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 GSAT students in State care recognised by CDA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/GSAT-students-in-State-care-recognised-by-CDA_19226923 The Child Development Agency (CDA) used its recently held National Children Summit to host a special recognition and preparation session for some 100 children in State care who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and are now moving on to high school. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Sick health system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Sick-health-system_19226990 THE Ministry of Health yesterday released the main findings of its audit of conditions in the public health care system across the island, but revealed nothing which has not been repeatedly ventilated and brought to public attention in the press, particularly over the past several months. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT $28-m rehabilitation for Forum Bridge in Portmore http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/28-m-rehabilitation-for-Forum-Bridge-in-Portmore_19226972 TRAFFIC changes will, as of next week, be made along the Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St Catherine, as rehabilitation work starts on the Forum bridge. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Police suspect extortion behind Mandeville double murder http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-suspect-extortion-behind-Mandeville-double-murder_19226915 MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- The Manchester police are probing reports of extortion in the Mandeville bus park following a shooting on Tuesday night which left two men dead. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Public sector wage settlement an insult - Shaw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Public-sector-wage-settlement-an-insult---Shaw_19226879 OPPOSITION Spokesman on Finance and Planning Audley Shaw says the "celebrated" wage settlement for public sector workers is an insult to the hard-working employees. General News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT EOJ to be election-ready by September http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/EOJ-to-be-election-ready-by-September_19226898 DIRECTOR of Elections Orette Fisher said his office will be election-ready by the end of September. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:00:00 GMT National Journalism Awards to recognise bloggers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/National-Journalism-Awards-to-recognise-bloggers_19226928 THE Press Association of Jamaica's (PAJ) National Journalism Awards will this year, for the first time, recognise the work of bloggers, with one new award, and the opening up of an existing award. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Catch of the day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Photo--Catch-of-the-day_19227035 A boy holds on to a fish while ensuring that his other catch from a canal in Ellerslie Pen, Spanish Town, St Catherine, remains in the net. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Shaw wants audit of Southern Waste Management Ltd http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Shaw-wants-audit-of-Southern-Waste-Management-Ltd_19226929 OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, wants the Auditor General's Department to audit the Government-owned SPM Waste Management Limited, formerly Southern Parks and Markets. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Holness to engage Diaspora next month http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Holness-to-engage-Diaspora-next-month_19226914 NEW YORK, United States - Opposition and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness, is to engage the Jamaican Diaspora here in a series of meetings aimed at outlining his party's vision for moving Jamaica from poverty to prosperity. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:00:00 GMT Take message of resilience and unity from World Championships - GG http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Take-message-of-resilience-and-unity-from-World-Championships---GG_19226869 Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen says Jamaicans can show their appreciation for our athletes by taking the message of resilience and unity which their performance at the recently concluded IAAF World Athletics Championships symbolises. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Law strengthened to fight illicit narcotics trade http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Law-strengthened-to-fight-illicit-narcotics-trade KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s fight against the illicit narcotics trade, particularly across international waters, is expected to be significantly strengthened through an amendment to the Maritime Drug Trafficking Suppression Act. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:10:44 GMT UPDATE: 'Zeeks' son under police guard at hospital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UPDATE---Zeeks--son-under-police-guard-at-hospital KINGSTON, Jamaica — Renardo Phipps, the son of former Matthews Lane don Donald ‘Zeeks’ Phipps, is now under police guard at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:59:07 GMT US under pressure to accept more Syrian refugees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-under-pressure-to-accept-more-Syrian-refugees WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — As the world watches drowned refugees wash up on Europe's beaches, the United States is also under pressure to do more to help the desperate victims of Syria's civil war. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:29:34 GMT Water-borne illnesses under control — Health Ministry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Water-borne-illnesses-under-control---Health-Ministry KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Ministry of Health is reporting that there has been no outbreak of water-borne illnesses, particularly gastroenteritis, for this year up to the month of August. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:48:31 GMT 'Zeeks' son shot downtown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Zeeks--son-shot-downtown KINGSTON, Jamaica — Heavy tension hangs over downtown Kingston as reports emerged that the son of former Matthews Lane don Donald ‘Zeeks’ Phipps was shot a short while ago. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:30:18 GMT JUTC extends special summer fare http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JUTC-extends-special-summer-fare KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it has extended its special summer fare for adult passengers. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:23:20 GMT Second MOCA cop charged in money-soliciting case  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Second-MOCA-cop-charged-in-money-soliciting-case KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two anti-corruption policemen implicated in soliciting money from a person involved in a corruption probe were today offered bail when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:38:51 GMT PHOTOS: Fraser-Pryce wins 100m Diamond League title in Zurich  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PHOTOS--Fraser-Pryce-wins-100m-Diamond-League-title-in-Zurich KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s sprint sensation Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claimed the Diamond League title with a 10.93 second run in Zurich, Switzerland today. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:51:21 GMT Regional economies remain fragile and uneven – IMF http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Regional-economies-remain-fragile-and-uneven---IMF BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – The Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Min Zhu, says while economic growth in the region continues to strengthen, it remains fragile and uneven. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:06:47 GMT Pastor killed in St Andrew identified as former gang leader’s brother  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Pastor-killed-in-St-Andrew-identified-as-former-gang-leader-s-brother KINGSTON, Jamaica – The religious leader who was last night shot dead by gunmen has been identified by police as the brother of former community don and gang leader, Joel Andem. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:27:20 GMT Strange man sleeps on police barracks, puts on police gear then seeks firearm  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Strange-man-sleeps-on-police-barracks--puts-on-police-gear-then-seeks-firearm KINGSTON, Jamaica – A man, people say is of unsound mind, allegedly sneaked onto the Hunts Bay Police Barracks in St Andrew recently, slept, then woke up and got dressed in police gear the following morning. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:22:38 GMT Five shot in St Elizabeth, two farmers dead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Five-shot-in-St-Elizabeth--two-farmers-dead SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth – The St Elizabeth police are reporting that two farmers were killed and three other people were injured when a lone gunman opened fire on a group playing dominoes at a shop in Bypass district, New Market, north west St Elizabeth late Wednesday. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:03:08 GMT J’can attempts to smuggle cocaine in bra, arrested at Fort Lauderdale airport http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/J-can-attempts-to-smuggle-cocaine-in-bra--arrested-at-Fort-Lauderdale-airport FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CMC) – A Jamaican woman was arrested at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for concealing 2.7 pounds of cocaine in her brassiere . Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:49:22 GMT Antigua to admit Dominica students to public schools http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Antigua-to-admit-Dominica-students-to-public-schools ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) –  Education Minister Michael Browne says students from Dominica who were in Antigua and Barbuda during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, will be permitted to attend schools here but with certain specifications. Local News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:32:58 GMT