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Two injured in 3-vehicle crash on Red Hills Road

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A three-vehicle collision along Red Hills Road in Kingston a short while ago has left at least two people seriously injured OBSERVER ONLINE has learnt. According to preliminary reports the driver of a Toyota Corona motor car heading from the direction of Half Way Tree attempted ... Read More

Driver trapped in motor vehicle after collision
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Eye witnesses are reporting to OBSERVER ONLINE that the driver of a motor car in ... Read More

Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillips (right); Minister with Responsibility for the Public Service, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Horace Dalley (second left); and Co-Chair, Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Richard Byles (left) with Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President, Luis Alberto Moreno (centre); and IDB Country Representative in Jamaica, Therese Turner-Jones, during Friday’s private sector luncheon at Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston. (Photo:JIS)
Phillips calls for more int’l support for Caribbean region
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillips, has cited the need for a &ldq ... Read More

Police officers leave candles at an impromptu memorial near the site
where two New York City police officers were killed in the Brooklyn
borough. (Photo:AP) NY cop killer had history of mental instability
NEW YORK (AP) -- The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad ca ... Read More

Govt seeking to use mined-out bauxite lands for bamboo cultivation

Sunday, December 21, 2014 5:27 PM    

Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams (right) being shown the process of producing bamboo charcoal by president of Nelson’s Super Farm, Oratio Kennedy (centre), and director, Roger Chang. (Photo:JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaican Government is looking into the feasibility of using mined-out bauxite lands for the wide-scale planting of bamboo, and the growing of edible bamboo shoots. State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, said discussions towards this effort, are underway between her Ministry and the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change. Ffolkes-Abrahams said the aim is to tap into the lucrative international market for bamboo p ... Read More

Five CARICOM countries eligible to participate in US work programmes

Sunday, December 21, 2014 2:03 PM    

WASHINGTON (CMC) – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the US Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, have announced that five Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programmes for the coming year. The US agencies said Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Haiti and Jamaica will participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programmes that allow US employers to bring foreign nationals ... Read More

Two dead, several injured  in Temple Hall crash

Sunday, December 21, 2014 1:42 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Two people are reported dead and several others injured following a crash along the Temple Hall main road in St Andrew on Sunday. Details on the crash are unclear at this time. More information later. Read More

Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

Sunday, December 21, 2014 12:19 PM    

A December, 2005 photo showing pop star Elton John (right) and his long
time partner David Furnish, after they had a civil ceremony at the
Guildhall in Windsor, England. Elton John and his partner David Furnish
tied the knot for a second time this weekend, following the legalisation
of same-sex marriage in Britain. (Photo:AP)

LONDON (AP) -- Entertainer Elton John and long time mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership. The couple converted their civil bond under new laws implemented in England earlier this year that allow same-sex marriages. On Sunday the couple posted an Instagram picture of themselves preparing to sign official documents. "That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!" they wrote. John and Furnish planned a celebra ... Read More

Cop shot dead in Florida

Sunday, December 21, 2014 12:09 PM    

TARPON SPRINGS, Florida (AP) -- Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the shooting occurred at around 3:00 am in the Tampa Bay-area city and that a suspect has been taken into custody. Authorities say the suspect fled the scene of the shooting in a vehicle and crashed into a pole and another vehicle. He was then apprehended by police at that location. The Pinellas County Sherif ... Read More

St Lucia PM responds to death threats

Sunday, December 21, 2014 10:21 AM    

St Lucia PM Kenny Anthony

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) – St Lucia Prime Minister Dr.Kenny Anthony has responded to reports that jobless and frustrated young people on the island are entertaining thoughts of killing him. The matter was brought to light during a television show, hosted by newspaper publisher Rick Wayne. Anthony in television interview Friday, said that it was not unusual for a Prime Minister to receive threats, but observed that it was not often that such statements are made publicly. “In these ... Read More

US customs officials remind Caribbean travellers of currency declaration

Sunday, December 21, 2014 10:03 AM    

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has reminded Caribbean travellers of the need to declare currency amounts of US$10,000 or more when travelling to or from the US. “Individuals are permitted to carry any amount of currency or monetary instruments into or out of the United States; however, if the quantity is US$10,000 or higher, they must formally report the currency to CBP,” said CBP in a statement here. “If travellers ... Read More

Trinidad's Prime Minister seeks to bring back hanging

Sunday, December 21, 2014 12:47 AM    

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago - Kamla Persad-Bissessar

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced yesterday her Government will again be seeking to reintroduce the “hanging bill” next year, even though four years ago, it was defeated in Parliament. Persad-Bissessar said the number of murders in the country were “too high” and she would ask Cabinet to reconsider the death penalty. She spoke to reporters during her annual toy drive in her constituency of Siparia where she distributed toys, calen ... Read More

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Sunday, December 21, 2014 12:16 AM    

Muhammad Ali (centre)

LOUISVILLE, United States - Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night. The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson's disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition, said his spokesman, Bob Gunnell. "He went into the hospital this morning," Gunnell said in a phone interview. "He has a mild case of pneumonia an ... Read More

Jamaica's Anti-Doping Agency takes control of own accounts

Sunday, December 21, 2014 12:12 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The corporate structure of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCo) as of April 2015 will have its own accounting department and will write its own cheques. Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, made the disclosure in the Senate yesterday (December19), as he responded to concerns raised during the debate on the Anti-Doping in Sport Bill. The legislation, which was passed, is intended to ensure Jamaica’s compliance with the revised World Anti-doping Code that co ... Read More



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