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Hundreds pay tribute to horse racing legend Kenneth Mattis

Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta (centre) and his wife Elizabeth (right) with Mrs Kenneth Mattis at the Thanksgiving service for her husband today. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) 

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Family and friends turned out in their numbers to pay their respect for the life of horse racing’s double Hall-of-Famer, Kenneth Mattis at a Service of Thanksgiving held at the Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Shortwood Road, Kingston today. Christopher Brown, cha ... Read More

Witness in murder trial of ex-cop missing
ST ANN’S BAY, St Ann — A witness in the murder trial of ex-cop Jeffery Peart and his sis ... Read More

(Photo: Drivers scramble for flying cash on Maryland highway
URBANA, Maryland (AP) — Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway after ... Read More

File photo Power restored at Sangster International Airport
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Essential services were not affected by a power outage at the Sangster ... Read More

Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket explodes in desert, 1 dead

Friday, October 31, 2014 2:36 PM    

(Photo: AP)

MOJAVE, California (AP) — A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight in Southern California's Mojave Desert, a witness said Friday. At least one was dead and another was injured, California Highway Patrol said. The SpaceShipTwo rocket is typically flown by a crew of two pilots and has been under development at Mojave Air and Space Port in the desert northeast of Los Angeles. "During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the ... Read More

Mike Tyson says he was sexually abused as a child

Friday, October 31, 2014 2:27 PM    

Tyson (AFP)

LOS ANGELES, (AFP) - Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was sexually abused when he was seven years old by a stranger on the street, he told US radio. The 48-year-old former boxer said an adult male grabbed him. "He bullied me, sexually abused me and stuff... snatched me off the street. I was a little kid," he told Sirius XM Radio. Tyson said he never saw the man again and never reported the incident to his parents or the police. "It was nobody's business to know," he said, during an int ... Read More

Accountant General employee, four others charged in $19m scam at department

Friday, October 31, 2014 12:42 PM    

MOCA, Tuesday,  carried out raids at the Accountant General’s Department downtown Kingston... 

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A senior employee at the Accountant General's Department along with his sister and three others have been slapped with fraud charges after raids Tuesday in a multimillion dollar investigation. Charges were laid against Accountant General-employee, 35-year- old Julio Parkinson, his sister Meisha, as well as Kemar Lewis, Rameish Watson and Anthony Monroe. Allegations are that between February and October of this year Parkinson, an accountant, acted in concert with his sister ... Read More

KCOBA to honour five outstanding old boys

Friday, October 31, 2014 11:54 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Supreme Court Judge Justice David Batts is among five outstanding Kingston College Old Boys to be honoured at this year’s annual reunion and awards dinner of the Kingston College Old Boys Association (KCOBA) set to take place at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston this Saturday, November 1. Justice Batts stirred much discussion last year when he reminded the police about the law as it relates to the stop-and-search of motor vehicles. Other KC Old Boys to be hon ... Read More

St Ann man stabbed to death, another injured in altercation

Friday, October 31, 2014 11:25 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — One man is dead and another hospitalised after the two were involved in a dispute, in Exchange, St Ann Friday morning. Preliminary reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that about 7:30 am, the deceased, Javan Flower, was involved in an altercation with a man known as Ray during which weapons were brought into play. Ray, it is reported, received a chop wound and Flower was stabbed. Flower was pronounced dead at hospital and Ray admitted. Read More

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore resigns after protest

Friday, October 31, 2014 11:16 AM    

Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore (Photo: AFP)

OUAGADOUGOU, (AFP) -- Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Friday that he was stepping down to make way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule. His resignation came as tens of thousands of protesters demanded that he quit immediately after a day of unrest that saw mass demonstrations, with protesters storming and setting fire to Parliament. Observers have drawn a parallel between the protests and the Arab Spring, while the situation is being ... Read More

Vendor fatally stabbed in Santa Cruz market

Friday, October 31, 2014 10:19 AM    

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – The St Elizabeth police are confirming the stabbing death of a vendor in the Santa Cruz Market, mid-morning Friday. The name of the deceased was not immediately available but police said he was a 33 year-old vendor. Reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE from people at the scene said the vendor and a cart operator got into a quarrel over a cellphone. The quarrel reportedly led to the stabbing of the vendor. The cart operator is said to have fled the scene. Read More

JUTC bus/trailer truck crash leaves several people injured

Friday, October 31, 2014 9:49 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Several people have been rushed to hospital after a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus and a trailer truck crashed along Spanish Town Road in Kingston this morning. Details of the circumstances leading to the crash are unclear at this time. The condition of those taken to hospital is also unconfirmed. More information later. Kimmo Matthews Read More

Westmoreland shooting leaves man dead, another injured

Friday, October 31, 2014 9:47 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man, estimated to be in his 30s, was fatally shot and another said to be in his late 40s shot and injured in Content District, Westmoreland early Friday morning. Reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that about four o’clock both men were at home when armed men reportedly entered the premises and opened gunfire hitting them. It is said that one man reportedly died at the scene of the incident, the other was taken to hospital. Read More

Not enough evidence to prosecute police in Kentucky Kid’s killing, DPP insists

Friday, October 31, 2014 9:41 AM    

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewelllyn and INDECOM boss Terrence Williams

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewelllyn, responding to reports that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has sent a special report to Parliament regarding the fatal shooting of Robert ‘Kentucky Kid’ Hill by the police, insists that there was not enough evidence to prosecute the accused. According to the DPP, no eyewitnesses came forward to corroborate accusations that Kentucky Kid was murdered and so there was no case. The D ... Read More



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