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AJ repentant

NICHOLSON... apologised to the
Senate and the country for
his “flexi-rape” remark

LEADER of Government Business Senator AJ Nicholson, yesterday apologised to the Senate and the country for his "flexi-rape" remark on October 31, which triggered a public firestorm over respect for women. An extremely contrite Senator Nicholson told the Senate that it was uncharacteristic of him, a ... Read More

Wajay Jonas, now a student
at St George's College,
pleaded with corporate
Jamaica four years ago to
assist in getting new
bathroom facilities for the
Rock River Primary, when he
was a student. Student’s letter brings relief to Rock River Primary
FOUR years ago 10-year old Wajay Jonas, concerned about the poor sanitary conditions in his then pri ... Read More

Roots play actor Cleve ‘Chu Chu’ Warren. Actors mourn Chu Chu
THE theatre community is mourning the death of roots play actor Cleve 'Chu Chu' Warren. Warren, 46, ... Read More

The motor car in which Melrose Wedderburn died when the driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the truck
pictured here. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) Woman dies in crash, man found dead on roadside
ST ELIZABETH — A woman died in a motor vehicle crash just west of Gutters in St Elizabeth, clo ... Read More

A light moment with student leaders

Saturday, November 22, 2014    

Jamaica Money Market Brokers' Donna Duncan-Scott and Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn share a light moment with budding leaders from St Hugh's High School at the National Conference on Girls Education, held Thursday at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. Duncan-Scott and Llewellyn spoke on the theme, 'Making my Contribution: Girls as Leaders, Now and to Come.'. The girls (from second left) are Cyanne Forbes, Tiffany Stanley, Toni-Ann Clarke, and Lennique Knight. (P ... Read More

SERHA gets one dozen Cuban health workers

Saturday, November 22, 2014    

TWELVE of the 30 Cuban health workers who arrived in the island this week have been assigned to the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA). The team, consisting of eight doctors and four specialist nurses, will be deployed to health facilities in the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew and St Thomas. "SERHA provides health care services to approximately half of the population and so we welcome the additional manpower. We have no doubt that they will enhance our ability to meet the demands ... Read More

US court postpones sentencing of Jamaican-born doctor

Saturday, November 22, 2014    

ILLINOIS, USA (CMC) -- A United States court has adjourned to December 16, the sentencing of a 68-year-old Jamaica-born doctor who had been convicted earlier this year of sexually assaulting four of his patients. Dr Norman Williams was due to have been sentenced on Wednesday, but his decision to hire a new attorney postponed sentencing to December 16. He remains in custody. The judge said he would grant time for the attorney to review the case and prepare for sentencing, but was unwilling to l ... Read More

Shebab Islamists execute 28 non-Muslims on Kenya bus

Saturday, November 22, 2014 11:38 AM    

The bodies of 28 non-Muslim victims who were singled out and killed in the Kenya bus attack. (Photo: AFP)

Garissa, Kenya (AFP) — Somalia's Shebab Islamists on Saturday ambushed a bus in Kenya and executed 28 non-Muslim passengers in what they said was revenge for police raids on mosques in the troubled port of Mombasa. "I can confirm... that 28 innocent travellers were brutally executed by the Shebab," regional police chief Noah Mwavinda told AFP. The bus, which was headed for the capital Nairobi, was ambushed shortly after departing from Mandera, a town lying on the border with Somalia in K ... Read More

Two men shot dead in St Catherine, Clarendon

Saturday, November 22, 2014 11:06 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two men were last night shot dead in separate incidents in St Catherine and Clarendon. Reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that in one incident, about 7:00 pm, 26-year-old Ricardo Anderson was shot dead by unknown assailants in Frankfield, Clarendon. It is said that Anderson was shot several times in his upper body and was pronounced dead at hospital. Meanwhile, in Old Harbour, St Catherine about 10:00 pm, police say an unidentified man was also shot dead by unknown ... Read More

St Kitts/Nevis opens Caribbean’s largest greenhouse

Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:55 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – St Kitts and Nevis has established what they say is the largest greenhouse in the Caribbean at 24 metres tall and covering more than 14,000 square feet. Located at the Eco-Park on the island of St Kitts, the greenhouse was officially opened on Friday (November 21) by Taiwan’s Ambassador to the twin island state, Miguel Li-Jey Tsao, a release from the St Kitts /Nevis government said. The Eco-Park is a cooperation project between Taiwan and the twin-island state, ... Read More

Brawl at Falmouth Hospital leaves 2 patients with chop wounds

Saturday, November 22, 2014 10:04 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Two patients at the Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny were this morning involved in a brawl at the health facility. Both are reported to have received chop wounds. Reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that about 12:35 am, the two were involved in an argument which led to a fight. One of the patients was treated and released and the other is reportedly still receiving treatment. OBSERVER ONLINE sources say that the incident occurred in the hospital’s emergency room. Mor ... Read More

St Lucia human rights activist claims Jamaican investigators hampered in carrying out work

Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:52 AM    

Human rights activist Mary Francis (Photo: stluciastar.com)

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) – Human rights activist Mary Francis says investigations by Jamaican investigators into several fatal police shootings in St Lucia in 2011 were severely hampered by the difficulty in obtaining evidence. "The inaccessibility to required evidence affected the effectiveness of the investigation which began one year ago," Francis told reporters. She made reference to the inquest into the death of five people who were killed by the police in a single incident in Vieux ... Read More

Bahamas Government denies 'rounding up' illegal migrants

Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:41 AM    

Bahamas Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – The Bahamas Government said it wanted an “urgent clarification” of remarks reportedly made by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza, that persons were being “rounded up” as part of the new immigration policies here. Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said that he had instructed “the Ambassador to the OAS Dr Elliston Rahming to make an immediate call to the Secretary G ... Read More

Nicholson to celebrate IDEVA as ‘flexi-rape’ penance

Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:10 AM    

A J Nicholson

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Leader of Government Business in the Senate, A J Nicholson, has promised to demonstrate his remorse for making the “flexi-rape” remark in the Senate, by associating with this year’s celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) next Tuesday. “I am covered in sackcloth and ashes. I seek forgiveness even as I pray that the controversy will be put to peaceable rest,” Senator Nicholson said in the Senat ... Read More



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