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VETERAN reggae singer John Holt died in a London hospital yesterday. He was 69. Copeland Forbes, Holt’s manager since 2006, confirmed the entertainer’s passing. “John died ...

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NATION of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan yesterday criticised Jamaican governments over the years for not adequately building on efforts made by the country’s late national heroes to create an ...

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SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — People's National Party (PNP) delegates  voted for businessman Dwayne Vaz to replace the late Roger Clarke in the Westmoreland Central constituency at The ...

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A case of suspected poisoning triggered reports that the deadly Ebola virus may have reached the Mandeville Hospital Saturday. A source told the Jamaica Observer that ...

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti — Jamaica Under-17 football team will bow into action today against Martinique in Group B of the CFU Championship at the Sylvio Cator Stadium starting here at 7:30 pm ...

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THE Ministry of Health says it has briefed funeral directors on the protocols for the management of the Ebola virus and is expected to present them with the completed Guidelines for the Operation of ...

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Ebola preparedness

LATEST NEWS

British royal couple's second child due in April  7:46 AM

LONDON (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April — the first time they've offered a month for the royal birth. Kensington Palace also said in a statement Monday that the duchess, who has been sidelined by a prolonged bout of severe morning sickness, continues to improve. The former Kate Middleton and Prince William are scheduled to welcome Singapore President Tony Tan when he arrives on a four-day state visit this week. She is al ... Read More

Veteran singer John Holt is dead  11:10 PM
  KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Veteran Jamaican reggae singer John Holt died in a London hospital on Sunday. ...... Read More

US lab worker on cruise tests negative for Ebola — report  9:42 PM
WASHINGTON, (AFP) — A cruise ship carrying a lab worker suspected of contact with Ebola returned ...... Read More

Rastafarian leader urges members to emulate Nation of Islam teachings ‎  7:51 PM
  KINGSTON, Jamaica — Members of the Rastafari group in Jamaica today showed their appreciatio ...... Read More

UPDATE: Vaz says first move is to unite Central Westmoreland constituency  7:25 PM
  WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — Dwayne Vaz in an interview with OBSERVER ONLINE Sunday said that his ...... Read More

NEWS

11-y-o to be honoured today

IT is a deed from which many would have shied away, but then only 10 years old, Toni-Ann Miller rushed into a burning building to save the lives of two children younger than herself. Her own sa ... Read More

It’s Vaz!
SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — People's National Party (PNP) delegates  voted for businessman Dwayne Vaz to replace the late Roger Clark ...... Read More

Farrakhan says Jamaica has let national heroes down
NATION of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan yesterday criticised Jamaican governments over the years for not adequately building on efforts made by the ...... Read More

John Holt is dead
VETERAN reggae singer John Holt died in a London hospital yesterday. He was 69. Copeland Forbes, Holt’s manager since 2006, confirmed th ...... Read More

SPORT

‘Axeman’ reigns!

CARSON, California (AP) — Nicholas Walters stopped Philippine-born Nonito Donaire with a second left in the sixth round, winning the WBA featherweight title in dramatic fashion Saturday nigh ... Read More

Young Boyz begin Under-17 quest against Martinique
Port-au-Prince, Haiti — Jamaica Under-17 football team will bow into action today against Martinique in Group B of the CFU Championship at ...... Read More

St George's hammer Godfrey Stewart 5-1
ST George's College head coach Neville 'Bertis' Bell poured mountains of praise on his opponents, Godfrey Stewart High, after their feature game ...... Read More

JC complete urban area dominance with 2-1 win over CC
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) fought valiantly to secure a 2-1 come-from-behind win over a pluc ...... Read More

BUSINESS

Contractors urged to forge partnerships to fight foreign competition

MINISTER of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar Davies says local contractors must be willing and prepared to collaborate with each other in order to capitalise on opportunities that will emerge in ... Read More

Information Security Management Systems seminar next month
JAMAICA will host a four-day seminar on Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) next month at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. The sem ...... Read More

Jamaica could meet global demand for its ginger by 2019
LOCAL farmers could meet the global demand for Jamaican ginger by 2019, according to the Agriculture Ministry. Ginger output is on target to ne ...... Read More

New loyalty rewards card hits the market
A new loyalty rewards programme, FlexKom, is now available to local businesses. It allows businesses to boost revenue earnings by providing discoun ...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Tuning into Tosh

A SYMPOSIUM for firebrand reggae singer Peter Tosh is scheduled for the Multifunctional Room at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, next Monday. The theme of the symposium — n ... Read More

T.O.K celebrates 15 years
A HANDFUL of fans and supporters turned out at the Famous Club in Portmore, Saturday to celebrate vocal group T.O.K's 15th anniversary. Despite the ...... Read More

A marriage made by Mozart
THE extent to which people go to exact revenge when they feel duped can be many and varied. When subject surrounds love, and relationships, then the ...... Read More

Crawford sees JA as entertainment mecca
DAMION Crawford, minister of state in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, says with 20,000 entertainment event held last year, Jamaica has bo ...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

LIME men wear pink for breast cancer

THE men at LIME are proud to wear pink this October, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to increase awareness about the disease, which affects both sexes. This week, the men e ... Read More

What marriage advice works and what doesn't
BEFORE you get married, just about everyone will give their two cents about what you should or shouldn't do to make your marriage last, and what ...... Read More

So my ex is getting married...
Dear Counsellor, I am a 25-year-old Christian. I have a great job and am currently finishing up my degree. I was in a relationship with my high ...... Read More

Mom furious after 18-year-old killed allegedly by lover
  OCHO RIOS, St Ann — The mother of 18-year-old Jessica McLarty, who was reported missing over five months ago and whose remains were found ...... Read More

COLUMNS

Heroism in many forms

Last week's prelude to National Heroes' Day gave us two inspiring events and some sad losses. The 'Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell' at UWI, Mona, and the address given by Ambassador Sue Cobb a ... Read More

The cost of chikungunya to Jamaica
THE chikungunya virus, also called CHIKV, is now ravaging the island of Jamaica, shutting down court cases, crippling productivity and, in some re ...... Read More

Paulwell says Jamaica is still safe with PetroCaribe
A few weeks ago when I had a telephone chat with energy minister, Phillip Paulwell, my call to him was triggered by many articles in reputable publi ...... Read More

Countdown to elections...Ebola
Politics is not about objective reality, but virtual reality... a magical movie of sorts, a never-ending and infinitely revisable docu-drama. Strang ...... Read More

REGIONAL

Break-ins plague Manchester

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - While the figures for some major crimes have been trending down in Manchester, the police have called for citizens to be more alert to criminality, particularly break-ins, w ... Read More

Food poisoning causes Ebola scare in Mandeville
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A case of suspected poisoning triggered reports that the deadly Ebola virus may have reached the Mandeville Hospital ...... Read More

Fire Brigade to search for fake fire hydrants
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Deputy Superintendent of the Manchester Division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade Neville Bennett is moving to determine h ...... Read More

PHOTO: 200,000 ways to care
Retired Custos of Manchester Dr Gilbert Allen (left) and wife Georgia (right) with board members of the Gilbert and Georgia Allen Educational Trust ...... Read More

EDITORIALS

Let's stay true to the tradition of genuine heroism

Today, National Heroes Day 2014, Jamaicans pay special tribute to the life and times of its nation-builders. The seven National Heroes — Right Excellencies Marcus Garvey, Norman Manley, S ... Read More

Nationalism killing regional integration
  REGIONAL integration is supposed to lead to three direct benefits for the Caribbean people: economising by sharing common services; increasing ...... Read More

Torturous days ahead for West Indies cricket
The circumstances that have led to yesterday's calamitous abandonment of the West Indies cricket tour of India are as puzzling as they are distres ...... Read More

A suggestion for the IMF
Last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held its annual conference in Washington, DC. Although it had already downgraded its global growth ...... Read More

AUTO

Accolodes for Honda CR-V

THE Honda CR-V has won Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year for 2015. The CR-V claims the title with a long list of vehicle enhancements for 2015, including its improved fuel economy and uncomprom ... Read More

Two-day drift for Dover
IT will be two days of racing for the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) Seaboard Marine/Total Lubricants Heroes of Drift and Speed scheduled for Dove ...... Read More

Speed interrupted
SUNDAY'S National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) Drag Challenge number four at Vernamfield, Clarendon was brought to an abrupt end around 6:00 pm, leavi ...... Read More

Whittingham is 2014 sprint champ
MAURICE Whittingham added another title to his illustrious motorsports career when he was announced the Drivers Rallysport Club's (DRC)'s Tru-Juice ...... Read More

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