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Taxi operator shot dead in Manchester

Mandeville, Manchester- Thirty-two-year-old taxi operator Kevin Vidal otherwise called ‘Buscom’ was shot and killed in the parish early Saturday morning by unknown assailants. Police reports are that at about 12:15am residents alerted them to the body at Vidal’s home in the New Ha ... Read More

(Photo: AFP) Barca beaten by Real Madrid on Suarez debut
MADRID, (AFP) - Luis Suarez's Barcelona debut ended in defeat as Real Madrid cut the gap on the La L ... Read More

Cop on corruption charge, co-accused offered bail
ST JAMES, Jamaica — A police constable and facing corruption charges and his co-accused were o ... Read More

Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Fuad Khan Unsanitary Trinis could bring CHIKV cases to a million — health minister
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Fuad Khan says he fears chikungu ... Read More

Weekend starts on bloody note

Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:21 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two people were shot dead in separate incidents Friday by unknown assailants in Kingston and St James. Preliminary reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that in one incident, about 9:30 am, residents stumbled upon the body of a man with what appeared to be gunshot wounds on Orange Street, central Kingston and called the police. The body was removed to the morgue. Meanwhile, the body of 29-year-old Keno Brown was discovered in Lilliput District, St james after resident ... Read More

Human Rights Watch: Jamaican gays, transgenders face unchecked abuse

Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:15 PM    

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MIAMI, (AFP) - Jamaican police are not doing enough to protect gay and transgender people who "live in constant fear," as incidents of extreme violence and even murder go unchecked, according to a report Tuesday. At least two gay men have been killed in recent years, the US-based rights watchdog said, and incidents of mob violence, shooting, stabbing and beatings are "part of the lived reality" of many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Jamaica. In July 2013, 16-year-old D ... Read More

Land owners owe close to 3 billion in property taxes

Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:00 PM    

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Noel Arscott

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Local Government and Community Development Noel Arscott is appealing to land owners to clear the $2.8 billion in outstanding property taxes for the current fiscal year. This will ensure that the target of $7.26 billion for the financial year is met, the minister said. “I am making a special appeal for this gap to be filled. The reality is that the money we collect from the citizens of Jamaica will be returned to them in the form of services,” A ... Read More

EPL ROUND-UP: Man City loses, Liverpool held but Arsenal victorious

Saturday, October 25, 2014 11:52 AM    

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli reacts at the final whistle as his team draw 0-0 with Hull, after their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Saturday. (Photo: AP)

LONDON (AP) — Manchester City and Liverpool endured Premier League frustration Saturday following Champions League setbacks. Having thrown away a winning position to draw at CSKA Moscow in midweek, City was stunned 2-1 by West Ham. City's second loss of its title defense was the latest eye-catching scalp for West Ham, which is fourth in the standings. City was dislodged from second place by surprise package Southampton, which beat Stoke 1-0. Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, whose perf ... Read More

Dallas nurse gets hug from Obama 

Saturday, October 25, 2014 11:01 AM    

President Barack Obama hugs Ebola survivor Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, in Washington. Pham's mother Diana, centre, and sister Cathy watch. Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus. (AP Photo)

BETHESDA, Maryland (AP) — A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free and into open arms. Nina Pham got a hug from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House Friday. And outside the hospital where she had been since last week, she got hugs from the nation's infectious disease chief, who oversaw her care. White House spokesman Josh Earnest called the meeting with Obama "an opportun ... Read More

Trinidad: No ban for travellers from USA

Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:10 AM    

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) — Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan yesterday said he will not heed calls to ban people entering T&T from New York or Texas or the rest of the United States. He also said the measures which have been already imposed by Cabinet remain intact. Khan was asked for his views after news of a confirmed case of Ebola in New York city. Dr Craig Spencer, 33, who worked with Doctors Without Borders contracted the virus after treating Ebola patients in Guinea ... Read More

Guyanese Health authorities monitoring national who recently returned from West Africa

Saturday, October 25, 2014 9:55 AM    

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – The Guyana Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) says a patient who recently travelled to West Africa will be monitored “on a daily basis” to ensure that symptoms associated with the deadly Ebola virus do not develop in the near future. The GPHC in a statement said that the unidentified patient had gone to see her private physician “for evaluation and treatment of leg pains” following her recent trip to a country in West Africa, where the Eb ... Read More

Foreign direct investment in the Caribbean declines in first half of 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014 9:54 AM    

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into 13 Latin American and Caribbean countries decreased by 23 per cent during the first half of 2014 . On a global level, however, ECLAC said FDI flows are forecast to grow 10 per cent during 2014, mainly due to investments received by developed countries. The data unveiled corresponds to an update that ECLAC does every year to the main figures in the ... Read More

West Ham stuns champion Man City with 2-1 win

Saturday, October 25, 2014 9:54 AM    

West Ham's Morgan Amalfitano (centre) scores past Manchester City's goalkeeper Joe Hart during the English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park stadium in London, Saturday. (AP)

LONDON (AP) — West Ham inflicted Manchester City's second loss in its Premier League title defense on Saturday, maintaining its surprising form with a 2-1 victory. Morgan Amalfitano put West Ham in front in the first half and Diafra Sakho extended the lead in the 75th minute shortly before David Silva pulled one back for City. Although West Ham stayed fourth after a third successive win, Sam Allardyce's side is now just a point behind second-place City. Read More

Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads: WHO

Saturday, October 25, 2014 8:37 AM    

GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through October 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The virus, which reached Mali through a two-year-old girl who died on Friday, now threatens Ivory Coast, having infected people virtually all along its borders with Guinea and Liberia. Ivory Coast is the world's biggest cocoa producer. The Ebola outbreak has hurt the economic growth that has been raising l ... Read More



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