Blood drive targets HWT Road businesses

Chief Medical Officer Dr Kevin Harvey (right) shares a point
with (from left) blood donor and coach of the national table
tennis team, Stephen Grant, nurse Audrick McDowe-Reid, and
head of the LIME Foundation Errol Miller, after the launch of
Blood Drive 2014 at the offices of the National Blood
Transfusion Service on Thursday. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

BUSINESSES from Half-Way-Tree to Cross Roads in St Andrew are being targeted in the 2014 LIME Foundation Blood Drive to collect some 100 units on August 29. With at least 55,000 units of blood needed annually and only about 30,000 being received each year, the LIME Foundation has partnered with the ... Read More

CURTIS... the
man dem just
heartless. JIGSY KING...
we need to take
back our town
as this was not
the way it was Take back Linstead
THE upsurge in criminal activities in the Linstead community of St Catherine has spurred two home-gr ... Read More

Police stand in the vicinity of Shoemaker gully following yesterday’s raid. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Cops injured in raid on Shoemaker gully
THERE was chaos in parts of New Kingston yesterday as police raided Shoemaker gully to apprehend sev ... Read More

Now $40 for seniors
THE Government yesterday yielded to howls of disapproval and cut the proposed $60 bus fare for senio ... Read More

JOLLY BOY POWDA remembered

Saturday, August 23, 2014    

Joseph ‘Powda’ Bennett died on Wednesday

HEAD of Geejam Records Jon Baker has added his comments following the death of Joseph 'Powda' Bennett, a member of the Portland-based mento band, The Jolly Boys, who died on Wednesday. He referred to Bennett's passing as the end of a chapter. "Powda will be sadly missed, but not forgotten. He was a member of the Jolly Boys since the early 1980s. His cheeky and playful way was loved by audiences throughout the world. The end of a Jolly Boys chapter, yet a beginning of a new one for their long h ... Read More

Fix it, now!

Saturday, August 23, 2014    

A man carefully manoeuvres a section of the bridge that is
missing a part of its wooden floor. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)
A section of the main road in Retreat, St Mary, that was
blocked by residents, yesterday.

RETREAT, St Mary — Residents of Retreat yesterday protested for a third day, blocking the main road with logs, as they pressed the authorities to fix a broken bridge that is at the main entrance to the western section of the parish. The bridge has been missing several pieces of its wooden floor that have rotted and fallen off over time, leaving openings in its grid-like metal frame. The situation has made it difficult for residents who are forced to walk on the bridge, especially at night ... Read More

Jamaican on cocaine charge in Trinidad denied bail

Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:58 AM    

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – A magistrate has denied bail to a Jamaican charged with being in possession of cocaine worth TT$3.25 million (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents). Police had arrested Rudolph Hemmings, 56, of Kingston, Jamaica after they raided a house in Couva in Central Trinidad earlier this week. Hemmings, who appeared before Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor in the Couva Magistrate Court on the charge of possession of 7.1 kilogrammes of cocaine for the purpose of traffickin ... Read More

'Use dialogue instead', groups decline JLP's invitation for bus fare protest

Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:52 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A resounding no came from two civil society groups when asked if they would be joining the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) on Monday, August 25 in its planned protest action against the recently announced increase in the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus fares. President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, Oneil Grant told OBSERVER ONLINE Friday that the association is not aligned to any political party and it “will continue to remain that way”. Meanwhi ... Read More

Widespread thunderstorms expected today -- Met Service

Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:06 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Rain is expected over north eastern parishes Saturday morning with scattered showers and thunderstorms across sections of most parishes into the afternoon, the Meteorological (Met) Service has reported. The Met Service said that a trough across the northern Caribbean, including Jamaica is expected to remain, bringing unstable weather for the next three days. Furthermore an area of Low Pressure just north of Hispaniola is forecast to move west-northwest over or near th ... Read More

Storm threat for The Bahamas, heavy rains continue in Puerto Rico

Saturday, August 23, 2014 9:30 AM    

File photo

NASSAU, Bahamas, (CMC) – The Bahamas was bracing for heavy rains and thunderstorms as weather officials warn of the possibility of a tropical depression or storm on Saturday or the next 24 hours. “This system is forecast to move west-northwestward over or near the southeastern Bahamas today, and over or near the central Bahamas on Sunday.  Heavy rains and gusty winds are expected to continue over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola today,” the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre ... Read More

US Coast Guard seize cocaine worth US$19m in Caribbean

Saturday, August 23, 2014 9:23 AM    

FLORIDA, (CMC) -- The United States Coast Guard says it has seized more than 570 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated value of US$19 million. The Coast Guard said Friday the drugs were seized during a patrol, dubbed “Operation Unified Resolve” and that a go-fast vessel with five people had been detained. It said the five suspected smugglers aboard the go-fast vessel were turned over to US federal law enforcement officials in St Petersburg, Florida. The Coast Guard said its effor ... Read More

Heavy rains likely this weekend

Saturday, August 23, 2014    

Rain water backed up on
Brunswick Avenue, severely
disrupting the flow of traffic.

JAMAICA is expected to get heavy showers over the weekend from an area of low pressure located north of the Mona Passage, between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. The system, the National Meteorological Service said, was moving towards the northwest and was expected to pass over or just north of Hispaniola last night. "Projections are for the system to develop into a tropical depression or a tropical storm as it moves near to or over the southeastern Bahamas on Saturday (today)," the Met Service sa ... Read More

Peaceful protest against JUTC bus fare increase still on –JLP

Friday, August 22, 2014 6:35 PM    

Opposition leader Andrew Holness

  In a statement a short while ago the JLP said that it has taken note of government's decision to continue with its planned increases to JUTC bus fares including a 100 per cent increase in senior citizen’s fares from $20 to $40.   "We maintain our strong position and readiness to take a stand against increases in bus fares at this time,” Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness said in response to media reports that the increase in fare for senior citizens will be dropped to $ ... Read More

Transport Ministry reduces senior citizens’ JUTC fare to $40

Friday, August 22, 2014 4:26 PM    


KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing a short while ago released amended fares for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company which it says will become effective on Sunday, August 24. According to the ministry’s release the amended fares are: adults$120; senior citizens and pensioners $40; children, students and members of the disabled community $30. The amended $40 fare for senior citizens and pensioners represent a $20 reduction from the $60 announced by Transport M ... Read More



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