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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Vintage Venus powers into Aussie Open semi-finals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Vintage-Venus-powers-into-Aussie-Open-semi-finals MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) &mdash; A vintage Venus Williams powered past Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and into her third Australian Open semi-final Tuesday, becoming the oldest woman to make a Grand Slam last four in 23 years.<br /> <br /> The 36-year-old overcame the Russian 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) and will play either fellow American Coco Vandeweghe or French Open champion Garbine Muguruza for a place in the final.<br /> <br /> Her achievement makes her the oldest woman to reach a Grand Slam semi since a 37-year-old Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.<br /> <br /> It is a remarkable feat for Williams, who made her professional debut in 1994 and is enjoying a late-career renaissance following a battle with a rare autoimmune disorder.<br /> <br /> She made the same round at Wimbledon last year but had not got this far at Melbourne Park since 2003, when she beat Justine Henin only to lose to sister Serena in the final.<br /> <br /> Henin is long retired but Serena is still going strong and plays her quarter-final, against Johanna Konta, on Wednesday, with an all-Williams title match still on the cards.<br /> <br /> Venus Williams also made the last four at Melbourne in 2001, losing to then world number one Martina Hingis, another veteran who is playing in doubles at this year's Australian Open.<br /> <br /> "I'm so excited, she never let up. We have always had these quality matches. I'm not happy just with this but so happy I can go further," she said.<br /> <br /> "To be here is like, 'Oh my God!'"<br /> <br /> The seven-time Grand Slam champion is yet to drop a set. She has benefited from a favourable draw, playing two qualifiers and China's fifth ranked player Duan Yingying.<br /> <br /> But Pavlyuchenkova, seeded 24, was a different matter, having beaten Elina Svitolina, seeded 11, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, the eighth seed, on her way to the quarter-finals.<br /> <br /> Competing at Grand Slams for a decade without managing to step beyond the last eight, the Russian had been confident she could take the next step.<br /> <br /> Two netted forehands gave her a break point on Williams' opening serve as the match got underway, but she couldn't convert and it went with serve.<br /> <br /> But 13th seed Williams gave her another chance in game three and this time she grabbed it with an untouchable crosscourt backhand.<br /> <br /> Pavlyuchenkova, with her right shoulder strapped, failed to make the most of her edge and a double fault allowed Williams to haul herself level again.<br /> <br /> It was short-lived as Williams struggled to find the mark on first serve and Pavlyuchenkova jumped on the second, with a netted forehand from the veteran again giving a break away.<br /> <br /> Neither player was serving well but Williams began to assert herself, pushing Pavlyuchenkova around the court to create opportunities. She broke back for 4-4 with a volley after a high lunging forehand from the Russian.<br /> <br /> Williams was starting to get in the zone, hitting some amazing winners, including an unstoppable backhand down the line to secure the set by breaking again to love.<br /> <br /> The American held serve in the opening game of the second set to immediately put the pressure on and kept hammering away in an 11-minute second game, which Pavyluchenkova finally won after eight deuces.<br /> <br /> A wild backhand in the next game handed momentum to the Russian, who broke for a 2-1 lead, but after a seesawing Williams broke straight back.<br /> <br /> Another break each and it was 6-6 and into a tiebreak where Williams used her big-match experience to prevail, with Pavlyuchenkova succumbing on a double fault.   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13593126/000_KL56U_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 9:56 PM Population planning conference to be held this week http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Population-planning-conference-to-be-held-this-week KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) &mdash; Human population issues in Jamaica will be the focus of the Population Planning for Development in Jamaica Conference slated for January 25 to 27 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in downtown Kingston.<br /> <br /> Themed: &lsquo;Theory, Practice and Policy for the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda&rsquo;, the event will open at 9:00am, with keynote speaker being former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Edward Seaga.<br /> <br /> Co-chair of the conference organising committee, Dr Godfrey St Bernard, stated that the conference will feature plenary sessions, panel discussions and presentations from experts in various fields, including statisticians, demographers, sociologists, economists, philosophers, gerontologists and lawyers.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The conference will focus primarily on human population activities and examine how these characteristics are related to prospective development agendas as they are set in the context of Jamaican society,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> He noted that a key issue to be raised is the matter of statistical inputs and to what extent they are relevant to the development process in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Topics to be discussed include: labour issues in the Jamaican population; demographic data and implications for population policy in Jamaica; ageing and living conditions of the elderly in Jamaica; socio-demographic phenomena and their implications for education and learning in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean; and poverty and social inequality.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is primarily a country conference with focus on human population issues and putting them centre stage in the development process because for some time, they have been placed on the back burner and being invisible, so the general idea is that this conference will go from one country to the next,&rdquo; the co-chair said.<br /> <br /> He pointed out that the conference was held in Trinidad and Tobago last year and plans are afoot to take the next staging to Barbados.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This particular conference is focusing on Jamaica, although we have made provisions for some of the presentations to be somewhat generic and make reference to ideas, experiences and research that may have been conducted in other jurisdictions within the Caribbean,&rdquo; Dr St Bernard said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;So, there will be some lessons for the Jamaican society on the basis of what some researchers might have done elsewhere, but most of the papers and presentations will focus on Jamaican population issues,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> He pointed out that there will be concurrent panels of three to four presentations each, featuring contributed papers from a number of academics and other policy practitioners in Jamaica, Trinidad and Canada.