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7 more Kenyan athletes banned for doping 

In this Sunday, March 24 , 2013 file photo, Kenya's Emily Chebet crosses the finish line of the women's race at the Cross Country World Championships in Bydgoszcz , Poland. (AP file photo)

KENYA — Two-time cross-country world champion Emily Chebet was among seven Kenyan athletes banned for doping Friday, another indication that the country has a serious problem of cheating among its famed distance runners. Chebet, the cross-country world champion in 2010 and 2013, was banned fo ... Read More

In this October 8, 2015, file photo, Pink arrives at the Autism Speaks to LA Celebrity Chef Gala in Santa Monica, California. (Photo: AP) Pink named UNICEF ambassador in fight to end child hunger
UNITED STATES – Trailblazing pop star Pink saw firsthand severely malnourished children during ... Read More

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant talks at news conference on why he decided to announce his retirement prior to an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Los Angeles, yesterday. (Photo: AP) Kobe Bryant announces retirement   
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After 20 years in a Lakers uniform and a lifetime in basketball, Kobe Bryan ... Read More

Demonstrators chant anti-government slogans during a protest against official election results, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday November 26, 2015. (Photo: AP) Haiti opposition says transitional gov't may be needed
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Eight candidates in last month's disputed presidential election a ... Read More

Holness says Jamaicans want to get rid of PNP govt

Monday, November 30, 2015 9:53 AM    

A huge  crowd of Labourites listen to the party's leader, Andrew Holness, speaking last night at the rally in Richmond, St Mary.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says that his current campaign tours are proving that Jamaicans want to be done with the People's National Party (PNP) government in light of the high level of poverty and the lack of growth Jamaica has been experiencing. Speaking to a large crowd of supporters at a political rally in Richmond, St Mary, last night, Holness said that Jamaicans are realising that, in contrast to the PNP, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has a history of &nb ... Read More

U-20 Women's Update: Girlz arrive in Honduras

Monday, November 30, 2015 9:37 AM    

Under-20 Reggae Girlz coach Hue Menzies (left) gives instructions to his charges in St Lucia earlier this year. (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — All but two members of the Jamaica Under-20 Women’s team are in Honduras to prepare for the CONCACAF Championship, set to run from December 3 to 13. While the majority of the Jamaica delegation arrived in the Central American country late on Saturday, Asia Leefatt and Ricquelle Farquharson are scheduled to join the camp on Tuesday. Head Coach Hue Menzies told OBSERVER ONLINE the squad is not at its strongest due to injuries and also because some players are enga ... Read More

Red Stripe partners UWI community film project

Monday, November 30, 2015 9:25 AM    

LeVaughn Flynn (left) senior communications manager at Red Stripe, pictured holding of the contributory cheque from his company, with: Melverine Hemmings, head of human resources; Donald Sangh, one of 12 scholarship recipients; and Dr Camille Bell-Hutchinson, UWI campus registrar.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Red Stripe has contributed $720,000 towards tuition for 12 participants in the University of the West Indies Community Film Project (UWICFP). UWICFP, which started in 2012, is a product of the Centre for Tourism and Policy Research (CTPR) at the Mona Campus. The programme began in August Town, but has expanded to other communities in Kingston and Montego Bay, and has trained youths from Jones Town, Trench Town, Mountain View, Mona Common, Canterbury, Norwood and Flanke ... Read More

St Kitts gov’t concerned about telecoms market

Monday, November 30, 2015 9:12 AM    

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Attorney General and Minister of Communications, Vincent Byron Jr says the Government is concerned about the effects the merger between telecommunications company Cable and Wireless and Columbus Communications will have on the telecommunications market here and the wider Eastern Caribbean. In March of this year, Cable and Wireless, the parent company for LIME, announced that it has completed its US$1.85 billion acquisition of 100 per cent of the equity of Colu ... Read More

Chinese paper chides Miss Canada over rights stance

Monday, November 30, 2015 8:58 AM    

Anastasia Lin, a 25-year-old actress crowned Miss World Canada, gives a press conference in Hong Kong on November 27, 2015 after China blocked her from travelling to the seaside resort city of Sanya for next month's contest. (PHOTO: AFP)

BEIJING, China (AFP) – Chinese media blasted this year's Miss Canada on Monday over her claim that Beijing froze her out of an international beauty pageant due to her outspoken views on human rights. Officials in Hong Kong last week stopped Anastasia Lin from boarding a plane bound for the southern Chinese city of Sanya, where the Miss World finals will be held in December, telling her she would not receive a visa. The 25-year old actress claims the decision was due to her stance on Chin ... Read More

Suspected California burglar dies in chimney after resident lights fire

Monday, November 30, 2015 8:31 AM    

A screengrab from a video in which California police described efforts to reach a suspected burglar trapped inside a chimney (Source: the

FRESNO, California (AP) — Authorities say a suspected burglar who became stuck in the chimney of a Central California home died after the homeowner unknowingly lit a fire in the fireplace. Fresno County Sheriff's spokesman Tony Botti said an autopsy on Sunday concluded that 19-year-old Cody Caldwell died of smoke inhalation and burns. Authorities said a homeowner in the rural town of Huron heard someone scream after lighting a fire in his fireplace Saturday afternoon and alerted authorit ... Read More

Baby’s body found in Portmore

Monday, November 30, 2015 8:23 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A baby’s body was found on a dirt track in Gregory Park, Portmore in St Catherine last Friday, according to the police Reports from the Gregory Park Police are that about 8:50 pm, passersby stumbled upon the body on a dirt track, near the train line and alerted the police. Upon the arrival, the lawmen found the baby’s decomposing body, which is believed to be about six weeks old. The scene was processed and body removed to the morgue pending post mortem. ... Read More

830,000 passports issued over past 5 years

Monday, November 30, 2015 8:08 AM    

A Jamaican Passport (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Passport, Immigration and Citizens Agency (PICA) has issued approximately 830,000 passports to Jamaicans over the last five years. Minister of National Security Peter Bunting made the disclosure recently in the House of Representatives, in a statement responding to questions raised by the Opposition spokesman on the portfolio, Derrick Smith. The Opposition expressed concern about an increase in 2014/15 over 2013/14, of close to 50,000 passports issued by the agenc ... Read More

Online prayer for the day

Monday, November 30, 2015 7:00 AM    

O My God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbour as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen. Read More

PM promises St Thomas sugar workers more houses

Sunday, November 29, 2015 9:50 PM    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller speaks at a PNP rally in St Thomas on Sunday. (Photo: Leo Hudson)

ST THOMAS, Jamaica – Prime Minister and People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller is promising more houses for sugar workers in St Thomas. Simpson Miller, speaking to PNP supporters now gathered at a mass rally in Morant Bay, St Thomas, said hundreds are expected to benefit as a result of a European Union initiative. According to Simpson Miller, more than 225 new houses are in the pipeline for sugar workers from Golden Grove, Hampton Court and Stoke's Hall. This she s ... Read More



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