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 UPDATE: Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Chris-Brown-pleads-guilty-to-assault WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown this morning pleaded guilty to misdemeanour assault in a DC court and has been sentenced to time served. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:17:32 GMT Tropical Storm Dolly forms off Mexico's coast http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tropical-Storm-Dolly-forms-off-Mexico-s-coast MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Dolly headed Tuesday for a soggy collision with Mexico's Gulf coast. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:36:55 GMT Guyana seeking to deal with high number of suicides http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Guyana-seeking-to-deal-with-high-number-of-suicides GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – The Guyana government says it has developed a “strategic partnership” with the Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) to heighten awareness on the need to prevent suicides in the country. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:22:21 GMT Officials say Yemeni President dismisses Cabinet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Officials-say-Yemeni-President-dismisses-Cabinet SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say the country's President has dismissed the Cabinet and partially reversed an earlier decision to lift fuel subsidies in a bid to end a standoff with Shiite rebels holding anti-government protests across the country. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:10:21 GMT Chris Brown due back in DC court for plea hearing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chris-Brown-due-back-in-DC-court-for-plea-hearing WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — Singer Chris Brown is expected to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case. Local News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:59:52 GMT Bolt aims to replicate Beijing performance at World Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bolt-aims-to-replicate-Beijing-performance-at-World-Champs KINGSTON, Jamaica—World and Olympic sprint superstar Usain Bolt says his recording-breaking performances in Beijing, China are moments he will never forget as he aims to improve on his world records when he next competes in the city next year. Local Sports Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:09:43 GMT Chanderpaul sends warning with big hundred as Bangladesh, St Kitts/Nevis draw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chanderpaul-sends-warning-with-big-hundred-as-Bangladesh--St-Kitts-Nevis-draw BASSETERRE, (CMC) – Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul issued a stern warning to Bangladesh ahead of Saturday’s start of the first Test, when he hammered a top class hundred in the Tour Match here Monday. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:11:53 GMT Mad rush at Transport Centre for Smarter Card http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mad-rush-at-Transport-Centre-for-Smarter-Card KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police were called to maintain a presence at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre a short while ago after hundreds of people converged on the area. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:43:33 GMT JUTC now accepting cash payments until Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JUTC-now-accepting-cash-payments-until-Sunday KINGSTON, Jamaica—The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it will accept cash payment for bus fares from all passengers including concession passengers until Sunday, September 7. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:37:43 GMT VIDEO: Zimmerman acquitted because Trayvon Martin was black, says US attorney http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Zimmerman-acquitted-because-Trayvon-Martin-was-black--says-US-attorney KINGSTON, Jamaica — US attorney Jasmine Rand said that Trayvon Martin’s accused killer George Zimmerman was acquitted because the victim was black. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:49:07 GMT Nurses go on strike in Ebola-hit Liberia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Nurses-go-on-strike-in-Ebola-hit-Liberia MONROVIA, (AFP) - Nurses at Liberia's largest hospital went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the West African nation. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:54:18 GMT US pathologist arrives in Jamaica for Mario Deane's autopsy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-pathologist-arrives-in-Jamaica-for-Mario-Deane-s-autopsy MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — US pathologist Dr Michael Baden arrived at the Sangster International Airport a short while ago to conduct an autopsy on the body of 31-year-old Mario Deane, who died after being beaten while in police lock-up. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:37:22 GMT Two dead in St Elizabeth car crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Two-dead-in-St-Elizabeth-car-crash ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — The police are confirming the death of two people, a taxi driver and a passenger in a traffic crash in the Holland Bamboo area in early Monday afternoon. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:57:57 GMT NSWMA truck drops off hillside into Portland yard http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/NSWMA-truck-drops-off-hillside-into-Portland-yard PORTLAND, Jamaica —A National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) garbage truck caused a scare for a Portland homeowner Saturday after it fell off a hillside into her yard and on top of a parked car at Black Hill in the parish. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:45:24 GMT Police seize 500 pounds of ganja in St Elizabeth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-seize-500-pounds-of-ganja-in-St-Elizabeth ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — Detectives from the Area Three Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division are reporting the seizure of approximately 500 pounds of ganja in two communities in St Elizabeth on Sunday, August 31. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:09:55 GMT Armed robber caught after brazen attack in Cross Roads http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Armed-robber-caught-after-brazen-attack-in-Cross-Roads KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police arrested one of two armed robbers in a brazen mid-morning attack on a business place in Cross Roads, Kingston. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:57:24 GMT Smooth first day of school http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Smooth-first-day-of-school KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Education Ministry says that the 2014/2015 school-year went off to a relatively smooth start, with no major challenges reported during the first day. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:37:51 GMT Apparent massive hack reveals nude pictures of Hollywood stars http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Apparent-massive-hack-reveals-nude-pictures-of-Hollywood-stars LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) - Scandal rocked both Hollywood and the US tech industry Monday after an apparent massive hack of a cloud data service unleashed a torrent of intimate pictures of celebrities onto the Internet. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:36:45 GMT Cuba cracks down on goods in travellers' luggage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cuba-cracks-down-on-goods-in-travelers--luggage HAVANA (AP) — Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travellers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:18:34 GMT MP urges patience at Braes River Primary over pit latrines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/MP-urges-patience-at-Brae-s-River-Primary-over-pit-latrines KINGSTON, Jamaica – While some students roll out to improved facilities at the start of the new school year, those at the Brae's River Primary School in St Elizabeth will return to pit latrines despite promises of modern bathroom facilities. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:11:41 GMT Anger over $40m jet for president of impoverished Niger http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Anger-over--40m-jet-for-president-of-impoverished-Niger NIAMEY, Niger (AFP) - The government of Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world, has provoked anger with the purchase of a $40 million (30 million euros) presidential jet. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:34:11 GMT Office of Public Defender reduces 796-case backlog since April http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Office-of-Public-Defender-reduces-796-case-backlog-since-April KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Acting Director of the Office of the Public Defender Matondo Mukulu says a backlog of 796 cases inherited when he took office in April has been reduced by 566. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:08:20 GMT Police seize millions in huge Viagra fraud ring http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-seize-millions-in-huge-Viagra-fraud THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) - Police in several European countries on Monday arrested 12 people and seized millions of euros in assets in a swoop on counterfeit Viagra dealers, authorities said. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:33:51 GMT Fan fined after 'bending it like Beckham' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Fan-fined-after--bending-it-like-Beckham- LONDON, England (AFP) - A football fan was fined £305 ($506) on Monday after 'bending it like Beckham' when he ran onto the pitch and cheekily took a free kick during Tottenham's 1-0 win at West Ham last month. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:57:03 GMT Lightning kills boy swimming in Pennsylvania creek http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Lightning-kills-boy-swimming-in-Pennsylvania-creek PENNSYLVANIA, United States (AP) — Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek. Local News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:43:24 GMT