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 White says he was ‘guided to a decision’ by PNP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/White-says-he-was--guided-to-a-decision--by-PNP_50921 THE People’s National Party’s (PNP) John-Paul White says he stepped down as Trelawny Northern candidate after being “guided to a decision” by the party. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Good nutrition a must for children, says Thwaites http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Good-nutrition-a-must-for-children--says-Thwaites_50879 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites this week stressed the importance of good nutrition for the nation’s children, noting that 128,000 early childhood students across the island are being provided with lunch and breakfast by the Government. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Ground broken for state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre in Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ground-broken-for-state-of-the-art-cancer-treatment-centre-in-Kingston_50876 A similar centre , which will be located at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James, is expected to be completed in mid-2016. Ground was broken for this centre in November last year. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT Two men dead, two cops injured in Ferry gunfight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Two-men-dead--two-cops-injured-in-Ferry-gunfight_50926 POLICE yesterday confirmed that two men were fatally shot, while two of its members — a corporal and a constable — were shot and injured and two firearms seized during a gunfight in the Ferry district, St Catherine, on Thursday night. The men were not identified up to late yesterday afternoon. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Minister: Tourism continues to do well despite Zika reports http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Minister--Tourism-continues-to-do-well-despite-Zika-reports_50813 ROSE HALL, St James — Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill says that despite “anecdotal reports” of persons cancelling their bookings to Jamaica due to concerns about the Zika virus, the country’s tourism industry continues to do well. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Parliament dissolved to make way for general election http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Parliament-dissolved-to-make-way-for-general-election_50880 THE Houses of Parliament were dissolved yesterday, ahead of the February 25 General Election. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bail extended for farmer accused of abducting teen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bail-extended-for-farmer-accused-of-abducting-teen_50847 A Clarendon farmer, who is accused of abducting a 13-year-old girl from Kingston and taking her to two parishes to perform sexual acts in a club, is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on April 18 for a preliminary hearing. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Man wanted for kidnapping nabbed after arriving on cruise ship from Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Man-wanted-for-kidnapping-nabbed-after-arriving-on-cruise-ship-from-Jamaica_50746 MIAMI, USA (CMC ) — United States law enforcement officials this week arrested a man wanted for alleged kidnapping after he arrived here on a cruise ship from Jamaica. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT 2 men shot dead while walking along roadway http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/2-men-shot-dead-while-walking-along-roadway KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two men were on Friday night shot dead on Terracotta Close in Kingston 8. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:59:31 GMT Caymanas Track Limited to lose millions from cancelled race day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Caymanas-Track-Limited-to-lose-millions-from-cancelled-race-day KINGSTON, Jamaica — With the cancellation of today's 10-race programme at Caymanas Park due to industrial action by Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) workers, CTL stands to lose millions of dollars, according to Racing Secretary Denzil Miller. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:41:35 GMT Brazil pregnant women urged to be cautious with kisses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Brazil-pregnant-women-urged-to-be-cautious-with-kisses RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 14:07:16 GMT Disgruntled CTL workers force cancellation of Saturday's race meet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Disgruntled-CTL-workers-force-cancellation-of-Saturday-s-race-meet KINGSTON, Jamaica — The 10-race programme at Caymanas Park today has been cancelled due to industrial action being taken by workers of Jamaica's sole horse racing promoting company, Caymanas Track Limited (CTL). Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 10:15:31 GMT JLP's tax promises are 'empty', says PNP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JLP-s-tax-promises-are--empty---says-PNP KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People’s National Party (PNP) has described Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness’ promise to raise the local income tax threshold to $1.5 million as “deceptive and laced with empty promises”. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:55:39 GMT Nigerian optometrist accused of working without authorisation, charged http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Nigerian-optometrist-accused-of-working-without-required-authorisation--charged ST JAMES, Jamaica — The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) on Thursday arrested and charged a Nigerian optometrist in Montego Bay, St James. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:43:20 GMT Gov't signs US$20.5-m contract to widen Marcus Garvey Drive http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-signs-US-20-5-m-contract-to-widen-Marcus-Garvey-Drive KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Work to rehabilitate and widen the Marcus Garvey Drive roadway in Kingston will commence this month, following the signing of a US$20.5 million contract between the Government and contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC) on Thursday. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:25:44 GMT T&T man wanted for sexually abusing 5-y-o, commits suicide http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/T-T-man-wanted-for-sexually-abusing-5-y-o--commits-suicide PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Police say a 31-year-old security guard, who was being sought in connection with sexual assault on a five-year-old child, has been found hanging in a cemetery. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:18:39 GMT Burrell plans service before Costa Rica/Reggae Boyz match http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Burrell-plans-service-before-Costa-Rica-Reggae-Boyz-match KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell is planning a half-hour church service at the National Stadium prior to the Good Friday World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica on March 25. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:11:46 GMT PHOTO: Crash! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Crash-_50914 This ‘Best Dressed Chicken’ van, owned by chicken processor Jamaica Broilers, was damaged after it was involved in a collision with a truck at the Olivier Road/Norbrook Drive intersection in St Andrew, just before noon yesterday. The driver of the van reportedly received minor injuries. (Photo: David Ramsay) Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Weekly Round-Up: Feb 25 election...JP White out...Gayle knocks a whirlwind hundred http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Weekly-Round-Up--Feb-25-election---JP-White-out---Gayle-knocks-a-whirlwind-hundred KINGSTON, Jamaica –The People’s National Party on Sunday sounded the trumpet to a February25 election date. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:00:07 GMT Bahamas rights group questions purchase of military equipment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bahamas-rights-group-questions-purchase-of-military-equipment_50747 NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) is calling on the Perry Christie Government to say why it is acquiring armoured vehicles, anti-riot gear, grenade launchers and tear gas from the People’s Republic of China. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Today’s Horoscope - February 6 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Today-s-Horoscope_50286 HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, February 6, 2016: This year you often feel pressured to add more fun and do the unexpected. You often march to the beat of your own drummer, and others like the excitement that you create with your offbeat personality. If you are single, be careful about whom you choose for a sweetie. A conventional person just won’t fit the bill. You could meet someone of significance in the fall, but proceed with caution. If you are attached, you gain by frequently taking off for distant lands and spending time alone as a couple. CAPRICORN makes an excellent healer for you. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT St Mary mother, children die from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-Mary-mother--children-die-from-suspected-carbon-monoxide-poisoning_50801 RESIDENTS of Three Hills in St Mary were left in shock yesterday after a mother and her two children were found dead at their home in a suspected case of carbon monoxide poisoning. Local News Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT JP White steps down as PNP candidate for Trelawny Northern http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JP-White-steps-down-as-PNP-candidate-for-Trelawny-Northern_50858 John-Paul White yesterday resigned as the People’s National Party (PNP) candidate for Trelawny Northern following a meeting with PNP General Secretary Paul Burke and members of the constituency’s executive. Elections Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Andrew’s promises   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Big-income-tax-break--council-of-investment-ambassadors-among-initiatives-in-10-point-election-pledge_50705 OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness last night said a government led by him would create a special council of investment ambassadors who would be tasked with seeking out investors worldwide and bringing them to Jamaica. Elections Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bye, Flat Bridge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bye--Flat-Bridge_50857 JAMAICANS now have a “real” alternative to the Bog Walk Gorge and the feared and ill-fated Flat Bridge which spans the Rio Cobre. Local News Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT