November 28, 2023

Family killed in crash

A Canadian couple were rushing their toddler to hospital in Jamaica when their car collided with an oncoming truck, killing all three and another relative, police say. Local authorities said that at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Garina and Diane Dixon and two-year-old Nekeil were driving from Willowdene to Spanish Town on the Caribbean island nation when […]

Jamaica’s opposition party wins big in elections

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s opposition capitalised on discontent over the economy to return to power Thursday, as voters gave the country’s first female leader a second chance to govern the island. Supporters of former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, 66, shimmied and shouted in the capital, Kingston, as they heard that the center-right government […]

Election race neck and neck

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s two main political parties are in a neck-and-neck race to capture a majority of the country’s 63 parliamentary seats and win control of the government for the next five years. Both sides were predicting victory after a hard-fought lead-up to yesterday’s general elections pitting Jamaica’s youngest prime minister and his […]

Activist criticizes campaign’s anti-gay rhetoric

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The leader of Jamaica’s sole gay rights group said Tuesday that some ruling-party candidates have aggressively played to anti-gay constituents by resorting to homophobic rhetoric in the final days of the campaign for this week’s national elections. Dane Lewis, executive director of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, said […]

Police find severed head of Jamaica gangster

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican investigators on Wednesday found the severed head and bullet-riddled body of a man they believe was a high-ranking member of a notorious drug-and-extortion gang known for beheading victims. A police statement said the bloody head was found Wednesday along a commercial strip in Spanish Town, a southern city where violent […]

Volvo head to Jamaica

Volvo Buses has received an order for a total of 230 city buses from Kingston, Jamaica. The first 65 buses will be delivered at the end of 2011. The transaction is worth just over 16 million euros. “The Jamaican authorities are now implementing a massive public transport improvement programme in Kingston to create better living […]

Here comes the bride, all dressed in . . . nothing?

Hedonism II is looking for 10 engaged couples who would like to get married in the nude on Valentine’s Day 2012. The festivities will be televised, of course. But “please note that nudity will be blurred for television,” which might be the best line from a wedding invite ever. A nude wedding brings up all […]

Nomination day in Jamaica

More than 150 candidates are expected to formally indicate their interest in contesting the December 29 general election. The incumbent Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) said they will each put forward candidates to vie for the 63 parliamentary seats in the House of Representatives. Several minor parties and […]

Drive to build hospital

THE Nutall Memorial Hospital in Kingston has launched a fundraising drive to raise $250 million in order to transform the facility into Jamaica’s leading private hospital to coincide with its 90th anniversary in 2013, organisers say. The Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, which owns the institution, and its management team say their […]

Jamaican gun agreement

KINGSTON — Cabinet has given approval for Jamaica to enter into an agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS) for the provision of machines to provide traceable markings on firearms. The Dot peen marking machines will impose markings that are not easily erased. The technology is to be used for weapons both privately owned […]