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Green lashes PNP over Middle Quarters shrimp vendors

The heart of
Middle Quarters,
Jamaica’s
shrimp capital

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) representative for South West St Elizabeth Floyd Green has lashed the ruling People's National Party (PNP) for failing to implement a development plan for shrimp vendors in Middle Quarters. Addressing a recent fund-raising dinne ... Read More

A section of the Jointwood
Road for which $10 million
has been allocated. (PHOTOS:
GREGORY BENNETT) St Elizabeth roadwork a good start, says Azan
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — All agreed that the $10 million allocated for patching work on the ... Read More

Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier (left) shares a light moment with mayor of
Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson, and Opposition spokesperson on tourism and cruise
shipping, Shahine Robinson at Friday’s ceremony to mark the start of the US$23.5-million
renovation of Melia Braco Village in Trelawny. (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE) Kellier: Trelawny project a pilot for ‘workers passport’
BRACO, Trelawny — Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier says the Government plan ... Read More

St Aubyn Bartlett in Bellefield addressing the first of 15 JLP
divisional meetings to take place in Manchester over the next
six months St Aubyn Bartlett ‘fired up’ to take Central Manchester
BELLEFIELD, Manchester — Close to a year since becoming the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretak ... Read More

30 per cent of Jamaicans have no bank account

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Colin Bullock.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — With more than 30 per cent of Jamaicans said to be "unbanked", chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), Colin Bullock, is calling for greater financial inclusion for all citizens as a key ingredient in fostering growth and national development. Financial inclusion refers to access to affordable financial services such as credit, insurance and savings, particularly for disadvantaged and low-income segments of society. Speaking at a Caribbean Group of ... Read More

Students praise Observer CSEC workshop

Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Educator Sonia Lee makes a point to students during an English Language session at the CSEC workshop organised by the Jamaica Observer at the Herbert
Morrison Technical High School on Sunday. (PHOTOS: PHILLIP LEMONTE)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Scores of students who turned out at the Herbert Morrison Technical High School in Montego Bay for the final of several islandwide CSEC workshops organised by the Jamaica Observer, have described the day's event as largely fulfilling. During the Montego Bay leg of the annual workshops which were co-sponsored by Flow, Bigga and KFC, students who are enrolled in schools across western Jamaica were, among other things, given useful tips and assistance in their prepara ... Read More

Falmouth Cruise Ship pier to accommodate larger vessels

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Cruise ships docked
at the Falmouth
Cruise Ship Pier

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — President and CEO of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) Professor Gordon Shirley says plans are being finalised for the expansion of the US$222-million four-year-old Falmouth Cruise Shipping Pier -- a joint venture between the Port Authority of Jamaica and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL). Shirley said that the RCCL has indicated that the two existing berths, designed to accommodate 6,000 and 4,000 passenger vessels respectively, "won't cut it". Shirley said that ... Read More

Customers buying into its conservation message, says JPS CEO

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Jamaica Public Service CEO Kelly Tomblin (left) engages Cheddi Van Creighton, Jamaica
Observer regional manager (second right) and another customer during the utility company's
Region West Energy and Conservation Show 2015 at its Lucea office last week, while Bruce
Barrett, JPS field services technician (third left) conducts a meter board demonstration.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Jamaica Public Service (JPS) CEO Kelly Tomblin has cited a success in the utility company's energy conservation programme as one of the reasons for a five per cent decline in revenues last year. "More and more of our customers are heeding the message of conservation," Tomblin said recently at the launch of the company's Region West Energy and Conservation Show 2015 held at their office at the Bogue Industrial Complex in Montego Bay. "Our revenues are going down ... Read More

FOTA donates US$3,800 to Friends of Falmouth Hospital

Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Alman Clarke, a member of the Friends of Trelawny Association (left) presents a
symbolic cheque for US$3,800 to (from second left) Marcia Clarke, CEO Falmouth
General Hospital; chairperson for the Friends of Falmouth Hospital, Sheona
Muschett, and Florence Logan, the group’s secretary, during a brief handing over
ceremony at the hospital last week.

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The Friends of Trelawny Association (FOTA), a non-profit organisation headquartered in New York, last week presented the Friends of the Falmouth Hospital with a cheque for US$3,800 towards the purchase of an obstetric bed for the delivery room at the maternity ward of the Falmouth General Hospital. The funds, which was raised over a four-month period by FOTA, was handed over to members of the Friends of the Falmouth Hospital by FOTA member Alman Clarke. Noting that t ... Read More

MBU tackle Humble Lion Sunday

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, April 23, 2015    

MBU's goalkeeper
Jacomeno Barrett gets
to a ball just ahead of a
Humble Lion player in a
first-round RSPL game
played at WesPow
Park. MBU won that
game 2-0.
(PHOTO: PAUL REID)

TUCKER, St James — Fresh from qualifying for the semi-finals of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships, defending champions, Montego Bay United will resume their quest for a place in the semi-finals of the Red Stripe Premier League when they take on Humble Lion at Wespow Park on Sunday, starting at 3:30pm. The competition will resume after a two-week break to allow for Montego Bay United and Waterhouse to participate in the CFU Championships League. Waterhouse however, wit ... Read More

Reducing major crimes tops Hanover police agenda

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer | Thursday, April 23, 2015    

DSP BEEPUT… we have been having a lot of spot checks
and targeted operations

LUCEA, Hanover - With 10 murders committed in Hanover since the start of the year, Community Safety and Security Territorial Officer for the parish Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Sharon Beeput, says the police have put measures in place to reduce major crimes in the parish. "We are sticking to our strategic path which is the reduction of crime, especially murders," DSP Beeput said during her address at the recent regular monthly meeting of the Hanover Parish Council. According to DSP Beeput, amon ... Read More

Hanover youth councillors tackle environmental projects

Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Youth Mayor of Lucea Rheanna Kerr of Lucea Primary School (third left), is flanked by (from
left) Romario Guthrie of Cave Valley All-Age, Shamarie Williams of Sandy Bay Junior High,
Daniel Miller of Knockalva Technical and Kevoy Hall of Askenish All-Age, shortly after they
unveiled their projects at the recent monthly meeting of the Hanover Parish Council.
(PHOTO: ANTHONY LEWIS)

LUCEA, Hanover - Several environmental projects are among the initiatives to be undertaken by the 2014/2015 youth councillors for Hanover. Last week, five youth councillors unveiled their projects at the regular monthly meeting of the Hanover Parish Council, following weeks of consultations with their peers and school administration. The youth mayor and councillors were selected last October from schools across six parish council divisions in the parish. Youth Mayor Rheanna Kerr of Lucea Prim ... Read More

Petersfield makes Penn debut

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Petersfield High School’s Glenford Watson prepares to throw the discus. (File Photo)

PHILADELPHIA, USA - Petersfield High school is the latest school from western Jamaica to make the first appearance at the prestigious Penn Relays carnival in Philadelphia. The Westmoreland- based school which has one of the most improved track and field programmes in the country, will be among the 37 Jamaican high schools -- seven from western Jamaica-participating in the three day carnival. St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS), Munro College, Cornwall College, Herbert Morrison Technical, Ruse ... Read More

Praise on the Beach for MoBay

Praise on the Beach for MoBay | Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Downswell to perform at the first Praise on the Beach event
held outside the USA

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Atlanta-based Val Copeland Group's, Praise on the Beach gospel concert will be staged at the Dump-Up Beach in Montego Bay on Saturday, April 25. The concert will feature performances from a range of popular gospel artistes from the USA and Jamaica, including Byron Cage, Kierra 'KiKi' Sheard, Dr Larry Reid and The Breakthrough Singers, Craig Crawford Players, Kevin Downswell, Jermaine Edwards and Kerron Ennis. Host of the concert will be Dr Bobby Jones Gramm ... Read More



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