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 Health Ministry to reduce harmful consumption of alcohol by 3% http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Health-Ministry-to-reduce-harmful-consumption-of-alcohol-by-3- ,p>KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Ministry of Health, through the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of non-communicable diseases (2013-2018), plans to reduce the harmful consumption of alcohol by three per cent by 2018. The plan has been approved by Cabinet. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:45:20 GMT CPL: Tallawahs make two changes for Zouks clash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CPL--Tallawahs-make-two-changes-for-Zouks-clash KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica Tallawahs have made two changes to their team to face St Lucia Zouks in the Hero Caribbean Premier League encounter at Sabina Park on Tuesday. Local Sports Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:16:57 GMT Forex: J$117.08 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-117-08-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Tuesday, July 7, ended trading at J$117.08, up by four cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:03:17 GMT CPL: Tallawahs win toss, choose to field http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CPL--Tallawahs-win-toss--choose-to-field KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica Tallawahs won the toss and chose to bowl first in the Hero Caribbean Premier League match versus St Lucia Zouks at Sabina Park on Tuesday. Local Sports Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:46:48 GMT Bartlett welcomes release of Jamaican from Qatar prison http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bartlett-welcomes-release-of-Jamaican-from-Qatar-prison KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs & foreign trade, Edmund Bartlett, today welcomed the news that a Jamaican who had been languishing in prison in Qatar and subjected to abuse by other inmates has been released. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:57:11 GMT Greece’s financial situation will not impact Jamaica – Richard Byles http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Greece-s-financial-situation-will-not-impact-Jamaica---Richard-Byles KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) –Co-Chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Richard Byles, believes Jamaica’s economy should not be significantly impacted by the financial turmoil being experienced in Greece. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:34:15 GMT Hyde withdraws from Pan Am Junior Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Hyde-withdraws-from-Pan-Am-Junior-Champs KINGSTON, Jamaica – On the advice of his doctor, Jaheel Hyde has pulled out of the Pan American Junior Championships in Canada. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:30:17 GMT Sweeping changes at CONCACAF in the wake of FIFA scandal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Sweeping-changes-at-CONCACAF-in-the-wake-of-FIFA-scandal MIAMI, United States (CMC) - CONCACAF has announced sweeping changes to the way it does business in a desperate attempt to salvage its reputation after some of its leading officials were placed at the centre of a FIFA corruption scandal. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:25:30 GMT Olympic torch carried by Jenner up for auction http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Olympic-torch-carried-by-Jenner-up-for-auction CHICAGO, United States (AFP) – An Olympic torch carried by decathlon champion Bruce Jenner -- now known as Caitlyn -- ahead of the 1984 Summer Games will go under the hammer this month, auctioneers said Tuesday. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:22:27 GMT Gov’t focused on growing creative industries – Hylton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-focused-on-growing-creative-industries---Hylton KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton, says the government is implementing measures to facilitate the growth and prosperity of the creative industries. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:16:24 GMT Look out for counterfeit notes, cops urge as 4 arrested http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Look-out-for-counterfeit-notes--cops-urge-as-4-arrested ST MARY, Jamaica – Detectives from the St Mary Police Division are advising the public, especially business operators, to be on the lookout for US$50 counterfeit notes. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:11:01 GMT Taxi operators say they are being ‘muzzled’, threaten action http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Taxi-operators-say-they-are-being--lsquo-muzzled-rsquo---threaten-action KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS) is calling on Minister of Transport Omar Davies to intervene in the current impasse between seven-seat route taxi operators and the Transport Authority, after a decision to change their road licence – reducing the numnber of passengers they can carry from six to four. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:32:37 GMT McLeod crashes out of 110m hurdles http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/McLeod-crashes-out-of-110m-hurdles BUDAPEST, Hungary – Jamaican sprint hurdler Omar McLeod made a less than sparkling start to his professional career after failing to finish the men’s 110m hurdles event at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial in Budapest, Hungary, today. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:15:07 GMT VCB wins 100m in season-best time in Hungary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/VCB-wins-100m-in-season-best-time-in-Hungary BUDAPEST, Hungary – World and Olympic sprint champion Veronica Campbell Brown ran a season’s best 10.99 seconds (-1.2m/s) to win the 100m A race at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial in Budapest, Hungary, today. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:10:37 GMT Shaggy says his songs can change ISIS mindset http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Shaggy-says-his-songs-can-change-ISIS-mindset KINGSTON, Jamaica – In an interview the Miami Times, reggae star Shaggy said his music, including tracks such as 'Boombastic' and 'It Wasn't Me', is so emotional that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) would immediately stop carrying out their brutal beheadings if only the songs were pumped into jihadi strongholds. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:03:09 GMT F-16 fighter jet, small plane collide in midair http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/F-16-fighter-jet--small-plane-collide-in-midair CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP) — An F-16 fighter jet and a small plane collided in midair Tuesday over South Carolina, raining down plane parts and debris. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:00:52 GMT 21-y-o shopkeeper dies in Westmoreland crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/21-y-o-shopkeeper-dead-in-Westmoreland-crash WESTMORELAND, Jamaica – A 21-y-o shopkeeper died as a result of injuries he received in a motor vehicle accident on the Spring Hill main road in Westmoreland on Monday. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:42:34 GMT Elderly Cypriot donates pension to Greece http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Elderly-Cypriot-donates-pension-to-Greece LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AFP) – An 88-year-old Cypriot retiree has sent his 506 euro ($555) pension to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as a contribution towards the cash-strapped country's budget in a show of "support and gratitude." Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:34:01 GMT UPDATE: Police searching for truck driver in hit-and-run that killed colleague http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Police-searching-for-truck-driver-in-hit-and-run-that-killed-colleague KINGSTON, Jamaica – Police say the truck driver involved in a hit-and-run, which claimed the life of a policeman along the Bustamante Highway in Clarendon on Sunday, is still at large. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:16:06 GMT House opens debate on Fisheries Bill today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/House-opens-debate-on-Fisheries-Bill-today KINGSTON, Jamaica – The House of Representatives is expected to start debating the new Fisheries Bill, containing huge increases in fines for breaching the provisions, when it resumes at Gordon House, this afternoon. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:05:00 GMT Production of biofuel still in the mix http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Production-of-biofuel-still-in-the--mix KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) –The country is looking to produce its own biofuel and increase the current mix of ethanol in petrol to about 20 per cent. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:52:29 GMT Venezuela recalls ambassador in Guyana as border dispute continues http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Venezuela-recalls-ambassador-in-Guyana-as-border-dispute-continues GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Venezuela has recalled its Ambassador in Guyana, Reyna Margarita Arratia, for consultation and is scaling down its staff at the embassy here, in the latest twist to the ongoing border dispute between the two countries. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:36:56 GMT Cosby's drugs-sex admission could aid women's cases http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cosby-s-drugs-sex-admission-could-aid-women-s-cases PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for women pursuing criminal and civil cases against Bill Cosby say his admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women before sex could bolster their claims. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:28:04 GMT Financial risks growing at US insurers, mutual funds – IMF http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Financial-risks-growing-at-US-insurers--mutual-funds---IMF WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that American stock prices are high and US insurers and mutual funds are vulnerable to financial shocks. It also urged Congress not to weaken financial regulations passed in 2010. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:12:46 GMT St Lucia to table legislation to make CCJ final court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/St-Lucia-to-table-legislation-to-make-CCJ-final-court BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The St Lucia Government says it will soon table legislation that will allow for the island to make the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final court, replacing the London-based Privy Council. Local News Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:48:03 GMT