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 Trump blames party hardliners for health debacle, as more battles loom http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trump-blames-party-hardliners-for-health-debacle--as-more-battles-loom WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Donald Trump on Sunday squarely blamed his Republican party's ultra-conservative wing for the most stinging defeat of his young presidency, holding it responsible for the failed attempt to repeal Obamacare in a way that may signal bruising battles ahead over taxes and spending. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:47:44 GMT BPO sector becoming the number one source of employment in western Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/BPO-sector-becoming-the-number-one-source-of-employment-in-western-Jamaica ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — The Business Process Outsourcing Sector (BPO) is fast becoming the number one source of employment, next to tourism in western Jamaica. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:19:46 GMT Phillips says giving more power to security forces not an effective crime solution http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Phillips-says-giving-more-power-to-security-forces-not-an-effective-crime-solution KINGSTON, Jamaica — Newly appointed President of the People's National Party Peter Phillips has dismissed government plans to give more power to the security forces as an ineffective method of solving the country's crime problem. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:50:08 GMT Pakistan beat Windies by six wickets http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Pakistan-beat-Windies-by-six-wickets BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Pakistan defeated West Indies by six wickets in the opening Twenty20 International of the four-match series at Kensington Oval on Sunday. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:40:07 GMT Tears flow as Portia bids PNP farewell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tears-flow-as-Portia-bids-PNP-farewell KINGSTON, Jamaica — Loyal supporters and members of the People's National Party (PNP) were overcome with tears as Portia Simpson Miller made her final address as party leader this afternoon. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:26:12 GMT Fishermen reaping the benefits of fish sanctuary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Fishermen-reaping-the-benefits-of-fish-sanctuary KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Fishermen of Oracabessa Bay in St Mary are reaping the benefits of the locally established fish sanctuary, which has significantly increased the fish stock in the area. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:19:37 GMT Motorist held with illegal firearm in St James http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Motorist-held-with-illegal-firearm-in-St-James ST JAMES, Jamaica — A firearm and several rounds of ammunition were this morning seized by police who were on operations on the West Gate main road, in St James. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:30:47 GMT Simpson Miller tells followers to support Phillips http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Simpson-Miller-tells-followers-to-support-Phillips KINGSTON, Jamaica — Outgoing People’s National Party leader Portia Simpson Miller called on her followers to throw their support behind incoming party president Peter Phillips. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:13:42 GMT Trump's border-wall proposal faces many obstacles http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Trump-s-border-wall-proposal-faces-many-obstacles It's still not clear how Trump will pay for the wall that, as described in contracting notices, would be 30 feet (9 metres) high and easy on the eye for those looking at it from the north. The Trump administration will also have to contend with unfavourable geography and many legal battles. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:04:29 GMT Windies struggle to 111 against Pakistan in first T20 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Windies-struggle-to-111-against-Pakistan-in-first-T20 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AFP) — Shadab Khan produced an outstanding debut performance as Pakistan limited West Indies to 111 for eight batting first in the first fixture of a four-match T20 international series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:26:42 GMT Russia's opposition leader among hundreds arrested at Moscow protest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Opposition-leader-among-hundreds-arrested-at-Moscow-protest MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Hundreds of people including top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were arrested on Sunday as thousands of Russians defied bans to stage protests across the country against corruption. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:45:18 GMT Samuda expresses support for Irish potato farmers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Samuda-expresses-support-for-Irish-potato-farmers KINGSTON, Jamaia (JIS) — Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda is expressing support for Irish potato farmers, as the Government seeks to achieve self-sufficiency in the crop’s production. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:23:40 GMT PHOTOS: PNP delegates gather for instalment of Phillips as party leader http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTOS--PNP-delegates-gather-for-instalment-of-Phillips-as-party-leader KINGSTON, Jamaica — Delegates of the almost 79-year-old People’s National Party (PNP) have gathered at the National Arena in St Andrew for the instalment Dr Peter Phillips as the new party leader. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:05:56 GMT Pakistan put Windies to bat in first T20 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Pakistan-put-West-Indies-into-bat-in-first-T20 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and put the West Indies in to bat in the first T20 international of a four-match series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:36:47 GMT Repairs to be carried out at Port Antonio Market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Repairs-to-be-carried-out-at-Port-Antonio-Market KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says $10 million is to be allocated, to carry out emergency clean-up and repairs at the Port Antonio Market in Portland. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:36:50 GMT Maduro asks for UN help on Venezuela medicine shortage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Maduro-asks-for-UN-help-on-Venezuela-medicine-shortage CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — President Nicolas Maduro said Friday he had asked the United Nations to help address severe shortages of medicine in Venezuela, a rare acknowledgement of the crisis-hit country's desperate situation. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:29:06 GMT Probe to be launched into alleged civil rights abuses in implementing Trump's immigration orders http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Probe-to-be-launched-into-alleged-civil-rights-abuses-in-implementing-Trump-s-immigration-orders WASHINGTON (CMC) — The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has agreed to conduct a probe in response to Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke’s concerns about alleged civil rights abuses in implementing United States President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:20:48 GMT Cops find M16 near playfield in Westmoreland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cops-find-M16-near-playfield-in-Westmoreland WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — One M16 rifle along with a magazine containing fourteen 5.56 cartridges were seized by the Savanna-la-mar police in Llandilo, Westmoreland on Saturday. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:57:37 GMT London attacker used WhatsApp, firm must help police get access — reports http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/London-attacker-used-WhatsApp--firm-must-help-police-get-access---reports LONDON (AP) — Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said Sunday. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:52:22 GMT Edi Fitzroy to be buried today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Edi-Fitzroy-to-be-buried-today KINGSTON, Jamaica — The late reggae singer Edi Fitzroy (Fitzroy Edwards) will be buried today at the Dovecot Cemetery, St Catherine, following a Thanksgiving Service in Portmore, according to relatives. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:38:25 GMT Weekly Round-up: Corned beef banned... Athletes charged with WADA violations... 5 correctional officers arrested http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/copy_of_Weekly-Round-up--corned-beef-banned-video The ministry said that the move followed reports from Brazilian authorities that several major Brazilian meat processors have been “selling rotten beef and poultry”. The companies are also alleged to have paid hefty bribes to auditors in exchange for fraudulent sanitary licences. Video Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:00:15 GMT Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Cities-and-monuments-switch-off-for-Earth-Hour PARIS, France (AFP) — Iconic global monuments including the Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House plunged into darkness Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change. Local News Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:45:17 GMT Tears and laughter for Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tears-and-laughter-for-Debbie-Reynolds--Carrie-Fisher LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Friends, family and hundreds of wellwishers gathered in the Hollywood Hills on Saturday to celebrate the lives of beloved celebrity mother and daughter Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Local News Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:17:08 GMT World bids farewell to Derek Walcott http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/World-bids-farewell-to-Derek-Walcott CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Derek Alton Walcott, born in humble surroundings on Chaussee Road and who mesmerised the world with his poetry, plays and paintings, was buried here on Saturday, one week after he died following a prolong illness. Local News Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:22:57 GMT