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Cable thieves cause disruption to residents, essential services in St Mary

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THE hospital, fire station and police station in St Mary are now without critical communication after thieves made off with LIME's cables in the parish on Tuesday. Hundreds of LIME customers have also been severely impacted as cable thieves hungry for copper to sell illegally to the scrap metal tra ... Read More

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson (second left) participates in the breaking of ground for a $32.7-million renovation and expansion project at the Morant Bay
Health Centre in St Thomas, which took place last Thursday at the project site. Others (from left) are Board Chairman, South East Regional Health Authority, Dr
Andrei Cooke; Chairman, Morant Bay Health Centre, Cordinal Beckford; and Councillor, Morant Bay Division, Rohan Bryan Morant Bay Health Centre to be renovated
RESIDENTS of Morant Bay and surrounding communities are to benefit from significant improvement in h ... Read More

This man patched these potholes along the Seaforth main road in St Thomas
and then wait to collect from motorists. Rural routes - June 22
This man patched these potholes along the Seaforth main road in St Thomas and then wait to collect f ... Read More

Shewsbury players (in orange) celebrate the running out of Industry top scorer in the third over Marika Clarke (back turned – left) for 15 runs. (PHOTOS: EVERARD OWEN) We’re the champions
SHEWSBURY women cricket team was crowned champions of Portland Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Portla ... Read More

Photo: Steely mentorship

Monday, June 22, 2015    

Steely mentorship

Leopold 'Steely' Williams, chairman of the Steely Williams Foundation in St Ann says he is committed to helping Fitzroy Wickham, first recipient of a bursary from the foundation, to accomplish his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon. Here Williams (left) takes Wickham to meet Dr Carl Bruce, consultant neurosurgeon at the University Hospital. Wickham, the top CSEC student in Jamaica for 2014 is currently a sixth form student at York Castle High School. Read More

Sports day keeps St Ann senior citizens active

Monday, June 22, 2015    

Male participants in the potato race.

SENIOR citizens in St Ann did not shy away from the annual National Council for Senior Citizens Sports Day held in the parish, recently. The day's event saw scores of senior citizens from across the island descending on Lime Hall Community Sports Club to show their prowess at the different sporting activities for the day. Coordinator of St Ann Senior Citizens Group Vernice Lynch said it was a great day for the seniors. "Overall it was a good day; we had nothing to complain about," she said, a ... Read More

Noranda donates fishing equipment to Discovery Bay fishing co-operative

Monday, June 22, 2015    

Noranda donates fishing equipment to Discovery Bay fishing co-operative

General Manager at Noranda Bauxite ...( right) shares a light moment with members of the Alloa Fishermen's Co-operative after making a presentation of $500,000 worth of fishing gear to the co-op at its headquarters at Old Folly Beach in Discovery Bay. Liddell said the donation is part of the Noranda Community Council's GetStart economic assistance programme, introduced in 2012, to stimulate economic development in the communities the company operates. Sharing in the occasion are (from left) Ke ... Read More

Concert series keeps Discovery Bay residents entertained

Monday, June 22, 2015    

First place winner Mad Vibes collect the winning prize, a cheque for $75,000 from Kent Skyers
(right), public and community relations superintendent at Noranda.(PHOTO: RENAE DIXON)

HUNDREDS of residents from several communities in Discovery Bay, St Ann turned out at the Noranda Sports Club last week for the grand finals of the community concert series which has not only showcased the talents of residents but provided a source of entertainment for the Discovery Bay area. It was the dance group Mad Vibes which walked away with the coveted first place title and saw the group receiving the top prize of $75,000. Clive Clarridice popularly known as 'Pepper' from Old Folly was p ... Read More

Serge Island investment is good news for farmers

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor -- special assignment | Monday, June 22, 2015    

Lab technician at Serge Island Dairies Limited Omaine Collard
(left) and Quality Assurance Manager Fiona Downs explain the
test conducted on the products to ensure quality during a
recent tour of the factory. Listening keenly are (from left)
member of parliament for West St Thomas James Robertson,
chief executive officer of Seprod Richard Pandohie, state
minister in the Ministry of Agriculture Luther Buchanan, general
manager at Serge Island Dairies Marvin Cummings, Minister of
Industry Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, President
of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association Brian Pengelley
(partially hidden) and mayor of Morant Bay Ludlow Mathison.

Dairy farmers in St Thomas are set to benefit from Serge Island Dairies Limited's expansion thrust as the company moves to boost milk production through its investment in chill storage facilities. "The farmers can milk the cow, it's chilled, our truck comes and unload the milk and deliver to the processing plant and maintain the quality throughout," explained PB Scott, chairman of Serge Island parent company Seprod. The programme, he said, is working now in St Thomas but is also being extended ... Read More

The best Fathers' Day gift

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, June 22, 2015    


Jamaul Hall was a mere one point short of a perfect score in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), giving his father one of the best gifts he could have received for Fathers' Day A student of Mar-Jam Preparatory School in Ocho Rios, St Ann, he received 100 percent in all subject areas except Social Studies, in which he scored 99 percent. However, the very intelligent Hall said he never expected to score 100 percent in three subjects, as he was only expecting a perfect score for his favourite ... Read More

CASE president celebrates 60th birthday

Monday, June 22, 2015    

Dr Mary-Ann
Nichols (left) pose
for a photo with
staff of the Food
Services Centre
Ann McKoy and
Dahlia Atkinson

PRESIDENT of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) Rev Dr Mary-Ann Nichols celebrated her 60th birthday with close friends, relatives and staff at Sea Bell Resort in Hope Bay, Portland, last week. In various tributes given throughout the evening, Dr Nichols was described as a caring, loving, an understanding individual who has touched the lives of many. "She don't keep malice, she will cuss you out now and just turn around and be the nicest person," said one member of the ce ... Read More

Property tax a must to apply for burial permit in St Ann

Monday, June 22, 2015    

A cemetary

RESIDENTS of St Ann applying for permits to bury deceased on family plots should ensure that their property taxes are paid. It was pointed out during a recent sitting of the St Ann Parish Council that payment of property taxes is one of the criteria for granting burial permissions. The revelation was made after councillor for the Alexandria Division Winston McLeod raised concerns that people have informed him that they have applied for burial permits and have been told that health inspectors ... Read More

Port Maria top St Mary T20 Cricket Awards

Monday, June 22, 2015    

Members of the Port Maria Cricket team pose with the Maurice Clarke trophy at the awards ceremony at Beaches Ocho Rios

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica  — Port Maria emerged the big winners at the St Mary Cricket Association Maurice Clarke T20 Big Bash Awards Ceremony held at Beaches Ocho Rios on Thursday Night. Apart from walking away with the winning trophy and $60,000 cash prize, Toussaint Hassan from Port Maria was awarded prizes for Top Wicket Taker with 18 wickets and Man of the Match for the final. Alwayne Williams of Boscobel was the top batsman, scoring 390 runs throughout the competition, while Boscobel ... Read More

Police sharpen to work with vulnerable groups

Monday, June 22, 2015    

RUNAWAY BAY, St Ann -- With two weekends of training seminars completed, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are expected to be more aware of the diverse groups in society and to better understand the safety and security issues facing them. Fifty members of the JCF underwent two-day diversity training sessions at the Jewel Paradise Cove in St Ann over two weekends. Twenty-five members were trained in the first session with another 25 completed the training sessions yesterday. The t ... Read More



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