St Thomas firefighter honoured for exemplary service to country

Joshua Davis poses after collecting his Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service at the national hounours and awards ceremony held at King’s House in St Andrew on October 17. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

WHEN Joshua Ezekiel Davis joined the Jamaica Fire Brigade 19 years ago, he never imagined that the day would come when his country would honour him for doing the job he loves so much. Davis, a native of St Thomas, was among more than 200 Jamaicans and one of 13 firefighters honoured at the national ... Read More

A section of the Annotto Bay Health Centre that is affected whenever it rains heavily Eroding shoreline threatens Annotto Bay Health Centre
COUNCILLOR for the Annotto Bay Division in the St Mary South East constituency, Dane Golding, is urg ... Read More

BRYAN… The aim is obviously to reduce fires and what we are doing is to target fires that affect St Mary (Photo: Kenyon Hemans) St Mary Fire Brigade kicks off fire safety week
AN exposition to be held at the Hi-Lo supermarket car park and community walk-throughs are to form p ... Read More

Nicole Smith who placed first in St Mary (Photos: Contributed) North-eastern chicken vendors eager to compete in CB Chicken PAN final
EIGHT pan chicken vendors representing the parishes of St Ann, St Mary, Portland, and St Thomas will ... Read More

Eight St Ann heroes honoured

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, October 24, 2016    

Clifton Rose and his wife Greta

EIGHT people were recognised for their valuable contributions and service to St Ann at a civic ceremony held on Heroes’ Day at Lawrence Park in the parish capital, St Ann’s Bay. Those honoured were Peter Samuel Shand, Pastor Everton Cummings, Norma Delores Jones-Williamson, Allison Gordon, Marjorie Robinson, Dorothy Boyd Brown, Clifton Rose and his wife Greta. Rose and his wife Greta were recognised for their philanthropy, although they often made donations and awarded scholarship ... Read More

Bolt, JN, Port Authority host second Heroes in Action fun run

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter | Monday, October 24, 2016    

Earl Jarrett (left) and Usain Bolt at the second annual staging of Heroes in Action Charity 4k Fun Run and 8k Run/Walk in Falmouth, last week.

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Scores of people came out last week Sunday for the second annual staging of Heroes in Action Charity 4 k Fun Run and 8 k Run/Walk staged jointly by the Jamaica National (JN) Foundation, the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and the Usain Bolt Foundation in this historic seaside town. Participants thronged the streets from as early as 7:00 am, many hoping to catch a glimpse of the official starter of the races, celebrity sprinter Usain Bolt, a Trelawny native. The winn ... Read More

Portland celebrates its heroes

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer writer | Monday, October 24, 2016    

Custos of Portland Major Lincoln Thaxter inspects members of the Cadet Corps.

SCORES of Portlanders and others from across the island last Monday turned out for the annual Heroes’ Day parade in Port Antonio square in the parish as the country celebrated Jamaicans who have made sterling contributions to nation- building. The day’s proceedings were headed by Custos Rotulorum of Portland Major Lincoln Thaxter and saw displays by several uniform groups, including the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Cadet Corps, Boys’ Scouts, and the Port Antonio marching band. ... Read More

Murder of 76-year-old man shocks Battersea

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, October 24, 2016    

A distressed Caneta Johnson recalls the final minutes with her husband of over 40 years.

The gruesome murder of 76-year-old Herbert Johnson in his bed last Thursday morning has left members of the Battersea community in shock. Johnson was shot multiple times, including in the face, after two gunmen invaded his home minutes after midnight. Family members and residents of Battersea which spans two parishes, Trelawny and St Ann, said the death of the farmer was a big shock to the community. “Why? What? Those are the questions everybody asking,” Timarley Johnson, one of J ... Read More


Monday, October 24, 2016    

Always enjoying good pan chicken

Vendors vie for CB Chicken national title on Sunday next Read More

Incredible fightback

Sunday, October 23, 2016    

STETHS Javoney Brown (left) battles Holy Trinity’s Sadayne Samuels in their FLOW Super Cup game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday.  STETHS won 4-3. (Photo: Paul Reid)

