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Law breakthrough for Cieanna Smith, after sitting CAPE exams in hospital

Cieanna Smith shortly after she graduated as an attorney-at-law.

CIEANNA Smith is a true representation of determination. There were many dark clouds which hung over her life, but the 26-year-old, who is expected to be called to the legal bar soon, was always determined to achieve. Imagine sitting several examinations in a hospital bed while in pain and facing ... Read More

VICTORIA JUBILEE ... fire at nursery contained by quick-acting maintenance staff No working fire extinguisher at Jubilee’s nursery
There is no functioning fire extinguisher at the nursery of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, the Jamai ... Read More

Corporal Nickoyon Brown (right) is presented with the Butch Stewart Community Service Award for volunteerism from
Sandals Deputy Chairman and CEO Adam Stewart at the awards ceremony on September 24. Cpl Nickoyon Brown points to benefits of volunteering
COP is not the first thing that comes to mind when Nickoyon Brown walks into a room. His quiet, cour ... Read More

The entrance to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston More than Torture!
INMATES at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre are crying out for attention from the manageme ... Read More

Jamaican shakes things up in the US

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Sunday Observer staff reporter richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, October 26, 2014    

MILLER... you can have it all, just not all at the same time

On her 18th birthday, Georgette Miller said that while attending Holy Childhood High School her father told her he was no longer legally responsible for her and that she had to leave. "I was in my first year of my A levels," Miller told the Jamaica Observer in a telephone interview on Friday. "So I lived with some friends until I did my A levels, and got my A levels result." Now 42 years old, she lives in the United States and operates law offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Mar ... Read More

Mayor hails  St Elizabeth ChikV cleanup project

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-large South Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, October 26, 2014    

St Elizabeth residents participating in clean-up activities last
Tuesday. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL MCLEAN)

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth – Even as anecdotal evidence suggests a surge in chikungunya-like symptoms in this south central parish, head of the St Elizabeth Parish Council Everton Fisher is describing last week’s parish-wide drive to destroy mosquito-breeding sites as fairly successful.   “I think it was relatively good, although we would have preferred to do a lot more, we completed about 60 per cent of what we set out to do,” said Fisher, who is mayor of Black River ... Read More

Painter beats wife who refused to sleep with him

with Tanesha Mundle | Sunday, October 26, 2014    

A 55-year-old man last week faced the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court for beating his wife with a chair because she refused to sleep in their bed. The painter, Michael Anthony Dover, of Wint Road in Kingston, the court heard, used a chair to hit his wife in her head, on her right elbow and left wrist after they had a dispute over her decision not to sleep in the bed. According to the complainant’s report, she was at home on October 2 when they had an argument concerning ... Read More

Anger as KC Old Boys’ Assn bars women from annual dinner

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

DALLAS ... dinner will facilitate the social and intellectual
enhancement of KC old boys

The Kingston College Old Boys’ Association (KCOBA) has reverted to the practice of not allowing women to its annual dinner usually held in November. The decision was reversed by the new executive of the association which took office last December, but was only told to the general membership days ago, something which is causing anger within the fraternity. The association has long held onto the practice of barring women from its annual dinner, except for 1975 when then Prime Minister Mich ... Read More

Government wants to speed up criminal trials

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

GOLDING ... a Cabinet submission has
been prepared

THE Government will be implementing a raft of initiatives aimed at increasing the rate of completion of criminal cases, including Gun Court matters. This was disclosed by Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding during the sitting of the Senate on Friday. The minister was responding to questions posed by Opposition Senator Robert Montague on the state of the Gun Court in Jamaica. Senator Golding stated that the Criminal Justice (Plea Negotiations and Agreements) Act is to be amended in an ef ... Read More

Brazil election: 'Ghosts' versus 'Monsters'

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil —
Brazilian President and
Workers’ Party candidate
Dilma Rousseff greets
supporters during a rally for
her re-election campaign in
Porto Alegre yesterday.
Rousseff and Neves are in a
tight election contest that
culminates today when
millions of Brazilians are
expected to go to the polls
and decide who’ll be the next
leader of Latin America’s
biggest economy.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian voters electing a new president this weekend are being asked to decide what scares them least: the incumbent's warnings about the "ghosts of the past", or her challenger's charges about the "monsters of the present". The latest polls give left-leaning incumbent Dilma Rousseff a slight edge in today's run-off vote to lead the world's fifth-largest nation. But few people are counting out centre-right challenger Aecio Neves after a topsy-turvy campaign ... Read More

Gov't to use shared corporate services to reduce admin expenses

Saturday, October 25, 2014    

POTTINGER-SCOTT... the intention is to use that shared corporate services
approach to try and deal with some of the areas and functions inside of
Government

THE Government is moving to implement shared corporate services within the public sector, to reduce the cost of administrative functions and to improve efficiency. A shared corporate service represents the combining of service activities across different organisations, to improve efficiency and service delivery. Speaking on the Jamaica Information Service television programe, Issues and Answers, Director General of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme (PSTMP) Veniece Po ... Read More

East Kingston residents protest police treatment

Saturday, October 25, 2014    

Police patrol a street in Rockfort, east Kingston on Thursday, a day after three men were shot dead by gunmen in the community. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

NOISE erupted in East Kingston yesterday as residents voiced their disgust at how the police were handling the investigation into Wednesday night's deadly shootings by gunmen in the area. The residents claimed that since the attack, which left three men dead and several others injured, young men in the area were being unfairly targeted while it appeared that no attempt was being made to collar the killers "Since gunmen killed three men in the area on Wednesday police dem come in di area and a ... Read More

ZJ Wah Wa pleads guilty at hearing

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, October 25, 2014    

ZJ Wah Wa

JAMAICAN radio disc jock ZJ Wah Wa pleaded guilty to telemarketing fraud at a hearing in the Federal District Court in Bismarck, North Dakota, yesterday. ZJ Wah Wa, given name Deon-ville O'Hara, is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. "Mr O'Hara entered a guilty plea, pursuant to the terms of a written plea agreement," said Clare Hochhalter, federal prosecutor and Assistant United States Attorney. "He was allowed to plead guilty to ... Read More

Ebola jitters in New York

Saturday, October 25, 2014    

Mott Hall High School student Brian Binion (right) and fellow students read fliers about Ebola risk, near the
apartment building of Ebola patient Dr Craig Spencer, in New York, yesterday. (PHOTO: AP)

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — Travelling into Manhattan by subway from Brooklyn on Friday, the day after a New York doctor was diagnosed with Ebola, Dennis Johnson and his fiancée, Lian Robinson, were trying to be sensible about the odds of the disease spreading. Still, they found themselves discussing possible escape routes out of the city, just in case. "I think we'd have to drive," said Johnson, 42, noting that planes, trains and ferries were modes of transport he'd avoid. New York, he ... Read More



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