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 Jaheel Hyde wins 400 metres hurdles at World Junior Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jaheel-Hyde-wins-400-metres-hurdles-at-World-Junior-Champs KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jaheel Hyde just won the 400m hurdles at the World Junior Champs in a time of 49.3 seconds. It was Jamaica’s first gold medal at the Championships. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:48:29 GMT Correction: World Record holder Maurice Allen for Johnnie Walker Charity Golf Tourney http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Correction--World-Record-holder-Maurice-Allen-for-Johnnie-Walker-Charity-Golf-Tourney KINGSTON, Jamaica -- On Sunday, July 13, 2014 in an article entitled World Record holder Maurice Allen for Johnnie Walker Charity Golf Tourney, in the Sports Section, the Jamaica Observer erroneously reported that Allen had won several Long Drive titles between 2011 and 2013. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:45:52 GMT Jamaican’s get ready for 4x100m relays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaican-s-get-ready-for-4x100m-relays EUGENE, USA--The team of Kedisha Dallas, Shimayra Williams, Chanice Bonner and Sashalee Forbes appears set to represent Jamaica in this evening’s preliminary rounds of the women’s 4x100m relays at the IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Local Sports Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:41:29 GMT OBSERVER ONLINE SPECIAL REPORT: Car wash business cutting staff to stay afloat in drought http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/OBSERVER-ONLINE-SPECIAL-REPORT--Car-wash-business-cutting-staff-to-stay-afloat-in-drought KINGSTON, Jamaica -- As the terrible drought continues across Jamaica and National Water Commission (NWC) restrictions are imposed, the viability of maintaining a car wash business has come to the fore. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:34:40 GMT Body of 73-y-o stuck in St Elizabeth cave http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Body-of-73-y-o-stuck-in-St-Elizabeth-cave ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – The St Elizabeth police and other local authorities are uncertain about their next step in trying to remove the body of a 73 year-old man from a deep cave at Retirement district, close to Maggotty in the parish’s north-west. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:26:09 GMT Barbados Tridents defeat Antigua Hawksbills http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Barbados-Tridents-defeat-Antigua-Hawksbills BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Barbados Tridents defeated Antigua Hawksbills by one wicket, in the 12th game of the Caribbean Premier League at Kensington Oval here Friday. Local Sports Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:11:12 GMT Bermuda newspaper to close after 50 years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bermuda-newspaper-to-close-after-50-years HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC)--The Bermuda Sun newspaper will be closing after 50 years due to financial constraints. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:41:59 GMT Senate passes Bill to validate Portmore’s acting mayor, council http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Senate-passes-Bill-to-validate-Portmore-s-acting-mayor--council KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS)--A Bill to validate and indemnify the official activities of the Portmore Municipal Council and the Acting Mayor, Leon Thomas, was passed in the Senate on July 25.  Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:58:47 GMT CPL T20: Tridents 129-8 vs Hawksbills http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CPL-T20--Tridents-129-8-vs-Hawksbills BRIDGETOWN, Barbados CMC – Antigua Hawksbills, sent in by Barbados Tridents, reached 129 for eight off their 20 overs, in the 12th game of the Caribbean Premier League at Kensington Oval here Friday. Local Sports Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:29:56 GMT OBSERVER ONLINE PHOTO SPECIAL - ALIA'S SILVER SWIM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/OBSERVER-ONLINE-PHOTO-SPECIAL---ALIA-S-SILVER-SWIM Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:17:00 GMT FOREX: $112.87 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/FOREX---112-87-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica —The US dollar on Friday, July 25, ended trading at J$112.87 up four cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:15:31 GMT Jamaica seeks to increase medal haul http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaica-seeks-to-increase-its-medal-haul EUGENE, USA—There’s an air of optimism and high expectations going into today’s afternoon session at the 15th IAAF world Junior Championships here at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon as Jamaica seeks to increase its medal haul. Local Sports Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:58:49 GMT CPL T20: Antigua Hawksbills batting vs Barbados Trident http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CPL-T20--Antigua-Hawksbills-batting-vs-Barbados-Trident BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Barbados Tridents won the toss and sent Antigua Hawksbills in to bat, in the 12th game of the Caribbean Premier League at Kensington Oval on Friday. Local Sports Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:39:34 GMT