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WITH the country way below the target required to adequately supply the blood needs and an expected spike in the number of trauma cases for the fast-approaching festive season, the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) on Friday launched a programme geared towards developing a culture of voluntary blood donation among young people.
KNOWING your blood type could, quite possibly, be the deciding factor between surviving a major trauma and dying.
WHEN one person donates blood, this "simple act" can save up to four lives. This is the word from Blood Donor Organiser at the National Blood Transfusion (NBTS) Igol Allen, who told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that donating blood is equivalent to saving a life.
A story on developments at the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) in the November 24, 2013 edition of the Sunday Observer reported HAJ board chair Maureen Webber as saying that Human Resource Manager Donna McNaughton is leaving the HAJ because she is losing her sight.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Several Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders were expected to leave the region yesterday for South Africa to attend the funeral of the country's first black president and anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — A senior official of the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat said yesterday that it was time for the region to confront head-on the scourge of sexual abuse of children.
NOTED attorney Hugh Wildman, a former state prosecutor in Grenada and liquidator for the controversial Cash Plus scheme, has joined the prosecution team at the ATL Pensions fraud trial which resumed yesterday in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, Half-Way-Tree.
THE prosecution's star witness in the murder trial of entertainer Adidja Palmer, better known as Vybz Kartel, and four other men in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston will be recalled to the witness stand.
THE Government has received approximately $6.8 billion (¤48.134 million) in budgetary support from the European Union (EU), which will assist in the implementation of various development programmes.
JAMAICAN vocalist Tessanne Chin delivered another of her signature powerhouse performances last night as she sought to earn one of the three spots in next Tuesday's finals of NBC's televised talent show The Voice.
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — A moment of silence was recognised for the late Nelson Mandela, icon of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, during Sunday's staging of the Annual National Prayer Vigil in St Elizabeth.
OUTGOING executive director of rights group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) Dr Carolyn Gomes is calling for answers to why more people are dying in police lockups.
THE House of Representatives will today debate two more Bills related to the Government's growth-enhancing structural reforms under the Extended Fund Facility agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) affiliated Jamaica Institute of Political Education (JIPE) last Thursday presented a booklet titled "Tribute to Edward Seaga" to the former prime minister at his office at University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. The booklet is a compilation of tributes made at a special joint sitting of Parliament on October 9, 2012, as one of the events planned in commemorating Jamaica's 50th year of Independence. Pictured (from left) at the presentation are: PR executive Beverly Hirst; political historian Troy Caine; Former Jamaica Ambassador to the United Nations Probyn Marsh; JIPE aide Margaret Collins; Former Prime Minister Seaga; Claire McPherson; and former senator Joseph McPherson. Standing at the back is Delano Seiveright, a former G2K President.
This man escaped with only minor injuries yesterday when his van got out of control and ran off the Dyke Road, in the vicinity of Jamworld Entertainment Centre in Portmore, St Catherine.
LUCEA, Hanover — President of the Court of Appeal Justice Seymour Panton has expressed the need for a code of conduct to be established to facilitate media coverage of live court proceedings.
Ukrainian riot police displace Pro-European Union activists from the Ukrainian Government buildings in Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday. Hundreds of police in full riot gear flooded into the centre of Kiev as mass anti-government protests gripped the Ukrainian capital for yet another week, raising fears of an imminent crackdown.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Along a street lined with walled mansions shaded by graceful jacaranda trees, mourners, black and white, by the thousands rubbed shoulders yesterday outside the villa where Nelson Mandela died, placing flower bouquets and condolence notes on top of piles already knee-high. Others danced while singing praise for the anti-apartheid leader -- a vivid example of the "Rainbow Nation" unity of race-blind multiculturalism championed by Mandela for South Africa.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Former US President Bill Clinton, currently on a visit to Rio de Janeiro, said he opposes economic espionage on Washington's allies such as Brazil.
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Desperate to defuse Thailand's deepening political crisis, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved Parliament's lower house yesterday and called early elections. But protesters seeking to topple her vowed to carry on their fight, saying they cannot win the polls because of corruption.