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 Online prayer for the day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Online-prayer2015-09-05T05-05-43 O Jesus, You suffered and died for us; You understand suffering; Teach me to understand my suffering as You do; To bear it in union with You; To offer it with You to atone for my sins And to bring Your grace to souls in need. Calm my fears; increase my trust. May I gladly accept Your holy will and become more like You in trial. If it be Your will, restore me to health so that I may work for Your honour and glory and the salvation of all men. Local News Sat, 05 Sep 2015 07:00:14 GMT Tension forced postponement of challenge to Pryce, says PNP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tension-forced-postponement-of-challenge-to-Pryce--says-PNP ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – Chairman of the People’s National Party (PNP) Region Five (St Elizabeth and Manchester) Mikael Phillips says a desire to reduce tensions triggered the decision to postpone by a week the challenge to Raymond Pryce’s leadership of the party’s St Elizabeth North East Constituency organisation. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 19:22:36 GMT Weekly Round-Up: Canadian teen shot dead…JCF troubles continue…Boyz take on Nicaragua http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Weekly-Round-Up--Canadian-teen-shot-dead-JCF-troubles-continue-Boyz-take-on-Nicaragua KINGSTON, Jamaica — It was another rough week for the Jamaica Constabulary Force as several of its members continue to find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 19:00:37 GMT Boyz vs Nicaragua match to be aired free on Flow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Boyz-vs-Nicaragua-match-to-be-aired-free-on-Flow KINGSTON, Jamaica — Flow Jamaica Limited says it will have live and exclusive broadcast of Jamaica’s opening World Cup qualifier against Nicaragua scheduled to start at 8:00 pm tonight at the National Stadium. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:16:27 GMT Movements begins this weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Movements-begins-this-weekend KINGSTON, Jamaica —The 34th anniversary season of Movements Dance Company of Jamaica takes to the stage at the Little Theatre in St Andrew, on Saturday and Sunday. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:03:20 GMT Forex: J$118.16 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-118-16-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Friday, September 4, ended trading at J$118.16, up by a cent according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:47:12 GMT $10m spent to remove zinc fences http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-10m-spent-to-remove-zinc-fences KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – A sum of $10 million has been spent on an intervention to improve several areas in East Rural St Andrew impacted by crime. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:18:34 GMT CCTV system installed in Ocho Rios http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CCTV-system-installed-in-Ocho-Rios ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) – The safety and security of residents of Ocho Rios has been boosted through the installation of a closed circuit television (CCTV) system in the resort town. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:09:29 GMT Alleged gun thief kept behind bars by similar case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Alleged-gun-thief-kept-behind-bars-by-similar-case KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man who reportedly broke into a house and stole a firearm was remanded in custody when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:43:18 GMT Cop lauded for handing over valuables, owner being sought http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cop-lauded-for-handing-over-valuables--owner-being-sought KINGSTON, Jamaica – A police officer is being lauded by her colleagues after she handed over a wallet to her superiors containing a large sum of money and identification cards after they were found on Harbour Street on August 26. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:37:12 GMT Father buries his drowned toddler, family in Syria http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Father-buries-his-drowned-toddler--family-in-Syria KOBANE, Syria (AFP) — The father of a three-year-old Syrian boy whose drowning off Turkey shocked the world buried his son, another child and his wife in an emotional funeral in Kobane on Friday. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:38:16 GMT Seven fishermen killed by Hurricane Fred http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Seven-fishermen-killed-by-Hurricane-Fred BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AFP) — Seven fishermen were killed as their boat was sunk by powerful winds in a rare hurricane strike off Guinea-Bissau at the start of the week, local officials said Friday. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:19:58 GMT PM urges students to make good use of education http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PM-urges-students-to-make-good-use-of-education KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is encouraging students to make good use of their education to better themselves and for the advancement of the country. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:14:56 GMT Urgent action needed to reform health sector — JMDA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Urgent-action-needed-to-reform-health-sector---JMDA KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association Dr Alfred Dawes is calling on the Ministry of Health to give the public more information on the recently concluded audit of the Health Sector. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:07:55 GMT Ramdin axed as Test captain, Holder takes charge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ramdin-axed-as-Test-captain--Holder-takes-charge BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has been axed as Test captain after just 15 months in charge. He is replaced by rising star and One-Day skipper Jason Holder, for the tour of Sri Lanka next month. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:50:43 GMT 15 homeless after Drewsland fire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/15-homeless-after-Drewsland-fire KINGSTON, Jamaica — Close to 15 people were left homeless after a fire of unknown origin destroyed a house on Headley Avenue, Drewsland in Kingston, Friday morning. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:32:28 GMT Holness saddened as Mair quits politics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Holness-saddened-as-Mair-quits-politics KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness has expressed sadness at the decision of North East St Catherine MP Gregory Mair to quit representational politics. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:16:52 GMT McKenzie begs Gov’t to reopen Vouch Health Clinic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/McKenzie-begs-Gov-t-to-reopen-Vouch-Health-Clinic KINGSTON, Jamaica — Member of Parliament for Western Kingston Desmond McKenzie is urging the Government to reopen the public health clinic operated within the Voluntary Organisation for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH) facilities at National Heroes Circle. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:13:11 GMT Challenge to Pryce postponed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Challenge-to-Pryce-postponed ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – The challenge to Raymond Pryce’s leadership of the People’s National Party’s (PNP) St Elizabeth North East Constituency has been postponed by a week - from tomorrow to next week Saturday. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:45:48 GMT DC granted bail after allegedly forging dance permit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/DC-granted-bail-after-allegedly-forging-dance-permit KINGSTON, Jamaica – Frederick Callosingh, the district constable who was charged by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) on September 1 for forgery, appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate’s Court today. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:20:07 GMT 200 water tanks for schools http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/200-water-tanks-for-schools KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Ministry of Education has arranged for the installation of 200 tanks in schools affected by the water shortage. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:38:51 GMT Reggae Boyz still top of CFU with T&T close behind http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Reggae-Boyz-still-top-of-CFU-with-T-T-close-behind ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Regional powerhouses Jamaica have continued on top of the Caribbean Football Union rankings released by FIFA on Thursday. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:29:34 GMT Man shot dead in Linstead, woman hospitalised http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-shot-dead-in-Linstead--woman-hospitalised ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – A man was shot dead near the Ocho Rios bus stop in Linstead, St Catherine this morning while his female partner was injured in the incident. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:47:14 GMT Court's holding area to be fixed after detainees slip through grille http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Court-s-holding-area-to-be-fixed-after-detainees-slip-through-grille KINGSTON, Jamaica – After two male detainees managed to force their way through a damaged grille at the holding area of the Corporate Area Family Court last Friday, the facility was assessed and is now set to be repaired. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:49:42 GMT Health Ministry implementing pharmacy inventory tracking system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Health-Ministry-implementing-pharmacy-inventory-tracking-system KINGSTON, Jamaica – As part of efforts to address the issues of shortage of pharmaceuticals at some public health facilities, Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson says the ministry has started the implementation of a pharmacy management information system which will help to track items, their availability, and expiration date as well as order levels. Local News Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:34:11 GMT