Defence presents letter to prove Miller was acting on police authority http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Defence-presents-letter-to-prove-Miller-was-acting-on-police-authority KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The defence in the trial of the Reverend Al Miller on Friday presented a letter that Miller had published in the daily newspapers shortly after the 2010 security forces incursion into Tivoli Gardens in search of fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:00:28 GMT Former Barbados PM Owen Arthur resigns from BLP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Former-Barbados-PM-Owen-Arthur-resigns-from-BLP BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) --Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur Friday announced his resignation as a member of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) which he has led as Prime Minister for 14 years. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:21:32 GMT OH SO BEAUTIFUL! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/alia2014-07-25T12-19-28 Atkinson clocked a time of 30.67 seconds. Local Sports Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:12:30 GMT High-rank police officer questioned in MOCA anti corruption raid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/High-rank-police-officer-questioned-in-MOCA-anti-corruption-raid KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A highly placed member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is among individuals being questioned as the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force MOCA, the Financial Investigation Division and the police Anti-Corruption Branch continue anti-corruption raids in Kingston and Portland. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:58:59 GMT Alia takes Commonwealth silver in 50-metre breaststroke http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Alia-takes-Commonwealth-silver-in-50-metre-breaststroke GLASGOW, Scotland -- Jamaica's Alia Atkinson won silver in the women's 50-metre breaststroke final at the XX Commonwealth Games on Friday. Local Sports Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:39:00 GMT UPDATE: Lawyer exits business place as anti-corruption raid continues http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Lawyer-exits-business-place-as-anti-corruption-raid-continues KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Attorney at Law Abe Dabdoub was Friday morning seen leaving a business place in the Corporate Area where members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) police team are carrying out a search, part of an operation that spans several parishes. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:41:23 GMT St Lucia petrol company sends home 60 workers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/St-Lucia-petrol-company-sends-home-60-workers CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) -- Approximately 60 employees of Buckeye St Lucia Terminal Limited, the company which bought Hess Oil operations here, had their services terminated Thursday. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:23:08 GMT Former KC cricket coach Roy Mclean dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Former-KC-cricket-coach-Roy-Mclean-dies KINGSTON, Jamaica --Roy McLean former cricket coach at Kingston College has died. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:04:31 GMT Boxing rule change: Blood and bumps at Commonwealth Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Boxing-rule-change--Blood-and-bumps-at-Commonwealth-Games GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — It was the first bout of the boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games. Within minutes, one of the fighters had a large lump on his head, and the other had blood streaming down his face. Local Sports Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:53:09 GMT Air Canada plane told to circle Tel Aviv airport http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Air-Canada-plane-told-to-circle-Tel-Aviv-airport MONTREAL (AFP) - An Air Canada flight from Toronto was forced to circle the Tel Aviv airport before landing Friday after rockets were fired over the Israeli capital, an airline spokeswoman said. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:40:33 GMT Prominent official being questioned in MOCA anti-corruption raid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Prominent-official-being-questioned-in-MOCA-anti-corruption-raid KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A prominent corporate official is among several people being questioned this morning after they were held by members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force, (MOCA) the Financial Investigation Division (FID) and the police Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in a series of operations in the Corporate Area and Portland. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:23:38 GMT Nigerian Internet fraudster fleeces people seeking jobs online http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Nigerian-Internet-fraudster-fleeces-people-seeking-jobs-online ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian security forces say they have arrested a suspected internet fraudster accused of stealing nearly $6 million from people who thought were paying fees to apply for government jobs. Local News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:42:12 GMT