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TSO takes over Thursday

KINGSTON, Jamaica — With just a few hours to go before the start of the annual Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out (TSO) five-hour discount shopping spree Thursday, participating stores and companies are making final preparations. TSO kicks off at 5:00 in the afternoon and will run until 10:00. ... Read More

Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart Barbados PM recovering from influenza in Canada
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is recovering in Canada following ... Read More

Education minister condemns murder of Trelawny teen
KINGSTON, Jamaica—Education Minister Ronald Thwaites on Wednesday condemned the murder of eigh ... Read More

FOREX: J$112.68 to one US dollar
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Wednesday, October 1, ended trading at J$112.68 up one ce ... Read More

Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 5:01 PM    

Pierson (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe. President Barack Obama "concluded new leadership of that agency was required," said spokesman Josh Earnest. High-ranking lawmakers from both parties had urged her to step down after her poorly received testimony to Congress a day earlier &m ... Read More

Real offered 150 million for Neymar, father tells court

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 4:16 PM    

Neymar

MADRID, (AFP) - Neymar's father and agent told a Spanish court investigating alleged tax fraud in his son's signing by Barcelona that the player rejected a much higher offer from Real Madrid of 150 million euros ($190 million). Barcelona initially said the signing of the 22-year-old player from Brazilian side Santos in May 2012 cost them 57.1 million euros. But after questions were raised about the deal by a Barcelona club member, the club in January revealed the deal was worth 86.2 million eu ... Read More

Windies well prepared for India challenge: Richardson

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 4:05 PM    

Richie Richardson

MUMBAI, India (CMC) – Team manager Richie Richardson said here Wednesday that West Indies were well prepared for their upcoming One-Day International series against India, and would use the tour to enhance their planning for next year’s World Cup. West Indies face India in the first of five ODIs next Wednesday at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi and Richardson said that unlike the previous tour of India, the Caribbean side would enter the series with excellent preparation behind them. &l ... Read More

CCJ to protect traders of goods and services

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 3:52 PM    

Ivor Carry (Photo: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Traders of goods and services will have protection from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), under the Caricom Regional Integration Electronic Public Procurement System, being developed across the region. According to Ivor Carryl, programme manager for the Caricom Single Market and Economy at the Caricom Secretariat, a regional public procurement notice board will be created for member states to post their contracts, and where any player feels that unfairness is invol ... Read More

Gas price up 21 cents, diesel down 64 cents

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 3:44 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica —Petrojam Limited has decreased the ex-refinery prices of five of its categories of fuel, effective Thursday, October 2. 87- and 90-octane gasoline will be sold by Petrojam for $120.75 and $122.41 per litre, respectively, up 21 cents each. Automotive diesel fuel will be sold for $118.41 per litre after a decrease of 64 cents, while ultra-low sulphur diesel is down by 53 cents, and will be sold for $124.44 per litre. Meanwhile, kerosene oil decreased in price by 74 cent ... Read More

Body of missing Trelawny teen found

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 2:57 PM    

TRELAWNY, Jamaica — The body of a female 13- year-old Muschett High School student, who went missing Monday, was discovered a short while ago in Stewart Town in the parish. The deceased has been identified as Aleisha Brown of Refuge district, in the parish. The grade eight student was last seen when she left her home to attend school early Monday morning. She was found along a secluded road in the Stewart Castle community. The Trelawny police are on the scene. Read More

Holness says public has lost confidence in health minister

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 2:52 PM    

Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness

KINGSTON, Jamaican — Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness has said that Jamaicans have lost confidence in Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson and is calling on Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to act now in the interest of the public. “We have no confidence in the current minister of health to manage his portfolio. Based on the potential threat of other more virulent diseases [than chikungunya] such as Ebola, the minister should be replaced and a serious and objective assessment of the state ... Read More

LeBron James bringing his story to TV series

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 1:52 PM    

James

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is hoping to motivate kids by telling his own inspiring story. The NBA superstar is co-producing a half-hour TV series called "Becoming," which will showcase the journeys of some of today's top athletes. The pilot focuses on James, his struggles growing up in a single-parent home in Akron, Ohio and his rise to become one of the world's best basketball players. The show premieres October 26 on Disney XD. It's co-produced by Springhill Productions, James' comp ... Read More

Statement from the Minister of Local Government re-vector control response

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 12:50 PM    

Minister of Local Government - Noel Arscott

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The following is a statement from the Minister of Local Government, Noel Arscott on the government's vector control response. The Ministry acknowledges the important role it plays in any national response to the spread of the Chikungunya Virus. An inter-ministerial meeting was convened with Ministers Dr Fenton Ferguson, Dr Wykeham McNeill, all mayors and secretary managers on Thursday September 25, 2014. At that meeting, information available from the Ministry of Health wa ... Read More

JFF orders Hue to withdraw lawsuit

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 12:50 PM    

JFF Boss Horace Burrell

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) earlier today ordered national midfielder Jermaine Hue to withdraw his civil suit filed in the Supreme Court against the local governing body and its agent Dr Carlton Fraser within 48 hours of receipt of the letter. Failure to do so within the specified time, the JFF said, would leave no other option but to submit the matter to the relevant authorities within the JFF for its consideration and decision. In the suit filed in the Sup ... Read More



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