Old woman burnt to death in downtown Kingston fire

Carlene Aird weeps for her mother who died in the fire yesterday. Photos: Garfield Robinson

The woman, who was said to be suffering from Alzheimer’s, was identified by her grieving daughter as Ellfreda Brown. The building, located at 7 to 11 West Street, which was once the home of the now defunct Jamaica Record newspaper, housed a furniture shop where police alleged that the fire ... Read More

Protesters demonstrate against the new Bears Ear National Monument in Montecello, Utah, Thursday, December 29, 2016. President Barack Obama expanded his environmental legacy in the final days of his presidency with national monument designations on lands in Utah and Nevada that have become flashpoints over use of public land in the US West.  The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will cover over one million acres in the Four Corners region, the White House announced Wednesday. Obama in his final hours at the White House
WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — Eight tumultuous years at the helm of American power have come and ... Read More

MONTAGUE… 20 lawyers will be hired, with one assigned to each police division Gov’t hires new forensic pathologist; more police, soldiers to be recruited
THE Government has hired a new forensic pathologist to assist in reducing the backlog of autopsies. ... Read More

In this November 9, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally in New York. Even before taking office, Trump has changed the presidency
WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — Donald Trump enters the White House today just as he entered the ra ... Read More

Gunmen murder two children, man in Hanover

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Friday, January 20, 2017    

A resident cries on Thursday after two children and a man were killed Wednesday night when gunmen invaded the community of Williamsfield in Hanover. Photos: Philp Lemonte

WILLIAMSFIELD, Hanover — Two children and a man were Wednesday night shot dead in seemingly connected incidents when heavily armed men invaded this rustic community, leaving a trail of grief and horror in their wake. The deceased have been identified as Hopeton Lee, 34; five-year-old Kimani Johnson and one-year-old Daquan Davidson, all of Williamsfield in Dias, Hanover. The Hanover police reported that the armed thugs shot and killed Lee about 11:05 pm after gaining entry to his house ... Read More

Obama praised for bridging gap between hip hop, politics

Friday, January 20, 2017    

In this April 14, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama is almost jerked off his feet as he shows off their new dog Bo, a Portuguese water dog, with his daughters Malia (left) and Sasha Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.

ATLANTA, USA (AP) — Not only is President Barack Obama the nation’s first black president, but it’s safe to say he has been America’s first hip hop commander-in-chief. Obama embraced hip-hop more than any of his predecessors: He’s referenced Jay Z’s lyrics and Kanye West in speeches, released playlists on Spotify that included Nas, Chance the Rapper, Mos Def and Method Man, and was caught dancing to Drake’s Hot Line Bling at a White House event. And in ... Read More

OCA launches probe into CDA, OCR handling of sex abuse case

Friday, January 20, 2017    

GREEN… we have been examining our systems and how we can better organise across the ministry to better serve our children

MINISTER of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green has asked the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) to conduct an inquiry into how investigations into a reported case of sex abuse of a six-year-old child were handled by the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR). This follows a meeting this morning with representatives of the OCR and the CDA. Reports emerged in the media on Tuesday that an alleged case of a ... Read More

Hampton board must submit report as requested, says education minister

Friday, January 20, 2017    

Ruel Reid 

EDUCATION Minister Senator Ruel Reid has made it clear that chairman of the Hampton School board Trevor Blake must submit a full report on the board’s deliberations concerning the recent actions of principal Heather Murray, despite conflicting media reports. The ministry, the minsiter said, will determine the next step. Senator Reid’s statement comes in the wake of a news report on Wednesday in which Blake allegedly denied that certain decisions, including that Murray should take t ... Read More


BY KARL ANGELL Executive editor – operations | Friday, January 20, 2017    

The Basa fish right after reaping. Photo: Kenyon Hemans

The first crop of the new fresh water fish being produced in Jamaica – the Pangasius species, known to most Jamaicans as Basa – is on the cusp of hitting both local and international markets. ALGIX Jamaica, a company with investors from the United States and Jamaica, will today officially open its fish processing plant in Barton Isle, St Elizabeth where the Basa is grown on the sprawling 338-acre property which consists of 98 ponds varying in sizes from half-an-acre to two acres. T ... Read More

Parliament resumes review of sexual violence bills

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Friday, January 20, 2017    

CHUCK…the four acts to be reviewed by the committee are in great need of revision

A parliamentary joint select committee (JSC) had a timely resumption Wednesday of its review of four current pieces of domestic violence legislation, including the Sexual Offences Act. The new committee, which has replaced one which last sat in 2014, is chaired by Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck, replacing former minister Mark Golding. The committee has been assigned to review the Sexual Offences Act, and consider and review three other pieces of legislation — the Offences Against the P ... Read More

Finance minister says transformation is about efficiency

Friday, January 20, 2017 8:50 AM    

Audley Shaw (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) —Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, says the public-sector transformation programme is about efficiency and economic wealth for Jamaica, and not people losing jobs. Addressing the Mayberry Investor Forum, held on Wednesday at The Knutsford Court Hotel, in New Kingston, Shaw said for the process of wealth creation to move forward, there must be a public sector that is responsive and supportive to private-sector initiatives. He said the divestm ... Read More

Haiti president-elect invites former coup leader to his inauguration

Friday, January 20, 2017 8:37 AM    

President -elect Jovenel Moise (left) and former army general Henry Namphy (Photo: CMC)

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Haiti's President-elect Jovenel Moise has confirmed that he had invited former coup leader and army general Henry Namphy to his inauguration on February 7. Namphy had replaced former president Jean-Claude Duvalier in February 1986 as head of the National Council and after handing over power to Leslie Manigat in 1988, he staged a coup in June that same year. But Namphy was himself the victim of a coup in September of the same year and since then has been livi ... Read More

Inauguration Day: Trump to become America's 45th president

Friday, January 20, 2017 8:17 AM    

President-elect Donald Trump, left, and his wife Melania Trump arrive to the

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television star who upended American politics and energized voters angry with Washington, will be sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years. Ebullient Trump supporters flocked to the nation's capital for the inaugural festivities, some wearing red hats emblazoned with his "Make America Great Again" campaign s ... Read More

J'can woman nabbed with cocaine in beef patties in the US

Friday, January 20, 2017 7:56 AM    

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — United States law enforcement officials have arrested a Jamaican woman with cocaine hidden in beef patties at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said officers intercepted Chantal Alecia Bedward on arrival on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday. During her examination, CBP officers discovered what appeared to be a box of Jamaican beef patties. CBP said officers escorted Bedward to a ... Read More



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