North & East

Shauna Kay Martin did not disappoint, scoring eight CSEC distinctions

Martin shows off some of her numerous medals, trophies and certificates following her graduation in July.

SHE won many awards, was considered exceptional and many expected only the best from her, and Shauna Kay Martin did not disappoint. The St Hilda's High School head girl and valedictorian scored distinctions in eight subjects she sat in the 2014 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams. ... Read More

LASCO scholarship recipients
LASCO Marketing Manager Kelia-Gaye Dunbar pose for this photo op after making presentations to Rashe ... Read More

Di Atlantic Entertainment Centre.
(PHOTOS: KENYON HEMANS) More than just another venue
ONE of the latest entertainment spots along the Portland coastline, Di Atlantic Entertainment Centre ... Read More

Dr Campbell addresses
constituents during one of
the many health fairs he
has been hosting in his
constituency. (PHOTOS BY
KISHANA ALEXANDER). MP provides hundreds of students with free medical care
Medical practitioner and Member of Parliament (MP) for North West St Ann Dr Dayton Campbell has used ... Read More

New bikes for police in St Ann and St Mary

By Renae Dixon Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 18, 2014    

General Manager of Sandals Grande Riviera Brian Roper (left) presents Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell with a key to one of the bikes while other
members of the JCF and stakeholders who donated the bikes look on. (PHOTO: RENAE DIXON)

The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Runaway Bay/Ocho Rios chapter has donated three new bikes to the St Ann and St Mary police which the lawmen say will better help them to police the newly opened leg of the North/South highway. Two of the three new bikes will go to the St Ann police and the other to the St Mary police. The donation comes at a time when The St Ann police say the donation comes at a time when they could face additional challenges as a result of the new leg of the ... Read More

Jamaican cadets top Caribbean rifle shooting competition

By Everard Owen Observer writer | Monday, August 18, 2014    

The winners pose with the PJ Patterson Rifle Trophy
along with Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites.

The Jamaica Combined Cadet Force topped four other cadet units to win the rifle shooting competition with 402 points over St Lucia with 284, Cayman Islands 277, Trinidad and Tobago 155 and St Vincent at 95 points during the recently concluded Caribbean Cadet camp held at Titchfield and Port Antonio High schools in Portland. Jamaican cadet Private Shamarie Dixon won the PJ Patterson award as the best shooter while the first-class shooting badge went to St Lucian Corporal Aquileh Smith. Private ... Read More

Discovering Reach Falls

BY INGRID BROWN Associte editor - special assignment | Monday, August 18, 2014    

Customer Service
Representative Floyd Simpson
points to the waterfall which
is a favourite for visitors to the

IT may very well be one of Portland's best kept secrets, but for those who have discovered the beauty of Reach Falls, it is an adventure they believe no one should miss out on. Cool, crystal clear, natural pools and waterfalls surrounded by lush vegetation provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing day with nature, whether you're a tourist, high school student or just an individual wishing to get away from the daily grind. The experience at this Urban Development Corporation (UDC)-operated f ... Read More

First Regional awards $3 million in scholarships

By Renae Dixon Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 18, 2014    

Member of Parliament Dr Dayton Campbell presents Michael Campbell, a
medical student, with his award.

First Regional Co-operative Credit Union which has been offering assistance to students in the north eastern parishes throughout the years will be forking out some $3 million this year in scholarships, bursaries and book grants this year, as it incorporates recipients outside of this area. And although it was no easy feat selecting this year's awardees, given how well the applicants performed, especially in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), several students from St Ann and St Mary along wi ... Read More

St Ann police step up a notch

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, August 10, 2014    

Members of the winning Bamboo Police
Youth Club during the first match on

THE Community, Safety and Security Branch of the St Ann police has unfolded yet another programme set to improve the relations between law enforcers and communities in the parish. The St Ann police launched the St Ann Police Youth Club Quiz competition at the police headquarters in St Ann's Bay on Thursday evening, August 7. The quiz competition comes weeks after the inaugural staging of the St Ann High Schools' Debating Competition. Twelve youth clubs from across the parish are participating ... Read More

New jerk sauce makes mark at Denbigh

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, August 10, 2014    

Marlon Francis (left), co-owner and managing director of Aunt Lola's, shows off a sample to
Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn, and Jamaica Agricultural Society President,
Senator Norman Grant at Denbigh.

Aunt Lola's Jerk Sauce, although relatively new on the market, was a big hit in the St Ann Pavilion at the Denbigh Agricultural show in Clarendon last weekend. The beautiful arrangement of the products quickly disappeared as people bought and sampled the item. Vaughn Barnaby, parish manager for RADA in St Ann said that Aunt Lola's Jerk Sauce made a big impression although it was a first timer. "I think they did well. This is the first time we have invited them to Denbigh," he said. The new j ... Read More

Drought affecting farmers’ ability to support their families

BY NICHOLAS MARTIN Observer writer | Monday, August 04, 2014    

These farmers say the drought is seriously affecting their ability to survive. (PHOTO: KENYON HEMANS)

FARMERS in the drought-stricken parish of St Thomas say the situation is affecting their ability to feed their families and to make back-to-school preparations for their children for the new school year. Project Co-ordinator of the St Thomas Environmental Protection Association Benevolent Society Terrence Cover said as the drought conditions worsen there is a reduction of farm produce and a downturn in income for the farm families. According to Cover, the parish consists of the largest concen ... Read More

More titles for north-eastern parishes

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 04, 2014    

It was a proud moment for Portland resident Tessa Barrett
(centre) as she collects her certificate of title registration from
Minister Robert Pickersgill (left) and Member of Parliament for
East Portland Dr Linvale Bloomfield. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

MORE than 80 residents in Portland, St Mary and St Ann joined some 800 people who have received certificates of land title registration in the north-eastern parishes in recent months. The residents received the titles at the National Land Agency Land Titling ceremony held at the St Mary Parish Church Hall in Port Maria, St Mary last Thursday. A cadastral mapping and land registration project carried out by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) played a big role in the titling of lands ... Read More

From car washer to bodyguard

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 04, 2014    

Lester Page, his wife Tanesha, and their two sons share a
Kodak moment.

FOR District Constable Lester Page it is an honour to have served two St Mary custodes for more than 25 years as driver and bodyguard. Not only is he very passionate about his job, but he takes great pride in transporting the first citizen of the parish he has called home for several years. "I have no regrets doing this job," said Page, who began his driving career at age 18. "Sometimes I go places with the Custos I always say to myself, 'If I wasn't driving for Custos, I wouldn't be here," he ... Read More

PHOTO: Emancipation Vigil

Monday, August 04, 2014    

Scores of people attended the Emancipation Vigil at the
Neville Antonio Park in Port Antonio, Portland. Here, Maroon
Andrew Osbourne blows the abeng.

Scores of people attended the Emancipation Vigil at the Neville Antonio Park in Port Antonio, Portland. Here Maroon Andrew Osbourne blows the abeng. Read More



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