North & East

Rural Routes - Sept 26

Taxi man Michael Bolton tries to get the attention of this Sea view Basic School in Long Bay, Portland. Bolton, on a daily basis, transports at least 20 students to and from school.

1 - Taxi man Michael Bolton tries to get the attention of this Sea view Basic School in Long Bay, Portland. Bolton, on a daily basis, transports at least 20 students to and from school. 2 - This road leads to the community of Belvedere in west Portland. Residents are demanding that the relevant aut ... Read More

Vana Taylor North coast business community welcomes expansion at Ian Fleming Int’l Airport
TOURISM stakeholders in the northern section of the island have welcomed a recent announcement by Mi ... Read More

The entrance to the Ian Fleming International Airport in St Mary. Ian Fleming International Airport to be expanded
THE runway at the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St Mary, is to be expanded to accom ... Read More

Infants from Seaview Basic School in Long Bay, Portland, wait to be picked up from school. Seaview Basic needs assistance to meet government standards
PRINCIPAL of Seaview Basic School in Long Bay, Portland, Claudia Smith, says the school is seeking t ... Read More

‘Me sell di best soup’

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 26, 2016    

Richard Lee stirs a pot of his Janga soup. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

RODNEY Lee has been selling his world famous Janga soup in Castleton, St Mary, since quitting his mechanic job some 41 years ago and he has no regrets. The 71-year-old St Mary native, who has procured a living from the spoils of his labour, told the Jamaica Observer North and East that he became tired of working for others. “One day mi just decide seh mi a go look something to survive from. Mi stop do mechanic work for the Englishman; I was doing it from I was 14. I worked for him for 17 ... Read More

Rest, Sister Ingrid, Rest in Eternal Peace

BY KIMONE FRANCIS & KARL ANGELL Observer staff | Monday, September 26, 2016    

First Editor of Observer North and East, Ingrid Brown, does what she likes best - on the road trying to assist people.

It was on these pages that Brown found space to express her nascent love for people in need and more importantly, to get assistance for those who needed it most. The pages of Observer North & East during her editorship were replete with the many articles, discovered and developed by Sister Ingrid, as she was known to many of her colleagues. These articles highlighted the plight and suffering of ordinary Jamaicans. She believed in the people of Jamaica and by making their situation known to ... Read More

A foul smell

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 26, 2016    

Sean Cooke makes his way from his pig pen to speak with the Jamaica Observer North and East. (Photos: Karl McLarty)

ANGRY residents of Long Bay in Portland are again calling on the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) to give urgent attention to their concerns regarding a foul smell coming from a pigpen that they say is affecting a school and businesses in the community. Residents say the smell, which they believe is as a result of pig waste, has been affecting the community for years and have insisted that the agency have sought to do nothing about it. “Whenever it rains we smell the faece ... Read More

Domestic violence responsible for 60% of St Mary murders — DSP Powell

Monday, September 26, 2016    

POWELL...What we realise is that when they are in their own environment and they interact they are not able to settle and resolve their conflicts among each other.

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in charge of the St Mary Division, Dwight Powell, recently disclosed that 60 per cent of the murders committed in the parish since the start of the year are domestic related. Powell told the Jamaica Observer North and East that that so far 26 people have been murdered, 14 of which resulted from family members and couples not being able to resolve their issues with each other. “What we realise is that when they are in their own environment and they in ... Read More

St Mary Police working with the people

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 26, 2016    

POWELL...What we realise is that when they are in their own environment and they interact they are not able to settle and resolve their conflicts among each other.

DWIGHT Powell, the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in charge of the St Mary Division, says he has consistently relied on the partnership between residents in the various communities and lawmen to conduct effective policing in the parish. “We have 11 police stations in St Mary. What the force tries to do is to establish a presence in the main townships. What I know is that where you don’t have that kind of public dominance by the police, something else will take over. If you do ... Read More

Tacky High student nails 15 CSEC subjects

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 26, 2016    

Boyd says that he wants to become multilingual and so he has been taking online classes in Mandarin and French.

FINANCIAL struggles coupled with the ill-health of his father forced Devrow Boyd to make tough decisions, one of which should have affected him academically but the St Mary teen knew that he would have prevailed. “When my father got a stroke, due to financial reasons, I made the decision to transfer to Tacky High,” Boyd said, adding that it was closer to home. The young boy from Gayle, St Mary, made the decision to transfer from St Mary High to the school where he excelled in the 2 ... Read More

Two killed in Drapers, Portland

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

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DRAPERS, Portland — The quiet community of Drapers Heights in East Portland was shocked with the murder of two men around 4 o’clock yesterday morning, police confirmed. Dead are Asan Anderson, 43, a naturalised Dutch citizen who lived at Drapers Heights, and Leroy ‘Vegie’ McKoy, 48, from White River, Buff Bay also in Portland. Police said that Anderson returned to Jamaica four days ago to attend the funeral of a family member. According to the police, four gunmen, who ... Read More

Port Antonio slam Titchfield 4-1 under lights at Lynch Park

Monday, September 19, 2016    

Jahmani Hamilton (left) and Ramone Weir, goalscorers of Port Antonio High. (Photo: Everard Owen)

Buff Bay, Portland — Jahmani Hamilton hit a three-timer as Port Antonio High continued their dominance over Titchfield High with a 4-1 win in the first ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup game played under lights at eastern Jamaica’s Lynch Park on Saturday. Hamilton was on target in the 18th, 72nd and 80th minutes, with Ramone Weir adding the other strike in the 32nd. Bevin McKenzie got the consolation for Titchfield in the 59th minute. Winning coach Marlon Hylton was happy. “I have to com ... Read More

20 games on in daCosta Cup today

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Tuesday, September 13, 2016    

Black River High’s Ricardo Salmon (front) shields the ball from St Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) Jovoney Brown in Saturday’s opening ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup Zone E game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Brown scored a hat-trick as STETHS ran out 10-1 winners. (Photo: Paul Reid)

TRINITYVILLE, St Thomas — Robert Lightbourne High will be going after only their second ever back-to-back win when they take on Yallahs High at 3:30 pm in their ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup Zone O game in Trinityville, St Thomas, today. Robert Lightbourne, who started playing in the daCosta Cup competition in 2008, got off to a winning start on Saturday, beating former zone powerhouse St Thomas Technical 2-0, their first ever win over that team and their fifth win overall. Today they will face ... Read More

The children speak at Morant Bay Primary

Monday, September 12, 2016    

DerVan turner, 12: Today was great because I did the best in class. I did my favourite subject, language arts; I like to read. I’m working hard so I can go to Seaforth High.

The new school year began on September 5 amidst much fanfare and, for some, fear. The Jamaica Observer North and East visited several schools, including Morant Bay Primary in St Thomas, to get the views of students on their first day back in the classroom. This is what they had to say. Read More



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