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 Thousands of St Lucians without power after passage of TS Matthew http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Thousands-without-power-after-passage-of-TS-Matthew CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — St Lucians have been picking up the pieces from a trail of destruction left behind after 14 hours of battering by Tropical Storm Matthew. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:38:53 GMT J’can makes US customs most wanted list http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/J-can-listed-on-US-customs-most-wanted-list KINGSTON, Jamaica — A Jamaican man is among three Caribbean nationals who have made the latest top 10 Most Wanted List of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:07:32 GMT Fears of ageing may cause earlier death: UN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Fears-of-ageing-may-cause-earlier-death--UN GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Being afraid of growing old may shorten your life, the UN health agency said Thursday, as new data highlighted the widespread prevalence of ageist attitudes worldwide. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:43:52 GMT JMMB gets commercial banking licence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JMMB-gets-commercial-banking-licence KINGSTON, Jamaica — The JMMB Merchant Bank, a subsidiary of the JMMB Group, has been granted approval to start operating as a commercial bank. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:30:45 GMT Barbados gives all clear following Tropical Storm Matthew http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Barbados-gives-all-clear-following-Tropical-Storm-Matthew BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbados Home Affairs Minister Adriel Brathwaite has lauded the authorities following the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew on Wednesday. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:12:34 GMT Man shot dead by licensed firearm holder in HWT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-shot-dead-by-licensed-firearm-holder-in-HWT ST ANDREW, Jamaica — A man was shot dead during a confrontation with a licensed firearm holder at the Constant Sprint Arcade, in Half Way Tree, St Andrew yesterday. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:29:19 GMT Utah man may have contracted Zika from dying father's tears http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Utah-man-may-have-contracted-Zika-from-dying-father-s-tears SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man who mysteriously contracted Zika from his infected father may have got it by touching his dad's tears or sweat with his bare hands, according to new research that found the unusual transmission method was likely caused by his dying father having 100,000 times the normal level of the virus. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:18:23 GMT BVI to shorten processing time for work permit applications http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/BVI-to-shorten-processing-time-for-work-permit-applications TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands (CMC) — The Department of Labour has announced change to the application process for work permits that will lead to a shorter processing period for applications as of January 2017. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:04:55 GMT 'Don’t run, show no hostility', cops warn as lawmen storm MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Don-t-run--show-no-hostility-cops-warn-as-security-forces-storm-MoBay ST JAMES, Jamaica — The security forces are currently conducting major internal security operations in sections of Montego Bay, St James with particular focus on the Glendevon and Norwood communities. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:27:38 GMT Train crashes into New Jersey station, over 100 reported hurt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Train-crashes-into-New-Jersey-station--over-100-reported-hurt HOBOKEN, United States (AFP) — A packed commuter train ploughed into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring over 100, many of them critically. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:09:22 GMT Limited internet access inhibiting press freedom in Cuba – US-based NGO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Limited-internet-access-inhibiting-press-freedom-in-Cuba---US-based-NGO NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Costly, limited access to the internet in Cuba is impeding the country's progress toward press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report published Wednesday. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:39:23 GMT Cabinet examining report on INDECOM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cabinet-examining-report-on-INDECOM KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Public Order Committee of Cabinet is actively looking at the report of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament on the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM). Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:16:37 GMT J'can-born coach acquitted of killing ex's son  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/J-can-born-coach-acquitted-of-killing-ex-s-son CANTON, New York (AP) — A black former college soccer coach accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's 12-year-old white son in a largely white upstate town was found not guilty Wednesday by a judge. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:03:10 GMT Pakistan, West Indies launch World Cup fight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Pakistan--West-Indies-launch-World-Cup-fight SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Former champions Pakistan and the West Indies start a narrow two-way fight for an automatic place in the 2019 Cricket World Cup in a three-match one-day series starting in Sharjah Friday. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:47:23 GMT MPs on tropical storm alert http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/MPs-on-Tropical-Storm-Alert KINGSTON, Jamaica — Members of Parliament have been put on standby for a possible emergency meeting today at Jamaica House on emergency measures in case Tropical Storm Matthew hits mainland Jamaica this weekend. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:30:59 GMT One dead as TS Matthew lashes Windwards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/One-dead--as-TS-Matthew-passes-through-Windwards KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – A fourth form secondary school student died Wednesday night after he was crushed by a boulder as he tried to alleviate flooding in his home during the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:23:14 GMT WEATHER UPDATE: TS Matthew could become hurricane tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/WEATHER-UPDATE--TS-Matthew-could-become-hurricane-tonight KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service has continued the severe weather alert for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Matthew continues moving westward through the eastern Caribbean and could become a hurricane by tonight. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:13:45 GMT Allegations of detainee beatings at police station, JFJ demands action http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Allegations-of-detainee-beatings-at-police-station--JFJ-demands-action KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaicans for Justice is demanding that urgent action be taken by the relevant authorities after reports, which the group described as "credible", that two detainees received "serious physical abuse" while in police custody. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:51:43 GMT JPS activates emergency operations ahead of Tropical Storm Matthew http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JPS-activates-emergency-operations-ahead-of-Tropical-Storm-Matthew KINGSTON, Jamaica — With the approach of Tropical Storm Matthew, Jamaica Public Service says it has activated its emergency operations to facilitate timely response to any damage to its power delivery infrastructure. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:13:47 GMT Police say another escapee recaptured, six still at large http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-say-another-escapee-recaptured--six-still-at-large KINGSTON, Jamaica — Six of nine men who escaped custody from the Denham Town Police Lock-Up on Monday, September 18, are still at large and the police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating them. They are: Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:31:15 GMT JCF, INDECOM to sign MoU to govern engagement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JCF--INDECOM-to-sign-MoU-to-govern-engagement KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of National Security Robert Montague has announced that the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Independent Commission of Investigations are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will govern their engagement. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:14:48 GMT Woman gets 40 months for impersonating FBI agent in lottery scam http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Woman-gets-40-months-for-impersonating-FBI-agent-in-lottery-scam WASHINGTON, United States — The United States Department of Justice today announced that a woman has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for her role in a Jamaica-based lottery fraud scheme. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:50:59 GMT OPM sees 34% decline in electricity use with conservation programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/OPM-sees-34--decline-in-electricity-use-with-conservation-programme KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Government’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP) has enabled a number of State entities to effect essential operational changes in order to conserve energy. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:58:22 GMT Forex: J$128.11 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-128-11-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Wednesday, September 28, ended trading at J$128.11, up by four cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:36:43 GMT JGRA says energy minister's intervention averts petroleum crisis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JGRA-says-energy-minister-s-intervention-averts-petroleum-crisis KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) says there will not be a disruption in fuel supply in the retail network as it will not instruct its members to suspend petroleum sales at their outlets. Local News Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:33:44 GMT