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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Entertainer Vybz Kartel and his three co-convicts have filed appeals against their convictions and life sentences. The appeals were filed in the Court of Appeal downtown, ...

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has issued a statement on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) report regarding circumstances surrounding Veronica Campbell-Br ...

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ALPHA Boys' Home administrators yester-day made it clear that their decision to close the institution's residential programme was influenced by "many factors related to finance and personnel". Th ...

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Untruths hurt Alpha
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PROFESSOR Emeritus at the University of the West Indies (UWI), 76-year-old Mervyn Eustace Morris, was yesterday named Jamaica's first Poet Laureate since independence in 1962. According to the Na ...

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Mervyn Morris Poet Laureate
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POLICE in West Kingston were on high alert last night after gunmen engaged members of the security detail of member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie in the constituency. The incident happened outsi ...

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YOUNG people, aged 13 to 18, are invited to express their views on the issue of responsible Internet and social media usage by entering the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) video blog (vlog) comp ...

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Warner dismisses newspaper articles as part of TT Govt’s plot  6:47 PM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Former national security minister Austin ‘Jack’ Warner Wednesday dismissed as political, a newspaper article that the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) was seeking compensation from him over the purchase of the Centre of Excellence.. Media reports said that CONCACAF had filed three documents in the Trinidad and Tobago High Court challenging Warner’s rights to ownership of the Centre whi ... Read More

CONCACAF blocks Jack  6:42 PM
PORT OF SPAIN (Trinidad Express) -- CONCACAF is challenging Jack Warner’s claim to ownership of th ...... Read More

195 police recruits graduate  6:03 PM
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Constabulary Force increased its membership today, Wednesday, April ...... Read More

German media boss says he's scared of Google  5:34 PM
BERLIN (AP) -- The head of Germany's biggest media company says he is afraid of Google and wants the com ...... Read More

Forex: $109.85 to one US dollar  5:05 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar traded at an average $109.85 to one US dollar on Wednesday, Ap ...... Read More

NEWS

Decrease in police fatalities, INDECOM says

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says it has recorded a sharp decrease in security force-related fatalities for the first quarter of 2014. At the ... Read More

Workman dies in pipe-laying accident
A workman was killed and seven others injured when a pipeline they were repairing in Caymanas Estate, St Catherine suddenly exploded. The dead ma ...... Read More

Untruths hurt Alpha
ALPHA Boys' Home administrators yester-day made it clear that their decision to close the institution's residential programme was influenced by "man ...... Read More

McKenzie says attack on bodyguards 'frightening'
POLICE in West Kingston were on high alert last night after gunmen engaged members of the security detail of member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie i ...... Read More

SPORT

Deplorable!

LONDON, England (AP) — Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell Brown was cleared of doping because of blatant flaws in the test collection procedures and possible "environmental contamination" of ... Read More

Eltham knock out Wolmer’s to claim second schoolboy title
ELTHAM High School secured their second title of the season when they scored an emphatic 77-run win over Wolmer’s Boys in the final of the ISS ...... Read More

TT players confident of success at Cadet and Junior Champs in Cuba
A 17-member table tennis team left Jamaica on Monday for Cuba where players began their quest in the annual regional Cadet and Junior Table Tennis C ...... Read More

Miller relieved at victory over CCC
SPINNER Nikita Miller expressed relief after former winners Jamaica recovered to beat the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) by 59 runs on Monday ...... Read More

BUSINESS

JPS goes after $10-b annual return

JAMAICA Public Service Company (JPS) is hoping to clear US$94-million ($10.3 billion) profit a year should its proposed rate hike be approved. The light and power company applied to the Office of Ut ... Read More

Avoid charlatan accountants, says ICAJ
THE Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) warned businesses to avoid charlatan chartered accountants that offer cheaper but materiall ...... Read More

French to fill void for local chocolate
MEDIUM-SIZED coffee and cocoa farmer Averell French recently set up a chocolate manufacturing unit in Jamaica aimed at filling a void left by the st ...... Read More

Devaluation, paper costs hit AMG Packaging
AMG Packaging Paper Company reported a 50 per cent decline in second quarter profits, the corrugated box manufacturer's bottom line dragged down by ...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Hapilos awards off

