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ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Jamaica's police force dysfunctional and unprofessional10:42 am

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Gov't committed to protecting human rights, says foreign affairs minister10:29 am
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, says the Government remains committed to protecting the human rights of Jamaican...... Read More

Bangladesh post 255-7 in Windies ODI9:49 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) — Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal each scored half-centuries as Bangladesh made 255 for seven in the second one-day international...... Read More

PNP rejects terms of reference for Petrojam forensic audit 9:19 am
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Leader of the Opposition People's National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips has rejected what he said are the limited terms of reference announced by...... Read More

Prayer for the day 8:50 am
Heavenly Father, look upon our community of faith which is the Church of your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to witness to his love by loving all our fellow creatures without...... Read More

O-Wrap: PM orders audit of Petrojam oil losses… Kalado held with toy rifles… Four-day celebration for Girlz 7:01 pm
In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:... Read More

Pesticide suppliers must comply with labelling regulations – BSJ 5:26 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Executive Director of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Stephen Wedderburn, is calling on suppliers of pesticides to comply with the regulations...... Read More

Forex: J$128.38 to one US dollar5:17 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Monday, December 10 ended trading at J$128.38 up by 14 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading...... Read More

NEWS

Montego Bay convention centre nears break-even point

The Montego Bay Convention Centre (MBCC) in Rose Hall, St James continues to rebound from millions in losses during the initial years of its opening in 2011. Today, the centre... Read More

Woman killed in St Mary stabbed nine times
THE post-mortem conducted on Karen Cleary-Brown — who was found dead at her home in Boscobel, St Mary, last week — has revealed that she was stabbed nine...... Read More

'Beautiful opportunity'
MONTEGO BAY, St James — A doyen in the world of casino gaming, US attorney Bruce Liebman, is urging Jamaica to up the ante and evolve from gaming lounges, which...... Read More

NCU intensifies enrolment drive
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Grappling with the challenge of declining enrolment, the Mandeville-headquartered Northern Caribbean University (NCU) is on a mission to...... Read More

SPORT

XLCR, 'Jago' top Wesley Powell/Heart Institute of the Caribbean Track Meet

Hosts Excelsior High topped the points standing for the boys' section, while St Jago High topped the girls' equivaalent at the 16th staging of the Wesley Powell/Heart... Read More

Paul Palmer relishing role as Jamaica Scorpions skipper
PAUL Palmer, about to embark on another stint as Jamaica Scorpions cricket captain, is confident that experience has brought him up to speed on how to lead the team, as...... Read More

Birthday girl Alia kicks off World Swimming Champs campaign today
JAMAICA'S champion swimmer Alia Atkinson will be hoping to double up on her birthday celebrations today by making the finals of the women's 50-metre breaststroke to get...... Read More

Nunes to hold court in two-year-old offering
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BUSINESS

Barita considers rights issue

Barita Investments Limited (BIL) will consider and if thought fit, recommend a rights issue to BIL's ordinary shareholders during a Board of Directors meeting scheduled... Read More

Stocks retreat as May delays UK Brexit vote
London, United Kingdom (AFP) — Stock markets and the pound slid Monday after British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was delaying a...... Read More

The hidden value behind a glass of Appleton Estate rum
THE train line is still there, but these days the only way to get to the Appleton Rum Tour is to drive. One day, the popular train journey from Montego Bay to the Appleton...... Read More

PEP mock exam grade small
MINISTER of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid has explained the recent Primary Exit Profile (PEP) mock exam results, and urged educators, parents, students and...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Finger-licking Xmas songs

FOR the second consecutive year, KFC Jamaica has collaborated with King Yard Productions on a Yuletide music project. The KFC Christmas Album features nine songs from... Read More

Gene Pearson shaped his legacy
The Jamaica Observer continues its reflection on the year in entertainment. This daily column looks on the achievers, trendsetters, those who died and the...... Read More

Rest like a Champion
DESPITE numerous calls for live shows, impresario Tommy Cowan believes Buju Banton should not rush to start doing the rounds.... Read More

Artiste Of The Year: Shaggy
The Jamaica Observer kicks off its reflection on the year in entertainment. This daily column reflects on the achievers, trendsetters, those who died and...... Read More

COLUMNS

Autopilot, ethical leadership and governance

Our Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches people by example… If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt... Read More

Let's stand up for equality, justice and human dignity
The following is a lightly edited version of the homily for the celebration of World Human Rights Day delivered on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Christ Church, Vineyard...... Read More

Mueller's logical end game is President Pelosi
In the wake of the US midterms, and the realisation that in less than 60 days he will face a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, Donald Trump endorsed...... Read More

Getting a fair share of that cake
Jamaica is reeling from the auditor general's report on Petrojam. The US$1,000 birthday cake conjures up images of Queen Marie Antoinette's response...... Read More

REGIONAL

Jeffrey Town women can do it all

WIDESPREAD unemployment and a lack of male presence in some households in Jeffrey Town, St Mary, drove the idea of a women's group, the backbone of Jet Town Products,... Read More

23 gang members apprehended in St Mary, St Ann, Portland
MINISTER of National Security Dr Horace Chang has commended members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for continuing to “take the fight” to gangs in...... Read More

Highgate Primary crowned Stanley Amritt champions
Highgate Primary School were crowned Stanley Amritt Primary School football champions after defeating Lewisburg Primary School 2-0 on Friday at the Richmond Community...... Read More

Food for Jamaica
THE passage of Hurricane Ivan along Jamaica's south coast in September 2004 left residents in Jeffrey Town, St Mary, without food for weeks.... Read More

EDITORIALS

Striking a cautious note

Tourism has been a major cornerstone of the Jamaican economy for decades, and every indication is that such will be the case for a long time to come. Read More

Stop using the Bible as excuse for beatings
There is a troubling regularity of incidents in public and private spaces involving, or relating to, violent altercations between adults and...... Read More

Developing a retirement industry even amidst the crime environment
The crime problem in Jamaica has cost the economy dearly, possibly four to five per cent of gross domestic product, based particularly on security...... Read More

Brilliant end expected for great 2018 schoolboy football season
We are at one with Digicel Schoolboy (Manning Cup) football ambassador Mr Ricardo Fuller that the 2018 schoolboy season, which ends today with Kingston College (KC) and...... Read More

AUTO

Traffic changes today along Portmore toll road

Effective today, changes will be made to the flow of traffic along the Portmore toll road, where it intersects with Marcus Garvey Drive, the National... Read More

Cars move into auction space
GOING once, going twice, sold to the highest bidder! ... Read More

Rally Jamaica eyes Carib racers
WITH the 2018 season closing with last weekend's staging of the Richard Stewart Memorial Rally Jamaica in Bog Walk, St Catherine, event organiser Lawrence Henriques is...... Read More

Showdown on Sunday
The final Asphalt Assault for the year, scheduled for Sunday December 9, at the Advanced Driver Training Centre, Lakes Pen in St Catherine, will be an...... Read More

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