11-y-o to be honoured today

Toni-Ann Miller receives her award from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen  at the National Awards held at King's House, Kingston, Monday morning.(Photo: Joseph Wellington)

IT is a deed from which many would have shied away, but then only 10 years old, Toni-Ann Miller rushed into a burning building to save the lives of two children younger than herself. Her own safety was the furthest thing from her mind when she quickly responded to the cries of a little boy who wa ... Read More

Dwayne Vaz is hoisted by happy supporters following the announcement of his victory at yesterday’s PNP delegate polls to select a replacement for the late Roger
Clarke to represent the Central Westmoreland constituency. The votes were cast at The Manning’s School.
SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — People's National Party (PNP) delegates  voted for busines ... Read More

Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan VIDEO: Farrakhan says Jamaica has let national heroes down
NATION of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan yesterday criticised Jamaican governments over the years for ... Read More

Holt John Holt is dead
VETERAN reggae singer John Holt died in a London hospital yesterday. He was 69. Copeland Forbes, H ... Read More

NMIA gets fever testing equipment

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson (right), observes while Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse demonstrates to medical staff and officials at the Norman Manley International Airport, Friday, how a hand-held fever temperature machine works. (Photo: JIS)

THE Government on Friday presented two of the four hand-held temperature meters it has acquired to medical staff at Norman Manley International Airport. Another 20 are expected to arrive in the island within two weeks. “We have now moved to the next step, which is to ensure we have (an) isolation area at the airport, to ensure that we will be able to respond to a possible threat of the Ebola virus,” Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson told the media following the handover of the ... Read More

Food poisoning causes Ebola scare in Mandeville

Monday, October 20, 2014    

The entrance to Mandeville Hospital where there was an Ebola scare Saturday.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A case of suspected poisoning triggered reports that the deadly Ebola virus may have reached the Mandeville Hospital Saturday. A source told the Jamaica Observer that the male patient had been thoroughly assessed, interviewed and released. “A man with a history of travel to Nigeria was sick and came in for treatment. But after he was thoroughly examined and interviewed it was determined that the problem was food poisoning,” the source said. &ldquo ... Read More


Monday, October 20, 2014    

The four rear wheels of this truck came apart from the vehicle last Friday in the Faith's Pen community in St Ann. Maybe the cargo of what appears to be bleach was just too much for the vehicle. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Read More

'The sick relied on bush, women did not know creme hair'

Monday, October 20, 2014    

MCBEAN… in those days Jamaica was crime-free

LIKE most other senior citizens, Effeline Louise McBean says Jamaica was a far different place when she was growing up, than it is today. Crime, in particular, was very rare. In fact, McBean insists that the country was crime-free and certainly, in the community where she grew up, they had no locks on the doors. "...Is a chair we draw in front of the door in those days, because we were crime-free," she told the Jamaica Observer. McBean, who marked her 100th birthday on October 14, said in her ... Read More

MOCA nabs another cop

Monday, October 20, 2014    

A policeman assigned to a Corporate Area division was on Thursday arrested by detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) during a sting operation in Kingston.  According to the police communication unit, the incident was the second time in less than a week that a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was arrested for reasonable suspicion of breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.  Allegations are that the lawman, purporting to be a sergean ... Read More

Radio station owner among 711 arrested for alleged electricity theft

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Illegal JPS connections

The owner of a community radio station was among 711 people arrested in relation to electricity theft since the start of this year, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) reported Saturday. According to the light and power company, a radio station owner/operator was arrested last week when a meter bypass was found powering the small media entity in St James. “The radio station had been disconnected since February of this year for an outstanding balance, but was discovered this week (last wee ... Read More

Contractors urged to forge partnerships to fight foreign competition

Monday, October 20, 2014    

Dr Omar Davies (centre), minister of transport and works, engages Carvel Stewart, president of the Incorporated Master Builders’ Association and Tiffany Gordon,
executive, Mortgage Sales at the Jamaica National Building Society, in discussion.

MINISTER of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar Davies says local contractors must be willing and prepared to collaborate with each other in order to capitalise on opportunities that will emerge in the construction sector and to compete effectively with foreign companies, as the country positions itself to become a logistics hub in the Caribbean and Latin American region. Speaking at a symposium organised by the Incorporated Master Builders' Association (IMAJ) and sponsored by the Jamaica Nati ... Read More

Funeral homes briefed on Ebola preparedness

Monday, October 20, 2014    

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — In this September 14, 2014, file photo, a man dries his
hands after washing them with chlorine outside a shop. (PHOTO: AP)

THE Ministry of Health says it has briefed funeral directors on the protocols for the management of the Ebola virus and is expected to present them with the completed Guidelines for the Operation of Funeral Establishments and Mortuaries at its head office, tomorrow morning. "The operators of funeral establishments are key stakeholders as part of our Ebola Preparedness Strategy. We have to ensure that the appropriate standards are being utilised to prevent transmission of not just Ebola but any ... Read More

Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies

Monday, October 20, 2014 9:02 PM    

Oscar de La Renta 

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Legendary fashion designer Oscar de La Renta has died, US media is reporting. A report on ABC News said that a family member released the information. De La Renta, who was born in the Dominican Republic, was 82.  De La Renta, who most recently designed Amal Clooney's wedding dress, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 the ABC News report a short while ago said. Read More

UPDATE: Children injured in downtown Kingston shooting

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:37 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The police have confirmed that two 15-year-old children and a 7-year-old were shot and injured about 7:20 pm Monday at the Intersection of North and Church Street in downtown Kingston. The children were reportedly walking in the area when a lone man on foot approached them and opened gunfire hitting all three.  They were taken to the hospital where they have been admitted in stable condition. Initial reports are that the children were attacked in a drive-by shooting. ... Read More



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