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 Law breakers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Law-breakers_64780 With a number of government departments and agencies continuing to break the law by not submitting annual reports — some for more than 15 years — legislators are now working on hammering out a solution to the chronic problem. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Seacole versus Nightingale http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Seacole-versus-Nightingale_64873 THE row in London over the planned unveiling of a statue of Jamaican-born nurse Mary Seacole in the gardens of St Thomas’s Hospital in the English capital deepened this week with critics, mostly adherents of Florence Nightingale, arguing that the placement is undeserved because Seacole was not, in their estimation, a “real nurse”. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Tufton: Registration of all deaths and their causes ensure well-functioning health system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tufton--Registration-of-all-deaths-and-their-causes-ensure-well-functioning-health-system_64688 HEALTH Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says Jamaica and other countries in the Caribbean have a lot more work to do in the area of civil registration. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Window of Opportunity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PHOTO--Window-of-Opportunity_64910 A man takes great care to avoid spilling his drink as he transfers it from cup to bottle while seated in a bus in downtown Kingston, yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington) Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Man charged with slaying of US missionaries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Man-charged-with-slaying-of-US-missionaries_64909 THE police yesterday disclosed that charges have been laid against a man in relation to the murders of two American missionaries, whose bodies were found in a remote part of Boscobel, St Mary, last month. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT New fire stations for St Mary, St James http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/New-fire-stations-for-St-Mary---St-James_64862 THE parishes of St James and St Mary are set to receive two new fire stations in short order, Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has announced. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Ex-con imprisoned for visa trick http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ex-con-imprisoned-for-visa-trick_64776 AN ex-convict, who conned a man out of US$900 and $70,000, claiming he could file documents for the man to get a United States visa, was on Wednesday slapped with an 18-month prison sentence. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT Another deadly lovers’ quarrel in St Elizabeth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Another-deadly-lovers--quarrel-in-St-Elizabeth_64904 SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — A 25-year-old man is dead and a 22-year-old female student from the Cayman Islands is battling for life after yet another lovers’ quarrel turned violent in St Elizabeth. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT Forensic audit of NSWMA under way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forensic-audit-of-NSWMA-under-way_64860 THE Board of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is now carrying out a forensic audit of the agency. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT This Day in History — June 24 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/This-Day-in-History---June-24_64715 Today is the 176th day of 2016. There are 190 days left in the year. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Frustrated Venezuelans finish fingerprinting for referendum http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Frustrated-Venezuelans-finish-fingerprinting-for-referendum CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro finished giving their fingerprints to electoral authorities Friday to wrap up a key stage in their drive for a referendum to remove him. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:50:33 GMT Windies 285 all out against South Africa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Windies-285-all-out-against-South-Africa BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AFP) — West Indies were dismissed for 285 off 49.5 overs batting first against South Africa in the ninth and final preliminary match of the Tri-Nation One-Day International Series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Friday. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:30:37 GMT Grenada says Britain's decision has lessons for CSME http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Grenada-says-Britain-s-decision-has-lessons-for-CSME ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Grenada Friday said it regretted the decision of Britain to pull out of the European Union but said “the world must accept and respect the democratic process and the will of the people”. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:47:37 GMT T&T still to determine impact of Britain's pull out of EU http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/T-T-still-to-determine-impact-of-Britain-s-pull-out-of-EU PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago says it is a “bit too early” to determine what impact Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will have on the oil-rich twin island Republic. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:15:09 GMT Gov’t launches Open Data Portal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-launches-Open-Data-Portal KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology today launched the Jamaica Open Data Portal. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:05:14 GMT Opposition expresses concern following Britain's EU exit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Opposition-expresses-concern-following-Britain-s-EU-exit KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) has expressed concern following Britain’s decision to break out of the European Union on Thursday. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:46:20 GMT $295-m allocated to NYS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-295-m-allocated-to-NYS KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The National Youth Service (NYS) has been allocated $295 million for the implementation of various youth-development programmes during the 2016/17 financial year. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:35:18 GMT PM says 'historic' Brexit has implications for Ja http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM-says--historic--Brexit-has-implications-for-Ja KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has hailed the outcome of the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union as “historic”. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:14:29 GMT World doping watchdog shuts down Rio Olympic laboratory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/World-doping-watchdog-shuts-down-Rio-Olympic-laboratory MONTREAL (AP) — Just weeks before the Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro, the city's accredited anti-doping laboratory has been stopped from conducting tests. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:03:51 GMT Wisynco says fire-ravaged warehouse ‘back on track’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Wisynco-says-fire-ravaged-warehouse--back-on-track- A media release from the group on Friday said, after experiencing a temporary stock shortage, brands such as WATA, CranWATA, Boom, Bigga, the Coca-Cola brands and its portfolio of plastic products have returned to the Jamaican marketplace in full force. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:56:46 GMT Police set to reach clear-up rate target http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-set-to-reach-clear-up-rate-target KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police say they are on target to meet the 60 per cent clear-up rate set for murder cases this year. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:36:57 GMT Obama confident UK 'committed to orderly transition' out of EU http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Obama-confident-UK--committed-to-orderly-transition--out-of-EU PALO ALTO, United States (AFP) – US President Barack Obama said Friday he was confident that Britain would make an "orderly transition" out of the European Union, and insisted the special relationship between Washington and London would not change. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:19:21 GMT Visitor arrivals and earnings on the increase — Tourism Minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Visitor-arrivals-and-earnings-on-the-increase---tourism-minister KINGSTON, Jamaica – Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett today revealed that Jamaica’s tourism sector registered a more than six-per-cent growth in visitor arrivals for the first five months of the year. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:29:35 GMT Manchester Parish Council raided by cops http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Manchester-Parish-Council-raided-by-cops MANCHESTER, Jamaica — The office of the Manchester Parish Council was among several premises searched by authorities this morning. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:13:30 GMT Brexit will have significant implications for Ja-UK, Ja-EU relations – Johnson Smith http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Brexit-vote-Johnson-Smith KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith says the results of a referendum on the United Kingdom’s (UK) membership in the European Union (WU) will have significant implications for Jamaica-UK relations and possibly for Jamaica-EU relations. Local News Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:37:48 GMT