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 Senior Trump appointee fired after critical comments http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Senior-Trump-appointee-fired-after-critical-comments WASHINGTON, USA (AP) — A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of President Donald Trump's policies and his inner circle of advisers. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:20:00 GMT Floyd Green, new chairman of JLP’s Area Council Four http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Floyd-Green--new-chairman-of-JLP-s-Area-Council-Four HANOVER, Jamaica - State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green is the new chairman of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Area Council Four. Green replaces now Senator Charles Sinclair as chairman. Sinclair did not seek re-election. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:11:32 GMT 57-y-o ex-con held with loaded submachine gun http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/57-y-o-ex-con-held-with-loaded-submachine-gun ST ANDREW, Jamaica — An ex-convict was yesterday held with a loaded submachine gun along Molynes Road in St Andrew. Police subsequently searched his home in Red Hills and found another firearm and several rounds of ammunition. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:58:16 GMT Chronixx to make second appearance on 'Tonight Show' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Chronixx-to-make-second-appearance-on--Tonight-Show- KINGSTON, Jamaica — Reggae sensation Chronixx is set to perform on the popular American late night show, “Tonight Show” on Friday. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:00:23 GMT SpaceX blasts off cargo from historic NASA launch pad http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/SpaceX-blasts-off-cargo-from-historic-NASA-launch-pad FLORIDA, United States (AFP) — SpaceX on Sunday blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship, packed with food and supplies for the six astronauts living at the International Space Station. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:53:46 GMT Former Swedish PM asks 'what has he been smoking?' after Trump refers to non-existent terror attack http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Former-Swedish-PM-asks--what-has-he-been-smoking---after-Trump-refers-to-non-existent-terror-attack WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Bowling Green, Atlanta and now... Sweden? Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:23:38 GMT MoBay must be prepared for tourism growth over next 50 years — PM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/MoBay-must-be-prepared-for-tourism-growth-over-next-50-years---PM ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) – Prime Minister Andrew Holness, says a comprehensive development and upgrading of Montego Bay’s infrastructure must take place in order for the city to take advantage of the tourism opportunities that will come on stream over the next 50 years. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:12:39 GMT IDT branch to be established in western Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/IDT-branch-to-be-established-in-Western-Jamaica ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — A branch of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) is to be established in Montego Bay, St James in order to better address industrial relations matters in western Jamaica. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:31:46 GMT Hampton School Board apologises to education minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Hampton-School-Board-apologises-to-education-minister KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Board of the Hampton School for Girls has apologised to Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid over the way they handled his request for a full report regarding principal Heather Murray’s appearance on January 5, at the hearing of the alleged rape case against a minister of religion. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:00:29 GMT Youth urged to develop innovations to help solve society's problems http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Youth-urged-to-develop-innovations-to-help-solve-society-s-problems KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Executive Director, Junior Achievement Jamaica, Alphie Mullings-Aiken, is urging young people to pursue career paths that will enable them to create wealth while offering solutions to some of society’s problems. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:37:10 GMT Prides' Super50 title success well deserved, says skipper Holder http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Prides--Super50-title-success-well-deserved--says-skipper-Holder ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Captain Jason Holder has praised the Barbados Pride bowling unit, after they played a key role in helping the side lift the Regional Super50 title in Antigua Saturday night. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:20:46 GMT Explosion near bullring in Colombia kills a policeman, injures 31 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Explosion-near-bullring-in-Colombia-kills-a-policeman--injures-31 BOGOTA, Colombia (AFP) — An explosion near a bullring in Bogota Sunday killed a policeman and injured about 30 other people, city officials said. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:02:26 GMT Sagicor's Sigma Run raises $50.5m for charity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Sagicor-s-Sigma-Run-raises--50-5m-for-charity KINGSTON, Jamaica — Despite missing the $60 million mark -- twice the amount raised last year -- the 19th staging of the Sagicor Sigma 5K run, garnered a whopping $50 million in funds for charity. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:42:04 GMT Windies teams head to Antigua to prepare for international assignments http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Windies-teams-head-to-Antigua-to-prepare-for-international-assignments ST JOHN’S, Antigua – West Indies male and female players will be involved in several camps in Antigua in the coming weeks as they prepare for various international assignments. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:25:45 GMT Ex-Haitian rebel leader argues case from US jail cell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Ex-Haitian-rebel-leader-argues-case-from-US-jail-cell FLORIDA, United States (CMC) — Former Haiti rebel leader and elected senator, Guy Philippe has been arguing his case from a United States jail cell. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:13:38 GMT As Mugabe turns 93, an anxious Zimbabwe wonders who's next http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/As-Mugabe-turns-93--an-anxious-Zimbabwe-wonders-who-s-next HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — As the world's oldest head of state approaches his 93rd birthday on Tuesday, Zimbabwe has been planning a party for thousands of people in honor of President Robert Mugabe. For weeks, state television has led its broadcasts with tributes. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:23:59 GMT Too early to predict Trumps impact on tourism in the C'bean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Too-early-to-predict-Trumps-impact-on-tourism CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, has asserted that it is way too early to predict the likely impact of the Donald Trump presidency in the United States on Caribbean tourism in general and St Lucia’s tourism industry in particular. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:11:35 GMT JUTC expenses increase but passenger security improving http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JUTC-expenses-increase-but-passenger-security-improving KINGSTON, Jamaica — Despite increased revenue inflows and recent signs of improvements in its service to commuters, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is expected to end 2017/18 with a loss of just over $4.5 billion. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:47:43 GMT Hundreds of Cubans deported since end of US immigration status: Cuba http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Hundreds-of-Cubans-deported-since-end-of-US-immigration-status--Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — More than 680 Cubans have been deported back to Cuba since the United States ended its decades-old policy giving them preferred immigrant status in January, state media reported Saturday. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:37:44 GMT SUNY professor says training with UWI will lead to more effective policies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/SUNY-professor-says-training-with-UWI-will-lead-to-more-effective-policies KINGSTON, Jamaica — Dr Jason Russell, Chair of the Graduate Liberal Arts and Science Programme at the Empire State College, SUNY, in New York, says that collaboration between SUNY and the University of the West Indies (UWI) will lead to more effective policy making. Local News Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:24:23 GMT Weekly Round-up: JPS bills increase... Anthony Cruz's daughter murdered... Boyz beat Honduras http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Weekly-Round-up--JPS-increase-video KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Public Service customers learnt this week that they are likely to see an increase in their bills, come July, after the Office of Utilities Regulation approved an extraordinary rate review for the company. Video Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:00:53 GMT