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 'Mediocre' schools a major challenge for education ministry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Mediocre--schools-a-major-challenge-for-education-ministry_17572483 THE latest report from the National Education Inspectorate (NEI), tabled in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, says that students attainment in English and mathematics surpassed the ministry's targets in only two per cent of the schools inspected up to March this year. General News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Downed elevator at Transport Centre hurting disabled http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/A-major-challenge_17557706 PHYSICALLY disabled students who use the Government-sponsored transport system in the Jamaican capital say they are experiencing major challenges accessing sections of the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre as a result of the absence of a working elevator. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT PNP confident it still has support of the masses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PNP-confident-it-still-has-support-of-the-masses_17568653 PEOPLE'S National Party (PNP) Chairman Robert Pickersgill says the party is convinced it still has the confidence of the Jamaican people, midway into its five-year term in office. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Psychiatric evaluation says accused in beating death of Mario Deane can stand trial http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Fit-to-plead-_17571778 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan — the two men charged with the controversial beating death of Mario Deane at the Barnett Street lock-up in early August — are fit to stand trial, the Jamaica Observer was told yesterday. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Customs Dept vows to go after duty evaders http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Customs-Dept-vows-to-go-after-duty-evaders_17572055 COMMISSIONER of Customs Major Richard Reese says the Customs Department will be ramping up its efforts to bring importers who attempt to rob the nation's coffers to book. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Save-the-dollar initiative made 'Butch' Stewart the darling of the media, the sidewalks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Save-the-dollar-initiative-made--Butch--Stewart-the-darling-of-the-media--the-sidewalks_17572143 THE Butch Stewart Initiative (BSI), which galvanised massive national support among the people and revalued the Jamaican dollar in 1992, will be especially remembered for winning over the usually sceptical news media. General News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jamaica names new envoys to Canada, South Africa and T&T http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-names-new-envoys-to-Canada--South-Africa-and-T-T_17569580 FOREIGN Minister A J Nicholson yesterday announced the appointment of new high commissioners-designate to Canada, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT LIME employees rise to CEO's challenge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/LIME-employees-rise-to-CEO-s-challenge-_17568725 WHEN LIME CEO Garfield Sinclair challenged employees to come up with an innovative idea to reduce the telecoms firm's utility expenses, little did he know he would have been richly presented with a wide array of recommendations. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Vybz Kartel's attorney seeks adjournment of conspiracy case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Vybz-Kartel-s-attorney-seeks-adjournment-of-conspiracy-case_17551056 DEFENCE attorneys representing con-victed entertainer Vybz Kartel in the attempting to pervert the course of justice case are to make an application in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on September 22 seeking an adjournment of the trial scheduled for October 27. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Thwaites unhappy with protestors over Tivoli Gardens High uniform length http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Thwaites-unhappy-with-protestors-over-Tivoli-Gardens-High-uniform-length_17559135 EDUCATION Minister Ronnie Thwaites has expressed disappointment over Wednesday's protest by a group of female students from the Tivoli Gardens High School who staged a protest in front of his ministry's Heroes' Circle headquarters. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT JPs urged to play active role in Jamaica's transformation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JPs-urged-to-play-active-role-in-Jamaica-s-transformation_17568792 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has called on justices of the peace (JPs) to play a more active role in the transformation of Jamaica. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT JLP comes down hard on Ferguson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JLP-comes-down-hard-on-Ferguson_17557261 GENERAL Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party Dr Horace Chang has asked the Cabinet to look into the management of the health sector by Dr Fenton Ferguson, claiming that the minister was failing to provide proper leadership at the Ministry of Health. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: LITTLE MUNCHKINS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/LITTLE-MUNCHKINS_17572760 These four girls are seen heading home in Yallahs, St Thomas, yesterday after a long day at school. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Three courtrooms now open in former NCB building http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Three-courtrooms-now-open-in-former-NCB-building_17558042 THREE new courtrooms were on Tuesday opened in the former NCB building on King Street as part of the expansion of the adjoining Supreme Court building. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Perception of political bias hurting civil society groups — Tufton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Perception-of-political-bias-hurting-civil-society-groups---Tufton_17558995 CO-EXECUTIVE director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) Dr Chris Tufton says critical areas of Jamaica's civil society and professional organisations risked losing reliability in public policy discourse due to perceptions of political bias. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT No Ebola case in Trinidad, Health Ministry says after man shows symptoms http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/No-Ebola-case-in-Trinidad--Health-Ministry-says-after-man-shows-symptoms PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Trinidad and Tobago government says that there are “no suspected or confirmed cases” of the Ebola virus in the country. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:39:54 GMT PNP national executive member returns to court today on fraud charge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PNP-national-executive-member-returns-to-court-today-on-fraud-charge KINGSTON, Jamaica – People’s National Party (PNP) member Donovan Bisasor and a co-accused arrested last month for fraud, will again appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today.   Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:28:31 GMT Winners and losers in Scotland’s Independence referendum http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Winners-and-losers-in-Scotland-s-Independence-referendum LONDON (AP) — Who won and who lost in Scotland's independence referendum? Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:19:31 GMT Guinea: 8 people killed on Ebola awareness trip http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Guinea--8-people-killed-on-Ebola-awareness-trip CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The team of health officials accompanied by journalists came to the village to educate people about how to avoid contracting Ebola. Instead, a group of local residents turned on their would-be benefactors, attacking them with knives and rocks and killing eight of them, witnesses say. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:14:51 GMT Kingston man charged for fraud in sale of minibus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Kingston-man-charged-for-fraud-in-sale-of-minibus KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police yesterday (Thursday, September 18) arrested and charged a man after he allegedly collected money for the sale of a motor vehicle but failed to hand it over to the purchaser. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:46:26 GMT No ebola case in The Bahamas, officials insist http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/No-ebola-case-in-The-Bahamas-officials-insist NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – Health Minister Perry Gomez has dismissed as “bogus” a report that a confirmed case of the Ebola virus, which has killed thousands of people in Africa, has been confirmed in the Bahamas after an European national died here last week. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:32:46 GMT Burger King Japan serves up black burger http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Burger-King-Japan-serves-up-black-burger TOKYO (AP) — The first Kuro, or black, burger had a signature black bun and sauce. Last year's edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Now Burger King Japan is going black on black. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:21:40 GMT ChikV scare forcing Grenada to fine residents for mosquito breeding sites http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ChikV-scare-forcing-Grenada-to-fine-residents-for-mosquito-breeding-sites ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC)  – Grenadian authorities are considering the re-introduction of Mosquito Destruction Act of 1952 to deal with the breeding of mosquitoes in light of a significant number of people suffering from the Chikunguyna virus. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:02:54 GMT UPDATE: York Castle in mourning, 13-y-o student dies in crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UPDATE--York-Castle-in-mourning--13-y-o-student-dies-in-crash KINGSTON, Jamaica – The York Castle High School fraternity is in mourning this morning after student Derecca Campbell of Duanvale, Trelawny died Thursday evening as a result of injuries she sustained in a motor vehicle crash along the Retreat main road in St Ann. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:53:37 GMT JUTC tackling smoking buses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JUTC-tackling-smoking-buses KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it is working on curbing the smoking of its buses in public. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:18:47 GMT