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New Commissioner charts his course

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:00
NEWLY installed Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams says there will be no place in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), under his command, for corrupt cops and those who continue to violate human rights.

HIV down except among men who have sex with men

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:00
THERE has been a general decline in HIV prevalence among selected populations, except among men who have sex with men.

Can't we boys keep anything for ourselves?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:00
JAMAICA Observer online readers have weighed in on a decision by Munro College to backtrack on a plan allowing girls in its sixth form programme. Reacting to a story published yesterday, some readers argued that it was a rash decision while others have sided with the all-boys school. Here are some edited comments:

Soul in the Sun organisers say patrons' safety a top priority

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:00
ORGANISERS of the upcoming Soul in the Sun festival have assured patrons that their security and health will be a top priority.

Williams gets support from former commissioners

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:00
TWO former commissioners yesterday commended Dr Carl Williams on his elevation to the post of commissioner of police, while offering their advice on how he should proceed.

Jamaica's Rastas ready for ganja decriminalisation

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:00
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colours identified with his Rastafarian faith.

Health ministry supporting nation's nutritional goals

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:00
HEALTH Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says the ministry has embarked on several activities aimed at supporting the Government's overall goal of improving the nation's nutritional needs and provisions.

'Worst shipwreck in years'; 500 boat migrants feared dead

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:00
ROME, Italy (AFP) — As many as 500 migrants are feared to have drowned after traffickers reportedly rammed and sank their boat in what the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) described yesterday as "the worst shipwreck in years".

British PM warns Scots against independence vote

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:00
ABERDEEN, Sotland (AFP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday made a trip to Scotland to urge Scots to vote against independence and warned them of dire consequences otherwise in his most forceful speech yet ahead of this week's historic referendum.

Who should replace Roger Clarke as minister of agriculture?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:00
PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller is expected to name a new minister of agriculture and fisheries to replace the late Roger Clarke, who was laid to rest in his native Glen Islay in Williamsfield, Westmoreland, on Saturday.

Patterson and Seaga had different takes on the Butch Stewart Initiative

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:00
IN 1992, then Prime Minister P J Patterson and Opposition Leader Edward Seaga found themselves on a collision course in their view of the Butch Stewart Initiative (BSI), which caused a revaluation of the embattled local currency.

This Day in History - Sept 16

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:00
Today is the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.

Journalist Clare Forrester is dead

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:02
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Veteran journalist Clare Forrester died Monday evening in Florida after a long illness. She was 69.

PM leads Jamaica’s delegation to UN General Assembly

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:38
NEW YORK, USA — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is leading Jamaica's delegation to the 69th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, which starts today.

Nine Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:33
ABUJA, Nigeria (AFP) - Twelve Nigerian soldiers were on Tuesday sentenced to death for mutiny after shots were fired at their commanding officer in the restive northeast city of Maiduguri earlier this year.

Facing death, Sudanese woman relied on her Christian faith

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:19
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) — The Sudanese woman imprisoned for refusing to reject Christianity said in a televised interview airing Monday night that she was resolved to keep her faith even if it meant death.

WHO too slow to help doc with Ebola – Sierra Leone

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:06
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care.

Chinese city creates cell-phone sidewalk lane

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:28
BEIJING (AP) — Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

TEF spends more than $20m to support clean-up activities

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:56
This was disclosed by Senior Project Administrative Officer at the TEF, Michelle Clayton-Brown, at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’.

Apple releases tool to remove free U2 album

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:28
NEW YORK (AP) — Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple has released a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections.