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We are not intimidated — Sen Kerry

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 21:00
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry launched a withering critique of the Islamic State yesterday, blasting extremist brutality and insisting the world will not be intimidated in the battle against "barbarism".

State of emergency declared in Ferguson

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 21:00
MISSOURI, United States (AFP) — The governor of the US state of Missouri declared a state of emergency yesterday and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision in the case of a black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer.

NCB head charges scholarship recipients to make big plans & aim high…

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:00
Inspiring, emotional, tasty and joyful, punctuated with much applause, are just a few of the descriptives used by those in attendance at yesterday's Salut! Applaud It! luncheon hosted on the fifth floor of the NCB Atrium by Group Managing Director Patrick Hylton and also attended by senior executives of the bank Dennis Cohen, Nadeen Matthews and Belinda Williams, as well as Chairman of NCB Foundation Thalia Lyn and Deputy Chairman Andrew Pairman.

Keep your surroundings clean

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:00
Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, and Member of Parliament for South East St Andrew Julian Robinson (centre) observes as a representative of DFL Distributors, Kareem Downer, (left) presents a bottle of bleach to Principal of Excelsior High School, Deanroy Bromfield during a handing over ceremony at the institution's premises in Kingston on Friday (Nov. 14). DFL Distributors donated five cases of bleach to the school as part of a drive to encourage students to keep their surroundings clean.

Antigua commits to help Ja increase shipping revenue

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:00
PRIME Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne says his country will collaborate with Jamaica to increase the Caribbean region's market share of the lucrative global shipping industry, through ship registration services.

This Day in History— Nov. 18

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:00

UN's Ebola pointman in Guinea dies

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:00
CONAKRY, Guinea (AFP) — The United Nations envoy charged with leading the response to the Ebola crisis in Guinea died yesterday, just a month after taking on the role, the organisation said.

Ganja decriminalisation brings 'war on drugs' to Jamaica

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:00
JAMAICA'S decriminalisation of ganja has placed the island in the centre of activities related to the 'war on drugs', ahead of the critical United Nations General Assembly (UNGASS) where fire works is expected when the issue is discussed in 2016.

'Better them did cripple him,' mother of murdered teen laments

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:00
ST ELIZABETH — "Dem kill me baby," Melleta Cunningham said during an interview with the Jamaica Observer on the weekend, four days after rampaging gunmen terrorised the mountainous Pisgah/Huntley Castle district of north-west St Elizabeth, robbing them of the life of 16-year-old Shemar Blackwood.

Sovereign Centre reopens today

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:00
SEVERAL businesses are expected to resume operations at Sovereign Centre, in Liguanea today following a fire which gutted sections of Island Grill Restaurant located on the ground floor of the St Andrew-based shopping mall, on Monday.

SEBI turning social enterprises into moneymakers

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:00
THE Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) is on a mission to transform 10 social enterprises, which are heavily dependent on funding and donations from third parties, into successful businesses.

Nht Crisis

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:00
THE National Housing Trust (NHT) plunged further into crisis yesterday when two more members of the board of directors resigned, leaving the Government's major housing finance agency with only enough members to form a quorum.

A Widow's Grief

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:00
Natalie Holt-Conde (left), daughter of the late reggae singer John Holt, consoles her mother Merle (Holt's widow) during yesterday's funeral service for the veteran reggae act. The service, which was held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Kingston, saw a strong turnout from members of the music fraternity. Holt, who was known for hits including Ali Baba, Memories By the Score, The Tide is High and A Love I Can Feel, died from cancer in London on October 20. He was 69. See story on Page 31. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

J'can judge elected to International Court of Justice

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:00
JAMAICAN and renowned international Jurist Patrick Robinson was yesterday elected to serve as a judge in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for a nine-year period beginning in February 2015.

'No one cares if you got it for quattie'

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:00
AN attempt by National Housing Trust Chairman Easton Douglas to clarify the cost of the controversial Outameni lands has been met with criticisms by Jamaica Observer online readers. In a story published yesterday, Douglas stated that the NHT paid $12 million per acre for the 9.12 acres of land, instead of the $18 million per acre that was widely reported. However, readers said whatever the cost, taxpayers money should not have been used in that manner. Here are some edited comments:

FBI studying laws after US tourists attempt to ship body parts

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 16:46
FBI spokeswoman Bridget Pappas said Monday that investigators are aware that Ryan McPherson and Daniel Tanner were questioned after Bangkok police confiscated the three packages labelled "toys."

Over 20 homeless after fire destroys 5 houses on Seaward Drive

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 16:12
Details are sketchy at this time however one victim told OBSERVER ONLINE that a fire started at a close by premises and was in the process of being extinguished when sparks from a utility pole ignited another fire setting houses in her yard ablaze.

Man in court for assaulting mother

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 15:31
Kirk Headley, a resident of Regent Street, Kingston 14, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Police seize firearm in Allman Town

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:57
No one was taken into custody in connection with the find.

Abeng 88.7 FM Maroons get radio station in Accompong

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:50
Abeng 88.7 FM, which will highlight the maroon culture, is being funded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at a cost of US$12, 500. It will bring to 36, the number of radio stations operating in Jamaica.