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Pastor batters sweetheart after she calls him a homosexual.

A pastor of a Kingston church was the star of the prisoner's dock last week inside the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, after he appeared before the judge for hitting his common law- wife because she called him a “homosexual”.

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Nothing to fear from new ID system, developers say.

Developers of the suggested National Identification System have stated that there is no need to fear the new regime, which essentially will streamline Jamaica's identity verification system.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

'A miracle'.

FROM praying for death to come five years ago to now trying to raise awareness about prostate cancer, 59-year-old Alfred Samuels says he has been given a new lease on life.At age 54, Samuels, who was born in the United Kingdom to Jamaican parents, was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in London in January 2012.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Jack Kingston: Democrats Need to Identify Themselves More With Otto Warmbier than Johnny Depp.

Former Republican congressman Jack Kingston says that if Democrats want to win elections again, they better moderate themselves and push back against extreme voices in their party.

- Mediaite - US

Digicel Play to connect children's homes to Internet, Digital TV.

BEGINNING with the hosting of an exciting movie night and Internet experience for the children and employees at the Nest Children's Home on Manning's Hill Road in Kingston, Digicel Play set in motion its plans to connect more of these homes to the Internet in order to provide wholesome entertainment, while improving ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

JSIF to spend $260 million on removal of zinc fences.

MONTEGO BAY, St James , Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund Omar Sweeney says $260 million has been allocated for the removal of zinc fences in communities throughout sections of the island.

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Gov't set sights on artificial intelligence to push growth.

THE Government is looking to position Jamaica to take advantage of the benefits of artificial intelligence in boosting economic growth and job creation.AI is the area of computer science that is focused on the creation of intelligent machines that operate like humans. Some of the attendant activities include speech ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Southside weeps for 11-y-o girl slain by gunmen.

TEARS flowed freely yesterday in the Kingston Central community of Parade Gardens, better known as Southside, as relatives and residents mourned the brutal killing of 11-year-old Taysha Hughes Thursday night.Taysha, a Grade Six student of Holy Family Primary and Infant School located in the same community, was among three ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Section of westbound lane of Mandela Highway to be closed this weekend.

MOTORISTS using the Mandela Higway should expect delays this weekend as a section of the westbound lane will be closed to facilitate drainage improvement works.Stephen Shaw, communication and customer services manager at the National Works Agency , said only a short section of the lane heading out of Kingston , between the ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Gatlin wants to be part of history with Bolt in London.

SACRAMENTO, California - After years of being Usain Bolt's main rival, Justin Gatlin wants one more race with the Jamaican world record holder and for a special reason.

- SBS.com.au - AU

Jamaica perfects art of developing sprinters.

In fact Jamaica's success can be traced back several decades.

- Daily Nation - KE

Woman accused of setting common-law husband on fire remanded in custody

THE Kingston woman who reportedly set her common-law husband ablaze while he slept, resulting in his death last month, was remanded in custody when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.She is scheduled to reappear in court on June 30 when a bail application is expected to be made by her ...

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PHOTO: Access for all

Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Fund Everton Anderson assists Shemar Bennett from the wheelchair lift at the official commissioning of the 'invalid carrier' at the Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities' Randolph Lopez School of Hope at Golding Avenue in St Andrew, yesterday, while the school's ...

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Suspect arrested after double murder in Coronation attack

THREE suspects are now in police custody following a double murder inside the popular Coronation Market in downtown Kingston, and the shooting death of a mechanic in Denham Town, on Wednesday night.The three suspects were among 93 people detained after the killings. One of the suspects is being questioned in relation to the ...

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A Jamaican wanted in Canada on 12 counts of sexual assault, following allegations that he engaged in sexual intercourse with several women without disclosing his HIV status, was yesterday extradited after he lost his long battle to quash his extradition.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

11-y-o overcomes psychosis on way to GSAT success

AFTER being diagnosed with childhood psychosis in 2015, an 11-year-old St Catherine student thought her dream of attending a traditional high school in Kingston was dead.However, with the support of her parents, teachers and schoolmates, she scored an 86.3 per cent average in the recent Grade Six Achievement Test and was ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Japanese government upholds freedom of press

The opinion pieces by Jeff Kingston in the June 11 edition and William Pesek in the June 14 paper presented their interpretation of the relations ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell Teams Up With 'Narcos' Exec for Reggae Documentary

Island Records founder and entrepreneur Chris Blackwell has teamed with Narcos' showrunner Eric Newman and Propagate Content's Ben Silverman to develop a narrative TV series about the birth of reggae music and the rise of Jamaica's music industry in the wake of the Caribbean island nation's independence from Britain in ...

