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THE Government is expected to make a pay increase offer to trade unions representing its employees when negotiations on a new three-year labour agreement start within two weeks. Minister without ...

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THE mid-morning murder of a man outside an apartment complex on the outskirts of New Kingston yesterday has triggered fear among residents and staff at businesses in the area. Detectives from t ...

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THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is probing yet another incident of fraud involving employees of the State-owned entity. Managing Director Colin Campbell told the Jamaica Observer yeste ...

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LUCEA, Hanover — THE Hanover Parish Council and other stakeholders in the parish officially launched a clean-up campaign on the weekend. Close to $2 million has been earmarked for the cam ...

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MONACO (AP) — Jamaican discus thrower Traves Smikle has received a two-year suspension for doping. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) says Smikle's ban will las ...

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Success is as sweet as the decadent pastry at Asia's Café. In its 10-month span, business is solid at the eatery inside York Pharmacy found along the super-busy Half-Way-Tree Road thoroughfar ...

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LATEST NEWS

Patterson says medical ganja essential for economic growth  9:53 AM

  KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Former Prime Minister P J Patterson has called for urgent implementation of legislation to facilitate the growth of Jamaica’s medical ganja industry. Patterson told Wednesday night’s unveiling of new ganja-based medical products by Medicanja Limited, regarded as Jamaica’s first medicinal marijuana company, that passing International Monetary Fund (IMF) tests will not be enough without economic growth. “I also know at this time, we realize the p ... Read More

Cop accused of stealing motor car has bail extended  9:14 AM
  KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A St Thomas police constable, who is accused of stealing a motor car that was ...... Read More

Ferguson hands over thermal sensors to Sangster Airport  8:54 AM
  KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson on Wednesday handed over two hand- ...... Read More

A look at marijuana laws in Jamaica, Latin America  8:27 AM
  (AP) — Here's a look at the status of marijuana laws in some countries in Latin America and ...... Read More

UK opens National Sperm Bank amid donor shortage  7:51 AM
  LONDON (AP) — Britain opened a National Sperm Bank on Thursday to help meet rising demand fo ...... Read More

NEWS

OCA wants 'financial abuse' recognised as domestic violence

THE Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) says that the concept of domestic violence should be expanded to include instances of "financial abuse". Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon-Harrison told ... Read More

Gov’t eyes pay increase offer for public sector workers
THE Government is expected to make a pay increase offer to trade unions representing its employees when negotiations on a new three-year labour ag ...... Read More

Daylight murder sparks fear
THE mid-morning murder of a man outside an apartment complex on the outskirts of New Kingston yesterday has triggered fear among residents and sta ...... Read More

Smarter Card fraud
THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is probing yet another incident of fraud involving employees of the State-owned entity. Managing Direc ...... Read More

SPORT

Ferreira urges young 'ballers to listen to their coaches

CHELSEA FC and Portugal footballing star Paulo Ferreira on his first visit to Jamaica spoke to the boys at the Digicel Kickstart Academy where he encouraged them to make the most of the opportunit ... Read More

Ziadie outguns opponents for Bernard Cridland Mem Tournament
Errol Ziadie opened the new Sporting Clay season on a winning note when he outgunned opponents at the annual Bernard Cridland Memorial Tournament at ...... Read More

Jamaican thrower Smikle gets 2-year doping sanction
MONACO (AP) — Jamaican discus thrower Traves Smikle has received a two-year suspension for doping. The International Association of Athle ...... Read More

Champs STETHS among D'Cup semi-final hopefuls
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and three former champions Glenmuir High, Dinthill ...... Read More

BUSINESS

Over 400 business owners for Brad Sugars seminars

MORE than 400 local business owners and leaders are set to benefit from interactions on November 13 and 14 with noted international business coach Brad Sugars, the chairman and founder of ActionCO ... Read More

Hinduja expands business in Jamaica; other BPO operators secure more space
  OUTSOURCING giant Hinduja Global Solutions has landed a contract to deliver voice-based customer care support by one of its largest healthcar ...... Read More

Cassava beer by March
LOCAL brewing company Red Stripe will be establishing its US$800,000 ($90.4 million) starch processing plant by January 2015. The facility will a ...... Read More

Smart Mobile expands; introduces phone insurance
LOCAL phone repair and accessory company, Smart Mobile Solutions, is looking to reduce the mobile expenditure of individuals by up to 78 per cent wit ...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

RUSSIAN GOES PLATINUM

PRODUCER Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston has earned a platinum plaque for his work on the reggaeton track Passion Whine. Released as a single in March, Passion Whine was recorded by Puerto Rican artis ... Read More

House of Cards actress is dead
NEW YORK, USA (AP) -- Actress Elizabeth Norment, who portrayed the secretary to Kevin Spacey's hard-driving politico Frank Underwood in the Netflix ...... Read More

John Holt gets defiant
In tribute to singer John Holt who died on October 20 in London, England, the Jamaica Observer presents 'Holt a Day', a daily feature leading up to ...... Read More

Elton calls Pope hero
Elton calls Pope hero NEW YORK, USA (AP) -- Elton John called Pope Francis my hero for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic churc ...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

Oh baby!

