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PHOTO: JN Visa World Championships gift.

Saniah Spencer , senior manager, marketing and product development at JN Bank, introduces curious members of the public to the JN VISA credit card during a promotion outside JN Bank's chief office in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, last Friday. JN Bank will give three Jamaicans, who sign up and activate their JN VISA credit card ...

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Campion College to implement solar-powered water pumping system.

C ampion College has received a grant of $500,000 for the implementation of a student-designed energy solution at the school.The funding was part of the prize package that the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica awarded to Campion students who topped the 16 to 19 age group in the science category of the 2016 PCJ School ...

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Lowe to present cancer research findings at Harvard summit.

Jamaican cancer research scientist Dr Henry Lowe will be heading to Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, this weekend, to participate in the 2017 Global Health Catalyst Summit.He is expected to discuss his research findings on cannabis and cancer.Dr Lowe will also participate in the innovative ...

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Montague says JCF to fill 3,000 spaces.

National Security Minister Robert Montague says the Jamaica Constabulary Force will intensify its recruitment process to fill some 3,000 available spaces. “It is the intention of this Government, over the next couple of years, through retention techniques and increased recruitment, to bring the force up to its ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Couple forced off BA flight after seat row.

Plane en route from London to Jamaica lands at air base to offload couple who had demanded upgrade

- GulfNews - AE

Zac's back: Tories pick Goldsmith to pinch Richmond back from the Lib Dems.

Former MP and London mayor candidate Zac Goldsmith has been selected as the Conservative candidate for Richmond and North Kingston. Goldsmith was tonight chosen to contest the same seat he lost in a by-election last December to Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney. The 42-year-old was selected following a secret ballot in ...

- City AM - UK

WATCH: Freida Pinto sings the Kingston Trio's classic folk song 'Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley'.

Pinto appears on "Popcorn With Peter Travers" to talk about her new TV series "Guerrilla."

- ABC News - US

Frugal Family: A Jamaica Trip With the Ultimate Travel Amenity: A Nanny.

For the Frugal Family, the appeal of an all-inclusive resort came from the child care and the possibility of a vacation that would feel like a vacation.

- New York Times - US

Education offers solution to crime.

D ean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at The Mico University College, Dr Albert Benjamin, has cited education as one of the most critical elements in addressing crime in Jamaica.He noted that education shapes values and attitudes and transforms lives, and research has shown a correlation between high levels of ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

70-year-old KC chapel, choir hailed for inspiring hope.

Words from Christopher Tye served as a call to celebrate at St Augustine's Chapel on the North Street campus of Kingston College , as that community gathered for the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the chapel and its world-renowned choir on Sunday last: “O come ye servants of the Lord and praise his holy ...

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Vertical gardening.

Children from the Jamaica Money Market Brokers nursery helped plant a vertical garden at the financial group's head office on Earth Day, observed around the world last Saturday. They reused empty plastic beverage bottles as planters, which they tied to a wooden frame. Creating the green space was “an opportunity to ...

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More than 300 girls for ICT conference tomorrow

MORE than 300 students from 30 schools will participate in the Girls in Information and Communications Technology Day conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, tomorrow.The event, which is being hosted by the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, in collaboration with the Office of Utilities Regulations , ...

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Bail extended for woman accused of abandoning 5-day-old baby

THE mother of a five-day-old baby boy who was found in a plastic bag last month on Sergany Drive in Kingston had her bail extended when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, yesterday.The accused, Sabrina Markland, a resident of Mountain View in Kingston, pleaded not guilty to the charge of abandonment of ...

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Heart attack survivor shares frightening experience

A 47-year-old man who survived a heart attack in 2015, which would have probably killed him had he not got to hospital in time, yesterday stunned close to 200 people at the Jamaica Observer's inaugural Your Health, Your Wealth Symposium when he candidly shared his experience and urged attendees to take their health and the ...

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The HyperX Pulserfire is a comfortable plug-and-play gaming mouse

REVIEW: HyperX has already established itself as one of the best companies for gaming headsets, and it expanded into keyboards last year. Now, the Kingston brand wants to complete its takeover of your desk with the Pulsefire FPS gaming mouse and the Fury Pro mouse pad. The Pulsefire is a new $50 mouse with an optical ...

- VentureBeat - US

PCJ gives Campion College $500,000 for solar powered water system

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Campion College has received a grant of $500,000 from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica for the implementation of a student-designed energy solution at the school campus.According to a release from the PCJ, the funding was part of the prize package awarded to Campion students who topped the 16 to ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

RIU Reggae hotel reopens following explosion

ST JAMES, Jamaica - The RIU Reggae hotel in Ironshore, St James, which was closed last week Thursday after an explosion at the property left one worker dead and four others injured, has been reopened.President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association Omar Robinson told OBSERVER ONLINE a short while ago that the hotel ...

