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 Ricketts leaves Orlando for Galaxy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ricketts-leaves-Orlando-for-Galaxy LOS ANGELES, California (CMC) – Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts will line up alongside England superstar Steven Gerrard at LA Galaxy after being snapped up in the 2016 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:29:04 GMT Summer Playground Fantasy ends on a high http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Summer-Playground-Fantasy-ends-on-a-high ST ANN, Jamaica – Once again, Soirée proved its place as the crown jewel in the Summer Playground Fantasy (SPF) Weekend line-up, ending the three-party series at Pearly Beach West, Ocho Rios, St Ann, yesterday evening with a packed venue. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:21:48 GMT Motorcyclist slams into bus, dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Motorcyclist-slams-into-bus--dies ST ANN, Jamaica – A motorcyclist was killed about 12:00 pm Sunday night, after he slammed into a bus along the Brown’s Town main road in St Ann. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:58:55 GMT Man on the run after slashing girlfriend's throat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-on-the-run-after-slashing-girlfriend-s-throat ST ANN, Jamaica — Police in Brown’s Town are now searching for the common-law husband of a 21-year-old woman who was killed in Retreat, St Ann, early Sunday morning. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:53:03 GMT PM outlines plan to expand cassava industry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PM-outlines-plan-to-expand-cassava-industry KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Government is moving apace to expand the cassava industry through a number of partnerships with the private sector and the University of the West Indies, with support from the Colombian Government in the establishment of a factory. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:38:44 GMT C'bean countries represented at Codex meeting in Uruguay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/C-bean-countries-represented-at-Codex-meeting-in-Uruguay MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (CMC) – Delegates from several Caribbean countries are gathering here for a meeting of 22 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries to establish common positions on international food safety standards. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:05:58 GMT Gov't launches electronic procurement system  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-launches-electronic-procurement-system KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Ministry of Finance and Planning has launched Jamaica’s first electronic procurement platform, which will significantly improve efficiency and transparency in the acquisition of goods, services and works. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:39:52 GMT Bobbi Kristina Brown to be buried next to mother http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bobbi-Kristina-Brown-to-be-buried-next-to-mother WESTFIELD, New Jersey (AP) — A hearse is carrying the body of Bobbi Kristina Brown to her final resting place. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:30:43 GMT PHOTOS: Ja at Special Olympics closing ceremony http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTOS--Ja-at-Special-Olympics-closing-ceremony The Special Olympics came to a close in Los Angeles on Sunday. Local Sports Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:07:20 GMT High alert activated for missing 10-y-o http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/High-alert-activated-for-missing-10-y-o KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police have activated a High Alert for 10-year-old Quincy Brissett of Big Bridge district, Westmoreland, who has been reported missing since Saturday. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:40:06 GMT 4-y-o killed in Bahamas while playing with illegal gun http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/4-y-o-killed-in-Bahamas-while-playing-with-illegal-gun NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – The parents of a four-year boy who was shot dead while playing with an illegal gun over the weekend, have been taken into custody for questioning. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:25:39 GMT India orders hundreds of porn sites blocked http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/India-orders-hundreds-of-porn-sites-blocked NEW DELHI, India (AFP) – India has ordered more than 800 porn sites blocked for "objectionable" content, a government official said Monday, igniting a row about freedom of speech in the world's biggest democracy. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:08:05 GMT Taxi driver on the run after hitting man, 6-y-o from motorcycle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Taxi-driver-on-the-run-after-hitting-man--6-y-o-from-motorcycle ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – A man and his six-year-old daughter were this morning rushed to hospital after they were hit from the motorcycle they were travelling on. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:52:54 GMT Truck overturns on Highway 2000 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Truck-overturns-on-Highway-2000 KINGSTON, Jamaica – A truck carrying sand has overturned on the Mount Rosser section of the north/ south link of Highway 2000. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:35:07 GMT ECJ proposes dual elections as option to Gov’t http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ECJ-proposes-dual-elections-as-option-to-Gov-t KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is proposing that legislative changes be made to facilitate the possibility of holding local government and parliamentary elections on the same day. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:16:50 GMT 21-y-o dies after reversing over precipice  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/21-y-o-dies-after-reversing-over-precipice PORTLAND, Jamaica – The sixth road fatality in Portland since the start of the year was recorded with Saturday’s death of 21-year-old Johnny Francis of St Peter’s district in St Andrew. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:57:40 GMT Election violence hits Haiti ahead of August 9 poll http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Election-violence-hits-Haiti-ahead-of-August-9-poll PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – With just a few weeks before Haitians go to the polls to elect a new parliament, there are reports of violence, the withdrawal of candidates and the National Identification Office (ONI) reminding citizens to ensure that they collect their documents ahead of the August 9 poll. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:20:51 GMT Closing ceremonies held for Los Angeles Special Olympics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Closing-ceremonies-held-for-Los-Angeles-Special-Olympics LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of athletes said goodbye to Los Angeles on Sunday in an emotional closing ceremony for the Special Olympics marked by cheers, tears and pride. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:00:27 GMT Online prayer for the day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Prayer-for-Monday Lord, if what I seek be according to Your will, then let it come to pass and let success attend the outcome. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:00:23 GMT Greek stock exchange to reopen after five weeks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Greek-stock-exchange-to-reopen-after-five-weeks ATHENS, Greece (AFP) — All eyes will be on Greece's embattled banks on Monday when the Athens stock exchange reopens after a five-week shutdown over the country's debt crisis, with traders bracing for a volatile session. Local News Sun, 02 Aug 2015 16:57:17 GMT National Irrigation Commission to be overhauled http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/National-Irrigation-Commission-to-be-overhauled KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier, says the National Irrigation Commission (NIC) is to be comprehensively overhauled in a bid to further maximise the entity’s outputs by reducing water lost in the process of transmission to farmers. Local News Sun, 02 Aug 2015 16:51:19 GMT JAS proposes the creation of 'Denbigh City' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JAS-proposes-the-creation-of--Denbigh-City- KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Jamaica Agriculture Society (JAS) is seeking to partner with key stakeholders to create a ‘Denbigh City’, at the Denbigh showground, in May Pen, Clarendon. Local News Sun, 02 Aug 2015 16:09:28 GMT Masked burglar flees leaving gun, ski masks behind http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Masked-burglar-flees-leaving-gun--ski-masks-behind MANCHESTER, Jamaica – A home-made shotgun is the latest weapon to be handed over to the police since the start of the National Coordinated Crime Reduction Operation. Local News Sun, 02 Aug 2015 16:04:47 GMT SPF Weekend comes to a close http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/SPF-Weekend-comes-to-a-close ST ANN, Jamaica – Soriee brings the SPF Weekend parties to an end today at Pearly Beach West, Ocho Rios in St Ann, after once again delivering on the Summer Playground Fantasy moniker at last night's A-list Wet. Local News Sun, 02 Aug 2015 15:52:38 GMT Kellier honours employers, workers in Canadian farm work programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Kellier-honours-employers--workers-in-Canadian-farm-work-programme KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican Government recently honoured 56 Jamaican workers and Canadian employers who have made significant contributions to the success of the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural (Farm) Workers Programme (CSAWP) in Ontario, Canada. Local News Sun, 02 Aug 2015 15:45:13 GMT