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 Jamaica to receive additional flights from Atlanta http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaica-to-receive-additional-flights-from-Atlanta ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — The much anticipated winter tourist season, which officially starts in another two weeks, will be significantly boosted by some 60,000 visitors courtesy of Delta Vacations and the Mexico headquartered, Turissimo Excursions. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:57:42 GMT Education for employment programme exceeds target http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Education-for-employment-programme-exceeds-target KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Caricom Education for Employment (C-EFE) Youth Skills Development Pre-Technology programme, which was launched in June 2015, has provided training for 614 underserved youths between the ages of 17 to 29 years, exceeding its original target of 500 trainees. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:43:45 GMT Residents welcome construction of $10-m 'water shop' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Residents-welcome-construction-of--10-m--water-shop- KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Residents in the community of Pennants, Clarendon, are welcoming the construction of a $10-million pilot ‘water shop’, which is expected to serve some 1,000 people in the area. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:28:02 GMT Up to 40 feared dead in blaze at California party http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Up-to-40-feared-dead-in-blaze-at-California-party OAKLAND, United States (AFP) — Up to 40 people were feared dead in a huge fire that tore through a rave party held in a warehouse near San Francisco, authorities said, warning that the initial death toll of nine would likely rise once crews swept the stricken building. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:58:43 GMT Residents urged to properly dispose of garbage during Christmas season http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Residents-urged-to-properly-dispose-of-garbage-during-Christmas-season KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is appealing to residents, particularly those in urban centres, to properly dispose of garbage generated during the Christmas season. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:34:29 GMT Bermuda police launch probe into threat against Premier http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Bermuda-police-launch-probe-into-threat-against-Premier HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — Police have begun an investigation after a graphic threat against the life of Premier Michael Dunkley was being circulated on a social networking service, with the poster requesting that he be contacted if willing accomplices wish his “family’s info, his address and the addresses and numbers for his colleagues”. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:59:36 GMT Gov’t to invest in the early childhood sector http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-to-invest-in-the-early-childhood-sector KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Robert Miller, says as the economy experiences more growth, the Government will be making significant investments in the early childhood sector. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:33:25 GMT 164 students get scholarships under Rio Tinto Alcan legacy fund http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/164-students-get-scholarships-under-Rio-Tinto-Alcan-legacy-fund KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Some 164 agriculture students have received scholarships valued at $9.4 million through the Rio Tinto Alcan Legacy Fund. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:12:38 GMT Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan call http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trump-shrugs-off-fuss-over-Taiwan-call BEIJING, China (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is unapologetic about roiling diplomatic waters with his decision to speak on the phone with Taiwan's leader, a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:37:50 GMT Fidel Castro's ashes return to cradle of revolution http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Fidel-Castro-s-ashes-return-to-cradle-of-revolution SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (AFP) — The convoy carrying the ashes of Cuba's late communist leader Fidel Castro ends an islandwide journey on Saturday in the cradle of his revolution for a big ceremony before his burial. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:18:34 GMT State minister says work of probation officers key to national security http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/State-minister-says-work-of-probation-officers-key-to-national-security ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Pearnel Charles Jnr, has called on probation officers to begin seeing themselves as a major part of the nation’s national security machinery. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:51:25 GMT Revamped values and attitude campaign to begin in 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Revamped-values-and-attitude-campaign-to-begin-in-2017 KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be rolling out its revamped National Values and Attitude campaign next year. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:33:53 GMT Legislation for self-government for Tobago to be presented later this month http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Legislation-for-self-government-for-Tobago-to-be-presented-later-this-month PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the legislation to accord self-government to Tobago is to be presented to parliament later this month. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:14:40 GMT EPL: Man City lose cool and match as Chelsea win 3-1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/EPL--Man-City-lose-cool-and-match-as-Chelsea-win-3-1 MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City lost the game and its players lost their cool as Chelsea rallied for a 3-1 win in a fiery match to stretch its lead in the English Premier League on Saturday. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:54:46 GMT Three family members found dead after Manchester house fire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Three-family-members-found-dead-after-Manchester-house-fire MANCHESTER, Jamaica — The Manchester police say they have launched an investigation into the deaths of three members of a family in Craig Head, North Eastern Manchester, last night. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:31:29 GMT Jamaicans warned about third-hand smoke http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaicans-warned-about-third-hand-smoke KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaicans are being warned about the dangers of third-hand smoke, which is an emerging concern in public health regarding tobacco use.; Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:23:25 GMT Massive funeral set for Brazil football team killed in crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Massive-funeral-set-for-Brazil-football-team-killed-in-crash CHAPECÓ, Brazil (AFP) — The bodies of 50 players, coaches and staff from a Brazilian football team tragically wiped out in a plane crash in Colombia arrived home Saturday for a massive funeral. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:02:47 GMT Trump speaks directly with Taiwan's leader, irking China http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trump-speaks-directly-with-Taiwan-s-leader--irking-China BEIJING, China (AP) — In a break with decades long diplomatic tradition, President-elect Donald Trump spoke directly with the president of Taiwan, a move that drew an irritated response from China on Saturday and looked set to cast uncertainty over US policy toward Asia. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:54:15 GMT Jamaican arrested day after making FBI wanted list http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaican-arrested-day-after-making-FBI-wanted-list LOS ANGELES, United States (AP) — The FBI says it has arrested a Jamaican fugitive a day after he was added to the agency's top 10 most wanted list following the deaths of four people at a Los Angeles birthday party in October. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:30:13 GMT Congresswoman hails UN apology for cholera epidemic in Haiti http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Congresswoman-hails-UN-apology-for-cholera-epidemic-in-Haiti NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Caribbean American congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has welcomed the United Nations apology to the Haitian people over the cholera outbreak in the French-speaking Caribbean country. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:12:25 GMT Britain's Prince Harry in Guyana on final leg of C'bean tour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Britain-s-Prince-Harry-in-Guyana-on-final-leg-of-C-bean-tour GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Britain’s Prince Harry arrived here Friday on the final leg of his 15-day Caribbean tour laying wreaths at the Independence Arch and the British War Memorial. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:56:55 GMT PM welcomes expanded attraction in St Mary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PM-welcomes-expanded-attraction-in-St-Mary KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has welcomed the US$1-million expansion and rebranding of the Prospect Outback Attraction in St Mary as the ‘Yaaman’ Adventure Park. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:35:18 GMT Weekly Round-up: Castro dies... J’can on FBI most wanted list... KC win Walker Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Weekly-Round-up--Castro-dies----J-can-on-FBI-most-wanted-list----KC-win-Walker-Cup KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican flag was on Friday flown at half-mast on all government offices and national buildings as a tribute to the late former President of the Republic of Cuba, Fidel Castro Ruz, who died on November 25th. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:25:44 GMT