North & East

US lawyer, ex-marine urges IUC students to chase goals

Donald Brown tells students that they can change Jamaica.

TOWER ISLE, St Mary — Former United States marine and lawyer Donald Brown did not start college until he was 37 years old. At that point he was confined to a wheelchair, but although he made a late start, Brown was able to excel and go on to Harvard University where he studied law. Now a mot ... Read More

Leroy Ellis Talent search for St Ann
REFERRED to as the Garden Parish, St Ann is the birthplace of several musical acts including Bob Mar ... Read More

Ocho Rios Rotarians support literacy
MEMBERS of the Rotary Club of Ocho Rios East took the time to read to students in two St Ann schools ... Read More

It’s all smiles as Sandals Foundation representative Lyndsay Isaacs makes donation of school
supplies to children attending Linton Park All-Age School Sandals, St Ann Health Department host empowerment fair
APPROXIMATELY 350 residents recently benefited from an empowerment fair, organised by the St Ann Hea ... Read More

PriceSmart Jamaica gives back

Monday, March 16, 2015    

Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Spicy Grove Children’s
Home in St Mary receives a donation of food and other supplies
from membership and marketing manager at PriceSmart
Jamaica last Tuesday. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

PRICESMART Jamaica said it continues to support charitable initiatives that seek to improve the social and economic development of the country with its first donation for the year going to the Spicy Grove Children's Home and Youth Center in St Mary. For more than eight years, Warm Whispers Ministries, operators of Spicy Grove Children's Home and Youth Center, has devoted its energy to advocate for the hungry, needy and uneducated children and youth. This centre also partners with Food For The P ... Read More

$15 million earmarked to refurbish Boston Beach

Monday, March 16, 2015    

A section of the dilapidated facilities at Boston Beach which is to be refurbished.. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN)

Facilities at the famous Boston Beach in Portland which have remained in a state of disrepair for decades will finally be restored. Chair of Portland Resort Board and Portland Development Committee Larry Robertson has welcomed the news that the beach, which is to be refurbished by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to the tune of $15 million, will hopefully return to its former glory days. Robertson, who was addressing a press briefing at Bay View Spa and Eco Resort last month, said funding is ... Read More

Residents help reopen clinic after 14 years

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer writer | Monday, March 16, 2015    

Members of the medical mission Caribbean American Educational
Organisation pose for a photo.

THE Swift River Health Centre which has been closed for 14 years will soon resume operation offering some services to the community once per month, according to parish manager at Portland Health Services Dr Isaac Brown. The health facility, which served more that 4,500 residents, was forced to close its doors in 2001 after the community was severely flooded. Since then, the centre has only been utilised occasionally by the Dr David Keene-led overseas medical mission Caribbean American Educatio ... Read More

Lascelle Temasa 'hair' for Esher

Monday, March 16, 2015    


LASCELLE Temasa may be the only resident of Esher, St Mary, who can't mask his identity as even the little children can readily point you in the direction to find this popular resident. This is not only because Temasa has lived in the community for more than 65 years but because of one unique feature which makes him stand out from the rest. For 40-odd years Temasa, who is of Indian descent, has been growing his hair and beard. However, what is most intriguing to many, is his beard which flows ... Read More

Rural Routes - March 16

Monday, March 16, 2015    

It’s lunch time and
these boys seem to be
enjoying their meal.

These women engage in 'wash day' at a river in St Mary. David Foster balances skilfully in a tree while picking custard apples at his home in Freehill, St Mary. Its lunch time and these boys seem to be enjoying their meal. The thought of consuming this breadfruit has put a big smile on this man's face as he make his way home in St Mary. Farmer Fitzroy Reid reaps a hand of banana at a farm in Freehill, St Mary. (Photos: Garfield Robinson) Read More

Orange Bay Primary gets help from Japanese gov't

Monday, March 16, 2015    

Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica Yasuo Takase presents a cheque for $11.5 million to Principal
of Orange Bay Gwendolyn Lindsay-Johnson for the construction of two classrooms and
perimeter fencing. Sharing in the occasion are (from left) Custos of Portland Lincoln Thaxter,
Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites, West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz, and
Chair of the school board Dionne Hunter. (PHOTOS: EVERARD OWEN)

THE Japanese government has signed a contract valued at $11.5 million for the construction of two classrooms and perimeter fencing at Orange Bay Primary in Portland, under its Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects. Principal Gwendolyn Lindsay-Johnson in welcoming the assistance said it will greatly improve the aesthetics and security of the school in this their 75th year of existence. Member of Parliament for West Portland Daryl Vaz said improvement of the school plant will ... Read More

Ex-cop detained, wife in hospital

Thursday, March 05, 2015    

OCHO RIOS, St Ann — An ex-policeman has been detained and his wife in hospital following a controversial shooting early yesterday morning at the home of the couple in Pineapple, here in Ocho Rios. According to the Ocho Rios police, the woman was allegedly shot and injured by her husband during a dispute at the family home about 1:00 yesterday morning. The woman, who reportedly received three bullet wounds, was admitted to the St Ann's Bay Hospital and later transferred to a Kingston-based ... Read More

100 houses for tourism workers in Belle Air

Thursday, March 05, 2015    

EMPLOYEES in the tourism industry are this year to benefit from the construction of some 100 two-bedroom units in Belle Air III, St Ann, under the Jamaica Economical Housing Project. Government has allocated just over $1 billion for the project in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament. The project, which is being funded by the China EXIM Bank, aims to upgrade infrastructure in rural communities in St Ann and St Elizabeth. It also aims to ... Read More

13 injured in St Margaret’s Bay crash

Wednesday, March 04, 2015    

The Toyota Hiace minibus
involved in the accident

ST MARGARET'S Bay, Portland — Thirteen people were injured late Monday afternoon in a motor vehicle crash on the North Coast Highway, in the vicinity of St Margaret's Bay. Police reported that the crash occurred about 5:30 when a Toyota Hiace minibus, which was heading from Port Antonio to Buff Bay slammed into the back of a parked truck. The injured -- seven students from Titchfield and Port Antonio High schools and six adults -- were taken to the Port Antonio Hospital where three said ... Read More

Fear grips Steer Town

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, March 02, 2015    

Fear grips
Steer Town

WITH crime, high unemployment and many other Challenges plaguing their community, residents of Steer Town have expressed delight at the implementation of the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP) which they are hoping will help stem the increase in criminal activities.    The ICDP promotes public safety and transformation through the delivery of basic infrastructure and social services in 18 communities across the island. The components of the programme include improvement i ... Read More



Should the Government compromise and allow street side vending to continue in Kingston?

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon