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Blood Bank closed for infrastructural upgrades4:41 pm

KINGSTON, Jamaica— The National Blood Transfusion Service (Blood Bank) of the Ministry of Health and Wellness wishes to inform the public that their offices, located at... Read More

Oshane Thomas 'at home resting' after car crash4:28 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica— Mark Neita, the agent of Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Oshane Thomas, says the player is "at home resting" after he was involved in a motor vehicle...... Read More

10-y-o drowned in pond, autopsy confirms4:04 pm
ST ANN, Jamaica— Cheryl Lamey, the mother of 10-year-old Rajun Brown, whose body was found in a pond near his home in Water Valley, St Ann, has confirmed that her son...... Read More

Widow disputes police report of husband's death 3:35 pm
MANDEVILLE, Manchester – A grieving widow is disputing police reports of how her 71-year-old husband, John Bromfield, came to lose his life following a traffic accident...... Read More

UPDATE: Matthew Samuda sworn in as minister 3:13 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Government Senator Matthew Samuda was this afternoon sworn in as a minister in the Andrew Holness cabinet at a ceremony at King's House.... Read More

Bus stop gunman arrested 2:41 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica— Twenty-five-year-old Keegan Palmer of Tamarind Tree, 9 Miles, St Andrew was yesterday charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition and...... Read More

EU threatens tougher rules on hate speech after Facebook meeting 1:51 pm
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP)— A top EU official for digital policy warned Monday that big tech companies could face tougher rules and penalties in Europe if they failed to...... Read More

Armed men enter school to attack student1:21 pm
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — Teachers at Eltham High School in Spanish Town are currently having a sit-down demonstration to protest inadequate security measures at the school...... Read More

NEWS

Man shot dead in churchyard had testified about attempt on his life

A man who was shot dead yesterday morning as he alighted his vehicle, on premises behind Emmanuel Apostolic Church on Slipe Pen Road in Kingston, had testified during a... Read More

US ambassador goes to bat for MOCA
AMERICA'S top diplomat in Jamaica, Ambassador Donald Tapia, believes the island can deliver a punishing body blow to corruption if legislators get serious about tabling...... Read More

Hundreds flock nursing programmes despite limited spaces
DESPITE the worrisome attrition rate of nurses, each year hundreds of applicants to local nursing programmes are turned away due to lack of space in tertiary...... Read More

School administrators to crack down on 'tripping jump challenge'
SCHOOL administrators are being urged to crack down on a new practice among students called the 'jump trip challenge' or the 'tripping jump challenge'.... Read More

SPORT

Bonner blazes Scorpions to victory over Hurricanes

FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny — Nkrumah Bonner played a dream of an innings yesterday to fuel Jamaica Scorpions' enthralling five-wicket victory over Leeward Islands... Read More

Immaculate pair receives confidence boost at Corporate Area Development Meet
The Immaculate Conception High School pair of Maja Henry and Mireya Simpson received a timely confidence boost ahead of the Inter-secondary Schools...... Read More

22 teams to contest 2020 KPMG Squash League
The 21st annual KPMG Squash League will kick off tomorrow with a jam-packed roster as 22 teams do battle for top honours. ... Read More

Superluminal obliges, but Mahogany throws down the gauntlet
Second-generation trainer Ian Parsard was the star of the show at Caymanas Park yesterday after he saddled three winners to highlight the 10-race...... Read More

BUSINESS

Proven reports solid growth in all business lines for third quarter

Proven Investments Limited (PIL) is reporting solid core growth in all its business lines for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Read More

Styrofoam ban slashes Wisynco's profits
Wisynco Group Limited is reporting a 25 per cent slash in its profit for the second quarter ended December 31, 2019, due to the closure of its styrofoam plant in...... Read More

NROCC, JUTC and CAP to rack up $18.47 billion in losses for 2020-21
Jamaica's three most financially burdened state agencies will rack up $18.47 billion in losses during the upcoming 2020/2021 fiscal...... Read More

Finance minister says he will soon provide details on proposed catastrophe bond
Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke says he will provide further details about the proposed catastrophe bond being developed for Jamaica in his...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Jahmark finds Happiness at last

For nearly 40 years, Jahmark Tafari has carried the banner of Rasta and roots-reggae, an unapologetic disciple of the sound that made Marley, Tosh and... Read More

Making roots Down Under
Roots , the nine-song album by Australian singer and producer Dub FX, was released January 31 by Convoy Music Unltd/DubShot. Last week it debuted at...... Read More

A'mari offers a word of advice
Singjay A'mari, aka DJ Mona Lisa, says she is heartbroken over the recent spate of murder-suicides and incidents of domestic...... Read More

Deniece, Sanchez toast of Red Rose
Patrons came for American singer Deniece Williams, but stayed for Sanchez at the fourth Red Rose For Gregory show at Liguanea Golf Club in New Kingston on Saturday...... Read More

COLUMNS

Serving our people and our heritage

Thousands of Jamaican women carry the name of Pamela McNeil in their hearts. This unsung heroine, who passed away on February 6, was the founder and first director of... Read More

Note to self: Jah 9
Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living? — Bob Marley ... Read More

PNP's 'Duh Road' bus lost on the old road
You don't use your teeth to share what you don't eat. — Yoruba proverb, Nigeria ... Read More

No, Mr Chairman!
It is important that we understand as we go into the silly season that it is not the data protection Act that gives us the right to privacy. Our right to privacy is...... Read More

REGIONAL

'Remove it!'

RESIDENTS in Water Valley, St Ann, are calling for the removal of a pond built by Noranda Bauxite in the community following the death of 10-year-old Rajaun Brown late... Read More

Buff Bay athletics coach laments lack of resources
HEAD coach at Buff Bay High Kevin Brown is convinced that access to greater resources for his school would lead to improved showing at various track and field...... Read More

'Help us'
Buff Bay High head boy and high jumper Raymond Richards clears the rope during training at the school on THursday. (Photo: Jason Tulloch)... Read More

Announcement of new Port Maria police station 'big motivation' for cops
Sub-officer in charge of the Port Maria Police Station Sergeant Rochelle McGibbon-Scott says the new multimillion, four-storey police station to be constructed in the...... Read More

EDITORIALS

The return of Mr Greg Christie: hope and dread

When Mr Greg Christie departed as contractor general in 2012, there were many questions. So it is now with his impending return as executive director of the corruption... Read More

Hoping we don't lose the Olympics to the coronavirus
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is correct in assessing that it has a “very big communications job” to calm fears over the...... Read More

JFF has wounds that need healing
It is clear from the latest upheaval in the national football programme that the local governing body needs to engage in repair work that cannot be...... Read More

Ms Grange, unwisely, put the horse before the statue cart
We don't suppose that Sport Minister Olivia Grange will lose any points for the selection of the last four athletes to be immortalised in statues — Olympians...... Read More

AUTO

Tank-Weld banks on SHACMAN trucks

TANK-WELD Equipment (TWE), regional dealers for the SHACMAN brand, is confident in the Chinese-made truck. The company recently created a five-acre, 16-bay workshop,... Read More

Classics head for North Coast
The Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) will head for the north coast this Sunday as part of their monthly lyme events, the destination, Roxborough Restaurant Bar and...... Read More

Big prize for dexterity
Team Streetz, organisers of the Asphalt Assault dexterity series, has high hopes for 2020 as they've created a championship with a $500,000 prize...... Read More

Auto readers are winners
Two lucky readers of the Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine, Frederick Northover and Gary Williams, received gifts courtesy of SHACMAN Jamaica, when they...... Read More

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