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Forex: J$131.04 to one US dollar 6:23 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Tuesday, June 25 ended trading at J$131.04 up by 61 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading...... Read More

24 people arrested, three firearms seized in St Catherine5:15 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says that in its...... Read More

Robots to take 20 million jobs, worsening inequality — study 4:45 pm
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Robots are expected to take over some 20 million manufacturing jobs worldwide by...... Read More

Weather radar to vastly improve capabilities of Met Service — Vaz 4:15 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, says the monitoring capabilities of the Meteorological...... Read More

Father/daughter border drowning highlights US migrants' perils 3:40 pm
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — The man and his 23-month-old daughter lay face down in shallow water along the...... Read More

Instagram chief insists it doesn't spy on users 2:40 pm
NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Instagram doesn't snoop on private conversations as part of its advertising targeting...... Read More

Jamaica supports int'l maritime gender equality campaign2:15 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica has lent its support to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 2019 campaign: 'I Am...... Read More

NEWS

JCF promotes 19 to rank of deputy superintendent

Nineteen inspectors have been elevated to the gazetted officer corps of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Read More

PICA to roll out online application systems
THE Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) will shortly roll out its online application systems for immigration and citizenship services.... Read More

PNP leadership challenge set for September 7
THE Opposition People's National Party (PNP) has dropped plans to stage a special delegates' conference in July to facilitate the Peter Bunting challenge for leadership...... Read More

Diaspora urged to upscale infrastructure of Jamaican schools
LEO Gilling, lead of the Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force in the United States of America, has urged his colleagues to invest in upgrading the physical...... Read More

SPORT

The hurdles showdown that never was

The top brass of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), including the technical and selection committees, should meet early this week to decide the... Read More

Boyz have fate in own hands as they face Curacao
LOS ANGELES, California — Avoid defeat and they're through to the quarter-finals.... Read More

Salmon defies critics to make World Championships team
One year removed from high school and Shiann Salmon has qualified for her first senior international championship.... Read More

Windies fans stay true despite below par World Cup run
MANCHESTER, England — The West Indies cricket team has endured a mostly lean period over the past decade or more, but has somehow continued to captivate fans far...... Read More

BUSINESS

Eppley Caribbean Property to cross list on JSE, aims to raise $4.5 billion

Eppley Caribbean Property Fund Limited SCC (ECPF), a publicly listed property fund in Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago, announced yesterday that its Board of... Read More

Kingston hotels give support to Top Events Jamaica initiative
Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) Executive Director Dr Carey Wallace says that the Fund is excited about the support its new Top Events Jamaica...... Read More

'Tax us more,' US billionaires say
NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — “Tax us more!” was the message on Monday from about 20 super-wealthy Americans who urged presidential candidates to...... Read More

Global warming = more energy use = more warming
PARIS, France (AFP) — Even modest climate change will increase global energy demand by up to a quarter before mid-century, and by nearly 60 per cent if humanity...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Family ties: The Lees remember Seaga

DESPITE being unable to attend the thanksgiving service for former Prime Minister Edward Seaga on Sunday, Julianne Lee was glued to her television set for live coverage... Read More

Roberts' got it made
In Jamaica's competitive band scene of the 1970s OC Roberts was among a rush of singers trying to make that transition from club act to recording artiste. He cut...... Read More

Sister Power in Sweden
THE Oland Roots Festival, an all-female reggae event, is scheduled for July 10-13 on the Swedish island of Oland. It is the brainchild of Adil Nadri and Alexander Sjoback, the...... Read More

Sumfest mourns singer's death
BAHAMIAN singer Devon “Mdeez” Knight, scheduled to perform on Reggae Sumfest's penultimate night, was stabbed to death following a traffic accident in his...... Read More

COLUMNS

From bruk-pocket to Porscheperity?

Renowned and respected Miami Herald journalist Jacqueline Charles, in her June 15, 2019 piece on Jamaica's economic turnaround, opened a can of things. For one Government... Read More

OAS should promote systemic change in Haiti, not an external agenda
In what is increasingly becoming a pattern of ignoring established procedures and authority in the Organisation of American States (OAS), a delegation went to troubled Haiti on...... Read More

In memoriam: Edward Seaga was no saint, but the quintessential turnaround leader
Edward Philip George Seaga took his final bow on May 28, 2019, as ordered by destiny. His passing happened on the same day as his arrival day, but exactly after he reached four...... Read More

Jamaica has been afflicted by stony silence and 'bad lampism'
The pumpkin plant should not be uprooted. — Acholi/Ateso proverb, Uganda ... Read More

REGIONAL

VIDEO: Should the Government legalise obeah?

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck earlier this month announced that he would be taking a submission to Cabinet which would outline the reasons the 1898 Obeah Act should be... Read More

'I am of God'
For 35 years, a St Thomas woman says she has been healing the sick in and around the parish.... Read More

PHOTO: NERHA's gift
The North-East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) recently donated a new Nissan panel van to the Port Antonio Hospital in Portland. Earlier this month, NERHA donated two new...... Read More

Sandals team members donate on World Blood Day
Team members from Sandals Ochi Beach Resort and Sandals Royal Plantation were out in their numbers to donate blood in observance of World Blood Donor...... Read More

EDITORIALS

If we could just control the disorderliness on the roads…

All of documented history demonstrates that an orderly, rules-based society is a prerequisite for social and economic development, and yet disorder... Read More

A good move by Jamaica Producers Group
We are always pleased when we see Jamaican companies excelling, both here and overseas, as that kind of growth and expansion redounds to the benefit of the company, its...... Read More

Is it time to name Messrs Edward Seaga, Michael Manley national heroes?
With the interment today of Mr Edward Phillip George Seaga, it might be appropriate to begin the debate, which is simmering beneath the surface, about...... Read More

A timely reminder from the World Bank
Word from the World Bank this week that natural hazards — made more likely by climate change, such as flooding and storms — are costing poor nations...... Read More

AUTO

BMW 530i raises the bar

ARE you looking for a vehicle that merges luxury, comfort, speed while making a bold statement? Read More

Popping up in Portmore
Andrew Lee-sing, organiser of the Heelz & Wheelz car show series, is happy with the event's recent staging at the Portmore Town Centre in St...... Read More

Traffic changes for Seaga's funeral
Members of the public are being advised that there will be traffic changes along major thoroughfares on Sunday, June 23, to facilitate the State...... Read More

When Heelz met Wheelz
Heelz 'n Wheelz pop-up car show series recently made its way into the Sunshine City.... Read More

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