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Westmoreland shooting leaves man dead, another injured

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 repor ... Read More

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewelllyn and INDECOM boss Terrence Williams Not enough evidence to prosecute police in Kentucky Kid’s killing, DPP insists
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewelllyn, responding to repo ... Read More

Police officer in Suriname jailed for 18 years
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (CMC) – A High Court judge has sentenced a 25-year-old police officer to ... Read More

File photo Region observes Caribbean Tourism Month
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Caribbean countries have been told that while there has been an u ... Read More

PNPYO urges better use of cellphones by gov't ministers

Friday, October 31, 2014 8:17 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People’s National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) has called on Government ministers to be “better stewards” in the use of government cell phones.  The youth arm of the ruling party in a news release late Thursday said, “While it is necessary to use government-paid phones to conduct government business, the high telephone charges may be interpreted as wasteful especially as we are negotiating the harsh economic times.” The group ... Read More

Wenger adds Wilshere to Arsenal injury list

Friday, October 31, 2014 7:44 AM    

Wilshere

LONDON, (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects England midfielder Jack Wilshere to miss the Gunners' Premier League match at home to Burnley on Saturday. Wilshere is struggling with a knee injury that could also rule him out of Arsenal's Champions League match against Anderlecht next week. But veteran French manager Wenger had better news Friday regarding compatriot Olivier Giroud, whom he said was "miles ahead of schedule" in his recovery. Arsenal and France striker Giroud fractured h ... Read More

Yasin Abu Bakr files lawsuit against state

Friday, October 31, 2014 7:26 AM    

Leader of the Jamaat Al Muslimeen group Yasin Abu Bakr (centre)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – High Court judge Frank Seepersad has adjourned to December 7, a constitutional motion filed by the leader of the Jamaat Al Muslimeen group, Yasin Abu Bakr, in which he is suing the state for wrongful arrest arising out of a murder in 1998. Bakr had been charged with the murder of Israel Sammy but in court documents said that his constitutional rights had been breached when he was charged with the May 20, 1998, murder of Sammy, 22, who was snatched from his ... Read More

US right-to-die woman puts death on hold

Thursday, October 30, 2014 9:21 PM    

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A young American woman with terminal cancer who triggered shock and controversy when she said she would kill herself on November 1 now says she may wait a little longer. Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old brain cancer sufferer, made headlines earlier this month when a video of her making her suicide threat went viral and was seen by millions of web-users. On Thursday she released a new video in which she said she might temporarily delay her appointment with a self-administered ... Read More

Ministry of Health intensifies Ebola public education

Thursday, October 30, 2014 9:07 PM    

Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr Kevin Harvey

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr Kevin Harvey says the Ministry of Health has intensified its public education programme on Ebola and will continue to provide information to the media and other stakeholders in a timely manner. Dr Harvey was speaking today during an Ebola Media Sensitisation Forum held at the offices of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). “Public education is an important aspect of our Preparedness and Response plan. In fact, since last w ... Read More

US and Jamaica could partner on renewable energy projects – Congresswoman Clarke

Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:17 PM    

United States Congresswoman representing New York’s ninth Congressional District, Yvette Clarke, greets Minister of Finance and Planning, Dreter Phillips, as he arrived at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem New York on Wednesday (October 29), to deliver the Caribbean International Network (CIN) lecture on ‘Jamaica’s Path to Prosperity’.

NEW YORK (JIS) -- United States Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke, says the American Government could benefit from a partnership with Jamaica on alternative energy projects. “Jamaica has become a leader in the development of alternative energy resources and I’m hopeful that the US will learn from their example and partner with them in becoming leaders in sustainable energy in this region,” she said. Congresswoman Clarke made the comment as she welcomed Minister of Finance and Plan ... Read More

Statement from accused cop’s dead girlfriend admitted  in murder trial

Thursday, October 30, 2014 7:40 PM    

ST ANN, Jamaica -- A statement from the girlfriend (now deceased) of accused former police constable Jeffery Peart was on Thursday, October 30 admitted into evidence in the murder trial of the former cop and his sister in the St Ann Circuit Court.   The statement was admitted in its entirety after defence lawyers Lambert Johnson and Herbert McKenzie made applications for sections to be edited on the basis that these sections would be prejudicial to the accused. Peart and his sister Roxann ... Read More

Manchester High out of daCosta Cup

Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:52 PM    

CLARENDON, Jamaica -- Manchester High school is out of the running for any senior schoolboy football honours this season after drawing 1-1 against Kemps Hill in their rescheduled ISSA/Lime daCosta Cup quarterfinal Zone Q game played at the Juici Field in Clarendon Thursday afternoon. The draw left Manchester High on one point after two games having been beaten 1-0 in the first set of games by Group leaders Dinthill Technical. Manchester High had to come from behind to eke out the draw after Ra ... Read More

Motorcyclist arrested after posting videos taunting California cop

Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:43 PM    

MILPITAS, California (AP) — Authorities have arrested the motorcycle rider suspected of filming and waving off a California Highway Patrol officer who was trying to stop him and other riders doing stunts on a highway. The CHP says 32-year-old Guruardas Singh Khalsa, of Brentwood was arrested Wednesday at his home on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact and delaying or obstructing an officer. Video of the daytime confrontation earlier this month on Interstate 680 in Milpitas sho ... Read More

Thief hacks off woman's finger for wedding ring

Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:22 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A woman had to be rushed to hospital this afternoon after a thief hacked off her finger because she had problems removing her wedding ring which he demanded. The woman, writhing in pain and traumatised, was admitted to the Kingston Public Hospital, OBSERVER ONLINE was told. A large crowd gathered at the hospital as news of the incident spread. According to reports the woman was walking with her husband in downtown Kingston when the criminal pounced, demanding that sh ... Read More



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