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Robert Lightbourne High reaping success

Students walk past
the renamed reading
lab at Robert
Lightbourne High
School in Trinityville,
St Thomas.

ROBERT Lightbourne High in Trinityville, St Thomas, which previously struggled with underperformance is reaping great success under its new leadership as it now boasts a 43 per cent increase in maths, up from zero ,and a 35 per cent hike in English in the 2014 Caribbean Secondary Education Certific ... Read More

A Port Antonio Post Office staff member explains the new mail
service. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN) Port Antonio Post Office attracts customers with zip mail service
The Port Antonio Post Office is hoping to attract more individuals and businesses to utilise its im ... Read More

Nurse Desiree Dunns (third left) of the Mid West Jamaican Corps Diaspora presents a Pulse Ox machine to Director
of Nursing Service Lelete Holson-Patterson at Port Antonio Hospital (second left) and CEO Jasmin Campbell (fourth
left) as Janice Watson (right) Patients Affairs and Patrick Campbell (left) Hospital Administrator share in the moment.
(PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN) A welcomed gift
Port Antonio Hospital in Portland was the beneficiary of medical supplies courtesy of United States ... Read More

Delano Seiveright (file photo) JLP blames Ferguson, Gov't for poverty in St Thomas Eastern
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has accused Dr Fenton Ferguson of poor representation, saying that th ... Read More

St Thomas comes alive with Makka Pro surfing competition

Monday, August 03, 2015    

Icah Wilmot’s talent on display.

Hundreds of spectators turned out for the ninth staging of Jamaica's premier international surfing Makka Pro and the after party at the Makka beach in Southhaven, Yallahs, St Thomas, last weekend. The event sponsored by the Sports Development Foundation and the Jamaica Tourist Board's Jamaica Sport also included a kiddies' fun park complete with various rides from ferris wheel and merry-go-round to gigantic water slides, mini arcade, clown and face painting. Cappuccinos, snow cones and slushe ... Read More

New mattresses for St Ann's Bay Hospital

Monday, August 03, 2015    

Members of the organisation Friends of the St Ann's Bay Hospital pose for a group photo with
staff of the hospital following the handing over of mattresses to the facility.

The group Friends of the St Ann's Bay Hospital recently donated 10 new mattresses to the hospital much to the appreciation of Chief Executive Officer Leo Garrel who noted that the facility welcome various types of gifts. He noted that while many organisations donate equipment to the hospital smaller items such as mattresses are also welcomed at the facility which serves hundreds of patients across St Ann, St Mary, Portland and even sections of Clarendon. In expressing appreciation to the grou ... Read More

Murray Mount Primary GSAT students feted by former headgirl

Monday, August 03, 2015    

Students and teachers pose for a group photo with sponsor Kayon Wild (right, back row) before embarking on their cruise.

Excited students of Murray Mount Primary were recently treated to a boat cruise by a past student of the institution to celebrate their success in the recent Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Operator of Kay's Bridal in Ocho Rios and former head girl at the school Kayon Wild ensured the students had a day filled with fun when they were treated to a three hour-long cruise along the North Coast. "They did well in GSAT. I'm in the island so I decided to do something nice for the children," said ... Read More

Camping with a difference

Monday, August 03, 2015    

Campers
preparing items
for exhibition.

The College of Agriculture, Science and Education had a successful staging of its fifth Camp to the World where campers are exposed to cultural arts, sports, farming activities and tours to various attractions in Portland. Conceptualiser Dr Donald Rhodd said the camp focuses on a child's total development and developing of good morals and values as the campers are exposed to various things to help them become better individuals. Read More

Rural routes - August 2

Monday, August 03, 2015    

These women and children tend to this wayside stall stocked with agricultural produce in
Portland.(PHOTOS: KENYON HEMANS)

These women and children tend to this wayside stall stocked with agricultural produce in Portland. This mother keeps her daughter close as she peddles guinep in Portland. This little boy and his guardian fetch water from a drum outside their gate in Portland. These boys enjoy the scenery while fishing in Portland. These children cool down from the summer heat with a bag drink as they made their way home in Portland. (Photos: Kenyan Hemans) Rural routes - August 2 --> Read More

PHOTO: What a splash

Monday, August 03, 2015    

What a splash!

These children enjoyed cooling off in the water at Makka beach in Yallahs St Thomas on Sunday. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) What a splash --> Read More

Crime scares Sumfest patrons

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer | Saturday, August 01, 2015    

Patrons at the recently concluded Reggae Sumfest held at Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex
in Montego Bay, St James.

A St James businessman is speculating that the murder of seven persons in that parish recently may have been the contributing factor to the low turnout of patrons during the final two nights of Reggae Sumfest 2015. "We did Sumfest this year, and the first night was a great success and, coincidentally or unfortunately, seven people were murdered in Montego Bay on Thursday, July 16. And, for the first time in the history of the festival, we had 50 per cent fewer people on Friday and 50 per cent l ... Read More

Fire station needed in Montpelier — JLP caretaker

Friday, July 31, 2015    

Councillor for the Cambridge Division Homer Davis (third right) addresses residents of Richmond
Hill last weekend, following the theft of the water pump in the deep rural community

JAMAICA Labour Party caretaker for St James Southern and councillor for the Cambridge Division Homer Davis has renewed his call for a sub-station of the St James Fire Department to be housed at the Montpelier Post Office compound. Davis's call came against the background of a recent major fire that destroyed a furniture manufacturing complex with damage amounting to millions of dollars at Mt Carey district in the division. "It usually takes the fire truck from Montego Bay 15 to 20 minutes to r ... Read More

Hanover MP irked by 2-year delay in multimillion-dollar water project

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Minister of Water Robert Pickersgill (centre) looks on as
contractor Courtney Laing (second right) of Geecho
Consultants and Construction Limited explains what is being
done on the pipe-laying project in Cascade. Looking on are
Mayor of Lucea Wynter McIntosh (left) and Dr DK Duncan, the
member of parliament for Hanover Eastern (second left).
(PHOTOS: ANTHONY LEWIS)

CASCADE, Hanover -- MEMBER of Parliament for Hanover Eastern Dr DK Duncan is fuming over the close to two-year delay in completing the $271.25-million project to improve a potable water supply system that is to benefit more than 8,000 residents of Cascade, Claremont and Jericho in Hanover. "The actual date for the commissioning of the project should have been November 2013. It's now close to two years overdue. I am very, very unhappy with it today. And this is primarily reflecting the views of ... Read More

MoBay United leaves island Monday for Panama in quest for CONCACAF Club Championships

BY PAUL A REID Observer West Writer | Thursday, July 30, 2015    

Kaya Beckford, (right) former
national youth representative,
tries to get away from Dwayne
Holmes as members of the
Montego Bay United team
puts the final touches on
their preparation for next
week’s CONCACAF Club
Championships opener
in Panama. Beckford is
one of several
newcomers who are
seeking to make the
MBU team this season.
(PHOTO: PAUL REID)

TUCKER, St James -- MONTEGO Bay United, the most consistent team in the Red Stripe Premier League over the last two seasons, are set to leave the island on Monday for Wednesday's opening CONCACAF Club Championships first-round game against Panamanian side Arabe Unido at the Estadio Maracana in Balboa, Panama. With Waterhouse FC failing to make their first-round obligations in the Caribbean Football Union's (CFU) Club Championships earlier, Montego Bay United will be the only Jamaican team in th ... Read More



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