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 'One week to live' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-One-week-to-live-_18684030 DOCTORS at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) have given 53-year-old Nola Powell one week to live, unless she can come up with a sum of US$75,000 or US$130,000 needed to do a life-saving operation in either Colombia or Florida. Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT NSWMA to get new board http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NSWMA-to-get-new-board_18684366 A new board is to be installed at the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Local Government Minister Noel Arscott announced yesterday. Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Embassy scare http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Embassy-scare_18684637 THE United States Embassy in Kingston yesterday hurriedly locked down its operations after a Caucasian man threw a bag over the walls of the Old Hope Road-based mission, causing a security scare. Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT A home for Peaches http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/A-home-for-Peaches_18679647 FOOD For the Poor (FFP) has completed construction of a house for street sweeper Peaches Henry whose plight was highlighted in the Jamaica Observer on March 1. Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Jennifer Edwards withdraws suit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jennifer-Edwards-withdraws-suit_18684856 JENNIFER EDWARDS yesterday withdrew her legal action and an application for an injunction seeking to bar her ouster as head of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Cop accused of stealing cash from foreigner's purse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cop-accused-of-stealing-cash-from-foreigner-s-purse_18674314 A police constable accused of stealing US$410 from the purse of a foreigner at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston was granted bail in the sum of $300,000. Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ganja law getting there... but not just yet! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Ganja-law-getting-there----but-not-just-yet-_18679731 JUSTICE Minister Mark Golding said yesterday that although signed by the governor general, the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015, widely called the Ganja law, is not yet in force, contrary to a report in Tuesday's edition of the Jamaica Observer. General News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Woman accused of stabbing common-law husband to death http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Woman-accused-of-stabbing-common-law-husband-to-death_18674475 A woman who allegedly stabbed her common-law husband to death after he punched her in the face during a domestic dispute is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on April 19. Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Errald Miller receives City and Guilds Fellowship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Errald-Miller-receives-City-and-Guilds-Fellowship_18684658 RETIRED telecommunications company executive Errald Miller was Tuesday conferred with the Diploma of Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute. Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT US Embassy slams Guyana newspaper over 'April Fools Joke' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-Embassy-slams-Guyana-newspaper-over--April-Fools-Joke-_18682574 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The United States yesterday demanded that Kaieteur News retract an article it published indicating that Washington had revoked the visas of four Guyana government officials. Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Repair Portmore roads too, JLP caretaker urges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Repair-Portmore-roads-too--JLP-caretaker-urges_18679981 ALANDO Terrelonge, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for East Central St Catherine, is calling for the government to make repairs to several roads within the area which are in a deplorable state. Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Another attorney charged http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Another-attorney-charged_18684690 ANOTHER Another attorney-at-law has found herself in trouble with the law over allegations that she defrauded clients of close to $4 million, which was awarded to them from a personal injury claim. Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Drain cleaning http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Drain-cleaning_18682700 Workmen clean a drain in Portmore, St Catherine, on Tuesday. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Call for decent work opportunities for Caribbean nationals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Call-for-decent-work-opportunities-for-Caribbean-nationals_18682607 BRUSSELS, Belgium (CMC) — Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group Dr Patrick I Gomes has called on Caribbean countries to implement policies that would include investments in labour intensive infrastructures, particularly those that generate green jobs. Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT This Day in History - April 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/This-Day-in-History_18684054 Today is the 92nd day of 2015. There are 273 days left in the year. Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Bahamas Press Club blasts PM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bahamas-Press-Club-blasts-PM_18682606 NASSAU, Bahamas CMC — The Bahamas Press Club (BPC) Tuesday said it was "deeply disappointed" at remarks made by Prime Minister Perry Christie to journalism students at the College of the Bahamas recently. Local News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT 'Butt out' Saudi Arabia tells Canada http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Butt-out--Saudi-Arabia-tells-Canada_18682536 MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) -- Saudi Arabia yesterday told Canada and its province of Quebec to stop criticising the kingdom's flogging of blogger Raef Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam." International Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Man in Holness death threat hoax gets 30 months in prison http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Man-in-Holness-death-threat-hoax-gets-30-months-in-prison_18679797 THE 48-year-old man implicated in the death-threat hoax against Opposition Leader Andrew Holness was yesterday sentenced to two years and six months behind bars. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Rural schools pursue educational leadership http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Rural-schools-pursue-educational-leadership_18680261 FIVE rural secondary and primary schools which were found by the National Education Inspectorate to be lacking leadership support are currently developing teaching and learning policies to strengthen standards in their respective institutions. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Industry ministry admits shortcomings in implementing gov't policies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Industry-ministry-admits-shortcomings-in-implementing-gov-t-policies_18679744 THE frontline ministry in the State's programme to induce growth and promote investments has admitted that it has not been effectively monitoring and evaluating the implementation of Government policies. General News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Fishers say NEPA hurting sales http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Fishers-say-NEPA-hurting-sales_18679525 FISHERFOLK at the Greenwich Town Fishing Village in Kingston yesterday accused the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) of seeking to hurt their business by advising the public to be on the look out for tainted sprat. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Gaining 'Express Entry' without a job offer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gaining--Express-Entry--without-a-job-offer_18677412 Dear Mr Brown: Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT NIC: Expanded drought management plan will improve service to customers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NIC--Expanded-drought-management-plan-will-improve-service-to-customers_18677409 THE National Irrigation Commission (NIC) has expanded its drought management plan to improve service to its more than 3,600 customers. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Howard Cooke Blvd to undergo major repairs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Howard-Cooke-Blvd-to-undergo-major-repairs_18677856 WORK to rehabilitate sections of Howard Cooke Boulevard in Montego Bay, St James, is set to begin on April 10. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Caricom wants int'l help to push socio-economic development http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Caricom-wants-int-l-help-to-push-socio-economic-development_18677945 Addressing the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, Christie -- who is the Caricom chairman -- said that regional countries are acutely aware of the complexity of the global economic environment and the major transformation underway in the world economy. Local News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT