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 Pope Francis calls on Trump to help poor and outcast http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Pope-Francis-calls-on-Trump-to-help-poor-and-outcast_87161 VATICAN CITY, Holy See (AFP) — Pope Francis congratulated US President Donald Trump on his inauguration yesterday, urging the new president to keep fighting for the poor at a time of “grave humanitarian crises”. Local News Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT IS wreaks new destruction in Syria’s ancient Palmyra http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/IS-wreaks-new-destruction-in-Syria-s-ancient-Palmyra_87166 DAMASCUS, Syria (AFP) — The Islamic State group has demolished more treasured monuments in Syria’s ancient Palmyra, a month after recapturing it from government forces, the country’s antiquities chief said yesterday. Local News Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:00:00 GMT Sporadic violence at Washington anti-Trump protest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Sporadic-violence-at-Washington-anti-Trump-protest_87164 WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Washington police fired pepper spray and made arrests after black-clad anarchists emerged from protests to smash windows ahead of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration yesterday. Local News Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Old woman burnt to death in downtown Kingston fire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Old-woman-burnt-to-death-in-downtown-Kingston-fire_87111 The woman, who was said to be suffering from Alzheimer’s, was identified by her grieving daughter as Ellfreda Brown. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Obama in his final hours at the White House http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Obama-in-his-final-hours-at-the-White-House_87028 WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — Eight tumultuous years at the helm of American power have come and gone, and for President Barack Obama, this is finally the end. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Gov’t hires new forensic pathologist; more police, soldiers to be recruited http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-hires-new-forensic-pathologist--more-police--soldiers-to-be-recruited_87021 THE Government has hired a new forensic pathologist to assist in reducing the backlog of autopsies. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Even before taking office, Trump has changed the presidency http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Even-before-taking-office--Trump-has-changed-the-presidency_87026 WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — Donald Trump enters the White House today just as he entered the race for president: defiant, unfiltered, unbound by tradition and utterly confident in his chosen course. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Gunmen murder two children, man in Hanover http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gunmen-murder-two-children--man-in-Hanover-_87058 WILLIAMSFIELD, Hanover — Two children and a man were Wednesday night shot dead in seemingly connected incidents when heavily armed men invaded this rustic Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Obama praised for bridging gap between hip hop, politics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Obama-praised-for-bridging-gap-between-hip-hop--politics_87034 ATLANTA, USA (AP) — Not only is President Barack Obama the nation’s first black president, but it’s safe to say he has been America’s first hip hop commander-in-chief. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT OCA launches probe into CDA, OCR handling of sex abuse case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/OCA-launches-probe-into-CDA--OCR-handling-of-sex-abuse-case_87004 MINISTER of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green has asked the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) to conduct an inquiry into how investigations into a reported case of sex abuse of a six-year-old child were handled by the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR). Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Hampton board must submit report as requested, says education minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Hampton-board-must-submit-report-as-requested--says-education-minister_87019 EDUCATION Minister Senator Ruel Reid has made it clear that chairman of the Hampton School board Trevor Blake must submit a full report on the board’s deliberations concerning the recent actions of principal Heather Murray, despite conflicting media reports. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT BIG CATCH! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/BIG-FISH-Basa-revolution_87024 The first crop of the new fresh water fish being produced in Jamaica – the Pangasius species, known to most Jamaicans as Basa – is on the cusp of hitting both local and international markets. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Parliament resumes review of sexual violence bills http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Parliament-resumes-review-of-sexual-violence-bills-------_86958 A parliamentary joint select committee (JSC) had a timely resumption Wednesday of its review of four current pieces of domestic violence legislation, including the Sexual Offences Act. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:00:00 GMT Aubyn Hill joins call for better bank rates  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Aubyn-Hill-joins-call-for-better-bank-rates KINGSTON, Jamaica — Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Aubyn Hill, says he supports Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw’s call for banks to reduce the spread between interest on current account deposits/fixed deposits and average lending rates to commercial clients. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:05:16 GMT Trump signs executive decree against Obamacare health law http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trump-signs-executive-decree-against-Obamacare-health-law WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order aimed at limiting the "burden" of the Obamacare health law that the incoming US leader has vowed to repeal. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:58:59 GMT Chang visits Hanover murder scenes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Chang-visits-Hanover-murder-scenes HANOVER, Jamaica -- Jamaica Labour Party Member of Parliament for North West St James, Dr Horace Chang, Friday afternoon, visited Wednesday's crime scenes where a toddler, a five-year-old and a man were killed in Williamsfield, Hanover, by men toting high powered weapons. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:45:55 GMT Work to stop land slippage on North/South highway to be completed next month http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Work-to-stop-land-slippage-on-North-South-highway-to-be-completed-next-month KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Work to correct land slippage along a section of the North/South link of Highway 2000 should be completed by mid-February. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:15:02 GMT Trump aims for 'unquestioned' US military dominance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trump-aims-for--unquestioned--US-military-dominance Published moments after Trump was inaugurated president, the statements say he will end limits on Pentagon spending agreed by Congress and the Obama administration, and will soon release a new budget proposal outlining his vision for the military. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:35:11 GMT Structure, key to return of Windies winning culture, says Adams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Structure--key-to-return-of-Windies-winning-culture--says-Adams BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Newly-appointed Director of Cricket for the West Indies, Jimmy Adams, says one of the major items on his agenda is creating a structure that can lead to the establishing of a new winning culture in West Indies cricket. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:15:37 GMT Forex: J$128.91 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-128-91-to-one-US-dollar2017-01-20T14-59-22 Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar ended trading at J$98.78, up from J$96.61, while the British pound sterling ended trading at J$157.49, down from J$158.09. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:50:11 GMT Double murder in Newlands, Portmore http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Double-murder-in-Newlands--Portmore ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — Two people were fatally shot in the gritty Newlands community of Portmore earlier this afternoon.  Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:45:57 GMT Trump leads standing ovation for Hillary Clinton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trump-leads-standing-ovation-for-Hillary-Clinton WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump on Friday led a standing ovation for his defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, saying he was "honoured" she and her husband had attended his inauguration. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:20:38 GMT CAC to make announcement on 'bad gas' compensation before February http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/CAC-to-make-announcement-on--bad-gas--compensation-before-February KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is expected to make an announcement by the end of the month on the outcome of discussions for the compensation of motorists affected by contaminated gas. Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:05:11 GMT Gov't receives EU grant for sugar-dependent areas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-receives-EU-grant-for-sugar-dependent-areas KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Residents in sugar-dependent areas across the island are to benefit from an additional €6.5 million (J$910.2 million) in grant support from the European Union (EU). Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:05:22 GMT ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Ill-timed visit Mr Prime Minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ONLINE-READERS-COMMENT--Ill-timed-visit-Mr-Prime-Minister Dear Editor, Local News Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:50:09 GMT