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Rehabilitation of Cornwall Regional Hospital on track — Tufton6:00 pm

ST JAMES, Jamaica — Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says rehabilitation work on the main building at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James, is... Read More

Forex: J$125.19 to one US dollar5:43 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Friday, March 22 ended trading at J$125.19 up by 21 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading...... Read More

Police say top-tier MS-13 gang member killed5:06 pm
ST JAMES, Jamaica — A man who the police say is a top-tier member of the MS-13 gang based in Granville, St James was fatally shot during a confrontation with lawmen in...... Read More

Holness says first meeting with Trump promising 4:31 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that today's first meeting with US President Donald Trump and other Caribbean leaders at Trumps' Mar-a-Lago Florida...... Read More

Johnson Smith responds to Opposition concerns about embassy closure in Venezuela 4:11 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Foreign Affairs and foreign Trade Senator Kamina Smith says the temporary closure of the Jamaican Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela is not due...... Read More

Macroeconomic stability has been entrenched — PIOJ 4:07 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr Wayne Henry, says macroeconomic stability has been entrenched, evidenced by relatively low...... Read More

PNP calls for probe into alleged threats made to rafters in Portland Eastern 3:38 pm
PORTLAND, Jamaica —The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is calling on the Commissioner of Police and the Office of the Political Ombudsman to investigate claims...... Read More

Police arrest 10 people after seizing high-powered rifles in St James3:27 pm
ST JAMES, Jamaica — Ten people are now in police custody following the seizure of three high-powered rifles along with 147 rounds of ammunition in Salt Spring, St James...... Read More

NEWS

Jampro monitoring skills need under new IDB programme

AN Inter-American Bank (IDB) financed upskilling project, which the Government is putting into operation through its trade and export promotion agency, Jampro, could... Read More

More people could be charged in stolen baby case
THE origin of one of the documents Peta-Gay Ffrench presented at the Registrar General's Department (RGD) in Twickenham Park, St Catherine, when she attempted to...... Read More

Retired district constable gunned down in robbery attempt
FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Members of the Trelawny Police Division are working feverishly to apprehend a group of gunmen who killed a retired district constable that...... Read More

Nurses lead walk against violence on Saturday in Kingston
HUNDREDS of people are expected to walk on Saturday to register their stance against violence. ... Read More

SPORT

Portmore blank Dunbeholden to finish regular season on high

Champions Portmore United secured their 19th win of the regular season in the Red Stripe Premier League with a 2-0 blanking of Dunbeholden FC at the Spanish Town Prison... Read More

Gama says he would be willing to stay on at demoted MBU, but...
TUCKER, St James — Brazilian Luciano Gama says he is willing to continue with Montego Bay United, even as the club was relegated to the Confederation Super league...... Read More

JFF scores with $3.5-m support from JOA for Olympic coaches
In fulfilling its responsibility as the parent body for sports, the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) extended its support for the men's national...... Read More

JOA assistance excites Under-23 coach Duckie
“Exciting , ecstatic, elated … these are words that are relative to what took place here this morning.”... Read More

BUSINESS

Barbados Gov't to implement fresh tax incentives for economic turnaround

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Mia Mottley-led Barbados Government has outlined a series of new fiscal measures aimed at turning around the ailing... Read More

$630-million tourism linkages speed networking success
ROSE HALL, St James — Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises (SMTEs) have earned $630 million in contracts from the much-acclaimed tourism linkages speed networking...... Read More

Guardian breaks ground for $4B apartment complex
GUARDIAN Life Limited, a subsidiary of Guardian Holdings Limited, has broken ground for a 176-unit apartment complex in Kingston valued at approximately $4 billion.... Read More

Budget 2019 shows the benefits of fiscal discipline
As the main presentations of the budget wrapped up Wednesday, one could say that this budget was different, and an improvement, from those in the past. We heard from the...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Sanchez & Friends set for March 30
ST Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) Alumni Association is hoping that the second staging of Sanchez & Friends slated for the Chinese Benevolent Association in...... Read More

Silk Legend aims for lasting career
Silk Legend is hoping for a lasting music career and believes the old policy of 'hard work pays off' will help him achieve that.... Read More

The Mighty Diamonds are forever
The Jamaica Observer c ontinues its 'Reggae 50' feature on people, organisations, and events that have made an impact on reggae over the...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

The hospital list: what to pack

WHEN you approach that critical time in your pregnancy when it's time to pack your hospital bag, you may be confused about what exactly to include, as your doctor may... Read More

COLUMNS

Taking care of scarce resources

ANOTHER bangarang has sprung up over the past few days. The rumbling started on Monday with the Opposition giving word that they had their eyes on the Education... Read More

Ganja, ADHD and false equivalency
Since we decriminalised ganja, exaggerated claims have made Dr Manley West and Dr Albert Lockhart look like “bwoys and activists” who did not big-up Canasol...... Read More

Why the Democrats can't be trusted
Recently, the Democrats in the US House passed three Bills imposing further economic sanctions to add to the pressure by President Donald Trump to...... Read More

The vitality of the voters' list
I am carrying on where I left off last week with my column 'By-elections and manipulation'.... Read More

REGIONAL

Impressive opening for Grand A View Restaurant and Event Place

Montego Bay's socialites were out in their numbers on the night of Saturday, March 9 to share in the glitzy official opening of the Grand A View... Read More

Enforcement coming!
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Western Parks and Markets (WPM) Waste Management Limited has warned restaurant and cook-shop operators that it will be...... Read More

Broughton Primary wins History Challenge Quiz
WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland — Junior Schools' Challenge Quiz finalist, Broughton Primary School has yet another achievement under its belt.... Read More

JTB donates PA system to Barrett Town All-Age
BARRETT TOWN, St James — The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) through their regional office in Montego Bay, recently gifted a public address (PA)...... Read More

EDITORIALS

Proud of our Special Olympics delegation

That our Special Olympics team would have performed well at the 2019 World Summer Games in the United Arab Emirates was never in doubt. The team,... Read More

The departure of Mr Ruel Reid
We shed no tear for the departure of Mr Ruel Reid as minister of education, youth and information, a man if he had his way, would rob this country of...... Read More

Important lessons from the Buju Banton concert
First , our congratulations to the organisers of the Buju Banton 'Long Walk to Freedom' concert staged last Saturday night at the National Stadium in...... Read More

Cellphones in the dark: Does the Transport Authority operate in rural Jamaica?
The dire warning to motorists against the use of snow (winter) tyres on Jamaican roads, against news of a 37 per cent increase in road fatalities since the start of the year,...... Read More

AUTO

Classics set for Mandeville

The Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) will make its annual trek to the cool hills of Mandeville, Manchester, on Sunday. For members in Kingston, the... Read More

Karting action begins Sunday
The Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) will get their 2019 season off to a start on Sunday, at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston. Action...... Read More

Call of the wild
The scenic Brighton River in St Elizabeth will again be venue for off-roading competition, the Off Roading on the Farm: Stage III takes place on...... Read More

IT'LL SOON BE DONE
Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday apologised to commuters and residents of areas affected by the programme of major infrastructural works. He...... Read More

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