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O-Wrap: Police used car dispute... Gov't renews crime focus... Teacher on sex charges 7:00 pm

In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:1. O'Brien's refuses to terminate contract to supply used cars for... Read More

Education ministry looking to offer more science scholarships9:25 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — National Mathematics Coordinator, Dr Tamika Benjamin, says discussions are under way towards increasing the number of scholarships offered to...... Read More

UPDATE: 13 siblings held captive in US home were likely coerced to remain quiet9:05 pm
LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) — When a 17-year-old girl jumped out a window from the house where her parents allegedly starved and tortured their 13 children, she broke...... Read More

CARICOM countries could be removed from EU blacklist 8:43 pm
BRUSSELS, Belgium (CMC) — At least two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that had been included in a new list of global tax havens by the European Union could be...... Read More

Apple urged to study iPhone addiction in children 8:27 pm
NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Two large shareholders urged Apple to study whether iPhones are proving addictive for children and that intensive use of the smartphones...... Read More

St Catherine teacher accused of having sex with primary school student 7:19 pm
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica —  Detectives assigned to the St Catherine branch of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) today disclosed ...... Read More

JSIF urges increased partnership with service clubs 7:16 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Managing Director, Omar Sweeney, is encouraging more service clubs to support community development...... Read More

Gov't invests $161m to boost forensic lab6:42 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of National Security says it has invested more than $161 million to build new facilities (The Annex) at the Institute of Forensic Science...... Read More

NEWS

More worries with police car contract

CONTROVERSY over Government's contract with Obrien's International Car Sales Limited has deepened, with the court battle, which National Security Minister Robert... Read More

More than $200 million collected in second traffic ticket amnesty
TAX Administration Jamaica (TAJ) says preliminary figures showed that approximately $256 million was collected in traffic fines at the end of the second traffic ticket...... Read More

OUR asks DEML for water quality results following Observer report
THE Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) says it in discussions with Dynamic Environmental Management Limited (DEML) following a Jamaica Observer report of customers'...... Read More

Two primary school teachers on sex charges
TWO primary school teachers — one from St Catherine and the other from St Thomas — are facing sexual assault charges for acts allegedly committed against...... Read More

SPORT

Calabar impress at Douglas Forrest Invitational Development Meet

Defending Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys' Athletics champions Calabar High School made a strong statement at the Douglas Forrest Invitational... Read More

Donaldson unhappy as late player arrivals slow preparations
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago — With four more players joining the group early yesterday morning, Jamaica's Under-20 Reggae Girlz had a more lively session...... Read More

Boys' Town, Montego Bay United end goalless
A draw was hardly beneficial to both teams as Montego Bay United and nominal hosts Boys' Town FC ended 0-0 in the Red Stripe Premier League match at Barbican football...... Read More

Windies skipper Stewart regrets controversial
MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (CMC) — West Indies Under-19 Captain Emmanuel Stewart says he regrets the appeal which led to the controversial dismissal of South...... Read More

BUSINESS

Complaints against Digicel pre-paid credit depletion drop

THE Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) says its intervention has reduced the number of complaints from pre-paid Digicel customers regarding the depletion of credit. Read More

Shaw says 2018/19 Budget Debate to start in February
Jamaicans can expect the 2018/19 revenue and expenditure budgets to be tabled in the House of Representatives within the next 24...... Read More

CAC aids cooling of BPO sector
Listed company, CAC 2000 Limited (CAC), has signed a deal with the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) to act as financier for air-conditioning...... Read More

Somerset Falls back on stream
A group of doctors operating under a lease-to-buy agreement with Somerset Falls owner, Andrew Azar, plans on transforming a section of the...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Tommy Lee debuts in Billboard Top Ten

New Creator , the debut album from Tommy Lee Sparta, enters the Billboard Reggae Album chart this... Read More

Ashe wants its kingdom
OTAHEITI Kingdom is the vision for the performing troupe Ashe, which celebrates its silver jubilee this year. The announcement was made at the 25th anniversary launch...... Read More

Women fest for Jamaica
A new event — The Voice of A Woman Festival Jamaica — is set to kick off at Carib 5 in St Andrew, on Saturday, January 27.... Read More

'Church needs to do more'
GOSPEL deejay and pastor Goddy Goddy is of the opinion that Jamaica's churches could play a more active role in the nation's fight against crime. He believes they are...... Read More

COLUMNS

5 reasons Chronixx's Chronology should win 2018 Reggae Grammy

The 2018 Grammys will take place in New York, USA, on January 28, 2018 and all eyes are on the Reggae category. Overall, it has been a great year for reggae music, and... Read More

Noise and employment
It was around 1963 a law was enacted that music could not be played above a certain audible level after 9:00 pm. My father, who would be 95 today (January 18) had he...... Read More

Substance abusers fuelling violent crimes
To what extent have the relevant authorities in Jamaica made the link with the high spate of violent crimes and the nation's substance abusers? Has the partial...... Read More

Rest well, Ian, rest well
Last Sunday the nation gave a commendable farewell to one of its most outstanding sons, the veteran journalist and broadcaster, Ian Anthony Boyne. He would have been pleased...... Read More

REGIONAL

Rich and famous flock to Jamaica over holidays

WESTERN BUREAU — Jamaica experienced a surge in wealthy and celebrity tourists who vacationed at private villas and exclusive resorts around the island over the... Read More

Suspects held for Hanover's first four murders, police say
LUCEA, Hanover — The Hanover police are reporting that they have taken suspects into custody in connection with the first four murders committed in the parish...... Read More

All set for Capricorn 'Be Sophisticated'
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Promoters say all is now in place for the premium annual party event Capricorn 'Be Sophisticated', set to unfold on the lawns of the...... Read More

Multi-purpose skills-training centre for Flanker
FLANKER, St James — Several unattached youth in the inner-city community of Flanker, St James, and its environs are set to be trained in a wide range of...... Read More

EDITORIALS

Why can PM Holness, Dr Phillips co-operate on a fire, but not on crime?

We mourn deeply for the two children who perished Tuesday in that accursed fire at Walker's Place of Safety on Lyndhurst Crescent in Kingston. Alas, it seems the more... Read More

Don't erode the gains made in our electoral system
Jamaica has come a far way in being able to execute parliamentary and municipal elections that are free and fair. Of this we are proud because our history is dotted by many...... Read More

Should Jamaica prepare for an accidental nuclear war?
Asked the question above, every sane Jamaican would say an unhesitating 'yes'. So the bigger question is: How should we prepare for the eventuality of an accidental nuclear...... Read More

An appeal for Haiti
It was quite painful to read the appeal by the Haitian Government last week for US$252 million in aid to respond to natural disasters this...... Read More

AUTO

Toyota Camry Hybrid: Elevate your efficiency

JAMAICA's market is currently very 'sport utility vehicle-centric', but the family sedan isn't taking the shift lying down. The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid is fighting... Read More

Reid wants school bus system
Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid is on a mission to create a national school bus system which will provide...... Read More

Kia Soul, Sportage top safety tests
THE United States' Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded its best rating possible, Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+), to 2018 Kia Souls when equipped with...... Read More

Second amnesty ends tomorrow
TAX Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has collected approximately $90 million from motorists holding outstanding traffic tickets since 2010.... Read More

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