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Ganja seized in Westmoreland, 4 arrested

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police attached to the Area One Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND) and the Negril Operational Support Team (OST) seized 122 ¼ lbs of ganja in Nampriel district, Westmoreland on Thursday. Four people were arrested in connection with the seizure. In cu ... Read More

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites Grade four students exceed target for mastery of literacy
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s grade four cohort has exceeded the target for master ... Read More

Forex: J$118.15 to one US dollar
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Thursday, September 3, ended trading at J$118.15, up by 1 ... Read More

Michael Hector Mourinho to keep an eye on Hector
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Reggae Boyz defender Michael Hector says Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho ... Read More

Law strengthened to fight illicit narcotics trade

Thursday, September 03, 2015 6:10 PM    

National Security Minister Peter Bunting

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s fight against the illicit narcotics trade, particularly across international waters, is expected to be significantly strengthened through an amendment to the Maritime Drug Trafficking Suppression Act. The Bill, which was approved in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, grants the minister of national security, the power to waive Jamaica’s right to exercise jurisdiction over Jamaican nationals who are detained on a Jamaican vessel by th ... Read More

UPDATE: 'Zeeks' son under police guard at hospital

Thursday, September 03, 2015 5:59 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Renardo Phipps, the son of former Matthews Lane don Donald ‘Zeeks’ Phipps, is now under police guard at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). The 22-year-old was shot by the police on Matthews Lane, in Kingston, Thursday afternoon. OBSERVER ONLINE has learnt that a large crowd has now gathered at the hospital. Read More

US under pressure to accept more Syrian refugees

Thursday, September 03, 2015 5:29 PM    

A Turkish police officer carries a migrant child's dead body off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on Wednesday. (Photo: AFP)

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — As the world watches drowned refugees wash up on Europe's beaches, the United States is also under pressure to do more to help the desperate victims of Syria's civil war. Since fighting erupted in 2011 the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has recommended 17,000 Syrians for resettlement in the United States. By the end of this month, it will have accepted around 1,800. Traditionally, the United States has led the world in accepting and resettling large n ... Read More

Water-borne illnesses under control — Health Ministry

Thursday, September 03, 2015 4:48 PM    

Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock-DuCasse

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Ministry of Health is reporting that there has been no outbreak of water-borne illnesses, particularly gastroenteritis, for this year up to the month of August. Chief Medical Officer, Dr Marion Bullock-DuCasse, also noted that there has been a significant reduction in the number of reported cases of gastroenteritis in health centres and hospitals over the last five years. She pointed out that the sentinel sites across the island routinely collect information ... Read More

'Zeeks' son shot downtown

Thursday, September 03, 2015 4:30 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Heavy tension hangs over downtown Kingston as reports emerged that the son of former Matthews Lane don Donald ‘Zeeks’ Phipps was shot a short while ago. Details into the shooting incident are not clear at this time but the OBSERVER ONLINE team is tracking the development. More information later. Kimmo Matthews Read More

JUTC extends special summer fare

Thursday, September 03, 2015 4:23 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it has extended its special summer fare for adult passengers. Managing Director Colin Campbell said the special summer fare, a flat $100 for adult passengers, will be further extended until October 31. On November 1, the JUTC will return to the $120 which is the usual adult fare on its buses. “We are simply doing more for our passengers,” Campbell said of the company’s decision to extend the special summe ... Read More

Second MOCA cop charged in money-soliciting case 

Thursday, September 03, 2015 3:38 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two anti-corruption policemen implicated in soliciting money from a person involved in a corruption probe were today offered bail when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court. They are Constable Remore Thomas and Corporal Omar Lobban of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA). Thomas was arrested on Monday while reportedly in the process of requesting money from the person being questioned on a peripheral enquiry relat ... Read More

PHOTOS: Fraser-Pryce wins 100m Diamond League title in Zurich 

Thursday, September 03, 2015 2:51 PM    

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (R) runs won the women's 100m race ahead of Tori Bowie of the US during the Diamond League Athletics Weltklasse meeting in Zurich on September 3. (Photos: AFP)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s sprint sensation Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claimed the Diamond League title with a 10.93 second run in Zurich, Switzerland today. The world champion finished ahead of Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare in 10.98 sec while American Tori Bowie was third in a time of 11.03 sec. Read More

Nicaragua won't be taken lightly – Hector

Thursday, September 03, 2015 1:58 PM    

Michael Hector (

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Reggae Boys central defender Michael Hector says unfancied Central American side Nicaragua will not be taken lightly when the teams clash on Friday at 8:00 pm in the first contest of the World Cup qualifying two-legged tie at the National Stadium. The return game will be played in Nicaragua on Tuesday. Hector, who recently signed for English Premier League champions Chelsea FC, said the Reggae Boyz will bring a "professional" approach to get the "job done" over both l ... Read More

Criminal probe into Powell, Simpson dropped in Italy 

Thursday, September 03, 2015 1:38 PM    

(L-R) Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson

UDINE, Italy (AP) — A criminal doping investigation into Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson plus their trainer has reportedly been dropped in Italy. The ANSA news agency says a preliminary trial judge made the decision Wednesday at the request of prosecutors in Udine. Powell, Simpson and Canadian trainer Christopher Xuereb were placed under criminal investigation two years ago. Police confiscated drugs in a hotel raid where the trio was training in the northeastern town ... Read More



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