<br /> <br /> The round-table plenary, he noted, will feature key persons in the public sector in Jamaica who will speak to various related issues while examining linkages between human population and health.  <br /> <br /> The conference is being spearheaded by the University of the West Indies, Mona in partnership with the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). It will last from 9:00am to 4:15pm each day.    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13593081/Seaga_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 9:20 PM US Supreme Court declines to hear polygamy case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-Supreme-Court-declines-to-hear-polygamy-case WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) &mdash; The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the case of a man and his four wives -- stars of a reality TV show -- challenging a ban on polygamy in their native state of Utah.<br /> <br /> Kody Brown is legally married to Meri but also lives with Janelle, Christine and Robyn. They are members of a fringe religious group, related to Mormon fundamentalism, with polygamy as a core tenet of their beliefs.<br /> <br /> Brown and his wives have battled in the courts for seven years against a law in Utah banning polygamy, arguing that it infringes on their freedom of speech and religion.<br /> <br /> They are the stars of the show "Sister Wives," which airs on TLC and documents the life of "plural" family.<br /> <br /> In December 2013, the Browns won a surprising legal victory when a federal court ruled that Utah's law against bigamy was unconstitutional.<br /> <br /> But an appeals court overturned that judgment in 2016.<br /> <br /> The Supreme Court in Washington declined to add the case to its schedule Monday, without giving any reason for its decision, thereby leaving the appeal court's decision in place.<br /> <br /> The high court has not ruled on a polygamy case since 1878, when it declared that a law prohibiting bigamy was valid.<br /> <br /> Jonathan Turley, a lawyer for the Brown family, said they were "disappointed... but not surprised" by the Supreme Court's decision declining to take the case.<br /> <br /> "The decision will obviously not end the struggle for equal protection and due process under the law. The Browns have remained committed to that cause and will continue to advocate on behalf of religious freedom and plural families," he said in a statement.<br /> <br /> Tens of thousands of Mormon fundamentalists, mostly living in the western part of the United States, continue to practice polygamy.<br /> <br /> The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the formal name of the Mormon church, has banned polygamy since 1890. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13593048/us-Supreme-Court_w445_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 8:56 PM Jamaica to benefit from high end luxury tourism market &mdash; Bartlett http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaica-to-benefit-from-high-end-luxury-tourism-market MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) &mdash; Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica stands to benefit tremendously from the high end luxury tourism market, noting that there is a lot of investor interest for the destination.<br /> <br /> Fresh from his one-week stint in Spain where he attended the FITUR Trade Fair, the largest international tourism trade show for inbound and outbound Ibero American markets, Bartlett said that the country will soon be seeing investments pouring in from some of the top players in the high end luxury market, a move which will propel Jamaica&rsquo;s stock as a marquee destination.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;On January 19, we signed an agreement with representatives of the Excellence Group of Luxury Hotels and Resorts to build two hotels in Oyster Bay, Trelawny, which will add over 700 rooms to the island&rsquo;s room stock,&rdquo; Bartlett said. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is only the beginning of things to come as in dialogue with some of the world&rsquo;s top luxury brands while in Spain, the interest that they have in Jamaica is very high and to the point where more agreements will be forthcoming very soon,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> In addition to the Excellence Group, the minister cited AMResorts plans to bring its Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts brand to Jamaica, following its acquisition of the former Coyaba Beach Resort & Club in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is also Finest, the top luxury brand in the Excellence Group, which is coming. When you look also at the planned renovation of Dragon Bay in Portland and the luxury style bungalows that have been introduced by the Sandals Group, then we can see why so many people are excited about Jamaica&rsquo;s foray into the high end luxury market,&rdquo; the minister said. <br /> <br /> Bartlett reminded that a key component of the country&rsquo;s growth strategy is securing new investments, adding that by entering the luxury end market, Jamaica is poised to meet or surpass the US$5 billion in projections over the next five years.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The entry of these luxury groups to the Jamaican landscape will certainly broaden the options available to visitors and help to enhance our product offering,&rdquo; he explained.<br /> <br /> Bartlett said the current investments being made in the country prove the confidence many investors now have in Jamaica.  &ldquo;As we continue on our path to meet the objectives outlined in the growth agenda, these new projects will aid in our quest to secure 15,000 new rooms in the next five years,&rdquo; he noted.<br /> <br /> The minister argued that it is obvious that many luxury travellers are willing to pay more to experience what is special and also different about a destination, including staying in hotels above the norm and which are relevant to the local culture of the destination. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;They are also looking to experience tailor-made excursions and activities that teach them about their destination whilst at the same time providing a comfortable and enjoyable experience,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12938161/201734__w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 8:33 PM Legislation to speed up child custody cases passed in Senate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Legislation-to-speed-up-child-custody-cases-passed-in-Senate KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) &mdash; The Senate on Friday passed legislation, which will make it mandatory for courts to hand down decisions on matters pertaining to child custody cases within six weeks.<br /> <br /> Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, who piloted the Children (Guardianship and Custody) (Amendment) Act 2016 in the Upper House, said the six-week time frame pertains specifically to cases involving the wrongful removal or retention of children.<br /> <br /> She argued that due to the sensitive nature of these cases, it is important that they are dealt with quickly.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;(Given) the ...anxiety that occurs when a child is removed from a jurisdiction and there is a situation between families across borders (there is) need to deal with those matters with expedition,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> Johnson Smith, who is also Leader of Government Business, informed that discussions will be held with the Chief Justice on how these cases can be dealt with expeditiously, before the mandatory six-week timeframe is formally put in place.<br /> <br /> This six-week deadline was among amendments recommended when the Bill was passed in the Lower House in December 2016. It was previously approved in the Senate in July last year.<br /> <br /> The legislation will now go to the Governor-General to be signed, after which it will be gazetted. <br /> <br /> When passed into law, the Bill will give effect to the Government&rsquo;s decision to implement the terms of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and to facilitate Jamaica&rsquo;s accession to the pact.<br /> <br /> The Hague Convention aims to protect children from the harmful effects of abduction and retention across international boundaries by providing a procedure to bring about their prompt return.<br /> <br /> As of July 2016, 95 countries were party to the Hague Convention, including The Bahamas, United States of America, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13583117/kamina-2_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 8:05 PM Zuckerberg charity buys AI startup to battle disease http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Zuckerberg-charity-buys-AI-startup-to-battle-disease SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) &mdash; A charitable foundation backed by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said Monday it has bought a Canadian artificial intelligence startup as part of a mission to eradicate disease.<br /> <br /> The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative did not disclose financial terms of the deal to acquire Toronto-based Meta, which uses AI to quickly read and comprehend scientific papers and then provide insights to researchers.<br /> <br /> Meta capabilities will be unified in a tool made available for free to scientists.<br /> <br /> "We are very excited about what lies ahead," Meta co-founder and chief executive Sam Molyneux said in a statement.<br /> <br /> Zuckerberg and his doctor wife, Priscilla Chan, in September pledged $3 billion over the next decade to help banish or manage all disease, pouring some of the Facebook founder's fortune into innovative research.<br /> <br /> "This is a big goal," Zuckerberg said at a San Francisco event announcing the effort of the philanthropic entity established by the couple in 2015.<br /> <br /> "But we spent the last few years speaking with experts who think it is possible, so we dug in."<br /> <br /> In the field of biomedicine alone, thousands of research papers are published daily, initiative science president Cori Bargmann and chief technology officer Brian Pinkerton said in a post on the charity's Facebook page.<br /> <br /> Meta artificial intelligence can analyze insights across millions of papers, finding connections and patterns at scales and speeds impossible for humans to match unassisted, according to Bargmann and Pinkerton.<br /> <br /> "Meta will help scientists learn from others' discoveries in real time, find key papers that may have gone unnoticed, or even predict where their field is headed," Bargmann and Pinkerton said.<br /> <br /> "The potential for this kind of platform is virtually limitless."<br /> <br /> Zuckerberg said last month that he built an artificial intelligence-imbued software "butler" -- named Jarvis -- that even plays with his family.<br /> <br /> The Facebook chief took on the personal project last year, devoting about 100 hours to making a system inspired by "Iron Man" film character Jarvis as a virtual assistant to help manage his household.<br /> <br /> Jarvis is not a physical robot, but an application Zuckerberg can access through his phone or computer to control lights, temperature, music, security, appliances and more.<br /> <br /> The software learns his tastes and patterns, as well as new words or concepts, and can even entertain his one-year-old daughter Max, according to Zuckerberg.<br /> <br /> Zuckerberg plans to continue improving Jarvis, and says he expects AI technology to improve greatly in the coming five to 10 years.<br /> <br /> AI is getting a foothold in people's homes, starting with devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers that link to personal assistants to answer questions and control connected devices. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13428781/Zuckerberg_afp_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 7:44 PM UPDATE: Former Moravian president, VP granted bail http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Former-Moravian-president--VP-granted-bail KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Former Moravian President Paul Gardner and his deputy Jermaine Gibson who were both arrested and charged with carnal abuse and indecent assault have been granted bail.<br /> <br /> The men&rsquo;s attorney Lambert Johnson confirmed the release moments ago.<br /> <br /> After news of their charges became public earlier today, Johnson told OBSERVER ONLINE that his clients said the accusations are being done &ldquo;out of sheer malice, with the intention of destroying their good name.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The attorney said that the men&rsquo;s arrest is &ldquo;based on vile, malicious and tenuous allegations&rdquo; adding that based on allegations &ldquo;the available evidence is riddled with inconsistencies and is bereft of credibility, cogency or corroboration."<br /> <br /> &ldquo;[Our] clients are steadfast in their declarations of innocence and having regard to the circumstances we have been instructed to file suit for defamation, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment,&rdquo; the attorney&rsquo;s law firm said in a statement Monday.<br /> <br /> Gardner resigned as Moravian Church president in the wake of allegations against a St Elizabeth preacher who was reportedly found by the police in &ldquo;a compromising position&rdquo; with a 15-year-old girl. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592290/Paul-Gardner_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 7:28 PM Jamaican-born doctors giving back to homeland  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaican-born-doctors-giving-back-to-homeland MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) &mdash; For the past six years, the New Jersey-based Diaspora charity, Jamaicans Abroad Helping Jamaicans At Home (JAHJAH), has been quietly carving out a legacy of service in health care in communities across Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Whether it is providing free medical treatment to needy persons, donating equipment and supplies to public hospitals and health centres or the sharing of expertise with local health professionals, JAHJAH has been impacting lives, while contributing to the country&rsquo;s development.<br /> <br /> JAHJAH founder, Dr Trevor Dixon, a Jamaican-born physician who lives and practises in the United States (US), said that it has been &ldquo;a very satisfying journey knowing that I am giving back to my country.