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 PCL Cricket: Rain forces Day 1 abandonment of Jamaica/Barbados match http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PCL-Cricket--Rain-forces-Day-1-abandonment-of-Jamaica-Barbados-match A trough system moved across the area late Thursday and continued into Friday, bringing heavy rains and flooding to parts of the island. Local Sports Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:54:48 GMT Tourism Ministry seeks support of artistes in promoting island http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tourism-Ministry-seeks-support-of-artistes-in-promoting-island MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) — State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Damion Crawford, said the Ministry will be introducing an artiste ambassadors programme to assist in the promotion of destination Jamaica. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:15:18 GMT PCL Cricket: Deonarine half-century keeps Guyana on top; Leewards struggle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PCL-Cricket--Deonarine-half-century-keeps-Guyana-on-top--Leewards-struggle BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Test batsman Narsingh Deonarine struck his second successive half-century as Guyana Jaguars dominated a rain-hit opening day of their second round match in the WICB Professional Cricket League against Windward Islands Volcanoes on Friday. Local Sports Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:52:37 GMT Clarendon College defeat Glenmuir 2-1 to reach daCosta Cup final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Clarendon-College-defeat-Glenmuir-2-1-to-reach-daCosta-Cup-final CLARENDON, Jamaica — Clarendon College will contest the ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup final for the first time in 16 years after defeating Glenmuir High, 2-1, in an enthralling semi-final encounter at Juici Park this afternoon. Local Sports Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:35:45 GMT St Ann customers without water as thieves hit NWC again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/St-Ann-customers-without-water-as-thieves-hit-NWC-again ST ANN, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) says that customers in Breadnut Hill and surrounding areas of St Ann are now without regular water supply after thieves Thursday night made off with over 600 feet of electrical service wires. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:52:58 GMT At least 12 dead in New York snow storm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/At-least-12-dead-in-New-York-snow-storm UFFALO, NY (AP) — Residents of western New York may soon have to worry about the water in their basements as well as the snow on their roofs. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:02:43 GMT FOREX: J$113.39 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/FOREX--J-113-39-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Friday, November 21 ended trading at J$113.39, up five cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:36:37 GMT Latin American leaders, OAS chief praise Obama's immigration reprieve http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Latin-American-leaders--OAS-chief-praise-Obama-s-immigration-reprieve MEXICO CITY (AFP) — Mexico’s president on Friday joined Central American leaders and Latino celebrities in applauding US President Barack Obama’s landmark offer to shield millions of undocumented migrants from deportation. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:24:39 GMT Accused 'death squad' cop gets $700,000 bail http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Accused--death-squad--cop-gets--700-000-bail KINGSTON, Jamaica — The policeman allegedly involved in a 'death squad' in Clarendon was today offered bail in the sum of $700,000 when he appeared in Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:44:48 GMT NYC officer's gun may have discharged accidentally in man's death —commissioner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/NYC-officer-s-gun-may-have-discharged-accidentally-in-man-s-death--commissioner NEW YORK (Reuters) — A New York City police officer shot and killed an unarmed man in a dimly lit stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project in what may have been an "accidental discharge" of his weapon, Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Friday. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:19:52 GMT Pistorius spends birthday behind bars http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Pistorius-spends-birthday-behind-bars PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius, serving a five-year jail sentence for killing his girlfriend, turns 28 on Saturday — his first birthday behind bars, and a world away from his former life as a jet-setting celebrity. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:10:22 GMT Manchester cops get 25-year sentence for murder http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Manchester-cops-get-25-year-sentence-for-murder MANCHESTER, Jamaica — Two Manchester cops found guilty of murder on Wednesday were today sentenced in the Manchester Circuit Court to 25 years in prison. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:00:51 GMT Tobago man accused of raping 8-y-o gets bail http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tobago-man-accused-of-raping-8-y-o-gets-bail SCARBROUGH, Tobago (CMC) — A 19-year-old man will re-appear in court on December 18 on charges of raping an eight year-old schoolgirl earlier this week. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:50:13 GMT Digicel calls on TATT to withstand Cable & Wireless ‘pressure’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Digicel-calls-on-TATT-to-withstand-Cable---Wireless--pressure- PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Digicel today publicly called on the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) to hold firm and withstand what it called “severe pressure” being applied by UK-based Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus International to rapidly approve the proposed acquisition of Columbus by CWC. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:44:29 GMT ‘Bad Boy Trevor’ pays tribute to ‘Chu Chu’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Bad-Boy-Trevor--pays-tribute-to--Chu-Chu- KINGSTON, Jamaica — The acting community is in shock as it mourns the passing of roots play thespian Cleve ‘Chu Chu’ Warren. Local Entertainment Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:24:42 GMT Nicholson apologises in Senate for "flexi-rape" comment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Nicholson-apologises-in-Senate-for--flexi-rape--comment KINGSTON, Jamaica — Leader of Government Business in the Senate, AJ Nicholson, apologised to the Senate and the country this morning for his "flexi-rape" comment on October 31. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:58:37 GMT Two men killed in western Jamaica Thursday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Two-men-killed-in-western-Jamaica-Thursday KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two men were killed Thursday in separate incidents in the Western end of the island. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:54:27 GMT Cable & Wireless says it appreciates intervention by regulators in Columbus merger http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cable---Wireless-says-it-appreciates-intervention-by-regulators-in-Columbus-merger KINGSTON, Jamaica — Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) today said it welcomed the intervention of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ECTEL) in its proposed merger with Columbus Communications. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:48:55 GMT Mandela's widow says Ebola is wake-up call for Africa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mandela-s-widow-says-Ebola-is-wake-up-call-for-Africa JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) – Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel Friday said the Ebola epidemic should be a wake-up call for African leaders, saying it had exposed the "extreme weakness" of African institutions. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:42:50 GMT Annual Boys' Conference underway in Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Annual-Boys--Conference-underway-in-Kingston KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Over 500 boys from various schools across the island are now gathered at the Eastwood Park Road New Testament Church in St Andrew to participate in the Errol Rattray Evangelistic Association (EREA) Annual Boys' Conference. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:29:32 GMT Portmore cabbie wanted for rape shot and injured http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Portmore-cabbie-wanted-for-rape-shot-and-injured KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Police in Portmore Thursday morning shot and injured a taxi-man accused of being involved in several rapes committed in the area. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:05:58 GMT Woman killed in St Elizabeth crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Woman-killed-in-St-Elizabeth-crash KINGSTON, Jamaica – A woman died in a motor vehicle crash along the Goshen main road in St Elizabeth Thursday evening. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:42:00 GMT US court postpones sentencing of Jamaican doctor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-court-postpones-sentencing-of-Jamaican-doctor ILLINOIS, United States (CMC) – A United States court has adjourned to December 16, the sentencing of a 68-year-old Jamaica-born doctor who had been convicted earlier this year of sexually assaulting four of his patients. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:16:13 GMT Jamaicans urged to continue water conservation measures http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaicans-urged-to-continue-water-conservation-measures KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Robert Pickersgill, is urging Jamaicans to continue conserving on the use of water and to protect the water resources close to their communities. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:01:10 GMT Digicel welcomes ECTEL intervention in CWC/Columbus deal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Digicel-welcomes-ECTEL-intervention-in-CWC-Columbus-deal CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) – The Irish-owned telecommunications company, Digicel, has welcomed the announcement by the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ECTEL) regarding the merger between Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus Communications (Columbus). Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:03:52 GMT