Gloom in St Ann after children drown

The opening which resembles a tank. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

LATOYA Buchanan did not send her children to school on Friday because of the heavy rain. Her six-year-old son had asthma and she thought it best that he and a sister stayed home. However, what should have been a safe day at home turned tragic when two of Buchanan's five children decided to play in ... Read More

An emotional Yanique Chin gets her wish to her two favourite personalities, Yendi Phillips and Tessanne Chin. Sick teen meets Tessanne and Yendi
YANIQUE Chin on Friday got her wish to meet her two favourite personalities, recording artiste Tessa ... Read More

Shakera Facey
was told that she
has a tumour growing
in her arm after falling
in June last year.
ROBINSON) Family baffled by huge lump on teen's shoulder
SHAKERA Facey is trying her best to remain hopeful. But a huge mass which started to grow on her le ... Read More

Mariah Carey
from another
angle in an even
more provocative
outfit. Mariah Carey gets the thumbs up at Jazz & Blues
FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny — Not even the rain which threatened to burst from the ominous dark sk ... Read More

No men allowed!

BY KELESHIA POWELL Observer online reporter | Sunday, February 01, 2015    

Rose’s Couture in Cross Roads, St Andrew does not exhibit a sign saying that men are not
allowed, but male shopper Lemuel Reid says he was denied entry to the establishment that sells
items for women.

A female clothing and accessories store in Cross Roads, St Andrew has been denying entry to potential customers on the premise of them merely being male. An upset Lemuel Reid visited the Jamaica Observer on Friday to share his ordeal, which he says is his first time experiencing or hearing of discrimination in this form -- being turned back from a store for being male. Reid told the Sunday Observer that he was hunting a gift for his female friend when he decided to stop at Rose's Couture. The ... Read More

Suspended balance

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Online/health co-ordinator | Sunday, February 01, 2015    

Zoë Arscott shows how to effectively use the anti-gravity hammock.

HAVE you ever considered trying yoga? How about doing it suspended? Zoë Arscott, co-founder of Chai Studios, a boutique fitness studio, and aerial yoga instructor told the Jamaica Observer that aerial yoga is a fusion style that incorporates pilates aerial skills, yoga and gymnastics. Sounds exciting? According to Arscott, it is. In fact, the aerial yoga instructor said it incorporates the bringing together of mind and body, which is akin to traditional yoga but with a fun and thrill fac ... Read More

A teacher's shock

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-large | Sunday, February 01, 2015    

A teacher’s shock

A high school teacher at one of Jamaica's urban centres of learning got the shock of her life on Thursday when she interacted with the mother of a student regarding the conduct and academic performance of her child. The child, aged 13, had been doing fairly well in her schoolwork and extra-curricular activities, and on report day, her mother, a single parent, was required to go in and share in the good news of her progress. But when she told the teacher that she was 26 years old and had the ch ... Read More

Woman claims surgery went wrong

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, February 01, 2015    

Hepburn tells of her ordeal. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

RUNAWAY BAY, St Ann — Imagine faeces constantly flowing from a woman's abdomen and doctors telling her that they can do nothing to help. While many may not even have the courage to create this imagination, it is the reality of 54-year-old Pamella Hepburn. With her abdomen pressed to a pillow for comfort, her eyes filled with tears and through growls of pain, Hepburn told her horrific story to the Jamaica Observer at her Runway Bay, St Ann home recently. According to the mother of four, ... Read More

Nigerian army repels fresh Boko Haram assault on key city

Sunday, February 01, 2015 2:54 PM    

Boko Haram soldiers (file photo)

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) — Nigeria's military on Sunday repelled a Boko Haram assault on the key city of Maiduguri as violence raged across the country's northeast just two weeks before national elections. The hours-long attack on the strategic capital of Borno state was the Islamists' second attempt to take Maiduguri in a week. As government forces were holding off Boko Haram in Maiduguri, the airforce of neighbouring Chad was pounding the militants' positions in Gamboru, a town on Nigeria's ... Read More

I won't lie or break the law, says T&T security minister

Sunday, February 01, 2015 2:18 PM    

Trinidad and Tobago Security Minister Gary Griffith

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — “Take one for the team.” That’s the request that was made of Minister of National Security Gary Griffith in Cabinet last Thursday in light of the damning witness tampering allegations levelled against Attorney General Anand Ramlogan. Ramlogan is at the centre of a criminal probe, after attorney David West reported to police that six days before he was appointed director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) he was telephoned by the Attorney G ... Read More

Aabuthnott Gallimore High gets 6 new classrooms

Sunday, February 01, 2015 1:07 PM    

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites (left) is assisted by principal, Aabuthnott Gallimore High School, Eloise Panton (right) to cut the ribbon to officially open the six new classrooms constructed by the Ministry of Education at a cost of $24 million. Looking on are (from second left) Member of Parliament for South West St Ann Keith Walford, students from Aabuthnott Gallimore High School and chairman of the Board of Management, Pastor Omar Oliphant (second right).

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Six new classrooms constructed at a cost of $24 million, were handed over to the Aabuthnott Gallimore High School in St Ann during a ceremony held at the institution on Friday, January 31. The classrooms which are able to accommodate 300 students were handed over by Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites. Construction was undertaken as part of the Ministry of Education’s thrust to improve the learning environment at the institution. Previously, teachers and stud ... Read More

T&T PM may reshuffle Cabinet amidst corruption scandal

Sunday, February 01, 2015 11:39 AM    

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar (file photo)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was up to yesterday said to be considering a Cabinet reshuffle in light of the witness-tampering allegations involving Attorney General Anand Ramlogan. Ramlogan is under criminal investigation following allegations of an attempt to pervert the course of justice. Persad-Bissessar will make a statement on the matter tomorrow at 4 pm at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair. The Cabinet last underwent a reshuffle on Septe ... Read More

Japan PM condemns 'despicable' IS hostage beheading claim

Sunday, February 01, 2015 11:33 AM    

A visibly upset Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday condemned the announcement by Islamic State militants that they had beheaded second Japanese hostage as "heinous and despicable," ending a hostage standoff that has rocked the pacifist nation. IS claimed in a video released online that it had killed 47-year-old journalist Kenji Goto -- the second purported beheading of a Japanese hostage in a week -- but made no mention of a Jordanian pilot it has also threatened to kill. "We will ... Read More

Manchester police shoot man of 'unsound mind'

Sunday, February 01, 2015 10:58 AM    

MANCHESTER, Jamaica - A 34-year-old man believed to be of unsound mind and no fixed address is in stable condition at hospital, according to Manchester police, after he was shot by cops in the town of Mandeville, here, Saturday. Reports are that, about 6:15 pm yesterday, two members of the Proactive Investigation team were on patrol along Manchester Road when the man was allegedly seen with a knife. In an effort to take the knife from the man, who reportedly attempted to stab the officers, the ... Read More



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