Regional

Bad roads, lack of water major factors in Hanover Eastern

Hopewell resident Vernal Campbell points to a section of the Haddington road that is in a state of disrepair. (Photos: Philp Lemonte)

HOPEWELL, Hanover — The deplorable state of the roads and the lack of piped water in many communities in the constituency of Hanover Eastern could play a major factor in determining which candidate wins the seat on Election Day, February 25. On Tuesday, Lucea Mayor Wynter McIntosh, who is als ... Read More

MCNEILL… Jamaica is hot out there Minister: Tourism continues to do well despite Zika reports
ROSE HALL, St James — Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill says that despite “anecdotal rep ... Read More

SHAW Shaw: JLP better at economic management
GAYLE, St Mary — Opposition spokesman on finance, Audley Shaw, says the Jamaica Labour Party ( ... Read More

VAZ..... I was able to accept what I did ‘I have learnt a very valuable lesson’ — Dwayne Vaz
SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Central Westmoreland Member of Parliament, Dwayne Vaz says he h ... Read More

Deadly attack!

Thursday, February 04, 2016    

The shop where Tuesday night’s deadly attack took place

SALT SPRING, St James - The island recorded the first triple murder since the start of the year on Tuesday night, when a group of men wielding high-powered rifles fired what was termed by residents as ‘an endless amount of bullets’ on patrons at a bar at Meghie Top, Salt Spring in the parish. Those brutally cut down have been identified as 18-year-old Sandrea Samuels of a St Elizabeth address, 27-year-old Andrae Barrett and 40-year-old disc jockey, Alphanso Foster, both of Salt Spri ... Read More

Title on the line

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, February 04, 2016    

MONTEGO BAY, St James - Faulkland FC will have a point to prove when they face Red Stripe Premier League outfit Montego Bay United in Sunday’s final of the St James Football Association’s Captain’s Bakery and Grill Knock-out competition, to be played at Jarrett Park, starting at 3:00pm. Both teams will participate in the Jamaica Football Federation’s all-island knockout later this season. Montego Bay United have an automatic spot being a Premier League club, while Faulk ... Read More

‘Artists in Residence’ wow Round Hill

Thursday, February 04, 2016    

Community Awareness Coordinator at the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) Marline Stephenson Dalley (left) and Arlene McKenzie, director of Craft at TPDCo, share jokes with Josef Fortsmayr in the heart of the exhibition of sculptures at the Round Hill Hotel last week.

ROUND HILL, Hanover — The Pineapple Room at the Round Hill Hotel in Hanover was abuzz with art enthusiasts and collectors last week Wednesday. The atmosphere was charged with positive vibes, vintage wines and finger foods, and in instances tastefully lining the walkway to the sanctuary were the sculptured treasures of five of our finest wood sculptors in Jamaica. They were on show thanks to the creative collaboration of the Tourism Product Development Company Ltd (TPDCo) and Round Hill H ... Read More

Clear their names!

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, February 04, 2016    

A view of the five caskets lying in the packed March Town Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hanover.

MARCH TOWN, Hanover - Elder at the March Town Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ricardo Samuels, has called for the names of the six family members who were killed in Campbellton last October to be cleared of any wrongdoing, stressing that they were not murdered because of any involvement in criminal activities. The elder made the call on the weekend, as he delivered a tribute during an emotional memorial service at the church for five of the six family members who were slain just over three months ... Read More

Harris backs MBU’s effort to win CFU first-round group

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, February 04, 2016    

HARRIS….commended the management of Montego Bay United

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Glendon Harris has thrown the full support of the St James Parish Council behind Montego Bay United’s effort to win their Caribbean Football Union’s (CFU) first-round Group 3 qualifying tournament in Montego Bay later this month. Montego Bay United, who were third in last year’s event, will host a three-team group that includes CFU Club champions Central FC of Trinidad and Tobago between February 24 and 28 at the M ... Read More

Residents welcome $644m MIDP projects across the western region

Thursday, February 04, 2016    

The Latium bridge which was completed under MIDP

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Residents of several rural communities across the western Jamaica are now heaping praises on the Government’s Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), under which 32 kilometres of roadway across the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover and St James are been rehabilitated at a cost of $644 million. Community Relations Officer at the National Works Agency’s western Region, Janel Ricketts, says since the MIDP got underway in western Jamaica just ove ... Read More

30 schools to compete in today’s Western Champs eliminations

Thursday, February 04, 2016    

Sahjay Stevens setting new record in the girls’ javelin Open at the Digicel/COCAA Girls Western Champs eliminations at Rusea's High in Lucea.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Thirty schools, led by defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) and including newcomers Aberdeen High, will be seeking to kick-start their quest for honours in the Digicel/County of Cornwall Athletics Association’s Boys’ Western Champs at today’s eliminations at Herbert Morrison Technical, starting at 10:00 am. Knockalva Technical and Lewisville High have also returned to the competition after a few years away. Fifteen finals are ... Read More

Photo: Eyes fixed

Thursday, February 04, 2016    

Somerton FC’s Oniel Sterling (left) and Bogue FC’s Kirk Patterson have their eyes on the ball in Monday’s Sandals/ATL Division One
game at the UDC field. Somerton won the game 1-0 to improve to four straight wins, while snapping Bogue’s three-game win streak.
(Photo: Observer)

Somerton FC’s Oniel Sterling (left) and Bogue FC’s Kirk Patterson have their eyes on the ball in Monday’s Sandals/ATL Division One game at the UDC field. Somerton won the game 1-0 to improve to four straight wins, while snapping Bogue’s three-game win streak. (Photo: Observer) Read More

Hip strip - Feb 4

Thursday, February 04, 2016    

ALL SMILES Chantelle Plummer was all smiles for our ‘photog’ at Quiet Party held at Blue Beat Ultra Lounge in Montego Bay last Saturday.

ALL SMILES Chantelle Plummer was all smiles for our ‘photog’ at Quiet Party held at Blue Beat Ultra Lounge in Montego Bay last Saturday. Read More

Cornwall College students to benefit from breakfast programme

Thursday, February 04, 2016    

VIRGO…. We are indebted to the men and women who conceptualised and planned this programme

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Acting Principal of Cornwall College Vinette Virgo has expressed confidence that a breakfast programme established at the institution by the local and Canadian chapters of Cornwall College Alumni Association, in partnership with the Canada-based Scarlett House Catering, will improve punctuality and attendance at the Montego Bay school. “This is indeed a milestone in the history of this noble institution. We are indebted to men and women who have conceptualise ... Read More



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