North & East

Ministry to assist victims of Brown’s Town market fire

Desmond Mckenzie (file photo)

MINISTER of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says that any assistance for vendors who have suffered losses from Tuesday’s fire at the Brown’s Town market will have to come from the ministry’s Equalisation Fund. “There is insurance on the property, ... Read More

Residents gather at the Port Maria Police Station to assist with the search yesterday. Community grieves after 2 American missionaries found dead
PORT MARIA, St Mary — Sunday afternoons are traditionally spent at home with family members in ... Read More

A dog goes through the rubble of a house destroyed by heavy rain which has pelted Portland over the last four days. (Photo: Everard Owen) PHOTO: Portland suffers
A dog goes through the rubble of a house destroyed by heavy rain which has pelted Portland over the ... Read More

Students of the Horace Clarke High School on their way home.Observer Hard and innovative work yields success
PRINCIPAL of the Islington, St Mary - based Horace Clarke High School — formerly named Islingt ... Read More

Portland suffers

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer correspondent | Monday, April 25, 2016    

A flattened banana groundObserver

The heavy rain which has pelted the parish of Portland over the last four days might have eased but the damage caused is just coming to light. Landslides occasioned by the showers destroyed four houses in Millbank. A resident of Millbank, 63-year-old Owen Campbell, told Observer North and East that he was at home when he heard a loud bang on top of his four-bedroom house. “When a hear di noise, mi call mi wife and wi run outside to some safety and quickly after that, di house bruk down,&r ... Read More

Rural Routes - April 25

Monday, April 25, 2016    

The Richmond Farm correctional facility in St Mary.

The Richmond Farm correctional facility in St Mary. A young man gives a helping hand to his mother while waiting on transportation to go to school in St Mary. A policeman has dialogue with a construction worker in Port Maria, St Mary. Read More

Richmond on life support

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, April 25, 2016    

The Richmond town squareObserver

RESIDENTS of the once vibrant town of Richmond in south-east St Mary are calling on local authorities to develop a plan that will attract and drive new investments to the area, in an effort to re-establish it as a major productive hub in the parish. The town, formerly known as Meek Spring before it was later renamed after the Duke of Richmond, was once a thriving area for agricultural pursuits, with at least one major factory — Cadbury/Highgate Foods — which drove its economy before ... Read More

Noranda recognises employees

Monday, April 25, 2016    

Garel Graydon, Noranda Employee of the Year (hourly)

Over 50 employees were on April 15 awarded by Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners for their hard work and contribution during 2015. Noranda Bauxite warehouse inventory analyst Becky-Ann Lewis and front-end loader operator Garel Graydon were chosen as Noranda employees of the year for 2015. David Green, was named the Environment/Health and Safety (EHS) Employee of the Year, while the Shipping Department was named the Department of the Year. The EHS award won by Green is particularly prized as it ... Read More

St Ann Police stage second debate competition

Monday, April 25, 2016    

Students from Ferncourt High School (left) greet members of the Northgate High School team following the opening match of the Police Area 2 debate competition.

The second staging of the St Ann Police high school debate competition was launched recently with the first match played between Ferncourt High School and Northgate High School at the Carl Rattray Training Centre. Ferncourt High was the winner of the match. The winner of the competition is expected to take on the top schools from St Mary and Portland in the Area Two debating competition later this school year. This year’s competition is being held under the title, “Strengthening re ... Read More

St Ann Parish Council receives title for Drax Hall playfield

Monday, April 25, 2016    

Andrew Salm (left) presents Mayor of St Ann’s Bay,  Desmond Gilmore (right) with the title for the Drax Hall property. Sharing in the moment are (From left) Former Member of Parliament Manley Bowen, former Secretary Manager Cynthia Graham and present Secretary Manager Claudia Carter.

The St Ann Parish Council now has ownership of the Drax Hall playfield in the parish. The title for the 32-acre property was handed over to the parish council during its last monthly meeting in March. The property was made available to the council for use as a sports playing field by owner Richard Salm of Drax Hall Estate before the formal handing over of the title. The land title which was requested by the then Secretary Manager of the St Ann Parish Council, Cynthia Graham, took time to comp ... Read More

Beaches Ocho Rios opens Adam Stewart recreation room

Monday, April 25, 2016    

Team members at Beaches Ocho Rios enjoying a game of table football at the newly opened Adam Stewart recreation room at the hotel.

The Adam Stewart recreation room for team members at Beaches Ocho Rios was officially opened last Friday. General manager of the hotel, Brian Roper, informed that the new facility offers team members a spacious and comfortable environment for them to relax and unwind during their off-duty hours. The new Adam Stewart recreation room is inclusive of a large area complete with couches and lounge chairs, as well as a barber shop and a sleeping area. Games including X-box, table football, dominoes ... Read More

Windsor residents bank on farming, eco-tourism

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer Portland correspondent | Monday, April 25, 2016    

Windsor nestled in the Rio Grande Valley.Observer

Residents of Windsor located in the rich and beautiful Rio Grande Valley in Portland have the unique experience of being surrounded by the Blue and John Crow Mountains. The traditional economic activity of growing bananas has been experiencing a downturn in recent times. This has led Windsor residents to diversify their farming opportunities and they have even added eco-tourism to their economic mix in order to make a living. Barbara White who farms banana, ginger, dasheen and plantain told ... Read More

I use to get a bag of fish a day, now I am getting only a paint bucket – Robin’s Bay fisherman

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, April 25, 2016    

Fisherman Patrick Tyrell working on one of his fish pots at his base in Robin’s Bay. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)Observer

Fisherman Patrick Tyrell believes that widespread pollution, piracy and existing fishing regulations are all factors contributing to the decline of the fishing industry. Tyrell, who plies his trade in the Robin’s Bay area of St Mary, indicated that as a result, he has seen a significant reduction in his catch and that of other fishermen. “Fishing is dead man. I used to get a bag of fish a day, now I am getting a paint bucket. I can’t earn an income from it anymore,” Tyr ... Read More

From chocolates to caskets

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, April 25, 2016    


THE property that once housed the very popular Highgate brand of chocolate located in Richmond, St Mary, has been converted into a multi-purpose facility where the husband and wife pair of Leroy and Melisia Britton now operate L&M Casket Supplies. In addition to the building of caskets, a small area on the outside of the main factory building is used as a plant nursery where pepper, tomato, callaloo, cabbage, and lettuce seedlings are grown for sale to farmers. A section of the factory is a ... Read More



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