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 Windwards 248, T&T 36-3 at close http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Windwards-248--T-T-36-3-at-close PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago bowled Windward Islands out for 248, just over an hour after tea on the opening day of their semi-final for the Headley/Weekes Trophy at the Queen’s Park Oval Saturday. Sports Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:49:53 GMT Barbados 245 all out vs Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Barbados-245-all-out-vs-Jamaica BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Jamaica dismissed Barbados for 245, an hour after tea on the opening day of the Headley/Weekes Trophy semi-final at Kensington Oval Saturday. Sports Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:09:06 GMT I support decriminalisation of ganja, but not for smoking, says health minister http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/I-support-decriminalisation-of-ganja--but-not-for-smoking--says-health-minister MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, says he is in support of the decriminalisation of marijuana from a point of view of justice, but not of health. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:33:14 GMT Hughes pulls out of CARIFTA 100m; Minzie favourite to win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Hughes-pulls-out-of-CARIFTA-100m--Minzie-favourite-to-win KINGSTON, Jamaica – The highly anticipated 100 metre clash between defending champion Anguillian Zharnel Hughes and Jamaican Jevaughn Minzie at the CARIFTA Games, underway in Martinique, won’t materialise. Sports Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:00:34 GMT Riverton dump fire under control, says ODPEM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Riverton-dump-fire-under-control--says-ODPEM KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) on Saturday issued a statement advising that the fire now burning at the Riverton City dump in Kingston, is under control. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:25:15 GMT April 29 sentencing for woman who smuggled cocaine to help ailing mother http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/April-29-sentencing-for-woman-who-smuggled-cocaine-to-help-ailing-mother KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A woman who said she attempted to smuggle 13 ounces of cocaine out of the island to finance her mother's breast cancer treatment is to be sentenced on April 29. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:15:15 GMT Authorities find no reason for nearly 50% of suicides in 2013 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Authorities-find-no-reason-for-nearly-50--of-suicides-in-2013 KINGSTON, Jamaica --There were 52 cases of suicide reported in Jamaica in 2013, but the authorities say they are unable to state the reason for nearly 50 percent of these deaths. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:35:58 GMT PHOTOS: Fire at Riverton dump, again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTOS--Fire-at-Riverton-dump--again KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A fire is again raging at the Riverton City Dump in St Andrew mere weeks after another fire blanketed sections of the Capital city in thick, black smoke. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:10:56 GMT Windies speedster escapes serious injury in crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Windies-speedster-escapes-serious-injury-in-crash BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 19, CMC – West Indies fast-bowler Kemar Roach escaped serious injury following a car accident here early Saturday, the Barbados Today online newspaper has reported. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:29:38 GMT Jamaica off to cracking start at 43rd CARIFTA Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaica-off-to-cracking-start-at-43rd-CARIFTA-Games KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Defending champions Jamaica are off to a successful start in the 43rd CARIFTA Games in Martinique winning three gold medals on today's (Saturday, April 19) opening morning. Sports Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:11:08 GMT ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Tax on bank withdrawals evil, unjust http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ONLINE-READERS-COMMENT--Tax-on-bank-withdrawals-evil--unjust Dear Editor, Local Letters to the Editor Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:59:07 GMT Paul Brunson: 20 Successful Habits I learned working for two billionaires http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Paul-Brunson--20-Successful-Habits-I-learned-working-for-two-billionaires KINGSTON, Jamaica – I have spent decades being “educated” — in college, graduate school, numerous professional certifications, and now a PhD programme, says Paul Brunson. All of that schooling and training helped shape the person I am today, but at no point in my life has there been a more profound education than my time working for Enver Yucel and Oprah Winfrey — Turkish and American, respectively. Local Lifestyle Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:35:10 GMT Regional Cricket: Barbados win toss, batting vs Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Regional-Cricket--Barbados-win-toss--batting-vs-Jamaica BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Barbados won the toss and chose to bat against Jamaica in the semi-final for the Headley/Weekes Trophy at Kensington Oval here Saturday. Local Sports Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:23:36 GMT Costa Rican woman attributes miracle to pope http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Costa-Rican-woman-attributes-miracle-to-pope TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed, waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm. Her gaze fell upon a newspaper photograph of Pope John Paul II. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:14:31 GMT 16-y-o boy, one of two killed in Clarendon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/16-y-o-boy--one-of-two-killed-in-Clarendon CLARENDON, Jamaica -- Two people are dead and another man in hospital, after gunmen struck in the community of Buzz Rock in May Pen, Clarendon, on Friday night. A 16-year-old boy is one of those killed. Local News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:53:32 GMT 100m super clash to headline opening day at Carifta Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/100m-super-clash-to-headline-opening-day-at-Carifta-Games FORT DE FRANCE, Martinique (CMC) – The opening day of CARIFTA Games 2014 will be highlighted by what many expect to be a super clash in the boys Under-20 100m dash. Local Sports Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:25:11 GMT Tax on withdrawals 'unconscionable and oppressive', says CAPI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tax-on-withdrawals--unconscionable-and-oppressive---says-CAPI KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Civil lobby group Citizens Action for Principle and Integrity (CAPI) late Friday described the Government's move to tax withdrawals from deposit-taking institutions as "unconscionable and oppressive". Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:38 GMT Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Teen-suspended-for-asking-Miss-America-to-prom YORK, Pennsylvania (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:38:03 GMT Regional Cricket: Jamaica hoping to halt Barbados juggernaut http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Regional-Cricket--Jamaica-hoping-to-halt-Barbados-juggernaut BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Jamaica will attempt to thwart rampant Barbados’ charge towards yet another title, when the two teams meet in the semi-final of the Headley/Weekes Trophy here Saturday. Local Sports Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:50:51 GMT Govt's plan to raise $6.7 billion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Govt-s-plan-to-raise--6-7-billion KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Government has proposed new revenue measures expected to raise the $6.7 billion needed to fully finance the 2014/15 budget. Local News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:24:25 GMT