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O-Wrap: $1-m bail for bank teller… Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez in Mobay… Jamaica 19th in bobsleigh final7:00 pm

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42 J'cans begin Spanish programme at Venezuelan Institute9:26 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Forty-two Jamaicans have started a two-year Spanish programme at the Venezuelan Institute.... Read More

'Drugs' murdered in Majesty Gardens9:14 pm
ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Twenty-seven-year-old Horace Fowler otherwise called 'Drugs' of Majesty Gardens, Kingston 11 and Island Farm, Gutters, Old Harbour, St Catherine was...... Read More

Local companies to showcase products in Canada 9:09 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — A range of exotic food products and brands offered by local companies will be showcased and sampled at the Restaurants Canada Show (RC Show),...... Read More

Gov't working with FAO to develop insurance scheme for farmers 8:40 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Government of Jamaica is working with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to develop an insurance scheme for...... Read More

Trump suggests arming teachers as he meets school shooting survivors 8:29 pm
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers to deter future mass shootings as he held an emotional meeting Wednesday at the...... Read More

RGD to roll out online verification of certificates 8:17 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Registrar General's Department (RGD) has completed the first phase of the pilot of online verification of birth, death and marriage...... Read More

Barbadian caught with parcel of ganja strapped to thigh at NMIA7:45 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Detectives from the Narcotics Division arrested and charged a Barbadian for multiple breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act yesterday, after he attempted...... Read More

NEWS

Online petition calls for state of emergency in three more parishes

AS the Government looks for ways to sustain the momentum from the state of public emergency in St James, which recently received Parliamentary approval for a 60-day... Read More

Bank teller on fraud charge offered $1-m bail
MANDEVILLE, Mandeville — Radcliffe McLean, the 43-year-old bank teller who was charged in connection with the ongoing corruption probe at the Manchester Municipal...... Read More

Thousands of students to celebrate 'Jamaicanness' tomorrow
THOUSANDS of students from educational institutions across Jamaica will celebrate Jamaica Day tomorrow.... Read More

'Look out for signs your child might have psychological issues'
CHIEF executive officer of the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), Kaysia Kerr, is urging parents to educate themselves on signs that their child may be...... Read More

SPORT

STETHS, Rusea's in sweet repeat at Western Champs

CATHERINE HALL, St James — St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) boys and and Rusea's High girls retained their titles as the County of Cornwall Athletics... Read More

Serge boost St Thomas Major League with $3.1m injection
Serge has once again demonstrated its commitment to the parish of St Thomas by sponsoring the St Thomas Football Association Major League to the tune...... Read More

Edwin Allen, St Jago oblige at Central Champs
Edwin Allen on the girls' side and St Jago High for the boys, comfortably defended their respective titles at the Digicel Central Athletics Championships held at the GC...... Read More

'A' good feeling
AFTER West Indies A beat England Lions in the second “Test” at Sabina Park to take an unassailable two-nil lead in the three-match series, the home team's...... Read More

BUSINESS

Gov't introduces to IBC Bill accelerate growth

An International Business Companies (IBCs) Bill, which is being debated in the House of Representatives, has raised a glimmer of hope that despite the setbacks there... Read More

Billy Craig celebrates 55 years with full slate of changes
Billy Craig Insurance Brokers (BCIB) has introduced what it has described as “an exciting new system” for the online enrolment of employee...... Read More

Epilepsy and multiple sclerosis treatments potential revenue sources for Medicanja
Using marijiuana as the base plant for medical treatment, local medicinal research firm, Medicanja, has recently been approved by the Ministry of...... Read More

Chalik Campbell — Flying a kite on outdoor advertising
A young man goes into a job interview for a graphic designer position and shares his vision of promoting SMEs and events using branded kites. The prospective employer...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Khago debuts on Billboard

Walk A Mile, the debut album from deejay Khago, enters the Billboard Reggae Album chart at number five. Read More

Tony Johnson: Reggae Sunsplash visionary
With February acknowledged as Reggae Month, the Jamaica Observer salutes some of the music's unsung heroes in this daily column.... Read More

Munga Honorebel gets bail extended
Munga Honorebel had his bail extended when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way-Tree yesterday.... Read More

Fanfare at Black Panther MoBay premiere
MONTEGO BAY, St James - The internationally acclaimed Black Panther movie and currently the number one movie in the world premiered with much fanfare at the Palace Multiplex in...... Read More

COLUMNS

To abstain: Diplomatic wisdom in the face of reality

Recently, US President Donald Trump, as is his wont, stirred controversy yet again by declaring America's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the... Read More

Bank fees and history repeating itself
In 2003 the newly built south coast highway became a toll road. At the time, I was at pains to point out that toll roads are nothing new in Jamaica. And I wrote it for...... Read More

Black Panther, the Obama portraits and black iconography
The images associated with the representation of blacks have varied from specific periods of history: During the transatlantic trade in Africans,...... Read More

Is the economic growth super ministry doing an effective job?
One of the novel and far-reaching decisions of the Andrew Holness-led Administration when it assumed office was the appointment of the super ministry of Economic Growth...... Read More

REGIONAL

Mega Crusade for MoBay

MONTEGO BAY, St James - As the security forces sustain the state of public emergency in St James, the church in Montego Bay is continuing its drive for transformation... Read More

SDA church recognises 31 western-based employees
Thirty-one employees of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, who are based in the western section of the island, were among the over 200...... Read More

Good support for 'Day of Love' celebration
MONTEGO BAY, St James - Montegonians turned out last Friday evening at the Old Hospital Park, Gloucester Avenue, to support the 'Day of Love' celebration, staged by the...... Read More

Fanfare at Black Panther MoBay premiere
MONTEGO BAY, St James - The internationally acclaimed Black Panther movie and currently the number one movie in the world premiered with much fanfare at the Palace Multiplex in...... Read More

EDITORIALS

If top cop post is put to a vote, Mr Reneto Adams would win

In mid-January, a little known organisation calling itself Change.org launched a petition for the job of police commissioner to go to Mr Reneto Adams, the... Read More

A matter of resource (police) management
Jamaica has been down this road many times before. The question we all need to answer truthfully is whether we intend to keep on this path.... Read More

The heavy price of American blood
United States President Donald Trump has opened an ever so tiny crack in the door, giving hope, even if faint, of the possibility of a bi-partisan...... Read More

No let-up on improvements to justice system
We are encouraged by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck's declaration last week that the Government will continue to focus on enforcing the rule of law and attaining timely...... Read More

AUTO

Toyota conquers Holly Mount

TOYOTA Jamaica 4x4 Club's first excursion for the year was a fun-filled blast for all parties involved. The trip, last Sunday, was to the cool hills of Holly Mount in... Read More

'Act to check fatalities'
Dr Lucien Jones, vice-chairman of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), said he is optimistic that the new Road Traffic Act will help to reduce...... Read More

Safer schools project coming
The JN Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and international motor sports foundation, the FIA Foundation, will...... Read More

BMW 430i Gran Coupé: Simply grand!
The BMW 3 series has long been the benchmark for the compact executive sedan, as it offers a mix of luxury, technology and, most importantly,...... Read More

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