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have had our fair share of hiccups along the way but at no time did I ever feel like abandoning the cause. It is called service above self and I am very happy that JAHJAH is in a position where it can indeed make a difference,&rdquo; he said at a health fair at the Ulster Spring Health Centre in Trelawny on January 19. <br /> <br /> The team of 25 doctors, most of whom left the island today after a nine-day medical mission, conducted clinics and health fairs in communities in Kingston, St James and Trelawny, providing service  in areas such as dentistry, gynaecology, paediatrics, internal medicine and emergency medicine. <br /> <br /> In addition to the provision of health services, the team carried out a number of projects, including hosting Jamaica&rsquo;s first ever trauma conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on January 20 and 21.<br /> <br /> The team also visited schools to carry out echocardiogram (ECG) tests to check for problems with the electrical activity of the heart.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We conducted tests on young student athletes, who may unknowingly be suffering from underlying conditions that could result in death,&rdquo; Dixon said.<br /> <br /> Some 100 students also benefited from basic check-ups as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.  <br /> <br /> Dixon said the team of health care and medical professionals, who practise in the United States, Canada and Great Britain, also shared best practices with their local counterparts.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, scores of persons benefited from the health fair held at the Ulster Spring clinic.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There are quite a number of persons from neighbouring communities that are here today,&rdquo; Dixon noted. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We were here last year and had a really good time and so we are back. A lot of these people would not be able to afford the service we are providing, so we are truly touched and humbled that we can indeed make a difference,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> Dixon said his organisation&rsquo;s main goal is to help improve the quality of health care that is delivered at public hospitals and health centres in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are also committed to assisting with improving education in Jamaica. As our name suggests, we are about partnerships with Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica overseas to execute our mission on the ground in Jamaica,&rdquo; he said, noting that the JAHJAH has an excellent relationship with the Ministry of Health.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In doing what we do, our medical missions invariably return home feeling that they received more than they gave,&rdquo; Dixon pointed out.<br /> <br /> He said the entity has been lobbying other members of the Diaspora to give back to their country of birth. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is indeed a fact that some of our brighter minds are plying their trade overseas and doing very well in many cases. It is time for those who have left Jamaica to look back and give a helping hand. No one knows what the future holds, so a better Jamaica can only be best for all of us,&rdquo; he pointed out.<br /> <br /> Dixon thanked all those who support the work of the JAHJAH. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592894/Trevor-Dixon_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 7:06 PM 'Fruitful' talks with bike operators in West &mdash; Henry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Fruitful-talks-with-bike-operators-in-West----Henry KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; After what he described as 'fruitful discussions' with motorcyclists in Hanover and Westmoreland on Friday, Transport Minister Mike Henry says he intends to cross-examine the issues raised in order to develop policies to accomodate the bike operators in the transport industry.<br /> <br /> Henry reportedly heard from bike operators who function as two-wheel taxis that the cost of insurance, protective gears such as helmets, knee and elbow pads and jackets are prohibitive to making a living.<br /> <br /> The motorcycle operators, according to a release from the ministry, also complained that it was not practical to have a helmet for each pillion passenger that they transport, and that the cost of removing the blue lights and loud mufflers with which some motorbikes were imported was unfair to them.<br /> <br /> Henry warned the bike taxi operators and their passengers to wear helmets, the ministry said. <br /> <br /> However, he stated that he recognises that the bike taxi operators were providing a valuable service in transporting passengers to and from communities where the regular service is not provided or where the road conditions are too poor. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13555506/MIKE-HENRY--2-_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 6:43 PM JC Hutchinson commends Algix for investment in fish production http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JC-Hutchinson-commends-Algix-for-investment-in-fish-production MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) &mdash; Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, JC Hutchinson, has welcomed the decision by Algix Jamaica Limited to pump millions of dollars into the production of the Basa freshwater fish at its facilities in St Elizabeth.<br /> <br /> Addressing a market launch for the fish in Barton Isle, St Elizabeth, on January 20, the Minister said the Basa project represents part of the solutions to challenges which are being faced by farmers involved in the production of the Tilapia breed of freshwater fish.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In 2013, the ministry embarked on a programme to facilitate the diversification of the aquaculture programme in Jamaica. At that time, we were facing challenges with Tilapia. It was recognised that Basa production represented an emerging opportunity for Jamaica,&rdquo; he noted.<br /> <br />  The minister said the Government remains cognizant of its role in developing the infrastructure and policies to support the fishing industry, and is determined to partner with private interests, both local and overseas, in the holistic development of the sector.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Hutchinson informed that a project preparation grant of US$125,000 has been received from the World Bank for the development of the industry, which is aimed at enhancing community-based climate resilience projects in selected fishing and fish farming communities.<br /> <br /> The minister said the Government is moving to create a sustainable and viable fishing industry and is encouraging farmers to form themselves into groups and take advantage of the available benefits.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Internationally, we have seen where the success of the industry has relied heavily on the farming groups. My challenge therefore to the farmers is to ensure that they are members of farmers groups and work towards strengthening the capacity of these groups. The Ministry stands ready to assist you in making this a reality,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The minister pointed out that there are some 2,000 acres of idle freshwater fish ponds across the island and efforts are being made to attract contract farmers to resuscitate those farms.<br /> <br /> The Algix Fish Farm in Barton Isle sits on a 338-acre property containing 98 fish ponds.<br /> <br /> The company is aiming to produce 100 tonnes of the Basa fish per month for the export and local markets, while ramping up its Tilapia production. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12816483/JC-hutchinson_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 6:20 PM Trump's secretary of state pick OK'd by panel, goes to full Senate vote http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trump-s-Secretary-of-State-pick-OK-d-by-panel--goes-to-full-Senate-vote WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) &mdash; A US Senate panel on Monday greenlighted President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, former ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson, clearing the way for a confirmation vote by the full chamber.<br /> <br /> The vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was 11 to 10, along strict party lines, setting up a period of debate and subsequent vote on an as-yet-undetermined day in the Republican-controlled Senate.<br /> <br /> With just two of Trump's cabinet members in place -- Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly -- Senate Republicans have sought to speed up confirmation of his other nominees, including his choice to head the CIA.<br /> <br /> The Senate was expected to confirm Mike Pompeo as head of the spy agency later Monday.<br /> <br /> Tillerson received a major boost when Senator Marco Rubio, one of three Republicans who had expressed doubts about him, announced he will support Tillerson for the post despite serious reservations.<br /> <br /> Rubio said he still had concerns about Tillerson's positions on human rights. <br /> <br /> But he stressed that given the "uncertainty" about the direction of US foreign policy, "it would be against our national interests to have this confirmation unnecessarily delayed or embroiled in controversy."<br /> <br /> Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, the other Republicans who had expressed reservations about Tillerson and his past dealings with Russia, gave their blessing on Sunday.<br /> <br /> Republicans hold 52 seats in the 100-seat Senate. A simple majority is required for confirmation of cabinet positions.<br /> <br /> "I personally have no doubt that Rex Tillerson is well-qualified," said the committee's chairman, Senator Bob Corker.<br /> <br /> But the panel's Democrats voted in unison against Tillerson.<br /> <br /> "I believe Mr Tillerson's demonstrated business orientation... could compromise his ability as secretary of state to forcefully promote the values and ideals that have defined our country and our leading role in the world for more than 200 years," Senator Ben Cardin said in a statement.<br /> <br /> Trump's team had called for several nominees to be confirmed Friday on the day Trump was sworn in, but Democrats blocked votes, arguing that ethics reviews and other vetting of key nominees had been insufficient.<br /> <br /> Former president Barack Obama had seven nominees approved on his first day as president in 2009.<br /> <br /> Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News Sunday that despite the delays by Democrats, "I believe we will be able to confirm the entire cabinet."<br /> <br /> Republicans had hoped to push through Pompeo's confirmation Friday, but Democrats balked, arguing that a CIA director had never been put in place on Inauguration Day.<br /> <br /> The delay drew criticism Saturday from Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer, who charged that Democrats were "playing politics with national security."<br /> <br /> Republicans were also hoping to get Trump's pick for US attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions, installed swiftly.<br /> <br /> The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Sessions on Tuesday, when the Foreign Relations Committee votes on South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's nomination to be US ambassador to the United Nations. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592799/000_K33SF_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 6:05 PM Baby among 2 killed in early morning fires in Guyana http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Baby-among-2-killed-in-early-morning-fires-in-Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) &mdash; Two people, including a seven-month-old baby, died in separate fires on Monday morning, police in Guyana have said.<br /> <br /> Police said they are investigating reports that the fire at Kaneville on the East Bank Demerara, which led to the death of Romains Seth, may have been deliberately set.<br /> <br /> At least 10 people remain homeless as a result of the fire.<br /> <br /> In the other incident, 59-year-old Thakur Singh, was trapped in the garage area of a two-storey building in the Diamond community.<br /> <br /> Investigators are working on the theory that a stove, which was left unattended, may have triggered the blaze. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592790/Fire1_w504_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 5:50 PM Forex: J$128.77 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-128-77-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The US dollar on Monday, January 23, ended trading at $128.77, up by fourteen cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica&rsquo;s daily foreign exchange trading summary.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$96.07, up from J$98.78, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$158.02, down from J$157.49. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13152567/forex_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 5:20 PM Appleton incident leads to 30-gallon oil leak into Black River http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Appleton-incident-leads-to-30-gallon-oil-leak-into-Black-River According to J Wray & Nephew, propietors of the Appleton Estate, the leakage happened when a gearbox at the Appleton Factory developed a leak due to a failed internal gasket. This allowed the oil to empty into the cooling water flow. <br /> <br /> In a release, the company said they have issued notices to its neighbours and the National Environment Planning Agency (NEPA). <br /> <br /> They have further begun testing of the waters and taken corrective measures including the deploying a containment boom and absorbent material. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592740/Appleton-estate1_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 5:08 PM Tufton to mull WHO call for higher tobacco taxes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tufton-to-mull-WHO-call-for-higher-tobacco-taxes GENEVA, Switzerland &mdash; Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton along with his ministry and its stakeholders, will evaluate the World Health Organisation&rsquo;s call for heavy taxation of the tobacco industry. <br /> <br /> According to a release from the Ministry of Health, this comes after director general of the WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, urged countries to increase tobacco related taxes as one way of controlling the use of the product.<br /> <br /> Chan made the call while addressing the WHO&rsquo;s Executive Board at its 140th Session this afternoon in Geneva, Switzerland.