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Portland children get complete medical checks at Camp Summer Plus

Members of the medical team.

SOME 100 children recently benefited from free medical examinations at Camp Summer Plus, which was held by the Ministry of Education for struggling grade three students. The three-week camp, which was sponsored by USAID through the Issa Trust Foundation was held at the College of Agriculture, Scie ... Read More

While riding along the main road in Port Morant, St Thomas, this cyclist skilfully balances these
length of pipes on his shoulder. Rural Routes August 31
This cyclist skilfully balances these length of pipes on his shoulder while riding along the main ro ... Read More

(L) Andualy Smith (R) Keemo Walsh 'A lot of murders result from people unable to debate issues'
THE St Ann Police Youth Club Council's (PYCC) debate competition has been named in honour of slain p ... Read More

Superintendent Yvonne Martin Daley, Deputy Superintendent Young, and
Constable Thompson share a photo moment with Sandals Regional PR officer
Lyndsay Isaacs. Police, Sandals Foundation, health department host summer camp for St Ann children
POLICE Sergeant Lorna West-Small from the Community, Safety and Security Branch of the St Ann Divisi ... Read More

Craft vendors at Musgrave Market say its hard to function without electricity

Monday, August 31, 2015    

The craft section of the Musgrave Market in Port Antonio which has been without electricity for more than two months.

CRAFT vendors at Musgrave Market in Port Antonio say they are dissatisfied with the Portland Parish Council for its failure to address the lack of electricity in that section of the facility for more than two months. When the Jamaica Observer North East visited the market the few craft vendors who were present complained about the sweltering heat. "The place is so hot and we don't have any plug, so we can plug in a fan and we don't have any power over here for two months now," the vendor said. ... Read More

A house at last

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 31, 2015    

Saundra Bailey (fifth left), chief operating officer of CGM Gallagher Jamaica presents Kayon
(second right) and her father Alva Brown (right) with the keys to their new home. Sharing in the
moment are (from left) Marsha Burrell, development and marketing manager at Food For The
Poor; Donna Evelyn, CG Gallagher Jamaica HR administrator; Marion Wizzard-Marriott,
marketing specialist and Mureen Thomas, managing director.

EIGHTY- two-year-old Alva Brown sat with a smile on his face and watched as Food For The Poor (FFP) workers constructed his new home in Steer Town, St Ann. After years of living in a badly deteriorated house the elderly man and his daughter Kayon were happy to finally have a comfortable dwelling. Brown could not hide his joy as he constantly expressed appreciation to the sponsors of his home CGM Gallagher Insurance Brokers Jamaica and FFP. "I am really happy wid it. I am really glad to know y ... Read More

Schools battle poor attendance culture in eastern parishes

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor - special assignment | Monday, August 31, 2015    

Roll call

Poor attendance continues to affect some schools in St Thomas, Portland and St Mary where administrators say they have been employing various strategies to encourage students to attend for an entire week. Acting principal of Port Maria Primary Carla Ruddock said they have noticed a decline in attendance for students on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). As such, the school will implement a breakfast programme in September to boost attendance. "Coming out of the ... Read More

Noranda awards GSAT scholarships, tertiary bursaries

Thursday, August 27, 2015    

Gauntlett Williams Jnr and Janice Clarke show off their prizes as they share a photo op with Dr
Patrice Charles-Freeman, executive director of the National Parenting Support Commission.
Charles-Freeman was guest speaker at the awards ceremony.

OCHO RIOS, St Ann -- Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners last Thursday awarded 60 GSAT scholarships to the top boys and girls from all schools in its operation areas in St Ann, at an awards ceremony held at the Rhoades Sports Club in Discovery Bay. The GSAT scholarship award is a part of an annual education programme which the company undertakes as part of its community outreach. Noranda also employs students at the tertiary level during the summer holidays and this year 100 students were employed ... Read More

One dead, 11 homeless after Ocho Rios fire

Friday, August 21, 2015    

A section of the house
which was destroyed by
fire Wednesday evening.

OCHO RIOS, St Ann — One man died while 11 people, including four children, are now homeless following a fire in Drumcairn Place, Buckfield, Ocho Rios. The fire, which started after 10:00 pm Wednesday, destroyed the 13-apartment house shared by the family. There were allegations that the fire was deliberately set by Junior Williams, the person who died in the blaze. However, it has not been confirmed that the fire was deliberately set. The fire reportedly started in Williams' room and th ... Read More

School blues

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor - special assignment | Monday, August 17, 2015    

Residents question what is to happen to Pear Tree River Primary in St Thomas, one of 18 schools, ordered closed by the Ministry of Education because of
dwindling class sizes. (PHOTOS: KENYON HEMANS)

RESIDENTS of Pear Tree River in St Thomas say next month’s closure of the primary school will put added strain on their pockets to find taxi fare for their children to attend another institution some three miles away. The school, which has a population of only 26 students, is one of 18 rural primary and all-age schools ordered closed by the Ministry of Education because of under-population. But the residents believe that closure of the school, which was recently refurbished, will not o ... Read More

Rural Routes - August 17

Monday, August 17, 2015    

This man rides one bicycle while towing another along the main
road in St Thomas. (PHOTOS: KENYON HEMANS)

This man rides one bicycle while towing another along the main road in St Thomas. This senior citizen rests his weary legs on this wall along the main road in St Thomas, recently. These fruit vendors do brisk business along the main road in Rozelle, St Thomas. The driver of this truck (on the left) skilfully manoeuvred his way passed this disabled truck along the mainroad in Rozelle, St Thomas These residents of Pear Tree River catch water from a standpipe in the community. (Photos: Kenyon ... Read More

MP provides free medical for back to school

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 17, 2015    

Dr Campbell attends to one of his young patients at the Salem New Testament
Church on Wednesday. (PHOTO: RENAE DIXON)

MEMBER of Parliament Dr Dayton Campbell has undertaken the fourth staging of a series of health fairs in several communities across his constituency in a bid to save parents the expense of medical for their children as they prepare for back to school . The health fair series which started on July 6 will continue until August 27. Campbell, a medical doctor, said the average number of students seen in small communities is between 40 and 60, while over 200 students are seen in some of the larger ... Read More

Kick- off

Monday, August 17, 2015    

Members of a team in action at the start of West Portland Corner League. (PHOTOS: EVERARD OWEN)

THE eighth staging of the West Portland Corner League kicked off over the Independence weekend at Lynch Park Buff Bay with a parade from the town square to Lynch Park. The league, hosted under the theme 'Empowering our Youth', consists of 32 clubs from 37 communities in Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz's Portland West constituency. In launching the competition, Vaz emphasised to the teams the need for discipline, hard work, and respect for the decision of the referees. The competition is spon ... Read More

The fight against cancer continues

Monday, August 17, 2015    

(L) Olive Hylton, breast cancer survivor, shares her story at the
(R) Committee Chair Kameel
Bryan-Russell addressing the
launch of this year’s event.

THE St Ann/St Mary branch of the Jamaica Cancer Society has launched its 10th Relay for Life set to take place later this month at Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios. The overnight event which raises awareness of the deadly disease as well as to raise much-needed funds to help in the fight against cancer will take place on Saturday August 22 through to Sunday, the mornig after. Cancer survivors, sponsors and residents from St Ann and St Mary are set to participate in the annual all-night walk-run ... Read More



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