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Police on front-line duty are increasingly declining to engage criminals as they fear being prosecuted by the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM), the Jamaica Observer was told yeste ...

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Superintendent of the Manchester Police Division Vendolyn Cameron-Powell says that she does not think that the policeman who was involved in a suspected suicide at ...

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Facing backlash over her support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Etana has apologised to Jamaicans for endorsing the controversial real estate billionaire. “My recent ...

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Etana takes it all back
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Chairman of Lasco Affiliated Companies, Lascelles Chin, says that an injunction granted to global pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, by the local Supreme Court in 2005 cost his company a 500 per cent gr ...

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Camperdown High and Jose Marti High played to a dour 1-1 draw in their Group F ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match at the Alpha Institute yesterday. Substitute Romario Ricketts gave Camperdown High ...

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  With its tufts of brown grass interspersed by patches of bare, parched earth, the football field at Wray & Nephew’s Spanish Town Road complex has certainly seen better days. But th ...

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Wastewater Plan

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — With the approach of Tropical Storm Matthew, Jamaica Public Service says it has activated its emergency operations to facilitate timely response to any ... Read More

Police say another escapee recaptured, six still at large  7:31 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Six of nine men who escaped custody from the Denham Town Police Lo ...... Read More

JCF, INDECOM to sign MoU to govern engagement  7:14 PM
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NEWS

MPs argue over backhoe purchase at House committee

THE usual routine sitting of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee was yesterday morning disrupted after St Thomas Western Member of Parliament (MP) James Robertson brought up a decad ... Read More

Police unease
Police on front-line duty are increasingly declining to engage criminals as they fear being prosecuted by the Independent Commission of Investigat ...... Read More

‘Suicidal’ cop not fit for policing, says superintendent
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Superintendent of the Manchester Police Division Vendolyn Cameron-Powell says that she does not think that the po ...... Read More

Bunting says Montague ‘not fully engaged’ with security portfolio
FORMER Minister of National Security and People’s National Party (PNP) spokesman for the portfolio, Peter Bunting, said yesterday that the rec ...... Read More

SPORT

Simpson’s three-timer lifts KC to 6th straight win

With leading goalscorer Rashawn Mackinson having an ordinary day, full-back Denilson Simpson feted himself to a three-timer, as Kingston College (KC) brushed aside St Mary’s College 5-0 in ... Read More

Jose Marti hold Camperdown in dour 1-1 result
Camperdown High and Jose Marti High played to a dour 1-1 draw in their Group F ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match at the Alpha Institute yesterday. ...... Read More

JOA says Gracekennedy helped maintain world-leading performance of athletes
The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) has described the support of the GraceKennedy Group for the athletes as unparalleled and essential. This is ...... Read More

‘There’s a lot I can offer the programme’ — Whitmore
MONTEGO BAY, St James — If offered the full-time job of coaching the Reggae Boyz, Theodore Whitmore, who was named to his third stint at the ...... Read More

BUSINESS

Customs predicts surplus of $8 billion for 2016/17

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is anticipating revenue of roughly $202 billion, or $8 billion above the target set by the Ministry of Finance for its 2016/2017 financial year. As the Gove ... Read More

Chin says Pfizer case injunction set back Lasco’s growth by 500%
Chairman of Lasco Affiliated Companies, Lascelles Chin, says that an injunction granted to global pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, by the local Suprem ...... Read More

Lack of competition in banking sector concerns IMF
Citing a lack of competition in the Jamaican banking sector, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is calling for the creation of a body to oversee ...... Read More

JWN invests US$1.2M in treatment system for Appleton Estate
Operator of Appleton Estate, J Wray & Nephew (JWN), says it has invested upwards of US$1.2 million in the implementation of a closed-loop sugar ...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Weary “Ninja” heads back to court

Ninjaman is scheduled to return to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on November 28. The entertainer, along with his son, Jahneil, is charged with the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson in Ma ... Read More

Etana takes it all back
Facing backlash over her support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Etana has apologised to Jamaicans for endorsing the controver ...... Read More

Gunter serves a bellyful of laughs
For almost 10 years, Rohan Gunter has kept fans in South Florida laughing with a distinct brand of Caribbean humour. He has also helped promote Jama ...... Read More

Reggae stars Pam Hall for library charity in Kenya
Eric Donaldson, Pam Hall, Half Pint and Leroy Sibbles are currently in Nairobi, Kenya for a charity show, funds from which will be used to build li ...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

Touchscreens may help toddlers develop better motor skills

A new UK study has found that toddlers who use touchscreens may show improved fine motor control abilities. The use of touchscreens has increased massively in recent years, with statistics sh ... Read More

A fabulous birthday celebration
Princess Shani-Kayle recently had her sixth birthday soiree. Here are some highlights.... Read More

Bedwetting basics
BEDWETTING is a nightmare for many families, as sometimes no amount of techniques shared between parents or from older relatives seems to fix the p ...... Read More

Picture perfect - September 28
Happy birthday Alexandria Noelle Chisholm celebrates her first birthday today, September 28. This dress that she’s pictured in is 10 years old ...... Read More

COLUMNS

The FBI and Ja’s struggle to tame the crime monster

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has decided to set up an office in Jamaica. This will be based at its embassy on Old Hope Road. This decision will not please everyone, and a ... Read More

Bitcoin? Nonsense!
It was in the media recently that an entity is trying to set up a Bitcoin exchange in Jamaica. I am astounded that any Jamaican authority would eve ...... Read More

Will the US debates change the course of the presidential elections?
  America’s political future is on a razor’s edge. At the time of writing the two political gladiators — Hillary Clinton and D ...... Read More

Climate change: myth or reality for Caribbean tourism?
Countries around the world are celebrating World Tourism Day under the theme ‘Tourism for all …Promoting universal accessibility&rsqu ...... Read More

REGIONAL

‘There’s a lot I can offer the programme’ — Whitmore

MONTEGO BAY, St James — If offered the full-time job of coaching the Reggae Boyz, Theodore Whitmore, who was named to his third stint at the helm to guide the team through their two games in ... Read More

St James, Dinthill, Garvey Maceo remain perfect
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Three former champions, St James High, Dinthill Technical and Garvey Maceo, extended their winning records to six str ...... Read More

4th Sandals Latin American Travel Agents Golf Tourney ends today
OCHO RIOS, Jamaica — After a very good nine-hole first day by golfers yesterday, Miguel Arthurs, general manager of the Sandals Golf and Coun ...... Read More

Clarendon College make it five-in-a-row
CHAPLETON, Clarendon — Clarendon College moved clear at the top of Zone H of the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition after winning the ...... Read More

EDITORIALS

‘This is a dark time; it is the festival of guns, the carnival of misery’

Guyanese writer Martin Carter said of Jamaica’s socio-economic situation in 1966: “This is a dark time. It is the season of oppression, dark metal and tears. It is the festival of guns ... Read More

Place more emphasis on intelligence-led policing
The crime treadmill has again been plugged in and Jamaica is once more walking a road that all decent and law-abiding citizens fear will lead to m ...... Read More

Robust national effort needed to tackle crime
The peaceful and tranquil parish of Portland was rocked last weekend by a brutal double murder which had residents and the country on a whole, shiv ...... Read More

A museum of African-American history at long last
Yesterday, United States President Barack Obama formally opened the National Museum of African History and Culture (NMAHC) in Washington, DC, al ...... Read More

AUTO

JUTC unleashes the Golden Dragon

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) on Saturday officially launched its new Golden Dragon buses, 35 of which were recently introduced to the bus company’s fleet. In a ceremony at the comp ... Read More

DRC finale on Sunday
Drivers Rallysport Club (DRC) will hold its third and final sprint of 2016 on Sunday in Bog Walk, St Catherine, starting at 11:00 am. “This ...... Read More

Tenth time’s a charm
THE 2017 Honda Civic is like an old friend. It’s been lurking in the background for years but a chance get together quickly reminds you why it ...... Read More

Henry calls for ACT-ION
Ministerof Transport and Mining Mike Henry believes the newly tabled version of the Road Traffic Act is the last and should be in place by year-end ...... Read More

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