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O-Wrap: Aretha Franklin dies… Alleged gang leader killed… KSAMC to remove illegal signs7:00 pm

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Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain — study9:20 pm
NEW YORK, United States (AP) — If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you're trading one set of health problems for another. But a new US study finds...... Read More

CSEC pass rate increases for public school students8:20 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government has reported an increase in the pass rate for students in public schools who sat the compulsory subjects of Mathematics and English...... Read More

Gun handed over to police following dispute in Kingston 7:36 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A firearm along with several rounds of ammunition were handed over to the police, following an alleged dispute between two men at a residence on...... Read More

Meat-heavy low-carb diets can 'shorten lifespan' — study 7:13 pm
Paris, France (AFP) — Middle-aged people who get roughly half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with meat-heavy...... Read More

Economy grew by 1.8% April to June quarter — PIOJ 6:35 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) says the economy grew by an estimated 1.8 per cent for the April to June 2018 quarter, relative to the...... Read More

Forex: J$137.35 to one US dollar 5:48 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Thursday, August 16 ended trading at J$137.35 up by 15 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading...... Read More

Walker's Place of Safety to be rebuilt as state-of-the-art facility5:40 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, says the Walker's Place of Safety, which was destroyed by...... Read More

NEWS

Dump privatisation team should complete work in 14 months

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says the enterprise team charged with identifying an investor for the privatisation of the island's dumps should have its work completed... Read More

Cabinet changes coming
PRIME Minister Andrew Holness admitted yesterday that since the resignation of science and technology minister Dr Andrew Wheatley he has considered changes in his...... Read More

'Dispel this false notion that there is no security plan'
PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday dismissed repeated statements by the Opposition that his Administration does not have an effective crime plan in place, and has...... Read More

NWA working with cops, health dept to stop vandalism of traffic signals
THE National Works Agency (NWA) believes that a person of unsound mind might be responsible for acts of vandalism that have resulted in a number of traffic signals...... Read More

SPORT

Russell lauds Tallawahs all-round effort

Despite not starring with either bat or ball this time around, Jamaica Tallawahs Captain Andre Russell was still pleased, as he praised his team's all-round effort in a... Read More

Perfect Neighbour – Still sprightly, still a winner at age eight
Omar Walker used his strength and new-found confidence to pilot the eight-year-old Perfect Neighbour to a stirring victory in the top-rated Open Allowance event over...... Read More

Boyz in Grenada after circuitous travel through Caribbean
St George's , Grenada — Four debutants will be in Theodore Whitmore's 19-man squad set to face off against Grenada's senior team at 7:00 pm...... Read More

Man City sweat on De Bruyne after knee injury
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne could face a spell on the sidelines after injuring his right knee in training, the...... Read More

BUSINESS

JMMB profit up 56% for Q1

REGIONAL financial entity JMMB Group will launch its consumer finance line of business in Trinidad and Tobago later this year as well as increase its number of... Read More

Lasco pushes for greater share of food drink market
Cost controls and strong sales contributed to LASCO Manufacturing Limited (LASM) growth in net profit by 77 per cent for the first quarter of the...... Read More

Qatar promises US$15-B investment in Turkey — presidency
Ankara, Turkey (AFP) — Qatar on Wednesday promised to make a US$15-billion direct investment in Turkey, badly hit by a currency crisis amid a...... Read More

Tencent profits drop as China puts squeeze
HONG KONG (AFP) — China's Tencent reported a quarterly drop in net income Wednesday amid an apparent regulatory squeeze on the tech giant's online gaming...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Beenie Man says thanks

Beenie Man is pleased with the huge turnout of patrons to his Summer Sizzle Festival concert held at the Jamalco Sports Club in Clarendon last... Read More

KRTZ seeks to level it up
American rapper KRTZ (Karats) said she is inspired by Jamaican music, specifically dancehall.... Read More

NDTC founding member dead
Audley Butler, a founding member of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), is dead.... Read More

Donovan Dacres makes honours list
FOR many of a certain age, the name Donovan Dacres conjures memories of the now defunct JBC FM, especially the long-running show Float On.... Read More

COLUMNS

Who will catapult this country and people into 'the spring of hope'?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, Read More

A voice from the womb
From time to time the question of abortion has raised its head. So that there be no gloss on such a vital matter, it is indispensably necessary that...... Read More

Church's mission to increase, cure
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kingston Kenneth Richards celebrates 60 years of his birth today. Apart from giving thanks to God for his life so far, turning 60 means...... Read More

The RGD made no vow to the Church
A furore seems to be developing between sections of the Church and the Registrar General's Department (RGD) in the payment of fees to be a marriage officer in Jamaica. A bishop...... Read More

REGIONAL

Negril municipality push

NEGRIL, Westmoreland —Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, says Prime Minister Andrew Holness, has given him a directive to fast track discussions... Read More

St James Municipal Corporation to provide
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Mayor of Montego Bay and chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis is revealing that the corporation will be...... Read More

Inaugural Eaton's Jerk Fest delights patrons
HAGUE, Trelawny - The many patrons who turned out for the first staging of the Eaton's Jerk Festival were treated to good entertainment and a variety of food options,...... Read More

Gov't has no intention of making the SOE permanent in St James, says Dr Chang
CORAL GARDENS, St James - National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, has told residents in the Carol Gardens community, that Government has no intention of making the...... Read More

EDITORIALS

RGD, let's not begrudge the Church its little 'benefits'

The Church in Jamaica has not been a mere religious body concerned only with the spiritual element and a life of faith among its members. It is not by... Read More

Mr Whittington Cole must not die in vain
The horrific story in yesterday's Jamaica Observer about the fatal attack by dogs on a 66-year-old man as he walked in his community of Hampton Green,...... Read More

Is the PAAC safe in Dr Wykeham McNeill's hands?
Opposition Member of Parliament Dr Wykeham McNeill is doing a splendid job as chairman of the 54-year-old Public Administration and Appropriations...... Read More

NASA's mission to the Sun, important and amazing
Mr Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), probably...... Read More

AUTO

Mazda CX-3 heats up SUV market

THE compact crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) market is a highly competitive one as manufacturers release new models at alarming frequency to keep up with consumer... Read More

Kyle Gregg surges ahead
With two of circuit racing's top names — Doug Gore and David Summerbell Jr — missing from Monday's Jamaica Race Drivers' Club (JRDC)/Total...... Read More

Vernamfield's last hurrah
THE iconic Vernamfield will host its final drag meet on Sunday as the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) stages One Last Vernam, One Last...... Read More

The Boss's Sale ends tomorrow
The highly anticipated automotive sale event of the year, ATL Automotive's The Boss's Sale, ends tomorrow. The event started on...... Read More

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