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 UNICEF: AIDS leading cause of death for African teenagers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UNICEF--AIDS-leading-cause-of-death-for-African-teenagers2015-11-27T11-00-52 JOHANNESBURG (AP) — While the global push to eradicate HIV may have saved over a million babies, AIDS is now the leading cause of death for African teenagers and the second most common killer for adolescents across the globe, the United Nations' agency for children said on Friday. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:56:31 GMT Commonwealth choses first female secretary-general http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Commonwealth-choses-first-female-secretary-general VALLETTA, Malta (AFP) — The Commonwealth appointed its first female secretary-general on Friday when leaders chose Dominica-born lawyer Patricia Scotland to take over the running of the 53-country organisation. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:12:52 GMT TIVOLI ENQUIRY: JCF took no record of Tivoli bodies – attorney http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/TIVOLI-ENQUIRY--JCF-took-no-record-of-Tivoli-bodies---attorney KINGSTON, Jamaica – Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo has denied the suggestion that nobody in the Jamaica Constabulary Force took record of where bodies were found during the operation in Tivoli Gardens to apprehend Christopher Coke. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:20:34 GMT Chicago police arrest man in ‘execution’ of 9-y-o boy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chicago-police-arrest-man-in--execution--of-9-y-o-boy CHICAGO, United States (AFP) – Chicago police announced Friday an arrest over a nine-year-old boy who was lured into an alley and shot dead, apparently in retaliation against his father who had gang ties. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:20:43 GMT Another JUTC bus destroyed by fire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Another-JUTC-bus-destroyed-by-fire KINGSTON, Jamaica – A Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus was this morning destroyed by fire in the Papine, St Andrew area. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:12:58 GMT 25 Brown’s Town homes to get electricity  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/25-Brown-s-Town-homes-to-get-electricity The electricity was turned on by Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell. Member of Parliament Dr Dayton Campbell said that section of the community has never had electricity. He said that the residents should now apply to the Jamaica Public Service to get connected. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:05:09 GMT Ground broken for $76m Linstead hospital renovation  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ground-broken-for--76m-Linstead-hospital-renovation ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — Ground was officially broken on Thursday to mark the start of a more than $76 million renovation and expansion project for the Accident and Emergency Department of the Linstead Hospital in St Catherine. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:41:56 GMT On Africa tour, pope slams rich elite over 'injustice' to poor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/On-Africa-tour--pope-slams-rich-elite-over--injustice--to-poor NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) – Pope Francis lashed out at wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of the poor as he visited a crowded Kenyan slum on Friday, wrapping up the first leg of a three-nation tour. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:35:20 GMT Six children die as migrant boats sink off Turkey: report http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Six-children-die-as-migrant-boats-sink-off-Turkey--report ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) – At least six children drowned on Friday in two separate incidents when their boats sank off Turkey while trying to make the risky crossing to Greece, state media reported. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:09:29 GMT UNICEF: AIDS leading cause of death for African teenagers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UNICEF--AIDS-leading-cause-of-death-for-African-teenagers JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations' agency for children says AIDS is now the leading cause of death for African teenagers and the second most common killer for adolescents across the globe. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:21:13 GMT Online prayer for the day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Online-prayer-for-Friday2015-11-27T04-01-22 Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:00:08 GMT Barbados PM says Caribbean is open to business http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Barbados-PM-says-Caribbean-is-open-to-business MALTA (CMC) – Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart has urged members of the Commonwealth to invest in Caribbean Community (Caricom) member states. Local News Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:51:26 GMT 'Team player' Campbell enjoyed marathon-bowling spell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Team-player--Campbell-enjoyed-marathon-bowling-spell KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica Scorpions player John Campbell says he is willing to bowl plenty of overs if that is what the team requires. Local Sports Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:29:13 GMT Forex: J$119.93 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-119-93-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Thursday, November 26, ended trading at J$119.93, up by six cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:05:45 GMT Agriculture sector remains buoyant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Agriculture-sector-remains-buoyant KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Derrick Kellier says the agricultural sector remains buoyant, delivering some 3.3 per cent of growth during the July to September quarter. Local News Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:24:48 GMT Bidder on verge of bankruptcy but JPS says plant still on track http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bidder-on-verge-of-bankruptcy-but-JPS-says-plant-still-on-track KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica Public Service (JPS) on Thursday disclosed that it has been informed that the Spanish firm, Abengoa, has filed for protection from creditors – a possible first step toward filing for bankruptcy. Local News Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:58:57 GMT Scorpions captain lauds team effort http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Scorpions-captain-lauds-team-effort KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Scorpions Captain Paul Palmer praised the all-round effort of his team after defeating Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the third-round WICB Professional Cricket League match at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobabgo. Local Sports Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:35:26 GMT TIVOLI ENQUIRY: Red Cross VP says security forces said criminals set buildings on fire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/TIVOLI-ENQUIRY--Red-Cross-VP-says-security-forces-said-criminals-set-buildings-on-fire KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica Red Cross Vice-president Dr Jaslin Salmon testified in the Tivoli Enquiry that members of the security forces told him during a tour of Tivoli Gardens in May 2010 that buildings there had been set ablaze by criminals. Local News Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:32:04 GMT Frater appointed to IAAF Athletes' Commission http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Frater-appointed-to-IAAF-Athletes--Commission KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican sprinter Michael Frater was today appointed by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council to the IAAF Athletes’ Commission. Local Sports Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:58:36 GMT DPP admits she erred, to pay costs incurred by OCG http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/DPP-admits-she-erred--to-pay-costs-incurred-by-OCG KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) today welcomed Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewelyn’s concession that she erred when she declined to act on the Special Report of the Contractor General, which resulted from investigations of nepotism and criminal offences in the award of contracts by the Hanover Parish Council. Local News Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:22:52 GMT