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Moon Palace Hotel says its committed to opening five star property soon

Kathy Halpern (right), vice-president of sales and marketing of Palace Resorts has the attention of other team members (from left) Robert Martinez, senior
account executive; Public Relations Director Cessie Cerrato and General Manager Clifton Reader.

The Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Hotel in St Ann says it is expending $150 million to upgrade the former Sunset Jamaica Grande into a five-star property. And despite the hotel missing its April 11, 2015 completion date, following recent industrial unrest at the construction site, General Manager Clif ... Read More

PHOTO: Lawmen at work
Constable R McLeod and Constable C Bryan of the Castleton Police Station kept motorists in line as ... Read More

Past student of
the Jefferey
Town Basic
school in St
Mary Nisa
engages in
playtime with
the students as
she teaches
them how to
strut on a
runway. Watching over Jefferey Town little angels
RESIDENT of Jefferey Town in St Mary Nisa Spencer spends most of her spare time helping out at the b ... Read More

Donald Brown tells students that they can change Jamaica. US lawyer, ex-marine urges IUC students to chase goals
TOWER ISLE, St Mary — Former United States marine and lawyer Donald Brown did not start colleg ... Read More

Talent search for St Ann

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer | Saturday, March 21, 2015    

Leroy Ellis

REFERRED to as the Garden Parish, St Ann is the birthplace of several musical acts including Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Floyd Lloyd and singer Chezidek. With this in mind, Jamaican-born, Canada-based businessman Leroy Ellis and his team are on a mission to unearth the parish's talent at a monthly staging of the Unique Star Talent Search series. The event is slated for Unique Car Wash at Breadnut Hill next Friday, and continue on the last Friday of each month. "We want to unearth talent in and ... Read More

Ocho Rios Rotarians support literacy

Monday, March 16, 2015    

MEMBERS of the Rotary Club of Ocho Rios East took the time to read to students in two St Ann schools as part of its celebration of literacy month. Last week, the group visited Walkerswood All Age School where members read to students and donated books and bibles. They later travelled to Beecher Town Primary where they interacted with grade four students ahead of making a similar donation of books. "I am flabbergasted; I really appreciate this. This is a farming community and we are not on th ... Read More

Sandals, St Ann Health Department host empowerment fair

Monday, March 16, 2015    

It’s all smiles as Sandals Foundation representative Lyndsay Isaacs makes donation of school
supplies to children attending Linton Park All-Age School

APPROXIMATELY 350 residents recently benefited from an empowerment fair, organised by the St Ann Health Department and Sandals Foundation. Also represented at the event, which was recently held at Linton Park All-Age School in the parish, were members of the Inland Revenue Department, Registrar General's Department and PATH. Services offered included blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks, HIV and syphilis tests, and people signed up to benefit from PATH. Condom training, condom giveaways, ... 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



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