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 Fitch upgrades Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Fitch-upgrades-Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica – Fitch Ratings Agency today upgraded Jamaica’s Long-term foreign and local currency issue ratings to ‘B’ from ‘B-‘ and revised the outlook to Stable from Positive. The issue ratings on Jamaica’s senior unsecured Foreign- and Local-Currency bonds were also upgraded to ‘B’. Local News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:49:02 GMT Cops find illegal gun in abandoned building http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cops-find-illegal-gun-in-abandoned-building ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – Police found a firearm in an abandoned building in Leiba Gardens, St Catherine on Wednesday. Local News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:37:08 GMT Government returns to borrowing in local market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Government-returns-to-borrowing-in-local-market KINGSTON, Jamaica – After a three-year absence, the Government of Jamaica today successfully returned to the domestic capital market with the three fixed-rate instruments issued oversubscribed. Local News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:32:27 GMT #DecisionJa2016: Political leaders call for end to violence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/-DecisionJa2016--Political-leaders-call-for-end-to-violence KINGSTON, Jamaica – Leaders of the two main political parties today called for an end to violence in all forms during the election campaign saying that the acts were not only counterproductive but were a major step back for the country. Local News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:19:41 GMT Digicel worker injured in motor vehicle crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Digicel-worker-injured-in-motor-vehicle-crash KINGSTON, Jamaica – A Digicel worker was rushed to hospital a short while ago after the Toyota Hiace van he and two other members of his team were travelling in collided with a trailer truck along Spanish Town Road. Local News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:50:54 GMT PM trying to turn a fair comment into a legal matter -- Holness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PM-trying-to-turn-a-fair-comment-into-a-legal-matter----Holness KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition Leader Andrew Holness has vowed to defend any claim made by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, whose lawyers have reportedly written to him seeking an apology and damages for a statement he allegedly made during a television interview on Tuesday. Local News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:56:50 GMT 80-y-o US drug dealer to be sentenced for ganja operation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/80-y-o-US-drug-dealer-to-be-sentenced-for-ganja-operation BOSTON (AP) — An 80-year-old man who admitted running a sprawling multistate marijuana-dealing operation faces sentencing in federal court in Massachusetts. Local News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:28:51 GMT MBU climb to RSPL top spot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/MBU-climb-to-RSPL-top-spot KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The lead again changed hands in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) after Montego Bay United beat FC Reno 2-1 in a rescheduled game in Catherine Hall late on Wednesday to climb into first place. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:11:18 GMT #DecisionJa2016: Political Code of Conduct signed in Emanipation Park http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Political-Code-of-Conduct-signing-at-Emanipation-Park KINGSTON, Jamaica — Representatives from the two main political parties this morning signed an agreement and declaration of the political code of conduct. Elections Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:35:18 GMT IMF nominates managing director Lagarde for second term http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/IMF-nominates-managing-director-Lagarde-for-second-term WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has nominated managing director Christine Lagarde for a second five-year term. Local News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:22:27 GMT #DecisionJa2016: Political Code of Conduct signing in Spanish Town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Political-Code-of-Conduct-signing-in-Spanish-Town ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – The Custos of St Catherine, Jeffrey Mckenzie, says he is expecting all political candidates to be in attendance for the signing of the political code of conduct for political leaders this morning. Local News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:06:10 GMT Coe 'won't accept' Nestle split with scandal-hit IAAF http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Coe--won-t-accept--Nestle-split-with-scandal-hit-IAAF GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — World athletics chief Sebastian Coe on Wednesday angrily hit back at Nestle's move to terminate its sponsorship of the scandal-hit IAAF, insisting he will not accept the decision. Local News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:10:58 GMT West Indies to meet India in U-19 World Cup final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/West-Indies-to-meet-India-in-U-19-World-Cup-final DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) – West Indies recorded a hard-fought three-wicket win over hosts Bangladesh to set up a final against India in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Dhaka on Thursday. Local News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:40:16 GMT JDF's use of mortar was reckless and irresponsible http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JDF-s-use-of-mortar-was-reckless-and-irresponsible KINGSTON, Jamaica — A British war crimes investigator on Tuesday insisted that the Jamaica Defence Force's decision to use mortar during the deadly Tivoli operation was not only “risky” but also “reckless” and “irresponsible.” Local News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:28:39 GMT Portland records first murder http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Portland-records-first-murder PORTLAND, Jamaica — Portland recorded its first murder early Thursday morning when Deon Barrett, a 44-year-old labourer of Red Hassle Road in Port Antonio, was shot dead at a bar in the area. Local News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:01:32 GMT Hinds challenges Sammy over claims against WIPA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Hinds-challenges-Sammy-over-claims-against-WIPA KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) Wavell Hinds has called on T20 Captain Darren Sammy to justify claims made against the association over a payment standoff between players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Local Sports Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:16:04 GMT WHO: No travel restrictions for Zika http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/WHO--No-travel-restrictions-for-Zika KINGSTON, Jamaica — The World Health Organization (WHO) says it will not be issuing travel restrictions related to the Zika virus. Local News Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:09:21 GMT No more political campaigning in Flanker, St James http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/No-more-political-campaigning-in-Flanker--St-James ST JAMES, Jamaica — The Election Centre today recommended that the Jamaica Constabulary Force ban all political campaigning in Flanker, St James, with immediate effect. Local News Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:24:02 GMT Gas prices down $2.52, diesel up $0.19 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gas-prices-down--2-52--diesel-up--0-19 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in the price of gasoline and an increase in the price of diesel, effective Thursday, February 11, according to the latest ex-refinery costs from Petrojam. Local News Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:06:31 GMT Barbados-bound Canadian charged after ganja found in bag at Kingston airport http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Barbados-bound-Canadian-charged-after-ganja-found-in-bag-at-Kingston-airport KINGSTON, Jamaica — Forty-two-year-old Garnett Ricketts of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, was on Tuesday arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act. Local News Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:09:31 GMT Positive start by swimmers at Walter Rogers meet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Positive-start-by-swimmers-at-Walter-Rogers-meet KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) Walter Rogers National Age-group Championship got off to a positive start at the National Aquatic Centre on Tuesday. Local Sports Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:48:57 GMT Cuban woman nabbed with forged J'can passport at NMIA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cuban-woman-nabbed-with-forged-J-can-passport-at-NMIA KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police attached to the Norman Manley International Airport Police Post on Monday arrested and charged a Cuban woman for forgery, uttering forged documents and conspiracy to deceive. Local News Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:32:06 GMT PM demands apology for Holness' 'con' statement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PM-demands-apology-for-Holness---con--statement KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has retained the services of Bert Samuels of the firm Knight, Junor and Samuels to seek damages for a statement leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness made on February 9, during a Nomination Day interview with the media, which was published on Television Jamaica’s 7:00 pm newscast. Local News Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:14:47 GMT Man batters woman with board, fined $15,000 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Man-batters-woman-with-board--fined--15-000 KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man who used a piece of board to hit a woman in her face, was fined $15,000 after he entered a guilty plea on Tuesday. Local News Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:31:35 GMT Molynes United 'A' cause upset in netball quarter-finals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Molynes-United--A--cause-upset-in-netball-quarter-finals KINGSTON, Jamaica — Molynes United 'A' created a huge upset, beating defending champions Mico 'B' 20-17 in the quarter-finals of the 2016 Netball Jamaica/Jamaica National Building Society Open Sunshine League at the Leila Robinson Courts on Tuesday night. Local Sports Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:15:23 GMT