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 $100,000 Reward for safe return of baby samunya http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-100-000-REWARD-FOR-SAFE-RETURN-OF-BABY-SAMUNYA CRIME Stop Jamaica has increased the reward for the safe return of little Samunya Bloomfield to $100,000. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:53:39 GMT Court reserves judgement in Williams/Holness Senate case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Court-reserves-judgement-in-Williams-Holness-Senate-case_17221678 THE Judicial Review Court yesterday reserved judgement in the case brought by Arthur Williams over his dismissal from the Senate by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, using a resignation letter party members were made to sign in 2012 ahead of their appointment as senators. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Japan naval vessel visits Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Japan-naval-vessel-visits-Jamaica A Japanese naval vessel yesterday visited the Jamaican capital Kingston in celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between both countries and the Japan-Caricom Friendship Year 2014. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:29:44 GMT PM bats for ENVIRONMENT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM-bats-for-ENVIRONMENT_17221684 SHE hasn't had a history of addressing environmental matters at home, but Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson Miller waxed eloquent on the subject at yesterday's special session to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cruel irony http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cruel-irony After just over a decade, Parliament yesterday passed the Disabilities Bill. But even as the members sought to take credit for the legislation, the cruel irony of the State’s neglect of the disabled was evident when the majority of Jamaicans with physical challenges who went to Gordon House to watch the debate were unable to enter the building. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:29:46 GMT Distribution of tablets to teachers for e-Learning project begins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Distribution-of-tablets-to-teachers-for-e-Learning-project-begins_17215764 THE distribution of 25,000 tablets to teachers and students under the Tablets in Schools (TIS) Pilot Project began Monday with the delivery of approximately 180 devices. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gov't to enforce law against lighting fires http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-to-enforce-law-against-lighting-fires-_17219474 PEOPLE who continue to light fires indiscriminately may soon face prosecution, according to Local Government and Community Development Minister Noel Arscott. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Six Portmore residents convicted for water theft http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Six-Portmore-residents-convicted-for-water-theft_17221572 THE National Water Commission (NWC) reported yesterday that six people were recently convicted in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court for trespassing on the works of the NWC. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT JDIP contractors seek legal advice to recover $1.6 b from Govt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JDIP-contractors-seek-legal-advice-to-recover--1-6-b-from-Govt_17215717 CONTRACTORS claiming over $1.6 billion in unpaid bills after participating in the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) are seeking legal advice on proceeding with the issue, despite meeting with Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar Davies, last Thursday. General News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Audi takes care of FIFA vice-president for a day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Audi-takes-care-of-FIFA-vice-president-for-a-day_17221579 When FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb, who also heads the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), visited Kingston on Monday, it was only natural that his mode of transportation would be an Audi. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT ISA pays tribute to late former council president Lennox Ballah http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ISA-pays-tribute-to-late-former-council-president-Lennox-Ballah_17219857 THE words on the plaque read 'Born to Serve', and according to former colleagues and family members, they accurately sum up the life of the late Lennox Ballah, a Trinidadian jurist who has gone down in history as the first ever president of the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Mechanical sewage treatment systems to be rehabilitated http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Mechanical-sewage-treatment-systems-to-be-rehabilitated_17215061 HEALTH Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says a number of mechanical sewage treatment plants at hospitals across the island will be rehabilitated, under phase two of the Sewage Treatment Project. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gov't vows not to allow abuse of rights under flexi-work week http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-vows-not-to-allow-abuse-of-rights-under-flexi-work-week-_17219475 LABOUR Minister Derrick Kellier says the Government will not tolerate any abuse of rights or discrimination of employees under the proposed flexi-work week arrangements. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Cooling down! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cooling-down--_17215409 Firefighter Michael Sutherland quenches his thirst just after putting out a fire in Lake Pen, St Catherine, last week. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT 10 drought-affected schools in St Catherine to get water tanks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/10-drought-affected-schools-in-St-Catherine-to-get-water-tanks_17219504 TEN schools and four community centres located in drought-affected areas of St Catherine are to benefit from a rainwater harvesting project being undertaken through some $3 million in funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Another cop in alleged death squad gets bail http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Another-cop-in-alleged-death-squad-gets-bail_17173234 ANOTHER Clarendon-based cop accused of murdering civilians in the parish was last week offered bail in the sum of $1 million, on condition that he stays away from the area. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Canadian jobs which are in high demand http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Canadian-jobs-which-are-in-high-demand_17220513 Dear Mr Brown: Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Minister appoints Children’s Home Review Committee http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Minister-appoints-Children-s-Home-Review-Committee_17215396 MINISTER of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna on Monday announced the appointment of a committee to review the operations of children's homes in light of the unauthorised implementation of sexual education programmes in six privately-operated residential care facilities by human rights group Jamaicans for Justice. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Shaw says Byles’ statement lacks understanding of economy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Shaw-says-Byles--statement-lacks-understanding-of-economy KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Planning, Audley Shaw, says that a recent statement by co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee Committee (EPOC), Richard Byles, that they will have to assess the reasons for the decline in exports, reveals a lack of understanding of the workings of the economy. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:27:27 GMT Police hosts Marine Festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-hosts-Marine-Festival KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Police say that all is now set for their Marine Festival scheduled for this Friday at the Marine Police Headquarters, Kingston. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:43:14 GMT US $500m AIDS-free campaign to help Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US--500m-AIDS-free-campaign-to-help-Caribbean MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says over US$500 million will be allocated for new efforts to reach an AIDS-free generation in the Caribbean and other places. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:37:07 GMT Over 40 killed as plane smashes into house in Taiwan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Over-40-killed-as-plane-smashes-into-house-in-Taiwan TAIPEI, Taiwan (AFP) - More than 40 people were killed in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with local television reporting the flight had smashed into two houses after an aborted landing. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:30:15 GMT Barbados records first case of home transmitted chikungunya http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Barbados-records-first-case-of-home-transmitted-chikungunya BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) --The Ministry of Health has reported the first case of chikungunya in a Barbadian with no known travel history. The other six cases confirmed so far have all been imported into the island. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:27:45 GMT Police arrest 41 people for lottery scamming, 15 charged http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-arrest-41-persons-for-lottery-scamming--15-charged KINGSTON, Jamaica - Forty one persons have been detained detained for breaching the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transaction) (Special Provisions) Act, 2013 during a joint Police/Military operation that took place in Western Jamaica on Monday, July 21 and Tuesday, July 22. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:16:01 GMT UAE sheikh to build hotel in Antigua http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UAE-sheikh-to-build-hotel-in-Antigua ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – A memorandum of agreement has been signed with an investor from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for the construction of a US$120 million hotel project in Antigua. Local News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:14:07 GMT