- Variety - US

66-y-o held with fake documents at tax office to be sentenced

A senior citizen, who was busted at a tax office in Kingston attempting to transfer motor vehicles with several fake documents, was remanded for sentencing when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.Sixty-six-year-old Anthony Kelly admitted to eight counts of uttering forged documents, six counts ...

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Family in shock after dad of four found hanging

While the world was celebrating Father's Day on Sunday, Denton “Brown Man” Stewart, himself a father of four, apparently took his own life.Stewart, a middle-aged carpenter, was employed to Bellevue Hospital, a State-run mental health facility in Kingston. Co-workers found his body dangling from a rope inside an ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

100 district constables to join JCF

ONE hundred district constables are slated to join the Jamaica Constabulary Force within the next four months.Minister of National Security Robert Montague made the disclosure on Sunday, at the 37th anniversary church service of the United District Constable Association .

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Official funeral for Lady Cooke June 30

LADY Ivy Cooke, widow of former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke, has been accorded an official funeral by the Government.The service will be held on June 30, 2017 at the East Queen Street Baptist Church in Kingston. Internment follows at National Heroes' Park.Lady Cooke, who died on June 5 at the age of 100, was admired ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Photo: Easy does it!

This amputee cycles effortlessly along Pechon Street in the vicinity of the Kingston Craft Market in downtown Kingston yesterday.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Hundreds register for Government's training, apprenticeship programme

Hundreds of young people on Tuesday turned up at the Jamaica College auditorium in St Andrew to register for the first phase of the HOPE programme.The Office of the Prime Minister, in a news release, said approximately 1,500 young people attended the orientation.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Call made for speedy tender to get Morant Bay Urban Centre moving

FACTORIES Corporation of Jamaica Chairman Lyttleton “Tanny” Shirley has given the assurance that the redevelopment of the old Goodyear factory, located on the outskirts of Morant Bay, St Thomas, to the Morant Bay Urban Centre will be business driven.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Can my husband live with me in the US on a visitor's visa?

Q. I am a US citizen who recently married my fianc here in Jamaica. I will be arranging for my spouse's immigrant visa to be processed after I get all the documents ready. In the meantime, I want my spouse to be with me in the US while I put the filing together. Can my spouse come with me on a visitor's visa and live with ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

US Customs agents seize undeclared US$39,000 from woman headed to Jamaica

PHILADELPHIA, USA - The United States Customs and Border Protection agency says officers have seized US$39,225 from a Jamaica-bound traveller at the Philadelphia International Airport.On Monday, the CBP said the unidentified female traveller initially reported that she possessed less than US$10,000.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

'We are a nation of grand announcements'

General manager of the Urban Development Corporation Dr Damian Graham has said 12,000 business process outsourcing jobs are to be created in Morant Bay, St Thomas, with the planned establishment of a new town centre on the premises of the old Goodyear tyre factory, but Jamaica Observer online readers are not rejoicing just ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Location of third Jamaican city to be known by next year

GOVERNMENT urban planners are promising that by the middle of next year Jamaica would have identified the location of its third city.Prime Minister Holness last year mandated the then newly installed board of the Urban Development Corporation to prioritise creating a new city.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

US tells Jamaica to set examples with high-profile corruption cases

OUTGOING United States Ambassador to Jamaica Louis G Moreno says that while the fight against corruption is evolving, more needs to be done to solidify the stance that the Government of Jamaica is serious about stemming corruption.Moreno was speaking at a ceremony Monday where US$80,000 worth of computer equipment was ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Stop it!

HEAD of the Independent Commission of Investigations , Terrence Williams, has cautioned against what he said are mixed signals being sent to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force about INDECOM's right to question them and take statements.He further argued that all stakeholders must stay committed to bringing change to ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Ministry insists there is no case of cholera in Jamaica

THE Ministry of Health insisted yesterday that there has been no confirmed case of cholera in Jamaica.In a press release issued yesterday, the chief medical officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, said a sample for confirmation has been sent for testing to the Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad regarding the patient ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Minimum wage consultations start today

CONSULTATIONS leading up to the implementation of a new national minimum wage, as well as new minimum rates for industrial security guards, will commence this afternoon at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, Sam Sharpe Square, St James.

