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 Former JFF president weighs in on FIFA corruption probe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Former-JFF-president-weighs-in-on-FIFA-corruption-probe KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tony James, former president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), has weighed in on the corruption storm which has rocked the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) - the organisation responsible for the regulation and promotion of football worldwide. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 18:18:09 GMT Gas prices down $0.17, diesel down $0.85 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gas-prices-down--0-17--diesel-down--0-85 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in prices of gasoline with a decrease in the price for diesel effective Thursday, May 28, with a reduction in ex-refinery costs from Petrojam. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 18:02:11 GMT Forex: J$116.11 to one US dollars http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-116-11-to-one-US-dollars2015-05-27T15-41-53 KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican dollar held firm against the US dollar, trading at J$116.11 on Wednesday, May 27, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 17:40:28 GMT Ja to host international conference on legislative oversight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaica-to-host-international-conference-on-legislative-oversight KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Houses of Parliament will next week host an international conference aimed at strengthening the capacity of Parliaments to carry out their oversight of public expenditure. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 16:57:55 GMT UPDATE: Jack Warner released on multimillion-dollar bail http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Warner-released-on-multimillion-dollar-bail PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Austin Jack Warner was released on TT$2.5 million (One TT dollar = US$0.16 cents) bail after he appeared in a magistrate court with respect to a request by the United States for him to be extradited to face several charges in a New York court. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 15:56:31 GMT UPDATE: Jack Warner in court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Jack-Warner-in-court PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) - Jack Warner was this afternoon brought before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar. He arrived at the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court at around 3.40 pm. An hour before, Warner surrendered to police officers at the Fraud Squad, Police Headquarters, Port of Spain. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 15:41:48 GMT Gov't resolute, no more than 5% increase for cops http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-resolute--no-more-than-5--increase-for-cops KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Government of Jamaica is resolute that the five per cent wage increase offered to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force will not change. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 15:23:35 GMT Admiral Bailey enters guilty plea, fined J$160,000 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Admiral-Bailey-enters-guilty-plea--fined-J-160-000 KINGSTON, Jamaica – Glendon Bailey on Wednesday pleaded guilty in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court and was fined $160,000. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 14:54:36 GMT Warner took FIFA World Cup bribes - US indictment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Warner-took-FIFA-World-Cup-bribes---US-indictment NEW YORK, United States (AFP) - Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner asked for and accepted bribes during the selection processes for the 1998 and 2010 World Cups in France and South Africa, according to allegations published Wednesday. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 14:40:57 GMT UPDATE: Arrest warrant issued for Jack Warner in FIFA corruption probe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Arrest-warrant-issued-for-Jack-Warner-in-FIFA-corruption-probe PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for former FIFA vice president Jack Warner at the request of authorities in the United States, where he was one of 14 people linked to international soccer indicted on corruption charges. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 14:37:35 GMT OBSERVER ONLINE EDITORIAL: FIFA chickens finally come home to roost  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/OBSERVER-ONLINE-EDITORIAL--FIFA-chickens-finally-come-home-to-roost KINGSTON, Jamaica - We are not in the least surprised with the news this morning of the arrest of nine FIFA officials for corruption in Switzerland, as that August body prepared for its much vaunted congress. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 14:25:57 GMT Cybercrimes Act to be repealed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cybercrimes-Act-to-be-repealed KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Cybercrimes Act, 2010, is to be repealed and replaced with a new Act, which incorporates amendments recommended by a joint select committee of Parliament in 2013. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 14:00:38 GMT PM to engage in ‘courageous conversations’ on child safety http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PM-to-engage-in--courageous-conversations--on-child-safety KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, will be the main speaker at a community meeting scheduled to take place on Thursday at the Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School in Clarendon, beginning at 3:30 pm. