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 Westmoreland shooting leaves man dead, another injured http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Westmoreland-shooting-leaves-man-dead--another-injured KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man, estimated to be in his 30s, was fatally shot and another said to be in his late 40s shot and injured in Content District, Westmoreland early Friday morning. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:47:06 GMT Not enough evidence to prosecute police in Kentucky Kid’s killing, DPP insists http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Not-enough-evidence-to-prosecute-police-in-Kentucky-Kid-s-killing--DPP-insists KINGSTON, Jamaica — Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewelllyn, responding to reports that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has sent a special report to Parliament regarding the fatal shooting of Robert ‘Kentucky Kid’ Hill by the police, insists that there was not enough evidence to prosecute the accused. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:41:59 GMT Police officer in Suriname jailed for 18 years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-officer-in-Suriname-jailed-for-18-years PARAMARIBO, Suriname (CMC) – A High Court judge has sentenced a 25-year-old police officer to 18 years in prison after he was found guilty of a series of robberies. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:26:53 GMT Region observes Caribbean Tourism Month http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Region-observes-Caribbean-Tourism-Month BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Caribbean countries have been told that while there has been an upswing in tourist arrivals to the region they are yet to achieve their goals. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:24:20 GMT PNPYO urges better use of cellphones by gov't ministers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PNPYO-urges-better-use-of-cellphones-by-ministers KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People’s National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) has called on Government ministers to be “better stewards” in the use of government cell phones.  Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:17:59 GMT Wenger adds Wilshere to Arsenal injury list http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Wenger-adds-Wilshere-to-Arsenal-injury-list LONDON, (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects England midfielder Jack Wilshere to miss the Gunners' Premier League match at home to Burnley on Saturday. Local Sports Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:44:03 GMT Yasin Abu Bakr files lawsuit against state http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Yasin-Abu-Bakr-files-lawsuit-against-state PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – High Court judge Frank Seepersad has adjourned to December 7, a constitutional motion filed by the leader of the Jamaat Al Muslimeen group, Yasin Abu Bakr, in which he is suing the state for wrongful arrest arising out of a murder in 1998. Local News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:26:40 GMT US right-to-die woman puts death on hold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-right-to-die-woman-puts-death-on-hold LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A young American woman with terminal cancer who triggered shock and controversy when she said she would kill herself on November 1 now says she may wait a little longer. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:21:10 GMT Ministry of Health intensifies Ebola public education http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ministry-of-Health-intensifies-Ebola-public-education KINGSTON, Jamaica – Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr Kevin Harvey says the Ministry of Health has intensified its public education programme on Ebola and will continue to provide information to the media and other stakeholders in a timely manner. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:07:21 GMT US and Jamaica could partner on renewable energy projects – Congresswoman Clarke http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-and-Jamaica-could-partner-on-renewable-energy-projects---Congresswoman-Clarke NEW YORK (JIS) -- United States Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke, says the American Government could benefit from a partnership with Jamaica on alternative energy projects. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:17:06 GMT Statement from accused cop’s dead girlfriend admitted  in murder trial http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Statement-from-accused-cop-s-dead-girlfriend-admitted--in-murder-trial ST ANN, Jamaica -- A statement from the girlfriend (now deceased) of accused former police constable Jeffery Peart was on Thursday, October 30 admitted into evidence in the murder trial of the former cop and his sister in the St Ann Circuit Court.   Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:40:50 GMT Manchester High out of daCosta Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Manchester-High-out-of-daCosta-Cup CLARENDON, Jamaica -- Manchester High school is out of the running for any senior schoolboy football honours this season after drawing 1-1 against Kemps Hill in their rescheduled ISSA/Lime daCosta Cup quarterfinal Zone Q game played at the Juici Field in Clarendon Thursday afternoon. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:52:40 GMT Motorcyclist arrested after posting videos taunting California cop http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Motorcyclist-arrested-after-posting-videos-taunting-California-cop MILPITAS, California (AP) — Authorities have arrested the motorcycle rider suspected of filming and waving off a California Highway Patrol officer who was trying to stop him and other riders doing stunts on a highway. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:43:48 GMT Thief hacks off woman's finger for wedding ring http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Thief-hacks-off-woman-s-finger-for-wedding-ring KINGSTON, Jamaica — A woman had to be rushed to hospital this afternoon after a thief hacked off her finger because she had problems removing her wedding ring which he demanded. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:22:50 GMT US man pleads guilty to trying to help IS group http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-man-pleads-guilty-to-trying-to-help-IS-group WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US man pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to help the Islamic State jihadist group and now faces 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, officials said. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:02:27 GMT Information minister reiterates call for media self regulation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Information-minister-reiterates-call-for-media-self-regulation KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, has reiterated her call for the Jamaican media to establish its own self-regulatory body. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:51:38 GMT Vetting of public servants will become the norm, says Bunting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Vetting-of-public-servants-will-become-the-norm--says-Bunting KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting says that the vetting of people wishing to occupy sensitive positions within the public service will become standard. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:35:22 GMT Senior US diplomat seeks end to political impasse in Haiti http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Senior-US-diplomat-seeks-end-to-political-impasse-in-Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The United States sent a senior diplomat to Haiti on Thursday to help resolve a political impasse blocking long-overdue legislative and local elections in the Caribbean country. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:12:35 GMT Forex: J$112.76 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-112-76-to-one-US-dollar2014-10-30T15-04-07 KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Thursday, October 30, ended trading at J$112.76, up three cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:02:28 GMT ICC puts Windies tour to SA top of agenda http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ICC-puts-Windies-tour-to-SA-top-of-agenda DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – Salvaging West Indies' next scheduled tour - to South Africa - would be the first priority at next week’s board meeting of the Internal Cricket Council (ICC), top cricket official Wally Edwards has said. Local Sports Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:54:15 GMT Jamaica sends 175-member team to CAC Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaica-sends-175-member-team-to-CAC-Games KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica will send 135 athletes and 40 officials to the XXII Central American & Caribbean (CAC) Games to be held in Veracruz, Mexico from November 14-30. Local Sports Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:54:07 GMT US man's dog helps police nab him on drug charge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-man-s-dog-helps-police-nab-him-on-drug-charge PRATTVILLE, Alabama (AP) — Police in central Alabama say a man's own dog helped officers nab him on a drug charge. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:40:30 GMT Shaggy to help Food For The Poor build houses in Haiti http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Shaggy-to-help-Food-For-The-Poor-build-houses-in-Haiti KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s Grammy award-winning reggae star, Shaggy, will perform at Food For The Poor’s (FFP) 20th annual Building Hope Gala, to raise funds to build critically needed houses for poverty-stricken individuals living in Pon Batay, Haiti. Local Entertainment Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:38:24 GMT Heath Ministry to increase personnel at Sangster Airport http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Heath-Ministry-to-increase-personnel-at-Sangster-Airport ST JAMES, Jamaica -- Beginning next week, the Ministry of Health will be beefing up the number of health personnel stationed at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, as part of its Ebola Preparedness Programme at the country’s ports of entry. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:32:36 GMT CXC to launch online store for past papers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CXC-to-launch-online-store-for-past-papers KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will launch its online store on Friday, November 7 through which it will provide electronic resources for secondary examinations. Local News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:03:31 GMT