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Community welfare needs sidelining MPs' job

February 24, 2020

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Member of Parliament for St James West Central Marlene Malahoo Forte is arguing that elected representatives have not been able to focus on lawmaking, their primary responsibility, because they are busy filling social br more

Education ministry spurns JTA's call for caning

February 24, 2020

THE Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has shot down the proposal by Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) President Owen Speid that caning be reintroduced in schools. “Mr Speid's comments about not caring about the concerns of human r more

World leaders brave new coronavirus for peace talks in Asia

February 24, 2020

SEOUL, South Korea, — Despite the global panic around the novel coronavirus outbreak, some 7,000 former and current heads of state and government, legislators, entrepreneurs, academics, journalists, and religious leaders journeyed to the KINTEX more

Managing the ever-present threat of disaster

February 24, 2020

Last week's gas station fire in Mandeville is a timely reminder of the many dangers lurking as people go about their everyday lives. We feel for the family and friends of Mr Daniel Farquharson who died in hospital on Saturday as a result of the bur more

'Di man shot mi!'

February 24, 2020

A toddler is clinging to life in the intensive care unit after gunmen yesterday acted on threats issued three weeks ago to “kill anything in sight” in her West Street community of downtown Kingston. One-year-old Mia Dailey was left with more

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Aren't we tired yet?

February 24, 2020

In an article at the beginning of the month, titled 'Seeds bear the bad fruit', I stated that:“We are only in the second month of our new year and already we are forced to seriously reconsider this crime issue” I went on to argue that, &# more

Guyana-Venezuela and international law

February 24, 2020

Global attention to Guyana has focused on the current campaigning for a general election due on March 2. Reports indicate a vigorous campaign, with the country's newly found resources in oil and gas very much on the minds of the contesting political more

Title of doctor hasn't changed Romario Simpson one bit

February 24, 2020

Dr Romario Simpson has proven wrong the cynics who thought that once the young man had achieved his goal of becoming a medical doctor, he would dispense with volunteerism, which he had to do for school projects and as a youth parliamentarian. While more

Hope and gifts

February 24, 2020

When the Logos Hope docks at Caribbean Cement Company in Kingston this Thursday it will be stocked with 5,000 book titles for sale at discounted prices. But more than that, the ship, described as the world's largest floating book fair, will bring 40 more

Boys' Town parenting classes showing signs of success

February 24, 2020

For two mothers in Kingston, the Boys' Town Family Care Centre (FCC) has been a blessing. Markeisha Brown and Kemesha Bromly have attended parenting sessions on the premises of the infant and primary school for the year the programme has officially more

A jolt of laughter

February 24, 2020

General Manager of Jewels Dunn's River, Ann-Marie Goffe-Pryce is in stitches during a conversation with JPS President & CEO Emanuel DaRosa (right) and immediate past president of St Ann Chamber of Commerce Pixley Irons. The occasion was a breakf more

Mega rally to kick off Trump's first official visit to India

February 24, 2020

AHMEDABAD, India (AFP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to welcome his US counterpart Donald Trump to India with a massive rally to kick off a two-day visit likely to be more about pomp and ceremony than concrete agreements. The American more

This Day In History - February 24

February 24, 2020

Today is the 55 day of 2020. There are 311 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT 2008: Raul Castro replaces brother Fidel as Cuba's president.   OTHER EVENTS 1525: Spanish army, using muskets for first time in war, routs French and Swiss forc more

Samuda not stepping down

February 24, 2020

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Veteran Jamaica Labour Party Member of Parliament Karl Samuda has declared that he will be contesting the next general election, arguing that he is in good physical shape and has unfinished business in the St Andrew Nort more

AQAP confirms death of leader, appoints successor — SITE

February 24, 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula yesterday confirmed the death of its leader Qassim al-Rimi and appointed a successor, weeks after the US said it had “eliminated” the Islamist militant chief, SIT more

Italy coronavirus cases surpass 100 as towns put on lockdown

February 24, 2020

ROME, Italy (AFP) — The number of coronavirus cases in Italy has jumped to over 100, the president of the Lombardy region said yesterday, as northern towns struggle to contain rising infections. “More than 100 cases” have now been more

Sing praise to...

February 24, 2020

Dear Editor, Although the 12-minute impassioned YouTube video which was posted by the grown daughter of the embattled former president of Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Fritz Pinnock, in his defence, was a noble act, it isn't much better than h more

Extreme times call for extreme measures

February 24, 2020

Dear Editor, The crime problem in Jamaica has reached an all-time level of disaster. But it can be solved very easily, and within a few months, by following the steps below: 1. Ban all guns in Jamaica. Allow only the military and the police to carr more

Long may Alpha music school live!

February 24, 2020

Dear Editor, I am happy to know that Alpha 'school of music' will be getting some help from friends in Philadelphia. We should remember that young, successful musicians like Harold Grenair (Little Jesus), who comes to mind quickly, were taught at A more

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after Palestinian rocket barrage

February 24, 2020

JERUSALEM, Undefined (AFP) — Israeli aircraft hit what the military said were Islamic Jihad sites in the Gaza Strip late Sunday, after Palestinian militants said they fired a barrage of rockets at Israel. In a new flare-up a week ahead of a ge more

Ethiopia: 29 injured in 'bomb attack' at pro-Abiy rally

February 24, 2020

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) — A bomb attack on a rally in support of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed injured nearly 30 people yesterday, a police official said, in the latest sign of instability ahead of elections in August. The incident o more

Iran reports 3 more coronavirus deaths among 15 new cases

February 24, 2020

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran yesterday reported three more novel coronavirus deaths among 15 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of fatalities to eight and infections to 43. Four new COVID-19 cases surfaced in Tehran, seven in more

Take charge, yes!

February 24, 2020

Dear Editor, In the front-page story of the Jamaica Observeredition of Saturday, February 22, 2020 the Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon-Harrison was saying that parents should take charge. Yes, and she should and go further to say that they should more



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