PHOTO: Taxi protest


Taxi operators gather on Old Harbour Road in St Catherine yesterday as they protest over what they claim is the unprofessional conduct of police against cab operators in the parish. More than 300 taxi operators participated in the strike, leaving thousands of commuters across the parish stranded. ( ... Read More

 Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia celebrates
after winning the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary,
Sunday, July 27, 2014. Ricciardo upstages Mercedes to grab thrilling victory
BUDAPEST, AFP — Australian Daniel Ricciardo upstaged the stars again Sunday when he won a thri ... Read More

This photo provided by the Myrtle Creek Police Department shows a Jeep that authorities say a toddler crashed into a house in
Myrtle Creek, Oregon, last Tuesday. The three-year-old boy, wearing only a diaper, climbed into the Jeep and knocked it out of gear,
according to authorities. (PHOTO: AP) Toddler crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons
MYRTLE CREEK, Oregon (AP) — Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon house, then ran ... Read More

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari gamble puts Raikkonen near back of grid
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Kimi Raikkonen has had little to celebrate in this Formula One season ... Read More

Nissan recalls more than 226,000 cars over faulty airbags

Saturday, July 26, 2014 4:26 PM    

NEW YORK, (AFP) - Japanese carmaker Nissan said Saturday it was recalling 226,326 additional vehicles in the United States due to faulty airbags. The move brings the total number of vehicles recalled for this reason to 664,628, the company said in a statement, adding that the defective airbags were made by Japan's Takata Corp. Nissan, which notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about the recall, said it was working to "promptly address" the issue. The affected ve ... Read More

New drag record

By Rory Daley Observer writer | Friday, July 25, 2014    

Even with four-wheel drive, St Ann’s Devon Hayden
could barely keep his car straight, exciting the
crowd with each launch down the strip.

HISTORY was rewritten at the third event in the National Drag Racing Circuit's (NDRC) 2014 calendar held at Vernamfield in Clarendon, on Sunday. The 11-year-old 4WD record fell as Michael Williams, from the Cayman Islands, ran a 9.603. Jamaican George Bailey held the previous record with a time of 9.800. "It was a successful meet. There was a fair-size audience present, with other events like Reggae Sumfest and the Wealth Car Show in Montego Bay having an impact on overall attendance," Stephen ... Read More

Auto show to make tourist capital home

BY ACEION CUNNINGHAM Observer reporter | Friday, July 25, 2014    

Rory McDonald (foreground), senior sales
consultant in the VW Division at ATL Automotive,
encourages patrons to get a first-hand feel of the

GIVEN the success of last weekend's Wealth Auto Show held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, organisers are planning to make it a calendar event. The inaugural two-day event — which was held last Saturday and Sunday — saw hundreds of persons turning out to view the latest offerings from top brands including as Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Land Rover, Range Rover, VW, Honda, Toyota and Hyundai. As an added bonus, patrons also got the opportunity to test drive these mod ... Read More

12 injured in bus crash

Friday, July 25, 2014    

12 injured in
bus crash

Twelve people were injured yesterday when these two coaster buses transporting passengers collided on Spanish Town Road in Kingston. The buses, which were heading towards the Portia Simpson Miller Square in Three Miles, collided about 10:00 in the morning. Police said two of the injured were admitted to hospital in serious condition. (PHOTOS: TYRONE SIMMS) Read More

Oil falls on worries about US gasoline demand

Friday, July 25, 2014    

Gasoline drips from a nozzle at a gas station, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The price of oil briefly
surged past US$112 a barrel Wednesday, before giving up most of its gains while the US seemed
to edge closer to intervening in Syria's civil war. (PHOTO:AP)

The price of oil fell near US$102 a barrel yesterday, erasing gains from the day before. Benchmark US crude for September delivery dropped US$1.05 to US$102.07 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, the Nymex contract gained 73 cents after the Energy Department reported a far larger drop in US crude inventories than what analysts had expected. Brent crude for September delivery, a benchmark for international oils, fell 96 cents to US$107.07 on the ICE Futures exchange in L ... Read More

Prized possession

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Skunk Nation has
breathed some life into
this old icon the Honda
Civic EG5 hatch.

THE fifth generation Honda Civic is an icon in the tuner arena and is often credited for jump-starting the import performance craze on this side of the planet. So what's better vehicle for Skunk Nation to work their collective magic on? Even better, the 'spruced up' ride will be up for grabs at Import Tuner Night: Street Tuner Invasion at National Stadium, in St Andrew, on August 16. "The EG Civic is a timeless model. The after-market accessories are easily accessed and our country is about 7 ... Read More

No cash for concession fares on JUTC come September

Thursday, July 24, 2014    


The state-run Jamaica Urban Transit Company JUTC) said as of September 1 it will only accept payment of concession fares on its buses via its SmarterCard system. The bus company said as it moves to implement a fully Electronic Fare Collection or 'cashless' system, it will be requiring that concession passengers use only this method to pay their fares. "Concession passengers must have their SmarterCards with them every time they take a JUTC bus," JUTC Managing Director Colin Campbell said in a ... Read More

More road fatalities

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:57 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Based on statistics OBSERVER ONLINE received today from the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), there is a noticeably increase in the number of road fatalities for the period January 1- to July 22, 2014 when compared with the same period last year. The NRSC reports that there were 164 fatal crashes resulting in 175 fatalities for the period under review. This is an increase of 20 fatal crashes and 19 fatalities when compared with the figures for 2013. Of the 175 fata ... Read More

Car enthusiasts flock Wealth Auto Show

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Tasheika Stewart-Watson, sales advisor at Guradian Life, tries out one of the Land Rovers on display. (PHOTOS: ACEION CUNNINGHAM AND PHILLIP LEMONTE)

ROSE HALL, St James — The doors of the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall opened to eager car enthusiasts yesterday, as the Wealth Auto Show made its debut in western Jamaica. Well-known auto brands such as Audi, VW, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Honda, as well as others were on show for people seeking information or those ready to make deals. The two-day event concludes today with organisers promising more surprises. Car enthusiasts flock Wealth Auto Show --> Read More

PHOTO: Nasty crash

Monday, July 21, 2014    

Two of the three vehicles involved in a crash last Thursday afternoon at Hart Hill in Portland. Drivers of two of the vehicles were seriously injured and were admitted to the Annotto Bay Hospital. Their condition was said to be critical. Police reported that firefighters had to cut one of the vehicles — a taxi — to remove the driver and a passenger. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN) Read More



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