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Thugs hit security company, steal guns and ammo

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Gunmen late last night gained entry to a security company in Kingston, and stole several firearms. The incident reportedly took place at approximately 11:00 pm. "Reports we received are that criminals made off with about six guns from the location," a senior member of the Jam ... Read More

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Lord Jesus, there is anger in my heart and I cannot root it out. I know that I should calm down and ... Read More

Fuzzy Franklin Fuzzy Franklin is dead
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Bacchanal’s costume creator Earl ‘Fuzzy’ Franklin died e ... Read More

Crash site Bin Laden’s stepmother, sister killed in UK plane crash
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A private jet owned by the family of Osama Bin Laden crashed after oversho ... Read More

Unified footballers fail to medal at Games

Friday, July 31, 2015 7:53 PM    

Jamaica's unified team

LOS ANGELES, United States - Jamaica's unified football team slumped to a 4-5 defeat on penalties to Republic of Korea after giving away an early 2-0 lead in regular time at the Special Olympics Games. Defeat to the Koreans at the University of California, Los Angeles campus meant Special Olympics Jamaica finished fourth. Jamaicans Cavar McKenzie and Stefan Bartley scored early in goals in the game, which featured 25 minutes per half. But Korea fought back to level the scores at 2-2. In the t ... Read More

Ja's Wint stuns LA Games with gold medal throw

Friday, July 31, 2015 7:46 PM    

Kirk Wint

LOS ANGELES, United States - Kirk Wint won gold for Jamaica in Division M01 of the softball throw event inside the Katherine B Loker Stadium at the University of Southern California (USC) campus on Friday. On Thursday, the 13-year-old touched many hearts after narrowly missing the bronze medal in a 50-metre event in which — due to deformed lower limbs — he was racing on all fours against persons running in upright positions. In the softball throw, he was virtually releasing from ... Read More

Cop hit from motorcycle in Half-Way-Tree rushed to hospital

Friday, July 31, 2015 7:37 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A policeman was a short while ago rushed to hospital after he was reportedly hit from his motorcycle in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew. Details surrounding the incident are unclear at this time; however, police reports are that the officer was aboard his motorcycle in the vicinity of the Clock Tower Plaza on Hope Road when he was hit by a Toyota Yaris being driven by a woman. More information later. Read More

Weekly Round-up: Suspected suicide of cop... Vybz Kartel not sick...Cop shoots gay prostitute

Friday, July 31, 2015 7:00 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The suspected suicide of a Clarendon-based policeman had his division commander calling for his colleagues to seek divine intervention this week as the police were left mourning for a third consecutive Tuesday. Meanwhile, increased murders in St James forced a joint military/police operation where 25 men were scooped up off the streets. That 25 included five wanted men as police struggle to quell crime in the parish. A gay prostitute, who allegedly attempted to rob a ... Read More

Forex: J$117.42 to one US dollar

Friday, July 31, 2015 5:43 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Friday, July 31, ended trading at $117.42, up by four cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$90.38, up from J$90.08, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$183.05, up from J$182.50. Read More

SDC to be strengthened

Friday, July 31, 2015 5:24 PM    

Colin Fagan (file photo)

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) – To further strengthen the Social Development Commission (SDC) to facilitate the economic and social empowerment of communities islandwide, Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development Colin Fagan, is on a series of fact-finding visits to all parish offices. Speaking with JIS News at the Westmoreland SDC office in Savanna-La-Mar, on Wednesday, the state minister said his visits so far have been “enlightening,”  a ... Read More

Blood Bank to stage two-day Blood Drive at Denbigh

Friday, July 31, 2015 5:07 PM    

Mobile blood collection unit (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) will be seeking to boost the blood supply and raise public awareness of the need for regular voluntary blood donation by participating in the 63rd Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in Clarendon. The NBTS Mobile team will be at Denbigh on Saturday and Sunday. They were invited to Denbigh 2015 as part of a commitment by the Jamaica Agricultural Society to assist with sensitising Jamaicans about blood donation as ... Read More

Wright wins long jump gold at Special Olympics

Friday, July 31, 2015 4:47 PM    

Kimone Wright

LOS ANGELES, United States- Kimone Wright won gold for Jamaica on Friday, after finishing first in the long jump event in Division F05 at the Special Olympics World Games at the University of Southern California campus. Track and field athletes have accounted for seven of Jamaica's 18 medals at these Games so far. Sanjay Myers Read More

Murder of Trelawny businessman a contract killing, police theorise

Friday, July 31, 2015 4:22 PM    

Trelawny, Jamaica –The Trelawny police theorise that Thursday evening's murder of a businessman who was shot dead here in his community, was a contract killing. "It has all the writings of a hit. He was not robbed, the gunman just walked up and shot him before taking off," a senior investigator near to the case told OBSERVER ONLINE. The deceased has been identified as 57-year-old businessman Lenroy Plummer, also called Mupa, of Salt Marsh, Trelawny. Reports are that around 8:30pm shortl ... Read More

Diverse line-up for 'Black River Day'

Friday, July 31, 2015 3:57 PM    

GT Taylor (file photo)

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – A diverse cast of pop and cultural artistes are part of the showcase during the third Black River Day which takes place today in St Elizabeth. This is the third year of the event which is a joint production between the Black River Chamber of Commerce and Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. G T Taylor, president of the Chamber of Commerce, said the organisation is 'very much pleased with the growth of Black River Day'. He noted the growing interest among a par ... Read More



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