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Party mood at Arena

Angella Robinson from East
Portland rejoices as she
listens to the promises being
made by her party leader.

THE National Arena was yesterday transformed into a sea of orange and black as thousands of People's National Party (PNP) supporters turned up to celebrate the 76th year of the political party at its annual conference. The event, which started at 9:00 am and ended a few minutes after 3:00 pm had bu ... Read More

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller waves to supporters from the stage at the People's National Party's 76th Annual Conference at the National Arena,
yesterday. See story on Page 4. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Portia, PNP confident of local gov’t, general election wins
PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller told supporters at the National Arena yesterday that her govern ... Read More

Mario Deane’s mother Mercia Frazer (second left) comforts her daughter Sadike Deane during yesterday’s funeral service. Deane’s grandmother, Lucille Peterkin
(left) and US lawyer assisting the family Jasmine Rand also shared the front pew. (PHOTO: ACEION CUNNINGHAM) '#JusticeforMarioDeane'
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The calls for justice reverberated from of Mount Salem Seventh-day Ad ... Read More

MONROVIA, Liberia — Health workers move the body of a fellow health worker who was found dead in a seat, and who
they believe passed away from the Ebola virus, at one of the largest hospitals in the city of Monrovia, Liberia.
(PHOTO: AP) Bahamas denies case of deadly Ebola
NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — Health Minister Perry Gomez has dismissed as "bogus" a report that a c ... Read More

Don't forget us as you grow bigger, 'Butch' Stewart tells Air Canada

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Sandals Resorts International Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart (centre) playing host to Michael Friisdahl (left), president and chief executive officer of Air
Canada and Eamonn Ferrin, president of Air Canada Vacations at Sandals Royal Plantation yesterday. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

THE Caribbean's leading hotelier Gordon 'Butch' Stewart spent the weekend in meetings with the heads of Air Canada Vacations and Air Canada Leisure Group, hoping to keep the focus on the region as the airline looks to fly new routes. Michael Friisdahl, president and chief executive officer of Air Canada and Eamonn Ferrin, chairman of Air Canada Vacations flew in last Friday for the meetings which were seen as important to ensure that the Caribbean remained uppermost in the mind of the North Ame ... Read More

'Quietly encouraged' ahead of winter season — tourism director

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Sunday Observer staff reporter richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 22, 2014    

Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook outlines some of the plans for tourism. At left is Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment Jennifer Griffith.

HISTORY was made in July of this year when Jamaica had some 221,000 visitors, the most the island has seen in any one month. In fact, as the start of the winter tourist season approaches, Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook is expecting this year to be better than last year. Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill disclosed at the Jamaica Observer Press Club on Thursday that the industry so far this year has been doing "very well" and that he too expects it to continue. "To da ... Read More

'Weeks without a doctor'

Monday, September 22, 2014    

A female resident expresses her frustration on two placards.
(PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

RESIDENTS of Old Harbour staged a protest in front of the Old Harbour Health Centre on Friday, claiming that for close to three weeks no doctor has worked at the facility, forcing them to go without medical service. "Is weeks now we can't get to see doctor and is since wi start to protest wi see a doctor come to the location," said Enid McKenzie. She was one of several residents, including children, who took to the streets with placards. In addition to the absence of a doctor, patients, espec ... Read More

JUTC to earn $1.3b per year from new fares

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 22, 2014    

A fleet of JUTC buses

THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will make an additional $1.3 billion a year from the fare increase introduced in late August, except for this year when it will only rake in approximately $850 million more since the increases took effect nearly five months into the 2014/15 fiscal year. But responding to questions raised by Opposition members Audley Shaw and Mike Henry at last Wednesday's weekly meeting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) at Gordon H ... Read More

Chemical from rat poison reportedly found in Snr cop’s system

Monday, September 22, 2014 12:47 PM    

Senior Superintendent Dayton Henry

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Coroner Patrick Murphy is currently addressing jurors looking into the May 2012 death of Senior Superintendent Dayton Henry, who headed the tough Clarendon Police Division. Henry passed away from health complications after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the Kingston Public Hospital, after falling ill. His death sparked suspicion and an inquest was convened to determine if Henry was murdered. Reportedly, a pathologist report as stated that a chemical fou ... Read More

Cops, civilian charged with entertainer's killing, bail application this afternoon

Monday, September 22, 2014 12:35 PM    

Entertainer Kentucky kid

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Three police officers and two civilians were today charged with the 2009 killing of entertainer Kentucky Kid, whose given name is Robert Hill. Attorneys for the five are expected this afternoon to make bail applications in the Home Circuit Court on their behalf. The cops are Norval Warren, Uriel Anderson and Gary Thompson. The civilians are Marvia Morgan and Donovan Brown. Jurors in a coroner's inquest into the death of the 37-year-old entertainer ruled on August 12 ... Read More

US reporter quits live on TV in ganja protest

Monday, September 22, 2014 12:29 PM    

LOS ANGELES, (AFP) - An Alaska TV reporter has left her colleagues red-faced after quitting live on air using an expletive, while vowing to spend more time fighting to legalize marijuana in the US state. Charlo Greene took a fellow presenter by surprise by announcing her departure on KTVA 11 News, while revealing that she was the owner of a marijuana business she had just been reporting on. "Now everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating ... Read More

Kartel case postponed

Monday, September 22, 2014 11:42 AM    

Entertainer Vybz Kartel and his co-accused Gaza Slim

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The perverting the course of justice case against entertainer Vybz Kartel and his two co-accused has been rescheduled from today to Wednesday, September 24. Today’s date was set last week after attorney Tom Tavares-Finson complained about discrepancies between what a witness has in his statement, and what that witness had actually testified to in a related murder trial that ended with the conviction and life sentences of Vybz Kartel and three other men, in April. ... Read More

JLP select two councillors for West Portland constituency

Monday, September 22, 2014 11:17 AM    

Losing candidate Vern Harris (left) awaits the announcement of the results from Winston Ennis, (3rd left). Looking on are Delroy Williams, assistant general secretary Jamaica Labour Party, along with supporters of both candidates. (Photo: Everard Owen)

PORT ANTONIO, Portland – The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) on Sunday selected two candidates to contest the next parish council elections in West Portland.  Local Government election is scheduled for March 2015. They are Dionne Hunter for the Buff Bay Division and Herman ‘Alva’ Henry for the Hope Bay Division. Hunter defeated Jacqueline Edwards 177 to 31 at the Buff Bay Primary school, while Herman Henry defeated three challengers at the Hope Bay All Age School as he polled ... Read More

Man whips mother in-law over discipline of daughter

Monday, September 22, 2014 11:08 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A man who punched his mother- in-law in the face is to be sentenced in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today. The date was set when Howard Blackwood appeared in court last Friday on a charge of unlawful wounding. Reports are that Blackwood and his in-law were at home when an argument ensued over the complainant’s disciplining of his daughter. The woman was punched in the face, causing damage to a tooth and lips. In court, Blackwood attempted to d ... Read More



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