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 PAJ responds: The PM promised openness, transparency in government http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PAJ-responds--The-PM-promised-openness--transparency-in-government The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has issued a statement regarding the treatment meted out to journalists at the Jamaica House post-Cabinet press briefing on Wednesday, November 26 as follows: Local News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:29:11 GMT UPDATE: OPM committed to media truth and good order, says PM's press secretary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--OPM-committed-to-media-truth-and-good-order--says-PM-s-press-secretary The following is the full statement from the Director of Communications in the Office of the Prime Minister, Huntley Medley, regarding the treatment of journalists questioning the National Housing Trust/Outameni deal during the post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House on Wednesday November 26. Local News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:43:15 GMT Man shot dead, visitors robbed in Spanish Town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-shot-dead--visitors-robbed-in-Spanish-Town KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A man was shot and killed and his firearm taken during a robbery at his home in Ebony Vale, Spanish Town, St Catherine Wednesday night. Local News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:22:37 GMT We will speak later, PAJ president says of abrupt treatment of journalists at Jamaica House http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/We-will-speak-later--PAJ-president-says-of-abrupt-treatment-of-journalists-at-Jamaica-House KINGSTON, Jamaica — Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) president, Dionne Jackson Miller, has deferred issuing a statement on the abrupt treatment of journalists at the Jamaica House post-Cabinet briefing yesterday, until a meeting is held with executives of the media organisation. Local News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:40:32 GMT Al Miller returns to court today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Al-Miller-returns-to-court-today2014-11-27T05-58-37 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Reverend Al Miller returns to court today in the attempting to pervert the course of justice trial relating to the arrest of Tivoli strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke in June 2010. Local News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:54:08 GMT Toyota recalls more cars for air bag problems http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Toyota-recalls-more-cars-for-air-bag-problems Vitz, Yaris and RAV4 models made in 2002 and 2003 affected Local Auto Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:01:17 GMT Exploding excrement topples building in China http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Exploding-excrement-topples-building-in-China BEIJING, China (AFP) - A cesspool filled with excrement has exploded in central China, injuring 15 people and knocking down a building, state-run media reported. Local News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:50:15 GMT Iran arrests beggar with thousands in pockets, more in bank http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Iran-arrests-beggar-with-thousands-in-pockets--more-in-bank TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) - A beggar arrested in Iran Wednesday had millions of rials (thousands of dollars) in his pockets and a great deal more in two bank accounts, an official said. Local News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:47:52 GMT UK court to rule on landmark 'pregnancy crime' case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UK-court-to-rule-on-landmark--pregnancy-crime--case LONDON, United Kingdom ( AFP) - A British court is to rule on whether a woman committed a "crime of violence" against her child by drinking heavily during pregnancy, in a case that has raised concerns about criminalising mothers. Local News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:43:26 GMT Holness says no chance of bipartisan cooperation on CCJ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Holness-says-no-chance-of-bipartisan-cooperation-on-CCJ KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s hopes for bipartisan cooperation in Parliament on the issue of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as Jamaica’s final appellate court, seems dashed by her approach to the current Outameni controversy. Local News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:36:19 GMT 'No no no no no no' - sport stunned by Hughes' death http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-No-no-no-no-no-no----sport-stunned-by-Hughes--death SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) - Players and politicians expressed shock and grounds fell silent on Thursday as the cricket world plunged into mourning after the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes. Local News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:01:44 GMT Australian batsman Hughes dies after head knock http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Australian-batsman-Hughes-dies-after-head-knock SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Test batsman Phillip Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck on the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25. Local Sports Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:23:27 GMT Ram Slam Cricket: Sammy helps struggling Titans to second win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ram-Slam-Cricket--Sammy-helps-struggling-Titans-to-second-win BENONI, South Africa (CMC) – West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy had small cameo roles as his Titans managed only their second win of the Ram Slam Twenty20 League with a 19-run victory over Dolphins on Wednesday. Local Sports Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:29:17 GMT 50 projects approved under National CHIKV Prevention campaign http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/50-projects-approved-under-National-CHIKV-Prevention-campaign KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Fifty projects have been approved since the October commencement of the Government’s national campaign to reduce the spread of the Chikungunya virus (ChickV), across the island. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:53:51 GMT GraceKennedy opens science centre downtown Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/GraceKennedy-opens-science-centre-downtown-Kingston KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Residents of Parade Gardens and environs are lauding GraceKennedy Limited following the launch of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre in the downtown Kingston community. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:25:22 GMT Forex: J$113.49 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-113-49-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Wednesday, November 26 ended trading at J$113.49, up five cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:25:29 GMT Gas prices down $1.69, diesel down $1.58 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gas-prices-down--1-69--diesel-down--1-58 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in prices of diesel and gasoline effective Thursday November 26, with a reduction in ex-refinery costs from Petrojam. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:14:36 GMT Ferguson cleans up, but passions still inflamed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ferguson-cleans-up--but-passions-still-inflamed FERGUSON, United States (AFP) - Residents of the US town of Ferguson said Wednesday they hoped racially-charged violence sparked by the Michael Brown case will abate, but nationwide protests suggest anger is still simmering. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:11:47 GMT Spanish health minister quits over graft scandal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Spanish-health-minister-quits-over-graft-scandal MADRID, Spain (AFP) - Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato resigned on Wednesday after being linked to a massive corruption scandal involving an alleged kickback scheme at the heart of the Spanish prime minister's conservative Popular Party. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:08:58 GMT Dozens of inmates flee Venezuela detention centre http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Dozens-of-inmates-flee-Venezuela-detention-centre CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) - A group of 41 men who were being held for crimes including murder, kidnapping and robbery broke out of a jail outside Caracas early Wednesday, authorities said. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:06:10 GMT Haiti cholera outbreak kills 132 in 2014 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Haiti-cholera-outbreak-kills-132-in-2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haïti (AFP) - Haiti's cholera epidemic has killed 132 people and may have infected nearly 15,000 others so far this year, a UN agency report said Wednesday. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:03:33 GMT Guinea president backs use of force to eradicate Ebola http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Guinea-president-backs-use-of-force-to-eradicate-Ebola CONAKRY, Guinéa (AFP) - Guinean President Alpha Conde on Wednesday said the use of force was entirely justified in battling the deadly Ebola outbreak that surfaced in the impoverished west African nation at the start of the year. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:06 GMT Private sector groups disappointed with govt’s handling of NHT controversy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Private-sector-groups-disappointed-with-govt-s-handling-of-NHT-controversy KINGSTON, Jamaica – Private sector groups, the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) say they are disappointed with government’s handling of the controversy surrounding the National Housing Trust’s (NHT) purchase of a tourist attraction, Outameni, for J$180 million. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:44:16 GMT Lawyer’s spouse charged with money laundering http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Lawyer-s-spouse-charged-with-money-laundering KINGSTON, Jamaica – The husband of an attorney-at-law allegedly involved in an international money-laundering scheme was on Tuesday also arrested and charged for financial crimes. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:10:09 GMT Former Dominica attorney general faces charges linked to passport scam http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Former-Dominica-attorney-general-faces-charges-linked-to-passport-scam ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – Five people, including former Dominica attorney general, Bernard Wiltshire, will return to court on February 5 after the state re-instated charges linking them to an alleged passport scam. Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:28:51 GMT