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O-Wrap: NMIA divestment by 2019… J'can on drug charges in Grenada… Gayle belts 20th T20 hundred7:00 pm

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New York bombing heightens fears of holiday attacks9:23 pm
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The abortive bombing by an Islamic State-inspired Bangladeshi in New York has raised fresh fears of a possible surge in attacks during...... Read More

Ganja seized in Spanish Town, one man charged9:15 pm
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — The police have arrested and charged a man for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act following the seizure of a quantity of ganja at a premises in...... Read More

US wants US$250-m cut to UN budget 9:13 pm
UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — The United States is seeking a US$250 million cut to the core budget of the United Nations for 2018-2019, on top of US$200 million...... Read More

VM Investments initial public offer of ordinary shares oversubscribed 8:50 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Victoria Mutual Wealth Management Limited has announced that the invitation made by Victoria Mutual Investments Limited (VMIL) Initial Public...... Read More

Suspected suicide in St Catherine 8:31 pm
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — A young man is suspected to have committed suicide at his home on King Street in St Catherine last night.... Read More

Waterford police investigating suspected hit and run 8:29 pm
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — The Waterford police in St Catherine are now investigating a suspected hit and run following the discovery of a woman's body on George Lee...... Read More

KSAMC and police making arrangements for Christmas shopping downtown8:02 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be meeting with the police and other stakeholders tomorrow to finalise plans for...... Read More

NEWS

PM welcomes Hill to EGC, promises more focus on crime

DESPITE a growing chorus against the ability of his Government to achieve the targeted five per cent growth in four years, Prime Minister Andrew Holness stuck to his guns... Read More

Data protection law could affect BPOs, Opposition MP cautions
OPPOSITION Members of Parliament (MPs) raised concerns about some of the provisions of the Data Protection Act at yesterday's second meeting of the joint select committee of...... Read More

KSAMC councillors in nasty political clash
Exchanges of goodwill for the holiday season at yesterday's monthly meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) council meeting were brought to an...... Read More

meeting today on security for Christmas shoppers downtown
With Christmas fast approaching and increasing numbers of street vendors selling their wares downtown Kingston, the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal...... Read More

SPORT

Portmore United look to go top of RSPL

Portmore United could go top of the Red Stripe Premier League if they beat the improving Waterhouse FC at Spanish Town Prison Oval, in one of four... Read More

Gayle belts 20th T20 hundred as Riders lift title
DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC) – Superstar Chris Gayle crunched a world record 18 sixes and passed 11,000 runs in Twenty20s, as he struck his second hundred in three...... Read More

Good to go!
The preparation phase is over and the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) Invitational Championships now beckons for Jamaica's young...... Read More

Cricket West Indies coaching course begins
Cricket West Indies opened its long-awaited Certified Level One Coaching Course at Sabina Park in Kingston under cloudy skies yesterday.... Read More

BUSINESS

Jamaica is an international icon of the turnaround economy — Adam Stewart

“Jamaica is in a very, very special place,” according to Jamaica Observer Deputy Chairman and CEO Adam Stewart, who was speaking on the future of business... Read More

VMIL is being listed at a discount – JN Fund Managers
The Victoria Mutual Group is listing its subsidiary, Victoria Mutual Investments Limited (VMIL), on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE).... Read More

Aubyn Hill new head of Economic Growth Council
Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced the appointment of Government s enator Aubyn Hill, as the new...... Read More

Mergers & Acquisitions: Future and effectiveness of Jamaica's competition legislation
The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) is entitled, under the Jamaican Fair Competition Act (FCA) to deal with any matter on its own initiative or at the request of any...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Pamputtae ponders ministry

PAMPUTTAE says she is hoping to become a preacher as she has always had the desire to serve the Lord. Read More

MILESTONE - EXODUS
The Jamaica Observer continues its daily look back at people, events and works that made an impact during...... Read More

Beres calls for end to gun violence
In a recent post-performance press conference in Barbados, Jamaican Reggae Star Beres Hammond addressed reports of a rise in criminal activity in that...... Read More

After 12: Tights Instruction
The instruction to the ladies was clear — very short shorts and tights. The venue was...... Read More

COLUMNS

A reflection: Life and death

The death of Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill in the USA, has come as a shock to many in Jamaica and the Diaspora. The... Read More

Finally, evidence of Russian election meddling... Oh, wait
On December 1, former US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to two counts of lying to the FBI about conversations he had with...... Read More

Persistent mental slavery
Slavery in this part of the world has been over for quite some time — 1838 in the British West Indies to be exact — and during that time...... Read More

The Bitcoin illusion — anonymous gambling
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REGIONAL

JetBlue, Sandals Foundation partner to give Eltham Community Centre facelift

THE Eltham Community Centre received a much-needed facelift recently after the Sandals Foundation partnered with JetBlue on the airline's 'JetBlue For Good' initiative... Read More

Weeping policeman
A policeman was left in tears after failing to thwart a series of robberies that occurred in Claremont, St Ann, over the past three weeks.... Read More

Does the National Animal ID and Traceability System work?
CATTLE operations manager at International Poultry Breeders in St Ann, Norman Williams, is suggesting that the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) conduct a...... Read More

Thieves rob St Ann farmer of cattle worth over $1m
A St Ann cattle farmer has lost over $1 million in livestock due theft over the past three months.... Read More

EDITORIALS

Learn from China's 'Dragonfly Eye' to fight crime

On Monday, this week, we were drawn by reports of China's investment in what it has said is “the world's biggest camera surveillance... Read More

Support for low-crime areas might be too late to save Mr Montague
It may not come in time to save National Security Minister Robert Montague's job, but the Government's decision to allocate funds to address problems...... Read More

Raising children properly for the greater good of all
True to their pledge to save lives, staff and managers of Kingston Public Hospital in downtown Kingston are justifiably happy after keeping gunshot...... Read More

Social media, traditional news media and fake news
Last week, one of Jamaica's most senior journalists raised the issue of the veracity and accuracy of information purveyed by social media and...... Read More

AUTO

Hyundai Motor launches 'Be There With Hyundai' for FIFA World Cup

Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea's largest automaker and a proud FIFA Partner, has announced the launch of the “Be There With Hyundai”... Read More

Fraser rules Rally Ja 2017
LARRY Henriques, Rally Jamaica 2017 organiser, said he anticipates more overseas participation from Caribbean drivers come next year.... Read More

Fortune favours the bold
Designed to express refinement and innovation, the newly redesigned Toyota Fortuner is revered for its unquestionable reliability and uncompromising...... Read More

The Big Reveal
TOMORROW evening, game-changer ATL Automotive will officially open the doors to its state-of-the-art BMW and MINI dealership. Dubbed ATL Autobahn, it is nestled on a...... Read More

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