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Task force targeting cops involved in lotto scamming

WARSON ... we have to clamp down on these dishonest police officers

MONTEGO BAY, St James — As allegations of policemen extorting lottery scammers continue to mount, the Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force (ALSTF) will be stepping up its efforts in coming weeks to nab corrupt colleagues engaged in the illegal activity. Just recently, a policeman was indicted for hi ... Read More

MILLER... deportation postponed Tesha Miller caught in The Bahamas
Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell yesterday said that the scheduled deportation from The ... Read More

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid. (Photo: JIS) Educate, instead of banning bag juice
Dear Editor, After watching the newscast on Monday, March 27, 2017 l started thinking about the po ... Read More

One of the US$100 notes that criminals tried to pass off to a business operator downtown Kingston last week. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood) Beware US$100 notes, police urge businesses
The police are urging business operators in Kingston to be on the lookout for counterfeit US$100 not ... Read More

Exploding basketball injures Australian woman

Monday, March 27, 2017 9:32 PM    

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — A woman in Australia suffered burns to her face and arms when a basketball exploded as she picked it up, police said Tuesday as they sought an explanation for the bizarre incident. Detectives said the 21-year-old was walking along a beach in Melbourne when she spotted the ball on the sand. "As she went to pick it up, it exploded, leaving her with burns to her face, head and forearms," Victoria state police said. "She then rushed to the water to try and cool dow ... Read More

MoBay mayor emphasises importance of community preparedness

Monday, March 27, 2017 9:01 PM    

Mayor of Montego Bay,  His Worship Homer Davis,
addresses a Business Disaster Preparedness Seminar at the St James
Municipal Corporation in Montego Bay on March 23. (Photo: JIS)

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Mayor of Montego Bay, His Worship Homer Davis, says the impact of natural disasters can be mitigated by the level of preparedness carried out by communities. Addressing a Business Disaster Preparedness Seminar at the St James Municipal Corporation on Thursday, the mayor said there is no real substitute for adequate preparation. “Today, disaster comes in many different forms. As we strive to mitigate the challenges we face, we find that preparation is the ... Read More

Unfamiliarity with opposition led to defeat says Holder

Monday, March 27, 2017 8:53 PM    

Jason Holder celebrates the dismissal of Babar Azam caught behind during the 1st Twenty20 International between West Indies and Pakistan on Sunday at Kensington Oval in Barbados. (Photo by WICB Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Jason Holder said he expects West Indies to bounce back from defeat, now that they have a better idea of the Pakistan side. The lanky all-rounder felt unfamiliarity with a number of Pakistani players, especially debutant leg-spinner Shadab Khan, was principally the reason for the Windies’ six-wicket loss in the first Twenty20 International on Sunday at Kensington Oval here. Khan had a memorable spell of three wickets for seven runs from his allotted fou ... Read More

Chang promises fair allocation of houses to J'cans

Monday, March 27, 2017 8:43 PM    

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, addresses groundbreaking ceremony in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, on March 24. (Photo: JIS)

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, says housing allocation will be done in a manner that is fair to all Jamaicans. Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for a National Housing Trust (NHT) project in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, on Friday, Chang, who has responsibility for water, housing and works,  said the government is committed to ensuring that all Jamaicans have access to a quality home throug ... Read More

14 arrested last week as cops seize 18 guns, 124 rounds of ammo

Monday, March 27, 2017 8:22 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police this evening reported that 14 people were last week arrested in connection with the seizure of 18 firearms, including high-powered weapons, and more than 124 assorted rounds of ammunition. Since the start of the year the police have seized 205 firearms, 2139 rounds of ammunition and have made over 140 arrests in relation to illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. Members of the public are advised to support the police in the mission to make Jamaica ... Read More

CMI driving growth agenda through education, training

Monday, March 27, 2017 8:03 PM    

The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) Cadets in
parade. The CMI will now gain university status, following the passage
of legislation in both Houses of Parliament.   

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Executive Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), Dr Fritz Pinnock, cannot disguise his immense joy as he speaks of the institution being granted university status, following the passage of legislation in both Houses of Parliament. The Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Bill 2017 was approved in the Senate on February 24, following approval in the House of Representatives on January 25. According to Dr Pinnock, it was a very emotional moment, as it ... Read More

US veteran gets terror, racism charges over homeless black man's murder

Monday, March 27, 2017 7:53 PM    

James Harris Jackson is escorted out of a police precinct in New York on Wednesday. Police said Jackson, accused of fatally stabbing a black man in New York City, told investigators he travelled from Baltimore specifically to attack black people. (Photo: AP)

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A white US Army veteran faced terror and racism charges Monday as he was indicted for fatally stabbing a 66-year-old homeless black man. James Jackson, 28, "prowled the streets of New York for three days in search of a black person to assassinate in order to launch a campaign of terrorism against our Manhattan community and the values we celebrate," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. "Last week, with total presence of mind, he act ... Read More

National identification system will be game changer — Chuck

Monday, March 27, 2017 7:31 PM    

Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, addresses the 40th anniversary celebration of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Class of 1977 officers in St Ann, recently. (Photo: JIS)

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, says the National Identification System will be a huge game changer in the fight against crime. According to the minister, the system will not only be able to assist the police, but will also be useful with banks and other entities in ascertaining the true identity of individuals. “We have recently passed legislation in parliament. The National Identification System will be put in place very soon, where every single Jamai ... Read More

O-WRAP: Murder at JUTC depot… Businessman allegedly forges Portia’s signature… Canada to legalise ganja

Monday, March 27, 2017 7:00 PM    

This file photo taken on April 20, 2016 shows a man smoking marijuana as others gather to celebrate National Marijuana Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo: AFP)

In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE’s top 10 stories for today. 1. Worker fatally stabbed at JUTC Twickenham Park depot A worker died this morning after being stabbed by a colleague at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Twickenham Park depot in Spanish Town. The attacker who has been identified as the male canteen manager was arrested. Full story here 2. TripAdvisor ranks Jamaica top Caribbean destination TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice has ranked Jamaica number 1 ... Read More

UPDATE: PNP wins Portmore by-election

Monday, March 27, 2017 6:44 PM    

Gary Nicholson

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The preliminary results from the Greater Portmore North by-election has indicated that People's National Party (PNP) candidate Gary Nicholson won the election. According to the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), Nicholson received 2,105 votes. The candidate for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Ann Marie Lewis polled 993 votes. The overall voter turnout was 29 per cent. Polling took place across 38 polling stations in seven locations in the division.   Read More



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