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Deliver me, Lord Jesus Christ, from all my iniquities and from every evil, make me ever hold fast to thy commandments and never allow me to be separated from Thee. Amen. Read More

O-Wrap: 2 taxi drivers amass over 1,500 tickets... Taxi protests until Friday... Police seek power to access phone data7:00 pm
In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:... Read More

ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Data absent from the abortion debate10:03 pm
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B'dos announces tax breaks for businesses 9:48 pm
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Barbados Government today announced plans to provide a hefty reduction in corporation taxes for businesses and urged them to share the...... Read More

Antidepressant use rose after Brexit vote, data shows 9:31 pm
PARIS, France (AFP) — Antidepressant use in England rose significantly compared to other prescription drugs in the wake of Britain's decision in 2016 to exit the European...... Read More

Jamaica seeks world heritage status for reggae 9:07 pm
PARIS, France (AFP) — Jamaica is bidding to have reggae music admitted to a list of global cultural treasures worthy of protection, the UN's cultural agency UNESCO...... Read More

JC ousted as STGC and KC in Manning Cup final 8:42 pm
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JMEA head urges local manufacturers to explore markets in Haiti8:32 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (JMEA) President, Metry Seaga, is encouraging local manufacturers and exporters to explore untapped...... Read More


NWC to spend $4.5 b to tackle non-revenue water in Portmore, on north coast

THE National Water Commission (NWC) is slated to spend approximately $4.5 billion, during the next 18 months, to continue its non-revenue water reduction programme in sections... Read More

Police meet next week with Mandeville taxi operators
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — After demonstrating for most of the day, transport operators in this south central town returned to normal duties in late afternoon...... Read More

Game-changer: Gov't to revise on pension funds
FINANCE Minister Dr Nigel Clarke yesterday said that the Government will revise the investment limits placed on pension funds, a move that will make more than $20...... Read More

Local contractors for Yallahs to Port Antonio leg of highway
THE Government is contending that local contractors stand to benefit from US$85 million that has been earmarked for the Yallahs to Port Antonio leg of the south coast highway,...... Read More


JADCO hosts panel discussion at 2018 Senior Athletes Anti-Doping Education workshop

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) hosted a panel discussion at the fifth annual Senior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop, which was held a Jamaica... Read More

Semi-finalists battle for D'Cup final berths
CATHERINE HALL, St James — After almost a month's break, the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup football competition resumes today with semi-final action at Montego Bay Sports...... Read More

Shirley, Thomas star, but Y Speedos top Walter Lowi Swim Classic
AFTER a one-year-hiatus, the Aquatic Sports Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) Walter Lowi Memorial Swim Classic returned with a bang, as Jamaica's young sensations took to the...... Read More

Another Vigorous, Orpheus fancied for Overnight Allowance dash
ALTHOUGH the Joshua Morrison Memorial Cup is the feature race, it is an Overnight Allowance event divided into two sections that will highlight today's 10-race card at...... Read More


JPSCo director wants launch of national ethical campaign

MONTEGO BAY — Lamenting national losses of some 26.38 per cent at the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo), mostly from electricity theft, the light and power... Read More

Digicel may sell small assets — O'Brien
Telecoms company Digicel may consider selling some small assets in order to address its highly leveraged position. says founder and chairman Denis...... Read More

Stanley Motta earns $172 million in revenue for third quarter
Stanley Motta Ltd (SML), creator of 58 HWT — home to one of the largest business process outsourcing (BPO) facility in the English-speaking Caribbean — has...... Read More

Jamaica could be losing billions from bad paint jobs
Jamaica could be losing $50 billion annually in the destruction of structural assets and other losses from “bad paint jobs”, based on an...... Read More


Short Boss still has big dreams

Two years ago, and after a number of tries at the television talent search Digicel Rising Stars, Akeem “Short Boss” Smith marched home with the coveted... Read More

Vanessa Bling moves up Billboard chart
There are two Jamaican female acts in the Top 10 of the Billboard Reggae Album Chart this week. Vanessa Bling's EP, Still...... Read More

Scorpios' sting
When Scorpios come together, you know that a good time is in store, and so it was on November 16 when Kenstar and Erica staged Scorpio Lifestyle, the Gold and Black...... Read More

Ding Dong rocks Grace Jerk Fest
MUSIC and food were the winning combination at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida, on Sunday, November 11.... Read More


Holness's growing maturity an existential threat to the PNP

Anyone who has been watching the performance of Prime Minister Andrew Holness since his ascension to the post in 2016 should be impressed by his emerging maturity on the job. Read More

Inequalities in globalisation and liberalisation Ignoring the appeals of developing countries
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and other organisations have defined globalisation as the dynamic and multidimensional integration of global...... Read More

Consumers must be aware of the many forms of acetaminophen
An 11-year-old boy swallowed 30 acetaminophen tablets. He was sad because he had not been placed in the high school of his first choice after he...... Read More

Hope Gov't not disrespecting the intelligence of the J'can people
In a column published on Thursday, November 8, 2018 I highlighted the importance of transparency and inclusion in the handling of the affairs of the State and restated my...... Read More


Bennett welcomes plans for cricket centre in Middlesex

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth – President of the St Elizabeth Cricket Association Junior Bennett has welcomed plans... Read More

JPS pledges electricity stability for Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz , St Elizabeth — For years residents and business operators of this bustling south-central town have had to deal with the debilitating...... Read More

Thumbs up for Mandeville Art Fair
Mandeville , Manchester — The annual Mandeville Art Fair held recently over three days at the St John Bosco Auditorium in Hatfield, just west of...... Read More

Relief soon!
Mandeville , Manchester — Phase one of drainage work on Ward Avenue at the intersection with Perth Road, Caledonia Road and Manchester Road close...... Read More


Important that scientific research has access to funding

Tonight the country will give due recognition to local scientists at the National Medal for Science and Technology and Innovation Awards. Read More

All's well that ends well at Merl Grove High
The level of joy evident Saturday evening in Merl Grove High School's Karram Speid-Auditorium, Constant Spring Road, St Andrew, spoke volumes about human...... Read More

The prime minister's admirable approach
We dare to suggest that the speech by Jamaica's prime minister, Mr Andrew Holness, at the national conference of his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) at Independence Park...... Read More

Quality of education vs certification – a debate whose time has come
Jamaican society has become obsessed with certification because this is seen as the best route to securing employment and migration. The political...... Read More


Schools to get road safety ready

Eighteen schools across the island are to benefit from physical improvements to their school zones road infrastructure over the next... Read More

Elegance on show
It was an evening of elegance at the launch of the 2019 BMW X5 at ATL Automotive's state-of-the-art showroom on Lady Musgrave Road last...... Read More

BMW X5 sets bar higher
ATL Autobahn pulled out all the stops for the regional launch of the 2019 BMW X5 sports utility vehicle on the grounds of its state-of-the-art Lady...... 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


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