SATURDAY'S 21st Hapilos Anniversary and Digital Awards has been postponed. The event was scheduled for the Chinese Benevolent Association of Jamaica Centre in St Andrew. No reason was given for the ... Read More

Predictions spot on
THEY did it. The actors got it right. In a poll conducted by the Jamaica Observer which asked other actors to predict who would go home with the Act ...... Read More

Dread and Terrible lie
ANTONIE Missir — producer of Chronixx's Dread and Terrible Tour French leg -- is dismissing rumours that the artiste was assaulted by security ...... Read More

Jah Reefa set to make mark
SINGJAY Jah Reefa is among a new generation of entertainers emerging from St Thomas. The up-and-coming artiste hopes to make his mark with the tra ...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

The ABCs of raising safe and healthy kids — part 2

Here is part two of a shortened version of an ABC list for raising healthy children, provided by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Part one was carried last Wednesday. Insta ... Read More

Identifying learning disabilities
The spectrum of learning disabilities is wide, and it's important to identify which particular one may be affecting your child so the proper treatme ...... Read More

Give me Liberty...
These Liberty Academy at the Priory students found the Observer's Learning Corner publication quite interesting when our photographer visited the in ...... Read More

Timeless SHOTS
Meet Kaylee Bright-eyed Kaylee Alcock says hi! Look who’s walking now! Say hello to new walker Athalia Barclay. (right) Meet ALex Alex ...... Read More

COLUMNS

The other side of the ganja gold coin

NOW that the euphoria accompanying legalisation of medical marijuana and decriminalisation of recreational cannabis in certain US States continues, it is appropriate to review the dangers accompanyi ... Read More

In an unequal world, we need inclusive growth
For a very long time, the rich have known to some extent how the poor around the world live. What's new in today's world is that the best-kept secr ...... Read More

10 things we should not be confused about — Part 2
THANKS to the Internet and being desk-bound, I read the newspapers and listen to Jamaican radio almost daily. In the discussions about our problems ...... Read More

Personal benefits the bane of Jamaican politics?
PORK barrel politics, nepotism, feeding at the public trough, cronyism, call it what you will: Every government participates in patronage. Believe ...... Read More

REGIONAL

Million-dollar problem

BUFF BAY, Portland — The family of Shereece White, the 21-year-old who was shot dead in Barbados on April 1, is now facing another dilemma: the inability to bring her body home for a proper bu ... Read More

Bridge to a better life
A project being undertaken by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is empowering several impoverished families in St Thomas and Portland to i ...... Read More

Dancing for health
WITH a large number of children worldwide developing lifestyle diseases, the St Mary Health Services in collaboration with the Health Education/Prom ...... Read More

URGENT!
COUNCILLOR for the Boscobel Division Fitzroy Wilson said nothing has yet been done to prevent a recurrence of the flooding in Boscobel, St Mary, wh ...... Read More

EDITORIALS

Chaos without change at the World Bank

THE appointment of Mr Jim Yong Kim by the United States Administration as president of the World Bank has come as a surprise because he is an academic with no financial expertise, no development pol ... Read More

‘Stupid idea of the year’ award to Minister Paulwell
'Stupid idea of the year' award to Minister Paulwell So, Mr Phillip Paulwell, the minister of energy, wants to reward the people who steal electri ...... Read More

Poor governance on show at Port Royal
COUNCILLOR Lorraine Dobson says she is "aware" that there is "a growing migration problem, in terms of squatting" in historic, world-famous Port R ...... Read More

Dr Norman Girvan, intellectual warrior
Jamaica, and indeed the Caribbean, has every reason to mourn the passing last week of Dr Norman Girvan, professor emeritus of the University of th ...... Read More

AUTO

Toyota Camry gets a top-to-bottom makeover

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation. The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled Wednesday at the New York Inter ... Read More

Bunting bats for revamp of ticket law
UNDER the new Road Traffic Bill provisions, late-paying traffic tickets holders may not have to go to court. Peter Bunting, Minister of National Se ...... Read More

Josimar Jackson is the Ultimate Honda Fan
"I'D never sell my Honda! It's a great car plus we have so much history together," said Josimar 'Jacko' Jackson. The 24-year-old UTech student is i ...... Read More

Two-day Dover meet
THE local circuit-racing season will open with two days of activities, the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) revealed at a press conference held at ...... Read More

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