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 Council to review MOU for logistics hub Monday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Council-to-review-MOU-for-logistics-hub-Monday_18988326 A National Logistics Initiative Council (NLIC) has been appointed to review the ability of two foreign companies to develop and fund infrastructure for the planned logistics hub at the sitting of Cabinet on Monday. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Video: Crush! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Crush-_18989265 MAYHEM erupted yesterday at the office of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) in St Andrew as a crowd attempting to have passport applications processed before a fee increase deadline swelled to an uncontrollable level. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT $1.5b to be spent on road, bridge works http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-1-5b-to-be-spent-on-road--bridge-works_18988437 THE major component of the Chinese-funded Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) is finally getting off the ground with yesterday's signing of nine contracts amounting to $1.5 billion for road and bridge works in five parishes. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Government to make changes to CHEC agreement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Government-to-makes-changes-to-CHEC-agreement_18989296 THE Government has signalled its intention to make changes to its concession agreement with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for the construction of the north-south link of Highway 2000 to facilitate the speed at which the company is moving ahead with its own private development plans. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Female 'fan' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Female--fan-_18987572 A woman is seen carrying a standing fan and a pair of pillows in the vicinity the Kingston Public Hospital, downtown Kingston, on Monday. (PHOTO GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Where is Cockpit Country? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Where-is-Cockpit-Country_18975280 DEPENDING on who you talk to, Cockpit Country — the expanse of tropical rainforest situated on sculpted limestone hills and valleys in west central Jamaica — is spread over 1,099 square km, or just about 10 per cent of the island's total area. That would have it featuring in six parishes: St James, Trelawny, St Ann, St Elizabeth, Manchester, and the northern tip of Clarendon. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT US LGBT envoy visits Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-LGBT-envoy-visits-Jamaica_18987375 RANDY Berry, the United States Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender) Persons, arrived in the island yesterday for a three-day visit. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Munroe: Confidence in police at its highest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Munroe--Confidence-in-police-at-its-highest_18988118 THE public's trust in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has grown in the last nine years and is now at its highest level, according to Executive Director of the National Integrity Action Professor Trevor Munroe. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT LIME gets $464-m contract to upgrade JCF phone system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/LIME-gets--464-m-contract-to-upgrade-JCF-phone-system_18988940 LIME Jamaica Limited has been awarded a contract for US$4 million, or just over $464 million, for the upgrading of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) telecommunications system. General News Fri, 22 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Holy Trinity Cathedral just like Notre Dame? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Holy-Trinity-Cathedral-just-like-Notre-Dame-_18985366 THE congregation at Kingston's Holy Trinity Cathedral will have something extra to celebrate at their services this Sunday. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Pryce banking on achievements ahead of challenge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Pryce-banking-on-achievements-ahead-of-challenge_18988647 SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Some say Raymond Pryce will have an uphill battle shaking off the challenge of Santa Cruz businessman Evon Redman for leadership of the ruling People's National Party'(PNP) St Elizabeth North Eastern constituency organisation. Central News Fri, 22 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Senate to discuss Jamaica’s human rights record today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Senate-to-discuss-Jamaica-s-human-rights-record-today_18989405 JUSTICE Minister Mark Golding will today update the Senate on a United Nations report on Jamaica's human rights record. General News Fri, 22 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Health authority urges action as ZIK-V threatens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Health-authority-urges-action-as-ZIK-V-threatens KINGSTON, Jamaica — Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse has reiterated the need for individuals to destroy mosquito breeding sites given current rainfall being experienced islandwide and the threat from the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 14:34:36 GMT Samuda calls for Hylton’s sacking over Krauck Systems debacle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Samuda-calls-for-Hylton--sacking-over-Krauck-Systems-debacle KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Opposition has described as a “desperate attempt to play for time” Thursday’s announcement by Industry, Investment & Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton that a committee will report to Cabinet  and  make recommendations regarding the Krauck Systems/Anchor Finance MOU now that it has expired. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 14:18:12 GMT US egg prices soar as avian flu batters poultry industry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-egg-prices-soar-as-avian-flu-batters-poultry-industry WASHINGTON, United States ( AFP ) – US farmers have been forced to kill almost 40 million chickens and other birds, causing egg prices to soar as a deadly version of the avian flu attacks the poultry industry. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 14:08:55 GMT US, Cuba close talks with no embassy announcement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US--Cuba-close-round-of-talks-with-no-embassy-announcement WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — The United States and Cuba still have no agreement on re-establishing embassies. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 12:56:54 GMT Liverpool stonewall Raheem Sterling http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Liverpool-stonewall-Raheem-Sterling LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom (AFP) – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisted on Friday club owners Fenway Sports Group would not back down in the acrimonious battle over RaheemSterling's contract dispute. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 12:35:19 GMT Labour minister says OSH law should be passed by December http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Labour-minister-says-OSH-law-should-be-passed-by-December ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) – Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier says that steps are being taken to pass the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) legislation by December this year. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 12:04:07 GMT J’can busted in US for ‘defrauding’ gov’t, clients http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/J-can-busted-in-US-for--defrauding--gov-t--clients KINGSTON, Jamaica – Pamella Watson, Treasurer of the Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) organisation was on Wednesday arrested on several federal charges. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 11:36:54 GMT Calabar  High to get synthetic track http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Calabar--High-to-get-synthetic-track KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Calabar High School, in St Andrew, will be the first such institution to receive a synthetic track. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 10:39:14 GMT Fidel Castro given Serbian national order http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Fidel-Castro-given-Serbian-national-order HAVANA, Cuba, (CMC) – Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, has presented former Cuban President, Fidel Castro the Order of the Serbian Republic. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 10:24:20 GMT Another police fatal shooting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Another-police-fatal-shooting KINGSTON, Jamaica – A man was reportedly killed by police on Elgin Street in Denham Town, Kingston some time after 2:00 Friday morning. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 10:09:41 GMT Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Toyota-promises-to-help-find-cause-of-Takata-airbag-defects TOKYO, Japan (AP) — Toyota President Akio Toyoda vowed to help get to the bottom of the problems with Takata air bags, the recalls for which have ballooned to about 53 million vehicles worldwide, stressing that regaining consumer trust is an industry-wide concern. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 09:48:26 GMT Look out for beet army worm, RADA tells farmers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Look-out-for-beet-army-worm--RADA-tells-farmers KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Farmers in Southern St Elizabeth and New Forest in Manchester are being advised to be on alert for an increase in the beet army worm population. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 09:21:39 GMT T&T PM to announce election date when Parliament is dissolved http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/T-T-PM-to-announce-election-date-when-Parliament-is-dissolved PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) – Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has said the general election date will be announced once Parliament is dissolved on June 17. Local News Fri, 22 May 2015 08:46:26 GMT