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Two US states order tough Ebola quarantine rules

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:25
NEW YORK, United States (AFP) - New York and New Jersey on Friday ordered a mandatory quarantine for medics who treated victims of the disease in West Africa, after the deadly virus spread to America's largest city.

Motorist in St Elizabeth hit-and-run surrenders to police

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:12
ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — The motorist involved in the hit-and-run on the Siloah main road in St Elizabeth Wednesday, which claimed the life of 57-year-old Rainford Findlay and injured his six-year-old daughter, has turned himself in to the Santa Cruz police.

A revolution in thinking needed to solve Jamaica’s problems — Holness

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:03
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Leader Andrew Holness believes that there is hope for Jamaica’s growth and development but insists there needs to be a revolution in thinking and approach to finding solutions to problems facing the nation.

Forex: J$112.68 to one US dollar

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:04
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Friday, October 24, ended trading at J$112.68, up two cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary.

Information minister lauds NCU

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:24
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, has lauded the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) for continuing to produce high academic achievers, who have made their mark worldwide.

UPDATE: Two-year-old girl dies of Ebola in Mali's first case

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:52
BAMAKO, (AFP) - A two-year-old girl died of Ebola in Mali on Friday, in the first case of the disease in the west African nation, a source in the prime minister's office told AFP.

UPDATE: Body found in car at Kingston gas station

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:41
His sister, Jennifer Markland, who was on the scene, confirmed his identity to OBSERVER ONLINE.

Court reserves judgement on Peter Bunting case

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:30
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Supreme Court has reserved judgement in the judicial review of a decision by Security Minister Peter Bunting’s to deport Curaçao national Shurendy Quant last year April, in breach of a court order.

Gunman in Canada attack complained about mosque

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:25
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada’s Parliament once complained that a Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, and was kicked out after he repeatedly spent the night there even though officials told him to stop, Muslim leaders said Friday.

Body found in car at Kingston gas station

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:32
The body was found about two hours ago and the police called to the scene.

China Harbour says diesel fuel stolen from Steer Town site 

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:08
KINGSTON, Jamaica — China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) says that (800) litres of diesel fuel were stolen from its Steer Town Highway 2000 site in St. Ann on Monday (October 20).

UPDATE: Student wounds six, kills self in US school shooting

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:10
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A student opened fire at a US school Friday, injuring as many as six people before killing himself, the Seattle Times reported, citing law enforcement sources.

6-yo dies in hit-and-run accident

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:58
HANOVER, Jamaica – A six-year-old boy died Thursday night following a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident along Harding Hall main road in Hanover.

Caribbean health a‎uthority to host infectious substance training

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:50
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says it will host workshops geared at strengthening the Caribbean’s ability to prepare and respond to outbreak situations such as the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Shooting reported at high school north of Seattle

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:27
MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — Police have responded to a high school north of Seattle following reports of a shooting.

Obama to meet with Texas nurse cured of Ebola: White House

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:18
WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama will meet Friday with Nina Pham, one of two US nurses who has been cured of Ebola, the White House said.

43 Cuban migrants returned home by US Coast Guard

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:55
MIAMI (AP) — The Coast Guard has returned more than 40 Cuban migrants caught at sea to their homeland.

Gunmen kidnap Nigeria oil minister's sister -- police

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:36
PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AFP) -- The sister of Nigeria's powerful petroleum minister has been kidnapped in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, police said Friday, in the latest abduction targetting a prominent political family.

Victoria Jubilee Hospital back to normal after fire

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:09
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) is reporting that operations are back to normal at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) following a brief fire at the facility Thursday night.

Man remanded for attempting to export ganja to Curacao

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:00
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A May Pen labourer who attempted to smuggle over two pounds of ganja to Curacao has been remanded for sentencing next month.