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$2.58 billion to upgrade JDF facilities

Tuesday, February, 19 2019    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government will be spending $2.58 billion in the 2019/2020 financial year to continue construction and improvement work of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) facilities. Read More

DomRep militarises gas stations along border with Haiti

Tuesday, February, 19 2019    

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CMC) — The military in the Dominican Republic which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, has stepped up its presence along the Haitian border as protests continue to grip the French speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. Read More

Two lottery scamming suspects held in St James operation

Tuesday, February, 19 2019    

ST JAMES, Jamaica — A man and woman suspected to be in breach of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) Special Provisions Act were arrested by members of the Lottery Scam Task Force yesterday. Read More

Reggae film archive to be established at National Library

Tuesday, February, 19 2019    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange says a new digital Reggae Film Archive will be established at the National Library of Jamaica in an effort to preserve Jamaica's cultural heritage and reggae history on film. Read More

Fashion mourns death of iconic Chanel couturier Karl Lagerfeld

Tuesday, February, 19 2019    

PARIS, France (AFP) — Superstar designer Karl Lagerfeld died at the age of 85 on Tuesday, his fashion label Chanel confirmed. Read More

Haitian government denies recruiting mercenaries

Tuesday, February, 19 2019    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Haiti's embattled government denied Monday that it has hired foreign mercenaries, after the arrest of Americans and other armed foreign nationals. Read More

'I obeyed like a robot': J'can abuse survivor tells of predator priest

Tuesday, February, 19 2019    

PARIS, France (AFP) — Denise Buchanan was 17 when she was raped by a seminarian who continued to abuse her when he became a priest in her native Jamaica. The Catholic Church, she says, has offered her nothing but their "prayers". Read More

NSWMA to get more trucks

Tuesday, February, 19 2019    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government is to spend a total of $320 million this fiscal year to augment the aged fleet of garbage trucks owned by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). Read More

Security concern as apartment owners feel Airbnb boom

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, February, 18 2019    

SOME owners of apartments islandwide are feeling pressure caused by the Airbnb boom. Read More

US professor suggests method to cut Jamaica's crime rate

Monday, February, 18 2019    

UNITED States-based Professor, Dr Ashley Deans is recommending that Jamaica adopt a Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique to assist in addressing the country's crime problem. Read More

'We are not screening', doctor screams

BY SHANAE STEWART Staff Reporter stewarts@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, February, 18 2019    

One out of every 21 women in Jamaica will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to detect the disease early, medical officials have said. Read More

Sandals guests hail Over Water suites as boost to marine life

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, February, 18 2019    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Guests spending their vacation at the Sandals Royal Caribbean Hotel are upbeat over the new injection of marine life since the construction of the over water suites nearly three years ago. Read More

Munroe wants auditor general to refer breaches for prosecution

Monday, February, 18 2019    

Head of anti-corruption watchdog group, National Integrity Action (NIA) Professor Trevor Munroe is suggesting that the auditor general (AG) be given the authority to refer breaches of the Public Bodies Management Act for prosecution.He was speaking at the Ministry of Justice's quarterly... Read More

Bee-keeping creates buzz in York Town

Monday, February, 18 2019    

MAY PEN, Clarendon — The Railroad Community Council is reaping the sweet reward of hard labour after harvesting honey from its bee keeping project. Read More

Jamaican entrepreneurs featured in Forbes magazine

BY ALEXIS MONTEITH Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, February, 18 2019    

Some Jamaican entrepreneurs, leaders and personalities involved in the island's sustainability and renewable energy movement were recently featured in the internationally renowned business magazine, Forbes. Read More



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