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If the Negril breakwater project fails to get off the ground, Jamaica's third-largest tourist resort area will continue to lose one metre of its famous beach each year, according to officials of the ...

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Three firefighters were yesterday injured after their fire truck ran off Spanish Town Road and overturned near Kingston Industrial Agency Ltd (KIA) in St Andrew. The firefighters were returning ...

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AS the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) moves closer to the 6,480 signatures it needs to go ahead with expanding the boundaries of the Portmore municipality, attorney-at-law Shane Dalling says his ...

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  ROSE HALL, St James — A 2015 date announced previously for the island’s television stations to switch over from analogue to digital broadcast has been shifted for at least another t ...

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The University of Technology's upset win over the Usain Bolt-led Racers Lions in the clubs/institution's 4x100m relay at Saturday's 39th Gibson McCook Relays has reaped big rewards for the teams. ...

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WITH the curtains down on Reggae Month, Charles Campbell -- executive director of Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) -- is satisfied with this year's staging. "Well, there's always room f ...

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IMF delegation meets with new St Kitts PM 2:53 PM

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – A delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Tuesday held talks with Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, according to an official stat ... Read More

OBSERVER ONLINE Poll: Dave Cameron should not be re-elected as WICB President  2:47 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Seventy-three per cent of 2,111 respondents in a recent OBSERVER ON ...... Read More

Senior tax officer charged, to appear in court tomorrow    1:46 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica – A senior tax officer at the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) was ...... Read More

Delhi rapist blames victim for being out at night  1:34 PM
DELHI, India (AFP) – One of the men convicted of the gang-rape and murder of an Indian ...... Read More

Students march for peace  1:25 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Close to 500 students this morning staged a march through the country's c ...... Read More

FDA issues warning on men's testosterone drugs  1:14 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against the overu ...... Read More

J'can first to be listed as ‘wanted’ on Bermuda website  12:52 PM
HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) – A 46-year-old Jamaican man has become the first person to be ...... Read More

Jamaica strengthens greenhouse gas project  12:23 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The allocation of J$25 million in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expendit ...... Read More

NEWS

‘Cost of utilities a major challenge for businesses’

ROSE HALL, St James — Wayne Cummings, the senior director for administration and business processes at Sandals Resorts International, has cited the high cost of utilities as a major challeng ... Read More

Digital switchover not likely before 2018
  ROSE HALL, St James — A 2015 date announced previously for the island’s television stations to switch over from analogue to digital ...... Read More

EOJ now close to 6,480 signatures
AS the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) moves closer to the 6,480 signatures it needs to go ahead with expanding the boundaries of the Portmore mun ...... Read More

Firefighters injured as fire truck overturns
Three firefighters were yesterday injured after their fire truck ran off Spanish Town Road and overturned near Kingston Industrial Agency Ltd (KIA ...... Read More

SPORT

On target!

San Pedro Sula, Honduras -- Jamaica defeated Guatemala 2-1 in their Group A match of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, thanks to a late strike by substitute Donovan Dawkins at the Estadio ... Read More

C'Bar, Edwin Allen top at Gibson McCook Relays
The University of Technology's upset win over the Usain Bolt-led Racers Lions in the clubs/institution's 4x100m relay at Saturday's 39th Gibson Mc ...... Read More

Eight records tumble at Gibson McCook Relays
BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com Eight records including both long jump marks were broken and one equalled at last Satu ...... Read More

Monster Shack capture Spanish Town Guinness Street Football Challenge
Monster Shack got the ball rolling as they emerged parish champions of Spanish Town on the first stop of the Guinness Street Football Challenge a ...... Read More

BUSINESS

Gov't to borrow at least J$129 billion in 2015/16

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Fiscal Policy Paper (FPP) for 2015/16 says that central government's borrowing for financial year 2015/16, which begins on April 1, will amount to approximately J$129 billion ... Read More

Big increase in income tax, GCT revenue collection projected for 2015/16
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Government is banking on significant increases in both income tax and general consumption tax (GCT) next year, to boost its ...... Read More

Bill Gates still world's richest man, Forbes says
NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates kept his spot as the world's richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of t ...... Read More

GraceKennedy sees revenue growth despite Ja dollar depreciation
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The GraceKennedy Group says it has recorded revenues of J$77.97 billion for 2014, a J$10.71-billion or 15.9 per cent incre ...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Singer Charmayne Maxwell dies

