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Two guards shot dead, another injured

ANNOTTO BAY, St Mary — This rural town was very busy when the Jamaica Observer visited yesterday, which was expected as it was a regular day for shopping, more so with Christmas approaching. Read More

Caricom chair calls for united position at WTO ministerial conference
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) – Grenada's Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said yesterday that he was hoping for greater collaboration between Cuba and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) as the leaders began a summit here, overshadowed by changes in the global ...... Read More

35 enterprises get 'Buy Social' trademark
THIRTY-FIVE social enterprises which have been nurtured by the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) both as members of the SEBI incubator and the SEBI open network, have received their official “Buy Social” trademark to assist prospective consumers in identifying their...... Read More

Did Santa really exist? Ancient relic offers new clue
LONDON, England (AFP) — Was Santa real? Scientists have offered a tantalising clue by dating a bone said to belong to St Nicholas, the inspiration for Father Christmas, to the same century in which he died in what is now Turkey.... Read More

PHOTO: Homeless

Saturday, December, 9 2017    

Amputee Winston Roache ponders his fate following yesterday's fire on East Street in downtown Kingston which left him and 15 other people homeless. Roache, who was sleeping at the time, said he was unable to save any of his belongings. Read More

Faster extraditions

By Balford Henry Senior staff report balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, December, 9 2017    

JUSTICE Minister Delroy Chuck says that the Government is considering an amendment to the Extradition Act, which will limit the time a minister has to make a decision on an extradition request. Read More

FLOW's fibre network hit by vandals again

Saturday, December, 9 2017    

TELECOMMUNICATIONS company FLOW says its fibre network has been hit by vandals again, which it said is threatening its ability to function properly, particularly in Montego Bay and its environs in St James, where the perpetrators struck this week. Read More

PHOTO: Healthy laugh

Saturday, December, 9 2017    

Gregory Mair (left), chairman of the National Health Fund; the fund's CEO Everton Anderson (right); and James Cercone, president of Sanigest Internacional, have a healthy laugh following the signing Wednesday of a contract for the development of the proposal for a national health plan for... Read More

Political parties registration, campaign financing rules effective 2018

Saturday, December, 9 2017    

THE rules related to both the regulation of Jamaican political parties and campaign financing will come into effect before the end of the current legislative year — 2017/18. Read More

Downtown Kingston fire leaves 16 homeless

BY DEANDRA MORRISON Observer online reporter morisond@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, December, 9 2017    

SIXTEEN people, including two children, were yesterday left homeless after fire destroyed three buildings and affected a garage on East Street on downtown Kingston. Read More

Singer chased out of Congo enjoying life in Brazil

Saturday, December, 9 2017    

Isabel Antonio, a 16-year-old singer and refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, poses for a portrait at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 6, 2017. She lost her country and childhood in one of Africa's most terrible wars, but Congolese refugee Isabel Antonio has won the... Read More

Nigerian state gets happiness commissioner

Saturday, December, 9 2017    

LAGOS, Nigeria (AFP) — It has been ranked among the happiest places in the world despite widespread unrest, political crisis and recession. Now one Nigerian state has a minister in charge of contentment. Read More

Sand sculpture depicts Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus

Saturday, December, 9 2017    

A picture shows a sand sculpture depicting Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus as part of other Christmas nativity scenes on the international beach resort of Las Canteras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, on the Spanish Canary island of Gran Canaria on December 7. The sand nativity scene on Las Canteras... Read More

A 'boaring' day at school in Japan

Saturday, December, 9 2017    

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Two wild boars caused pandemonium at a Japanese school by charging into classes and even taking a dip in the school pool, forcing pupils to temporarily abandon their exams. Read More

Fake restaurant becomes London's top-rated eatery

Saturday, December, 9 2017    

LONDON, England (AFP) — A non-existent restaurant supposedly based in a garden shed briefly became London's top eating place on travel and restaurant website TripAdvisor , which on Thursday hit back at the hoaxers. Read More



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