Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Young guns draw first blood http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Young-guns-draw-first-blood_18844360 SIXTEEN was the magic number at the first round of the Tru-Juice/Drivers Rallysport Club (DRC) Sprint Championship at Bog Walk, on Sunday. Local Auto Fri, 01 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Road safety week launched http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Road-safety-week-launched_18849958 WITH its theme 'Save Kids' Lives!, the third UN Global Road Safety Week 2015 was officially launched at ATL Automotive's state-of-the-art Volkswagen Terminal on Oxford Road in St Andrew, on Thursday. Local Auto Fri, 01 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT SkunkLIFE moves into second gear http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/SkunkLIFE-moves-into-second-gear-_18844392 CLUB SkunkLIFE seems to be the place to be for car enthusiasts and party fans alike as the party series, held at Susie's Bakery & Coffee Bar, South Avenue Plaza, St Andrew, saw an increase in its audience for its second staging, last Saturday. Local Auto Fri, 01 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Road safety launch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Road-safety-launch_18850200 Mona Primary's Najeebe Bailey (left) presents a signed copy of the Child Declaration for Road Safety to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller at the launch of the third UN Global Road Safety Week 2015 at ATL Automotive's Volkswagen Terminal on Oxford Road in St Andrew yesterday. Sesame Street character Grover shares the moment. See full story in Auto. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Local News Fri, 01 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT JGRA to host blood drive http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/JGRA-to-host-blood-drive_18840631 THE Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) will be hosting a blood drive at the Petcom Ocho Rios Service Station in St Ann, on Saturday, May 9. Local Auto Fri, 01 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Turning error in Half-Way-Tree http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Turning-error-in-Half-Way-Tree-_18844391 Dear SSP Allen, Local Auto Fri, 01 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT New routes for Transport Authority http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/New-routes-for-Transport-Authority_18850117 IN order to meet the demand for public transportation services, the Transport Authority (TA) will today reopen 452 bus and taxi routes islandwide. Local Auto Fri, 01 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ministry to conduct safety audits on new road projects http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Ministry-to-conduct-safety-audits-on-new-road-projects_18844072 MINISTER with responsibility for Housing, Dr Morais Guy, says the safety audits to be undertaken on new road projects in the island is to ensure that the infrastructure being put in place will be beneficial to all road users, particularly the most vulnerable. Local News Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Island Traffic and Transport Authority merger far advanced http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Island-Traffic-and-Transport-Authority-merger-far-advanced_18844206 THE Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing has concluded the consultancy process for the merger of the Island Traffic Authority (ITA), the Transport Authority, and the regulatory functions of the Jamaica Railway Corporation. General News Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Carmax fraud now at $161.9 million http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Carmax-fraud-now-at--161-9-million_18811048 THE multimillion-dollar fraud that was uncovered at Carmax Jamaica now stands at $161.9 million, the court heard last week. Local News Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Narrow escape http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Narrow-escape_18828714 PORT ANTONIO, Portland -- The two occupants of this Toyota Yaris motor car escaped serious injury yesterday when the vehicle ran off the main road and overturned, near the Anchovy Housing Scheme, east of Port Antonio. The vehicle, which flipped over and tore down a coconut tree as it sped off the road, had its front bumper dislodged before it finally landed on top of a rock, which prevented it from rolling into the sea. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN) Local News Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Seven-seat heaven http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Seven-seat-heaven--_18804454 SEARCHING for real off-road capabilities and seven seats? Then look no further than the 2015 Isuzu mu-X Sport Utility Vehicle fresh off the showroom floors of local dealers Isuzu Vehicles and Supplies. Local Auto Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Import ban to be lifted http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Import-ban-to-be-lifted-_18810230 MINISTER of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, says his ministry is preparing to launch the Automotive Repair and Re-certification Initiative (ARRI) during 2015/16. Local Auto Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Sol introduces new lubricant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Sol-introduces-new-lubricant-_18810882 SOL Petroleum Jamaica Limited unveiled a revolutionary motor oil formulation to special guests at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew, on Wednesday. Local Auto Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT No bail for Carmax exec http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/No-bail-for-Carmax-exec-_18811036 RAYMOND Clough, attorney-at-law representing incarcerated director of Carmax Darren Blake, advised the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday that Carmax's principal, Ian Lyn, is currently off the island. Local Auto Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT DRC sprint on Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/DRC-sprint-on-Sunday-_18807498 THE Drivers Rallysport Club (DRC) will open its DRC/Tru-Juice Sprint Championship series on Sunday at Bybrook in Bog Walk, St Catherine, by paying tribute to two of the motorsport community's recent losses. Local Auto Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT One down, two to go http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/One-down--two-to-go-_18804463 St Catherine resident Louise Bryan became the first entrant in the 'Grace On The Move' competition to win one of the three Nissan motor vehicles up for grabs. Bryan was informed and received her prize, a 2014 Nissan Versa sedan, at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championship on March 28. Local Auto Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Title chase begins here http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Title-chase-begins-here-_18810511 WITH two meets under their belt as the Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) completed its second race meet on Sunday at the Palisadoes International Raceway, St Andrew, several of the young racers have put in performances that signal their intent to capture the 2015 Abe Zaidie Memorial Trophy, the sport's highest honour. Local Auto Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO FINISH - Reverse gear http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Reverse-gear_18804362 With a second serving of Club SkunkLIFE scheduled for Susie's Bakery & Coffee Bar in St Andrew tomorrow, we give a rear-view glance at its last staging. Local Auto Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT New CR-V for JA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/New-CR-V-for-JA_18762497 STARTING next month, the Honda CR-V will be available in Jamaica for the first time with two-wheel-drive from local Honda dealers ATL Automotive. Local Auto Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Long live the King! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Long-live-the-King-_18766193 THE funeral service for motor racer Daryl King will be held at the St James Parish Church in Montego Bay, St James, tomorrow at 10:00 am. Local Auto Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT SkunkLIFE lives up to billing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/SkunkLIFE-lives-up-to-billing_18766125 Buoyed by the success of the inaugural Club SkunkLIFE party series at Suzie's Bakery and Coffee Bar in St Andrew last month, organisers are in high gear for the next staging. Local Auto Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Obama leaves mark on JCCC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Obama-leaves-mark-on-JCCC_18762512 IT was an extra-special trip to Mandeville for the Jamaica Classic Car Club (JCCC) last Sunday, as they joined with club members from the southern end of the island in the parking lot of the Manchester Shopping Centre. Local Auto Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Kart crown up for grabs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Kart-crown-up-for-grabs_18766188 WITH 2014 Abe Zaidie Championship winner Thomas Issa abroad in school, the 2015 season is wide open for any driver mounting a serious effort at this Sunday's second Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) meet at the Palisadoes International Raceway. Local Auto Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Biker blues http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Biker-blues_18766239 STEPHEN Noble, 38, of Santa Cruz in St Elizabeth, became the 105th fatality in as many days on the island's roadways. Local Auto Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT