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WITH less than a week to go before Christmas, vendors in downtown Kingston are concerned about the slow pace of business in the normally bustling shopping hub. "Things are going really slow in ...

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THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is to discontinue the 'Pay for Other' feature for concession passengers on its electronic collection system as it moves to strengthen its strategy to curb ...

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PETROLEUM marketing companies licensed to operate in Jamaica have agreed to pass on the full reduction of weekly refinery billing price adjustments quoted by Petrojam to their retailers, which sho ...

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BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com MELLO FM's morning man Richard 'Richie B' Burgess is calling the inclusion of Ron Muschette to the station's line-up a ...

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CENTURION, South Africa (AFP) — South African captain Hashim Amla hit his third Test double century and Stiaan van Zyl made a hundred on debut before rain brought a premature end to the seco ...

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LEADING Jamaican political and medical figures and the senior Cuban envoy in Jamaica have welcomed yesterday's top global news story of efforts to normalise relations between the United States and ...

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LATEST NEWS

Cop shot dead in Manchester 12:09 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A police constable was shot dead in Manchester around 11 tonight. The cop has been identified by a colleague as Orville Preadie, who is said to be in hi ... Read More

Neighbouring US states sue Colorado over ganja fallout  7:39 PM
LOS ANGELES, United States — Colorado's neighbours Oklahoma and Nebraska filed a lawsui ...... Read More

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Court records show that Kris and Bruce Jenner have finalised their d ...... Read More

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NEWS

Union irony

THE National Workers' Union (NWU), which for many years led several strikes in defence of hundreds of workers for wrongful dismissal, will now have to pay former assistant island supervisor Robert ... Read More

Worse than last year!
WITH less than a week to go before Christmas, vendors in downtown Kingston are concerned about the slow pace of business in the normally bustling ...... Read More

JUTC announces change to 'Pay for Other' feature amidst abuse
THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is to discontinue the 'Pay for Other' feature for concession passengers on its electronic collection syst ...... Read More

Petroleum marketing companies to pass on price cuts to retailers
PETROLEUM marketing companies licensed to operate in Jamaica have agreed to pass on the full reduction of weekly refinery billing price adjustment ...... Read More

SPORT

It was a great 2014 season - Dane Nelson

DANE Nelson, who has retained the crown as champion jockey following the departure of main rival Dick Cardenas, said that although finishing the year without a Classic winner it was a great 2014 s ... Read More

Amla, AB, van Zyl propel Proteas to mammoth 552-5 
CENTURION, South Africa (AFP) — South African captain Hashim Amla hit his third Test double century and Stiaan van Zyl made a hundred on deb ...... Read More

Baptism of fire for Johnny Football
MAKING the transition from college football to the NFL is not easy. Media darling Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns found this out last Sunday ...... Read More

Windies relying on openers to lead fightback
CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) — West Indies assistant manager Andre Coley says his openers will need to occupy the crease for a considerable p ...... Read More

BUSINESS

Holiday Reality Check for Kids

It's often been said that the Christmas holiday period is best enjoyed by children (or those who are young at heart!) Most youngsters look forward to a visit from Santa Claus, who travels around t ... Read More

Forex: J$114.58 to one US dollar
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Thursday, December 18 ended trading at J$114.58, up 10 cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s da ...... Read More

Scotia moves to further reduce credit/debit card fraud
SCOTIABANK Jamaica will be implementing a security system to further minimise credit and debit card fraud within another 12 months. The CHIP/EM ...... Read More

Honey Bun's rum fruit cakes now available in UK's ASDA
HONEY Bun Ltd started selling its rum fruit cakes in the United Kingdom-based ASDA Groceries which supported the tripling of its exports year-to-d ...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Ron goes Mello

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com MELLO FM's morning man Richard 'Richie B' Burgess is calling the inclusion of Ron Muschette to the station's line-up a ... Read More

Busy Signal to host Magnum Follow Ur Sound final
DANCEHALL artiste Busy Signal is slated to host the Magnum Follow Ur Sound final at the UDC Car Park on the Waterfront, Downtown Kingston, on Satur ...... Read More

Great showing at Ghetto Splash
THE Waterhouse Mini Stadium in Drewsland, St Andrew, was transformed into a musical kaleidoscope with the staging of the Shocking Vibes and Downso ...... Read More

Saving the best for last
THE Behind the Scenes series held at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records on Constant Spring Road came to a thunderous end with a 'surgical' performanc ...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

Church of England appoints first female bishop

LONDON, England (AP) — The Church of England yesterday named the first female bishop in its 500-year history, promoting saxophone-playing, soccer-loving vicar Libby Lane to bishop of Stockpo ... Read More

20,000 bras recalled in Japan due to injury fears
TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) — A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked ou ...... Read More

I'm unhappy: 300lbs and my knees hurt
Dear Donovan, I am frustrated and stressed out. I am six feet, two inches tall and desperately in need of help to lose weight. I currently weigh 30 ...... Read More

Managing the (unavoidable) Christmas rush
We say it every year. "I'm not gonna be in the Christmas rush." But, let's face it...right there, in the thick of things, is where we're gonna be. ...... Read More

COLUMNS

A bikini for the politician and Miss Facebook

IN the new dispensation, characters can be attacked and the anonymous can find followers. Nobody has to take responsibility for anything. It is a new time and a new world. One of the most intri ... Read More

Race, corporate cash may derail democracy
When white people or rich people fight watch, listen, learn. The rich are not like us. They run t'ings, and until Cabinets uplift the 93 per cent ...... Read More

Why an atheist like me absolutely adores Christmas
WITHOUT Christmas I would be empty at this time of the year. As a child, in the 1950s, I saw my father, now 94, as the man whom made Christmas com ...... Read More

Advent, Christmas and resolutions
ADVENT, like the word Maranatha, means "the Lord is coming". For Christians, the four weeks before Christmas is a time of preparation. And by this ...... Read More

REGIONAL

PM hands over 40 land titles to Clarendon residents

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday handed over 40 land titles to residents from several communities in Clarendon at a ceremony held at the Havannah Heights Community Centre in May Pen ... Read More

Bartlett fetes JLP senior citizens
KEMSHOT, St James - Over 50 senior citizens were feted by Member of Parliament for East Central St James Edmund Bartlett and his wife Carmen, during ...... Read More

MBU on revenge mission
TUCKER, St James - MONTEGO Bay United (MBU) will get the chance to avenge yet another defeat when they host Cavalier SC in the Red Stripe Premier L ...... Read More

Map Head carving out a niche in the dancehall
HAGUE, Trelawny - DERRICK Kerr, better known as 'Map Head', one of the top-flight selectors on the legendary Killamanjaro (Jaro) sound system, has b ...... Read More

EDITORIALS

Cuba and Jamaica give Moreno a grand opportunity

YESTERDAY, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno arrived in Jamaica. The IDB has become Jamaica's most important banker, so it is encouraging that this visit appears ... Read More

The miseducation of Senator Lambert Brown
JAMAICA, regrettably, does not get the full benefit of the intelligence and the vast experience of Senator Lambert Brown of trade union fame, possib ...... Read More

Updating Michael Manley's foreign policy legacy
Had he lived, Mr Michael Manley would have just turned 90 years old. Birthdays, even of those who have passed, prompt reflection on what they have ...... Read More

Thanks for task force report, but...
This newspaper is happy that the task force set up to probe the disastrous decision to abandon the West Indies cricket tour of India in Octobe ...... Read More

AUTO

Today is 'Pump Watch Day'

ENERGY Minister Phillip Paulwell has declared today 'Pump Watch Day', calling on consumers to closely monitor price movements at the island's petrol stations. Paulwell wants the consumers to ob ... Read More

PHOTO: Crash!
This truck and taxi collided at the Half-Way-Tree Road/Beechwood Avenue intersection in Kingston 5 on Tuesday night. The driver and passengers of th ...... Read More

Skunk Nation takes a stance
KINGSTON-BASED car club Skunk Nation will once again hold its annual charity event, Stancing for the Kidz, at the Mary Brown's Corner Texaco Gas Sta ...... Read More

Fatalities speed pass 300 mark
FOR a second consecutive year, the road fatalities speed pass the 300 mark. Toll currently stands at 303. According to Dr Lucien Jones, vice chair ...... Read More

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