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 Gov't moving ahead with plan to merge, close, privatise entities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-moving-ahead-with-plan-to-merge--close--privatise-entities KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Government is moving ahead with plans to merge, close, privatise, or outsource the services of several public sector entities. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:58:44 GMT OUR gives NWC go-ahead for J$250 late fee effective August 27 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/OUR-gives-NWC-go-ahead-for-J-250-late-fee-effective-August-27 KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) on Wednesday said it has given the National Water Commission (NWC) the go-ahead to implement an initiative which will see customers being offered an incentive for paying their bills in full and on time, and a charge to be applied to accounts where bills are paid after the due date. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:35:48 GMT Gas prices down $1.98, diesel down $1.69 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gas-prices-down--1-98--diesel-down--1-69 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in the prices of gasoline and a decrease in the price of diesel, effective Thursday, July 30, with a decrease in ex-refinery costs from Petrojam. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:15:12 GMT July 31 final day for minimum wage submissions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/July-31-final-day-for-minimum-wage-submissions KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is reminding the public that July 31 is the final day for the submission of written proposals on the review of the national minimum wage and the minimum wage for industrial security guards. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:04:57 GMT J'cans urged to report cases of human trafficking to the police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/J-cans-urged-to-report-cases-of-human-trafficking-to-the-police KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Chairman of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), Carol Palmer, is urging Jamaicans to be on alert for signs of human trafficking and report known or suspected cases to the police. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:48:53 GMT Kellier tells Farm queens to make their mark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Kellier-tells-Farm-queens-to-make-their-mark KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Derrick Kellier, has urged this year’s entrants in the National Farm Queen Competition to make their mark as role models and ambassadors for youth in agriculture. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:19:37 GMT Forex: J$117.37 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-117-37-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Wednesday, July 29, ended trading at $117.37, down by a cent according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:17:39 GMT Police offer J$200,000 reward for cop killer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-offer-J-200-000-reward-for-cop-killer KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Police High Command is offering a reward of J$200,000 to anyone who can give reliable information that can lead to the arrest and charge of the person/s involved in the brutal slaying of Constable Lynden Barrett, and the recovery of his service pistol. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:58:20 GMT 'As a woman, be quiet' — Turkish deputy PM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-As-a-woman--be-quiet----Turkish-deputy-PM ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey's deputy prime minister on Wednesday ignited a new row over discrimination against women in Turkish politics when he told a female deputy who tried to interrupt his speech to "as a woman, be quiet!". Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:47:15 GMT Man threatens to expose photo unless paid, charged http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-threatens-to-expose-photo-unless-paid--charged KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man was arrested and charged with extortion by detectives attached to the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) on Friday. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:12:34 GMT Pay attention to cops' welfare, Smith urges Police High Command http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Pay-attention-to-cops--welfare--Smith-urges-Police-High-Command KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition spokesman on national security, Derrick Smith, is calling on the Police High Command to pay special attention to matters related to the welfare and well-being of the nation's police officers after learning of the death of Corporal Tyrone Thompson. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:43:51 GMT More gold medals for Jamaica at Special Olympics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/More-gold-medals-for-Jamaica-at-Special-Olympics LOS ANGELES, United States - Jamaica claimed two gold medals in track and field when Monique Johnson and Dillion Robinson were first-place finishers in 400 metre run and 400 metre walk, respectively, at the University of Southern California campus track on Wednesday. Local Sports Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:25:25 GMT 200m back in play as Fraser-Pryce now eyes double in Beijing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/200m-back-in-play-as-Fraser-Pryce-now-eyes-double-in-Beijing STOCKHOLM, Sweden (CMC) – Sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has made an about turn and now says she could defend both her sprint titles at the World Championships in Beijing next month. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:10:49 GMT PM hiding from Ja’s problems – Chang http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PM-hiding-from-Ja-s-problems---Chang KINGSTON, Jamaica – General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party Dr Horace Chang says evidence is mounting that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is hiding from the problems of Jamaica. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:55:00 GMT Gov’t taking action to reduce emissions from transport sector http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-taking-action-to-reduce-emissions-from-transport-sector KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Government is taking action to improve fuel economy and efficiency in the transportation sector and reduce vehicle emissions, which contribute to global warming. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:17:31 GMT Police find 3 illegal rifles in Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-find-3-illegal-rifles-in-Kingston Reports are that between the hours of 10:30 pm and 4:30 am police were on an operation on in the area when a premises was searched and the following items found: Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:49:03 GMT Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic-stop shooting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ohio-cop-indicted-on-murder-charge-in-traffic-stop-shooting CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, adding that the officer "purposely killed him" and "should never have been a police officer." Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:41:11 GMT Man dies after boat falls on him http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-dies-after-boat-falls-on-him ST JAMES, Jamaica – A St James man died in hospital yesterday after a boat he was repairing allegedly fell on him. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:09:59 GMT UN says Pakistan must stop executions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UN-says-Pakistan-must-stop-executions GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) – The United Nations on Wednesday urged Pakistan to reinstate its moratorium on the death penalty, condemning a recent surge in executions. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:43:12 GMT Woman storms out of court after ex-lover freed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Woman-storms-out-of-court-after-ex-lover-freed KINGSTON, Jamaica – A woman whose ex-lover had thrown her clothes in a gully, left court unhappy after her ex-lover was freed of a charge of malicious destruction of property. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:15:36 GMT Free land for squatters as Gov’t regularises St Catherine community http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Free-land-for-squatters-as-Gov-t-regularises-St-Catherine-community KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The community of Clifton, in St Catherine, is to be transformed from being a squatter area, to one with major infrastructure, and the residents becoming owners of the land. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:00:09 GMT PM heads to NY to give perspective on security threats facing Ja, C’bean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PM-heads-to-NY-to-give-perspective-on-security-threats-facing-Ja--C-bean KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will on Thursday address a special United Nations (UN) Open Debate on Peace and Security Challenges Facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the UN Headquarters in New York. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:11:52 GMT Judge tells man he is ‘hard to look at’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Judge-tells-man-he-is--hard-to-look-at- KINGSTON, Jamaica – Laughter erupted inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court after a magistrate told an accused man that he was “hard to look at”. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:51:42 GMT World economy fragile, faces downside risks – IMF's Lagarde http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/World-economy-fragile--faces-downside-risks---IMF-s-Lagarde WASHINGTON (AP) — International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says the world economy is recovering but fragile and "faces some downside risks." Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:35:43 GMT Vendor’s stabbing marks 4th West Kingston attack in 48 hours http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Vendor-s-stabbing-marks-4th-West-Kingston-murder-in-48-hours KINGSTON, Jamaica – The body of a female vendor was this morning found along West Street in Kingston, close to the market district where she reportedly plies her trade. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:09:02 GMT