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Mining to resume at Alpart in January -- Paulwell

Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Mining operations linked to the Alpart bauxite/alumina plant in St Elizabeth, is set to resume next month, and the refinery will officially re-open in December, 2016, government has announced. Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Phillip Paulwell, speaking tod ... Read More

Sting, Jazz & Blues tickets at Bill Express
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS), through its Bill Express brand, has signed ... Read More

Windies touchdown for crucial second Test
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (CMC) – Embattled West Indies touched down here Monday afternoon, ... Read More

In this October 2014, file photo, Elba Magdalena Alvarez, 17, lies dead by the side of the road in San Salvador, El Salvador, after she was allegedly pulled out of a bus by gang members and then shot, according to an eyewitness on the bus. 
She was naked from the waist down and police were trying to determine if she had been raped. (Photo: AP) Sexual violence rampant among El Salvador gangs
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to br ... Read More

Gospel singer Barbara Jones dies

Monday, December 22, 2014 2:18 PM    

Gospel singer Barbara Jones

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Singer Barbara Jones, who died last Friday at age 62, was among the second generation of Jamaican female performers who emerged during the 1970s. Jones, who died from pneumonia at the University Hospital of the West Indies, came of age in that decade along with Judy Mowatt, Sonya Spence, Joy White and Pam Hall. Jones (given name Barbara Nation) began her career in 1S971, cutting a cover of American country singer Sue Thompson's Sad Movies with the Soul Syndicate Band for R ... Read More

Island Grill donates $1m to Mustard Seed children's treat

Monday, December 22, 2014 1:46 PM    

Island Grill’s CEO Thalia Lyn (centre) hands over a cheque of $1 million to founder of Mustard Seed Communities Monsignor Gregory Ramkisoon (left) for the organisation’s annual Christmas treat to be held on Christmas Day. Assisting is Andrew Mahfood, executive director in charge of group finance at Wisynco. (Garfield Robinson)

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Island Grill has donated $1 million along with hundreds of toys to Mustard Seed Communities towards its annual Christmas treat for 5000 children. The donation was made by Island Grill chief executive officer (CEO) Thalia Lyn at the company's Boulevard Supercentre outlet in St Andrew a short while ago. "If people do this to be seen then it is wrong. It should be done because we see the need to genuinely help others," Lyn told OBSERVER ONLINE. The CEO said the drive and nee ... Read More

Victim of St Catherine mob-beating dies in hospital

Monday, December 22, 2014 1:21 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man who was brutally beaten last Wednesday by an angry mob in St Catherine succumbed to his injuries at hospital early this morning (Monday, December 22). Dead is 44-year-old Willowby Kelly of a Spanish Town address in the parish. It is reported that Kelly and an accomplice allegedly went to the Halkers Hall community where they attempted to steal tyres. The two men were reportedly attacked by residents in the area and severely beaten. They were admitted to hospital ... Read More

Caribbean share of global tourism market declining -- Study

Monday, December 22, 2014 12:49 PM    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – A study examining what is driving the tourism flows in the Caribbean has found that the region’s share of the global tourism market is declining. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Working Paper titled “Revisiting Tourism Flows to the Caribbean: What is Driving Arrivals,” finds that tourism arrivals and expenditure are sensitive to both price and income factors in source markets; price and income elasticities of tourism have declined since ... Read More

Veteran Grenadian journalist dies

Monday, December 22, 2014 12:40 PM    

Pierre ... publisher of the Grenada Voice newspaper

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell led the tribute to veteran journalist Leslie Pierre, who died at the General Hospital here on Sunday night. He was 86. Mitchell described Pierre, who was jailed in the early 1980s because he dared to defend the right for there to be a free press in Grenada, as a “Grenadian media icon, journalistic giant, and indeed a true Grenadian patriot. “For many years, Mr Pierre had been the virtual conscience of a natio ... Read More

Gunmen shot in hold-up outside MoBay bank

Monday, December 22, 2014 11:41 AM    

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Two gunmen were reportedly shot and injured in a hold-up outside a bank in Montego Bay, St James a short while ago. Eyewitness accounts are that three security guards were ambushed by three masked gunmen as they exited to bank with what appeared to be bags containing money. In an ensuing gun battle two of the robbers received gunshot wounds and a security guard shot in his hand. The robbers managed to escape with one of the money bags in a white Toyota Townace van. M ... Read More

China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge

Monday, December 22, 2014 11:25 AM    

Jackie Chan ... As a father, I'm heartbroken

If convicted, singer-actor Jaycee Chan could be jailed for up to three years. Chan, 32, was among a string of celebrities detained over the summer for vices such as drug use and hiring prostitutes, as Beijing vowed to clean up social morals. The detention of Jaycee Chan has been particularly embarrassing for his father, who was named by Beijing as an anti-drug ambassador in 2009. Beijing police detained the younger Chan at his Beijing apartment in August along with Taiwanese movie star Ko Kai ... Read More

Six arrested in Sangster Airport J$12-m drug bust

Monday, December 22, 2014 10:53 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The police have reported the arrest of six people including two women and the seizure of approximately 8.4 kilograms of cocaine at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on Thursday, December 18. Arrested are 60-year-old entertainer, Claudette Miller-Robinson; 34-year-old entertainment manager, Simone Baccas; 35-year-old entertainer, Karell Wisdom; 34-year-old singer, Garth Jobson and 29 year-old singer, Ramone Rowe, all of St James addresses; and 37-year-old mus ... Read More

Mugabe fires more cabinet members

Monday, December 22, 2014 9:31 AM    


HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's festive season is marked by continued political infighting and financial austerity, as the president fired two more cabinet ministers and the country's civil servants learned they will not get annual holiday bonuses. President Robert Mugabe fired two cabinet ministers and five deputy ministers believed to be loyal to Vice President Joice Mujuru, who was ousted earlier this month in what analysts have described as a political purge. The president said ministe ... Read More

14-y-o shot dead in Westmoreland

Monday, December 22, 2014 9:21 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A 14-year-old student of Belmont Academy in Westmoreland was last night fatally shot by unknown assailants in the parish. The deceased has been identified as DeMario Gayle of a Seaton Street address in Savanna-la-Mar. Reports from the police are that DeMario was at home sleeping about 11:00 pm when loud explosions were heard by occupants of the house. It is said that shortly after DeMario was seen with what appeared to a single gunshot wound to his stomach. He was r ... Read More



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