Gloom in St Ann after children drown

The opening which resembles a tank. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

LATOYA Buchanan did not send her children to school on Friday because of the heavy rain. Her six-year-old son had asthma and she thought it best that he and a sister stayed home. However, what should have been a safe day at home turned tragic when two of Buchanan's five children decided to play in ... Read More

An emotional Yanique Chin gets her wish to her two favourite personalities, Yendi Phillips and Tessanne Chin. Sick teen meets Tessanne and Yendi
YANIQUE Chin on Friday got her wish to meet her two favourite personalities, recording artiste Tessa ... Read More

Shakera Facey
was told that she
has a tumour growing
in her arm after falling
in June last year.
ROBINSON) Family baffled by huge lump on teen's shoulder
SHAKERA Facey is trying her best to remain hopeful. But a huge mass which started to grow on her le ... Read More

Mariah Carey
from another
angle in an even
more provocative
outfit. Mariah Carey gets the thumbs up at Jazz & Blues
FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny — Not even the rain which threatened to burst from the ominous dark sk ... Read More

No men allowed!

BY KELESHIA POWELL Observer online reporter | Sunday, February 01, 2015    

Rose’s Couture in Cross Roads, St Andrew does not exhibit a sign saying that men are not
allowed, but male shopper Lemuel Reid says he was denied entry to the establishment that sells
items for women.

A female clothing and accessories store in Cross Roads, St Andrew has been denying entry to potential customers on the premise of them merely being male. An upset Lemuel Reid visited the Jamaica Observer on Friday to share his ordeal, which he says is his first time experiencing or hearing of discrimination in this form -- being turned back from a store for being male. Reid told the Sunday Observer that he was hunting a gift for his female friend when he decided to stop at Rose's Couture. The ... Read More

Suspended balance

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Online/health co-ordinator | Sunday, February 01, 2015    

Zoë Arscott shows how to effectively use the anti-gravity hammock.

HAVE you ever considered trying yoga? How about doing it suspended? Zoë Arscott, co-founder of Chai Studios, a boutique fitness studio, and aerial yoga instructor told the Jamaica Observer that aerial yoga is a fusion style that incorporates pilates aerial skills, yoga and gymnastics. Sounds exciting? According to Arscott, it is. In fact, the aerial yoga instructor said it incorporates the bringing together of mind and body, which is akin to traditional yoga but with a fun and thrill fac ... Read More

A teacher's shock

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-large | Sunday, February 01, 2015    

A teacher’s shock

A high school teacher at one of Jamaica's urban centres of learning got the shock of her life on Thursday when she interacted with the mother of a student regarding the conduct and academic performance of her child. The child, aged 13, had been doing fairly well in her schoolwork and extra-curricular activities, and on report day, her mother, a single parent, was required to go in and share in the good news of her progress. But when she told the teacher that she was 26 years old and had the ch ... Read More

Woman claims surgery went wrong

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, February 01, 2015    

Hepburn tells of her ordeal. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

RUNAWAY BAY, St Ann — Imagine faeces constantly flowing from a woman's abdomen and doctors telling her that they can do nothing to help. While many may not even have the courage to create this imagination, it is the reality of 54-year-old Pamella Hepburn. With her abdomen pressed to a pillow for comfort, her eyes filled with tears and through growls of pain, Hepburn told her horrific story to the Jamaica Observer at her Runway Bay, St Ann home recently. According to the mother of four, ... Read More

Dispute leaves one dead, another in police custody

Sunday, February 01, 2015 5:19 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man is dead while another is in police custody following a dispute between the two early Sunday in Corners District, here. The deceased has been identified as 44-year-old Mark Nelson. Reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that about 5:30 am, Nelson and the accused, a 19-year-old taxi operator in the parish, got into an altercation and weapons were brought into play. It is further alleged that both men were wounded in the dispute. Nelson was reportedly pronounced de ... Read More

New JLP caretaker for East Rural St Andrew wants better life for citizens

Sunday, February 01, 2015 5:11 PM    

Williams...I believe there is a new way and new life, but somebody has to be given a one drop (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — New JLP caretaker for the East Rural St Andrew constituency, Senator Alexander Williams, has called for a better life for residents. "Half of the women in Kintyre have no jobs, half of Bull Bay has no water, we need a new way and a better life," Williams said. But, before change can take place, he said he needs the full commitment of his party. "All the problems we have, I believe there is a new way and new life, but somebody has to be given a one drop," he said with ... Read More

Former acting RM, three others freed of breaches under Law Reform Fraudulent Transaction Act

Sunday, February 01, 2015 5:02 PM    

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, (Westmoreland), Jamaica - Former acting Resident Magistrate Dionne Meyler - Reid and her three co-accused were freed of charges under the Law Reform Fraudulent Transaction (Special Provisions Act 2013) in the Savanna-la-Mar RM Court on Friday last. They were acquitted following a directive by Director of Public Prosecutor (DPP) Paula Llewelyn. Meyler-Reid, who is an attorney – at - law was charged jointly with Toni-Ann Turner, a law student; Radcliffe Campbell and Tedish ... Read More

Hanna 'horrified' by spate of violence against nation's children

Sunday, February 01, 2015 4:11 PM    

Hanna...I am horrified by the sudden upsurge of violence targeting our children (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna has condemned the recent spate of violence being meted out to the nation’s youth. A ministry release Sunday afternoon said that the Child Development Agency (CDA) has deployed a team of first responders to the communities where the incidents have occurred and will be providing grief counselling and other emotional support to the families of the deceased. “The CDA has already responded and has done preliminary intervent ... Read More

Nigerian army repels fresh Boko Haram assault on key city

Sunday, February 01, 2015 2:54 PM    

Boko Haram soldiers (file photo)

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) — Nigeria's military on Sunday repelled a Boko Haram assault on the key city of Maiduguri as violence raged across the country's northeast just two weeks before national elections. The hours-long attack on the strategic capital of Borno state was the Islamists' second attempt to take Maiduguri in a week. As government forces were holding off Boko Haram in Maiduguri, the airforce of neighbouring Chad was pounding the militants' positions in Gamboru, a town on Nigeria's ... Read More

I won't lie or break the law, says T&T security minister

Sunday, February 01, 2015 2:18 PM    

Trinidad and Tobago Security Minister Gary Griffith

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — “Take one for the team.” That’s the request that was made of Minister of National Security Gary Griffith in Cabinet last Thursday in light of the damning witness tampering allegations levelled against Attorney General Anand Ramlogan. Ramlogan is at the centre of a criminal probe, after attorney David West reported to police that six days before he was appointed director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) he was telephoned by the Attorney G ... Read More



Should Jamaica's Kaci Fennell have won the Miss Universe 2014 title?

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon