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FINANCE Minister Audley Shaw says the Government has now sewn up the transfer deal with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for lands at Mammee Bay, St Ann, under the 50-year, US$700-million c ...

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ACTING Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant has urged women to be “heroes of tomorrow” by living exemplary lives and performing simple acts of kindness that will prove to be tranfo ...

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Exposition Jamaica Jamaica, a four-month exhibition on Jamaican music, opens next Tuesday at Philharmonie de Paris in France. The multi-dimensional event, which showcases pieces owned by the Jama ...

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“It’s good to be back,” an overwhelmed Edwin Allen High’s Fiona Richards told the Jamaica Observer after she broke the one-year Champs record in the Class One discus throw ...

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As we ready to celebrate two decades of excellence in food service, delivery and presentation, we are stepping out bolder and starting our countdown this year by encouraging all to take a long, ...

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LATEST NEWS

#Champs2017: St Jago strikes another gold as Clarke wins long jump 6:11 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Kay-lagay Clarke a short while ago made it double gold in quick succession for St Jago High School when she topped the girls’ Class Four long jump ... Read More

PNP renews call for roll back on 'wicked, immoral property tax'  5:50 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People’s National Party (PNP) has once again hit out agai ...... Read More

#Champs2017: St Jago’s Stona cops gold in Class One discus  5:39 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Roje Stona of St Jago High justified favouritism in landing gold, a ...... Read More

Holness receives final report from Caricom Review Commission  5:16 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he received the final report fro ...... Read More

Forex: J$128.53 to one US dollar  4:54 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Thursday, March 30, ended trading at J$128.53, up ...... Read More

Public order among issues hindering tourism growth in Trelawny — Holness  4:40 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says public order issues among other ...... Read More

West Indian manatees go from 'endangered' to 'threatened'  4:26 PM
MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Manatees are no longer an endangered species, US officials ...... Read More

US slams Venezuela power-grab as 'serious setback for democracy'  3:52 PM
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States Thursday slammed a move by Venezuel ...... Read More

NEWS

PM says National ID system project on target

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that the National Identification System (NIDS) project is on track for implementation in the 2017/2018 Financial Year. The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) sa ... Read More

Traffic changes on Mandela Highway next week
THE National Works Agency (NWA) says there are going to be changes to the flow of traffic along Mandela Highway starting on Sunday. A release from ...... Read More

National donates 8 houses ahead of FFP 5K Walk/Run
Needed shelter is on the way for eight of the island’s homeless and most destitute families, as National Baking Company Foundation will fund ...... Read More

Jamaica aiming to improve ranking in human trafficking fight
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says Jamaica is aiming for Tier 1 ranking in the Fight against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) by the United States&rsqu ...... Read More

SPORT

KC open with 15-point lead over JC

Title favourites Kingston College (KC), as expected, grabbed an early lead with 27 points following the two long jump finals, ahead of Jamaica College (JC) and Calabar at the completion of the sec ... Read More

Richards stars for Edwin Allen as Hydel grab early lead
“It’s good to be back,” an overwhelmed Edwin Allen High’s Fiona Richards told the Jamaica Observer after she broke the one ...... Read More

Attorney confident of clearing Spencer’s name
American sport attorney Paul Greene said he is confident that his client, Jamaica’s 2014 Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles champion, Kaleise Spe ...... Read More

Damar Robinson’s anti-doping rule ban extended
Jamaica’s Damar Robinson has had his ban for breaches of the anti-doping rules in 2013 extended to July this year, despite receiving a retroa ...... Read More

BUSINESS

Domestic workers entitled to 8 weeks’ maternity leave

Domestic workers can claim for maternity leave allowance for a maximum period of eight weeks. Director of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Portia Magnus told JIS News in a recent interview tha ... Read More

NCU team heads to Silicon Valley for International Business Model Competition
Northern Caribbean University (NCU) has been crowned winner of the National Business Model Competition (NBMC) and will represent Jamaica at the ...... Read More

Head east!
Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica Shri Sevala Naik reckons that the Government of Jamaica should do more to aggressively woo international inv ...... Read More

Therapedic Caribbean signs $60-m deal with Hilton Rose Hall
Local bedding company Therapedic Caribbean has signed a $60-million contract with Hilton Rose Hall hotel to supply mattresses and box foundations fo ...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Ruach Ru takes aim at Playa Man

Ruach Ru gets personal on Playa Man, her new song for the Tide Jam label. It’s about men who love to play the field. The St Andrew-born singer said the song, released early this month, a ... Read More

Reggae on show
Exposition Jamaica Jamaica, a four-month exhibition on Jamaican music, opens next Tuesday at Philharmonie de Paris in France. The multi-dimension ...... Read More

Rally Banks gives set to remember
Castle Red’s Rally Banks delivered a stirring performance of his original Can’t Forget at last Saturday’s Magnum Kings and Queens ...... Read More

Jamaica Youth Theatre for Aberdeen fest
JAMAICA Youth Theatre (JYT) is the local representative to this year’s staging of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland, sche ...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

Your pregnancy: That glucose test

RESEARCH shows that between two and five per cent of expectant mothers develop gestational diabetes, which makes it one of the most common ailments in pregnancy. Cognisant of this, and particula ... Read More

Exercise away kids’ depression
NEW research has found more evidence to suggest a positive link between exercise and depression, this time finding that children who exercise could ...... Read More

Photo: Bright eyes
Model: Cruz Cowan... Read More

Stuffed animals can boost children’s reading and imagination
STUFFED animal sleepovers are one of the lively and effective ways to get children interested in reading, suggests a new Japanese study. Designed ...... Read More

COLUMNS

The last 25 years of political leadership

On March 30, 1992, exactly 25 years ago today, P J Patterson was sworn in as prime minister of Jamaica. A year later, to the day, the People’s National Party (PNP) won a second consecutive ... Read More

Many thanks to the Chinese, but I want a Jamaican parliament design
As has been the practice for some decades by successive government administrations, development funding is sought from overseas rather than creati ...... Read More

Is Peter Phillips promising a new heaven and new Earth?
Now that the major part of the 2017-18 Budget Debate has ended, the country is in a better position to see the Government’s intentions for t ...... Read More

Men under siege
Our men are under siege and are involved in a daily and oftentimes ignored fight for their lives. While women’s issues rightly are at the fore ...... Read More

REGIONAL

Audrey Schultz and friends: investing in Jamaica’s children

MARTHA BRAE, Trelawny —  For almost four decades, Audrey Schultz has been donating barrels of much-needed supplies to schools, medical centres and communities across western Jamaica. &l ... Read More

Crime stress
Business leaders across western Jamaica say they are becoming extremely frustrated over the continued bloodletting, which they argue is negati ...... Read More

Montego Bay Blow Out Fete
Scores of soca lovers turned out for the Montego Bay Blow Out Fete as part of the Wray & Nephew-sponsored Jamaica Carnival islandwide series at P ...... Read More

Tough times
Defending champions Montego Bay United (MBU) and fellow western team Reno FC will both be desperate for a win when they meet this evening in a resch ...... Read More

EDITORIALS

NIS contributions, maternity leave for domestic workers go hand in hand

Domestic workers can claim for maternity leave allowance for a maximum period of eight weeks under the National Insurance (NIS) Act, we were reminded this week. The Government’s information a ... Read More

Give thought to High Commissioner Naik’s offer
The offer by Indian High Commissioner Shri Sevala Naik to help develop Jamaica’s film industry through scholarships and internships is indee ...... Read More

If a Jamaican were to design the new parliament building…
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has already given his commitment to maximise Jamaican involvement in the construction of the proposed parliament build ...... Read More

A time for national unity
The generation from which new People’s National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips springs remembers well the hopes and dreams of a youn ...... Read More

AUTO

Traffic changes on Mandela Highway next week

THE National Works Agency (NWA) says there are going to be changes to the flow of traffic along Mandela Highway starting on Sunday. A release from the agency said a detour will be in effect near t ... Read More

Young cop killed in Clarendon crash
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Twenty-eight-year-old police constable, Jamie Robinson, lost his life in a motor vehicle accident on Thursday. ...... Read More

LIGHTS OUT
The Island Traffic Authority (ITA) says it will be intensifying activities against drivers who continue to operate vehicles with illegal lights. Th ...... Read More

Karting season begins
THE 2017 karting season gets the green light at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston on Sunday. The meet is slated to begin at 10:00 ...... Read More

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