GUYANA-BORN singer Charmayne 'Maxee' Maxwell, formerly of 1990s Rhythm and Blues group Brownstone, has died. She was 46. Maxwell was at a football match in Los Angeles Saturday when she fell. Her d ... Read More

JaRIA pleased
WITH the curtains down on Reggae Month, Charles Campbell -- executive director of Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) -- is satisfied with ...... Read More

Shepherd soothes the flock
  AT the Redbones Blues Cafe's recent Pre-Valentine show, Mickey Hanson and Friends, singer Andre Shepherd stole the spotlight. The 28-year-old ...... Read More

New tracks from Macka
  MACKA Diamond has been busy in the recording studios.This week she will be releasing No Money No Love (produced by Chase Mills) and Mi Want Yu, ...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

Annicia Gayle-Geddes: The change agent

SHE'S tenacious and purpose-driven and she's also helping to lead the charge for equal human rights for people with disabilities. An old girl of The Queen's School, Annicia Gayle-Geddes, 35, to ... Read More

Dumped, spurned, rejected by love
THOSE who have experienced it may tell you that nothing is more agonising than being rejected by a love interest. To be spurned after you have spent ...... Read More

Why 'missionary' is best
WHEN people speak about having safe sex, they're usually referring to protection from sexually transmitted diseases and infections by using condoms. ...... Read More

I want to change my child’s name
Dear Mrs Macaulay, About two years ago I came to Jamaica and did a DNA test to determine paternity of a child.  The results were in my favour.&n ...... Read More

COLUMNS

The doomed marriage of education and poverty

THE adage 'to be poor is a crime' is quite familiar to most of us. However, poverty is much more. It can be argued that poverty is a form of punishment that delays and stifles the full potential of ... Read More

Public policy or Solomon's wisdom?
The best strategist for the People's National Party (PNP) could not have crafted a better script to make the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) l ...... Read More

Make distinction between innovative firms and hustlers
It has been acknowledged by many political administrations globally that small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can contribute to economic growt ...... Read More

JLP needs to affirm the positives and heal
It is a new week, and we are hoping that Opposition Leader Andrew Holness has enjoyed a reflective weekend, and will review his decision to challenge ...... Read More

REGIONAL

Fear grips Steer Town

WITH crime, high unemployment and many other Challenges plaguing their community, residents of Steer Town have expressed delight at the implementation of the Integrated Community Development Projec ... Read More

Jayquan’s second chance!
MANDEVILLE, Manchester – Telling him not to play outside like other children his age is not the kind of advice that Shenelle Dillion wanted to ...... Read More

Adults attack grade three student at school
PARRY TOWN, St Ann — There are calls for security personnel to be placed at the Parry Town Primary School as well as for the school to be fenc ...... Read More

Montego Bay Free Zone marks 30 years
THE Montego Bay Free Zone (MBFZ), one of western Jamaica's most successful business facilitators, begins its 30th anniversary celebrations with a ch ...... Read More

EDITORIALS

The people must be central to downtown Kingston's revival

Fifty, 60 years ago, downtown Kingston was the place to be after dark. Those with money to spend had opportunity to do so at the many bars and clubs from the parade area, through East Queen Str ... Read More

No surprise in Mugabe’s continued display of poor judgement
We wish we could say we’re surprised at the lavish US$1-million birthday party thrown for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in that country o ...... Read More

Put US national security interest above partisan politics
The US House of Representatives Friday night averted a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by passing a one-week reprieve of the t ...... Read More

Student athlete transfers must be ethical and clean
THE evidence that sport can be a viable career option for the talented young is all around. We need only contemplate the success of celebrated ...... Read More

AUTO

Risky roads

JAMAICANS are far more likely to be killed in a road crash in this country than in any other. "You are nine times more likely to be killed in a road crash in Jamaica than you are in England," said ... Read More

RUBiS rolls out Ultra Shop
FRENCH-OWNED RUBiS Energy Jamaica launched its newest initiative, Ultra Shop, at the Gassan Azan-owned Waterloo Service Station in St Andrew, on Tue ...... Read More

Guyana invades Westmoreland
AS the opening round of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) takes shape this weekend at JamWest Speedway, Little London, ...... Read More

Cash for motor cars
AUTOMOTIVE giant ATL Automotive Limited is leading the way in car sales and marketing innovation with yet another ground-breaking initiative. The la ...... Read More

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