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Georgia airline worker arrested in gun smuggling plot

ATLANTA (AP) -- Federal authorities say an Atlanta airline employee is suspected of helping smuggle firearms to New York City on passenger jets. FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said Monday that Delta baggage handler Eugene Harvey was arrested by federal agents without trouble. An FBI affidavit says M ... Read More

Paul Casanova (left) and Ricardo Jones Kingston, St Catherine police list 10 wanted men
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police in Kingston and St Catherine have listed several men as wanted ... Read More

Othniel Lawrence Lawrence gets injunction barring ouster as JLP caretaker/candidate
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Othniel Lawrence today secured a 28 ... Read More

A police officer guards the van that crashed into a French Christmas market in Nantes, western France, Monday, December 22, 2014 (Photo: AP). Dozens injured in 3 separate attacks in France
PARIS (AP) — French authorities urged calm after a series of attacks across the country left d ... Read More

Firearm seized in Lacovia, St Elizabeth

Monday, December 22, 2014 6:03 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Lacovia police seized a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver in Mountainside district, St Elizabeth on Monday, December 22. Reports are that about 5:40 am, lawmen were on an operation in the community where a premises was searched and the firearm seized. Kevon Maxwell of Mulgrave district in the parish was arrested and charged for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. He is scheduled to appear before the St Elizabeth Resident Magistrate’s Court Wednesday, ... Read More

PSOJ calls for fuel price reduction in line with global trends

Monday, December 22, 2014 6:00 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) says that local manufacturers and consumers are not benefitting enough from the effects of the strong global reduction in oil price. According to the PSOJ, fuel prices from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and other stakeholders in the fuel industry are not moving at the same pace now that global oil prices are falling, as when they were increasing. "The PSOJ is urging that the same response to price movement ... Read More

Income tax threshold increase January 1

Monday, December 22, 2014 5:14 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has announced that on January 1, 2015 an increase in the income tax threshold will take effect. The new threshold or tax-free income will move to $557,232 per annum, up from $507,312 per annum, TAJ said in a statement Monday. TAJ said that the increase in the threshold means the corresponding tax-free portion to be used by employers in making periodic payments is as follows: $10,716 weekly $21,432 fortnightly $46, 436 monthly $139 ... Read More

Forex: J$114.54 to one US dollar

Monday, December 22, 2014 5:04 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Monday, December 22 ended trading at J$114.54, down five cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed at J$98.07, down from J$99.77 while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$178.38 down from J$179.06. Read More

Witness in Kartel murder trial killed in Portmore

Monday, December 22, 2014 4:44 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A man who was a key witness in the Vybz Kartel murder trial was shot dead in the Waterford area of Portmore, St Catherine this morning. Reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that Damion Orrett also known as Ratty was in the community when a gunman alighted from a motorcar and shot him just before 9:00am. Another man was injured during the shooting and was taken to hospital. Read More

Mining to resume at Alpart in January -- Paulwell

Monday, December 22, 2014 3:41 PM    

Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Mining operations linked to the Alpart bauxite/alumina plant in St Elizabeth, is set to resume next month, and the refinery will officially re-open in December, 2016, government has announced. Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Phillip Paulwell, speaking today (December 22), at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, said the agreement with Russian aluminium company, UC Rusal will facilitate the mining and export of up to two million tonn ... Read More

Sting, Jazz & Blues tickets at Bill Express

Monday, December 22, 2014 3:06 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS), through its Bill Express brand, has signed on as a ticket agent for two of the biggest entertainment calendar events – Magnum Sting 2014 and the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2015. This follows GKMS’s launch in July as a ticket agent for Reggae Sumfest, where the company rolled out its ticketing solution through its extensive network. “We are always exploring innovative ways to enhance the customer experience. Both ... Read More

Windies touchdown for crucial second Test

Monday, December 22, 2014 2:55 PM    

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (CMC) – Embattled West Indies touched down here Monday afternoon, to start preparations for the crucial second Test against South Africa starting Boxing Day. The visitors, still smarting from their heavy innings and 220-run defeat at Centurion in the first Test, arrived to a distinctly Caribbean-flavoured ceremony, involving dancers and steel pan orchestra. Following a rest day on Monday, the Windies will hold their first training session on Tuesday evening, ... Read More

Sexual violence rampant among El Salvador gangs

Monday, December 22, 2014 2:29 PM    

In this October 2014, file photo, Elba Magdalena Alvarez, 17, lies dead by the side of the road in San Salvador, El Salvador, after she was allegedly pulled out of a bus by gang members and then shot, according to an eyewitness on the bus. 
She was naked from the waist down and police were trying to determine if she had been raped. (Photo: AP)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence. Rather, to the bodies of dead women and girls pulled from clandestine graves. Raped, battered and sometimes cut to pieces, they attest to the sadistic abuse committed by members of street gangs. Those who gather statistics say there are no reliable numbers on sexual violence in El Salvador. Threats prevent many from reporting attacks. Others who have grown up ... Read More

Gospel singer Barbara Jones dies

Monday, December 22, 2014 2:18 PM    

Gospel singer Barbara Jones

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Singer Barbara Jones, who died last Friday at age 62, was among the second generation of Jamaican female performers who emerged during the 1970s. Jones, who died from pneumonia at the University Hospital of the West Indies, came of age in that decade along with Judy Mowatt, Sonya Spence, Joy White and Pam Hall. Jones (given name Barbara Nation) began her career in 1S971, cutting a cover of American country singer Sue Thompson's Sad Movies with the Soul Syndicate Band for R ... Read More



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