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Mother charged for beating death of son

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 04:13
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A mother, charged with manslaughter after her 14-year-old son died in hospital following a beating over a cellphone, was offered J$400,000 bail when she appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Falmouth Cruise Ship Complex to receive thermal sensing unit for Ebola preparedness  

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 03:49
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Minister of Health says that a walk-through thermal sensing unit is to be purchased for the Falmouth Cruise Ship Complex in Trelawny as part of the Government’s Ebola Preparedness and Response Activities.

IDT hands NCB staff Xmas windfall

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 03:32
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Clerical staff of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) are in for a huge windfall this Christmas, after the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) awarded them a 16 per cent pay rise, compounded, over the past two years.

Holness: Many of our problems rooted in how we govern

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:00
NEW YORK, USA — Opposition leader Andrew Holness says that many of Jamaica's problems stem from "the way the economy is structured, government, and how we govern".

Cross Roads Crater

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:00
This massive pothole in Cross Roads, St Andrew — in the vicinity of the police station and market — is making life difficult for both motorists and pedestrians. Using the area becomes even more a challenge after a downpour, as seen here. (PHOTO: MICHELLE FARQUHARSON)

Kosovo journalist stabbed by man 'unhappy' at being in report

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:00
PRISTINA, Kristina (AFP) — A Kosovo journalist was stabbed at his desk yesterday by a man apparently unhappy with the way he had been portrayed in a report, police said.

Cuban sent to fight Ebola in Guinea dies of malaria

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:00
CONAKRY, Guinea (AFP) — A Cuban man working in Guinea to help battle the killer Ebola virus has died of malaria, the west African nation revealed.

Hawaii volcano lava wave nears homes

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:00
LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Smoldering lava from a slow-erupting volcano has reached within yards (several metres) of homes on Hawaii's Big Island, emergency officials said yesterday as villagers braced to evacuate.

US troops quarantined in Italy after W Africa stint

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:00
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US troops returning from West Africa are being placed under quarantine at a base in Italy as a precaution to prevent the potential spread of the Ebola virus, the Pentagon said yesterday.

Civil servants to lose exemption from jury duty

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:00
ONE of the proposed amendments to the Jury Act, as previewed by Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding, is the removal of the exemption of public servants from the list.

Take it to Goat Islands!

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:00
PEOPLE living in the heavily populated communities neighbouring the Chest Hospital in St Andrew are not pleased at news that the Government plans to build an Ebola quarantine unit on the hospital grounds.

Legalise it

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:00
Dr Sandra Knight, chair of the National Family Planning Board (NFPB) — the Government agency with the broad mandate to promote sustainable family planning practices and access to such services in the country — is advocating the legalisation of elective abortions in Jamaica.

Boost for Ja's Ebola preparedness

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:00
A thermal-sensing unit is among equipment being donated to the Ministry of Health by Supreme Ventures Limited, to bolster the island's Ebola preparedness and response activities.

It's Family Week — Time to talk

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:00
AS it observes Family Week, the National Family Planning Board (NFPB) is urging all sectors of society -- families, schools, churches, community organisations, among others -- to become more involved in sex education of children and teenagers as a means of ending or at least stemming the tide of unsafe sexual practices.

Stolen laptop lands woman in court

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:00
A woman who was reportedly found with a number of electronics at her house was yesterday offered bail in the sum of $150,000 when she appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

ECJ to review two constituencies below voters' list minimum

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:00
A Standing Committee of the House of Representatives has recommended that the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) address the realignment of two constituencies, where the number of electors on the voters' list has fallen below the minimum level.

JUTC buses collide; several injured

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:00
APPROXIMATELY 20 people were injured yesterday following a crash involving two Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses in Cross Roads, St Andrew.

Story time

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:00
Annakese Robertson reads a book while her father (not seen) watches a high school football match at Prison Oval in Spanish Town, St Catherine, last weekWednesday. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

The Desmond Allen Interviews: Enthralling stories of great Jamaicans

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:00
Desmond Allen, who received the Order of Distinction (OD) for sterling contribution to journalism, won the Jamaica Broilers' Fair Play Award for his 2005 series 'The Desmond Allen Interviews'. Here are excerpts of some of his most popular stories:

Street Scenes- October 28, 2014

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 21:00