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 Police appeal for peace at #Champs2017, offer tips to patrons http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-appeal-for-peace-at--Champs2017--offer-tips-to-patrons KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is urging the public to maintain the peace during the five-day staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which got under way on Tuesday at the National Stadium. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:00:50 GMT Britain launches EU exit process http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Britain-launches-EU-exit-process LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Britain launched the process to leave the European Union Wednesday, saying there was "no turning back" from the historic move that has split the country and thrown the bloc's future into question. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:55:45 GMT Pay attention to what children do outside the home — Grant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Pay-attention-to-what-children-do-outside-the-home---Grant ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Acting Commissioner of Police (ACP), Novelette Grant, is calling on parents to be more attentive to what their children do outside the home. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:37:59 GMT Reduction of non-revenue water to boost drought resilience http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Reduction-of-non-revenue-water-to-boost-drought-resilience KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, says a 30 per cent reduction of non-revenue water (NRW) will significantly improve the country’s resilience to drought. Local News Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:18:21 GMT Role of AGD expanded http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Role-of-AGD-expanded KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The role of the Accountant General’s Department (AGD) has been expanded as the Government moves to centralise its revenue. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:50:32 GMT #Champs2017: KC, Calabar stars impress in Class One 200m heats http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Champs2017--KC--Calabar-stars-impress-in-Class-One-200m-heats KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College and Calabar’s Christopher Taylor both threw down the gauntlet in their respective heats of the boys’ Class One 200m, which whet the appetites of patrons on day one of the 107th ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Championships under way at the National Stadium. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:24:13 GMT OAS discusses Venezuela crisis, Caracas protests http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/OAS-discusses-Venezuela-crisis--Caracas-protests WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Organization of American States held a special meeting on the crisis in Venezuela on Tuesday, triggering a furious reaction from the Venezuelan government and its staunchest regional allies. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:53:54 GMT Jamaica aiming for tier 1 ranking in human trafficking fight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaica-aiming-for-tier-1-ranking-in-human-trafficking-fight KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, says Jamaica is aiming for Tier 1 ranking in the Fight against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) by the United States' Department of State. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:06:24 GMT USF to provide WiFi downtown, Olympic Gardens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/USF-to-provide-WiFi-downtown--Olympic-Gardens KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Universal Service Fund (USF) continues its quest to provide 100 per cent Internet penetration across Jamaica with Wi-Fi hotspots to be provided at the St William Grant Park in downtown Kingston and in Olympic Gardens. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:38:58 GMT JCC says Jamaica can tax less, grow more http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JCC-says-Jamaica-can-tax-less--grow-more KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), is urging the business community to step up its efforts in support of comprehensive taxation reform, as Jamaica “can tax less and grow more”. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:26:43 GMT O-WRAP: Records fall at #Champs2017... Tesha to be deported from Bahamas... FIFA bans Messi http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/O-WRAP--Records-fall-at--Champs2017--Tesha-to-be-deported-from-Bahamas--FIFA-bans-Messi 1. Three records broken on day one of #Champs2017 Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:00:47 GMT #Champs2017: Another record as St Jago’s Lyston clocks 24s in 200m prelim http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Champs2017--Another-record-as-St-Jago-s-Lyston-clocks-24s-in-200m-prelim KINGSTON, Jamaica — St Jago’s Class Four sprinter Brianna Lyston etched her name in the history books, as the records continue to fall on day one of the 107th ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Championships under way at the National Stadium. Local Sports Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:40:00 GMT US launches anti-dumping probe against Chinese aluminum foil http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-launches-anti-dumping-probe-against-Chinese-aluminum-foil WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States launched an anti-dumping investigation against imports of Chinese aluminum foil on Tuesday, the latest in a series of cases against the country that could result in the imposition of punitive duties. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:25:28 GMT 'Blanket ban' on corned beef worries JCC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Blanket-ban--on-corned-beef-worries-JCC KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) says that they are concerned about the “blanket ban” on corned beef that is still in effect despite revelation that Jamaica receives it supply from facilities that not under investigation.  Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:11:20 GMT Merit in relocating money from public bodies to Consolidated Fund — Dr King http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Merit-in-relocating-money-from-public-bodies-to-Consolidated-Fund---Dr-King KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Co-Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), Dr Damien King, says there is merit in the Government’s proposed relocation of public bodies’ financial resources to the Consolidated Fund. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:44:54 GMT Removal of zinc fencing will make communities safer — JSIF http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Removal-of-zinc-fencing-will-make-communities-safer---JSIF ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, says the $252-million zinc-fence removal programme being undertaken by the entity aims to ensure the safety and security of residents in the targeted communities. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:32:14 GMT Professor Wendel Abel slaps down interpretation of NCDA ganja report  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Professor-Wendel-Abel-slaps-down-interpretation-of-NCDA-ganja-report KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prominent Consultant Psychiatrist Professor Wendel Abel in a bombshell today noted that significant portions of a recent report by the National Council for Drug Abuse (NCDA) that was interpreted by authorities, as saying that there is a 50 per cent increase in the number children and adolescents using ganja, is wrong. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:16:39 GMT #Champs2017: Calabar’s Farquharson shatters 800m record http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Champs2017--Calabar-s-Farquharson-shatters-800m-record KINGSTON, Jamaica — After signalling intentions earlier in the season, Calabar’s Kimar Farquharson finally shattered the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Championships Class Two 800m record with a fast 1:51.26 clocking at the at the National Stadium a short while ago. Local Sports Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:05:42 GMT Forex: J$128.58 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-128-58-to-one-US-dollar2017-03-28T14-59-55 KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar on Tuesday, March 28, ended trading at J$128.58, down by 18 cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:58:51 GMT Opposition offers partnership on pension reform http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Opposition-offers-partnership-on-pension-reform KINGSTON, Jamaica — People's National Party (PNP) president, Dr Peter Phillips says that the Opposition will support the provisions of the public sector pension Bill. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:42:42 GMT Electronics ban on flights not a long term solution: IATA boss http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Electronics-ban-on-flights-not-a-long-term-solution--IATA-boss MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — British and US bans on laptops and tablet computers in flight cabins are not sustainable in the long term, the head of the association representing airlines said Tuesday. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:32:54 GMT More than 3000 student athletes set to compete at #Champs2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/More-than-3000-students-set-to-compete-at--Champs2017 KINGSTON, March 28 (JIS) — Approximately 3,100 athletes from high schools islandwide will be on show at the annual Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston from Tuesday to Saturday. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:09:18 GMT #Champs2017: Petersfield High’s Nedrick sets new national junior javelin record http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-Champs2017--Petersfield-High-s-Nedrick-sets-new-national-junior-javelin-record KINGSTON, Jamaica — Kevin Nedrick of Petersfield High School continued a rich vein of form, as he threw a new national junior record of 63.73 metres in the boys’ Javelin Open at the 107th staging of the much-anticipated ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Championships currently underway at the National Stadium. Local Sports Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:45:56 GMT St Vincent PM says no gov’t is obligated to providing medical internships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/St-Vincent-PM-says-no-gov-t-is-obligated-to-providing-medical-internships KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — The St Vincent and the Grenadines government says it is not obligated to provide internships for people who graduate with degrees in medicine, but must complete an internship before they can practice on their own. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:30:00 GMT Get involved in Irish potato production, Samuda urges young people http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Get-involved-in-Irish-potato-production--Samuda-urges-young-people KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, has said that in order to achieve the goal of 100 per cent self-sufficiency in Irish potato production the government will be calling on young people to assist with the planting of seedlings on an additional 300 acres of land that will be brought into production. Local News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:52:14 GMT