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 South Africa's withdrawal rocks International Criminal Court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CRIMINAL PRETORIA, South Africa (AFP) - South Africa announced Friday that it would withdraw from the International Criminal Court, dealing a major blow to a troubled institution set up to try the world's worst crimes. Local News Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:00:43 GMT Wolmer's score 6, Excelsior 5 in Flow Super Cup matches http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/XLCR2016-10-21T19-41-53 KINGSTON, Jamaica - The following are the results of matches played in the first round of the Flow Super Cup. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:38:10 GMT Bog Walk gorge closed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/gorge2016-10-21T19-16-02 KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Police are advising members of the public that the Bog Walk gorge in St. Catherine has been closed due to rising water levels. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:14:07 GMT Raine Spencer, princess Diana's stepmother, dies at 87 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Raine-Spencer--princess-Diana-s-stepmother--dies-at-87 LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Countess Raine Spencer, the stepmother of Diana, princess of Wales with whom she had a rocky relationship, has died aged 87, her family said. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:15:40 GMT Finance state minister says Jamaica future stable http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Finance-state-minister-says-Jamaica-future-stable KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – State Minister for Finance and the Public Service, Fayval Williams, says Jamaica faces a more stable future based on notable macroeconomic gains, particularly under the four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF). Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:05:51 GMT Clinton says Trump stance on vote results threatens US democracy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Clinton-says-Trump-stance-on-vote-results-threatens-US-democracy CLEVELAND, United States (AFP) – Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton on Friday accused her opponent Donald Trump of "threatening" American democracy by refusing to pledge to accept the outcome of the presidential election. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:37:11 GMT Hylton calls for ‘clear vision’ medical ganja industry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Hylton-calls-for--clear-vision--medical-ganja-industry KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition Spokesman on Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, today called on the Government to articulate a clear vision and policy for the development of the legal medical ganja industry in Jamaica. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:07:41 GMT Weekly Round-up: Maxfield Avenue don killed in US... #X6MurderTrial under way... Shabba Ranks awarded OD http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Weekly-Round-up--Maxfield-Avenue-don-killed-in-US-----X6MurderTrial-under-way----Shabba-Ranks-awarded-OD KINGSTON, Jamaica – Reputed Jamaican gang leader Robert Davis, alias ‘Rodigan’, of Maxfield Avenue in Kingston, and three other men were killed, while 11 people were shot and injured when armed men invaded a birthday celebration being held at a restaurant in Los Angeles, California over the weekend. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:00:26 GMT Church members to stage ‘Jamaica Pray’ against MoBay violence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Church-members-to-stage--Jamaica-Pray--against-MoBay-violence ST JAMES, Jamaica – With the recent and continuous upsurge of violence in Montego Bay, St James, the Jamaica Umbrella Groups of Churches (JUGC) in association with the Montego Bay Ministers' Fraternal, will be hosting a ‘Jamaica Pray’ event in the second city. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:41:39 GMT JCDC looking to add stand-up comedy to annual festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JCDC-looking-to-add-stand-up-comedy-to-annual-festival KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Residents of St Thomas, St Catherine, and Kingston and St Andrew, who wish to develop or improve their skills in stand-up comedy, are invited to attend a workshop on November 3, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, St Andrew. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:03:07 GMT Increase pension benefits, says Lambert Brown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Increase-pension-benefits--says-Lambert-Brown KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Opposition Spokesperson on the Public Service and Public Sector Modernisation, Senator Lambert Brown says Government must immediately increase pension payments to the over 110,000 beneficiaries of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:34:39 GMT Forex: J$129.19 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-129-19-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Friday, October 21, ended trading at J$129.19, up by four cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:20:07 GMT KSAC park to use old tyres, plastic bottles in construction http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/KSAC-park-to-use-old-tyres--plastic-bottles-in-construction KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The park, which is being built by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) in downtown Kingston, will create a family-friendly recreational space, while encouraging basic recycling and sustainable waste-management among citizens. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:01:55 GMT 76-y-o man fatally shot at home http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/76-y-o-man-fatally-shot-at-home ST ANN, Jamaica — The Cave Valley Police in St Ann are investigating the murder of a 76-year-old farmer who was reportedly fatally shot at his home Thursday morning, October 20. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:53:44 GMT Diaspora forms task force to combat crime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Diaspora-forms-task-force-to-combat-crime KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith, met with members of the newly-formed Jamaica Diaspora Crime Intervention and Prevention Task Force at the ministry’s headquarters in New Kingston, St Andrew on Wednesday. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:44:59 GMT Opposition cries dictatorship after Venezuela blocks recall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Opposition-cries-dictatorship-after-Venezuela-blocks-recall CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan opposition's campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro has been thrown into disarray with elections officials' decision to suspend a recall drive against the socialist leader a week before it was to start. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:03:06 GMT FLOW Super Cup: JC face Clarendon College on Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/FLOW-Super-Cup--JC-face-Clarendon-College-on-Saturday KINGSTON, Jamaica – Former champions Jamaica College will launch their campaign in a bid to become the first double winner of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Super Cup knockout competition when they square-off against Clarendon College in one of four intriguing contest across two venues on Saturday. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:38:02 GMT Gov’t aims to boost milk production http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-aims-to-boost-milk-production KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Government is aiming to boost local milk production from the current level of 13 million litres annually to 20 million litres by 2020, says Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:00:58 GMT Trump takes a swipe at Michelle Obama http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trump-takes-a-swipe-at-Michelle-Obama FLETCHER, United States (AFP) – Donald Trump made First Lady Michelle Obama a public target of his anger for the first time Friday in the final weeks of the presidential race, attacking her for comments she once made about Hillary Clinton. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:37:36 GMT 5 dead as storm pounds hurricane-stricken Haiti http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/5-dead-as-storm-pounds-hurricane-stricken-Haiti LES CAYES, Haiti (AFP) — Five people were killed and one person was missing as torrential rains sparked flooding in Haiti, as the country still reels from devastating Hurricane Matthew, the Civil Protection Agency said Friday. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:30:00 GMT St Mary security guard kills would-be robber http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/St-Mary-security-guard-kills-would-be-robber ST MARY, Jamaica — The police have confirmed that a man was yesterday shot dead during a confrontation with a security guard on Wentworth Drive in Galina, St Mary. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:04:10 GMT Antiguan PM hints at calling off referendum on CCJ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Antiguan-PM-hints-at-calling-off-referendum-on-CCJ ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — The Antigua and Barbuda Government is hinting at the possibility of “calling off” the national referendum to determine whether or not the island should replace the London-based Privy Council with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Appeal (CCJ) as its final court. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:48:32 GMT Former public servant wins case against Gov’t of St Vincent http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Former-public-servant-wins-case-against-Gov-t-of-St-Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — A High Court judge has ordered the St Vincent and the Grenadines Government to compensate a public servant with all the monies he would have earned had he not been fired in 2013 after 33 years of service. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:32:16 GMT Gov’t seeks Diaspora to support programmes targeting at-risk youth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-seeks-Diaspora-to-support-programmes-targeting-at-risk-youth KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Pearnel Charles Jr has called on members of the Jamaican Diaspora to strengthen the support offered to social interventions targeting at-risk youth. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:16:27 GMT #X6MurderTrial: Court adjourns after taxi-driver’s testimony http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-X6MurderTrial--Court-adjourns-after-taxi-driver-s-testimony ST ANDREW, Jamaica — The trial of businessman Patrick Powell in the 2011 murder of 17-year-old Khajeel Mais was adjourned today after the prosecution completed their questioning of main witness, taxi driver Wayne Wright. Local News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:58:47 GMT