North & East

Is Jamaica independent?

ON August 6, Jamaica celebrated its 54th year of Independence. The Observer North & East was in Portland observing Portlanders celebrate this important national day. They also shared their views on Jamaica’s Independence. — Christina Lyn Dwayn Senior: Jamaica is very lucky to be ind ... Read More

SMITH-BELL… It was my first time working as a cook( Photo: Renae Dixon) Mount Waddy’s cook keeps teachers, students smiling
MORTHA Smith-Bell has been cooking at Mount Waddy Primary and Infant School for approximately six ye ... Read More

BROWN...I started out volunteering about 25 years ago (Photo: Renae Dixon) ‘I dream of coaching the West Indies’
CONROD Brown did not fulfil his mother’s dream of him playing international cricket but his in ... Read More

These patrons make their way to the gala on a truck. (Photos: Lionel Rockwood) Hundreds attend Long Bay Independence Gala
HUNDREDS of Portlanders and others from across the island turned out for the 13th staging of the ann ... Read More


Monday, August 15, 2016    


Read More

‘Bring back di good old days’

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 15, 2016    

BOGLE...Things gone down but by the help of God we a hope fi see things come up back because we are Jamaicans (Photo: Lionel Rockwood)

EIGHTY-one-year-old Kumina dancer Zetilda Bogle has not enjoyed an Independence Day celebration in years, she says. For the Portlander, who was out observing the Port Antonio Independence Day Parade on August 6, celebrations for the past decade have lacked the “togetherness” she was used to in her younger years. “When, I was younger and it was Independence is pure pot cover a lick and all types of things but we not seeing that again. ”It nuh die down but it is slo ... Read More

Evoking ancestral spirits

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer Portland correspondent | Monday, August 15, 2016    

Accompong Maroons drum and dance at the Scott’s Hall Maroon celebrations.

THE threat of tropical storm Earl did not dampen the spirits of maroons who gathered for the 277th celebration of Emancipation on August 1, in Scott’s Hall, St Mary. Maroons from their different communities across the island gathered for the annual event at the rural settlement, even as heavy rain periodically pelted sections of the island. The proceedings began with a drumming and dancing session which was done to evoke ancestral spirits. Greetings came from colonels of the Accompong M ... Read More

I should be working for the Jamaica Tourist Board, says Englishman

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 15, 2016    

British educator Paul Rowbotham greets firefighter Janan Williams during the Port Antonio Independence Day Gala in Portland, on August 6. Looking on are her colleagues Kaj Brissett (left) and Davion Hyatt. (Photos: Lionel Rookwood)

BRITISH educator Paul Rowbotham fell in love with Jamaica on his first trip to the island in 2004. Since then, the man from London, England, has made 11 additional trips. “We came on a family holiday in June 2004. “I loved it so much, I booked our next flight in August and came again. There’s a lot to like about Jamaica. “The country has lots of potential and beautiful people,” he told the Jamaica Observer North & East, while observing activities at the Port ... Read More

Portlanders celebrate

Monday, August 15, 2016    

Jamaica Constabulary Force members march during the Independence Day celebrations in Portland.

FROM as early as eight o’clock in the morning residents dressed in their stylish black, green and gold outfits, lined the streets in the Port Antonio Square at the annual Independence Day parade as local officials gathered to commemorate Jamaica 54. The sound of drums and trumpets provided appropriate music as a live band entertained the crowd, with some dancing along. Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Jamaica Fire Brigade and the Jamaica Boys’ Scouts were also i ... Read More

Helping Mount Waddy - Michael Folkes gives back to his community

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 15, 2016    

A parent captures the moment as the dentists attend to her child.

WHEN Michael Folkes launched the Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation in his hometown of Mount Waddy in St Ann two years ago, he vowed that it would help the people of his community. Folkes has kept that promise by returning from the United States of America each year to give back to his beloved, Mount Waddy especially the primary school. For the first time this summer a dental and medical mission was introduced by the foundation to serve students of the institution.The initiative was we ... Read More

Angry St Ann residents want Llandovery crashes to end

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 15, 2016    

CAMERON...I’ve recognised that many of the drivers cannot read or write and those who can are not so good at it

ANOTHER fatal collision on the Llandovery main road in St Ann has left residents in the parish fuming. Last Friday a bus collided with a motor car, killing two women and injuring several others. This latest collision follows a similar one in May when five people died after the driving shaft of the bus they were travelling in broke, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Thw bus then collided with a Toyota Rav4 that was heading in the opposite direction. “Another Brown&rsq ... Read More

Prepare my funeral

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 01, 2016    

Jody Wilson-Hinds (centre) with Marilyn Williams (right), manager of the St Ann/St Mary branch of the Jamaica Cancer Society and Administrative assistant Minna Walters.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to survive cancer. Once diagnosed, victims often lose their fight to the dreaded disease. That is why cancer survivor, Jody Wilson-Hinds’ story stirred emotions as she shared her experience with those who attended the launch of the Jamaica Cancer Society St Ann/St Mary branch 11th staging of Relay for Life on Wednesday last. Last year in July, doctors told Wilson-Hinds she would have died before the year ended. “They told my mom there is nothing th ... Read More

New banana chips factory for St Mary

Monday, August 01, 2016    

THE Government has given a March 2017 timeline for the construction of a banana chips factory in Trinity, St Mary. General manager of the All Island Banana Growers Association (AIBGA), Donald Elvey, made the announcement while addressing stakeholders at a ceremony held recently at the Trinity Farm Supply Outlet in the parish. Elvey noted that some $800 -million worth of banana products are imported into Jamaica annually. He said that the factory, which will be constructed by the AIBGA at a cos ... Read More

Nursing administrative students make telling impact

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 01, 2016    

Nurse Greaves-Davy in the lunchroom that she refurbished.

WHEN nursing administrative students, Michelle Pinnock-Scott and Kerry-Ann Greaves-Davy, went to the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital earlier this year, they did not know what to expect. Since then the two have left telling marks on the institution. Not only have they fulfilled requirements for their studies, but they have managed to create a significant impact on the lives of staff members. The two nurses were also able to employ problem-solving skills, refurbish the staffroom and treatme ... Read More



Should Usain Bolt be named national hero?

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon