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 No significant impact of chikungunya on blood supply, says ministry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/No-significant-impact-of-chikungunya-on-blood-supply--says-ministry_17648459 AMIDST an uphill struggle to meet the yearly target of 55,000 units of blood to adequately meet the country's needs, concerns have been raised about the possible effects of the rapidly spreading chikungunya virus on the country's blood supply. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chinese gov’t gives computers to IBI, Rio Cobre correctional centre http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Chinese-gov-t-gives-computers-to-IBI--Rio-Cobre-correctional-centre_17649202 THE I Believe Initiative (IBI) WIFI Centres and the Rio Cobre Correctional Centre in St Catherine yesterday received a donation of 10 computers and two tablets from the Chinese Government. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT PM: Tablets not for posting on Youtube http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM--Tablets-not-for-posting-on-Youtube-_17649259 PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller has cautioned students against using the tablet computers, provided to them by the Government, to post on YouTube and other social media sites. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT 'Walk for the Cure' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Walk-for-the-Cure-_17649055 CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank will host its third annual lapathon 'Walk for the Cure' on Sunday. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Mother of J’can killed in T’dad wants answers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Mother-of-J-can-killed-in-T-dad-wants-answers_17642439 THE mother of Jamaican actor Tremaine Thomas, who was shot dead in a volatile community in Port of Spain, Trinidad, last Thursday night, is demanding the truth about his killing. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Holness on two-week visit to UK http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Holness-on-two-week-visit-to-UK_17649269 OPPOSITION leader the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Andrew Holness is currently in England on a two-week visit during which he is expected to visit Jamaican communities and attend this week's annual conference of the British Conservative Party. General News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT New police chief moves to improve relations with citizens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/New-police-chief-moves-to-improve-relations-with-citizens_17649204 NEWLY appointed Commissioner of Police D Carl Williams says he will be increasing efforts to improve relations between the police and citizens in a bid to fight crime. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT ‘Once again the voters have been let down’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Once-again-the-voters-have-been-let-down-_17647378 HEALTH Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson is facing severe criticisms from Jamaica Observer online readers over his national broadcast concerning the Chikunguna epidemic. In his address Sunday night, Ferguson appealed to the nation to help combat the rapidly spreading virus, which causes severe pains and high fever and in some cases, itchy rashes. But readers believe the health minister is too reactionary andthat the address is way late. Here are edited versions of how some readers reacted to the Observer story, published yesterday, on the minister's address: Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT JLP senator quits job at LIME, goes into private practice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JLP-senator-quits-job-at-LIME--goes-into-private-practice_17648109 OPPOSITION Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith has resigned her job as company secretary at LIME to enter private practice as an attorney-at-law. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Fire razes 'Downtown' building http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Fire-razes-Downtown--building-_17649233 FIRE yesterday razed a building that houses a wholesale on Princess Street in downtown Kingston. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT State minister hails Caricom consumer protection system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/State-minister-hails-Caricom-consumer-protection-system-_17649371 MINISTER of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams says that the Caribbean Community's (Caricom) online consumer-protection warning system has the potential to foster development of regional economies, while protecting consumers from unsafe goods. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Child obesity, blood safety and mental health among major topics at PAHO confab http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Child-obesity--blood-safety-and-mental-health-among-major-topics-at-PAHO-confab_17648202 WASHINGTON, DC, USA — High-level health officials from throughout the Americas yesterday called for collective action by the region's countries to expand affordable access to health care and to address other hemispheric health challenges. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Bloody weekend in Trinidad http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bloody-weekend-in-Trinidad_17648609 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — One person was decapitated and two others were shot as Trinidad and Tobago recorded yet another bloody weekend in its history. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT MIIC: Bankruptcy Act to be tabled today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/MIIC--Bankruptcy-Act-to-be-tabled-today_17616053 THE Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce says that the new Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill will be tabled at today's sitting of the House of Representatives. General News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Street Scenes — September 30th http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Street-Scenes---September-30th_17647715 WATER HUNT Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT NLA wins Reuters public sector award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NLA-wins-Reuters-public-sector-award_17607966 THE National Land Agency (NLA) was awarded the Thomson Reuters Public Sector Award for Excellence in Public Sector Business Transformation Process. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT IDB, EU, Spain team up to help C'bbean push renewables http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/IDB--EU--Spain-team-up-to-help-C-bbean-push-renewables_17648103 NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — The Inter America Development Bank (IDB) says it is prepared to work with donor organisations and countries to avoid duplication of projects as the Caribbean seeks to reinforce collaboration in the field of renewable energy. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Pig farmers urged to protect animals against deadly PEDv http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Pig-farmers-urged-to-protect-animals-against-deadly-PEDv_17647978 LOCAL farmers are being urged to safeguard their pigs against the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDv) by President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jamaica Broilers Group, Chris Levy. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Husband, wife die in early morning blaze http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Husband--wife-die-in-early-morning-blaze_17620554 PARAMARIBO, Suriname (CMC) — A 51-year-old man and wife were killed last week after burglar bars on the windows prevented them from escaping a fire that ravaged their house in the capital, fire officials have said. Local News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT California passes first US 'Yes means Yes' sex consent law http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/California-passes-first-US--Yes-means-Yes--sex-consent-law_17648309 LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — California colleges welcomed, yesterday, a new law requiring so-called affirmative consent for partners having sex on campus — dubbed a "Yes means Yes" law -- in what is thought to be a national first. International Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT This Day in History - September 30th http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/This-Day-in-History---September-30th_17648479 Today is the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year. General News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Human-caused global warming blamed for some heat waves http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Human-caused-global-warming-blamed-for-some-heat-waves_17648272 WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Heat waves last year in Asia, Europe and Australia were influenced by human-caused climate change, but not all extreme weather events could be linked to global warming, scientists said yesterday. International Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Hotel Hostage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/HOTEL-HOSTAGE_17648204 BRASILIA, Brazil — An unidentified man, holding what appears to be a gun, parades a handcuffed hostage wearing what appears to be an explosive vest, on the 13th floor balcony of the Saint Peter Hotel, in Brasilia, Brazil, yesterday. Firefighters and police have cordoned off the area and about 300 guests and other employees left the hotel, some reportedly told to leave by the same man carrying out the attack. Police didn't confirm whether there were actually explosives in the garment. (PHOTO: AP) International Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT NO NETANYAHU! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NO-NETANYAHU-_17648338 UNITED NATIONS, United States — Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, yesterday. International Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT 13 killed in Ukraine fighting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/13-killed-in-Ukraine-fighting_17648128 KIEV, Ukraine (AFP) — Thirteen soldiers and civilians have died in Ukraine, officials said yesterday, in the deadliest surge of violence since the Government and pro-Russian insurgents struck a shaky truce in their five-month conflict. International Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT