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 Pepsi CEO to visit ‘Champs’ as guest of KC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Pepsi-CEO-to-visit--Champs--as-guest-of-KC_93245 Chief Executive Officer of Pepsico Inc North America Albert P “Al” Carey will visit the Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championship (Champs) for the first time when the event is held later this week. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Peter Phillips becomes PNP President today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Peter-Phillips-becomes-PNP-President-today_93652 Peter David Phillips will become the fifth President of the People’s National Party by acclamation today. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Former MP Buchanan to launch second book Tuesday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Former-MP-Buchanan-to-launch-second-book-Tuesday_93555 Former Member of Parliament Paul Buchanan will launch his second book ‘Jones Town Trench Town :the Journey back, on Tuesday evening at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies, starting at 6:30 pm. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT UK prison deal not Government priority, says Charles Jnr http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UK-prison-deal-not-Government-priority--says-Charles-Jnr_93556 Minister of state in the Ministry of National Security, Pearnel Charles Jnr, has said that the Government is focusing on the rehabilitation and redemption of correctional institutions, instead of the rejection of the United Kingdom prison deal. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT A dad’s ‘special’ joy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/A-dad-s--special--joy_93659 True to form, Errol Austin didn’t become excited when his son, Romaine, created history by becoming the first Jamaican to win a gold medal at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria last week. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Dawn Henry — excelling in a male-dominated business http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dawn-Henry---excelling-in-a-male-dominated-business_93651 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Eighteen years ago when Falmouth resident Dawn Henry accepted a temporary job as an administrative secretary, set to last for three months at the offices of the Jamaica Union of Travellers Association (JUTA) Falmouth Chapter, she had no idea that one day she would become the president of the male-dominated chapter. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Infidelity, penis length and life expectancy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Infidelity--penis-length-and-life-expectancy_93357 The myths about people’s shoe size have been around for centuries, especially those involving men. Health & Fitness Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Former Miss Jamaica Gina Hargitay making a mark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Former-Miss-Jamaica-Gina-Hargitay-making-a-mark_93539 Former Miss Jamaica Gina Hargitay spends a lot of time travelling the world. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Trump blames party hardliners for health debacle, as more battles loom http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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/news/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