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 US pathologist concerned about deaths in police custody http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-pathologist-concerned-about-deaths-in-police-custody_17458286 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Internationally renowned pathologist Dr Michael Baden says that he is concerned about the death of people in police custody. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Tivoli claims mount http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tivoli-claims-mount THE Office of the Public Defender (OPD) said yesterday that it will refer claims for damages suffered by residents of West Kingston during the May 2010 police/military operation to the Attorney General by month end as the start of the enquiry into the operation approaches. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:34:34 GMT Parents protest against price of lunch at St James school http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Parents-protest-against-price-of-lunch-at-St-James-school_17458155 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Scores of irate parents of students who attend the Barracks Road Primary School in Montego Bay yesterday demonstrated on the school compound over the high price of items sold by the canteen. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Tourism ministry donates bikes to Negril police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tourism-ministry-donates-bikes-to-Negril-police-_17455370 Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has donated three new Yamaha motorcycles to the Negril Police Station in Westmoreland. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Pit latrines to go at Brae’s River Primary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Pit-latrines-to-go-at-Brae-s-River-Primary_17457027 NORTH Eastern St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Raymond Pryce said pit latrines at Brae's River Primary will soon be replaced even as he asked students, parents and teachers for patience ahead of the start of the project. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT 43 treated at hospital after inhaling chlorine in Morant Bay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/43-treated-at-hospital-after-inhaling-chlorine-in-Morant-Bay_17458041 SOME 43 people were yesterday treated at the Princess Margaret Hospital after inhaling gas from a chlorine spill on Church Street in Morant Bay, St Thomas. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Acting public defender says office now more proactive http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Acting-public-defender-says-office-now-more-proactive_17456392 ACTING Public Defender Matondo Mukulu says professionalism and a commitment to their role are the order of the day among staff at the Office of the Public Defender, as his office takes a proactive approach to not only correcting State entities, but also to highlight where improvements can be made to the country's laws. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Courts gives $6 million in scholarships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Courts-gives--6-million-in-scholarships FIFTY-FIVE students, who will be attending secondary and tertiary institutions beginning this month, have been awarded scholarships by Courts Jamaica valued at more than $6 million. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:39:53 GMT ‘Just have one booklist for all schools’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Just-have-one-booklist-for-all-schools- JAMAICA Observer online readers have weighed in on a report of a collusion between teachers and players in the book retail industry to pad booklists. According to the Sunday Observer probe, teachers are including unnecessary items on the booklists, so stores can make additional sales, and the teachers in return get a percentage of the proceeds. Here are some edited comments: Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:47:06 GMT In the pink http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/In-the-pink_17458185 Looking pretty in their pink uniforms, these girls flashed a smile in the direction of our cameraman as they headed out to school yesterday on the official start of the new school year. The two were seen on Seaward Drive in St Andrew. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT This Day in History-September 2, 2014 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/This-Day-in-History-September-2--2014_17458112 TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT General News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Fidel-Castro-compares-NATO-to-Nazis--lashes-out-at-US_17457389 HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe yesterday, accusing them of warmongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS. International Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Police begin wearing cameras in US protest town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-begin-wearing-cameras-in-US-protest-town WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Police in the US town of Ferguson, roiled by protests after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, are now wearing body cameras in a bid to calm local anger, a news report said. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:40:26 GMT Paris building explosion toll rises to eight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Paris-building-explosion-toll-rises-to-eight_17457397 ROSNY-SOUS-BOIS, Paris (AFP) — The death toll from an explosion in an apartment building outside Paris rose to eight yesterday, including three children, as a desperate search for survivors proved almost fruitless. International Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Lesotho PM heading home after 'coup' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Lesotho-PM-heading-home-after--coup-_17457369 MASERU, Lesotho (AFP) — Lesotho's exiled prime minister is heading home, an aide told AFP yesterday, as regional mediators sought to reinstall him to power days after an apparent coup. International Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Mexico sees massive fish die-off at lake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Mexico-sees-massive-fish-die-off-at-lake_17457352 MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities say a mass die-off of fish at a lake in western Mexico was not due to natural causes, but the causes are still being investigated and one research said that low water levels could have been responsible. International Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Caribbean local govt ministers meet in The Bahamas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Caribbean-local-govt-ministers-meet-in-The-Bahamas-_17457074 NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC - Local government ministers from the Caribbean met over the weekend to finalise the agreement of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM). Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Analysis: Game of EU thrones nears finale http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Analysis--Game-of-EU-thrones-nears-finale_17455431 BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — The EU's "game of thrones" is nearing an end after the naming of a new president and diplomatic chief, with the rest of the incoming Brussels regime set to be decided in coming weeks. General News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Bahamas regains control of telecoms company http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bahamas-regains-control-of-telecoms-company_17457112 NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — Government has regained control of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC). Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Kiev warns of ‘great war’ with Russia as its forces retreat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Kiev-warns-of--great-war--with-Russia-as-its-forces-retreat KIEV, Ukraine (AFP) — Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents yesterday as the Government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a "great war" that could claim tens of thousands of lives. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:46:25 GMT Four killed in Chinese school stabbing spree http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Four-killed-in-Chinese-school-stabbing-spree BEIJING, China (AFP) — A man stabbed three children and a teacher to death and wounded several others yesterday in a rampage at a Chinese primary school that refused to enrol his daughter, state media said. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:30:58 GMT West Indian Day Parade, http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/West-Indian-Day New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) and his children, Dante and Chiara (second left), and wife, Chirlane McCray, do the "Smackdown" dance move as they Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:29:29 GMT HOT ICELAND http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/HOT-ICELAND_17457663 Smoke rises from the lava eruption on Holuhraun, north-west of the Dyngjujoekull glacier in Iceland, yesterday, as a man stand near the flow (INSET). Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland's subglacial Bardarbunga volcano Sunday, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding airspace. The warning was lowered 12 hours later as visibility improved and it was clear that no volcanic ash was detected. (PHOTOS: AP) International Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT US urges Israel to reverse Palestinian land-grab plan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-urges-Israel-to-reverse-Palestinian-land-grab-plan_17457606 WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Israel faced increasing pressure yesterday, including from the United States, after saying it plans to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank. International Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chilly end for sex geckos sent into space by Russia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Chilly-end-for-sex-geckos-sent-into-space-by-Russia-_17457388 MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Five geckos sent into orbit to test the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives have all died, the Russian space agency said yesterday. International Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT