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 J'can nurse honoured by the pope http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/J-can-nurse-honoured---by-the-pope_19241075 NURSE Marie Clemetson admits knowing from early last year that she would be receiving an award from the pope. Local News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Charles warns that J'cans could take to the street if suffering continues http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Uprising-alert_19241058 VETERAN parliamentarian Pearnel Charles is predicting an imminent uprising by the Jamaican people, who, according to him, had taken too much for too long and were ready to explode with violent protests. General News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT No terrorist threat to Jamaica, says Islamic Council http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/No-terrorist-threat-to-Jamaica--says-Islamic-Council_19241005 THE Islamic Council of Jamaica (ICOJ) has dismissed the likelihood of a terrorist attack in Jamaica from their religious followers. General News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT SERHA offers reasons for dead babies pile-up at KPH and VJH http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/SERHA-offers-reasons-for-dead-babies-pile-up-at-KPH-and-VJH_19241107 THE South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) yesterday said that a pile-up of dead babies at Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals was due to delays in the issuing of burial documents triggered by a number of factors. Local News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Charles: Holness has been treated unfairly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Charles--Holness-has-been-treated-unfairly_19240890 ANDREW Holness' humble upbringing is responsible in part for how he is treated by some people in the society, veteran parliamentarian Pearnel Charles has suggested. General News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Reduce number of MPs, ministers, Charles pleads http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Reduce-number-of-MPs--ministers--Charles-pleads_19240892 ONE of Jamaica's elder statesmen of politics, Pearnel Charles, wants the number of seats in the House of Representatives to be reduced, and by extension, a smaller Cabinet is put in place. General News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Pfizer-Allergan merger threatens local drug prices http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Pfizer-Allergan-merger-threatens-local-drug-prices_19241059 WORLD leading pharmaceutical firms Pfizer Inc and Allergan PLC last week announced a US$160 billion merger, that has ignited concerns about drug prices and choices around the world. General News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT KSAC on mission to maintain order during Christmas shopping http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/KSAC-on-mission-to-maintain-order-during-Christmas-shopping-_19241007 Tis the season to be jolly! But with it comes an increase in theft and a more aggressive attitude in the sales industry. General News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Size doesn't matter but location does http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Size-doesn-t-matter-but-location-does_19153034 AS we approach the Christmas season, we should balance the joys and indulgences that the season traditionally brings, with the care needed to prevent excesses and life-threatening choices. Overeating and over-imbibing are hallmarks of the season, and so we should be mindful of the short- and long-term consequences of such exploits. Health & Fitness Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT NCEL begins training of bursars http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NCEL-begins-training-of-bursars_19240950 THE National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), in a bid to improve financial management in the country's schools, has initiated a training programme targeting bursars, assistant bursars, clerical assistants and primary-level educators who manage school finances. General News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Security of the UWI, Mona — facts and fallacies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Security-of-the-UWI--Mona---facts-and-fallacies_19241015 CAMPUS administrators are aware that teaching, learning and research can best take place in an atmosphere that is conducive to these activities. They understand that security and safety are therefore critical to these activities. Student residence and areas of recreation are no less critical for the placement of effective security assets. General News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Dawes takes up job in The Bahamas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dawes-takes-up-job-in-The-Bahamas_19241055 IMMEDIATE past president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA), Dr Alfred Dawes has taken up a job offer in The Bahamas. Local News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Gun found in unfinished building after cops quell dispute http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gun-found-in-unfinished-building-after-cops-quell-dispute ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – Police in Linstead are reporting that they seized a homemade firearm in Rosemount district, St Catherine, yesterday. Local News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:42:28 GMT Dalley calls meeting with hospital management, halts burial of babies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Dalley-calls-meeting-with-hospital-management--halts-burial-of-babies KINGSTON, Jamaica – Health Minister Horace Dalley has instructed the management of the Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee hospitals and the South East Regional Health Authority to halt all action being taken to bury the bodies of babies that have been in the morgue, some since January this year. Local News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:38:23 GMT Narine suspended over illegal action http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/West-Indian-Narine-suspended-over-illegal-action DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — The International Cricket Council (ICC) Sunday suspended West Indian spinner Sunil Narine after his action was deemed illegal by an independent assessment. Local News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:52:24 GMT PM signs contract for $64m expansion of Mandeville Primary and Junior High http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PM-signs-contract-for--64m-expansion-of-Mandeville-Primary-and-Junior-High MANCHESTER, Jamaica (JIS) – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, last Friday signed contracts valued at J$64 million for expansion and rehabilitation of the Mandeville Primary and Junior High School in Manchester. Local News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:37:16 GMT Cuba, US to hold talks on migration and drug trafficking http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cuba--US-to-hold-talks-on-migration-and-drug-trafficking HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) – The United States and Cuba will hold talks in Washington DC on Monday to discuss issues related to migration and the fight against drug trafficking. Local News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:22:13 GMT Courtyard by Marriott New Kingston opening Tuesday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Courtyard-by-Marriott-New-Kingston-opening-Tuesday_19241003 AFTER two years under construction, the Courtyard by Marriott, Kingston Jamaica hotel will officially open on Tuesday. Local News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT If you're a woman, you need a skin regimen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/If-you-re-a-woman--you-need-a-skin-regimen_19228375 "Beauty to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick." -- Gwyneth Paltrow Health & Fitness Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Puss, rain and Black Friday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Puss--rain-and-Black-Friday_19240735 FRIENDS, mi nuh know why every corner mi tek Tuesday evening a puss (14, 18) here, there and everywhere. One little black one even came close to getting a permanent lick (3) from the car. But I wouldn't want fi tek nine (9) life one time. Local News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Colleagues, friends salute teacher, businessman Anand James http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Colleagues--friends-salute-teacher--businessman-Anand-James_19240889 SCORES of his professional colleagues, family members and friends heaped praise on teacher and outgoing Managing Director of Caribbean Flavours and Fragrances (CFF) Anand James at a function to mark his contribution to the organisation in St Andrew on Saturday, November 21. General News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Pneumonia: The deadly childhood illness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Pneumonia--The-deadly-childhood-illness_19240922 DESPITE being preventable, pneumonia continues to be a top killer of children under five. It also wreaks "breath-taking" havoc in the lives of adults, particularly the elderly, and people living with HIV. According to the 2015 Pneumonia and Diarrhoea Progress Report released recently by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a projected 5.9 million children around the world will die in 2015 before reaching their fifth birthday. Health & Fitness Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Obesity linked to ORAL DISEASE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Obesity-linked-to-ORAL-DISEASE_19240924 THE prevalence of obesity has increased substantially over the past decades in most industrialised countries. Obesity is a systemic disease that predisposes someone to a variety of comorbidities and complications that affect overall health. Health & Fitness Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lung Cancer: What you should know http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Lung-Cancer--What-you-should-know_19240923 NOVEMBER is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and once again, we seek to improve public knowledge of this very common condition. Health & Fitness Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Reflections on the Republic of Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Reflections-on-the-Republic-of-Jamaica_19241037 ON November 18, in the course of his presentation in the Privy Council/CCJ debate, Senator and attorney-at-law Arthur Williams argued that Jamaica should remove the Queen as Jamaica's Head of State. For Senator Williams, the time for the abolition of the monarchy had "long passed." General News Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT