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 Mom convicted of killing 5-y-o son, by poisoning him with salt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mom-convicted-of-killing-son--5--by-poisoning-him-with-salt WHITE PLAINS, New York (AP) — A woman who blogged for years about her son's constant health woes was convicted Monday of poisoning him to death by force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through his stomach tube. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:10:12 GMT Chinese delegation in Ja collecting data for proposed design of hospital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chinese-delegation-in-Ja-collecting-data-for-proposed-design-of-hospital KINGSTON, Jamaica – Data collection is currently being carried out by a Chinese delegation, which is on the island to inform the proposed design of the child and adolescent hospital to be constructed in the Western region of the island. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:54:29 GMT Trelawny nightclubs raided, 2 arrested http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trelawny-nightclubs-raided--2-arrested TRELAWNY, Jamaica – On Sunday, a 36-year-old St Ann woman was charged for living off the earnings of prostitution following her arrest at a nightclub in Wire Fence district, Trelawny; a nightclub operator was also arrested and charged for breaches of the Spirit Licence Act.  Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:28:26 GMT G2K to elect a new president http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/G2K-to-elect-a-new-president KINGSTON, Jamaica – The young professional arm of the Jamaica Labour Party, Generation 2000 (G2K), will elect a new leader on Saturday, March 7, at an extraordinary general meeting to be held at the JLP's Belmont Road headquarters. The organisation is expected to confirm outgoing President Floyd Green's replacement, who had indicated his intention to vacate office in February. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:05:06 GMT Gov't to borrow at least J$129 billion in 2015/16 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-to-borrow-at-least-J-129-billion-in-2015-16 KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Fiscal Policy Paper (FPP) for 2015/16 says that central government's borrowing for financial year 2015/16, which begins on April 1, will amount to approximately J$129 billion. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:34:43 GMT Big increase in income tax, GCT revenue collection projected for 2015/16 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Big-increase-in-income-tax--GCT-revenues-projected-for-2015-16 KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Government is banking on significant increases in both income tax and general consumption tax (GCT) next year, to boost its tax revenues. Local Business Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:17:22 GMT Bill Gates still world's richest man, Forbes says http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bill-Gates-still-world-s-richest-man--Forbes-says NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates kept his spot as the world's richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of the past 21 years, Forbes magazine said Monday. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:44:07 GMT Teacher hangs herself in US classroom http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Teacher-hangs-herself-in-US-classroom LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — A popular California school teacher hanged herself in her classroom Monday and was found by students arriving for their morning lessons, police said. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:31:01 GMT GraceKennedy sees revenue growth despite Ja dollar depreciation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/GraceKennedy-sees-revenue-growth-despite-Ja-dollar-depreciation KINGSTON, Jamaica — The GraceKennedy Group says it has recorded revenues of J$77.97 billion for 2014, a J$10.71-billion or 15.9 per cent increase over the prior year. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:50:45 GMT Venezuela gives US 15 days on embassy staff cut http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Venezuela-gives-US-15-days-on-embassy-staff-cut CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela is giving the United States 15 days to present plans to slash the staff of the American embassy in Caracas, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said Monday. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:29:29 GMT FOREX: J$115.60 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/FOREX--J-115-60-to-one-US-dollar2015-03-02T15-06-06 KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Monday, March 2, ended trading at J$115.60, up one cent according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:04:22 GMT UPDATE: U-17 Boyz defeat Guatemala 2-1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--U-17-Boyz-defeat-Guatemala-2-1 SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Jamaica defeated Guatemala 2-1 in their Group A CONCACAF Under-17 Championship at the Estadio Franscisco Morazan in Honduras. Local Sports Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:55:16 GMT T&T Central Bank moves to ease foreign exchange shortage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/T-T-Central-Bank-moves-to-ease-foreign-exchange-shortage PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago Monday announced that it sold US$250 million to the banking system, completely offsetting a US$154 million foreign exchange gap experienced in February. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:44:11 GMT Woman suffers burns after lighting fire, dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Woman-suffers-burns-after-lighting-fire--dies ST JAMES, Jamaica – A 54-year-old woman, believed to be of unsound mind, died in hospital on Friday after she suffered burns to her body while lighting a fire at her house in St James. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:13:04 GMT Man steals cellphone to provide for unborn child, remanded http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-steals-cellphone-to-provide-for-unborn-child--remanded KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man who confessed to stealing a cellular phone that he intended to sell to purchase goods for his unborn child, was Monday remanded for sentencing when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:49:33 GMT 20-y-o killed in Clarendon crash, 2 others hospitalised http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/20-y-o-killed-in-Clarendon-crash--2-others-hospitalised CLARENDON, Jamaica — A 20-year-old woman died as a result of injuries she sustained in a motor vehicle crash on the Swansea main road in Clarendon, on Sunday. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:29:46 GMT I-Octane makes first-time performance in Africa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/I-Octane-makes-first-time-performance-in-Africa KINGSTON, Jamaica — Reggae and dancehall ambassador I-Octane is set to make his first trip to Africa, where he is expected to perform at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, Gambia, on March 6. Local Entertainment Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:11:47 GMT Just under 200 signatures needed to extend Portmore Municipality boundaries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Just-under-200-signatures-needed-to-extend-Portmore-Municipality-boundaries KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says more than 6,200 Portmore residents have signed a petition to extend the boundaries of the municipality, after a second weekend of collecting signatures. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:45:55 GMT Former KC Manning Cup representative Mabricio Ventura Jr dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Former-KC-Manning-Cup-representative-Mabricio-Ventura-Jr-dies KINGSTON, Jamaica — Former Kingston College Manning Cup representative Mabricio Ventura Jr is dead. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:29:48 GMT Disciplined Windies can upset India, says confident Lloyd http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Disciplined-Windies-can-upset-India--says-confident-Lloyd PERTH, Australia (CMC) – Chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd believes India are formidable opponents but says a disciplined West Indies effort can see the reigning World champions beaten, when the two teams meet at the WACA Ground here Friday. Local Sports Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:24:17 GMT 4 teenagers found with 2 guns arrested http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/4-teenagers-found-with-2-guns-arrested CLARENDON, Jamaica – The police arrested four teenagers on Sunday after they were found in possession of two firearms in Cotton Tree Gully, Hayes, Clarendon. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:55:20 GMT J'can in US jail sues Sheriff's Department for more pay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/J-can-in-US-jail-sues-Sheriff-s-Department-for-more-pay KINGSTON, Jamaica – A Jamaican prisoner at the Suffolk County Jail has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for underpaying the prisoners who work there, US media reports. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:53:06 GMT Firefighters rushed to hospital after truck overturns http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Firefighters-rushed-to-hospital-after-truck-overturns ST ANDREW, Jamaica - Three firefighters were rushed to hospital after the truck in which they were travelling ran off the roadway and overturned near to Kingston Industries Ltd on Spanish Town Road in St Andrew. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:45:46 GMT Rural St Andrew health centres get J$12-m renovation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Rural-St-Andrew-health-centres-get-J-12-m-renovation KINGSTON, Jamaica – The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) is currently spending approximately J$12 million, provided by the National Health Fund (NHF), to renovate the Padmore and Red Hills Health Centres in rural St Andrew. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:36:59 GMT Upsurge in porn shared on social media, St Lucia police concerned http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Upsurge-in-porn-shared-on-social-media--St-Lucia-police-concerned CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) - Police Monday said they are concerned at the upsurge in pornographic videos and photographs posted on the various social websites featuring young St Lucians. Local News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:59:22 GMT