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Marvin ‘Jubby’ Brown braves sharks to care for family


ONE would think that after many close encounters with sharks, Marvin “Jubby” Brown would give up fishing, especially spearfishing. But the 44-year-old said he is not prepared to put away his speargun just yet because fishing is his livelihood, the source of income for his family for over ... Read More

Observer Farming a way of life
COOPER’S Hill, which is located above the Rio Grande Valley in western Portland, is a small fa ... Read More

Dwayne Hamilton (Dwayne Hamilton) Salary disappointment drives Dwayne Hamilton to his passion of art
DWAYNE Hamilton always loved art, but never took it seriously until he realised that art provided a ... Read More

Observer Closer to nature
Mystic Mountain offers a rainforest adventure which has kept visitors to the attraction over the las ... Read More

Ferncourt High helps parents get fees ready for external exams

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, May 23, 2016    


The Jamaican saying “one one coco full basket” is being put into practice by the Ferncourt High School Britonville Campus in St Ann. The school has embarked on a programme encouraging parents to save small amounts weekly or monthly towards the examination fees of their children. The parents of students who are currently in grade ten will be opening partner plans with the First Regional Cooperative Credit Union in order to save money to pay exam fees in October and November 2016. Re ... Read More

‘Man no haffi tief’

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, May 23, 2016    


TYRONE Taylor proudly displayed the more than 40 goats, mainly Nubian-bred, that he now owns as he spoke with the Jamaica Observer North and East about the value of hard work and commitment. The farmer from White Hall in St Mary said he started out with only one goat and has worked at growing his stock significantly over the last three decades. “One goat mi start wid, but anywhere the goat breed, mi find them,” Taylor said, adding that he did not own only one goat for long. &ldqu ... Read More

Memorial service held for slain US missionaries

Sunday, May 22, 2016    

Portraits of Harold Nichols and Randy Hentzel inside the church during the memorial yesterday.

BOSCOBEL, St Mary — A memorial service was held yesterday at the Boscobel United Church for two United States missionaries who were killed in Wentworth near Albion Mountain on Saturday, April 30. Several persons turned out to pay their last respect to the two men who gave years of service to those in need. The body of Harold Nichols, 53, was found in bushes on Sunday, May 1, a day after that of Randy Hentzel, 48, was discovered near a motorcycle he was riding. The murders were condemne ... Read More

Sun rules as St Ann housing community avoids JPS bills

BY RENAE DIXON Staff reporter | Sunday, May 22, 2016    

The pool and Jacuzzi at Old Fort Village are powered by solar energy. (Photos: Michael Gordon)

The Old Fort Village, located in Old Fort Bay, St Ann, is leading the way in the use of alternative energy in the parish and possibly Jamaica, by operating fully on solar energy. The complex has 12 townhouses consisting of one, two and three-bedroom units all powered by the 360 solar panels which line the roofs and other areas of the complex. The amount of power generated by this system is sufficient to run appliances, including air conditioning units in all 12 townhouses, lights on the prop ... Read More

St Thomas residents to clean shoreline, gully

Sunday, May 15, 2016    

Residents of Morant Bay are expected to participate in the removal of garbage and other debris from the Bamboo River shoreline and gully on Labour Day, May 23. The clean-up exercise was selected by the St Thomas Labour Day Planning Committee as the parish project for this year. Approximately 200 people are expected to participate in the activity. Mayor of Morant Bay and chairman of the planning committee, Ludlow Mathison, said that the project involves collaboration with several partners. T ... Read More

Barton Oliver remembered as a man of integrity

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Sunday, May 15, 2016    

Family members during the serviceObserver

Hundreds of mouners turned out at the Port Maria Seventh Day Adventist Church in St Mary on Sunday, May 1 to pay their last respects to Jamaica Labour Party councillor Barton Oliver, who died on March 31. Green-clad supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party and supporters of a man labelled as an exceptional politician packed the church and lined the compound Sunday morning. Chief among the attendees were Prime Minister Andrew Holness, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding and Minister of National S ... Read More

Ward River Bridge closed; to be replaced

Saturday, May 14, 2016    

THE National Works Agency yesterday announced the closure of the Ward River Bridge, which links Morant Bay to Port Morant in St Thomas, to facilitate its replacement to be carried out over the next four months. “The new bridge will be approximately 17 metres in length and will be constructed along the alignment of the old structure. It is being replaced at a cost of $57.5 million,” the NWA said in a press release yesterday. “Resulting from the closure, small vehicles travelli ... Read More

Moneague church celebrates long-serving mothers

Friday, May 13, 2016    

Pastor Viris Russell (right) presents a plaque to Myrtle King, the oldest mother of her congregation, on Mother’s Day. Photo: Falon Folkes

As is customary on Mother’s Day, churches across the island pay tribute to those among their membership who are mothers. The Church of God of Prophecy in Moneague, St Ann was no different, but it upped the ante this year by making the event double as a long-service award programme for mothers who have served the institution for 10 years or more. The mothers — including 82-year-old Myrtle King, the oldest mother in the congregation — were presented with plaques of appreciati ... Read More

Flood-damaged water systems in St Thomas, Portland to be repaired

Friday, May 13, 2016    

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie (left) listens as resident of Boundbrook in Portland, Barrington Goffe, outlines the extent of damage to his property as a result of recent heavy rains. Also pictured (at right) is councillor for Port Antonio, Dexter Rowland. The minister toured several communities in the parish on Tuesday.Photo: AP

REPAIRS are to be undertaken on minor water systems in St Thomas and Portland that were damaged during the recent heavy rains. Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says that $1.5 million is to be provided to the parish councils to begin the works. He informed that $500,000 will be disbursed to Portland, while St Thomas will receive $750,000. The minister was speaking to journalists on Tuesday, shortly before touring sections of Portland to assess the extent ... Read More


Monday, May 09, 2016    

Students from Fair Prospect High in Portland enjoy their snacks at the end of the school day. Observer

1 - Students from Fair Prospect High in Portland enjoy their snacks at the end of the school day. 2 - These two residents of Seaforth in St Thomas making the Observer their paper of choice. 3 - Sitting cool on Johnson’s Bridge in Seaforth, St Thomas. (Photos: Joseph Wellington) 4 - A smiling Anesia Scott waiting to go home after a shift at Tropical Lagoon in Portland. 5 - Enjoying the crystal clear water flowing at the Johnson river in St Thomas. 6 - The majesty and splendour of Johns ... Read More



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