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 UPDATE: Man in Spanish Town Road crash still in hospital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Man-in-Spanish-Town-Road-crash-still-in-hospital ST ANDREW, Jamaica – After earlier providing information that the fourth person involved in the motor vehicle crash on Spanish Town Road in St Andrew on Monday afternoon had died, the police have since corrected this to say that the man is still in hospital. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:50:12 GMT Jamaica names table tennis squad for World Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaica-names-table-tennis-squad-for-World-Champs KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA) today announced its four-member squad that will represent the country at the 2016 World Table Tennis Championships, scheduled for February 28 to March 6 in Malaysia. Local Sports Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:42:25 GMT Walter Rogers Swim Champs starts tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Walter-Rogers-Swim-Champs-starts-tomorrow KINGSTON, Jamaica — The annual five-day Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) Walter Rogers National Age-Group SwimmingChampionships is set to dive off on Tuesday. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:10:45 GMT More interest in Ja's oil, gas potential — Paulwell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/More-interest-in-Ja-s-oil--gas-potential---Paulwell KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell, says the ministry is in the final stages of negotiation with a major oil and gas company, to explore another section of the island to determine the potential for commercial oil and gas. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:27:25 GMT UPDATE: 4th person in Spanish Town Road crash dies at hospital — Police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--4th-person-in-Spanish-Town-Road-crash-dies-at-hospital ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Another individual who was involved in the crash on Spanish Town Road in St Andrew just over three hours ago has died. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:03:52 GMT Ash Wednesday race meet still in doubt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CTL-WORKERS KINGSTON, Jamaica — The holiday race meet scheduled for this Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) remains in serious doubt as no agreement was reached at a meeting earlier today involving the workers and the management of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL). The CTL workers took strike action on Friday resulting in the non-staging of a 10-race programme on Saturday last. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:44:10 GMT Gospel semis for Ash Wednesday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gospel-semis-for-Ash-Wednesday KINGSTON, Jamaica — The semi-final round of the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition, organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), is set for Ash Wednesday, February 10. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:36:45 GMT Forex: J$121.44 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-121-44-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Monday, February 8, 2016, ended trading at J$121.44 down by five cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:34:16 GMT Jamalco, Cablepro book quarter-final spots in Sunshine Open League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamalco--Cablepro-book-quarter-final-spots-in-Sunshine-Open-League KINGSTON, Jamaica — Many-time champions Jamalco and Cablepro have booked their spots in the quarter-finals of Netball Jamaica/Jamaica National Building Society Sunshine Open League after recording victories in the final preliminary round matches at the Leila Robinson Netball Court on Sunday. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:22:11 GMT Bennett praises McCarthy's batting consistency http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bennett-praises-McCarthy-s-batting-consistency KINGSTON, Jamaica — Junior Bennett, the Jamaica Scorpions head coach, is praising batsman Andre McCarthy for his displays so far in the regional cricket season. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:13:25 GMT Schools remain open nomination day, but will close on election day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Schools-remain-open-nomination-day--but-will-close-on-election-day KINGSTON, Jamaica – Chief Education Officer Grace McLean today advised that all schools should be held on nomination day, which is scheduled for tomorrow. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:11:07 GMT Traffic being diverted after crash on Spanish Town Road http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Traffic-being-diverted-after-crash-on-Spanish-Town-Road KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police officers have cordoned off an area of Spanish Town Road in St Andrew and are diverting traffic following a motor vehicle crash this afternoon. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:24:03 GMT ZikV confirmed in three pregnant Barbadian women http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ZikV-confirmed-in-three-pregnant-Barbadian-women BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Barbados health authorities Monday confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus had been detected in three pregnant women, bringing the number of people affected by the disease to seven. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:18:17 GMT Scorpions depart for PCL clash with Hurricanes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Scorpions-depart-for-PCL-clash-with-Hurricanes KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Scorpions team is set to depart the island this afternoon for this Friday's Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day game against Leeward Islands Hurricanes in Antigua. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:32:26 GMT Motorcyclist collides with motor truck, dies — Police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Motorcyclist-collides-with-motor-truck--dies---Police ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – A 42-year-old man died as a result of injuries he received in a motor vehicle collision along I-95 main road, Caymanas, St Catherine, this morning. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:38:11 GMT 'Meteorite' kills man in south India, authorities say http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Meteorite--kills-man-in-south-India--authorities-say CHENNAI, India (AFP) — Indian authorities say a falling object that killed a bus driver and injured three others was a meteorite. If proven, it would be the first such death in recorded history. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:47:03 GMT Mental battle as U-17 Girlz take on the US – Coach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mental-battle-as-U-17-Girlz-take-on-the-US---Coach KINGSTON, Jamaica – Head coach of Jamaica's Under-17 women's team Lorne Donaldson believes a mental battle will ensue when the young Reggae Girlz meet USA in the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship. Local Sports Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:13:07 GMT Wearing of masks at political meetings concern police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Wearing-of-masks-at-political-meetings-concern-police KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says it is concerned about cases of individuals concealing their identities by wearing masks on motorcades and at political and public meetings.  Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:33:56 GMT No evidence of political motive in JLP rally shooting – Police Chief http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/No-evidence-of-political-motive-in-JLP-rally-shooting---Police-Chief KINGSTON, Jamaica – Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams says there is no evidence of political motivation in last night’s shooting incident at a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) mass rally at the Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St James. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:45:04 GMT Martelly leaves office with Haiti in crisis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Martelly-leaves-office-with-Haiti-in-crisis PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Michel Martelly ended his presidential term Sunday without handing power to a successor, in an electoral crisis highlighting Haiti's long struggle to keep democracy on track in the 30 years since the Duvalier dictatorship ended. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:40:09 GMT Noranda files for bankruptcy protection, plans to restructure http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Noranda-files-for-bankruptcy-protection--plans-to-restructure KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NAHC) announced today through NASDAQ that the company and all of its wholly-owned direct and indirect subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for a court-supervised restructuring process under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:35:55 GMT Waterhouse, Arnett to contest Jackie Bell KO final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Waterhouse--Arnett-to-contest-Jackie-Bell-KO-final KINGSTON, Jamaica — Defending champions Waterhouse FC and Arnett Gardens FC are through to the final of the Locker Room Sports/ KSAFA Jackie Bell Knockout competition after defeating August Town FC and Boys' Town FC in respective semi-final games at Harbour View Mini-Stadium on Sunday. Local Sports Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:18:15 GMT Juliet Cuthbert pregnant at 51 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Juliet-Cuthbert-pregnant-at-51 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Olympian Juliet Cuthbert revealed in an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer that she is 51, pregnant, fit and fabulous and ready to become a member of Parliament. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:42:20 GMT Cops identify 2nd man killed at JLP rally as another gangster http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cops-say-second-man-killed-at-JLP-rally-a-gangster ST JAMES, Jamaica – The police have identified the second man killed in last night’s shooting at a Jamaica Labour Party mass rally at the Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St James. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:15:52 GMT Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chinese-visit-temples--fairs-to-ring-in-Year-of-the-Monkey BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and others around Asia flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year. Local News Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:05:00 GMT