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 Rowe denies report of planned job cuts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Rowe-denies-report-of-planned-job-cuts_19240760 FINANCIAL Secretary Devon Rowe has denied that there are planned job cuts for the public sector following a media report on his statement to the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Private sector, civil society groups plead to political leaders http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Private-sector--civil-society-groups-plead-to-political-leaders_19240744 A coalition of private sector and civil society groups have appealed to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness to stick to the economic gains that have been made through the sacrifices of the Jamaican people. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Former Lucea mayor now under criminal probe after DPP reverses decision http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/OCG-was-right_19240808 Contractor General Dirk Harrison yesterday expressed regret that it took the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) eight months to be convinced that the public sector procurement regulations apply to the purchase of all goods, works, and services, irrespective of the value. General News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Witter suggests State settle residents' claims http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Witter-suggests-State-settle-residents--claims_19240759 Former Public Defender Earl Witter said yesterday that, in order to "accelerate" the healing process it would be better for the State to settle the claims of loss and damage made by West Kingston residents affected in the May 2010 operation to apprehend Christopher 'Dudus' Coke. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT J'can police monitoring radical groups http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/J-can-police-monitoring-radical-groups_19240399 THE Jamaican police say they have intensified their monitoring of people suspected to be involved with terrorist or radicalised groups. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Hanna: More wards of the state transitioning to tertiary institutions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Hanna--More-wards-of-the-state-transitioning-to-tertiary-institutions_19240615 YOUTH and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna says that more children in State care are matriculating into tertiary level education. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Government to expand cash grants under PATH http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Government-to-expand-cash-grants-under-PATH_19240613 THE Government says it will be expanding the provision of cash grants under the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH). Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Kellier wants youth to drive 'new kind of agriculture' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Kellier-wants-youth-to-drive--new-kind-of-agriculture-_19240612 AGRICULTURE and Fisheries Minister Derrick Kellier says the time has come for a "new kind of agriculture" that incorporates more youth involvement and the infusion of modern technology. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT More people accepting of the disabled http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/More-people-accepting-of-the-disabled_19240616 MORE Jamaicans are accepting persons with disabilities (PWDs), as the agency charged with promoting equal opportunities among the able-bodied and disabled has been educating members of the public on the importance of inclusion. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT 'No more silence' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-No-more-silence-_19240641 THE Bureau of Women's Affairs has launched a three-month social media campaign aimed at providing a platform for advocacy and collaboration around the issue of violence against women and girls, and other forms of gender-based violence. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT IDB pumps $3 billion more into education transformation programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/IDB-pumps--3-billion-more-into-education-transformation-programme_19240681 EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites has praised the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), which he said is progressing well. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Under-20 Women's Update: Girlz to camp in Honduras http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Under-20-Women-s-Update--Girlz-to-camp-in-Honduras KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Under-20 Women’s Head Coach Hue Menzies is looking forward to the team’s pre-tournament camp for the CONCACAF Championship, set to be staged in Honduras. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:58:40 GMT $30m auditorium opens at Pembroke Hall Primary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-30m-auditorium-opens-at-Pembroke-Hall-Primary KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) –Education Minister Rev Ronald Thwaites, is praising the partnership between school and community in the construction of a $30 million auditorium at the Pembroke Hall Primary School in Kingston. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:16:20 GMT Gov't to provide young farmers with access to more land http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-to-provide-young-farmers-with-access-to-more-land KINGSTON, Jamaica – Young farmers will have access to more lands as the Government plans to expand its Agro-Parks Programme islandwide. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:05:12 GMT Man hospitalised after Old Hope Rd crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Man-hospitalised-after-Old-Hope-Rd-crash KINGSTON, Jamaica – A motorist was today rushed to hospital after his vehicle crashed in a utility pole along Old Hope Road, St Andrew. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:36:21 GMT Carjacker held, fake firearm seized http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Carjacker-held--fake-firearm-seized KINGSTON, Jamaica – A man was on Friday arrested and a fake firearm seized during an operation on Norman Road, Kingston. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:25:42 GMT Vendor killed downtown Kingston identified http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Vendor-killed-downtown-Kingston-identified KINGSTON, Jamaica – The vendor who was today shot dead in downtown Kingston has been identified. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:05:33 GMT Scorpions set for practice on Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Scorpions-set-for-practice-on-Saturday KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica Scorpions on Saturday are set to have their first official training session since returning to the island from their trip to Trinidad & Tobago where they defeated the hosts Red Force. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:50:57 GMT Forex: J$119.97 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-119-97-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Friday, November 27, ended trading at J$119.97, up by four cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:35:29 GMT Weekly Roundup: Job cuts coming...#PrayforJCapri...20 murders weekly...Schoolers in car trunk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Weekly-Roundup--Job-cuts-coming-20-murders-weekly--PrayforJCapri-Schoolers-in-car-trunk KINGSTON, Jamaica – Public sector jobs could soon be in jeopardy as the Government tries to meets its 2017 IMF target. Measures under consideration include management in vacant positions, voluntary retirement and voluntary separation, financial secretary Devon Rowe said. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:00:19 GMT Cops increase numbers on patrol http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cops-increase-numbers-on-patrol KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Police High Command says it has begun to increase number of policemen and women now monitoring streets across the island. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:01:00 GMT JC, STGC face-off in Manning Cup final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JC--STGC-face-off-in-Manning-Cup-final KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica College (JC) will put their ISSA/ Flow Manning Cup title on the line when they take on St George's College (STGC) in Saturday's final at Sabina Park, starting at 5:00 pm. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:56:11 GMT Special Olympics Jamaica begins training for Austria 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Special-Olympics-Jamaica-begins-training-for-Austria-2017 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) athletes have already started preparation for the World Winter Games, scheduled for Austria in March 2017. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:57:33 GMT Look out for con artists, NWC warns customers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Look-out-for-con-artists--NWC-warns-customers KINGSTON, Jamaica – With the Christmas season approaching, the National Water Commission (NWC) is reminding its customers to be on the look-out for unscrupulous individuals who may pose either as NWC employees, bill collectors acting on behalf of the NWC or offering to provide services that would prevent them from being disconnected by the commission for arrears. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:41:45 GMT Vendor shot dead downtown Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Vendor-shot-dead-downtown-Kingston KINGSTON, Jamaica – A vendor was shot dead in downtown Kingston a short while ago.The incident took place in the vicinity of Chancery Lane and Orange Street. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:16:28 GMT