<br /> <br /> It was based on WHO/US National Cancer Institute landmark report on the economics of tobacco and tobacco control. The report concluded that smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion yearly and that smoking will soon kill more than six million people worldwide each year.<br /> <br /> Tufton who is in attendance at the session says he paid special attention to the Director General&rsquo;s comments on the global health challenges related to tobacco and its effects on non-communicable diseases.  <br /> <br /> "We view with concern the cost of tobacco related illnesses and the associated cost to public health, globally and nationally. Any measures to discourage smoking and/or support public health is worth considering. We are guided by the WHO report and will discuss further within Government,&rdquo; Tufton is reported as saying.<br /> <br /> According to him: &ldquo;[any] decision on tax increase on tobacco and its products would be a decision of the Government&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Chan urged attendees at the conference to be vocal in persuading ministers of finance, trade, foreign affairs, and others not to be swayed by the tobacco industry&rsquo;s false claims.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It takes courage to issue reports that antagonize powerful economic operators. Economic power readily translates into political power. It falls to WHO to do this. If we fail to accept this responsibility, we will never make sufficient progress against lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases,&rdquo; she added.<br /> <br /> Tufton is attending the 140th WHO Executive Board Meeting, which ends February 1. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13500292/Christopher-Tufton_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 4:56 PM WICB putting programme in place to aid Cornwall's success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/WICB-putting-programme-in-place-to-aid-Cornwall-s-success Chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, said the 23-year-old was &ldquo;a special talent&rdquo; and would be given all the necessary support from the West Indies Cricket Board in order to develop his career.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re actually putting a programme in place for Rahkeem where we are actually going to have someone to manage him overall,&rdquo; Browne told Line and Length Network.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are looking at the various components of him playing cricket where we are looking at coaches, dieticians, and just getting everybody to come together to help this young player because he&rsquo;s a special talent.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Cornwall has emerged as one of the finest young players in the region and was recently selected for the West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka.<br /> <br /> He was outstanding during the three-match four-day Test series, claiming 23 wickets with his off-spin, including a career-best eight of 108 in the opening game in Colombo last October.<br /> <br /> Cornwall has also taken 25 wickets so far in the first five games of the Regional first class championship, and has chipped in with three half-centuries.<br /> <br /> Browne said the WICB would not allow the Antiguan to fall by the wayside.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He&rsquo;s definitely on our list,&rdquo; the former Test wicketkeeper stressed.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You would have seen that he&rsquo;s played our A-team cricket and he&rsquo;s done very well there. He&rsquo;s continued to do well at first class cricket.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Cornwall, who has already played 25 first class games, is a towering six-footer who has in the past come under scrutiny because of his burly size, with pundits speculating about his athleticism.<br /> <br /> And Browne said WICB players relations officer, Ayanna Cooper, would lead the charge in ensuring the right team was in place to help Cornwall in every area of his game.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;One of things is that we don&rsquo;t want to happen is for people to say we didn&rsquo;t support him so we&rsquo;re actually looking to put a lot of support around him,&rdquo; Browne stressed.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve already started the process where we&rsquo;ve got a team of people together which will be championed by Ayana Cooper &hellip; so she&rsquo;s going to coordinate from that aspect where we will try to get all the people that are necessary in, to help him be a success.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Cornwall is part of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes squad for the Regional Super50 starting here Tuesday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592689/Rakheem-Cornwall_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 4:25 PM New PNPYO president ratified http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/New-PNPYO-president-ratified KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Connoly Black has been ratified as the acting president the People&rsquo;s National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO). <br /> <br /> Black, a final year law student at the Law Faculty of the University of the West Indies, Mona, was voted in at the organisation's National Council on Saturday.<br /> <br /> She had previously served as vice president, leaving that post now vacant.<br /> <br /> Former president Andrae Blair was forced to leave the post after calling for the resignation of PNP President Portia Simpson-Miller in the wake of the party's defeat in the general elections. <br /> <br /> The PNPYO says that Black has been an active member of the PNPYO and was previously assigned with responsibilities for social outreach and is the youth Opposition spokesperson on tourism and sports.<br /> <br /> Her tenure will end in July when a new president is expected to be elected. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592513/PNPYO-logo_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 3:42 PM CDB looking to assist young entrepreneurs in C&rsquo;bean countries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CDB-looking-to-assist-young-entrepreneurs-in-C-bean-countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) &mdash; The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on Monday announced it was inviting applications from young entrepreneurs in several regional countries to participate in a technology incubation programme that provides business support services.<br /> <br /> It said that the Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Programme (CTEP) is an initiative of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the World Bank Group in partnership with the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre and is intended for small entrepreneurs in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and Haiti.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It tailors support for participants according to the stage at which the entrepreneur or firm is currently operating. CTEP addresses two main problems faced by youth: the lack of appropriate job opportunities and the lack of a regional strategy to promote entrepreneurship and innovation,&rdquo; the CDB said.