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JAZZ AND BLUES: Mariah Carey - one of the best

Mariah Carey during her performance. (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE)

FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny - Not even the threat of rain at the Trelawny Stadium, could cloud the performance of American R&B superstar Mariah Carey here on the second night of Jazz and Blues 2015. The American had the audience on their feet throughout her marathon performance which saw her moving ... Read More

(PHOTOS: PAUL REID AND PHILLIP LEMONTE) JAZZ AND BLUES PHOTOS - The many moods of Mariah
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PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Mariah Carey conquers Jazz and Blues 2015
FLORENCE HALL (TRELAWNY), Jamaica - Internationally renowned songbird Mariah Carey has taken over Ja ... Read More

Assistant secretary of the US Bureau of International Narcotics
and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield has said that
Jamaica should be mindful of the drug treaties to which the
country is signatory. US says it welcomes discussion on drug policy
THE United States Government says it welcomes discussion and debate on drug policy and that it is up ... Read More

US official says C’bbean regaining status as preferred transit route

BY ARLENE MARTIN-WILKINS Associate editor -- news martina@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January 30, 2015    

BROWNFIELD… it is a problem that cries out for greater coordination
between the governments and states of the
Caribbean region and others

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — Cocaine moving through the Caribbean to the United States increased by 400 per cent between 2011 and 2014, raising concerns that the region is regaining its status as a preferred trafficking route as obtained in the 1970s and 1980s. William Brownfield, assistant secretary of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, on Tuesday disclosed that cocaine flowing through the region moved from four per cent of what was consumed in the US in 2011 to ... Read More

Physically challenged man crushed by JUTC bus

Friday, January 30, 2015    

An officer
gathers evidence at
the scene of the tragic
accident in Papine,
yesterday, which left
wheelchair-bound Marlon
King dead.
(PHOTO: BRYAN
CUMMINGS)

TRAGEDY struck yesterday in Papine, St Andrew, when a physically challenged man was crushed to death by a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus. Police reports are that about 1:00 pm, Marlon King, a 39-year-old resident and artist from Cheshire Village -- a tiny community located in Mona for the physically challenged -- was travelling along Golden Avenue, a road that runs close to the University of the West Indies hospital, when he was struck from his wheelchair. Reports are that the body of ... Read More

Holness shuffles shadow cabinet

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter | Friday, January 30, 2015    

Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness (seated fourth left) with members of his new shadow Cabinet. Spokespersons seated
(from left) are: Derrick Smith, Olivia Grange, Dr Horace Chang, Audley Shaw, Karl Samuda. Middle row (from left) are: Kent
Gammon, Pearnel Charles, Kamina Johnson-Smith, Desmond McKenzie, JC Hutchinson, Dr Andrew Wheatley, Senator Alexander
Williams, Michael Henry, and Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte. Back row (from left) are: Robert Morgan, Rudyard Spencer,
Harold Malcolm, Floyd Green, Juliet Cuthbert, Fayval Williams, Suzanne Leslie Bailey, Duane Smith, Marlon Morgan, and Delano
Seiveright. (PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS

OPPOSITION leader Andrew Holness, announcing his new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) slate yesterday, says that the party will be stepping up to the plate to provide solutions to the country's problems, and prove the better choice for the nation. He said it is not enough to simply criticise the Government, and that his spokespersons have therefore also been directed to find solutions, and develop policy. "It is not sufficient to jump on every scandal, it is not sufficient to raise every issue of co ... Read More

The best ‘porridge man’ in town

BY EVEROL ANDERSON Observer writer | Friday, January 30, 2015    

Nicardo Lewis, who has earned the title as the ‘best porridge vendor in downtown Kingston’,
serves a customer Wednesday on Beckford Street. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

THIRTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD Nicardo Lewis is on a mission. For the past 15 years, the Rastafarian porridge vendor, affectionately called 'Fyah, has been preparing tasty dishes for people in and around the downtown Kingston business district. Lewis' job is not unique, but he has managed to set himself apart from those around him. And his height of six feet, two inches is not the reason he stands out. "This man is one of the best porridge man in and around 'downtown'. This is a vendor who has given ne ... Read More

CCJ president welcomes Dominica's move to join court

Friday, January 30, 2015    

SKERRIT… the CCJ stands
ready to serve the people of
Dominica. BYRON… I expect the court
to come into full effect for
Dominica by early February

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Sir Dennis Byron Wednesday welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit that Dominica would become a full member of the Trinidad-based Court. "The court welcomes this historic move for the Eastern Caribbean State and anticipates the finalisation of the legislative processes to make the CCJ Dominica's final court of appeal," Sir Dennis said in a statement. Earlier this week, Dominica's Prime ... Read More

Sagicor Sigma Run introduces crowd funding

Friday, January 30, 2015    

Reggae singer Tarrus Riley, patron of the 2015 Sagicor Sigma
Corporate Run, with Jamaica Kidney for Kids outpatients
Noketha Outram (left), eight years old; David Virgo (centre),
eight years; and Shaquille Coley, 11 years at the launch of the
2015 road race on Wednesday, January 14 at Knutsford Court
Hotel. Sagicor hopes to raise $25 million for 2015 charities
Jamaica Kidney for Kids Foundation and Cornwall Regional
Hospital’s Neonatal Unit.

SAGICOR Sigma Coprorate Run has introduced crowd funding in an effort to help raise funds for its 2015 charities -- Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation and Cornwall Regional Hospital's Neonatal Unit. "Jamaicans living at home have given our charities tremendous support through the years, and we are relying on their support for 2015 and beyond. However, crowd funding has expanded opportunities for Sigma Run to open an avenue for Jamaicans living all across the world to lend assistance to our child-ba ... Read More

OAS hails Jamaica's cyber security efforts

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January 30, 2015    

Ambassador Albert Ramdin

ASSISTANT secretary general of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Ambassador Albert Ramdin, says that Jamaica has made a sound choice of a model for its National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS). Speaking at the official launch of the strategy at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Wednesdayy, Ramdin congratulated the government on drafting and approving its NCSS in just under a year, and appointing a "dedicated multi-stakeholder", the National Cyber Security Task Force, to devel ... Read More

PHOTOS: The people at Jazz and Blues 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015 11:23 PM    

A large crowd in attendance at the Trelawny stadium. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON AND PHILLIP LEMONTE)

FLORENCE HALL, (TRELAWNY), Jamaica - Jazz and Blues is now in full swing as its second night is currently underway at the Trelawny stadium. These are some photographs from the event which is now on a break as the organisers prepare for star attraction Mariah Carey. Read More

JAZZ AND BLUES 2015 - Showmanship at its best from Richie Stephens

Friday, January 30, 2015 10:30 PM    

Richie Stephens (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE)

FLORENCE HALL, (Trelawny), Jamaica - A versatile Richie Stephens thrilled the audience especially the ladies on the second night of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, now underway at the Trelawny stadium. It was showmanship at its best as the crooner navigated his performance through a variety of musical genres. He successfully sampled Ska, Reggae, Dancehall, Gospel and R&B. Among the highlights of his performance was his tribute to Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown and John Holt, all fall ... Read More

JAZZ AND BLUES 2015 - Arturo Tappin gets Night 2 underway with sweet renditions

Friday, January 30, 2015 9:33 PM    

Arturo Tappin (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE)

FLORENCE HALL, (Trelawny), Jamaica  - Patrons were blown away by the performance of Arturo Tappin at the second night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2015, got underway at the Trelawny stadium. The appreciative audience cheered along as the Barbadian saxophonist blew up a storm with his smooth jazz numbers. During his tribute to John Holt, Tappin was equally impressive with his renditions of ‘Impossible’ and ‘Dr Love’. The Bajan also connected with selection ... Read More



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