Cop released in poisoned teacher case

The house where 30-year-old teacher Kerry-Ann Powell and her boyfriend were attacked.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Authoritative police sources have confirmed that a policeman detained in connection with the suspected poisoning death of a teacher early Wednesday has been released pending further investigations. However, a woman, also held in relation to the death of 30-year-old ... Read More

The motor car in which Melrose Wedderburn died when the driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the truck
pictured here. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) Woman dies in crash, man found dead on roadside
ST ELIZABETH — A woman died in a motor vehicle crash just west of Gutters in St Elizabeth, clo ... Read More

CEO Sandals Resorts International Adam Stewart (right) presents a framed citation to retired Sandals Group Cultural Director
Weston Haughton during a send-off party Monday night. (PHOTOS: PHILLIP LEMONTE) Sandals sends off Weston Haughton in style
MONTEGO BAY, St James - After spending 17 years with the Sandals Group, the recently retired cultura ... Read More

From left: Secretary Manager at the Trelawny Parish Council
Winston Palmer, Mayor of Falmouth Councillor Garth Wilkinson
and Dr Diahann Dale of the Trelawny Health Department during
a recent press conference. Falmouth mayor, health dept to get tough on litter bugs
FALMOUTH, Trelawny — AS the Trelawny Parish Council (TPC) partners with several agencies in it ... Read More

'Plant pepper'

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, November 20, 2014    

Orville McFarlane (left) and his brother Nicholas Shaw (centre) listen to cousin Ryan Fraser
making a point during a discussion on the pepper farm they operate in Ramble.

RAMBLE, Hanover - JUST over three months ago, Orville McFarlane, 23, left the Montego Bay Community College in St James with a bachelor's degree in environmental studies. Believing that a well-paying job would be hard to come by despite his scholastic achievements, McFarlane decided to try his hands at growing hot peppers at the end of his one-year contract with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where he was employed in an aquaponics project, while attending evenin ... Read More

Hanover Charities gifts computer lab to Gurney's Mount Primary

Thursday, November 20, 2014    

Chair of Hanover Charities Katrin Casserly (right) prepares to cut the ribbon to officially declare
open the Gurney’s Mount Primary School in Cold Spring, Hanover, recently. Sharing in the
moment are (from left) students of the school; Angelia Jarrett, teacher; Ena Francis, school
board chair; Michael Patterson, teacher; Roy Ten-Fah, secretary, Hanover Charities; Dr David
Stair, Custos of Hanover; Icylin Parkinson, teacher and school principal Iverine Sealey.

COLD SPRING, Hanover — THE Hanover Charities, a not-for-profit organisation, recently handed over a computer laboratory to the Gurney's Mount Primary School in Mt Gurney, Cold Spring, which was started by the school and members of the Parent/Teachers Association, several years ago. The $1.3 million gift to the deep rural Hanover school consists of 12 computers, desks, chairs, a white board with projector, as well as materials used to complete the rehabilitation of a room to house the faci ... Read More

Reno, MBU clash in Flow KO finals

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, November 20, 2014    

(L-R) FOSTER… expected to lead the Reno attack. GORDON…
MBU should
carry the fight
to Reno

CATHERINE HALL, St James - THE first title of the island's club football season will be decided on Sunday when western-based clubs Montego Bay United and Reno FC meet at the Montego Bay Sports Complex to decide the Flow All-Island Champions Cup Knockout title. It will be the first time a western club will be winning the national Knockout competition under the name since it was changed from the Federation Cup KO, five years ago. The teams had qualified for Sunday's decider after a drama-filled ... Read More

Western cross-country meet on today

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, November 20, 2014    

TREASURE BEACH, St Elizabeth - SOME 25 western-based high schools are expected to participate in today's staging of the County of Cornwall Athletics Association's (COCAA) Cross-Country Championships at the Treasure Beach Sports Complex in south St Elizabeth, according to the organisers of the event. Stephen Smith, president of COCAA told Jamaica Observer West earlier this week that the organising committee had already received entries from 13 schools. With registration expected to continue unti ... Read More

A beacon of hope for the deaf

Monday, November 17, 2014    

The five graduates earlier this year in performance at the graduation ceremony

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Steering children into being productive and responsible adults is no easy feat. Giving special needs children a similar chance is perhaps more difficult. Yet, for 56 years it is the path that the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) has taken. Started by Canadian Christian missionaries Reverend Willis Ethridge and his wife Mildred in 1958, the CCCD caters to children with hearing impairments from as early as four years old and nurtures them into adultho ... Read More

The story of Manchester

BY DONALD I BLAIR | Monday, November 17, 2014    

Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville is the
flagship educational institution run by Seventh-Day Adventists.

While the armies of the Roman Catholic countries of Europe destroyed flourishing civilisations in the New World in the "name of the Prince of Peace" to ease their insatiable appetites for wealth, servants of the Church toiled to "rescue" the souls of the survivors, only to have them slave away their lives for unconscionable colonists. The Treaty of Tordisillas had divided the New World between Spain and Portugal, and it remained that way until the second half of the 17th Century when Protestant ... Read More

In honour of JAG

Monday, November 17, 2014    

The St Elizabeth Parish Council recently dedicated this mini-park on the sea front of St Elizabeth's capital, Black River, in memory of the late legendary mayor of the town, Josiah Adolphus George (JAG) Myers. The event formed part of Local Government Week. JAG Myers (PNP) will perhaps be best remembered as the longest-serving mayor of Black River and a passionate advocate of local government reform. (PHOTO: ST ELIZABETH PARISH COUNCIL) In honour of JAG --> Read More

Star Grill celebrates

Monday, November 17, 2014    

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — In 2011, the Star Grill eatery planted its roots and made its home on South Race Course Road in Mandeville. On Saturday, November 1 it was a joining of stars as the parking lot at the establishment was transformed into an entertainment zone to demonstrate Star Grill's appreciation to customers on its third anniversary. Despite some rain, from evening to close to midnight, it was an opportunity for the cross-section of patrons to enjoy artistes Cameal Davis, Shuga ... Read More

Pursuing excellence

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter | Monday, November 17, 2014    

Development officer at Member of Parliament Peter
Bunting’s Central Manchester constituency office
Trishanna Archer (left) making a donation to Teach
Caribbean Executive Director Wynette Miller towards the

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — For the last two summers, selected students from May Day High School and Mile Gully High have been engaged in a five-week "boot camp" to improve performances in mathematics and English. In 2015 and 2016, the summer break will be similarly spent. The over 60 students from both schools combined are reportedly the first cohort of an "innovative" and "intense" four-year educational programme through the non-profit group TEACH Caribbean, which seeks to expose students ... Read More

PHOTO: Well done

Monday, November 17, 2014    

Ten persons were honoured for their contributions in various fields at a recent Rotary Club of Mandeville Vocational Service Awards ceremony at Regie's Bistro in Mandeville. Photo shows nine of those who were honoured. From left are Ruth Christian (education), Shellice Daley (community development), Sudannie Smith (community development), Melissa Matthie (education), Rohan Roberts (agriculture), Deidre Francis (entrepreneurship), Olamide Adekeye (student development), Latoya Daley (youth develop ... Read More



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