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I have no idea why, but I started wearing hats regularly about 20 years ago and have amassed an active collection of sombreros, fedoras, bowlers, and Stantons, etc. The fashion of wearing hats has c ...

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I love old things. I adore antiques. I believe that this love is directly tied to my love of Jamaica, and to the fact that so much of our history and achievements are reflected in things of old. I ...

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WORLD Junior 400m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde of Wolmer's Boys turned in a scintillating performance setting a new national junior record of 49.01 seconds at the GraceKennedy/ISSA Boys' and Girls ...

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ST Jago High girls showed their sprinting pedigree, winning three of the four 100m titles on yesterday's penultimate day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Girls' Championships at the National Stadium. N ...

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St Jago girls dominate
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THE Government failed to negotiate the first hurdle on its way to a new labour agreement with its rank and file employees yesterday when an initial five per cent pay increase offer was rejected by t ...

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SIXTEEN persons, including students sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), were yesterday left homeless after a fire destroyed four one-bedroom houses along Paisley Road in Kingston. Re ...

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16 now homeless

LATEST NEWS

Boys' and girls' rankings at Champs 2015 10:34 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica - OBSERVER ONLINE brings you a breakdown of the points amassed by each school in the 105th staging of the GraceKennedy ISSA Boys' and Girls Athletics Championsh ... Read More

Easy repeat for Edwin Allen in Girls' Champs  9:52 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Edwin Allen High cruised to a third title, retaining their girls’ ...... Read More

Calabar reign supreme at Boys' Champs  9:38 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Defending champions Calabar High secured their fourth consecutive hold o ...... Read More

Calabar's Class One 4x100m relay team smash record  7:41 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Calabar's Class One 4x100-metre relay team a short while ago smashed the ...... Read More

Visiting US man reported missing  4:43 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica – A foreign national visiting from Lauderhill in Fort Lauderdale, Fl ...... Read More

Michael O'Hara takes 110m hurdles ahead of Jaheel Hyde  4:34 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica – World Youth 200m champion Michael O’Hara of Calabar High end ...... Read More

5 suspected lottery scammers arrested  4:20 PM
WESTMORELAND, Jamaica – Five men suspected to be members of the ‘Ambition Gang&r ...... Read More

Man falls into water tank after being shot, dies  3:59 PM
MANCHESTER, Jamaica – The Manchester police have confirmed a shooting incident in the ...... Read More

NEWS

Table Talk Food Awards for Cayman Islands

THE buzz was palpable inside the ballroom of the Grand Marriott Beach Resort, Cayman, on the morning of Thursday, March 26, it was the launch of the much-anticipated Table Talk Food Awards — Th ... Read More

Samuda heads G2K
MATTHEW Samuda became the new president for Generation 2000 (G2K), the group of young professionals attached to the Jamaica Labour Party earlier this ...... Read More

Received by royalty
President of the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Jamaica, Erica Wynter, had the honour of being presented to Her Majesty The Queen at the Commonwe ...... Read More

Jamaican-born athlete drowns in St Kitts
  KINGSTON, Jamaica – Daundre Barnaby, a Jamaican-born Canadian Olympic 400m runner, is suspected to have drowned while swimming in St K ...... Read More

SPORT

Aussie skipper Clarke drops retirement bombshell on eve of final

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Australia captain Michael Clarke made a shock announcement yesterday by saying yesterday's World Cup final against New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground woul ... Read More

Spain's Xavi Hernandez set to move to Qatari side Al Sadd
DOHA, Qatar (AFP) — Barcelona and Spain's Xavi Hernandez, one of the greatest midfielders of the modern era, has signed for Qatari side Al Sad ...... Read More

Bale brace propels Wales past Israel in Euro qualifying
HAIFA, Israel (AFP) -- Gareth Bale scored a second-half brace as Wales romped to a 3-0 win in Israel yesterday evening that took them to the top of ...... Read More

Russian teenager wins World Figure Skating Championships gold
SHANGHAI, China (AFP) -- Russian teenager Elizaveta Tuktamysheva took gold at the World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai yesterday, convinci ...... Read More

BUSINESS

Tech entrepreneurs head for training in Jordan

Three local start-up technology companies have been selected to benefit from a US$90,000 ($10.3 million)-investment and a trip to Jordan-based accelerator company Oasis500. Last year, Oasis500 ... Read More

The Rent Assessment Board offers to mediate
Dear Claudienne, I have rented an apartment in Mandeville. My lease agreement says that when I decide to move I will not be allowed to use the ...... Read More

