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UPDATE: 6 guns seized at 'unauthorised' MoBay dance, senior cop says

A display of the firearms and ammunition seized by the police in Montego Bay.

ST JAMES, Jamaica -- The St James Police are reporting the seizure of six firearms and over 60 rounds of ammunition, as well as a motor vehicle, during an operation in the Rosemount Square early this morning. According to Senior Superintendent in charge of St James Egbert Parkins, the seizure was m ... Read More

Garbage washed ashore near the Palisadoes strip. Be more responsible with inland waste — NEPA
ON International Coastal Clean-up Day, which Jamaica observes today along with roughly 100 other cou ... Read More

Volunteers clean debris from the Palisadoes beach during last year’s International Coastal Clean-up Day. It's Coastal Clean-Up Day
THOUSANDS of Jamaicans are today participating in the removal of garbage and other debris from the n ... Read More

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn is greeted by
international director of the London-based Crown Prosecution Service, Patrick
Stevens, when she arrived at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on
Wednesday to participate in a Criminal Justice Seminar. (PHOTO: JIS) DPP: Jamaica must rise above 'informer fi dead' culture
DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn is imploring Jamaicans to be responsible and r ... Read More

Zip ‘jock’ to plead guilty in US scamming case

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, September 20, 2014    

ZJ Wah Wa

JAMAICAN disc jockey ZJ Wah Wa plans to change his plea to guilty when he returns to Federal District Court in North Dakota on September 25. ZJ Wah Wa, whose given name is Deon-ville O'Hara, is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. He pleaded "not guilty on all charges" when he first appeared in court in June. "We entered into a written plea agreement with Mr O'Hara. It was filed September 10 in Bismarck (capital of North Dakota). ... Read More

Paho urges vigilance against deadly Ebola

Saturday, September 20, 2014    

MONROVIA, Liberia — Health workers in protective gear move the body of a person that they suspect died from the
Ebola virus in Monrovia, yesterday. The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks
and it could end up costing nearly US$1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organisation warned yesterday.
(PHOTO: AP)

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Dr Carissa Etienne is urging member countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to remain vigilant against the potential threat of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands of people in Africa. "It is an epidemic and PAHO has seen an exponential increase of cases in West Africa," said Dr Etienne, adding that the epidemic has been declared a humanitarian crisis by the United Nations ... Read More

Five inmates flee prison in Haiti; 2 recaptured

Saturday, September 20, 2014 7:03 PM    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Authorities in Haiti say five inmates escaped from a prison, in the country's second jail breakout reported in less than two months. Police director Antoine Monest said Saturday that two of the inmates who got out of the prison in the northern city of Cap-Haitien have been recaptured. He says one of those was shot by guards and is hospitalized, while the other was found in a water tank. Among the inmates still at large is a man sentenced to life for murder and ano ... Read More

Clarendon man charged after police find firearm on his property

Saturday, September 20, 2014 6:24 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A 34-year-old man of Kemps Hill district in Clarendon was arrested and charged for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition on Saturday, September 20. According to reports from the Exeter Police at about 8:00 am lawmen conducted a raid in the area when premises occupied by Rohil Martin, otherwise called ‘Travis’ was searched. The weapon, with one 12-gauge cartridge, was found in bushes on the property and Martin was subsequently taken into custody. Martin ... Read More

Unidentified body found in Port Maria

Saturday, September 20, 2014 4:54 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica--The body of an unidentified man was found in Quebec district, Port Maria, St Mary early Saturday. Reports from the Port Maria Police are that about 6:30 am, residents stumbled upon the body and alerted them. The body was clad in a black t-shirt, blue jeans pants and was barefooted. It is of dark complexion, slim build, about 6 feet 3 inches long and has a low-cut hairstyle. Anyone with information that could assist the Police in their investigations is being asked to contac ... Read More

449 firearms seized by police since January

Saturday, September 20, 2014 4:44 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica—The seizure of six firearms and 60 rounds of ammunition Saturday morning in the Rosemount community of Montego Bay, St James has brought the total number of illegal firearms and ammunition seized to 449 and 7637 respectively since the start of the year, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) says. The firearms were seized after the police acting on information, went to an “unauthorised dance” in the community where a search was made a ... Read More

Singer Keyshia Cole arrested on suspicion of battery

Saturday, September 20, 2014 2:25 PM    

Singer Keyshia Cole (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say Grammy-nominated R&B singer Keyshia Cole has been arrested on suspicion of battery after an altercation early Friday morning in Los Angeles. Los Angeles police officer Nuria Vanegas says Cole was arrested around 5 am after someone initiated a private person's arrest. The 32-year-old was booked on suspicion of battery and released from custody Friday afternoon. Police did not release any further details about the incident. An e-mail message sent to Cole' ... Read More

Marijuana has potential to be Caribbean's economic panacea, says USVI legislator

Saturday, September 20, 2014 1:55 PM    

Senator Terrence Nelson, US Virgin Islands legislator

ST THOMAS, United States Virgin Islands (CMC) -- A United States Virgin Islands (USVI) legislator has told Caribbean tourism officials that it is time for them "to adapt and adopt" marijuana as a Caribbean commodity, saying it has the potential to become a panacea to the region's economic problems. "We have so far succeeded in getting it on the ballot for the senate committee to approve the motion to place the decriminalisation of marijuana on the ballot,” said Senator Terrence Nelson, an ... Read More

PHOTOS: Coastal Clean-up Day at Palisadoes

Saturday, September 20, 2014 1:41 PM    

(Photos: Garfield Robinson)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Today, Saturday, September 20, is International Coastal Clean-up Day and volunteers all over the island are involved in removing debris from beaches and polluted coastal areas. The day is dedicated to the improvement of beaches, coastal regions and surrounding areas throughout the world. It purports to be the largest volunteer event worldwide, and has operated for over 26 years, with 21 years in Jamaica. Coordinated by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) 139 coastal s ... Read More

Boko Haram 'kill several' as they loot Nigeria market

Saturday, September 20, 2014 11:32 AM    

KANO, (AFP) - Boko Haram gunmen stormed a crowded market in Nigeria's restive northeastern state of Borno, killing several people and carting away food, witnesses said Saturday. Dressed in military and police uniforms, dozens of insurgents attacked the town of Mainok, 56 kilometres outside Maiduguri, the state capital late Thursday, firing a rocket-propelled grenade and spraying the market with bullets. The attackers also looted food which they loaded onto trucks abandoned by fleeing traders, ... Read More



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