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Last Friday night when Sherine Perry-Howell realised that her husband had not returned home for the first time in their 10 years of marriage, her worst fear was that he had been robbed of his vehicl ...

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MANAGER for student services and development, placement and career services at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Dr Merritt Henry, says the number of people graduating from tertiary i ...

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High-demand skills not enough
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LUCEA, Hanover — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says it is time that the political system develops the courage to confront the culture (of crime) that has held the country down for far too lo ...

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Time to develop courage to confront crime
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The Philip Feanny-trained Campesino continued his recent victory charge with another impressive run, this time in the $1.2 million Graded Stakes Eileen Cliggott Memorial Cup feature last Saturda ...

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Two from two
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Lack of consistency in the batting is one area that Captain Nikita Miller wants to see improved within the Jamaica Scorpions set-up. He was pleased the team reached the final of the 2017 Regional ...

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Jamaica Biennial 2017 will be the largest in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s history. More than 160 works of art by more than 90 artists will be on exhibition at three different locations &m ...

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Big Biennial begins Sunday

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$385-m assistance for farmers affected by drought 1:12 PM

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NEWS

Some tertiary graduates lacking ‘soft skills’ for employment

ONE of Jamaica’s senior educators is lamenting that some secondary and tertiary students are leaving school without the requisite skills that will make them readily employable for emerging car ... Read More

Study: Apprenticeship programmes can increase growth, employment
AN Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study says apprenticeship programmes are major drivers of improved social and economic development across t ...... Read More

Police finally wearing body cameras
THE long-touted move to outfit police officers with body cameras is finally a reality. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) announced yesterday tha ...... Read More

Cops kill man in Black Land, another on South Camp Road
THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is probing the fatal shootings of two men in separate incidents in St Catherine and Kingston ...... Read More

SPORT

Miller heartened despite Super50 final flop

Jamaica Scorpions skipper Nikita Miller was heartened by the show from his team at this season’s Regional Super50 tournament despite the 59-run loss to Barbados Pride in the final on Saturday. ... Read More

Scorpions captain calls for batting consistency
Lack of consistency in the batting is one area that Captain Nikita Miller wants to see improved within the Jamaica Scorpions set-up. He was pleas ...... Read More

Two from two for Campesino
The Philip Feanny-trained Campesino continued his recent victory charge with another impressive run, this time in the $1.2 million Graded Stakes ...... Read More

Big wins in Grace Shield semi-finals
INNSWOOD, Papine, Wolmer’s, and St George’s College registered convincing wins as the semi-finals of the 2017 Inter-Secondary Schools S ...... Read More

BUSINESS

Lots for $29 million and views for free at new Widcombe Estate development

Developer Peter Rousseau is placing on the market property for which the developers have created tough rules for homeowners. Widcombe Estate, a 25-acre property, is described as the last big parc ... Read More

GK to add 20 agent banks
GraceKennedy group plans to add at least 20 First Global Bank branch networks across its Western Union locations in Jamaica later this year, using t ...... Read More

Post Office answers ring of alarm
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Montego Bay seeking greater investment
Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Jerry Butler will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural staging of Invest MoB ...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Ammoye’s happy about Sorry

ON February 7, nominations for Canada’s Juno Awards were announced and among the nominees for Reggae Recording of The Year, is Jamaican-born singer Ammoye. The artiste was born Shernette Amoy ... Read More

Big Biennial begins Sunday
Jamaica Biennial 2017 will be the largest in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s history. More than 160 works of art by more than 90 artists wil ...... Read More

Ibo Fire adjusts name
Reggae singer Ibo Fire has made a slight adjustment to the spelling of his name. He is now Ibo Fyah. “Ibo Fyah is all about positive and up ...... Read More

K Sling sends message to Heroes
“SLAVERY abolish now; slavery gone. Tell the heroes them we a carry on. Black people a rejoice like when a baby born” are a few lines ...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

Vows: Perfect Love

Eight years of courtship culminated on December 17, 2016 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral when chief investigator in the Office of the Contractor General Sashein Wright and Marc-Anthony Nikolai Chin, C ... Read More

Maureen Denton is home for good
MAUREEN Denton speaks of the Jamaica of her childhood with a smile in her eyes. She has fond memories of early life with her parents, five sisters ...... Read More

Is 40 the new 30 when it comes to childbearing?
A few weeks ago, 50-year-old Janet Jackson stole the spotlight when she announced the birth of her son. Fans heaped praises on her for her courage ...... Read More

Sophia Bryan - A woman on a mission
SOPHIA Bryan is a woman on a mission to empower entrepreneurs with knowledge that will put them in a more competitive position to build wealth and ...... Read More

COLUMNS

Mathematics education: A case for problem-solving

A country’s entire economy and growth revolves around different aspects of mathematics. The role of mathematics in national, regional and international developments has become more evident in ... Read More

Fight crime with science, not ‘sciance’
Jamaica continues to be punched into the corner by an unbridled crime monster. And, disturbingly, a still much-divided country based on partisan l ...... Read More

Jamaica’s getting well-tuned
Garfene Grandison posted a query in social media about the heavy traffic in the Corporate Area since the beginning of the year. My response was th ...... Read More

The real ‘Portia Effect’
Columnist Garfield Higgins — in his piece on former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in the Jamaica Observer’s The Agenda in yesterd ...... Read More

REGIONAL

Brown’s Town High wins police debate competition

IT was a proud moment for students and staff of the St Ann-based Brown’s Town High School last Wednesday when the debate team defeated St Mary High in the finals of the Area Two Police debate ... Read More

The Blue Lagoon: world-famous attraction
ONE of the most exquisite attractions in Jamaica, the Blue Lagoon in Portland has established itself as a haven for visitors seeking a relaxed day w ...... Read More

Stemming the crisis in kidney care
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Just before rushing out of a handover function at the Mandeville Regional Hospital on Thursday, a grateful kidney-ca ...... Read More

St Ann residents laud work of male nurse
PATIENTS treated at Ocho Rios Health Centre in St Ann have lauded male nurse Damar Uter for the level of professionalism he exercises at the facili ...... Read More

EDITORIALS

Sound advice indeed from Mr ‘Bill’ Gates

Amidst all the focus on America’s relationship with its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies, Microsoft co-founder, investor, author, and philanthropist Mr William “Bill&rdqu ... Read More

Health should be a major factor in assessing potential leaders
Advocates for “renewal” in the People’s National Party were mostly careful to avoid specific reference to the age of Oppositio ...... Read More

Lobbying against FATCA on Capitol Hill
The countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) are facing a major challenge of executing international payments as foreign banks reduce and/ ...... Read More

Good reasons to smile
Recent days have been pretty good for Jamaican cricket and football. Most readers will probably be aware that the Jamaica Scorpions, led by t ...... Read More

AUTO

ATL starts REV-olution

THIS year ATL Automotive Group celebrates 20 years of business in Jamaica. And to mark the occasion, the dealership is hosting the first- ever automotive lifestyle event, dubbed REV-olution, sch ... Read More

Gregg begins with a bang
Kyle Gregg was the big winner at the Drivers Rallysport Sprint #1 held on Sunday at Lydford Mines, St Ann, when he claimed victory in the overall c ...... Read More

Off-road pleasure
JEEP Jamaica and Jamaica Off Road Challenge (JORC) continue in their quest to fill the need for local 4x4-themed events. Recently the teams joine ...... Read More

Toyota Jamaica hosts art competition
TOYOTA Jamaica is inviting Jamaica’s youth to show off their creativity in the 2017 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. Under the theme ‘Dr ...... Read More

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