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 Windies to play crucial tri-series against Zimbabwe, Pakistan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Windies-to-play-crucial-tri-series-against-Zimbabwe--Pakistan BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced that the West Indies team will take part in a three-nation series with Zimbabwe and Pakistan. Local Sports Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:10:57 GMT New app helps motorists find low-cost fuel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/New-app-helps-motorists-find-low-cost-fuel KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Imagine, with just a tap of your phone, having a list of all gas stations in Jamaica, their locations, and the cheapest and most up-to-date fuel prices. Local News Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:02:39 GMT Indiscipline at the root of crime and violence – SSP McGregor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Indiscipline-at-the-root-of-crime-and-violence---SSP-McGregor ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) – Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of the St James Division Steve McGregor says improving parenting is critical in fostering a culture of discipline and respect for law and order among young people. Local News Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:39:46 GMT France, UK issue heat warnings as high temps hit Europe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/France--UK-issue-heat-warnings-as-high-temps-hit-Europe LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A mass of hot air moving north from Africa is bringing unusually hot weather to Western Europe, with France the next in line for a scorching day. Local News Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:31:49 GMT C’bean countries urged to pay closer attention to crime and security http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/C-bean-countries-urged-to-pay-closer-attention-to-crime-and-security BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – A three-day Caribbean Basin Security Initative (CBSI) conference began here Monday, with Barbados urging regional countries to pay closer attention to the crime and security agenda agreed to by the regional leaders in 2013. Local News Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:25:22 GMT Gov’t to resume net billing arrangement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-to-resume-net-billing-arrangement KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Government is expected to resume its net billing arrangement in another two to three weeks. Local News Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:11:00 GMT Online prayer for the day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Online-prayer2015-06-29T23-38-25 Do not look forward to what may happen Local News Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:00:36 GMT UPDATE: Flames reignite at Wortley Home http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Flames-reignite-at-Wortley-Home KINGSTON, Jamaica – ‎Firefighters were late Monday evening called back to the Wortley Home on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew, after fire that was extinguished earlier today reignited at a section of the facility. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:35:42 GMT Gov't monitoring private online conversations? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-monitoring-private-online-conversations- KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US State Department on Friday released its 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:49:49 GMT UPDATE: Wortley Home wards relocated http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Wortley-Home-wards-relocated KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna said on Monday that the Child Development Agency and the Board of Management at the Wortley Home for Girls have secured temporary accommodation for the 19 wards who occupied the facility, a section of which was destroyed by fire earlier Monday. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:34:51 GMT Guns, ammo seized in St James http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Guns--ammo-seized-in-St-James2015-06-29T18-02-30 ST JAMES, Jamaica – Two firearms and several rounds of ammunition were on Sunday seized during an operation on Campbell’s Lane in St James. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:59:19 GMT Smith calls on Bunting to make statement as murders increase http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Smith-calls-on-Bunting-to-make-statement-amid-escalation-in-murders KINGSTON, Jamaica – With reported incidents of murder up to June 27 standing at 575, 18 per cent above the corresponding period last year, Opposition Spokesman on National Security Derrick Smith is describing the situation as "alarming" and warrants an urgent statement from National Security Minister Peter Bunting. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:50:56 GMT House to postpone local government polls tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/House-to-postpone-local-government-polls-tomorrow KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Government will table legislation in the House of Representatives tomorrow, to postpone the holding of Local Government Elections for at least six months. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:40:12 GMT 4 convicted for lottery scamming in St Elizabeth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/4-convicted-for-lottery-scamming-in-St-Elizabeth ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – The St Elizabeth Proactive Investigations Unit (PIU) last week helped to secure the convictions of four people under the Law Reform (Fraudulent Conversion) (Special Provisions) Act 2013 in the St Elizabeth Circuit Court. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:57:30 GMT Forex: J$116.99 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-116-99-to-one-US-dollar2015-06-29T16-17-55 KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Monday, June 29, ended trading at J$116.99, up seven cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:13:23 GMT Parents concerned about impending school closures — Johnson Smith http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Parents-concerned-about-impending-school-closures--mdash--Johnson-Smith KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Spokesperson on Education and Youth, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, has expressed concerns regarding reports of the impending closure of several primary schools by the Ministry of Education. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:00:35 GMT Bolt will be ready when it counts — Gay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bolt-will-be-ready-when-it-counts---Gay EUGENE, United States — Veterans Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay will lead a strong US sprint contingent to the World Championships aiming to wrest the coveted 100m crown from Jamaica's grasp. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:47:08 GMT PNP will not expel Shernette Haughton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PNP-will-not-expel-Shernette-Haughton KINGSTON, Jamaica — The ruling People's National Party (PNP) on Monday said that Councillor Shernette Haughton, the former mayor of Lucea, will not be allowed to represent the party for the next local government elections. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:30:03 GMT Motorist held with J$3m worth of cocaine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Motorist-held-with-J-3m-worth-of-cocaine KINGSTON, Jamaica – Police from the Narcotics Division arrested one man following a cocaine seizure in Sundown Crescent, Kingston 10, on Saturday. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:27:31 GMT Grenada to get funds from IMF http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Grenada-to-get-funds-from-IMF WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Monday announced that Grenada would receive US$2.8 million after the island successfully completed the second review of its economic performance under a three-year programme supported by the Extended Fund Facility (ECF). Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:54:41 GMT MP hopes crime does not become norm in Portland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/MP-hopes-crime-does-not-become-norm-in-Portland PORTLAND, Jamaica — Member of Parliament for West Portland Daryl Vaz today said he is hoping that viscious crimes do not become the norm in "peaceful" Portland. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:46:42 GMT Bharrat Jagdeo named as Guyana's Opposition Leader http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bharrat-Jagdeo-named-as-Guyana-s-Opposition-Leader GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Former President Bharrat Jagdeo has been named as Opposition Leader by the main opposition People's Progressive Party /Civic (PPP/C), even though it has still to determined whether or not to take its position in the National Assembly. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:11:55 GMT All set for grade 4 literacy, numeracy tests — Education Ministry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/All-set-for-grade-4-literacy--numeracy-tests---Education-Ministry KINGSTON, Jamaica – Just under 15,000 students who previously sat the Grade Four Literacy Test and Grade Four Numeracy Test will be doing so again on Tuesday and Wednesday. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:58:41 GMT Rapper 'The Game' charged with hitting off-duty officer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Rapper--The-Game--charged-with-hitting-off-duty-officer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rapper known as "The Game" has been charged with hitting an off-duty Los Angeles police officer during a basketball game. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:36:29 GMT PHOTO: KPH gets bedlinen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTO--KPH-gets-bedlinen KINGSTON, Jamaica — Chantal Kelly (second left), an American born to Jamaican parents, today donated 480 sheets to the Kingston Public Hospital for their beds. Local News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:23:17 GMT