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 Not enough evidence to prosecute police in Kentucky Kid’s killing, DPP insists http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Not-enough-evidence-to-prosecute-police-in-Kentucky-Kid-s-killing--DPP-insists KINGSTON, Jamaica — Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewelllyn, responding to reports that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has sent a special report to Parliament regarding the fatal shooting of Robert ‘Kentucky Kid’ Hill by the police, insists that there was not enough evidence to prosecute the accused. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:41:59 GMT INDECOM criticises DPP’s handling of ‘Kentucky Kid’ case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/INDECOM-criticises-DPP-s-handling-of--Kentucky-Kid--case_17836482 THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has severely criticised the decision of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Lewellyn to drop the case against three cops charged with the murder of entertainer Robert 'Kentucky Kid' in December 2009. General News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jazz & Blues signs Mariah Carey http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jazz---Blues-signs-Mariah-Carey_17836096 GLOBAL superstar Mariah Carey has been confirmed as the headline act for the 19th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival next January. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT UDC relocates fisherfolk from Forum Fishing Village http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Off-to-sea_17836547 THE Urban Development Corporation (UDC) yesterday acted on its plan to relocate fisherfolk from the informal Forum Fishing Village in Portmore, St Catherine. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT How come? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/How-come--_17835474 THE Vineyard Town Police Station in Kingston was yesterday placed under investigation by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) after information emerged that an unconventional electrical connection was spotted on the property. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT JOHN MAHFOOD: Long-term preparation key to listing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JOHN-MAHFOOD--Long-term-preparation-key-to-listing_17834569 JOHN Mahfood and his father Adeeb placed Jamaican Teas in public listing mode the moment they acquired the firm's predecessor, Tetley Tea Company Ltd, in January 1996. Business Leader Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT NLA aims for top public sector customer service award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NLA-aims-for-top-public-sector-customer-service-award_17835495 THE National Land Agency (NLA) continues to improve its service delivery through the use of technology and innovation and has its eyes set on taking the top spot in the 2014 Public Sector Customer Service Competition now under way. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Low visitor traffic from Ebola-hit countries to Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Low-visitor-traffic-from-Ebola-hit-countries-to-Jamaica_17820837 VISITOR traffic from Ebola-hit West African countries to Jamaica has been relatively low, with 66 persons coming from Sierra Leone; 65 from Liberia and 11 from Guinea, so far this year, for a total of 142. General News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT OCA head bats for foetal homicide law http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/OCA-head-bats-for-foetal-homicide-law_17827453 THE Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) has suggested that, in cases where pregnant women are murdered, the accused should be prosecuted for the death of the foetus as well. General News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT The perfect bridge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/The-perfect-bridge_17826528 AMIDST all the speeches delivered by adults, Allman Town Primary School Grade 5 student Mackeda Henry best summed up the importance of the JA BizTown project to children in her age group. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Senior cop convicted for breaching INDECOM Act http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Senior-cop-convicted-for-breaching-INDECOM-Act KINGSTON, Jamaica — A deputy superintendent of police has been convicted for obstructing the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) in carrying out its duties. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:38:50 GMT Hundreds pay tribute to horse racing legend Kenneth Mattis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Hundreds-pay-tribute-to-horse-racing-legend-Kenneth-Mattis KINGSTON, Jamaica – Family and friends turned out in their numbers to pay their respect for the life of horse racing’s double Hall-of-Famer, Kenneth Mattis at a Service of Thanksgiving held at the Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Shortwood Road, Kingston today. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:08:48 GMT Witness in murder trial of ex-cop missing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Witness-in-murder-trial-of-ex-cop-missing ST ANN’S BAY, St Ann — A witness in the murder trial of ex-cop Jeffery Peart and his sister Roxanne is being sought by the crown. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:54:33 GMT Drivers scramble for flying cash on Maryland highway http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Drivers-scramble-for-flying-cash-on-Maryland-highway URBANA, Maryland (AP) — Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway after an armoured truck's door burst open. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:12:26 GMT Power restored at Sangster International Airport http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Power-restored-at-Sangster-International-Airport MONTEGO BAY, St James — Essential services were not affected by a power outage at the Sangster Airport which experienced two surges late this morning. Elizabeth Brown Scotton, chief commercial officer at MBJ, operators of the Sangster Airport,  told OBSERVER ONLINE that the backup power supply was activated immediately after the two power surges between 11:00 am and 11:35am. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:07:41 GMT Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket explodes in desert, 1 dead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Space-tourism-rocket-explodes-in-desert--1-dead MOJAVE, California (AP) — A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight in Southern California's Mojave Desert, a witness said Friday. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:36:06 GMT Mike Tyson says he was sexually abused as a child http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Mike-Tyson-says-he-was-sexually-abused-as-a-child LOS ANGELES, (AFP) - Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was sexually abused when he was seven years old by a stranger on the street, he told US radio. Local Sports Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:27:13 GMT Accountant General employee, four others charged in $19m scam at department http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Accountant-General-employee--four-others-charged-in--19m-scam-at-department KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A senior employee at the Accountant General's Department along with his sister and three others have been slapped with fraud charges after raids Tuesday in a multimillion dollar investigation. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:42:27 GMT KCOBA to honour five outstanding old boys http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/KCOBA-to-honour-five-outstanding-old-boys KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Supreme Court Judge Justice David Batts is among five outstanding Kingston College Old Boys to be honoured at this year’s annual reunion and awards dinner of the Kingston College Old Boys Association (KCOBA) set to take place at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston this Saturday, November 1. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:54:40 GMT St Ann man stabbed to death, another injured in altercation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-Ann-man-stabbed-to-death--another-injured-in-altercation KINGSTON, Jamaica — One man is dead and another hospitalised after the two were involved in a dispute, in Exchange, St Ann Friday morning. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:25:45 GMT Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore resigns after protest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Burkina-Faso-s-President-Blaise-Compaore-resigns-after-protest OUAGADOUGOU, (AFP) -- Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Friday that he was stepping down to make way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:16:34 GMT Vendor fatally stabbed in Santa Cruz market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Vendor-fatally-stabbed-in-Santa-Cruz-market ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – The St Elizabeth police are confirming the stabbing death of a vendor in the Santa Cruz Market, mid-morning Friday. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:19:32 GMT JUTC bus/trailer truck crash leaves several people injured http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JUTC-bus-trailer-truck-crash-leaves-several-people-injured KINGSTON, Jamaica — Several people have been rushed to hospital after a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus and a trailer truck crashed along Spanish Town Road in Kingston this morning. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:49:58 GMT Westmoreland shooting leaves man dead, another injured http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Westmoreland-shooting-leaves-man-dead--another-injured KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man, estimated to be in his 30s, was fatally shot and another said to be in his late 40s shot and injured in Content District, Westmoreland early Friday morning. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:47:06 GMT Police officer in Suriname jailed for 18 years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-officer-in-Suriname-jailed-for-18-years PARAMARIBO, Suriname (CMC) – A High Court judge has sentenced a 25-year-old police officer to 18 years in prison after he was found guilty of a series of robberies. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:26:53 GMT