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 ISSA says it will take action to protect Champs sponsors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ISSA-says-it-will-take-action-to-protect-Champs-sponsors KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) in a release just issued says that it is prepared to take legal action against individuals or companies making unauthorized affiliation of their brands with the Boys and Girls Athletics Championships currently underway at the National Stadium. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:04:23 GMT Antigua PM against plans to establish rival airline http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Antigua-PM-against-plans-to-establish-rival-airline ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Antigua's Prime Minister Gaston Browne says he will not support plans to establish a rival airline to the financially troubled LIAT. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:48:53 GMT Defending champions Calabar and Edwin Allen remain on top http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Defending-champions-Calabar-and-Edwin-Allen-remain-on-top KINGSTON, Jamaica – After seven final events at the Issa/ GraceKennedy Boys’ Championships, Calabar remains in the lead on 60 points with Jamaica College and Kingston College trailing behind on 40 and 33 points, respectively. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:36:09 GMT Williams, Tufton take seats in Senate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Williams--Tufton-take-seats-in-Senate KINGSTON, Jamaica – Following the ruling of the Court of Appeal on Wednesday last, Arthur Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton took their seats in the Senate a short while ago. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:25:22 GMT Security guards under probe over undocumented firearms http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Security-guards-under-probe-over-undocumented-firearms ST ANN, Jamaica – Three security guards are being investigated by the Runaway Bay Police in St Ann regarding the nature of their employment after they were allegedly found with undocumented firearms and without the necessary qualifications or permits to use or carry the firearms. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:39:53 GMT Boy allowed to sit GSAT after education ministry intervention http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Boy-allowed-to-sit-GSAT-after-education-ministry-intervention ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – A student of Davis Primary School in St Catherine who was reportedly prevented from sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) on Thursday has been allowed to participate in today’s sitting. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:20:09 GMT UPDATE: Boko Haram fighters told to 'kill wives' as troops take its 'HQ' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Boko-Haram-fighters-told-to--kill-wives--as-troops-take-its--HQ- ABUJA, Nigeria (AFP) – Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:08:47 GMT Thai airlines face scrutiny over safety, bans on new flights http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Thai-airlines-face-scrutiny-over-safety--bans-on-new-flights BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is facing bans on new international flights and increased inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about the country's aviation safety, officials said Friday. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:21:53 GMT St Kitts PM takes tough stance against saboteurs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/St-Kitts-PM-takes-tough-stance-against-saboteurs BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris says his government will not allow individuals to “sabotage” the new administration because of party loyalty. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:48:25 GMT Nigerian military claim to destroy Boko Haram headquarters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Nigerian-military-claim-to-destroy-Boko-Haram-headquarters ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in Gwoza, a town in northeast Nigeria. It was not possible to verify Friday's victory that comes the day before critical presidential elections. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:27:00 GMT JLP MPs meeting postponed until Monday  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JLP-MPs-meeting-postponed-until-Monday KINGSTON, Jamaica – The meeting of Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) which had been scheduled for today at the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Belmont Road headquarters has been postponed until Monday. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:16:44 GMT Autopsies scheduled for Detroit children found in freezer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Autopsies-scheduled-for-Detroit-children-found-in-freezer DETROIT (AP) – Autopsies are scheduled on the bodies of two children found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:54:51 GMT CARICOM looking to Cuba to strengthen ICT sector http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/CARICOM-looking-to-Cuba-to-strengthen-ICT-sector ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Science, Technology and Innovation Committee Professor Harold Ramkissoon is to lead a delegation to Cuba as the region seeks to strengthen its technology links with Havana. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:46:30 GMT UPDATE: Germanwings co-pilot hid sick leave note for crash day: German prosecutors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--Germanwings-co-pilot-hid-sick-leave-note-for-crash-day--German-prosecutors DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AFP) – The co-pilot thought to have deliberately crashed his Germanwings jet into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, kept secret the fact that he was written off sick on the day, German prosecutors said Friday. Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:33:25 GMT T&T soldier finds $100m in bank account http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/T-T-soldier-finds--100m-in-bank-account PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) – What would you do if you woke up one morning and found TT$100 million in your account? Local News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:14:55 GMT Tyres to be removed from Riverton City - Arscott http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tyres-to-be-removed-from-Riverton-City---Arscott KINGSTON, Jamaica – Tyres currently at the Riverton City dump will be removed as part of measures to minimise future fires, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Noel Arscott, announced today.  Local News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:58:40 GMT Police seek help to identify body of female http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Police-seek-help-to-identify-body-of-female ST ANN, Jamaica — The Ocho Rios police are seeking the help of the public to identify the body of a female which was found along the Ocho Rios bypass early Sunday morning, March 22. Local News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:03:59 GMT Pilots must have regular medical check-ups: UN agency http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Pilots-must-have-regular-medical-check-ups--UN-agency MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — Pilots must have regular mental and physical check-ups, the UN world aviation body said Thursday, after it emerged that a Germanwings first officer deliberately crashed his plane killing all 150 on board. Local News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:50:31 GMT JC maintain lead on day 3 of Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JC-maintain-lead-on-day-3-of-Champs KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica College continue to lead the GraceKennedy ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships with 29 points after four finals, but their lead has been reduced by Calabar High, to just three points. Local Sports Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:01:51 GMT Airlines scramble for new cockpit rules after crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Airlines-scramble-for-new-cockpit-rules-after-crash PARIS, France (AFP) — Airlines and policy makers rushed to mandate two crew members be in the cockpit at all times following revelations that the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight deliberately crashed the plane when left alone at the controls. Local News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:27:05 GMT FOREX: J$115.11 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/FOREX--J-115-11-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica – The US dollar on Thursday, March 26, ended trading at J$115.11, up one cent according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:07:52 GMT Naggo Head Primary students get stationery before GSAT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Naggo-Head-Primary-students-get-stationery-before-GSAT ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – Students sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) at the Naggo Head Primary School in Portmore, St Catherine, were yesterday given stationery supplies in preparation for their exam. Local News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:14:18 GMT Trade unions reject Govt's wage offer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trade-unions-reject-Govt-s-wage-offer KINGSTON, Jamaica - Eleven trade unions representing the majority group of public sector workers this morning rejected a wage offer from the Government. Local News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:50:41 GMT JATOO asks Police Commissioner not to move SSP McGregor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JATOO-asks-Police-Commissioner-not-to-move-SSP-McGregor KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) says it is strongly opposing the removal of Senior Superintendent of Police Steve McGregor from his command post in West Kingston. Local News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:46:46 GMT Day one of GSAT went 'smoothly' — Education Ministry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Day-one-of-GSAT-went--smoothly----Education-Ministry KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Education is reporting that day one of the 2015 sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) went smoothly with all of the 1,112 centres islandwide opening and on time. Local News Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:32:27 GMT