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 Mandela Highway homeless man needs surgery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Mandela-Highway-homeless-man-needs-surgery_17897331 THE health of Basil Parchment, the 74-year-old homeless man who has been sitting on the sidewalk on Mandela Highway for years, is getting worse. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Shaw raps Electoral Commission http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Shaw-raps-Electoral-Commission_18309964 OPPOSITION Member of Parliament Audley Shaw yesterday urged the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) to pay more attention to cleaning up the voters' list and less to defending their salaries and emoluments. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT US official cautions Jamaica on ganja legalisation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ganja-worry_18308312 WASHINGTON, DC, USA — The United States Government has signalled some discomfort with Jamaica's move to decriminalise marijuana for specific uses. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT ‘The school community is in pain’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-The-school-community-is-in-pain-_18310258 FROME, Westmoreland — The normally lively chatter and smiles in the classrooms and within the halls of Frome Technical High School were replaced by sporadic sobs, grief and anger yesterday as students and teachers mourned the brutal slaying of 14-year-old Santoya Campbell, whose dismembered body was found wrapped in a garbage bag near the school on Tuesday. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: A timely donation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/A-timely-donation_18308508 President of Guardian Life Limited Eric Hosin (second left) is joined by University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) CEO Dr Cecil White (left); Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson (right); South East St Andrew Member of Parliament Julian Robinson (third left); Professor Newton Duncan (second right), head, Department of Surgery at the UHWI; and Janice Smith, clinical nurse manager, Main Operating Theatre, at yesterday's official handover of medical equipment to the UHWI by Guardian Life. The donation of equipment was made possible with the proceeds raised from the Guardian Life/UHWI inaugural 'Keep it Alive' 5K New Kingston night run, held last June. Twelve pieces of equipment, valued at more that $6 million, will be donated to the hospital. Medical equipment in photo are a ventilator and a patient monitor. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Accused lottery scammer to be extradited to US http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Accused-lottery-scammer-to-be-extradited-to-US-_18308991 A man believed to be a member of a criminal organisation that fleeced millions of dollars from American citizens in the lottery scam yesterday became the first Jamaican to be ordered extradited to the United States to answer charges related to the illegal operation. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Former PM Patterson says Ralston Smith's passing a personal loss http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Former-PM-Patterson-says-Ralston-Smith-s-passing-a-personal-loss_18302029 FORMER Prime Minister of Jamaica P J Patterson says the passing of public relations icon, Ralston Smith represented a personal loss to him. General News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Pro-ganja lobby endorses changes on eve of Senate debate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Pro-ganja-lobby-endorses-changes-on-eve-of-Senate-debate KINGSTON, Jamaica — As the Senate prepares to debate the new Bill amending the Dangerous Drugs Act to relax laws on the use of ganja (cannabis) tomorrow, the initiative has been endorsed by supporters of the changes at a two-day investors summit which ended at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, today. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:21:26 GMT Businessmen arrested for outstanding taxes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Businessmen-arrested-for-outstanding-taxes KINGSTON, Jamaica - Two businessmen, which the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) described as "delinquent taxpayers", were recently arrested in separate operations conducted by the Special Enforcement Team of the TAJ and the St Thomas police, for outstanding taxes amounting to $28 million. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:15:37 GMT Forex: J$115.81 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-115-81-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Thursday, January 29 ended trading at J$115.81, up two cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:09:16 GMT JUTC 'regrets' death of physically challenged man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JUTC--regrets--death-of-physically-challenged-man KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has expressed regret at the death of a physically challenged man whose wheelchair was hit by a JUTC bus near to the University of the Hospital of the West Indies today. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:04:43 GMT PHOTO: JUTC bus crushes man  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PHOTO--JUTC-bus-crushes-man KINGSTON, Jamaica - Policemen on the scene of a crash where a Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus reportedly crushed a physically challenged man on Thursday. The man's wheelchair is seen to the right of the bus. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:15:55 GMT 57-y-o police imposter for court tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/57-y-o-police-imposter-for-court-tomorrow KINGSTON, Jamaica – A 57-year-old man accused of impersonating a police officer was yesterday charged after he was positively identified by a witness at an identification parade. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:37:12 GMT JUTC bus crushes physically challenged man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JUTC-bus-crushes-physically-challenged-man KINGSTON, Jamaica – A physically challenged man was Thursday afternoon crushed by a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus close to the University Hospital of the West Indies. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:29:24 GMT Cop accused of acting as courier for lottery scammers pleads guilty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cop-accused-of-acting-as-courier-for-lottery-scammers-pleads-guilty ST JAMES, Jamaica – A police constable yesterday pleaded guilty to breaching the Proceeds of Crime Act when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:20:49 GMT British High Commission commends Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/British-High-Commission-commends-Jamaica-Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica – The British High Commission has congratulated the Jamaica Observer for its role in bringing the case of Lloyd Bogle to the public's attention. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:59:41 GMT Deaths of children disturbing news, says OCR http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/OCR--disturbed--by-recent-deaths-of-children KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) on Thursday said it is disturbed at news of the number of bodies of children found over a seven-day period. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:48:40 GMT New Opposition Cabinet announced http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/New-Opposition-Cabinet-announced KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition Leader Andrew Holness this morning unveiled a new Shadow Cabinet of old faces, supported by upcoming Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) staunch loyalists. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:14:17 GMT Windies call up Miller to replace Narine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Windies-call-up-Miller-to-replace-Narine ST JOHN'S, Antigua and Barbuda (AFP) – Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller was called up by the West Indies for the World Cup on Thursday to replace Sunil Narine who withdrew from the squad. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:54:17 GMT Gov't blocking journalist visas, says Nigerian Opposition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-blocking-journalist-visas--says-Nigerian-Opposition LAGOS, Nigeria (AFP) – Nigeria's main opposition party on Thursday accused the Government of blocking foreign journalists from covering next month's elections and urged international monitors to press for access. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:33:02 GMT Water lock-off in upper St Andrew communities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Water-lock-off-in-upper-St-Andrew-communities ST ANDREW, Jamaica – National Water Commission on Thursday asked residents in Pines of Karachi, Long Mountain Country Club and sections of Beverly Hills in St Andrew to prepare for a water lock-off on Friday. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:07:03 GMT Summit takes up anti-hunger plan for the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Summit-takes-up-anti-hunger-plan-for-the-Caribbean SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CMC) – A new plan to combat hunger in the Caribbean and Latin America presented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is being considered for adoption at a summit of the region’s leaders that ends here on Thursday. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:46:33 GMT Nickelodeon to offer Internet-only subscription service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Nickelodeon-to-offer-Internet-only-subscription-service NEW YORK (AP) — SpongeBob fans rejoice: Nickelodeon is the latest cable channel to plan a stand-alone Internet offering. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:20:32 GMT Ganja worth J$5m seized, 2 arrested http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ganja-worth-J-5m-seized--2-arrested KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police are reporting the seizure of 1,000 pounds of ganja on the Spur Tree main road in Manchester on Wednesday, January 28. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:00:25 GMT Officials seize Taino artefacts at Puerto Rico airport http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Officials-seize-Taino-artefacts-at-Puerto-Rico-airport SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Officials at Puerto Rico's main international airport seized five clay artefacts created by the Taino people who lived in the Caribbean before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:44:28 GMT