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 UPDATE: 6 guns seized at 'unauthorised' MoBay dance, senior cop says http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UPDATE--6-guns-seized-at--unauthorised--MoBay-dance--senior-cop-says ST JAMES, Jamaica -- The St James Police are reporting the seizure of six firearms and over 60 rounds of ammunition, as well as a motor vehicle, during an operation in the Rosemount Square early this morning. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:12:53 GMT Be more responsible with inland waste — NEPA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Be-more-responsible-with-inland-waste---NEPA_17542208 ON International Coastal Clean-up Day, which Jamaica observes today along with roughly 100 other countries worldwide, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging Jamaicans to pay stricter attention to their garbage disposal practices. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT It's Coastal Clean-Up Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/It-s-Coastal-Clean-Up-Day_17542309 THOUSANDS of Jamaicans are today participating in the removal of garbage and other debris from the nation's beaches, as Jamaica observes International Coastal Clean-Up Day (ICCD). Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT DPP: Jamaica must rise above 'informer fi dead' culture http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/DPP--Jamaica-must-rise-above--informer-fi-dead--culture_17572832 DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn is imploring Jamaicans to be responsible and rise above the 'informer fi dead' culture, in support of the fight against crime. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Zip ‘jock’ to plead guilty in US scamming case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Zip--jock--to-plead-guilty-in-US-scamming-case_17571553 JAMAICAN disc jockey ZJ Wah Wa plans to change his plea to guilty when he returns to Federal District Court in North Dakota on September 25. Local Entertainment Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Paho urges vigilance against deadly Ebola http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Paho-urges-vigilance-against-deadly-Ebola_17579068 CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Dr Carissa Etienne is urging member countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to remain vigilant against the potential threat of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands of people in Africa. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Unidentified body found in Port Maria http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Unidentified-body-found-in-Port-Maria KINGSTON, Jamaica--The body of an unidentified man was found in Quebec district, Port Maria, St Mary early Saturday. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:54:30 GMT 449 firearms seized by police since January http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/449-firearms-seized-by-police-since-January KINGSTON, Jamaica—The seizure of six firearms and 60 rounds of ammunition Saturday morning in the Rosemount community of Montego Bay, St James has brought the total number of illegal firearms and ammunition seized to 449 and 7637 respectively since the start of the year, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) says. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:44:19 GMT Singer Keyshia Cole arrested on suspicion of battery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Singer-Keyshia-Cole-arrested-on-suspicion-of-battery LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say Grammy-nominated R&B singer Keyshia Cole has been arrested on suspicion of battery after an altercation early Friday morning in Los Angeles. Local Entertainment Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:25:27 GMT Marijuana has potential to be Caribbean's economic panacea, says USVI legislator http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Marijuana-has-potential-to-be-Caribbean-s-economic-panacea--says-USVI-legislator ST THOMAS, United States Virgin Islands (CMC) -- A United States Virgin Islands (USVI) legislator has told Caribbean tourism officials that it is time for them "to adapt and adopt" marijuana as a Caribbean commodity, saying it has the potential to become a panacea to the region's economic problems. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:55:36 GMT PHOTOS: Coastal Clean-up Day at Palisadoes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PHOTOS--Coastal-Clean-up-Day-at-Palisadoes KINGSTON, Jamaica – Today, Saturday, September 20, is International Coastal Clean-up Day and volunteers all over the island are involved in removing debris from beaches and polluted coastal areas. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:41:36 GMT Boko Haram 'kill several' as they loot Nigeria market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Boko-Haram--kill-several--as-they-loot-Nigeria-market KANO, (AFP) - Boko Haram gunmen stormed a crowded market in Nigeria's restive northeastern state of Borno, killing several people and carting away food, witnesses said Saturday. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:32:17 GMT New Zealand prime minister wins 3rd term in office http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/New-Zealand-prime-minister-wins-3rd-term-in-office WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way his National Party has handled the economy. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:14:03 GMT Police report seizure of firearms at Mario Deane's wake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-report-seizure-of-firearms-at-Mario-Deane-s-wake KINGSTON, Jamaica —The police have reported that six illegal firearms were seized at the wake early Saturday for 31-year-old construction worker Mario Deane, who was beaten to death early August while in custody at the Barnett Street lock-up in Montego Bay. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:41:35 GMT Professor says talented athletes should remain at home http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Professor-says-talented-athletes-should-remain-at-home KINGSTON, Jamaica – Deputy Principal of the University of Technology (UTech), Professor Khofi Nkrumah-Young, is advocating that talented Caribbean athletes study and train at home, and represent local universities on the international stage. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:33:02 GMT Dismembered body of Clarendon farmer found http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dismembered-body-of-Clarendon-farmer-found KINGSTON, Jamaica—The dismembered body of an elderly Clarendon farmer was discovered by residents at Corned District in the parish Friday morning. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:08:24 GMT Attorney on fraud charges returns to court on October 10 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Attorney-on-fraud-charges-returns-to-court-on-October-10 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Attorney-at- law Arlene Beckford, who allegedly defrauded one of her clients of almost J$2 million in a real estate deal, had her case on Friday rescheduled for mention in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court to October 10. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:42:32 GMT Security guards seize firearm from gunman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Security-guards-seize-firearm-from-gunman Reports from the Freeport Police are that about 3:30 pm the security guards were on their routine patrol, when on reaching the intersection of Howard Cooke Boulevard and Barnett Street; came up on a group of men on motorcycles. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:32:36 GMT UWI/UTech Sports Championship today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UWI-UTech-Sports-Championship-today KINGSTON, Jamaica – The 5th annual renewal of the UWI/UTech Sports Championships will be staged today on the grounds of the University of the West Indies, Mona. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:47:10 GMT JUTC tackling smoking buses -- MD http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JUTC-tackling-smoking-buses KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it is working on curbing the smoking of its buses in public. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:18:47 GMT 'Mediocre' schools a major challenge for education ministry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Mediocre--schools-a-major-challenge-for-education-ministry_17572483 THE latest report from the National Education Inspectorate (NEI), tabled in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, says that students attainment in English and mathematics surpassed the ministry's targets in only two per cent of the schools inspected up to March this year. General News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Downed elevator at Transport Centre hurting disabled http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/A-major-challenge_17557706 PHYSICALLY disabled students who use the Government-sponsored transport system in the Jamaican capital say they are experiencing major challenges accessing sections of the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre as a result of the absence of a working elevator. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT PNP confident it still has support of the masses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PNP-confident-it-still-has-support-of-the-masses_17568653 PEOPLE'S National Party (PNP) Chairman Robert Pickersgill says the party is convinced it still has the confidence of the Jamaican people, midway into its five-year term in office. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Psychiatric evaluation says accused in beating death of Mario Deane can stand trial http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Fit-to-plead-_17571778 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan — the two men charged with the controversial beating death of Mario Deane at the Barnett Street lock-up in early August — are fit to stand trial, the Jamaica Observer was told yesterday. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Customs Dept vows to go after duty evaders http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Customs-Dept-vows-to-go-after-duty-evaders_17572055 COMMISSIONER of Customs Major Richard Reese says the Customs Department will be ramping up its efforts to bring importers who attempt to rob the nation's coffers to book. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT