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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

McKenzie urges funeral directors to improve life of the business

BY JAVENE SKYERS Staff reporter skyersj@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 16, 2017    

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie and Ingrid Chambers, CEO of the United Church Mission Enterprises, the entity under which Meadowrest Memorial Gardens falls, are all smiles during the annual Meadowrest Memorial Gardens appreciation function for funeral directors at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. (Bryan Cummings)

Funeral directors have been charged by Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie to take a stand and restore dignity to the funeral process as he said the absence of dignity, among other factors, had been negatively contributing to the decline of what was once considered a sacred and revered business. McKenzie was speaking at the Meadowrest Memorial Gardens’ annual appreciation function for funeral directors at the Knutsford Court Hotel last week. Funeral dir ... Read More

The tobacco & oral cancer connection

by Dr Sharon Robinson | Sunday, April 16, 2017    

Cigarettes are made from dried tobacco leaves to which ingredients are added for flavour. (Photo: AFP)

In the next hour, 50 people will die because of tobacco. Tobacco is a risk factor for some 25 diseases, and while its effects on health are well known, the scale of its impact on global disease may not be fully appreciated. Tobacco use as a risk factor is expected to make a greater claim on health than any single disease. Studies indicate that there is a definitive link between the use of tobacco products and the development of oral cancer. Tobacco products, heavy use of alcohol, and particul ... Read More

Chinese Cemetery moving with technology

BY RACQUEL PORTER Staff reporter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 16, 2017    

These children are among those observing the Gah Sah practice recently at the Chinese Cemetery on Waltham Park Road in Kingston. (Lionel Rookwood)

People tend to have difficulty locating their deceased relatives buried in cemeteries across the island, but for the Jamaican Chinese that is not a problem. In fact, the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) launched a cemetery web gallery roughly two years ago. The gallery allows Chinese relatives to locate their ancestors who were buried at the Chinese Cemetery on Waltham Park Road in Kingston free of cost. With the use of the Internet, Chinese descendants can view and locate the graves from ... Read More

Holy season just not like what it used to be for many Jamaicans

BY JEDIAEL CARTER Staff reporter carterj@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 16, 2017    

A mock crucifixion in Kingston (Antonio Graham)

It is not hard for one to see that the Easter holiday in Jamaica is not as religious and sacred as it once was. Practices that were once unholy and unthinkable have now become the norm, as some Jamaicans no longer view Easter as the time to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The holiday which constitutes, Good Friday (Jesus’ crucifixion day), Easter Sunday (day of resurrection) and Easter Monday, is the longest holiday weekend in Jamaica. Instead of indulging in tr ... Read More

Blind chef does wonders in the kitchen

BY RENAE DIXON Staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 16, 2017    

BENNETT... said he was turned down for a NHT house because an employee insisted that he could not be a chef as he was blind (Renae Dixon)

Chef Devon Bennett, popularly known as “Yellow”, may be visually impaired, but he is nothing short of creative in the kitchen. The commis chef at the Cardiff Hotel and Spa in Runaway Bay surprises many that he is able to work wonders in the kitchen by creating tasty and attractive dishes in spite of his visual challenges. Bennett was born blind and remained blind for 10 years before getting a five per cent vision in his right eye at age 11. Soon after, he got a 10 per cent vision ... Read More

#CariftaGames: Wills strikes triple jump gold for Jamaica

Sunday, April 16, 2017 4:43 PM    

Safin Wills wins the U 18 Triple Jump gold with a leap of 15.11m. (Photo: Collin Reid)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica is steadily stacking up medals on day two of the 46th FLOW CARIFTA Games in Curacao with the latest medal emerging from the boys’ Under-18 triple jump. Saffin Wills jumped to gold with a leap of 15.11m, which was hard for the other competitors to meet let alone surpass. To round up the top three the Barbadian Johnathan Miller copped silver with 14.85m and Antiguan Taeco Ogarro was third with 14.56m. Wills’ teammate Terrol Wilson was fourth, with a ... Read More

#CariftaGames: Walker wins 400mH in record time as Jamaica takes 8 more medals 

Sunday, April 16, 2017 4:20 PM    

Ronaldo Griffiths won gold at the 46th Carifta games in a time of 52.01s with teammate Timor Barrett in second with a time of 52.32s (Photo: Collin Reid)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Perennial champions Jamaica have added eight medals to their current standings when they captured three golds in four 400 metre hurdles events at the 46th FLOW CARIFTA Games in Curacao. In the girls’ Under-18 event, Jamaica’s Sanique Walker and Taffara Rose were first and second in a time of 58.95 seconds and 1:00.95 seconds, respectively. Walker won the event in record time,beating the old record of 59.50s set by Shiann Salmon of Jamaica in 2016. Nicolee ... Read More

Pakistan 63-2 at Tea v WI President XI

Sunday, April 16, 2017 4:18 PM    

TRELAWNY, Jamaica — Pakistan were 63-2 replying to West Indies President's XI 419 all out at tea on day two of their three-day game at Trelawny Stadium here Sunday. Opener Ahmed Shehzad, 26 not out, and Younis Khan, on 6, are to resume after the tea break. Left-handed opener Shan Masood (14) and Azhar Ali (4) are the batsmen out. Fast bowler Keon Joseph has so far taken 1-19 and the left-arm medium pacer Raymon Reifer has 1-6. Read More

British MPs call for Assad's wife to lose citizenship

Sunday, April 16, 2017 3:47 PM    

A handout picture released by the Syrian presidency's press office shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during an interview with AFP in the capital Damascus, on April 12, 2017 (Photo:  AFP)

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — UK lawmakers are calling on the government to strip Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife of her British citizenship, for supporting her husband's regime during the country's ongoing war. The Liberal Democrats' foreign affairs spokesman, MP Tom Brake, on Sunday accused Assad of using her international profile to defend "a barbarous regime". "(Foreign Secretary) Boris Johnson has urged other countries to do more about Syria, but the British government coul ... Read More

Bartlett to promote Jamaica at World Travel and Tourism Summit

Sunday, April 16, 2017 3:30 PM    

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett (Photo: JIS)

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett will be among a list of influential speakers at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 17th Global Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on April 27. The impressive line-up also includes: former British Prime Minister, David Cameron; United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai; United States Travel Association President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Roger Dow; AirAsia CEO, Tony Fernan ... Read More



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