Goodison recalls Derek’s humour
Jamaica Observer

The announcement of Lorna Goodison as Poet Laureate of Jamaica comes on the heels of Derek Walcott’s passing. Walcott, the St Lucian Nobel laureate for literature, was a dear friend of Goodison. He died on Friday at...

Remembering Walcott
Jamaica Observer

AT the 2008 Calabash International Literary Festival, it was widely reported by major media outlets how Sir Derek Walcott trashed fellow Nobel laureate, Trinidadian writer V S Naipaul. But the event’s co-founder...

Etana lauds decent men
Jamaica Observer

Etana is acknowledging the role of decent and law-abiding men of society in her latest single My Man . “I wanted to shed some light on the men doing good for their women and family, men who are loving and caring and...

Eddie Baugh remembers Walcott
Jamaica Observer

Early in his life, Nobel Laureate for literature the late Derek Walcott toyed with whether to become a painter or a writer. His friend and colleague, retired university lecturer Professor Edward Baugh is happy he chose...

Grammy nominated producer 'Jah Mikes' projects busy year
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Things have always been competitive on the New York reggae scene. Yet, the independent music producer has managed to survive and score hit songs there, and in Jamaica. Michael 'Jah Mikes' Coburn...

Mystery P Indie-Rootz deal
Jamaica Observer

Mystery P, who made the semi-finals of last year’s Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition, has signed with Indie-Rootz records, a Canadian independent company. Brian Kotler, an executive at the label, said...

El Numero Uno on tonight
Jamaica Observer

The school of Drama is hosting its latest production El Numero Uno at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts this evening. El Numero Uno was written by Jamaican/Canadian poet and playwright Pamela...

Tarrus, Jesse for Austin Reggae Festival
Jamaica Observer

Jesse Royal and Tarrus Riley are headliners for the April 14-16 Austin Reggae Festival in Texas. They join other Caribbean artistes, including Akae Beka (which includes former members of the group Midnite) from the United...

T&T police issue warning regarding drones during carnival
Jamaica Observer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago police have warned that they will not tolerate any drones flying over the capital during the two-day carnival celebrations adding that they had already taken action...

Gumtree bans donkey sales in S Africa over skin trade
Jamaica Observer

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — Online sales website Gumtree said Monday that it had banned advertisements offering donkeys in South Africa to prevent inhumane killings of the animals to meet Chinese demand for...

FLOW offers $1-m reward for info on network vandals
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Telecommunications firm FLOW has announced a partnership with Crime Stop Jamaica that is expected to boost the company’s efforts to clamp down on theft and vandalism of its network assets....

$185m to be spent building infirmaries to better accommodate street people
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica —The Government will spend more than $185 million to build new infirmaries and refurbish others, as part of the institutional strengthening at these facilities, to better accommodate more of the...

UN seeks settlement to Venezuela-Guyana border dispute
Jamaica Observer

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday appointed a new envoy to resolve a border dispute between Venezuela and Guyana, saying he was ready to turn to the International...

St Lucia worried about Trump deportees
Jamaica Observer

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — A former police commissioner is warning that St Lucia should be prepared for a possible influx of criminals among persons being deported from the United States as a result of the new...

Trini gay challenges buggery law
Jamaica Observer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – A Trinidad-born gay rights activist has filed a lawsuit challenging Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act, which criminalises buggery and serious indecency, even between...

Trump avoids becoming target of jokes
Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — President Donald Trump, who has been criticising the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won’t be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner —...

Meeting to examine rising fishing costs
Jamaica Observer

BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — The Belize-based Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) says a landmark study to look at the impacts of rising cost factors on fishing operations in the Caribbean has been concluded....

Muhammad Ali’s son detained in Florida after Jamaican trip
Jamaica Observer

FLORIDA, USA (AP) — Muhammad Ali’s son, who bears the boxing great’s name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to...

Mouth, hog and madwoman
Jamaica Observer

Friends, we have a serious crime problem, and I welcome any reasonable proposal for tackling the monster. However, mi cyaan understand why it seems like the politician (26, 34) who had the security portfolio not so long...

JA to join US-led workshop on ‘Protecting Slave Related Sites and Antiquities’
Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The United States Department of State says cultural heritage professionals from Jamaica will join others from across Africa, Brazil and Colombia in an extraordinary workshop on...

COK launches 50th anniversary at Blast Off 2017
Jamaica Observer

COK Sodality Co-Operative Credit Union launched its year-long 50th anniversary celebrations at its Blast Off 2017 event held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston recently. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT JA...

Jamaica Baptist elects first woman president-elect
Jamaica Observer

THE Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) on Saturday elected Rev Karen Kirlew as the organisation first woman president at its 167th General Assembly on the weekend in Montego Bay, St James. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00...

Photo: Dominican art
Jamaica Observer

Dr Jose Ares (second right), ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Jamaica, and his wife Sheila (right), last week pose with one of his paintings with Enith Williams (left), Friends of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and the...

Opposition senator calls for implementation of Disabilities Act
Jamaica Observer

OPPOSITION Senator Floyd Morris has called for the Disabilities Act, which was passed in Parliament in October 2014, to be quickly brought into force. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Dominican art...

Furious British MP tells Jamaica to take its prisoners
Jamaica Observer

A British parliamentarian is livid that Jamaica refused his country’s £25-million offer to help fund construction of a new prison, allowing nearly 600 Jamaicans incarcerated in the UK to be returned to the island...

This Day in History - February 27, 2017
Jamaica Observer

Today is the 58th day of 2017. There are 307 days left in the year. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Furious British MP tells Jamaica to take its prisoners...

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