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Shaw: JLP better at economic management


GAYLE, St Mary — Opposition spokesman on finance, Audley Shaw, says the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) better managed the economy during its four years in office than the People’s National Party was able to do in 28 years. Addressing a large gathering of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporter ... Read More

St Mary High Shania Powell wins the Class Three girls 400m in 01.08 seconds St Mary High shines
St Mary High School athletes dominated the North Central Athletic Association (NCAA) track meet in t ... Read More

Persons view the bodies of the couple Hundreds mourn St Ann couple who died days apart after 41 years of marriage
Just as they were inseperable in life Bishop Lawford Bolt and his wife Phyllis were equally insepara ... Read More

Staff members ready for their performance at the mini concert. (from left) Denique Deacon, Kerise Wiggins, Mikesha Panton, Pauline Burke and Nadine Richards. Port Antonio Post Office fetes retirees, customers
The Port Antonio Post Office recently feted customers and recognised 16 retirees from the region whi ... Read More

St Thomas students benefit from Observer Lecture Series Workshop

By Racquel Porter Observer staff reporter | Monday, February 01, 2016    

Students of Robert Lightbourne High stay focused during the English session of the Jamaica Observer Lecture Series Workshop at Yahalls High School in St Thomas on Thursday.

More than a hundred students in the parish of St Thomas benefited from the Jamaica Observer Lecture Series Workshop months ahead of this year’s sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) exams. The high schools – Paul Bogle, Robert Lightbourne, Seaforth, Yallahs and the Jamaica for Life Long Learning benefitted from extra tutorials in the areas of mathematics and english during the event which was held at Yallahs High in the parish, last Thursday. Held in asso ... Read More

Overseas church donates linen, medical supplies to Port Antonio Hospital

Monday, February 01, 2016    

(From left to right) Pastor Nathaniel Thompson, parish overseer for Portland branch, Bishop Dr Lynvale Hendricks, Overseer, USA, Bishop Winston Leath, National Overseer, Dr Isaac Brown, Parish Manager for the Portland Health Services, Jasmin Ricketts-Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Port Antonio Hospital, Nurse Joan Latty, Director of the church’s health department , Viveen Murray, director of Women’s Ministry

Much-needed bed linen and medical supplies were donated to the Port Antonio Hospital last week by members of the Church of God of Prophecy in Queens, New York. In handing over the items Nurse Joan Latty director of the church’s health department says this is a dream come true. “We have always wanted to do this as a church in this ministry. Thanks for allowing us to do this as this is a gift of love,” she noted. Latty, who left Jamaica 30 years ago, said she always wanted to g ... Read More

Newly refurbished community centre for Discovery Bay

Monday, February 01, 2016    

Junior Minister in the Transport Department Richard Azan gets ready to cut the ribbon to officially open the rehabilitated road in Keith, St Ann, while his colleague ministers, ministry officials and residents look on.

Residents of Discovery Bay and its environs are now benefitting from a newly refurbished community centre and rehabilitated road surfaces in sections of North West St Ann constituency. Member of Parliament Dr Dayton Campbell who officially opened the facility and some of the roads during last week’s tour of sections of the constituency appealed to the residents to make the best use of it. Among the roads which are now completed are Addison Park in Brown’s Town and Keith in Discover ... Read More

Aboukir Primary goes solar

By Renae Dixon Observer staff reporter | Monday, February 01, 2016    

Solar panels on school roof

The Aboukir Primary School in rural St Ann is on its way to being fully powered by solar energy following the donation of solar panels by the United States-based Renewable Energy Solar Education and Technology (RESET) Core Corp, last December. The 10 solar panels, along with an inverter and 16 batteries were donated to the institution following the intervention of a past student of the school Clan Davidson, who works with the organisation. “Almost everything is operated on it,” K ... Read More

Orange Bay is crime-free

By Ingrid Brown Associate editor-special assignment | Monday, February 01, 2016    

These residents of Forty Acres in Orange Bay, Portland, do brisk business selling mangoes along the main road in the parish. From left are Odane James, Ricardo Grant, Tarrick Skyers, Heavon Taylor, Lodian Murray and Kerron Richards.

DESPITE a lack of employment opportunities, young men of Forty Acres in Orange Bay, Portland, are most proud of this small rural area for the mere fact that this is one community in Jamaica which can readily boast of being crime-free. Were it not for the lack of jobs, the young men say forty Acres would have been the perfect place to live and raise families. “The neighbourhood is fruitful, there is absolutely no violence and we share what we have with each other,” shared Ricardo Gr ... Read More

Boston Jerk centre vendors lament continued closure

By Everard Owen Observer writer | Monday, February 01, 2016    

The now deserted Boston Jerk Centre in Portland which was ordered closed by the health department approximately two weeks ago.

The Boston Jerk Centre, home of the popular jerk pork, chicken, sausage, fish and sauce remains closed three weeks after it was first ordered to cease operations by the Portland Public Health Department because of poor sanitary practices at the facility. Ironically, the centre was ordered closed the same day the nearby Boston Beach —which was refurbished at a cost of $17.7m was officially handed over by Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeil, on January 14, 2016. The ven ... Read More

Street scenes

Monday, February 01, 2016    

This woman waits for her young charge to tie his shoelace as they travelled in St Ann recently.

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St Thomas farmers benefit from husbandry workshop

Monday, January 18, 2016    

Project coordinator for the Integrated Management of the Yallahs and Hope River Watershed
Management Areas Project, National Environment and Planning Agency, Nelsa English-Johnson.

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) conducted a three-day land husbandry workshop in St Thomas, aimed at improving sustainable land management (SLM) practices in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds. The ‘train the trainer’ short course, which started on January 12 at the Bethel Callum Park in Cedar Valley, is part of the Integrated Management of the Yallahs and Hope River Watershed Management Areas Project. Project Coordinator Nelsa English-Johnson, said the aim ... Read More

Portland champs

Monday, January 18, 2016    

St Mary Football Association president and Jamaica Football Federation deputy president Raymond Anderson presents the championship trophy to Zion Hill’s Ricardo Young for the Stanley Amritt United Friends of Highgate and Central District Association Prep and Primary football competition. Sharing in the moment are Laurice Hutchinson (from left), Rev Seymour Hutchinson, Paul Fyffe, Lenford Purcell, Eastern Confed deputy chairman and Olanzo Reid, Zion Hill coach. (Photo: Everard Owen)

Zion Hill Primary topped the Stanley Amritt United Friends of Highgate and Central District Association Prep and Primary School Football competition after defeating Highgate 2-0 to claim the championship trophy during the recent game at Richmond Community Centre. The goals were scored by Dwight Christie in the 10th minute and Roshaune Robinson, who sealed the victory in the 38th minute. Christie scored when his long-range shot from outside the penalty area beat Highgate’s custodian Devon ... Read More

Villa Juanita fulfils a dream

By Everard Owen Observer writer | Monday, January 18, 2016    

Villa Juanita sits on a hill overlooking the sea.

A 19-room property has been added to Portland’s tourism stock after native Raymond Lewis invested some $250 million to construct the property in honour of his late mother. Villa Juanita sits on a hill overlooking the Caribbean sea near the border of Portland and St Thomas. Lewis said he acquired the property 23 years ago from his parents and made a commitment to his mother that he would someday build on the land. “I had no idea what it would be and here it is now, Villa Juanita, ... Read More



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