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 St Aubyn Bartlett facing opposition in Manchester Central http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-Aubyn-Bartlett-facing-opposition-in-Manchester-Central_19232435 THERE seems to be trouble brewing for another Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for the general election that could be held before the end of the year. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT ‘It’s not a gift’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-It-s-not-a-gift-_19232555 SECURITY Minister Peter Bunting says Britain's £25 million towards the construction of a new prison in Jamaica is a conditional offer. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Discomfort in Manchester community following sisters’ murders http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Discomfort-in-Manchester-community-following-sisters--murders_19232544 COMFORT, Manchester — The gruesome murder of two sisters in Comfort District in this central parish have left relatives of the deceased and the whole community uneasy. Central News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT OCA says children can participate in demonstrations http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/OCA-says-children-can-participate-in-demonstrations_19232584 THE Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) says that schoolchildren can participate in political demonstrations, once they are matured enough to do so without manipulation. General News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: PUSH START http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PUSH-START_19232580 A female police officer gets a push-start from a civilian after her motorcycle failed to start yesterday, while on duty outside the Ferry Police Station in St Catherine. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: BOOKS FOR CALABAR KIDS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/BOOKS-FOR-CALABAR-KIDS-_19232540 Students of the Calabar Primary and Infant School in Kingston Central were Tuesday presented with books by the Palmyra Foundation, through its Books4Kids initiative. Here, Michael McMorris (right), principal/CEO of Kronos Investment and Development, one of the sponsors of the initiative, is joined by Education Minister Ronald Thwaites in handing out some of the books. Books4Kids Jamaica has, since its inception in 2007, through its sponsors and volunteers, provided more than 155,000 books to 43,000 children in more than 130 schools islandwide. Each child gets a Books4Kids bag that contains one 300-page BrainQuest Workbook, one to two kindergarten reading books, a pack of crayons and a pencil, valued at US$35. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT ’Please call the elections!’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Please-call-the-elections--_19232561 JAMAICA Observer online readers have weighed in on Tuesday's incident in Parliament which saw members of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party staging a walkout during a heated discussion over the now controversial United Kingdom prison deal. Here are some edited comments: Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT JSIF partners with Sandals in youth training project http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JSIF-partners-with-Sandals-in-youth-training-project_19232473 THE Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and Sandals Resorts International recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create and implement a specialised youth workforce development project. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cayman Islands now offering 10-year visa to Jamaicans http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cayman-Islands-now-offering-10-year-visa-to-Jamaicans-_19232504 GRAND CAYMAN — Repeat Jamaican visitors to the Cayman Islands will be given special treatment under the immigration law, with the option to obtain a 10-year visitor's visa. General News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT UPDATE: Student in custody following schoolmate's death http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UPDATE--Student-in-custody-following-schoolmate-s-death ST ANN, Jamaica — The Brown’s Town High School student who this morning allegedly stabbed his schoolmate to death has been taken into custody. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:06:28 GMT Vandals hit NWC again, customers without water http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Vandals-hit-NWC-again--customers-without-water KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) says one of its systems has again been hit by vandals. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:08:08 GMT Logistics hub is alive and well — Hylton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Logistics-hub-is-alive-and-well---Hylton KINGSTON, Jamaica — Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton has hailed the $2-billion investment by Kingston Wharves Limited (KW) in the construction of a logistics and warehousing facility, as a signal of confidence in the Government’s Logistics Hub initiative. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:49:27 GMT Forex: J$119.35 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-119-35-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Thursday, October 8, ended trading at J$119.35, up by three cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:13:05 GMT PNP candidates face integrity commission tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PNP-candidates-face-integrity-commission-tomorrow KINGSTON, Jamaica — Candidates seeking to represent the governing People’s National Party (PNP) in upcoming parliamentary elections will face the party’s integrity commission tomorrow. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:59:21 GMT UPDATE: Thwaites expresses sadness at killing of St Ann student http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UPDATE--Thwaites-expresses-sadness-at-killing-of-St-Ann-student KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Education has expressed “profound” sadness at the fatal stabbing of Jamala Barnaby, a Grade 11 student attending Brown’s Town High School, allegedly by a Grade 10 student. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:56:08 GMT Motorcycle crash kills Manchester businessman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Motorcycle-crash-kills-Manchester-businessman MANCHESTER, Jamaica — A Manchester business man died as a result of injuries he received in a motorcycle crash along the Porus main road in the parish on Wednesday. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:32:51 GMT Student killed at Brown's Town High http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Student-killed-at-Brown-s-Town-High ST ANN, Jamaica — A student at the Brown’s Town High School was this morning stabbed to death allegedly by his schoolmate following a dispute. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:16:46 GMT UPDATE: England, Germany call for 'emergency' FIFA meeting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UPDATE--England--Germany-call-for--emergency--FIFA-meeting LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – The English and German football associations on Thursday demanded an emergency FIFA executive meeting following the suspension of the world body's president Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:20:55 GMT Education Ministry probes sacking of St Hilda's head girl http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Education-Ministry-probing-sacking-of-St-Elizabeth-head-girl KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Education says its Regional Office in Brown's Town is currently investigating the reported cancellation of the initial appointment of head girl at St Hilda's High School. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:47:51 GMT Caribbean reefs affected by mass bleaching http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Caribbean-reefs-affected-by-mass-bleaching BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Reefs in the Caribbean are among the world’s reefs that have been hit by a major episode of bleaching. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:13:11 GMT Belgian ambassador to Caricom says ‘no plan b for climate change’  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Belgian-ambassador-to-Caricom-says--no-plan-b-for-climate-change- GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Climate change and sustainable development “are vital issues for the planet” according to Belgian Ambassador Guy Sevrin. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 09:40:52 GMT US official says ending Cuba embargo will take time  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-official-says-ending-Cuba-embargo-will-take-time HAVANA (AP) — US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker wrapped up her visit to Cuba on Wednesday by saying both sides need to learn more about each other as they work to improve relations. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:18:01 GMT We're cooked if we fail on climate change – IMF Chief http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/We-re-cooked-if-we-fail-on-climate-change---Lagarde LIMA, Peru (AP) — International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday that failure to take urgent action on global warming will condemn humanity to the same fate as the Peruvian poultry that so many delegates to the group's annual meeting are enjoying this week in a country famed for its cuisine. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:02:19 GMT Online prayer for the day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Online-prayer-for-Thursday2015-10-07T23-04-32 O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 07:00:47 GMT CB, UWI target $15 million http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/CB--UWI-target--15-million_19230409 CB Group and the University of the West Indies (UWI) are seeking to raise $15 million from their 5K run/walk this year, $5 million more than they pulled in last year, for the benefit of the university's scholarship fund. Local News Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT