North & East

Baxter Canadian golf tees off at Sandals

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica — The 22nd annual Baxter Travel Golf Tournament will tee off today at the Sandals Golf and Country Club with over 90 Canadian travel agents and tour operators taking part. The two-day tournament, the third major international staged at the venue in recent times, is expecte ... Read More

Yohan Blake (third left front row) and the Safe Passage team (Everard Owen) Fair Prospect tops 53rd Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament
Port Antonio, Portland — Fair Prospect topped the 53rd Port Antonio International Marlin Tourn ... Read More

Favion Molar (centre) of second-placed winners Tommy Hawk receives a gift package and trophy from Lisa Tomlinson (right) National Bakery event and promotion manager, while (from left) Michael Anderson and Jermaine Taylor look on. (Everard Owen) Blak Gad 118lb tops Canoe Tournament
Port Antonio, Portland — Blak Gad with Jason Bailey-Wright landed a 118-pound marlin to top th ... Read More

Junette Bramwell-Ambursley, customer service representative at Victoria Mutual Building Society, reads to some of the students at Great Faith Basic School in Exchange, St Ann. (Photos: Renae Dixon) Great Faith Basic School on the verge of closing
The Great Faith Basic School in Exchange, St Ann, is struggling to keep its doors open after more th ... Read More

St Ann teen suspected suicide jolts family, community

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, October 10, 2016    


The suspected suicide death of Dacia Reynolds has jolted family members and the community of Old Road in Runaway Bay, St Ann, where the jovial teen lived with her mother. Reynolds, 17, was found hanging from a tree in her yard in the popular resort town last about 1:30 pm on Tuesday last. Police say that the teen is suspected to have committed suicide. “She showed no signs of depression,” one family member said, as a group sat comforting her bereaved mother. Reynolds’ mother ... Read More

A passion for Maths

Monday, October 10, 2016    

Leesan Salmon poses with the top-performing mathematics students (from left) Akalia Jarrett, Orion Senior and Jodane Stewart. (Photo: Renae Dixon)

Aabuthnott Gallimore High School teacher Leesan Salmon has dedicated the last four years of his life to teaching math and he is happy with the results he is now seeing from his students. Most recently, three of his grade nine students — Jodane Stewart, Akalia Jarrett and Jordan Parke — sat and passed the challenging subject at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate level. This is the first time the school has had students passing the subject from that grade. “Coming u ... Read More

Aabuthnott Gallimore High aims to improve Math average

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, October 10, 2016    

HALL-BROWN...Students were allowed to see math at work in other areas (Photo: Renae Dixon)

Head of the Mathematics Department (HOD) at Aabuthnott Gallimore High School in St Ann, Daphne Hall-Brown is determined to improve the school’s average in mathematics for the next academic year. The subject, Hall-Brown said is posing a challenge to students at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate level. As a result, she said the school has sought to implement a number of strategies to improve its average because of disappointing 2016 CSEC results. “Going forward we will ... Read More

Matthew was never a threat, Portland farmers insist

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, October 10, 2016    

Bunny chopping a coconut (Photos: Kenyon Hemans)

SEVERAL hurricane warnings from local forecasters last week were not enough to convince farmers of the Rio Grande Valley in Portland to prepare for Hurricane Matthew, which has since claimed the lives of over 1,000 people in neighbouring Haiti. Matthew, which the experts said would have hit Jamaica last Monday, did not severely impact the island after several projections later showed Matthew moving away from Jamaica and closer to Haiti as it made its way over the Windward Passage. “Me kn ... Read More

Upgrade Port Antonio’s pier — hotel manager

Monday, October 10, 2016    

SAVIZON...Port Antonio is now the place to be. People generally go to Montego Bay or Ocho Rios every year but now they are coming to this side of the island. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

Front desk manager at the Jamaica Palace Hotel on the outskirts of Port Antonio, Portland, Joy Savizon is urging the Government to consider expanding the parish’s cruise ship pier to further boost arrivals in the resort town. Currently, the pier can accommodate yachts up to 76 metres in length. “If you talk to any Portlander, they’ll tell you about the cruise ship pier because the pier that we have now cannot take vessels of a certain size. “Most tourists now-a-days t ... Read More

The best natural juice in Portland

Monday, October 10, 2016    

JOHNNY NATURAL...People love me products. Dem nuh love me like how dem love mi products and they endorse me because of that purpose and I have to give thanks for that (Photo: Kenyon Heman)

Juice vendor Johnny Natural has been making and selling authentic fruit juices for over 15 years and if his drive is anything to go by, he will be doing this for a long time to come. “I think, I do the best juices,” the confident vendor said as he made his way around the Boston Jerk Centre in Portland last week. “They are quality. When I distribute people are really impressed by the quality,” he added. Johnny Natural, who sells popular Jamaican mixes such as beetroot a ... Read More

‘We a somebody too’

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, October 10, 2016    

WARD… Me is a little pensioner, mi don’t have anywhere fi go

A potential firestorm is brewing between the Government and some former sugar workers in Golden Grove, St Thomas. The sugar workers were not allowed temporary access to the new housing units at Stokes Hall to minimise the after-effects of Hurricane Matthew which, at the time, posed a threat to the island. The workers are demanding that the Government explain why some persons were given access to the units two Fridays ago, while others were left to “suffer” in less than ideal condit ... Read More

No Matthew ...but Portland still feel the effects

Monday, October 10, 2016    

Calm seas after the passage of Hurricane Matthew last week in Portland

JAMAICA last week caught just a piece of Hurricane Matthew which dumped heavy showers over the eastern section of the island before barreling over the south-western tip of Haiti, sections of Cuba, The Bahamas, and the east coast of the United States. Portland, however, still felt the effects of Matthew. Jamaica observer North and East reporter Everald Owen travelled through the parish with his camera. Read More

Portlanders respond to HUrricane Matthew

BY EVERALD OWEN Observer Portland Correspondent | Tuesday, October 04, 2016    

Workers ensuring that a business place is protected by placing ply boards over entry way.

Portlanders are gearing up for the passage of Hurricane Matthew by securing their houses and other property, as well as cleaning drains. Livestock, the source of income for many in Portland, are also being brought to safe places. The Emergency Operation Centre is in operation at the Port Antonio Fire Station, while 17 shelters are open, with over 250 Portlanders already deciding to make use of these shelters. Read More

Rural Routes - Sept 26

Monday, September 26, 2016    

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 authorities conduct the necessary rehabilitation exercise to make travel to the community easier. 3 - This young lad is unaware of the danger he is in while he sleeps at the back of this Toyota Hiace mi ... Read More



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