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DALLAS, Texas (AP) — The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the US was confirmed yesterday in a patient who recently travelled from Liberia to Dallas — a sign of the far-reaching impact of ...

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WITH a day left before the start of the annual Observer Takes Style Out (TSO) five-hour discount shopping spree, mobile giant Digicel has announced a slew of attractive offers for customers. Mark ...

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GOVERNMENT has approved $95 million to continue drought mitigation efforts in the agricultural sector, the Acting Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Derrick Kellier announced yesterday. Kellie ...

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$95m more for drought mitigation
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LASCO Distributors Limited (LDL) announced plans to increase its warehouse space by roughly one-third to 340,000 square feet (sq ft) which equates to one of the largest in the country. It will acco ...

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Lasco expanding distribution
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THE first knockout competition of the 2014-15 local football season gets underway today with four matches in Round One of the Flow Champions Cup. A feature of today's schedule is the contest betwe ...

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BRITISH soul singer Sam Smith has given Jamaican reggae act Romain Virgo the thumbs up for his cover of Stay With Me. The single is from Smith's debut album In the Lonely Hour released in May. BBC1 ...

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LATEST NEWS

Barbados PM recovering from influenza in Canada  6:24 PM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is recovering in Canada following a bout of influenza, according to an official statement issued here on Wednesday. It said that Stuart was scheduled here last Monday “after a private trip, and attendance at the UN Climate Change Summit in New York, but was advised by medical officials not to travel until his condition improved”. Stuart is now due to return home on Saturday. Read More

Education minister condemns murder of Trelawny teen  6:12 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica—Education Minister Ronald Thwaites on Wednesday condemned the murder of eighth ...... Read More

FOREX: J$112.68 to one US dollar  5:39 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Wednesday, October 1, ended trading at J$112.68 up one cent, ...... Read More

Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses  5:01 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face o ...... Read More

Real offered 150 million for Neymar, father tells court  4:16 PM
MADRID, (AFP) - Neymar's father and agent told a Spanish court investigating alleged tax fraud in his s ...... Read More

NEWS

House approves crime expungement bill

THE House of Representatives yesterday approved amendments to the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act, reducing the period for people convicted of misdemeanours to have their convicti ... Read More

Agri sector gets $95m more for drought mitigation
GOVERNMENT has approved $95 million to continue drought mitigation efforts in the agricultural sector, the Acting Minister of Agriculture and Fisher ...... Read More

Digicel's Delightful Deals For TSO
WITH a day left before the start of the annual Observer Takes Style Out (TSO) five-hour discount shopping spree, mobile giant Digicel has announced ...... Read More

Bustamante Hospital seeing only ‘critical’ cases
THE South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has asked parents with children with illnesses not considered ‘critical’ to seek assista ...... Read More

SPORT

Hydel demolish Penwood 7-1 in Manning Cup

HYDEL High were in a no-nonsense mood when they whipped Penwood High 7-1 in their Group F encounter in the ISSA/LIME Manning Cup at the Cling Cling Oval yesterday. Goals from Brad Tully (fifth and ... Read More

Flow Cup hunt starts today
THE first knockout competition of the 2014-15 local football season gets underway today with four matches in Round One of the Flow Champions Cup. ...... Read More

Carter, Rampaul top performers as Tridents secure first win
BANGALORE, India (CMC) — Prolific Jonathan Carter and pacer Ravi Rampaul stared with bat and ball, respectively, as Barbados Tridents defeated ...... Read More

ICC announces fixtures for World Cricket League
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (CMC) — With a little more than three weeks to go for the Pepsi World Cricket League Division Three tournament, the Int ...... Read More

BUSINESS

Sagicor Bank triples capital base on RBC purchase

Sagicor Bank Jamaica (SBJ) nearly tripled its capital base with the acquisition of RBC Bank Jamaica. The commercial bank — now the third largest in the country by assets -- had $13 billion in ... Read More

Lasco expanding distribution
LASCO Distributors Limited (LDL) announced plans to increase its warehouse space by roughly one-third to 340,000 square feet (sq ft) which equates t ...... Read More

Margaritaville Turks targets US$7m revenue for 2015
MARGARITAVILLE Turks & Caicos (TCI) expects annual sales to near US$7 million for its 2015 financial year. The revenue projections indicate con ...... Read More

