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 100m super clash to headline opening day at Carifta Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/100m-super-clash-to-headline-opening-day-at-Carifta-Games FORT DE FRANCE, Martinique (CMC) – The opening day of CARIFTA Games 2014 will be highlighted by what many expect to be a super clash in the boys Under-20 100m dash. Local Sports Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:25:11 GMT Tax on withdrawals 'unconscionable and oppressive', says CAPI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tax-on-withdrawals--unconscionable-and-oppressive---says-CAPI KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Civil lobby group Citizens Action for Principle and Integrity (CAPI) late Friday described the Government's move to tax withdrawals from deposit-taking institutions as "unconscionable and oppressive". Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:38 GMT Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Teen-suspended-for-asking-Miss-America-to-prom YORK, Pennsylvania (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:38:03 GMT Regional Cricket: Jamaica hoping to halt Barbados juggernaut http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Regional-Cricket--Jamaica-hoping-to-halt-Barbados-juggernaut BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Jamaica will attempt to thwart rampant Barbados’ charge towards yet another title, when the two teams meet in the semi-final of the Headley/Weekes Trophy here Saturday. Local Sports Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:50:51 GMT Govt's plan to raise $6.7 billion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Govt-s-plan-to-raise--6-7-billion KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Government has proposed new revenue measures expected to raise the $6.7 billion needed to fully finance the 2014/15 budget. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:24:25 GMT Chris Brown trial set for Monday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chris-Brown-trial-set-for-Monday WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has set Monday as the start date for the assault trial of singer Chris Brown in the nation's capital. Local Entertainment Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:20:22 GMT New scrap metal facility up and running http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/New-scrap-metal-facility-up-and-running According to the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) the facility, which has met the "full approval of the requisite government agencies", replaces the smaller Elspeth Avenue Kingston location -- one of the three multi-user sites approved by Cabinet last year. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:44:41 GMT Police station opens in Hellshire, St Catherine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-station-opens-in-Hellshire--St-Catherine ST CATHERINE, Jamaica (JIS) -- Residents of Hellshire in south St Catherine now have a police station in their community. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:18:20 GMT PHOTO: Crucifixion re-enactment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTO--Crucifixion-re-enactment Members of the Missionary of the Poor participate in the annual Easter re-enactment to mark the crucifixion of Jesus.  Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:50:57 GMT Increase in sexual assault cases worry St Vincent police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Increase-in-sexual-assault-cases-worry-St-Vincent-police KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – Police Commissioner Michael Charles says he is concerned over the increase in cases of sexual assault adding that the incident involving a 13-year-old girl last weekend is especially troubling. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:42:23 GMT Armed robber shot dead by businessman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Armed-robber-shot-dead-by-businessman ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica -- An alleged gunman who reportedly attempted to rob a businessman and his wife late Thursday at Nain in South East St Elizabeth ended up being shot dead by the businessman, police have confirmed. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:33:04 GMT Miami hosts 'Caribbean: Crossroads of the World' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Miami-hosts--Caribbean--Crossroads-of-the-World- MIAMI (AP) — One of the opening images in ‘Caribbean: Crossroads of the World’ features a massive nuclear submarine breaking the surface off what appears to be a cold northern coastline, with evergreens that would never thrive in tropical weather. Local Entertainment Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:15:13 GMT US scientists find natural predator to invasive Lionfish http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-scientists-find-natural-predator-to-invasive-Lionfish KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Research done by US scientists in the Cayman Islands suggests that native predators can be trained to gobble up invasive lionfish that colonise regional reefs and voraciously prey on juvenile marine creatures. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:57:20 GMT Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Magnitude-7-2-earthquake-shakes-Mexican-capital ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:52:44 GMT Guyanese journalist on fraud charges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Guyanese-journalist-on-fraud-charges ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Grenada police have formally charged a Guyanese-born journalist with two counts of stealing, forgery and uttering a forge document. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:30:34 GMT ‘We are going to stay the course’, Phillips tells country http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-We-are-going-to-stay-the-course---Phillips-tells-country KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The fact that he was opening the budget debate for 2014/15 on Holy Thursday was not lost on Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Peter Phillips, as he closed his presentation inside Gordon House. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:30:49 GMT Manchester senior citizen killed in Holy Thursday car crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Manchester-senior-citizen-killed-in-Holy-Thursday-car-crash MANCHESTER, Jamaica -- Sixty-nine-year-old Fay Swaby, a housewife of Chudleigh Housing Scheme in Manchester, died as a result of injuries she received in a motor vehicle accident at Mount Olivet in the parish Thursday evening (April 17). Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:05:59 GMT Food for the Poor releases 68 prisoners across the Caribbean in Easter week http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Food-for-the-Poor-releases-68-prisoners-across-the-Caribbean-in-Easter-week KINGSTON, Jamaica – Food for the Poor (FFTP) during Easter Holy Week, paid fines and released 68 prisoners in Guyana, Haiti, Honduras and Jamaica.  Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:54:09 GMT Inmate escape from Richmond Farm prison http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Inmate-escape-from-Richmond-Farm-prison KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A prisoner escaped from the Richmond Farm Adult Correctional Centre in St Mary Thursday morning, April 17.   Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:28:52 GMT Police seize M14 high powered rifle in west Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-seize-M14-high-powered-rifle-in-west-Kingston KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A high powered weapon capable of piercing bulletproof body armour was yesterday seized by police during an operation in West Kingston. 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