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 Damion Crawford loses to Peter Blake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Damion-Crawford-loses-to-Peter-Blake ST ANDREW, Jamaica – Incumbent Member of Parliament Damion Crawford was a short while ago defeated by businessman Peter Blake in his bid to represent the governing People's National Party (PNP) in the St Andrew East Rural constituency in the next general election. Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:42:38 GMT World Bank: Extreme poverty to fall below 10 per cent http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/World-Bank--Extreme-poverty-to-fall-below-10-per-cent WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Extreme poverty will this year fall to less than 10 per cent of the global population for the first time, although there is still "great concern" for millions in Africa, a World Bank report said Sunday. Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:22:23 GMT 20,000 St James residents to benefit from upgraded health centres http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/20-000-St-James-residents-to-benefit-from-upgraded-health-centres ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) – Government is spending nearly $40 million to upgrade two health centres in the parish of St James, which will benefit more than 20,000 residents in more than seven communities. Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:15:57 GMT Government highlights benefits of UK prison deal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Government-highlights-benefits-of-UK-prison-deal KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – The Ministry of National Security has sought to highlight the benefits of the UK prison deal to the local prison population. Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:04:26 GMT Woman dies in BMW accident http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Woman-dies-in-BMW-accident ST ANDREW, Jamaica – An unidentified woman has been reported dead as a result of injuries she sustained in an accident along Washington Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 13:58:47 GMT PHOTOS: What rain! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTOS--What-rain- KINGSTON, Jamaica – Despite the rainfall associated with Hurricane Joaquin that battered the island yesterday, participants in the ICWI Pink Run were not deterred. Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 13:53:03 GMT Hurricane Joaquin causes 'unusual' number of power outages, says JPS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Hurricane-Joaquin-causes--unusual--number-of-power-outages--says-JPS KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica Public Service on Sunday reported that their work crews are making every effort to restore power supply to a number of areas that are without electricity due to the adverse weather conditions associated with Hurricane Joaquin. Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 13:31:55 GMT Debris spotted as crews search for ship lost off Bahamas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Debris-spotted-as-crews-search-for-ship-lost-off-Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Rescuers spotted floating debris and an oil sheen Sunday as US crews continue an intensive search off the south-eastern Bahamas for a US cargo ship with 33 people on board. The company that owns the ship said a container that appears to belong to the vessel had been found as well. Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 13:06:13 GMT Candidates confident as delegates vote in East Rural St Andrew http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Candidates-confident-as-delegates-vote-in-East-Rural-St-Andrew KINGSTON, Jamaica – Just over 500 delegates are expected to vote today to select a People’s National Party candidate in East Rural St Andrew for the next general election, as first-time Member of Parliament Damion Crawford is being challenged by businessman Peter Blake. Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 12:43:51 GMT Flights, church services cancelled in Bermuda as Hurricane Joaquin approaches http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Flights--church-services-cancelled-in-Bermuda-as-Hurricane-Joaquin-approaches HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) – Incoming flights have been cancelled as well as church services at the Anglican Church as powerful Hurricane Joaquin bore down on Bermuda packing 115 miles per hour winds after earlier causing death and destruction in The Bahamas. Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:57:16 GMT Princess Royal enjoyed 'real flavour of Jamaica' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Princess-Royal-enjoyed--real-flavour-of-Jamaica- KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Her Royal Highness, Princess Royal, Princess Anne, is hailing the wonderful reception from the Government and people of Jamaica during her three-day visit to the island. Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:52:40 GMT Jamaica to coordinate relief efforts in the Bahamas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaica-to-coordinate-relief-efforts-in-the-Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in Jamaica has said it will send a Rapid Needs Assessment Team (RNAT) to the Bahamas on Monday, to coordinate relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin. Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:39:41 GMT Finance Minister heads to Peru for IMF, World Bank meetings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Finance-Minister-heads-to-Peru-for-IMF--World-Bank-meetings KINGSTON, Jamaica – Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillip leaves the island today for Lima, Peru, to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:26:19 GMT Online prayer for the day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Sunday-s-prayer-online Father, to Thee I raise my whole being, Local News Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:54:08 GMT Boy swept away by floodwaters, rescued http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Boy-swept-away-by-floodwaters--rescued KINGSTON, Jamaica — A 12-year-old boy was today rescued from the Sandy Gully in St Andrew, after he was swept away by floodwaters. Local News Sat, 03 Oct 2015 19:47:06 GMT UPDATE: Avoid Benson and Grants Pen fords – Police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Avoid-Benson-and-Grants-Pen-fords---Police KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police are advising the public that the Benson Ford in Norbrook, St Andrew and the Grants Pen Ford in Grants Pen, Kingston 8, have been rendered impassible due to the inclement weather. Local News Sat, 03 Oct 2015 19:02:15 GMT