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 Government, BOJ say dollar slide now under control http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Government--BOJ-say-dollar-slide-now-under-control_62202 MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw says the Bank of Jamaica will continue to closely monitor the issues which led to the most recent devaluation of the Jamaican dollar. Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Team recommends restart of work at Royalton hotel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Team-recommends-restart-of-work-at-Royalton-hotel_62201 LUCEA, Hanover — Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie says the EG Hunter-led committee, which was set up to investigate the collapse of a building on the Royalton hotel project in Negril recently, has recommended the lifting of the stop order for the buildings on the site that were not affected during the mishap. Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Blaze destroys Wisynco warehouse in Lakes Pen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Blaze-destroys-Wisynco-warehouse-in-Lakes-Pen_62203 “IT will be a long, dark night,” an emotional director of sales at Wisynco, Halcott Holness said while watching the thick blankets of acrid smoke billowing up into the evening sky, as the company’s warehouse at Lakes Pen, St Catherine, burnt out of control yesterday. Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Lifetime Achievement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Lifetime-Achievement_62204 Director of Tastee Patty Simone Changpong collects the Lifetime Achievement Award from Jamaica Observer CEO and Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart at last night’s Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Award, held on the East Lawns of Devon House in Kingston. The Tastee Patty empire was founded in 1966, with its first location in Union Square, Cross Roads, Kingston 5. Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Chairman’s Award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Chairman-s-Award_62207 Proud owners of Stush in the Bush, Chris Binns (right) and his lovely wife Lisa collect the Chairman’s Award from Jamaica Observer CEO and Deputy Chairman Adam Stewart at last night’s Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, held at Devon House in Kingston. Stush in the Bush, which was started five years ago, has become a popular place for families. The Free Hill, St Ann company uses products from their organic farm for the dining experience. (Photos: Joseph Wellington) Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘What a loss!’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/What-a-loss-_62185 JAMAICA Observer online readers have reacted with sympathy and anger to the death of 13-year-old Brittanie Cohen, who was washed away during heavy rains in St Thomas on Tuesday. Brittanie was on her way home from school when she met her demise. Here are some edited comments. Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Audit for Hanover PC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Audit-for-Hanover-PCMcKenzie-promises-stricter-monitoring-of-local-government-body_62186 LUCEA, Hanover — Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie yesterday ordered an in-depth audit of the operations of the Hanover Parish Council in the wake of alleged incidents of gross impropriety, favouritism and other breaches involving the awarding of government contracts uncovered by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) at that local authority. Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Two shot and killed, two injured on Hughenden Ave http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/two-shot KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Police have just confirmed that two men were shot and killed and two others were injured on Hughenden Avenue in St Andrew in what the law officers are surmising as a drive by shooting last night (Thursday). Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 01:05:46 GMT STATHS is the 2016 National Debate Mate Champion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/STATHS-is-the-2016-National-Debate-Mate-Champion_62159 ST Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) last Thursday defeated Ocho Rios High School to be crowned the Sandals Foundation-sponsored 2016 National Debate Mate Champion. Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT PBCJ strikes deal with Chinese radio station http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PBCJ-strikes-deal-with-Chinese-radio-station_62151 THE Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) recently struck a deal with China Radio International (CRI) to share educational content, documentaries and a television series produced by the Chinese media entity, to be aired in Jamaica. Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT UN backs Haiti’s anti-cholera vaccination campaign http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UN-backs-Haiti-s-anti-cholera-vaccination-campaign_62092 UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — Two United Nations (UN) agencies say they are supporting the Government of Haiti in a vaccination campaign against cholera that aims to reach 400,000 people during this year. Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT JMA president hails PM’s budget http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JMA-president-hails-PM-s-budget_62035 PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) Metry Seaga has hailed the Prime Minister’s 2016 budget presentation for addressing the needs of low-income earners. Local News Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Schoolgirl dies as heavy rains lash St Thomas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Deadly-flood_62039 THE body of 13-year-old Brittanie Cohen, who was swept away by raging floodwaters in St Thomas on Tuesday night, was found wrapped around a tree along the Golden Grove main road yesterday. Local News Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Tastee, Stush in the Bush for Lifetime, Chairman’s awards tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tastee--Stush-in-the-Bush-for-Lifetime--Chairman-s-awards-tonight_62023 PURVEYORS of Tastee Patty for decades, Vincent and Valerie Chang, and Stush in the Bush principals Lisa and Chris Binns, will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement and Chairman’s Awards, respectively, at tonight’s Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards. Food Awards Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Shaw says there is no shortage of foreign exchange http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Shaw-says-there-is-no-shortage-of-foreign-exchange_62041 MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw says it is not a shortage of foreign exchange that’s contributing to the slide of the Jamaican dollar. Local News Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT BGLC takes aim at illegal ‘Cash Pot’ operators http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/BGLC-takes-aim-at-illegal--Cash-Pot--operators_62034 THE Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) says it now has before the court one major illegal operator of the popular Cash Pot game, which has caught on like wildfire with gamblers across the island. Local News Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Teamwork on show at OLAPS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Teamwork-on-show-at-OLAPS_61990 MEMBERS of Our Lady of the Angels Preparatory School (OLAPS) Home School Association (HSA), school staff, parents and students on Monday, participated in Labour Day activities at the Molynes Road-based institution, which focused on remodelling the students’ bathrooms and general beautification of the facility. Local News Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gov’t to roll out $300m project for at-risk youth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-to-roll-out--300m-project-for-at-risk-youth_62028 THE Government will be investing $300 million through the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP) and the European Union’s Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP) to benefit hundreds of at-risk youth. Local News Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Your money will not go to waste’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Your-money-will-not-go-to-waste-_61511 WITH a total of 115 students enrolled in its programmes, the Four Paths Community Training Centre in Clarendon is finding it increasingly difficult to stretch its meagre resources to meet the needs of its clients. Local News Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘I see hope in Jamaica again’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-I-see-hope-in-Jamaica-again-_62030 JAMAICA Observer online readers have reacted to Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s first budget presentation as the country’s leader on Tuesday. Here’s what they had to say: Local News Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica Observer Food Awards in full swing at Devon House http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-Observer-Food-Awards-in-full-swing-at-Devon-House KINGSTON, Jamaica — Anticipation was high for the start of the annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards now underway at Devon House in Kingston. Local News Thu, 26 May 2016 21:20:29 GMT UPDATE: Heavy losses but no injuries in WISYNCO fire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UPDATE--Heavy-losses-but-no-injuries-in-WISYNCO-fire ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – Following reports of a fire at WISYNCO’s Lakes Pen warehouse, the company has issued a statement assuring the public that all employees who were present have been accounted for. Local News Thu, 26 May 2016 20:00:09 GMT Paulwell endorses Colin Campbell for South St Andrew seat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Paulwell-endorses-Colin-Campbell-for-South-St-Andrew-seat KINGSTON, Jamaica — Chairman of the People's National Party's powerful Region 3 Phillip Paulwell today endorsed former Cabinet minister and former Jamaica Urban Transit Company managing director Colin Campbell for chairman of the South St Andrew constituency. Local News Thu, 26 May 2016 19:30:29 GMT Choose Omar's successor carefully, Brown Burke urges delegates http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Choose-Omar-s-successor-carefully--Brown-Burke-urges-delegates KINGSTON, Jamaica — Kingston and St Andrew Mayor Dr Angela Brown Burke a short while ago urged People's National Party (PNP) delegates of South St Andrew to choose carefully when they vote to decide the constituency's next chairman. Local News Thu, 26 May 2016 19:12:25 GMT PHOTOS: Devon House ready for Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PHOTOS--Devon-House-ready-for-Jamaica-Observer-Table-Talk-Food-Awards KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The lawns of Devon House in Kingston, were transformed Thursday for the annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards. Local News Thu, 26 May 2016 18:48:59 GMT