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We will speak later, PAJ president says of abrupt treatment of journalists at Jamaica House

5 hours 59 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) president, Dionne Jackson Miller, has deferred issuing a statement on the abrupt treatment of journalists at the Jamaica House post-Cabinet briefing yesterday, until a meeting is held with executives of the media organisation.

Al Miller returns to court today

6 hours 45 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Reverend Al Miller returns to court today in the attempting to pervert the course of justice trial relating to the arrest of Tivoli strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke in June 2010.

Exploding excrement topples building in China

7 hours 49 min ago
BEIJING, China (AFP) - A cesspool filled with excrement has exploded in central China, injuring 15 people and knocking down a building, state-run media reported.

Iran arrests beggar with thousands in pockets, more in bank

7 hours 52 min ago
TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) - A beggar arrested in Iran Wednesday had millions of rials (thousands of dollars) in his pockets and a great deal more in two bank accounts, an official said.

UK court to rule on landmark 'pregnancy crime' case

7 hours 56 min ago
LONDON, United Kingdom ( AFP) - A British court is to rule on whether a woman committed a "crime of violence" against her child by drinking heavily during pregnancy, in a case that has raised concerns about criminalising mothers.

Holness says no chance of bipartisan cooperation on CCJ

8 hours 3 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s hopes for bipartisan cooperation in Parliament on the issue of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as Jamaica’s final appellate court, seems dashed by her approach to the current Outameni controversy.

'No no no no no no' - sport stunned by Hughes' death

8 hours 38 min ago
SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) - Players and politicians expressed shock and grounds fell silent on Thursday as the cricket world plunged into mourning after the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.

Media Association salutes Desmond Allen

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:35
The Media Association Jamaica Limited (MAJ), which represents media owners, has joined the Press Association of Jamaica, the professional organisation of journalists, in congratulating Desmond Allen, founding editor of the Jamaica Observer, for receiving the Order of Distinction (OD) in the 2014 National Honours and Awards.

Jamaica House drama

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:29
THERE were tense moments at Jamaica House yesterday as minister with responsibility for information, Sandrea Falconer, defended the decision taken by Cabinet regarding the embattled board of the National Housing Trust (NHT).

Private sector wants NHT governance structure reviewed

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:00
JAMAICA'S three most powerful private sector groups have called for an "immediate and urgent review" of the governance structure at the National Housing Trust (NHT) by an appropriate and independent body.

PAJ celebrates Keith Brown, 'Ben' Brodie, Lindy Delapenha

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:00
THREE veteran media personalities, who have contributed a combined 153 years to their profession, were celebrated by the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) yesterday at the annual Wray & Nephew-sponsored Veteran's lunch at Spanish Town Road, Kingston.

Observer lauds educators

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:00
THE Jamaica Observer last Wednesday lauded teachers from the eastern side of the island for their contribution to the country's education system at a special luncheon at the newspaper's headquarters in Kingston.

Twitter users rap Pickersgill

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:00
JAMAICANS on the social media network, Twitter, Tuesday night expressed outrage after People's National Party (PNP) chairman and Government Minister Robert Pickersgill dismissed users as an "articulate minority" and not ordinary Jamaicans.

Police ask Tivoli residents for support

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:00
COMMISSIONER of Police Dr Carl Williams has urged residents of Tivoli Gardens in West Kingston to stand with the police in the fight against crime.

Standpipe residents making US Embassy wait more comfortable

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:00
IT doesn't earn them much, but residents of the community popularly called Standpipe in Liguanea, St Andrew are providing a service to visa applicants at the US Embassy.

Water everywhere!

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:00
A sudden downpour in the Corporate Area yesterday tested the mettle of commuters trapped in a water-clogged downtown Kingston, and once again brought into sharp focus the poor state of the city's drainage network. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON


Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:00
This youngster was not daunted, yesterday, by the heavy flow of floodwater in downtown Kingston, near Pearnel Charles Arcade, and stealthily makes his way to the other side of the road. Other commuters (in background) contemplate their next move as they stand on the sidewalk. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

'Spoken by a true dinosaur'

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:00
A statement by Environment Minister Robert Pickersgill that "ordinary" Jamaicans know nothing about Twitter and his description of people criticising Government's handling of the National Housing Trust scandal on the social media platform as the "articulate minority" have angered many, including Jamaica Observer online readers. Here are some edited comments:

Woman implicated in St Elizabeth poison attack remanded

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:00
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — A woman alleged to have been involved in a poison assault on a couple in this south central town on November 19, leaving a 30-year-old teacher dead and her boyfriend hospitalised, was remanded in custody when she appeared in the Santa Cruz Residents Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

This Day in History - Nov 27

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:00
Today is the 331st day of 2014. There are 34 days left in the year.