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Jamaica malaria-free for the 5th consecutive year - health inspectors

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Jamaica Association of Public Health Inspector says as the world recognises World Malaria Day on April 25, the country has remained malaria-free for five consecutive years.JAPHI in a news release Tuesday said it wished to promote continued national effort in the control of vectors of this and other ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Woman among 31 wanted in St James

ST JAMES , The police have listed 31 people as wanted for serious crimes in St James and surrounding parishes. These individuals are being asked to turn themselves in to the Montego Bay Criminal Investigation Branch immediately.They are:1. Adrian Robinson, 37, otherwise called 'Rasta', who frequents Crawford Street in St. ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

More relief to come for flood-hit parishes - McKenzie

KINGSTON, Jamaica , Minister of Local Goverment and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says Cabinet has given approval for relief efforts to be intensified in the parishes of St Thomas and Clarendon, which suffered from flooding after heavy rains throughout the weekend.McKenzie, speaking in Parliament this afternoon, ...

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Jamaica could have 5 million visitors earlier than projected

ST JAMES, Jamaica , Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says there are strong indications that Jamaica could reach its goal of five million visitors in a single year, earlier than previously projected.Bartlett, who is currently in Asia as part of a two-week overseas trip, which includes stops in Addis Ababa, Dubai and ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Weekend flood damage estimated at $492m

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie said that based on assessment conducted after the weekend long flood rains that swept the country, damage has been estimated at $492 million dollars.He said the assessment of the municipal infrastructure by the ministry's ...

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#SectoralDebate: Paulwell to make financial returns public

KINGSTON, Jamaica , Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives Phillip Paulwell says he will be making his financial returns public in the coming week.Paulwell, during his sectoral debate contribution this afternoon, said that he had written to the Integrity Commission to ask that his returns since he ...

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Shaw takes aim at Customs Agency as Gov't tackles corruption

KINGSTON, Jamaica , Minister of Finance and Public Service Audley Shaw has announced measures to tackle corruption and is taking aim at the Jamaica Customs Agency , which he said tops his list of agencies that has some level of corruption.Shaw, who was speaking at the third Conference of the Caribbean Commonwealth ...

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Seprod MD urges J'cans to take NCDs seriously at Observer health symposium

KINGSTON, Jamaica , Managing Director of Seprod, Richard Pandohie, is calling on Jamaicans to realise that non-communicable diseases are no longer a thing for old people and take their health seriously.Speaking at the Jamaica Observer Your Health, Your Wealth Symposium currently taking place at the Spanish Court Hotel, ...

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Doctor warns that 'fluffy' bodies not healthy

KINGSTON, Jamaica , Dr Suzanne Arscott, one of the presenters at the Jamaica Observer Your Health, Your Wealth Symposium currently taking place at the Spanish Court Hotel, is reminding Jamaicans that despite the culture of liking 'fluffy' women and big bodied men, such body types are not healthy."If your weight is ...

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Forex: J$129.15 to one US dollar

KINGSTON, Jamaica , The US dollar on Monday, April 24 ended trading at J$129.15 up by 19 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading summary.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$96.03 down from J$96.24 while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$164.85 up from ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

JCF to intensify recruitment drive to fill 3,000 spaces

KINGSTON, Jamaica , National Security Minister, Robert Montague, says the Jamaica Constabulary Force will intensify its recruitment process to fill 3,000 available spaces within the JCF.“It is the intention of this Government over the next couple of years, through retention techniques and increased recruitment, to ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Burnt Riu hotel worker recuperating after surgery in US

ST JAMES, Jamaica , One of four injured hotel workers attached to the Riu Reggae Hotel in St James, who was airlifted to a medical facility in the United States of America following an explosion at the hospital last week Thursday, is said to be making improvements.The employee was one of five people injured during the ...

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#SectoralDebate: Robinson recommends amendments to Cybercrimes Act

KINGSTON, Jamaica , Former state minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Julian Robinson, this afternoon recommended changes to Jamaica's much debated cybercrimes legislation, saying the Act was not "bad law, but one that can be further refined".Robinson, who repeatedly alluded to the charge of ...

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Shah the star as Pakistan rout West Indies

KINGSTON, Jamaica , Yasir Shah completed a six-wicket haul to spearhead the second innings rout of the West Indies as Pakistan achieved a comfortable seven-wicket victory just after lunch on the final day of the first Test on Tuesday.Trailing on first innings by 121 runs and resuming at the overnight position of 93 for ...

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Chang highlights role of agriculture in development

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica , Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, says agriculture continues to play a critical role in the country's economic development.Chang, who was speaking at the annual Montpelier Agricultural Show in St James on April 17, added that, along with ...

