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Permanent secretaries must never be victims

September 25, 2018

In Part 2 (published on November 17, 2017, entitled 'Courageous leadership needed in an era of cowardism') of a three-part series of articles I argued that many public servants are overcome with fear and, as a result, are unwilling to stand up to po more

Tackling childhood obesity with nudge intervention

September 25, 2018

Recently the Ministry of Health (which should be renamed the Ministry of Health and Well-Being) released the preliminary results of the 2016-17 Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey. If you haven't heard as yet, health-wise we are walking time bombs h more

An Appreciation of KOHLER!

September 25, 2018

The Wisconsin-headquartered Kohler Co has partnered with the Jamaica Observer to present Design Week JA 2018. Year two of the design initiative began with a soirée at the Tile City & Home Centre showroom last Sunday. Guests were engaged in an ev more

Singjay Ronnie Thwaites wanted

September 25, 2018

Veteran singjay Ronnie Thwaites is being sought by the New York City (NYC) police for assault and stabbing. According to a report from NYC's 47 Precinct, the 51-year-old (whose given name is Ronald Brown) artiste “intentionally stabbed and sl more

Talking dancehall with Lenky Marsden

September 25, 2018

A s someone got into music seriously during dancehall's digital age of the 1980s, keyboardist Steven “Lenky” Marsden has always looked to expand the genre's boundaries. He continues that trend with Self Taught , his second album which w more

Jamaican pharmacists design new approach to medical cannabis training

September 25, 2018

JAMAICAN pharmacists can now access a new “farm to pharmacy” short course developed by the UTech Pharmacy Alumni (UPA) and the Caribbean Institute of Pharmacy Policy Practice and Research (CIPPPAR), located at the University of Technology more

Prayer for the day

September 25, 2018

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the h more

STGC to induct four old boys in Hall of Fame Saturday

September 25, 2018

Four St George's College (STGC) past students will this Saturday join a list of distinguished old boys and members of the faculty as inductees in the school's Hall of Fame. The four are Philip Wong, Dr Robert Hill, Clovis “Metty” Metcalf more

Sharing great Memories with Bob Clarke

September 25, 2018

FOR many Jamaicans, the name Walter Charles Clarke bears no significance. But say “Bob Clarke” and descriptions of a smooth-talking radio jock with a love for Jamaican vintage music come flooding. Clarke, who hosts Memories Sundays on Ir more

Leaders honour Mandela at UN

September 25, 2018

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders looked to Nelson Mandela's legacy of championing peace, human rights and global cooperation but acknowledged the world is far from achieving his ideals as the UN General Assembly's annual top-level meeting be more

Regional leaders to address UN General Assembly

September 25, 2018

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) – Several Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders will address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) later this week as UN Secretary General António Guterres called for a “renewed commitment to a rules-based global more

Four injured Jamaican fishermen back home

September 25, 2018

THE Jamaica Government yesterday confirmed that four of the 28 nationals rescued by the Colombian Coast Guard following a fire on their vessel more than a week ago have returned to the island. “Four of the fishermen, who were being treated for more

NHF introduces special registration number to improve access

September 25, 2018

THE National Health Fund, (NHF), in an effort to facilitate vulnerable persons such as senior citizens, children and adults who live in state-owned or privately operated homes, and those individuals who have been unable to obtain a Tax Registration N more

The road not yet travelled

September 25, 2018

The proposed thoroughfare from Spanish Town Road, via Seaview Gardens onto Marcus Garvey Drive, thus bypassing the Portia Simpson Miller Square, or Three Miles, St Andrew, reinforces the old adage: “A stitch in time saves nine”. Prime Mi more

We are all guilty!

September 25, 2018

Dear Editor, We are all social beings that develop; therefore, if we are not connected to the systems in society that will support our positive development we will connect to those that support negative development. The root of social ills in our c more

Toward a better response to human rights issues in health care

September 25, 2018

Dear Editor, The case of Jason and Charlotte Young, who were reportedly denied access to their child's medical records by staff members at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), brings the issue of human rights in Jamaica's health-care s more

Wisynco appointed exclusive distributor for Worthy Park Estate

September 25, 2018

WISYNCO Group Limited has negotiated a five-year exclusive distribution agreement with Worthy Park Estate Limited (WPEL) for the distribution of the company's spirits and sugar. The deal follows an equity investment by Wisynco's parent company, Wisy more

IDB report reveals widespread waste, inefficiencies in Gov't spending

September 25, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said yesterday that a landmark analysis of Government spending in Latin America and the Caribbean has reveaed widespread waste and inefficiencies that could be as large as US more

This is why people fight for independence from colonialism

September 25, 2018

Dear Editor, I am always resisting the temptation to join the never-ending debate about why it's better to have remained under colonialism. But when I see what is happening in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), I feel aggrieved and I have to speak more

Save the nutri-bulla!

September 25, 2018

Dear Editor, “Sell me a bulla and a milk miss” is what most children of low to no income families grew up on for almost half-a-century, but the nutri-bulla is under a sweet threat from sugar. Recently, Minister of Education Senator Ruel more

Tourist arrivals continue to grow

September 25, 2018

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Ministry of Tourism is reporting increased tourist arrivals and earnings up to August of this year. Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Jennifer Griffith, speaking at the official opening of the Puerto Seco Beach i more

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Holness urges global leaders to commit to peaceful coalitions

September 25, 2018

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness is calling for the unification of leaders across the world for peace. Addressing the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in the precincts of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States of America yesterday, P more

Tropical depression Kirk expected to degenerate

September 25, 2018

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Tropical depression Kirk is expected to degenerate into a trough of low pressure during the 48 hours as it makes its way towards the Lesser Antilles, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said yesterday. more

PM, Tufton to launch Caribbean Moves at UNGA

September 25, 2018

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness and Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton are expected to launch Caribbean Moves at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, United States. Minister Tufton is a part of the Govern more



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