Jamaicans paid over $5 billion in non-immigrant visa fees to the United States Government last year, based upon a calculation of data provided by the US Embassy here. This comes at a time whe ...

Billion $ US visa spend

Major General Rocky Meade assumed command of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) yesterday and set the tone for his leadership in an address which displayed humility, strength, and deep commitment to th ...

Solid start

One of two girls who got injured in a horrific incident last November, that saw their brother being killed by a boulder, badly wants to go back to school. Shenelle Brown, aged eight, who lost ...

“I just want to go to school”

Come March 8 and 9, Jamaican lovers of dance are being promised ‘a performance of a lifetime’. Complexions Contemporary Ballet — the New York-based troupe helmed by Dwight Rhode ...

Complexions is coming

Kingston College (KC) and Hydel High had strong displays up to press time yesterday at the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic at Calabar High. KC, led by a splendid run by Ugandan Aryamanya Ro ...

Big shot

  SO introduces an all-male cast of contributing editors... ...There are few who would dispute that statement. But I dare to go further to say that style makes the world a better place. ...

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Weekly Round-up: Zika-related microcephaly?…Gunmen murder 2 children…FA Cup in Ja 9:00 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica — It was on Wednesday reported that Jamaica recorded its first ‘probable’ case of Zika virus-related microcephaly. Chief Medical Officer (CMO) D ... Read More

Brazil investigating dozens of suspected yellow fever cases   3:01 PM
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ONLINE POLL RESULTS: Gov’t did well in rejecting UK prison deal  2:44 PM
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Man killed, another injured as ice plant explodes in Guyana  2:30 PM
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — One man was killed and another injured when an explosion roc ...... Read More

$4M up for grabs in National Business Model Competition  2:01 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Entrepreneurial teams from four tertiary institutions will co ...... Read More

‘Montague a threat to national security’ — PNP Patriots  1:41 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People’s National Party (PNP) Patriots says National Secu ...... Read More

UPDATE: 60-y-o man dies as vehicle plunges into Rio Cobre  1:00 PM
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — The police have confirmed that one man died this morning after ...... Read More

Nigeria arrests 65 at pro-Trump rally  12:57 PM
  LAGOS, Nigeria |(AFP) - Police in Nigeria on Sunday said they had arrested 65 people at ...... Read More


Lawyer slams treatment of Jamaicans in Turks after teacher returns

The Jamaican teacher who was accused of child abuse in Turks and Caicos Islands returned to Jamaica yesterday after she was deported. But Gillian Mullings, the attorney for the accused, Suzette ... Read More

UPDATE: 60-y-o man dies as vehicle plunges into Rio Cobre
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — The police have confirmed that one man died this morning after the motor vehicle he was driving overturned in the Rio ...... Read More

Students’ Loan repayment system a headache for borrowers
Student borrowers breathed a sigh of relief when the Government announced the reducing balance method for calculating money owed to the State-run S ...... Read More

Bad roads anger people of Devon Pen
It has become the norm for residents of Devon Pen, South East St Mary to travel with extra pairs of shoes whenever they leave the community as a re ...... Read More


High hopes

The Jamaica Scorpions squad is one with an attacking mix that has a good chance to win the 2017 Regional Super50 tournament, according to skipper Nikita Miller. While much of the talk has centred ... Read More

Young prospects shine at McKenley/Wint Meet
Kingston College (KC) and Hydel High had strong displays up to press time yesterday at the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic at Calabar High. ...... Read More

Records tumble at Central Hurdles and Relays
With Kim Collins not showing up to defend his title, former Jamaican sprinter Andrew Fisher obliged by copping the men’s 60-metre dash in a r ...... Read More

Royal Vibes pips Timeforarms in tight feature at Caymanas
Jockey Jevvanne Erwin used his skill and confidence to drive home Royal Vibes by a neck over Timeforarms in a titanic tussle to the wire in the $780 ...... Read More


Supreme Court resumes hearing on compensation for Lasco/Medimpex

The Supreme Court is scheduled to resume hearing statements from witnesses for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer in the hypertension drug case involving Jamaican distributors Lasco and Medimpex tomorrow ... Read More

Conduent to shutter Amazon unit, redeploy workers
The Business Processing outsourcing (BPO) arm of Xerox International, a division which has been rebran ded Conduent, is set to send home or redeploy ...... Read More

JMMB focuses on ‘Her Wealth’
Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) aims to cement its place as the financial partner of choice for women with its newest product offering, JMMB Her ...... Read More

Association of Financial Professionals looking to expand in Jamaica
The Jamaica Association of Investment Professionals (JAIP) indicated this week that it is seeking to add to local membership 36 individuals with the ...... Read More


Rodigan’s reggae

For 40 years British broadcaster David Rodigan has been a champion of Jamaican music. Now the 65-year-old is getting set to release his autobiography covering his years in reggae. The book, My ... Read More

Complexions is coming
Come March 8 and 9, Jamaican lovers of dance are being promised ‘a performance of a lifetime’. Complexions Contemporary Ballet &mdash ...... Read More

Marley on wax
Vinyl, the most resurgent product in the music industry, makes its boldest reggae comeback through a new deal with Tuff Gong International Records ...... Read More

Red Rose for Gregory
The Gregory Isaacs Foundation will be hosting their first annual Red Rose for Gregory fund-raising event on Sunday, February 12, at the Constant Sp ...... Read More


Signs you are dating the wrong man

In the beginning of all relationships you’ll get the butterflies, and while this stage is indeed sweet, you should not ignore the signs that you could be dating a wolf in sheep’s clothi ... Read More

Before you press that record button…
Many couples have attempted to record their intimate moments as a means to “spice” up their bedroom tactics. Some have regretted it, ot ...... Read More

Should you judge him by how he treats his mother?
It has been said that how a man treats his mother is a direct reflection of how he will treat his woman or his wife. How true is this theory? Sean: ...... Read More

How important is religion in your relationship?
There is a famous Bible scripture that states that two cannot walk unless they agree, and this has proven to be correct in many cases. While it is ...... Read More


Edward Seaga helped build a nation

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it. — Henry Ford Last week Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga received the inaugural Consular Corps ... Read More

We will always remember Barack Obama
The straight line rang at 3:00 pm in the White House. The president reached over to answer. The ring was on a private line and only a few people had ...... Read More

Pastor, I am not into that, you know!
There is everything frightening about the spate of church-related, sex abuse cases in Jamaica involving teenage children — mostly girls. What& ...... Read More

Trump, trade and the Caribbean
Trade between the US and other countries of the world, particularly China, was a major plank of Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency. He ...... Read More


A diamond in the rough: Bernette Harvey’s story

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Ask any child what they want to be when they grow up. You are likely to hear “lawyer”, “doctor”, “pilot”, “astronaut”, ... Read More

Two hotels to be built in Trelawny
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has signed an agreement with representatives of the Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts to build two hot ...... Read More

Should the fountain in Sam Sharpe Square be removed?
Last week the National Works Agency (NWA) announced a raft of measures to ease the chronic traffic congestion in the resort city of Montego Bay. Inc ...... Read More

Obeah scammers
MONTEGO BAY, St James - Members of the Lottery Scam Task Force are reporting a new trend emerging among more and more scammers — practising ob ...... Read More


The scourge of indiscipline

No society or country can achieve social, political and economic development if there is not a predictable environment engendered when most people — regardless of class, level of education ... Read More

Wishing and hoping as U-17 Boyz look to Panama
Money may be the root of all evil, but it also makes the mare go, and money is obviously a dire need as the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) prep ...... Read More

It shouldn’t have to take Mr Cliff Hughes...
The image of the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) that emerged from an extensive interview w ...... Read More

Obeah statement shows security minister a desperate man
NationalSecurity Minister Robert Montague has invoked the shady practice of obeah to frighten criminals, demonstrating that he is a desperate ma ...... Read More



Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ATL Industrial Group Adam Stewart (centre) is a picture of joy after being presented with a plaque to mark the official opening of the BMW showroom in ... Read More

US$50-million investment
Ground was yesterday broken for a US$50-million complex in Kingston that will house a full-scale BMW/MINI international showroom and service centr ...... Read More

Hyundai Veloster changing the rules
THE 2017 Hyundai Veloster is a mix of sportiness and practicality. But yet, somehow, it manages to be its own thing. On the outside, the Veloster ...... Read More

BMW in high gear
THIS morning, the Adam Stewart-led ATL Automotive will break ground for construction of its state-of-the-art, stand-alone showroom on Lady Musgr ...... Read More


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