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The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) easily retained the Greater Portmore North Division of the Portmore Municipal Council (PMC) yesterday and, in the process, regained control of th ...

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Opposition retains Portmore division
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The Government is hoping that it will finally get a buyer for the Orange Grove/Outameni estate in Trelawny. However, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation ...

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Outameni estate
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Some Irish potato farmers in Manchester say they are still trying to recover from the drought that affected the island in 2015 “I lost over $700,000 in Irish potato when the drought hit us. Rig ...

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Farmers appeal for help
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Triple jumper Shanieka Thomas was among a number of Olympians that produced creditable performances as the records were aplenty at The University of the West Indies (UWI) Invitational Meet at the ...

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Records aplenty
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The long-awaited and much-anticipated 107th staging of the prestigious Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships starts to ...

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It's on!
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Despite a return of female acts to the top of the Billboard Reggae Album chart, sales for the sisters are not good. The current number one on the chart is For The Lovers by Californian singer Te ...

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No love for sisters

LATEST NEWS

'Phillips heralds a hopeful future', Patriots welcome new PNP president 8:30 AM

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Jamaican mother of teen killed by white cop robbed of moral victory — US Congresswoman  8:00 AM
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O-WRAP: Murder at JUTC depot… Businessman allegedly forges Portia’s signature… Canada to legalise ganja  7:00 PM
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Grenada to introduce National Health Insurance  9:50 PM
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NEWS

Only 29 per cent vote in Portmore by-election

EXCEPT for outdoor agents garbed in party colours, yesterday’s by-election in the Greater Portmore North Division would have gone unnoticed even to the very residents living in that section of ... Read More

India willing to help develop Jamaican film industry
Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica Shri Sevala Naik yesterday expressed an interest in helping to develop the Jamaican film industry by offering sch ...... Read More

Water is on the way
Dear Editor, I regard as unfortunate the contents of the article ‘MP, we are human’ by your Staff Reporter Kimone Francis which appeare ...... Read More

Chamber of Commerce Director Emeritus Anthony Gomes dies
Director emeritus of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) and former Jamaica Observer columnist Anthony Gomes passed away on March 25 after ailing ...... Read More

SPORT

Franfield yes, but only just

It was expected to be romp. Instead, Franfield racing against a field consisting of one true opponent and others who were not supposed to be in his class still had to dig deep demonstrating all ... Read More

Let the show begin!
The long-awaited and much-anticipated 107th staging of the prestigious Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) GraceKennedy Boys’ ...... Read More

Records aplenty as Olympians strut stuff at UWI Invitational Meet
Triple jumper Shanieka Thomas was among a number of Olympians that produced creditable performances as the records were aplenty at The University ...... Read More

Photos: It’s on!
TAYLOR... Calabar High’s star favourite for 200m and 400m double DAVIS... tipped to give Edwin Allen High Class Two sprint double... Read More

BUSINESS

BPO sector boosts employment in the west

The business process outsourcing sector (BPO) is fast becoming the number one source of employment, next to tourism in western Jamaica. Mayor of Montego Bay, Homer Davis said the sector is now of ... Read More

Fishermen reaping the benefits of fish sanctuary
The Fishermen of Oracabessa Bay in St Mary are reaping the benefits of the locally established fish sanctuary, which has significantly increased the ...... Read More

David Smalling, a fast-rising star on Wall Street
“Considering the political climate, I think I should point out one thing that I think has been crucial to forming who I am, and I can relate ...... Read More

Change of thought over change of name process
Dear Claudienne: On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, I went to the Savanna-la-Mar branch of the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) to have a dee ...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Perfect blend at Mas Camp

THE sweet sounds of soca and hardcore dancehall music jostled for patrons’ attention at last Friday’s staging of Bacchanal Fridays held at Mas Camp in St Andrew. The event was dubbed ... Read More

No love for sisters
Despite a return of female acts to the top of the Billboard Reggae Album chart, sales for the sisters are not good. The current number one on th ...... Read More

Jamaica Youth Chorale’s musical odyssey
Jamaica Youth Chorale took its audience on a musical odyssey on Sunday during its second annual spring concert at the University Chapel at the Mona ...... Read More

Up to the challenge
Soca and the indigenous bouyon are dominant sounds in Eastern Caribbean countries like Dominica, but singer Challenger was always attracted to a mo ...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

Which professionals are best in bed?

SCIENTIFICALLY, the hypothesis that one can judge a man’s prowess in bed merely by his profession may be proven baseless, but still many women swear by this theory. In fact, there is a popul ... Read More

Ranking Lieutenant Colonel Dionne Smalling
SHE believes in not letting your circumstances determine your outcome. As a result, despite the challenges and obstacles she had to endure along th ...... Read More

Property matters
DEAR MRS MACAULAY, I am 25 years old. I have been in a relationship with my husband for the past four and half years, but we have only been married ...... Read More

Endometriosis from a man’s perspective
BACK in 2009 when illness struck Shauna Fuller, her then boyfriend Ricardo Clarke, now her husband, was devastated. Clarke told All Woman that he ...... Read More

COLUMNS

Holness, Shaw still need to apologise to Jamaicans

  The explanation given to the nation by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Finance Minister Audley Shaw regarding their use of funds from National Housing Trust (NHT) to back up the budget is an ... Read More

Navigating the realities of the teaching profession: Chronicles of a beginner — Part 2
In my last article, published on January 31, 2017, I discussed the realities of the teaching profession that caught me off guard and how I learned t ...... Read More

A futurist, a PM, a path for Jamaica
The address by futurist Edie Weiner, last Monday, gave us a thought-provoking context for the budget presentation by Prime Minister Andrew Holness t ...... Read More

Dealing with homelessness in Jamaica
Homelessness in Jamaica has become a chronic problem post-Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. The National Committee on Homelessness, in a 2012 report, regar ...... Read More

REGIONAL

Volunteerism is priceless, says educator

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Those who volunteer their services for the good of community and country have been hailed as “priceless” by retired educator Byron Farquharson. “V ... Read More

Schools and NGOs get $4.7-m Jamalco grant
Halse Hall, Clarendon — Twenty schools and community-based institutions received grants totalling J$4.7 million from the Noble Foundation an ...... Read More

Technical training for health staff in southern Jamaica
Mandeville, Manchester — The Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) in partnership with the Heart Trust/NTA has trained 14 staff members ...... Read More

Edwin ready
Frankfield, Clarendon — The battle for the boys title at the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association/GraceKennedy Boys’ & Girls&r ...... Read More

EDITORIALS

If a Jamaican were to design the new parliament building…

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has already given his commitment to maximise Jamaican involvement in the construction of the proposed parliament building at National Heroes’ Circle. We want to ... Read More

A time for national unity
The generation from which new People’s National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips springs remembers well the hopes and dreams of a youn ...... Read More

Lessons from the American Heath Care Bill defeat
Given the deep and historic economic, social and cultural ties that Jamaica has with the United States, this country has a vested interest in the su ...... Read More

Applause is in order
Mr Usain Bolt says he wants to say farewell to competitive sprinting on Jamaica soil with a 9.7-second clocking over 100 metres at the Jamaica Natio ...... Read More

AUTO

Young cop killed in Clarendon crash

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Twenty-eight-year-old police constable, Jamie Robinson, lost his life in a motor vehicle accident on Thursday. According to the police, about 6:30 pm the police ... Read More

LIGHTS OUT
The Island Traffic Authority (ITA) says it will be intensifying activities against drivers who continue to operate vehicles with illegal lights. Th ...... Read More

Karting season begins
THE 2017 karting season gets the green light at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston on Sunday. The meet is slated to begin at 10:00 ...... Read More

JUTC to double the experience
Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) commuter bonanza promotion, Big Bacchanal Double Day, is for Saturday, March 25. Double Day involves ...... Read More

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