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 calls for strengthened ties, renewal within ACP group http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-calls-for-strengthened-ties--renewal-within-ACP-group_83142 JAMAICA’S Foreign Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has called for greater cohesion among the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), in order to meet the challenges of a changing global environment. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘No more vending in Falmouth’s Water Square’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-No-more-vending-in-Falmouth-s-Water-Square-_83143 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Newly sworn in Mayor of Falmouth Colin Gager warned Wednesday that vending will no longer be tolerated in the historic Water Square section of the town. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT OUR approves water rate hike http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/OUR-approves-water-rate-hike_83201 CUSTOMERS of the National Water Commission (NWC) will see higher bills next month following the completion by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) of the Mid-Tariff Application review submitted by the company. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:00:00 GMT Case involving Jamaican entertainer heads to CCJ next week http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Case-involving-Jamaican-entertainer-heads-to-CCJ-next-week_83145 ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — The case involving Jamaican entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta, who was prevented from entering Dominica in February 2014, will be heard in the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Monday. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:00:00 GMT Kamla Persad Bissessar ejected from Parliament http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Kamla-Persad-Bissessar-ejected-from-Parliament_83219 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar was ejected from the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament yesterday after she failed to heed a ruling by Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George on a motion said to be of national importance. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Customer appreciation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Customer-appreciation_83194 Ronnie Thompson, FLOW’s senior director of customer experience, shares a piece of Christmas cake with customer Tasha Nunes and her daughter Diamonique Maxwell, while Candise Bull, promotional representative, shares in the moment. Occasion was FLOW’s Customer Appreciation Day held at the company’s Portmore Mall location yesterday. (Photo: Leo Hudson) Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:00:00 GMT CCJ rules in favour of private telecom company in Belize http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/CCJ-rules-in-favour-of-private-telecom-company-in-Belize_83211 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) yesterday ruled in favour of the private telecommunications services provider, Speednet Communications Limited, reversing a Belize Court of Appeal ruling that had favoured the regulator, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Five new tourism subsectors added to offerings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Five-new-tourism-subsectors-added-to-offerings_83139 FIVE new tourism subsectors have been added to the country’s offerings as the Government ramps up efforts to promote Jamaica as an ideal tourist destination. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Caricom hails relationship with Cuba http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Caricom-hails-relationship-with-Cuba_83144 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – Chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has hailed the “mutually beneficial relationship” with Cuba as the 15-member regional grouping marks the 44th anniversary of Caricom-Cuba diplomatic relations. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT PM says access to education is an inalienable right http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM-says-access-to-education-is-an-inalienable-right_83141 PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says access to education should be seen as an inalienable right as opposed to something which is considered reserved for only a special few. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT JPS boss wins CEO of the Year Award at Platts Global Energy Awards in New York http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JPS-boss-wins-CEO-of-the-Year-Award-at-Platts-Global-Energy-Awards-in-New-York_83137 PRESIDENT and CEO of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), Kelly Tomblin, Thursday night won the CEO of the Year Award at the 2016 Platts Global Energy Awards, held in New York, USA. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:00:00 GMT Jamaicans encouraged to host wards of the State for Christmas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaicans-encouraged-to-host-wards-of-the-State-for-Christmas_83001 THE Child Development Agency (CDA) is appealing to Jamaicans to open their hearts and homes to wards of the State during the festive seas on. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Kidnapping drama http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Kidnapping-drama_83233 A couple received the scare of their lives yesterday when their one-day-old baby was taken from the recovery ward at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) maternity block. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Obama orders ‘full review’ of 2016 election cyberattacks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Obama-orders--full-review--of-2016-election-cyberattacks_83156 WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Barack Obama has ordered a review of all cyberattacks that took place during the 2016 election cycle, the White House said yesterday, amid allegations of Russian interference. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:00:00 GMT South Korean president impeached in stunning fall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/South-Korean-president-impeached-in-stunning-fall_83159 SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean lawmakers yesterday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country’s first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:00:00 GMT Rats! Paris fights back against rodent infestation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Rats--Paris-fights-back-against-rodent-infestation_83147 PARIS, France (AP) — Both Nadine Mahe des Portes and the rat panicked when she inadvertently stepped on it on her walk back from work through Paris. Local News Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Spanish Town mayor reminds councillors of political cycle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Spanish-Town-mayor-reminds-councillors-of-political-cycle_83095 Councillor for the Greendale Division Norman Scott was yesterday re-elected mayor of Spanish Town by newly sworn councillors of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation at a lively two-hour ceremony held in the historic town’s Parade Square. Local News Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Bloodshed in Portmore as new mayor pledges to fight crime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Triple-murderBloodshed-in-Portmore-as-new-mayor-pledges-to-fight-crime_83110 SHORTLY before newly installed Mayor of Portmore Leon Thomas yesterday singled out crime as one of the ills he would immediately tackle, gunmen attacked and killed three people in Portmore Villa, Gregory Park, St Catherine. Local News Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Keep your promises, McKenzie tells St James councillors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Keep-your-promises--McKenzie-tells-St-James-councillors-------_83081 MONTEGO BAY, St James – Local Government and Community Development Minister Desmond McKenzie has challenged the newly elected councillors of the St James Municipal Corporation to ensure that they deliver on promises made during the run-up to the November 28 Local Government Elections. Local News Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Cop bars media from interviewing Portia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cop-bars-media-from-interviewing-Portia_83107 A woman cop assigned to Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller last night took on the role of a sycophant, vehemently telling journalists that they cannot interview the People’s National Party (PNP) president who was attending the swearing-in ceremony of mayor and councillors of the Portmore Municipal Council. Local News Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Vendors welcome police presence downtown Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Vendors-welcome-police-presence-downtown-Kingston_83100 Despite operating stalls close to the Darling Street Police Station, vendors in downtown Kingston were overjoyed yesterday when cops and representatives from the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) toured the market district which, they complained, has been plagued by criminals in recent times. Local News Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Don’t neglect the people,’ new Port Antonio mayor, councillors told http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Don-t-neglect-the-people---new-Port-Antonio-mayor--councillors-told_83104 PORT ANTONIO, Portland – Councillor Paul Thompson from the Manchioneal Division was yesterday afternoon elected and sworn in to head the Portland Municipal Corporation as mayor. Local News Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT McKenzie to meet with JLP St Thomas councillors today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/McKenzie-to-meet-with-JLP-St-Thomas-councillors-today_83106 Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has called Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillors in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation to meet with him today to discuss controversial developments following the final count of votes in the November 28 Local Government Election. Local News Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT JLP’s Kelly holds on to Moneague Division after recount http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JLP-s-Kelly-holds-on-to-Moneague-Division-after-recount_83099 ST ANN’S BAY, St Ann – Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Delroy Kelly was declared the winner of the Moneague Division following a magisterial recount at the St Ann Parish Court yesterday. Local News Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Weekly Round-up: PNP walks out of Parliament... Woman hacked to death by spouse... Cop bars media from interviewing Portia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Weekly-Round-up--PNP-walks-out-of-Parliament----Woman-hacked-to-death-by-spouse----Cop-bars-media-from-interviewing-Portia KINGSTON, Jamaica – on Wednesday, party representatives were absent from the much-anticipated signing of a new social contract protocol — the Partnership for a Prosperous Jamaica — at King’s House. Local News Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:00:52 GMT