UPDATE: Police murder a wicked act, says Area Commander Kevin Blake

Constable Preddie ... second cop killed in 2014

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) for Police Area Three, which includes the parish of Manchester, Kevin Blake, is describing the murder last night of Constable Orville Preddie as a wicked act and one which must be condemned by the entire society. “This is furthe ... Read More

(L-R) Granville Valentine and Vincent Morrison Union irony
THE National Workers' Union (NWU), which for many years led several strikes in defence of hundreds o ... Read More

Despite slow sales, Mervin Dickson wears
a cheerful look as he and his young charge
sit at his fruit stall outside the Coronation
Market in downtown Kingston, yesterday.
(PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) Worse than last year!
WITH less than a week to go before Christmas, vendors in downtown Kingston are concerned about the ... Read More

Jamaica Urban Transit Company buses wait for passengers at a stop in St Andrew. (Inset) The Smarter Card that was introduced
by the bus company to curb leakage of its revenues. (OBSERVER PHOTOS) JUTC announces change to 'Pay for Other' feature amidst abuse
THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is to discontinue the 'Pay for Other' feature for concessio ... Read More

Petroleum marketing companies to pass on price cuts to retailers

Friday, December 19, 2014    

PETROLEUM marketing companies licensed to operate in Jamaica have agreed to pass on the full reduction of weekly refinery billing price adjustments quoted by Petrojam to their retailers, which should result in lower prices for consumers. The assurance followed an emergency meeting held yesterday between Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell and representatives of 11 marketing companies that control over 90 per cent of the industry. "A number of the marketing companies indicate that the reason for n ... Read More

Mahfood elected head of PSOJ

Friday, December 19, 2014    

Chairman of Wisynco, William Mahfood

THE chairman of WISYNCO Group Limited, William Mahfood, was yesterday elected the 17th president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) at a council meeting held at the PSOJ's offices on Hope Road. He succeeds Christopher Zacca, who did not seek re-election after serving a total of five years -- over two separate periods -- as president. Joining Mahfood on the PSOJ leadership team are vice-presidents Christopher Barnes, managing director of Gleaner Company Jamaica Limited; Denni ... Read More

Another break-in at Gordon House

Friday, December 19, 2014    

A police investigator is seen at the broken window through
which a robber gained access to Gordon House early
yesterday, making off with a computer and a television set.

THE Central Police Station is investigating the robbery of a computer and a television set from Gordon House, the seat of Parliament, yesterday. According to information obtained by the Jamaica Observer, at about 3 o'clock yesterday morning, a man entered Gordon House by removing a window to the joint offices of the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president of the Senate. The sources say that the CCTV cameras operating inside and outside the parliament building showed that a si ... Read More

INDECOM exhumes Clarendon man's body in probe

Friday, December 19, 2014 4:22 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) conducted an exhumation of a man’s body on December 16 and 17 in a probe to gather further information on the cause death. The exhumation of the body of Seydane Nelson of Clarendon was undertaken with the assistance of international medical personnel and ballistic expert and observed by the Government of Jamaica Pathologist, INDECOM said in a report Friday, December 19. Nelson was one of nine people who were ... Read More

Sri Lanka's Jayawardene, Dilshan and Malinga for CPL 2015

Friday, December 19, 2014 3:47 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Three stars of Sri Lankan cricket, Mahela Jayawardene, Tilakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga, have been added to the pool of international players to feature in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft which is set to take place in early 2015, organisers reported Friday. The three will join other top class T20 international players including South African all-rounder, Jacques Kallis, for the third staging of the tournament. Malinga, who played in the first CPL tournament ... Read More

Man arrested as police seize firearm, ammo in Westmoreland

Friday, December 19, 2014 3:36 PM    

File photo

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland – The Savanna-la-Mar police are reporting the seizures of a firearm and more than 200 rounds of ammunition in separate incidents in the parish on Thursday. Information received is that about 1:30 pm, lawmen were on patrol when a man was approached. The man ran the leaving behind a bag. A search of the bag revealed 216 assorted rounds of ammunition. About 10:28 pm, another set of officers were on patrol when they confronted an armed man. The lawmen were able t ... Read More

Police seize two firearms in St Catherine

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:47 PM    

Uzi sub-machine gun

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police are reporting the discovery of two illegal firearms in separate incidents in St Catherine on Thursday. According to the police, about 9:30 am lawmen from the Central Village Police Station were summoned to the nearby Jose Marti High School where a homemade firearm and six 9mm rounds of ammunition were reportedly found hidden on the school compound. The second gun was found about 2:30 pm when officers found a submachine gun while conducting an operation at H ... Read More

Sad day for Police Force, says Assistant Commissioner Area 1

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:17 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Paul Ferguson who has responsibilities for Police Area One (Westmoreland, Hanover, St James & Trelawny) says it has been a really grim past 24 hours for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). ACP Ferguson told OBSERVER ONLINE that the death of a female Inspector of Police as a result of injuries she sustained during a motor vehicle crash along the Long Hill main road in St James this morning coupled with the brutal s ... Read More

Haiti's election council to resign: panel member

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:15 PM    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) – Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council will step down in a bid to help unblock a political impasse that has delayed legislative and municipal balloting, a member of the panel told AFP on Friday. "We have submitted our resignations to President (Michel) Martelly in a letter," Nehemy Joseph, a member of the body, told AFP. "Our decision has been motivated by a desire to make our patriotic contribution to resolve the crisis that is so greatly affecting our count ... Read More

FBI conclusively links North Korea to Sony hack

Friday, December 19, 2014 12:09 PM    

Kim Jong Un

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — The Obama administration says it's determined the North Korean government was behind a devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The FBI announcement Friday is the first official statement blaming the isolated country for the cyber-attack. In the statement, federal officials say they found similarities between the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to North Korea. Administration officials had previously declined ... Read More



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