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 13:38:11 GMT Blatter says corrupt football officials to be expelled http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Blatter-says-corrupt-football-officials-to-be-expelled ZURICH, Switzerland (AFP) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter admitted Wednesday football's world body faces a "difficult time" because of a major corruption storm but vowed any officials found guilty would be expelled from the sport. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 13:25:05 GMT No CCJ Bills Debate in Senate this week http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/No-CCJ-Bills-Debate-in-Senate-this-week KINGSTON, Jamaica - Debate on the three Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Bills, which were passed by the House of Representatives on May 12, are not included in this week’s agenda for the Senate. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 13:14:07 GMT TIVOLI ENQUIRY: 'Ja indebted to cops for Tivoli operation' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/TIVOLI-ENQUIRY--Ja-indebted-to-cops-for-Tivoli-operation KINGSTON, Jamaica – Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds testified that Jamaica is indebted to the police for the operation in Tivoli Gardens, that led to the arrest of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke and the restoration of Tivoli Gardens. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 13:12:20 GMT Warner questions FIFA corruption allegations as T&T elections approach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Warner-questions-FIFA-corruption-allegations-as-T-T-elections-approach KINGSTON, Jamaica – Former international soccer official Jack Warner on Wednesday questioned the timing of corruption allegations against him, which he said came up at a time when general elections are approaching in Trinidad and Tobago. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 12:33:40 GMT US makes extradition request for Warner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-makes-extradition-request-for-Warner PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) - Attorney General Garvin Nicholas has confirmed that he met this morning with United States authorities who are in Trinidad to extradite Jack Warner back to the US, to face charges of racketeering, money laundering and corruption. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 12:00:35 GMT Caymanians in 'disbelief' amid FIFA corruption probe involving Jeffrey Webb http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Caymanians-in--disbelief--amid-FIFA-corruption-probe-involving-Jeffrey-Webb KINGSTON, Jamaica – Caymanians awoke this morning to the news that one of their own, President of CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb, had been arrested in Zurich, Switzerland, and was facing extradition to the United States to face charges of corruption. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 11:48:07 GMT $110m in bribes for 2016 Copa America, says US attorney general http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-110m-in-bribes-for-2016-Copa-America--says-US-attorney-general ZURICH (AP) — US Attorney General Loretta Lynch says investigators have found US$110 million in bribes linked to the planning of the 2016 Copa America soccer tournament, which is being held in the US for the first time. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 11:28:37 GMT TIVOLI ENQUIRY: 'Hard to accept' DCP was unaware of Coke's movements, says Chairman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/TIVOLI-ENQUIRY---Hard-to-accept--DCP-was-unaware-of-Coke-s-movements--says-Chairman KINGSTON, Jamaica - Chairman of the Tivoli Commision of Enquiry David Simmons on Wednesday said he found it "hard to accept" that Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds wasn't made aware of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke's movement on the day he fled Tivoli Gardens in May 2010. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 11:11:28 GMT Asafa Powell to run in Marseille http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Asafa-Powell-to-run-in-Marseille KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica's Asafa Powell is set to compete next on June 6 at the 10th Meeting of Marseille at the stadium Delort in France. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 11:00:55 GMT UPDATE: Sri Lanka sacks officials over sex scandal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Sri-Lanka-sacks-officials-over-sex-scandal COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AFP) – Sri Lankan cricket's governing body on Wednesday announced the sacking of three officials after allegations that members of the women's national team were asked to perform sexual favours to keep their places. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 10:32:33 GMT Trinidad's Warner says ‘US knows where to find me’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trinidad-s-Warner-says--US-knows-where-to-find-me- PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Former international soccer official Jack Warner on Wednesday denied the latest corruptions allegations against him. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 10:27:02 GMT Arrested FIFA officials 'corrupted world soccer' says US Attorney General http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Arrested-FIFA-officials--corrupted-world-soccer--says-US-Attorney-General ZURICH (AP) — US Attorney General Loretta Lynch says bribery and corruption have been marring soccer for at least 24 years as FIFA officials solicited bribes from sports marketing firms and others surrounding its marque events. Local News Wed, 27 May 2015 10:11:39 GMT