JAMAICA has been listed as one of 22 major drug-producing and transit countries by US President Barack Obama, according to information released Monday by the US Department of State. However, Ministe ...

Ja on US drug list

FORMER Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Joan Gordon-Webley yesterday described as "absolute rubbish" suggestions that she may challenge Opposition Leader Andrew Holness for West Central St Andre ...

'Absolute rubbish'

THE Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) has declared its commitment to being an agent of change and to do their part to help Jamaica overcome the challenges being faced and grow the economy. ...

Agent of change

MUSIC promoter Josef Bogdanovich now owns the largest shareholdings in the Kingston Live Entertainment (KLE) Group. It's part of an overall strategy to allow Bogdanovich to leverage his contact ...

Joe grabs KLE shares

GROS ISLET, ST Lucia (AFP) — Spinner Sulieman Benn took five wickets and Jerome Taylor reached the milestone of 100 Test wickets as Bangladesh crumbled to a 296-run defeat late on the fourth d ...


THE ozone Layer, the atmosphere's shield of protection from the sun's harmful rays, appears to be recovering from the gaping hole burned in it by humans and their use of aerosol canisters and other ...

Environment Watch


Fraud Squad arrests woman for swindling vehicles from car dealership  8:12 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A woman was arrested and charged by members of the Fraud Squad after she reportedly stole several motor vehicles from a popular used car dealership where she was employed. Reports are that between 2005 and 2014 the woman, whose responsibility it was for logging motor vehicles taken into the company, sold a number of  the vehicles and failed to either account for the sales in the company’s records or account for the proceeds of the sales. Allegations are that s ... Read More

Chanderpaul jumps to third on ICC batting table  7:36 AM
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul returned to the top three of the ...... Read More

Police seize ballistic vest, ammunition in Cross Roads, Kingston  6:59 AM
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Police seized several rounds of ammunition and a ballistic vest during an oper ...... Read More

Apple releases new software for mobile devices  9:47 PM
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AFP) -- New-generation Apple software for powering its coveted mobile devices ...... Read More

First domestic case of chikungunya in Brazil, says ministry  9:42 PM
BRASÍLIA (AFP) - Brazil's authorities on Tuesday reported the first domestically contracted cases ...... Read More


Public defender calls for review of Parole Act

ACTING Public Defender Matonda Mukulu has called for a review of the country's Parole Act, noting that much has changed since the law was passed almost 40 years ago. Mukulu, who was addressing ... Read More

Jamaica on US drug list
JAMAICA has been listed as one of 22 major drug-producing and transit countries by US President Barack Obama, according to information released Monda ...... Read More

Gordon-Webley dismisses report of challenging Holness on PNP ticket
FORMER Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Joan Gordon-Webley yesterday described as "absolute rubbish" suggestions that she may challenge Oppositi ...... Read More

PAJ, Falconer hail Clare Forrester
THE Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has paid tribute to veteran journalist Clare Forrester who died on Monday in Florida. The PAJ described her ...... Read More


Honeymoon over!

JAPANESE Ambassador to Jamaica Yasuo Takase and wife Sayoko are two delightful souls. They were cordial and inviting, welcoming each person to their Seymour Avenue home in St Andrew on Monday night ... Read More

Back in camp
JAMAICA'S senior women's football players were scheduled to return to local camp yesterday as they continue preparation for the CONCACAF stage of Wo ...... Read More

At 22, Kemar Lawrence yearns for pro contract
Today is Kemar Lawrence's birthday. He turns 22 years old. But the "perfect" gift the Jamaica international would have wanted to celebrate this day ...... Read More

Windies humble Bangladesh to sweep series 2-0
GROS ISLET, ST Lucia (AFP) — Spinner Sulieman Benn took five wickets and Jerome Taylor reached the milestone of 100 Test wickets as Bangladesh ...... Read More


NIS on course to bankruptcy in 20 years

THE National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is on course to becoming bankrupt in roughly 20 years. “If the current conditions are preserved the fund will start to have a negative cashflow in 2028 an ... Read More

Bogdanovich takes largest stake in KLE
MUSIC promoter Josef Bogdanovich now owns the largest shareholdings in the Kingston Live Entertainment (KLE) Group. It's part of an overall str ...... Read More

LIME's 'rip and replace' project interrupts mobile service
TELECOMMUNICA-TIONS provider LIME has recorded its highest increase in complaints over the last year. Recently, the Office of Utilities Regulation ( ...... Read More

