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 citizen arrested for role in J’can-based lottery scam http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-citizen-arrested-for-role-in-J-can-based-lottery-scam_90539 A 49-year-old American man has been arrested in Miramar, Florida, following the return of a 12-count indictment against him by a grand jury in the Southern District of Florida in relation to wire fraud and a lottery scam with Jamaican links. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT No spent shells found, cop testifies at alleged ‘death squad’ trial http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/No-spent-shells-found--cop-testifies-at-alleged--death-squad--trial_90552 A Scenes of Crime officer yesterday testified during the alleged “death squad” murder trial that no spent shell casings were found at the crime scene on Windsor Avenue in May Pen, Clarendon, where a man was shot dead and another injured, allegedly by police officers. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica offers China 10 CMI scholarships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-offers-China-10-CMI-scholarships_90532 Minister of Transport and Mining Lester Mike Henry has offered the Government of China 10 scholarships for their nationals to study at the Caribbean Maritime Institute in Kingston. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Cops pull sound system from passenger bus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cops-pull-sound-system-from-passenger-bus_90545 The Traffic Police yesterday removed a heavy-duty sound system from a passenger bus which was stopped on Half-Way-Tree Road in the morning. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Lisa gets death threats http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Lisa-gets-death-threats_90556 THE police say they are now investigating vicious death threats made on social media against parliamentarian Lisa Hanna after she called for recordings of incarcerated dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and other murder convicts to be banned from the airwaves. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Westmoreland pair found dead in cane field http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Westmoreland-pair-found-dead-in-cane-field_90548 The bullet-riddled bodies of a man and woman were on Wednesday found in a cane field in Mount Eagle, Westmoreland, with their hands and feet bound. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Find new solutions! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Find-new-solutions-_89985 LEADING Jamaican psychiatrist and professor, Frederick Hickling, is convinced that the country’s “draconian” approach to crime fighting is not working. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Justice minister encourages police to use preventative detention http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Justice-minister-encourages-police-to-use-preventative-detention_90535 Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is encouraging members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to utilise preventative detention as a means to reduce the likelihood of a crime being committed. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 30 inmates selected for electronic monitoring http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/30-inmates-selected-for-electronic-monitoring_90542 THIRTY inmates were selected to serve the remainder of their sentences outside of prisons while being monitored by an electronic system as part of the Ministry of National Security’s Electronic Tagging/Monitoring programme. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT UPDATE: Cop killed in Gregory Park was targeted at party http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cop-killed-in-Gregory-Park-was-targeted-at-party KINGSTON, Jamaica — The policeman who was this morning murdered in Gregory Park, St Catherine, was the target of his attackers, according to police reports. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:37:25 GMT UN Haiti cholera fund fails to draw pledges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UN-Haiti-cholera-fund-fails-to-draw-pledges UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — A UN fund set up for Haiti's cholera victims is failing to draw support, with only two percent of the needed $400 million raised so far, according to a letter by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:57:42 GMT National emergency communication network to be established http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/National-emergency-communication-network-to-be-established KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — A national emergency communication network is to be established to strengthen early warning systems for disasters at the local level. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:35:50 GMT Canada gov't pledges support for JP training  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Canada-gov-t-pledges-support-for-JP-training ST JAMES, Jamaica — High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica Sylvain Fabi says Canada "will continue to reinforce the role and functions of JPs (Justices of the Peace)” in Jamaica.  Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:48:53 GMT 'Scotchies' withdraws name from Kingston restaurant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Scotchies--withdraws-name-from-Kingston-restaurant KINGSTON, Jamaica — The restaurant on Chelsea Avenue, which traded as a Kingston branch of well-known jerk restaurant 'Scotchies', will no longer be able to do so. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:15:04 GMT Students participate in anti-tobacco forum http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Students-participate-in-anti-tobacco-forum KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Scores of high-school students participated in the Jamaica Cancer Society’s seventh annual Anti-Tobacco Youth Forum, held on February 23 under the theme: Mek Wi Talk Round 2. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:57:55 GMT Visitor freed in jet-ski death http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Visitor-freed-in-jet-ski-death ST ANN, Jamaica — An Indian national, who was charged with manslaughter after the jet ski he was driving crashed into a group of people killing a seven-year-old girl and injuring others in 2014, was freed in the St Ann Circuit Court today.  Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:37:07 GMT Forex: J$128.11 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-128-11-to-one-US-dollar2017-02-24T14-36-45 KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Friday, February 24, ended trading at J$128.11, down by 3 cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:01 GMT PNP Women’s Movement supports changing definition of rape http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PNP-Women-s-Movement-supports-changing-definition-of-rape KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) Women's Movement says it will present submissions to the Joint Select Committee of Parliament that has been appointed to review the Sexual Offenses Act and the Child Care and Protection Act, which include changing the definition of ‘rape’ to include non-consensual penetration of any orifice of the body. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:58:42 GMT Caribbean labour ministers discuss growth and employment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Caribbean-labour-ministers-discuss-growth-and-employment KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Creating growth-driven economies that will provide better employment prospects for Caribbean nationals is the key agenda item at the 10th International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting, which is being held at The Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:37:27 GMT New committees established to address violence, the environment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/New-committees-established-to-address-violence--the-environment KINGSTON, Jamaica — Three new sub-committees have been established in the National Partnership Council, to address the rule of law, violence in the society and issues relating to the environment, according to the Office of the Prime Minister. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:14:08 GMT Underperforming Brathwaite a Windies ‘investment’, argues selector http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Underperforming-Brathwaite-a-Windies--investment---argues-selector BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, has described Twenty20 World Cup hero, Carlos Brathwaite, as an “investment” in West Indies cricket and argues his inclusion to face England in the three-match One-Day International series should not be viewed purely in terms of recent form. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:53:54 GMT Judge bars several accusers from testifying at Cosby's trial http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Judge-bars-several-accusers-from-testifying-at-Cosby-s-trial PHILADELPHIA, United States (AP) — In a major break for Bill Cosby, a judge ruled Friday that just one of the comedian's multitude of other accusers can testify at his trial to bolster charges he drugged and violated a woman more than a decade ago. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:07:02 GMT Trump badmouths Sweden, Germany, France http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trump-badmouths-Sweden--Germany--France OXON HILL, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump intensified his verbal attacks on Sweden, France and Germany Friday, painting swaths of Europe as a jihadist-infested hellscape. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:34:36 GMT Barbados Central Bank Governor fired http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Barbados-Central-Bank-Governor-fired BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Dr DeLisle Worrell, has been fired less than 24 hours after the Appeal Court lifted an injunction against his removal from office. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:23:02 GMT Section of Marcus Garvey Drive to be closed this weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Section-of-Marcus-Garvey-Drive-to-be-closed-this-weekend KINGSTON, Jamaica — Sections of Marcus Garvey Drive will be closed on Sunday (February 26) to vehicular traffic, to facilitate work by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo). Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:07:09 GMT