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More interest in Ja's oil, gas potential — Paulwell

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 13:27
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell, says the ministry is in the final stages of negotiation with a major oil and gas company, to explore another section of the island to determine the potential for commercial oil and gas.

UPDATE: 4th person in Spanish Town Road crash dies at hospital

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 13:03
ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Another individual who was involved in the crash on Spanish Town Road in St Andrew less than two hours ago has died.

Ash Wednesday race meet still in doubt

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:44
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The holiday race meet scheduled for this Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) remains in serious doubt as no agreement was reached at a meeting earlier today involving the workers and the management of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL). The CTL workers took strike action on Friday resulting in the non-staging of a 10-race programme on Saturday last.

Gospel semis for Ash Wednesday

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:36
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The semi-final round of the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition, organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), is set for Ash Wednesday, February 10.

Forex: J$121.44 to one US dollar

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:34
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Monday, February 8, 2016, ended trading at J$121.44 down by five cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary.

Jamalco, Cablepro book quarter-final spots in Sunshine Open League

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:22
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Many-time champions Jamalco and Cablepro have booked their spots in the quarter-finals of Netball Jamaica/Jamaica National Building Society Sunshine Open League after recording victories in the final preliminary round matches at the Leila Robinson Netball Court on Sunday.

Bennett praises McCarthy's batting consistency

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:13
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Junior Bennett, the Jamaica Scorpions head coach, is praising batsman Andre McCarthy for his displays so far in the regional cricket season.

Schools remain open nomination day, but will close on election day

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:11
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Chief Education Officer Grace McLean today advised that all schools should be held on nomination day, which is scheduled for tomorrow.

Traffic being diverted after crash on Spanish Town Road

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:24
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police officers have cordoned off an area of Spanish Town Road in St Andrew and are diverting traffic following a motor vehicle crash this afternoon.

ZikV confirmed in three pregnant Barbadian women

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:18
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Barbados health authorities Monday confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus had been detected in three pregnant women, bringing the number of people affected by the disease to seven.

Scorpions depart for PCL clash with Hurricanes

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 10:32
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Scorpions team is set to depart the island this afternoon for this Friday's Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day game against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in Antigua.

Motorcyclist collides with motor truck, dies — Police

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 09:38
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – A 42-year-old man died as a result of injuries he received in a motor vehicle collision along I-95 main road, Caymanas, St Catherine, this morning.

'Meteorite' kills man in south India, authorities say

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 08:47
CHENNAI, India (AFP) — Indian authorities say a falling object that killed a bus driver and injured three others was a meteorite. If proven, it would be the first such death in recorded history.

Wearing of masks at political meetings concern police

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 07:33
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says it is concerned about cases of individuals concealing their identities by wearing masks on motorcades and at political and public meetings. 

No evidence of political motive in JLP rally shooting – Police Chief

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 06:45
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams says there is no evidence of political motivation in last night’s shooting incident at a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) mass rally at the Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St James.

Martelly leaves office with Haiti in crisis

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 06:40
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Michel Martelly ended his presidential term Sunday without handing power to a successor, in an electoral crisis highlighting Haiti's long struggle to keep democracy on track in the 30 years since the Duvalier dictatorship ended.

Noranda files for bankruptcy protection, plans to restructure

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 06:35
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NAHC) announced today through NASDAQ that the company and all of its wholly-owned direct and indirect subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for a court-supervised restructuring process under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Juliet Cuthbert pregnant at 51

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 05:42
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Olympian Juliet Cuthbert revealed in an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer that she is 51, pregnant, fit and fabulous and ready to become a member of Parliament.

Cops identify 2nd man killed at JLP rally as another gangster

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 05:15
ST JAMES, Jamaica – The police have identified the second man killed in last night’s shooting at a Jamaica Labour Party mass rally at the Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St James.

Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey 

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 04:05
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and others around Asia flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year.