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 Philanthropist Raymond Chang dies in Canada http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Philanthropist-Raymond-Chang-dies-in-Canada_17252671 JAMAICAN busines-sman and philan-thropist G Raymond Chang died in Canada yesterday morning. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Eight shot, four fatally in St Catherine in two days http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/BLOODY-weekend GUNMEN went on a killing spree in sections of St Catherine over the weekend, shooting a total of eight people, four fatally, in two separate incidents between Saturday and Sunday. The series of attacks has awakened shock and fear in the central parish, which has been quiet in recent months. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:33:19 GMT Shaw calls for review of all tax penalties, interest charges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Shaw-calls-for-review-of-all-tax-penalties--interest-charges_17251885 OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, wants the Government to undertake a general review of all penalties and interest charges across all types of taxes. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Teach the Youth project said reaping success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Teach-the-Youth-project-said-reaping-success_17252301 ORGANISERS of the University of Technology's (UTech) 'Teach the Youth' project are pleased with the progress of the institution's first youth summer outreach programme in Mountain View, Kingston. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT LIME offers premium services for multi-office firms http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/LIME-offers-premium-services-for-multi-office-firms_17251665 LIME last week unveiled its most advanced networking solution, 'Global Connect', designed to deliver a rich array of data connectivity services to power multi-office businesses. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jamaicans in Atlanta to celebrate 52nd year of Independence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaicans-in-Atlanta-to-celebrate-52nd-year-of-Independence_17251732 WASHINGTON, DC, USA — Jamaicans in Atlanta, Georgia will mark the island's 52nd year of Independence with three major activities from August 3 to 16. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Fire in the hills http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Fire-in-the-hills-_17253374 Jamaica Observer photo editor Bryan Cummings captures last night's fire in Jacks Hill, St Andrew. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management last night urged members of the public to avoid the area unless absolutely necessary, while residents in and around the affected area were asked to remain on high alert. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Suspect in death of two Trelawny kids held in St Mary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Suspect-in-death-of-two-Trelawny-kids-held-in-St-Mary-_17252417 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The Trelawny police now have in their custody the prime suspect in the murders of the two St James children, whose bodies were found in a pond earlier this month. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT PM Simpson Miller leaves for talks with Japanese counterpart in T&T http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM-Simpson-Miller-leaves-for-talks-with-Japanese-counterpart-in-T-T-_17253097 PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller was scheduled to leave the island yesterday for Trinidad and Tobago for bilateral talks with Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Fire in Jacks Hill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Fire-in-Jacks-Hill-_17253294 Firefighters were up to late last night battling a huge bush fire in Jacks Hill, St Andrew. The blaze, which started late in the afternoon, spread rapidly and threatened property, causing nervous moments for residents who live nearby. Firefighters were assited by the National Water Commisison and Jamaica Defence Force. . (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT JLP says it's much closer to election readiness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JLP-says-it-s-much-closer-to-election-readiness_17251916 THE Opposition Jamaica Labour Party yesterday held a meeting of its Central Executive -- the highest decision-making body outside of its annual conference — where it ratified the selection of more candidates for local and parliamentary elections. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT A business leader with a heart, says prime minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/A-business-leader-with-a-heart--says-prime-minister_17253181 PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller yesterday expressed 'deep sadness' at the passing of Jamaican-born Canadian business leader and philanthropist G Raymond Chang. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT NBA: LeBron will return to 23 jersey with Cavaliers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NBA--LeBron-will-return-to-23-jersey-with-Cavaliers CLEVELAND, USA (AFP) - NBA superstar LeBron James confirmed Sunday he will return to the number 23 jersey he wore in his first stint with Cleveland when he returns to the Cavaliers next season. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:30:16 GMT UK deputy PM says Russia should not host World Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UK-deputy-PM-says-Russia-should-not-host-World-Cup LONDON, England (AFP) - British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg joined calls on Sunday for Russia to be stripped of the World Cup in 2018 following the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:27:05 GMT Five Jamaicans awarded scholarships to Europe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Five-Jamaicans-awarded-scholarships-to-Europe KINGSTON, Jamaica - Five Jamaicans have been awarded scholarships under the European Union's Erasmus Mundus programme for 2014. The recipients were yesterday honoured at a farewell reception held at the Jamaica Pegasus. The list includes four graduates who will pursue advanced degrees, including one doctoral student who was previously awarded a scholarship under the same programme to pursue her master's study. The fifth recipient is an administrative staff member from the University of the West Indies who will participate in a staff exchange programme which helps to facilitate the development of services offered at the participating institution. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:03:23 GMT Dozens arrested in T&T http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dozens-arrested-in-T-T PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - HUNDREDS of people are expected to appear before the courts today after police exercises in ten areas in southern Trinidad. Officers arrested 131 people for robberies and narcotics and one man was held for possession of a gun with five rounds of ammunition. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:48:11 GMT Japan PM Abe arrives in Trinidad http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Japan-PM-Abe-arrives-in-Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe, arrived yesterday for an official two-day visit to Trinidad and Tobago. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:37:16 GMT Portmore validation bill passed after close vote http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Portmore-validation-bill-passed-after-close-vote_17248572 THE Government defeated the Opposition by 10 votes to seven in the Senate Friday to approve the Municipalities (Validation and Amendment) Act 2014, paving the way for the regularisation of activities at the Portmore Municipal Council. General News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Parents have a place in school http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Parents-have-a-place-in-school_17208028 SCHOOLS are opening their doors to parents who want to learn how to help educate their children. General News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT COMMONWEALTH GAMES WRAP - Sprint stars look to step out of Bolt shadow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/123 GLASGOW, Scotland (AFP) - Men's and women's titles in the blue riband 100m will be up for grabs on the second day of track and field competition at the Commonwealth Games on Monday. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:25:08 GMT Thanksgiving service for Vin Martin August 1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Thanksgiving-service-for-Vin-Martin-August-1_17251733 A service of Thanksgiving for the late former Jamaica honorary consul to Atlanta, Vin Martin, will be held at the Springfield Baptist church in Conyers, Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, August 1. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT $1.4 billion spent on sugar barracks relocation programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-1-4-billion-spent-on-sugar-barracks-relocation-programme_17251756 GOVERNMENT has spent approximately $1.4 billion to construct 84 concrete houses in sugar dependent areas, under the Sugar Barracks Relocation Programme. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Tortoise an accomplice in alligator's zoo escape? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tortoise-an-accomplice-in-alligator-s-zoo-escape-_17251249 NAUBINWAY, Michigan (AP) — An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT This Day in History - July 28 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/This-Day-in-History_17251749 Today is the 208th day of 2014. There are 157 days left in the year. General News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT EU, US seek Putin Achilles heel on Ukraine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/EU--US-seek-Putin-Achilles-heel-on-Ukraine_17251673 BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for an effective way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course. International Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT