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 NCU to offer degree in agriculture http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/NCU-to-offer-degree-in-agriculture KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) will be offering degree and diploma programmes in agriculture starting August 2016. Local News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:50:08 GMT Attorney wants murder case against Kingston businessman thrown out http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Attorney-wants-murder-case-against-Kingston-businessman-thrown-out KINGSTON, Jamaica — The defence in the Steven Causewell murder case this morning made submissions for the trial to be stayed in the Home Circuit Court. Local News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:16:48 GMT Punishing strike by resident doctors grinds on in Haiti  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Punishing-strike-by-resident-doctors-grinds-on-in-Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Empty halls buzz with flies. Rats scamper through the wards at night. The emergency room is empty except for four shackled prisoners, watched over by relatives and missionaries rather than medical personnel. Local News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:04:12 GMT ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Get real, reparations will never happen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ONLINE-READERS-COMMENT--Get-real--reparations-will-never-happen Dear Editor, Local News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:47:30 GMT Memorial service for JLP MP McKenley this morning http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Memorial-service-for-JLP-MP-McKenley-this-morning KINGSTON, Jamaica — A memorial service for Dudley McKenley, former Member of Parliament and brother of track legend, Herb McKenley, will be held at 11:00 am today at the Webster Memorial Church in Kingston. Local News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:26:01 GMT Tens of thousands of babies may be born with Zika disorders: study http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tens-of-thousands-of-babies-may-be-born-with-Zika-disorders--study PARIS, France (AFP) — Tens of thousands of babies may be born with debilitating Zika-related disorders in the course of the outbreak sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean, researchers said Monday. Local News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:17:46 GMT Verizon buys Yahoo for US$4.83B http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Verizon-buys-Yahoo-for--4-83B SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Verizon is buying Yahoo for US$4.83 billion, marking the end of an era for a company that once defined the internet. Local Business Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:12:55 GMT Nearly 300 dead or missing from China flooding: Xinhua http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Nearly-300-dead-or-missing-from-China-flooding--Xinhua BEIJING, China (AFP) – Torrential rain lashing northern China this week has left nearly 300 people dead or missing, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Local News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:24:03 GMT UPDATE: One arrest in Bangladesh over boy's gruesome killing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--One-arrest-in-Bangladesh-over-boy-s-gruesome-killing DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) – Bangladesh police Monday arrested a spinning mill worker for allegedly torturing a nine-year-old boy to death with an air compressor, the second such incident in less than a year, officers said. Local News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:34:27 GMT At least two dead, 14 wounded in Florida nightclub shooting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/florida-shooting FORT MYERS, (Florida), USA (AFP) - At least two people are dead and 14 others wounded in a shooting overnight at a nightclub in Florida, US broadcaster NBC reported Monday. Local News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 03:56:54 GMT 10-year-old Bangladeshi boy killed by other workers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/bang-boy BANGLADESH - A 10-year-old boy who worked in a spinning mill in Bangladesh has died after other workers inserted a high-pressure nozzle into his rectum and activated it, local media reports from the BBC. Local News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 03:42:59 GMT Israeli woman says gang-raped in Indian resort town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/rape-israel SHIMLA, India (AFP) - A 25-year-old Israeli woman has allegedly been raped by two men in the popular northern Indian Himalayan resort town of Manali, senior local police officers said on Monday. Local News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 03:38:24 GMT Syrian migrant killed by own bomb near German music festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/german-attack ANSBACH, Germany (AFP) - A Syrian migrant set off an explosive device near an open-air music festival in southern Germany that killed himself and wounded a dozen others, authorities said Monday, the third attack to hit the region in a week. Local News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 03:32:26 GMT Venezuela about to find out if Maduro recall vote can happen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Venezuela-about-to-find-out-if-Maduro-recall-vote-can-happen CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) – Venezuela's electoral authorities are to announce Tuesday whether moves to stage a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro can go ahead after verifying signatures on an opposition-organized petition. Local News Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:16:01 GMT India beat Windies by innings, 92 runs in first Test http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/India-beat-Windies-by-innings--92-runs-in-first-Test NORTH SOUND, Antigua & Barbuda (AFP) – Ravichandran Ashwin completed a magnificent all-round performance with seven wickets to bowl India to a crushing victory by an innings and 92 runs on the fourth day of the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua on Sunday. Local News Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:08:23 GMT TRN office reopens following recent tragedy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/TRN-office-reopens-following-recent-tragedy KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is advising the public that the Taxpayer Registration Card Centre downtown, Kingston, will reopen for business tomorrow at 8:00 am.  Local News Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:40:42 GMT Boys’ home residents return from Yohan Blake’s France trip http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Boys--home-residents-return-from-Yohan-Blake-s-France-trip KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The five boys from the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Walderston, Manchester, are back in the island after their 10-day trip to France, courtesy of Yohan Blake’s YB Afraid Foundation, and his French business partner, Richard Mille. Local News Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:20:37 GMT