Subscribe to Observer feed, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Updated: 43 min 14 sec ago

More terror in Bog Walk

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:00
GUNMEN have continued to wreak havoc in Bog Walk, St Catherine, killing three men, among them a 70-year-old, at Pine Apple Lane, yesterday.

Office of the Prime Minister says microphones and tape recorders a problem for PM, Falconer, Neita-Headley

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:42
The following is a letter from the Office of the Prime Minister through its Director of Communication and Public Affairs, Huntley Medley to all news editors in Jamaica.

1,000 suspected cases of CHIK-V in Trinidad

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:39
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - Trinidad and Tobago now has about 1,000 suspected cases of chikungunya. This was revealed yesterday by Chief Medical Officer at the Minis¬try of Health Dr Colin Furlonge, who said key stakeholders in the fight against chikungunya met on Tuesday with the intention of appointing a multi-sectoral task force to combat the virus.

Trinidad's Nigeria ban lifted

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:35
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - THE ban on travellers from Nigeria entering this country has been lifted with immediate effect, Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan announced yesterday. Khan made the announcement at the post-Cabinet press conference held at the San Fernando Teaching Hospital.

'Canada will never be intimidated,' Canadian PM Harper says after attack

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:32
OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) - Canada's prime minister vowed Wednesday to redouble the nation's fight against "terrorist organizations" after a soldier was gunned down in the capital and parliament was stormed by an assailant.

Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq 'massacre'

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:30
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) - Four former Blackwater security guards were found guilty Wednesday for their roles in a notorious 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad that left at least 14 civilians dead and deepened resentment of America's involvement in Iraq.

Policeman, sister murder trial starts after difficult in finding jurors

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:01
ST ANN, Jamaica - After being delayed due to a shortage of jurors, the trial of a former police constable Jeffery Peart and his sister Roxanne Peart started in the St Ann Circuit Court on Wednesday, October 22, after another challenging day of empanelling a jury. The two are charged for the 2012 murder of taxi operator Delroy Frame.

Three shot dead, several injured in East Kingston gang violence

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:54
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Three persons are dead and several others injured in East Kingston, where police are reporting a major flare up of violence.

Bank robber in Pittsburgh who bummed cigarette gets 10 years

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:42
PITTSBURGH, United States (AP) — A bank robber who stopped during his escape to bum a cigarette off a construction worker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh.

Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:38
JERUSALEM, Israel (AP) — A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack.

Man dies, young daughter in hospital after hit and run accident in St Elizabeth

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:33
Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth – A 57 year-old man died  and his his six year-old daughter admitted to hospital following a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident on the Siloah mainroad  Wednesday afternoon, police say.

Forex: J$112.64 to one US dollar

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:12
Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed at J$100.32, up from J$100.15 while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$181.61 up from J$181.24.

UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:25
LONDON (AP) — He might have got away with it if it hadn't been for his supermarket loyalty card.

T&T Prime Minister condemns Canada shooting

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:54
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) - Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has condemned the fatal shootings in Canada saying that her government stands in solidarity with Parliamentarians.

Gas prices down $1.24, diesel down $1.83

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:48
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in prices of diesel and gasoline effective Thursday October 22, with a reduction in ex-refinery costs from Petrojam.

US journalist heads home after Ebola recovery

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:22
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — An American video journalist who has recovered from Ebola will soon head home to Rhode Island with his family, hospital officials said Wednesday.

Timeshare Vacations Bill passed in Lower House of Parliament

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:02
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Tourism Ministry says that timeshare vacations are to be added to Jamaica’s tourism product mix with Tuesday’s passing of the Timeshare Vacations Bill.

Total names new bosses as Russia probes CEO plane crash

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:24
PARIS, France (AFP) - French oil giant Total on Wednesday named new bosses to lead one of the world's biggest energy companies after its chief executive was killed in Moscow when his private jet hit a snowplough as it was taking off.

Govt issues guidelines to mortuaries on dealing with infectious diseases

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:53
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government has issued guidelines to operators of funeral establishments and mortuaries geared at preventing the transmission of infectious diseases as it cautions members of the public to cease spreading misinformation on Ebola.

UPDATE: Canada soldier shot near parliament has died: minister

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:44
OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) - A soldier who was shot at a war memorial at the start of an attack by one or more gunmen on Canada's parliament has succumbed to his injuries, a government minister said.