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Trump backer stuns CNN by admitting Trump was wrong about past presidents calling military families.

Former Georgia Republican Congressman Jack Kingston has regularly been one of President Donald Trump's top defenders during his appearances on CNN. However, on CNN Tuesday, Kingston surprised the panel by agreeing that President Donald Trump should not have claimed that past presidents have no...

- The Raw Story - US

Oops! Actor Bill Pullman accepts, then breaks film award.

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Bill Pullman is a bit of a klutz when it comes to holding onto a film award.

- Billings Gazette - US

A crash course in how the feds could improve gender equality.

Anne Kingston: The real lessons in a ranking of best cities for women: that the gender gap persists across Canada—and the solutions are staring us in the face The post A crash course in how the feds could improve gender equality appeared first on Macleans.ca.

- Macleans.ca - CA

Unsanctioned parties at Queen's Homecoming keeps Kingston paramedics busy, stretches ER resources.

Queen's homecoming marred by unsanctioned street parties again.

- Global News - CA

City council hoping to extend 'I in Kingston' sign project.

Thousands of people have been posing as the 'I in Kingston' since the spring and now the group behind the scene is looking at making it a permanent downtown attraction. The 'I in Kingston' sign was an instant hit from the moment it was unveiled in June across the street from city hall. Now city...

- Global News - CA

Audley's hour.

WASHINGTON, DC, United States , Audley Shaw on Saturday received the Caribbean Finance Minister of the Year 2016 award and, just as he did when news of his selection had been made public in August, he thanked his staff at the finance ministry and reiterated that the award is a recognition of the hard work and sacrifice made ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Late Observer vendor hailed as a pleasant man, excellent chef.

JACKSON TOWN, Trelawny , Scores of mourners from all walks of life turned out at Jackson Town Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday to bid their final farewell to Owen Ramsay, the Jamaica Observer's top newspaper vendor in Trelawny.Readers said they will miss their pleasant, early-morning interactions with Ramsay in ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Basketball champ happy to receive national honour while alive.

NOTING that many Jamaicans have been honoured posthumously, Women's National Basketball Association champion Simone Edwards yesterday expressed pleasure at receiving a national award while she is still alive.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Grace Jones to perform first-ever Kiwi concert - in Queenstown.

Music icon Grace Jones will  perform her first-ever New Zealand concert in Queenstown in March. Regarded as one of the original Queens of Disco, the Jamaican singer-songwriter has been pushing the boundaries in music, fashion, art and life since the 1970s. Her one-off show will be held  at the Queenstown Events Centre ...

- Stuff - NZ

Grace Jones to perform first-ever Kiwi concert - in Queenstown.

Music icon Grace Jones will  perform her first-ever New Zealand concert in Queenstown in March. Regarded as one of the original Queens of Disco, the Jamaican singer-songwriter has been pushing the boundaries in music, fashion, art and life since the 1970s. Her one-off show will be held  at the Queenstown ...

- Stuff - NZ

Northeasterners out in numbers for TSO.

NORTHEASTERNERS were out in their numbers for the Jamaica Observer Take Style Out one-night sales event held on October 5. Bargain hunters were not disappointed when they descended on Appliance Traders Limited on Newlin Street in Ocho Rios, St Ann, and it was the same for Portland Jewellers, Klassy Kasuals and Blue Diamond ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Jamaica pushes for election to UNESCO board despite US withdrawal

THE Government has expressed no real concern about Thursday's announcement that the United States is pulling out of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization after accusing it of “anti-Israel” bias.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

PM, Opposition leader call for promotion of Jamaica's heritage

AS the country celebrates National Heroes' Day today, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is urging citizens to make a concerted “national effort” to always promote the country's proud heritage, especially among the youth.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Hurry up!

AS the country today hails its national heroes for their monumental feats fighting for freedom and independence, while conferring national honours and awards on Jamaicans for outstanding service, some citizens are furious with the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation .Vendors who occupied space in Redemption Arcade ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Trench Town 'hero' to receive Badge of Honour today

TREMAYNE Brown, whose bold effort saved a 12-year-old student from drowning in the raging flood waters of the Collie Smith Drive gully in Trench Town in September, will be honoured by the Government at King's House today.Brown is among seven Jamaicans who will receive the Badge of Honour for Gallantry. His inclusion was ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Kingston mayor targets delinquent promoters

THE Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation might have to implement a promoter's registry for the country's capital city soon, to ensure they comply with fees.Mayor of Kingston Senator Delroy Williams, in a press release yesterday, stated that the city is losing close to $2 million in amusement fees monthly.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

St Richard's Primary keeps Jamaican culture and heritage alive

National Hero Marcus Garvey, who strongly advocated the preservation of Jamaican history and culture, would most likely have been proud of St Richards Primary School's annual Heritage Day celebration last Thursday.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Bitter Romance Caused Man To Hide In Woods For 10-Years

Malcolm Applegate, 62, went to extreme measures to get out of what he describes as a ldquo;controlling rdquo; relationship. Applegate left his wife for the woods one day without telling anyone and lived there for five years, staying hidden for a total of 10. ldquo;I camped in thick woodland near Kingston, and made that home ...

- ModernGhana - GH

Lonely Planet's Jamaica: A Caribbean country that grooves to its own beat

Jamaica is the Caribbean country that comes with its own soundtrack. Groove to its singular rhythm as you explore beyond the beaches and all-inclusives.

- Stuff - NZ

Germany's Jamaica coalition: A look at the arguments

Chancellor Angela Merkel faces the historic task of forging a "Jamaica coalition" of conservatives, free marketeers and left-leaning environmentalists. DW looks at the parties' common ground and potential discords.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

PNP's Alexis threatens to sue JLP youth arm

People's National Party candidate for St Mary South Eastern Dr Shane Alexis has threatened to sue the youth arm of the Jamaica Labour Party , Young Jamaica, unless the organisation apologises for a statement that he said was defamatory.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

New nurses boss says talks with Gov't going good

COOPER'S PEN, Trelawny , The newly-elected President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, Carmen L Johnson, has described wage and fringe benefits talks with the Government as amicable.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Dual citizen issue needs to be resolved, but after careful thought, Golding suggests

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding says the burning issue of individuals with allegiance to other countries being eligible to be elected to the Jamaican Parliament needs to be resolved, “but only after careful thought and enlightened discussion”.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

How do you rate the Suarez Brothers Circus?

Hundreds of people , young and old , from across Montego Bay and its environs, have been turning out over the past weeks to watch the Suarez Brothers Circus at the Dump Up Beach in the resort city.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Spanish envoy wants closer business ties with Jamaica

MONTEGO BAY, St James , With Chinese investment mounting locally, Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica Josep Maria Bosch Bessa is making a pitch for closer bilateral relations and stronger economic ties with Jamaica.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Orane to get Lifetime Award

Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GraceKennedy Limited Douglas Orane will be accorded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica's 7th Business and Civic Leadership Awards. The function will be held on Wednesday October 18 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Jamaican actress who survived World War II torpedo is 100 today

Jamaicans are fond of saying that “Man who bawn fi drown caan hang”, meaning if one is fated to die by drowning, it is impossible to die by hanging.Among the estimated 250 Jamaica centenarians is Lois Kelly Miller, formerly Lois Kelly Barrow, the outstanding stage and screen actress who celebrates her 100th ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Henry says $8.5-billion Belgian loan still possible

Minister of Transport Mike Henry has dismissed suggestions that Jamaica could lose out on a euro 47.3- million loan agreement with a Belgian consortium for the construction of a transport centre in Portmore, St Catherine.The same consortium also built the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

PHOTO: Radiant smiles

Nigerian Esther Ogabaisi and her friend Xuri Young demonstrate Jamaica's motto: “Out of many, one people”, duringHeritage Day celebrations at St Richard's Primary School on Red Hills Road in St Andrew on Thursday.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Staff at JUTC panicking

TRANSPORT Minister Michael Henry has ordered the board of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company to call in unions representing its staff, who are said to now be panicking over the possibility of job cuts at the State-owned bus company.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Child criminals

MONTEGO BAY, St James , Head of Police Area One, Assistant Commissioner Donovan Graham, has expressed alarm at the large number of children between the ages of 12 and 18 who have been arrested for serious crimes in the last two years.The crimes, which he said were category one crimes, include: murder, shooting, rape, ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Queensland teens robbed at knife-point

Two 16-year-old boys have had their phones and watches stolen after being threatened with knife at Kingston train station, south of Brisbane.

- SBS.com.au - AU

Germany: heading for a Jamaica' coalition

The German chancellor Angela Merkel gets ready to hold talks on building a groundbreaking coalition government. The post Germany: heading for a Jamaica' coalition was first published on MoneyWeek.

- MoneyWeek - UK

Jamaica Alumni Association of High Schools looking to expand

WITH 24 active members already in their network, the Jamaica Alumni Association of High Schools is looking to expand its membership network as it prepares to host its inaugural election this weekend.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Sandals volunteers plant 300 trees in St Ann watershed

THE Forestry Department has praised the continued efforts of the Sandals and Beaches hotel chain in assisting the department to fulfil its mandate of having 30 per cent of Jamaica planted with trees by 2020.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Observer, Jamfit give employees taste of healthy habits

THE Jamaica Observer yesterday joined a list of companies and gyms that have partnered with Jamaica Fitness Association to expose employees to the importance of keeping fit and healthy.The company executed a two-hour event, where representatives from several organisations converged on the grounds of the newspaper's ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Justice minister fingers PNP for JUTC overstaffing

JUSTICE Minister Delroy Chuck said yesterday that the previous People's National Party Administration is to be blamed for employing the approximately 300 extra staff at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company , which is costing taxpayers $25 million per month.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Fed up with wife, gardener chose to live in woods for a decade

Being fed up with his wife's nagging, a gardener chose to run away from his home and spent 10 years of his life in the woods in Kingston.

- Zee News - IN

DNA result in pastor's rape case ready by Nov 1

THE prosecution in the case against Kingston Pastor Kenneth Blake, who is accused of raping and impregnating his ex-lover's 12-year-old daughter, is expected to have his DNA test result on November 1 when the case will again be mentioned in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. The 56-year-old accused of Harbour View in ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Harvey Weinstein and the theatre of victim blaming

Anne Kingston: Foisting responsibility on the accusers deflects attention from the systems that protected—and continue to protect—Weinstein The post Harvey Weinstein and the theatre of victim blaming appeared first on Macleans.ca.

- Macleans.ca - CA

Jamaican woman charged with fatal child abuse in US

DENVER, United States , Two women have been charged with killing two young girls whose bodies were found on a Colorado farm.The women were arrested in mid-September along with three other people after authorities discovered the bodies. All five, including a Jamaican woman, were initially charged with fatal child ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

UDC leads third city stakeholder planning efforts

Planning for the development of Jamaica's third city, as mandated by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in July 2016, advanced in earnest last month with the Urban Development Corporation hosting an inaugural technical workshop at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Portmore crash

A mother was moved to tears yesterday morning after her son was shaken in a crash between a public passenger bus and a pickup in Portmore, St Catherine.Makeda Lindsay told the Jamaica Observer that shortly after she put her son, Mikhail Brown, on the number 6 bus on his way to school, she received word that the bus had ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM


The Jamaica Urban Transit Company has revealed that it is overstaffed by 300 which is costing taxpayers $25 million per month.The revelation, which was made by officials of the Transport and Mining Ministry, astonished members of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee of Parliament at yesterday's ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

JCF uses geospatial data to improve operations

National Security Minister Robert Montague says the use of geospatial data has improved the technological capabilities of the Jamaica Constabulary Force as it seeks to predict and prevent criminal activity.Addressing the opening ceremony of the inaugural Jamaica GIS User Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Tuesday, ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Tullow Oil to shoot 3D seismic survey offshore Jamaica

The Jamaican government has reported that Tullow Oil PLC will undertake a 3D seismic survey offshore the Caribbean island’s southern coast.

- OGJ - US

Kingston to build 29 electric car charging stations

Council approved spending nearly $800,000 to build 29 new electric vehicle charging stations at various locations throughout the city.

- Global News - CA

Kingstonians react to the possible closure of all Sears Canada stores

Sears Canada is ready to pull the plug on every one of its stores if judge approves liquidation sales. Kingstonians react to the news.

- Global News - CA

GEMS conference targets teen mothers

LAST Friday, girls from as far as Westmoreland gathered at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston to be part of the ScotiaFoundation Girls Empowered for Motherhood and Success conference.According to a release from Scotiabank, the exercise was a “heart-rending yet inspirational affair” that included ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Jamaicans urged to use LED lights

FINANCE and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw is encouraging more Jamaicans to utilise light-emitting diode bulbs in their homes as a method of energy conservation.“Spend a few extra dollars purchase LED lights, which can help you to sharply reduce your electricity bills. They are more expensive than your ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM