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Cops increase numbers on patrol

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Police High Command says it has begun to increase number of policemen and women now monitoring streets across the island. "With Christmas around the corner this is part of the strategy going forward," a senior member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force said Friday. The ... Read More

(file photo) JC, STGC face-off in Manning Cup final
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica College (JC) will put their ISSA/ Flow Manning Cup title on the li ... Read More

Special Olympics Jamaica begins training for Austria 2017
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) athletes have already started preparation f ... Read More

Vendor shot dead downtown Kingston
KINGSTON, Jamaica – A vendor was shot dead in downtown Kingston a short while ago.The incident ... Read More

COJ suspends express services

Friday, November 27, 2015 2:48 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) says that it will be suspending its same and next day services for new registrations of businesses and companies from November 27 to December 8. In a release Friday the agency said that guaranteed service time for all services will also be affected and full service will be restored on Wednesday, December 9. The release added that the suspension of services is as a result of the web service of the Tax Administration of Jamaica be ... Read More

Children need career direction from parents — teachers

Friday, November 27, 2015 2:42 PM    

Teachers from Clan Carthy came out for Career Day dressed in uniform. (Photo: Kimmo Matthews)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Teachers at Clan Carthy primary school in Kingston are calling on parents to have more career oriented discussions with their children. Teachers say the move is critical as too many students are passing through schools without any sense of direction of where they want to go after leaving school. "Parents have to start holding more of these (career-based) interactions with their children," Principal Sheldon Campbell told OBSERVER ONLINE. "Career discussions should be ... Read More

Commonwealth chooses first female secretary-general

Friday, November 27, 2015 1:12 PM    

Baroness Scotland of Asthal (Photo:

VALLETTA, Malta (AFP) — The Commonwealth appointed its first female secretary-general on Friday when leaders chose Dominica-born lawyer Patricia Scotland to take over the running of the 53-country organisation. At their biennial summit in Malta, Commonwealth heads of government chose Scotland, a former attorney general to the British government, to take over from Indian diplomat Kamalesh Sharma on April 1, 2016. "I am incredibly proud to be the first woman to hold the post of secretary-g ... Read More

TIVOLI ENQUIRY: JCF took no record of Tivoli bodies – attorney

Friday, November 27, 2015 12:20 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo has denied the suggestion that nobody in the Jamaica Constabulary Force took record of where bodies were found during the operation in Tivoli Gardens to apprehend Christopher Coke. The suggestion was made Friday by Lord Gifford who is representing the Office of the Public Defender in the Tivoli Enquiry. Lord Gifford’s suggestion came at the end of a series of questions regarding who was taking note of where bodies ... Read More

Chicago police arrest man in ‘execution’ of 9-y-o boy

Friday, November 27, 2015 11:20 AM    

A mourner holds the program for the funeral of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee at St Sabina Church Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in Chicago. (Photo: AP)

CHICAGO, United States (AFP) – Chicago police announced Friday an arrest over a nine-year-old boy who was lured into an alley and shot dead, apparently in retaliation against his father who had gang ties. Tyshawn Lee's body was found riddled with bullets not far from his home on Chicago's troubled South Side on November 2. "Chicago Police detectives have made an arrest in the unspeakable murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter just hours befo ... Read More

Another JUTC bus destroyed by fire

Friday, November 27, 2015 11:12 AM    

The number 77 JUTC bus which caught fire in Papine, St andrew this morning.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus was this morning destroyed by fire in the Papine, St Andrew area. Residents in the area report that at about 7:30 am the number 77 bus was travelling along Golding Avenue when they noticed smoke coming from the vehicle. An alarm was raised and the driver and a group of students, who were passengers, were able to vacate the vehicle. The incident caused traffic pile up in the area. Kimmo Matthews Read More

25 Brown’s Town homes to get electricity 

Friday, November 27, 2015 11:05 AM    

Phillip Paulwell (file photo)

The electricity was turned on by Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell. Member of Parliament Dr Dayton Campbell said that section of the community has never had electricity. He said that the residents should now apply to the Jamaica Public Service to get connected. Renae Dixon Read More

Ground broken for $76m Linstead hospital renovation 

Friday, November 27, 2015 10:41 AM    

Minister of Health Horace Dalley (left) and Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill (2nd left) participate in the groundbreaking for the just over $76 million renovation and expansion of the Linstead Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department. Also assisting are Chairman of the Board of the South East Regional Health Authority, Dr Andrei Cooke (centre), Project Manager at the National Health Fund, Orette Clarke (2nd right) and Acting Senior Medical Officer at the Linstead Hospital, Dr Tanesha Burke Grant (right). 

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — Ground was officially broken on Thursday to mark the start of a more than $76 million renovation and expansion project for the Accident and Emergency Department of the Linstead Hospital in St Catherine. The work on the A & E will result in the addition of a waiting area, parking area, nebulisation station, examination bays and triage area. The ambulance bay will also be realigned. The project is part of a bigger project valued at $100 million to renovate and e ... Read More

On Africa tour, pope slams rich elite over 'injustice' to poor

Friday, November 27, 2015 9:35 AM    

Pope Francis (C), flanked by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) walks to board his plane on November 27, 2015 in Nairobi on his way to Kampala, Uganda. (Photo: AFP)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) – Pope Francis lashed out at wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of the poor as he visited a crowded Kenyan slum on Friday, wrapping up the first leg of a three-nation tour. The 78-year-old pontiff was given a rapturous welcome as he arrived in the Kenyan capital's Kangemi slum, which is home to more than 100,000 people who live in shacks without sewerage. "These are wounds inflicted by minorities who cling to power and wealth, who selfishly squande ... Read More

Six children die as migrant boats sink off Turkey: report

Friday, November 27, 2015 9:09 AM    

A volunteer holds up a baby as others help migrants and refugees to disembark from a dinghy after their arrival from the Turkish coast to the Greek island of Lesbos, Wednesday, November 25, 2015. (Photo: AP)

ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) – At least six children drowned on Friday in two separate incidents when their boats sank off Turkey while trying to make the risky crossing to Greece, state media reported. A first boat loaded with 55 Syrian and Afghan migrants sank in strong winds and high waves in the Aegean after setting out from near the town of Ayvacik for the Greek island of Lesbos, the Anatolia news agency reported. Turkish coastguards have so far recovered bodies of four Afghan children, it ... Read More



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