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 UPDATE - Suspect in killings of wealthy DC family arrested http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE---Suspect-in-killings-of-wealthy-DC-family-arrested WASHINGTON (AP) - An ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper was arrested Thursday, a week after authorities said the family was killed and their mansion was set on fire. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 00:32:46 GMT Team Jamaica might not compete at Taste of the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Team-Jamaica-might-not-compete-at-Taste-of-the-Caribbean KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Jamaica National Culinary Team might not be able to make it to Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida, to compete in this year's Taste of the Caribbean. Lifestyle Thu, 21 May 2015 21:18:18 GMT Vendors to pay more for misusing measures, weights http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Vendors-to-pay-more-for-misusing-measures--weights KINGSTON, Jamaica – Fines for the misuse of weights and measures by vendors are to be increased under the Weights and Measures (Amendment) Act, which is to be tabled in Parliament soon. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 19:40:27 GMT Woman fined J$10,000 for stealing milk powder http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Woman-fined-J-10-000-for-stealing-milk-powder KINGSTON, Jamaica – A woman was fined J$10,000 after she pleaded guilty to stealing two packs of milk powder from a supermarket. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 19:23:42 GMT Forex: J$116.12 to one US dollars http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-116-12-to-one-US-dollars KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Thursday, May 21, ended trading at J$116.12, up by a cent according to the Bank of Jamaica daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 17:38:03 GMT CCJ Bills to be tabled in Senate tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CCJ-Bills-to-be-tabled-in-Senate-tomorrow KINGSTON, Jamaica – Three Bills representing the Government’s efforts to replace the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will be tabled in the Senate tomorrow. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 17:06:29 GMT Wolmer's celebrate 286 years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Wolmer-s-celebrate-286-years KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Wolmer’s group of schools, which includes a high school for girls, a high school for boys and a preparatory school, today celebrates 286 years since it was founded in 1729. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 16:58:50 GMT Lawyer says proposed UK immigration laws ‘harsh’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Lawyer-says-proposed-UK-immigration-laws--harsh- KINGSTON, Jamaica – British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to propose new laws to control immigration on Thursday. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 16:26:34 GMT Proposed contractor for logistics hub meets 30-day deadline http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Proposed-contractor-for-logistics-hub-meets-30-day-deadline The 30-day period was dedicated to requesting and obtaining confidential information from the two companies, to which they responded within the timeframe given, a joint statement from the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce and the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing said Thursday afternoon. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 15:39:39 GMT DNA from pizza crust helps police identify US murder suspect   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/DNA-from-pizza-crust-helps-police-identify-US-murder-suspect WASHINGTON,United States (AFP) –Police were on the hunt Thursday for a suspect in the murder of a wealthy Washington family, after he was reportedly identified using DNA collected from the crust of a pizza delivered to victims' home. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 15:30:27 GMT IS executes 17 people in Syria's Palmyra http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/IS-executes-17-people-in-Syria-s-Palmyra BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — Fighters from the Islamic State group executed at least 17 people, including civilians, after the jihadists seized Syria's ancient city of Palmyra on Thursday, a monitor said. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 15:00:01 GMT Finance Minister warns that C'bean economies face formidable challenges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Finance-Minister-warns-that-C-bean-economies-face-formidable-challenges BASSETERRE, St Kitts – The board of governors of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) ended a two day meeting here on Thursday with Jamaica warning that there is no doubt that Caribbean economies face formidable challenges. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 14:45:43 GMT Public's trust in JCF has improved — Trevor Munroe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Public-s-trust-in-JCF-has-improved--mdash--Trevor-Munroe KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) –The public’s trust in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has grown in the last nine years, and is now at its highest level, says Executive Director, National Integrity Action, Professor Trevor Munroe. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 14:30:17 GMT Beekeeping industry could earn J$1bn in 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Beekeeping-industry-could-earn-J-1bn-in-2015 KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Ministry of Agriculture is projecting that Jamaica’s beekeeping industry will generate an estimated $1 billion in earnings from honey production in 2015. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 12:58:49 GMT Banker, two others before court for forged documents http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Banker--two-others-before-court-for-forged-documents KINGSTON, Jamaica - Three men who allegedly attempted to defraud a financial institution are now before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 12:06:11 GMT CARICOM extends condolences to Guyana on mining tragedy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CARICOM-extends-condolences-to-Guyana-on-mining-tragedy KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) extends heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Guyana and the relatives of those who perished in the mining disaster at Konawaruk on Sunday, 17 May. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 12:00:48 GMT New date for passport fee increase http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/New-date-for-passport-fee-increase KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Passport Office today set a new effective date for the increase in passport fees. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 11:42:48 GMT Canada's expulsion of mentally ill J'can 'inhuman': UN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Canada-s-expulsion-of-mentally-ill-J-can--inhuman---UN GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) –Canada's deportation of a mentally ill Jamaican man who had lived in the country for three decades constitutes "cruel and inhuman treatment", a UN watchdog said Thursday. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 11:27:27 GMT Trinidad jolted by earthquake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trinidad-jolted-by-earthquake2015-05-21T09-19-51 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 jolted Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 11:18:01 GMT PICA extends service beyond 1000 customer quota http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PICA-extends-service-beyond-1000-customer-quota KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) is reporting that its daily quota of 1,000 at its headquarters was reached at 8:00 am today, as operations started at 6:00 am.  Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 11:13:16 GMT Mud, silt reduce water supply in St James, Hanover http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mud--silt-reduce-water-supply-in-St-James--Hanover KINGSTON, Jamaica – The National Water Commission (NWC) has advised that there is currently a 40 per cent decline in production at its Great River treatment plant in St James. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 11:11:32 GMT PHOTOS: Crowd gathered outside Passport Office in Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTOS--Crowd-gathered-outside-Passport-Office-in-Kingston Related story: 2 babies trampled in rush at Passport Office – eyewitness Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 10:56:35 GMT New study outlines recommendations for improving regional airline industry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/New-study-outlines-recommendations-for-improving-regional-airline-industry BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – A study on air transportation in the Caribbean is recommending a major re-think of the regional airline industry and the establishment of a CARICOM Airlines Association to identify opportunities to reduce costs, create greater synergies and earn more revenue. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 10:30:33 GMT Brazil suspends 3 gymnasts for comments to black teammate  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Brazil-suspends-3-gymnasts-for-comments-to-black-teammate SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian gymnastics confederation has suspended three athletes for comments made to a black teammate that were caught on video. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 10:16:13 GMT Reject US foreign policy of exporting buggery, says group http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Reject-US-foreign-policy-of-exporting-buggery--says-group KINGSTON, Jamaica – In a press release Thursday, the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society stated that the recently announced visit of Randy Berry, US Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) people, to Jamaica is in a bid to get the Government to accept all sexual activities as normal. Local News Thu, 21 May 2015 10:15:46 GMT