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 Court's holding area to be fixed after detainees slip through grille http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Court-s-holding-area-to-be-fixed-after-detainees-slip-through-grille KINGSTON, Jamaica – After two male detainees managed to force their way through a damaged grille at the holding area of the Corporate Area Family Court last Friday, the facility was assessed and is now set to be repaired. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:49:42 GMT Health Ministry implementing pharmacy inventory tracking system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Health-Ministry-implementing-pharmacy-inventory-tracking-system KINGSTON, Jamaica – As part of efforts to address the issues of shortage of pharmaceuticals at some public health facilities, Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson says the ministry has started the implementation of a pharmacy management information system which will help to track items, their availability, and expiration date as well as order levels. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:34:11 GMT Barbados records decline in HIV infection rates http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Barbados-records-decline-in-HIV-infection-rates BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Barbados says the annual rate of HIV infection cases is on the decline. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:30:39 GMT UPDATE: Fugitive extradited from Ja pleads not guilty in 1994 stabbing of ex-girlfriend  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Fugitive-extradited-from-Ja-pleads-not-guilty-in-1994-stabbing-of-ex-girlfriend WOBURN, Massachusetts (AP) — A wanted man who police say fled Massachusetts after allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend in her home more than 20 years ago has pleaded not guilty to assault charges. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:30:31 GMT Online prayer for the day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Friday-s-online-prayer-for-the-day O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 07:00:51 GMT Ganja seized in Westmoreland, 4 arrested http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ganja-seized-in-Westmoreland--4-arrested KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police attached to the Area One Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND) and the Negril Operational Support Team (OST) seized 122 ¼ lbs of ganja in Nampriel district, Westmoreland on Thursday. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:01:29 GMT Grade four students exceed target for mastery of literacy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Grade-four-students-exceed-target-for-mastery-of-literacy KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s grade four cohort has exceeded the target for mastery of literacy in this year’s sitting of the Grade Four Literacy Test, with 86.5 per cent of the 38,700 first-time candidates achieving mastery. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:20:21 GMT Forex: J$118.15 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-118-15-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Thursday, September 3, ended trading at J$118.15, up by 14 cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:59:34 GMT Mourinho to keep an eye on Hector http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mourinho-to-keep-an-eye-on-Hector KINGSTON, Jamaica — Reggae Boyz defender Michael Hector says Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho has promised to keep an eye on him during his loan spell at Reading FC. Local Sports Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:14:46 GMT Law strengthened to fight illicit narcotics trade http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Law-strengthened-to-fight-illicit-narcotics-trade KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s fight against the illicit narcotics trade, particularly across international waters, is expected to be significantly strengthened through an amendment to the Maritime Drug Trafficking Suppression Act. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:10:44 GMT UPDATE: 'Zeeks' son under police guard at hospital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE---Zeeks--son-under-police-guard-at-hospital KINGSTON, Jamaica — Renardo Phipps, the son of former Matthews Lane don Donald ‘Zeeks’ Phipps, is now under police guard at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:59:07 GMT US under pressure to accept more Syrian refugees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-under-pressure-to-accept-more-Syrian-refugees WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — As the world watches drowned refugees wash up on Europe's beaches, the United States is also under pressure to do more to help the desperate victims of Syria's civil war. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:29:34 GMT Water-borne illnesses under control — Health Ministry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Water-borne-illnesses-under-control---Health-Ministry KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Ministry of Health is reporting that there has been no outbreak of water-borne illnesses, particularly gastroenteritis, for this year up to the month of August. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:48:31 GMT 'Zeeks' son shot downtown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Zeeks--son-shot-downtown KINGSTON, Jamaica — Heavy tension hangs over downtown Kingston as reports emerged that the son of former Matthews Lane don Donald ‘Zeeks’ Phipps was shot a short while ago. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:30:18 GMT JUTC extends special summer fare http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JUTC-extends-special-summer-fare KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it has extended its special summer fare for adult passengers. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:23:20 GMT Second MOCA cop charged in money-soliciting case  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Second-MOCA-cop-charged-in-money-soliciting-case KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two anti-corruption policemen implicated in soliciting money from a person involved in a corruption probe were today offered bail when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:38:51 GMT PHOTOS: Fraser-Pryce wins 100m Diamond League title in Zurich  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTOS--Fraser-Pryce-wins-100m-Diamond-League-title-in-Zurich KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s sprint sensation Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claimed the Diamond League title with a 10.93 second run in Zurich, Switzerland today. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:51:21 GMT Nicaragua won't be taken lightly – Hector http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Nicaragua-won-t-be-taken-lightly---Hector KINGSTON, Jamaica – Reggae Boys central defender Michael Hector says unfancied Central American side Nicaragua will not be taken lightly when the teams clash on Friday at 8:00 pm in the first contest of the World Cup qualifying two-legged tie at the National Stadium. Local Sports Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:58:24 GMT Criminal probe into Powell, Simpson dropped in Italy  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Criminal-probe-into-Powell--Simpson-dropped-in-Italy UDINE, Italy (AP) — A criminal doping investigation into Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson plus their trainer has reportedly been dropped in Italy. Local Sports Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:38:47 GMT Regional economies remain fragile and uneven – IMF http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Regional-economies-remain-fragile-and-uneven---IMF BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – The Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Min Zhu, says while economic growth in the region continues to strengthen, it remains fragile and uneven. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:06:47 GMT Pastor killed in St Andrew identified as former gang leader’s brother  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Pastor-killed-in-St-Andrew-identified-as-former-gang-leader-s-brother KINGSTON, Jamaica – The religious leader who was last night shot dead by gunmen has been identified by police as the brother of former community don and gang leader, Joel Andem. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:27:20 GMT