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 - Mike Henry to return to Transport & Works in new Opposition shadow cabinet, Dr Baugh to retire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE---Mike-Henry-to-return-to-Transport---Works-in-new-Opposition-shadow-cabinet--Dr-Baugh-to-retire KINGSTON, Jamaica - Former Minister of Transport and Works, Lester “Mike” Henry, will be re-assuming his post in the new shadow cabinet to be revealed by Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader, Andrew Holness, this morning. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:24:55 GMT Romney, mulling 2016 run, blasts Clinton and Obama http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Romney--mulling-2016-run--blasts-Clinton-and-Obama WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Republican Mitt Romney, considering another presidential run, slammed potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton on Wednesday for "cluelessly" conducting foreign policy and said Americans are suffering under Barack Obama's brand of economics. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:39:00 GMT OUR defends decision amidst PSOJ criticism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/OUR-defends-decision-amidst-PSOJ-criticism KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) on Wednesday defended the lowering of customer light bills against criticism from the Private sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ). Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:21:44 GMT Don't judge girls who go missing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Don-t-judge-girls-who-go-missing KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaicans are being urged to desist from attacking the reputation and integrity of teenaged girls who go missing, as this affects the seriousness with which the public views these reports. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:01:48 GMT Audley Shaw wants voters' list 'cleaned up' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Audley-Shaw-wants-voters--list--cleaned-up- KINGSTON, Jamaica - Opposition Member of Parliament Audley Shaw says the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) needs to focus on cleaning up the voters' list to allow for fair elections. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:59:44 GMT Lottery scammer awaiting extradition to US http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Lottery-scammer-awaiting-extradition-to-US ST JAMES, Jamaica - Twenty-eight-year-old Davion Barnett of Hendon in Norwood, here, is awaiting extradition to the United States after waiving his right for an extradiction hearing Wednesday. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:12:26 GMT UPDATE: Old faces expected to return as Opposition leader reshuffles Shadow Cabinet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Old-faces-expected-to-return-as-Opposition-Leader-reshuffles-Shadow-Cabinet KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is expected to present a new slate of portfolio spokespersons at a press conference tomorrow, scheduled to begin at 11:00 am at the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Belmont Road headquarters in Kingston. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:59:46 GMT Holness to name new shadow cabinet tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Holness-to-name-new-shadow-cabinet-tomorrow KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is expected to name a new shadow cabinet Thursday morning at the party’s Belmont Road headquarters. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:45:29 GMT Gas prices up 61 cents, diesel up 73 cents http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gas-prices-up-61-cents--diesel-up-73-cents KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see an increase at the pumps in prices of gasoline and diesel effective Thursday, January 29 with an increase in ex-refinery costs from Petrojam. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:38:35 GMT Most judges must qualify for close protection officers, says Bunting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Most-judges-must-qualify-for-close-protection-officers--says-Bunting KINGSTON, Jamaica - Minister of National Security Peter Bunting on Wednesday issued a statement to clarify his pronouncement in the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, that under the review of the VIP Protection Division, which provides Close Protection Officers (CPOs) for officials, judges and magistrates will no longer have CPOs assigned to them. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:30:01 GMT Forex: J$115.79 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-115-79-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Wednesday, January 28 ended trading at J$115.79, up two cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local Business Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:08:47 GMT NIC appeals to public after water meters stolen in Lakes Pen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/NIC-appeals-to-public-after-water-meters-stolen-in-Lakes-Pen KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Irrigation Commission Limited (NIC) says that several of its water meters in the Lakes Pen area of St Catherine have been stolen. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:02:48 GMT PNP councillor, businessman granted bail http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PNP-councillor--businessman-granted-bail KINGSTON, Jamaica – People's National Party councillor Rohan Bryan and businessman Ludlow McWhinney were on Wednesday offered bail in the sum of J$600,000, after they appeared before the Morant Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court for attempting to pervert the course of justice. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:37:43 GMT South Africa beat Windies by 131 runs in 5th ODI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/South-Africa-beat-Windies-by-131-runs-in-5th-ODI CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) – South Africa defeated West Indies by 131 runs, in the rain-hit fifth One-Day International at SuperSport Park here Wednesday. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:26:13 GMT American Express to launch services in Cuba http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/American-Express-to-launch-services-in-Cuba WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – American Express said Wednesday that it plans to launch services for its credit card users in Cuba, after Washington and Havana agreed to establish relations following a half-century freeze. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:15:23 GMT District constable faces court on sexual offence charges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/District-constable-faces-court-on-sexual-offence-charges KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DDP) on Wednesday ruled that a district constable be arrested and charged with breaches of the Sexual Offences Act. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:07:24 GMT St Kitts gets CPL T20 franchise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/St-Kitts-gets-CPL-T20-franchise KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – St Kitts and Nevis will host the newest Caribbean Premier League franchise for the 2015 edition of the tournament, organisers have announced. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:45:48 GMT All systems go for Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/All-systems-go-for-Jamaica-Jazz-and-Blues-Festival TRELAWNY, Jamaica - Festival Producer Walter Elmore told OBSERVER ONLINE Wednesday that everything is in place for the start of the 19th annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, which kicks off tomorrow night at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium on the island's north coast. Local Entertainment Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:26:14 GMT Despite opposition, S Africa road named after last apartheid president http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Despite-opposition--S-Africa-road-named-after-last-apartheid-president CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AFP) — A Cape Town highway was renamed on Wednesday after the last president of South Africa's white-minority apartheid government, FW de Klerk, despite fierce opposition. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:02:32 GMT Chile approves same-sex civil unions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chile-approves-same-sex-civil-unions SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — Chile's Congress on Wednesday approved the country's first law authorising civil unions of gay and lesbian couples. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:46:52 GMT Judges need protection, says Opposition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Judges-need-protection--says-Opposition KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition spokesman on justice and justice reform, Senator Alexander Williams has expressed shock and amazement at the minister of national security’s announcement of plans to review the assignment of close protection police personnel for the protection of judges. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:35:36 GMT Businesswoman facing fraud charges for motor vehicle insurance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Businesswoman-facing-fraud-charges-for-motor-vehicle-insurance ST ANDREW, Jamaica – Forty-four-year-old businesswoman Sandra Morris of Cassava Piece, St Andrew, was on Tuesday charged for her role in the production of fraudulent motor vehicle insurance documents. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:27:32 GMT Several men held in police/military operation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Several-men-held-in-police-military-operation KINGTSON, Jamaica – Several men from the downtown Kingston area were Wednesday morning taken into custody during a joint police/military operation. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:51:53 GMT Russian bank chief kills 3 colleagues, himself after being fired http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Russian-bank-chief-kills-3-colleagues--himself-after-being-fired MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — Russian news reports say that a manager at the Central Bank's branch in a far eastern city has killed three colleagues and then himself after losing his job. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:36:03 GMT South Africa 361-5 (42 overs) vs West Indies – 5th ODI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/South-Africa-361-5--42-overs--vs-West-Indies---5th-ODI CENTURION, South Africa (AFP) – Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw both hit centuries for the second time in the series as South Africa punished a lacklustre West Indian bowling attack in the fifth and final one-day international at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:05:54 GMT