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US right-to-die woman puts death on hold

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A young American woman with terminal cancer who triggered shock and controversy when she said she would kill herself on November 1 now says she may wait a little longer. Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old brain cancer sufferer, made headlines earlier this month when a video of her ... Read More

Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr Kevin Harvey Ministry of Health intensifies Ebola public education
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr Kevin Harvey says the Ministry of Health ha ... Read More

United States Congresswoman representing New York’s ninth Congressional District, Yvette Clarke, greets Minister of Finance and Planning, Dreter Phillips, as he arrived at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem New York on Wednesday (October 29), to deliver the Caribbean International Network (CIN) lecture on ‘Jamaica’s Path to Prosperity’. US and Jamaica could partner on renewable energy projects – Congresswoman Clarke
NEW YORK (JIS) -- United States Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke, says the American Government could ben ... Read More

Statement from accused cop’s dead girlfriend admitted  in murder trial
ST ANN, Jamaica -- A statement from the girlfriend (now deceased) of accused former police constable ... Read More

Manchester High out of daCosta Cup

Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:52 PM    

CLARENDON, Jamaica -- Manchester High school is out of the running for any senior schoolboy football honours this season after drawing 1-1 against Kemps Hill in their rescheduled ISSA/Lime daCosta Cup quarterfinal Zone Q game played at the Juici Field in Clarendon Thursday afternoon. The draw left Manchester High on one point after two games having been beaten 1-0 in the first set of games by Group leaders Dinthill Technical. Manchester High had to come from behind to eke out the draw after Ra ... Read More

Motorcyclist arrested after posting videos taunting California cop

Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:43 PM    

MILPITAS, California (AP) — Authorities have arrested the motorcycle rider suspected of filming and waving off a California Highway Patrol officer who was trying to stop him and other riders doing stunts on a highway. The CHP says 32-year-old Guruardas Singh Khalsa, of Brentwood was arrested Wednesday at his home on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact and delaying or obstructing an officer. Video of the daytime confrontation earlier this month on Interstate 680 in Milpitas sho ... Read More

Thief hacks off woman's finger for wedding ring

Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:22 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A woman had to be rushed to hospital this afternoon after a thief hacked off her finger because she had problems removing her wedding ring which he demanded. The woman, writhing in pain and traumatised, was admitted to the Kingston Public Hospital, OBSERVER ONLINE was told. A large crowd gathered at the hospital as news of the incident spread. According to reports the woman was walking with her husband in downtown Kingston when the criminal pounced, demanding that sh ... Read More

US man pleads guilty to trying to help IS group

Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:02 PM    

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US man pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to help the Islamic State jihadist group and now faces 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, officials said. Donald Ray Morgan, 44, was arrested in early August at JFK International Airport in New York on an outstanding firearms charge, and investigators looked into his recent travels. "He travelled overseas with intentions to join the violent terrorist group, ISIL (IS) in Syria," FBI special agent in charge John Strong said in a ... Read More

Information minister reiterates call for media self regulation

Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:51 PM    

Information Minister Falconer

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, has reiterated her call for the Jamaican media to establish its own self-regulatory body. “The media already have a set of shared values and ethics underpinning the profession and how it operates. Those are important prerequisites to self-regulation and I don’t believe it will be difficult to take that next important step to establish that independent body, which will oversee and administer ... Read More

Vetting of public servants will become the norm, says Bunting

Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:35 PM    


KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting says that the vetting of people wishing to occupy sensitive positions within the public service will become standard. This, Bunting says, is in keeping with the Government’s thrust to stamp out corruption, which is ranked second to crime, as a major impediment to the growth and development of the Jamaican economy. “We have a policy decision from Cabinet that sensitive positions in a number of ministries&hellip ... Read More

Senior US diplomat seeks end to political impasse in Haiti

Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:12 PM    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The United States sent a senior diplomat to Haiti on Thursday to help resolve a political impasse blocking long-overdue legislative and local elections in the Caribbean country. Thomas Shannon, counsellor to US Secretary of State John Kerry, met with Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, members of Parliament, representatives of political parties and others as pressure mounts to hold elections before Parliament is dissolved early next year. Shannon declined to comm ... Read More

Forex: J$112.76 to one US dollar

Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:02 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Thursday, October 30, ended trading at J$112.76, up three cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed at J$101.98, down from J$100.61 while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$180.46 down from J$181.48. Read More

ICC puts Windies tour to SA top of agenda

Thursday, October 30, 2014 4:54 PM    

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – Salvaging West Indies' next scheduled tour - to South Africa - would be the first priority at next week’s board meeting of the Internal Cricket Council (ICC), top cricket official Wally Edwards has said. Edwards, the chair of the ICC's executive committee, says he believes a new spirit of good faith exist at the ICC to resolve the current West Indies debacle. West Indies cricketers aborted their tour of India over a pay dispute with the West Indi ... Read More

Jamaica sends 175-member team to CAC Games

Thursday, October 30, 2014 4:54 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica will send 135 athletes and 40 officials to the XXII Central American & Caribbean (CAC) Games to be held in Veracruz, Mexico from November 14-30. The announcement was made by the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) at their Cunningham Avenue base Thursday afternoon. Jamaica will compete in track & field, male football; female and male badminton; female and male basketball; cycling; fencing; female and male hockey; female rugby; female and male squash; female a ... Read More



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