North & East

Moneague welcomes police walk-through

Police personnel with other
stakeholders on tour in Moneague.
Here children of the community are
presented with back-to-school
items by members of the group.

MEMBERS of the Moneague Police station and members of the St Ann Community Safety and Security Branch recently conducted a walk-through in the Moneague area under the theme, "Building Stronger Communities". The team, led by Deputy Superintendent Michael Young, in charge of Operations for St Ann, an ... Read More

This mother would settle for nothing less than a castle for her teenage daughter. (PHOTOS: KENYON HEMANS) Designer graves
ANNOTTO Bay Cemetery in St Mary has become less of a morbid graveyard and more like an attraction as ... Read More

The residents have turned this community into a bustling market square. Black Hill's Bounty
WHEN residents of Black Hill in Portland could not find jobs in the formal sector, they capitalised ... Read More

Scotia gives back
As part of its 125th Anniversary Random Act of Kindness Series Scotiabank representatives paid a sur ... Read More

PHOTO: JPS gives back

Monday, September 15, 2014    

The Port Antonio branch of the Jamaica Public Service recently awarded scholarships to seven primary and high school students from across the parish. Here JPS representatives pose with the scholarship recipients at a special awards ceremony held at their Boundbrook offices in Portland last week. (Photo: Everard Owen) JPS gives back --> Read More

Brown's Town Community College faces competition

Monday, September 15, 2014    

THWAITES… gives blessing to programme

Two more high schools in the parish introduce sixth-form programmes At least two St Ann high schools have introduced sixth-form programmes for the new school year, bringing competition to the Brown's Town Community College which has been providing this service for several years. York Castle and Ferncourt high schools have joined Ocho Rios High in giving students the option of continuing their studies at these institutions instead of moving on to the community college. While many have still op ... Read More

Toying with science

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor -- special assignment | Monday, September 15, 2014    

Leonardo Kirkland
embraces his
grandmother, Sonia

IN this age of 'computer kids', nine-year-old Leonardo Kirkland lives outside the norm. Whereas many other children his age are concerned with the latest electronic gadgets and versions of video games, Leonardo is on the hunt for the next discarded drink box, coconut boughs, and bottle caps to make his toy trucks. Kirkland, who lives in Black Hill, Portland, enjoys building things. He said he first learnt to make toy trucks when he was only six years old, simply by watching someone else do it. ... Read More


Monday, September 15, 2014    

This little girl is a picture of perfection as she poses for a photo op at her home in Portland.

(Photos: Kenyon Hemans) Read More

17-year-old cancer patient to benefit from St Ann/ St Mary Relay For Life

By Renae Dixon Observer staff reporter | Monday, September 15, 2014    

Shamar Martin who is to benefit from proceeds of the event.

A 17-year-old cancer patient is to benefit from the staging of the ninth annual St Ann/St Mary Cancer Society Relay For Life which was held in July. Shamar Martin who was diagnosed with Lymph Node cancer last year will benefit as the society assists him in receiving treatment. When the Jamaica Observer North East spoke to Martin's grandmother Eugenie Abbott, the woman said she was happy for the assistance because it has been a difficult task financing his treatment. "It nuh pretty at all. Mi ... Read More

Brown's Town College students to receive NYS scholarships

BY Renae Dixon Observer staff reporter | Monday, September 15, 2014    

Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna (left) is joined by Rev Lenworth Sterling, principal of Ferncourt High and a director on the NYS board, and chairman of the
board of the Brown's Town Community College Dr Michael Whittingham in signing the MOU.

Fifty students at Brown's Town Community College in St Ann are to benefit from the National Youth Service (NYS) Access to Higher Education Partnership (AHEP) programme which will provide financial assistance for studies in agriculture, tourism, Information Technology, logistics and engineering at the institution. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was recently signed at the college sealing NYS's commitment to providing financial assistance through this programme. Director of Community Servi ... Read More


Monday, September 01, 2014    

Staff at the Port Antonio Hospital pose for a photo op after being recognised for their diligent service to the rural health facility. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN) Read More

Parents praise police summer camp for at-risk youth

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, September 01, 2014    

Parents and others
attending the ceremony
took the time to socialise
with the boys.

PARENTS who attended the closing ceremony for a two week camp hosted by the St Ann police had high praises for the organisers of the programme, which has resulted in major transformation in their children. Nineteen boys, ranging from age 13 to 17, successfully completed the camp, receiving lessons in a number of areas, including conflict resolution, anger management and social graces. Natasha McLean, mother of one of the participants, said her son was empowered by the experience. "This evenin ... Read More

Never forgotten

Monday, September 01, 2014    

Councillor for the Sturge Town Division in St Ann Marlon Garvey lays a wreath in remembrance of Marcus Garvey, during the celebration of the national hero’s birth in St Ann’s Bay on August 17. Looking on are Councillor for the Beecher Town Division Ian Bell (right) and Professor Oba T’Shaka, lecturer at the San Francisco State University. Read More

Help for St Thomas schools

Monday, September 01, 2014    

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites (left) discusses an aspect of the latest National Education Inspectorate (NEI) report with Chief Inspector at the NEI Maureen Dwyer.

As of this month the Ministry of Education will seek to improve the performance of three high schools in St Thomas through the pooling of resources, under a school district arrangement model. The institutions identified are the Robert Lightbourne, Paul Bogle and Seaforth high schools. Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites made the disclosure following the findings of the latest National Education Inspectorate (NEI) report. The minister pointed out that through this arrangement, an agglomerati ... Read More



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