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Senate passes Income Tax (Amendment) Act 2015

6 hours 55 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Senate, on Friday passed the Income Tax (Amendment) Act, 2015, that will facilitate the provision an additional $35,568 in tax-free income for workers, effective January, 1, 2016.

Trinidadian among 21 arrested for lottery scamming in Hanover

8 hours 52 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police say the western end of the island continues to be the focal point of operation as the Jamaica Constabulary Force moves to clamp down on lottery scamming activities.

54-y-o man arrested for illegal firearm in Portland

10 hours 37 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man was arrested for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition in Train Line, Norwich, Portland on Friday.

Ganja seized in St Elizabeth, 2 men arrested

10 hours 52 min ago
ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — The police in St Elizabeth say two men were on Friday arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to export ganja in the Fort Charles district, here.

Federer beats Groth to reach Wimbledon last 16

12 hours 31 min ago
London, United Kingdom (AFP) — Seven-time champion Roger Federer defeated big-serving Australian Sam Groth to reach the Wimbledon last 16 on Saturday.

Haitians forced from Dominican Republic recall racism, abuse

12 hours 38 min ago
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (AFP) — Beltha Desir wanders aimlessly around the front of the school where she has taken refuge, holding tight to her 10-month-old child, the only family member with whom she was deported.

Man shot dead in downtown Kingston

12 hours 44 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man was on Friday shot dead by unknown assailants in downtown Kingston.

Grade Four Literacy, Numeracy Test sitting successful — Thwaites

13 hours 11 min ago
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Education, Rev Ronald Thwaites, said that despite some “small hitches,” the sitting of the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Test on June 30 and July 1 was a success.

Online prayer for the day

15 hours 25 min ago
My Jesus, I place all my sins before you. In my estimation they do not deserve pardon, but I ask you to close your eyes to my want of merit and open them to your infinite merit.

NWC expecting amnesty rush; to open offices today

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 22:00
NWC expecting amnesty rush; to open offices today

Minimum wage under review

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 22:00
THE Minimum Wage Advisory Commission is in the process of reviewing the national minimum wage and the minimum wage for industrial security guards.

CLARIFICATION: Increase to jurors

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 22:00
THE following is a clarification about the increase in the allowance for jurors from $500 to $2,000:

PHOTO: Well said, sir

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 22:00
Rotary Club of Kingston President Robert Kinlocke (right) congratulates Dr Fritz Pinnock on his address to the club's luncheon held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday. Dr Pinnock, who is executive director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute and chairman of the Logistics Hub Taskforce, used his address to further inform Jamaicans about the logistics hub initiative. (PHOTO: WILLIAM FOSTER)

UN Secretary General joins #ENDviolence campaign

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 22:00
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged Caribbean states to lead the world in ending violence against women and girls.

Blue, John Crow Mountains make it!

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 22:00
JAMAICA'S world renowned Blue and John Crow Mountains have now been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Martelly wants peaceful solution to deportation crisis

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 22:00
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Haiti's President Michel Martelly yesterday called for a peaceful solution to the crisis facing Dominicans of Haitian descent who are being deported from the Dominican Republic because the Spanish-speaking country insists they do not have proper documentation to remain there.

Weekly Round-up: Fennell supports same-sex marriage...25 homeless after fire...Dudus at Up Park Camp

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 15:34
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Fire left several homeless in St Catherine after a suspected case of arson on Tuesday. Meanwhile in the west, murders spiked following the killing of two brothers, a businessman, a father and his son. Then, video footage was released of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke while detained at Up Park Camp. Watch as OBSERVER ONLINE reviews the week for you.

All set for Altezza Club link up

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 15:13
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Kingston-based Toyota Altezza owner’s club Tezzaworld will hold Tezzaworld Jamaica Link Up: JDM Style tomorrow at Mary Brown’s Corner Texaco Service Station, St Andrew.

IMF gives Greece something to mull over

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 14:29
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Reviled in Greece for pushing the bitter medicine of austerity, the IMF has nonetheless thrown Athens a bone by urging European countries to cough up more money to ease Greece's titanic debt load.

US on alert for terror threat on July 4 holiday

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 14:25
NEW YORK, United States (AFP) –The United States is ramping up security across the country and urging people to stay alert over the Independence Day holiday weekend over fears of a terrorist threat.