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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 […]

JAMAICA – A waste of taxpayers’ money

JAMAICA – A waste of taxpayers’ money

KINGSTON – Motorists are blaming shoddy workmanship for two collapsed road surfaces in Portmore, St Catherine. “It terrible over here,” a taxi operator shouted when he saw the Jamaica Observer vehicle on Municipal Boulevard in the vicinity of the traffic light at Portmore Pines. The other deteriorating surface is on the Dyke Road at the […]

JAMAICA – PNP wants special crime task force

JAMAICA – PNP wants special crime task force

KINGSTON – The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is recommending the establishment of a Special Task Force to put a lid on the mounting murder tally across the island, especially in St James. According to the PNP’s suggestion, the task force should embody elements of the security forces and set out to: identify, build the […]

JAMAICA – ‘Cyber rape’ . . . former news anchor reports Jamaican ex-boyfriend to local authorities

JAMAICA – ‘Cyber rape’ . . . former news anchor reports Jamaican ex-boyfriend to local authorities

KINGSTON – A former American celebrity TV news anchor is accusing the Jamaican authorities of not doing enough to stop her Jamaican ex-lover from subjecting her to what she described as “cyber rape”. Darieth Chisolm has also said that her former boyfriend, who was deported from the United States some time ago, has threatened her […]

JAMAICA – Gov’t looking to introduce preventive drug to reduce the spread of HIV

JAMAICA – Gov’t looking to introduce preventive drug to reduce the spread of HIV

As the controversy rages over the introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Jamaica’s schools, the Ministry of Health is considering introducing the equally controversial HIV prevention method, Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). A PrEP pill is designed to be taken by HIV-negative individuals to prevent the contraction of the virus, and is hailed as a ‘magic […]

JAMAICA – PM says machete-wielding mother’s actions inexcusable

JAMAICA – PM says machete-wielding mother’s actions inexcusable

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the viral social media video of a St Thomas woman beating her daughter with a machete should serve as a watershed moment for all Jamaicans. The video, which was captured last year and made public last week, has drawn widespread condemnation. Holness, in his first public comments on the video, […]

JAMAICA – St Catherine High students face expulsion for sex talk challenge

JAMAICA – St Catherine High students face expulsion for sex talk challenge

KINGSTON – The St Catherine High School board will meet on Friday to decide the fate of a group of students who were suspended after they were caught on video in their school uniform participating in a raunchy social media game. Dubbed the For the D and For the P challenge, the game involves participants […]

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