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IN JAMAICA: 12,000 jobs for St Thomas Urban Development Corporation (UDC) Dr Damian Graham says, FCJ to play major role in Morant Bay redevelopment project

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com  Tuesday, June 20, 2017

GENERAL Manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) Dr Damian Graham says that some 12,000 new Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) jobs are to be created in Morant Bay, St Thomas.
General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation
Dr Damian Graham responds to a question at yesterday’s Jamaica
Observer Monday Exchange at the newspaper’s head office on
Beechwood Avenue in Kingston. (Photo: Antonio Graham) 
Dr Graham said that the planned establishment of a new town centre for Morant Bay, on the premises of the old Goodyear tyre factory, which has been closed for some 20 years, will not only allow for the BPO expansion, but also housing and educational facilities.
“Persons can't be travelling from Papine to get to Morant Bay in order to work and live, and so we are doing the planning that will help to support that 25-acre project becoming a success,” he added.
Dr Graham said that the UDC has been having discussions with the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) on the proposal for the creation of the new urban centre, as part of the redevelopment of the St Thomas capital.
“We have been doing the master planning for the Morant Bay redevelopment and we will be sharing that as soon as we are complete, at least with the high-level plans,” he said.
However, he said that the project would not be confined to the Goodyear lands, as it will be displacing businesses within a town that currently spans some 200 acres and fitting them into a 25-acre premises at the old Goodyear plant.
“That's going to be massive,” the UDC boss said, as he spoke to Jamaica Observer editors and reporters at the newspaper's Monday Exchange at its Beechwood Avenue head office in Kingston. more

CASTOR OIL — Jamaican black gold.... Producer argues that country is losing out...missing out on billions of dollars internationally.

By Javene Skyers  Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lindo's castor oil is produced under the
 brand Outa Earth and is sold locally
 as well as internationally. (Photo: Shirley Lindo) 
Most business people, while they may work late into the night, will get the chance to catch a few hours of sleep in their beds or even at a desk.
Shirley Lindo, however, spends her late nights next to a large boiling pot containing a product that has been a hidden jewel on the market — Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
The product, made from the oil nut bean, although a powerful laxative, is also sought after for haircare and skincare.
Lindo, along with her husband, has been producing castor oil for over 20 years. They operate their factory on their home property just outside of Spanish Town, St Catherine, nestled on a part of the Bernard Lodge Estate.
Lindo scrapes the bottom of the
pot to ensure that the oil is not
burned during the boiling process.
Photo: Lionel Rookwood) 
The factory, which was built by the castor oil enthusiasts a few years ago, has a drying house as well as a specially constructed exterior building to facilitate the arduous process of boiling the castor oil.
Oil produced by Lindo is labelled “Outa Earth (Processors Limited)” and is certified by the Bureau of Standards with the 'Jamaican Made' mark, approving the authenticity and quality of the product.
“Our label Outa Earth doesn't bottle black castor oil, when I say black, … it is black castor oil by the process, but we don't put black castor oil on the shelf, our castor oil is a medium dark or the light one, which people request,” Lindo explained, while stirring a bubbling pot of oil. more

Georgia Special Election Seen As Last, Best Chance To Stop Trumpcare Opponents are alarmed that the health care issue has fallen off the front page. A win Tuesday for Democrat Jon Ossoff could change that.

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Democratic nominee, Jon Ossoff
WASHINGTON ― Health care reform activists have grown dour as signs from Capitol Hill suggest increasing chances for the passage of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. Faced with a once seemingly far-fetched possibility, they have begun pinning their hopes on an external event that would effectively apply the brakes to the legislative process. Tuesday presents their best chance of that.
The special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is already one of the most hotly contested and absurdly expensive contests in congressional history. Now, those hoping to put off Obamacare’s demise are gearing up to use a potential win by the Democratic nominee, Jon Ossoff, as a means of spooking recalcitrant Republicans into inaction.
“It could at least give them pause that there will be a bigger backlash than they even thought and that they should rethink this huge bill,” is how one top health care reform advocate put it.
With Senate Republicans reportedly planning to vote on their health care bill as early as next week, opponents see few other options than to convince moderate Republicans to balk. Senate Democrats have planned various parliamentary and procedural maneuvers to slow down the legislative process. But, ultimately, there is little, if anything, they can do to stop a vote.

THE OASIS INVENTION :This 10-Year-Old, Bishop Curry, Is Creating A Device To Prevent Infants From Dying In Hot Cars...His patent should be here within the year.

