Lucea Infirmary double amputee determined to make a living

Gladston Allen (seated left) makes a
necklace,while members of the Hanover Co-operative Credit
Union admire several pieces of his jewellery items
during a recent visit to the Lucea Infirmary.

LUCEA, Hanover — DESPITE being housed at the Lucea Infirmary for over four years, 85-year-old double amputee Gladston Allen is determined to eke out a living for himself. Since losing both legs, one as a result of complications after surgery in 2007, and the other in a horrible motor vehicle ... Read More

Cornwall College’s Ojay
Marshall (left) tries to
get away from Muschett
High’s Hakeen Baker in
Monday’s ISSA Western
Conference boys’ Under-
16 basketball game in
Wakefield, Trelawny. Muschett High seek to rebound in U-16 basketball
WAKEFIELD, Trelawny — Former champions Muschett High will today seek to rebound from Monday's ... Read More

“We’re scared’ Staff of St Ann's Bay Hospital terrified of robbers at nearby bus stop
STAFF at St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital in are expressing concern for their safety following a spate ... Read More

Duncan Parkes and son Kendardo Mother seeks help getting hearing aid for son
MELECIA Duncan Parkes always thought her son was just a slow learner, as she never once thought he h ... Read More

Cops to go after illegal Xmas vendors in Ocho Rios

Monday, November 23, 2015    

Cops to go after illegal
Xmas vendors in Ocho Rios

Head of the Ocho Rios police, Deputy Superintendent Gary McKenzie said that the police would be intensifying their drive to clamp down on illegal vending in Ocho Rios, in St Ann, especially for the upcoming festive season. "Persons who vend without a licence will be arrested and charged and placed before the court and even if they have a vending licence and are not vending in the prescribed area they will also be prosecuted," DSP McKenzie told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. "We are very serio ... Read More

Lovely cricket

West Portland Women's league launched | Monday, November 23, 2015    

Port Antonio Marching Band leads the teams to Lynch Park in Buff Bay to begin
the competition.

A women's cricket competition, sponsored to the tune of $850,000 by Portland Western Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz, was recently launched at Lynch Park, Buff Bay in the parish. In addressing the official ceremony to kick off the West Portland Woemn's Cricket League, Portland Insport Officer Sharon Harris encouraged the women to play to the best of their ability. "Support the sport that you love and those who support sports as this helps in your development as sports can help you to become bett ... Read More

New swing bridge for Village in Portland

Monday, November 23, 2015    

Resident Stacy and her son walk cautiously across the lopsided
swing bridge. (PHOTOS: EVERARD OWEN)

RESIDENTS of Village in Balcarres, west Portland, are to get a new swing bridge after the one which was replaced some 15 years ago fell into disrepair. Sections of the railing have become loose and the metal base has rotted, resulting in the bridge becoming lopsided and unsafe. The residents, who took to the streets recently to protest, were assured by Councillor Hopeton Molloy that work should begin soon. However, later when he visited the area with officials from the Portland Parish Counci ... Read More

Oracabessa Primary recognises outstanding parents

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, November 23, 2015    

The awardees

SEVERAL parents were last week recognised by Oracabessa Primary School in St Mary for their contribution to the development of the students and the institution. The outstanding parents were presented with certificates and medals at a special ceremony hosted by the school's Guidance and Counselling Committee at Grace Baptist Church in the parish. Nicole Martin who was named the Parent of the Year was elated at the gesture. "I am surprised," Martin said, adding that she did not expect it given ... Read More

Fishermen lament

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor -- special assignment | Monday, November 23, 2015    

Fishermen (from left) Winston Baines, Rafique Muirhead, Desmond Phillips, Delroy Clarke and Patrick Lewis lament the challenges
they face in the trade as they complete this fishpot along the main road in Norwich, Portland, recently. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

FISHERMEN in Norwich, Portland say high fuel and operating costs, as well as the extended drought, are threatening to drive them from the industry which provides their only source of income. A group of fishermen who were seen building fish pots on a beach when the Jamaica Observer North East visited the parish, said a major cost for them is the building of fish pots which amount to as much as $20,000 each. The pots are often stolen or destroyed at sea, forcing them to constantly make new ones. ... Read More

No more shift system at Runaway Bay All Age

Monday, November 23, 2015    

Principal Lambert Pearson (knelling) assists CEO of First Regional Co-operative Credit
Union Patricia Smith in planting a breadfruit tree at the school, while others look on.

FOR years Runaway Bay All Age School in St Ann operated on a shift system, despite the wishes of many to see that change. However, it took the donation of a classroom by First Regional Credit Union to make that dream a reality. Construction of the building which started as a project of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) years ago was initially designated to be a sickbay. However, work was halted after the group faced funding challenges. Principal Lambert Pearson said several fund-raising ac ... Read More

'Today we stand here proud'

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer writer | Monday, November 23, 2015    

Scotts Hall Maroons from St Mary engage in drumming and dance. (PHOTOS: EVERARD OWEN)

THE recent function to unveil the plaque announcing UNESCO's recognition of Blue and John Crow Mountains as a World Heritage Site was a particularly proud moment for the maroons of Moore Town in Portland, whose lobby assisted in making it a reality. The unveiling of the plaque, which is located in the vicinity of the monument of the national heroine, was witnessed by many. This is the only such declared heritage site in the Caribbean. "Today we stand here proud," Moore Town Maroon Colonel Wal ... Read More

Rural routes - Nov 23

Monday, November 23, 2015    

First-year students of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education pose
for the camera with the hibiscus flower they are about to take to their
botanical science class (L-R) Francine Constatine, Sue-Wayne Boreland,
Joneika Holness, Keniessia Henry and Jeffery Edwards.

(CASE students) First year students of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education pose for the camera with the hibiscus flower they are about to take to their botanical science class (L-R) Francine Constatine, Sue-Wayne Boreland, Joneika Holness, Keniessia Henry and Jeffery Edwards. (wash day) These St Mary residents engage in wash day at the river in Castleton (boys chilling) These three boys were busy entertaining themselves during the Memorial Day Parade at Cenotaph Square in Por ... Read More

New infant school opens in May Pen

Sunday, November 22, 2015    

Philanthropist Ruthlin Seymour (left), Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites, and Principal
Latoya Reeves cut the ribbon to officially open Seymour Edwards Infant School in May Pen,
Clarendon on November 5, 2015.

SIXTY INFANTS and their parents are happy for the recent opening of the new Seymour Edwards Infant School in May Pen, Clarendon. The construction of the three-classroom facility, with a kitchen and administrative area, was financed by the Seymour Edwards Trust and is located on lands owned by it. The school was built at a cost of $29 million and meets the standards of the Early Childhood Commission. Speaking at the recent opening ceremony, co-founder of the trust, Ruthlin Seymour, said she and ... Read More

Islington school renamed in honour of former St Mary MP

Saturday, November 21, 2015    

Clarke served as Member of Parliament for St Mary Central, St Mary West Central and St Mary Northern

Ocho Rios, St Ann — The Islington High School in St Mary has been renamed in honour of former Member of Parliament for St Mary Central Horace Clarke. The official renaming of the school was done on Thursday, November 19 at a ceremony attended by several members of the People's National Party (PNP) including former Prime Minister P J Patterson and Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites. Clarke, who died in 2010, served as Member of Parliament for Central St Mary, West central and Northern St ... Read More



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