St Mary South Eastern by-election November — source

WELL-placed Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) sources have confirmed that the St Mary South Eastern by-election to replace late People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament Dr Winston Green will be held in November. Read More

Few hiccups as schools reopen in western Jamaica
MONTEGO BAY, St James— Most of the nearly 700 students enrolled at Mount Salem Primary and Junior High School were yesterday early for classes in the community, which was on Friday declared the first zone of special operations (ZOSO).... Read More

Caribbean braces for passage of Hurricane Irma
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Irma grew into a powerful Category Four storm yesterday as it approached the north-eastern Caribbean and was forecast to begin buffeting the region today.... Read More

Intelligence, planning will determine next special zone, says PM
PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says the next zone of special operations will be declared based on careful intelligence and planning.... Read More

Passage of pension Bills delayed for Shaw to meet with trade unions

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, September, 5 2017    

MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw is to meet with representatives of the public sector trade unions on issues creating a prolonged delay in passing the public sector pension reform Bills in the Senate. Read More

Photo: Rural school bus service gets rolling

Tuesday, September, 5 2017    

The rural school bus service was rolled out as promised yesterday with six buses operating in Clarendon — two from Toll Gate, two from Lionel Town; and two from Old Harbour. The buses terminated at Denbigh, as seen here. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Read More

Spalding transport operators withdraw service

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, September, 5 2017    

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Public transport operators on the Spalding to Mandeville route yesterday parked their vehicles, inconveniencing students on the first day of the new school year. Read More

'Gunshots Every Day'

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, September, 5 2017    

CHILDREN at Effortville Primary School in Clarendon are accustomed to the sound of gunshots. They know when to run and they know where to run to.In fact, so common is the violence around them that they have had enough. Read More

Corporate Area schools off to good start

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter skyersj@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, September, 5 2017    

WITH the exception of a few late registrations and heavy traffic for some, the 2017/18 academic school year was off to a smooth start for many schools in the Corporate Area. Read More

PHOTO: See you later

Tuesday, September, 5 2017    

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Ting-A-Ling-A-Ling...

Tuesday, September, 5 2017    

YESTERDAY was the first day of the new academic year, and, from the looks of it, dapperly attired children and their parents are ready to take on any challenge thrown at them. To capture their September morning memories, Jamaica Observer photographers visited several parishes across the island;... Read More

Happy scholars

Tuesday, September, 5 2017    

Finance Minister Audley Shaw (centre) and executives of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) with some of the 190tertiary students who are beneficiaries of the BGLC's $9.5-million education fund for 2017-2018. The fund this year provides educationgrants to assist... Read More

New Fortress helps 32 get back to school

Tuesday, September, 5 2017    

NEW Fortress Energy, the company which is partnering with the Jamaica Public Service for the provision of natural gas, last week hosted its inaugural back-to-school treat for children living in Portland Bight, Halse Hall, and Cornpiece in Clarendon. Read More

This Day in History — September 5

Tuesday, September, 5 2017    

Today is the 248th day of 2017. There are 117 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT Read More

Online privacy,the near impossible feat

GILLIAN MURRAY | Tuesday, September, 5 2017    

In a world where everything is retrievable and accessible on the Internet, maintaining privacy is an ever-increasing threat and seems an impossible feat. Read More



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