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Grace recalls batches of baked beans

KINGSTON, Jamaica — GraceKennedy Limited has announced the recall of nine batches of its Grace Baked Beans produced at its Grace Food Processors Canning Division. A release from the company Wednesday said the recall affects the 300 gram cans with the following can codes: 15JU121GD BK BB 20 ... Read More

Forex: J$117.01 to one US dollar
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Wednesday, July 1, ended trading at J$117.01, up by three ... Read More

Water restrictions in effect
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Water Minister Robert Pickersgill today announced that water restrictions ... Read More

Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier Farmers urged to move away from outdated practices
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier ... Read More

JetBlue adds checked bag fee

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 4:55 PM    

(Photo: AP)

NEW YORK, United States (AP) — The era of free checked suitcases on JetBlue has come to an end. The airline proudly proclaimed itself a holdout on fees for years, allowing passengers to check one bag for free. Now it will charge up to US$25 for checked luggage. The move leaves Southwest Airlines as the only major US carrier not to charge a bag fee. JetBlue Airways had announced the change in November but didn't detail how it would be implemented until Tuesday. The fee only applies to ne ... Read More

Defiant Greek PM vows referendum will go ahead

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 4:16 PM    

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vowed Wednesday to go ahead with a controversial bailout referendum despite pressure from European leaders as they declined to consider any fresh debt offer before Sunday's vote. Hours after Greece became the first advanced economy to default on an IMF repayment, the leftist leader used a live TV address to urge Greeks to vote 'No' on Sunday to creditors' current demands. Tsipras, at loggerheads with Greece's creditors since h ... Read More

Man returning from daughter's graduation shot, injured

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 3:28 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man was this afternoon shot and injured on Law Street in downtown Kingston. Reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that shortly after midday, the man was on his way from his daughter’s graduation when he was approached by another man. It is said that the man brandished a gun and opened fire hitting him before fleeing. The injured man was taken to hospital for treatment. More information later. Read More

NHF members saved J$3.6bn on medication last year

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 3:22 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Chief executive officer of the National Health Fund (NHF) Everton Anderson disclosed yesterday that NHF beneficiaries received more than J$3.6 billion in subsidies last year. Speaking at a function at the New Kingston Conference Centre to announce the addition of sickle cell disease to the NHF Individual Benefits Programme, Anderson said some 217,037 members used their NHF cards to fill 3.7 million prescription items last year. The CEO said too that since the start of ... Read More

Ken Jones has died

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 2:25 PM    

Ken Jones

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Distinguished journalist and author, Ken Jones, CD, JP passed away this morning after an extended illness, at the Doctor’s Community Hospital in Maryland. He was reportedly surrounded by family members. Jones is survived by three children – Jennifer Edwards, Peter and Suzanne Singh – grandchildren and great grandchildren. His wife Gloria pre-deceased him in March 2013. Details of the Thanksgiving Service for the life of Ken Jones will be announced ... Read More

Appleton Rum’s EDX this Saturday

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 2:09 PM    

Patrons at last year’s staging of Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum’s EDX at the Kingston Polo Club in St Catherine.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum’s EDX (Electronic Dance Xposed) returns for its third installation at the Kingston Polo Club in St Catherine, on Saturday. “With every edition of Appleton Estate EDX, we aim to raise the bar and reset the expectations of all who experience it. For this edition, we have countless surprises in store for our guests and could not be more excited to reveal our most elaborate and mind-blowing stage design to date,” said Adam Gome ... Read More

Arson suspected after house destroyed in Portmore

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 1:27 PM    

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – Fire believed to be the work of arsonist last night destroyed an eight-bedroom house on Walkers Avenue in Gregory Park, Portmore, St Catherine. Reports are that ‎at about 7:30 pm, there was an argument in the area among a group of individuals. Minutes after the argument, fire was seen coming from the premises, which is a tenement yard. Firefighters were called to the location but the house was destroyed despite attempts to‎ extinguish the blaze. Kimmo Ma ... Read More

EU hails 'historic' restoration of US-Cuba ties

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:52 PM    

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) – The EU on Wednesday welcomed the re-establishment of full diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba after 54 years, calling it a "historic milestone". But the European Union also urged further work to lift a trade embargo established in 1962 which remains in place, calling it "outdated and inconsistent". US President Barack Obama has also urged Republican-controlled Congress to end the embargo, saying the policy "was not working". "The announcement that the ... Read More

J$1-m reward for capture of wanted St Elizabeth man

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:37 PM    

Superintendent of the St Elizabeth Police Division Lanford Salmon 

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – Head of the St Elizabeth Police Division Superintendent Lanford Salmon says that a J$1-million reward is still being offered to anyone who assists in the arrest of Anward Hinds, otherwise called ‘Kirkie’. Hinds is said to be linked to at least seven murders in the parish from October 2014 to present, the latest being a quadruple murder in May. News of the brutal murder of four farmers – Archibald Brown, 60; his brother George Brown, 57; Maur ... Read More

Ball boy collapses, fans roast in record Wimbledon heat

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:01 PM    

A spectator uses an umbrella to shield him from the sun on day three of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2015. (Photo: AFP)

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – A ball boy collapsed and fans took cover as Wimbledon sweltered Wednesday on the hottest day ever recorded at the championships. The suncream was slapped on and fans formed long queues at the water fountains as they tried to beat the heat in sweaty southwest London. Britain's Met Office national weather service said a temperature of 35.7 degrees Celsius (96.3 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew – its nearest station to ... Read More



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