Category: Jamaica

JAMAICA: Four killed on Christmas Day

Police are searching for the gunmen that shot and killed three men and a woman in the volatile St James community of Hendon in western Jamaica, on Sunday night. Police have maintained a strong presence in the areas after the four were killed by gunmen who drove up in a car on Sunday night. The […]

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JAMAICA – Sisters’ horror

KINGSTON –– Saturday, December 17, 2016 is a date that three sisters in St Catherine will never forget. According to the siblings, it was the day that five gunmen invaded their house in Berwick, beat, abducted and then subjected them to 19 hours of savagery. The sisters, aged 15, 16, and 25, said their ordeal […]

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Sections of Jamaica rattled by earthquake

A minor quake rattled sections of eastern Jamaica this afternoon. The earthquake unit said the 3.7 magnitude quake struck near Yallahs, St Thomas at 1 p.m. The earthquake had a depth of 9.7 kilometres. The unit said the quake was reportedly felt in St Thomas and St Andrew.

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Million-dollar settlement for Jamaican hotel workers

About 240 Jamaican workers at a luxury golf resort in South Carolina are to share US2 million under a deal to settle a lawsuit alleging that for two years, their employer wrongfully deducted money from their pay. The order signed on December 16 by US District Judge Richard Gergel applies to a pool of Jamaican […]

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JAMAICA – Gangsters using cigarette profits

KINGSTON – The country is losing close to $2 billion in revenue annually from the trade in illegally imported cigarettes by criminals who, the police say, are using the proceeds to purchase guns and ammunition. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers, who heads the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch, the gangsters […]

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JAMAICA – Covert operations reducing road traffic violations

KINGSTON – The Police Traffic Division is reporting success in the use of covert operations to reduce road traffic violations. This comes after over 1,073 tickets were issued across three key parishes for various driving offences, since the strategy was implemented over a month ago. The operations have been successful particularly in Kingston, St Andrew […]

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JAMAICA – Hotel workers killed in crash

KINGSTON – A wave of sorrow gripped the management and staff at Bahia Principe Hotel in Runaway Bay Wednesday following the deaths of two of their colleagues in a motor vehicle crash Tuesday night. Jodian Duncan, who worked in the dining room, and Shanique Grey, who was a member of the kitchen staff, died after the […]

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JAMAICA –Residents dispute $2.2M water bill

KINGSTON –– About 60 residents of the recently refurbished Bay Front Villa & Apartments, located on the grounds of the former Forum Hotel in Portmore, St Catherine, have been without a regular domestic water supply since Monday. The Jamaica Observer has learnt that the National Water Commission (NWC) turned off the supply for outstanding bills, amounting […]

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JAMAICA – Murder at school

KINGSTON — Students were left traumatised following a brazen gun attack at the school gate which left a ‘bike taxi’ operator dead and a nine-year-old schoolboy nursing gunshot injuries to the face Monday. Police identified the dead man as 24-year-old Delano Barwise, also called Sanchez, of Santoy and Crawle in Hanover. The police said the […]

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JAMAICA – Two dead following plane crash

KINGSTON – The third victim in Thursday afternoon’s plane crash, who was reported to have died at hospital, is in fact alive, but in critical condition. Earlier, the police told OBSERVER ONLINE that two people died at the scene close to the Tinson Pen Aerodrome, and a third was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where […]

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JAMAICA – House ends in uproar

KINGSTON – The House of Representatives ended in uproar Tuesday night after what could have been its last meeting before the November 28 local government elections. But the House will meet again Wednesday afternoon at its usual time with Prime Minister Andrew Holness suggesting that he hopes that the opposition will be present, too. The confrontation was […]

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JAMAICA – Students targeted

KINGSTON – The recent spike in attacks on high school students across the island has triggered reactions from several school principals who believe that incidents can be avoided or abated if students are properly advised on how to respond when caught in dangerous situations. Over the past three weeks, there have been more than a […]

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JAMAICA – Police detain 15 in Spanish Town operation

KINGSTON –– Fifteen men were Thursday detained during a joint police/military operation in Spanish Town, St Catherine. The bus/taxi park on Burke Road was closed during the operation, which caused a traffic pile-up in the heart of the old capital as dozens of police and soldiers carried out cordons and searches. The park, police said, was […]

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Williams: T&T police using body cameras

PORT OF SPAIN –– Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams has confirmed officers had been equipped with body cameras even before the Police Social Welfare Association (PSWA) and Police Complaints Authority (PCA) made the recommendations. In an interview after the funeral service of community activist and actor Hal Greaves at the First Church of the […]

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JAMAICA – Battle cry

KINGSTON –– A piercing cry of pain reverberated in the stillness of Monday morning as thousands of Jamaicans, decked in black, stood with solemn, defiant faces, silently declaring enough is enough. The scene on the outside of Jamaica College in the southeastern parish of St Andrew mirrored that of soldiers ready to go to war; […]

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JAMAICA – Opposition concerned about Bauxite Levy

KINGSTON – The Parliamentary opposition is expressing concern following the government’s announcement that it will be abandoning the Bauxite Levy in favour of a profit-sharing arrangement with the new owners of the Noranda Bauxite Company in St. Ann. Opposition spokesman on mining, Phillip Paulwell, has described the move as a massive shift in policy. Paulwell’s […]

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JAMAICA – Murder leaves community in shock

KINGSTON –– The gruesome murder of 76-year-old Herbert Johnson in his bed last Thursday morning has left members of the Battersea community in shock. Johnson was shot multiple times, including in the face, after two gunmen invaded his home minutes after midnight. Family members and residents of Battersea which spans two parishes, Trelawny and St Ann, […]

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