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 Ellington, Bent could testify in Al Miller case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ellington--Bent-could-testify-in-Al-Miller-case_17229126 OUTGOING Com-missioner of Police Owen Ellington and retired Deputy Commissioner Jevene Bent have been summoned to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today, where they are likely to be asked to give evidence in the case against clergyman Rev Al Miller, who is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Taximan gets life in prison for murder of Trinidadian teacher http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Taximan-gets-life-in-prison-for-murder-of-Trinidadian-teacher_17229955 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Ivan Taylor, the man who was found guilty of the murder of Trinidadian schoolteacher Michelle Coudray-Greaves, was yesterday sentenced to life imprisonment when he appeared in the St James Circuit Court before Justice Courtney Daye. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Gov't assumes financial obligations to facilitate divestment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-assumes-financial-obligations-to-facilitate-divestment_17230641 GOVERNMENT is planning to assume approximately $27 billion in debt owed by Clarendon Alumina Production Limited (CAP) and the Wallenford Coffee Company (WCC). General News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Eleven Miles residents protest dust nuisance, bad roads http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Eleven-Miles-residents-protest-dust-nuisance--bad-roads_17229708 ANGRY residents of Eleven Miles in Bull Bay, St Andrew, yesterday, took to the streets to protest the deplorable road conditions and a long-standing dust nuisance they say is affecting their health. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT PM praises NAJASO's support to Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM-praises-NAJASO-s-support-to-Jamaica_17225658 WASHINGTON, DC, USA — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has hailed the National Association of Jamaica and Supportive Organisations (NAJASO) for the outstanding work it continues to provide on behalf of Jamaica. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Condolence books open for Sir Howard in Kingston, MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Condolence-books-open-for-Sir-Howard-in-Kingston--MoBay_17226894 MEMBERS of the public will be able to pay their respects to late former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke by signing condolence books that are were opened yesterday. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Heat on tax dodgers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Heat-on-tax-dodgers_17230490 FINANCE Minister Peter Phillips yesterday blamed tax avoidance and evasion as major contributors to Jamaica's debt problems. General News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Games open http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Games-open_17230398 Jamaica's flag bearer Warren Weir leads the country's delegation during the opening ceremony of Local Sports Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT UDC unveils design for new home of Forum Fishing Village http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UDC-unveils-design-for-new-home-of-Forum-Fishing-Village_17221609 THE Urban Development Corporation (UDC) recently unveiled layout designs for a new fishing village at Port Henderson Road (Back Road) in St Catherine to replace the informal Forum Fishing Village located on the Forum Beach. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT J'can lottery scammers turn to Pittsburg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/J-can-lottery-scammers-turn-to-Pittsburg_17228743 PITTSBURGH, USA (CMC) — Residents of suburbs in Pittsburgh have been warned to beware of a telephone scam believed to be based in Jamaica. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Parliament debating Bills to improve tax collection http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Parliament-debating-Bills-to-improve-tax-collection_17228575 PARLIAMENT has begun to debate two pieces of legislation, aimed at enhancing the collection of revenues and improve compliance. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT J'can Embassy commemorates 100th anniversary of UNIA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/J-can-Embassy-commemorates-100th-anniversary-of-UNIA-_17226000 WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The Jamaican Embassy here has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), formed by late national hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT PHOTO: All about Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/All-about-Jamaica-_17226098 CNN New York anchor, Michaela Pereira and Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill found a lot to laugh about as they flip through a copy of Jamaica Heritage in Pictures, produced by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, and which captures captivating images of Jamaica. McNeill presented the book to Pereira when she paid him a courtesy call at the Half Moon, A Rock Resort, last Saturday. She was in the island to trace her genealogical roots to Cambridge, St James, Jamaica. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Caribbean hopes to become first region to end AIDS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Caribbean-hopes-to-become-first-region-to-end-AIDS_17226015 MELBOURNE, Australia, CMC — Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas of St Kitts Nevis said the Caribbean aspires to become the first region in the world to end AIDS. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Focus on life, work of Garvey next month http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Focus-on-life--work-of-Garvey-next-month_17221423 THE life and work of Jamaica's first national hero Marcus Garvey will be the main focus of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Civil Procedure Rules gazetted, says ministry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Civil-Procedure-Rules-gazetted--says-ministry_17221697 THE Ministry of Justice says Tuesday's Jamaica Observer report titled 'Civil Procedure Rules not gazetted, says lawyer', is inaccurate, pointing out that it was in fact gazettted in 2002. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Al Miller trial proceeds without Ellington, Bent http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Al-Miller-trial-proceeds-without-Ellington--Bent KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The trial of Reverend Al Miller will go ahead in the Corporate Area  Resident Magistrate’s Court minus Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington and retired Deputy Commissioner Jevene Bent. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:07:00 GMT Ukraine PM resigns http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ukraine-PM-resigns KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:44:18 GMT Former Consul General to Atlanta Vin Martin dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Former-Consul-General-to-Atlanta-Vin-Martin-dies WASHINGTON DC (JIS) -- Jamaica’s former Honorary Consul to Atlanta and prominent attorney Vin Martin, OD died Wednesday (July 23) in Atlanta, Georgia, after a long illness. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:15:58 GMT 61-y-o bus driver killed in St Ann crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/61-y-o-bus-driver-killed-in-St-Ann-crash ST ANN, Jamaica -- Sixty-one-year-old George McGhie died as a result of injuries he received in a motor vehicle collision along the Phoenix Park main road in Moneague, St Ann on Wednesday, July 23. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:43:57 GMT Lunch with The Queen was a priceless experience Jamaicans say http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Lunch-with-The-Queen-was-a-priceless-experience-Jamaicans-say GLASGOW, Scotland --- It is indeed a rarity for the proverbial common man to come within touching distance of a reigning monarch, much more to shake hands and have tea. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:07:34 GMT Official: Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Official--Air-Algerie-flight--probably-crashed- ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed." Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:48:48 GMT FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/FAA-lifts-ban-on-US-flights-to-Tel-Aviv-airport WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on US flights in and out of Israel. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:20:01 GMT Female cop collapses, dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Female-cop-collapses--dies TRELAWNY, Jamaica -- Members of The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) were plunged into mourning following the sudden death of a female colleague early this morning. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:14:58 GMT Two for Queen's Counsel title today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Two-for-Queen-s-Counsel-title-today KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Two senior attorneys are to be conferred with the title of Queen's Counsel in a ceremony at the Supreme Court today, July 24. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:45:04 GMT