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Cops slapped with corruption charges

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:14
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who were detained by the Major Organised Crime & Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) on Wednesday for reasonable suspicion of breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act and attempting to pervert the course of Justice were charged today.

Belize imposes visa ban for travellers from West Africa

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:13
BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) - Belize has announced an immediate cessation of issuing visas to persons from West African countries currently grappling with Ebola.

Cuba wants end to US trade embargo

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:21
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – Cuba says it will present a resolution to the United Nations calling for an end to the decades old trade and economic embargo by the United States, a senior Cuban diplomat has said here.

Contaminated dead fish being harvested in St Mary for sale

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:56
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Health authorities are warning the public that people are harvesting dead fish from the Otrum River in Port Maria, St Mary both for sale.

Mario Deane witness gets six months for escaping custody

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:19
ST JAMES, Jamaica — Fahdean Ferguson, the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) witness who the police say escaped from custody after attending an ID parade in the Mario Deane case, was Friday afternoon sentenced to six months in prison.

Blythe supports Vaz for Westmoreland Central constituency

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:12
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Former vice-president of the People’s National Party Dr Karl Blythe has thrown his support behind Dwayne Vaz as candidate to replace the late Roger Clarke in the Westmoreland Central constituency.

UPDATE: Nigeria security spokesman says no deal reached on schoolgirls' release

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 09:46
LAGOS, Nigeria (AFP) - Nigeria's chief security spokesman told AFP Friday that there was no deal in place with Boko Haram for the release of more than 200 hostage schoolgirls after the presidency said an accord had been reached.

WI Cricket Board to discuss cancellation reports

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:45
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will meet this afternoon to plot a way forward in the aftermath of reports coming from India that the regional team has withdrawn from the ongoing tour of the Asian country.

Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo approaching Bermuda

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:18
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Hurricane Gonzalo roared toward Bermuda as a powerful Category 3 storm on Friday and the head of the tiny British territory urged people to seek high ground due to a potential storm surge of 10 feet (3 meters).

Mukulu, Harrison Henry contenders for Public Defender post

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:55
KINGSTON, Jamaica – OBSERVER ONLINE understands that the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) decision on a new public defender could come down to a close decision between current acting public defender, Matondo Mukulu, and chairperson of the Jamaican Council for Human Rights, Arlene Harrison Henry.

Nigeria claims deal with Boko Haram on ceasefire, release of kidnapped girls

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:43
ABUJA, Nigeria  (AFP) - Nigeria's military and presidency on Friday claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants on a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

UPDATE: WICB denies cancelling India tour

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:16
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has rejected reports that it has cancelled the West Indies ongoing tour of India.

Obama names Ebola czar

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:05
A White House official said the long-time Democratic aide would ensure that "efforts to protect the American people by detecting, isolating and treating Ebola patients in this country are properly integrated but don't distract from the aggressive commitment to stopping Ebola at the source in West Africa".

Suspect in payroll murders killed by cops

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:41
KINGSTON, Jamaica – OBSERVER ONLINE police sources have confirmed that Shamar ‘Pretty Pants’ Salmon, who was shot dead by lawmen Friday morning, was a suspect in Sunday’s $2 million payroll murder in St Catherine.

Woman mowed down by bus

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:36
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A woman was rushed to hospital after being struck by a bus along Balmoral Avenue, Kingston.

Jamaican Gov’t admits to paying US$36,000‏ for private plane to send barred T&T Muslim leader home

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:21
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaican Government has confirmed that it paid US$36,000 for a private plane to take leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen in Trinidad and Tobago Yasin Abu Bakr back to the twin-island republic Thursday morning.

Woman’s costly bid to free daughter

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:14
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A woman was fined $20,000 for telling another woman with a complaint against her daughter not to answer to her name in court.

Apple unveils new iPad air

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:54
CUPERTINO, United States (AFP) - Apple, facing tough competition in the cooling tablet market, on Thursday unveiled a new line-up of iPads that feature its mobile payments system and include the fingerprint sensor unlock used on iPhones.

Guyana displeased with WHO’s suicide reporting

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:31
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Guyana Government says it is taking umbrage the recent figures released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) giving the country the dubious ranking of having the highest suicide rate per capita in the world.

US health worker with possible Ebola contact now on C’bean cruise

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:13
WASHINGTON (AFP) — A healthcare worker who may have come in contact with fluids from an Ebola patient who died in Texas is vacationing aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean, officials said Friday.