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 PM makes appeal for bipartisan CCJ approach to empty Opposition seats http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PM-makes-appeal-for-bipartisan-CCJ-approach-to-empty-Opposition-seats KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Any chance of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s hope for a bipartisan approach to her government’s proposals for delinking Jamaica from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) as its final appellate court, seems to have been laid to rest by the Opposition’s walk out prior to her speech, yesterday (Tuesday, November 25). Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:45:23 GMT Ordinary Jamaicans know nothing about Twitter, says Pickersgill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ordinary-Jamaicans-know-nothing-about-Twitter--says-Pickersgill KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaicans on social media network, Twitter, last night expressed outrage after People's National Party (PNP) chairman and Government Minister Robert Pickersgill dismissed users as an "articulate minority" and not ordinary Jamaicans. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:49:48 GMT New Jersey hiker photographed bear before it killed him http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/New-Jersey-hiker-photographed-bear-before-it-killed-him WEST MILFORD, New Jersey (AP) -- A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cell phone before it mauled him to death. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:46:11 GMT PHOTOS: Fathers march for children http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTOS--Fathers-march-for-children PORTMORE, St Catherine -- A group of eight fathers this morning marched in Portmore, St Catherine to encourage fathers to become more active in the lives of their children. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:45:20 GMT Clarendon taxi man shot and injured in robbery attempt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Clarendon-taxi-man-shot-and-injured-in-robbery-attempt CLARENDON, Jamaica – A Clarendon taxi man was shot and seriously wounded by a group of gunmen in the parish capital May Pen last night. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:18:15 GMT Error in estimates may delay budget process http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Error-in-estimates-of-may-delay-budget-process KINGSTON, Jamaica -- An error in the Supplementary Estimates’  “yellow book” tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday (Tuesday, November 25) by the Minister of Finance and Planning, may throw out the current timetable for completion of its review process, OBSERVER ONLINE understands. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:01:03 GMT Woman in poisoning death of St Elizabeth teacher remanded http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Woman-in-poisoning-death-of-St-Elizabeth-teacher-remanded ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica -- A woman alleged to have been involved in a poison assault on a couple in this south central town on November 19 leaving a 30 year-old teacher dead and her boy-friend hospitalised was remanded in custody when she appeared in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:42:05 GMT Bill and Melinda Gates give J$226m to Jamaica’s ICT development http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bill-and-Melinda-Gates-give-J-226m-to-Jamaica-s-ICT-development KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has provided US$2 million (approximately J$226 million) to finance a project to provide Jamaicans with increased access to ICT services, as well as training to promote personal, organizational and national development. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:07:04 GMT Weather cited in Bahamas jet crash that killed 9 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Weather-cited-in-Bahamas-jet-crash-that-killed-9 NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Bad weather appears to have been a major factor in a small plane crash in the Bahamas that killed a prominent Christian minister and eight other people, according to a report released Tuesday. Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:17:17 GMT Woman assaulted for using indecent language http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Woman-assaulted-for-using-indecent-language ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — A man is to be tried in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court on April 8 on allegations that he assaulted his girlfriend for using indecent language in addressing his daughter. Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:30:53 GMT Thousands of Haiti protesters demand president to step down http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Thousands-of-Haiti-protesters-demand-president-to-step-down PORT AU PRINCE, Haïti (AFP) — Thousands of anti-government protesters in Haiti called Tuesday for the resignation of President Michel Martelly, whom they accused of trying to reinstall a dictatorship. Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:28:41 GMT Clarendon Custos lauds May Pen Hospital staff http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Clarendon-Custos-lauds-May-Pen-Hospital-staff KINGSTON, Jamaica — Custos of Clarendon, William Shagoury, has commended the members of staff of the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon, for consistently providing quality care to the residents of the parish. Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:08:25 GMT Governor ramps up National Guard presence in Ferguson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Governor-ramps-up-National-Guard-presence-in-Ferguson FERGUSON, Missouri (AFP) — The governor of Missouri on Tuesday tripled the National Guard deployment in and around the riot-hit town of Ferguson in a bid to head off another night of violence. Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:49:41 GMT Forex: J$113.44 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-113-44-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Tuesday, November 25 ended trading at J$113.44, up six cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:38:35 GMT Traffic Authority starts charging fees for services http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Traffic-Authority-starts-charging-fees-for-services KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Island Traffic Authority (ITA) today announced that effective Monday, December 1, it will begin charging administrative fees for several services once offered to the public free of cost. Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:52:49 GMT TT$100K reward for info on murder of German couple http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/TT-100K-reward-for-info-on-murder-of-German-couple PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — A TT$100,000 reward is being offered by CrimeStoppers to anyone with information on the recent murder of German couple Hubertus and Birgid Keil in Tobago. Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:32:56 GMT US Senate to hold civil rights hearing after Ferguson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-Senate-to-hold-civil-rights-hearing-after-Ferguson WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Senate will hold a public hearing on civil and human rights after a grand jury's decision to not indict a policeman who killed an unarmed black youth triggered violent protests. Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:39:49 GMT Opposition walks out of House of Representatives http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Opposition-walks-out-of-House-of-Representative KINGSTON, Jamaica — Members of the Opposition today walked out of the House of Representative after Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller refused to answer questions tabled last week by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness regarding the Outameni property purchase by the National Housing Trust (NHT). Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:30:02 GMT