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 Gov't to use shared corporate services to reduce admin expenses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-to-use-shared-corporate-services-to-reduce-admin-expenses_17803193 THE Government is moving to implement shared corporate services within the public sector, to reduce the cost of administrative functions and to improve efficiency. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT East Kingston residents protest police treatment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/East-Kingston-residents-protest-police-treatment_17803477 NOISE erupted in East Kingston yesterday as residents voiced their disgust at how the police were handling the investigation into Wednesday night's deadly shootings by gunmen in the area. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT ZJ Wah Wa pleads guilty at hearing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ZJ-Wah-Wa-pleads-guilty-at-hearing_17804555 JAMAICAN radio disc jock ZJ Wah Wa pleaded guilty to telemarketing fraud at a hearing in the Federal District Court in Bismarck, North Dakota, yesterday. Local Entertainment Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ebola jitters in New York http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ebola-jitters-in-New-York_17803281 NEW YORK, USA (AP) — Travelling into Manhattan by subway from Brooklyn on Friday, the day after a New York doctor was diagnosed with Ebola, Dennis Johnson and his fiancée, Lian Robinson, were trying to be sensible about the odds of the disease spreading. General News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Acid test for Alkaline - Church knocks visit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Acid-test-for-Alkaline---Church-knocks-visit_17805529 AN Antiguan church minister is calling on authorities to put a ban on dancehall artiste Alkaline, who is scheduled to perform in that country on Saturday. Local Entertainment Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Report: Americas register more than 7 suicides per hour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Report--Americas-register-more-than-7-suicides-per-hour_17796351 SOME 65,000 people take their own lives in the Americas each year -- more than 7 per hour -- according to a report released this week by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT JC beat Hydel 2-1 in Lime Super Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JC-beat-Hydel-2-1-in-Lime-Super-Cup KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica College progressed to the semi-final of the ISSA/LIME Super Cup after clipping Hydel High 2-1 in the first match of the double-header at Sabina Park on Saturday. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:37:47 GMT New York University professor makes case for deepening regional integration http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/New-York-University-professor-makes-case-for-deepening-regional-integration MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, (JIS) — A professor of economics and international business from the United States says the Caribbean’s best prospect for sustained macro-economic growth lies in deepening levels of financial sector congruity and trade integration. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:57:51 GMT US journalist says body was 'at war' with Ebola http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-journalist-says-body-was--at-war--with-Ebola PROVIDENCE, (AP) — Ashoka Mukpo knew he really was in trouble when he saw the people treating him in full protective suits and hoods. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:50:12 GMT SpaceX ship returns to Earth loaded with lab results http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/SpaceX-ship-returns-to-Earth-loaded-with-lab-results WASHINGTON, (AFP) - SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft left the International Space Station and returned to Earth on Saturday after a month in orbit, NASA said. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:52:56 GMT Taxi operator shot dead in Manchester http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Taxi-operator-shot-dead-in-Manchester Mandeville, Manchester- Thirty-two-year-old taxi operator Kevin Vidal otherwise called ‘Buscom’ was shot and killed in the parish early Saturday morning by unknown assailants. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:07:58 GMT Barca beaten by Real Madrid on Suarez debut http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Barca-beaten-by-Real-Madrid-on-Suarez-debut MADRID, (AFP) - Luis Suarez's Barcelona debut ended in defeat as Real Madrid cut the gap on the La Liga leaders to just a point as they came from behind to win El Clasico 3-1 on Saturday. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:13:52 GMT Cop on corruption charge, co-accused offered bail http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cop-on-corruption-charge--co-accused-offered-bail ST JAMES, Jamaica — A police constable and facing corruption charges and his co-accused were offered bail Thursday in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) is reporting. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:01:45 GMT Unsanitary Trinis could bring CHIKV cases to a million — health minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Unsanitary-Trinis-could-bring-CHIKV-cases-to-a-million---health-minister PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago Health Minister Fuad Khan says he fears chikungunya cases in the twin island republic “might spread from 1,000 to one million cases” if people don’t make a concerted effort keep their immediate surroundings clean. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:34:32 GMT Weekend starts on bloody note http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Weekend-starts-on-bloody-note KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two people were shot dead in separate incidents Friday by unknown assailants in Kingston and St James. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:21:13 GMT Human Rights Watch: Jamaican gays, transgenders face unchecked abuse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Human-Rights-Watch--Jamaican-gays--transgenders-face-unchecked-abuse MIAMI, (AFP) - Jamaican police are not doing enough to protect gay and transgender people who "live in constant fear," as incidents of extreme violence and even murder go unchecked, according to a report Tuesday. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:15:03 GMT Land owners owe close to 3 billion in property taxes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Land-owners-owe-close-to-3-billion-in-property-taxes KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Local Government and Community Development Noel Arscott is appealing to land owners to clear the $2.8 billion in outstanding property taxes for the current fiscal year. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:00:57 GMT Dallas nurse gets hug from Obama  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dallas-nurse-gets-hug-from-Obama BETHESDA, Maryland (AP) — A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free and into open arms. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:01:34 GMT Trinidad: No ban for travellers from USA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trinidad--No-ban-for-travellers-from-USA PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) — Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan yesterday said he will not heed calls to ban people entering T&T from New York or Texas or the rest of the United States. He also said the measures which have been already imposed by Cabinet remain intact. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:10:08 GMT Guyanese Health authorities monitoring national who recently returned from West Africa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Guyanese-Health-authorities-monitoring-national-who-recently-returned-from-West-Africa GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – The Guyana Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) says a patient who recently travelled to West Africa will be monitored “on a daily basis” to ensure that symptoms associated with the deadly Ebola virus do not develop in the near future. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:55:55 GMT Foreign direct investment in the Caribbean declines in first half of 2014 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Foreign-direct-investment-in-the-Caribbean-declines-in-first-half-of-2014 SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into 13 Latin American and Caribbean countries decreased by 23 per cent during the first half of 2014 . Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:54:09 GMT West Ham stuns champion Man City with 2-1 win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/West-Ham-stuns-champion-Man-City-with-2-1-win LONDON (AP) — West Ham inflicted Manchester City's second loss in its Premier League title defense on Saturday, maintaining its surprising form with a 2-1 victory. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:54:51 GMT Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads: WHO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ebola-death-toll-tops-4-900-as-virus-spreads--WHO GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through October 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:37:20 GMT Suarez to return in 'Clasico' after biting ban http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Suarez-to-return-in--Clasico--after-biting-ban BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Luis Suarez's long wait is almost over. The much-maligned forward will play his first minutes for Barcelona on Saturday (October 25) against Real Madrid after completing his ban for biting an opponent four months ago at the World Cup. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:11:06 GMT Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Iran-hangs-woman-for-killing-alleged-rapist TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her, the official IRNA news agency reported. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:50:15 GMT