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Entertainment events contributed $71b to economy over four years – UWI lecturer7:32 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Entertainment events contributed some $71 billion to the Jamaican economy between 2012 and 2016, with 1.9 million people employed in various...... Read More

Forex: J$133.33 to one US dollar6:47 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Tuesday, February 19 ended trading at J$133.33 down by 27 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading...... Read More

30 injured in St James motor vehicle crash 6:39 pm
ST JAMES, Jamaica — Thirty people including 15 students sustained injuries in a motor vehicle collision along the Montpelier main road in St James this...... Read More

Discrimination against people with HIV must end, says Health minister 6:07 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton, is calling for the redoubling of efforts to end discrimination against people living with the Human...... Read More

PNP defends the labour laws and code 5:15 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) is defending the enactment of the Labour Relations and Industrial Relations Act (LRIDA) in 1975 and the Labour...... Read More

Gov't willing to wait on Venezuelan nod on Petrojam shares 4:41 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that the government is willing to wait until the Senate debate to withdraw the Bill for compulsory acquisition of...... Read More

Constant Spring vendors deserve a better settlement, says PNP4:00 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — People's National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of Local Government Dr Angela Brown Burke says that the “disrespect and disgraceful treatment of...... Read More

NEWS

Bob Marley's London house to get English Heritage blue plaque

A house in London where Bob Marley sought refuge after the trauma of an assassination attempt in Jamaica is to have an English Heritage blue plaque installed, the UK... Read More

'Thank God me get it so people can stop call me alien'
FOUR months after the Jamaica Observer highlighted his plight of not having a birth certificate, Raheem Powell is finally a registered Jamaican citizen.... Read More

Ferry pipeline permanent fix won't be ready by end of March
THE National Water Commission (NWC) says the end of March timeline for completion of the construction of two new replacement pipelines to the south of the new Mandela Highway...... Read More

New minister reiterates plan to ensure quality gas at pumps
NEWLY appointed Minister of Energy Fayval Williams yesterday reiterated the Government's position to explore legislation that would ensure that consumers receive...... Read More

SPORT

The Wisden Trophy and promise of a brighter future

Back in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, West Indies beat England so often and held on to the prized Wisden Trophy for so long, it became almost boring. Read More

Cavalier clip Waterhouse to draw level on points with second place team
Cavalier FC threw their hat into the ring, to be considered favourites for the Red Stripe Premier League title, when they clipped Waterhouse FC 1-0 at Anthony Spaulding...... Read More

England expects as World Cup looms into view
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — With 99 days until the 2019 World Cup gets underway, might it be the year that England lift the global game's premier limited-overs...... Read More

2019 Cricket World Cup: Who will be hot or not (part 1)
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — With Tuesday, February 19 marking 100 days to go before the start of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales on May...... Read More

BUSINESS

Taste of Jamaica for SOBE festival in Miami

This year's staging of The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) will feature an event on Friday, February 22 called... Read More

Call to increase minimum percentage of shares to public for IPOs
PART-time lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica Lloyd Wint has made an appeal for the minimum 20 per cent issue of shares to the public to be raised to 30...... Read More

Who's afraid of the Big Bad IDT?
Because of non-disclosure agreements, you likely won't hear the stories of the multimillion-dollar separation packages being paid to employees in both...... Read More

Access Financial grows asset base by $1.5 billion
ACCESS Financial Services Limited (AFS) has recorded growth in its asset base of $1.5 billion or 41 per cent to $4.99 billion, partly attributable to the acquisition of...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Grammy bump for 44/876

Following its Best Reggae Album win at the 61st Grammy Awards, 44/876 by Sting and Shaggy has experienced a sales increase. The album sold 208 copies one week after the... Read More

Merritone dreams of Cuba
Though he died three years ago, Winston Blake's spirit will sail with his Merritone sound system on its Fort Lauderdale to Havana Dream Cruise from February 26 to March...... Read More

Mojito Mondays...Boom!
A return to Mojito Mondays is always a good energy booster, so that's why After 12, powered by Boom, trekked to Susie's Cafe at Southdale Plaza in St Andrew, where dancers...... Read More

More power to DJ Talia
With over 18 years' experience as a disc jockey and sound system selector, DJ Talia Powers has paid her dues on the Jamaican music circuit. She shows...... Read More

COLUMNS

Fayval to the rescue

There seems to be general agreement that Fayval Williams is the right pick as the minister of energy, science and technology. At least there are those... Read More

C'bean support required for US Bill to extend CBI
COUNTRIES of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) continue to export goods to the USA under the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) comprising the 1983/1990 Caribbean Basin...... Read More

Moral and emotional spaces within organisations
MAKING decisions is just one way among several of initiating action in organisations. However, it is a familiar one. Actions are often preceded by group activities which the...... Read More

The right to choose: A historical lens
THE debate about abortion is reminiscent of the debate about slavery. In both instances, those against abolition quoted the Bible and God in their defence of their right to...... Read More

REGIONAL

Ocho Rios Primary students train in online safety

Forty students from Ocho Rios Primary School in St Ann have been trained to act as online safety monitors, both at school and in their respective communities. Read More

St Ann, St Mary schools celebrate World Read Aloud Day
Every year, on World Read Aloud Day people all around the world read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that...... Read More

Sweet victory
Kerrisan Lawrence's hat-trick guided Titchfield High to a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Port Antonio High, as the Portland Football Association Ann Marie Vaz Women's League...... Read More

'Help Leroy'
LEROY Barton desperately wants to get to Kingston. His life depends on it.... Read More

EDITORIALS

Better to be safe than sorry

This newspaper must confess to being shocked by the revelations during our interaction with Jamaica Fire Brigade Commissioner Stewart Beckford on... Read More

The dilemma of having five sets of twins
There are Jamaicans in whose veins course the milk of human kindness and unconditional generosity, who are likely to respond to the desperate cry for...... Read More

To counter the effects of the Aedes aegypti
Health workers should be forgiven if they have concluded that Jamaicans are an especially tough-headed people.... Read More

Why the panic over Chinese loans and FDI flows?
In the last decade, Jamaica has borrowed from China to finance badly needed infrastructure and there has been foreign direct investment (FDI) by Chinese companies in...... Read More

AUTO

High drama at MX opener

SIX-year-old Craig Powell Jr in the 50cc class was among the winners at the opening round of the MX Jamaica's 2019 season at Temple Hall, St Andrew, last... Read More

Roadworks on track
LAST year's heavy rains which caused massive flooding along sections of Marcus Garvey Drive and Mandela Highway did not disrupt the timeline for roadworks along these major...... Read More

An Ultimate Upgrade
ATL Autobahn, the ATL Automotive division responsible...... Read More

Excuse Me Driver protecting the youth
If Ramona Samuels, creative director of The Voicebox, has her way, the ears of Jamaica's travelling minors will be free of the vulgar music being fed...... Read More

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