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 World's oldest person dies at 117 in Japan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/World-s-oldest-person-dies-at-117-in-Japan TOKYO, Japan - The world's oldest person, Misao Okawa, died in Japan on Wednesday, a month after celebrating her 117th birthday. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:39:58 GMT New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/New-Jersey-Senator-Bob-Menendez-indicted-on-corruption-charges WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million worth of gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:07:59 GMT Prof Edwin Jones to head Petcom's privatisation Enterprise Team http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Prof-Edwin-Jones-to-head-Petcom-s-privatisation-Enterprise-Team KINGSTON, Jamaica - Cabinet has approved the Enterprise Team to administrate and execute the plan for the privatisation of the Petroleum Company of Jamaica (PETCOM). Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:53:20 GMT FOREX: J$115.04 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/FOREX--J-115-04-to-one-US-dollar2015-04-01T16-18-49 KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican dollar held firm against the US dollar trading at J$115.04 on Wednesday, April 1, according to the Bank of Jamaica's daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:17:37 GMT Security Minister 'satisfied' with arrangements ahead of Obama's visit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Security-Minister--satisfied--with-arrangements-ahead-of-Obama-s-visit KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of National Security Peter Bunting says he is satisfied with the progress of the security arrangements being implemented by the security forces, in collaboration with the United States Secret Service, to welcome and host President Barack Obama and Caricom Heads of Government. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:09:08 GMT Fly Jamaica unable to land in New York http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Fly-Jamaica-unable-to-land-in-New-York KINGSTON, Jamaica – Captain Paul Reece, chairman and CEO of Fly Jamaica, a short while ago told OBSERVER ONLINE that the airline's permit to land in New York expired yesterday, March 31. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:55:12 GMT Gas prices down $0.08, diesel up $1.95 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gas-prices-down--0-08--diesel-up--1-95 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Motorists should see a decrease at the pumps in prices of gasoline and an increase in the price for diesel effective Thursday, April 2 with an increase in ex-refinery costs from Petrojam. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:45:13 GMT Sizzla fined $1,000 over expletives http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Sizzla-fined--1-000-over-expletives FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Dancehall artiste Sizzla Kolonjie, who was charged for using expletives during a performance at the Falmouth Police Station over the weekend, pleaded guilty when he appeared in the Falmouth RM Court today. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:53:20 GMT California governor orders mandatory water restrictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/California-governor-orders-mandatory-water-restrictions ECHO LAKE, California (AP) — California Governor Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:44:04 GMT New members to be sought for NSWMA Board, says Arscott http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/New-members-to-be-sought-for-NSWMA-Board--says-Arscott KINGSTON, Jamaica - Minister of Local Government Noel Arscott said a new board is to be installed at the National Solid Waste Management Authority following the resignation of several board members in the wake of the recent fire at the Riverton landfill in Kingston. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:19:22 GMT Digicel welcomes Barbados FTC decision on LIME/Flow merger http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Digicel-welcomes-Barbados-FTC-decision-on-LIME-Flow-merger KINGSTON, Jamaica – Telecommunications company, Digicel, today welcomed the decision of the Barbados Fair Trading Commission (FTC) regarding the application for merger approval filed by Cable and Wireless Communications, the parent company of LIME, and Flow/ Columbus. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:16:25 GMT Canadian consul's teen son killed in Miami shoot-out http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Canadian-consul-s-teen-son-killed-in-Miami-shoot-out MIAMI, United States — The 17-year-old son of the Canadian consul general in Miami was shot dead in a dispute with drug dealers, police said Wednesday. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:56:42 GMT Missing man found dead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Missing-man-found-dead2015-04-01T13-51-13 KINGSTON, Jamaica — The body of a man who was reported missing on Monday was discovered this morning just off Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:48:12 GMT ISSA addresses 'ambush marketing' at Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ISSA-addresses--ambush-marketing--at-Champs KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Inter-secondary School Sporting Association (ISSA) says it is moving to address issues which have emerged out of last week’s staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:15:17 GMT Gov't pays J$235m to extinguish Riverton dump fire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Gov-t-pays-J-235m-to-extinguish-Riverton-dump-fire KINGSTON, Jamaica — Government spent an estimated J$235 million to extinguish the recent 12-day fire at the Riverton landfill. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:44:35 GMT UPDATE: No threat found after US Embassy lockdown – Police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--No-threat-found-after-US-Embassy-lockdown---Police KINGSTON, Jamaica – According to an official statement from the Ministry of National Security read by Deputy Commissioner in charge of operations, Clifford Blake at a Jamaica House press briefing a short while ago, a white man who spoke with an American accent hurled a bag over the walls of the US Embassy in Kingston, about 7:45 am. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:51:00 GMT Sewer pipelines collapse in Corporate Area, NWC to effect repairs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Sewer-pipelines-collapse-in-Corporate-Area--NWC-to-effect-repairs KINGSTON, Jamaica – The National Water Commission is advising motorists and pedestrians that it will be carrying out emergency repairs to two collapsed sewer pipelines at the intersections of Old Hope Road and Caledonia Avenue and Old Hope Road and Oxford Road, from 8:00 pm Wednesday, April 1, 2015 to 6:00 am Thursday, April 2, 2015. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:30:33 GMT UPDATE: US Embassy lockdown, man held http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/UPDATE--US-Embassy-lockdown--man-held KINGSTON, Jamaica – OBSERVER ONLINE sources are reporting that the man who attempted to breach security at the United State Embassy this morning has been held. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:16:49 GMT Services improve at KPH, says Senior Medical Officer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Services-improve-at-KPH--says-Senior-Medical-Officer KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Thousands of Jamaicans are being provided with critical health care services from the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), being the largest regional general health care facility in the English-speaking Caribbean.      Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:40:54 GMT PHOTOS: Security beefed up at US Embassy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PHOTOS--Security-beefed-up-at-US-Embassy KINGSTON, Jamaica - There is increased security presence at the United States Embassy in Kingston after what is suspected to be an attempted security breach at the institution this morning. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:26:48 GMT Peru PM sacked in spy scandal, president in crisis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Peru-PM-sacked-in-spy-scandal--president-in-crisis LIMA, Peru (AFP) – Peruvian President Ollanta Humala was left scrambling to find a new prime minister Tuesday after Congress sacked the incumbent, Ana Jara, over allegations of domestic spying. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:15:55 GMT Attempted security breach at US Embassy? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Attempted-security-breach-at-US-Embassy- KINGSTON, Jamaica – There is a strong police presence at the United States Embassy in Kingston, following an incident at the institution this morning. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:05:13 GMT Divestment of cocoa industry’s commercial assets in ‘final stages’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Divestment-of-cocoa-industry-s-commercial-assets-in--final-stages- KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Derrick Kellier announced that the proposed Government’s divestment of its commercial assets in Jamaica’s cocoa industry, spearheaded by the Cocoa Industry Board (CIB), is now in the “final stages” of implementation. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:51:54 GMT Tennessee warns travellers to the C’bean of mosquito-borne illnesses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Tennessee-warns-travellers-to-the-C-bean-of-mosquito-borne-illnesses NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CMC) – The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is warning vacation and business travellers to the Caribbean about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may transmit Chikungunya virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:44:38 GMT Don Wehby wants Gov’t to revert to JSE’s original incentive scheme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Don-Wehby-wants-Gov-t-to-revert-to-JSE-s-original-incentive-scheme KINGSTON, Jamaica – CEO of GraceKennedy Group, Don Wehby, says he is providing the Government with one of several solutions for advancement of Jamaica’s manufacturing sector. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:24:34 GMT