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Pfizer/BioNTech say vaccine effective against UK, SAfrica virus mutations7:18 am

PARIS, France (AFP) — The vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech appears to retain its effectiveness against coronavirus mutations in worrying new variants that have emerged... Read More

COVID-19 measures extended to end of February5:11 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has extended the COVID-19 measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act until the end of February 2021.... Read More

Gas prices up $1.26, diesel up $0.184:45 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see an increase at the pumps in the prices of gasoline and diesel, effective Thursday, January 28, according to the latest...... Read More

JMEA implores gov't to ensure level playing field in implementing environmental policies 4:44 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) says while it fully supports and is committed to playing its part in the efforts to put...... Read More

Legal Aid Council assists more than 3000 through Duty Counsel service 4:20 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — More than 3,000 Jamaicans received assistance from the Ministry of Justice's Legal Aid Council (LAC) through Duty Counsel representation in...... Read More

Forex: J$148.48 to one US dollar 4:13 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Wednesday, January 27 ended trading at J$148.48 up by 60 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily exchange trading...... Read More

Private sector partners with Health Ministry to boost vaccination deployment 3:48 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The private sector association says it has partnered with the government to boost vaccination deployment in order to achieve the requisite herd...... Read More

Fewer outages as power reliability improved by 30% — JPS3:34 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is reporting an improvement in power reliability by 30 per cent over the past 12 months. ... Read More


Mavado's son among two convicted for murder on the 'Gully Side'

Dantay Brooks the son of dancehall artiste David “Mavado” Brooks and his co-accused Andre Hinds were yesterday found guilty of the 2018... Read More

Budget cut no threat to COVID-19 relief spending says finance minister
Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke says payments under another round of the Government's COVID-19 Allocation of Resources for...... Read More

Dexter Pottinger’s killer pleads guilty to manslaughter in second case
Romario Brown, the make-up and graphic artist currently serving time for the murder of designer Dexter Pottinger, yesterday pleaded guilty to the...... Read More

'Small fry' lottery scammer gets 10 years to pay $6-m fine
A convicted lottery scammer, who told the court he was afraid to name the mastermind because that would endanger his life and that of his family, has been given 10...... Read More


COVID forces cancellation of Milo Western Relays

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Milo Western Relay's 42 years of continuous staging will be broken after the organisers announced yesterday they were cancelling this... Read More

Hope brothers out of Super50 after positive COVID test results
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — West Indies batting star Shai Hope and his older brother Kyle Hope have both been ruled out of next month's Super50 Cup in Antigua...... Read More

Youthful Volcanoes squad for regional tournament
ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — Selectors have placed an emphasis on youth in a 15-man Windward Islands Volcanoes squad for next month's Super50 Cup in...... Read More

Griffith replaced by Savory after testing positive for COVID
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Trevon Griffith has been replaced in the Guyana Jaguars 15-man squad for the Regional Super50 Cup by Kemol Savory after returning a...... Read More


138 Student Living seeks 12-month reprieve on principal bond payments

AS revenues continue to dwindle exacerbated by COVID-19-induced losses, university residential developer 138 Student Living Jamaica is seeking a 12-month reprieve on... Read More

Jamaica Observer's webinar panellists point to integrity, determination, focus as key factors for success
The Jamaica Observer’s first seminar for 2021 saw its theme ‘Charting Your Financial Course’ thoroughly examined in the context of the current novel...... Read More

Jamaica Producers looks towards mergers in 2021
With the novel coronavirus pandemic impacting different facets of Jamaica Producers Limited's (JP) food and drink plus logistics and infrastructure...... Read More

Jamaica National accelerating digital growth
Jamaica National (JN) Group is accelerating the process of doing business even as Jamaica lags in digital access while the world moves forward into...... Read More


Shaggy's 'bombastic' buy

CALL him, Mr Boombastic, indeed! International recording act Shaggy recently plunked down a whopping US$2.15 million for a swanky, near-to-the-ocean 'crib' in... Read More

'Bradley's House' stands firm
The House That Bradley Built, a various artistes collection, is top performer on this week's US Current Reggae Albums Chart. It re-enters the table at number one, after...... Read More

'Tess' for SXSW fest
TESSELLATED is among several acts slated to perform on this year's staging of the annual music festival, SXSW (South by Southwest). The virtual event is scheduled for...... Read More

No tears for Empress Miriam Simone
ON several of the songs she recorded since 2013, Empress Miriam Simone collaborated with Bobby Digital, considered dancehall's most successful producer. ...... Read More


Paula Forrest - Nurturing Wealth

PAULA Forrest is one of the many roses that have grown from the concrete of Jamaica's inner-city communities, and she has spent almost 25 years ensuring that other... Read More


Strengthening the the J-J partnership

Japan and Jamaica have a long history of friendship since the establishment of the diplomatic relationship in 1964. The two countries have common... Read More

PNP's recommitment: No quick fix — Part 2
The following is the sermon preached at the service of recommitment of the People's National Party (PNP) to nation-building held at the Boulevard Baptist Church on Sunday,...... Read More

PNP's recommitment: No quick fix — Part 1
The following is the sermon preached at the service of recommitment of the People's National Party (PNP) to nation-building held at the Boulevard Baptist Church on Sunday,...... Read More

A new day dawns in America
THE headlines of every major newspaper around the world poured derision on the Donald Trump presidency as he headed for the exits of the White House. Conversely, they...... Read More


Savanna-la-Mar residents get oyster farm

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland - Residents in and around Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, are poised to benefit from employment and other financial opportunities stemming... Read More

Trelawny bids farewell to transferred senior cop
FALMOUTH, Trelawny - Accolades and gifts poured in to celebrate the end of tenure for Superintendent Kirk Ricketts of the Trelawny Police Division, in a surprise...... Read More

Mount Salem, Salt Spring entrepreneurs receive JSIF grants
MONTEGO BAY, St James - Seventeen applicants from Mount Salem and Salt Spring communities are recipients of grants funded under the...... Read More

Noel Holmes Hospital gets equipment to fight COVID
LUCEA, Hanover - The Noel Holmes Hospital's ability to care for patients with the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been boosted with the donation of two...... Read More


Messrs Holness, Golding, unite the country against crime or forget it

WE don't know whether to laugh or cry upon the realisation that Prime Minister Andrew Holness has suddenly awakened from his slumber to discover that the killing of... Read More

Monday's savagery against the homeless bolsters reason for JamaicaEye
We have long known that beasts posing as humans roam among us, emerging from their dungeons to commit the most horrific acts of savagery and sow fear among the people...... Read More

Fancy buildings but no provision for the disabled
This country is not awash with the kind of money needed to tackle the myriad problems we face; therefore, what is increasingly more critical is how we...... Read More

Honour those who served, build well on their legacy
THE loss of leading players Messrs Luton Shelton and Andrew Williams, as well as administrator Mr Maurice “Danny” Lyn, during the last week, has left...... Read More


Hilly routes slay JUTC's Golden Dragons

THE 35 Golden Dragon buses which the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) procured for half a billion dollars in 2016 from China have been all but destroyed by overloading... Read More

St Andrew roads to be closed or reduced to single lane this weekend
TRAFFIC flow could be affected this weekend because of work on Constant Spring Road, Woodglen Avenue and Omara Road in St Andrew.... Read More

Kia Seltos: Packed with brilliance
With the much-acclaimed Kia Stinger GT sedan under its belt, the brand has turned that sense of upmarket bravado to the rest of its model range...... Read More

E G Hunter, CEO of National Works Agency (NWA), is appealing to all Members of Parliament (MPs) who have failed to start road-patching programmes to do so...... Read More


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