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 Jazz and Blues 2015 - Rain ends Morgan Heritage's set abruptly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jazz-and-Blues-2015---Rain-ends-Morgan-Heritage-set-abruptly FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny-The performance of sibling group Morgan Heritage at Jazz and Blues 2015 was cut short following a downpour here at the Trelawny Stadium. Local News Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:55:56 GMT JAZZ AND BLUES: Mariah Carey - one of the best http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JAZZ-AND-BLUES--Mariah-Carey---one-of-the-best FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny - Not even the threat of rain at the Trelawny Stadium, could cloud the performance of American R&B superstar Mariah Carey here on the second night of Jazz and Blues 2015. Local News Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:02 GMT JAZZ AND BLUES PHOTOS - The many moods of Mariah http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JAZZ-AND-BLUES-PHOTOS--The-many-moods-of-Mariah Local News Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:24:44 GMT Mariah Carey conquers Jazz and Blues 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mariah-Carey-conquers-Jazz-and-Blues-2015 FLORENCE HALL (TRELAWNY), Jamaica - Internationally renowned songbird Mariah Carey has taken over Jazz and Blues 2015 at the Trelawny staidum. Carey got the large crowd rocking with her hits 'Fantasy' and 'Touch My Body'. Local News Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:45:42 GMT PHOTOS: The people at Jazz and Blues 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTOS--The-people-at-Jazz-and-Blues-2015 FLORENCE HALL, (TRELAWNY), Jamaica - Jazz and Blues is now in full swing as its second night is currently underway at the Trelawny stadium. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:23:56 GMT JAZZ AND BLUES 2015 - Showmanship at its best from Richie Stephens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JAZZ-AND-BLUES-2015---Showmanship-at-its-best-from-Richie-Stephens FLORENCE HALL, (Trelawny), Jamaica - A versatile Richie Stephens thrilled the audience especially the ladies on the second night of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, now underway at the Trelawny stadium. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:30:10 GMT JAZZ AND BLUES 2015 - Arturo Tappin gets Night 2 underway with sweet renditions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JAZZ-AND-BLUES-2015---Arturo-Tappin-gets-Night-2-underway-with-sweet-renditions FLORENCE HALL, (Trelawny), Jamaica  - Patrons were blown away by the performance of Arturo Tappin at the second night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival 2015, got underway at the Trelawny stadium. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:33:42 GMT Calabar High are all-island champions for ISSA basketball http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Calabar-High-are-all-island-champions-for-ISSA-basketball ST CATHERINE, Jamaica - Calabar High were crowned all-island champions of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association‎ (ISSA) Under-16 and Under-19 competitions with victories over St Jago High and Herbert Morrison High, respectively, at GC Foster College auditorium here late Friday. Local Sports Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:52:19 GMT Night 2 of Jazz and Blues tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Night-2-of-Jazz-and-Blues-tonight KINGSTON, Jamaica – Night 2 of the 2015 Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival kicks off at 7 o’clock tonight at the Trelawny Stadium. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:39:14 GMT Forex: J$115.81 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-115-81-to-one-US-dollar2015-01-30T14-38-59 KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican dollar held firm against the US dollar trading at $115.81 on Friday, January 30 according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:37:26 GMT Residents block roads in protest against Police in Westmoreland, set cane fields on fire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Residents-block-roads-in-protest-against-Police-in-Westmoreland--set-cane-fields-on-fire WESTMORELAND, Jamaica - A 23 year-old bike operator, Kamar Powell of Delve Land in the parish Westmoreland who was allegedly beaten by police on Wednesday night has succumbed to his injuries. Powell died early this morning in the Savanna-la-mar hospital. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:34:42 GMT UPDATE: Bodies of two children found in tank http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Bodies-of-two-children-found-in-tank ST ANN, Jamaica – The two children who were pulled from a tank in St Ann this afternoon, were reportedly playing at home in Minard Hill, Brown’s Town, when they fell in and drowned. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:05:17 GMT Obama to appear in public with Dalai Lama http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Obama-to-appear-in-public-with-Dalai-Lama WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – US President Barack Obama will appear in public at an event attended by the Dalai Lama next week in Washington, the White House said Friday, in a move sure to anger Beijing. