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 Jamaica to set up cyber incident response team http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/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/latestnews/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/latestnews/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/latestnews/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 Rita Jeptoo fails doping test: Athletics Kenya http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Rita-Jeptoo-fails-doping-test--Athletics-Kenya NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenya's Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago Marathons for the last two years, has failed an out-of-competition doping test, Athletics Kenya said on Friday. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:32:11 GMT Premier League runs up US$614 million transfer deficit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Premier-League-runs-up-US-614-million-transfer-deficit LONDON, England (AFP) - The English Premier League ran up a record US$614 million deficit in its pre-season purchases of foreign football stars but more than covered its spending with extra TV and rights earnings around the world, a report said Thursday. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:16:55 GMT CDEMA gets € 20m grant from EU http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CDEMA-gets---20m-grant-from-EU KINGSTON, Jamaica — Disaster management in the Caribbean region is getting a boost with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:00:19 GMT Trinidadian courier sentenced for failure to declare cash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trinidadian-courier-sentenced-for-failure-to-declare-cash KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Financial Investigations Division (FID) has reported that a Trinidadian courier was today (October 31) sentenced to pay J$250,000 or serve three months in prison for failure to declare US$45,000 at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:46:46 GMT 'Plastic' Halloween skulls found in Connecticut are human remains http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Plastic--Halloween-skulls-found-in-Connecticut-are-human-remains MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) — A pair of Connecticut junk haulers was stunned to learn on Friday that two skulls picked up at the cluttered home of a deceased man on the day before Halloween were human remains, not made of plastic as they had thought. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:24:48 GMT ‘POSH’ to raise funds for sickle cell community http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-POSH--to-raise-funds-for-sickle-cell-community KINGSTON, Jamaica — Dental surgeon, Dr Michelle Charles, in collaboration with the Sickle Cell Trust (of Jamaica) will be staging the inaugural charity event, ‘Posh’ on Saturday November 1 at Cru Bar CPJ’s The Courtyard, Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:09:12 GMT Virgin crash sets back space tourism by years —experts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Virgin-crash-sets-back-space-tourism-by-years--experts WASHINGTON (AFP) — The deadly crash of Virgin Galactic's spacecraft has dealt a devastating setback to the cause of space tourism, delaying the first commercial flights to the stars by years, experts said Friday. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:36:46 GMT Sunshine Girls depart Sunday for New Zealand Fast5 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Sunshine-Girls-depart-Sunday-for-New-Zealand-Fast5 KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Sunshine Girls and their management team will leave the island on Sunday for Auckland, New Zealand to play in the Fast5 competition. Local Sports Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:01:18 GMT Forex: J$112.76 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-112-76-to-one-US-dollar2014-10-31T15-44-26 KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican dollar held firm against the US dollar ending trading at J$112.76 on Friday, October 31 according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:42:17 GMT Trinidad public sector workers demand resignation of Health Minister over Ebola controversy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trinidad-public-sector-workers-demand-resignation-of-Health-Minister-over-Ebola-controversy PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Public Service Association (PSA) Friday called on Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar to make a definitive statement regarding the staging of Carnival next year in light of the threat posed by the deadly Ebola virus. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:30:43 GMT Police presence increased in Bog Walk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-presence-increased-in-Bog-Walk KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting, has assured residents of Bog Walk in St Catherine that measures are being put in place to stem the recent spate of crime in the area. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:19:35 GMT Canada halts visas for residents of Ebola-hit nations http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Canada-halts-visas-for-residents-of-Ebola-hit-nations OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — Canada on Friday announced it was suspending visa applications for residents of Ebola-hit nations in a bid to prevent the deadly virus from crossing its borders. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:14:03 GMT Senior cop convicted for breaching INDECOM Act http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Senior-cop-convicted-for-breaching-INDECOM-Act KINGSTON, Jamaica — A deputy superintendent of police has been convicted for obstructing the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) in carrying out its duties. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:38:50 GMT Hundreds pay tribute to horse racing legend Kenneth Mattis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Hundreds-pay-tribute-to-horse-racing-legend-Kenneth-Mattis KINGSTON, Jamaica – Family and friends turned out in their numbers to pay their respect for the life of horse racing’s double Hall-of-Famer, Kenneth Mattis at a Service of Thanksgiving held at the Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, Shortwood Road, Kingston today. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:08:48 GMT Witness in murder trial of ex-cop missing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Witness-in-murder-trial-of-ex-cop-missing ST ANN’S BAY, St Ann — A witness in the murder trial of ex-cop Jeffery Peart and his sister Roxanne is being sought by the crown. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:54:33 GMT Drivers scramble for flying cash on Maryland highway http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Drivers-scramble-for-flying-cash-on-Maryland-highway URBANA, Maryland (AP) — Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway after an armoured truck's door burst open. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:12:26 GMT Power restored at Sangster International Airport http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Power-restored-at-Sangster-International-Airport MONTEGO BAY, St James — Essential services were not affected by a power outage at the Sangster Airport which experienced two surges late this morning. Elizabeth Brown Scotton, chief commercial officer at MBJ, operators of the Sangster Airport,  told OBSERVER ONLINE that the backup power supply was activated immediately after the two power surges between 11:00 am and 11:35am. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:07:41 GMT Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket explodes in desert, 1 dead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Space-tourism-rocket-explodes-in-desert--1-dead MOJAVE, California (AP) — A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight in Southern California's Mojave Desert, a witness said Friday. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:36:06 GMT Mike Tyson says he was sexually abused as a child http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mike-Tyson-says-he-was-sexually-abused-as-a-child LOS ANGELES, (AFP) - Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was sexually abused when he was seven years old by a stranger on the street, he told US radio. Local Sports Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:27:13 GMT Accountant General employee, four others charged in $19m scam at department http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Accountant-General-employee--four-others-charged-in--19m-scam-at-department KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A senior employee at the Accountant General's Department along with his sister and three others have been slapped with fraud charges after raids Tuesday in a multimillion dollar investigation. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:42:27 GMT KCOBA to honour five outstanding old boys http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/KCOBA-to-honour-five-outstanding-old-boys KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Supreme Court Judge Justice David Batts is among five outstanding Kingston College Old Boys to be honoured at this year’s annual reunion and awards dinner of the Kingston College Old Boys Association (KCOBA) set to take place at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston this Saturday, November 1. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:54:40 GMT