Holness says when PNP in power murder rate rises

HOLNESS...if this trend continues, murders could pass the
1,200 mark by year end.

OPPOSITION Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness has described as callous security minister Peter Bunting's characterisation of the current increase in murders as a 'bump in the road'. "While your brothers and sisters are being killed in the most brutal way, the minister is being very c ... Read More

The truck carrying
petrol that crashed
yesterday on the Port
Henderson Road in St
Catherine yesterday. Truck spills oil, crushes bus in nasty Port Henderson crash
A section of Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St Catherine, was closed off for hours yesterday after ... Read More

NWC announces new water restrictions NWC announces new water restrictions
THE National Water Commission (NWC) says that customers in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) serv ... Read More

Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Errol Mowatt, Fire Brigade worried as hills in St Thomas, St Andrew burn
COMMISSIONER of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) Errol Mowatt yesterday painted a disturbing picture o ... Read More

Perfect 10

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

Police Commissioner Dr
Carl Williams speaking
at a news conference at
his office yesterday.

POLICE Commissioner Dr Carl Williams yesterday gave himself a perfect rating of 10 out of 10 as he launched what he said were a number of new and tweaked initiatives to go after criminals who are responsible for almost 90 per cent of the 602 murders recorded in the island over the first six months of this year. The figure represents a 19 per cent jump (98 more) in the number of murders committed over the corresponding period last year. Yesterday, Commissioner Williams, obviously seeking to all ... Read More

Young Ejay Riley beating the odds

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

President of the Rotaract Club of New Kingston Terrence Smith (third left) presents a gift
voucher to assist Half Way Tree Primary student Ejay Riley to purchase books for the upcoming
school term. His mother Patricia Riley, (fifth left) and other members of the Rotaract Club share
in the occasion. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY).

EJAY Riley is being hailed as the boy, who managed to secure a passing grade in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) even before he answered the first question on the exam paper. Teachers at Half Way Tree Primary School are heaping praises on the 12-year-old student, who -- despite being left in a vegetative state for more than six months following a stroke -- was able to overcome his challenges and not only successfully completed GSAT but is now an inspiration for fellow students. "Determi ... Read More

Rusea's High wins four Junior Achievement awards

Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

Alphie Mulilngs
Aiken (left) and
Yanique Taylor
(right), president
and director of
programmes for
celebrate with
some of the
students from
Rusea's High's
Teen La'bor
Enterprise — the
top company in
the Junior
Company of
From second left
are Akena Davis,
Cunningham and
Shian Mair.

STUDENTS from Rusea's High School in Hanover were beaming with pride after their student company -- Teen La'bor Enterprise -- took home four awards at the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs (JACE) awards banquet held at the University of the West Indies recently. Among the awards was the coveted title of 2015 JACE/Citibank Company of the Year Award. In addition, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has sponsored a trip for the top student in the company to a ... Read More

Parents' back-to-school fair July 25

Tuesday, July 07, 2015    

THE Jamaica College PTA is hosting a special fair this month to help parents take the hassle out of back-to-school activities. Betty Stephenson Ashley, the association's vice-president, said that the fair will not only target Jamaica College parents, but also parents from other Corporate Area schools such as Papine High, Mona High and Campion College. "Our aim is to help parents to begin planning early for back-to-school," said Ashley, who disclosed that the special fair is set for Saturday, J ... Read More

Cosby's drugs-sex admission could aid women's cases

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 10:28 AM    

Bill Cosby (Photo: AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for women pursuing criminal and civil cases against Bill Cosby say his admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women before sex could bolster their claims. Court documents unsealed Monday show that Cosby says he gave a 19-year-old woman the sedative before they had sex in the 1970s. She is one of three women now suing him for defamation. The defamation suit accuses Cosby of branding them liars when his representatives denied their accusations of bei ... Read More

Financial risks growing at US insurers, mutual funds – IMF

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 10:12 AM    

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that American stock prices are high and US insurers and mutual funds are vulnerable to financial shocks. It also urged Congress not to weaken financial regulations passed in 2010. The IMF says that American banks are stronger but that risk has risen elsewhere. Its previous assessment of the US financial system was conducted five years ago. Overall, banks and insurance companies have increased their capital defences against ... Read More

St Lucia to table legislation to make CCJ final court

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 9:48 AM    

CCJ logo

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The St Lucia Government says it will soon table legislation that will allow for the island to make the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final court, replacing the London-based Privy Council. Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony said that St Lucia has a provision in its Constitution that is identical to a provision of the Constitution of Dominica, which used that measure to join the CCJ that was inaugurated in 2005. ‘St Lucia has an identic ... Read More

Weather affecting power supply to some Kingston, St Catherine communities – JPS 

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 9:25 AM    

JPS workman carrying out repairs to power lines (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has reported that work is currently being done to restore service to several communities in Kingston and St Catherine. This loss of power supply is due to the impact of wind and lightning on the power delivery system, JPS said in a release this morning. It explained that sections of Portmore have been badly affected due to extended drought resulting in a build-up of dust and sea salt on the power lines, which caused the system to become cont ... Read More

Five shot, three dead in Zion Hill attack

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 9:02 AM    

(File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A number of police and military personnel were last night deployed to the Central Village area of St Catherine after gunmen shot five people, killing three of them. While the police’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) could confirm the incident and the number of victims in the attack, they were unable to provide details. However, information reaching OBSERVER ONLINE is that the victims were at a shop in the Zion Hill community of the area when a large group of ... Read More

Carnival aims to launch Miami to Cuba cruises in May 

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 8:56 AM    

The Carnival Liberty cruise ship docked in Ocho Rios, St Ann in 2010 (file photo)

UNITED STATES (AP) – The world's largest cruise company could be heading to Cuba. Starting in May, Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami to the Caribbean island nation, the company announced Tuesday. Carnival says it would become the first American cruise company to visit Cuba since the 1960 trade embargo. The trips will be through its new brand, fathom, which focuses on trips where passengers sail to a destination in order to volunteer there. "This is an important first step fo ... Read More



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