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 Opposition member says Gov't should involve LIME, Digicel in Chik-V fight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Opposition-member-says-Govt-should-involve-LIME--Digicel-in-Chik-V-fight He said the companies could be tapped to text important information on the chikungunya outbreak to cell phone users in the most affected areas. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:04:14 GMT New commissioner says police will consult citizenry in crime fight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/New-commissioner-says-police-will-consult-citizenry-in-crime-fight In an interview on the JIS television programme, ‘Issues and Answers’, on September 26, the commissioner pointed out that fighting crime is a shared responsibility, as the police cannot do it alone. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:46:08 GMT FOREX: J$112.68 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/FOREX--J-112-68-to-one-US-dollar2014-09-29T15-37-50 KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Monday, September 29 ended trading at J$112.68 down one cent, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:36:27 GMT Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago nationals shortlisted for ACP top post http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaican--Guyana-and-Trinidad---Tobago-nationals-shortlisted-for-ACP-top-post GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Three candidates from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have been short listed for the post of secretary general of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:10:37 GMT Court permits transport group to challenge JUTC's exclusive use of sections of Mandela Highway http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Court-permits-transport-group-to-challenge-JUTC-s-exclusive-use-of-sections-of-Mandela-Highway KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Supreme Court on Monday granted leave to a group of bus and taxi operators to challenge the constitutionality of a decision to commandeer a section of the Mandela Highway for the use of Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses within certain times of the day. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:31:33 GMT Ninja Man’s son freed after mother pays his $300,000 lotto scam fine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ninja-Man-s-son-freed-after-mother-pays-his--300-000-lotto-scam-fine KINGSTON, Jamaica — Ninja Man’s son Kimani Ballentine was this afternoon released from jail after his mother paid the $300,000 he was slapped with for his involvements in the lotto scam. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:49:48 GMT UPDATE: Trial of accused killers of businessman Bunny Francis postponed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Trial-of-accused-killers-of-businessman-Bunny-Francis-postponed KINGSTON, Jamaica — The case of the four men charged with the murder of Roderick 'Bunny' Francis, a high-profile player in the local fishing industry, was today taken off the trial list in the Home Circuit Court. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:53:33 GMT JLP senator quits LIME for private practice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JLP-senator-quits-LIME-for-private-practice KINGTON, Jamaica – Opposition Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith leaves her job as company secretary at LIME on Tuesday to enter private practice as an attorney-at-law. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:32:35 GMT Jamaicans need to change misconception about crime solution—security minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaicans-need-to-change-misconception-about-crime-solution-Security-minister MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — National Security Minister Peter Bunting has said that Jamaicans need to change their thinking that the solution to crime and violence rests with law enforcement. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:26:07 GMT UPDATE: Statements still outstanding in PNP exec fraud case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Statements-still-outstanding-in-PNP-exec-fraud-case KINGSTON, Jamaica — People’s National Party (PNP) member Donovan Bisasor and a co-accused are to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on October 5. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:12:26 GMT Fire destroys downtown wholesale http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Fire-destroys-downtown-wholesale KINGSTON, Jamaica — Fire of unknown origin destroyed a wholesale in the commercial district of downtown Kingston Monday morning. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:45:28 GMT Hong Kong protesters prepare for more clashes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Hong-Kong-protesters-prepare-for-more-clashes HONG KONG, (AFP) - The ranks of Hong Kong democracy protesters who have paralysed parts of the city swelled into their tens of thousands Monday, digging in for another night of confrontation with police in their campaign for free elections. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:31:46 GMT Fire destroys upper St Andrew apartments, damage Westmoreland dwelling http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Fire-destroys-upper-St-Andrew-apartments--damaged-Westmoreland-dwelling KINGSTON, Jamaica — Fire Sunday night destroyed three apartments in upper St Andrew and partially damaged another. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:21:35 GMT PNP national executive member on fraud charge returns to court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PNP-national-executive-member-on-fraud-charge-returns-to-court KINGSTON, Jamaica – People’s National Party (PNP) member Donovan Bisasor and a co-accused arrested in August for fraud will again appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:48:31 GMT EU, Spain, IDB to help Caribbean develop renewable energy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/EU--Spain--IDB-to-help-Caribbean-develop-renewable-energy NEW YORK, (CMC) – The Inter America Development Bank (IDB) says it is prepared to work with donor organisations and countries to avoid duplication on projects as the Caribbean seeks to reinforce collaboration in the field of renewable energy. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:44:43 GMT Supreme Court to hear case of interdicted women's bureau head today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Supreme-Court-to-hear-case-of-interdicted-women-s-bureau-head-today KINGSTON, Jamaica — Faith Webster, the interdicted head of the Bureau of Women's Affairs, is to appear in the Supreme Court today for a first hearing into her challenge of the decision to remove her from office. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:21:19 GMT More bodies found at Japan volcano; toll now 36 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/More-bodies-found-at-Japan-volcano--toll-now-36 KISO, Japan (AP) — Five more bodies were found near the summit of a Japanese volcano on Monday, bringing the total presumed dead to 36, police said, as toxic gases and ash from the still-erupting mountain forced rescue workers to halt efforts to recover the victims. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:58:58 GMT Men to be tried for Bunny Francis' murder today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Men-to-be-tried-for-Bunny-Francis--murder-today KINGSTON, Jamaica — The four men charged with the murder of Roderick 'Bunny' Francis, a high-profile player in the local fishing industry, are scheduled to be tried in the Home Circuit Court today. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:44:00 GMT Three shot dead over weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Three-shot-and-killed-over-the-weekend KINGSTON, Jamaica—Three men were shot dead in separate incidents in the eastern section of the island over the weekend, the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) has confirmed. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:28:06 GMT Family homes burn ‎as Lucea goes without fire truck http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Family-homes-burn--as-Lucea-goes-without-fire-truck HANOVER, Jamaica — Eight persons, including four children, are now homeless, following a fire that destroyed two board dwellings in Haughton Meadows, Hanover on Sunday morning. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:18:09 GMT American beheading suspect's mother apologises in video http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/American-beheading-suspect-s-mother-apologises-in-video WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) - The mother of an American worker suspected of beheading one of several colleagues he had tried to convert to Islam has broken her silence, apologised in a video posted online. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:43:09 GMT Tabloid sting is first test for UK's new regulator http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tabloid-sting-is-first-test-for-UK-s-new-regulator LONDON, England (AFP) - Britain's new press regulator was asked Monday to consider whether a tabloid sting operation that prompted a junior minister to resign broke the newspaper code of conduct, in its first real test following the phone-hacking scandal. Local News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:40:48 GMT