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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

School principal lauds Lasco Chin Foundation for donating care packages to St James parents

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, June, 4 2020    

MONTEGO BAY, St James - Michael Ellis, the principal of Cornwall College, says the recent distribution of care packages by the Lasco Chin Foundation to parents of students from schools across St James, could not have come at a better time. Read More

HMC mulls extension of building plans amnesty due to COVID-19

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer | Thursday, June, 4 2020    

LUCEA, Hanover - The Hanover Municipal Corporation (HMC) is mulling the extension of its amnesty for people found in breach of various building codes, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

$5.6-m bus stop shelter renovation project underway in Trelawny

Thursday, June, 4 2020    

FALMOUTH, Trelawny - The Trelawny Municipal Corporation has secured some $5.6 million in funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to undertake the renovation of 10 of the bus stop passenger shelters which are in an acute state of disrepair along... Read More

Trelawny Police Division gets nine service vehicles worth $50 million

Thursday, June, 4 2020    

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Sirens and prayer opened the official handing-over ceremony for nine service vehicles, valued at $50 million, which were commissioned into service across the Trelawny Police Division, last Thursday. Read More

Blackness fire victims get help

BY ROSALEE WOOD Observer West writer | Thursday, June, 4 2020    

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — The Savanna-la-Mar community has rallied around the family of Rasheka Andrews— a grade 10 student at the Manning's School in that town— who lost everything when a fire destroyed their dwelling in the Blackness community in Westmoreland,... Read More

Former COCAA winners listed as Indoors all- Americans for first time

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, June, 4 2020    

Three former County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) Western Champs winners were last week named Indoors all-Americans for the first time after the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) published the list for the NCAA Division 1 and Division 2... Read More

Roll the ball!

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, June, 4 2020    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Three high-profile schoolboy football coaches in western Jamaica are calling for the staging of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) daCosta Cup competition this year. Read More


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