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 LIME signs Konshens and Sara Lawrence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/LIME-signs-Konshens-and-Sara-Lawrence_17842782 TELECOMS company LIME signed dancehall artiste Konshens and former Miss Jamaica World (2006) Sara Lawrence as its newest Local News Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Dead claims scam five charged http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dead-claims-scam-five-charged_17843827 THE Accountant General's Department (AGD) employee and three of his co-accused who were arrested on Tuesday are alleged to have defrauded the Government entity of $19 million in the so-called dead claims scam, according to the prosecution. Local News Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT No bail for accused ganja trafficker http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/No-bail-for-accused-ganja-trafficker_17835506 A Kingston businessman who was reportedly found with just over $1.3 million in both US and Jamaican currency, and 19 pounds of ganja at his home, was again denied bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. Local News Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT JDF, Fire Brigade to assist with Ebola http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JDF--Fire-Brigade-to-assist-with-Ebola_17836929 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson says discussions are presently under way with the Jamaica Fire Brigade and the Jamaica Defence Force with the aim of having them play a key role in the transportation of Ebola patients, should the need arise. Local News Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Coretta's new chair http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Coretta-s-new-chair_17843049 Coretta Vincent, the 37-year-old disabled woman who was robbed of her wheelchair on October 8, was seen riding down Spanish Town Road Thursday in the new chair donated by telecoms giant Digicel. Local News Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Slain Mann was Dudus' aide? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Slain-Mann-was-Dudus--aide-_17835772 DETECTIVES probing Wednesday's brazen daylight murder of a man on the outskirts of New Kingston say they have received new information suggesting that the victim — Collin Mann — was a lieutenant of former Tivoli Gardens don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke. Local News Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Compaore flees Burkina Faso capital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Compaore-flees-Burkina-Faso-capital_17840722 PARIS, France (AFP) — The ousted president of Burkina Faso has left the capital Ouagadougou and fled towards the south of the country, a French diplomatic source said yesterday. International Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:00:00 GMT Lie detector tests for 'sensitive' gov't jobs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Lie-detector-tests-for--sensitive--gov-t-jobs_17836209 THE office of the Prime Minister (OPM) heads a list of organisations that could soon be subjected to lie detector testing as Government moves to make polygraphs the norm for persons seeking to work in sensitive positions. Local News Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Three girls trick-or-treating in California killed in hit-and-run http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Three-girls-trick-or-treating-in-California-killed-in-hit-and-run LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) — Three teenage girls trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes were killed by a hit-and-run driver at a Southern California intersection Friday night, authorities said. Local News Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:32:32 GMT Two killed, four injured in Kingston 13 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Two-killed--four-injured-in-Kingston-13 KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Police are now confirming that two persons were shot and killed  during a drive-by shooting incident on Galloway Road, Waltham Park, St. Andrew late yesterday evening.   Local News Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:26:57 GMT Rice bags costume http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Rice-bags-costume_17843898 Decked in a costume made from shredded rice bags and a scary mask, this member of a jonkanoo band thrilled the busy shopping district of West Queen Street, in downtown Kingston, yesterday. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Local News Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Not enough evidence to prosecute police in Kentucky Kid’s killing, DPP insists http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Not-enough-evidence-to-prosecute-police-in-Kentucky-Kid-s-killing--DPP-insists KINGSTON, Jamaica — Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewelllyn, responding to reports that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has sent a special report to Parliament regarding the fatal shooting of Robert ‘Kentucky Kid’ Hill by the police, insists that there was not enough evidence to prosecute the accused. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:41:59 GMT INDECOM criticises DPP’s handling of ‘Kentucky Kid’ case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/INDECOM-criticises-DPP-s-handling-of--Kentucky-Kid--case_17836482 THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has severely criticised the decision of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Lewellyn to drop the case against three cops charged with the murder of entertainer Robert 'Kentucky Kid' in December 2009. General News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jazz & Blues signs Mariah Carey http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jazz---Blues-signs-Mariah-Carey_17836096 GLOBAL superstar Mariah Carey has been confirmed as the headline act for the 19th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival next January. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT UDC relocates fisherfolk from Forum Fishing Village http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Off-to-sea_17836547 THE Urban Development Corporation (UDC) yesterday acted on its plan to relocate fisherfolk from the informal Forum Fishing Village in Portmore, St Catherine. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT How come? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/How-come--_17835474 THE Vineyard Town Police Station in Kingston was yesterday placed under investigation by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) after information emerged that an unconventional electrical connection was spotted on the property. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT JOHN MAHFOOD: Long-term preparation key to listing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JOHN-MAHFOOD--Long-term-preparation-key-to-listing_17834569 JOHN Mahfood and his father Adeeb placed Jamaican Teas in public listing mode the moment they acquired the firm's predecessor, Tetley Tea Company Ltd, in January 1996. Business Leader Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT NLA aims for top public sector customer service award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NLA-aims-for-top-public-sector-customer-service-award_17835495 THE National Land Agency (NLA) continues to improve its service delivery through the use of technology and innovation and has its eyes set on taking the top spot in the 2014 Public Sector Customer Service Competition now under way. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Low visitor traffic from Ebola-hit countries to Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Low-visitor-traffic-from-Ebola-hit-countries-to-Jamaica_17820837 VISITOR traffic from Ebola-hit West African countries to Jamaica has been relatively low, with 66 persons coming from Sierra Leone; 65 from Liberia and 11 from Guinea, so far this year, for a total of 142. General News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT OCA head bats for foetal homicide law http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/OCA-head-bats-for-foetal-homicide-law_17827453 THE Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) has suggested that, in cases where pregnant women are murdered, the accused should be prosecuted for the death of the foetus as well. General News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT The perfect bridge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/The-perfect-bridge_17826528 AMIDST all the speeches delivered by adults, Allman Town Primary School Grade 5 student Mackeda Henry best summed up the importance of the JA BizTown project to children in her age group. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jamaica to set up cyber incident response team http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-to-set-up-cyber-incident-response-team KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Jamaica will be establishing a Cyber Incident Response Team as it moves to strengthen the country’s virtual security platform. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:58:17 GMT United scent City blood in Manchester derby http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/United-scent-City-blood-in-Manchester-derby LONDON, England (AFP) - Scarred by a run of three games without victory, misfiring Premier League champions Manchester City will attempt to reassert their authority when they host derby rivals Manchester United this weekend. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:06:35 GMT Jamaicans in Brazil Encouraged to register on Diaspora Mapping http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaicans-in-Brazil-Encouraged-to-register-on-Diaspora-Mapping KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Jamaican Embassy in Brazil has been encouraging Jamaicans living in the South American country to participate in the government’s ongoing Diaspora Mapping exercise. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:02:46 GMT Increased rainfall expected on weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Increased-rainfall-expected-on-weekend KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica says that a cold front is expected to affect the island on the weekend bringing showers to most northern parishes. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:42:32 GMT