GLASGOW, Scotland — On a cool Glasgow night in front of a capacity Hampden Park crowd, something amazing happened. Not that it has never been done before, but every time it happens, it trigge ...


THE Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) has launched its revamped Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme aimed at protecting the country's borders and revenue. Part of the World Customs Organisation ...

JCA launches EOP

THE Government yesterday tabled a bill to streamline and transform the present public procurement regime, including its legal and regulatory framework. In a statement to the House of Representative ...

New procurement policy

The Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) has inked a US$50-million deal with Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) that will grant JMA members easier access to foreign exchange. Under th ...


PAYMASTER Jamaica Limited yesterday relaunched its Loyalty Rewards Programme, offering members up to $1.5 million in benefits which company CEO Audrey Marks said was a major upgrade. Members of the ...

Paymaster Shield

REUSING wastewater might not be able to alleviate the current crisis of water shortage and raging bush fires brought on by the prolonged dry spell being experienced across the island, but biochemist ...

‘Let’s use wastewater'


Gas price up 42 cents, diesel $1.58  5:35 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see higher prices at the pumps tomorrow, July 31 with an increase in Petrojam’s ex-refinery costs. 87- and 90-octane gasoline will be sold for $125.48 and $127.14 per litre, respectively, up by 42 cents each. Automotive diesel fuel will be sold for $127.00 per litre after an increase of $1.58, while ultra-low sulphur diesel is up by $1.53, and will be sold for $132.48 per litre. Meanwhile, kerosene oil increased in price by $1.86 and will be sol ... Read More

FOREX: $112.79 to one US dollar  5:12 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica —The US dollar on Wednesday, July 30, ended trading at J$112.79 down four cents ...... Read More

Sales spike for Chronixx after Tonight Show  4:56 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- One week after performing on NBC’sTonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, reggae sing ...... Read More

Jamaica’s McLaughlin, Calvert, Henry-Robinson progress to women’s 200m semi finals  4:16 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s Anneisha McLaughlin, Schillonie Calvert and Samatha Henry-Robinson ...... Read More

Contract dispute delays Big Bang Theory production  3:48 PM
NEW YORK (AP) — Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed because of a ...... Read More


There is no shortage of food, says minister

ACTING Minister of Agriculture Derrick Kellier says there is no shortage of food on the island, despite the drought the country has been facing over the last couple of months. Kellier, who was addr ... Read More

Central Village Health Centre to be upgraded
Improvement work is to be undertaken at the Central Village Health Centre, in St Catherine. This follows a visit to the facility on Monday by Minis ...... Read More

You are allowed to have multiple visas
Q: Can a person hold multiple visas? For example, if one is the holder of a B1/B2 visitor's visa and that person gets married to a US citizen and st ...... Read More

PHOTOS: Other Jamaicans competing at the Commonwealth Games
1 - Jamaica's Richard Barnes blows a kiss and waves to adoring fans during the Cross Country Mountain Bike competition at the Commonwealth Games yes ...... Read More


UPDATE: Bolt in row with British newspaper

GLASGOW, Scotland (CMC) -- A row has broken out in Glasgow over comments a newspaper claimed were made by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to describe the Commonwealth Games currently underway here. Th ... Read More

Prince Edward Jamaica Observer reader
GLASGOW, Scotland — The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, says he is very aware of the Jamaica Observer newspaper and that he reads it online. ...... Read More

Sunshine Girls take aim at New Zealand
GLASGOW, Scotland — Jamaica's netballers, already assured of a semi-final spot at the Commonwealth Games, will today take on world number two ...... Read More

Black, Green & Gold Rush
GLASGOW, Scotland — On a cool Glasgow night in front of a capacity Hampden Park crowd, something amazing happened. Not that it has never been ...... Read More


Commonwealth buying local merchant bank

NEW York-based Commonwealth Partners (CWP) has inked a deal to buy a majority stake in local merchant bank, MF&G Trust Finance Limited. The recently formed private equity firm, which is led by ... Read More

Paymaster relaunches improved Loyalty Rewards Programme
PAYMASTER Jamaica Limited yesterday relaunched its Loyalty Rewards Programme, offering members up to $1.5 million in benefits which company CEO Audr ...... Read More

Jamaica can earn big money from animation
The World Bank thinks the local animation industry can grow to US$69 million ($7.7 billion) in value in five years. As such, it is investing million ...... Read More