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:43:25 GMT Bodies of two children pulled from tank in St Ann http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bodies-of-two-children-pulled-from-tank-in-St-Ann KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police have confirmed that the bodies of two children were this afternoon pulled from a tank on Waltham Drive in Brown’s Town, St Ann. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:50:36 GMT Canada to criminalize public terror threats http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Canada-to-criminalize-public-terror-threats TORONTO, Canada (AP) — Canada will introduce new anti-terror laws that will make it a crime to encourage terrorism against Canadians, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Friday in response to two recent attacks. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:08:26 GMT Windies arrive in Australia for World Cup campaign http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Windies-arrive-in-Australia-for-World-Cup-campaign SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) – A weary but upbeat West Indies side arrived here Friday to begin preparation for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:12:56 GMT Transport minister expresses condolence at death of disabled man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Transport-minister-expresses-condolence-at-death-of-disabled-man KINGSTON, Jamaica – Transport Minister, Dr Omar Davies has expressed deep regret at the death of Marlon King, the physically challenged man who was Thursday crushed by a JUTC bus along Golden Avenue in Papine. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:00:37 GMT No minister has the right to determine who is a Rastafarian - Tom Tavares Finson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/No-minister-has-the-right-to-determine-who-is-a-Rastafarian---Tom-Tavares-Finson KINGSTON, Jamaica – As debate on the Dangerous Drugs Amendment Act 2015 began in the Senate earlier today, Leader of Opposition business in the Upper House Tom Tavares Finson, while giving overall support to the Act, made a passion plea for a change to the section of the Act which gives the minister of justice the right to determine who is a Rastafarian or not. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:32:06 GMT George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/George-Zimmerman-assault-case-dropped--ex-girlfriend-recants State Attorney Phil Archer said he wouldn't file a formal charge against Zimmerman, the former neighbourhood watch leader who was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin. The killing of the unarmed black teen touched off protests across the country. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:29:06 GMT CDA assisting families of murdered children – Youth minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CDA-assisting-families-of-murdered-children---Youth-minister KINGSTON, Jamaica – Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna has condemned the recent acts of violence against the nation’s children. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:07:18 GMT UPDATE: Already $150 million loss due to cane fires - Minister Kellier http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/OBSERVER-ONLINE-UPDATE---Already-150-million-loss-due-to-cane-fires---Minister-Kellier KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Agriculture Derrick Kellier is expressing alarm at the reports of fires in the sugar cane growing areas of Westmoreland which have already affected an estimated 30,000 tonnes of cane, valued at some $150 million. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:03:05 GMT High Commissioner urges Jamaicans in UK to regularise status http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/High-Commissioner-urges-Jamaicans-in-UK-to-regularise-status KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Jamaican High Commission in London will be embarking on a public education programme to educate the Diaspora about the need to regularise their status in the United Kingdom. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:01:21 GMT JAMPRO seeks SMEs for Export Max II http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JAMPRO-seeks-SMEs-for-Export-Max-II KINGSTON, Jamaica –  Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is seeking 10 export-ready small and medium sized enterprises (SME) for the second phase of its export development programme, Export Max II. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:53:29 GMT Opposition calls for increased security forces' presence in response to arson in Westmoreland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Opposition-calls-for-increased-Security-Forces--presence-in-response-to-arson-in-Westmoreland KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture and Fisheries, JC Hutchinson, is calling for an immediate beefing up of the security forces' presence in Westmoreland where persons are setting cane fields in the parish on fire, as they are enraged by the circumstances under which a resident of the parish met his demise. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:51:23 GMT Mitt Romney not running for president in 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mitt-Romney-not-running-for-president-in-2016 WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Republican 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Friday he will not make another White House run in 2016, following weeks of speculation he would mount another campaign. 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