A lesson in contingent convertible bonds (COCOs)
IN recent times, banks across the world have been issuing new types of financial instruments. This trend is part of an effort to increase the size ...... Read More

SBAJ wants more lending options
Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ) president Hugh Johnson called on banks to offer more innovative lending options to small businesses. T ...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Major Mission

Electronic music maestro Major Lazer releases its third album, Peace is Mission, on June 1. It will be released by the Mad Decent label. Similar to 2009's Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do and 201 ... Read More

Vegas shares ‘Euphoria’ with Pitbull
DANCEHALL artiste Mr Vegas has teamed up with hip- hop star Pitbull for a remix of his single My Jam. The single is from Vegas' Euphoria album which ...... Read More

Fuelling his desire
This is the first in a 10-part series looking at entertainers who have moved into business outside their industry. SINGER Stevie Face has always ...... Read More

Bushman to visit Africa
ROOTS singer Bushman makes his first trip to the east African country of Kenya next week for three shows — two in the capital Nairobi and anoth ...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

Does he know your number?

Men are said to inflate their actual number of partners to boost their egos and make themselves seem more experienced. Women are said to do the opposite — reducing their figures to make themse ... Read More

Jamaica has made strides in empowering women
Executive Director of the National Family Planning Board, Dr Denise Chevannes-Vogel, has commended the strides made by Jamaica in empowering women. ...... Read More

Terri-Ann Brown-Palmer: The KukUp expert
  At the helm of KukUp Kreations is 35-year-old Kingstonian Terri-Ann Brown-Palmer, a woman determined to offer customers tasty and original cul ...... Read More

Men and women made to love and love again, study finds
  Humans are wired to break up and move on, according to a study drawing on the field of evolutionary psychology. “Our review of the liter ...... Read More

COLUMNS

Is the IMF agreement really achieving its objectives?

The country has successfully completed seven of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) tests as set out under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) agreement between the Fund and the Government of Jamai ... Read More

Did the US and the IMF have a hand in the PNP's 2011 election win?
In the recent Budget debate Finance Minister Peter Phillips cited the re-establishment and the restoration of Jamaica's credibility in the interna ...... Read More

Madam PM delivered a very disappointing Budget speech
OUR Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller might have already convinced herself and those closest to her of the astoundingly excellent job she did deliv ...... Read More

Has our spirit of resistance been anaesthetised?
There is no passion to be found playing small -- in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. -- Nelson Mandela ...... Read More

REGIONAL

JEF convention for MoBay

MONTEGO BAY, St James This year's staging of the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF) Convention will be held for the first time in Montego Bay. The event which is scheduled for the Monteg ... Read More

More cops for St James
The investigating capacity of the St James Police Division, which has recorded over 40 murders since the start of the year, is being boosted with ...... Read More

Paediatric Orthotic Service Limited helps young Tariq Bucknor to walk
Last August, Tariq Bucknor - now two years old - of St James underwent his second surgery to correct the deformity known as talipesequinovarus, othe ...... Read More

Hanover business community moves to revive chamber
LUCEA, Hanover The Lucea business community is moving to revive the Hanover Chamber of Commerce which has been dormant for more than three years ...... Read More

EDITORIALS

Fine-tuning for the challenges ahead

The excitement of that extraordinary athletic festival, the high school boys' and girls' championships (Champs), has diverted attention from all other sporting events this weekend. However, Jamaica ... Read More

A Senate debate we need to have
Although we criticised Mr Andrew Holness's decision to appeal the Constitutional Court's declaratory judgement in what has become known as the ...... Read More

Moving SSP Steve McGregor: The re-education of West Kingston
HAVING been accustomed to living in a state within a state, and dealing out their own system of justice, residents of West Kingston seemingly want t ...... Read More

Lee Kuan Yew: Development, despotism, democracy
Founding father and first prime minister of modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, who died this week at age 91, was hailed as a development guru because ...... Read More

AUTO

Fight to the finish

IT was a hard-fought victory for Maurice 'Wurl Boss' Whittingham who staved off a crew of up-and-coming drivers at the Drivers Rallysport Club (DRC) AutoDex Championship series opening held in Byb ... Read More

Eyes on Price
MORE than a week after the imposition of the $7 per litre tax on gasolene, petrol dealers are cautiously watching its effect on the sector. "A tax ...... Read More

Seventh heaven for import performance
King Midas Mufflers will once again host a car show at the premiere of Fast & Furious 7, April 1 at Carib 5, St Andrew. "This should be a big e ...... Read More

Major moves for NDRC
MORE is the operative word for the National Drag Racing Circuit's (NDRC) 2015 season. This was revealed at the press launch held at South Beach Caf& ...... Read More

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