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OCR says more partners needed to protect nation's children

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 22:00
REGISTRAR at the Office of the Children's Registry (OCR), Greig Smith, is appealing for increased partnerships for the care and protection of the nation's children.


Tue, 12/16/2014 - 22:00
NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA (AP) Police in New Hampshire say they have collared the humans responsible for snatching 13 puppies from a New Hampshire pet store in a smash-and-grab dognapping.

Barbados to pilot diabetes reversal study

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 22:00
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbados has been selected to pilot a diabetes reversal study based on the use of a nutrition-specific diet as a means of reversing glucose intolerance in persons living with Type 2 diabetes.

'I am well aware of the IMF constraints'

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 20:00
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — He insists that he is not discounting the necessity of passing performance tests set by multilateral lender of last resort, the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Time to make some 'dough'

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 20:00
A man peddles donuts on Maxfield Avenue, near the Hagley Park road intersection, in St Andrew on Monday. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

Cops arrested following escape of six suspects in Suriname

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 20:00
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (CMC) — Two senior police officers, including a major, have been arrested following the escape last week of six suspects from the police station in Latour, located in the Paramaribo District.

Ban Them!

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 20:00
GOVERNMENT Senator Lambert Brown says that the civil society bodies that have suspended their participation in the Administration's Partnership For Jamaica (PFJ) initiative are irresponsible and should be barred from sitting on public bodies, like the Integrity Commission.

Crime down but no letting up, says Bunting

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 20:00
SECURITY Minister Peter Bunting says there will be no letting up in the fight against crime despite the country seeing reductions in all categories of violent crimes.

Cosby won't be charged over decades-old sex claim

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:17
LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — US prosecutors said Tuesday they will not charge veteran comedian Bill Cosby over allegations that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1974.

No letting up in crime fighting, says Bunting

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:05
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Security minister, Peter Bunting, today reiterated that there will be no letting up in the fight against crime, even as the country is seeing reductions in all categories of violent crimes.

Wheatley wants NRCA board sacked for approving of Negril breakwater project

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 13:54
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Spokesman on the Environment, Dr Andrew Wheatley, has called for the sacking of the Natural Resources Conservation Authority’s (NRCA) board of directors following an announcement that they granted approval for two “highly controversial” off-shore breakwaters to be built in the Long Bay area of Negril, Westmoreland.

Forex: J$114.41 to one US dollar

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 13:10
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Tuesday, December 16 ended trading at J$114.41, up from J$114.29 according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary.

Dozen injured in American Airlines turbulence

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:05
TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — An American Airlines flight from Seoul to Dallas was forced to make an emergency landing in Tokyo early Wednesday after a dozen people were injured during turbulence, a report said.

Another Bush to launch US presidential bid

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:46
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Jeb Bush, son to one former US president and brother to another, threw his hat into the ring for the 2016 race Tuesday, announcing he was laying the groundwork for a campaign.

Paulwell to discuss gas price reduction with marketing companies, retailers

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:20
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Energy minister, Phillip Paulwell has scheduled a meeting with petroleum marketing companies for later this week as Government seeks to have current reduction in fuel prices passed on to consumers.

Observer team brings cheer to Faith Tabernacle Basic School

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:08
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Residents of the Lyndhurst Road community in Kingston on Tuesday showered praises on Jamaica Observer staff members who took time out to treat close to 40 children from the Faith Tabernacle Basic School.

Antigua & Barbuda stages modest recovery – IMF report

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:02
WASHINGTON, (CMC) -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says a modest recovery is underway in Antigua and Barbuda but macroeconomic indicators are still weak and important vulnerabilities remain.

Govt beefs up cyber-security after website attacks

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:39
KINGSTON, Jamaica –The Government of Jamaica (GOJ) says it is implementing a raft of measures to address the issue of cyber-security, following an attack on more than 10 government websites three weeks ago.

Malala "heartbroken" by Pakistan school slayings

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 08:30
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, said she was "heartbroken" by "the senseless and cold blooded" killing of scores of children by Taliban militants Tuesday in Pakistan.

Ocho Rios Health Centre closed following heavy rains

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:30
ST ANN, Jamaica – People who turned out to seek medical attention at the Ocho Rios Health Centre Tuesday morning (December 16) said that they were told the centre would not be opened for the day due to heavy rains.