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 Young Sujae Boswell recognised for work among youth in Norwood http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Young-Sujae-Boswell-recognised-for-work-among-youth-in-Norwood_19221251 SUJAE Boswell says he is grateful to be a 2015 recipient of the Governor General's Achievement Award for Excellence. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT British QC slams Henriques, McBean, Clough http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/British-QC-slams-Henriques--McBean--Clough_19221544 A British senior Queen's Counsel has scolded local attorneys RNA Henriques, Garth McBean and Raymond Clough for a letter they wrote to The Gleaner stating that they did not support an appeal by Gorstew Ltd in the company's fraud case against three former executives. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT PM wants debt relief http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Says-proposal-for-100-per-cent-write-off-is-timely_19221618 PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller has supported a proposal made by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) for a debt relief strategy for middle-income countries like Jamaica. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:01:00 GMT Gov't moving with plan to merge, close, privatise entities — Dalley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-moving-with-plan-to-merge--close--privatise-entities---Dalley_19221468 GOVERNMENT says it is moving ahead with plans to merge, close, privatise, or outsource the services of several public sector entities. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Jamaicans urged to visit heritage sites http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaicans-urged-to-visit-heritage-sites-_19221475 TECHNICAL director of archaeology, Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), Dorrick Gray, is urging Jamaicans to visit the island's heritage sites to better familiarise themselves with the country's history. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Barber, elderly landlady mourns cop's death http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Barber--elderly-landlady-mourns-cop-s-death_19221497 MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- The calm at the home of Corporal Tyrone Thompson on the Inverness Road in Knockpatrick, Manchester, on Wednesday betrayed the tragedy of what is believed to be his suicide that took place the evening before. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT National Indoor Sports Centre going solar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/National-Indoor-Sports-Centre-going-solar-_19221630 The National Indoor Sports Centre is soon to be outfitted with solar panels to generate 100 megawatts of energy, as part of a $20 million pilot project under the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Region under serious threat from rising sea level http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Region-under-serious-threat-from-rising-sea-level-_19221607 GROS ISLET, St Lucia -- The Caribbean Sea is expected to come closer and closer inland over the next several years, posing a threat to millions of people across the region. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Byles proposes US$1-b job creation fund http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Byles-proposes-US-1-b-job-creation-fund_19221473 Co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Richard Byles, has charged the private sector to work with the Government in setting up a US$1-billion fund to finance projects in high growth sectors such as business process outsourcing (BPO) and agriculture. Local Business Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Senate approves new procurement legislation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Senate-approves-new-procurement-legislation_19221508 THE Upper House on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at modernising Government's procurement system by reducing the current drawn-out, bureaucratic processes by which all ministries and public entities obtain goods and services. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT JUTC to launch Kingston city tour tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JUTC-to-launch-Kingston-city-tour-tomorrow KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will launch its Kingston City Tour Service on Emancipation Day at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:04:25 GMT Forex: J$117.42 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-117-42-to-one-US-dollar2015-07-31T15-44-40 KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Friday, July 31, ended trading at $117.42, up by four cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:43:04 GMT SDC to be strengthened http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/SDC-to-be-strengthened ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) – To further strengthen the Social Development Commission (SDC) to facilitate the economic and social empowerment of communities islandwide, Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development Colin Fagan, is on a series of fact-finding visits to all parish offices. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:24:42 GMT Blood Bank to stage two-day Blood Drive at Denbigh http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Blood-Bank-to-stage-Two-day-Blood-Drive-at-Denbigh2015-07-31T15-15-23 KINGSTON, Jamaica – The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) will be seeking to boost the blood supply and raise public awareness of the need for regular voluntary blood donation by participating in the 63rd Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in Clarendon. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:07:30 GMT Wright wins long jump gold at Special Olympics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Wright-wins-long-jump-gold-at-Special-Olympics LOS ANGELES, United States- Kimone Wright won gold for Jamaica on Friday, after finishing first in the long jump event in Division F05 at the Special Olympics World Games at the University of Southern California campus. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:47:25 GMT Murder of Trelawny businessman a contract killing, police theorise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Murder-of-Trelawny-business-man-a-contract-killing--police-theorise Trelawny, Jamaica –The Trelawny police theorise that Thursday evening's murder of a businessman who was shot dead here in his community, was a contract killing. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:22:03 GMT Diverse line-up for 'Black River Day' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Diverse-line-up-for--Black-River-Day- ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – A diverse cast of pop and cultural artistes are part of the showcase during the third Black River Day which takes place today in St Elizabeth. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:57:56 GMT US woman gets 15 years to life for poisoning husband http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-woman-gets-15-years-to-life-for-poisoning-husband ASHTABULA,Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for killing her husband by poisoning his drin with antifreeze. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:10:04 GMT NWA partners with UWI to replant mangroves along Palisadoes Road http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NWA-Partners-with-UWI-to-Replant-Mangroves-along-Palisadoes-Road KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The National Works Agency (NWA) has partnered with the University of the West Indies (UWI) to undertake a mangrove replanting project along the Palisadoes Road shoreline, in Kingston, at a cost of over $8 million. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:45:57 GMT Not-guilty pleas entered for accused Charleston church killer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Not-guilty-pleas-entered-for-accused-Charleston-church-killer CHARLESTON, United States — A federal judge entered not-guilty pleas Friday for a young white supremacist who is facing hate crime charges over the massacre of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:21:26 GMT RADA assisting farmers to deal with climate change http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/RADA-assisting-farmers-to-deal-with-climate-change KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), is using its 25th anniversary celebrations across the island to equip farmers with skills to deal with climate change, and will showcase this thrust at the 2015 Denbigh Agricultural Show in May Pen, Clarendon. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:43:37 GMT Drought fuels bush fires in Manchester http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Drought-fuels-bush-fires-in-Manchester MANCHESTER, Jamaica – Drought has set in and the number of bush fires now plaguing Manchester has left members of the parish’s under resourced fire department “overwhelmed.” Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:04:24 GMT Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Experimental-Ebola-vaccine-could-stop-virus-in-West-Africa LONDON (AP) — An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:40:57 GMT Jerusalem gay pride stabbing suspect remanded http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jerusalem-gay-pride-stabbing-suspect-remanded TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli police say an anti-gay ultra-Orthodox extremist suspected of stabbing revelers at Jerusalem's gay pride parade has appeared in court. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:59:19 GMT Greek bailout talks with auditors begin as market to reopen Monday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Greek-bailout-talks-with-auditors-begin-as-market-to-reopen-Monday ATHENS, Greece (AFP) — Senior EU-IMF auditors on Friday held their first meetings with Greek ministers to finalise a new three-year bailout as the Athens stock market prepares to reopen after being shut down for over a month by the debt crisis. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:42:44 GMT