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Toyota recalls 690,000 pickups to fix rear springs

The Toyota Tacoma

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire. The recall covers Tacoma Four-by-Four and Pre-Runner pickups from the 2005 through 2011 model years. The automaker says the leaf springs ... Read More

Yamaha Team’s Italian rider
Valentino Rossi competes during
the MotoGP race Aragon Grand
Prix at the Motorland racetrack in
Alcaniz yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP) Rossi suffers concussion in crash
ALCANIZ, Spain (AFP) — Seven-time premier class world champion Valentino Rossi was taken to ho ... Read More

Dr Omar
Davies New traffic bill gets reviewed
ONE of the provisions of the new Road Traffic Bill, states that drivers must have their driver's lic ... Read More

Justin Sirgany makes contact with Senna Summerbell Myers in seventh heaven
IT was the trio of Thomas Issa, William Myers, and Colin Daley Jr that provided the action at Sunday ... Read More

Smoother flow coming for Portmore

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, September 26, 2014    

Traffic exiting Portmore during peak hours.

DRIVERS who live in Portmore, St Catherine, and work in Kingston, should have an easier flow in the next two weeks. According to Senior Superintendent of Police Calvin Allen, newly appointed head of the Elletson Road-based Police Traffic Division, plans are under way to reduce the morning peak-hour congestion. "We are looking at the traffic from the RUBiS service station in Naggo Head heading east towards Bayside, then onwards to the toll booth. We intend to turn that road into a one-way betwe ... Read More

Taking full control

By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, September 26, 2014    

They may be small, but
their speeds make them
impressive to watch.

Now in her second term, the two-year-old JamRock Radio Control Car Club (JRRCCC) has put their faith in president Denise Clarke to expand and lead the small club into the future. "The JRRCCC exists to provide a home for the radio-controlled car hobbyist, to meet, exchange ideas and assist however we can," Clarke told Auto. A seasoned radio-controlled car racer, she was introduced to the sport by her husband seven years ago and a sponsored driver. She has also competed overseas. This has shaped ... Read More

Car club donates to Mandeville hospital

Friday, September 26, 2014    

Victor Dixon Jr (second left), Central Classic Car Club
representative, and wife Shawnalee, with (from left) Alwyn
Miller, CEO at the Mandeville Regional Hospital and Dr
Everton McIntosh, senior medical officer, on Wednesday.
(PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester: Proceeds from last month's classic car show at the Brooks Park Sports and Recreational Complex in Mandeville have enabled the Mandeville Regional hospital to get a much-needed boost. The hospital on Wednesday was the recipient of items including a wheel chair, blood pressure machine, a multi-function printer, stuff toys, oxygen masks, cotton wool, surgical tapes and adult diapers. The August 31 show, organised by the Central Classic Car Club, was in its fourth year. How ... Read More

Bikefest this Sunday

Friday, September 26, 2014    

Jesse Toler

BILLED as the Best of the Best: Jamaica vs USA, Bikefest returns for its third staging at the National Stadium in St Andrew on Sunday. Action is scheduled for a 10:00 am start and organisers promise an exciting day of two-wheeled stunts. "We had overwhelming support from the fans and the bike community last year when it was held at Palisadoes. This year, we decided to move it closer so all can have better access for attendance through the public transport system," Gregory McFarlane, co-promote ... Read More

VW TRISTAR makes premiere

Friday, September 26, 2014    

HANNOVER, Germany: Multifunctional like a Swiss Army knife. Variable, reliable and an all-rounder: on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the first Syncro concept car, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presents the TRISTAR, an unprecedented combination of all the good features of the current T model series. Its extreme off-road capability combined with flexible transport and storage capacities make the TRISTAR the perfect service, transport or surf mobile, at your choice. Transport of the futu ... Read More

PHOTO: Phew!

Friday, September 26, 2014    

Traffic trickles by
as the trailer ‘crew’
wait for help.

THE normal flow of traffic on Michael Manley Boulevard in Kingston was disrupted Wednesday Morning when this trailer chassis slipped from the back of this truck, causing a scare for driver and sideman. Help was sought and man driving tractor in the vicinity responded and pushed the 'cargo' back in its place. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON) Phew! --> Read More

PHOTO FINISH: Quarter-mile cuties

Friday, September 26, 2014    

The NDRC
promotional
girls show their
true colours.

Real drag racers may live their lives a quarter-mile at a time, but sometimes you have to slow down to take in the beauty around you. These were some of the off-track observations at the National Drag Racing Circuit meet at Vernamfield in Clarendon, recently. Photos: Rory Daley Quarter-mile cuties --> Read More

Chrysler recalling nearly 189,000 SUVs

Wednesday, September 24, 2014    

Durango

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the US to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall. But a safety advocate says the recall doesn't cover enough models, contending the same problem can happen in millions of other Chrysler, Jeep and Ram vehicles. The recall, posted on Saturday last by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covers some 2011 models with 3.6-litre V6 or 5.7-litre V8 engines. Chrysler sa ... Read More

Crunch time for karters

Tuesday, September 23, 2014    

Go-kart action from a previous meet.

THE Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) championship season begins to wind down as the seventh meet in their nine-meet schedule takes place at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston on Sunday. "We are expecting between 21 to 26 karters," Heather Eaton, JKA president, told Auto. With school schedules now stable, all six classes are expected to be represented starting with Comer 50, where Mattea Issa will try to fend off the charging pair of Ryan Lue and Zachary Sirgany. Lue will also fa ... 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



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