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Gov't looks to boost CSME access for Jamaicans

February 16, 2018

THE Government will be intensifying efforts for Jamaican skilled workers and businesses to have greater access to the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME). The position was outlined by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen as he delivered the Thron more

Murder accused tells cops armed men killed 6 family members

February 16, 2018

MICHAEL McLean, who is on trial for allegedly murdering six people in 2006, told police that he was present when the victims were killed and that he knew who murdered them. However, he denied any involvement. The St Thomas businessman, 50, via his c more

Tight budget

February 16, 2018

MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw yesterday tabled a tight $773-billion budget for 2018/19 with clear indications of increased focus on national security, tourism, education, health, and reducing the country's huge debt burden. more

We shed no tears for Jacob Zuma

February 16, 2018

Time has finally caught up with Mr Jacob Zuma, the scandal-tainted former head of the African National Congress (ANC) who on Wednesday was forced to step down as president of South Africa. His resignation was long in coming, but it is a credit to th more

Great sets a Red Rose for Gregory

February 16, 2018

Red Rose For Gregory, held on Valentine's Day at the Jamaica College Auditorium in St Andrew, saw quality performances from headline acts Kelly Price and Freddie McGregor. It lived to its theme of love, a fitting salute to Gregory Isaacs, in whose me more

Remove Malahoo Forte and Sir Patrick; pursue republic

February 16, 2018

Dear Editor, We have noted with great interest and concern the unfortunate 'acting chief justice' debacle that has created heightened conversation around our democracy, specifically the constitution, rule of law, separation of powers, accountability more

Original 'rude bwoys' The Slickers:

February 16, 2018

With February acknowledged as Reggae Month, the Jamaica Observer salutes some of the music's unsung heroes in this daily column.   Walking down the road With a ratchet in your waist Johhny you're too bad   You're just robbin' and stabbin' more

All set for Bacchanal tonight

February 16, 2018

The Bacchanal Jamaica season will begin with a bang as coming to the Mas Camp tomorrow, are the Miami Dream Team DJs and King Taj. They will be primed from the Trinidad experience to spin all the latest soca hits for Bacchanal Jamaica revellers. T more

Education minister meets Jamaican students studying in Cuba

February 16, 2018

EDUCATION Minister Senator Ruel Reid, on his recent visit to Cuba (February 12-14), met with 13 students who are currently studying at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), in Cuba. In congratulating them on their studies, Senator Reid used more

The ceremonial opening of Parliament

February 16, 2018

The ceremonial opening of Parliament, which marks the beginning of the 2018/2019 legislative year, took place at a joint meeting of the Senate and the House of Representatives at George William Gordon House yesterday. The opening featured the tradit more

This Day in History - February 16

February 16, 2018

Today is the 47th day of 2018. There are 318 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT 1959: Fidel Castro becomes premier of Cuba after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.   OTHER EVENTS 1804: US Marines slip into Tripoli harbour and burn US Navy more

PIOJ says nation has to focus on climate change mitigation

February 16, 2018

THE Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) says that the country will need to become more focused on efforts to implement climate change mitigation strategies to overcome critical supply side constraints to economic growth. According to PIOJ Director more

More suspects detained in Trinidad amid alleged terror threat

February 16, 2018

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago police say they have so far detained 13 people as investigations continue into the alleged terrorist plot to destabilise the Carnival celebrations that ended here on Tuesday night. “ more

Churches challenged to help make Jamaica 'Positively exceptional again'

February 16, 2018

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Seventh-day Adventists and the wider Christian community have been challenged to make Jamaica positively exceptional again by incorporating outreach programmes that reflect their stewardship responsibilities for all fac more

3-year-old girl latest murder victim in St Mary

February 16, 2018

ANNOTTO BAY, St Mary — The family of a three-year-old girl who was shot dead in Annotto Bay, St Mary, are still trying to come to terms with her gruesome murder. The child — Kalesia Matthews, who is also known as Pooka — was killed more

Bartlett expects Canadian arrivals to reach 5,000 by 2020

February 16, 2018

TOURISM Minister Edmund Bartlett says recently released figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) indicate that the country is on a growth trajectory from the Canadian market. “In 2017, the arrivals from Canada grew by 8.9 per cent with 405 more

Prime Minister Holness vs the judiciary

February 16, 2018

This is a fight we do not need, but our prime minister seems to have a penchant for self-harm. His heart is in the right place, but to talk loudly is not strength, nor is to make headlines: “I meant it!” Recall Andrew Holness played with more

More change: Lickle money, big money

February 16, 2018

THURSDAY morning: I'm ready to rush into the office to get started on the day's agenda. The column...calls... these are the sacrifices I undergo in order that you and I will be updated with people business — the good kind, not labrish! So, on t more

Sandals honours top agents at 16th STAR Awards

February 16, 2018

SANDALS Resorts International (SRI) honoured top travel agents in the SRI network during the glitzy 16th Annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition (STAR) Awards at the beautiful Beaches Turks & Caicos recently. A total of 300 travel agents and co more

Volunteerism at the heart of Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run success, says organiser

February 16, 2018

SAGICOR says volunteers have come out in full force to support the 20th anniversary staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, scheduled for Sunday, February 18. With a pool of over 300 Sagicor team member volunteers, as well as Sagicor scholars th more

Chief immigration lawyer charged with stealing immigrants' identities

February 16, 2018

WASHINGTON, USA (CMC) — The top lawyer for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field office in Seattle, Washington, has been charged with trying to steal the identities of seven people who were in immigration proceedings. The ICE chi more

Reparation movement shooting itself in the foot

February 16, 2018

Dear Editor, After participating in a discussion panel on reparation at the Institute of Jamaica recently, I am more convinced than ever that the reparation movement is a totally lost cause. However, while I must say that I was somewhat encouraged b more

Judicial independence and other fictions

February 16, 2018

Dear Editor, Public comments on the appointment of Justice Bryan Sykes as acting chief justice, and the subsequent historic summit of judges in Kingston on Monday, February 12, 2018, have hung on statements made by the prime minister at the swearing more

Omi for India

February 16, 2018

Jamaican reggae artiste OMI heads to India next week for three performance stops — Mumbai (February 23), Delhi (February 24) and Hyderabad (February 25). The 31-year-old, who hails from Clarendon, is best known for his chart-busting single Che more

Two records fall as Rusea's girls, Petersfield boys soar

February 16, 2018

CATHERINE HALL, St James — Defending girls champions Rusea's High and Petersfield boys strengthened their leads in their respective sections on yesterday's second and penultimate day of the County of Cornwall (COCAA) Digicel Western Championshi more



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