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UPDATE - Swiss police detain soccer officials ahead of FIFA congress

ZURICH (AP) — The Swiss Federal Office of Justice says six soccer officials have been arrested and detained pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities ahead of the FIFA congress in Zurich. In a statement Wednesday, the FOJ says U.S. authorities suspect the officials of having rece ... Read More

US Justice Department begins arrest of FIFA officials on corruption charges - CNN      
KINGSTON- Jamaica - The United States based Cable News Network (CNN) is this morning (May 27) report ... Read More

Christopher 'Dudus' Coke TIVOLI ENQUIRY: DCP says 'Dudus' ran 'surrogate government'
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds, who took the stand on the resumpti ... Read More

Richard Medley was killed by
the police at his girlfriend’s
house last Friday. His killing
triggered demonstrations the
same day and yesterday. Denham Town residents say music producer killed in cold blood
SOME residents of Denham Town, West Kingston, yesterday staged a protest in front the police station ... Read More

Low-key Labour Day for St Elizabeth

Tuesday, May 26, 2015    

(L) A National Youth Service volunteer paints a section of the wall
at the Santa Cruz Early Childhood Institute.
(PHOTOS: AINSLEY CLARKE)
(R) Victoria Baker, branch manager, CIBC, First Caribbean Santa
Cruz, paints a section of the Santa Cruz Police Station.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Labour Day in St Elizabeth seemed at a lower key than in previous years but still much was achieved, parish and community leaders say. With the parish project involving rehabilitation work at the Manning's Boys Home in Southfield, largely completed on the weekend, Black River Mayor Everton Fisher, colleague councillors and others turned their attention to the overgrown and neglected Logwood Cemetery in Black River, St Elizabeth's capital. "There were over 40 of ... Read More

Several Labour Day projects across island

Tuesday, May 26, 2015    

Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris (left) looks on as volunteers carry out landscaping work yesterday at Cornwall
Court Kiddies Park — the St James parish project for Labour Day.

DESPITE a decrease in participation, there were a number of activities across the island yesterday as Jamaicans joined hands to carry out Labour Day projects to enhance and rehabilitate recreational sites and play areas for children. National focus was placed on the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay, St Thomas. This is not the first time the site, rich in history, received major attention, as some eight years ago the park was given a $2-million facelift, inclusive of the installation of sanitary ... Read More

ZIKV advisory not enough, says Opposition

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersajamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, May 26, 2015    

MALAHOO FORTE… we don't know what state of readiness the
country is in

OPPOSITION spokesperson on health Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte says that with a health care system that in shambles, the Government needs to be very concerned about the threat of the Zika Virus (ZIKV) to the population, which is just emerging from the throes of the chikungunya virus (CHIKV). The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) last week put the Caribbean on high alert for ZIKV, which has now broken out in Brazil and is expected to spread to other South American countries. According to ... Read More

Ja under pressure

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, May 26, 2015    

Senator Mark Golding

DESPITE Jamaica's insistence that its laws already provide adequate human rights protection for all citizens, several countries, including some major trading partners, appeared disappointed that it has not taken on recommendations regarding gay rights, police violence, child labour, and trafficking in persons, among other issues. Jamaica's minister of justice, Senator Mark Golding, who led the country's delegation to the 22nd session of the United Nations' working group's Universal Periodic Rev ... Read More

Guyana to pardon 60 prisoners today

Tuesday, May 26, 2015    

GRANGER… I believe that young people should be in school,
not in jail.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — President David Granger will pardon at least 60 prisoners when Guyana celebrates its 49th anniversary of political independence from Britain today. Granger, who was elected head of state in the May 11 general election, said that the pardon will be for prisoners between the ages 18 and 25. "I believe that young people should be in school, not in jail. And I have asked that emphasis be placed on young persons and for petty non-violent offences and sentences of s ... Read More

Labour Day Activities

Tuesday, May 26, 2015    

Managing director of the Transport Authority Donald Foster
assists pre-K student at the St Barnabas Early Childhood
Institute, Markelle Pottinger, to paint playground facilities
during Labour Day activities at the Fletcher’s Land-located
school, yesterday. The Authority, as part of its Labour Day
Project, carried out painting and repair work at the school in
addition to the erection of a chain link fence. (PHOTO:JIS)

Managing Director of theTransport Authority Donald Foster (left) assists pre-k student at the St Barnabas Early Childhood Institute, Markelle Pottinger, to paint playground facilities during Labour Day activities at the Fletchers Land institute yesterday. The Authority, as part of its Labour Day Project carried out painting and repair work at the school including the ecetion of a chain link fence. (Photo:JIS) Read More

Farmers to be trained in environmentally-friendly practices

Tuesday, May 26, 2015    

President of Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant

President, Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, says educational programmes will be implemented for farmers, particularly in the coffee growing areas of the island, to discourage them from using the slash and burn method for land preparation. He said this, among other measures, form part of the Government's strategy to encourage farmers to apply safer and more environmentally-friendly practices in order to protect their farms and boost productivity. Senator Grant was speak ... Read More

Labour of love

Tuesday, May 26, 2015    

Labour of love

Jamaica College students Anthony Williams (left) and Matthew Gillespie (second left), along with Kiefer Telfer of Calabar High School, participate in Labour Day activities at the Jamaica Christian Boys' Home yesterday. Scores of volunteers turned out to participate in a Labour Day project at the New Kingston-based facility. Organised by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, in collaboration with Appliance Traders Limited, the workday included washing and painting of the fence, exterior walls, ... Read More

Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit recovers 130 stolen animals

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 7:33 PM    

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Assan Thompson.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – More than 130 stolen animals were recovered during a major operation conducted by the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit in Clarendon on May 25. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Assan Thompson, is reporting that over 60 heads of cattle, and 70 goats were recovered by the police. “I was forced to send the Mobile Reserve team overnight (to maintain custody of the animals)...the reports coming to me a short while ago is that the animals are safe. So duri ... Read More

Smartphones, Twitter help gauge crowd size

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 7:28 PM    

PARIS, France (AFP) – Data from smartphones and Twitter can accurately show the size of a crowd, helping first responders in an emergency, a study on Wednesday said. Scientists at England's University of Warwick devised a computer model based on data from Twitter and from phone companies in Milan, northern Italy. The mobile phone system is cellular, meaning that it is a grid comprising pockets, or cells, where users are connected via a relay antenna. When there are more users in the cel ... Read More



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