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 Webb, Warner among 14 indicted as football scandal rocks FIFA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Webb--Warner-among-14-indicted-as-football-scandal-rocks-FIFA_19028448 MIAMI, United States (CMC) — The embattled Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) says it plans to co-operate with authorities to "its fullest capacity", after its president Jeff Webb was among several FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) officials arrested in Zurich and indicted on corruption offences by the United States Department of Justice yesterday. Local News Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Parish Councils, KSAC receive $159m under JEEP phase four http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Parish-Councils--KSAC-receive--159m-under-JEEP-phase-four_19028395 A total of $159.8 million was allocated to Parish Councils and the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC), to carry out various infrastructure works under Phase Four of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), most of which are completed or nearing completion, according to Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar Davies. Local News Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT This Day in History - May 28 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/This-Day-in-History_19028292 Today is the 148th day of 2015 There are 217 days left in the year. General News Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Caribbean to increase resilience to climate change through US$10-m grant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Caribbean-to-increase-resilience-to-climate-change-through-US-10-m-grant_19027760 WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says Caribbean countries will increase their resilience to climate change by enhancing the adaptive capacity across the region through a US$10.39-million grant. Local News Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT 'Yes!' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Yes--_19019271 AFTER 24 years of what principal Dr Walton Small calls the "awful" experience of students standing in the sun during general assembly, Wolmer's Boys' School finally has an auditorium. Local News Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Training for health workers to boost maternal and child health care http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Training-for-health-workers-to-boost-maternal-and-child-health-care_19027640 MORE than 1,000 health care workers, attached to primary and secondary health centres and hospitals islandwide, are to receive training over the next six months under a special Ministry of Health programme to strengthen their capacity to deliver maternal and child health care. Local News Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Guyana president commits to abandon winner-takes-all approach to governance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Guyana-president-commits-to-abandon-winner-takes-all-approach-to-governance-_19027735 GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC - Guyana says it will strengthen its economic relations with the Caribbean Community (Caricom), re-affirming also its interest in maintaining strong relations with Venezuela and Brazil. Local News Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Islamic State suicide attacks in Iraq's Anbar kill 17 troops http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Islamic-State-suicide-attacks-in-Iraq-s-Anbar-kill-17-troops-_19027845 BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling Sunni heartland, an Iraqi military spokesman said Wednesday. International Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Fleeing poverty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Fleeing-poverty_19027802 UKHIYA, Bangladesh (AP) -- The traffickers spun stories that were unimaginable to their listeners, many who hailed from tiny Bangladeshi villages where almost no one earns more than a few dollars a day. International Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT ‘Turn a blind eye’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Turn-a-blind-eye- ROSE HALL, St James — Security Minister Peter Bunting yesterday instructed members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to turn a blind eye to persons smoking a ganja ‘spliff’ or who are in possession of lessthan two ounces of ganja, for the time being. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 03:28:34 GMT 'We came to listen and talk, not to judge' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-We-came-to-listen-and-talk--not-to-judge-_19019331 RANDY Berry and Todd Larson wanted Jamaicans to have a clear understanding of the reason for their visit to the island last week. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Cops say slain music producer was no saint http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cops-say-slain-music-producer-was-no-saint_19019462 THE police are alleging that a music producer, whose killing last Friday triggered protests in Denham Town, was the leader of a criminal gang that was responsible for a series of deadly attacks in West Kingston. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Justice must be swift in crimes against children — GG http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Justice-must-be-swift-in-crimes-against-children---GG_19019299 Governor General Sir Patrick Allen says that the country must leave no stone unturned to swiftly bring perpetrators of crimes against children to justice. General News Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Music inspires harmony at PNP divisional conference http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Music-inspires-harmony-at-PNP-divisional-conference_19019380 SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Music, they say, is the food of love. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Applying for a study visa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Applying-for-a-study-visa_19019354 Q: I applied to my dream school in the United States and I got in! Now I need to get my visa. How do I do this? Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Gov't to establish new entity for tax appeals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-to-establish-new-entity-for-tax-appeals_19019165 Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding says the appeals process to be carried out by a new entity to be established by the Government, will be a "win win" undertaking for taxpayers. General News Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT ZIKV threat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ZIKV-threat-_19019404 MINISTER of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson says that the Government will shortly roll out a vector control programme to prevent the Zika virus from reaching the shores of Jamaica, and step up a public education campaign on the disease. General News Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT St James residents urged to pay water bills http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-James-residents-urged-to-pay-water-bills_19019473 MINISTER of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill is urging residents of West Central St James, in particular, and the parish in general, to pay their water bills on time. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Stolen animals recovered in Clarendon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Stolen-animals-recovered-in-Clarendon_19019482 MORE than 130 stolen animals were recovered during a major operation conducted by the Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit in Clarendon on May 25. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT 'Dudus' likely informed about police operation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Dudus--likely-informed-about-police-operation_19019522 DEPUTY Police Commissioner Glenmore Hinds testified at the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry yesterday that it was possible that Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and his cronies were aware of when the police would launch their operation to apprehend him. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Police demand 'suitable' wage offer from Government http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-demand--suitable--wage-offer-from-Government_19019514 ROSE HALL, St James — Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, has served notice that business as usual cannot be guaranteed if a letter expected from the Government today does not convey a suitable wage offer. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT US toddler dies after accidentally shooting himself in the head http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-toddler-dies-after-accidentally-shooting-himself-in-the-head The boy and his parents were visiting a residence in an isolated area in southern Virginia on Monday when he found the firearm on a dresser, local NBC affiliate WWBT reported. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 19:54:17 GMT PICA says operations running smoothly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PICA-says-operations-running-smoothly KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), says operations are running smoothly at its temporary location at the National Indoor Sports Centre, in St Andrew. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 19:30:34 GMT Chanderpaul’s dismissal was untidy and distasteful — WIPA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Chanderpaul-s-dismissal-was-untidy-and-distasteful---WIPA KINGSTON, Jamaica — The West Indies Players’ Association says it is disappointed with the treatment of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, a man who it says has given over two decades of service to West Indies cricket. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 19:18:22 GMT Former JFF president weighs in on FIFA corruption probe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Former-JFF-president-weighs-in-on-FIFA-corruption-probe KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tony James, former president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), has weighed in on the corruption storm which has rocked the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) - the organisation responsible for the regulation and promotion of football worldwide. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 18:18:09 GMT