CATHERINE HALL, St James — St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) staged an incredible fightback, scoring two times in two minutes late in the game to complete a brilliant comeback to beat 2014 finalists Holy Trinity 4-3 in their first-round Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association/Flow Super Cup game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Javoney Brown scored twice, including the winner in the 85th minute, as the daCosta Cup champions STETHS came from behind three times to deny the Manning C ... Read More

Fletcher’s hat-trick propels CC past Denham Town

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Sunday, October 23, 2016    

Cornwall College’s Jourdaine Fletcher (left) chips the ball over the sliding Denham Town goalkeeper, Brian Bennett to complete his hat-trick in the FLOW Super Cup first-round game played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Friday night. Cornwall College won the game 3-0. (Photos: Paul Reid)

CATHERINE HALL, St James — Cornwall College flew the flag for daCosta Cup teams on Friday night’s opening set of games in the FLOW Super Cup, cruising to an almost effortless 3-0 win over Denham Town High in the second game of a double- header at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Jourdaine Fletcher scored all three goals for Cornwall College as they ran their record to 14-straight wins this season, in all competitions, and were the only rural area team to win as Ocho Rios High, Dinthi ... Read More

Sandals Foundation, CHASE finance $96-m Westmoreland school project

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter | Sunday, October 23, 2016    

President of Sandals Foundation Adam Stewart (seated at left) and Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund Billy Heaven sign the Memorandum of Understanding at the construction site of the West End Basic School in Western Westmoreland last Thursday. Looking on from left are Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar Bertel Moore,  Westmoreland Western MP Dr Wykeham McNeill, Principal of West End Basic School, Sophia Shacklewood; Heidi Clarke, Director of Programmes at Sandals Foundation, and Robert Miller, senior advisor in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.
(Photo: Philp Lemonte)

NEGRIL, Westmoreland — A manifestation of Sandals Foundation’s perpetual, robust support for early childhood education was demonstrated in a joint venture with the CHASE Fund to finance the construction of the state-of-the-art West End Infant School in Negril, Westmoreland at a cost of $96 million. On Thursday, ground was broken at the construction site in the tourism resort town. Upon completion the new eight-classroom building will replace the current overcrowded structure locate ... Read More

Paul Byfield — An example of strength and courage

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Staff reporter | Sunday, October 23, 2016    

Sergeant Dean Cover of the Area Three police headquarters greets (from right front row) Central Manchester Member of Parliament and former Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, Mayor of Black River Everton Fisher and Mayor of Mandeville Brenda Ramsay, while paying tribute in song.  (Gregory Bennett)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — For the late Paul Byfield, news videography had been his livelihood for close to two decades. It is one which he pursued with intense dedication and “no sense of time” when carrying out his work. That job, for those who knew him, had a higher purpose as he felt it could be used to “right wrongs” and was on somewhat of a crusade for change in many areas of the society. Known for his prompt, energetic movements and colourful character, his ... Read More

Azan gives $2.5m to Clarendon schools for vocational projects

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Staff reporter | Sunday, October 23, 2016    

Clarendon North West Member of Parliament Richard Azan (third left) with (left to right) principals of the beneficiary schools, Headley Cross of Alston High, Richard Morgan of Thompson Town High, George Henry of Spalding High, James Smith of Claude McKay High and Alexander Bourne of Knox College. (Gregory Bennett)

SPALDING, Clarendon — Five schools in Clarendon North West last Thursday benefited from a gift of $500,000 each from their Member of Parliament Richard Azan, to enhance vocational subject areas of their choice. The project, which is in its fourth year, is an initiative of Azan. Alston High, Thompson Town High, Spalding High, Claude McKay High and Knox College were given funding at a handover ceremony at Knox College. Except for Knox, all the other schools have been previous beneficiari ... Read More



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