A legally blind woman who has been featured in the Jamaica Observer in recent years, has complained that she was raped in brutal fashion a week ago, adding to the countless other challenges that she ...

Raped again

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The man demanding a forensic audit of the Santa Cruz New Testament Church of God has said that the absence of proper accounting for tithes collected from church me ...

Audit wanted

NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Chairman of the Negril Beach Restoration Committee Daniel Grizzle has promised to seek legal recourse to prevent the construction of two offshore breakwaters in the Lo ...

War brews

BE good to people, especially children. That, Louise Johnson said, is her formula for long life. "People would ask me to help them look after their children. I even remember a lady coming to me ...

100 not out

CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) — West Indies suffered their heaviest ever defeat in South Africa when they were humiliated by an innings and 220 runs, 70 minutes before lunch on the penultima ...


  While Miami Beach is a city defined by white sand beaches, a sea of people dressed in white - 1,200 of them - was certainly an unexpected sight, last week, when the global culinary movement, D& ...



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Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia  12:16 AM
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  BLOOMINGTON, United States - A mass of demonstrators chanting, "Black lives matter," co ...... Read More

French police kill 'Allahu Akbar' attacker  10:22 PM
  PARIS, France (AFP) - French police on Saturday shot dead a knife-wielding man who atta ...... Read More

UPDATE - Gunman kills two NY police officers in Brooklyn  10:13 PM
  NEW YORK, United States (AFP) - A gunman assassinated two uniformed New York police off ...... Read More

One New York cop dead in shooting, second critical  5:00 PM
  NEW YORK, United States (AP) — Police say one New York City officer has died afte ...... Read More

UPDATE: Wanted man shot dead at wake  4:20 PM
TRELAWNY, Jamaica -- Thirty-one-year-old Bunker’s Hill resident Jermaine Thomas, who wa ...... Read More


Former Supreme Court Judge Maurice Reckord dies

RETIRED Supreme Court Judge Maurice Audley Reckord died at his home in Mona Heights, St Andrew, last Wednesday. He was 82. Reckord, who was fondly referred to as Doc, was ailing for about a yea ... Read More

Blind woman raped again
A legally blind woman who has been featured in the Jamaica Observer in recent years, has complained that she was raped in brutal fashion a week ago, ...... Read More

Churchman insists on accounting for tithes
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The man demanding a forensic audit of the Santa Cruz New Testament Church of God has said that the absence of pro ...... Read More

Lessons from Japan
This is the second in a series of articles on everyday life in Japan TOKYO, Japan -- As a country situated at a geologically active area prone to ...... Read More


Jason Holder appointed Windies ODI captain

ST JOHN'S, Antigua - The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday announced that all-rounder Jason Holder has been appointed West Indies One Day International captain. The 23-year-old Holder ... Read More

Windies capitulate to heavy defeat
CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) — West Indies suffered their heaviest ever defeat in South Africa when they were humiliated by an innings and ...... Read More

Capt Burrell lambasts IPL
JAMAICA Football Federation (JFF) President Captain Horace Burrell lambasted Independence Park Limited (IPL) for putting Jamaica's rights to host th ...... Read More

Fireworks likely as H'View host Waterhouse
PLENTY of fireworks could be on the cards when the former championship-winning pair of Harbour View FC and Waterhouse FC extend their rivalry in Red ...... Read More


Sweet and Simply Jamaican

THE Mark Fletcher-led Coffee Roasters Jamaica (CRJ) will start selling its own brand of rum cakes in a move to expand its distribution lines and help counter the loss of the Tortuga rum cake distr ... Read More

The sky is not the limit
IT has been less than 24 months since Ravi Sittol started SkyCam Ja, but already the 28-year-old entrepreneur is thinking of expanding the aerial ph ...... Read More

Retail gas prices in Ja dip lower than in Miami — Petrojam
PETROJAM Limited, the nation's oil refinery, indicated that it reduced gas prices by 25 per cent in six months or greater than levels found at gas pu ...... Read More

Need a loan for Christmas? Be very careful, CAC advises
THE Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising consumers to exercise vigilance when accepting Christmas loans, especially from unregulated loan c ...... Read More


Talking through his pictures

THOUGH he has visited Jamaica numerous times since 1982, respected photographer Bill Grimshaw never thought about documenting the country's people and sites. Until now. The 65-year-old Canadian's l ... Read More

'Starr' power for LIME Golf Academy
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Orville Manning and Friends Concert bring Xmas cheer
THE annual Orville Manning and Friends Concert at the Spanish Town Methodist Church on December 7 was one of the best in its 28-year history. The la ...... Read More

God’s greatness inspires carol
FOR many, the work of social anthropologist Professor Barry Chevannes focused on themes such as Rastafari and ideas of masculinity. But for those in ...... Read More


Family still seeks closure after eight years

MORE than eight years after his then wife Stacy Brown's death at the Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine, Steve Brown is convinced that the legal system is too slow as he continues his battle to ... Read More

Church of England appoints first female bishop
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20,000 bras recalled in Japan due to injury fears
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I'm unhappy: 300lbs and my knees hurt
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Cutting loose the shackles of the past: Cuba and the US

THE United States of America is cutting loose the shackles of the past by establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba after 53 years. But the first blow in the western hemisphere against those shac ... Read More

What is there for us in Cuba's rebirth?
ONCE Barack Obama took office as US president in early 2009 he was not yet cast in the light of the 'Kenyan socialist' that the far-right wingnuts h ...... Read More

The second coming of P J Patterson?
The second coming of P J Patterson, former prime minister of Jamaica, and at other times, minister of tourism, finance and planning, development, fo ...... Read More

That's just not West Indies cricket
To say that the state of West Indies cricket is at its worst ever would be uttering the most obvious thing to those who have stuck with the game in ...... Read More


Expanded programmes for Catholic College of Mandeville

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Recently retired president of the Catholic College of Mandeville, Sister Una O'Connor well remembers the beginning 22 years ago. "We started very small, the whole poi ... Read More

A success story
HE never had the opportunity to attend college because his parents could not afford to send him. But Leopold Williams was determined to win. Despit ...... Read More

Blake, Peart, Ramsay join those condemning cop's murder
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) for Police Area Three, which includes the parish of Manchester, Kevin Blake, i ...... Read More

PM hands over 40 land titles to Clarendon residents
PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday handed over 40 land titles to residents from several communities in Clarendon at a ceremony held a ...... Read More


Opportunities for Jamaica in new US-Cuba policy

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The message in Ms Alia Atkinson's victory
Following her fourth-place finish in the final of the women's 100-metre breaststroke at the London Olympics in 2012, Ms Alia Atkinson made a plea fo ...... Read More

Cuba and Jamaica give Moreno a grand opportunity
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The miseducation of Senator Lambert Brown
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Cripps leading ATL Auto's march

AS a young man, Matthew Cripps enlisted in The British Royal Tank Regiment: he wanted to see the world. After six years, he traded in his military fatigues for corporate suits and embarked on a care ... Read More

Wet end to drag season
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Fun times in Barbados
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Today is 'Pump Watch Day'
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