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JAMAICA – Bracing for Buju

JAMAICA – Bracing for Buju

KINGSTON – There is rarely a major stage show held in Jamaica without artistes paying homage to incarcerated deejay Buju Banton. And, as the countdown begins for his release from a US prison, the tributes are growing and the anticipation is becoming more intense. Amid that anticipation, however, there are those who question his appeal, […]

JAMAICA – Cruel twist of fate

JAMAICA – Cruel twist of fate

KINGSTON – In 2011 when Trudy Parker’s house was destroyed by a fire she thought that placing her daughter in State care would be the safest option. But yesterday, in a cruel twist of fate, Parker’s daughter perished in a blaze days before her 13th birthday. The teen was one of the two wards of […]

JAMAICA – 4-year-old dies after shooting self, man’s body found in his room

JAMAICA – 4-year-old dies after shooting self, man’s body found in his room

KINGSTON – A relative washes the blood from the room where four-year-old Nathan Newman accidentally shot himself in the head. Residents of the Delamere Avenue community in St Andrew were plunged into mourning twice on Boxing Day, following the deaths, in separate incidents, of a mechanic known to look out for the children in the […]

JAMAICA – $10m worth of counterfeit items seized

JAMAICA – $10m worth of counterfeit items seized

KINGSTON – A Chinese national was arrested and charged after $10 million worth of counterfeit items were seized at a store in Montego Bay, St James, on Wednesday. He is 37-year-old Yaungsen Li, who was arrested and charged for unlawful use of trademark. Yaungsen, who is the manager of Beauty Queen Haberdashery on St James […]

JAMAICA – Law fraternity opens arms to attorney with drug convictions

JAMAICA – Law fraternity opens arms to attorney with drug convictions

Isat Buchanan, the man who was authorized to practice as an attorney-at-law despite two convictions for drug possession, has been embraced by the Jamaican Bar Association (JAMBAR). The decision of the General Legal Council (GLC) to issue Buchanan with a certificate allowing him to become an attorney ignited a firestorm of criticism in some quarters […]

JAMAICA – ‘Crisis level’ . . . MoBay businesses, residents suffer heavy damage from extensive flooding

JAMAICA – ‘Crisis level’ . . . MoBay businesses, residents suffer heavy damage from extensive flooding

MONTEGO BAY — The government yesterday allocated $20 million to undertake emergency work in Montego Bay, a day after torrential rain caused flooding in sections of the resort city leaving a trail of heavy mud and destruction. The announcement was made by local government and community development minister Desmond McKenzie after a tour of some […]

JAMAICA – ‘Not dancehall’s fault’ . . . Clyde McKenzie defends the music

JAMAICA – ‘Not dancehall’s fault’ . . . Clyde McKenzie defends the music

KINGSTON – Clyde McKenzie is calling on persons seeking to blame dancehall music for society’s moral breakdown and rise in criminal activity not to be so hasty in their judgement. The music producer, artiste manager and cultural commentator was speaking to the Jamaica Observer following Monday’s conviction of Ninjaman (given name Desmond Ballentine). The dancehall […]

JAMAICA – Man falls into gully after epileptic attack

JAMAICA – Man falls into gully after epileptic attack

KINGSTON – A man who reportedly suffered an epileptic attack and fell into a gully on Half-Way-Tree Road was rescued yesterday by another man just as water from heavy rainfall started rushing through the drain. Noel Virgo told the Jamaica Observer that he jumped into the gully and pulled the man from the water to […]

JAMAICA – Mother in child beating video reports to police

JAMAICA – Mother in child beating video reports to police

KINGSTON – The police and representatives of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFS) are to meet this afternoon with the woman who was seen in a video violently beating and threatening to cut off the neck of her young child. Superintendent in charge of the Westmoreland Police, Lansford Salmon, says the meeting was […]

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