JMA/JNBS open FX window for businesses
The Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) has inked a US$50-million deal with Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) that will grant JMA memb ...... Read More


Sales spike for Chronixx after Tonight Show

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- One week after performing on NBC’sTonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, reggae singer Chronixx experienced a sales boost for his EP Dread & Terrible and the song Here Comes T ... Read More

Ailey II for Jamaica show
AILEY II, the adjunct dance troupe of the world-famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from the United States, is scheduled to perform here in Ja ...... Read More

'Wonderful, but frightening'
REGGAE star on-the-rise Chronixx is still the subject of conversation following his performances on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon l ...... Read More

Spice ready for Dream Live
DREAM Live — the performance event during the week of parties — returns to Smirnoff Dream Weekend, set for Negril from August 1-6. ...... Read More


WOMEN CONFESS: About that 40 year old male virgin...

WHILE the Bible has established that sex before and outside marriage is a sin, it would seem, from the views of women All Woman interviewed, that an even greater sin is a man over 35 who is still an ... Read More

Sue-Ann Gregg The Make-up Girl
IN just under three years, Sue-Ann Gregg has accumulated a résumé and reputation that make-up artists who are her senior work for in a ...... Read More

Separated and unhappy because divorce is costly
GETTING married is easy: You can choose a church and go elaborate and expensive, or you can save money by simply getting an officiant and a couple ...... Read More

Her DEEPEST fantasies
MANY women have sexual fantasies that they conceal from their serious partners; and while some don't go beyond the daydreaming stage, others find wa ...... Read More


Protectionism is dead. Long live protectionism!

IF you follow the news, you will hear regularly various treaties — GATT's Uruguay Round, NAFTA, CAFTA, TPP — described as "Free Trade Agreements", whose purpose is to "reduce trade bar ... Read More

Engaged scholarship needed for Ja's growth and development
IS there lack of relevance or is there real contribution to the growth and development of Jamaica by the tertiary institutions? In general, one can ...... Read More

God is speaking to our nation in the drought
"If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season and the ground will yield its crops and the tree ...... Read More

What does it mean to be Jamaican?
MANY of us, at home or abroad, have a love-hate relationship with our country. The love part is about the richness of our natural resources and th ...... Read More


Staff honoured for long service at Savanna-la-Mar Hospital

Eight medical and non-medical employees of the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital in Westmoreland have been honoured for long service and leadership. The awardees were presented with commem ... Read More

Nine rural schools to be upgraded
SOME $160 million has been allocated to undertake expansion and rehabilitation works at nine schools in rural Jamaica, ahead of the 2014/15 academ ...... Read More

Manchester farmers graduate from agro-business programme
CHUDLEIGH, Manchester — One hundred and sixty-nine registered farmers in Manchester were recent graduates of a four-month Agro-Business Tech ...... Read More

South central Jamaica crying out for water
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — In St Elizabeth the drought is so intense, member of Parliament for the parish's south east, Richard Parchment, wants ...... Read More


Japan not leaving it all to China in the Caribbean

NOWADAYS China is talked about as the economic superpower challenging the United States for dominance in the world economy. It seems incredulous now that in the 1970s and 80s Japan was talked abou ... Read More

The Hon Raymond Chang: A loss we'll not soon overcome
AN article in the January 7, 2011 edition of the Toronto Star probably best captured the essence of Mr Raymond Chang's life. Aptly headlined 'R ...... Read More

Do more than talk, Mr Green
Highly educated and, we suspect, very well read, Mr Floyd Green will know that the political ideals and principles advocated by him in yesterd ...... Read More

Taking our honorary consuls for granted
The loss of Jamaica's former honorary consul to Atlanta and prominent attorney Mr Vin Martin, who died on July 23 after a long illness, has prompt ...... Read More


Hyundai recalls 883,000 Sonata motorcars

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers. The recall covers 883,000 cars from the 2011 through 2014 model years. The Kor ... Read More

Nissan expands recall prompted by faulty air bag
NEW YORK (AP) — Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto i ...... Read More

Honda's quarterly profit surges
TOKYO (AP) — Honda's quarterly profit surged nearly 20 per cent on demand for remodelled cars in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. The Japanese a ...... Read More

Nissan profit rises on strong sales, cheap yen
TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's quarterly profit rose nearly 37 per cent, helped by a favourable exchange rate and healthy sales in North America and Chi ...... Read More


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