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 Big blunder http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Big-blunder_18514099 THE application by the clerk of Parliament, Heather Cooke, seeking clarification on the Senate status of several Opposition members yesterday suffered an embarrassing blow in the Supreme Court when it was revealed that the hastily brought action was "wrongly instituted". Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Brady charged with fraud http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Brady-charged-with-fraud NOTED attorney and senior member of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Harold Brady spent last night behind bars after he was arrested yesterday by detectives from the fraud unit of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC). Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:02:22 GMT St Ann father and son found dead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-Ann-father-and-son-found-dead_18512284 ST ANN'S BAY, St Ann — The St Ann police have launched an investigation into the deaths of a man and his son whose bodies were found at their home in Mount Zion minutes after 7:00 am yesterday. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Fire on the waters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Fire-on-the-waters_18513464 Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Marine Department spray water on a boat which caught fire yesterday in the Ocho Rios bay. It is not clear what started the fire, however, the boat burst into flames as persons watched from the beach. A man who was on the vessel when the fire started was reportedly taken to hospital for treatment. The St Ann fireboat, which would have assisted in putting out the fire, has been out of service for more than a year now. During the last sitting of the St Ann Parish Council it was reported that the boat was being fixed. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON) Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT April 14 court date for Admiral Bailey http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/April-14-court-date-for-Admiral-Bailey_18513708 WELL-KNOWN entertainer and football coach Admiral Bailey is to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on April 14 to answer to fraud charges after his bail was extended yesterday. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Rae Town hero http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Rae-Town-hero_18488421 LOCAL fisherman Mark Hudson is being hailed as a hero in his Rae Town, Kingston community after he led a rescue mission last week Thursday that saved the lives of two men whose sports utility vehicle (SUV) plunged into the Kingston Harbour. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Insufficient time and resources thwart auditor general’s review of fiscal policy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Insufficient-time-and-resources-thwart-auditor-general-s-review-of-fiscal-policy_18505022 AUDITOR General Pamella Monroe Ellis says her office has not been provided with the additional resources it was promised to carry out timely and proper review of Government's fiscal policy framework (FPP) document. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT PATH is overburdened, says Opposition MP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PATH-is-overburdened--says-Opposition-MP-_18507083 OPPOSITION Spokesman on Labour and Social Security Pearnel Charles says too much burden is being placed on the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH), and that the Government should find supplementary means of assisting the poor. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT TAJ employee on fraud charge get $1-m bail http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/TAJ-employee-on-fraud-on--1-million-bail_18506456 FERNANDO Davis, the senior tax collector at Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) who is accused of producing and issuing fraudulent driver's licences to motorists, was Wednesday bailed in the sum of $1 million when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Schools to use charts in enhancing learning http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Schools-to-use-charts-in-enhancing-learning_18509858 FORTY schools across the island are to benefit from important educational resource material through the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP), being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Ferguson happy with $7-billion increase in budget http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ferguson-happy-with--7-billion-increase-in-budget_18506916 HEALTH Minister Fenton Ferguson was Wednesday happy with the $7.4 billion added to the national budget for the sector. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT $1.4b for Fiscal Administration Modernisation Programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-1-4b-for-Fiscal-Administration-Modernisation-Programme_18496934 THE Ministry of Finance and Planning will continue implementation of the Government's Fiscal Administration Modernisation Programme. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Financial literacy lessons for primary, high school students http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Financial-literacy-lessons-for-primary--high-school-students_18509863 THE pilot phase of the initiative involving the Ministry of Education and private sector entity Money Basics for Kids to deliver financial literacy to primary and high school students, began on Wednesday with a teacher-training symposium at the Medallion Hall Hotel in St Andrew. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Man freed as cops face credibility issues in court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Man-freed-as-cops-face-credibility-issues-in-court_18510312 CREDIBILITY issues on the part of the police last week resulted in an unemployed man being acquitted of weapon-related charges in the High Court Division of the Gun Court. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Barbados denies anti-Caricom stance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Barbados-denies-anti-Caricom-stance_18510420 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Barbados Government has defended allegations that the island does not welcome citizens from other Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries, insisting that it had deported a "very small percentage" of people. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Regional labour ministers meeting in the Bahamas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Regional-labour-ministers-meeting-in-the-Bahamas_18510577 NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — Labour ministers from the Caribbean Community (Caricom ) are meeting here amid calls for the region to do more to deal with the issue of unemployment among young people. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Car mart operator accused of fraud to go on trial http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Car-mart-operator-accused-of-fraud-to-go-on-trial_18494694 A car mart owner, who allegedly signed over a woman's BMW motorcar to a businessman as collateral for monies owed, is to be tried for fraudulent conversion in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on May 19. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT OLAPS HSA hosts annual fund-raiser March 28 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/OLAPS-HSA-hosts-annual-fund-raiser-March-28_18511207 THE Our Lady of the Angels Preparatory School Home and School Association (OLAPS HSA) will on March 28 host its second annual 'Black & White Oldies Affair', proceeds from which will go towards the improvement of the school's infrastructure and development of programmes. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT UCC students to participate in Le Diner en Blanc http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UCC-students-to-participate-in-Le-Diner-en-Blanc_18511517 THE University College of the Caribbean (UCC) has said that students from its Hospitality and Tourism Division will be participating in Jamaica's first staging of Le Diner en Blanc Kingston tomorrow. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT JTB chairman says many business opportunities in MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JTB-chairman-says-many-business-opportunities-in-MoBay_18511536 CHAIRMAN of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Dennis Morrison, has called on the Montego Bay business community to invest in the development of the city. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Ambassador Richard Bernal flying Jamaican flag at World Bank http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ambassador-Richard-Bernal-flying-Jamaican-flag-at-World-Bank_18504432 THE World Bank this week announced the creation of a six-member External Advisory Panel for Diversity and Inclusion whose membership includes Jamaica's Dr Richard Bernal, former ambassador to the United States. General News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT NWA undertakes road marking programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NWA-undertakes-road-marking-programme-_18483981 THE National Works Agency (NWA) is now on an islandwide drive to improve the safety of motorists and pedestrians who use several busy corridors across the country. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT A 'Love affair with literature' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/A--Love-affair-with-literature-_18504972 The Book Industry Association of Jamaica's Kingston Book Festival on Sunday got off to a fine start with the Department of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies hosting of its signature annual March event, "Love Affair With Literature". For this year's staging the department brought together the veteran poet and Jamaica's Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris (right) and three young, rising stars of Caribbean literature: Tanya Shirley (second right), Roland Watson-Grant (left) and Sharon Millar (second left) from Trinidad. The event took place in a full Neville Hall N1 Lecture Theatre and saw lively readings and an engaged crowd. Here, the readers gathered post-event for a group snap with Dr Michael Bucknor, head of the Department of Literatures in English. The Kingston Book Festival 2015 continues this week and will feature dozens of readings, seminars, workshops and book launches across the city, culminating in the Kingston Book Fair at Devon House on Saturday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Local News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Phillips confirms extension of IMF wage-to-GDP deadline http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Phillips-confirms-extension-of-IMF-wage-to-GDP-deadline_18497388 MINISTER of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips has confirmed the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) agreement to an extension of the deadline for public sector salaries to be reduced to nine per cent of GDP, which could make it much easier to reach an agreement with the trade unions by March 31. General News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Attorney on fraud charges pulls out of Tivoli Enquiry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/lorne ATTORNEY Michael Lorne yesterday withdrew from the legal team representing the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) in the Tivoli Gardens Commission of Enquiry hours after he was arrested and charged with forgery and fraudulent conversion. Local News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:05:16 GMT