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 12-y-o girl murdered http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/12-y-o-girl-murdered_18815024 JAMAICA is again mourning another underage girl who has been found dead. Local News Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT 33 organisations get grants worth $24 million from AFJ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/33-organisations-get-grants-worth--24-million-from-AFJ_18804449 THE American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) on Monday awarded $24 million in discretionary grants and donor-direct grant to 33 organisations across the island. Local News Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Plug to be pulled on 19 channels http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Blocked-_18815067 COME May 31, 19 cable channels are to be removed from the roster offerings. Local Entertainment Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Thousands march in US capital against gay marriage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Thousands-march-in-US-capital-against-gay-marriage WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Several thousand people including religious leaders marched in Washington on Saturday against same-sex marriage as the US Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the deeply divisive issue in the coming days. Local News Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:11:01 GMT St Ann man chops neighbours to death after alleged dispute http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-Ann-man-chops-neighbours-to-death-after-alleged-dispute ST ANN, Jamaica — Two men were chopped to death early this morning following an alleged dispute with their neighbour in Claremont, here. Local News Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:22:29 GMT More than 900 dead in Nepal quake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/More-than-900-dead-in-Nepal-quake KATHMANDU, Nepal (AFP) - A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 900 people Saturday as it ripped through large parts of Nepal, toppling office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggering a deadly avalanche that hit Everest base camp. Local News Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:58:29 GMT US$30.8-m cocaine seizure in Caribbean Sea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-30-8-m-cocaine-seizure-in-Caribbean-Sea SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CMC) - The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says it has intercepted a vessel attempting to smuggle 42 bales of cocaine into the country through the Caribbean Sea. Local News Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:16:09 GMT Jamaican's killer found guilty of second murder in Bermuda http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaican-s-killer-found-guilty-of-second-murder-in-Bermuda HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) -- A 35-year-old Bermudian, already jailed for life for murdering Jamaican national George Lynch five years ago, has been convicted by a Supreme Court jury of another fatal shooting on Christmas Day in 2012. Local News Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:57:48 GMT Cancer 2nd leading cause of death in Barbados http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cancer-2nd-leading-cause-of-death-in-Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Health Minister John Boyce says cancer is the second leading cause of death in Barbados. Local News Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:47:51 GMT J$1.9-m ganja seizure in Portmore http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/J-1-9-m-ganja-seizure-in-Portmore ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – Police from the Narcotics Division has taken a man into custody, following the seizure of ganja weighing over 540lbs during an operation on Grange Lane in Portmore on Thursday. Local News Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:29:58 GMT C-CAM building wildlife centre in Clarendon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/C-CAM-building-wildlife-centre-in-Clarendon_18806464 CARIBBEAN Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) on Wednesday, Earth Day, unveiled a multi million-dollar facility it is building in Salt River, Clarendon. Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Your Friday Observer is free as Digicel goes zero http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Your-Friday-Observer-is-free-as-Digicel-goes-zero KINGSTON, Jamaica – Mobile telephone provider Digicel Jamaica is today launching what it describes as a ground-breaking new offer known as Digicel Zero that will see customers getting all calls on its network free with the purchase of a three-day data plan. Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:49:49 GMT No Surprise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/No-Suprise_18811145 THE attorney representing disgraced former Lucea Mayor Shernet Haughton yesterday said he had no doubt that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) would not have been able to charge his client. General News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT 'PJ Patterson' sign stolen from renamed highway http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-PJ-Patterson--sign-stolen-from-renamed-highway_18811128 A sign bearing the name of former Prime Minister PJ Patterson, erected on the May Pen leg of Highway 2000 last week Friday after the road was renamed in his honour, has been stolen. Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT St Aubyn Bartlett ‘fired up’ to take Central Manchester http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-Aubyn-Bartlett--fired-up--to-take-Central-Manchester_18810852 BELLEFIELD, Manchester — Close to a year since becoming the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for Central Manchester, Dr St Aubyn Bartlett says he is "fired up" to replace Peter Bunting as Member of Parliament as well as help his party to form the next government. Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Witness says proclamation entered into evidence fake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Witness-says-proclamation-entered-into-evidence-fake_18811133 IT was revealed yesterday that a fake proclamation concerning the State of Emergency of May 2010 had been entered into evidence at the Tivoli Enquiry. Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT 70 Longville Park units for special allocation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/70-Longville-Park-units-for-special-allocation_18808680 CABINET has approved a recommendation for the retroactive implementation of the special selection housing beneficiaries in Phase Three of the Longville Park Housing Development in Clarendon. Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Junior minister wants more girls in IT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Junior-minister-wants-more-girls-in-IT_18811119 MINISTER of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Julian Robinson wants more girls to become actively involved in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT 'Amazing outcome to a sad story' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Amazing-outcome-to-a-sad-story-_18811086 MUCH like they did when his dire situation was highlighted last month, Jamaica Observer online readers had much to say about Rosalvo Patterson's improved living conditions as published yesterday. Patterson moved into his new home two Sundays ago, weeks after he was reported to be living in a ramshackle fowl coop in Jericho, St Catherine. The readers particularly praised music producer Wayne "Lonesome" Brown, who led the assistance for the elderly man. Here are some edited comments: Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Preparations for Workers' Week start http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Preparations-for-Workers--Week-start_18808738 PREPARATIONS are currently underway by the Ministry of Youth and Culture for this year's observance of Workers' Week, which commences on Sunday, May 17, and culminates on Labour Day, Monday, May 25. Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Pauwell: No radical post office closures this year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Pauwell--No-radical-post-office-closures-this-year_18811134 PORTFOLIO minister for the postal service, Phillip Paulwell says no decision has been made to cut the number of post offices and agencies across the island, even though Postmaster General Michael Gentles has indicated the urgency of rationalisation to stem mounting losses. Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Age-appropriate learning technology being provided in schools http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Age-appropriate-learning-technology-being-provided-in-schools_18804418 MINISTER of Education Ronald Thwaites says the ministry will continue to introduce age-appropriate learning technology in schools islandwide, including smart boards, tablet computers, virtual education, among others. Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT A tale of two boards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/A-tale-of-two-boards-_18810635 Seems that the PNP will respond to popular sentiment but on its own time. The chairmen of the NHT and the NSWMA boards, Mr Easton Douglas and Mr Steve Ashley, respectively, have been replaced with hardly any fanfare. Some have already commented that they hope Mr Dennis Chung knows what he is in for in taking up the NSWMA chairmanship. Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT JUTC seeking to increase revenues by over $2b http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JUTC-seeking-to-increase-revenues-by-over--2b_18806569 MINISTER of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar Davies says that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is putting strategies in place to increase its annual revenue from $5.1 billion to $7.4 billion over the next three years. Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT House approves Revenue Appeals Division Bill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/House-approves-Revenue-Appeals-Division-Bill-_18806895 GOVERNMENT on Wednesday fulfilled an outstanding recommendation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 2008, to make the Taxpayer Appeals Department an independent entity within the Ministry of Finance. General News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT