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  • Ministry uncovers road licence scam

    September 19, 2018 5:20 AM 5

    MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Ministry of Transport and Mining has uncovered a scam in which unscrupulous individuals have been charging unsuspecting applicants up to $200,000 to process road licences since the opening of the transport liberalisation pilot last Monday. Portfolio minister Robert Montague launched a public transport liberalisation pilot

  • Athlete Kavon Nelson shot dead in Kingston

    September 18, 2018 7:37 PM 3

    KINGSTON, Jamaica —Quarter-miler Kavon Nelson was reportedly gunned down at his home on MacVille Terrace in Kingston this morning. Reports reaching OBSERVER ONLINE are that gunmen invaded Nelson's home some time after midnight and shot him. The 25-year-old athlete was subsequently taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Nelson was a member

  • Lacelles Smith buried on his wedding anniversary

    September 18, 2018 2:00 PM 3

    On August 17, Lacelles Anthony 'Fuzzy' Smith died in Florida. He was born February 17, 1934. His funeral was held at the Waldensia Baptist Church on Saturday, September 15, which would have been the 55th anniversary of Fuzzy and Daisy, the mother of his 12 children. But instead of it being a day of renewal of vows, family and friends turned up at the Waldensia

  • Injured policewoman needs blood

    September 18, 2018 2:00 PM 3

    The police in Trelawny are seeking blood from the residents in the parish in order to save the life of Detective Woman Constable Morlda Johnson of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) in the parish, who sustained serious injuries to her leg in a motor vehicle accident last week. Sergeant Wayne Wallace, who heads the Community Safety and Security Branch

  • VOX POP: Life in Mt Salem since ZOSO

    September 18, 2018 2:00 PM 3

    What has life been like in Mt Salem since the area was declared a zone of special operations one year ago? Ordel Johnson: "The community feels calm. We have police and soldier a patrol the area, and we nah hear no gunshot or people a fight." Keith McPherson: "The place is calm and nicer. It was rough before ZOSO; yuh hear gunshot a buss up here so and deh so. I never

  • More Court of Appeal judges to be recruited

    September 18, 2018 1:50 PM 4

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Dennis Morrison, says steps are under way to recruit additional judges. He said the increase is being facilitated by the expansion of the Court of Appeal building on King Street, downtown Kingston, which “is now at an advanced stage”. “Hopefully, we will be in a position to move the main body of the Court's

  • Corporate Area traffic flow being affected by rain damage to two major roads

    September 18, 2018 1:16 PM 4

    Commuters in some sections of the Corporate Area were facing additional difficulties in their movement on Tuesday morning, with two major roads having been damaged by heavy rains. A section of Constant Spring Road, in the vicinity of the Rubis service station, collapsed overnight. Traffic was reduced to single-lane for a while but was subsequently restored

  • Weather forecast: Expect more showers from remnants of Isaac

    September 18, 2018 1:09 PM 3

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica says an area of low pressure associated with the remnants of Isaac will continue to influence weather conditions across Jamaica for much of today. However, expect conditions to gradually improve tonight into tomorrow as the area of low pressure drifts further westward, the Met Service said. This morning

  • 28 Jamaicans escape fire; rescued at sea

    September 18, 2018 5:26 AM 3

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AFP) — Twenty-eight Jamaican sailors who escaped a fire were doing well after being rescued by the Colombian navy in the Caribbean, authorities said Saturday. The sailors were travelling on the fishing boat “Real Magic” when it caught fire late Thursday or early Friday, and they took to life rafts to await help, Rear Admiral Juan Francisco

  • National Council on Education will not be revamped, Reid tells JTA

    September 18, 2018 4:25 AM 1

    Education minister Ruel Reid is seeking to allay the fears of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) that the Government is set to change the operations of the well-respected National Council on Education. Since 1993, the National Council on Education has operated as a statutory body reporting to the ministry of education. It provides a non-partisan