North & East

A home of their own

The Scotiabank and Food for the Poor teams pose with the Tucker Family after completing the two bedroom house.

Twenty-eight members of the Scotiabank Corporate and Commercial Banking team recently came to the rescue of a family in Nine Miles, St Ann by assisting with the building of a two bedroom Food for the Poor house. Ethel Tucker and her eight member family were in a dire situation having been asked to ... Read More

Members of the group share a photo op with staff members St Ann church group spreads gospel through giving
One St Ann church is practising what it preaches by reaching out to assist the community in which it ... Read More

Cleaning up White Cane
River’s outlet to the
ocean at East Harbour,
Port Antonio. Portlanders at work
Scores of Portlanders turned out recently to clean up several beaches in the parish as part of ..... ... Read More

Basil Scott and his donkey set out for the farm in Woodburn, St Thomas. Rural Routes - September 28
This man saves himself some transportation cost as he uses his bicycle to take these pipes to his ho ... Read More

Money in crabs

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor -- special assignment | Monday, September 28, 2015    

Residents of Long Level in
Yallahs, St Thomas display
some of the crabs they
caught while awaiting
customers.(PHOTO: JOSEPH

Some residents of Long Level in Yallahs, St Thomas want a thriving crab industry to be developed in the parish to provide an income for the many unemployed people in the rural communities. Hundreds of crabs are said to be living near the marshlands in Port Morant and are an easy catch whenever it rains. Last week, a small group of men who went crab-hunting for just over four hours returned with 15 dozen crabs which were being boiled and sold for $100 each when the Jamaica Observer North East v ... Read More

Portland football champs - St George's, Manchioneal top leagues

By Everard Owen Observer writer | Monday, September 28, 2015    

Deputy President of the Portland Football Awards Dalmain Moore (left) and Melvine Berry, accountant and assistant general manager at Portland Credit Union
present the Knockout Trophy to Manchioneal’s coach Lamon Henry as Jamaica Football Federation General Secretary Raymond Grant looks on.

St George's Sports Club topped the Portland Football Awards taking home the Western Union Major League Trophy while placing third in the Portland Credit Union Knock Out and Under 20 competition to receive some $160,000 in cash prizes. Manchioneal Community Club which placed second in the Western Union Major League and Dr Lynvale Bloomfield Under 17 emerged winners of the Portland Credit Union Knockout and Under 20 to walk away with a $240,000 cash prize. Manchioneal's Kesslon Hall who was the ... Read More

Generosity flows

Monday, September 28, 2015    

Students of Port
Maria Infant School in
St Mary anxiously
wait to try out the
new playground
donated by
firm Flow.

Children's voices singing an impromptu 'thank you' song filled the air as telecommunications firm FLOW officially handed over a new playground and freshly painted sections of the Port Maria Infant School last week. Executives from the company made the presentation at the 54-year-old early childhood institution. The infant school currently serves 173 students with nine teachers on staff. The project was completed at a cost of approximately $800,000 and marked the f ... Read More

MP pleads for St Mary farmers

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Friday, September 18, 2015    

GREEN… these farmers have children in school and
families to feed

GOVERNMENT back-bencher Dr Winston Green says he is concerned about the conditions facing farmers in his St Mary South Eastern constituency. "I am yet to see that we are serious about agriculture and food security in St Mary," Dr Green told his colleagues in the House of Representatives, as the new State of the Constituency Debate drew to a close Wednesday. "It is discouraging when you ask RADA (Rural Agricultural Development Authority) for a tractor with a plough to assist the farmer, and you ... Read More

Norwich Heights residents blame bad roads, no water, unnamed streets on HAJ

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer writer | Monday, September 14, 2015    

A section of the road in Norwich Heights.

RESIDENTS of Norwich Heights in Port Antonio are appealing to the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) to improve the road and water infrastructure so the scheme can be handed over to the parish council for further development. Nilka Herron, speaking on behalf of the residents, told the Jamaica Observer North East that the scheme which was constructed under Operation Pride and since handed over to the HAJ, does not have adequate water supply. Herron explained that the residents all contributed to ... Read More

Rural routes

Monday, September 14, 2015    

Here a senior citizen sits
outside his home at a sugar
barracks in Golden Grove,
St Thomas

This senior citizen sits outside his home at a sugar barracks in Golden Grove, St Thomas These boys sit by the wayside in Duckenfield, St Thomas Residents played football in Hector's River Portland This resident of Duckenfield in St Thomas prepares these naseberry for the market. Rural routes --> Read More

Ralston Drackett serves tasty meals at wayside eatery

Monday, September 14, 2015    

Ralston Drackett serves up a cup of tasty red peas soup. (PHOTO: KENYON HEMANS)

RALSTON Drackett is known throughout Golden Grove, St Thomas, for the tasty meals he sells at very affordable prices. Fifteen years ago, he started the wayside eatery selling snacks before expanding to offer hot meals. Today, customers to his wayside shop, dubbed J Money Water Front Store, can choose between roast and fried fish, festival, salt fish, and soup. Drackett says he is up at the crack of dawn each day to clean the shop, so he can start preparing meals by 8:00 am in time for the lunc ... Read More

iLead programme continues to deliver in St Thomas, Portland

Monday, September 14, 2015    

The St Thomas
Technical High

Two high schools, which are among five additional institutions selected to participate in year two of the JN Foundation's iLead programme, have set high expectations for what they anticipate to gain from their involvement in the education leadership initiative, being implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The high schools, St Thomas Technical in St Thomas and Happy Grove in Portland, anticipate that high quality training provided by the programme will help to build the cap ... Read More

New interim president for CASE

Monday, September 14, 2015    

(L) Dr Mary Ann Nichols greets CASE interim
president Dr Derrick Deslandes.
Dr Derrick Deslandes

DR Derrick Deslandes has been appointed interim president of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland following the retirement of Dr Mary Ann Nichols. Deslandes, a past student of St Mary High, brings a wealth of experience in management and agriculture to the position, and has also written and presented a number of papers. A lecturer at the University of the West Indies, in the Faculty of Social Science's management programme, and head of marketing and internation ... Read More

St Mary Central MP awards $15 million in scholarships

Monday, September 14, 2015    

Scholarship recipients pose
for a group photo with
Member of Parliament
Morais Guy. (PHOTO:

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) Dr Morais Guy has awarded 83 scholarships valued at $15 million to tertiary students in his St Mary Central constituency. Dr Guy, who is also minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, explained that the tertiary assistance programme begun under the former MP for the constituency, the late Horace Clarke, who sought private sector sponsorship to start the foundation. He commended the private sector for coming on board, as well as the Nat ... Read More



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