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 Put your money where your mouth is! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is-_19226701 THE committee spearheading the 150th anniversary observance of the Morant Bay uprising has challenged potential investors to set up businesses throughout St Thomas, which it said was ripe with development opportunities and endless possibilities. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Vote-Catching Ploy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Vote-Catching-Ploy GENERATION 2000 (G2K) yesterday dismissed the Government’s $50-million sustainable development plan for St Thomas as a vote-catching ploy, arguing that the ruling People’s National Party’s candidates in the parish are under pressure with general elections looming. “It is alarming to us. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:09 GMT Medical doctor dies in car crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Medical-doctor-dies-in-car-crash_19226814 SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Popular Westmoreland medical doctor, Barrigton Clarke, died early yesterday morning in a motor vehicle accident on the Montpelier main road in St James. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT St Thomas residents to treat water used for domestic purposes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-Thomas-residents-to-treat-water-used-for-domestic-purposes_19226757 THE South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) yesterday urged residents of St Thomas to treat water that is used for domestic purposes, especially water collected from untreated sources. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT More stringent monitoring of cops coming http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/More-stringent-monitoring-of-cops-coming_19226838 THE Police High Command says new screening methods are to be employed for all members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Education access policy discriminatory- Holness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Education-access-policy-discriminatory--Holness_19226680 LEADER of the Opposition Andrew Holness has accused the government of pursuing a discriminatory and non-inclusive policy on access to education. General News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Is the Express Entry system too slow? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Is-the-Express-Entry-system-too-slow-_19226753 Dear Mr Brown: Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Students urged to focus on schoolwork http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Students-urged-to-focus-on-schoolwork_19226807 SEVERAL students who will be attending traditional and non-traditional high schools in September have been urged to remain focused on their academic pursuits and to form friendships with others, who will encourage and motivate them to do well. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica’s election boss leads Caricom observer team for T&T polls http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-s-election-boss-leads-Caricom-observer-team-for-T-T-polls_19226836 JAMAICA'S direction of elections Orrett Fisher is to lead a Caribbean Community (Caricom) delegation that will observe parliamentary elections in Trinidad on Monday. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Prisoners hurt in police truck crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Prisoners-hurt-in-police-truck-crash_19226864 A police truck transporting about four prisoners crashed yesterday on Highway 2000, while the vehicle was on its way to Kingston. Here police remove one of the inmates from the truck. They were all taken to hospital. It was, however, not immediately clear what was the condition of the prisoners and the policeman who was driving the truck. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Gov’t, Opposition want special honour for track & field stars http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t--Opposition-want-special-honour-for-track---field-stars_19226874 THE Government has indicated that it will appoint a committee to determine how the country will honour its track and field athletes for their second-place showing at last week's IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. General News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT 3,000 scholarships and grants presented to students in St Andrew Eastern http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/3-000-scholarships-and-grants-presented-to-students-in-St-Andrew-Eastern KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Scholarships and grants numbering close to 3,000 have been awarded to students in the constituency of St Andrew Eastern, made possible through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:23:53 GMT Backlog reduced at Firearm Licensing Authority http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Backlog-reduced-at-Firearm-Licensing-Authority KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — National Security Minister Peter Bunting says the Firearm Licensing Authority has significantly reduced the backlog of applications for firearm licences. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:34:28 GMT One of Lucea's most wanted turns self in http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/One-of-Lucea-s-most-wanted-turns-self-in KINGSTON, Jamaica — One of the men listed as wanted by the Area One police is now in custody after he turned himself in to the police on Tuesday. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:14:45 GMT Forex: J$118.01 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-118-01-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Wednesday, September 2, ended trading at J$118.01, up by eight cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:46:40 GMT Gas prices down $2.02, diesel up $1.12 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gas-prices-down--2-02--diesel-up--1-12 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in the prices of gasoline and an increase in the price of diesel, effective Thursday, September 3, with an increase in ex-refinery costs from Petrojam. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:39:55 GMT US hopes to strengthen energy initiative in the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-hopes-to-strengthen-energy-initiative-in-the-Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The United States says it hopes to strengthen plans for a Caribbean Energy Security Initiative when regional policy makers meet in Miami next month. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:50:24 GMT White House clinches support for Iran nuclear deal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/White-House-clinches-support-for-Iran-nuclear-deal WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Barack Obama on Wednesday earned sufficient congressional backing to ensure the Iran nuclear deal does not get blocked, when a 34th senator announced her support for the accord. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:55:39 GMT Dominica declares Days of National Mourning http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dominica-declares-Days-of-National-Mourning ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – The Dominica Government has declared Thursday and Friday, “Days of National Mourning” as the island recovers from the battering it took from Tropical Storm Erika that killed more than 30 people and left several others missing. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:29:27 GMT Health Ministry undertakes J$250-m project to improve medical facilities  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Health-Ministry-undertakes-J-250-m-project-to-improve-medical-facilities KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Health is embarking on a major $250 million project to repair residential facilities for medical staff across the island as well as patient and staff bathrooms at hospitals and health centres. Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson made the disclosure this morning at a press brief held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:54:42 GMT Dominica waives charges on relief aid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dominica-waives-charges-on-relief-aid ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – The Dominica government says it has taken a decision to waive all charges for relief aid coming into the country as the first aircraft landed at the Douglas-Charles airport since the passage of Tropical Storm Erika last Thursday. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:10:13 GMT Shaw threatens to open Christiana By-Pass Road http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Shaw-threatens-to-open-Christiana-By-Pass-Road KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, has threatened to go ahead and formally open the Christian By-Pass Road in Manchester which has not been officially declared as accessible to motorists since 2012. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:40:17 GMT Body found in Bath district http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Body-found-in-Bath-district KINGSTON, Jamaica – Police are yet to identify the body of a man that was found in the Bath district of Westmoreland on Monday. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:01:36 GMT Extortion feud suspected after murder of 2 Mandeville men  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Extortion-feud-suspected-after-murder-of-2-Mandeville-men MANCHESTER, Jamaica – The Manchester police are probing reports of extortion in the Mandeville bus park following a shooting incident Tuesday night which left two men dead. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:10:52 GMT Iran police to confiscate cars of 'poorly veiled' women http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Iran-police-to-confiscate-cars-of--poorly-veiled--women TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) – Women drivers in Iran's capital could have their cars impounded by police if they are caught driving with a poorly fixed veil or without their heads covered, a police chief said Wednesday. Local News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:40:17 GMT