North & East

Police hold candlelight vigil

(L-R) Andualy Smith and Keemo Walsh

OCHO RIOS, St Ann — Police officers from St Ann and other parishes, along with residents and family members, participated in a candle lighting ceremony at the Ocho Rios Police Station on Tuesday evening in remembrance of the two policemen who died in an alleged case of murder/suicide on Sunda ... Read More

What remains of the bridge which once connected Clear Springs to other communities in Portland Clear Spring residents fearful
THE destruction of two bridges that connected Clear Spring to other districts in Portland has forced ... Read More

Noranda Bauxite's Chief Union Delegate for the University and
Allied Workers Union Alfred Hemmings signs on as a volunteer
SPAT member while Keith Davis, (left) Safety Manager, and
SPAT Chairman Shelly-Ann Dillon look on. Noranda launches new safety initiative
NORANDA Bauxite has launched a new safety initiative at its St Ann operations that is planned to str ... Read More

All in good fun All in good fun
Staff of Norwich Primary School in Portland pose for a photo during Uniform Day at the institution j ... Read More

Rural routes - may 11

Monday, May 11, 2015    

Constable Bryan of the St
Mary Police Division took time
out from conducting a spot
check along the Highgate to
Annotto Bay main road to calm
down this seemingly irate man
who was seen walking along
the road with a stone in hand.

Constable C Bryan of the St Mary Police Division took time out from conducting a spot check along the Highgate to Annotto Bay main road to calm down this seemingly irate man who was seen walking along the road with a stone in hand. < Since this donkey is the mean mode of transport for this farmer in St Thomas it was only fitting that he should have attached license plate to the back and front of the hampers This worker ensures that the main road into Annotto Bay, St Mary is well maintaine ... Read More

Exchange Health Centre gets new home

Monday, May 11, 2015    

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson (left) greets Councillor of the Exchange Division Delroy
Giscombe during the official opening ceremony of the Exchange Health Centre in St Ann, last
month. Looking on is Parish Manager of the North East Regional Health Authority Bentley Steer.

The Exchange Health Centre in St Ann now has a new home after years of operating from a dilapidated two-bedroom house which was far from adequate for a type-two health facility, The new centre was constructed at a cost of $56 million and included upgrading of the sewage disposal, parking facilities and perimeter fencing. Scores of residents, political representatives, and employees of the North East Regional Health Authority turned out at the facility last month to celebrate what many describe ... Read More

Nuh dutty up Robin's Bay!

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, May 11, 2015    

Residents hard at work (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

Residents of Robin's Bay, St Mary, have joined the 'Nuh Dutty up Jamaica' campaign and starting their own community project dubbed 'Nuh dutty up Robin's Bay'. The initiative is the brainchild of Kim Chase of Strawberry Fields Together Hotel who said she came up with the idea during a discussion with a guest Maurine Bryan. "We worked together and joined with the community, had several meetings and worked hard to get it organised," she explained. Last month, residents joined with members of th ... Read More

Ocho Rios Mother Teresa

Monday, May 11, 2015    

The senior
shares a
moment with
her church

BLOSSOM Hinds is always seeking ways to make the lives of others better and to bring cheer to someone's day. So whether it's running errands for relatives and her church family or simply giving someone a lift in her car, this senior citizen never fails to show kindness. Hence it was no surprise that a large group of relatives, friends and church family gathered at her home in Ocho Rios, St Ann, recently, to celebrate her 7th birthday. The family matriarch, sister, friend, mother, and aunt was ... Read More

Beyond the call of duty

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, May 11, 2015    

State minister in the Ministry of Local Government Colin Fagan and other officials cut the ribbon to mark the official rededication of the facility. (PHOTO: RENAE DIXON)

FIRE fighters and stakeholders in St Ann gathered on the grounds of the St Ann's Bay Fire Station last month to officially rededicate the building which was recently refurbished. The fire station was the national project for Labour Day 2014, however the works did not end then as firefighters from across the island dedicated their time to have the facility fully refurbished at a cost of $7.8 million. Minister of state in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development Colin Fagan exp ... Read More

St Mary High, Manning's cop top 4-H awards

Thursday, April 30, 2015    

Jamaica 4-H Clubs Boy of the Year, Reynaldo Dallas, and Girl of the Year, LeChone Redwood,
display their trophies at the recent 4-H National Expo, held at the Denbigh Agricultural
Showground, in Clarendon. (PHOTO: JIS)

ST Mary High School and Manning's School, in Westmoreland, have copped the top prizes for the Jamaica 4-H Clubs' Boy and Girl of the Year, respectively. At the recent National Expo of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, held at the Denbigh Agricultural Showground in May Pen, Clarendon, Reynaldo Dallas (St Mary High) was crowned Boy of the Year, while LeChone Redwood was crowned Girl of the Year. Dallas, who wishes to become a veterinarian or a Marine biologist, said the 4-H top award will help in his studi ... Read More

Chinese are coming

Monday, April 27, 2015    

Passengers from the Costa Atlantica board one of several tour buses at the Reynold's Pier Wednesday morning.

There was a buzz of activity in Ocho Rios last week as nearly 1,000 Chinese vacationers descended on Ocho Rios to experience Jamaica's world class tourism offerings. The group represents the single largest number of Chinese visitors to vacation on the island ever. The visitors were brought into the resort town on board the Costa Atlantica cruise ship as part of China's first around the world cruise. Ocho Rios, which is a preferred destination for the Chinese, is one of the 28 destinations in t ... Read More

A fine dining experience

Monday, April 27, 2015    

One of several dishes on offer,
‘surf and turf’, consisted of
pork and shrimp served with
vegetables, potato salad and

CASE's hospitality, tourism and management students demonstrate culinary skills Second year Hospitality, Tourism and Management students of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland recently put their creative culinary skills to the test while rolling out a special dining experience for guests. The students were engaging in a food practical which required them to operate a temporary restaurant as a business on the campus. Dubbed the 'Dining Room Service' the experie ... Read More

Operation: Saving planet earth

Monday, April 27, 2015    

Sandals Foundation volunteers and members of the Forestry Department pose for a photo after planting 600 trees to mark World Earth Day.

VOLUNTEERS from Sandals Foundation Ocho Rios region planted 600 trees at the Bogue Estate section of Dunn's River Watershed, joining millions of people across the globe who celebrated World Earth Day last Wednesday. Undertaken as a regional activity in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture's Forestry Department, the tree-planting was consistent with the Foundation's environmental stewardship programme. Over 60 team members from Beaches Ocho Rios, Sandals Royal Plantation and Sandals Och ... Read More

Mission of Mercy 2015 hits Portland next month

Monday, April 27, 2015    

Some of the running shoes that will be distributed during
Mission of Mercy 2015: Portland.

Mission of Mercy 2015 will kick off in Portland next month with its signature Donation Day Give Away event focusing specifically on women and children. "We always cater to people who are having difficulties making ends meet. However, this year we will be focusing primarily on women with children. In light of all the horrific events that have been happening to our children in the island, we are going to do our very best to alleviate some of the financial burden on these mothers," explained vice ... Read More



Should Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams provide more data on crime trends?

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon