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 Education minister says Opposition less than credible http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Education-minister-says-Opposition-less-than-credible_68775 EDUCATION Minister Senator Ruel Reid has hit back at the Opposition for what he says are its disingenuous and “less than credible” calls for teachers who were previously employed in the pre-primary school system under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) to be given back their jobs. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT A Mark against Colin http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/A-Mark-against-Colin-Golding-slaps-Campbell-over-PJ-bashing_68768 Candidate for chairman of the People’s National Party’s (PNP) St Andrew Southern constituency organisation, Mark Golding, wants his challenger, Colin Campbell, to refrain from making statements critical of former Prime Minister PJ Patterson. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Make me PNP president, Blythe appeals to delegates http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Make-me-PNP-president--Blythe-appeals-to-delegates_68803 Dr Karl Blythe yesterday appealed to People’s National Party (PNP) delegates to elect him president of the Opposition party, saying that his challenge to Portia Simpson Miller was aimed at protecting democracy within the party and creating an atmosphere for renewal in the political movement that will mark its 78th anniversary at September’s annual conference. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Ardenne Prep drummers win big in int’l contest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ardenne-Prep-drummers-win-big-in-int-l-contest_68805 THE 10-member Ardenne Preparatory and Extension High School’s Lightning Drummers topped the Junior Instrumental category at the World Championships of the Performing Arts held recently in Long Beach, California. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Oaklands murder accused says he was shocked at ex-girlfriend’s death http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Oaklands-murder-accused-says-he-was-shocked-at-ex-girlfriend-s-death_68804 KINGSTON businessman Steven Causewell yesterday told jurors in the Home Circuit Court repeatedly that he did not kill his ex-girlfriend, Nordia Mitchell, and that he is very sorry she is gone. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Delano Franklyn: A costly journey to death’s door and back http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Delano-Franklyn--A-costly-journey-to-death-s-door-and-back-_68778 On his back in a hospital bed, in a state of near paralysis, Delano Franklyn, the former chief of staff for Prime Minister P J Patterson, gives a chilling account of his near-death experience when the marauding Zika virus opened the door to a little known but deadly disease. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Tourism a key part of Ja’s growth strategy — Holness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tourism-a-key-part-of-Ja-s-growth-strategy---Holness_68800 Prime MinisterAndrew Holness has assured local and international tourism investors of the government’s support for the continued development of the sector. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Cabinet approves sale of land for resort project in Rose Hall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cabinet-approves-sale-of-land-for-resort-project-in-Rose-Hall-------_68661 Cabinet has approved the sale of 96 acres of land at Success Estate in Rose Hall, St James, to Celebration Jamaica Development Limited for US$40.1 million for an integrated resort development project. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT May Pen Police appeal for assistance to recover stolen electronics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/May-Pen-Police-appeal-for-assistance-to-recover-stolen-electronics_68662 The May Pen Police are appealing to members of the public to be on the alert for people selling electronics at discounted prices following a break-in at the local branch of a popular retail store, last Sunday. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Bunting’s divine intervention rubbing off here? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bunting-s-divine-intervention-rubbing-off-here_68763 JAMAICA Observer online readers have largely concluded that Sunday’s planned Jamaica Pray initiative will have little impact on the country’s crime problem. Here’s how the readers reacted to a call from the organisers for the public’s support in praying for the nation: Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT New species of scorpionfish found in Caribbean Sea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/New-species-of-scorpionfish-found-in-C---bean-Sea-------_68706 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Scientists have discovered a new species of the vibrantly coloured scorpionfish in the Caribbean Sea. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Businesswoman, sales rep charged over large cash transaction http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Businesswoman--sales-rep-charged-over-large-cash-transaction-_68663 A businesswoman who bought a car for $1.4 million cash and the sales representative who closed the deal were arrested and charged by the Westmoreland Proactive Investigations Unit, last week. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gov’t to step up protection of territorial waters from poachers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-to-step-up-protection-of-territorial-waters-from-poachers_68672 PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says the Government intends to do more to safeguard the country’s territorial waters against poaching. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Industrial zone to be established in St Elizabeth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Industrial-zone-to-be-established-in-St-Elizabeth KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Jamaica is poised to benefit from the development of an industrial zone in St Elizabeth by Chinese firm, Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCo), at a cost of more than US$2 billion. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:40:50 GMT New cyber attack hits US Democratic Party http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/New-cyber-attack-hits-US-Democratic-Party WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Democratic Party officials said Friday they have been targeted by a fresh cyber attack, similar to a breach at the Democratic National Committee that resulted in an embarrassing leak of party emails. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:25:06 GMT Thunderstorms expected in central, western parishes — Met Service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/WEATHER-UPDATE--Thunderstorms-expected-in-central--western-parishes KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica says widely scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected mainly across central and western parishes, while there should be windy conditions mainly along southern coastal areas this afternoon. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:11:37 GMT McKenzie promises improvement at fire-damaged Old Harbour market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/McKenzie-promises-improvement-at-fire-damaged-Old-Harbour-market ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — Minister of Local Government and Development Desmond McKenzie has assured displaced vendors at the Old Harbour Market that the parish council will be examining ways to make them more comfortable in the coming weeks. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:37:38 GMT US ties four Zika cases in Florida to local mosquitoes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-ties-four-Zika-cases-in-Florida-to-local-mosquitoes MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Four cases of Zika virus in Florida are likely the first to be transmitted locally by mosquitoes in the United States, officials said Friday, marking a new phase in the fast-growing pandemic. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:40:21 GMT Save the Children-supported maternity hospital bombed in north Syria http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Save-the-Children-supported-maternity-hospital-bombed-in-north-Syria BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — A maternity hospital supported by Save the Children was bombed Friday in Idlib province of northwest Syria, causing casualties and heavy damage, the Britain-based charity said. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:50:41 GMT PHOTO: Strengthening French-Jamaican ties http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Strengthening-French-Jamaican-ties_68724 Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: The beauties and the PM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/The-beauties-and-the-PM_68779 National Farm Queen 2016 contestants had a busy day yesterday meeting with Tina Hamilton, brand manager for Nutramix, title sponsor of Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Gov't says second staging of ‘Christmas in July’ trade exhibition successful http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-says-second-staging-of--Christmas-in-July--trade-exhibition-successful KINGSTON, Jamaica — The second staging of the ‘Christmas in July’ trade exhibition was a 'major success' according to the Ministry of Tourism. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:25:43 GMT Chinese Olympic-goers victims of 'frequent' theft in Rio http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Chinese-Olympic-goers-victims-of--frequent--theft-in-Rio BEIJING, China (AFP) — Chinese Olympic-goers have been victims of "frequent" theft in Brazil, China's foreign ministry said Friday in a warning to its citizens abroad to take greater safety precautions ahead of the Rio Games. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:00:51 GMT No significant gender budgeting initiatives in the Caribbean: study http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/No-significant-gender-budgeting-initiatives-in-the-Caribbean--study WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — A new study has found that there have been no significant gender budgeting initiatives in the Caribbean to date, and at best various pilots and/or training in gender budgeting have taken place at different periods. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:50:45 GMT Village set up for youth in agriculture at Denbigh 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Village-set-up-for-youth-in-agriculture-at-Denbigh-2016 The village, themed ‘My Dream: Agripreneurship’, is an added feature at this year’s show, which will be held on the Denbigh Showgrounds in May Pen, Clarendon, from July 30 to August 1. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:15:48 GMT