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 US issues worldwide travel alert http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-issues-worldwide-travel-alert WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) - The United States issued a worldwide travel alert Friday, warning Americans to be vigilant during the holiday period, especially in the wake of a deadly siege in Australia. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:00:26 GMT LIME positioning to take advantage of US/Cuba relations http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/LIME-positioning-to-take-advantage-of-US-Cuba-relations KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) is now positioning itself to take advantage of any business opportunities resulting from the historic re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the USA and Cuba. Local Business Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:56:08 GMT Mother arrested over deaths of eight children in Australia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mother-arrested-over-deaths-of-eight-children-in-Australia CAIRNS, Australia (AFP) — The mother of most of the eight children reportedly found stabbed to death in a house in the Australian city of Cairns has been arrested for murder, police said Saturday. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:27:51 GMT No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/No-word-yet-from-Fidel-amid-historic-US-Cuba-shift HAVANA (AP) — Everyone in Cuba is talking about the startling turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:56:57 GMT Cricket: Cook set to be axed as England's World Cup captain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cricket--Cook-set-to-be-axed-as-England-s-World-Cup-captain LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Alastair Cook is set to be dismissed as captain of England's one-day team ahead of the World Cup after the opener's miserable run of form, according to reports on Friday. Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:36:01 GMT S&P lowers Barbados credit rating to 'B' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/S-P-lowers-Barbados-credit-rating-to--B- KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) on Friday, December 19 lowered its long-term sovereign credit ratings on Barbados to 'B' from 'BB-'. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:07:37 GMT Forex: J$114.59 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-114-59-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Friday, December 19 ended trading at J$114.59, up one cent, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:26:16 GMT Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Obama--No-quick-end-to-embargo-on-Cuba WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days after reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama said Friday he doesn't expect the effort to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the US economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:15:54 GMT Mayor Harris's sale of Bogue lands breaches trust of citizens, says Sinclair http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mayor-Harris-s-sale-of-Bogue-lands-breaches-trust-of-citizens--says-Sinclair ST JAMES, Jamaica – Former Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Charles Sinclair is taking Mayor Glendon Harris to task for what he says is a breach of the trust in a decision to waive $28 million of rental revenue from the Bogue land and to sell the land at a 2009 value instead of current market value. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:54:00 GMT Jamaica gets US$67-m IMF drawdown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaica-gets-US-67-m-IMF-drawdown KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved disbursement of US $67 million for Jamaica. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:43:36 GMT INDECOM exhumes Clarendon man's body in probe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/INDECOM-exhumes-Clarendon-man-s-body-in-probe KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) conducted an exhumation of a man’s body on December 16 and 17 in a probe to gather further information on the cause death. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:22:51 GMT Michael Phelps dodges jail in drunk driving case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Michael-Phelps-dodges-jail-in-drunk-driving-case BALTIMORE, United States (AFP) — Olympic swimming great Michael Phelps looked to the future Friday, including the Rio Olympics in 2016, after he dodged a stint in prison for drunk driving. Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:19:38 GMT Sri Lanka's Jayawardene, Dilshan and Malinga for CPL 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Sri-Lanka-s-Jayawardene--Dilshan-and-Malinga-for-CPL-2015 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Three stars of Sri Lankan cricket, Mahela Jayawardene, Tilakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga, have been added to the pool of international players to feature in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft which is set to take place in early 2015, organisers reported Friday. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:47:13 GMT Man arrested as police seize firearm, ammo in Westmoreland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-arrested-as-police-seize-firearm--ammo-in-Westmoreland SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland – The Savanna-la-Mar police are reporting the seizures of a firearm and more than 200 rounds of ammunition in separate incidents in the parish on Thursday. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:36:34 GMT 1st Test: Windies 201 & 76/2 on day 3 vs S Africa 552/5 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/1st-Test--Windies-201---76-2-on-day-3-vs-S-Africa-552-5 CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) – West Indies were 76 for 2, following on against South Africa at the close of play on the third day of the first Test at SuperSport Park on Friday Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:20:59 GMT Police seize two firearms in St Catherine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-seize-two-firearms-in-St-Catherine KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police are reporting the discovery of two illegal firearms in separate incidents in St Catherine on Thursday. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:47:46 GMT Sad day for Police Force, says Assistant Commissioner Area 1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Sad-day-for-Police-Force--says-Assistant-Commissioner KINGSTON, Jamaica – Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Paul Ferguson who has responsibilities for Police Area One (Westmoreland, Hanover, St James & Trelawny) says it has been a really grim past 24 hours for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:17:52 GMT Haiti's election council to resign: panel member http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Haiti-s-election-council-to-resign--panel-member PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) – Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council will step down in a bid to help unblock a political impasse that has delayed legislative and municipal balloting, a member of the panel told AFP on Friday. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:15:55 GMT FBI conclusively links North Korea to Sony hack http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/FBI-conclusively-links-North-Korea-to-Sony-hack WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — The Obama administration says it's determined the North Korean government was behind a devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:09:07 GMT Raul Castro addresses Cuban parliament after US thaw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Raul-Castro-addresses-Cuban-parliament-after-US-thaw HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) – Cuban President Raul Castro chaired the twice-yearly meeting of parliament Friday in a session likely focused on the communist island's historic renewal of relations with the United States. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:48 GMT William Mahfood elected 17th PSOJ president http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/William-Mahfood-elected-17th-PSOJ-president KINGSTON, Jamaica –Chairman of WISYNCO Group, William Mahfood, was Thursday elected the 17th president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) at a council meeting held at the organisation’s Hope Road office. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:42:25 GMT Boy, six, dies after car crashes into crowd in California http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Boy--six--dies-after-car-crashes-into-crowd-in-California REDONDO BEACH, California, United States (AP) — A six-year-old boy whose mother and two other women were killed when a motorist slammed into a crowd outside a California church has also died from his injuries, authorities said early Friday. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:30:01 GMT Woman police inspector dies in motor vehicle crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Woman-police-inspector-dies-in-motor-vehicle-crash ST JAMES, Jamaica -- A woman police inspector died as a result of injuries she sustained during a motor vehicle crash along the Anchovy main road in St James this morning. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:25:53 GMT 62-y-o Trinidadian sentenced to 17 years in jail for ganja http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/62-y-o-Trinidadian-sentenced-to-17-years-in-jail-for-ganja PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – A 62-year-old street vendor found in possession of more than TT$500 000 worth of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking was yesterday sentenced to 17 years in prison. Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:16:43 GMT ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Healthy road race surge in Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ONLINE-READERS-COMMENT--Healthy-road-race-surge-in-Jamaica Dear Editor, Local News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:57:42 GMT