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 Tesha Miller caught in The Bahamas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tesha-Miller-caught-in-The-Bahamas_93965 Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell yesterday said that the scheduled deportation from The Bahamas of alleged Klansman gangster Tesha Miller was delayed. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Educate, instead of banning bag juice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Educate--instead-of-banning-bag-juice_93973 Dear Editor, Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Beware US$100 notes, police urge businesses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Beware-US-100-notes--police-urge-businesses_93979 The police are urging business operators in Kingston to be on the lookout for counterfeit US$100 notes being circulated by criminals. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Bill proposes new tier of JDF for 18-23-year-olds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bill-proposes-new-tier-of-JDF-for-18-23-year-olds_93991 Debate on a Bill establishing a third tier of service in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) for youths aged 18-23 was opened in the House of Representatives yesterday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Obese nation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Obese-nation_93943 More Jamaicans are obese today than 15 years ago. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT $4.9-b project to cut water losses delayed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-4-9-b-project-to-cut-water-losses-delayed_93977 The country will have to wait a while longer to start reaping the benefits of the $4.9-billion deal that the Government inked with Israeli non-revenue water reduction specialists Miya in July 2015, as work under the project did not get off the ground as planned. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Jamaican mother of teen killed by white cop robbed of ‘moral victory’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaican-mother-of-teen-killed-by-white-cop-robbed-of----moral-victory----------_93925 NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — A Caribbean American legislator says that the Jamaican-born mother of a teenager killed by a white police officer five years ago and was allowed to resign from the New York Police Department (NYPD) has been “robbed of an important emotional and moral victory”. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Chuck says National ID System will be game changer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Chuck-says-National-ID-System-will-be-game-changer_93885 Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck says the National Identification System will be a huge game changer in the fight against crime. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Absent witnesses stall trial of accused councillor in fatal road crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Absent-witnesses-stall-trial-of-accused-councillor-in-fatal-road-crash_93871 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The trial of councillor for the Salt Spring Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Government to provide transportation for rural students on PATH http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Government-to-provide-transportation-for-rural-students-on-PATH_93948 Government will, as of this September, be providing school transportation for students who are on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) in five rural parishes. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT PNP group says Phillips ‘heralds a hopeful future for the nation’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PNP-group-says-Phillips--heralds-a-hopeful-future-for-the-nation-_93912 THE professional arm of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) — the Patriots — says new Party President Peter Phillips heralds a hopeful future for the nation and is the best-prepared Comrade to lead the party and country at this time. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Instead of renouncing permanent resident status, become a citizen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Instead-of-renouncing-permanent-resident-status--become-a-citizen_93947 Dear Mr Brown, Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Minister promises better facilities at Portland fire stations http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Minister-promises-better-facilities-at-Portland-fire-stations-------_93888 MINISTER of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says that steps will be taken to improve the facilities at the Buff Bay and Port Antonio fire stations in Portland. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Minister proposes free university education for member of poor family http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Minister-proposes-free-university-education-for-member-of--poor-family_93935 Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid has engaged tertiary institutions in a discussion about the implementation of an affirmative action policy for poor and vulnerable youth through a system of bonded scholarships. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Mexican president says seeking 'new relationship' with US http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Mexican-president-says-seeking--new-relationship--with-US SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica (AFP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Wednesday he is working on "a new relationship" with the US and thanked Latin American neighbors for support as Mexico faces "big challenges" with its vital trading partner. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:23:45 GMT Gov't puts forward National Financial Inclusion Strategy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-puts-forward-National-Financial-Inclusion-Strategy KINGSTON, Jamaica —The Government has crafted a National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS), which aims to improve the country’s financial system by 2020. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:14:28 GMT #Champs2017: KC extends lead after McLeod wins Class One long jump gold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Champs2017--KC-extends-lead-after-McLeod-wins-Class-One-long-jump-gold KINGSTON, Jamaica — As expected, Carey McLeod of Kingston College copped gold in the boys’ Class One long jump with a mark of 7.72 metres at the 107th staging of the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium a short while ago. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:40:56 GMT Venus downs Kerber to set up Konta clash in Miami http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Venus-downs-Kerber-to-set-up-Konta-clash-in-Miami MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Venus Williams rolled back the years to send world number one Angelique Kerber crashing out of the Miami Open on Wednesday and advance to a semi-final showdown with Britain's Johanna Konta. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:30:39 GMT #Champs2017: Edwin Allen's Richards strikes gold with record-breaking discus throw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Champs2017--Edwin-Allen-s-Richards-strikes-gold-with-record-breaking-discus-throw KINGSTON, Jamaica — It may have slowed gradually but the record breaking exploits continued on day two courtesy of Fiona Richards of Edwin Allen in the girls’ Class One discus at the 107th staging of the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium a short while ago. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:00:22 GMT #Champs2017: Immaculate cops gold in Class Two shot put http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Champs2017--Immaculate-cops-gold-in-Class-Two-shot-put KINGSTON, Jamaica — Danielle Sloley of Immaculate finished top in the girls’ Class Two shot put final to earn her school’s first gold medal on day two of the 107th staging of the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships now under way at the National Stadium. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:43:26 GMT Argentine Congress votes to legalise medical marijuana http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Argentine-Congress-votes-to-legalise-medical-marijuana BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) — Argentina's Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to legalise medical marijuana, joining the lower house and setting the country on course to become the latest to relax its laws on pot. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:30:01 GMT O-WRAP: US lawyer for J'can wants out... Caymanas Golf Club leased... Britain launches EU exit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/O-WRAP--US-lawyer-for-J-can-wants-out--Caymanas-Golf-Club-leased--Britain-launches-EU-exit 1. Hearing for Spencer's anti-doping case set for May 15 Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:00:24 GMT 135 people arrested for illegal guns http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/135-people-arrested-for-illegal-guns ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Acting Commissioner of Police (ACP), Novelette Grant, says the security forces have arrested 135 persons in connection with the seizure of 183 illegal firearms since the start of the year. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:30:22 GMT #Champs2017: Petersfield High student sets new shot put record http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Champs2017--Petersfield-High-student-sets-new-shot-put-record KINGSTON, Jamaica — Devar Clayton of Petersfield High launched a new decathlon shot put record of 14.90 metres to slip into second position in the boys’ decathlon open after three events on day two of the 107th staging of the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships now underway at the National Stadium. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:18:04 GMT DCS says juvenile centre bus damaged by gunfire not targeted http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/DCS-says-juvenile-centre-bus-damaged-by-gunfire-not-targeted KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) says there are no reports to suggest that gunmen yesterday targeted a bus assigned to the Metcalf Street Secure Juvenile Centre. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:47:12 GMT