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Weather forecast: Partly cloudy islandwide this morning9:00 am

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica is reporting that partly cloudy conditions are expected islandwide this morning. Read More

Prayer for the day 6:23 am
Heavenly father, I am your humble servant, I come before you today in need of hope. There are times when I fell helpless, there are...... Read More

O-Wrap: Athlete shot dead... Flash flood watches, warnings discontinued... JFJ cites case of police harassment7:01 pm
In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:... Read More

House to debate North St Catherine SOE extension tomorrow 9:56 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The House of Representatives today delayed voting on a resolution to extend the state of emergency (SOE) in St. Catherine North, after the Opposition...... Read More

Half-Way-Tree police seek help identifying two bodies 9:25 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Half Way Tree Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the bodies of two men who succumbed recently at separate locations in the...... Read More

Joseph out of India tour, Lewis books ticket 8:51 pm
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — Fitness concerns have forced Alzarri Joseph out of the upcoming Test tour of India, with the little known West Indies A seamer Shermon Lewis...... Read More

Gov't to build mental health centre at Maxfield Park Children's Home 8:32 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Government has earmarked lands located at the Maxfield Park Children's Home in Kingston for the construction of a therapy centre for wards...... Read More

TEF backs International Clean-Up Day8:23 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — International Coastal Cleanup Day, the event which is spearheaded annually by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), was celebrated last Saturday,...... Read More

NEWS

Totally false!

Daryl Vaz yesterday rejected as false a claim by Wisynco Group Chairman William Mahfood that the Government's decision to impose a ban on plastic bags and styrofoam “is a... Read More

Kartel juror gets new court date
LIVINGSTON Cain, the juror accused of bribing fellow jurors in the Vybz Kartel (Adidja Palmer) murder trial, yesterday had his bail extended and will return to the Kingston and...... Read More

'A nightmare that won't end'
NORTH CAROLINA, USA (AP) — Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials yesterday in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by high water days...... Read More

Ministry uncovers road licence scam
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Ministry of Transport and Mining has uncovered a scam in which unscrupulous individuals have been charging unsuspecting applicants up...... Read More

SPORT

Formidable Scorpions squad named but still notable absentees

The Jamaica Scorpions squad, including veteran stars Christopher Gayle and Jerome Taylor, has been named for next month's Regional Super50 cricket tournament to be... Read More

High-riding Frome face Green Island test today
GREEN ISLAND, Hanover —High-riding Frome Technical could face their first real test of the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup football season today when they take on Green...... Read More

ISKA boss gives Jamaica high mark in hosting of int'l tourney
ROSE HALL, St James — Jamaica scored another big hit as the host of a major international sporting championship, following last week's staging of the...... Read More

Tivoli thirst for more Premier League glory
It has been seven years since Tivoli Gardens last tasted victory in the Red Stripe Premier League.... Read More

BUSINESS

Walcott in China for World Economic Forum

Dr David Walcott will be attending the Annual Meeting of New Champions (ANMC) in Tianjin, China, which bills itself as the Summer Davos – hot off the heels of the... Read More

Xesus Johnston hangs up from Musson's telecoms companies
Xesus Johnston, who has been been invlved in the growth and development of the Musson Group/Facey Group telecommunications companies, will be leaving both firms...... Read More

Alex D-Great: A cook's tale of professional success
At only two years old, Alex D-Great was badly burnt on his head and forehead while in his parents' kitchen. Years later, at Bridgeport High school, when faced with...... Read More

Finance professionals vs modern-day slavery
SLAVERY may have ended in the 19th century or did it? There are currently more than 40 million people as modern-day slaves, according to the 2016 figures compiled by...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Wailing Souls back a yard

AS a member of the Wailing Souls, Lloyd “Bread” McDonald has toured the world countless times. But as the veteran group approaches its 50th anniversary, he... Read More

Garvey's stamp of approval
“It's like a stamp of approval from Marcus Garvey himself,” Ashe's artistic director Michael Holgate said about being given the Universal Negro Improvement...... Read More

Krysiwebb steps into the spotlight
Krysiwebb has made her name as a backing vocalist. Last year, she accompanied Anthony B to major reggae festivals throughout Europe, including Reggae Jam (Germany) and...... Read More

'Pablo' Lee's 60th — great selections
Albert Lee, better known as “Pablo”, who made his name as a champion selector for Soul Imperial Disco in the 80s, marked his 60th birthday...... Read More

COLUMNS

'Give me Jamaica or I die!'

Anyone who dares to change an institution, a community, or a country to bring it out of darkness into light, to seek some higher purpose, advance some moral value, or achieve... Read More

The coffee industry and its $60-m gift
Traditional crops in Jamaica, such as sugar, coffee and cocoa, have been undergoing scrutiny as they respond to market forces and other paradigm shifts in the global production...... Read More

Band-Aids on bullet
WITH all the recent discussions about mental health, young people, suicide and suicidal hotlines, or lack thereof, I thought it was important for us to widen the scope...... Read More

Implications of EU data protection rules for Caribbean businesses
MAY 25, 2018 should be highlighted as a most important day in history — new day dawned to welcome the implementation of the new European Union Data Protection...... Read More

REGIONAL

Mannings School in mourning after student killed

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Mannings School family was for the second time in less than a month plunged into mourning following the gun slaying of 16-year-old... Read More

Rape alarm
SIXTEEN people have been raped in St Mary since January. Seven took place in the parish capital, Port Maria.... Read More

Mount Pleasant Academy grants 55 scholarships to young footballers
FIFTY-five young footballers from across the country will benefit from a full scholarship to Mount Pleasant Academy in Runaway Bay, St Ann. ... Read More

Titchfield rally to hold Port Antonio to 1-1 draw in Port Antonio daCosta Cup Derby
Titchfield came from behind to hold Port Antonio to a one all draw at a packed Carder Park in their ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup Zone L game Saturday in the Port Antonio...... Read More

EDITORIALS

Single-use plastic ban a good start

The Government deserves commendation for announcing a ban on single-use plastic as the decision is in keeping with global trends which will likely be further developed... Read More

Mr Mahfood raises a solid point
We welcome the Government's announcement of a ban on the use of certain plastic carriers, including what are colloquially referred to as “scandal bags”, as...... Read More

The fickle nature of politics
Even a few days can turn out to be a very long time in politics, much more so three years.... Read More

This matter of political appointees as diplomats
The appointment of individuals to represent Jamaica as ambassadors is the sole prerogative of the prime minister who is not obliged to consult anyone,...... Read More

AUTO

Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix to increase title lead

SINGAPORE (AFP) — Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix yesterday in dominant fashion to increase his Formula One championship lead over Sebastian Vettel to... Read More

Transport group complains of losing money
The Transport Operators Development Sustainable Service (TODSS) yesterday complained that its members are losing revenue to other forms of...... Read More

Customers-first approach continues for Honda Jamaica
Following hugely successful Airbag Repair-a-thon events in Montego Bay and Mandeville, the ATL Automotive Group has scheduled repair events for...... Read More

Volkswagen to end iconic 'Beetle' cars next year
NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Volkswagen announced yesterday it would end production of its iconic 'Beetle' cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions...... Read More

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