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Knowledge-based society critical - Wheatley

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica , Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, says if Jamaica is to compete globally, it must develop an efficient knowledge-based society.The minister, who was addressing the opening of a Community Access Point in Springfield, St James, on April 20, added that it is important that ...

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Eight Jamaicans accused of lottery scamming are being extradited to the United States today.A former policeman is among the eight who were ordered extradited by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in March following a hearing in which they sought to challenge the request made by the US Government.The accused , ex-policeman Jason ...

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Pakistan beat West Indies in first Test

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hit successive sixes off Devendra Bishoo to give Pakistan victory by seven wickets in the first Test against West Indies in Jamaica on Tuesday.The tourists had bowled West Indies out for 152 in the second innings leaving them a target of 32 to win on the final day, which was reached in less ...


ICC fines Windies pacer Shannon Gabriel for 'deliberate physical contact' with Sarfraz

West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was fined for making 'deliberate physical contact with non-striker Sarfraz Ahmed at the end of the 103rd over of Pakistan's innings', the International Cricket Council stated in a press release on Tuesday.The international cricket governance body fined Gabriel with 50 per cent of his ...


Stay clear of designated institutional funds, Anglican bishop warns

Howard Gregory, Anglican bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, has cautioned the Government against broadening the definition of public institutions whose surplus funds they intend to manage to include churches, trusts and government-owned educational institutions.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

PHOTO: More help

 Danah Cameron, group public relations and training officer at Jamaica Broilers Group, presents a symbolic cheque for $300,000 to Canon Hartley Perrin , chairman of the Clifton Boys’ Home, yesterday, while P J Patterson, former prime minister and Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Eastern looks on. The ...

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Eye on castor oil

Armed with data showing that just about half of the global demand for castor oil and its related products are being met, Jamaican stakeholders are laying the foundation to benefit from the industry that is expected to grow to over US$2 billion in another seven years.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

LASCO Top Cop wants to continue inspiring inner-city youth

CORPORAL Stokely Fagan, the 2017 LASCO top cop, who has been described as a beacon of hope in his Bay Farm Villa community in Kingston, said that he hopes that the award will inspire others in his community and other inner-city areas to strive for excellence.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

CC Old Boys to honour Hopeton Dunn, Clifton Yap and Ivan Godfrey

Communications specialist Professor Hopeton Dunn and architect Clifton Yap will be honoured by the Kingston Chapter of the Cornwall College Old Boys’ Association this Saturday.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

CNN panel goes off the rails as Trump booster blames State Department plug for Mar-a-Lago on Obama

A CNN discussion on Trump's first 100 days took a wild turn Monday night when Trump-backing former Congressman Jack Kingston defended the Trump family for cashing in on the presidency. After CNN regular Ana Navarro criticized first daughter Ivanka Trump for selling “Trump shoes and Trump handb...

- The Raw Story - US

Pakistan edge ahead of Windies in Kingston

Pakistan leads the West Indies by 36 runs with five first innings wickets in hand at lunch on the fourth day of the first Test against the West Indies.

- SBS.com.au - AU

HyperX Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse

HyperX is a respected gaming brand from famed company Kingston. The brand is most known for offering quality memory -- as is its parent company -- but it has been branching out to other gaming product types too, such as headsets and mechanical keyboards. Now, the company is launching another such peripheral -- a mouse. ...

- BetaNews.Com - US

PHOTOS: Carnival climax

The 2017 Carnival season came to a fitting climax yesterday with the colourful street pared in Kingston. Here are some highlights.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

PHOTO: Recycling boost

The Jamaica Observer gave its internal recycling capacity a boost just in time for Earth Day with the addition of bins dedicated to the collection of single-use plastic bottles at its Beechwood Avenue head office. The bins were donated by beverage distributor Wisynco, whose Environment Communication Officer Shelley Dunkley ...

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UK chaplain to The Queen urges Anglican church to strengthen mission

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The 147th Synod of the Anglican Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands was last week reminded that it was called to “walk in the way of Christ, show love and serve”.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Flood disaster

Heavy, persistent rain caused by a trough in the vicinity of Jamaica over the weekend brought disaster to sections of south-east Clarendon Saturday.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Government commended by ICAO regional office

The newly constructed Air Traffic Control Tower at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay which is expected to be commissioned into service before the end of the year. In the background is the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority’s Norwood Radar Station.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM

Ja needs to discard narrow-minded politics, says Phillips

Jamaica needs better politics to rebuild trust and not one rooted in tribal divisiveness where State funds are used to advance narrow political views instead of to develop holistic measures to solve our problems, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips told University of Technology Jamaica students last Thursday.

- JamaicaObserver.com - JM