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LEADING Jamaican political and medical figures and the senior Cuban envoy in Jamaica have welcomed yesterday's top global news story of efforts to normalise relations between the United States and ...

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PRIVATE Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) President Christopher Zacca has criticised Government senator and member of the embattled National Housing Trust (NHT) board, Lambert Brown, for his d ...

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THE positions of more than 200 employees of the Bernard Lodge sugar estate in St Catherine are to be made redundant this week, the Jamaica Observer has learnt. The redundancies were scheduled t ...

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — CO-CONVENOR of civil lobby group, Citizens' Action for Principles and Integrity (CAPI), Dennis Meadows, has called for the resignation of custos rotulorum of the parish ...

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CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) — Unbeaten centuries from AB de Villiers and captain Hashim Amla squashed a brief flicker of resistance from West Indies, as South Africa dominated the opening da ...

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MIN SAW, Myanmar (Reuters) -- Ka Lar Nar caught malaria for the sixth time when he was working away from home on his small farm in the jungle of south-eastern Myanmar but this time it was a lot hard ...

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Cop shot dead in Manchester 12:09 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A police constable was shot dead in Manchester around 11 tonight. The cop has been identified by a colleague as Orville Preadie, who is said to be in hi ... Read More

Neighbouring US states sue Colorado over ganja fallout  7:39 PM
LOS ANGELES, United States — Colorado's neighbours Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsui ...... Read More

Marketing companies promise to pass on gas price reduction to retailers  7:11 PM
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NEWS

Union irony

THE National Workers' Union (NWU), which for many years led several strikes in defence of hundreds of workers for wrongful dismissal, will now have to pay former assistant island supervisor Robert ... Read More

PHOTO: Mary's House
Mary's House, set up by Scotiabank to provide fun activities for children during the Christmas season, is a picture of beauty in Emancipation Park, ...... Read More

PM hands over 40 land titles to Clarendon residents
PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday handed over 40 land titles to residents from several communities in Clarendon at a ceremony held a ...... Read More

Cop shot dead in Manchester
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A police constable was shot dead in Manchester around 11 tonight. The cop has been identified by a colleague as Orville Pr ...... Read More

SPORT

Wisynco fuels Netball Jamaica with $5-m injection

NETBALL Jamaica's training and development programme has gained a significant boost with the announcement of a new partnership with Wisynco. With an investment valued at over $5 million in cas ... Read More

Amla, de Villiers blast tons as South Africa floor impotent Windies
CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) — Unbeaten centuries from AB de Villiers and captain Hashim Amla squashed a brief flicker of resistance from Wes ...... Read More

Nervous wait
CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) -- West Indies have been left sweating on the fitness of front-line fast bowler Kemar Roach after he pulled up with an ...... Read More

Ambrose cautions against writing off Windies
CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) - Bowling consultant Curtly Ambrose has cautioned pundits against writing off West Indies who started their three-matc ...... Read More

BUSINESS

Holiday Reality Check for Kids

It's often been said that the Christmas holiday period is best enjoyed by children (or those who are young at heart!) Most youngsters look forward to a visit from Santa Claus, who travels around t ... Read More

Forex: J$114.58 to one US dollar
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Thursday, December 18 ended trading at J$114.58, up 10 cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s da ...... Read More

Scotia moves to further reduce credit/debit card fraud
SCOTIABANK Jamaica will be implementing a security system to further minimise credit and debit card fraud within another 12 months. The CHIP/EM ...... Read More

Honey Bun's rum fruit cakes now available in UK's ASDA
HONEY Bun Ltd started selling its rum fruit cakes in the United Kingdom-based ASDA Groceries which supported the tripling of its exports year-to-d ...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Great showing at Ghetto Splash

THE Waterhouse Mini Stadium in Drewsland, St Andrew, was transformed into a musical kaleidoscope with the staging of the Shocking Vibes and Downsound Records' Ghetto Splash on Tuesday night. Th ... Read More

Saving the best for last
THE Behind the Scenes series held at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records on Constant Spring Road came to a thunderous end with a 'surgical' performanc ...... Read More

Jo-Ann Richards keeping it local
GOSPEL singer Jo-Ann Richards launched her latest music video, Notn no De, at Calvary Gospel Assembly in St Andrew, earlier this week. The single i ...... Read More

Bruce and Kris Jenner finalise divorce
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Court records show that Kris and Bruce Jenner have finalised their divorce, but they won't be officially single until March ...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

Church of England appoints first female bishop

LONDON, England (AP) — The Church of England yesterday named the first female bishop in its 500-year history, promoting saxophone-playing, soccer-loving vicar Libby Lane to bishop of Stockpo ... Read More

20,000 bras recalled in Japan due to injury fears
TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) — A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked ou ...... Read More

I'm unhappy: 300lbs and my knees hurt
Dear Donovan, I am frustrated and stressed out. I am six feet, two inches tall and desperately in need of help to lose weight. I currently weigh 30 ...... Read More

Managing the (unavoidable) Christmas rush
We say it every year. "I'm not gonna be in the Christmas rush." But, let's face it...right there, in the thick of things, is where we're gonna be. ...... Read More

COLUMNS

A bikini for the politician and Miss Facebook

IN the new dispensation, characters can be attacked and the anonymous can find followers. Nobody has to take responsibility for anything. It is a new time and a new world. One of the most intri ... Read More

Race, corporate cash may derail democracy
When white people or rich people fight watch, listen, learn. The rich are not like us. They run t'ings, and until Cabinets uplift the 93 per cent ...... Read More

Why an atheist like me absolutely adores Christmas
WITHOUT Christmas I would be empty at this time of the year. As a child, in the 1950s, I saw my father, now 94, as the man whom made Christmas com ...... Read More

Advent, Christmas and resolutions
ADVENT, like the word Maranatha, means "the Lord is coming". For Christians, the four weeks before Christmas is a time of preparation. And by this ...... Read More

REGIONAL

PM hands over 40 land titles to Clarendon residents

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday handed over 40 land titles to residents from several communities in Clarendon at a ceremony held at the Havannah Heights Community Centre in May Pen ... Read More

Bartlett fetes JLP senior citizens
KEMSHOT, St James - Over 50 senior citizens were feted by Member of Parliament for East Central St James Edmund Bartlett and his wife Carmen, during ...... Read More

MBU on revenge mission
TUCKER, St James - MONTEGO Bay United (MBU) will get the chance to avenge yet another defeat when they host Cavalier SC in the Red Stripe Premier L ...... Read More

Map Head carving out a niche in the dancehall
HAGUE, Trelawny - DERRICK Kerr, better known as 'Map Head', one of the top-flight selectors on the legendary Killamanjaro (Jaro) sound system, has b ...... Read More

EDITORIALS

Cuba and Jamaica give Moreno a grand opportunity

YESTERDAY, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno arrived in Jamaica. The IDB has become Jamaica's most important banker, so it is encouraging that this visit appears ... Read More

The miseducation of Senator Lambert Brown
JAMAICA, regrettably, does not get the full benefit of the intelligence and the vast experience of Senator Lambert Brown of trade union fame, possib ...... Read More

Updating Michael Manley's foreign policy legacy
Had he lived, Mr Michael Manley would have just turned 90 years old. Birthdays, even of those who have passed, prompt reflection on what they have ...... Read More

Thanks for task force report, but...
This newspaper is happy that the task force set up to probe the disastrous decision to abandon the West Indies cricket tour of India in Octobe ...... Read More

AUTO

Today is 'Pump Watch Day'

ENERGY Minister Phillip Paulwell has declared today 'Pump Watch Day', calling on consumers to closely monitor price movements at the island's petrol stations. Paulwell wants the consumers to ob ... Read More

PHOTO: Crash!
This truck and taxi collided at the Half-Way-Tree Road/Beechwood Avenue intersection in Kingston 5 on Tuesday night. The driver and passengers of th ...... Read More

Skunk Nation takes a stance
KINGSTON-BASED car club Skunk Nation will once again hold its annual charity event, Stancing for the Kidz, at the Mary Brown's Corner Texaco Gas Sta ...... Read More

Fatalities speed pass 300 mark
FOR a second consecutive year, the road fatalities speed pass the 300 mark. Toll currently stands at 303. According to Dr Lucien Jones, vice chair ...... Read More

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