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 McKenzie wants police to do more in West Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/McKenzie-wants-police-to-do-more-in-West-Kingston_19221169 WEST Kingston Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie is calling on the police to implement more strategic measures to stem gun violence plaguing the area. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica's bocce team tops at World Summer Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Special-Gold CALIFORNIA, USA — Lorna Bell, the executive director of Special Olympics Jamaica, expressed joy after the bocce team won gold for the country at the World Summer Games here on Monday. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:16 GMT ‘We are disappointed’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-We-are-disappointed-_19221164 JUSTICE Minister Senator Mark Golding has rejected the United States' latest report on human trafficking in Jamaica, describing it as unfair and fraught with too many unfounded anecdotes. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Act in public's interest, shun corruption, DPP advises new JPs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Act-in-public-s-interest--shun-corruption--DPP-advises-new-JPs_19221185 DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn has chided public officers who have failed to act in the interest of the public. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT My appointment has been rescheduled - what should I do? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/My-appointment-has-been-rescheduled---what-should-I-do-_19221127 I booked an appointment for a nonimmigrant visa interview for August 7. I just received an email from 'The Visa Information Service' saying that my appointment has been rescheduled for August 5. Is this official? Who can I check with about this email? Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Two gunmen shot dead in Roehampton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Two-gunmen-shot-dead-in-Roehampton_19221112 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Two men, believed to be from the community of Flanker, were shot dead during a joint police/military operation in Roehampton, as the St James Police Division moves to cut the high level of violence in the parish. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT ILO's assistance to transform informal economy timely, says Kellier http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ILO-s-assistance-to-transform-informal-economy-timely--says-Kellier_19221070 MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier says the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) current work to help transform the informal economy is a well-needed intervention, which he said will serve to boost productivity and enhance the quality of jobs. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Does Canada pay people to have babies? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Does-Canada-pay-people-to-have-babies-_19221115 Dear Mr Brown, Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT LIME Foundation hosts second blood drive today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/LIME-Foundation-hosts-second-blood-drive-today_19221128 THE LIME Foundation will today host its second blood drive, as it aims to assist the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) with its huge demand for the life-saving liquid. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Festival fashion 'Bandana wid Denim' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Festival-fashion--Bandana-wid-Denim-_19221161 WITH eight days to go before the country's 53 anniversary of Independence, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is urging Jamaicans to mark the occasion with fashion as was done in the early days of Festival. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Suspect held for bus shooting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Suspect-held-for-bus-shooting_19221165 LINDOW'S HILL, Westmoreland — Police were, up to late yesterday afternoon, questioning a man who was held in connection with a gun attack on a minibus in this community Monday. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Licence plates shortage to ease next week; TRN cards now printed on demand http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Licence-plates-shortage-to-ease-next-week--TRN-cards-now-printed-on-demand_19221182 THE shortage of private motor vehicle licence plates should ease by next week as two batches of material to print the plates are expected to arrive in the island this week, according to Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ). Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Youth have big role to play this Independence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Youth-have-big-role-to-play-this-Independence_19221074 YOUNG people will be playing a "serious role" in Emancipation and Independence celebrations this year, according to Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Bandana returns for Festival 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bandana-returns-for-Festival-2015_19221073 BANDANA has returned for 'Emancipendence' 2015 with the reintroduction of festival fashion under the theme: 'Bandana wid Denim, Ketch di Fashion Riddim.' Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Wood Hall to get $15-million box culvert bridge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Wood-Hall-to-get--15-million-box-culvert-bridge_19221075 GOVERNMENT has awarded a $15.2-million contract to Alcar Construction and Haulage Company for the construction of a box culvert bridge in the West Central St Catherine farming community of Wood Hall. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Free land for squatters as Gov’t regularises St Catherine community http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Free-land-for-squatters-as-Gov-t-regularises-St-Catherine-community KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The community of Clifton, in St Catherine, is to be transformed from being a squatter area, to one with major infrastructure, and the residents becoming owners of the land. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:00:09 GMT PM heads to NY to give perspective on security threats facing Ja, C’bean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM-heads-to-NY-to-give-perspective-on-security-threats-facing-Ja--C-bean KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will on Thursday address a special United Nations (UN) Open Debate on Peace and Security Challenges Facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the UN Headquarters in New York. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:11:52 GMT Judge tells man he is ‘hard to look at’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Judge-tells-man-he-is--hard-to-look-at- KINGSTON, Jamaica – Laughter erupted inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court after a magistrate told an accused man that he was “hard to look at”. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:51:42 GMT World economy fragile, faces downside risks – IMF's Lagarde http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/World-economy-fragile--faces-downside-risks---IMF-s-Lagarde WASHINGTON (AP) — International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says the world economy is recovering but fragile and "faces some downside risks." Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:35:43 GMT Vendor’s stabbing marks 4th West Kingston attack in 48 hours http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Vendor-s-stabbing-marks-4th-West-Kingston-murder-in-48-hours KINGSTON, Jamaica – The body of a female vendor was this morning found along West Street in Kingston, close to the market district where she reportedly plies her trade. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:09:02 GMT Prince Ali launches attack on Platini in FIFA presidential race http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Prince-Ali-launches-attack-on-Platini-in-FIFA-presidential-race PARIS, France (AFP) – Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein said on Wednesday that he thought Michel Platini, who confirmed he will run for FIFA president next year, is "not good for football and football's fans and players deserve better".  Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:55:16 GMT UPDATE: Cops urged to ‘seek help, trust God’ after colleague’s suspected suicide http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UPDATE--Cops-urged-to--seek-help--trust-God--after-colleague-s-suspected-suicide MANCHESTER, Jamaica – Early Wednesday, head of the Manchester Police Superintendent Melvin Brown urged police officers to seek help from friends, colleagues, professional counsellors and others when struggling with mental and emotional crises including depression. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:48:06 GMT World Bank funds for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/World-Bank-funds-for-Jamaica WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) – The World Bank is providing a US$ 6.8 million grant to help Jamaica improve the quality and use of climate related information for effective planning and action at local and national levels. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:10:37 GMT FIFA fines Zimbabwe for missing women's Olympic qualifier http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/FIFA-fines-Zimbabwe-for-missing-women-s-Olympic-qualifier ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has fined Zimbabwe and awarded Ivory Coast a 3-0 win after the Zimbabweans failed to show up for a women's Olympic qualifying game. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:03:13 GMT AFTER 12 - SIZZLING MICO STUDENTS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/SIZZLING-MICO-STUDENTS THIRD-YEAR students in the Early Childhood and Library group at The Mico University College in Kingston outdid themselves last Saturday with the staging of an excellent Summer Sizzle Cocktail Party at Alhambra Inn & Restaurant. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:11:08 GMT