<br /> <br /> The region&rsquo;s premier financial institution said CTEP follows the successful Youth Employment in Digital Animation Industries project in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> CTEP coordinator, Troy Weekes, said that CTEP is unique in the way it collaborates with the entrepreneurs that are selected from the participating Caribbean countries.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;CTEP is comprised of a set of activities that are aligned to three distinct entrepreneurial stages, the Idea Stage, the Validation Stage and the Revenue Stage. Also, it is based on direct consultations with entrepreneurs and it fosters collaboration between partners and stakeholders within the Caribbean entrepreneurship ecosystem,&rdquo; Weekes said.<br /> <br /> CDB Operations Officer and Project Supervisor of the CDB/World Bank Caribbean Animation and Technology Capacity Building Programme, Lisa Harding, said: &ldquo;CDB is pleased to support the CTEP and encourage our regional youth to take full advantage of the programme.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;CTEP is an initiative that can contribute to the enhanced capacity of young entrepreneurs involved in the information and communications technology industry, foster opportunities for enhanced employability, improve income-earning opportunities and increase opportunities for entrepreneurship&ndash;all of which are important drivers for inclusive growth for CDB&rsquo;s Borrowing Member Countries.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The selection process for the 2017 edition of CTEP will take place during the period February 11 &ndash; 15 and the successful entrepreneurs and start-ups for the specific tracks will be announced on February 20.<br /> <br /> CDB said the incubation programme will run from March 1 &ndash; May 31, 2017. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592510/caribbean-development-bank-logo_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 3:28 PM Jamaican, 2 Canadians on drug charges in Bermuda http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaican--2-Canadians-on-drug-charges-in-Bermuda HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) &mdash; A 33-year-old Jamaican man appeared in a Magistrate&rsquo;s Court Monday on a count of conspiring with others to supply the controlled drug, Fentanyl.<br /> <br /> Maurice Martin was not required to enter a plea in relation to the charge that between an unknown date and December 20, he conspired with two Canadians to supply 256 grams of the drug.<br /> <br /> He was released on US$150,000 bail with a surety, on condition he surrenders all travel documents and reports to the Hamilton Police Station on a daily basis.<br /> <br /> Legal sources said he is expected to appear before the Supreme Court in March.<br /> <br /> Two Canadians &mdash; Jacqueline Robinson, 25, from Courtice, Ontario, and Craig Lawrence, 35, from Markham, Ontario &mdash; have already been charged in connection with the same incident.<br /> <br /> Both Robinson and Lawrence are charged with conspiring to import the controlled drug, while Lawrence was further charged with possessing Fentanyl on December 20 with intent to supply.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592457/Gavel-hand_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 2:51 PM Trump moves to pull US out of Pacific-Rim trade deal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trump-moves-to-pull-US-out-of-Pacific-Rim-trade-deal WASHINGTON, United States (AP) &mdash; President Donald Trump moved to pull the United States out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact Monday, dealing a quick blow to Barack Obama's legacy as the new chief executive began fulfilling campaign promises in his first full week in office.<br /> <br /> "Great thing for the American worker that we just did," Trump said in brief remarks as he signed a notice in the Oval Office.<br /> <br /> The president also signed memorandums freezing most federal government hiring, though he noted an exception for the military, and reinstating a ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option. The regulation, known as the "Mexico City Policy," has been a political volleyball, instituted by Republican administrations and rescinded by Democratic ones since 1984.<br /> <br /> Following a tumultuous first weekend in office &mdash; consumed by Trump's criticism of the media's inauguration coverage and his spokesman's angry, inaccurate tirade against journalists &mdash; the president was seeking to refocus on the sweeping, yet often vague, promises he made as a candidate. He campaigned as a fierce opponent of multilateral trade agreements, particularly the 12-nation Pacific Rim deal.<br /> <br /> The deal was the cornerstone of Obama's attempt to counter China's influence in Asia. The Obama administration laboured for years to finalize TPP. But Obama's own Democratic Party was skeptical of the pact, and the former president never sent it to Congress for ratification.<br /> <br /> As Trump pressed forward with executive actions, a legal watchdog group filed a lawsuit alleging he is violating the so-called emoluments clause in the Constitution by allowing his business to accept payments from foreign governments. The liberal-funded watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics says the clause prohibits Trump from receiving money from diplomats for stays at his hotels or from foreign governments for leases of office space in his buildings.<br /> <br /> Asked about the suit, Trump said it was "totally without merit."<br /> <br /> The president was spending much of the day reaching out to lawmakers and others with a stake in his economic policies. Congressional leaders from both parties were attending an evening reception at the White House. The president was also scheduled to meet with union leaders and workers.<br /> <br /> He began the day huddling with business leaders. He warned that he would impose a "substantial border tax" on companies that move their manufacturing out of the United States. He also promised tax advantages to companies that produce products domestically.<br /> <br /> "All you have to do is stay," he said during a meeting in the White House's Roosevelt Room.<br /> <br /> Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin were among the executives who attended the meeting. The gathering kicked off a jam-packed day for the new president, including an evening reception with lawmakers from both parties and a sit-down with union leaders.<br /> <br /> Trump ran for office pledging to overhaul US trade policy, arguing that massive free-trade agreements have disadvantaged American workers. Since winning the White House, he's aggressively called out companies that have moved factories overseas, vowing to slap taxes on products they then try to sell in the US<br /> <br /> "Some people say that's not free trade, but we don't have free trade now," Trump said Monday.<br /> <br /> The president also reiterated his campaign pledge to lower taxes for companies, as well as the middle class, "anywhere from 15 to 25 per cent," although Trump has not been clear on how he intends to make up for the lost tax revenue. He also called for cutting 75 per cent of federal regulations &mdash; and insisted that doing so would not compromise worker safety.<br /> <br /> Monday's developments came after a first weekend in the White House that included Trump lambasting news organizations for correctly reporting on the size of the crowds at his inauguration and mass protests against his presidency on the following day.<br /> <br /> Spokesman Sean Spicer was dispatched to the White House briefing room Saturday to reinforce the message, though his remarks included several inaccuracies, including a claim that floor coverings were used on the National Mall for the first time, accentuating empty spaces. Coverings were also used during Obama's 2013 inauguration.<br /> <br /> In his first days in office, Trump has been reaching out to several world leaders, including a call Monday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. On Sunday, the president spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who accepted an invitation to visit the White House in early February. The prime minister said he is hoping to forge a "common vision" with the newly inaugurated US president that could include expanded Israeli settlement construction and a tougher policy toward Iran.<br /> <br /> Trump also announced that he's set up meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose countries are partners with the US in the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump has vowed to renegotiate the terms of that pact.<br /> <br /> "We're going to start some negotiations having to do with NAFTA," he said of his meeting with Pena Nieto.<br /> <br /> Later in the week, he'll address congressional Republicans at their retreat in Philadelphia and meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592433/trump-pac_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 2:38 PM PHOTOS: Truck overturns on Slipe Road http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTOS--Truck-overturns-on-Slipe-Road http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592396/TRUCK1_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 2:22 PM Former Moravian president and VP arrested in sex scandal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Former-Moravian-president-and-VP-arrested-in-sex-scandal KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Former Moravian President Paul Gardner and his deputy Jermaine Gibson have been both arrested and charged with carnal abuse and indecent assault.<br /> <br /> The attorney-at-law representing the men told OBSERVER ONLINE that his clients said the accusations are being done &ldquo;out of sheer malice, with the intention of destroying their good name.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The attorney said that the men&rsquo;s arrest is &ldquo;based on vile, malicious and tenuous allegations&rdquo; adding that based on allegations &ldquo;the available evidence is riddled with inconsistencies and is bereft of credibility, cogency or corroboration."<br /> <br /> &ldquo;[Our] clients are steadfast in their declarations of innocence and having regard to the circumstances we have been instructed to file suit for defamation, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment,&rdquo; the attorney&rsquo;s law firm said in a statement Monday.<br /> <br /> Gardner resigned as Moravian Church president in the wake of allegations against a St Elizabeth preacher who was reportedly found by the police in &ldquo;a compromising position&rdquo; with a 15-year-old girl. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592290/Paul-Gardner_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 1:23 PM Elder Bush out of intensive care, wife Barbara discharged http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Elder-Bush-out-of-intensive-care--wife-Barbara-discharged CHICAGO, United States (AFP) &mdash; Former US President George H W Bush has been transferred out of intensive care and could be released from the hospital Friday or over the weekend, doctors said on Monday. <br /> <br /> His wife and former first lady Barbara Bush was discharged from the hospital, Bush physicians Amy Mynderse and Clint Doerr said. <br /> <br /> The former first couple were admitted to Houston Methodist hospital on Wednesday. The 41st president, who is 92, was suffering from bacterial pneumonia, while Barbara Bush, 91, had viral bronchitis, doctors said. <br /> <br /> The former president was intubated for 48 hours to aid with his breathing. He is now breathing on his own. <br /> <br /> "He is sitting up, watching TV, and is waiting anxiously for his favourite oyster stew for lunch," Doerr  said. "He's on minimal oxygen, joking and laughing with the nurses and doctors." <br /> <br /> Full recovery for the couple will take another week or two, according to the physicians. <br /> <br /> "X-rays continue to improve, so no obvious re-accumulation of material in his airways that would then again put him behind the eight-ball," Doerr said, adding that the former president will need a "fairly aggressive combination of breathing medications. We'll finish off a full course of antibiotics as well." <br /> <br /> The Parkinson's disease which has left the former president in a wheelchair played a minimal role in his illness, doctors said. <br /> <br /> Barbara Bush, who was admitted to the hospital as a precaution, was discharged, but was to return later in the day to remain by her husband's bedside. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592204/Bushes-1_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 12:58 PM FIFA going to Kremlin for World Cup draw in December http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/FIFA-going-to-Kremlin-for-World-Cup-draw-in-December ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) &mdash; FIFA says it will stage the 2018 World Cup draw on December 1 at a Kremlin concert hall in Moscow.<br /> <br /> Russian President Vladimir Putin has been allowing FIFA to use high-profile venues for World Cup ceremonies.<br /> <br /> In July 2015, the qualifying programme draw was made on the grounds of one of Putin's official residences, Konstantin Palace near St Petersburg. The summer was home built at the direction of Peter the Great.<br /> <br /> The World Cup in Russia kicks off on June 14 at Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital, and returns there for the final on July 15.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592135/Kremlin-2_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 12:45 PM Man bites ear off another during argument about Trump http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-bites-ear-off-another-during-argument-about-Trump PENNSYLVANIA, United States (AP) &mdash; Police say a man bit the ear off another man in Pittsburgh as they argued about President Donald Trump.<br /> <br /> The 30-year-old victim was bitten at his apartment at around 6:45 am Monday in the city's East Liberty neighbourhood after an argument turned physical. He ran to a gas station for help.<br /> <br /> Police spokeswoman Emily Schaffer says she isn't able to say whether the victim supported Trump or opposed him.<br /> <br /> The victim's ear was recovered by police in the apartment. Police say he was taken to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in stable condition.<br /> <br /> Police say they know who bit the man's ear and are searching for him. They wouldn't give his name. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592127/donald-trump_w504-5_w300.jpg Local News Monday, January 23, 2017 12:28 PM