US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

HAVANA, Cuba — Cuban members of parliament cry as they watch a screen
in which Cuban President Raul Castro speaks in Havana yesterday as he
announces Washington’s release of three Cuban spies who had been in a US
prison since 2001. The United States and Cuba brought their bitter Cold War
stand-off towards a historic close yesterday, agreeing to revive diplomatic
ties and to ease a five-decade US trade embargo. (PHOTO: AFP)

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — President Barack Obama abruptly announced the United States is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba yesterday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold W ... Read More

ZACCA... the comments did not do any service to advance the partnership Zacca blasts senator over attack on civil society groups
PRIVATE Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) President Christopher Zacca has criticised Government ... Read More

Barack Obama Jamaican officials hail historic diplomatic breakthrough with US
LEADING Jamaican political and medical figures and the senior Cuban envoy in Jamaica have welcomed y ... Read More

More than 200 sugar workers to lose jobs More than 200 sugar workers to lose jobs
THE positions of more than 200 employees of the Bernard Lodge sugar estate in St Catherine are to be ... Read More

GC Foster to acquire Sligoville Sports Complex

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

Sections of the Sligoville Stadium in
St Catherine which now lies in ruin.

PRINCIPAL of the G C Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, says the institution's acquisition of the Sligoville Sports Complex early next year will further position it as the region's premier sporting college. In an interview with JIS News, Dr Graham-Royal, who was installed as head of the college in August, said the facility will provide the resources the college needs to admit more students to its programmes. "We are very excited. The addition of the complex ... Read More

Today is 'Pump Watch Day'

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

A motorist fills up at a petrol station.

ENERGY Minister Phillip Paulwell has declared today 'Pump Watch Day', calling on consumers to closely monitor price movements at the island's petrol stations. Paulwell wants the consumers to observe whether the over $3 reduction for all types of fuel announced by Petrojam yesterday will be reflected at the pumps. His call comes amidst growing concerns among local consumers that they are not benefiting from the tumbling world oil prices, which, since June, have moved from over US$100 per barrel ... Read More

PHOTO: Keeping things afloat

Thursday, December 18, 2014    


In his peaceful setting, this man fishes near the Palisadoes strip in Kingston, on Wednesday. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) Keeping things afloat --> Read More

Drug, goods worth $900 million recovered under Crime Stop

Thursday, December 18, 2014    

Chairman of the LIME Foundation Errol Miller (right) hands over a cheque for $1.4 million to Private Sector Organisation of
Jamaica President Christopher Zacca for the Crime Stop programme. Chairman of the organisation’s National Security
Committee Peter John Thwaites looks on. (Photo: Aston Spaulding)

MORE than $900 million worth of narcotics and other illicit items have been recovered within the last 25 years, as a result of anonymous calls made to Crime Stop. Security Minister Peter Bunting said Tuesday that information received from calls made to the agency has also led to the seizure of some 700 illegal firearms and 51,000 rounds of ammunition. Bunting, who was addressing the launch of a $12-million marketing partnership involving Guardsman Group, Crime Stop, and Signtex at the Guardsma ... Read More

Neighbouring US states sue Colorado over ganja fallout

Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:39 PM    

LOS ANGELES, United States — Colorado's neighbours Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsuit in the US Supreme Court Thursday protesting that the western state's legalisation of marijuana is harming them. "The State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system enacted by the United States Congress," said the 83-page lawsuit, published by the Denver Post. "Marijuana flows from this gap into neighbouring states, undermining (their) own marijuana bans, draining the ... Read More

Marketing companies promise to pass on gas price reduction to retailers

Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:11 PM    

Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Following talks with Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell, petroleum marketing companies licensed to operate in Jamaica have given assurance that they intend to pass on the full reduction of the weekly refinery billing price adjustment quoted by Petrojam to their retailers. A news release this afternoon from the Energy Ministry said that eleven marketing, representing over 90 per cent market share of the industry attended the emergency meeting called by Paulwell. It said ... Read More

Man shot dead in Barbican, St Andrew

Thursday, December 18, 2014 6:14 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man was this morning shot dead in Barbican, St Andrew by unknown assailants. The deceased has been identified as Mark Williams of an address in the community. OBSERVER ONLINE has learnt that shortly after eight this morning, two men entered his house and opened gunfire hitting him all over his body before escaping in the area on foot. It is said that he was rushed to hospital where he died while undergoing treatment. No motive has been established for the killing. ... Read More

Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies

Thursday, December 18, 2014 6:06 PM    

File photo

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said. In neighbouring Guinea, a fire destroyed medicine crucial to fighting Ebola. The fire engulfed a warehouse at the Conakry airport and burned everything inside, said Dr Moussa Konate, head of logistics for Guinea's Ebola response. He could not immediately say how much had been lost. The world's largest Ebola ... Read More

Forex: J$114.58 to one US dollar

Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:43 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Thursday, December 18 ended trading at J$114.58, up 10 cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed at J$99.27, up from J$97.90 while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$179.30 down from J$180.05. Read More

Man's body found along Salt River main road Clarendon

Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:21 PM    

CLARENDON, Jamaica — The body of a businessman was discovered along the Salt River main road in Clarendon this afternoon. He has been identified as 26-year-old Jun Peng. It is said that Peng operated a wholesale and supermarket at Lionel Town in the parish. Reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that about 1:30 pm residents stumbled upon the body along the roadway and called the police It is said that on the arrival of the police it was discovered that the throat of the victim was slashed ... Read More



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