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 Bunting’s term limits call not new http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bunting-s-term-limits-call-not-new_59689 PETER Bunting’s call last week for term limits on leadership in the People’s National Party (PNP) is not a new idea inside the Opposition party. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT US to join hunt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-to-join-hunt_59705 POLICE Commissioner Dr Carl Williams yesterday disclosed that Jamaica is receiving help from the United States to track down the killers of two American missionaries whose bodies were found in a remote part of Boscobel, St Mary, between Saturday and Sunday. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT House starts review of 2016/17 budget today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/House-starts-review-of-2016-17-budget-today_59702 THE House of Representatives will this morning commence its review of the Estimates of Expenditure for the 2016/17 financial year at Gordon House in downtown Kingston. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Petcom sold for J$2.3 billion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Petcom-sold-for-J-2-3-billion-_59700 THE Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) yesterday announced that Petroleum Company of Jamaica Ltd (Petcom) has been sold to Phoenix Fuels and Accessories Limited for US$19 million ($2.3 billion). Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Woman withdraws $1.2m after opening Scotia account with $5,000 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Woman-withdraws--1-2m-after-opening-Scotia-account-with--5-000_59699 AN aspiring nurse who defrauded the Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) of $1.2 million via a cheque, after opening an account with only $5,000, is to know her fate on June 30 when she appears in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT T&T mulling decriminalising ganja http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/T-T-mulling-decriminalising-ganja PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago government is examining the possibility of decriminalising marijuana and is reviewing existing legislation as well as planning wide consultation before adopting any position, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has said. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:39 GMT Shaw promises Finsac report, despite death of commission’s secretary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Shaw-promises-Finsac-report--despite-death-of-commission-s-secretary_59698 MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw says he regrets the passing of the secretary to the Finsac Commission of Enquiry, Fernando DePeralto, but insists that his death will not derail plans to produce the report this year. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘The death penalty might have its place, but...’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-The-death-penalty-might-have-its-place--but----_59679 A suggestion by opposition spokesman on Justice and Governance, Senator Mark Golding, that hanging is not the solution to Jamaica’s crime problem has ignited a debate among Jamaica Observer online readers. Golding’s suggestion came Sunday in response to a declaration by National Security Minister Robert Montague on Friday that the Government would be assessing if there are any legal impediments to resume hanging. Golding, who was justice minister in the previous People’s National Party Administration from 2012 to February 2016, also said that Jamaica would face a backlash from international partners if hanging is resumed. Here are some edited comments: Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Church urged to play greater role in protecting children http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Church-urged-to-play-greater-role-in-protecting-children_59683 THE church is being called on to help in the counselling of abused children, and to assist the authorities in nabbing perpetrators. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Murdered woman’s family happy with husband’s life sentence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Murdered-woman-s-family-happy-with-husband-s-life-sentence_59447 RELATIVES of 74-year-old St Ann pensioner and returning resident Floris Clarke, who was murdered in 2007 by two schoolboys hired by her husband, Bertram Clarke, are happy with the life sentences handed down to two of the accused on Friday. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gary Barrow appointed chief technical officer of JPS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gary-Barrow-appointed-chief-technical-officer-of-JPS KINGSTON, Jamaica – President and CEO of Jamaica Public Service, Kelly Tomblin, has announced the appointment of Gary Barrow as chief technical officer (CTO) of JPS. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 11:57:42 GMT Fire damage section of Brown's Town market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Fire-damage-section-of-Brown-s-Town-market ST ANN, Jamaica – Fire damaged a section of the Brown's Town market in St Ann on Tuesday morning. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 11:40:28 GMT Cuba caps food prices to tame inflation as more tourists arrive http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cuba-caps-food-prices-to-tame-inflation-as-more-tourists-arrive HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) – Cuba on Tuesday announced price caps on basic vegetables to protect poor families' purchasing power as a rise in tourism to the communist island puts pressure on the food supply. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 10:25:12 GMT Police seek motive in killing of 2 US missionaries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-seek-motive-in-killing-of-2-US-missionaries KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican police said Monday they are trying to determine the motive in the weekend slayings of two American missionaries in the north coast area where they lived and worked. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 10:13:39 GMT PM attends energy summit in the US http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM-attends-energy-summit-in-the-US KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness departs the island today to participate in the United States Caribbean Central American Energy Summit meeting in Washington DC. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 09:51:48 GMT ONLINE READERS COMMENT: What kind of animal attacks missionaries? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ONLINE-READERS-COMMENT--What-kind-of-animal-attacks-missionaries- Dear Editor, Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 09:32:53 GMT Cop killed at school fair in St Vincent http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cop-killed-at-school-fair-in-St-Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – Police say an 18-year-old youth is assisting their investigations into the death of a police officer, who was reportedly stabbed while on duty at a fair at a school. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 09:23:35 GMT Dancehall artiste Popcaan jailed in Antigua http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dancehall-artiste-Popcaan-jailed-in-Antigua KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican dancehall artiste Popcaan was last night arrested in Antigua after a raucous scene erupted on stage at the Antigua Trades and Labour Union rally in Fort James. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 08:54:52 GMT Bassist: Prince found 'real happiness' as Jehovah's Witness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bassist--Prince-found--real-happiness--as-Jehovah-s-Witness MINNETONKA, United States (AP) — Music megastar Prince was known for throwing parties that stretched into the wee hours of the morning, but his faith and the Bible could also keep him gabbing until sunrise, according to his longtime friend and "spiritual brother", bassist Larry Graham. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 08:38:39 GMT PHOTO: State comfort http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/State-comfort Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) and Minister of National Security Robert Montague console relatives of slain policewoman Corporal Judith Williams during a visit to the family home at 23½ Bryden Street, Kingston 16 yesterday. Corporal Williams was shot on her way to work on April 28. She underwent several surgeries before succumbing to her injuries on Friday. The prime minister has condemned the killing of the corporal, and has called on Jamaicans to join the fight against crime. “The police and the Government need partnerships with all citizens to combat criminality,” he said. (Photo: JIS) Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:10 GMT   This Day in History — May 3 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/This-Day-in-History---May-3_59660 Today is the 124th day of 2016. There are 242 days left in the year. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Irrigation system 101 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Irrigation-system-101_59629 Managing Director of the National Irrigation Commission Dr Mark Richards (right) explains features of a prototype irrigation system to a group of Calabar High School boys during Career Day at the school recently. (Photo: Joseph Wellington) Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Providing ‘Trees for Earth’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Providing--Trees-for-Earth-_59387 (From left) Menard Griffiths, forest technician; Renford Williams, Sandals Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) guardian; Haniff Richards, Sandals EHS Manager; Yone Gayle, EHS guardian; Chase Webb, Sandals Royal Caribbean landscaping manager; and Patrick Barrett, Forester Client Services, pause for a group shot following a tree-planting activity at Burnt Ground in Hanover two Fridays ago. The activity was in observance of Earth Day 2016 under the theme ‘Trees for Earth’. During the hour-and-half long activity more than 200 seedlings were planted by volunteers from Sandals Resorts in the Montego Bay region and the Forestry Department. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Can I find my phone using the IMEI number? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Can-I-find-my-phone-using-the-IMEI-number-_59078 Locating your phone with just its IMEI number isn’t a simple process. In some cases, the police can work together with your telecommunications provider to locate it using its IMEI number, but its not a smooth process. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bittersweet taste of Android N http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bittersweet-taste-of-Android-N_58970 While we’re still out of loop on the candy name Google will allocate to its latest operating system (OS), the tech giant has released an Android N Beta program. Local News Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT