COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Jamaica’s Richards wins gold in shot put

GLASGOW, Scotland --- Jamaica's O'Dayne Richards won gold in the men's shot put with a Commonwealth Games record of 21.61 metres. Read more


Manchester farmers graduate from agro-business programme

Chief technical director in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Dermon Spence (left) and Loy Malcolm (right) general
Manager of Project Management at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, share a moment with some of the graduates following
the ceremony at Grace Apostolic Church in Chudleigh, Manchester. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

CHUDLEIGH, Manchester — One hundred and sixty-nine registered farmers in Manchester were recent graduates of a four-month Agro-Business Technical Assistance Programme. Selected from the North East Manchester communities of Green Bottom, Long Coffee, Bottom Coleyville, and Contrivance, the far ... Read More

Trucks and other vehicles line up for water at a private well in Cheapside, south-east St Elizabeth. South central Jamaica crying out for water
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — In St Elizabeth the drought is so intense, member of Parliament for t ... Read More

The abandoned St
George's Anglican
Church, popularly called
'Duppy Church', just
outside Mile Gully The story of Manchester Part 4: MILE GULLY
FOR over 150 years after the English captured Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655, the southern half of ... Read More

Some of Beyonce's individual accolades (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) 'I am nervous and excited'
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — In roughly a month, 12-year-old Beyonce Ebanks will officially take h ... Read More

Nurturing champions

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 28, 2014    

Badminton players inside the deCarteret College auditorium (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Long before players such as Gareth Henry, Geordine Henry and Samuel Ricketts became notable Jamaican names in badminton, they were part of the Ranger's Badminton Academy at deCarteret College. Founder of the Academy Howard Ranger said the organisation was established in 1995 and players are often introduced to the sport at the preparatory and primary level. Some players, he said, make it to the national level and have the opportunity to represent Jamaica. The ... Read More

Samson Omoregie’s 50th

By Alicia Sutherland | Monday, July 28, 2014    

Samson Omoregie and his wife Adesuwa. It is not unusual for husbands and wives in Nigeria to dress alike, so the similar clothing the couple wore would not have given away the surprise. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Turning 50 was a significant milestone for Nigeria born Samson Omoregie, and it was important to his wife Adesuwa Tessy Omoregie that the occasion did not pass by too ordinarily. As such, for nearly a year she methodically planned a surprise event in her husband's honour for his July 12 birthday. Under the guise of attending an event organised by Church Teachers' College, where she is a lecturer, Tessy Omoregie arrived with her husband at the institution's poolsi ... Read More

Youngsters learn to make craft at summer workshop

Monday, July 28, 2014    

Youngsters watch as craftswomen Joy Samuels (left) and
Jennifer Satchwell add some adhesive to their petal cut-outs
from empty toilet paper rolls.

SUMMER Camp at the Beeston Spring Library saw 40 youngsters exploring their creative side as Sandals Whitehouse team members, along with community craft vendors, hosted a paper recycling craft workshop. Equipped with stacks of newspaper, empty toilet paper rolls, cardboard boxes and a plethora of art supplies, the team with the assistance of craftswomen Jennifer Satchwell and Joy Samuels taught the children how to make household items and ornaments from material that they would normally discard ... Read More

For Your Diary

Monday, July 28, 2014    

* Thursday, July 31 (1:00 - 5:00pm) Jamaica Day and Emancipation Extravaganza Manchester Shopping Centre Mandeville * Thursday, July 31 (8:00 pm) Manchester Parish Emancipation Vigil Mandeville courthouse grounds * Friday, August 1 (6:00 pm) Celebration of Drums Mandeville town centre * Friday, August 1- Sunday August 3 Annual Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show May Pen, Clarendon * Saturday, August 2 (Showtime 9:00 pm) 3rd annual Manchester People's Choice Awards & M ... Read More

Sandals to build Caribbean's first over-the-water suites

BY KARENA BENNETT Business reporter | Sunday, July 27, 2014    

An artist’s impression of the overhead view of what the Sandals Royal Caribbean Spa Resort and Offshore Island will look like.

SANDALS Resorts International is pumping US$5.5 million into five of the Caribbean's first over-the-water suites and the renovation of 14 suites at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay. Dubbed Sandals Royal Caribbean Spa Resort and Offshore Island, the suites will be located on a private island offshore the main resort. Each suite will feature a private outdoor Jacuzzi tub and shower, a hammock, and steps leading from the sun deck straight into the Caribbean Sea. The interiors will boast 1,6 ... Read More

Clarendon gets new fire truck

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Local Government and Community Development Minister Noel Arscott

A state-of-the-art fire truck was handed over to the parish of Clarendon last Thursday by Local Government and Community Development Minister Noel Arscott. The new unit has special features which will make it suitable to deal with the terrain in the parish, the Jamaica Information Service reported. Speaking at the handing over at the fire station in May Pen, Arscott said the Government is on a path of re-equipping the Fire Brigade, and the procurement process has started for an additional thre ... Read More

Recruitment age limit increased for farm work programme

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier addressing
potential farm workers at a recruitment exercise held at
Montego Bay Community College in St James on Friday.

THE maximum recruitment age limit for the Overseas Farm Workers Programme has been adjusted from 40 to 45 years. Making the announcement on Friday, Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier said the adjustment is as a result of the recognition that there are many very able-bodied people over the previous cut-off age of 40 who work harder than some people in their 20s. Kellier was addressing a recruitment exercise for workers for the Canadian and United States Farm Workers Programmes ... Read More

Man's decompsoing body remains stuck in cave

Saturday, July 26, 2014    

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The St Elizabeth police and other local authorities are uncertain about their next step in trying to remove the body of a 73-year-old man from a deep cave at Retirement district, close to Maggotty in the parish's north-west. Police say the body is that of 73-year-old Aston Thompson of Retirement. Thompson, who was said to be stricken with the brain debilitating disease, Alzheimer's, strayed from home earlier this month and was reported missing on July 12. It wa ... Read More

Educator Melrose Cameron honoured for years of service

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Melrose Cameron (right) is presented a plaque by (from left) Yolanda Vernon, Diana McNeil and
Richard Vernon during a function held in her honour at the Foreigners Fun Park in St James on

MONTEGO BAY, St James - MELROSE Cameron, teacher and education officer, was honoured by several of her past students, for her remarkable contribution to education. A teacher for more than 35 years, Cameron has worked at a number of schools, including Adelphi All-Age, Somerton All-Age, Riverton Open Bible and DRB Grant Resource Centre -- all in St James. On Sunday, scores of past students and well-wishers turned out at the Foreigners Fun Park to pay tribute to Cameron who they say had helped to ... Read More

Beaches Negril cop all titles in WFA's Captain's Bakery and Grill Major League

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Beaches Negril’s Alton Green (right) shields the ball away from his Petersfield opponent Akeem Whyte during action in the Westmoreland Football Association’s
Captain’s Bakery and Grill Major League final at the Llandilo playing field last week.

LLANDILO, Westmoreland - BEACHES Negril made sure their first season in the Westmoreland Football Association's Captain's Bakery and Grill Major League was a memorable one, as they swept all three titles on their way to beating Petersfield FC 2-1 in last week's final played at the Llandilo playing field. Despite playing with 10 men, Beaches Negril came from a goal down late in the game to clinch the title and book their place in next season's Western Confederation Super League. They are the thi ... Read More



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