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PHOTO: Hotelier of the Year

“Hotelier of the Year” Ian Kerr , managing director, Sunset at the Palms Resort, poseswith is daughter Kristina Kerr and Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association President OmarRobinson shortly after he was presented with his award at the JHTA's annual general meeting andawards at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston on ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

PHOTO: 'Lean on me'

This empty Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus, obviously in need of repair, inched its way along Mountain View Avenue in St Andrew last Thursday, hopefully towards the State-owned bus company's depot. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Tourism to play greater role in reducing crime, says Bartlett

MINISTER of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says, though the destination is not at risk, his ministry will increase efforts to tackle the issue of crime affecting the people of Jamaica.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

US donates key equipment to help Jamaican police in crime fight

THE United States Embassy in Kingston on Friday donated key equipment and supplies, including cameras, radios and protective vests to assist local law enforcement with crime fighting efforts.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Jamaica's consul general to New York, now VP of Society of Foreign Consuls

LESS than a year after being named as Jamaica's consul general to New York, Trudy Deans has been appointed vice-president of the Society of Foreign Consuls in New York. The appointment, which was announced on June 6, comes eight months after she became consul general, and signals Jamaica's re-emergence to the forefront of ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

More than 233,000 speeding tickets issued up to June 9

THE Jamaica Constabulary Force says its Traffic Division has issued 233,309 speeding tickets up to June 9.This is an increase of 40,048 tickets, 21 per cent more when compared to the same period last year , January 1, 2016 to June 9, 2016 , the police said in a release yesterday.The police have also issued more than 8,000 ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Minimum wage consultations start today

CONSULTATIONS leading up to the implementation of a new national minimum wage, as well as new minimum rates for industrial security guards, will commence this afternoon at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, Sam Sharpe Square, St James.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Castor oil , Jamaican black gold

Most business people, while they may work late into the night, will get the chance to catch a few hours of sleep in their beds or even at a desk. Shirley Lindo, however, spends her late nights next to a large boiling pot containing a product that has been a hidden jewel on the market , Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Concept design for new Gov't complex ready in 6 months

THE concept design for a Government complex at the Heroes Circle in Kingston should be completed in another six months, making way for the completion of a master plan by February of next year, General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation Dr Damian Graham disclosed yesterday.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

De Grasse surprised by his timing

Canadas Andre De Grasse was blown to an emphatic and remarkably swift 100 metres win in a wind-assisted 9.69 seconds at the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on Sunday.De Grasse, who may offer the biggest threat to Usain Bolt in the Jamaicans final major meeting at the world championships in August, flew down the Olympic ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Unencrypted USB drives putting UK businesses at risk

UK businesses are putting almost no effort into securing the data they keep on USB drives, which is not in line with what GDPR demands, potentially putting them at risk of being hit with huge fines. That's according to data storage firm Kingston, which concluded after polling 480 employees from companies in various ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

One Last Bolt: Jamaicans Party at National Stadium After Usain's Last Run on Native Soil

The man who redefined athletics has run his last race on home soil; the stellar lineup of athletes reflected the growing stature of Jamaican track and field.

- Global Voices - US

British rooftopper’s terrifying debut stunt in Hong Kong leaves luxury 26-floor hotel investigating

A luxury hotel is investigating after a British rooftopper filmed himself balancing precariously on the top of its 26-floor building while performing his debut stunt in Hong Kong. James Kingston passed through a restricted area to reach the roof of the Butterfly on Hollywood in Central, where he then climbed even higher up ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Jamaica to get results on suspected water-borne disease Tuesday

ALTHOUGH Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston De La Haye is insisting that the form of vibrio cholerae identified in a patient's blood is not the deadly cholera widely known, the country will have to wait until Tuesday for confirmation from the Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad.In the meantime, Dr De La Haye is urging ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

CaPRI findings on value of Diaspora to influence policy decisions

THE findings of a study on the value of the Jamaican Diaspora by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute will be used to guide the development of policies by the Government.Some of the findings will be revealed at the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference scheduled for July 23-26 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Diaspora contributed US$186,000 to education sector

The diaspora has contributed US$186,000 to the education sector for the period April 2016 to March 2017.This was reported by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith while speaking at a Jamaica Diaspora Day Breakfast event held last Friday at the Jamaica National Financial Centre on ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Investigative journalism workshop

Carla Minet Santos, executive director at the Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico, enjoys a discussion with Professor Hopeton Dunn , director of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication ; and Professor Trevor Munroe, executive director of National Integrity Action , last Saturday at the opening of ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM