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CARICOM formalising recommendation on Ebola virus

Director of the Pan American Health Organisation Dr Carissa Etienne

GEORGETOWN, Guyana– The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) says it is formalising recommendations to deal with any possible incidence of the Ebola. A CARICOM statement said that chief medical officers and other technical health experts from CARICOM member states met via video conferen ... Read More

 Whitney Houston Live Whitney Houston CD/DVD to be released November 11
NEW YORK (AP) — A CD/DVD featuring Whitney Houston's first public performance — and her ... Read More

(Photo: AP) Lava flows from Philippine volcano, thousands flee
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' most active volcano belched out huge lava fragment ... Read More

UN says $1billion needed to fight Ebola
GENEVA, (AFP) - Nearly $1.0 billion dollars is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Afr ... Read More

Journalist Clare Forrester is dead

Monday, September 15, 2014 11:02 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Veteran journalist Clare Forrester died Monday evening in Florida after a long illness. She was 69. Forrester, who passed away at 7:10 pm, was living at her brother’s home in Port St Lucie but was taken to a hospice on the advice of a nurse last week Monday after her condition deteriorated, her friend Alvin Campbell told the Jamaica Observer, adding that she was eight days shy of her 70th birthday. Forrester, who wrote a weekly column in the Observer on media issues b ... Read More

PM leads Jamaica’s delegation to UN General Assembly

Monday, September 15, 2014 9:38 PM    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller

NEW YORK, USA — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is leading Jamaica's delegation to the 69th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, which starts today. Consul officer at Jamaica's permanent mission to the UN, Kurt Davis, said that while the itinerary for the prime minister's visit was not yet finalised, she is scheduled to address the world body on September 27. She is also expected to hold bilateral talks with other heads of government and will be engaged in a number ... Read More

Nine Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny

Monday, September 15, 2014 9:33 PM    

ABUJA, Nigeria (AFP) - Twelve Nigerian soldiers were on Tuesday sentenced to death for mutiny after shots were fired at their commanding officer in the restive northeast city of Maiduguri earlier this year. A nine-member military tribunal, sitting in Abuja, convicted the soldiers of six offences of mutiny, criminal conspiracy, attempted murder, disobeying orders, insubordination and false accusation. Court president Brigadier General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo said the sentences were subject to confi ... Read More

Facing death, Sudanese woman relied on her Christian faith

Monday, September 15, 2014 9:19 PM    

Meriam Ibrahim (Photo: AP)

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) — The Sudanese woman imprisoned for refusing to reject Christianity said in a televised interview airing Monday night that she was resolved to keep her faith even if it meant death. Meriam Ibrahim, who now lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, was sentenced to death over charges of apostasy, the abandonment of a religion. Her father was Muslim, and her mother was an Orthodox Christian. She married Daniel Wani, a Christian from southern Sudan, in 2011. Muslim ... Read More

WHO too slow to help doc with Ebola – Sierra Leone

Monday, September 15, 2014 9:06 PM    

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care. Dr Olivet Buck died Saturday, hours after the U.N. health agency said it could not help evacuate her to Germany. Buck is the fourth Sierra Leonean doctor to die in an outbreak that has also touched Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal. The West African outb ... Read More

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

Monday, September 15, 2014 8:28 PM    

Residents walk on a lane painted with instructions to separate those using their phones as they walk from others in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. (Photo: AP)

BEIJING (AP) — Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. But the property manager says it's intended to be ironic — to remind people that it's dangerous to tweet while walking the street. "There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here, ... Read More

TEF spends more than $20m to support clean-up activities

Monday, September 15, 2014 7:56 PM    

This was disclosed by Senior Project Administrative Officer at the TEF, Michelle Clayton-Brown, at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’. Mrs Clayton-Brown said that since 2008, the TEF has been the major sponsor of the Coastal Clean-up Day activities, being co-ordinated by the Jamaica Environmental Trust (JET).   The day will be observed on September 20. “In terms of investment, we’re looking at $20 million. This is something that we consider a very serious initiative,&r ... Read More

Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album

Monday, September 15, 2014 7:28 PM    

NEW YORK (AP) — Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections. U2 played at an Apple event last week that included the unveiling of the iPhone maker's new smartwatch and updated iPhone models. In a surprise move, the Irish rock band performed at the event and put out its 11-song release. ... Read More

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams' acceptance speech

Monday, September 15, 2014 6:15 PM    

New Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams delivering his acceptance speech at the Police Officer's Club in St Andrew today, September 15.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Dr Carl Williams has been officially sworn in as Police Commissioner of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Dr Williams was appointed to the Post of Commissioner of Police and takes up office today. He officially takes over from Acting Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds, who was appointed to act on July 1 after the retirement of Commissioner Owen Ellington. The new Commissioner’s speech in full: Good afternoon, I am deeply honoured to stand before you to ... Read More

2nd Test: Chanderpaul, Blackwood century stand leave Windies in command vs Bangladesh

Monday, September 15, 2014 6:14 PM    

GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC) — Shiv Chanderpaul’s second half-century of the match and third in as many innings, propelled West Indies to a massive lead and left Bangladesh with a Herculean task of saving the second Test. At the close of the third day Monday, West Indies were 208 for four, already a lead of 427 runs, with two days still left in the contest at the Beausejour Cricket Ground. Once again, it was Chanderpaul who was at the heart of the Windies progress, finishing on 63 no ... Read More



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