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 NWC signs contract with private company for provision of well water http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/NWC-signs-contract-with-private-company-for-provision-of-well-water KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The National Water Commission (NWC) has signed a 20-year contract with private company Tallawah Investments for the provision of one million gallons of water per day to service areas of the Capital. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:49:07 GMT US pathologist to oversee autopsy on Mario Deane http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-pathologist-to-oversee-autopsy-on-Mario-Deane KINGSTON, Jamaica – The pending autopsy for Mario Deane will take place under the supervision of US pathologist, Dr Michael Baden, who conducted the autopsy on Michael Brown – the 18-year-old man recently shot dead by police in the Ferguson, Missouri. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:03:59 GMT IMF boss Lagarde charged in France graft case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/IMF-boss-Lagarde-charged-in-France-graft-case WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The International Monetary Fund is again touched by scandal with chief Christine Lagarde's being charged in a French graft case, three years after predecessor Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned in disgrace. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:34:26 GMT Cruise ships steer clear of Bermuda as Cristobal approaches http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cruise-ships-steer-clear-of-Bermuda-as-Cristobal-approaches HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) -- Cruise ships took evasive action away from Bermuda as Hurricane Cristobal continued to gain strength on Wednesday as it passes to the island’s northwest. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:09:26 GMT Jamaican FBI agent’s application for Police Commissioner rejected   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaican-FBI-agent-s-application-for-Police-Commissioner-rejected KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican, Wilfred Rattigan, a member of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had his application for Police Commissioner turned down by the Police Services Commission late Tuesday. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:01:06 GMT NYC protest planned for Jamaica custody death http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/NYC-protest-planned-for-Jamaica-custody-death KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — An attorney for relatives of a Jamaican man who died after a beating in a lockup earlier this month will lead a protest outside the Jamaican consulate in New York. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:49:42 GMT JSIF hands over new sorrel factory in Westmoreland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JSIF-hands-over-new-sorrel-factory-in-Westmoreland KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will officially hand over a newly built sorrel factory in Bethel Town, Westmoreland valued at just over $27 million to its operators tomorrow, August 28. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:30:11 GMT Stolen motor vehicles recovered in Sandy Bay, Clarendon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Stolen-motor-vehicles-recovered-in-Sandy-Bay--Clarendon CLARENDON, Jamaica -- The May Pen Police recovered four Nissan motor vehicles and several car parts at Sunrise, Sandy Bay in Clarendon during an operation on Monday, August 25. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:24:33 GMT Dom Rep court mulls sex abuse charges against former Vatican official http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Dom-Rep-court-mulls-sex-abuse-charges-against-former-Vatican-official SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A court in the Dominican Republic is taking the first steps toward possible sexual abuse charges against a former Vatican ambassador to the Caribbean country. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:20:51 GMT Girl accidentally kills gun instructor with Uzi http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Girl-accidentally-kills-gun-instructor-with-Uzi DOLAN SPRINGS, Arizona (AP) — A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:23:18 GMT ONLINE READERS COMMENT: We are a failed State http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ONLINE-READERS-COMMENT--We-are-a-failed-State Dear Editor, Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:55:24 GMT Spiders force Suzuki to recall midsize cars http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Spiders-force-Suzuki-to-recall-midsize-cars DETROIT, Michigan (AP) — Spiders have forced Suzuki to recall more than 19,000 midsize cars. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:49:49 GMT Bahamas govt discuss new initiatives to deal with escalating crime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bahamas-govt-discuss-new-initiatives-to-deal-with-escalating-crime NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – Prime Minister Perry Christie says his administration will discuss new initiatives to deal with criminal activities in the Bahamas after gunmen shot and killed his press secretary Latore Mackey on Monday. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:28:06 GMT Trinidad defeat Jamaica to win Women’s Caribbean Football Union Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trinidad-defeat-Jamaica-to-win-Women-s-Caribbean-Football-Union-Champs PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago -- Hosts Trinidad & Tobago beat Jamaica 1-0 in a fiercely contested game at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Tuesday night to become the 2014 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women champions. Local Sports Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:00:23 GMT Women’s Caribbean Cup: Trinidad lead Jamaica 1-0 at half time http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Women-s-Caribbean-Cup--Trinidad-lead-Jamaica-1-0-at-half-time PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago — Jamaica trail Trinidad & Tobago 0-1 at the half time interval in the Women's Caribbean Cup final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Tuesday. Local Sports Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:34:35 GMT Attorneys in Trayvon Martin case to assist Mario Deane’s family http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Attorneys-in-Trayvon-Martin-case-to-assist-Mario-Deane-s-family KINGSTON, Jamaica —Two prominent US-based attorneys, who represented the family of murdered Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, have joined forces with Jamaican attorney Miguel Lorne to represent the grieving family of Mario Deane who was killed recently while in police custody. Local News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:31:24 GMT Man charged with murder in killing of 2-y-o http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-charged-with-murder-in-killing-of-2-y-o ST ANN, Jamaica — The man who allegedly slashed the throat of two-year-old Jayheim Cooper in St Ann last Thursday has been charged with murder. Local News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:16:28 GMT Hurricane Cristobal causes four deaths, churns towards Bermuda http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Hurricane-Cristobal-causes-four-deaths--churns-towards-Bermuda MIAMI, Florida (AFP) — Strengthening Hurricane Cristobal killed at least four people in the Caribbean and then trained its deadly sights Tuesday on the holiday paradise of Bermuda, officials and meteorologists said. Local News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:08:10 GMT Forex: J$112.77 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-112-77-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The US dollar on Tuesday, August 26 ended trading at J$112.77 up four cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:38:31 GMT Emergency 119 line back in service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Emergency-119-line-back-in-service KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) is reporting that the emergency telephone line 119 is back in service. Local Sports Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:22:04 GMT Man United suffer 4-0 defeat in League Cup to third-division team http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-United-suffer-4-0-defeat-in-League-Cup-to-third-division-team ENGLAND (AFP) — Manchester United sank to new depths on Tuesday when they crashed out of the League Cup in the second round following a 4-0 defeat at third-division Milton Keynes Dons. Local News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:52:10 GMT September 10, new deadline for submission of Reggae Month 2015 events http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/September-10--new-deadline-for-submission-of-Reggae-Month-2015-events KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has extended the deadline to September 10 for submission of new and existing entertainment events to be endorsed under the ‘Reggae Month – it’s Kingston for February’ 2015 calendar. Local News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:30:25 GMT Percussionist 'Sticky' Thompson dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Percussionist--Sticky--Thompson-dies KINGSTON, Jamaica — Uzziah 'Sticky' Thompson, the veteran percussionist whose career covered ska to reggae, died Monday in Florida at age 78. Local News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:24:41 GMT JUTC says issuing of $30 tickets to the elderly will be corrected http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JUTC-says-issuing-of--30-tickets-to-the-elderly-will-be-corrected KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it is hoping to regularise the concessionary fare tickets being issued to elderly passengers during the course of this week. Local News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:02:24 GMT Former Accompong Colonel Peddie dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Former-Accompong-Colonel-Peddie-dies ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica -- Former Accompong Maroon colonel, Sydney Peddie is dead, community elders have confirmed. Local News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:53:47 GMT