'Over a million Jamaicans won't realise their potential'
OVER a million Jamaicans will never realise their true potential, figures management consultant Trevor Hamilton. His math shows harrowing statistic ...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Cocoa Tea looks to Sunset In Negril

REGGAE singer Cocoa Tea is gearing up for the release of his latest album Sunset In Negril on his Roaring Lion imprint. The 12-track project will be released in time for his upcoming United States t ... Read More

Sam Smith Gives Romain Thumbs Up!
BRITISH soul singer Sam Smith has given Jamaican reggae act Romain Virgo the thumbs up for his cover of Stay With Me. The single is from Smith's debu ...... Read More

Another Jamaican on The Voice
ANOTHER Jamaican has made it through the blind auditions of the NBC reality TV talent show The Voice on Monday. Reggae singer Anita Antoinette had ...... Read More

Anita Baker sued
DETROIT, USA (AP) — A lawyer who represented Anita Baker against allegations that she failed to pay for work done on her Detroit-area home is s ...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

The shy kid

What do you do when your child partially or completely shuts down socially; when their fear prevents them from responding to the simplest forms of contact with anyone outside their world? Shyness c ... Read More

Your pregnancy: chikungunya
Pregnant women, the elderly, young children and those with compromised immune systems are in the high risk categories for being most affected by th ...... Read More

Mother rallies for autism awareness
When Kimberley Brown-Muthra discovered her son was autistic, she feared for the worst. However, the mother of five-year-old Kareem Muthra was so ...... Read More

Why men CHEAT on LOYAL women
IT has long been established that if a man wants to cheat he will cheat, no matter how good is the woman he has at home. And there is nothing you ca ...... Read More

COLUMNS

A bridge over troubled waters

Another strategic plan?! Why not make use of the March 1996 National Industrial Policy (NIP) which still represents the most comprehensive plan yet produced on a national scale and which, like the B ... Read More

Tablet ecstasy
AN entry in any search engine should bring up information on the tablet called 'Ecstasy' — described as one which creates hallucinations, delu ...... Read More

A letter to Commissioner Carl McKay Williams
Dear Commissioner: CONGRATULATIONS on your appointment as commissioner and head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Like many of your fellow ...... Read More

Climate change is Ja’s challenge too
All across the world, in every kind of environment and region known to man, increasingly dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abrup ...... Read More

REGIONAL

Nashawn's medical dream back on track

THE days of walking four miles uphill to and from school without food are continuing to pay off for 17-year-old Nashawn Madourie, who reaped success in the recent Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam ... Read More

Greatly missed
Brown's Town, St Ann -Tears streamed down the faces of teachers and students at York Castle High School during the recent devotion as they tried t ...... Read More

Community star
Jody Brown, a young Jamaican football star who represented Jamaica at the CANCACAF Under-15 football competition in Cayman Islands, was honoured i ...... Read More

St Ann's 'Mother Theresa'
There is nothing Carmen Wilson enjoys more than serving others, especially the vulnerable and less fortunate in society. It is no wonder many have ...... Read More

EDITORIALS

The partnership for Jamaica must be reinvigorated

In its latest review of Jamaica's extended fund facility, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) observes that "While societal support for the programme remains broad, several stakeholders stressed t ... Read More

A good deed worthy of mention
With the chikungunya virus sweeping Jamaica at a rapid rate, we pause to hail the work of medical personnel assigned to the Annotto Bay Hospital in ...... Read More

What in God's name is happening at Port Royal?
BACK in April of this year, the Sunday Observer carried an alarming story reporting an upsurge in crime in the once peaceful coastal community of Po ...... Read More

Can the Arms Trade Treaty reduce the flow of illegal guns?
THE Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a multilateral pact to regulate the international trade in conventional arms, was adopted by the 71st plenary meeting ...... Read More

AUTO

Toyota recalls 690,000 pickups to fix rear springs

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire. The recall covers Tacoma Four-by-Fou ... Read More

Rossi suffers concussion in crash
ALCANIZ, Spain (AFP) — Seven-time premier class world champion Valentino Rossi was taken to hospital after suffering concussion in crashing ou ...... Read More

New traffic bill gets reviewed
ONE of the provisions of the new Road Traffic Bill, states that drivers must have their driver's licence with them at all times, while driving. Acc ...... Read More

Myers in seventh heaven
IT was the trio of Thomas Issa, William Myers, and Colin Daley Jr that provided the action at Sunday's meet seven of the Jamaica Karting Association ...... Read More

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