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Ramble's distress

The residents say they are seriously inconvenienced by this breakaway in Ramble, St Mary. (PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY)

SEVERAL months after a section of the main road linking Ramble in St Mary to Port Maria was destroyed by heavy rains, the residents say they are still being inconvenienced by the breakaway. The residents say with no vehicular access on that route anymore they have been forced to pay much more in t ... Read More

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and
Climate Change Robert Pickersgill (third right)
and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of
Transport, Works and Housing Dr Morais Guy
(second right) were among a team who recently
toured the refurbished Bogue water treatment
plant in North East St Ann. Upgraded St Ann water treatment plant to supply 6 million gallons daily
THE refurbished Bogue water treatment plant in St Ann North-East was officially commissioned into se ... Read More

These students of
Tacky High make
their way to school
in Gayle, St Mary. Rural routes - April 13
These students of Tacky High make their way to school in Gayle, St Mary. Mid-week market day in the ... Read More

St Thomas farmer Lawrence Lynch (right) and fellow farmer Donovan Johnson show off onions reaped from his farm in Yallahs, under the Agro Parks initiative.
Lynch is expected to reap more than 20,000 pounds of onions from his one-acre farm within the next few days. St Thomas youth upbeat about agriculture
Though there is often no glitz and glamour associated with agriculture, 27-year-old St Thomas farmer ... Read More

Kim Brown Lawrence --JLP's hope to ending political drought in Brown's Town

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, April 13, 2015    

Kim Brown Lawrence is presented to the people by the JLP’s
Area Council Three Chairman Mike Henry at the recent
divisional conference held at Brown’s Town Community College

THE Jamaica Labour Party(JLP) is confident that candidate for the Brown's Town Division Kim Brown Lawrence will end its 30-year political drought in that area. The political party reportedly last won that seat in the St Ann Parish Council in 1981. The party is counting on the 35-year-old, who was officially presented as the party's representative at the recent divisional conference, to unseat deputy mayor of the St Ann Parish Council Delroy Redway and end the Peoples National Party (PNP) thre ... Read More

A healthier Mt Waddy

Monday, April 13, 2015    

These youngsters say thanks to Sandals Foundation representative Lyndsay
Isaacs after she presented them with back-to-school supplies.

THE remote community of Mt Waddy in St Ann glowed last week when the school grounds were transformed into a health village for the entire community. The large turnout of residents were amazed by the variety of services from which to benefit. The health fair was the brainchild of Friendship Seventh-day Adventist Church, which partnered with the St Ann Health Department and the Sandals Foundation. Services offered included medical check-ups by doctors, tests such as pap smear, blood pressure, b ... Read More

St Mary banana farmers urged to take advantage of export markets

Monday, April 13, 2015    

Minister of State for Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Luther Buchanan addressing the large turnout at the expo.

STATE Minister for Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Luther Buchanan says agricultural parishes are being positively impacted by the growth that has been taking place in the sector over the past two years. Quoting recent reports by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the Statistical Institute (STATIN), the state minister noted that the "reduction in poverty in rural parishes is accredited to agricultural production". "This serves to confirm to all of us that agriculture can be, ... Read More

100 not out for 'Miss Dolly'

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer writer | Monday, April 13, 2015    

Imamenda DeRizzio’s great-granddaughter
Marlene performing a rendition of the song
Hero as the centenarian listens keenly.

FOUR generations of family members were on hand to celebrate Imamenda DeRizzio's 100th birthday, including her children, grand children, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and scores of other relatives and friends, at her home in Hopewell, Highgate, St Mary. DeRizzio, who is affectionately called 'Miss Dolly', thanked all who came to celebrate the special moment with her. "I'm very happy and I thank God that I live to see 100," said the smiling centenarian who still reads and ho ... Read More

Exchange gets a new health centre

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, April 12, 2015    

(L) FERGUSON... said $56 million spent on health centre.
(R) Students of the Exchange Primary
School perform a dance at the
opening ceremony.

OCHO RIOS, St Ann -- After several years of operating from a dilapidated two-bedroom house, which did not have the required capacity needed for a Type II health centre, the Exchange Health Centre now has a new home. The new centre was constructed at a cost of $56 million which included sewage disposal, parking facilities and perimeter fencing, Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson told those in attendance at the official opening ceremony last Friday. Scores of residents, political representati ... Read More

St Ann’s Bay’s first woman porter loves her job

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, April 05, 2015    

SHARPE ... porters have big responsibilities

In her early years Olivia Sharpe was afraid of hospitals. However, for the past 20 years, she has been impacting the lives of many as an employee at the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital. She told the Jamaica Observer that over the years she has worked with five chief executive officers, representing the number of times that the hospital has changed leadership. It was after being admitted to the hospital over 20 years ago that Sharpe knew she wanted to work at the institution. “I came to ... Read More

Moon Palace Hotel says its committed to opening five star property soon

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Kathy Halpern (right), vice-president of sales and marketing of Palace Resorts has the attention of other team members (from left) Robert Martinez, senior
account executive; Public Relations Director Cessie Cerrato and General Manager Clifton Reader.

The Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Hotel in St Ann says it is expending $150 million to upgrade the former Sunset Jamaica Grande into a five-star property. And despite the hotel missing its April 11, 2015 completion date, following recent industrial unrest at the construction site, General Manager Clifton Reader said all is set for the grand opening to take place soon. Reader and members of his team were addressing journalists at a press launch held at Evita's Italian Restaurant in Ocho Rios, last ... Read More

PHOTO: Lawmen at work

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Constable R McLeod and Constable C Bryan of the Castleton Police Station kept motorists in line as they conduct a speed check along the busy main road from Highgate to Anotto Bay in St Mary, recently. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) Lawmen at work --> Read More

Watching over Jefferey Town little angels

Monday, March 30, 2015    

Past student of
the Jefferey
Town Basic
school in St
Mary Nisa
engages in
playtime with
the students as
she teaches
them how to
strut on a

RESIDENT of Jefferey Town in St Mary Nisa Spencer spends most of her spare time helping out at the basic school she attended almost three decades ago. Spencer, whose three children ages 8, 9, and 14, all attended the Jefferey Town Basic School, said she enjoys spending time with the students. "I always come over to help out when I am at home not doing anything and I really enjoy it," she said. On the day the Jamaica Observer North East visited Spencer was busy enjoying playtime with the stud ... Read More

US lawyer, ex-marine urges IUC students to chase goals

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, March 22, 2015    

Donald Brown tells students that they can change Jamaica.

TOWER ISLE, St Mary — Former United States marine and lawyer Donald Brown did not start college until he was 37 years old. At that point he was confined to a wheelchair, but although he made a late start, Brown was able to excel and go on to Harvard University where he studied law. Now a motivational speaker and author, Brown is on a mission to encourage people to achieve self actualisation and to dream. Students of the International University of the Caribbean, Tower Isle, St Mary, wer ... Read More



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