BANGALORE, (AFP) - Sprint superstar Usain Bolt said Tuesday he wanted to play cricket for Jamaica as a youngster but his father convinced him to take up track and field instead. Bolt, the world's ...

Bolt the cricketer

THE Office of the Public Defender (OPD) said yesterday that it will refer claims for damages suffered by residents of West Kingston during the May 2010 police/military operation to the Attorney Gene ...

Tivoli claims mount

PORTLAND, Jamaica —A National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) garbage truck caused a scare for a Portland homeowner Saturday after it fell off a hillside into her yard and on top of a ...

Truck drops off hillside

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Scores of irate parents of students who attend the Barracks Road Primary School in Montego Bay yesterday demonstrated on the school compound over the high price of it ...

Protest at St James school

Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has donated three new Yamaha motorcycles to the Negril Police Station in Westmoreland. The bikes are among several acquired by the ministry for deployment ...

Negril police Get New Bikes

JAMAICAN dancehall deejay Stylo G has teamed up with British electronic group Clean Bandit for the single Come Over. The track debuts at number 45 on the United Kingdom singles chart. It is also nu ...



Deane's death was a homicide, says visiting pathologist  8:46 PM

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- US pathologist Dr Michael Baden revealed that preliminary results from today's autopsy on 31-year-old Mario Deane, who was beaten while in police custody, proved that he died from several blows to his head and brain. The autopsy was conducted by local pathologist Dr Murari Saranji in the presence of Baden. "The cause of death was multiple impact to his head and brain and compression to the neck -- homicide," Dr Baden told journalists in Montego Bay Tuesday evening fol ... Read More

World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola: MSF  8:33 PM
DAKAR, (AFP) - International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres  (MSF)said Tuesday the world ...... Read More

One shot dead, four people injured at NY West Indian Carnival Parade  7:38 PM
NEW YORK, (CMC) – At least one person was shot and killed and four others injured during the West ...... Read More

Family: Joan Rivers on life support  7:34 PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after goin ...... Read More

Nicholson, Pickersgill representing Jamaica at SIDS conference in Samoa  7:18 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica—Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, AJ Nicholson and Minister of Wat ...... Read More


Four cops held on suspicion of corruption

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Major Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Agency (MOCA) arrested four policemen in Manchester and Kingston yesterday, September 1 for reasonable suspicion of breaches o ... Read More

US pathologist concerned about deaths in police custody
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Internationally renowned pathologist Dr Michael Baden says that he is concerned about the death of people in police cu ...... Read More

Tivoli claims mount
THE Office of the Public Defender (OPD) said yesterday that it will refer claims for damages suffered by residents of West Kingston during the May 2 ...... Read More

Parents protest against price of lunch at St James school
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Scores of irate parents of students who attend the Barracks Road Primary School in Montego Bay yesterday demonstrate ...... Read More


Bailey-Cole beats Powell in World Challenge 100m

KINGSTON, Jamaica—Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole got the better of compatriot Asafa Powell in the men’s 100 metre at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World ... Read More

The 'Diva Princess' stars in Trinidad
In another command performance Princess Popstar, the reigning horse of the year, who is now plying her trade in Trinidad and Tobago, ignited the San ...... Read More

Former Sunshine Girl Nadine Ffrench keeps netball fire burning in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — The sun has surely not gone down on former Sunshine Girl Nadine Ffrench, who remains a shining example on and off t ...... Read More

ROSE HALL, St James — Fresh on the heels of a successful staging of the Fifth International Tae kwon do Federation (ITF) World Cup at the Mont ...... Read More


Home Depot investigates credit-card data breach

NEW YORK (AP) -- Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a credit card data breach. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it's looking into "unus ... Read More

Logistics hub necessary but not sufficient, PIOJ
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Colin Bullock is cautioning that even though the logistic ...... Read More

‘Educate children about pension plans’
IT never crossed her mind that she would have been a widow at age 32. They were young and their small family, which included a daughter born onl ...... Read More

Finance minister leaves for Washington today
Finance and Planning Minister Dr Peter Phillips leaves the island today for Washington to engage in a series of discussions with officials from the U ...... Read More


Sandals Grande Riviera tops ENCORE national finals

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Sandals Grande Riviera produced two of the six winners in the national finals of ENCORE Jamaica 2014 held at its Ocho Rios, St Ann location, on Friday evening. The talent and mod ... Read More

Rototom sunsplash wins new fans
ORGANISERS of the annual Rototom Sunsplash festival say the August 16-23 show in Benicassim, Spain achieved its objective of appealing to a new demo ...... Read More

Stylo G, Clean Bandit hit UK charts
JAMAICAN dancehall deejay Stylo G has teamed up with British electronic group Clean Bandit for the single Come Over. The track debuts at number 45 ...... Read More

Everybody got Footloose
FOOTLOOSE: Short Shorts edition proved that sticking to the essentials — that is, playing good music to dance to — still has value, as ...... Read More


Get your child into that back-to-school frame of mind

FOR many children, school gets back into full swing today, but after the long break, many will still be unprepared for the challenges ahead as their minds are still in holiday mode. Thus it is ... Read More

Apologies I owe my wife
IT takes a real man to apologise. This statement carries more weight than many persons realise, and a few married men we interviewed admitted that a ...... Read More

Women confess: Under what circumstances would you give a man a 'jacket'?
VIEWERS of the popular Maury show will be all too familiar with its controversial paternity tests, which, more often than not, show men women claim ...... Read More

Claudette Carter - A project for learning
IN her day job, Claudette Carter works with coaches deployed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the region to as ...... Read More


Contributing to the promise of Vision 2030

THE UNAIDS Gap report (2014) launched in Geneva, ahead of the 20th International AIDS Conference held in Melbourne, Australia, from 20-25 July 2014 highlights that a lack of data about people most a ... Read More

On dissent and Diaspora
TO hear the voices in media last week opining on the perceived snub of Jamaican-born Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Wilfred Rattigan fo ...... Read More

Let the new political conversation begin
As we keep searching for a way out of the disillusionment of so many Jamaicans, there were encouraging signs last week from Professor Trevor Munroe ...... Read More

Let the readers decide who to trust, Observer
If the Observer’s editorial page writer was taken aback by the speed of my response to Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor Brian Wynter’s co ...... Read More


A safer gayle

THE St Mary Police have implemented measures to combat the recent spike in crimes in Gayle after a section of Tacky High was torched earlier this year and the school's watchman murdered in a separat ... Read More

Help for St Thomas schools
As of this month the Ministry of Education will seek to improve the performance of three high schools in St Thomas through the pooling of resources, ...... Read More

Staff at the Port Antonio Hospital pose for a photo op after being recognised for their diligent service to the rural health facility. (PHOTO: EVERA ...... Read More

Parents praise police summer camp for at-risk youth
PARENTS who attended the closing ceremony for a two week camp hosted by the St Ann police had high praises for the organisers of the programme, whic ...... Read More


The PSC, Mr Rattigan, the Diaspora, and the US Gov’t

A lot has been said about the Police Service Commission's (PSC's) decision not to shortlist Mr Wilfred Rattigan in Jamaica's search for a new police commissioner. Members of the Diaspora are incens ... Read More

Let’s care for the child next door
JAMAICANS are back to that time of year when “free paper bun”. Thousands of children and their teachers return to school today after the ...... Read More

Post-Roger Clarke: Agriculture needs an outstanding minister
Agriculture was the mainstay of life for most of the history of mankind because communities had to feed themselves. Trade led to diversification of ...... Read More

2014 schoolboy football season a bag of opportunities
THIS newspaper can only concur with Mr Carlo Redwood, of schoolboy football title sponsors LIME, that "it is hard to believe a year has gone so quic ...... Read More


Endless Summer of Tiguan

THERE'S no better time than now to purchase a VW Tiguan as ATL Automotive Ltd, dealers for the Volkswagen brand, launched their Endless Summer of Tiguan promotion last week Thursday at their Oxford ... Read More

The GTI of small SUVs
The 2014 VW Tiguan hits the three Cs for those shopping for a compact sport utility vehicle: comfort, confidence and convenience. The Tiguan is ...... Read More

A score for Gore
SEVERAL months back into rallysport, Doug Gore has scored his first victory at the Driver's Rallysport Club (DRC)/Tru-Juice Brighton River Sprint, B ...... Read More

NDRC gets nod
THE National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) will begin to display their support of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) via an information booth at t ...... Read More


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