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Colombia allows lesbian couple to adopt child

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country's constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its members. Ana Leiderman gave birth to two children via artificial insemination. Her long time part ... Read More

(File photo) Ramdin’s ODI hundred one of the best, says Sir Richie
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Former West Indies stroke-maker Sir Richie Richardson has hailed ... Read More

(File photo) Waterhouse thump Tauro 4-1 in CONCACAF League
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson notched a brace to lead Waterhouse to a r ... Read More

UPDATE: Daughter: Joan Rivers 'resting comfortably'
NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers was hospitalized Thursday after she was rushed from a doctor's off ... Read More

Two men killed in separate motor vehicle crashes

Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:14 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Two men died on Thursday, August 28 as a result of injuries they received in separate motor vehicle crashes in St James and St Elizabeth. In the first instance Jermaine Gooden was driving a Suzuki Baleno motor car along the Rose Hall main road in St James on Monday, August 25 about 2:00 pm, when the driver of a Toyota Hiace motor truck allegedly lost control of the vehicle which collided with Gooden’s car. Both men were taken to hospital where the driver of the ... Read More

Passenger outburst forces diversion of American Airline flight

Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:36 PM    

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BOSTON (AP) — An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the US this week, authorities said. Passenger Edmund Alexandre became upset after a woman reclined the seat in front of him on the Miami-to-Paris flight on Wednesday night, the Suffolk County district attorney's office said. Alexandre, who's from Paris, continued to be disruptive when a flight crew member attempted to calm him, following the crewman dow ... Read More

Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:02 PM    

An undated image provided by Google showing a Project Wing drone vehicle during delivery. Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious programme announced Thursday, August 28, 2014, escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com Inc, which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise bought by customers of its online store. (Photo :AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com Inc., which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise bought by customers of its online store. Amazon is mounting its own challenges to Google in online video, digital advertis ... Read More

Governor General recalls Roger Clarke’s undying love for Jamaicans

Thursday, August 28, 2014 7:21 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A reflective statement from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen a short while ago labelled Agriculture Minister, Roger Clarke as a man who was passionate about his work and the Jamaican people. Recounting Clarke’s past, Sir Allen noted that “He was also acutely aware of the challenges facing persons living in farming communities and this further deepened his determination to serve them with all his might. “Roger Clarke had an undying love for the peop ... Read More

JUTC deploying 100 additional buses for new school term

Thursday, August 28, 2014 6:54 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Managing Director of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says that the bus company is working to meet commuters’ demands as the new school year opens on Monday, September 1. Campbell said that while 445 buses will be dispatched for September 1, repaired buses bring to 503, the total number of units now available in the JUTC fleet. “So, on Monday morning, there will be an additional 100 JUTC buses on the road and we expect that this will provide full s ... Read More

Transport Authority relocating to JAMINTEL Building early 2016

Thursday, August 28, 2014 6:02 PM    

JAMINTEL building at the intersection of Duke and North Streets downtown Kingston

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Transport Authority (TA) is spending some J$440 million to relocate its corporate offices to the JAMINTEL building at the corner of Duke and North Streets, in downtown Kingston, come early 2016. The building was purchased by the TA in April for $150 million, and is to be retrofitted at a cost of $290 million. Along with structural improvement to the building, the Authority will be installing information technology infrastructure, and retrofitting the car park for use by ... Read More

Minister of Agriculture, Roger Clarke, the people’s friend

Thursday, August 28, 2014 6:01 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- News of Roger Clarke’s death has generated hundreds of responses on the Jamaica Observer website and social media pages. Here are some of the comments: Meggan Williams: RIP Roger, u will be missed by many. great human being with a good sense of humor. So sad. Trisha Love: RIP Mr. Clarke. Jamaica has lost another hardworking, dedicated son. Grace Strachan: RIP Roger Clarke. Thanks for your service to Jamaica! Marva Marsh: Rip he was a good man... Norman Townsend: Y ... Read More

Forex: J$112.78 to one US dollar

Thursday, August 28, 2014 5:22 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The US dollar on Tuesday, August 26 ended trading at J$112.78 down two cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed at J$103.41 up from 1J$103.28 while the British pound sterling ended trading atJ$187.67 up from J$186.57. Read More

Joan Rivers hospitalised after cardiac arrest

Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:40 PM    

NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers is in a New York City hospital Thursday after she was rushed from a doctor's office when she went into cardiac arrest, police and hospital officials said. The 81-year-old comedian's condition wasn't immediately known. "This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support," said Sid Dinsay, a spokesman for Mount Sinai Hospital. "W ... Read More

85-year-old woman perishes in house fire

Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:28 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – An 85-year-old woman, Almeta Ford, was burnt to death at her home at Rosehall district in Linstead, St Catherine early Thursday morning. Reports from the Linstead Police are that about 1:30 am Ford and a relative were at home when they were awakened by strange sounds. They went to investigate and saw fire coming from a section of their five-bedroom dwelling. The Police and Fire Brigade were summoned. It is unclear what transpired next but Ford’s charred remains ... Read More



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