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 Mayberry profit skyrockets with Access sale http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Mayberry-profit-skyrockets-with-Access-sale The sale of its stake in Access Financial Services Ltd rocketed the annual profit of Mayberry Investments Limited (MIL) sevenfold to more than $700 million. Local News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:05:56 GMT ‘Cost of utilities a major challenge for businesses’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Cost-of-utilities-a-major-challenge-for-businesses-_18491566 ROSE HALL, St James — Wayne Cummings, the senior director for administration and business processes at Sandals Resorts International, has cited the high cost of utilities as a major challenge for businesses operating in Jamaica. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Digital switchover not likely before 2018 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Digital-switchover-not-likely-before-2018 ROSE HALL, St James — A 2015 date announced previously for the island’s television stations to switch over from analogue to digital broadcast has been shifted for at least another three years. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:42:41 GMT EOJ now close to 6,480 signatures http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/EOJ-now-close-to-6-480-signatures AS the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) moves closer to the 6,480 signatures it needs to go ahead with expanding the boundaries of the Portmore municipality, attorney-at-law Shane Dalling says his clients are not perturbed and are going ahead with their application for an injunction to stop the process. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:32:19 GMT Firefighters injured as fire truck overturns http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Firefighters-injured-as-fire-truck-overturns_18493921 Three firefighters were yesterday injured after their fire truck ran off Spanish Town Road and overturned near Kingston Industrial Agency Ltd (KIA) in St Andrew. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Video: Negril danger http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Negril-danger_18490929 If the Negril breakwater project fails to get off the ground, Jamaica's third-largest tourist resort area will continue to lose one metre of its famous beach each year, according to officials of the implementing agencies. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT 'Where was the gov't when Mr Archer needed support?' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Where-was-the-gov-t-when-Mr-Archer-needed-support--_18490776 JAMAICA Observer online readers have taken the Government to task over its treatment of respected educator Rev Glen Archer who died from a massive stroke. Archer had been battling chronic kidney disease for approximately two-and-a-half years before he died. Attempts were made to raise funds for his treatment, however, during his thanksgiving service at the Ardenne High School, Kingston, on Sunday, friends and relatives made it known that Archer died a broken man over the lack of help from "the powers that be". Here are some edited comments: Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Mike Henry takes on task to unite JLP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Mike-Henry-takes-on-task-to-unite-JLP VETERAN Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament Mike Henry has taken on the role of mediator in the current impasse between the party’s leadership and the group of MPs opposed to Opposition Leader Andrew Holness. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:52:53 GMT Police: We did not kill Salt Spring businessman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police--We-did-not-kill-Salt-Spring-businessman MONTEGO BAY, St James — The St James police have dismissed claims that they shot and killed a businessman, whose bulletriddled body was discovered in Salt Spring Sunday morning. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:37:31 GMT Gov’t allocates $380m to UTech for upgrading http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-allocates--380m-to-UTech-for-upgrading_18491632 THE University of Technology (UTech) Enhancement Project will get a $380 million allocation next fiscal year to undertake work to upgrade facilities at the institution. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT J'can heroes, Bob Marley celebrated at Brazil carnival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/J-can-heroes--Bob-Marley-celebrated-at-Brazil-carnival_18479311 Jamaican national heroes Nanny of the Maroons, Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, and Marcus Garvey, as well as reggae icon Bob Marley were celebrated at this year's staging of carnival in Brazil. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Scotia Investments mum on staff cuts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Scotia-Investments-mum-on-staff-cuts SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland - Scotia Investments Jamaica Ltd has announced structural changes but remains silent on whether it cut staff at its head office. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:53:20 GMT St Thomas Co-operative Credit Union merges into FHC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-Thomas-Co-operative-Credit-Union-merges-into-FHC ST THOMAS, Jamaica - First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union Limited (FHCCU) has merged its operation with the St Thomas Co-operative Credit Union (STCCU). Local Business Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:35:42 GMT Quantitative easing is not for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Quantitative-easing-is-not-for-Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica - International Monetary Fund (IMF) resident representative in Jamaica Dr Bert Van Selm on Tuesday downplayed a view that the island should adopt the developed world approach of pumping money to stimulate the economy. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:17:47 GMT Several officials condemn the killing of Donald Quarrie High student http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Several-officials-condemn-the-killing-of-Donald-Quarrie-High-student KINGSTON, Jamaica – Since the discovery of the body of 13-year-old Kayalicia Simpson near her home in Newlands, St Thomas, Monday morning, several officials have condemned the gruesome act. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:57:22 GMT California lawyer proposes ballot measure to execute gays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/California-lawyer-proposes-ballot-measure-to-execute-gays LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — A California lawyer has submitted a referendum proposal to outlaw homosexuality in the famously liberal western US state, on pain of execution.  Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:32:43 GMT Court frees 'playful' baby biter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Court-frees--play--baby-biter KINGSTON, Jamaica — A woman who pleaded guilty to biting a toddler on her arm was on Tuesday freed of a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm when she appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:31:28 GMT 31-y-o man charged for 2013 murder of Catholic priest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/31-y-o-man-charged-for-2013-murder-of-Catholic-priest KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man was on Sunday charged for the murder of a Roman Catholic priest, Father Charles Brown, which occurred on Monday, July 29, 2013. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:23:10 GMT Netanyahu denounces Obama push for Iran nuclear deal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Netanyahu-denounces-Obama-push-for-Iran-nuclear-deal WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced President Barack Obama's drive for a nuclear accord with Iran on Tuesday, warning Washington is paving Tehran's path to a bomb. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:20:48 GMT EOJ surpasses signature target for Portmore boundary changes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/EOJ-surpasses-signature-target-for-Portmore-boundary-changes KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says it now has the number of signatures it needs for the petition to have the boundaries of the municipality of Portmore expanded. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:13:36 GMT CDA condemns 14-y-o's killing, calls for J'cans to take a stand http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/CDA-condemns-14-y-o-s-killing--calls-for-J-cans-to-take-a-stand KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Child Development Agency (CDA) has issued a statement condemning the killing of 14-year-old Kayalicia Simpson in St Thomas this morning. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:05:49 GMT FOREX: J$115.58 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/FOREX--J-115-58-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Tuesday March 3, ended trading at J$115.58, down two cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:53:24 GMT Vendors protest against KSAC plans to stop street vending http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Vendors-protest-against-KSAC-plans-to-stop-street-vending KINGSTON, Jamaica — Scores of vendors Tuesday afternoon staged a demonstration on Church Street in Kingston, following an announcement by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) to stop them from selling on the streets. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:28:25 GMT Changes to Portmore municipality boundaries before court - ECJ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Changes-to-Portmore-municipality-boundaries-before-court---ECJ KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says that it is aware of the ongoing debate in respect to changes to the boundaries of the Portmore Municipality, and wishes to state that the matter is a legal one. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:07:01 GMT PNP councillor charged with death of Tappa Whitmore's son http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PNP-councillor-charged-with-death-of-Tappa-Whitmore-s-son KINGSTON, Jamaica — People’s National Party Councillor Sylvan Reid has been charged in relation to the reported hit-and-run death of the son of former Reggae Boyz coach and player Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore two years ago. Local News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:55:26 GMT