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Lovely cricket

Port Antonio Marching Band leads the teams to Lynch Park in Buff Bay to begin
the competition.

A women's cricket competition, sponsored to the tune of $850,000 by Portland Western Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz, was recently launched at Lynch Park, Buff Bay in the parish. In addressing the official ceremony to kick off the West Portland Woemn's Cricket League, Portland Insport Officer Sharon ... Read More

Resident Stacy and her son walk cautiously across the lopsided
swing bridge. (PHOTOS: EVERARD OWEN) New swing bridge for Village in Portland
RESIDENTS of Village in Balcarres, west Portland, are to get a new swing bridge after the one which ... Read More

First-year students of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education pose
for the camera with the hibiscus flower they are about to take to their
botanical science class (L-R) Francine Constatine, Sue-Wayne Boreland,
Joneika Holness, Keniessia Henry and Jeffery Edwards. Rural routes - Nov 23
(CASE students) First year students of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education pose for ... Read More

“We’re scared’ Staff of St Ann's Bay Hospital terrified of robbers at nearby bus stop
STAFF at St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital in are expressing concern for their safety following a spate ... Read More

Oracabessa Primary recognises outstanding parents

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, November 23, 2015    

The awardees

SEVERAL parents were last week recognised by Oracabessa Primary School in St Mary for their contribution to the development of the students and the institution. The outstanding parents were presented with certificates and medals at a special ceremony hosted by the school's Guidance and Counselling Committee at Grace Baptist Church in the parish. Nicole Martin who was named the Parent of the Year was elated at the gesture. "I am surprised," Martin said, adding that she did not expect it given ... Read More

Mother seeks help getting hearing aid for son

Monday, November 23, 2015    

Duncan Parkes and son Kendardo

MELECIA Duncan Parkes always thought her son was just a slow learner, as she never once thought he had a problem which could be affecting his ability to learn. "I was thinking he is slow," said Duncan Parkes, who now realises that her son Kenardo's learning is being hampered by the inability to hear. It was only when he was about to start primary school that he was diagnosed as being deaf in one ear. "When he was going to grade one, I realised that he could only hear from one side," Duncan Pa ... Read More

Fishermen lament

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor -- special assignment | Monday, November 23, 2015    

Fishermen (from left) Winston Baines, Rafique Muirhead, Desmond Phillips, Delroy Clarke and Patrick Lewis lament the challenges
they face in the trade as they complete this fishpot along the main road in Norwich, Portland, recently. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

FISHERMEN in Norwich, Portland say high fuel and operating costs, as well as the extended drought, are threatening to drive them from the industry which provides their only source of income. A group of fishermen who were seen building fish pots on a beach when the Jamaica Observer North East visited the parish, said a major cost for them is the building of fish pots which amount to as much as $20,000 each. The pots are often stolen or destroyed at sea, forcing them to constantly make new ones. ... Read More

No more shift system at Runaway Bay All Age

Monday, November 23, 2015    

Principal Lambert Pearson (knelling) assists CEO of First Regional Co-operative Credit
Union Patricia Smith in planting a breadfruit tree at the school, while others look on.

FOR years Runaway Bay All Age School in St Ann operated on a shift system, despite the wishes of many to see that change. However, it took the donation of a classroom by First Regional Credit Union to make that dream a reality. Construction of the building which started as a project of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) years ago was initially designated to be a sickbay. However, work was halted after the group faced funding challenges. Principal Lambert Pearson said several fund-raising ac ... Read More

'Today we stand here proud'

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer writer | Monday, November 23, 2015    

Scotts Hall Maroons from St Mary engage in drumming and dance. (PHOTOS: EVERARD OWEN)

THE recent function to unveil the plaque announcing UNESCO's recognition of Blue and John Crow Mountains as a World Heritage Site was a particularly proud moment for the maroons of Moore Town in Portland, whose lobby assisted in making it a reality. The unveiling of the plaque, which is located in the vicinity of the monument of the national heroine, was witnessed by many. This is the only such declared heritage site in the Caribbean. "Today we stand here proud," Moore Town Maroon Colonel Wal ... Read More

Cops to go after illegal Xmas vendors in Ocho Rios

Monday, November 23, 2015    

Cops to go after illegal
Xmas vendors in Ocho Rios

Head of the Ocho Rios police, Deputy Superintendent Gary McKenzie said that the police would be intensifying their drive to clamp down on illegal vending in Ocho Rios, in St Ann, especially for the upcoming festive season. "Persons who vend without a licence will be arrested and charged and placed before the court and even if they have a vending licence and are not vending in the prescribed area they will also be prosecuted," DSP McKenzie told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. "We are very serio ... Read More

Islington school renamed in honour of former St Mary MP

Saturday, November 21, 2015    

Clarke served as Member of Parliament for St Mary Central, St Mary West Central and St Mary Northern

Ocho Rios, St Ann — The Islington High School in St Mary has been renamed in honour of former Member of Parliament for St Mary Central Horace Clarke. The official renaming of the school was done on Thursday, November 19 at a ceremony attended by several members of the People's National Party (PNP) including former Prime Minister P J Patterson and Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites. Clarke, who died in 2010, served as Member of Parliament for Central St Mary, West central and Northern St ... Read More

JLP confident of taking back St Ann South Western seat

Tuesday, November 17, 2015    

MCKENZIE… South West St Ann belongs
to the JLP.

Speaking at mass rally in Alexandria on Sunday, Desmond McKenzie, deputy leader of the party, said "South West St Ann belong to the JLP." Shahine Robinson, Member of Parliament for St Ann North Eastern, also expressed her confidence in the attorney. "I have no doubt that the next time we come here that we will refer to Zavia as member of parliament. Former Member of Parliament for St Ann South Western Ernest Smith also expressed his confidence in Mayne. Smith said he will be walking the ground ... Read More

‘I have delivered’

Monday, November 09, 2015    

Jamaica Labour Party
(JLP) councillor and
Portland East
caretaker Derron
Wood says he has
worked very well as a

JAMAICA Labour Party (JLP) councillor and Portland East caretaker Derron Wood may be set to capitalise from the current infighting amongst People’s National Party supporters disgruntled at their party’s decision not to name Andrea Moore as standard-bearer for the constituency, despite her recent victory over sitting Member of Parliament Dr Lynvale Bloomfield in a recent run-off. Wood, who has served the Fairy Hill Division for 13 years is confident in his ability to take home the s ... Read More

Honouring the faithful

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, November 09, 2015    

Members of the Ocho Rios Prophesy Church who were awarded for their long-standing service to that institution pose for a photo with Bishop Hudson Taylor (right, back).

TWENTY-THREE members of Ocho Rios Church of God of Prophecy in St Ann were recently recognised for decades of service ranging from 20 to 34 years each at a lavish awards ceremony held under the theme 'Honouring the faithful'. Regional Overseer Bishop Hudson Taylor said he thought it important to honour those who have served in the ministry over the years. "The journey is not over, things will not be what we want it to be sometimes, but you have to hold on," he encouraged. "A plane that has a ... Read More



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