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 Stowe: Prime Minister needs to lead ganja mission http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Stowe--Prime-Minister-needs-to-lead-ganja-mission_96431 Head of the Rastafarian Community Fund, Maxine Stowe, has chided Prime Minister Andrew Holness and former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for what she labelled as their silence in the discourse about the legalisation of ganja. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT A century for Tivoli Gardens’ Josephine Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/A-century-for-Tivoli-Gardens--Josephine-Campbell_96442 One of society’s greatest achievements is having persons who have made it past the century threshold. An elated centenarian, Josephine Jones Campbell, celebrated her birthday last Thursday at her home in Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston, among her community folk, family and fellow church members. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT It’s now Chief John Hall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/It-s-now-Chief-John-Hall_96460 Chairman of the Medical Council of Jamaica Dr John Hall was recently conferred with a Nigerian chieftaincy upon a recent visit to that populous African country. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Corporate Area water storage levels at 99% http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Corporate-Area-water-storage-levels-at-99-_96508 The National Water Commission (NWC) has reported that its two major storage facilities in the Corporate Area are at 99 per cent of their capacity. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT The overlooked factor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/The-overlooked-factor_96359 More songs, poems and books have been written about it than about anything else; more movies made about it or involve it in some shape or form than probably any other topic. It eludes most while being searched for by all, and it is the basic cause of creation. We cannot hide from it and yet we cannot seem to find it. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT Fatness and fitness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Fatness-and-fitness_96455 This Tuesday, April 25, the first Jamaica Observer ‘Your Health Your Wealth’ Symposium is set for the Worthington, Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston, commencing at 3:30 pm. There you will receive complimentary checks for some of the risk factors for good health, including blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol measurements. Health & Fitness Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Tears for women http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tears-for-women_96457 Former President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) Doreen Frankson wants Prime Minister Andrew Holness to do more to protect Jamaica’s women, whom she believes the political Administration is doing little to shield from the dangers they are exposed to daily. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT St James police joyful over gun, bullet find http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-James-police-joyful-over-gun--bullet-find_96477 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The St James police are celebrating the interception of a massive cache of guns and ammunition at the Montego Bay wharf on Friday. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT RIU hotel’s reopening rests on Fire Brigade probe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/RIU-hotel-s-reopening-rests-on-Fire-Brigade-probe_96476 IRONSHORE, St James- — The reopening of RIU Reggae Hotel, which closed following Thursday afternoon’s blast which left maintenance manager Sederhori McIntosh dead and four others hospitalised, is hinged on the outcome of a probe now underway by the Jamaica Fire Brigade. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Expedia to open arrival lounge at Sangster International Airport http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Expedia-to-open-arrival-lounge-at-Sangster-International-Airport KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — The online travel agency Expedia has announced plans to open an arrival lounge at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:00:54 GMT Flash flood warning remains in effect for central, eastern parishes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Flash-flood-warning-remains-in-effect-for-central--eastern-parishes KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological Service has continued a flash flood warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St Ann, St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon and Manchester. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:45:47 GMT Trinidad jolted by earthquake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Trinidad-jolted-by-earthquake2017-04-23T07-31-29 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Sections of the twin island republic were rocked by an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7, late Saturday. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:27:33 GMT Gatlin trumps De Grasse, Thompson shines at IAAF World Relays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gatlin-trumps-De-Grasse--Thompson-shines-at-IAAFWorldRelays NASSAU, Bahamas (AFP) — Evergreen American sprinter Justin Gatlin struck gold when he anchored his team to victory at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau on Saturday, while double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson shone for Jamaica. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:02:20 GMT Photo: Diploma in counter-terrorism management http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Photo--Diploma-in-counter-terrorism-management The Ministry of National Security (MNS) and the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) launched a Post-Graduate Diploma in Strategic Counter- Terrorism Management on Thursday at the Ministry of Transport and Mining. Here Executive Director of the CMI Dr Fritz Pinnock (left) joins (from left) Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Dianne McIntosh, Transport and Mining Minister Mike Henry, and Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jnr in a happy moment after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement formalises a partnership arrangement to train (initially) 40 members of the Counter- Terrorism (CT) Forum; an academic initiative borne out of the need for specialised competencies in security. The programme will begin on May 5 and will be offered free of cost, under the CMI’s Faculty of Security Administration and Management. (Photo: Michael Gordon) Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:53:59 GMT Photos: Heavy rain affect sections of Portland badly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Photos--Heavy-rain-affect-sections-of-Portland-badly_96524 those in the eastern end of the island, since Friday. (Photos: Everard Owen) Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Man damages card reader at gas station over lack of attention http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Man-damages-card-reader-at-gas-station-over-lack-of-attention A man who caused a card reader at a service station to be damaged after he went there in a rage, claimed that he was angry because the cashier was not paying him any attention. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:10:33 GMT Young man claims he borrowed laptop after he was arrested for stealing it http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Young-man-claims-he-borrowed-laptop-after-he-was-arrested-for-stealing-it A young man who stole a laptop computer from the home of his friend’s aunt told the court that he did not steal the laptop ... he just borrowed it. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:10:39 GMT Check your blood pressure, kidney failure patient urges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Check-your-blood-pressure--kidney-failure-patient-urges_96498 When 28-year-old Maurice Lewis was diagnosed with kidney failure last year, his life changed. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Review of Sexual Offences Act resumes Tuesday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Review-of-Sexual-Offences-Act-resumes-Tuesday_96494 The Joint Select Committee (JSC), which has been completing the review of the Sexual Offences Acts, will resume meeting on Tuesday morning at Gordon House. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT The amazing Collie Smith of Trench Town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/The-amazing-Collie-Smith-of-Trench-Town_96515 (In continuing our series of serialising of sections of the book Jones Town Trench Town The Journey Back written by former Jamaica cricketer, economist and politician Paul Buchanan, today we carry a piece on the legendary former Boys’ Town, Kingston College, Jamaica, and West Indies cricketer O’Neil Gordon “Collie” Smith. The article also coincides with the Test cricket match being played at Sabina Park, a ground on which he scored heavily, now tking place between the West Indies and Pakistan, the 50th between the two teams and also the 50th to be played at the venue.) Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Remedying ageing eyes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Remedying-ageing-eyes_96440 We have heard the saying “the eyes are the windows to your soul” before, and if that is the case, it should be one of our most beautiful features. Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Photo: A lonely man in the stand http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Photo--A-lonely-man-in-the-stand_96525 Cricket fan Kenneth Wilson, aged 75, is a lonely figure in the George Headley Stand at Sabina Park yesterday as rain severely limited play on the second day of the 50th cricket Test match between the West Indies and Pakistan. The match is also the 50th Test being played at Sabina Park. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT How does smoking affect your feet? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/How-does-smoking-affect-your-feet-_96437 When most people think about the effects of smoking, they think of lung cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma. We tend not to consider the toll it can take on other parts of the body, and certainly do not think about the feet. Health & Fitness Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Sickle cell disease: Why should I care? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Sickle-cell-disease--Why-should-I-care-_96454 Do you know your sickle cell trait status? Are you at risk of having a child or grandchild with sickle cell disease (SCD)? Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder_96461 A significant number of children and adults suffer from a disorder characterised by features such as hyperactivity, inability to sit still, easy distractibility, and inattentiveness known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Local News Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT