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Landslide buries Indian village; at least 30 dead

MALIN, India (AP) — Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 30 people and trapping more than 150, authorities said. Two days of torrential ... Read More

Alexei Mestre Cuban basketball player defects
HAVANA, Scotland - A player on Cuba's national basketball team, Alexei Mestre, has defected ahead of ... Read More

'Aussie athlete' facing assault charge
GLASGOW, Scotland (AFP) - A 29-year-old man, reported to be an Australian athlete, was due to appear ... Read More

Police: Naked intruder fell asleep in couple's bed
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — A New Mexico man faces charges after authorities say a couple f ... Read More

Jamaica could earn big money from ornamental fish exports – Commerce Minister

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:07 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, says the ornamental fish export industry is poised for growth and has the potential to earn the country well-needed foreign exchange. “I do believe the ornamental fish industry can become for Jamaica what flowers have become for Colombia,” he stated, while addressing the close out ceremony for the Collaborate to Prosper Project at the Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA) headquarters in K ... Read More

Argentina heads into default as debt talks fail

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:03 PM    

Axel Kicillof, Argentina's economy minister

NEW YORK (AP) — Talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years ended with bitter recriminations Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with US hedge fund creditors it dismisses as "vultures." Court-appointed mediator Daniel Pollack said the failure triggered an imminent default that, among other things, would hurt the Argentine economy as well as bondholders who were not part of the dispute. "The full consequences of default are not predic ... Read More

Plane crashes in San Diego parking lot; 1 dead

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:36 PM    


SAN DIEGO (AP) — A small plane crashed in a San Diego shopping center parking lot Wednesday, killing one woman on board and seriously injuring another, a fire spokesman said. The single-engine 1988 Mooney M-20L went down around 5:30 pm. Wednesday in a parking lot that serves a Costco and a Target store in the Kearny Mesa neighbourhood. The plane had bounced while landing at nearby Montgomerey Field, continued westbound and went down, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation ... Read More

Sean Paul to perform with Enrique Iglesias on Good Morning America

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:00 PM    

Enrique Iglesias (centre) with Descemer Bueno (left) and Sean Paul after the NBC performance.

The two, along with Descemer Bueno recently performed ‘Bailando’ live on NCB's America's Got Talent.   Enrique tapped Sean Paul for the English version of his hit ‘Bailando’ and they also performed together at the Macy's Day Parade in New York on July 4. ‘Bailando’, done in Spanish and features Bueno, has moved into the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Read More

Met Service forecasts rain for Thursday

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 7:43 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica today forecast a break in the current drought in the Corporate Area, and sections of Clarendon and St Catherine. According to its advisory late Wednesday afternoon, heavy showers are expected for Thursday evening in Kingston and Portmore, St Catherine ; while May Pen in Clarendon will experience thunderstorm conditions. The rains are expected to come from a trough currently across the central Caribbean including Jamaica. The Me ... Read More

Gas price up 42 cents, diesel $1.58

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:35 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see higher prices at the pumps tomorrow, July 31 with an increase in Petrojam’s ex-refinery costs. 87- and 90-octane gasoline will be sold for $125.48 and $127.14 per litre, respectively, up by 42 cents each. Automotive diesel fuel will be sold for $127.00 per litre after an increase of $1.58, while ultra-low sulphur diesel is up by $1.53, and will be sold for $132.48 per litre. Meanwhile, kerosene oil increased in price by $1.86 and will be so ... Read More

FOREX: $112.79 to one US dollar

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:12 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica —The US dollar on Wednesday, July 30, ended trading at J$112.79 down four cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed at J$104.45 down from J$105.45 while the British pound ended trading at J$190.92 down from J$191.14.  Read More

Sales spike for Chronixx after Tonight Show

By Kevin Jackson Observer writer | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 4:56 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- One week after performing on NBC’sTonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, reggae singer Chronixx experienced a sales boost for his EP Dread & Terrible and the song Here Comes Trouble. Dread & Terrible, which was released in April, sold 2,092 copies since last July 22 (when Chronixx appeared on 'Tonight') for total sales of 4,790 copies. Two weeks earlier, only 367 copies were sold. That surge has pushed Dread & Terrible into the number one spot on the Billboard R ... Read More

Jamaica’s McLaughlin, Calvert, Henry-Robinson progress to women’s 200m semi finals

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 4:16 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s Anneisha McLaughlin, Schillonie Calvert and Samatha Henry-Robinson all progressed to the semi finals of the women’s 200 metre at the 20th Commonwealth Games underway in Glasgow, Scotland. McLaughlin won Heat 3 in 23.27 while Henry Robinson (23.18) finished second in Heat 2, behind Bianca Williams of Great Britain (22.97). Calvert won Heat 4 in 23.14 seconds. Favourite Nigeria’s Blessing Okabare took Heat 1 in 22.99 seconds.   Read More

Contract dispute delays Big Bang Theory production

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:48 PM    


NEW YORK (AP) — Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television's most popular comedy, said that Wednesday's scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus was postponed. There's no word on when "The Big Bang Theory" team will be back at work. The CBS series is heading into its eighth season, and the studio is trying to hammer out new deals with actor ... Read More



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