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 Gunmen kidnap Nigeria oil minister's sister -- police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gunmen-kidnap-Nigeria-oil-minister-s-sister----police PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AFP) -- The sister of Nigeria's powerful petroleum minister has been kidnapped in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, police said Friday, in the latest abduction targetting a prominent political family. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:36:53 GMT Victoria Jubilee Hospital back to normal after fire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Victoria-Jubilee-Hospital-back-to-normal-after-fire KINGSTON, Jamaica – The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) is reporting that operations are back to normal at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) following a brief fire at the facility Thursday night. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:09:38 GMT Man remanded for attempting to export ganja to Curacao http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-remanded-for-attempting-to-export-ganja-to-Curacao KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A May Pen labourer who attempted to smuggle over two pounds of ganja to Curacao has been remanded for sentencing next month. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:43 GMT Two shot dead in Spanish Town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Two-shot-dead-in-Spanish-Town KINGSTON, Jamaica – Two men were killed in separate shooting incidents in Spanish Town, St Catherine on Thursday. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:42:53 GMT Snowplough in Total crash reversed into jet's path -- probe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Snowplough-in-Total-crash-reversed-into-jet-s-path----probe PARIS, France (AFP) -- A French investigator who went to Moscow to probe the plane crash that killed Total's chief executive said Friday the snowplough that caused the accident crossed the runway and then mysteriously reversed back into the jet's path. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:36:33 GMT ONLINE POLL RESULTS: Eight out of 10 says Govt’s handling of Chik-V inadequate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/8-out-of-ten-says-Govt-s-handling-of-Chik-V-inadequate KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Eight out of every ten respondent in the OBSERVER ONLINE poll has given the government a failing grade on its handling of the chikungunya outbreak in Jamaica. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:25:48 GMT Canada PM hid in a closet during Parliament attack – reports http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Canada-PM-hid-in-a-closet-during-Parliament-attack---reports OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was shoved into a closet when a gunmen stormed parliament, local newspapers said Friday. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:42 GMT DR Congo could be declared Ebola-free in late November -- WHO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/DR-Congo-could-be-declared-Ebola-free-in-late-November----WHO GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo could be declared Ebola-free in late November, as its two-month outbreak apparently fizzles out, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:50:29 GMT Trelawny farmer stabbed to death, family member held http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trelawny-farmer-stabbed-to-death--family-member-held TRELAWNY, Jamaica -- The police have arrested a man for the murder of 34-year-old Bradley Smith, a farmer of Warsop, Trelawny, who was stabbed to death at his home yesterday, Thursday, October 23. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:33:00 GMT 42-y-o man fatally shot in Manchester shop http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/42-y-o-man-fatally-shot-in-Manchester-shop MANCHESTER, Jamaica – Forty-two-year-old Christopher Swaby, otherwise called ‘Bobo Chris’, of New Forest in Manchester was shot dead at a shop in the parish on Thursday, October 23. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:18:15 GMT Mali scrambles to trace Ebola toddler's contacts – WHO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Mali-scrambles-to-trace-Ebola-toddler-s-contacts---WHO GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) -- Health authorities in the African country of Mali are monitoring at least 43 people who had contact with a toddler declared the country's first Ebola case, the World Health Organization said Friday. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:15:22 GMT High debt dragging down regional economies – CDB president http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/High-debt-dragging-down-regional-economies---CDB-president MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (CMC) -- President of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr Warren Smith, has warned that high debt poses an inherent risk to the success of structural adjustment programmes being undertaken by some regional countries in their bid to turn around their ailing economies. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:55:12 GMT  Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends first tweet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Britain-s-Queen-Elizabeth-sends-first-tweet LONDON, England (AFP) -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sent her first ever tweet during a visit to a museum Friday, signing it "Elizabeth R" -- and even removing a glove to post it. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:37:14 GMT P&G to ditch Duracell batteries amid earnings drop http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/P-G-to-ditch-Duracell-batteries-amid-earnings-drop NEW YORK (AFP) - Procter & Gamble Friday announced plans to unload its Duracell battery business as it reported a big drop in earnings following a large asset write-down. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:19:31 GMT Ebola vaccine trials could start in Africa in December - WHO‎ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ebola-vaccine-trials-could-start-in-Africa-in-December---WHO- GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) -- Ebola vaccine trials could start in West Africa in December, with hundreds of thousands of doses potentially being rolled out by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said Friday. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:33:08 GMT Suspicious envelopes sent to foreign missions in Istanbul http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Suspicious-envelopes-sent-to-foreign-missions-in-Istanbul ISTANBUL,Turkey (AFP) - Suspicious envelopes containing a yellow powder were sent Friday to the Belgian, Canadian and German consulates in Istanbul, prompting a security alert, officials said. Local News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:17:59 GMT China launches experimental moon orbiter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/China-launches-experimental-moon-orbiter BEIJING (AP) — China launched an experimental spacecraft Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:46:57 GMT Another Trinidadian discovered fighting in Syria for ISIS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Another-Trinidadian-discovered-fighting-in-Syria-for-ISIS PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) — Another Trinidadian has been unmasked fighting in Syria for the militant movement Islamic State (ISIS). Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:29:26 GMT UPDATE: New York officials: Doctor has Ebola http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--New-York-officials--Doctor-has-Ebola NEW YORK (AP) — A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday. He's the fourth confirmed case in the US and the first in the nation's biggest city. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:18:02 GMT Doctor in New York tests positive for Ebola http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Doctor-in-New-York-tests-positive-for-Ebola KINGSTON, Jamaica — A doctor who recently returned to New York from West Africa and was rushed to hospital with a fever on Thursday has tested positive for Ebola, health officials in the US have said. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:59:12 GMT Energy cost greatest deterrent to growth in Caribbean – Simpson Miller   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Energy-cost-greatest-deterrent-to-growth-in-Caribbean---Simpson-Miller KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says the high cost of energy is the single greatest deterrent to economic growth in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:49:17 GMT Police seek ‘Coachie’ in St James double murder http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-seek--Coachie--in-St-James-double-murder ST JAMES, Jamaica — The St James police are urging Junior Edwards, also called ‘Coachie’ to report to the nearest police station to assist in the investigation of yesterday's murder of a common-law couple in Windsor Lodge in Somerton, St James. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:40:29 GMT Four in custody for Rockfort murders - Police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Four-in-custody-for-Rockfort-murders---Police KINGSTON, Jamaica - The police are reporting that four people, two of whom were named as persons of interest, following the shooting of eight people, three fatally, on St John’s Road, Kingston 2 on Wednesday, October 22, are now in custody. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:20:55 GMT Government losing focus on crime - Smith http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Government-losing-focus-on-crime---Smith KINGSTON, Jamaica - Opposition spokesman on National Security, Derrick Smith, says that he is alarmed at the number of murders and shootings which have been occurring since the start of October. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:13:36 GMT Forex: J$112.66 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-112-66-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Thursday, October 23, ended trading at J$112.66, up two cents according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:44:54 GMT