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Brighter days for Lloyd Noicley

Hensley Cameron assists Lloyd Noicley to get into his recently donated motorised scooter.

DOUBLE amputee 77-year-old Lloyd Noicley said Jamaica Observer readers have made his life the happiest it has ever been, as they continue to brighten his days both with their financial support and their visits. Noicley's plight was first highlighted in the Observer on April 28, 2014 after he was st ... Read More

Arnold Road residents hard at work effecting repairs to the main road to their community to prevent further flooding. Arnold Road residents donate money, labour to fixing road themselves
WHEN residents of Arnold Road in Prospect, St Thomas, needed the road in their community raised to s ... Read More

Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education Elaine Foster-Allen (left) and Region Two Director Janet Brimm (right)
pose for a photo op with retired education officers (from left) Maureen Cunningham-Johnson, Earl Christian, Audrey
Harris-Clarke, and Dr Ann-Marie Hall, who were honoured for their years of service. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN) Retired Region Four education officers honoured for years of service
PORT ANTONIO, Portland - The Ministry of Education Region Four recently recognised four of its retir ... Read More

This visitor to the NHT mobile service at Gayle in St Mary seeks
answers about the Trust from Ann-Marie Paisely-Reid, teller in
NHT’s St Ann Branch Office. Gayle residents benefit from NHT mobile unit
Scores of residents in Gayle, St Mary, recently accessed a wide range of National Housing Trust (NHT ... Read More

Miss Portland Festival Queen

Monday, July 21, 2014    

Miss Portland Festival Queen Tahera Brown receives a trophy for best performance during the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen coronation at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew on Saturday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood) Miss Portland Festival Queen --> Read More


By Renae Dixon Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 21, 2014    

The batch of nine stand at attention during the
graduation ceremony. (PHOTO: RENAE DIXON)

Three years ago when parents came to leave their sons at the semi-military Prospect College in St Mary, the atmosphere was one of gloom. According to one mother, it was as if "we turned our backs on them". But that mood has been transformed into one of joy as the parents of the batch of nine boys beamed with pride as they celebrated the accomplishment of their sons at their recent graduation from the institution. Prospect College is the only one of its kind in Jamaica where the boys are requ ... Read More

Breadnut Hill Primary gets creative in raising funds to secure school

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 21, 2014    

The school’s senior dance group entertains the audience during the function.

OFFICIALS at Breadnut Hill Primary School in St Ann are hoping that a recently launched magazine will generate enough funds to erect a perimeter fence around the institution which has been broken into several times. Not only has the school been plagued by thieves but also by stray animals who roam the property daily. However, despite these challenges the institution has failed to get any help from the Ministry of Education, forcing the administration to create ingenious ways of raising funds o ... Read More

Rural routes — July 21

Monday, July 21, 2014    

(transport) This farmer uses his bicycle to transport produce from his field in St Thomas, recently. (jerk pan) This woman tends to a jerk pan along the mainroad in Port Morant, St Thomas. (cane tractor) This man hitches a ride on a tractor laden with sugar cane as it travelled through St Thomas (boys) These young men were in a jubilant mood as they hung out in their Rowlandsfield community in St Thomas (corner shop) These residents hung out at a community shop in Rowlandsfield. (dump ... Read More

St Ann, St Mary cancer society branch seeking to raise $7m this year

By RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 21, 2014    

Cancer survivors happily pose for a photo following the launch for the ninth
staging of the St Ann and St Mary branch of the Jamaica Cancer Society Relay
For Life to be held later this month. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

St Ann and St Mary branch of the Jamaica Cancer Society said it is aiming to raise some $7 million from its ninth staging of Relay for Life at Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios, St Ann, on July 26 to assist in the fight against the disease. Chairman of the Relay for Life Committee Kameal Bryan-Russell encouraged people to support the event in whatever way possible. "With every step you take, you are helping the Jamaica Cancer Society save lives," Bryan-Russell said as she addressed the recent lau ... Read More

Unite for Change expo gets underway tomorrow

Wednesday, July 09, 2014    

Minister of National Security - Peter Bunting

SECURITY Minister Peter Bunting will lead a forum of participants from over 20 at-risk communities in Western Jamaica, in a series of workshops targeting communities, faith-based organisations and schools. The forum will be part of his ministry's Western Jamaica Unite For Change Social Intervention Forum and Expo, tomorrow at the Montego Bay Community College in St James. The target groups will, in these workshops, develop a model for social intervention to be implemented in at least two pilo ... Read More

GSAT success - Retirement Primary shines

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 07, 2014    

Teacher Camille Campbell and her grade six students pose for a group photo following the school's graduation.

Retirement Primary in deep rural St Ann continues to beat the odds to reap success in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) although the institution operates on a multi-grade system. The school achieved a 75 per cent average which saw all the students being placed at one of their choices for high school. The students' success has once again highlighted the hard work of the three teachers and principal at the school, and is a particularly high moment for the headmistress Beverley Bailey who goe ... Read More

St Thomas funeral homes offer music, games packages

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor — special assignment | Monday, July 07, 2014    

A large crowd cheers on this woman as she participates in a dance competition to win
giveaways at a recent gravedigging at Golden Grove Cemetery in St Thomas.

The Golden Grove Cemetery in St Thomas was recently transformed from a place of rest into a party venue as relatives of a deceased man employed a non-traditional method of mourning their loss. Latest dancehall hits blared from a sound system as a woman showed off her dance moves amidst cheers from a large throng of people. Nearby, groups of people engaged in card and bingo games as the deejays at the console created a vibe for the large crowd standing and sitting on graves and rewarded their en ... Read More

PHOTO: Tacky High School's head boy

Monday, July 07, 2014    


Head boy at Tacky High School in St Mary Seon Biggs was the recipient of several awards for outstanding performance during the recent graduation ceremony at Goshen United Church in Lucky Hill in the parish. Biggs received the Chairman's Award for Most Outstanding Male, Board of Governors award, awards for football, speech and drama. He was also awarded for outstanding performances in six subject areas. (Photo: Kimberlee Deer) Tacky head boy --> Read More

Heart Praise scholarships to 6 St Thomas students

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor — special assignment | Monday, July 07, 2014    

A section of the crowd in attendance at the Heart Praise
Worship Fest which funded the GSAT scholarships for six
students in St Thomas.

Members of Healthy Music Group, who have been positively impacting the lives of St Thomas residents, have made good on their promise to use proceeds from this year's staging of the annual Heart Praise Worship Fest to provide scholarships for some Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) students. Six students will, this week, be presented with the two-year Heart Praise Great Start scholarships valued at $30,000 each to cover tuition and books. The St Thomas-based group, comprising young Christian men ... Read More



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