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

Old guard rallies around newcomer Macron for French run-off

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

In this photo combination, French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron (left) waves before he addresses his supporters at his election day headquarters in Paris on Sunday, and far-right candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen waves at supporters after she delivers a speech during a meeting in Bordeaux, southwestern France. (Photos: AP)

PARIS, France (AP) — France’s established parties are rallying around the man who helped shut them out of the presidential run-off, maverick centrist Emmanuel Macron — an alliance of convenience aimed at keeping far-right Marine Le Pen out of the Elysee Palace. Support for Macron also poured in yesterday from the seat of the European Union, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Jewish and Muslim groups troubled by Le Pen’s nationalist vision. European stock mar ... Read More

Two killed as heavy rains batter Haiti’s south

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

In this Sunday, October 9, 2016 photo, Cholera Marie Louse Valentin weeps in front of her home shattered by Hurricane Matthew in Morne la Source, Haiti. Given President Donald Trump’s hard line on illegal immigration, Haitians are afraid that a special status that allowed some 58,000 Haitians to stay in the United States as their nation recovered from a devastating 2010 earthquake may not be renewed. The 7.0-magnitude quake, which struck on January 12, 2010, killed an estimated 300,000 Haitians and left large swaths of Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities in rubble. Haiti, which is also still trying to recuperate from Hurricane Matthew, that tore through southern Haiti last October and left more than 900 people dead and US$2.8 billion in damage, was hit by flooding following heavy rains on the weekend. (Photo: AP)

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — At least two people were killed and several houses destroyed as heavy rains associated with two surface troughs battered the south of this Caribbean Community country for the past three days. The Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) said the rains, which also affected south-west Cuba and Jamaica, caused widespread flooding and the collapse of several bridges, and caused damage to the agricultural and livestock sectors. Many homes, especially in the city of ... Read More

Several specialists for Safeguarding Children Conference

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

Betty-Ann Blaine, child advocate and founder of HTCC (file photo)

INFLEUNTIAL local and overseas specialists in children’s welfare will be among participants in next month’s Third Annual Safeguarding Children Conference at the Shaw Park Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios, St Ann. The specialists include former chairman of the Early Childhood Commission, Dr Maureen Samms Vaughn; Betty Ann Blaine of Hear the Children’s Cry; former head of the Child Development Agency, Carla Francis Edie; Dr Travis Bristol of Boston University; director of the Victoria ... Read More

Cops foil attack on police station

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Hayes Police Station where gunmen attempted an attack early yesterday morning. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

AN attempt by gunmen yesterday to carry out an early morning attack on Hayes Police Station in north-west Clarendon was foiled by the quick action of cops there. The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) reported that a motor vehicle drove on to the compound with three men on-board about 3:00 am. The CCU said two of the men exited the vehicle brandishing firearms, but were fired upon by police who were on duty there. The men reportedly retreated and escaped in ... Read More

Grange defends Jamaica 55 celebrations

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Olivia Grange

MINISTER of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia “Babsy” Grange is defending Government’s position on the staging of Jamaica 55 celebrations amid a slew of questions and concerns raised by her Opposition counterpart Lisa Hanna. Hanna, in her Sectoral Debate contribution to Parliament earlier this month, insisted that Grange had embarked on a “culture of extravagance”, noting that the ministry’s budgetary allocation for the financial year 2017/201 ... Read More

Ja needs to discard narrow-minded politics, says Phillips

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Daedrian Robinson, incoming vice-president of UTech Visions, presents Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips with a plaque last Thursday.

Jamaica needs better politics to rebuild trust and not one rooted in tribal divisiveness where State funds are used to advance narrow political views instead of to develop holistic measures to solve our problems, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips told University of Technology Jamaica (UTech) students last Thursday. According to Phillips, for Jamaica to grow and prosper in the 21st century, it has to get rid of the narrow-minded, self-serving style of politics. Phillips was speaking at the f ... Read More

Government commended by ICAO regional office

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Photo: JIS

The newly constructed Air Traffic Control Tower at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay which is expected to be commissioned into service before the end of the year. In the background is the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority’s Norwood Radar Station. The Government has been commended by the regional office of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for supporting the modernisation and upgrade of Jamaica’s air navigation system. “Jamaica has proven that ... Read More

Flood disaster

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter | Monday, April 24, 2017    

The extent of the flooding is seen at the New Apostolic Church in Clarendon yesterday. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Heavy, persistent rain caused by a trough in the vicinity of Jamaica over the weekend brought disaster to sections of south-east Clarendon Saturday. Yesterday, when the Jamaica Observer visited the communities of Mineral Heights, 19 Miles/Palmetto Pen, Palmer’s Cross, Swansea and Toll Gate, evidence of extensive flooding could be seen by virtue of water marks on the walls of houses, opened vehicles, mattress and other furniture and appliances strewn on lawns, along with clothing hung out ... Read More

Saved by the grace of God

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter | Monday, April 24, 2017    

Henry Blair (left) describes how he had to think quickly to go to the trap door in the roof, while his son Duane, who was also trapped in the flooded house, listens. (Michael Gordon)

HENRY Blair and his family are giving God thanks for life today as he narrowly escaped death on Saturday when flood waters swept through his house in 19 Miles/Palmetto Pen, Clarendon. When the Jamaica Observer visited the parish yesterday to get a first-hand glimpse of the damage caused by the heavy rain, Blair, 67, wept openly while expressing gratitude to the two divers from the community who rescued him and his son after they climbed through the trap door in the roof to escape the water whic ... Read More

JTA pays homage to history at Mizpah Primary

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Mizpah Primary is of special significance to teachers and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Members of the teachers’ union, Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), gathered in their numbers at the Mizpah Primary School in Walderston, northern Manchester, earlier this month for their Founders Day ceremony. As explained by Byron Farquharson, secretary general of the JTA, Mizpah Primary is of special significance to teachers since it was there that the Jamaica Union of Teachers (JUT) was established way back in 1894. In 1964 the JUT and severa ... Read More



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