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 Threat to break Ebola isolation in Liberia over food http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Threat-to-break-Ebola-isolation-in-Liberia-over-food MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food, the West African nation's state radio reported Thursday. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:38:31 GMT ICC says it can’t intervene in BCCI/WICB dispute http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ICC-says-it-can-t-intervene-in-BCCI-WICB-dispute DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – The International Cricket Council (ICC) says it does not have the power to intervene in the current dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) unless it is asked to do so. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:31:37 GMT Mom of Canada suspect -  I cry for victims, not son http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mom-of-Canada-suspect--I-cry-for-victims--not-son OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:47:59 GMT Report says more than seven suicides per hour in the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Report-says-more-than-seven-suicides-per-hour-in-the-Caribbean MEXICO CITY (CMC) – A new Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), report says about 65,000 people take their own lives in the Americas, including the Caribbean, each year—more than seven per hour. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:08:59 GMT UPDATE: Police list ‘Persons of Interest’ in deadly Rockfort shooting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Police-list--Persons-of-Interest--in-deadly-Rockfort-shooting KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police have listed four men as ‘Persons of Interest’ in Wednesday night’s deadly attack on people along St John’s Road in Rockfort, Kingston. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:59:18 GMT Tropical Depression 9 to hit Mexico, may redevelop in the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tropical-Depression-9-to-hit-Mexico--may-redevelop-in-the-Caribbean NEW YORK (CMC) – Forecasters are keeping a close eye on the ninth tropical depression of the Atlantic Hurricane season that formed in the Gulf of Mexico, stating that it could redevelop in the Caribbean. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:39:24 GMT South Sudan women suggest sex strike to end war http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/South-Sudan-women-suggest-sex-strike-to-end-war JUBA, South Sudan (AFP) - A group of South Sudanese women peace activists has suggested that men in the civil war-torn country be denied sex until they stop fighting. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:30:51 GMT EU puts up 24m Euros to find Ebola vaccine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/EU-puts-up-24m-Euros-to-find-Ebola-vaccine BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) - The European Union put up 24.4 million Euros Thursday in a "race against time" to find Ebola vaccines and treatments as deaths from the disease mount in the worst affected countries. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:16:34 GMT Office of the Prime Minister says microphones and tape recorders a problem for PM, Falconer, Neita-Headley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Office-of-the-Prime-Minister-says-microphones-and-tape-recorders-a-problem-for-PM--Falconer--Neita-Headley The following is a letter from the Office of the Prime Minister through its Director of Communication and Public Affairs, Huntley Medley to all news editors in Jamaica. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:42:55 GMT 1,000 suspected cases of CHIK-V in Trinidad http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/1-000-suspected-cases-of-CHIK-V-in-Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - Trinidad and Tobago now has about 1,000 suspected cases of chikungunya. This was revealed yesterday by Chief Medical Officer at the Minis¬try of Health Dr Colin Furlonge, who said key stakeholders in the fight against chikungunya met on Tuesday with the intention of appointing a multi-sectoral task force to combat the virus. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:39:06 GMT Trinidad's Nigeria ban lifted http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trinidad-s-Nigeria-ban-lifted PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - THE ban on travellers from Nigeria entering this country has been lifted with immediate effect, Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan announced yesterday. Khan made the announcement at the post-Cabinet press conference held at the San Fernando Teaching Hospital. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:35:57 GMT 'Canada will never be intimidated,' Canadian PM Harper says after attack http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Canada-will-never-be-intimidated---Canadian-PM-Harper-says-after-attack OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) - Canada's prime minister vowed Wednesday to redouble the nation's fight against "terrorist organizations" after a soldier was gunned down in the capital and parliament was stormed by an assailant. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:32:53 GMT Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq 'massacre' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Blackwater-guards-found-guilty-in-2007-Iraq--massacre- WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) - Four former Blackwater security guards were found guilty Wednesday for their roles in a notorious 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad that left at least 14 civilians dead and deepened resentment of America's involvement in Iraq. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:30:22 GMT Policeman, sister murder trial starts after difficulty in finding jurors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Policeman--sister-murder-trial-starts-after-difficult-in-finding-jurors ST ANN, Jamaica - After being delayed due to a shortage of jurors, the trial of a former police constable Jeffery Peart and his sister Roxanne Peart started in the St Ann Circuit Court on Wednesday, October 22, after another challenging day of empanelling a jury. The two are charged for the 2012 murder of taxi operator Delroy Frame. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:01:16 GMT Three shot dead, several injured in East Kingston gang violence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Three-shot-dead--several-injured-in-East-Kingston-gang-violence KINGSTON, Jamaica — Three persons are dead and several others injured in East Kingston, where police are reporting a major flare up of violence. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:54:14 GMT Bank robber in Pittsburgh who bummed cigarette gets 10 years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bank-robber-who-bummed-cigarette-gets-10-years PITTSBURGH, United States (AP) — A bank robber who stopped during his escape to bum a cigarette off a construction worker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:42:15 GMT Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Palestinian-kills-baby-at-Jerusalem-station JERUSALEM, Israel (AP) — A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:38:49 GMT Man dies, young daughter in hospital after hit and run accident in St Elizabeth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-dies--young-daughter-in-hospital-after-hit-and-run-accident-in-St-Elizabeth ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica -- A 57 year-old man died and his six-year-old daughter was admitted to hospital following a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident on the Siloah main road in St Elizabeth Wednesday afternoon, police say. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:33:30 GMT Forex: J$112.64 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-112-64-to-one-US-dollar2014-10-22T16-15-31 Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed at J$100.32, up from J$100.15 while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$181.61 up from J$181.24. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:12:16 GMT UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UK-man-faked-coma-for-2-years-to-avoid-court LONDON (AP) — He might have got away with it if it hadn't been for his supermarket loyalty card. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:25:12 GMT T&T Prime Minister condemns Canada shooting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/T-T-Prime-Minister-condemns-Canada-shooting PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) - Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has condemned the fatal shootings in Canada saying that her government stands in solidarity with Parliamentarians. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:54:19 GMT Gas prices down $1.24, diesel down $1.83 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gas-prices-down--1-24--diesel-down--1-83 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in prices of diesel and gasoline effective Thursday October 22, with a reduction in ex-refinery costs from Petrojam. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:48:10 GMT US journalist heads home after Ebola recovery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-journalist-heads-home-after-Ebola-recovery OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — An American video journalist who has recovered from Ebola will soon head home to Rhode Island with his family, hospital officials said Wednesday. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:22:32 GMT Timeshare Vacations Bill passed in Lower House of Parliament http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Timeshare-Vacations-Bill-passed-in-Lower-House-of-Parliament KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Tourism Ministry says that timeshare vacations are to be added to Jamaica’s tourism product mix with Tuesday’s passing of the Timeshare Vacations Bill. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:02:27 GMT Total names new bosses as Russia probes CEO plane crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Total-names-new-bosses-as-Russia-probes-CEO-plane-crash PARIS, France (AFP) - French oil giant Total on Wednesday named new bosses to lead one of the world's biggest energy companies after its chief executive was killed in Moscow when his private jet hit a snowplough as it was taking off. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:24:16 GMT