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Forex: J$126.85 to one US dollar5:20 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Wednesday, November 14 ended trading at J$126.85 up by eight cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading...... Read More

Montague wants lower interest rates, insurance premiums for PPV operators5:00 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Transport and Mining, Robert Montague, today appealed to several stakeholders in the financial sector, including banks, credit unions and...... Read More

UK's May wins cabinet backing for Brexit deal 4:56 pm
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May won the support of her bitterly divided cabinet on Wednesday for a draft divorce deal with the European...... Read More

Child protection agency supporting victims of St James fatal crash 4:53 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) says a team of first responders have been providing counselling support to the families of the...... Read More

IMF official appointed chief fiscal advisor to finance minister 4:22 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service today announced that International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Secretary Calvin McDonald has been...... Read More

Firearm, ammo found on rooftop in Constant Spring 4:14 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Lawmen reportedly found a Glock pistol and several rounds of ammunition on the rooftop of a house on Park Lane in Constant Spring this...... Read More

Gas prices down $2.93, diesel down $1.903:54 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in the price of gasoline and diesel, effective Thursday November 15, according to the latest ex-refinery...... Read More


Finance minister appoints IMF expert as chief fiscal advisor

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke yesterday announced that Calvin McDonald has joined the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service as chief fiscal advisor to the... Read More

$7-m theft forces closure of financial service centre
THE closure of Grace Kennedy Financial Service Centre (FSC) on King Street in downtown Kingston, after thieves broke in and stole approximately $7 million, has left...... Read More

'Enough is enough'
GRANGE HILL, Westmoreland — Over 200 teachers and students of Grange Hill High School, members of Grange Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church and community members...... Read More

New JDF aerial fleet a commitment to security, says PM
The Government yesterday commissioned into service a new surveillance aircraft, two of nine Bell 429 helicopters, and a maritime patrol aircraft hangar, an investment...... Read More


Semi-finalists battle for places in Ben Francis KO final

CLARENDON PARK, Clarendon — There will be at least one first-time Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) Ben Francis Knockout finalist after today's... Read More

Alliance Buccaneer Golf Tournament tees off this Saturday
The 23rd staging of the Alliance Buccaneer Memorial Golf Tournament Alliance's 10th -consecutive year of sponsorship will take place this Saturday and...... Read More

Duckie has mixed feelings about loss to Arnett Gardens
“It's always mixed feelings in everything. In everything there is always positive and there is always negative. What I have always maintained is that everything...... Read More

Local scorers benefit from two-day workshop with regional scoring giant from CWI
Fifteen scorers from local clubs and parish associations expanded their skills courtesy of a two-day training seminar organised by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA)...... Read More


Sterling's stock split takes effect Nov 27

Sterling Investments Limited (SIL), an investment holding company managed by Sterling Asset Management, has announced that the record date of the 5:1... Read More

Energy drives US consumer prices to 9-month high in October
Washington, United States (AFP) — US consumer inflation got a bump in October, as prices for gasoline and electricity shot up, rising along with...... Read More

Global stocks battered as markets face more uncertainty
New York , United States (AFP) — Another day of bad news buffeted global equities on Wednesday, sending major indices lower in Asia, Europe and...... Read More

Heritage tourism on new path in Falmouth
IN the Jamaican tourism business the term “real Jamaica” is a common one. Tourists visiting the island express the desire for an authentic Jamaican...... Read More


The Priest from Ballard's Valley

This is the 70th year since the Empire Windrush docked in the United Kingdom carrying hundreds of West Indians seeking work to bolster that country's war-torn economy. Most... Read More

NDTC, 'Stella' to get Keys to City
IN recognition of its cultural contribution to Jamaica, the Kingston and St Andrew Muncipal Corporation's (KSAMC) council unanimously approved a resolution for the...... Read More

Chino plans Ja comeback 2019
Not much has been heard about singjay Chino McGregor in Jamaica recently. However, when the Jamaica Observer caught up with him backstage at the Grace Jamaican Jerk...... Read More

Francophone film fest shares culture
Specially invited guests were given a glimpse of what to expect at this year's Francophone Film Festival, with a screening of Swagger at the Embassy of France in St...... Read More


Law and ethics: Natural or unnatural bedfellows?

Prompted by the protracted debate about the buggery law, gruesome murders, abortion, corruption, the ganja industry, etc, I wish to highlight a dilemma that all free societies... Read More

A huge sigh of relief in American midterm elections
The results of the US midterm elections are now in, with the recounts of the governor's and Senate race now underway. Those who lost are licking their wounds or are filing...... Read More

The transformation in West Indies Cricket
An edited version of the keynote address delivered by Cricket West Indies President Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron on Saturday, October 6, 2018 on his being inducted...... Read More

Some voters put prejudice before their own interests in US midterms
The 2018 midterm elections in America proved that some voters lack the political consciousness to make choices to benefit themselves, let alone the country. The...... Read More


Negril welcomes US$2.7-m private hospital private hospital

NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Members of the Negril community have welcomed the planned construction of the US$2.7-million Omega Medical Ambulatory Care Centre in the... Read More

Desperate MBU seek first win at home against Waterhouse in RSPL
TUCKER, St James — Montego Bay United are hoping to snap a six-game winless run when they host Waterhouse FC at WesPow Park on Sunday as the first round of the...... Read More

Different Strokes goes 'Yardie Style'
NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Promoters of Negril's signature retro party series, the Charley's JB Overproof Rum-sponsored Different Strokes, has dubbed Saturday's...... Read More

CATHERINE HALL, St James — “Relief,” was the first word from Cornwall College's striker Aiden Jokomba after his double on Saturday night to lead his...... Read More


Is Jamaica ready to give paternity leave?

Based on the views expressed by some Jamaicans in this newspaper yesterday, the planned consultation on paternity leave, and the expected subsequent debates on this issue,... Read More

CCJ — an idea whose time has not yet come
KEEN observers of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) would have felt a sense of gratitude to former Prime Minister Bruce Golding for his very studious assessment of...... Read More

The building of a leader
People evolve into leaders in curious ways.... Read More

100 years after World War I we are living in interesting times
As the Western world marks Armistice Day today, 100 years after the end of World War I, we are drawn to two very telling quotes.... Read More


Child Road Safety effort

Earl Jarrett (centre), director of the JN Foundation, presents Prime Minister Andrew Holness with a copy of the Child Road Safety Assessment Report, commissioned by the JN... Read More

Back Pasture to Brown's Hall main road to be rehabilitated
THE Back Pasture to Brown's Hall main road in St Catherine is to be rehabilitated at a cost of $98 million.... Read More

Deadline for Three Miles bypass pushed back
THE timeline for the completion of the US$1-million road to bypass Portia Simpson Miller Square, more popularly known as Three Miles, has been...... Read More

The legend Returns
In 1997 when Honda brought the Type R treatment down to mere mortals with the EK9 Civic, it created a very different driving aesthetic to their...... Read More


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