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Cruise passengers could start arriving in September, says Bartlett

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, June, 11 2020    

MONTEGO BAY, St James - With the hotel sector set to resume welcoming visitors next Monday, after being shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic for more than two months, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is now projecting that the island could start... Read More

Jackson Town spice farmer welcomes reopening of tourism sector

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, June, 11 2020    

JACKSON TOWN, Trelawny - Thirty-seven-year- old Jackson Town spice farmer, Kemar Turner, could not mask his joy recently when Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the island's airports will be opened for international flights as of June... Read More

MSAFF assists school's football teams to cushion COVID-19 blow

BY ROSALEE WOOD Observer West writer | Thursday, June, 11 2020    

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland - The Manning's School Alumni Football Foundation (MSAFF) has adjusted their mandate in light of the COVID 19 pandemic, which has caused the cancellation of sporting events across the ... Read More


Thursday, June, 11 2020    

Five students of the Rusea's High School in Lucea, Hanover, were recently presented with tablets donated by founder and managing director of GeoTechVision, Valrie Grant, who is also a past student of the school. Here, the students (seated, from left) Kaheem Luckoo... Read More

Set a timeline for events, sports administrators

With Paul Reid | Thursday, June, 11 2020    

After the sudden shut down of nearly all sporting events globally in mid-March due to the COVD-19 pandemic, and the subsequent postponement and cancellation of others, including the Olympic Games, there are signs that live sports will be back soon. Read More

Still committed!

Thursday, June, 11 2020    

MONTEGO BAY, St James - After not being played for the first time this year in nearly 30 years because of the ban on all organised football competitions in the island by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers of the St James... Read More

Smooth sailing as student turnout high in western Jamaica

Tuesday, June, 9 2020    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Dr Michelle Pinnock, the Ministry of Education's Region 4 director, says yesterday's temporary reopening of secondary schools to facilitate students sitting the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exit exams in July, went smoothly across western... Read More

COVID-19-stranded Canadians look forward to going home

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large, South Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, June, 8 2020    

TREASURE BEACH, St Elizabeth — When the Canadian husband and wife pair of Tom and Susan Little arrived here back in March, they had a flight booked to return to Toronto on May 15. Read More

Stakeholder defends CLA in wake of damning Forbes article

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, June, 8 2020    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — At least one key player in the lucrative cannabis industry has come out in strong defence of the Jamaica Government and the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), which have recently been blamed for dragging their feet on export licensing, resulting in... Read More

VIDEO: Mandeville schools ready for partial resumption of classes

BY KASEY WILLIAMS Sunday Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June, 7 2020    

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — School administrators at four secondary institutions in this south-central town say they are ready to facilitate the partial resumption of classes starting tomorrow for students preparing to sit secondary level exit examinations in... Read More

Tranquility Bay to be reopened as police facility

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South Central Bureau | Sunday, June, 7 2020    

TREASURE BEACH, St Elizabeth – Just under a decade since the Tranquility Bay facility at Old Wharf in this secluded south coast village was used for a short time as a police training academy, police recruits are to return there. Read More

Manchester's Heartease in pain

BY KASEY WILLIAMS Sunday Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June, 7 2020    

MANDEVILLE, Manchester – The murder of 36-year-old Shanalee Bailey on Thursday, allegedly by the father of four of her five children in Heartease, close to Mandeville, has yet again focused attention on the high rate of domestic violence in this south-central... Read More

St Ann Municipal Corporation defends $47-m contract with cleaning company

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, June, 5 2020    

THE St Ann Municipal Corporation has defended its $46.8-million sanitisation contract with a National Contracts Commission (NCC)-approved company for the resort town of Ocho Rios and other areas, to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Read More

Bartlett happy with plans in place for reopening of tourism sector

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, June, 5 2020    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — As the island braces for the June 15 phased reopening of the tourism sector which was brought to a standstill by the COVID-19 pandemic, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has expressed satisfaction with the safety of tourism facilities he toured in western... Read More

St Elizabeth aerodrome, airstrip to get attention

Friday, June, 5 2020    

MINISTER of Transport and Mining Robert Montague says airport development projects will this year be undertaken by the Government as part of an initiative to improve and expand Jamaica's aviation industry. Read More


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