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 Commonwealth Games: Jamaican female cyclist bow out of 3,000m pursuit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Commonwealth-Games--Jamaican-female-cyclist-bow-out-of-3-000m-pursuit GLASGOW, Scotland --- Jamaican cyclist Biana Hernould found the going tough in the women's 3,000m individual pursuit qualifying at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome earlier Friday. Local Sports Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:26:24 GMT Sprint king Bolt arrives in Glasgow for Commonwealth Games on Friday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Sprint-king-Bolt-arrives-in-Glasgow-for-Commonwealth-Games-on-Friday GLASGOW, Scotland --- Jamaica's sprint sensation Usain Bolt is scheduled to arrive here on Friday, and is expected to fire up the XXX Commonwealth Games which got underway on Wednesday. Local Sports Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:18:56 GMT Former 'X Factor' judge Tulisa fined for hitting blogger http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Former--X-Factor--judge-Tulisa-fined-for-hitting-blogger LONDON (AP) — British singer and former "X Factor" judge Tulisa Contostavlos, who last week won a legal victory over a tabloid sting story, has been fined for assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival. Local Entertainment Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:13:08 GMT COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Jamaica crash to Malaysia in table tennis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/COMMONWEALTH-GAMES--Jamaica-crash-to-Malaysia-in-table-tennis GLASGOW, Scotland --- Jamaica went crashing 3-0 to Malaysia in women's team tennis at the Scotstoun Table Tennis Centre on Thursday morning. Local Sports Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:53:10 GMT Jamaican woman convicted for marriage fraud http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaican-woman-convicted-for-marriage-fraud TAMPA, Florida (CMC) – The United States Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agency says a Jamaican woman has been found guilty of marriage fraud by a US federal jury. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:44:12 GMT Patient fatally shoot caseworker in US http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Patient-fatally-shot-caseworker-in-US DARBY, Philadelphia (AP) — Authorities are attempting to determine why a man identified as a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:23:45 GMT Taiwan plane-crash survivor crawls out, phones dad http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Taiwan-plane-crash-survivor-crawls-out--phones-dad XIXI, Taiwan (AP) — The 10 survivors of Taiwan's worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:12:46 GMT World Junior Champs: Mason clocks National junior record in 110m hurdle silver http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/World-Junior-Champs--Mason-clocks-National-junior-record-in-110m-hurdle-silver EUGENE, USA--Tyler Mason ran a Jamaican National Junior Record 13.06 seconds (0.5m/s) to win the silver medal in the men’s 110m hurdles final on Thursday’s third afternoon of the 15th IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field, Oregon. Local Sports Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:57:31 GMT World Junior Champs: O’Hara on track for medal in 200m http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/World-Junior-Champs--O-Hara-on-track-for-medal-in-200m EUGENE, USA -- Michael O’Hara stayed on course to be the third Jamaican man to win a medal in the 200m at the IAAF World Junior Championships after easily winning his semi-final heat in a new personal best 20.45 seconds (1.4m/s) Thursday evening on the third day of the Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Local Sports Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:34:13 GMT Jamaica win first medal at World Junior Championships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaica-wins-first-medal-at-World-Junior-Championships KINGSTON, Jamaica--Jamaica secured its first medal at the 15th IAAF World Junior Championships on Thursday as Tyler Mason finished second in the 110m hurdles. Local Sports Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:26:12 GMT World Junior Champs: Natallah Whyte makes women’s 200m final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/World-Junior-Champs--Natallah-Whyte-makes-women-s-200m-final EUGENE, USA -- Jamaica’s Natallah Whyte is the first Jamaican into a sprint final here at the 15th IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon after she made it into Friday’s 200m medal round. Local Sports Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:53:38 GMT 20th session of the International Seabead Authority closes in Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/20th-session-of-the-International-Seabead-Authority-closes-in-Kingston KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The 20th session of the International Seabead Authority convened at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston came to a close Thursday afternoon, July 24, a day ahead of schedule. