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Fish and vegetables keep Hanover senior going

Leanora Watson, 105, is confident she will live to see the fourth generation of children in her family. (Kenyon Hemans)

It’s not every day someone lives to be actively involved in the rearing of children from the third generation of their family. Centenarian Leanora Watson, an example of such, is confident that she will live to nurture and raise her fourth generation of relatives. “Me gwaan live to see d ... Read More

Police questioning a motorist (File Photo) Police tell Manchester residents to be vigilant
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Superintendent Wayne Cameron of the Manchester Police Division has ur ... Read More

Women attend a round-table talk at Sandals Royal Caribbean in St James on Wednesday. (Photos: Philp Lemonte) Top cop lashes out at people who back wrongdoers
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant has lashed out at people ... Read More

Members of the Trelawny All Stars Marching Band, in their uniforms donated by Michelle-Ann Tinglin, are joined by other stakeholders after a recent performance at the Falmouth pier. More help for Trelawny All Stars Marching Band
FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The financially-strapped Trelawny All Stars Marching Band, which was earl ... Read More

Don’t love me to death

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 06, 2017    

A crowd shot of residents gathered in Port Antonio square for a forum on domestic violence and its prevention..

POLICE and residents in Portland last Tuesday marched in the streets of the parish capital calling for an end to domestic-related violence, which accounted for 37 per cent of last year’s murders in the island. The march, staged under the theme ‘Love me to live, don’t love me to death’, is one of several initiatives geared towards increasing public awareness about the ills of domestic violence and how it can be prevented. Head of the Portland police, Deputy Superintende ... Read More

Horace Clarke High sports programme receives major boost

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 06, 2017    

From left: Custos of St Mary Errol Johnson, Basil Hylton, Charles Simpson, and principal Christopher Walker ceremonially broke ground for work to start on the cricket pitch. Also sharing the moment are vice-principal Rhona Thomas (third left) , teacher Romean Doyle and student Damaine Coldspring. (Photo: Renae Dixon)

Principal of the St Mary-based Horace Clarke High School, Christopher Walker, says he expects the rural institution to be among the top schools in cricket in coming years after ground was broken for a cricket pitch to be laid at the school, recently. “I am happy for the benefactors who will help to unearth the talent of the students. We see ourselves possibly in the finals of the Headley Cup three years from now,” Walker said following the handover of a cheque to the school, formerl ... Read More

PHOTO: Love me to live

Monday, March 06, 2017    

Police, residents and members of civil society march through the streets of Port Antonio, Portland, in protest against domestic violence.(Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

Police, residents and members of civil society march through the streets of Port Antonio, Portland, in protest against domestic violence. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans) Read More

Rainforest fest was a hit

BY HORACE HINES Observer reporter | Saturday, March 04, 2017    

A section of the crowd at Rainforest Seafood Festival at Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay, St James, on Wednesday Photo: Philip Lemonte

PROMOTERS of the fouth staging of the Rainforest Seafood Festival are pleased with Ash Wednesday’s staging held at Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay, St James. Over 10,000 patrons flocked the venue for the family entertainment event, first held in 2013, which climaxed with a stage show. The festival, which returned after a one-year hiatus, saw stellar performances. Kevin Downswell set the stage for the evening with inspirational gospel music. He was followed by vetera ... Read More

Flanker Primary and Junior High School changes uniform and outlook

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, March 02, 2017    

Flanker Primary Junior High principal Rupert Shaw (centre) is flanked by students wearing the newly designed uniform as well as the one being phased out

FLANKER, St James - When the new academic year begins in September, the entire student population at the Flanker Primary and Junior High in St James will be donning their newly designed uniform as part of efforts to change the image of the less than stellar performing co-educational state-run institution. Already, roughly 40 per cent of the 420 students enrolled at the inner-city school have been outfitted in the new attractive attire since it was introduced late last year, according to the sc ... Read More

$7.3-b housing project to help address squatting in St James — Chang

HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, March 02, 2017    

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, addresses the recent groundbreaking ceremony for The Estuary in St James. (Photos: Philp Lemonte)

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Dr Horace Chang has welcomed the 1,500 one-bedroom housing project, which is being developed at a cost of $7.335 billion, arguing that it forms part of Government’s strategy to address squatting in St James. Informal settlements are said to be the breeding ground for widespread crime in the western parish. “This is a welcome addition to the housing stock in St James and reflects our work to prevent the ... Read More

New track needed

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, March 02, 2017    

World and Olympic Games medalist Shericka Jackson (right) anchors her MVP Club team to victory in the women’s 4x400m relays at the Milo Western Relays held recently at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall. (Photos: Paul Reid)

Member of Parliament for St James West Central Marlene Malahoo Forte has committed to making representation for the improvement of the infrastructure at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall in the parish. “I definitely will make representation for the improvement of the infrastructure at the stadium,” Malahoo Forte told the Jamaica Observer West during an interview at a recent media launch held at 876 Legends Sports Bar in Fairview Shopping Complex for this week’ ... Read More

McKenzie brings good news to Blenheim

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer West writer | Thursday, March 02, 2017    

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie (centre) and stakeholders tour the Blenheim community centre that was constructed by Jamaica Social Investment Fund in 2000.

BLENHEIM, Hanover — Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has promised to give much-needed attention to the deep rural community of Blenheim, Hanover, the birthplace of National Hero, Sir Alexander ‘Busta’ Bustamante. In the past, residents of Blenheim, Cacoon and a section of Dias in the parish, have staged numerous demonstrations to highlight their disgust over the lack of water and poor road conditions in the area._ There have been no protests this year, but last ... Read More

Reggae Youths to meet Boys Club in JFF Western Confed

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, March 02, 2017    

Junior Neil of Sandals South Coast (right) tries to shield the ball from Reggae Youths’ Giovanni Reid in Sunday’s mid-season final of the JFF Western Confederation Charley’s JB Rum Super League at Jarrett Park. Reggae Youths came from two goals down to beat Sandals 5-2 in extratime. (Photo: Paul Reid)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Newly crowned Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley’s JB Rum Super League mid-season champions Reggae Youths will meet Montego Bay Boys Club at the UDC field on Saturday as the third round cross-zone gets underway with two St James derbies. Reggae Youths, who came from two goals down to beat Sandals South Coast in the mid-season final 5-2 in extra time at Jarrett Park on Sunday, will be seeking to avenge a loss in the St James Football Ass ... Read More

Rosemount, Green Pond seek to progress in Heroy Clarke 50-Over

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, March 02, 2017    

SPOT VALLEY, St James — Rosemount and Green Pond will go after a third-straight win to put themselves in strong positions to qualify for the finals of the St James Cricket Association’s Heroy Clarke-sponsored 50-Over competition, when they return to action in Sunday’s third round of matches. Rosemount, who beat Thompson Street by one wicket at Barnett Oval on Sunday, will play Police at Spot Valley, while Green Pond, who were winners over Cornwall College by four wickets, will ... Read More



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