Bishop Curry, 10 y-o inventor
 By Zahara Hill of Huffpost 6/20/17 
After Bishop Curry heard his neighbor’s 6-month-old infant died from being in an overheated car, he decided to create a life-saving device to prevent incidents like this from reoccurring ― as any responsible 10-year-old would.
“It kind of came in my head,” Bishop told HuffPost of his device, the Oasis. The Oasis would respond to rising temperatures by emitting cool air and use an antenna to signal parents and authorities. At the moment, Bishop only has a 3-D clay model of the device, but his father, Bishop Curry IV, began a GoFundMe campaign for the Oasis in January.
“I got lots of help from my parents,” Bishop said. 
Attorneys advised the family that the minimum amount they’d need for prototyping and manufacturing fees, as well as a patent for the device, is $20,000. 
The GoFundMe campaign has already exceeded that $20,000 goal and, as of Monday, has raised over $23,700. Bishop, who will begin sixth grade in the fall, told Fox News last week that in addition to his parents, his classmates and friends are fully behind him on his projects. 
“They want to work for me,” he said. 
Last June, CNN reported that the number of hot-car deaths had nearly tripled compared to the same time in 2015, which had 24 hot-car deaths in total.
When Curry grows up, he wants to center his career around inventions, including a time machine. 

IN JAMAICA, WOMAN'S BODY FOUND (WESTMORELAND) : INDECOM to probe the death of 21-year-old Shantel Wright, probing canefield discovery of victim said to be last seen with a policeman

WRIGHT... was last seen in the company of a policeman 
BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com  Sunday, June 18, 2017

LITTLE LONDON, Westmoreland — Angry residents of this Western Westmoreland town yesterday disrupted normal activities on the road leading to the popular tourist town of Negril to protest the death of a female employee of the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station, whose body was found in a canefield.
The woman's relatives and other community members, who mounted the roadblock, alleged that Wright was last seen alive in the company of a senior police officer, who is stationed in Westmoreland, and called for the senior officer to answer certain questions.
“He has to be interrogated,” one female protester demanded.
Later the protesters heard that the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) had stepped in to probe the death of 21-year-old Shantel Wright who went missing last Wednesday night, before her body was found a short distance from her home late Friday evening.
“A report was made of a missing young lady in the form of Shantel Wright. Shantel Wright's body was discovered yesterday (Friday ) in a canefield in Little London, Westmoreland. INDECOM received information after the discovery that a police officer had information that could assist with an investigation,” Errol Chattoo, director of complaints, INDECOM, Western Region, told the Jamaica Observer.
A policeman looks on as protesters
block the Little London main road
in Westmoreland yesterday.
(Photo: Philp Lemonte) 
WRIGHT, a member of the administrative
support staff of the
Savanna-la-Mar Police Station 
According to family members, Wright, who is employed as a member of the administrative staff at the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station, was at a party hosted by her mother at a small shop in the community Wednesday night.
About 11:30 pm she decided to leave the party and was said to be driven home by the lawman, a short distance from where the entertainment event was hosted. “Her mother had a party Wednesday night. He (cop) took her home and he was the last person seen with her. They called at work and was told she is not at work. So we put out an alarm and launched a search with the assistance of the Little London Police,” claimed distraught cousin of the deceased Dorette Williams.
Wright's aunt, Sonia Williams, concurred.
People of Little London in
Westmoreland protest the
death of Shantel Wright yesterday.
(Photo: Philp Lemonte) 
“Around 11:30 pm she said she wanted to get a rest to go to work early in the morning. From the policeman took her home, no more. She has not been seen or heard from. He's the last person she was seen with.”
Chattoo is appealing to persons with information that can assist INDECOM to provide it.
“We are also appealing to anybody who has information in relation to her disappearance to come forward and share the information with us,” Chattoo implored.
He said that INDECOM had already contacted the Police High Command.
“We have been in contact and dialogue with the High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in relation to the matter,” Chattoo stated. more

Beyoncé Gives Birth To Destiny’s Children.... Moment of silence for the internet.

Beyoncé and husband Jay Z have welcomed twins in Los Angeles, according to multipleoutlets. The sex of the twins is currently unknown, as well as exactly when the singer gave birth. The couple are, of course, already parents to Blue Ivy, 5, who, if you haven’t heard, is about the most adorable girl on planet earth.
The “Formation” singer announced she was pregnant with twins in February with an instantly iconic photo shoot that essentially broke the internet. Her announcement photo became the most-liked Instagram post ever. Remember? The floral moment with some green mesh and major Virgin Mary vibes? 
“We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes,” the announcement read, signed by “The Carters.” The typically reclusive star has been out and about since then. She stopped by the Grammys about a week after the announcement only to lose every major award to Adele. Bey did walk away with the satisfaction that she delivered the night’s most flawless performance, featuring a medley of songs from her nominated album, “Lemonade” about what it means to be a mother and a daughter.