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 US says it welcomes discussion on drug policy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-p-US-says-it-welcomes-discussion-on-drug-policy--p---_18315226 THE United States Government says it welcomes discussion and debate on drug policy and that it is up to the people of Jamaica to decide which policies are most appropriate for the country within the realms of international law. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:01:00 GMT US official says C’bbean regaining status as preferred transit route http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cocaine-hub_18309428 WASHINGTON, DC, USA — Cocaine moving through the Caribbean to the United States increased by 400 per cent between 2011 and 2014, raising concerns that the region is regaining its status as a preferred trafficking route as obtained in the 1970s and 1980s. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:01:00 GMT Physically challenged man crushed by JUTC bus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tragedy-in-Papine_18315552 TRAGEDY struck yesterday in Papine, St Andrew, when a physically challenged man was crushed to death by a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:01:00 GMT Holness shuffles shadow cabinet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Holness-shuffles-shadow-cabinet_18314424 OPPOSITION leader Andrew Holness, announcing his new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) slate yesterday, says that the party will be stepping up to the plate to provide solutions to the country's problems, and prove the better choice for the nation. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT The best ‘porridge man’ in town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/The-best--porridge-man--in-town_18310139 THIRTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD Nicardo Lewis is on a mission. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT CCJ president welcomes Dominica's move to join court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/CCJ-president-welcomes-Dominica-s-move-to-join-court_18311230 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Sir Dennis Byron Wednesday welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit that Dominica would become a full member of the Trinidad-based Court. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Sagicor Sigma Run introduces crowd funding http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Sagicor-Sigma-Run-introduces-crowd-funding_18311480 SAGICOR Sigma Coprorate Run has introduced crowd funding in an effort to help raise funds for its 2015 charities -- Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation and Cornwall Regional Hospital's Neonatal Unit. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT OAS hails Jamaica's cyber security efforts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/OAS-hails-Jamaica-s-cyber-security-efforts_18310037 ASSISTANT secretary general of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Ambassador Albert Ramdin, says that Jamaica has made a sound choice of a model for its National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS). General News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Barbadian jailed 18 months for crime that never happened http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Barbadian-jailed-18-months-for-crime-that-never-happened NEW YORK (CMC) – A New York State Supreme Court judge has vacated the conviction of a Barbadian man who had spent 18 months in jail for a crime prosecutors now say never occurred. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:00:30 GMT Health ministry closely monitoring measles outbreak in US http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Health-ministry-closely-monitoring-measles-outbreak-in-US KINGSTON, Jamaica – Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse says the Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the measles outbreak which has affected several states in the United States and Mexico. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:41:51 GMT Trinidad attorney general under police probe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trinidad-attorney-general-under-police-probe PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) – Anand Ramlogan’s job as Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago hangs in the balance. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:11:39 GMT Veteran Reggae Performer Johnny Clarke rocks Jazz and Blues http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jazz-and-Blues-2015---Veteran-Reggae-Performer-Johnny-Clark-had-the-crowd-impressed FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny- Veteran reggae performer Johhny Clarke closed off the tribute to recently deceased reggae icon John Holt with an admirable performance at Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival being held now at the Trelawny stadium. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:03:27 GMT Jazz and Blues 2015 - Josey Wales Red Hot on stage, while Brian Holt performs renditions of some of his father's hits http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jazz-and-Blues-2015---Josey-Wales-Red-Hot-on-stage--while-Brian-Holt-performs-renditions-of-some-of-his-father-s-hits FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny-Deejay Josey Wales came out blazing during his set on the first night of Jamaica Jazz and Blues at the Trelawny Stadium. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:30:07 GMT Jazz and Blues 2015 - The Tamlins thrilled the crowd with hits and tribute to John Holt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jazz-and-Blues-2015---The-Tamlins-thrilled-the-crowd-with-hits-and-tribute-to-John-Holt FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny-Reggae group, The Tamlins thrilled the audience on the first night of Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival now on at the Trelawny Stadium. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:52:59 GMT JAZZ AND BLUES 2015 - Judy Mowatt on high tide as George Nooks says no 'Tribal War' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JAZZ-AND-BLUES-2015---Judy-Mowatt-on-high-tide-as-George-Nooks-says-no--Tribal-War- FLORENCE HALL, (Trelawny), Jamaica - Judy Mowatt and George Nooks upped the tempo as Jazz and Blues 2015 started to move to a higher musical ground at the Trelawny Stadium. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:07:07 GMT Jazz and Blues night one http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-p-Jazz-and-Blues-night-one--p---_18317538 IT'S showtime for Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2015 at the Trewlany Multi-purpose Stadium and patrons were seen turning out for early acts on night one. The show, which started on time, saw early birds making themselves comfortable for the on stage action. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Safe Schools Programme to be expanded http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Safe-Schools-Programme-to-be-expanded_18308838 ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Bishop Dr Gary Welch, the new head of the Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB), says the branch is committed to the continuation and expansion of the Safe Schools Programme. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT This Day in History - January 30 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/This-Day-in-History_18311168 Today is the 30th day of 2015. There are 335 days left in the year. General News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Irrigation commission suffering from theft http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Irrigation-commission-suffering-from-theft_18309966 THE National Irrigation Commission (NIC) has appealed to members of the public to desist from stealing its water meters, pipes and pumping equipment. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT JFLL rolls out High School Diploma Equivalency Programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JFLL-rolls-out-High-School-Diploma-Equivalency-Programme_18307841 IMPLEMENTATION of the High School Diploma Equivalency Programme (HSDEP) has begun under the direction of the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL), Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has announced. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Tam Seller http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tan-Seller_18315758 This tam seller displays his wares on mannequins as he rides hisd bicycle along Spanish Town Road in Kingston yesterday. (PHOTO BRYAN CUMMINGS) Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Primary, high school students to be taught financial literacy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Primary--high-school-students-to-be-taught-financial-literacy_18311205 THE Ministry of Education is partnering with Money Basics for Kids Ltd to teach primary and high school students in grades four to seven the fundamentals of financial literacy. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT $1 million for children's hospital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-1-million-for-children-s-hospital_18311199 President and CEO of the Jamaica Broilers Group Christopher Levy (second left) and Anthony Wood (right), CEO and director of Chain of Hope Jamaica hold the symbolic cheque for $1million donated by Jamaica Broilers to the Chain of Hope Jamaica to benefit the Cardiac Programme at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Sharing in the moment are: Dr Claudette Cooke (left), vice-president HRD & PR, Jamaica Broilers Group; Dr Lambert Innis (centre), head of anaesthesia and ICU at the Bustamante Hospital for Children; and Carla Newsam, executive director of Chain of Hope Jamaica. It was announced that Jamaica's first dedicated Paediatric Cardiac Centre, to be located at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, will soon be a reality through the combined efforts of Chain of Hope, Digicel Jamaica, Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation, Gift of Life International/Rotary, Sagicor Group Jamaica and the Government of Jamaica. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Uphill struggle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Uphill-struggle_18311249 Although he made it to his destination, this man found it quite a task to push his bicycle loaded with goods up Stony Hill Road, St Andrew, on Wednesday. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Pepperpot - Deposed kingmaker resumes dirty tricks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Deposed-kingmaker-resumes-dirty-tricks-_18313781 The deposed kingmaker is at it again with the dirty tricks. This time he has revived one of his mudslinging projects aimed at sullying the reputation of the one who is most responsible for his loss of prestige and standing. Word is that it is backfiring on him and the egg will be all over his face. Local News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT