NY legislators want probe into police shooting of unarmed Jamaican youth

GRAHAM... was killed in his bathroom

NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — Minority caucuses of New York State Legislature and the City Council have written to United States Attorney General Eric Holder calling for an "extensive and exhaustive" investigation into the 2012 police shooting death of an unarmed Jamaican youth. "In the interest of s ... Read More

Holness greets an enthusiastic Calabar High School student
inside the HWT Transport Centre. Holness on bus tour
OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness says more dialogue is needed to quell the tension between the Jamai ... Read More

MORGAN... gets its
fair share of fight
from the system Marijuana March
A NUMBER of local artistes are set to show their support for the legalisation of marijuana (ganja) d ... Read More

Licensed firearm holder kills alleged robber
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — An alleged gunman, who reportedly attempted to rob a businessman an ... Read More

Role change for Father Ho Lung

Saturday, April 19, 2014    

Cast members perform He Is Risen from the production Candles in the Dark.

AFTER 33 years as head and founder of the Kingston-based Missionaries of the Poor, Father Richard Ho Lung has stepped down. Ho Lung, 74, is succeeded by Bro Augusto Silot, a naturalised Jamaican, who was born in the Philippines. The announcement was made at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on North Street in Kingston on Wednesday evening. "I felt it was the right time. Younger men will have to step forward and lead the Missionaries of the Poor into the future. I will still help and be active," he t ... Read More

Jamaica seek revenge against champions Barbados

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter | Saturday, April 19, 2014    

Tamar Lambert

JAMAICA will be on the hunt for revenge when they clash with League champions Barbados at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown in the semifinal of the Regional Four- Day tournament today. In the other semi-final, Trinidad & Tobago host Windward Islands at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. Play in both semi-final games is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am Jamaica time. Jamaica, who were defeated embarrassingly at home to Barbados during a three-game losing skid in the preliminary stage ... Read More

Senior citizen dies in Manchester car accident; 2 other people injured

Saturday, April 19, 2014    

The crashed Honda seen resting on its side yesterday. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Sixty-nine year old Fay Swaby, a housewife of Chudleigh Housing Scheme in Manchester, died as a result of injuries she received in a motor vehicle accident in Mount Olivet in the parish late Thursday. Two other people, including the driver of the vehicle, were injured in the crash. According to the Christiana police, the vehicle — a grey Honda Odyssey — was being reversed when the driver allegedly lost control of it, resulting in a collision with a wa ... Read More

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

Saturday, April 19, 2014    

CHILPANCINGO, Mexico — A parked car is damaged by an adobe wall that collapsed on it after a
magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook Chilpancingo yesterday morning. The earthquake shook central
and southern Mexico but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties. (PHOTO: AP)

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico yesterday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. The US Geological Survey said the quake at about 9:30 am (10:30 am EDT; 1430 GMT) was centred on a long-dormant fault line northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday. It was felt across at least a h ... Read More

Body of 5-y-o boy missing since September found by highway

Saturday, April 19, 2014 5:09 PM    

Massachusetts State Police stand along Interstate 190 where police said a
child's body was found Friday, April 18, near Sterling, Massachusetts.
Jeremiah Oliver was last seen by relatives in September 2013 but wasn't
reported missing until December. His mother Elsa Oliver and her
boyfriend Alberto Sierra are both charged in the case. (Photo:AP) 

WORCESTER, Mass (AP) -- The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing five-year-old, authorities said Saturday. The body found Friday off Interstate 190 has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said. No charges were immediately announced related to Jeremiah's death. He was last seen by relatives in September but wasn't reported missing until December. Authorities had said they f ... Read More

I support decriminalisation of ganja, but not for smoking, says health minister

Saturday, April 19, 2014 2:33 PM    

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, says he is in support of the decriminalisation of marijuana from a point of view of justice, but not of health. “I don’t support the smoking of marijuana, just as I don’t support the smoking of tobacco.... Our position is very clear, there are some cannabinoids which is part of the constituent elements of marijuana that is useful in relation to health, but there are others, the THCs (Tetrahydrocannabinols), ... Read More

Riverton dump fire under control, says ODPEM

Saturday, April 19, 2014 1:25 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) on Saturday issued a statement advising that the fire now burning at the Riverton City dump in Kingston, is under control. ODPEM said the fire, which is confined to the tipping face of the dump, extends across 15 acres of the dump and has been "contained". "Despite windy conditions and the prevailing water shortage that is being experience in the Corporate area, the situation remains under control as a mu ... Read More

April 29 sentencing for woman who smuggled cocaine to help ailing mother

Saturday, April 19, 2014 1:15 PM    

File photo

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A woman who said she attempted to smuggle 13 ounces of cocaine out of the island to finance her mother's breast cancer treatment is to be sentenced on April 29. The date was set when 23-year-old Sherica Graham of an Oakland Drive address, appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court this week. Graham had pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to export cocaine, possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and conspiracy to export cocaine on a previous occasion. ... Read More

Authorities find no reason for nearly 50% of suicides in 2013

By Balford Henry, Senior Staff Reporter | Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:35 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica --There were 52 cases of suicide reported in Jamaica in 2013, but the authorities say they are unable to state the reason for nearly 50 percent of these deaths. According to the Economic and Social Survey Jamaica (ESSJ), which was tabled in the House of Representatives during Thursday’s opening of the budget debate at Gordon House, the reported cases included 42 males. The authorities said that the main contributing factors were depression and domestic problems, which a ... Read More

PHOTOS: Fire at Riverton dump, again

Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:10 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A fire is again raging at the Riverton City Dump in St Andrew mere weeks after another fire blanketed sections of the Capital city in thick, black smoke. Details regarding the cause of this fire are unclear, however, members of the Jamaica Fire Brigade are now at the location. "We can confirm the reports that there is a fire at the location and at this time a number of units are on location," Emilio Ebanks, communication officer from the Jamaica Fire Brigade told OBSERVER ... Read More



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