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 Woman shot dead on Waltham Park Road http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Woman-shot-dead-on-Waltham-Park-Road KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Two women were Thursday morning shot, one fatally, along Waltham Park Road in Kingston. Local News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:14:21 GMT Finance minister says he will review tax measures http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Finance-minister-says-he-will-review-tax-measures KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of Finance Peter Phillips, while addressing a meeting with a number of trade union leaders Thursday morning, indicated that he will be "conducting a review of the announced revenue measures and will shortly announce if any adjustments will be made". Local News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:59:15 GMT Doctor charged for attempting to pervert the course of Justice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Doctor-charged-for-attempting-to-pervert-the-course-of-Justice KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Prominent Kingston medical doctor Jeptha Ford has been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. Local News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:53:30 GMT Holness to speak in Budget Debate today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Holness-to-speak-in-Budget-Debate-today KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, will be today’s speaker as the budget debate continues at Gordon House. Local News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:47:51 GMT Chang sees possible rejection of Jamaica's system of govt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chang-sees-possible-rejection-of-Jamaica-s-system-of-govt KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Opposition Spokesman on Transport, Water and Infrastructure Development, Dr Horace Chang, has warned the government against basking in “the cool breeze” of public tolerance. Local News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:36:42 GMT Chikungunya cases confirmed in St Vincent http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chikungunya-cases-confirmed-in-St-Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) -- Three cases of the mosquito-borne disease chikungunya, have been confirmed in St Vincent and the Grenadines, a senior health official told the Caribbean Media Corporation on Thursday. Local News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:34:52 GMT Guyana citizens want 911 system improved http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Guyana-citizens-want-to-911-system-improved GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — People in the South American country of Guyana are pressuring the government to improve its 911 emergency system amid accusations that numerous calls about serious incidents are going unanswered. Local News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:58:27 GMT READERS COMMENT: Descendants of slave masters are not responsible for slavery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/READERS-COMMENT--Descendants-of-slave-masters-are-nor-responsible-for-slavery Dear Editor, Local Letters to the Editor Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:58 GMT OAS, World Bank discuss economic and social outlook for Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/OAS--World-Bank-discuss-economic-and-social-outlook-for-Caribbean WASHINGTON (CMC) – Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, believes that one of the main challenges of the region is building more inclusive societies. Local News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:24:26 GMT KSAC to begin delayed review of applications for Property Tax relief http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/KSAC-to-begin-delayed-review-of-applications-for-Property-Tax-relief KINGSTON, Jamaica — Before the end of April, but after a delay of nearly a year, the Parish Discretionary Committee of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will begin reviewing 74 applications for property tax payment relief, the Town Clerk Robert Hill has said. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:50:24 GMT Transport operators threaten withdrawal of service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Transport-operators-threaten-withdrawal-of-service KINGSTON, Jamaica — Private transport operators say they will be withholding service islandwide starting tomorrow, Thursday, April 24. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:04:12 GMT Opposition presents nine-point 'prescription for growth' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Opposition-presents-nine-point--prescription-for-growth- OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, yesterday presented what he described as the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) ‘prescription for growth’, as he responded to last week's opening budget debate presentation from Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:15:43 GMT Penn Relays programme-cover celebrates 50 years of Jamaican high schools competing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Penn-Relays-programme-cover-celebrates-50-years-of-Jamaican-high-schools-competing KINGSTON, Jamaica — The cover of the programme for the 2014 Penn Relays pays tribute to Jamaican High Schools as they celebrate 50 years of competing at the relay carnival now in its 120th staging. Local Sports Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:51:44 GMT Forex: J$109.94 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-109-94-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar traded at an average J$109.94 to one US dollar on Wednesday, April 23, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:46:16 GMT Toyota sets 10 million-vehicle sales record http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Toyota-sets-10-million-vehicle-sales-record TOKYO (AFP) — Japan’s Toyota, the world’s biggest auto maker, sold more than 10 million vehicles in the year to March for the first time, it said Wednesday, with last-minute buying ahead of a sales tax increase at home helping it break the key level. Local Auto Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:28:03 GMT Increased tax on rum will affect tourism sector — Shaw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Increased-tax-on-rum-will-affect-tourism-sector---Shaw KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Planning, Audley Shaw, says that the increase in the special consumption tax (SCT) on alcoholic beverages will work against the competitiveness of Jamaica’s tourism industry, which will be hard hit from the taxes. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:54:03 GMT Film on Bob’s rise to fame in the works http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Film-on-Bob-s-rise-to-fame-in-the-works KINGSTON, Jamaica — A film about the international rise of reggae legend Bob Marley and his Wailers band is reportedly in the works, according to the website, indiewire.com. Local Entertainment Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:21:32 GMT Access case adjourned until next Wednesday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Access-case-adjourned-until-next-Wednesday KINGSTON, Jamaica — The case between Access Financial Services CEO, Marcus James, and directors of the loan company has been adjourned until next week Wednesday. Local Business Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:01:18 GMT UPDATE: Body of drowned teen recovered http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Body-of-drowned-teen-recovered ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — The search for 18-year-old Raheem Terrelonge, who drowned on Monday, came to an end Wednesday afternoon, his body fished from the sea just off the coast at Hellshire Beach. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:49:20 GMT Gas price down 25 cents, diesel up 43 cents http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gas-price-down-25-cents--diesel-up-43-cents KINGSTON, Jamaica — Petrojam, Jamaica’s sole oil refinery, has announced a decrease in the ex-refinery price of gasoline, effective Thursday, April 24. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:45:37 GMT Caribbean conch, lobster trade under threat, officials say http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Caribbean-conch--lobster-trade-under-threat--officials-say ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — The future of the Caribbean’s conch and lobster fisheries remains under threat despite regional efforts to protect it, regional fisheries officials said Wednesday. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:30:36 GMT Guyanese journalist granted bail on theft charges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Guyanese-journalist-granted-bail-on-theft-charges Magistrate Karen Noel also requested that Nelson, 36, surrender all his travel documents and must report to the Central Police Station three days a week. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:51:24 GMT