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:18:36 GMT CPL T20: T&T Red Steel fielding vs Amazon Warriors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CPL-T20--T-T-Red-Steel-fielding-vs-Amazon-Warriors PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel won the toss and sent Guyana Amazon Warriors in to bat in the 11th game of the Caribbean Premier League at Queen’s Park Oval on Thursday. Local Sports Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:05:18 GMT Russian delegation at Seabed conference declines comment on flight MH17 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Russian-delegation-at-Seabed-conference-declines-comment-on-flight-MH17 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The delegation of the Russian Federation at the 20th annual session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Jamaica has declined to comment on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near its border with Ukraine a week ago today, saying it would prefer to await the outcome of investigations before making any statements. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:54:02 GMT Shaw says new tax measures threaten constitutional rights, business confidence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Shaw-says-new-tax-measures-threaten-constitutional-rights--business-confidence KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Opposition spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, says that the government may be trampling upon the constitutional rights of Jamaicans, by introducing new tax collection measures in two Bills passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:36:11 GMT House approves two bills to facilitate improved tax compliance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/House-approves-two-bills-to-facilitate-improved-tax-compliance KINGSTON, Jamaica -- (JIS) The House of Representatives has approved two Bills, aimed at facilitating the collection of taxes and improving the rate of compliance by Jamaicans. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:31:39 GMT UPDATE: Air Algerie plane with 116 aboard crashed in rainstorm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Air-Algerie-plane-with-116-aboard-crashed-in-rainstorm OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso (AP) — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighbouring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation disaster in a week. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:48:53 GMT PHOTOS: 15th IAAF World Junior Championships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTOS--15th-IAAF-World-Junior-Championships Local Sports Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:31:47 GMT Condolence book opens for Sir Howard Cooke in Washington DC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Condolence-book-opens-for-Sir-Howard-Cooke-in-Washington-DC WASHINGTON DC -- Jamaicans in Washington, DC, will be able to pay their respects to the late former Governor Sir Howard Cooke, by signing the condolence book that was opened at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, on July 23. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:51:07 GMT FOREX: $112.83 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/FOREX---112-83-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica —The US dollar on Thursday, July 24, ended trading at J$112.83 up 12 cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:08:45 GMT World Junior Champs: Hyde through to 400m H final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/World-Junior-Champs--Hyde-through-to-400m-H-final EUGENE, USA—It was a good third morning of the 15th IAAF World Junior Championships for Jamaica as three of four 200m sprinters and 400m hurdles favourite Jaheel Hyde all advanced comfortably. Local Sports Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:59:42 GMT CPL T20: Samuels hopeful after Hawksbills suffer four defeats http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CPL-T20--Samuels-hopeful-after-Hawksbills-suffer-four-defeats KINGSTON, Jamaica—With the Antigua Hawksbills suffering four defeats in a row, captain Marlon Samuels and coach Tim Nielsen says that they are still optimistic despite the recent displays. Local Sports Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:54:22 GMT 12 people injured as buses collide on Spanish Town Road http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/12-people-injured-as-buses-collide-on-Spanish-Town-Road KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Twelve people were rushed to hospital Thursday morning following a motor vehicle crash along Spanish Town Road in St Andrew. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:18:22 GMT Alia breaks 50m breaststroke record again, into final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Alia-breaks-50m-breaststroke-record-again--into-final GLASGOW, Scotland --- Alia Atkinson continues her amazing form when she swam another Commonwealth Games record of 30.17 seconds to win the women’s 50m breaststroke semi-final at the Tollcross Swimming Centre on Thursday. Local Sports Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:01:37 GMT Al Miller led police on high speed chase, cop tells court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Al-Miller-led-police-on-high-speed-chase--cop-tells-court KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A police officer today testified that Reverend Al Miller led police on a high speed chase on June 22, 2010 the day when Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was captured. Local News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:00:12 GMT