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Another night of greatness

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 22:00
It's not the kind of event that can be covered just once. In fact, the Guinness Sounds of Greatness series is quite deserving of repeat visits, mostly because of its stature and the fact that it attracts a hip crowd. Therefore, OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY found himself at Red Stripe headquarters on Spanish Town Road last Friday night for the next round... and look what he captured!

Stocking up

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 22:00
This man stocks up on water yesterday in Hannah Town as a severe drought continues to affect the capital city. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

Ukrainian leader tells UN not to trust 'conciliatory' Russia

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 22:00
UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko used his speech at the UN General Assembly yesterday to rail against Russian aggression, urging the world not to believe "conciliatory" statements from his counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Kerry: Russia, Iran might stop Assad’s barrel bombs

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 22:00
NEW YORK, United States (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry suggested yesterday that Russia and Iran may persuade Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad to stop indiscriminately dropping barrel bombs on his own people.

Protest against British PM

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 20:00
TWO groups — Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society and the Love March Movement -- yesterday kept the pressure on visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron during a protest outside Emancipation Park in New Kingston.

Farmers seek partnership with NWC

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 20:00
THE Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) wants to enter into an agreement with the National Water Commission (NWC) to ensure that all rural communities have sustainable potable water supply by 2030.

£25m prison gift

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 20:00
Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday announced that the British Government will help fund the construction of a prison here, where Jamaicans incarcerated in England will complete their sentences.

Government short-changing the Jamaican people, says PAJ

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 20:00
THE Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) yesterday slammed the Government for short-changing the Jamaican people by not allowing journalists to question British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe -- during their visit to the island.

Obama meets Castro as Cuba pushes to end embargo

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 20:00
UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — President Barack Obama met his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro yesterday at the United Nations — all smiles after both renewed their calls for an end to the US trade embargo against Havana.

Government to cut budget by $8.6 billion

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 20:00
THE Government says it will have to cut at least $8.6 billion from its recurrent budget for 2015/16 due to a projected shortfall in revenue and the "higher than planned" cost of its compensation packages.

Church helps burnt-out coffee farmers

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 20:00
A local church body has joined the effort to rehabilitate coffee farms in the hills of St Andrew that were ravaged by bush fires in May.

Stargazers witness rare event in supermoon eclipse

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 20:00
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Stargazers were treated to a rare astronomical phenomenon when a total lunar eclipse combined with a so-called supermoon.

Central Africa violence leaves 36 dead, forces 27,400 to flee

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 20:00
GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) -- A wave of violence gripping the Central African Republic has killed nearly 40 people and forced close to 30,000 to flee their homes in a matter of days, the United Nations said yesterday.

Japanese PM brings gift of energy

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 20:00
JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Jamaica for a one-day official visit today, bringing good news on technical cooperation to promote greater energy efficiency and development of Jamaica's capacity to respond to natural disasters.

Legal protection for foreigners working in the US

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 20:00
Q. I hope to travel to the United States to work on a temporary visa. Is there any legal protection for me as a foreigner living and working in a country where I am not a citizen or resident? If so, what is it?

Guyana tells UN to do more than just monitor conflicts affecting small states

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 20:00
UNITED NATIONS (CMC) President David Granger took his country's border dispute with Venezuela to the international community, urging the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to do more than just monitor conflicts that affect small states like Guyana.

Bermuda bans US speaker

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 20:00
HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy, has placed American Ayo Kimathi on the British overseas territory's stop list following a weekend speech here in which he condemned homosexuality and interracial marriage.

PHOTO: Cameron signs guest book

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 15:40
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller observes as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron signs the guest book at the Office of the Prime Minister, in Kingston, today, prior to holding bilateral discussions. Cameron, who arrived today, is on a one-day official visit.

UK to build £25-m prison in Jamaica

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 14:49
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The United Kingdom is expected to construct a prison in the country to house foreign criminals being deported to live out their sentences in Jamaica.