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Four to hang for girl's rape, murder in Indian Kashmir

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:27
SRINAGAR, India (AFP) – A court in Indian-administered Kashmir sentenced four men to death Friday after they were convicted of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl which sparked protests across the region.

Samsung releases Galaxy S6 Edge in Korea

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:16
SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) – Samsung rolled out its new smartphone in South Korea and 20 other countries on Friday in a bid to restore its role as market leader.

FBI investigates British rogue trader for allegedly stashing millions in C’bean offshore banks

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 03:35
LONDON, United Kingdom (CMC) – The United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is investigating a British trader who allegedly stashed millions of pound sterling in offshore bank account in some Caribbean islands. 

House approves Revenue Appeals Division Bill

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
GOVERNMENT on Wednesday fulfilled an outstanding recommendation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 2008, to make the Taxpayer Appeals Department an independent entity within the Ministry of Finance.

Relief for minimum business taxpayers

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
Changes to the provisions of the Minimum Business Tax Act increasing the threshold to $5,000, and introducing a two-year grace period for newly started businesses were approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

30 per cent of Jamaicans have no bank account

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
MONTEGO BAY, St James — With more than 30 per cent of Jamaicans said to be "unbanked", chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), Colin Bullock, is calling for greater financial inclusion for all citizens as a key ingredient in fostering growth and national development.

St Aubyn Bartlett ‘fired up’ to take Central Manchester

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
BELLEFIELD, Manchester — Close to a year since becoming the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for Central Manchester, Dr St Aubyn Bartlett says he is "fired up" to replace Peter Bunting as Member of Parliament as well as help his party to form the next government.

70 Longville Park units for special allocation

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
CABINET has approved a recommendation for the retroactive implementation of the special selection housing beneficiaries in Phase Three of the Longville Park Housing Development in Clarendon.

Junior minister wants more girls in IT

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
MINISTER of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Julian Robinson wants more girls to become actively involved in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

'Amazing outcome to a sad story'

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
MUCH like they did when his dire situation was highlighted last month, Jamaica Observer online readers had much to say about Rosalvo Patterson's improved living conditions as published yesterday. Patterson moved into his new home two Sundays ago, weeks after he was reported to be living in a ramshackle fowl coop in Jericho, St Catherine. The readers particularly praised music producer Wayne "Lonesome" Brown, who led the assistance for the elderly man. Here are some edited comments:


Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
The driver of the truck was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when he lost control of the vehicle on reaching the bottom of Red Hills in St Andrew. It was not clear if the truck developed mechanical problems after descending the hill. (PHOTOS: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

500 LED street lights to be installed in communities islandwide

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
THE Government will be installing 500 light-emitting diode (LED)-powered street lights in various communities across the island this year.

A tale of two boards

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
Seems that the PNP will respond to popular sentiment but on its own time. The chairmen of the NHT and the NSWMA boards, Mr Easton Douglas and Mr Steve Ashley, respectively, have been replaced with hardly any fanfare. Some have already commented that they hope Mr Dennis Chung knows what he is in for in taking up the NSWMA chairmanship.

Woman pleads guilty to conning three of $310,000

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
A woman who pleaded guilty of conning three people out of $310,000 after offering to rent them an apartment, breathed a sigh of relief this week when her bail was extended.

Thank you

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
The management of the Jamaica Library Service on Wednesday feted its administrative secretaries to mark Administrative Professionals Day. The women were treated to gifts and makeovers, while there were motivational speeches.

J'can man wanted in connection with St Lucia murder

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The police are searching for a Jamaican man in connection with the latest homicide here - the sixth since the start of the month.

Puerto Varas

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
Children watch the Calbuco volcano erupt, from Puerto Varas, Chile, Wednesday. The volcano erupted billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada, along with residents of two smaller communities. (Photo:AP)


Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
An Indian worker dismantles an old car amid heaps of scrap in Bangalore, India, yesterday. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have forecast India's growth to rise up to 7.5 per cent next fiscal year, overtaking China as the fastest growing emerging economy in 2015-16. (PHOTO: AP)

14-y-o boy on terrorism charges in UK

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 22:00
LONDON, England (AFP) — British prosecutors charged a 14-year-old boy yesterday for inciting an alleged plot to carry out a beheading and attack a parade in Australia commemorating its World War I dead.

Your Friday Observer is free as Digicel goes zero

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 20:49
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Mobile telephone provider Digicel Jamaica is today launching what it describes as a ground-breaking new offer known as Digicel Zero that will see customers getting all calls on its network free with the purchase of a three-day data plan.