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Dominica's Prime Minister says island” brutalised” by Hurricane Maria1:56 am

ROSEAU, Dominica, Sept 18, CMC – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Monday night said Dominica has been “brutalised” by Hurricane Maria as it makes its way... Read More

O-Wrap: Quake rattles Ja… Cat 4 Maria bears down on C'bean… Livermore to know fate Oct7:03 pm
In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:1. 4.2 magnitude earthquake felt across Jamaica... Read More

Scores of residents stranded in Lucea floodwaters10:06 pm
HANOVER, Jamaica — Scores of motorist and pedestrian were this evening stranded due to flooding in Hanover's capital town, Lucea.... Read More

Smokers with HIV far more likely to die of lung cancer 9:47 pm
MIAMI, United States (AFP) — People who are infected with human immunodeficiency virus and who smoke are far more likely to die from lung cancer than HIV, researchers...... Read More

Lay magistrates urged to study ZOSO Act 9:43 pm
MANCHESTER, Jamaica (JIS) — Lay Magistrates in Manchester and St Elizabeth have been urged to study the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and...... Read More

Dominica PM says roof blown off by Cat 5 Maria 9:05 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, took to his Facebook page a short while ago to announce that the roof of his residence has been blown...... Read More

Trump warns Venezuela is 'collapsing' 9:04 pm
NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump warned Monday that Venezuela is "collapsing," suggesting the United States may take additional steps to restore...... Read More

Trade unions urged to modify wage claims8:45 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Trade unions representing public-sector workers have been urged to modify their wage claims, as nothing should be done to derail the economic...... Read More

NEWS

Jamaica meets all but one vaccination target

ISLANDWIDE, all targets of the seven mandatory vaccinations for children, except one, have been met. Read More

Campbell denies snubbing PNP conference
OUTSPOKEN People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament for St Ann North Western Dr Dayton Campbell has denied claims that he snubbed the party's 79th annual conference...... Read More

More J'cans back home from hurricane-ravaged islands
JAMAICANS in Caribbean islands ravaged by the recent passage of Hurricane Irma have started to return home, the Government announced...... Read More

Plant quarantine division helping to boost trade
THE Plant Quarantine Division (PQD) in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is playing a key role in helping to boost trade in agricultural...... Read More

SPORT

Gayle's return 'huge boost' for West Indies — Holder

Manchester, United Kingdom (AFP) — West Indies Captain Jason Holder has backed the returning Chris Gayle to make a big impact in the One-Day... Read More

ATL Group, Scotiabank capture Business House titles
Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) Industrial Group and Scotiabank came away winners of Western Sports-sponsored Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)...... Read More

Bigdaddykool, Will In Charge set to clash again
Provisional nominations for the $1.3 million Governor General's Stakes over 10 furlongs (2,000m) pit a possible matchup of ...... Read More

Manchester, Seaforth High hunt fourth straight win
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Manchester High and Seaforth High will both go after their fourth straight win today as the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup schoolboy football...... Read More

BUSINESS

Registration open for National's Jamaican Made Christmas

National Baking Company says registration is now open for this year's staging of A Jamaican Made Christmas, the event designed to help small and medium-sized businesses get... Read More

IMF says public sector reform needs urgent attention
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, which ended its review of Jamaica's performance under the current Stand-by Agreement Thursday, has warned...... Read More

Wisynco plans landmark US$8M investment in new beverage plant
Manufacturing and distribution company, Wisynco, on Friday opened its new distribution centre after fire gutted its Lakes Pen, St Catherine warehouse...... Read More

NASA's US$3.9-b Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn
TAMPA, United States (AFP) — After 20 years in space, NASA's famed Cassini spacecraft made an intentional death plunge into Saturn on Friday, ending a storied...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Ziggy's new set on Billboard

EARLY this year, Ziggy Marley embarked on a tour of the United States. Some of its dates are captured on We Are The People Tour (Live) which debuts this week at number... Read More

Kuzilla continues musical journey
KUZILLA is hoping his single, Life Is A Journey, will land him a permanent spot within the music industry.... Read More

Orlando jerk fest for Oct 15
FREDDIE McGregor, Romain Virgo, Richie Spice, and Cham (formerly Baby Cham) are slated to power up the main stage of the sixth annual Orlando Jerk and Caribbean Culture...... Read More

Locksley makes statement
Musician -cum-singer Locksley has Jamaica's Noise Abatement Act in his crosshairs with the single Play My Music...... Read More

COLUMNS

The rise of these newcomer 'healers' and 'problem-solvers'

The Obeah Act must go. This Act was passed in 1898 and is aimed at protecting us from people who frequently use whatever means or instrument to... Read More

Has the STEM train lost steam?
During the previous Government, former Education Minister Ronald Thwaites and the Ministry of Education and Youth and Culture at the time were on a...... Read More

There's nothing destroyed by man that cannot be raised up by God
On the morning of Sunday, September 17, 2017, the Saints Peter and Paul Church family in Liguanea, Kingston, Jamaica, encountered tragedy. At 1:30 am...... Read More

American sabre-rattling may cost South Korea deeply
N orth Korea is a renegade State — a s tate seemingly run by madmen and where poverty and...... Read More

REGIONAL

Animal thieves target Skibo in Portland

THE recurring theft of livestock by criminal elements in the Skibo community of West Portland has frustrated farmers to the point where reports are no longer made to the... Read More

Please, come and learn to earn
The people who manage Retreat Skills Training Centre in St Mary have one major problem — not enough young people are making use of the...... Read More

No help
ALMOST a decade after the tragic Rio Grande Valley crash in Portland, which claimed the life of 14 people, survivors, some with permanent injuries, say they have...... Read More

Norman Dunn lists recording studio among plans for St Mary SE
THE Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP's) Dr Norman Dunn, who ran against late People's National Party Member of Parliament Dr Winston Green in the February 2016 General...... Read More

EDITORIALS

Mr Robert Montague has put his job on the line

Last week, Minister of National Security Robert Montague invited his Opposition counterpart, Mr Peter Bunting, to join his freshly launched Security... Read More

Jamaica's political parties should aim for the moral high ground
Believe it or not, it's already close to 19 months since the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won the February 2016 parliamentary elections by a single...... Read More

It's not rocket science; disaster planning is a must
Given the vulnerability of the Caribbean to natural disasters it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that disaster planning must become...... Read More

Voting delegates should put Jamaica's football first
Given the various problems, not least the impasse which has delayed the start of the Red Stripe Premier League, interim Jamaica Football Federation...... Read More

AUTO

Hamilton wins crucial, chaotic Singapore GP

Singapore , Singapore (AFP) — Lewis Hamilton won a chaotic and rain-hit Singapore Grand Prix yesterday to seize control of the Formula One world... Read More

Karting action
Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) will hold its sixth meet for the 2017 season at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston, on Sunday. This...... Read More

TOTAL-ly committed to education
TOTAL Jamaica rolled out the red carpet for its student-exchange scholarship recipients at Redbones Blues Café recently, welcoming home Jevon Dixon while bidding adieu...... Read More

S Korea donates SUVs to Ja government
On Wednesday, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) donated three Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicles to the Government of Jamaica. The handover...... Read More

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