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 NWC expecting amnesty rush; to open offices today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NWC-expecting-amnesty-rush--to-open-offices-today_19158716 NWC expecting amnesty rush; to open offices today Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Blue, John Crow Mountains make it! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Blue--John-Crow-Mountains-make-it-_19163564 JAMAICA'S world renowned Blue and John Crow Mountains have now been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Minimum wage under review http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Minimum-wage-under-review_19163230 THE Minimum Wage Advisory Commission is in the process of reviewing the national minimum wage and the minimum wage for industrial security guards. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Martelly wants peaceful solution to deportation crisis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Martelly-wants-peaceful-solution-to-deportation-crisis_19163527 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Haiti's President Michel Martelly yesterday called for a peaceful solution to the crisis facing Dominicans of Haitian descent who are being deported from the Dominican Republic because the Spanish-speaking country insists they do not have proper documentation to remain there. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT UN Secretary General joins #ENDviolence campaign http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UN-Secretary-General-joins--ENDviolence-campaign_19159043 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged Caribbean states to lead the world in ending violence against women and girls. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Senate passes Income Tax (Amendment) Act 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Senate-passes-Income-Tax--Amendment--Act-2015 KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Senate, on Friday passed the Income Tax (Amendment) Act, 2015, that will facilitate the provision an additional $35,568 in tax-free income for workers, effective January, 1, 2016. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:30:35 GMT Trinidadian among 21 arrested for lottery scamming in Hanover http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trinidadian-among-21-arrested-for-lottery-scamming-in-Hanover KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police say the western end of the island continues to be the focal point of operation as the Jamaica Constabulary Force moves to clamp down on lottery scamming activities. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:33:04 GMT 54-y-o man arrested for illegal firearm in Portland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/54-y-o-man-arrested-for-illegal-firearm-in-Portland KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man was arrested for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition in Train Line, Norwich, Portland on Friday. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:48:46 GMT Ganja seized in St Elizabeth, 2 men arrested http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ganja-seized-in-St-Elizabeth--2-men-arrested ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — The police in St Elizabeth say two men were on Friday arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to export ganja in the Fort Charles district, here. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:33:34 GMT Federer beats Groth to reach Wimbledon last 16 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Federer-beats-Groth-to-reach-Wimbledon-last-16 London, United Kingdom (AFP) — Seven-time champion Roger Federer defeated big-serving Australian Sam Groth to reach the Wimbledon last 16 on Saturday. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:54:41 GMT Haitians forced from Dominican Republic recall racism, abuse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Haitians-forced-from-Dominican-Republic-recall-racism--abuse Port-au-Prince, Haiti (AFP) — Beltha Desir wanders aimlessly around the front of the school where she has taken refuge, holding tight to her 10-month-old child, the only family member with whom she was deported. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:47:38 GMT Man shot dead in downtown Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Man-shot-dead-in-downtown-Kingston2015-07-04T07-43-02 KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man was on Friday shot dead by unknown assailants in downtown Kingston. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:41:07 GMT Grade Four Literacy, Numeracy Test sitting successful — Thwaites http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Grade-Four-Literacy--Numeracy-Test-sitting-successful---Thwaites KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Education, Rev Ronald Thwaites, said that despite some “small hitches,” the sitting of the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Test on June 30 and July 1 was a success. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:14:45 GMT Online prayer for the day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Online-prayer2015-07-04T04-58-19 My Jesus, I place all my sins before you. In my estimation they do not deserve pardon, but I ask you to close your eyes to my want of merit and open them to your infinite merit. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:00:39 GMT CLARIFICATION: Increase to jurors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/CLARIFICATION-Increase-to-jurors_19163255 THE following is a clarification about the increase in the allowance for jurors from $500 to $2,000: Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Well said, sir http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Well-said--sir-_19158672 Rotary Club of Kingston President Robert Kinlocke (right) congratulates Dr Fritz Pinnock on his address to the club's luncheon held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday. Dr Pinnock, who is executive director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute and chairman of the Logistics Hub Taskforce, used his address to further inform Jamaicans about the logistics hub initiative. (PHOTO: WILLIAM FOSTER) Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Weekly Round-up: Fennell supports same-sex marriage...25 homeless after fire...Dudus at Up Park Camp http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Weekly-Round-up--Fennell-supports-same-sex-marriage---Water-restrictions---25-homeless-after-fire KINGSTON, Jamaica — Fire left several homeless in St Catherine after a suspected case of arson on Tuesday. Meanwhile in the west, murders spiked following the killing of two brothers, a businessman, a father and his son. Then, video footage was released of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke while detained at Up Park Camp. Watch as OBSERVER ONLINE reviews the week for you. Local News Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:00:07 GMT Not true! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-p-Not-true---p---_19159038 TWO of the island's leading fishing associations have rubbished claims that licences for the 2015 season have been issued to Hondurans and have defended the Government's award process, describing it as transparent and fair. Local News Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Questions raised over 18 bodies found at May Pen Cemetery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Questions-raised-over-18-bodies-found-at-May-Pen-Cemetery_19159252 PATHOLOGIST reports from evidence presented to the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry seem to have run counter to evidence by the security forces as to the time of death of some 18 bodies found in May Pen cemetery. Local News Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Spying error - US corrects Internet monitoring report http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Spying-error_19159270 JUNIOR Technology Minister Julian Robinson has welcomed the clarification issued yesterday by the US Embassy in Kingston of a State Department comment that the Jamaican Government could be monitoring local online conversations. Local News Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT SSP McGregor pledges to turn around crime in St James http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/SSP-McGregor-pledges-to-turn-around-crime-in-St-James_19156111 Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of St James, Steve McGregor, is expressing confidence of a major turnaround in crime in the parish. Local News Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jurors to get increased allowance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jurors-to-get-increased-allowance_19158694 GOVERNMENT has approved an increase in the daily allowance paid to jurors, from $500 to $2,000 daily to meet travelling and food expenses. Local News Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Murders jump in three western parishes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Murders-jump-in-three-western-parishes_19158964 LUCEA, Hanover — Data released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force Statistics and Information Management Unit have shown that three of four parishes in western Jamaica — Westmoreland, Hanover and St James — have seen a spike in murders for the first half of the year, when compared to the same period last year. Local News Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Jamaican sentenced in US for lottery fraud http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaican-sentenced-in-US-for-lottery-fraud_19154126 A Jamaican citizen residing in Virginia has been sentenced to prison for his role in an international lottery scam, the US Department of Justice and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) have announced. Local News Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT NWC reports good response to amnesty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NWC-reports-good-response-to-amnesty_19154206 THE National Water Commission (NWC) reported an above normal turnout at its offices across the island Wednesday as delinquent customers responded to the amnesty announced by the company. Local News Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT