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 Gov't to use shared corporate services to reduce admin expenses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-to-use-shared-corporate-services-to-reduce-admin-expenses_17803193 THE Government is moving to implement shared corporate services within the public sector, to reduce the cost of administrative functions and to improve efficiency. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT East Kingston residents protest police treatment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/East-Kingston-residents-protest-police-treatment_17803477 NOISE erupted in East Kingston yesterday as residents voiced their disgust at how the police were handling the investigation into Wednesday night's deadly shootings by gunmen in the area. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT ZJ Wah Wa pleads guilty at hearing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ZJ-Wah-Wa-pleads-guilty-at-hearing_17804555 JAMAICAN radio disc jock ZJ Wah Wa pleaded guilty to telemarketing fraud at a hearing in the Federal District Court in Bismarck, North Dakota, yesterday. Local Entertainment Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ebola jitters in New York http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ebola-jitters-in-New-York_17803281 NEW YORK, USA (AP) — Travelling into Manhattan by subway from Brooklyn on Friday, the day after a New York doctor was diagnosed with Ebola, Dennis Johnson and his fiancée, Lian Robinson, were trying to be sensible about the odds of the disease spreading. General News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Acid test for Alkaline - Church knocks visit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Acid-test-for-Alkaline---Church-knocks-visit_17805529 AN Antiguan church minister is calling on authorities to put a ban on dancehall artiste Alkaline, who is scheduled to perform in that country on Saturday. Local Entertainment Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Report: Americas register more than 7 suicides per hour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Report--Americas-register-more-than-7-suicides-per-hour_17796351 SOME 65,000 people take their own lives in the Americas each year -- more than 7 per hour -- according to a report released this week by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads: WHO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ebola-death-toll-tops-4-900-as-virus-spreads--WHO GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through October 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:37:20 GMT Suarez to return in 'Clasico' after biting ban http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Suarez-to-return-in--Clasico--after-biting-ban BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Luis Suarez's long wait is almost over. The much-maligned forward will play his first minutes for Barcelona on Saturday (October 25) against Real Madrid after completing his ban for biting an opponent four months ago at the World Cup. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:11:06 GMT Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Iran-hangs-woman-for-killing-alleged-rapist TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her, the official IRNA news agency reported. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:50:15 GMT Dwayne Bravo: All players in the loop, shocked at Samuels' statement if true http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bravo--All-players-in-the-loop--shocked-at-Samuels--statement-if-true PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo, in a letter sent to the media yesterday, stated that all correspondences sent and decisions taken by the West Indies squad in India was “in concert with all of the members of the squad” and he was nominated and accepted the responsibility to correspond on behalf of the players on the tour. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:21:54 GMT Cockroach disrupts pest control chief's testimony http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cockroach-disrupts-pest-control-chief-s-testimony CHICAGO, United States (AP) — A cockroach embarrassed a Chicago official in charge of pest control when it took a stroll near him in full view of some aldermen, and its stunt just might have cost it and its buddies their lives. Local News Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:19:12 GMT China Harbour says diesel fuel stolen from Steer Town site  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/China-Harbour-says-diesel-fuel-stolen-from-Steer-Town-site KINGSTON, Jamaica — China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) says that (800) litres of diesel fuel were stolen from its Steer Town Highway 2000 site in St. Ann on Monday (October 20). Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:08:31 GMT Jamaica stands in solidarity with Canada in wake of shooting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-stands-in-solidarity-with-Canada-in-wake-of-shooting_17797234 THE Jamaican Government and Opposition, yester-day, expressed solidarity with Canada following the shooting attack on that country's parliament and the killing of a soldier guarding a war memorial, on Wednesday. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Rockfort residents deny turf war behind murders http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Rockfort-residents-deny-turf-war-behind-murders--say-gangs-demanding-rent-from-homeowners_17797507 ROCKFORT residents yesterday rubbished a claim by the police that a fight for turf between criminal gangs was at the heart of Wednesday evening's murder of three men in the community. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Copperwood Farms wins top honours at National Quality Awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Copperwood-Farms-wins-top-honours-at-National-Quality-Awards_17795768 COPPERWOOD Farms in Hanover walked away with three awards at the recently concluded National Quality Awards organised by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ). Local Business Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT IMF commends Jamaica for 'miracle' performance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/IMF-commends-Jamaica-for--miracle--performance_17797274 The International Monetary Fund's (IMF's) Deputy Managing Director Min Zhu says Jamaica's achievements so far under the Extended Fund Facility agreement with the fund can only be described as miraculous. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT IDB helping Jamaica's youth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/IDB-helping-Jamaica-s-youth_17796386 THE Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is working with Jamaica to help upgrade skills and prepare young people for jobs. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Police corporal accused of corruption http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-corporal-accused-of-corruption_17797175 A police corporal accused of soliciting $200,000 from a teacher to dispose of an alleged sexual offence case file was yesterday offered $1 million bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Giscombe Gym employees facing fraud charges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Giscombe-Gym-employees-facing-fraud-charges_17797188 THREE employees of Giscombe Gym and Wellness Centre in Kingston were yesterday hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court for reportedly conspiring to defraud the company of a little over half-a-million dollars. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT 'Your honour, let the gavel do the talking' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Your-honour--let-the-gavel-do-the-talking-_17797366 JAMAIA Observer online readers have weighed in on the decision by the St Ann Court to use bystanders as jurors in order for a trial to begin on Wednesday. The move followed several previous delays caused by the shortage of people to sit on the jury panel. Here are some edited comments: Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Show me your papers! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Show-me-your-papers_17795909 NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — The Bahamas government says Jamaicans and other non-nationals living here will from November 1 have to show evidence that they have permission to live or work in the country. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT NWA faults CHEC, procurement system for late payments http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NWA-faults-CHEC--procurement-system-for-late-payments_17790116 The National Works Agency (NWA) has blamed government's procurement procedures and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for delays in payments to small contractors on the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP). Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Push for more Jamaicans to become fluent in Spanish http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Push-for-more-Jamaicans-to-become-fluent-in-Spanish_17794923 MINISTER of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips is encouraging Jamaicans to become fluent in speaking, reading and writing Spanish, in order to take advantage of the opportunities which are set to open up shortly. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Late Syringa Marshall-Burnett hailed as nation builder http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Late-Syringa-Marshall-Burnett-hailed-as-nation-builder_17794918 PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller has hailed late former President of the Senate Syringa Marshall-Burnett as a nation builder who helped significantly to improve the healthcare sector, particularly in the area of nursing. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Venezuela interior minister sacked after clashes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Venezuela-interior-minister-sacked-after-clashes CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro abruptly replaced his interior minister on Friday, weeks after violent clashes in Caracas which left five people dead. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:34:25 GMT