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Daymarys Gonzalez's first attempt to have a child ended with an ectopic pregnancy at age 31. She stopped trying to conceive after a miscarriage the following year. Now ... Read More

VIDEO: NFPB head warns women against delaying pregnancy
MORE professional Jamaican women are delaying pregnancy and making the choice to be single parents. This, according to National Family Planning Boa ...... Read More

Don't let these little things threaten your marriage
SOMETIMES the request for a separation or divorce may hit you like a ton of bricks, as you may not have seen the signs that anything was wrong in yo ...... Read More

How Michelle Watkis Robinson beat breast cancer
A trip to Texas in 2010 for a wedding ended up changing Michelle Watkis Robinson's life. She was conducting a random breast self-examination when ...... Read More

COLUMNS

I support the men-only KC Old Boys' dinner format

It would be most foolish for a Kingston College (KC) old boy to show up Saturday evening at the Grand Jamaica Ballroom of the Pegasus with his wife beside him because, according to the rules, the ... Read More

Through the eyes of the beholder
TODAY (October 30) is the 34th anniversary of the general election of 1980. The Jamaica Labour Party led by Edward Seaga had a landslide victory, ...... Read More

A doctor meets CHIKV
  MY recent severe illness with CHIKV has reinforced the old adage that "experience teaches wisdom". To say it was a life-transforming and humbl ...... Read More

The Asianisation to Jamaica
  RECENTLY, while travelling and shopping in some of Jamaica's major towns, it became shockingly clear that the cream of the nation's retail and ...... Read More

REGIONAL

Hanover family in pain

GREEN ISLAND, Hanover — PAIN continued to grip the family of 16-year-old Rusea's High School student Mauricia Parr even as the Hanover police prepare a file to be submitted to the Coroner's Co ... Read More

$2-million CHIKV clean-up programme launched in Hanover
LUCEA, Hanover — THE Hanover Parish Council and other stakeholders in the parish officially launched a clean-up campaign on the weekend. ...... Read More

PNP Central Westmoreland candidates unite at REC
KNOCKALVA, Hanover — THE candidates who contested the Peoples National Party's ( PNP) delegates' election last week to replace Roger Clarke as ...... Read More

12 detained, gun recovered in anti-lottery scam operation
MONTEGO BAY, St James — AN illegal weapon was reportedly recovered in Montego Bay during an operation Tuesday to bust people involved in the l ...... Read More

EDITORIALS

Why Minister Lisa Hanna cannot, must not, fail the youth!

This afternoon, Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna will launch, with our blessing, National Youth Month, which will be observed throughout the month of November. Let us immediately get on ... Read More

Talk isn't so cheap, but for sure, ignorance is expensive
  WE are sure that, by now, the very proactive information minister would have marshalled her staff to ferret out every bit of information possib ...... Read More

O Canada, we salute you for standing up to terrorists
There's great significance in the decision of the Canadian Government to reopen the grounds of Parliament Hill three days after a gunman shot dead a ...... Read More

Appalling conditions at GP demands urgent attention
The horrendous conditions described by inmates at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre and published in yesterday’s Sunday Observer mi ...... Read More

AUTO

Work to begin this week on Lady Musgrave, Montrose roads

THE National Works Agency (NWA) said work is to begin this week on Lady Musgrave Road and Montrose Road in St Andrew. Manager Communication and Customer Services at NWA Stephen Shaw said the r ... Read More

Bond's submarine for sale
ROGER Moore's submarine car from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) is for sale on eBay for a whopping US$1 million. With that price ...... Read More

Dover excitement
JAMAICA'S finest circuit racers went all-out for the last meet of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) at the Seaboard Marine/Total Lubricants Heroe ...... Read More

PHOTO FINISH - Fond farewell
As the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) racing season came to end at the Seaboard Marine Total Lubricants Heroes of Drift and Speed at Dover Raceway ...... Read More

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