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St Ann residents laud work of male nurse

UTER... people don’t really care about your accolades, they want to know you care (Photo: Renae Dixon)

PATIENTS treated at Ocho Rios Health Centre in St Ann have lauded male nurse Damar Uter for the level of professionalism he exercises at the facility. The patients, many of whom are cared for by him, described him as a “gentle and kind” nurse who is passionate about serving people. Ut ... Read More

NEWELL... Mi appreciate what dem doing for us (Photo: Kenyon Hemans) Gov’t to provide house for family of boy killed by boulders
THE Government will be providing a house for the family of 12-year-old Raheem Davey, who died when b ... Read More

The fire destroyed the school’s computer lab. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans) ‘HELP US’
PRINCIPAL of Airy Castle Primary School in St Thomas, Dawn Graham, is appealing to the Government an ... Read More

Jacqueline Thames (right), acting principal of the Moneague College, makes a presentation to the winning team, Brown’s Town High School.. Brown’s Town High wins police debate competition
IT was a proud moment for students and staff of the St Ann-based Brown’s Town High School last ... Read More

St Mary police partner with churches to reduce domestic violence

Monday, February 20, 2017    

JAMAICA Constabulary Force (JCF) members at the Castleton outstation in St Mary have embarked on a multi-agency operation with churches in the parish to educate and sensitise community members about the different aspects of domestic violence. This comes two weeks after Acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant announced that the JCF would be engaging members of the clergy to assist in dealing with issues related to domestic violence. That move came in the wake of an escalation in crimes ag ... Read More

The Blue Lagoon: world-famous attraction

Monday, February 20, 2017    

This rafter gives a thumbs up as he tours the lagoon with visitors..

ONE of the most exquisite attractions in Jamaica, the Blue Lagoon in Portland has established itself as a haven for visitors seeking a relaxed day with nature. The source of the 213feet- deep pool is said to begin in the Blue Mountains and continues beneath the earth to the point where it expels into the sea. “It’s a very good place for tourists to come. The whole scenery here is great; the water is nice and clear, and there’s not much interference with the lagoon’s nat ... Read More


Monday, February 20, 2017    

The world-famous Blue Lagoon in Portland (Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

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St Ann farmers want access to more water

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, February 20, 2017    

Liz Levy makes her presentation at a recent meeting held between St Ann farmers and minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries J C Hutchinson in the Orange Park community. (Photo: Renae Dixon)

FARMERS in south-east St Ann are lobbying for access to wells once used by Reynolds Bauxite Company which, they say, could result in an increase in production of crops. This was communicated during a recent meeting in Orange Park in the parish with minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, J C Hutchinson. The farmers, who form part of the Hinds Town/ Orange Park Progressive Farmers Benevolent Society, indicated that they have over 3,600 acres ... Read More

NWA manager says no funds to fix major road, drains in Ocho Rios

Monday, February 20, 2017    

REGIONAL manager at National Works Agency (NWA), Devon Lilly, last week disclosed that plans to rehabilitate a major roadway in Ocho Rios, St Ann, are being hampered by lack of funding. Lilly, who was addressing stakeholders at a meeting hosted by Jamaica Hotel Tourist Association and St Ann Chamber of Commerce at Sandals Royal Plantation on Tuesday, said that work is to be done on the Ocho Rios bypass as well as drains, but that the funding to carry out these works was not yet available. He sa ... Read More

South-eastern parishes to benefit from $59-million road patching

Saturday, February 11, 2017    

A Jamaica Observer file photo of men carrying out road patching work in Kingston.

The National Works Agency (NWA) and the Tourism Enhancement Fund have joined forces to undertake a new, multimillion-dollar patching programme in south-eastern Jamaica. The programme, valued at just over $59 million, is to commence in two weeks and will target roadways across four parishes. A final listing of roadways is now being prepared. The NWA’s manager of communication and customer services, Stephen Shaw said the programme will augment patching programmes valued at a combined $40 ... Read More

St Ann residents give church facelift

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, February 06, 2017    

Lunch is being prepared for residents.

RESIDENTS in Golden Grove, St Ann came together two Saturdays ago to carryout work on the Golden Grove Chapel which has gone incomplete for years. The residents partnered with several stakeholders to do the flooring of the chapel and to carryout work on the roadway leading to it. The renovation has also been extended to the chapel’s cemetery which is slated to get a facelift in coming weeks. “The community is passionate about how they pay their respect to the bereaved,” Mar ... Read More

Boyfriend allegedly threatened mother of 7 before killing her

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, February 06, 2017    

The house where Kerron Peckoo and her seven children lived..

RESIDENTS in Hampton Court, St Thomas say they are still trying to come to terms with the brutal killing of 36-year-old bartender Kerron Peckoo, last Monday. Peckoo, a mother of seven, was stabbed repeatedly and her throat slashed by someone she is said to have known as she made her way from work around 11:30 pm. She was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead. The Golden Grove police have since charged Peckoo’s boyfriend, 29-year-old Kirlew Ellis, for her murder. He is schedu ... Read More

$195m to be spent on St Thomas road repairs

Monday, February 06, 2017    

A goat and her kids make their way across a poor section of the Amity Hall main road in the parish. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans)

SOME $195 million has been allocated to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to facilitate urgent restorative roadwork in St Thomas. Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid, speaking at a recent post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, said this is to repair damage to the road network and associated structures from flood rains in May last year. Work has already started to repair the road with further improvement to be done pending the approval of the Sup ... Read More

Slain missionary’s wife frustrated with Justice Ministry

Monday, February 06, 2017    

The cover of the programme at the thanksgiving service for the two missionaries.

THE wife of murdered American missionary Harold Nichols is expressing frustration with the Justice Ministry over its handling of matters arising since the death of her husband last year. Terry Nichols told reporters, gathered outside the St Mary Parish Court last Thursday, that she is “very disappointed” with the way things are proceeding. “[I have] a ministry that is crippled right now because of the paper work that the Government’s put on Sarah and I. We can’t ... Read More



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