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Sagicor counters politicians’ flooding claims

Trey Grandison shovels silt and sand from a drain in Mineral Heights while Tivon Howell patiently waits to take the sludge to a nearby field. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Sagicor yesterday provided building approval numbers for its Millennium Mall in Mineral Heights, Clarendon, as it countered statements made by two politicians implicating the company in the severe flooding in that area over the weekend. “Sagicor sought and received approval from the National ... Read More

Guard dies in St Mary crash; students among six injured
SECURITY guard Patrick Wallace, 33, was killed yesterday in an accident on the Boscobel Main road in ... Read More

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie  McKenzie to update House today on weekend flooding
MINISTER of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie will make a statement in the ... Read More

Gavel Cop accused of St Thomas contract-style killing for court Friday
THE policeman who was charged jointly with two other men in the alleged contract-style killing of 33 ... Read More

Review of Sexual Offences Act resumes Tuesday

With Balford Henry | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

The Joint Select Committee (JSC), which has been completing the review of the Sexual Offences Acts, will resume meeting on Tuesday morning at Gordon House. The new JSC was established in December 2016 by the Government, with current chairman being Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck, replacing his predecessor Senator Mark Golding. It has met twice, including in February when Police Superintendent Enid Ross-Stewart, head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), ... Read More

The amazing Collie Smith of Trench Town

BY PAUL BUCHANAN | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

SMITH ... lived at Albert Street, Trench Town

(In continuing our series of serialising of sections of the book Jones Town Trench Town The Journey Back written by former Jamaica cricketer, economist and politician Paul Buchanan, today we carry a piece on the legendary former Boys’ Town, Kingston College, Jamaica, and West Indies cricketer O’Neil Gordon “Collie” Smith. The article also coincides with the Test cricket match being played at Sabina Park, a ground on which he scored heavily, now tking place between the Wes ... Read More

Remedying ageing eyes

with Michelle Vernon | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Aesthetician says her clients’ top concerns are crow’s feet and wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, crepe-like lids, and undereye bags. (Photo: AFP)

We have heard the saying “the eyes are the windows to your soul” before, and if that is the case, it should be one of our most beautiful features. That’s why, as an aesthetician, my clients’ top concerns are crow’s feet and wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, crepe-like lids, and undereye bags. The eyes are usually the first to show signs of stress, fatigue and age. Whilst the skin is more delicate and presents its fair share of challenges, it presents the opportuni ... Read More

Photo: A lonely man in the stand

Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Cricket fan Kenneth Wilson, aged 75, is a lonely figure in the George Headley Stand at Sabina Park yesterday as rain severely limited play on the second day of the 50th cricket Test match between the West Indies and Pakistan. The match is also the 50th Test being played at Sabina Park. (Garfield Robinson)

Cricket fan Kenneth Wilson, aged 75, is a lonely figure in the George Headley Stand at Sabina Park yesterday as rain severely limited play on the second day of the 50th cricket Test match between the West Indies and Pakistan. The match is also the 50th Test being played at Sabina Park. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Read More

How does smoking affect your feet?

Angela Davis | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Photo: AFP

When most people think about the effects of smoking, they think of lung cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma. We tend not to consider the toll it can take on other parts of the body, and certainly do not think about the feet. However, smoking can have a very serious and grave effect. Smoking causes blood vessels in the body to become “sticky” from the chemicals contained in the tobacco such as tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide. These cause fatty ... Read More

Sickle cell disease: Why should I care?

Prof Jennifer Knight-Madden | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Magnified sickle cells.

Do you know your sickle cell trait status? Are you at risk of having a child or grandchild with sickle cell disease (SCD)? Ten per cent of all Jamaicans have the sickle cell trait (SCT), only one-third of those are aware that they have the trait, and fewer know what it means to them. Many people are shocked when they have a child with SCD — they either did not know that they had the trait, or didn’t understand the associated risks. If they have a child with a partner who also has ... Read More

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Dr Ashish Sarangi | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

When teaching a child with ADHD in a classroom setting, seat the student away from windows and the door. (Photo: AFP)

A significant number of children and adults suffer from a disorder characterised by features such as hyperactivity, inability to sit still, easy distractibility, and inattentiveness known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is our responsibility as clinicians and mental health professionals to sensitise the population to the perils of this disorder going untreated in the vulnerable childhood population. ADHD is among the top most commonly diagnosed childhood psychiatric disor ... Read More

Kohler Opens Shop on the rock

Sunday, April 23, 2017    

The family-owned, 140-year-old Kohler company, which now has an official partner and showroom space in Jamaica, is the leading plumbing company in the United States, with an estimated revenue of US$6 billion last year. (NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

An iridescent purple glow vividly contrasted against the white Kohler-branded building on Constant Spring Road last Thursday evening, drawing immediate attention from motorists in the slow-moving traffic on the busy city thoroughfare. The night-time display signalled the preview opening of the Kohler showroom in St Andrew for an intimate grouping of architects, realtors, hardware owners, project developers, and others. The showroom is housed adjacent to Tile City and Home Centre, owned by the ... Read More

Loud noise and your health

BY DENIESE BADROE | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Loud noise affects people’s health by causing stress and eventually leading to hearing loss.

“Beautiful Noise”, the song performed by Neil Diamond in the ‘70s, opined about “the songs of the cars on their furious flights”. In those days relatively empty streets would have cars just whoosh by harmlessly. Statistics now show that the number of cars on the streets has tripled since then and the noise that Neil Diamond sang about is no longer beautiful. In fact, instead of a whoosh, cars and motor vehicles in general are now a cacophony of deafening sounds wi ... Read More

Stop wasting time with Jamaica’s ganja, Canadian urges

BY JEDIAEL CARTER Staff reporter carterj@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Anton Mattadeen address the re-launch and re-branding forum of the Ganja Growers and Producers Association at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Thursday..

A Canadian entrepreneur has urged Jamaican authorities to act swiftly to ensure that Jamaica becomes a part of the $100-billion-worth cannabis industry, arguing that the association between ganja and Brand Jamaica is long-standing. Anton Mattadeen, chief executive officer of RISE International — a marijuana research company — addressed growers and some parliamentarians as guest speaker of the relaunch and rebranding of the Ganja Growers and Producers Association at the Jamaica Conf ... Read More



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