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 Neighbourhood Watch Secretariat condemns Clarendon killings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Neighbourhood-Watch-Secretariat-condemns-Clarendon-killings_18774993 THE National Neighbourhood Watch Secretary has expressed "strong condemnation" for Wednesday night's slaughtering of a man and four schoolboys, execution-style, in the Hayes community of Clarendon. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Golding proposed clergymen's intervention http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Golding-proposed-clergymen-s-intervention_18774560 FORMER Prime Minister Bruce Golding has been identified as the Government official who asked then Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington to speak with two clergymen with the hopes of getting Christopher 'Dudus' Coke to surrender peacefully in 2010. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Smith concerned about level of crime and violence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Smith-concerned-about-level-of-crime-and-violence_18766351 OPPOSITION spokesman on national security, Derrick Smith, says that the alarming rate of murders and other major crimes currently affecting the country demands the full and immediate attention of the government. General News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT R&B singer dies in Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/R-B-singer-dies-in-Jamaica_18776183 THE body of Bahamian singer Johnny Kemp was found on a beach in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday. Local Entertainment Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Enough is enough! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Enough-is-enough-_18774044 CARLENE Palmer of Circle of Hope stages a one-woman protest yesterday on Oxford Road, in the vicinity of Emancipation Park, St Andrew, against crimes being committed against children. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Falconer: Total cost for Obama visit preparation not yet ready http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Falconer--Total-cost-for-Obama-visit-preparation-not-yet-ready_18766372 THE figures have not yet been collated, but Jamaicans can expect a tab for the preparation measures that were put in place for the one-day visit of United States President Barack Obama last week. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Thwaites warns students against smoking http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Thwaites-warns-students-against-smoking_18774654 STUDENTS engaged in smoking are being discouraged from doing so by Education Minister Ronald Thwaites. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Mexico help for Riverton access road http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Mexico-help-for-Riverton-access-road_18766393 MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator AJ Nicholson, greets Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of Mexico, Maria Alcaraz, during a courtesy call Wednesday at the ministry's offices in New Kingston. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Wheatley outlines 'work from home' proposal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Wheatley-outlines--work-from-home--proposal_18774602 OPPOSITION spokesman on science, ICT and digital economy development, Dr Andrew Wheatley, has proposed an initiative through which specific public sector jobs could be done by workers utilising technology from home. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT British opposition parties in crunch debate as vote nears http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/British-opposition-parties-in-crunch-debate-as-vote-nears_18772225 LONDON, England (AFP) — The Opposition parties vying for a role in Britain's next government went head-to-head late Thursday in a crunch television debate three weeks from what promises to be the closest election in decades. International Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Maternal mortality continues to be unacceptably high http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Maternal-mortality-continues-to-be-unacceptably-high_18766170 On average, approximately 16 women die every day in the Caribbean and Latin America from complications of pregnancy or childbirth, while 250 babies die each day before having reached 28 days of age. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Boko Haram Cameroon attack toll rises to 19, many beheaded http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Boko-Haram-Cameroon-attack-toll-rises-to-19--many-beheaded YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon (AFP) — Nineteen people were killed in Thursday night's attack on a Cameroonian village by Nigeria-based Boko Haram militants, a security source said in an updated toll, adding that most of the victims were beheaded. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:18:36 GMT Teen mom and 7-month-old baby missing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Teen-mom-and-7-month-old-baby-missing KINGSTON, Jamaica — A teen mom and her daughter, have been reported missing since Friday. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:57:23 GMT T&T PM to hold talks with Royal Dutch Shell CEO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/T-T-PM-to-hold-talks-with-Royal-Dutch-Shell-CEO PORT OF SPAIN, (CMC) – The chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell Group Ben Van Beurden will hold talks with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Wednesday, according to an official statement issued here Saturday. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:57:58 GMT Former US president to head observer team to Guyana polls http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Former-US-president-to-head-observer-team-to-Guyana-polls GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Former United States president Jimmy Carter will lead an observer mission to monitor the May 11 regional and national elections in Guyana. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:32:45 GMT Gunmen kill 1, injure 2 in Portmore drive-by http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gunmen-kill-1--injure-2-in-Portmore-drive-by ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — Three persons were shot one fatally in the Braeton area of Portmore, St Catherine early this morning. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:40:46 GMT No greater threat to planet than climate change — Obama http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/No-greater-threat-to-planet-than-climate-change---Obama WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Barack Obama said Saturday that climate change poses the world's biggest single threat. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:51:38 GMT Spanish authorities search ex- IMF chief Rato's offices for second day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Spanish-authorities-search-ex--IMF-chief-Rato-s-offices-for-second-day MADRID, Spain (AFP) - Spanish tax authorities carried out new searches Friday of former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato's Madrid offices in a money-laundering probe as the country questioned whether he had been made a scapegoat in the ruling Popular Party's anti-corruption drive. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:27:59 GMT Small farmers to be included in medical marijuana industry – Justice Minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Small-farmers-to-be-included-in-medical-marijuana-industry---Justice-Minister KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) - Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, says the Government is aiming to create an inclusive framework for the operation of the medical marijuana industry. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:15:36 GMT Teen charged for murder of eleven-month-old baby http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Teen-charged-for-murder-of-eleven-month-old-baby KINGSTON, Jamaica – Charges have been laid against the teenager who was held in connection with the shooting death of 11-month-old Omar Lindo on Charles Street in Kingston on Monday, April 6. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:08:04 GMT Women on fraud rap return to court April 22 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Women-on-fraud-rap-return-to-court-April-22-_18762428 THREE female employees of a financial institution, who allegedly conspired to rob the company of $2.4 million, on Wednesday had their bails extended for them to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on April 22. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Honduras passes law to protect journalists, judicial workers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Honduras-passes-law-to-protect-journalists--judicial-workers_18766190 TEGUCIGALPA, 2015 (AFP) — Honduras' Congress has passed a law offering special protection to journalists, human rights activists and judicial workers operating in a country with the world's highest murder rate. International Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Cuban doctor praised for developing diabetic foot ulcer drug http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cuban-doctor-praised-for-developing-diabetic-foot-ulcer-drug_18766176 HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) -- A Cuban doctor who created a drug used to fight diabetic foot ulcers, has been lauded by his colleagues from across the globe. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Oil spill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Oil-spill_18766282 Firefighters on Thursday pour sand on an oil spill along the Washington Boulevard in St Andrew after a motor vehicle collision at the intersection with Weymouth Drive. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) General News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Caricom restates support for Int'l Decade for People of African Descent http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Caricom-restates-support-for-Int-l-Decade-for-People-of-African-Descent_18766177 NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — St Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United Nations, I Rhonda King, has affirmed the commitment of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to the International Decade for People of African Descent, as pronounced by the United Nations, which began on January 1. Local News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT