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 MPs argue over backhoe purchase at House committee http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/MPs-argue-over-backhoe-purchase-at-House-committee_75380 THE usual routine sitting of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee was yesterday morning disrupted after St Thomas Western Member of Parliament (MP) James Robertson brought up a decade-old issue involving the purchase of a backhoe for the constituency of St Andrew West Rural. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Police unease http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-unease_75407 Police on front-line duty are increasingly declining to engage criminals as they fear being prosecuted by the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM), the Jamaica Observer was told yesterday. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Suicidal’ cop not fit for policing, says superintendent http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Suicidal--cop-not-fit-for-policing--says-superintendent_75409 MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Superintendent of the Manchester Police Division Vendolyn Cameron-Powell says that she does not think that the policeman who was involved in a suspected suicide attempt yesterday is mentally capable of handling the rigours of policing. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bunting says Montague ‘not fully engaged’ with security portfolio http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bunting-says-Montague--not-fully-engaged--with-security-portfolio_75421 FORMER Minister of National Security and People’s National Party (PNP) spokesman for the portfolio, Peter Bunting, said yesterday that the recent flare-up of violence in sections of St James has shown that Security Minister Robert Montague is not “fully engaged” with the portfolio. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Penwood students to get new CSEC results in October http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Penwood-students-to-get-new-CSEC-results-in-October_75414 THE more than 40 Penwood High school students who received “ungraded” scores from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) for six subjects because of the non-submission of their School Based Assessment (SBA) in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations should know their new results by the end of October. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Man accused of killing former JUTC boss freed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Man-accused-of-killing-former-JUTC-boss-freed_75413 THE man accused of murdering former Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Chairman Douglas Chambers was yesterday acquitted in the Home Circuit Court, six years after the matter was brought before the court. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Former Israeli President Shimon Peres dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Former-Israeli-President-Shimon-Peres-dies_75437 JERUSALEM, Israel (AP) – Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and elder statesman of Israeli politics, has died, the Israeli news website Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Five more judges for Court of Appeal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Five-more-judges-for-Court-of-Appeal_75408 JUSTICE Minister Delroy Chuck has announced that five more judges will be appointed to the Court of Appeal to bring the full complement of judges to 12. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Obasanjo visits his Jamaican ‘brother’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Obasanjo-visits-his-Jamaican--brother--_75340 Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s easy smile last Friday left no doubt that he was among friends. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Absentee voting for US citizens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Absentee-voting-for-US-citizens_75416 It’s Absentee Voting Week from September 26 – October 3, and states and territories have started sending out ballots to overseas voters. Have you requested and received your State absentee ballot? It’s not too late to go online to the website of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, fvap.gov, and register to vote in the upcoming U.S. general election to be held on November 8. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Chuck laments shortage of JPs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Chuck-laments-shortage-of-JPs_75373 MINISTER of Justice Delroy Chuck has called on pastors and teachers and other people of integrity to make themselves available to serve their country through the office of Justice of the Peace (JP). Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Gov’t official preaches innovation to attract agri investor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-official-preaches-innovation-to-attract-agri-investor_75371 PERMANENT secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Reginald Budhan, says innovative ways must to be found to secure financing and attract investors in agriculture. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Canada’s immigration officers are trained to assess the integrity of marriages http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Canada-s-immigration-officers-are-trained-to-assess-the-integrity-of-marriages_75363 Dear Mr Brown: Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT FLOW Foundation fetes children with cancer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/FLOW-Foundation-fetes-children-with-cancer_75295 THE FLOW Foundation, in collaboration with parents and the Bustamante Hospital for Children, last Friday treated more than 30 young patients of the hospital who are at different stages of their battle with cancer. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Ministry to gather data islandwide on cancer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ministry-to-gather-data-islandwide--on-cancer_75367 THE Ministry of Health is expanding the reach of the National Cancer Registry (NCR) to the entire island to facilitate data gathering on every type of cancer in Jamaica. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bustamante Hospital hosts awareness expo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bustamante-Hospital-hosts-awareness-expo_75368 THE Bustamante Hospital for Children will this Friday be hosting a childhood cancer awareness expo, which it said is among a number of activities the hospital has planned to commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed in September of each year. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT CTO pleads for access for the disabled http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/CTO-pleads-for-access-for-the-disabled_75352 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has made a plea for people living with disabilities to be able to gain equal access and flourish within the tourism industry in the region. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT IDB study points to lower labour income tax in Latin America, Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/IDB-study-points-to-lower-labour-income-tax-in-Latin-America--Caribbean_75264 WASHINGTON, USA (CMC) – A new study has found that taxes on the labour income of the average worker in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries totalled 21.7 per cent of total labour costs in 2013. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT   This Day in History – September 28 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/This-Day-in-History---September-28_75419 Today is the 271st day of 2015. There are 94 days left in the year. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Trump launches harsh new personal attack after debate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trump-launches-harsh-new-personal-attack-after-debate-------_75393 WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Fresh off his presidential clash with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump doubled down yesterday on criticism of a former Miss Universe he accused of getting too fat, comments that could repel women voters. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Death and destruction http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Death-and-destruction_75390 Friends, the death (3) and destruction in the little (10) city is unbelievable. Mi a wonder if this flare-up is more than the illegal lottery trade, which has seen the enrichment of even boys (11) and girls (16) overnight. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Belize wants peaceful end to dispute with Guatemala http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Belize-wants-peaceful-end-to-dispute-with-Guatemala_75347 UNITED NATIONS (CMC) – Belize Monday said it wants to live in peace and harmony with all of its neighbours and that there was need for a “prompt and peaceful end” to its border dispute with Guatemala. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Police commissioner says spate of murders in MoBay orchestrated http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Police-commissioner-says-spate-of-murders-in-MoBay-orchestrated KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams is theorising that the spate of killings that has been rocking the western side of the country seems to be orchestrated. Local News Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:34:18 GMT No quarrel, Lisa, time, the master, will tell, says Nicholson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/No-quarrel--Lisa--time--the-master--will-tell--says-Nicholson_75275 AJ Nicholson yesterday delivered a parting shot to Lisa Hanna, saying that if she’s convinced that there is no flaw in her approach to her political duties, then time will tell if she is correct. Local News Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Top cop unable to say whether criminals, lawmen collude in prison break http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Top-cop-unable-to-say-whether-criminals--lawmen-collude-in-prison-break KINGSTON, Jamaica — Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams today said he is unable to say whether or not recent prison breaks are a result of collusion between criminals and lawmen. Local News Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:50:44 GMT