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Staff at the Port Antonio Hospital pose for a photo op after being recognised for their diligent service to the rural health facility. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN) Read More

Parents and others
attending the ceremony
took the time to socialise
with the boys. Parents praise police summer camp for at-risk youth
PARENTS who attended the closing ceremony for a two week camp hosted by the St Ann police had high p ... Read More

Never forgotten
Councillor for the Sturge Town Division in St Ann Marlon Garvey lays a wreath in remembrance of Marc ... Read More

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites (left) discusses an aspect of the latest National Education Inspectorate (NEI) report with Chief Inspector at the NEI Maureen Dwyer. Help for St Thomas schools
As of this month the Ministry of Education will seek to improve the performance of three high school ... Read More

A safer gayle

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, September 01, 2014    

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites (right) Senior Advisor to the Education Minister, Radley Reid (right), and Member of Parliament Jolyan Silvera examine documents damaged by a fire at the Tacky High School in St Mary on May 5.

THE St Mary Police have implemented measures to combat the recent spike in crimes in Gayle after a section of Tacky High was torched earlier this year and the school's watchman murdered in a separate incident. The students' education was disrupted after four armed gunmen wearing masks held up the watchman and demanded that he provide the combination to open the school's vault. When their demands were not met, the men tied up the watchman and attempted to rob the administrative building. Hours ... Read More

Northgate's parenting group hosts health fair

Renae Dixon | Monday, September 01, 2014    

Among the large number of people receiving health care at the fair is this elderly woman.

The Northgate Parenting Empowerment Place (N-PEP), a value-based parenting initiative spearheaded by the Northgate Youth and Family Development Foundation, recently hosted its first major back-to-school health fair at the Northgate Centre in White River, Ocho Rios,  for hundreds of St Ann residents. The group, which promotes good parenting, was assisted by local medical practitioners as well as the Florida-based Health Care Professionals Giving Back whose members were coming to Jamaica on ... Read More

Promoter gives back to parish of birth

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, September 01, 2014    

Dexton Ennis (second right) is joined by Magnum’s Sophia Fairman (right) in presenting a cheque for $100, 000 to matron of the infirmary Sharon Burke and Mayor of Port Maria Levan Freeman. Looking on is councillor for the Boscobel Division Fitzroy Wilson.

Promoter Dexton Ennis is passionate about bringing entertainment to the Jamaican people, but what many may not know is that the former “Follow the Arrow” promoter is just as committed to helping the less fortunate.  For years his birth parish, St Mary, has been reaping from his kindness with his latest act of goodwill being to the St Mary Infirmary in Port Maria. Ennis who grew up in Mango Valley, St Mary, is the promoter of Follow the Sound — a series of sound system cla ... Read More

Buff Bay gets fire truck

Monday, September 01, 2014    

A fire lit at the Buff Bay Court despite the warnings to desist from burning garbage during this dry spell.

The town of Buff Bay in Portland which has been without the use of a fire truck for months has finally received a unit just in time to deal with numerous fires caused by the dry spell affecting the island. With recent bush fires in Woodstock, Chepstowe/Bybrook and Bangaridge which threatened life and property, residents who had staged a  peaceful demonstration demanding the use of a fire truck welcomed the arrival of the unit. West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz, who was instrume ... Read More

St Ann seniors encourage young people to prepare for retirement

Monday, September 01, 2014    

The National Council For Senior Citizens, St Ann chapter recently hosted an information seminar as part of its efforts to encourage young people to prepare for retirement. Director of the National Council for Senior Citizens Angella Toyloy said the council has been hosting several such seminars across the island in a bid to  raise awareness of the importance of preparing for retirement. She pointed out that persons who work in the informal micro sector have proven to be most vulnerable d ... Read More

Winners Circle

Monday, September 01, 2014    

St Mary parish winner 2014 Denton Levers (left) Pauline Rainford, winner of the 'Grace Ketch Di Taste' Sauce Competition and Alicia Bogues (right) brand manager CB Chicken and Bad Dawg Sausages take time out to pose for the camera at the recent CB Pan Chicken Eastern Regional Eliminations. Read More

Rural routes

Monday, September 01, 2014    

(pig van) This van laden with pigs bound for the slaughter house travels along the St Thomas mainroad. (guinep kids) These children sell guinep in their Bath community in St Thomas, recently. (fishing) These men are caught up in fishing at Rozelle, St Thomas. (firewood) This man transport a bundle of wood to make a fire in his Whitehall community in St Thomas. (Photos: Antonio Graham) (twins)  Tiffany Smith and her twins Amani and Amarie at Ginger House in the Rio Grande Valley. ... Read More

NY Kiwanians to host wellness programme for St Ann kids

Monday, August 25, 2014    

President of the Kiwanis Club of Montego Freeport Dr Martin Taylor (right) presents a cheque for
$200,000 to West Haven Children’s Home board member Gloria Veira while Dennis Pryce, the club’s
chairman, looks on. The presentation was made at the institution recently. (Photo: Alan Lewin)

KIWANIANS from several clubs in New York will visit Jamaica from August 28 to 31 to conduct a Children's Wellness Service Project in Runaway Bay, St Ann. The Kiwanians will partner with the Discovery Bay Kiwanis club for a service project to provide children in the Runaway Bay area with back to school supplies, wellness education, and dental hygiene materials, as well as swimming and road safety information, which is part of the Kiwanis International Safe Kids Programme. The 25-member contin ... Read More

Rasheed Habib's future lies in agriculture

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, August 24, 2014    

Rasheed Habib (right) with Minister of Agriculture Roger
Clarke and friend Mackoy McNeish.

WHILE many young people dream of becoming doctors, lawyers and teachers, Rasheed Habib's dream is to create growth in the Jamaican economy through agriculture. His quiet personality and his sense of style no indication that the young, slim and what many young women would consider handsome Habib is willing to get his hands dirty. However his passion is agriculture in its various forms. From a young age, Habib said that he knew his passion lied in agriculture and now it is his belief that he can ... Read More

Fix it, now!

Saturday, August 23, 2014    

A man carefully manoeuvres a section of the bridge that is
missing a part of its wooden floor. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)
A section of the main road in Retreat, St Mary, that was
blocked by residents, yesterday.

RETREAT, St Mary — Residents of Retreat yesterday protested for a third day, blocking the main road with logs, as they pressed the authorities to fix a broken bridge that is at the main entrance to the western section of the parish. The bridge has been missing several pieces of its wooden floor that have rotted and fallen off over time, leaving openings in its grid-like metal frame. The situation has made it difficult for residents who are forced to walk on the bridge, especially at night ... Read More



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