North & East

Annotto Bay residents want peace

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting (centre) shares a light moment while leading a peace
march through Annotto Bay. At right is Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay and behind them are
Members of Parliament Joylan Silvera (left) and Dr Winston Green. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

Residents of Annotto Bay, South East St Mary have said that they are fed up with the high level of criminal activities now taking place in the community. They expressed this sentiment when they joined Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, their Member of Parliament, Dr Winston Green and seve ... Read More

Coffee selector Clinton Miller welcomes the increased demand for coffee. (PHOTO: KENYON HEMANS) Coffee farmers back in the fields as prices soar
Residents of Ythanside, a small farming community in Portland, now have something to celebrate despi ... Read More

PHOTO: Super dads!
These fathers pose with their 'Super Dad' trophies following a dinner hosted in their honour by earl ... Read More

HAUGHTON ... persons may have exaggerated because they
heard many shots (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Gunshots in Parry Town area spark concern
COUNCILLOR for the Beecher Town division of the St Ann Parish Council Ian Bell and other members of ... Read More

Wheelchairs galore as Jamaicans rally around paralysed mother

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, January 11, 2015    

Horace Morgan after he presented
McFarlane with a wheelchair

OCHO RIOS, St Ann — Jamaicans here and abroad have responded positively to a story published in the Jamaica Observer last Sunday, January 4, regarding a paralysed mother who needs help for herself and her family. Althea McFarlane, who has been paralysed for over six years, has received two wheelchairs and has had to refuse several others as many persons came to her assistance. McFarlane's plight was first told to the Sunday Observer by Kim Brown Lawrence, who recently found out the woman ... Read More

St Ann women recognised for 28 years of service to hospital

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, January 05, 2015    

Claudette Codner (left) and Ellen Saunders-Hussey were honoured for long and dedicated service to the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital where they have worked
for nearly three decades preparing meals for patients. (PHOTO: RENAE DIXON)

CLAUDETTE Codner and Ellen Saunders-Hussey were recently awarded at King's House for long and dedicated service to St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital, where they have worked for decades preparing healthy meals for the hundreds of patients who pass through the facility each year. For the women it is not just a recognition of the time they spend preparing these meals, but a celebration of the love they have for their job. Saunders-Hussey and Codner have been working at the hospital for 27 and 28 yea ... Read More

JPS fetes young patients at Port Antonio Hospital

Monday, January 05, 2015    

JPS Parish Manager for Portland Detommie Sergeant (front, right) leads the
singing of Christmas carols, for the children at Port Antonio Hospital. Other
members of the team sharing in the moment are: (from left to right) customer
care and field services manager, Lorraine Phillips; secretary, Suzanne
Campbell-Rose; technician engineer, Marlon Allen (partially hidden); and
operations manager Simon Jackson.

Spreading the cheer JPS Parish Manager for Portland Detommie Sergeant leads the singing of Christmas carols, for the children at Port Antonio Hospital. Other members of the team sharing in the moment are: (from left to right) customer care and field services manager Lorraine Phillips; secretary, Suzanne Campbell-rose; technician engineer, Marlon Allen (partially hidden); and operations manager Simon Jackson. Is that for me? This child at Port Antonio Hospital receives a gift from Jam ... Read More

A stranger's gift

Woman gets new walker from Good Samaritan BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, January 05, 2015    

Michael Brown presents the
walker to Cassandra Dixon
while her children look on.

Cassandra Dixon was cautious when a man walked up to her in St Ann's Bay and asked for her name and telephone number. "I go to the shop to buy something and him just come and asked mi my name and number. Mi did coward because I didn't know him," Dixon, a resident of Lumsden, St Ann, recalled the day she met returning resident Michael Brown. Although a bit wary, Dixon, who was diagnosed with spinal injuries which requires her to move around with a walker, decided to give the seemingly kind man ... Read More

Area Two Police debate competition now regional

Monday, January 05, 2015    

Christina Williams (left), student of the Titchfield High School, and Rebel Salute Foundation
director, Kenya Barrett, pause for a photo while greeting each other.

