North & East

Adventists praised for school-feeding programme

Cureen Peart from the Chester Seventh-day Adventist Church,
serves students at the Chester Primary School during the
breakfast-feeding programme.

CHESTER, ST ANN — Students at the Chester Primary School in the parish are hailing a school-feeding programme that sees the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church providing meals for the institution twice per week. The programme, which began in April, was inspired by the SDA members in Chester wh ... Read More

This cabinet maker transports a piece of furniture he is working
on in his Logwood, St Thomas community while this young boy
looks on. Rural routes - Oct 27
1 - This cabinet maker transports a piece of furniture he is working on in his Logwood St Thomas co ... Read More

These girls frolic in the water.
(PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON) Top students rewarded with day of fun
Top-performing students from primary schools across several parishes were treated to a day of fun at ... Read More

Uniform groups on parade
even as the rain came
pelting down.
(PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN) No raining on Portland's parade
Port Antonio — The Portland Heroes' Day Parade was successfully staged despite the heavy rains ... Read More

New equipment for St Ann's Bay Hospital

Monday, October 27, 2014    

The Rotary Club of Pinehurst from out of the United States in partnership with Rotary Club of Ocho Rios, the Gran Bahia Principe Hotel, Sandals Group and
Food for the Poor have donated equipment valued at US$67, 389 to St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital. The equipment was handed over at a ceremony recently
held at the institution. Here Douglas Moore, director of International Projects of the Rotary Club of Pinehurst (fourth left) makes the presentation to medical
and administrative staff of the hospital.

The Rotary Club of Pinehurst from out of the United States in partnership with Rotary Club of Ocho Rios, the Gran Bahia Principe Hotel, Sandals Group and Food for the Poor have donated equipment valued at US$67, 389 to St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital. The equipment was handed over at a ceremony recently held at the institution. Here Douglas Moore, director of International Projects of the Rotary Club of Pinehurst (fourth left) makes the presentation to medical and administrative staff of the hos ... Read More

Discovery Bay community stalwarts honoured

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 27, 2014    

Inspector Levi Powell collects his award
from Sharmae Henderson, council
representative from Keith district while
looking on is Antoine Liddell, vicepresident
and general manager at
Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners.

NORANDA Jamaica Bauxite Partners Community Council honoured 18 outstanding members of the Discovery Bay community at the Port Rhoades Sports Club in St Ann to commemorate Heritage Week. The residents were recognised for their contribution to health, education, transportation, youth and community development, religion, law and order, business and agriculture and fisheries. Centenarian Cassandra Stewart was among three senior citizens recognised for significant contribution to community developm ... Read More

Police clean-up

Monday, October 27, 2014    

The Area Two police recently joined hundreds of their
colleagues across the island in a clean-up exercise as the
country tries to control the Chikungunya epidemic. Here
Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, head of the
Area Two police, and fellow officers are hard at work
cleaning up the grounds of the division’s headquarters.

(Hard at work) The Area Two police recently joined hundreds of their colleagues across the island in a clean-up exercise as the country tries to control the Chikungunya epidemic. Here Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, head of the Area Two police, and fellow officers hard at working cleaning up the grounds of the division's headquarters. (SSP Martin Daley) Head of the St Ann Police Senior Superintendent Yvonne Martin Daley was not afraid to get her hands dirty as she removes deb ... Read More

Early childhood teachers honoured in St Mary

Monday, October 27, 2014    

Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites (centre, back row) pose with some of the teachers from the parish of St Mary who were recently honoured by the Early
Childhood Commission (ECC), at a function held at the Casa Maria Hotel, in the parish. Also sharing in the occasion are (from left, back row), Chairman of the ECC,
Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan, and the ECC Executive Director, Dr Joan Reid.

A number of early childhood teachers as well as 17 schools in St Mary were recently honoured by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), for long service, and for meeting the Commission's standards. The teachers recognised for dedicated service to the sector were: Melena Sweeny, Mildred Taylor, Dozlin Geddes, Cynthia Hall, Vinel White, Bernice Samuels, Barbara Bhansi, Hyacinth Roye, Joan Walker, and Merlene Clarke-McKoy. The top 10 schools recognised for meeting the ECC's highest Legal standards ... Read More

'We are truly grateful'

Monday, October 27, 2014    

Students of Boscobel Primary in St Mary perform for the group of travel agents attending the 5th
annual Home-Based Agent Conference on October 16.

Some 120 travel agents from all over the United States were hosted at Sandals Grande Ocho Rios to participate in their 5th annual Home-Based Agent Conference on October 16. Each agent brought at least one school bag packed with school supplies for the Sandals Foundation. In return, students from Boscobel Primary, one of the foundation's adopted schools, gave beautiful performances for the group. Director of Programmes for Sandals Foundation Heidi Clarke said she was moved by the humble gestu ... Read More

Hope for farmers

By Renae Dixon Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 27, 2014    

This man shows the
carcass of an animal
killed recently on a
farm in Lime Hall.

As many continue to suffer at the hands of praedial thieves, St Ann farmers are anticipating the pilot project of the National Animal Identification and Traceability set to kick off in the parish next month. "It is an initiative that is well needed. We need to have registration of our animals," farmer Bob Miller said, adding that one of the main things needed by farmers is to have traceability. "We as farmers are glad for that because with exports, for example, the United States issue is wit ... Read More

Upgrading of Ocho Rios cruise ship terminal complete

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Both craft vendors and visitors find shopping more convenient at the newly
renovated Ocho Rios Cruise Ship Terminal.

The rehabilitation work included upgrading and expansion of the parking area, and the renovation of the terminal building, and the road leading to the marina and the promenade "This will facilitate the provision of better service in a more comfortable environment for both incoming and outgoing cruise ship passengers," the ministry said. "It forms part of an overall transformational project, which is funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund, and will help to enhance the appeal of the resort town ... Read More

Rural routes - Oct 13

Monday, October 13, 2014    

This goat strikes a
relaxing pose on top
of a wall in Ramble,
St Thomas, recently.

(Photo 1: goat relax) This goat strikes a relaxing pose on top of a wall in Ramble, St Thomas, recently. (Photo 2: smile) These children smile for the camera as they walk home from school in Yallahs, St Thomas. (Photo 3: vendor) Vendor Junior Henry tends to his well-stocked stall at Poor Man's Corner, in St Thomas. (Photo 4: students walk) Students of Paul Bogle High in St Thomas make their home from school. (Photo 5: guinep sale) This guinep vendor does brisk business in Morant Bay rec ... Read More

'I didn't want to be ordinary anymore' 

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor – special assignment brown@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 13, 2014    

Tishauna Mullings (third right) with fellow staff of NexxStepp.

TWENTY-four-year-old Tishauna Mullings gives true meaning to the saying that it is not how one starts a race but how one runs it. From a shy, country girl suffering from low self-esteem, this St Thomas resident has blossomed into a social activist and a passionate philanthropist. What changed her life's course was the simple determination that she no longer wanted to be an ordinary girl; she was tired of only being able to watch while fellow students walked proudly to the podium at graduation c ... Read More

CHIKV attacks livelihood

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor - special assignment browni@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 13, 2014    

Delroy Watson of the St Thomas
Health Department inspects a barrel
of water for any signs of mosquitoes
while homeowner Leon Burgher
looks on in Norris, St Thomas.

THE chikungunya virus (CHIKV) currently sweeping across the island is affecting more than the health of those it strikes; it is also threatening their livelihood, as residents of several communities in St Thomas have complained. With entire communities infected in some areas, residents say they have been unable to earn a living as many are experiencing the debilitating effects of the virus several weeks after being infected. Random people to whom the Jamaica Observer North East spoke told horr ... Read More



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