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 Jamaican FBI agent’s application for Police Commissioner rejected   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaican-FBI-agent-s-application-for-Police-Commissioner-rejected KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican, Wilfred Rattigan, a member of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had his application for Police Commissioner turned down by the Police Services Commission late Tuesday. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:01:06 GMT Health ministry foresees no spike in chikungunya cases http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Health-ministry-foresees-no-spike-in-chikungunya-cases_17413084 HEALTH officials say they are not expecting to see a spike in the number of chikungunya cases when the new school year begins next month because of the measures that have been put in place to combat the spread of the virus. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Henry says new fare structure won't help JUTC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Henry-says-new-fare-structure-won-t-help-JUTC_17412730 FORMER Minister of Transport and Works Mike Henry says the current plan being enforced at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) to reduce losses will more likely to lead to another $1.3-billion deficit this year. General News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT 'Refuse' Cay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Refuse--Cay_17415459 THE scene at Refuge Cay, some 1.5 miles off the Kingston waterfront, paints the sordid picture of Jamaica's love affair with improper garbage disposal. Local Environmental Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Law power! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Law-power-_17419199 TWO prominent US-based attorneys, who represented the family of murdered Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, have joined forces with Miguel Lorne to represent the grieving family of Mario Deane to seek justice for his controversial death while in the custody of the Barnett Street police in early August. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Ministry seeks support for early detection programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ministry-seeks-support-for-early-detection-programme-_17416385 CHIEF Education Officer Dr Grace McLean has called for the full support of the ministry's Early Detection, Support and Intervention (EDSI) programme in schools. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Government to monitor private schools http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Government-to-monitor-private-schools_17413085 CHIEF Education Officer in the Ministry of Education Dr Grace McLean says that the Government is moving to monitor the private education sector. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Birth on soil citizenship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Birth-on-soil-citizenship_17413091 Dear Mr Brown: Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Jamaica wants more out of 3rd SIDS confab http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-wants-more-out-of-3rd-SIDS-confab_17415468 JAMAICA is expected to raise concerns about the low rate of implementation from the two previous summits when it attends the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa starting on Monday. Local Environmental Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT For loyal service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/For-loyal-service Sandals Negril’s long-service employees pause for a photo alongside General Manager Gary Williams (front, left); Hotel Manager Edward Zambrano (back, fifth left); Human Resources Manager Tameca Sutherland (back row, left); and Training and Development Manager Sonia Wynter (front, right) following a luncheon held in their honour last Friday. Those recognised have worked with the Sandals Group for a minimum of 10 years, with some accumulating as many as 32 years with the company. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:08:30 GMT JUTC says scores of Smarter Cards for students unclaimed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JUTC-says-scores-of-Smarter-Cards-for-students-unclaimed THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says that it is holding information on children from 119 schools in Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine who are to collect their Smarter Cards from the JUTC. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:44:04 GMT St Thomas cop in court on car theft charges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-Thomas-cop-in-court-on-car-theft-charges_17412674 A St Thomas police constable, who is accused of stealing a motor car that was allegedly found burning in a canefield, was offered $300,000 bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Cops commended for 'professional' conduct in Mona stand-off http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cops-commended-for--professional--_17413062 IT is not often that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force come in for praises from the public. But residents of Mona Road, St Andrew, say a few lawmen from the Police Motorised Division deserve just that for the way they handled a confrontation with an armed man in their community on Monday. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT There is no quota for visas issued by the embassy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/There-is-no-quota-for-visas-issued-by-the-embassy_17415464 Q: I heard that there is a quota for visas and the United States Embassy has to refuse and issue a certain amount. If I got denied, do I have a better chance on another day if the quota starts over again? Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Digicel surprises 'downtown' back-to-school shoppers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Digicel-surprises--downtown--back-to-school-shoppers_17415579 A team from telecoms company Digicel on Saturday surprised several people doing back-to-school shopping in downtown Kingston, handing out book vouchers, cash prizes and other freebies. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Chemicals used in fogging safe, says health minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Chemicals-used-in-fogging-safe--says-health-minister_17412509 THE Ministry of Health says that all chemicals used in its vector control programmes are approved by international health bodies and as such are not harmful to people's health. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Education ministry 95% ready for new school year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Education-ministry-95--ready-for-new-school-year_17416454 THE Ministry of Education is reporting that it is 95 per cent ready for the start of the 2014/15 academic year, which gets underway on Monday. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Ex-Maroon Colonel Peddie dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ex-Maroon-Colonel-Peddie-dies_17415618 SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Former Accompong Town Maroon Colonel Sydney Peddie is dead, community elders have confirmed. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT J'can facing drug-trafficking charges in Philadelphia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/J-can-facing-drug-trafficking-charges-in-Philadelphia_17415287 BOSTON, USA (CMC) — A Jamaican national, described by law enforcement authorities as a major marijuana trafficker, will appear in a court here tomorrow following his arrest in Philadelphia on the weekend. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT NWC signs contract with private company for provision of well water http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NWC-signs-contract-with-private-company-for-provision-of-well-water KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The National Water Commission (NWC) has signed a 20-year contract with private company Tallawah Investments for the provision of one million gallons of water per day to service areas of the Capital. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:49:07 GMT US pathologist to oversee autopsy on Mario Deane http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-pathologist-to-oversee-autopsy-on-Mario-Deane KINGSTON, Jamaica – The pending autopsy for Mario Deane will take place under the supervision of US pathologist, Dr Michael Baden, who conducted the autopsy on Michael Brown – the 18-year-old man recently shot dead by police in the Ferguson, Missouri. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:03:59 GMT IMF boss Lagarde charged in France graft case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/IMF-boss-Lagarde-charged-in-France-graft-case WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The International Monetary Fund is again touched by scandal with chief Christine Lagarde's being charged in a French graft case, three years after predecessor Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned in disgrace. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:34:26 GMT Cruise ships steer clear of Bermuda as Cristobal approaches http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cruise-ships-steer-clear-of-Bermuda-as-Cristobal-approaches HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) -- Cruise ships took evasive action away from Bermuda as Hurricane Cristobal continued to gain strength on Wednesday as it passes to the island’s northwest. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:09:26 GMT NYC protest planned for Jamaica custody death http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NYC-protest-planned-for-Jamaica-custody-death KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — An attorney for relatives of a Jamaican man who died after a beating in a lockup earlier this month will lead a protest outside the Jamaican consulate in New York. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:49:42 GMT JSIF hands over new sorrel factory in Westmoreland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JSIF-hands-over-new-sorrel-factory-in-Westmoreland KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will officially hand over a newly built sorrel factory in Bethel Town, Westmoreland valued at just over $27 million to its operators tomorrow, August 28. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:30:11 GMT