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Articulate Minority: From Twitter to the streets

Articulate Minority protest

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A group of young Jamaicans have taken their protest against the construction of a prison, with a £25-m input from the United Kingdom Government, from tweets on social media site Twitter to the streets of the Corporate Area. The group has identified themselves as th ... Read More

Opposition MPs walk out of Parliament
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition members of Parliament walked out of the House of Representative ... Read More

Prime Minister Portis Simpson Miller (File photo) Human capital development essential for sustainable development, says PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is asserting that human capital devel ... Read More

Taxi operators protest (Photo: Kimmo Matthews) Taxi operators protest, refute police report
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Scores of taxi operators today protested in front of the offices of the Tr ... Read More

Bunting to speak on £25-m prison gift in House today

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 1:22 PM    

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The House of Representatives will hear statements on national issues from Minister of National Security Peter Bunting and Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson when it meets this afternoon. Bunting is scheduled to make a statement regarding proposals for the construction of a new adult correctional facility or prison in Jamaica, with the assistance of the United Kingdom Government, while Dr Ferguson will make a statement on the outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease. ... Read More

Nigeria's president warns the corrupt: 'No longer business as usual'

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 12:41 PM    

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (Photo: AP)

ABUJA, Nigeria (AFP) – Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday warned there was no longer any hiding place for the corrupt, as he hailed British and Swiss support for the recovery of stolen public funds. "Switzerland and Britain have been very helpful indeed in the recovery of our assets. But we must build on what we have started," he told both countries' ambassadors separately in Abuja. "It is also important to send a signal to the elite that it is no longer business as usual," ... Read More

IMF downgrades forecast for world, emerging market economies 

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 11:30 AM    

The IMF building in Washington DC

LIMA, Peru (AP) — China's slowdown and tumbling commodity prices will push global economic growth this year to the lowest level since the recession year 2009, the International Monetary Fund predicted Tuesday. In a report Tuesday in advance of the IMF-World Bank annual meetings here this week, the fund says the world economy will grow 3.1 per cent this year, down from a July forecast of 3.3 per cent and from 3.4 per cent growth last year. "The risks seem more tilted to the downside than ... Read More

PM congratulates C'bean Hotelier of the Year Adam Stewart

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 10:44 AM    

Minister Portia
Simpson Miller
in a delighted
exchange with
Sandals CEO
Adam Stewart
(left) and
Gordon ‘Butch’
Stewart at the
ceremony for
Sandals Ochi
Beach Resort in June. (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has congratulated Jamaican hotelier and Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resort International, Adam Stewart on being awarded the Caribbean’s top hotel and resort accolade – the ‘Caribbean Hotelier of the Year’ award. The prime minister said in a statement a short while ago that the recognition by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association is recognition of Adam Stewart’s extraordinary leadership and ... Read More

Cabbie leads cops on high-speed chase 

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 10:25 AM    

Police cars (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A taxi operator has been arrested after leading the police on a high-speed chase, which resulted in two people being mowed down in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew this morning. Details surrounding the incident are sketchy, however, reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that about 8:30am, the police and Transport Authority officials ordered a taxi operator to stop but he ignored. Allegations are that a chase ensued along Constant Spring Road, which resulted in two people being ... Read More

Britain tops world 'Quality of Death' index

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 8:52 AM    


LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Britain topped an 80-country "quality of death" study released Tuesday, which warned that ageing and booming populations would make palliative care a growing worldwide issue. The 2015 Quality of Death Index, compiled by the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit, found Britain to be the best at palliative care. "Its ranking is due to comprehensive national policies, the extensive integration of palliative care into the National Health Service, a strong ho ... Read More

Edna Manley College gets $4.9M for Rex Nettleford Arts Conference

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 8:26 AM    

Counsellor for Public Affairs, United States Embassy, Joshua Polacheck, hands over a cheque for $2.9 million (US$24, 928.61) to Principal of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), Dr Nicholeen DeGrasse-Johnson.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) has received donations amounting to $4.9 million for the staging of the 2015 Rex Nettleford Arts Conference The sum includes $2.9 million (US$24, 928.61) from the United States Embassy and $2 million from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund. The conference was first held in 2011 to celebrate the late Professor’s significant contribution to Jamaica’s performanc ... Read More

US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 8:02 AM    

US President Barack Obama

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to government figures obtained by The Associated Press. Deportations of criminal immigrants have fallen to the lowest levels since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, despite his pledge to focus on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally. The overall total of 231,000 deportations generally does not include Mexic ... Read More

Online prayer for the day

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 7:00 AM    

Almighty God, my Eternal Father, from the fullness of my soul I adore You. I am deeply grateful that You have made me in Your image and likeness, and that You ever hold me in Your loving embrace. Direct me to love You with all my heart, with all my soul, and with my whole mind. Direct me to love all Your children as I love myself. O, my Father, my soul longs to be united to You, and to rest in You forever. Have the Holy Spirit touch my soul so that I may love You as He does, and as ... Read More

Weeks into merger, Charlie Smith continuing in a ‘positive’ way

Monday, October 05, 2015 7:53 PM    

Principal Garth Gayle

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Three weeks into the merger of Charlie Smith and Trench Town high schools, principal of the new institution, Garth Gayle, says students and staff are adapting well to the union. The amalgamation, which took effect on September 14, sees Charlie Smith accommodating students from both institutions, with Trench Town to be transformed into a polytechnic college, which will offer career training. Gayle says that while there were some initial challenges, the students have se ... Read More



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