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 Criminal record for people caught stealing electricity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Criminal-record-for-people-caught-stealing-eletricity_18003769 PEOPLE caught stealing electricity will soon be facing stiffer penalties, including getting a criminal record, when convicted. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT OAS hails Jamaica's push for campaign financing reform http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/OAS-hails-Jamaica-s-push-for-campaign-financing-reform_17982074 JAMAICA'S push for legislation to address the issue of political campaign financing has come in for commendation from Organisation of American States (OAS) Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT D-Day for NHT Board? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/D-Day-for-NHT-Board--_18004263 WHATEVER happens today in cabinet, the members of the National Housing Trust's (NHT) board are not planning on resigning voluntarily over the fallout from the Outameni purchase, despite its membership falling below the lower limit of nine members under the provisions of the NHT Act. General News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT PM calls on rich to stop stealing electricity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM-calls-on-rich-to-stop-stealing-electricity_18003113 PRIME Minster Simpson Miller has warned privileged members of the society to desist from stealing electricity, while noting that it was not only the poor who is involved in electricity theft. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Court reserves judgement in INDECOM appeal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Court-reserves-judgement-in-INDECOM-appeal_18002307 THE Court of Appeal has reserved judgement in the appeal from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), which is challenging last year's ruling by the Supreme Court that it has no authority to compel telecoms provider Digicel to provide it with call data. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Insulza comfortable with OAS achievements over past 10 years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Insulza-comfortable-with-OAS-achievements-over-past-10-years_17998840 WHEN Jose Miguel Insulza's second term as Organisation of American States (OAS) secretary general comes to its mandatory end next year, he will demit office comfortable with the fact that the organisation has maintained its relevance and that there is general political stability in this region. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Hard work paying off for Portland hairstylist Kaydian Hall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Hard-work-paying-off-for-Portland-hairstylist-Kaydian-Hall-_17974530 KAYDIAN Hall, who dreams of someday owning a chain of salons catering exclusively to styling natural hair and locks, from all indications seems well on her way to accomplishing this feat given her growing list of clients and the increasing demand for her creative hairstyles. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT GraceKennedy donates $1m to UWI plastic programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/GraceKennedy-donates--1m-to-UWI-plastic-programme_18001510 THE GraceKennedy Foundation, along with its parent company GraceKennedy has donated $1 million to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Plastic Separation Programme. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Three killed in bloody Manchester Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Three-killed-in-bloody-Manchester-Sunday-_18003883 THE Manchester police reported three murders in the parish on Sunday. General News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Senior cop fined $800,000 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Senior-cop-fined--800-000-_18003507 DEPUTY Superintendent of Police Albert Dyer was last Thursday fined $800,000 for breaching the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Act. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Controversy erupts over Diaspora elections http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Controversy-erupts-over-Diaspora-elections_18001586 CONTROVERSY has erupted in the election for a new Jamaica Diaspora Board representative for the North East United States after one of the candidates told a radio forum that she has been endorsed by state minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Tourism gains not reaching population — Minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tourism-gains-not-reaching-population---Minister_18003934 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill is lamenting that the gains from the tourism industry, which welcomed over two million stop-over arrivals and about 1.5 million cruise last year, are not being shared among a wide cross section of the population. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT CaPRI criticises screening students for CSEC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/CaPRI-criticises-screening-students-for-CSEC_18002691 THE Caribbean Research Institute (CaPRI) says that there is little evidence that teachers or administrators are using the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results to target and improve weaknesses among students. General News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT St Ann, St Mary, Portland report decline in serious crimes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Major-crimes-down_17990398 The Area Two police are reporting a 20 per cent decline in major crimes in the parishes of St Ann, St Mary and Portland for this year. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Misunderstanding of terminologies led to inaccurate reporting on Outameni purchase, says Douglas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Misunderstanding-of-terminologies-led-to-inaccurate-reporting-on-Outameni-purchase--says-Douglas KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Chairman of the National Housing Trust (NHT) Easton Douglas a short while ago said that a misunderstanding between the terminologies 'Outameni Business' and 'Orange Grove Property' led to inaccurate media reporting on what is now deemed a controversy. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:25:07 GMT We will not resign, chairman and NHT board members say http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/We-will-not-resign--chairman-and-NHT-board-members-say KINGSTON, Jamaica – Chairman Easton Douglas and the remaining members of the embattled National Housing Trust (NHT) board say that they will not resign. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:18:22 GMT Seaview Gardens resident killed in community http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Seaview-Gardens-resident-killed-in-community KINGSTON, Jamaica — A resident of Seaview Gardens in St Andrew was killed in the community by unknown assailants shortly after 7:00 pm Sunday. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:58:22 GMT 'Tony' Welsh returns to court on murder charge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Tony--Welsh-returns-to-court-on-murder-charge KINGSTON, Jamaica – The third trial of former People’s National Party (PNP) strongman Milton ‘Tony’ Welsh for the stabbing death of a 21-year-old man in 2006 is to start in the Home Circuit court today. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:11:51 GMT Trinidad and Tobago's most wanted man held http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trinidad-and-Tobago-s-most-wanted-man-held PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago police say they have captured the country’s most wanted man, the main suspect in the disappearance of four members of a family. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:54:21 GMT Doctor working in Sierra Leone is Italy's first Ebola case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Doctor-working-in-Sierra-Leone-is-Italy-s-first-Ebola-case ROME, Italy (AFP) — An Italian doctor has contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and is being flown back to Rome for specialist treatment, the health ministry said Monday. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:38:44 GMT SERHA challenges $4-m court award to doctor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/SERHA-challenges--4-m-court-award-to-doctor-_18001977 A CHALLENGE has now been mounted in the Court of Appeal against a $4.25-million award made by a jury to a medical doctor earlier this year. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Tobago police investigate murder of German couple on beach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tobago-police-investigate-murder-of-German-couple-on-beach_18003492 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago (Reuters) — Police are investigating the murder of an elderly German couple found hacked to death on a beach near their home in the southern Caribbean island of Tobago on Saturday. International Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Tourism minister commits $200m from TEF to assist PICA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tourism-minister-commits--200m-from-TEF-to-assist-PICA_18002095 TOURISM Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill says that the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has committed an additional $200 million over the next five years to enhancing the work of the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA). Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Youth Month http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Youth-Month_18002902 Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna (second left) and Maureen Webber (left) chair of the National Youth Service in conversation with Reverend Canon Major Serano Kitson (right) Rector of the St Andrew Parish Church as Hanna's son Alex Panton looks on. General News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Well deserved http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Well-deserved-_17974892 Kiwanis Foundation of Jamaica's Gerthlyn Holman (right) holds the Godfrey Dyer medallion which was presented to president of the Kiwanis Club of Charlton-Alexandria Richard Austin (left) for outstanding contribution to his club, community and Jamaica. Local News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT