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 There is no shortage of food, says minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/There-is-no-shortage-of-food--says-minister_17266924 ACTING Minister of Agriculture Derrick Kellier says there is no shortage of food on the island, despite the drought the country has been facing over the last couple of months. General News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gov't announces new public procurement policy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-announces-new-public-procurement-policy_17267243 THE Government yesterday tabled a bill to streamline and transform the present public procurement regime, including its legal and regulatory framework. General News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Central Village Health Centre to be upgraded http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Central-Village-Health-Centre-to-be-upgraded_17264327 Improvement work is to be undertaken at the Central Village Health Centre, in St Catherine. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT You are allowed to have multiple visas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/You-are-allowed-to-have-multiple-visas_17265404 Q: Can a person hold multiple visas? For example, if one is the holder of a B1/B2 visitor's visa and that person gets married to a US citizen and starts the filing process, would the US Embassy then cancel the visitor's visa during the immigration process? Or if someone has a visitor's visa and then applies for a student visa, will the visitor's visa be cancelled? Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTOS: Other Jamaicans competing at the Commonwealth Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Other-Jamaicans-competing-at-the-Commonwealth-Games-_17267066 1 - Jamaica's Richard Barnes blows a kiss and waves to adoring fans during the Cross Country Mountain Bike competition at the Commonwealth Games yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Missing children http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Missing-children-_17259421 NAME: Awayna Francis Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Resort areas, attractions to be transformed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Resort-areas--attractions-to-be-transformed_17264366 THE Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) is spearheading several projects geared towards the transformation and redevelopment of some of the island's resort areas and attractions. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Staff honoured for long service at Savanna-la-Mar Hospital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Staff-honoured-for-long-service-at-Savanna-la-Mar-Hospital-_17264370 Eight medical and non-medical employees of the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital in Westmoreland have been honoured for long service and leadership. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Marketable Canadian careers in finance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Is-my-career-area-marketable-in-Canada-_17265875 Hello Mr Brown: Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Getting there http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Getting-there-_17267131 Workmen employed to China Harbour Engineering put the finishing touches on the Mount Rosser leg of the North-South Highway. The more than 19-kilometre roadway is slated for opening on Tuesday, August 5, and will result in significant reduction of travel time for motorists. "The contractors are doing clean-up work, installing signs, and doing the final road markings," Managing Director of the National Road Operating and Construction Company Ivan Anderson said yesterday. Motorists will travel toll free for one month, from August 5 to September 5. The roadway, which extends from Linstead, St Catherine to Moneague in St Ann, is the first of the three legs of the North-South link of Highway 2000 to be completed. The other legs — Caymanas to Linstead, and Moneague to Ocho Rios — are scheduled to be completed by 2016. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Customs revamps programme to protect Ja borders, revenue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/s-launched-its-revamped-Aut_17264377 THE Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) has launched its revamped Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme aimed at protecting the country's borders and revenue. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT $600 pension http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-600-not-enough_17209151 HEADLEY Chambers is a broken man. General News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Two accused in high-profile fraud case denied bail http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Two-accused-in-high-profile-fraud-case-denied-bail_17267052 GEORGE Knight, the former National Works Agency projects manager and one of his four co-accused were yesterday denied bail when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on fraud-related charges. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gas price up 42 cents, diesel $1.58 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gas-price-up-42-cents--diesel--1-58 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see higher prices at the pumps tomorrow, July 31 with an increase in Petrojam’s ex-refinery costs. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:35:28 GMT FOREX: $112.79 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/FOREX---112-79-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica —The US dollar on Wednesday, July 30, ended trading at J$112.79 down four cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:12:07 GMT St Lucia seeking to develop alternative fuel from used tyres http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-Lucia-seeking-to-develop-alternative-fuel-from-used-tyres CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) – The St Lucia government says it is reviewing options to use used- tyres piled at the various landfills over the past eight years to generate fuel. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:21:56 GMT Kirani James wins Commonwealth 400m gold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Kirani-James-wins-Commonwealth-400m-gold KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Reigning Olympic champion and former world champion Grenada’s Kirani James added the Commonwealth 400 metre gold to his list of titles taking the event in a games record 44.24 seconds Wednesday in Glasgow. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:44:50 GMT US, EU leaders mull more sanctions on Russia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US--EU-leaders-mull-more-sanctions-on-Russia WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and European leaders say they're prepared to intensify sanctions against Russia unless it moves to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:14:30 GMT Montego Bay United appoints Spanish coach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Montego-Bay-United-appoints-Spanish-coach ST JAMES, Jamaica -- Spaniard Carlos Aitor Garcia Sanz has been appointed head coach of Premier league champions Montego Bay United for the upcoming season, the St James based club announced earlier today. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:44:20 GMT US authorities find dangerous caterpillar on soursop leaves in Jamaican’s luggage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-authorities-find-dangerous-caterpillar-on-soursop-leaves-in-Jamaican-s-luggage BALTIMORE, USA (CMC) -- The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has confirmed the discovery of a new agricultural pest after intercepting the Chrysauginae (Pyralidae) caterpillar in the luggage of an unidentified Jamaican visitor. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:23:01 GMT Westmoreland police name five ‘persons-of-interest’ in shooting death http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Westmoreland-police-name-five--persons-of-interest--in-shooting-death WESTMORELAND, Jamaica -- The Westmoreland police have listed five men as persons-of-interest in relation to the shooting up of a bar by rampaging gunmen in Hartford community Sunday night, which left 32-year-old farmer Horace ‘Sarge’ Brissett dead, and another man injured. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:54:59 GMT Suicide bomber hit students as school reopens in Nigeria http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Suicide-bomber-hit-students-as-school-reopens-in-Nigeria KANO, Nigeria (AFP) -- A suicide bomber targeted students at a technical college in Nigeria's second city of Kano on Wednesday as the campus reopened following a Muslim holiday, witnesses said. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:28:29 GMT Two UK journalists charged with phone hacking http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Two-UK-journalists-charged-with-phone-hacking LONDON (AP) -- British police have charged two former senior journalists at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid with conspiring to hack phones. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:14:03 GMT Police name Kemar Warsop as person-of-interest in murder of two St James children http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-name-Kemar-Warsop-as-person-of-interest-in-murder-of-two-St-James-children TRELAWNY, Jamaica -- The Trelawny police have released the name of a man as a person-of-interest in the murders of the two St James children, whose bodies were found in a pond in Trelawny earlier this month. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:28:20 GMT COMMONWEALTH GAMES - Weir, Livermore, Dywer move on in 200m http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/COMMONWEALTH-GAMES---Weir--Livermore--Dywer-move-on-in-200m GLASGOW, Scotland - Jamaicans Warren Weir, Jason Livermore and Rasheed Dwyer all advanced to the semi-fnals of the men's 200m at Hampden Park here earlier. Local News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:16:58 GMT