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Bolt aims to replicate Beijing performance at World Champs

KINGSTON, Jamaica—World and Olympic sprint superstar Usain Bolt says his recording-breaking performances in Beijing, China are moments he will never forget as he aims to improve on his world records when he next competes in the city next year. The double sprint world record holder said that h ... Read More

Chanderpaul sends warning with big hundred as Bangladesh, St Kitts/Nevis draw
BASSETERRE, (CMC) – Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul issued a stern warning to Bangladesh ... Read More

Mad rush at Transport Centre for Smarter Card
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police were called to maintain a presence at the Half-Way-Tree Transpo ... Read More

JUTC now accepting cash payments until Sunday
KINGSTON, Jamaica—The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it will accept cash payment fo ... Read More

VIDEO: Zimmerman acquitted because Trayvon Martin was black, says US attorney

Monday, September 01, 2014 6:49 PM    

Jasmine Rand

KINGSTON, Jamaica — US attorney Jasmine Rand said that Trayvon Martin’s accused killer George Zimmerman was acquitted because the victim was black. Speaking at press conference in Kingston on Monday, Rand, who represented the interests of Martin’s relatives in the case, said Zimmerman was set free because of where the incident happened. “Trayvon Martin was shot because he was black. Zimmerman got away because he (Martin) was black. I think the case was lost because the ... Read More

Nurses go on strike in Ebola-hit Liberia

Monday, September 01, 2014 5:54 PM    

MONROVIA, (AFP) - Nurses at Liberia's largest hospital went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the West African nation. John Tugbeh, spokesman for the strikers at Monrovia's John F Kennedy hospital, said the nurses would not return to work until they are supplied with "personal protective equipment (PPEs)", the hazmat-style suits which guard against infectious diseases. "From the beginning of the ... Read More

US pathologist arrives in Jamaica for Mario Deane's autopsy

Monday, September 01, 2014 5:37 PM    

US pathologist Dr Michael Baden

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — US pathologist Dr Michael Baden arrived at the Sangster International Airport a short while ago to conduct an autopsy on the body of 31-year-old Mario Deane, who died after being beaten while in police lock-up. The autopsy will be done tomorrow, September 2. Dr Baden noted that he became concerned after learning of the incident and offered to assist. " I am concerned. I have done a lot of work in the United States I am concerned about deaths in police custody," Dr ... Read More

Two dead in St Elizabeth car crash

Monday, September 01, 2014 4:57 PM    

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — The police are confirming the death of two people, a taxi driver and a passenger in a traffic crash in the Holland Bamboo area in early Monday afternoon. Police have identified the dead taxi driver as Marlon Bennett of a Middle Quarters address. Reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that several other people including a toddler have been rushed to hospital. Reports say that at shortly after 2:00 pm the taxi, which was travelling from Black River towards Santa Cruz ... Read More

NSWMA truck drops off hillside into Portland yard

Monday, September 01, 2014 4:45 PM    

The overturned truck on top of the car in the yard

PORTLAND, Jamaica —A National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) garbage truck caused a scare for a Portland homeowner Saturday after it fell off a hillside into her yard and on top of a parked car at Black Hill in the parish. OBSERVER ONLINE understands that the disabled truck was parked in the Black Hill Square perched on a slope as the driver went to seek assistance. The truck reportedly slowly crept off the hillside and overturned into the yard narrowly missing the house. A ma ... Read More

Police seize 500 pounds of ganja in St Elizabeth

Monday, September 01, 2014 4:09 PM    

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — Detectives from the Area Three Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division are reporting the seizure of approximately 500 pounds of ganja in two communities in St Elizabeth on Sunday, August 31. According to the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) between 12 noon and 4:00 pm a team of officers carried out operations in Braes River and Burnt Savannah in the parish when the weed estimated to have a street value of J$1.75 million was seized. No one was arrested in conn ... Read More

Armed robber caught after brazen attack in Cross Roads

Monday, September 01, 2014 3:57 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police arrested one of two armed robbers in a brazen mid-morning attack on a business place in Cross Roads, Kingston. The incident, which left a security guard nursing gunshot wounds, occured about 10:00 am when the men entered the building brandishing guns and ordered the proprietor to hand over money and other valuables, the police say. During the confrontation the security guard who intervened was shot. The robbers managed to steal a cell phone, an undetermined ... Read More

Smooth first day of school

Monday, September 01, 2014 3:37 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Education Ministry says that the 2014/2015 school-year went off to a relatively smooth start, with no major challenges reported during the first day. In a release Monday, September 1, Minister Ronald Thwaites said that the process went smoothly although “four schools in Region Two experienced difficulties with their water supplies, including one where residents stole the water from the tank on the weekend”. The Education Minister, however, said that all ... Read More

Apparent massive hack reveals nude pictures of Hollywood stars

Monday, September 01, 2014 2:36 PM    

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) - Scandal rocked both Hollywood and the US tech industry Monday after an apparent massive hack of a cloud data service unleashed a torrent of intimate pictures of celebrities onto the Internet. Anonymous posters to online message boards boasted of having nude images of scores of female stars including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and top model Kate Upton. Early reports suggested hackers had "ripped" private images from tech giant Apple's iCloud online data st ... Read More

Cuba cracks down on goods in travellers' luggage

Monday, September 01, 2014 2:18 PM    

(Photo: AP)

HAVANA (AP) — Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travellers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting. Passengers on flights from Miami said they were bringing in far less than usual thanks to higher customs duties and stricter limits on the number of products allowed under rules that went into effect Monday. At Havana's international airport, there ap ... Read More



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