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 Ferguson: I don’t support ganja smoking http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ferguson--I-don-t-support-ganja-smoking MINISTER of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson has admitted his support for the decriminalisation of ganja (also known as marijuana) from the point of view of justice, but not from a health perspective. Local News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:10:17 GMT Divorce doesn't have to be an option http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Divorce-doesn-t-have-to-be-an-option_16492876 LIKE most married couples, pastors Paul and Dorrett Blake had their challenges. The problems got so bad that Dorrett eventually filed for divorce some years ago. Local News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Riverton fire under control — ODPEM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Riverton-fire-under-control---ODPEM_16492858 THE Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has said fire that broke out at the Riverton City Dump, Western St Andrew has been contained. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Government ripping off Jamaicans, people say http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ATM-Tax-anger_16492912 JAMAICANS yesterday reacted with anger to last Thursday's announcement in Parliament by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillips that new taxes will be slapped on Automated Teller Machine (ATM) withdrawals, as well as on all electronic banking transactions. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT JC student fighting cancer to become a scientist http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JC-student-fighting-cancer-to-become-a-scientist_16491512 RYAN Bowen was days away from starting second form at Jamaica College (JC) when he began experiencing severe pain to the neck. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Meeting set with Hopewell principal, school board http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Meeting-set-with-Hopewell-principal--school-board_16472691 THE embattled principal of Hopewell High School in East Hanover, Joyce Irving, who has been implicated in a corruption probe at the school, will face the full board of governors of the institution after the Easter holidays to answer certain questions, the ministry of education has confirmed. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Adlyn Thompson, 104, hopes God will intervene and save Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Adlyn-Thompson--104--hopes-God-will-intervene-and-save-Jamaica_16492816 NOT only does she possess a sharp memory, but at 104, Adlyn Imogene Barnes Thompson's quick wit was evident as she recalled how she met her child's father, getting 'saved' 80 years ago, even while giving her account of what she believes is the only thing that can take Jamaica out of the situation it is now in. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT When people scatter and gunfire takes over Mountain View http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/When-people-scatter-and-gunfire-takes-over-Mountain-View_16472454 (This is the start of a series in which Jamaica Observer journalists recount some of the dangers that they have faced in the line of duty over the years) General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Sugar-free'dom' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Sugar-free-dom-_16492650 WE are always being told that sugar is bad for us and must be avoided or minimised as much as possible. However, despite all the advice and knowledge we have on sugar and its negative effects, we continue to eat and use it. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Preserving the skin you’re in http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Preserving-the-skin-you-re-in_16492657 MANY people believe that if they take care of the inside, it will show on the outside. However, our largest organ - the skin - needs just as much attention. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Is cancer of the testis real? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Is-cancer-of-the-testis-real-_16492668 RECENTLY, a 33-year-old man asked me if men developed cancer of the testis. He was concerned because he had noticed a lump in his scrotum. He had never heard about testicular cancer. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Getting to know your Kidneys http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Getting-to-know-your-Kidneys_16492662 This is the first in a two-part piece by Dr Romayne Edwards, exploring the reason kidney disease is such a problem. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT THIRD SEX:a fact of life? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/THIRD-SEX-a-fact-of-life-_16492827 LAST month in Australia, the High Court ruled that in addition to being recognised as male or female, people can be officially recognised as a non-specific sex. This law now allows people to be identified on their passports as male, female 'indeterminate/unspecified/ Features Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT A you fi shut up, you ugly like, man tells RM Pusey http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/A-you-fi-shut-up--you-ugly-like--man-tells-RM-Pusey_16463352 A man who had been stalking and blackmailing a woman with nude pictures for the past 10 years, despite going to prison, told off the magistrate after she remanded him in custody when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court recently. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gov’t settles on 10-year age limit for GCT on used cars http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gov-t-settles-on-10-year-age-limit-for-GCT-on-used-cars_16489316 THE Government has decided to increase the age limit of second-hand sale vehicles to which General Consumption Tax (GCT) applies, from eight to 10 years, to earn $26 million in revenue this year. Local News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Push out or step out, teachers told http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Push-out-or-step-out--teachers-told_16492834 MANDEVILLE, Manchester - Veteran educator, researcher and consultant Pauletta Chevannes has said that teachers who find themselves unable to cope with the demands of the profession should walk away from it. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Phillips, Shaw clash over info on Gov’t arrears http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Phillips--Shaw-clash-over-info-on-Gov-t-arrears_16492822 A row between Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Peter Phillips and Opposition spokesman Audley Shaw over General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT ‘Poor’ American man ordered deported http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Poor--American-man-ordered-deported_16491620 AN American man who came to Jamaica to soak up some of the sand, sun and sea, left people in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court utterly surprised on Thursday, when he faced a charge for being destitute. Local News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT We are going to stay the course, says Phillips http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/We-are-going-to-stay-the-course--says-Phillips_16489455 THE fact that he was opening the Budget Debate for 2014/15 on Holy Thursday was not lost on Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips as he closed his presentation inside Gordon House. Local News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Policeman commits suicide in Manchester http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Policeman-commits-suicide-in-Manchester MANCHESTER, Jamaica -- The Police are confirming that a Police Constable assigned to the Anti-Corruption Branch reportedly committed suicide in Manchester Saturday night. Local News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:54:23 GMT ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Hints on saving for Dr Phillips http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ONLINE-READERS-COMMENT--Hints-on-saving-for-Dr-Phillips Dear Editor, Local News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:44:06 GMT Finance Ministry admits dollar slide pushing up debt stock http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Finance-Ministry-admits-dollar-slide-pushing-up-debt-stock KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s public debt stock climbed to just under J$2 trillion, or approximately 132 per cent of Gross Domestic Product GDP) at the end of financial year 2013/14, due mainly to the depreciating value of the Jamaican dollar, according to the Fiscal Policy Paper (FPP) tabled by Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Peter Phillips, in the House of Representatives on Thursday. Local News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:23:00 GMT And the winners are... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/And-the-winners-are_16492829 NATAHLEE Baker and Ryan Munroe will be among the revellers on the Carnival road march next week, after both copped top prizes as the biggest losers in the Fit Farm Carnival Boot Camp Challenge. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Students give blood http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Students-give-blood_16492677 WE have at some point heard the calls for blood donors and have seen the several blood drives that appear to be staples at most health fairs. Yet, many of us have never donated blood. Maybe we are not healthy enough or are afraid of the very sight of needles, but the simple fact is that there is always a need for blood. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Stages of Healing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Stages-of-Healing_16492672 ARE you suffering from nagging, repetitive stress and exacerbation injuries? These are not only frustrating but also debilitating. General News Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT