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 Former NSWMA head bats for Jennifer Edwards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Former-NSWMA-head-bats-for-Jennifer-Edwards_18633914 FORMER executive director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Christopher Powell, says the current agency head Jennifer Edwards was set up to fail. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Fire leaves 16 homeless http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Fire-leaves-16-homeless_18646253 SIXTEEN persons, including students sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), were yesterday left homeless after a fire destroyed four one-bedroom houses along Paisley Road in Kingston. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Unions reject Govt's 5% pay increase offer No way! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Unions-reject-Govt-s-5--pay-increase-offer_18646521 THE Government failed to negotiate the first hurdle on its way to a new labour agreement with its rank and file employees yesterday when an initial five per cent pay increase offer was rejected by trade unions. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT GSAT off to good start, says education ministry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/GSAT-off-to-good-start--says-education-ministry_18645991 THE Ministry of Education yesterday reported a smooth start to the 2015 sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), stating that 1,112 examination centres islandwide opened on time. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT PM expresses regret at Riverton fire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM-expresses-regret-at-Riverton-fire_18642848 PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller has empathised with all those who were affected by the recent fire at the Riverton dump in Kingston. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Simpson Miller urges end to contemporary slavery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Simpson-Miller-urges-end-to-contemporary-slavery_18642770 UNITED NATIONS — JAMAICA's Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Wednesday joined United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in calling for an end to 'contemporary slavery' (human trafficking). Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Second juror says he was approached by colleague during Kartel case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Second-juror-says-he-was-approached-by-colleague-during-Kartel-case_18646538 ANOTHER juror from the Vybz Kartel murder trial testified yesterday that his fellow juror approached him three weeks after the trial started, stating that "we can't find these men guilty". Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT JLP MPs to meet Monday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JLP-MPs-to-meet-Monday_18646675 A meeting of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Members of Parliament (MPs), which was originally reported for this morning, has been rescheduled to Monday. General News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Oh, Jesus! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Oh--Jesus-_18647285 Overcome by the holy spirit, a woman is helped to keep her balance as she falls to her knees in praise Tuesday night during an open-air service in Hannah Town, Kingston, which hosted by the Emmanuel Apostolic Church on Slipe Road. The church previously hosted a three-week-long crusade in the war-torn community, during which more than a dozen residents were baptised. Tuesday night's service was presided over by Bishop Everton Thomas and Passion Java, who was visiting from Africa. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT 'So now that the case is closed...' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-So-now-that-the-case-is-closed----_18645403 JAMAICA Observer online readers have weighed in on Opposition leader Andrew Holness's unsuccessful appeal against a Supreme Court ruling that he acted gainst the Constitution when he used two pre-signed resignation letters to oust two senators. The Court of Appeal handed down the ruling on Wednesday. Here are some edited comments: Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Autopsies scheduled for Detroit children found in freezer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Autopsies-scheduled-for-Detroit-children-found-in-freezer DETROIT (AP) – Autopsies are scheduled on the bodies of two children found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:54:51 GMT CARICOM looking to Cuba to strengthen ICT sector http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/CARICOM-looking-to-Cuba-to-strengthen-ICT-sector ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Science, Technology and Innovation Committee Professor Harold Ramkissoon is to lead a delegation to Cuba as the region seeks to strengthen its technology links with Havana. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:46:30 GMT UPDATE: Germanwings co-pilot hid sick leave note for crash day: German prosecutors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UPDATE--Germanwings-co-pilot-hid-sick-leave-note-for-crash-day--German-prosecutors DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AFP) – The co-pilot thought to have deliberately crashed his Germanwings jet into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, kept secret the fact that he was written off sick on the day, German prosecutors said Friday. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:33:25 GMT T&T soldier finds $100m in bank account http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/T-T-soldier-finds--100m-in-bank-account PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) – What would you do if you woke up one morning and found TT$100 million in your account? Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:14:55 GMT Government recruits CIO for e-Gov http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Government-recruits-CIO-for-e-Gov-_18642881 THE Government has recruited the services of a top information technology executive to oversee the administration of its e-Government (e-Gov) agency. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Minister documents the power of prayer in new book http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Minister-documents-the-power-of-prayer-in-new-book_18646119 A new book highlighting the power of prayer was recently launched at the Emanuel Apostolic Church in Portmore, St Catherine. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Police seek help to identify body of woman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-seek-help-to-identify-body-of-woman_18646195 OCHO RIOS, St Ann — The Ocho Rios police are seeking the help of the public to identify the body of a woman which was found along the Ocho Rios bypass early Sunday morning. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Zinc fences to come down at Bedward Gardens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Zinc-fences-to-come-down-at-Bedward-Gardens_18642842 Security Minister Peter Bunting (right) and general manager of Caribbean Cement Company, Anthony Haynes, toured the community of Bedward Gardens in East Rural St Andrew on Wednesday. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Puss hot, hot hot! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Puss-hot--hot-hot-_18647139 Friends, it look like the puss (14, 18) dem hot, hot, hot! Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Health ministry launches physical activity guide http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Health-ministry-launches-physical-activity-guide_18642818 THE Ministry of Health has launched a physical activity guide/toolkit for the workplace as part of efforts to promote healthier lifestyle practices as well as combat some of the health problems facing Jamaicans. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Phillips says Opposition 'making a mockery' of IMF test passes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Phillips-says-Opposition--making-a-mockery--of-IMF-test-passes-_18639438 MINISTER of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips has accused the Opposition of "belittling and making a mockery" of the passing of the economic tests set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Escaped Portmore prisoner recaptured in Manchester http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Escaped-Portmore-prisoner-recaptured-in-Manchester_18645251 THE Christiana, Manchester police on Wednesday recaptured a male prisoner who had escaped custody at the Greater Portmore police lock-up on Monday, March 16. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Jamaica has dumps and not landfills http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-has-dumps-and-not-landfills_18633824 THERE are no landfills in Jamaica. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Keeping Champs clean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Keeping-Champs-clean_18638156 GRACEKENNEDY, one of the title sponsors of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships 2015 has mounted a plastic bottle recycling project at the 2015 staging of the games now on at the National Stadium in Kingston. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT NIF will remain viable, says minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NIF-will-remain-viable--says-minister_18644881 MINISTER of Finance and Planning Peter Phillips says the National Insurance Fund (NIF) will remain viable, despite concerns being raised about its sustainability. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT