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 Taking no chances http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Taking-no-chances_78671 THE Ministry of Health says it has stocked up on influenza vaccines as a precautionary measure against the spread of the influenza virus as the flu season, which runs until March. Health & Fitness Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Angry JC students urged to pray after schoolmate killed on bus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Angry-JC-students-urged-to-pray-after-schoolmate-killed-on-bus_78654 ANGER and grief gripped Jamaica College in St Andrew yesterday as students grappled with the death of one of their schoolmates late Wednesday at the hands of a savage, knife-wielding robber. Local News Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: TSO bargains http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/TSO-bargains_78693 Hundreds of people yesterday grabbed bargains in stores across the island in the Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out (TSO) five-hour shopping spree, which began officially at 5:00 pm. Some retailers, however, started to offer discounted prices to shoppers from as early as 8:00 am, while others opened beyond the official 10:00 pm cut-off time. Some retailers who participated in the annual shopping event will hold their discounted prices until the weekend. Here, shoppers look for bargains at Lee’s Fifth Avenue in Tropical Plaza, St Andrew. (Photo: Joseph Wellington) Local News Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Gov’t appoints church leaders to West Kingston Compensation Committee http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-appoints-church-leaders-to-West-Kingston-Compensation-Committee_78688 THE Ministry of Justice announced yesterday two more people have been appointed to the committee to determine the level of compensation for victims of the May 2010 security forces’ operation in West Kingston. Local News Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Jamaicans urged to take active part in Science and Technology Month http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaicans-urged-to-take-active-part--in-Science-and-Technology-Month_78526 JAMAICANS were yesterday encouraged to take an active part in the celebration of Science and Technology Month in November, in order to better understand and appreciate the value of scientific research, innovation, and technology in the development of the country. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Senior cops blame INDECOM boss for stand-off with police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Under-fire-Senior-cops-blame-INDECOM-boss-for-stand-off-with-police--------_78523 DEPUTY Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds yesterday blamed much of the long-standing tension between the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) on Commissioner Terrence Williams. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica now ready for timeshare market, says Bartlett http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-now-ready-for-timeshare-market--says-Bartlett_78515 FLORIDA, USA — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett declared yesterday that Jamaica is ready to conduct business in the lucrative timeshare industry, one of the fasting-growing sectors in the world hospitality trade, which boasted global sales of US$19.6 billion last year. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT ATL gears up for shopping’s biggest night http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ATL-gears-up-for-shopping-s-biggest-night-_78513 Appliance Traders Limited’s Kamala McLeish shares an ATL Style 48 TSO brochure with a motorist on Half-Way-Tree Road ahead of what the appliance and parts retailer announced as its biggest sale event of the year – the Jamaica Observer’s Take Style Out scheduled for today. ATL, which has been providing solutions for Jamaican homes and businesses for nearly half-a-century will, as part of the island’s premier night of shopping, offer in-store giveaways, sweet treats and deals including zero down or no interest on purchases. ATL will contine the sale into the weekend. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT They thought the groom was a woman! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/They-thought-the-groom-was-a-woman-_784592016-10-27T00-37-26 NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – Bahamian authorities are denying media reports that “a same-sex marriage” occurred in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country over the last weekend. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Street Scenes – October 27 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Street-Scenes---October-27_78254  Spot Check Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Presidential selfie http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Presidential-selfie_78510 Sagicor President & CEO Richard Byles shares the stage for a selfie with guild and student body presidents of all universities across Jamaica during Sagicor’s inaugural. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Molynes Road crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Molynes-Road-crash_78545 A pedestrian and two drivers — a man and a woman — were injured yesterday when this motor vehicle and another (not in photo) collided on Molynes Road in St Andrew, yesterday. The pedestrian was standing on the side of the road when she was hit by one of the vehicles. (Photo: Llewellyn Wynter) Local Auto Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT US abstains on UN resolution to end trade embargo against Cuba http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-abstains-on-UN-resolution-to-end-trade-embargo-against-Cuba_78540 UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — The United States yesterday abstained from a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) vote on a resolution calling for an end to the decade’s old trade embargo it has imposed on Cuba, a move being regarded as an improvement in relations between the two countries. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Correction http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Correction_78477  The Business Observer on Wednesday carried a story on CAC 2000, which gave an inflated figure for the amount that CAC 2000 must pay to X-ray Diagnostics resulting from its recent court case. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT JIS Heritage Competition targets students http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JIS-Heritage-Competition-targets-students_78495 The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is urging students to complete their entries for the Heritage Competition and submit them online before the deadline of November 6. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT More people urged to use Stay Alert app http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/More-people-urged-to-use-Stay-Alert-app_78455 HEAD of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, is encouraging more people to download and make use of the crime-fighting and safety software application ‘ Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Farmers told to be vigilant in dealing with cocoa plant disease http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Farmers-told-to-be-vigilant-in-dealing-with-cocoa-plant-disease_78454 ­THE Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is advising farmers affected by the Frosty Pod Rot disease to exercise vigilance when disposing of cocoa pods. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT JSIF urged to find new approaches to meet social needs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JSIF-urged-to-find-new-approaches-to-meet-social-needs_78453 MINISTER without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Derrick Smith, has challenged the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to adopt new approaches to social development to meet the changing needs of the community. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT This Day in History — October 27 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/This-Day-in-History---October-27_78274 Today is the 301st day of 2016. There are 65 days left in the year. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Young farmers get full-time employment from Red Stripe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Young-farmers-get-full-time-employment-from-Red-Stripe_78296 THIRTY-TWO young farmers from Clarendon who were recently trained by the HEART Trust/NTA under Project Grow, Red Stripe’s local raw materials initiative, have been given full-time jobs at the beer company’s Spring Plain cassava farm in the same parish. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Manchester MP calls for improvement in water systems http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Manchester-MP-calls-for-improvement-in-water-systems_78306 MEMBER of Parliament for Manchester Southern Michael Stewart has suggested that improving the constituency’s water supply systems will assist with the delivery of potable water to more homes and businesses. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gov't creating supportive framework for science and technology http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-creating-supportive-framework-for-science-and-technology KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The government plans on putting policies, laws and regulations in place to foster the development of the local science and technology sector. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:00:33 GMT Proper corporate governance framework vital – PSOJ head http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Proper-corporate-governance-framework-vital---PSOJ-head KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), Dennis Chung, says a proper corporate governance framework will be critical in eliminating the potential for waste and corruption in the public sector. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:45:22 GMT House approves motion for lifting of Cuban embargo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/House-approves-motion-for-lifting-of-Cuban-embargo KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The House of Representatives has unanimously approved a motion calling for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba by the United States. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:26:48 GMT Trump takes issue with Clinton's criticism of Putin http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trump-takes-issue-with-Clinton-s-criticism-of-Putin OHIO, United States (AP) — Donald Trump on Thursday criticized rival Hillary Clinton for being too tough on Vladimir Putin, once again raising eyebrows about the Republican candidate's relationship with the Russian president. Local News Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:00:11 GMT