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February 24, 2018 5:00 AM Wheatley to hold talks with Venezuela on Petrojam share buy-back

Minister of Science, Technology and Energy Andrew Wheatley has said that he would hold talks with his Venezuelan counterpart in the first week of March regarding proposals by the Jamaican Government to repurchase the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam, owned by the Venezuelan state-owned oil refinery PDVSA. "We have allocated a sum in our budget to repurchase

February 24, 2018 2:04 AM South African newspaper apologizes to Mike Holding

The News24 newspaper in South Africa was forced to withdraw and apologize for a controversial article about West Indies and Jamaican cricket legend Michael Holding. the article titled "holding hypocrisy" called the former cricketing great a "cheat" and described his wife as a "balding lumpy porker brown Arawak native from Antigua". The attack on Holding

February 23, 2018 8:50 PM McLeod skips World Indoors

McLeod started his ascent to stardom with a flashing win at the 2016 World Indoor Championships in Portland and followed with success at the Olympic Games and last year's World Championships in London. In the last meet, the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson University, McLeod sliced to a world leading time of 7.46 seconds in the heats. He hit the penultimate

February 23, 2018 2:00 PM Safaree grateful for Diaspora award

Jamaican rapper and VH1 TV star Safaree was at a loss for words when he was presented with the 2017 Blue and Bougie Impact Award at the sold-out event at the Mingles CafÈ in the Bronx recently. "I never got an award before... didn't even know what to do," he posted on his Instagram page hours after the show. "But thank you so much for my Impact Award

February 23, 2018 2:00 PM Sean Paul gets 'Mad Love' with American singer

Grammy Award-winning, Jamaican artiste Sean Paul has released a new single, 'Mad Love', with American singer/actress Becky G on a dance track produced by David Guetta. This comes only days after his 'I'm Sanctify' single with dancehall artiste Mavado and his self-produced 'Spin It' on the Duttyrock Production's Rope rhythm. "I work with vibe, so for any collaboration

February 23, 2018 8:16 AM Bertram Brown: Greenwich Farm's pride and joy

With February acknowledged as Reggae Month, the Jamaica Observer salutes some of the music's unsung heroes in this daily column. Though Bunny Lee is usually cited as the producer who put Greenwich Farm's music scene on the map, Bertram Brown also made an impact on that Kingston community with his Freedom Sounds label. Lee dominated the early and mid-1970s with artistes 1

February 22, 2018 6:38 AM Tony Johnson: Reggae Sunsplash visionary

With February acknowledged as Reggae Month, the Jamaica Observer salutes some of the music's unsung heroes in this daily column. JUNE will be 40 years since the first Reggae Sunsplash was held at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay. It was organised by Synergy, a company led by four friends — Don Green, John Wakeling, Ronnie Burke, and Tony Johnson. In an interview 4

February 21, 2018 8:53 PM Thousands of Students to Celebrate Jamaica Day Feb. 23

Thousands of students from educational institutions across Jamaica will celebrate Jamaica Day on Friday, February 23. Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and Chairman of the Jamaica Day Planning Committee, Marlon Williams, told JIS News that Jamaica Day 2018 will be observed under the theme ‘Celebrating Jamaica 4

February 20, 2018 2:00 PM Spice joins cast of popular US reality series

Following news that Jamaican entertainers Shaggy and Popcaan would be appearing in upcoming movies, another local artiste will be heating up international screens soon. Spice, considered the current queen of dancehall, will appear on the newest season of the US reality series Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta set to begin next month. Spice is no stranger to the VH1 television 9

February 20, 2018 5:00 AM 'Release' for J'can history, QUILT's members

In keeping with the old adage 'art imitates life', the Jamaican performing arts company QUILT will soon present a patchwork of theatrical performances in a production called Release. "The show is in line with our efforts to release ideas to develop further dialogue on issues that are typically swept under the carpet'," Maya Wilkinson, director of Multimedia 7