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 Forex: J$112.64 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-112-64-to-one-US-dollar2014-10-22T16-15-31 Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar closed at J$100.32, up from J$100.15 while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$181.61 up from J$181.24. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:12:16 GMT UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UK-man-faked-coma-for-2-years-to-avoid-court LONDON (AP) — He might have got away with it if it hadn't been for his supermarket loyalty card. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:25:12 GMT T&T Prime Minister condemns Canada shooting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/T-T-Prime-Minister-condemns-Canada-shooting PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) - Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has condemned the fatal shootings in Canada saying that her government stands in solidarity with Parliamentarians. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:54:19 GMT Gas prices down $1.24, diesel down $1.83 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gas-prices-down--1-24--diesel-down--1-83 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in prices of diesel and gasoline effective Thursday October 22, with a reduction in ex-refinery costs from Petrojam. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:48:10 GMT US journalist heads home after Ebola recovery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-journalist-heads-home-after-Ebola-recovery OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — An American video journalist who has recovered from Ebola will soon head home to Rhode Island with his family, hospital officials said Wednesday. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:22:32 GMT Timeshare Vacations Bill passed in Lower House of Parliament http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Timeshare-Vacations-Bill-passed-in-Lower-House-of-Parliament KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Tourism Ministry says that timeshare vacations are to be added to Jamaica’s tourism product mix with Tuesday’s passing of the Timeshare Vacations Bill. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:02:27 GMT Total names new bosses as Russia probes CEO plane crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Total-names-new-bosses-as-Russia-probes-CEO-plane-crash PARIS, France (AFP) - French oil giant Total on Wednesday named new bosses to lead one of the world's biggest energy companies after its chief executive was killed in Moscow when his private jet hit a snowplough as it was taking off. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:24:16 GMT Govt issues guidelines to mortuaries on dealing with infectious diseases http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Govt-issues-guidelines-to-mortuaries-on-dealing-with-infectious-diseases KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government has issued guidelines to operators of funeral establishments and mortuaries geared at preventing the transmission of infectious diseases as it cautions members of the public to cease spreading misinformation on Ebola. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:53:25 GMT UPDATE: Canadian soldier shot near parliament has died http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Canada-soldier-shot-near-parliament-has-died--minister OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) - A soldier who was shot at a war memorial at the start of an attack by one or more gunmen on Canada's parliament has succumbed to his injuries, a government minister said. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:44:54 GMT Pistorius spend first night in single jail cell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Pistorius-spend-first-night-in-single-jail-cell JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius spent his first night of a five-year jail term in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretoria, said a prison official. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:27:43 GMT Three murdered in Bog Walk area http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Three-murdered-in-Bog-Walk-area KINGSTON, Jamaica - OBSERVER ONLINE has just been informed by a resident of Bog Walk that three men were murdered a short while ago in the Pineapple Lane area of the St Catherine community. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:07:45 GMT PHOTO: Farrakhan heads home http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTO--Farrakhan-heads-home Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:26:19 GMT TRINIDAD - Griffith to Abu Bakr: The evil that men doeth live after them... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/TRINIDAD---Griffith-to-Abu-Bakr--The-evil-that-men-doeth-live-after-them--- PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - “THE EVIL men doeth, live after them and at times even while they are still alive”. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:13:01 GMT Linstead district constable dies suddenly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Linstead-district-constable-dies-suddenly KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police in St Catherine North are mourning the death of  colleague. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:01:02 GMT AIDS deaths rise in Trinidad http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/AIDS-deaths-rise-in-Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - An estimated 22,085 people in Trinidad and Tobago are living with HIV, according to UNAIDS Strategic Intervention Adviser Dr Miriam Chipimo. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:57:02 GMT Ebola riot in Sierra Leone kills two as WHO launches vaccine trials http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ebola-riot-in-Sierra-Leone-kills-two-as-WHO-to-launch-vaccine-trials FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AFP) - Tensions surrounding the Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa sparked a deadly riot in Sierra Leone as the World Health Organization (WHO) prepared Wednesday to coordinate clinical trials of an experimental vaccine against the killer virus. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:53:31 GMT UPDATE: Police kill shooter in Canadian parliament attack http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Police-kill-a-shooter-in-Canadian-parliament-attack OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) – Police report that one of the shooters responsible for this morning’s attack on the Canadian parliament has been killed. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:35:06 GMT Ferguson travels to Cuba for Ebola assistance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ferguson-travels-to-Cuba-for-Ebola-assistance KINGSTON, Jamaica – Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson will head a delegation to Cuba tomorrow, Thursday, October 23 where is expected to seek assistance for Jamaica’s Ebola monitoring and response preparedness. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:20:19 GMT At least 20 shots fired in Canada parliament: witnesses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/At-least-20-shots-fired-in-Canada-parliament--witnesses OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) - Canadian police backed by armored vehicles surrounded parliament in Ottawa on Wednesday after a soldier was shot while guarding a nearby monument. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:44:24 GMT Barbados economy expected to show growth in 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Barbados-economy-expected-to-show-growth-in-20152014-10-22T07-35-33 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - The Barbados economy is expected to grow by two per cent per cent next year with the Central Bank reporting that fiscal adjustment measures have reduced the deficit by nearly one per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) so far this fiscal year. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:33:05 GMT PAHO to assist Dominica in case of Ebola http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PAHO-to-assist-Dominica-in-case-of-Ebola ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) - The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has offered to assist Dominica should the deadly Ebola virus surface on the island. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:31:39 GMT Ton-up Pakistani Younis Khan defies Australia in first Test http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ton-up-Pakistani-Younis-Khan-defies-Australia-in-first-Test DUBAI, (AFP) - Younis Khan hit a record-equalling century to guide Pakistan to 219-4 on the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:16:48 GMT Over 200 Canadians infected with ChikV http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Over-200-Canadians-infected-with-ChikV OTTAWA, Canada (CMC) – Canada’s health agency says more than 200 Canadians have been infected by the chikungunya virus that has affected thousands of people in the Caribbean. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:11:57 GMT Cuba sends 83 more doctors, nurses to fight Ebola in Africa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cuba-sends-83-more-doctors--nurses-to-fight-Ebola-in-Africa HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) - A contingent of 83 doctors and nurses departed Cuba late Tuesday for Guinea and Liberia, bringing to 256 the number of medical workers sent by Havana to fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:00:57 GMT Maritime surveillance to be increased - Bunting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Maritime-surveillance-to-be-increased---Bunting KINGSTON, Jamaica - National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, says the country’s maritime surveillance capacity, encompassing monitoring of the country’s territorial waters, will have to be ramped up, as part of the Government’s Ebola preparedness and response mechanism. Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:53:18 GMT