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Retaining wall collapsing weeks after construction in Hagley Gap

Residents of Hagley Gap in St Thomas fear that sections of this collapsed wall will come crashing down in the next heavy rains and cause injury to people.
(Photo: Garfield Robinson)

RESIDENTS of Hagley Gap in St Thomas are demanding to be told why a multimillion dollar retaining wall, the contract for which was awarded by the St Thomas Parish Council, began collapsing within weeks of being constructed. The wall was constructed last August at a cost of approximately $19.5 millio ... Read More

Shebian Preparatory players ( in purple) and Portland Preparatory players in action on the field where Portland Prep won 3-2. (PHOTO:EVERARD OWEN) Winning streak
Manchioneal Primary School retained the Portland Insports 3P's football title for the third time wh ... Read More

A section of the audience in attendance at the lecture on Marcus Garvey. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON) Huge turnout for Marcus Garvey Lecture
A large number of people, including students from several schools, turned out for the fourth staging ... Read More

Members of Ferncourt High School band leads the students on the march. St Ann schools take a stand against child abuse
HUNDREDS of students from schools in St Ann, recently, took to the streets of Moneague in the parish ... Read More

Maths champions

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Members of the winning Port Antonio Primary team with their trophies and certificates.

Ebhana Powell who organised the competition said this will help the students to sharpen their mathematics skills and develop the love and discipline to do the subject. "The students and teachers were enthused as this is the start in a series of competitions," he said, adding that all the finalists received certificates of participation. Maths champions --> Read More

Rural Routes - July 6

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Three girls make their way home from school in Golden Grove
St Thomas.

  These two men riding home together on their bicycles in St Thomas, recently.   These girls make their way home from school in Golden Grove St Thomas   This vendor escorts a woman across the bust street in Morant Bay, St Thomas   These boys hang out along the road as they made their way home from school in St Thomas   This farmer and his donkey make their way home in Portland. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans) rural routes --> Read More

Errol Johnson is new Custos of St Mary

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen presides over the swearing-in of Errol Vaughan Johnson as Custos of St
Mary as Mrs Johnson looks on.

GOVERNOR-GENERAL Sir Patrick Allen has appointed Errol Vaughan Johnson JP, as Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St Mary with effect from June 23, 2015 following a brief swearing-in ceremony at King's House. Johnson has been acting as Custos of St Mary since August 2014 when former Custos Jeffrey McKitty was granted leave of absence. Custos McKitty died earlier this year after a period of illness. Sir Patrick Allen said he was very proud of the stellar service given by Custos Johnson during h ... Read More

LIME Foundation, USF making The Link in St Mary

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell cuts the ribbon declaring the High Gate Link Learning Centre
officially open. Sharing in the occasion are (from left) Rev Leo Hall, CEO, Universal Service Fund Hugh Cross, executive chairman,
LIME Foundation Errol K Miller, and member of parliament for Southeast St Mary Dr Winston Green.

The Link, located at Bethel United Church in Highgate, received a facelift, speed upgrade and WiFi functionality courtesy of the foundation. For its part, the USF contributed 13 computers and two printers. The USF falls under the remit of Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell, who was on hand to declare the new-look facility officially open. "I want to thank LIME for this gift of providing the Internet service here free of cost and in particular for the remarkable ... Read More


Monday, July 06, 2015    


Marketing Manager at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Renee Whitehorne presents the Best Community Outreach prize to students of Vista Preparatory School in St Ann (from left) Coral Bresser, Khalie Jones and Jordan Buddo during the Jamaica Environment Trust 2015 school environment award ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel recently. Vista Preparatory shared the prize with Sandy Bay Primary and Junior High in Clarendon. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Winners --> Read More

York Castle wins first greenhouse competition

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 06, 2015    

Students of the winning school York Castle High pose for a photo with stakeholders which include Noranda's Executive Chairman
Pansy Johnson (fourth left) and their principal Raymon Treasure (third left).

YORK Castle High is the first champion of a Greenhouse competition hosted by Noranda Bauxite Partners among schools in the mining area. The participating schools are those which would have already benefited from a programme by the company to build greenhouses in schools in its mining area. After one year of greenhouse farming, York Castle High was declared the inaugural champions at a presentation ceremony held at the school on June 29. Noranda's Public and community Relations superintendent K ... Read More

Zion Hill Primary takes trophy in health and environment quiz

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 06, 2015    

The inaugural
champions Clonmel

FOLLOWING a very competitive match, Zion Hill Primary was declared the winner of the St Mary Health Department Health and Environment Quiz after defeating second place winners Gospel Chapel Preparatory 50 to 32 to take the trophy at the finals held on World Environment Day last month. Held under the theme 'One World - Our Environment' the quiz was implemented by the St Mary Health Department as its health and environment programme in primary schools in the Annotto Bay and Highgate districts. ... Read More

Cable thieves cause disruption to residents, essential services in St Mary

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

this problem has

THE hospital, fire station and police station in St Mary are now without critical communication after thieves made off with LIME's cables in the parish on Tuesday. Hundreds of LIME customers have also been severely impacted as cable thieves hungry for copper to sell illegally to the scrap metal trade struck at LIME operations on Stenneth Street before dawn on Tuesday. Other businesses in the town, including funeral homes, a car mart, gas stations, the Heart Trust/NTA, Jamaica Defence Force, Ja ... Read More

Morant Bay Health Centre to be renovated

Monday, June 29, 2015    

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson (second left) participates in the breaking of ground for a $32.7-million renovation and expansion project at the Morant Bay
Health Centre in St Thomas, which took place last Thursday at the project site. Others (from left) are Board Chairman, South East Regional Health Authority, Dr
Andrei Cooke; Chairman, Morant Bay Health Centre, Cordinal Beckford; and Councillor, Morant Bay Division, Rohan Bryan

RESIDENTS of Morant Bay and surrounding communities are to benefit from significant improvement in health services through renovation of the health centre located in the St Thomas capital. The $32.7-million project, which is being financed by the Sugar Transformation Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, is expected to be completed in another three to four months. To be undertaken by C and D Construction and Engineering Limited, the project involves concrete works, electrical inst ... Read More

Rural routes - June 22

Monday, June 22, 2015    

This man patched these potholes along the Seaforth main road in St Thomas
and then wait to collect from motorists.

This man patched these potholes along the Seaforth main road in St Thomas and then wait to collect from motorists.   These students wait with their guardian for transportation along the Seaforth main road in St Thomas.   These students in St Thomas get ready to make a lunchtime purchase.   This man balances this box on his head while balancing his bicycle in St Thomas.   This woman awaits public transportation in St Thomas recently.   These men perch precarious ... Read More



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