Push out or step out, teachers told

A section of the audience at the Golf View Hotel for the
Catholic College of Mandeville and Saint Mary's University of
Minnesota Spring Conference on day one of the two-day event.

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. "You have entered what I see as one of the most prestigious and the most demanding professio ... Read More

Residents turned out in large numbers
for the reopening of the post office. Smiles all around as Islington Post Office reopens
ISLINGTON, St Mary - The smiles on their faces revealed the joy that the residents of Islington felt ... Read More

Michael Folkes shares a photo
moment with principal of the
Mount Waddy Primary Inez
(PHOTO: RENAE DIXON) Successful US-based Jamaican gives back to his roots
IT was a celebratory atmosphere at the Mount Waddy Primary School in Friendship, Moneague, St Ann la ... Read More

Licensed firearm holder kills alleged robber
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — An alleged gunman, who reportedly attempted to rob a businessman an ... Read More

Senior citizen dies in Manchester car accident; 2 other people injured

Saturday, April 19, 2014    

The crashed Honda seen resting on its side yesterday. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Sixty-nine year old Fay Swaby, a housewife of Chudleigh Housing Scheme in Manchester, died as a result of injuries she received in a motor vehicle accident in Mount Olivet in the parish late Thursday. Two other people, including the driver of the vehicle, were injured in the crash. According to the Christiana police, the vehicle — a grey Honda Odyssey — was being reversed when the driver allegedly lost control of it, resulting in a collision with a wa ... Read More

'We want houses too'

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter FALMOUTH, Trelawny | Thursday, April 17, 2014    

BARTLEY… they worked
nowhere else but Hampden

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor for the Wakefield Division Jonathan Bartley is appealing for redundant sugar workers who once lived on barracks at Hampden Estates in Trelawny before it was divested by Government, to receive benefit under the First Step Homes programme. According to Bartley, the sugar workers who once lived on four sugar barracks operated by the Hampden Estate before the closure of the factory in 2003, were not among the recent beneficiaries of housing solutions under the ... Read More

Grave Concern!

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large Western Bureau | Thursday, April 17, 2014    

Chair of the Civic and Community Affairs Committee at the St
James Parish Council Suzette Brown (second left) makes a
point to (from left) councillors Sylvan Reid and Stanley Harris,
and the council's director of planning Trevion Manning, while
on a tour of the old cholera cemetery on MoBay's 'Hip Strip' on

MONTEGO BAY, St James THE dead are no longer buried at the decades-old Cholera Cemetery on Montego Bay's 'Hip Strip', but those interred there must be turning in their graves due to the deplorable state of the St James Parish Council-owned facility. A recent visit to the site on Gloucester Ave, which lies in close proximity to a number of hotels, revealed that the cemetery where scores of cholera victims were laid to rest, was overgrown, full of trash, paper and other waste, and scrubby tufts ... Read More

Appleton Uberblue delivers

(PHOTO: ACEION CUNNINGHAM) Appleton Uberblue delivers BY ACEION CUNNINGHAM Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, April 17, 2014    

Partygoers dancing up a storm at last Saturday's staging of Uberblue at Pier One in

Appleton Uberblue has built a reputation for delivering quality entertainment, and the most recent staging at Pier One in Montego Bay themed the 'Klub Euro' experience last week, lived up to that well earned status. Entry into the party immediately drew one's attention to the choreographed shadow dancers and the classily done décor with strategically placed spotlights. The décor inside the venue mirrored the outside with its use of fabrics and lights for a more intimate feel and a ... Read More

Semi-finals battle

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, April 17, 2014    

Tomorrow's People's Donville Cornwall (right)
takes on Granville United's Davian Thelwell in a
recent JFF Captain's Bakery and Grill/Charley's
JB Rum Western Confederation Super League
game at Jarrett Park. Both teams are in the
semi-finals that start on Sunday.

It will be St James against Westmoreland in the semi-finals of the Jamaica Football Federation's Captain's Bakery and Grill/Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League that gets underway this Sunday at Jarrett Park, following the end of the regular season last week. Three former champions Savannah SC, Reno FC and Granville United, as well as Tomorrow's People finished at the top of the points tables, and will continue their quest for the title and right to take part in the play-offs for ... Read More

Entertaiment Dairy- Thursady April 17 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

Thursday April 17 o Appleton's Baywest @ Buccaneer Beach Hotel, Dead End, Montego Bay. Adm: Everyone before 6:00 pm; $500 After o Splish Splash Dancehall Rock @ Sandpiper, Cave, Westmoreland from 7:00 pm-Until..... Adm: FREE before 10:30 pm; $1000 After o Heineken All-Star Thursdays Ladies Night @ Margaritaville, Hip Strip, Montego Bay. Adm: Ladies FREE before Midnight FRIDAY April 18 o Negril Bacchanal @ Cayenne Beach, Negril from 10:00 pm-Until. Adm: $1500 Presold; $2000 at the Gate Get ... Read More

Western Sport Diary April 17-20

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

SATURDAY St James FA Sandals/ATL/Honda Senior League Seaview FC vs Lilliput- Jarrett Park 3:00pm Seba FC vs Montego Bay United Under 21- Jarrett Park 5:00pm Salt Spring United vs Catherine Hall- Jarrett Park 7:00pm Trelawny FA Monymusk Overproof White Rum Major League Clark's Town FC vs Prospect Links- Cedric Titus 3:30pm Invaders SC vs Salt Marsh United- Wakefield 3:30pm Harmony FC vs Flames FC- Bounty Hall 3:30pm National Supplies Western Basketball Association's Men's League Blitz v ... Read More

Million-dollar problem

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer correspondent | Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

WHITE… shot dead on April 1

BUFF BAY, Portland — The family of Shereece White, the 21-year-old who was shot dead in Barbados on April 1, is now facing another dilemma: the inability to bring her body home for a proper burial due to financial constraints. Maureen Johnson, White's mother, told the Jamaica Observer that she has been informed that it would cost $1 million to bring the body to Jamaica. The woman said she appealed to the foreign ministry but was told that the ministry doesn't offer the kind of financial ... Read More

Bridge to a better life

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor — special assignment | Monday, April 14, 2014    

Beneficiary Coraleen
Thompson (seated) poses for
a photo op with her daughter
Marcia Wilson, mother Elsaida
Thompson, and her spouse
Noel Wilson at their home in
Pear Tree River, St Thomas.

A project being undertaken by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is empowering several impoverished families in St Thomas and Portland to improve their standard of living. Beneficiaries of the programme said not only have they been motivated to dream big but they are already taking steps to learn a skill or start their own small businesses. Thirty families — 10 each from St Thomas, Portland and Trelawny — were selected to benefit from training, housing assistance and income- ... Read More

Dancing for health

St Mary dancing competition promotes diabetes awareness in schools | Monday, April 14, 2014    

Students from Highgate Primary and Junior High perform a dance piece during
the awards ceremony on Thursday. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

WITH a large number of children worldwide developing lifestyle diseases, the St Mary Health Services in collaboration with the Health Education/Promotion division in the parish recently hosted a diabetes dance and essay competition. Several primary and high schools from across the parish participated in the competition aimed at promoting physical activities among children. Speaking at last week's award ceremony to culminate this season of the competition, Health Education Officer Pauline Steel ... Read More



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