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 UPDATE: Cop killed in Gregory Park was targeted at party http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cop-killed-in-Gregory-Park-was-targeted-at-party KINGSTON, Jamaica — The policeman who was this morning murdered in Gregory Park, St Catherine, was the target of his attackers, according to police reports. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:37:25 GMT UN Haiti cholera fund fails to draw pledges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UN-Haiti-cholera-fund-fails-to-draw-pledges UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — A UN fund set up for Haiti's cholera victims is failing to draw support, with only two percent of the needed $400 million raised so far, according to a letter by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:57:42 GMT National emergency communication network to be established http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/National-emergency-communication-network-to-be-established KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — A national emergency communication network is to be established to strengthen early warning systems for disasters at the local level. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:35:50 GMT Canada gov't pledges support for JP training  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Canada-gov-t-pledges-support-for-JP-training ST JAMES, Jamaica — High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica Sylvain Fabi says Canada "will continue to reinforce the role and functions of JPs (Justices of the Peace)” in Jamaica.  Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:48:53 GMT 'Scotchies' withdraws name from Kingston restaurant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Scotchies--withdraws-name-from-Kingston-restaurant KINGSTON, Jamaica — The restaurant on Chelsea Avenue, which traded as a Kingston branch of well-known jerk restaurant 'Scotchies', will no longer be able to do so. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:15:04 GMT Students participate in anti-tobacco forum http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Students-participate-in-anti-tobacco-forum KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Scores of high-school students participated in the Jamaica Cancer Society’s seventh annual Anti-Tobacco Youth Forum, held on February 23 under the theme: Mek Wi Talk Round 2. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:57:55 GMT Visitor freed in jet-ski death http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Visitor-freed-in-jet-ski-death ST ANN, Jamaica — An Indian national, who was charged with manslaughter after the jet ski he was driving crashed into a group of people killing a seven-year-old girl and injuring others in 2014, was freed in the St Ann Circuit Court today.  Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:37:07 GMT Forex: J$128.11 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-128-11-to-one-US-dollar2017-02-24T14-36-45 KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Friday, February 24, ended trading at J$128.11, down by 3 cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:01 GMT PNP Women’s Movement supports changing definition of rape http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PNP-Women-s-Movement-supports-changing-definition-of-rape KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) Women's Movement says it will present submissions to the Joint Select Committee of Parliament that has been appointed to review the Sexual Offenses Act and the Child Care and Protection Act, which include changing the definition of ‘rape’ to include non-consensual penetration of any orifice of the body. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:58:42 GMT Caribbean labour ministers discuss growth and employment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Caribbean-labour-ministers-discuss-growth-and-employment KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Creating growth-driven economies that will provide better employment prospects for Caribbean nationals is the key agenda item at the 10th International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting, which is being held at The Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:37:27 GMT New committees established to address violence, the environment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/New-committees-established-to-address-violence--the-environment KINGSTON, Jamaica — Three new sub-committees have been established in the National Partnership Council, to address the rule of law, violence in the society and issues relating to the environment, according to the Office of the Prime Minister. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:14:08 GMT Underperforming Brathwaite a Windies ‘investment’, argues selector http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Underperforming-Brathwaite-a-Windies--investment---argues-selector BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, has described Twenty20 World Cup hero, Carlos Brathwaite, as an “investment” in West Indies cricket and argues his inclusion to face England in the three-match One-Day International series should not be viewed purely in terms of recent form. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:53:54 GMT Weekly Round-up: Hanna threatened… Digicel cuts jobs… 11-y-o abducted, raped http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Weekly-Round-up--Growth-path-expanding-video KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police are currently investigating death threats made against member of Parliament Lisa Hanna, following a radio interview Wednesday in which she called for the music of incarcerated dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and other murder convicts to be banned from public airwaves. Video Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:00:27 GMT Judge bars several accusers from testifying at Cosby's trial http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Judge-bars-several-accusers-from-testifying-at-Cosby-s-trial PHILADELPHIA, United States (AP) — In a major break for Bill Cosby, a judge ruled Friday that just one of the comedian's multitude of other accusers can testify at his trial to bolster charges he drugged and violated a woman more than a decade ago. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:07:02 GMT Trump badmouths Sweden, Germany, France http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trump-badmouths-Sweden--Germany--France OXON HILL, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump intensified his verbal attacks on Sweden, France and Germany Friday, painting swaths of Europe as a jihadist-infested hellscape. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:34:36 GMT Barbados Central Bank Governor fired http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Barbados-Central-Bank-Governor-fired BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Dr DeLisle Worrell, has been fired less than 24 hours after the Appeal Court lifted an injunction against his removal from office. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:23:02 GMT Section of Marcus Garvey Drive to be closed this weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Section-of-Marcus-Garvey-Drive-to-be-closed-this-weekend KINGSTON, Jamaica — Sections of Marcus Garvey Drive will be closed on Sunday (February 26) to vehicular traffic, to facilitate work by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo). Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:07:09 GMT Gov't committed to inclusive education system — Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-committed-to-inclusive-education-system----Reid KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, says the Government remains committed to fostering an inclusive education system for the nation’s youth. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:30:12 GMT Lack of electricity stalls Peter Abrahams' murder case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Lack-of-electricity-stalls-Peter-Abrahams--murder-case KINGSTON, Jamaica — Norman Tomlinson, 61, the man charged with the murder of veteran journalist Peter Abraham is scheduled to appear in court on March 7, after the matter was this morning rescheduled due to the absence of electricity at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:50:46 GMT Trump blasts FBI for not stopping leaks to media http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trump-blasts-FBI-for-not-stopping-leaks-to-media WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – President Donald Trump took the unusual step Friday of publicly criticising the FBI, saying it was failing to stop national security leaks to the media, even from within the agency. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:39:43 GMT PCJ provides $500k support for energy efficiency system at Herbert Morrison Technical High http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PCJ-provides--500k-support-for-energy-efficiency-system-at-Herbert-Morrison-Technical-High KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has provided a $500,000 grant to Herbert Morrison Technical High School in support of the installation of a 3000 watt grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) system. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:55:54 GMT Jamaica to participate in new PAHO, WHO research project on Zika http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaica-to-participate-in-new-PAHO--WHO-research-project-on-Zika WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Jamaica is the lone Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country that will participate in a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) research project on the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:39:03 GMT Int'l Women's Day to focus on gender-based violence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Int-l-Women-s-Day-to-focus-on-gender-based-violence KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport will be turning the spotlight on gender-based violence for International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:05:04 GMT Other nations shaking heads at US transgender toilet battle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Other-nations-shaking-heads-at-US-transgender-toilet-battle DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) — Coming out as a transgender boy brought untold relief to Irish student Lucas Cross. After years of holding it in, he could finally start using the boys' restrooms at school — because Ireland, like some other parts of the world, doesn't make a federal issue about where children do their business. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:55:41 GMT Labour market reform in progress http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Labour-market-reform-in-progress KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson, has outlined steps being taken by the Government to reform the labour market in Jamaica. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:41:59 GMT