IT is official. After suggestions that it be made a regional event, the Area Two Police have launched a regional debate competition. The competition is expected to start on January 13 with Titchfield High out of Portland going up against St Ann champions, St Hilda's High School. Last year, the police started a debating competition in St Ann followed by similar competitions in St Mary and Portland police divisions. With champions crowned at the divisional levels, the Area Two police have decide ... Read More

PHOTO: Long and faithful service

Monday, January 05, 2015    

Long and faithful service

Buff Bay Independent Baptist Church in celebrating its 190th anniversary recognised nine persons for their long and faithful service to the church at a special Anniversary Banquet. (from left are) Left to Right Uriel Easington, Maisilyn Gobern, Pastor Leroy Gilmore (back row) Elsaida Willis, Jennifer Gilmore (back row), Lilla Duncan, Custos of Portland Major Lincoln Thaxter (back row), Doris Thomas, Dorret Thaxter (back row), Jane Lewis, Pastor Vernon Allen -Independent Baptist (behind), Cinde ... Read More

Portlanders welcome public access to Winnifred Beach

Monday, January 05, 2015    

Winnifred beach

THE Jamaica Observer North East visited Winnifred Beach in Fairy Hill, Portland to gauge residents' response to the recent court ruling ordering the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) to allow public access to the beach. Cecile, hotel worker I am overjoyed because you can imagine you live so close to the beach and cannot get to enjoy it. You have no access to the beach, friends and family come and citizens in and around the area do not have access. A number of persons in and out of the paris ... Read More

Scotia’s Random Acts of Kindness bring cheer to Portlanders

Monday, January 05, 2015    

Scotiabank’s Norman
Scott, Branch Manager in
Port Antonio, presents a
ham to Evonne March a
member of the Salvation
Army in Buff Bay
Portland. March was one
of four persons in
Portland to receive the
surprise gift as part of
Scotiabank’s ‘Random
Acts of Kindness’
initiative.
Scotiabank in
association with the
Salvation Army
presented hams to
over 50 persons in
difficult circumstances,
as a gift to enhance their
Christmas experience.
Presentations were also
made across Kingston
and St Andrew, Montego
Bay and in May Pen.
The bank has recently
engaged in a number of
initiatives titled, Random
Acts of Kindness, that
seek to pleasantly
surprise Jamaicans from
all walks of life.
Previously, persons have
been recipients of Devon
House ice cream, free
bus rides to their
destinations, phone
credit, and supermarket
and gas vouchers.

Scotiabank's Norman Scott, Branch Manager in Port Antonio, presents a ham to Evonne March a member of the Salvation Army in Buff Bay Portland. March was one of four persons in Portland to receive the surprise gift as part of Scotiabank's 'Random Acts of Kindness' initiative. Scotiabank in association with the Salvation Army presented hams to over 50 persons in difficult circumstances, as a gift to enhance their Christmas experience. Presentations were also made across Kingston and St Andrew, M ... Read More

M7 Events brings cheer to Portland Rehab

Monday, January 05, 2015    

M7 Events team members Mark Lindo (left), Amanda McKellar, (second left), Harvey Lynn (second right), and Cortia Bingham
(right), are seen here handing over some of the bathroom and food items that the lifestyle event promotion company donated to
the Portland Rehab recently. Accepting the donation are residents of the facility from 3rd left: John Smith, Jermaine Williams,
Stacy Brown, and Beverley Thompson

M7 Events, the lifestyle entertainment group that produces events such as Soiree: Christmas Eve, Soiree: SPF, Marbana, and the SPF Weekend series, provided the Portland Rehab Facility in Port Antonio, with food items and bathroom supplies to serve the facility for the holiday season and beyond. The Portland Rehab facility is mandated by the Portland Parish Council to rehabilitate its residents, who may be suffering from homelessness and mental illnesses such as chronic depression and other rela ... Read More

Medical Records staff tops Port Antonio Hospital culinary expo

Monday, January 05, 2015    

Branch Manager of Port Antonio Scotiabank Norman Scott (left) presents the winning trophy to members of the Medical Records Department while Port Antonio
Scotiabank Human Resource Officer Fayann Shelton (right) looks on. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN)

Staff at Port Antonio Hospital recently staged their first culinary exposition on the hospital grounds and employees of the Medical Records department were adjudged winners while members of the Nursing department placed second. The culinary exposition was introduced due to economic hardship which restricted the staff from having their annual staff dinner. "We normally have our end of year dinner but we realised that when we checked our sponsors they were not able to fund us hence we decided on ... Read More



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