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 Brazilian drug lord turns jail cell into luxury suite http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Brazilian-drug-lord-turns-jail-cell-into-luxury-suite ASUNCION, Paraguay (AFP) – Paraguayan authorities got a surprise when they raided a Brazilian drug lord's jail cell and found a three-room luxury suite complete with library, kitchen, conference room and plasma TV. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:49:27 GMT Man held with illegal firearm in Ocho Rios http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-held-with-illegal-firearm-in-Ocho-Rios ST ANN, Jamaica – The police are reporting the seizure of a firearm and four rounds of ammunition during an operation on Milford Road, Ocho Rios in St Ann yesterday. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:25:39 GMT Govt ready to increase support for youth cricket — Grange http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Govt-ready-to-increase-support-for-youth-cricket--mdash--Grange KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, says the Government stands ready to provide support to get more young people engaged in cricket. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:29:30 GMT Forex: J$126.56 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Forex--J-126-56-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Friday, July 29, ended trading at J$126.56, up by five cents, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:06:17 GMT GraceKennedy profit hikes 78% to $2.7 billion over six months http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/GraceKennedy-profit-hikes-78--to--2-7-billion-over-six-months KINGSTON, Jamaica – GraceKennedy Group is reporting revenues of $44.1 billion, a 12.3 per cent or $4.8 billion increase over the corresponding for the six month period ending June 30, 2016 when inflows were $39.27 billion. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:51:09 GMT Weekly Round-up: PJ backs Golding...J’can teen arrested in NY... Bolt touches Rio http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Weekly-Round-up-2016-07-29T15-34-21 KINGSTON, Jamaica – Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson on Monday suggested to People’s National Party delegates that Mark Golding was the better man with a development plan for the St Andrew Southern constituency. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:00:35 GMT UPDATE: St Kitts company given green light to resume production of bottled water http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--ST-Kitts-company-given-green-light-to-resume-production-of-bottled-water BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Health authorities have given the green light to use  drinking water distributed by the local company, Island Purified Water, after the product was pulled off the shelves last week amid concerns that tested samples had showed it to be contaminated with faecal matters. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:05:44 GMT Brazil impeachment must be settled by Aug 26 — Temer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Brazil-impeachment-must-be-settled-by-Aug-26---Temer BRASÍLIA, Brazil (AFP) – Brazil's political uncertainty must be resolved by the end of August -- its Olympic-hosting month -- by reaching a verdict in the impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, her interim replacement said Friday. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:36:43 GMT Small Olympic Village fire forces Australia evacuation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Small-Olympic-Village-fire-forces-Australia-evacuation RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) – Australian athletes briefly had to evacuate their apartments Friday after a small fire in the troubled Rio Olympics Village. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:02:23 GMT US$7.2m to boost climate change resilience http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-7-2m-to-boost-climate-change-resilience KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – A total of US$7.2 million will be made available to micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) in the tourism and agricultural sectors, to finance climate change adaptation initiatives islandwide.   Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:32:03 GMT India confident but taking nothing for granted, says Pujara http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/India-confident-but-taking-nothing-for-granted--says-Pujara KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says India will not be getting ahead of themselves despite dominating West Indies in last week’s opening Test in Antigua. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:11:43 GMT Industrial zone to be established in St Elizabeth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Industrial-zone-to-be-established-in-St-Elizabeth KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Jamaica is poised to benefit from the development of an industrial zone in St Elizabeth by Chinese firm, Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCo), at a cost of more than US$2 billion. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:40:50 GMT New cyber attack hits US Democratic Party http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/New-cyber-attack-hits-US-Democratic-Party WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Democratic Party officials said Friday they have been targeted by a fresh cyber attack, similar to a breach at the Democratic National Committee that resulted in an embarrassing leak of party emails. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:25:06 GMT Thunderstorms expected in central, western parishes — Met Service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/WEATHER-UPDATE--Thunderstorms-expected-in-central--western-parishes KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica says widely scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected mainly across central and western parishes, while there should be windy conditions mainly along southern coastal areas this afternoon. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:11:37 GMT McKenzie promises improvement at fire-damaged Old Harbour market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/McKenzie-promises-improvement-at-fire-damaged-Old-Harbour-market ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — Minister of Local Government and Development Desmond McKenzie has assured displaced vendors at the Old Harbour Market that the parish council will be examining ways to make them more comfortable in the coming weeks. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:37:38 GMT US ties four Zika cases in Florida to local mosquitoes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US-ties-four-Zika-cases-in-Florida-to-local-mosquitoes MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Four cases of Zika virus in Florida are likely the first to be transmitted locally by mosquitoes in the United States, officials said Friday, marking a new phase in the fast-growing pandemic. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:40:21 GMT Drug-tainted US sprinters lead Rio challenge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Drug-tainted-US-sprinters-lead-Rio-challenge LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Justin Gatlin will spearhead a trio of drug-tainted US sprinters aiming to spoil Usain Bolt's Olympic swansong as athletics stumbles through the moral maze created by the Russia doping scandal. Local Sports Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:12:54 GMT Save the Children-supported maternity hospital bombed in north Syria http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Save-the-Children-supported-maternity-hospital-bombed-in-north-Syria BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — A maternity hospital supported by Save the Children was bombed Friday in Idlib province of northwest Syria, causing casualties and heavy damage, the Britain-based charity said. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:50:41 GMT Gov't says second staging of ‘Christmas in July’ trade exhibition successful http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-says-second-staging-of--Christmas-in-July--trade-exhibition-successful KINGSTON, Jamaica — The second staging of the ‘Christmas in July’ trade exhibition was a 'major success' according to the Ministry of Tourism. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:25:43 GMT Chinese Olympic-goers victims of 'frequent' theft in Rio http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chinese-Olympic-goers-victims-of--frequent--theft-in-Rio BEIJING, China (AFP) — Chinese Olympic-goers have been victims of "frequent" theft in Brazil, China's foreign ministry said Friday in a warning to its citizens abroad to take greater safety precautions ahead of the Rio Games. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:00:51 GMT No significant gender budgeting initiatives in the Caribbean: study http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/No-significant-gender-budgeting-initiatives-in-the-Caribbean--study WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — A new study has found that there have been no significant gender budgeting initiatives in the Caribbean to date, and at best various pilots and/or training in gender budgeting have taken place at different periods. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:50:45 GMT Village set up for youth in agriculture at Denbigh 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Village-set-up-for-youth-in-agriculture-at-Denbigh-2016 The village, themed ‘My Dream: Agripreneurship’, is an added feature at this year’s show, which will be held on the Denbigh Showgrounds in May Pen, Clarendon, from July 30 to August 1. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:15:48 GMT Missing woman reunited with family http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Missing-woman-reunited-with-family WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — Fifty-year-old Jessica Johnson-Haughton of Horse Stable, Negril in Westmoreland who went missing on Monday, July 25 has been reunited with her relatives. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:50:08 GMT Clinton and Trump hit the road, looking for convention bump http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Clinton-and-Trump-hit-the-road--looking-for-convention-bump In the last fortnight Republicans and Democrats have gathered to formally select their presidential nominees and tee-up what is already one of the most fractious and vitriolic presidential campaigns in living memory. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:30:43 GMT Gov't to launch national campaign against violence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-to-launch-national-campaign-against-violence KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Prime Minister Andrew Holness, says the Government will be launching a national campaign against violence. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:05:33 GMT