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 NY legislators want probe into police shooting of unarmed Jamaican youth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NY-legislators-want-probe-into-police-shooting-of-unarmed-J-can-youth_16485161 NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — Minority caucuses of New York State Legislature and the City Council have written to United States Attorney General Eric Holder calling for an "extensive and exhaustive" investigation into the 2012 police shooting death of an unarmed Jamaican youth. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT Holness on bus tour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Holness-on-bus-tour_16476763 OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness says more dialogue is needed to quell the tension between the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) and disgruntled private transport operators in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT Marijuana March http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Marijuana-March_16485133 A NUMBER of local artistes are set to show their support for the legalisation of marijuana (ganja) during a march and mass rally set for the Corporate Area tomorrow. Local Entertainment Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT Licensed firearm holder kills alleged robber http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Licensed-firearm-holder-kills-alleged-robber_16490262 SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — An alleged gunman, who reportedly attempted to rob a businessman and his wife late Thursday at Nain in south east St Elizabeth, ended up being shot dead by the businessman, police have confirmed. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT Role change for Father Ho Lung http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Role-change-for-Father-Ho-Lung_16485118 AFTER 33 years as head and founder of the Kingston-based Missionaries of the Poor, Father Richard Ho Lung has stepped down. Local Entertainment Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT Jamaica seek revenge against champions Barbados http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-seek-revenge-against-champions-Barbados JAMAICA will be on the hunt for revenge when they clash with League champions Barbados at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown in the semifinal of the Regional Four- Day tournament today. In the other semi-final, Trinidad & Tobago host Windward Islands at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:21:33 GMT Senior citizen dies in Manchester car accident; 2 other people injured http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Fatal-crash-_16489994 MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Sixty-nine year old Fay Swaby, a housewife of Chudleigh Housing Scheme in Manchester, died as a result of injuries she received in a motor vehicle accident in Mount Olivet in the parish late Thursday. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Magnitude-7-2-earthquake-shakes-Mexican-capital_16491372 ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico yesterday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. International Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT Body of 5-y-o boy missing since September found by highway http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Body-of-5-y-o-boy-missing-since-September-found-by-highway WORCESTER, Mass (AP) -- The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing five-year-old, authorities said Saturday. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:09:35 GMT I support decriminalisation of ganja, but not for smoking, says health minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/I-support-decriminalisation-of-ganja--but-not-for-smoking--says-health-minister MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, says he is in support of the decriminalisation of marijuana from a point of view of justice, but not of health. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:33:14 GMT Riverton dump fire under control, says ODPEM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Riverton-dump-fire-under-control--says-ODPEM KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) on Saturday issued a statement advising that the fire now burning at the Riverton City dump in Kingston, is under control. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:25:15 GMT April 29 sentencing for woman who smuggled cocaine to help ailing mother http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/April-29-sentencing-for-woman-who-smuggled-cocaine-to-help-ailing-mother KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A woman who said she attempted to smuggle 13 ounces of cocaine out of the island to finance her mother's breast cancer treatment is to be sentenced on April 29. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:15:15 GMT Authorities find no reason for nearly 50% of suicides in 2013 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Authorities-find-no-reason-for-nearly-50--of-suicides-in-2013 KINGSTON, Jamaica --There were 52 cases of suicide reported in Jamaica in 2013, but the authorities say they are unable to state the reason for nearly 50 percent of these deaths. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:35:58 GMT PHOTOS: Fire at Riverton dump, again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PHOTOS--Fire-at-Riverton-dump--again KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A fire is again raging at the Riverton City Dump in St Andrew mere weeks after another fire blanketed sections of the Capital city in thick, black smoke. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:10:56 GMT Windies speedster escapes serious injury in crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Windies-speedster-escapes-serious-injury-in-crash BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 19, CMC – West Indies fast-bowler Kemar Roach escaped serious injury following a car accident here early Saturday, the Barbados Today online newspaper has reported. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:29:38 GMT Costa Rican woman attributes miracle to pope http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Costa-Rican-woman-attributes-miracle-to-pope TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed, waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm. Her gaze fell upon a newspaper photograph of Pope John Paul II. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:14:31 GMT 16-y-o boy, one of two killed in Clarendon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/16-y-o-boy--one-of-two-killed-in-Clarendon CLARENDON, Jamaica -- Two people are dead and another man in hospital, after gunmen struck in the community of Buzz Rock in May Pen, Clarendon, on Friday night. A 16-year-old boy is one of those killed. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:53:32 GMT Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Captain-of-sunken-South-Korean-ferry-arrested_16491375 MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Police arrested the captain and two other crew members of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving more than 270 people missing and 29 people dead, the Yonhap news agency reported today. International Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT Tax on withdrawals 'unconscionable and oppressive', says CAPI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tax-on-withdrawals--unconscionable-and-oppressive---says-CAPI KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Civil lobby group Citizens Action for Principle and Integrity (CAPI) late Friday described the Government's move to tax withdrawals from deposit-taking institutions as "unconscionable and oppressive". Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:38 GMT Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Teen-suspended-for-asking-Miss-America-to-prom YORK, Pennsylvania (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:38:03 GMT Govt's plan to raise $6.7 billion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Govt-s-plan-to-raise--6-7-billion KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Government has proposed new revenue measures expected to raise the $6.7 billion needed to fully finance the 2014/15 budget. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:24:25 GMT New scrap metal facility up and running http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/New-scrap-metal-facility-up-and-running According to the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) the facility, which has met the "full approval of the requisite government agencies", replaces the smaller Elspeth Avenue Kingston location -- one of the three multi-user sites approved by Cabinet last year. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:44:41 GMT Police station opens in Hellshire, St Catherine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-station-opens-in-Hellshire--St-Catherine ST CATHERINE, Jamaica (JIS) -- Residents of Hellshire in south St Catherine now have a police station in their community. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:18:20 GMT PHOTO: Crucifixion re-enactment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PHOTO--Crucifixion-re-enactment Members of the Missionary of the Poor participate in the annual Easter re-enactment to mark the crucifixion of Jesus.  Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:50:57 GMT Increase in sexual assault cases worry St Vincent police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Increase-in-sexual-assault-cases-worry-St-Vincent-police KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – Police Commissioner Michael Charles says he is concerned over the increase in cases of sexual assault adding that the incident involving a 13-year-old girl last weekend is especially troubling. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:42:23 GMT