt, blue jeans and a pair of red shoes. Ef ... Read More

PM urges UWI to develop university township

Saturday, March 25, 2017 12:47 PM    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left), listens to a point from Deputy Principal, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Professor Ishenkumba Kahwa, at the annual Elsa Leo-Rhynie Hall banquet, held on March 23 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Prime Minister Andrew Holness, is urging the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, to look at developing its real estate as part of a university township programme that could accommodate business process outsourcing (BPO) operations. With the projected continued growth in the industry, which also offers knowledge and information technology outsourcing, Holness said the development would create jobs for students, to assist them in meeting tuition and housing ... Read More

WHO outlines new tuberculosis ethics guidance

Saturday, March 25, 2017 12:39 PM    

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched new tuberculosis (TB) ethics guidance aimed at helping ensure that countries implementing the End TB Strategy adhere to sound ethical standards to protect the rights of all those affected. TB, the world’s top infectious disease killer, claims 5000 lives daily. The WHO's heaviest burden is carried by communities, which already face socio-economic challenges: migrants, refugees, prisoners, ethnic minori ... Read More

Holness leaves island for two-day visit to Grenada

Saturday, March 25, 2017 12:16 PM    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Related story:  Holness to address Grenada’s ruling party convention According to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Holness is slated to be the keynote speaker at the closed session of the New National Party Convention led by Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell. OPM said during his absence, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr Horace Chang will be in charge of the government. Read More

AGD to accept only barcoded life certificates effective April 1

Saturday, March 25, 2017 11:42 AM    

Accountant General, Carlene Murdock, speaking at a JIS Think Tank on March 24, 2017. (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Effective April 1, the Accountant General’s Department (AGD) will only accept barcoded life certificates from pensioners. Accountant General, Carlene Murdock, who spoke at a JIS Think Tank on Friday said the document will improve service delivery to pensioners.  “We started using barcoded life certificates two years ago. It gives us all the information required for the pensioners. When it is scanned, the pensioners’ information is automati ... Read More

Study finds Caribbean workers benefit from seasonal programme in Canada

Saturday, March 25, 2017 11:29 AM    

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CMC) — A new study has found that participants including those from the Caribbean, in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Programme (SAWP) of Canada can earn up to five times more than they could in their own countries. According to the “Report on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Programme”, conducted by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the programme’s over 25,000 seasonal workers in Canada obtain a number of benefits ... Read More

Restaurant owners killed in Hanover triple murder

Saturday, March 25, 2017 11:02 AM    

HANOVER, Jamaica — Three people are dead and one injured after a shooting at a restaurant in the Dias community of Kingsvale, Hanover last night. Initial reports from the police are that 47-year-old Marcia Johnson and her common-law-husband Authur Noel Muir, 49, both of Clinic in Hanover were killed, along with another 49-year-old man, Peter Aitchison.  Johnson and Muir owned the restaurant, and Aitchison reportedly operated a nearby bar.  An unnamed person was injured in the ... Read More

UPDATE: Cops urged to prioritise personal safety after corporal’s murder

Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:41 AM    

Acring commissioner of police Novelette Grant

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Acting Police Commissioner Novlette Grant says the police will continue to support team members on the frontline as they mourn the death of a Clarendon corporal last night. Grant, in a release this morning, was quoted as saying “Even as we mourn the loss of our colleague, we remain vigilant and will continue to push back against lawlessness.”  She said the Police High Command would encourage frontline members to make their personal safety a top priori ... Read More

Japan provides $10-m for hospitality training facility in Hanover

Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:14 AM    

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green (2nd left), looks on as Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, Masanori Nakano (2nd right) and Principal of the Hanover Educational Institute, Angela R Haye, sign an agreement for the provision of grant funding for the building of a hospitality training facility on the grounds of the institute. The signing ceremony was held at the ambassador’s residence on Paddington Terrace on March 23. Looking on (at left) is Consultant, Ministry of Tourism, Dr Lloyd Waller. (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Hanover Educational Institute has received a $10-million (US$82,986) grant from the Government of Japan, through the Grassroots and Human Security Project, towards the construction of a hospitality training facility. Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Masanori Nakano, and Principal of the Hanover Educational Institute, Angela R Haye, signed the grant agreement during a ceremony held at the ambassador’s residence on Paddington Terrace, on March 23. Th ... Read More

Clarendon cop murdered while attempting to thwart robbery

Saturday, March 25, 2017 9:45 AM    

FRANKFIELD, Clarendon — A policeman was shot dead in Frankfield, Clarendon last night after he attempted to intervene in a robbery while on his way home yesterday. Reports from the police are that 37-year-old Corporal Kevin McLean was on his way home at about 7:40 pm when he witnessed men robbing two Chinese nationals. McLean attempted to intervene and the gunmen opened fire, hitting him. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. McLean was assigned to the Chapelton po ... Read More



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