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Rebels release train with bodies, black boxes from downed flight


HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body parts decaying in sweltering heat ... Read More

Become compliant, Ministry warns overseas employment agencies
KINGSTON, Jamaica --The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is urging overseas employment agencie ... Read More

Health Ministry urges checks for travellers to chikungunya-affected countries
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Health is urging individuals who have travelled to chikung ... Read More

Lisa Hanna Hanna appoints Children’s Home Review Committee
KINGSTON, Jamaica —The Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, has appointed a committee to ... Read More

Woman accused of killing six babies and storing their bodies face court

Monday, July 21, 2014 6:10 PM    

PROVO, Utah (AP) — 39-year-old Megan Huntsman from Provo, Utah accused of killing six of her newborns and packing their bodies away in her garage over a decade appeared in briefly in court Monday before a judge pushed back a planned hearing. Attorneys for Megan Huntsman said in Utah's 4th District Court that they needed more time before deciding whether they want to request a review of evidence in the case. Defence attorney Anthony Howell said Huntsman's legal team is bringing on a medic ... Read More

James Rodriquez’s volley voted World Cup’s best goal

Monday, July 21, 2014 5:11 PM    


MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- James Rodriguez's spectacular volley against Uruguay was crowned the best goal of the World Cup on Monday as speculation mounted that he will soon be unveiled as Real Madrid's latest big money signing. Spanish sports dailies Marca and As said Real had agreed a deal worth between 75 and 80 million euros (US$100-$108 million) with the Colombian striker's French club Monaco and he could be presented as a new signing on Tuesday. The 23-year-old is waiting in Europe for the c ... Read More

Pregnant Wyoming teen strangled, boyfriend decapitated

Monday, July 21, 2014 5:04 PM    

WYOMING, Michigan (AP) — A pregnant Michigan teenager was strangled and her boyfriend decapitated after apparently connecting with a stranger through the online service Craigslist for a sexual encounter, police said Monday. The police chief in Wyoming, a Grand Rapids suburb, said that 18-year-old Brooke Slocum was held captive before her death. Her body was found Thursday in the trunk of the suspect's car. She was eight months pregnant. Chief James Carmody says her boyfriend, Charles Opp ... Read More

FOREX: $112.70 to one US dollar

Monday, July 21, 2014 4:45 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica —The US dollar on Monday, July 21, ended trading at J$112.70 down two cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed at J$105.30 down from J$106.07 while the British pound ended trading at J$192.28 down from J$192.53. Read More

Possible changes in 100m line up for World Junior Champs

PAUL A REID Observer Writer | Monday, July 21, 2014 4:04 PM    

The Wolmer’s Girls sprinter had to sit out most of the JAAA training camp...

EUGENE, USA -- There could be changes in the Jamaican entries to the men’s and women’s 100m events as the IAAF World Junior Championships get underway here at Hayward Field in Eugene Oregon Tuesday. Head coach Michael Carr told OBSERVER ONLINE that “there could be changes to who runs the 100m for us” but declined to go into any details. Carr who was headed to the technical meeting where he would make the changes said that he would make the adjustments known when the tea ... Read More

Webb wants Gold Cup at Caribbean venues

Monday, July 21, 2014 3:48 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- FIFA vice-president and Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) president Jeffrey Webb says plans are afoot to expand the hosting of the Gold Cup to the Caribbean region. The Gold Cup is the top tournament in the region and is hosted only in the United States which has the best facilities in the confederation. But Webb who was guest at the Jamaica Observer’s weekly Monday Exchange today said that widening the pool of cou ... Read More

PHOTO: Jamrock Summer - 90days, 90ways

Monday, July 21, 2014 3:13 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham McNeill, is all smiles as he poses for the camera with CNN anchor, Michaela Pereira, at the recent launch (Wednesday, July 16) of  the ministry’s "Jamrock Summer - 90 days, 90 ways" initiative. The launch, which took place at Sandals Royal Caribbean Hotel in Montego Bay, will see a major push being made towards attracting international visitors to the island, as well as encouraging Jamaicans to support local enter ... Read More

Adam Levine weds Behati Prinsloo

Monday, July 21, 2014 3:03 PM    

(Photo: CNN)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Adam Levine, former mentor for Tessanne Chin on ‘The Voice’ competition, married fiancée Behati Prinsloo on July 19 at Flora Farms in Los Cabos, Mexico. The People Magazine’s “sexiest man alive” and the Victoria's Secret model said their nuptials in front of more than 200 guests following a pre-wedding beach party the night before, according to People magazine. The couple began dating in 2012 and officially announced their engageme ... Read More

Two minors among 18 gang members arrested

Monday, July 21, 2014 2:18 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The police have reported that two minors are among 18 alleged gang members being held in custody after recent arrests. On Saturday, July 19 the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) reported that the 18 people, including a woman, were charged with breaches of the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations Act), 2013. The two minors were listed among the five members of the ‘Savannah’ gang in Clarendon and are to appear before the May Pen Resident Ma ... Read More

Players must be held accountable for failure -- Burrell

Monday, July 21, 2014 2:05 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell has thrown down the gauntlet to players representing the country, saying that not only the administrators will be held accountable if the Reggae Boyz underperform on the field. The JFF head who was guest at today’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange insisted that greater attention should be placed on the performances of players adding that his administration will be working with head coach Winfrie ... Read More



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