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O-Wrap: JTA rejects wage offer…New cardiac facility at Bustamante hospital… 570 criminal records expunged7:00 pm

In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:1. JTA unanimously rejects government's wage offer Read More

Panama to require visa for Venezuelans amid crisis9:18 pm
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama's president says his country will begin requiring an entry visa for Venezuelans beginning in October as their homeland slips deeper into...... Read More

Women urged to dispel misconceptions that hold them back9:02 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Wife of the Prime Minister, Juliet Holness, is imploring women to dispel misconceptions that prevent them from realising their true...... Read More

Hong Kong raises highest warning for Severe Typhoon Hato 8:55 pm
HONG KONG, China (AFP) — Hong Kong raised its highest storm warning Wednesday as Severe Typhoon Hato brought the city to a standstill, shutting down the stock market and...... Read More

St James man held with lottery scamming paraphernalia — police 8:39 pm
ST JAMES, Jamaica — An alleged lottery scammer was arrested and charged with breaches of the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act this morning by...... Read More

Gov't committed to knowledge-based society — Wheatley 7:32 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is committed to a knowledge-based digital society whereby...... Read More

PCJ and OUR sign MOU to stage first natural gas conference 7:29 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been inked by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR)...... Read More

Caribbean urged to fully embrace digital technology6:49 pm
NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — Guyana's Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes, on Tuesday said that the Caribbean needs to commit to digital developments in the...... Read More

NEWS

People with restraining orders to be monitored electronically

SECURITY Minister Robert Montague says electronic monitoring is to be introduced for people who are the subject of restraining orders. Read More

Government urged to withdraw Chinese from Heroes' Circle projects
THE Construction and Industry Council (CIC) yesterday called on the Holness Administration to halt what it says is an “ill-conceived” agreement with China...... Read More

A rocky road ahead
ROSE HALL, St James — President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) Helene Davis Whyte is expecting the 2017/2019 wage negotiations between...... Read More

Medical practitioners being certified to prescribe medical marijuana
THE Ministry of Health says it is training medical practitioners to be certified prescribers of medical marijuana.... Read More

SPORT

Ambrose slams 'pathetic' West Indies

LONDON, England (AFP) – Curtly Ambrose labelled the current West Indies side “embarrassing” and “pathetic” after their humiliating innings... Read More

Muir, Nelson on the boil
Jamaican jockeys, Shamaree Muir and Dane Nelson, continued their good form in Canada when they combined to win six races over the weekend, with Muir landing two major...... Read More

Gayle, Samuels for England ODIs
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — Talismanic opener Chris Gayle is poised to play his first One-Day International in 29 months after being named yesterday in a 15-man...... Read More

Heights take aim at St James U-20 final
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Heights FC will hope to return to the final of the St James Football Association's Sandals International Under-20 competition when they...... Read More

BUSINESS

Age Quod Agis motto gives courage to Vertis Technology Jamaican company making waves across the Caribbean and Europe

In 2013 Ryan Sterling left his previous organisation to branch out and follow his dreams. He wanted not just to work, but to make an impact in the space he was in... Read More

Bank lending rates are still too high — Wynter
While bank lending rates have been falling, they are still too high, according to Bank of Jamaica Governor Brian Wynter.... Read More

Money swiped via ATM in an instant — returned in four months
Dear Claudienne,I am an avid reader of your column and am now adding my story with the hope that you can help me too.... Read More

North-South Highway drives Dolphin Cove revenue up
Marine park operator Dolphin Cove Ltd has credited improvements in revenue for its second quarter ending June 2017 to the North-South...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

Rage ready to make impact

Emerging singjay Rage is aiming to take her place among the dancehall elite with her single Fling It Up. Read More

Poetry fest a hit
THE seventh annual Jamaica Poetry Festival on August 13 at Louise Bennett Garden Theatre in St Andrew lived up to its 'FEAST of GLOBAL POETREE'...... Read More

Where It's At Florida reunion
There was a sense of hopelessness among youth like Baldwin Howe in West Kingston during the late 1960s. He desperately wanted an escape from violence and...... Read More

Hapilos awards on tonight
FEMALE producers are expected to vie for top honours in this evening's 21st Hapilos Digital Music Awards scheduled for the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, St...... Read More

COLUMNS

Shaping school culture through change from within

Think for a moment about the school where you work, the school your children attend (or where you attended as a student), or the school within the community in which you live. Read More

To know is to know...is to know
In a recent Jamaica Observer column titled 'Let's not misrepresent what the Bible says about gays', Glenn Tucker, an educator and sociologist wrote,...... Read More

Little school days, but big learning
I am grateful to those readers of my columns who have said they enjoy the occasional nostalgic stories. One person actually described me as prehistoric, perhaps he...... Read More

Those two Tivoli Gardens reports
There are two reports now making the news on Tivoli Gardens. The first is the report of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, appointed to enquire...... Read More

REGIONAL

'One Hop' wonder

DONOVON Levers only has one leg, but that has not affected his vibrant personality or his independence. Read More

'A hard act to follow'
FORMER People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament for St Mary South Eastern Harry Douglas has surmised that the next Member of Parliament for the constituency,...... Read More

A frightening experience at sea
GARFIELD Gordon had been fishing for 15 years, but nothing could have prepared him for the day his boat's engine failed him at sea.... Read More

St Thomas' Truddiann Ashmead is National Farm Queen 2017
TWENTY-five-year-old Truddiann Ashmead has been crowned Jamaica's 54th Farm Queen.... Read More

EDITORIALS

Sound and useful advice from Mr Vaughn Reid

Those who took a look at the Sunday Observer may have seen an intriguing story headlined 'When I left Bible school I bought a tractor trailer'. Read More

A bold statement of confidence from the CB Group
We share the view that the just-announced investment by Caribbean Broilers (CB) Group is indeed a big statement of confidence in...... Read More

Sugar industry is unaffordable social welfare
The sugar industry was the backbone of the economy of Jamaica and our largest export and source of foreign exchange from the mid-17th Century, when British colonial...... Read More

Big money and the impact on WI cricket
Cricket fans can't have missed that the West Indies three-Test tour of England clashes directly with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL...... Read More

AUTO

Diana crash car 'handled badly at high speed'

PARIS, France (AFP) — The 1997 car crash that killed Britain's Princess Diana spawned a host of conspiracy theories, but evidence that it was an accident only... Read More

Clarendon show revvs off
Clarendon's Ultimate Car Show in Hayes may not have got the crowd support it anticipated, but its organisers sees it as par for the...... Read More

TAXIS GET NEW ROUTES
SINCE Monday, the Transport Authority (TA) has been providing information on more than 200 stage carriage routes available for prospective transport...... Read More

Magna celebrates second anniversary
MAGNA Motors, local dealers for the Hyundai automotive and commercial brands, celebrated their second year in Jamaica with a church service at the St Andrew Parish...... Read More

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