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 PM, trade union leaders hail Clive Dobson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM--trade-union-leaders-hail-Clive-Dobson_19232229 PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller and several trade union leaders yesterday paid tribute to President Emeritus of the National Workers Union (NWU) Clive Dobson, who died Sunday at his home in Montego Bay, St James. General News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Water Relief http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Water-Relief JAMAICANS who have been enduring severe water supply restrictions over several weeks will see some welcome changes as a result of the heavy showers across Kingston and St Andrew this past weekend. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:52:53 GMT Hylton seeks help to set Riverton right http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Hylton-seeks-help-to-set-Riverton-right-_19232133 SINCE a major fire, followed by the heated exchanges between Government and Opposition on the issue in the House of Representatives, not much has been heard about the future of the Riverton dump, raising concerns about whether anything will ever be done to secure the facility. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT University Hospital gets $2.5-million gift http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/University-Hospital-gets--2-5-million-gift-_19232134 THE University Hospital the West Indies was recently presented with a new stress ECG Treadmill system from telecommunications firm FLOW. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT CDEMA deploys teams to assess hurricane damage in The Bahamas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/CDEMA-deploys-teams-to-assess-hurricane-damage-in-The-Bahamas-_19232130 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) yesterday deployed three rapid damage and needs assessment teams to The Bahamas to determine the extent of damage suffered during the passage of Hurricane Joaquin over the weekend. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Hanover JPs urged to help fight lottery scamming http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Hanover-JPs-urged-to-help-fight-lottery-scamming-_19232153 NATIONAL Security Minister Peter Bunting has urged justices of the peace in Hanover to join the police in the fight against lottery scamming, which he said is to be blamed for the increase in murders in the parish since the start of the year. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Danny Glover In Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Danny-Glover-In-Jamaica_19232215 American actor Danny Glover greets four-year-old Jadane Dyer during his visit yesterday to National Heroes Park in Kingston. Glover is scheduled to speak on reparatory justice at a breakfast forum this morning hosted by the National Commission on Reparations at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Articulate Minority: From Twitter to the streets http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Articulate-Minority--From-Twitter-to-the-Streets KINGSTON, Jamaica – A group of young Jamaicans have taken their protest against the construction of a prison, with a £25-m input from the United Kingdom Government, from tweets on social media site Twitter to the streets of the Corporate Area. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:45:20 GMT Opposition MPs walk out of Parliament http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Opposition-MPs-walk-out-of-Parliament KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition members of Parliament walked out of the House of Representatives a short while ago after the Government refused to give a commitment not to proceed with the proposed new prison deal with the UK Government. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:41:03 GMT Human capital development essential for sustainable development, says PM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Human-capital-development-essential-for-sustainable-development--says-PM KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is asserting that human capital development and 21st century leadership are imperatives for sustainable development in the region. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:02:11 GMT Taxi operators protest, refute police report http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Taxi-operators-protest--refute-police-report KINGSTON, Jamaica – Scores of taxi operators today protested in front of the offices of the Transport Authority on Maxfield Avenue in Kingston. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:39:49 GMT Bunting to speak on £25-m prison gift in House today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bunting-to-speak-on--25-m-prison-gift-in-House-today KINGSTON, Jamaica – The House of Representatives will hear statements on national issues from Minister of National Security Peter Bunting and Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson when it meets this afternoon. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:22:50 GMT Nigeria's president warns the corrupt: 'No longer business as usual' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Nigeria-s-president-warns-the-corrupt---No-longer-business-as-usual- ABUJA, Nigeria (AFP) – Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday warned there was no longer any hiding place for the corrupt, as he hailed British and Swiss support for the recovery of stolen public funds. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:41:27 GMT IMF downgrades forecast for world, emerging market economies  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/IMF-downgrades-forecast-for-world--emerging-market-economies LIMA, Peru (AP) — China's slowdown and tumbling commodity prices will push global economic growth this year to the lowest level since the recession year 2009, the International Monetary Fund predicted Tuesday. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:30:57 GMT PM congratulates C'bean Hotelier of the Year Adam Stewart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM-congratulates-C-bean-Hotelier-of-the-Year-Adam-Stewart KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has congratulated Jamaican hotelier and Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resort International, Adam Stewart on being awarded the Caribbean’s top hotel and resort accolade – the ‘Caribbean Hotelier of the Year’ award. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:44:12 GMT Cabbie leads cops on high-speed chase  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cabbie-leads-cops-on-high-speed-chase KINGSTON, Jamaica – A taxi operator has been arrested after leading the police on a high-speed chase, which resulted in two people being mowed down in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew this morning. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:25:27 GMT Britain tops world 'Quality of Death' index http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Britain-tops-world--Quality-of-Death--index LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Britain topped an 80-country "quality of death" study released Tuesday, which warned that ageing and booming populations would make palliative care a growing worldwide issue. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:52:55 GMT Edna Manley College gets $4.9M for Rex Nettleford Arts Conference http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Edna-Manley-College-gets--4-9M-for-Rex-Nettleford-Arts-Conference KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) has received donations amounting to $4.9 million for the staging of the 2015 Rex Nettleford Arts Conference Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:26:50 GMT US government deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-government-deports-fewest-immigrants-in-nearly-a-decade WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to government figures obtained by The Associated Press. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:02:27 GMT Online prayer for the day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Online-prayer-for-Tuesday2015-10-06T04-17-31 Almighty God, my Eternal Father, Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:00:07 GMT Books4Kids Jamaica now reaching more kids across island http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Books4Kids-Jamaica-now-reaching-more-kids-across-island_19232185 THE Palymyra Foundation continues to inspire and encourage children at the basic school level to get excited about reading and writing through the non-profit organisation's Books4Kids Jamaica programme. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Boston-bound airline pilot dies; co-pilot lands safely in NY http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Boston-bound-airline-pilot-dies--co-pilot-lands-safely-in-NY_19232207 NEW YORK, USA (AP) — An American Airlines captain became gravely ill and incapacitated while flying from Phoenix to Boston and later died, but his first officer safely diverted and landed the nearly 150-passenger plane, an airline spokeswoman said. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT This Day in History — October 6 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/This-Day-in-History---October-6_19232220 Today is the 279th day of 2015. There are 86 days left in the year. General News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Time for a swim http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Time-for-a-swim-_19232224 Boys enjoy themselves in a canal in Spanish Town, St Catherine, yesterday. Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Half-Way-Tree Road crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Half-Way-Tree-Road-crash-_19232202 This minivan crashed yesterday on Half-Way-Tree Road in Kingston, frightening pedestrians and motorists using the usually busy road. It was not clear, however, how the accident happened and if there were injuries. (PHOTO: DAVID RAMSAY) Local News Tue, 06 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT