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Noranda awards GSAT scholarships, tertiary bursaries

Gauntlett Williams Jnr and Janice Clarke show off their prizes as they share a photo op with Dr
Patrice Charles-Freeman, executive director of the National Parenting Support Commission.
Charles-Freeman was guest speaker at the awards ceremony.

OCHO RIOS, St Ann -- Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners last Thursday awarded 60 GSAT scholarships to the top boys and girls from all schools in its operation areas in St Ann, at an awards ceremony held at the Rhoades Sports Club in Discovery Bay. The GSAT scholarship award is a part of an annual edu ... Read More

A section of the house
which was destroyed by
fire Wednesday evening. One dead, 11 homeless after Ocho Rios fire
OCHO RIOS, St Ann — One man died while 11 people, including four children, are now homeless fo ... Read More

Residents question what is to happen to Pear Tree River Primary in St Thomas, one of 18 schools, ordered closed by the Ministry of Education because of
dwindling class sizes. (PHOTOS: KENYON HEMANS) School blues
RESIDENTS of Pear Tree River in St Thomas say next month’s closure of the primary school will ... Read More

This man rides one bicycle while towing another along the main
road in St Thomas. (PHOTOS: KENYON HEMANS) Rural Routes - August 17
This man rides one bicycle while towing another along the main road in St Thomas. This senior citiz ... Read More

MP provides free medical for back to school

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 17, 2015    

Dr Campbell attends to one of his young patients at the Salem New Testament
Church on Wednesday. (PHOTO: RENAE DIXON)

MEMBER of Parliament Dr Dayton Campbell has undertaken the fourth staging of a series of health fairs in several communities across his constituency in a bid to save parents the expense of medical for their children as they prepare for back to school . The health fair series which started on July 6 will continue until August 27. Campbell, a medical doctor, said the average number of students seen in small communities is between 40 and 60, while over 200 students are seen in some of the larger ... Read More

Kick- off

Monday, August 17, 2015    

Members of a team in action at the start of West Portland Corner League. (PHOTOS: EVERARD OWEN)

THE eighth staging of the West Portland Corner League kicked off over the Independence weekend at Lynch Park Buff Bay with a parade from the town square to Lynch Park. The league, hosted under the theme 'Empowering our Youth', consists of 32 clubs from 37 communities in Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz's Portland West constituency. In launching the competition, Vaz emphasised to the teams the need for discipline, hard work, and respect for the decision of the referees. The competition is spon ... Read More

The fight against cancer continues

Monday, August 17, 2015    

(L) Olive Hylton, breast cancer survivor, shares her story at the
(R) Committee Chair Kameel
Bryan-Russell addressing the
launch of this year’s event.

THE St Ann/St Mary branch of the Jamaica Cancer Society has launched its 10th Relay for Life set to take place later this month at Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios. The overnight event which raises awareness of the deadly disease as well as to raise much-needed funds to help in the fight against cancer will take place on Saturday August 22 through to Sunday, the mornig after. Cancer survivors, sponsors and residents from St Ann and St Mary are set to participate in the annual all-night walk-run ... Read More

Talent on display

Monday, August 17, 2015    

Nicota Cooper of the entertainment department at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort copped the top
female modelling prize.

It was no easy feat for the JUdges at the St Ann/ St Mary regional ENCORE (Entertainment Now Creating Opportunities Rewarding Excellence), a talent competition held among employees of the Sandals/ATL group, at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort earlier this month. Talented employees from three properties: Sandals Royal Plantation, Beaches Ocho Rios and Sandals Ochi Beach Resort vied for the top spots in singing, modelling, dance, playing of instruments and spoken word. Winners in the various categories ... Read More

Basic school brilliance

Monday, August 17, 2015    

Winners of the quiz competition Brighter Beginners Basic

The intelligence of some early childhood students was put on display when the Optimist Club of Mammee Bay held its annual Basic Schools Challenge Quiz at St Ann's Bay Baptist Church Hall recently. The participating schools were Brighter Beginners Basic, Cee Tee Basic and Steer Town Basic. Brighter Beginners emerged the winners for a second year to retained the trophy, while Cee Tee Basic was awarded second place. President of the Optimist Club of Mammee Bay Barbara Watson encouraged parents to ... Read More

Gilmore to go up against Shahine Robinson in NE St Ann

By RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 17, 2015    

Gillmore addresses delegates after his victory as colleague St
Ann South Eastern MP Lisa Hanna looks on.

ST ANN'S BAY, St Ann — Mayor of St Ann's Bay Desmond Gilmore is the People's National Party's (PNP) caretaker for North East St Ann. Gilmore has been declared the candidate to represent the PNP for North East St Ann in the next general elections. He received 176 votes at an election held at the St Ann's Bay Primary School yesterday, beating contenders Dr Rohan Williams, who received 75 votes; Michael Ennis, who received 49 votes; and Tony Charley who received 14 votes. As the caretaker ... Read More

'Ah fish pond in our roads'

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 17, 2015    

Above, sections of the Dunn's Ville road. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

RESIDENTS of Dunn's Ville, located just a few miles outside the resort town of Ocho Rios, have likened the water-filled potholes inundating the roadway to that of fish ponds. The Jamaica Observer North East team had a first hand experience of what the residents experience on a daily basis traversing the deplorable road with its rocky surface filled with potholes and breakaways in some sections. This bumpy and sometimes treacherous journey is what the residents say they have to contend with ... Read More

Water woes hit St Mary and adjoining areas

BY PAUL HENRY Observer staff reporter | Sunday, August 16, 2015    

A resident along the Junction road in St Mary is seen catching water from a spring.

FARMS across St Mary are being parched by the persistent drought, resulting in significant financial loss. At least one livestock farmer has reported that scores of her chickens have died due to a shortage of water. What's more, the Wag Water River, which many residents and farmers depend on in sections of St Mary and adjoin areas has been reduced to a trickle. The river runs out of the Blue Mountains area of St Andrew, feeding the Hermitage Dam in Stony Hill, St Andrew -- the main water stora ... Read More

Sister Pat, Rondell Positive stir Buff Bay

By Everard Owen Observer writer | Thursday, August 06, 2015    

(L) Rondell Positive
(R) Sister Pat

GOSPEL artistes Sister Pat and Rondell Positive gave outstanding performances at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC's) free gospel concert in the Buff Bay square in Portland, on Sunday evening. The concert also featured a number of local up-and-coming artistes who kept fans entertained as the crowd grew. These included Jhaneal Martin, Buff Bay Independence Church Youth Group, Imani White and Santina, who did a number of crowd favourites. Heavy D was next as he moved the tempo ... Read More

A welcomed gift

Monday, August 03, 2015    

Nurse Desiree Dunns (third left) of the Mid West Jamaican Corps Diaspora presents a Pulse Ox machine to Director
of Nursing Service Lelete Holson-Patterson at Port Antonio Hospital (second left) and CEO Jasmin Campbell (fourth
left) as Janice Watson (right) Patients Affairs and Patrick Campbell (left) Hospital Administrator share in the moment.

Port Antonio Hospital in Portland was the beneficiary of medical supplies courtesy of United States -based nurse Desrene Dunns who was part of the recent Diaspora team to Jamaica "I came down on a medical mission in Hanover with the Diaspora team and we had a whole lot of things and I thought of Port Antonio as this is where I was born," she said Dunns who lives in Chicago said it is such a delight to be able to give back. " I feel a sense of appreciation in giving back and I will do it any o ... Read More



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