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 PM happy with Government’s achievements so far http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM-happy-with-Government-s-achievements-so-far_90758 Almost a year in the chief executive’s chair, Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he’s happy and proud about a number of the Government’s achievements. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Government starts ground breaking for new NHT housing schemes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Government-starts-ground-breaking-for-new-NHT-housing-schemes_90820 PRIME Minister Andrew Holness last Friday broke ground for the construction of a 1,500-unit housing scheme to be known as The Estuary in Friendship, St James. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Dr Janet Dyer proves dreams do come true http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dr-Janet-Dyer-proves-dreams-do-come-true_90197 DR Janet Dyer’s upbringing was no bed of roses, but today she’s ensuring that the young people she comes in contact with are encouraged to fulfil their dreams. All Woman Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Nutramix targets livestock farmers in special workshops http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Nutramix-targets-livestock-farmers-in-special-workshops_90767 FARMERS across Jamaica have, since January, been benefiting from a series of workshops conducted by Nutramix. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT It must be done! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/It-must-be-done-_90812 PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says that his ability to complete the long-delayed pension and public sector reforms within his current administration will determine his political legacy. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT ‘Don’t cry over nurses leaving; train more,’ says educator http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Don-t-cry-over-nurses-leaving--train-more---says-educator_90810 Mandeville, Manchester — Rather than responding to a migration-spurred shortage of trained registered nurses as if the “sky is falling”, Jamaican authorities should be concentrating on training more nurses, says principal of the Knox Community College, Dr Gordon Cowans. Central News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Lisa Hanna responds to death threats http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Lisa-Hanna-responds-to-death-threats_90782 DECLARING that she is without fear of reprisal when it comes to women’s and children’s rights, former Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna yesterday lashed her critics, some of whom had sent death threats, for attacking her comments on convicted murderer Vybz Kartel producing music from behind prison bars. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Gumtree bans donkey sales in S Africa over skin trade http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gumtree-bans-donkey-sales-in-S-Africa-over-skin-trade JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — Online sales website Gumtree said Monday that it had banned advertisements offering donkeys in South Africa to prevent inhumane killings of the animals to meet Chinese demand for their skins. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:32:07 GMT T&T police issue warning regarding drones during carnival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/T-T-police-issue-warning-regarding-drones-during-carnival PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago police have warned that they will not tolerate any drones flying over the capital during the two-day carnival celebrations adding that they had already taken action against an un-named foreign news outlet. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:25:38 GMT The dirty dozen — UN issues list of 12 most worrying bacteria http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/The-dirty-dozen---UN-issues-list-of-12-most-worrying-bacteria LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of treatment options. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:58:58 GMT 16-y-o girl stabs peer to death in Hanover http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/16-y-o-girl-stabs-peer-to-death-in-Hanover HANOVER, Jamaica — A 16-year-old girl was last night arrested after she allegedly stabbed her peer to death while at a birthday party in Jew Hill, Johnson Town in Hanover. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:46:13 GMT Former Haiti gov't official denies sexually assaulting 11-y-o http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Former-Haiti-gov-t-official-denies-sexually-assaulting-11-y-o PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — The former deputy of the southwestern coastal commune of Léogâne, Jean Baptiste Anthony Dumont has surrendered to police after he was accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old child. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:28:26 GMT UTech launches graduate degree in sustainable energy and climate change http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UTech-launches-graduate-degree-in-sustainable-energy-and-climate-change KINGSTON, Jamaica — The University of Technology (UTECH), Jamaica through its Caribbean Sustainable Energy and Innovation Institute (CSEII) and the Faculty of The Built Environment (FOBE) will on Thursday launch the multidisciplinary Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:16:51 GMT Amnesty Int'l critical of Jamaica, Haiti, The Bahamas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Amnesty-Int-l-critical-of-Jamaica--Haiti--The-Bahamas BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The London-based international human rights group, Amnesty International, has criticised the situation in three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries on issues ranging from the “ill-treatment of documented migrants” to alleged crimes against humanity. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:58:11 GMT Bush on Trump and Russia: 'We all need answers' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/George-W-Bush-on-Trump-and-Russia---We-all-need-answers- WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — Former President George W Bush said Monday "we all need answers" on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump's team and the Russian government, and he defended the media's role in keeping world leaders in check. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:30:33 GMT Jamaica Youth Ambassador heads to Malaysia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica--Youth-Ambassador-heads-to-Malaysia KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Youth Ambassador Sujae Boswell will depart Jamaica tomorrow to attend a meeting of the Commonwealth Youth Council Executive from March 1-5 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:11:50 GMT ONLINE POLL RESULTS: Thumbs down to Govt spending £410k to promote Ja in London http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ONLINE-POLL-RESULTS--Thumbs-down-to-Govt-s-spending--410-000-to-promote-Jamaica-at-the-2017-London-World-Championships KINGSTON, Jamaica — Sixty-five per cent of the 1, 1139 respondents to a recent OBSERVER ONLINE poll said they do not agree with the Government’s spending £410,000 to promote Jamaica at the 2017 London World Championships. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:57:41 GMT BOJ implements structural reform to support growth target http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/BOJ-implements-structural-reform-to-support-growth-target KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) has implemented structural reforms aimed at supporting the Government’s target of five per cent growth over the next four years. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:49:22 GMT Philippine militants release video of German's beheading http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Philippine-militants-release-video-of-German-s-beheading MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Abu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines released a video showing the beheading of a German hostage in the first sign the brutal Philippine militants carried out a threat to kill him after a ransom deadline lapsed over the weekend. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:28:07 GMT Four arrested following major Bahamas drug bust http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Four-arrested-following-major-Bahamas-drug-bust NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — Four people, including a woman, are due to appear in court this week after Bahamian law enforcement officials said they seized more than 600 pounds of marijuana at a house on Sunday. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:06:46 GMT Mexico funding water project in St Lucia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Mexico-funding-water-project-in-St-Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) —Mexico is providing a US$ 5 million grant to undertake a water supply project in the east coast village of Dennery on St Lucia that is  expected to bring relief to thousands of residents,  some of whom will receive piped water for the first time. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:56:56 GMT Mandela Highway reopens to vehicular traffic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Mandela-Highway-reopens-to-vehicular-traffic KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police have confirmed that the Mandela Highway is now open to vehicular traffic, after it was closed yesterday when an 18-inch water main was again broken, the third time since work to widen the road from four to six lanes started. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:44:01 GMT Schools report successful staging of career week activities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Schools-report-successful-staging-of-career-week-activities KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — A number of schools around Jamaica are reporting a successful staging of National Career Week activities at their institutions under the theme: ‘Expanding Horizons for Vision 2030’. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:27:35 GMT Israel launches airstrikes in Gaza after rocket attack http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Israel-launches-airstrikes-in-Gaza-after-rocket-attack GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian officials say that Israeli airstrikes have struck militant sites in the Gaza Strip. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:55:15 GMT Caribbean American legislator wins top post in Democratic Party http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Caribbean-American-legislator-wins-top-post-in-Democratic-Party NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — A Caribbean American legislator in New York has won a top position in the United States Democratic Party’s National Committee. Local News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:46:01 GMT