Red Stripe to train, employ 2,400 for cassava project
RED Stripe plans to train and employ 2,400 persons in cassava production over the next five years. The initiative dubbed 'Project Grow' will see th ...... Read More


Dave Barker still blazing

DAVE Barker, who had a massive hit in the United Kingdom over 40 years ago with Double Barrel, has teamed with Irish ska band Supertonic Sound Club, on their latest song. Scheherazade is the name o ... Read More

Royal performance from Tarrus
BLAME the low patronage on the fact that he has been on a few shows in and around the Corporate Area in the past fortnight, but nobody told Tarrus R ...... Read More

Singjay launches Hype Phone
LAST week as Apple unveiled its much-touted iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, singjay Vibez Matrixx was pushing his single, Hype Phone. The gangly toaste ...... Read More

Singer Cat Stevens for five-city tour
NEW YORK, USA (AP) — New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the Peace Train back on the road. He announced Monday that h ...... Read More


Raising brainiacs

WHEN preparing or buying food for your young child, it is important that you include foods which will help both their physical and mental health. Brain foods are specific foods and nutrients th ... Read More

Your pregnancy: 10 early signs
There are some tell-tale signs that indicate that you are pregnant, some you will notice even before that missed period or before you do that pregna ...... Read More

Should you pierce your baby's ears?
THERE are a number of reasons parents decide to have their daughters' ears pierced. Two of the most common reasons are personal preference and simpl ...... Read More

Identifying, preventing Chikungunya in your child
The Chikungunya virus is transmitted to children through mosquito bites. The virus is spread when mosquitoes become infected after feeding on a pers ...... Read More


Trade and economic rejuvenation

It was gratifying to read the Jamaica Observer's editorial on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 that highlighted the many dysfunctional aspects of trade in Jamaica both domestic and international. It is ... Read More

The uglification of Jamaica
JAMAICA has oftentimes been described as an island paradise. Indeed, some people even refer to it as the closest thing to the biblical Garden of Ede ...... Read More

Is Portia's leadership really that bad?
Portia Simpson Miller, our seventh prime minister, is one of only two to serve two non-consecutive terms -- the other was Michael Manley. In 2013 ...... Read More

ROGER CLARKE: loyal and faithful to the end
THERE is no denying the shock, disbelief and mourning that we have witnessed in this country since the untimely passing of Agriculture and Fisheri ...... Read More


Moneague welcomes police walk-through

MEMBERS of the Moneague Police station and members of the St Ann Community Safety and Security Branch recently conducted a walk-through in the Moneague area under the theme, "Building Stronger Commu ... Read More

Designer graves
ANNOTTO Bay Cemetery in St Mary has become less of a morbid graveyard and more like an attraction as passers-by stop daily to take pictures and exam ...... Read More

Show appreciation for politicians while they are alive, says Patterson
SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson has charged Jamaicans to appreciate the work of our political leaders whil ...... Read More

Toying with science
IN this age of 'computer kids', nine-year-old Leonardo Kirkland lives outside the norm. Whereas many other children his age are concerned with the ...... Read More


Let us honour Ms Clare Forrester

SENATOR Sandrea Falconer, the information minister, sums it up succinctly in describing the late Jamaican journalist and communications practitioner, Clare Forrester, as "a giant of Caribbean journa ... Read More

Encouraging news on crime, but there's more to be done
THERE is a long way to go before Jamaica's crime rate can be considered tolerable. However, news that the country is actually on course to recordi ...... Read More

Honour to whom honour is due
We hear the urgings of former prime minister of Jamaica, the Honourable Mr Percival James Patterson, that politicians should be shown appreciation ...... Read More

Jamaica's image bad for business
BRAND Jamaica is awesome, but our business image has some serious catching up to do. To many people the world over, most Jamaicans smoke ganja, wear ...... Read More


One injured in St Andrew crash

A sideman on a truck transporting scrap metal was seriously injured on Friday when the vehicle flipped over and slammed into a wall on Kirkland Close, St Andrew. The driver of the truck ... Read More

Self-driving cars now need a permit
California, USA — COMPUTER-DRIVEN cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years -- but until now, the sta ...... Read More

GM expert says 19 deaths eligible for compensation
DETROIT (AP) — The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation exp ...... Read More

Poor support for traffic bill committee
A joint select committee (JSC) of Parliament, which was appointed to review the draft bill for a new Road Traffic Act, is to seek to increase public ...... Read More


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