North & East

An upgraded Rowlandsfield Health Centre to offer more services

The Rowlandsfield Health Centre in St. Thomas, which was recently refurbished at a cost of
$13.9 million.

THOUSANDS of residents of Rowlandsfield and surrounding districts in St Thomas now have access to improved health-care delivery following the upgrading of the community health centre at a cost of $13.9 million. The project entailed expansion of floor space and waiting area; putting in additional pa ... Read More

Dr Harvey addresses students. Ocho Rios students among beneficiaries of Sandals Foundation environmental programme
SANDALS Foundation has partnered with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and CARIBSAVE to implement the ... Read More

These students of Logwood Basic School in St Thomas smile for the camera. PHOTOS: Rural Routes - October 12
These students of Logwood Basic School in St Thomas smile for the camera. This farmer is all smiles ... Read More

Dayton Campbell (file photo) 1,000 St Ann residents to benefit from MP's second chance initiative
OVER 1,000 persons are said to have registered for North West St Ann Member of Parliament Dr Dayton ... Read More

Crocodile watching - Reptile named 'Phillip' an attraction in Leith Hall

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor -- special assignment | Monday, October 12, 2015    

The crocodile which has
been living in a canal in
Port Morant, St Thomas
rises partially to the
surface. (PHOTO:

Viewing a crocodile living in a canal along the main road in Leith Hall, St Thomas has become a favourite past time for some of this rural community's residents who have affectionately named the reptile 'Phillip'. The crocodile has been living in that body of water ever since it was a hatchling, according to some residents who were seen waiting on 'Phillip' to emerge from the murky water when the Jamaica Observer North East visited. Sure enough, after a few anxious moments the reptile emerged ... Read More

Great Shape brings great smiles

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, October 12, 2015    

Members of the Dental team at work at the Ocho Rios Baptist church.

Veronica Cousins could hardly contain her excitement on becoming the recipient of an anterior stay plate from the 1000 Smiles dental clinic which was held at Ocho Rios Baptist Church on Milford Road, in St Ann last month. The week-long clinic saw hundreds of St Ann residents benefiting from free dental service. "Bwoy mi a tell you, it perfect...150 per cent perfect," an ecstatic Cousins said while showing off her new smile. "I have a beautiful smile," said Cousins who had high praises for th ... Read More

Portland Credit Union gives back big with scholarships

Monday, October 12, 2015    

Ricardo Allen receives a cheque from Howard Paulwell.

THE Portland Credit Union recently awarded scholarships valued at $800,000 to students at secondary and tertiary levels. Assistant General Manager of the credit union Melvine Berry said this year's scholarship fund reflects an increase of 12 per cent over last year. Speaking at the recent ceremony in Port Antonio to present recipients with their cheques, Berry urged the students to make use of the assistance. The awardees are children of parents who are members of the credit union. Twenty st ... Read More

Former JLP Mayor Floyd Patterson crosses floor

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer correspondent | Friday, October 09, 2015    

selection took
place and I was
thrown aside

PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Former Port Antonio Mayor Floyd Patterson crossed the floor of the Portland Parish Council yesterday to join the ruling People's National Party (PNP). Patterson, who was the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) representative for the St Margaret's Bay Division, had not enjoyed a good relationship with Portland Western Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz. A few months ago, Patterson lost a selection exercise to Steven Williams, who will now represent the JLP in the division. " ... Read More

A home of their own

Monday, September 28, 2015    

The Scotiabank and Food for the Poor teams pose with the Tucker Family after completing the two bedroom house.

Twenty-eight members of the Scotiabank Corporate and Commercial Banking team recently came to the rescue of a family in Nine Miles, St Ann by assisting with the building of a two bedroom Food for the Poor house. Ethel Tucker and her eight member family were in a dire situation having been asked to vacate the one bedroom they had shared for over a year. There was no where to go as Mrs Tucker had no regular source of income and the earnings from her husband Trevor, a farmer, were woefully insuff ... Read More

St Ann church group spreads gospel through giving

Monday, September 28, 2015    

Members of the group share a photo op with staff members

One St Ann church is practising what it preaches by reaching out to assist the community in which it operates. The latest project taken on by the Called to Push Ministry of the Divine Church of God in Ocho Rios was repair works to a section of the bathroom on the male surgical award at St Ann's Bay Hospital. Nicholas Hutchinson, a member of the outreach ministry of the church, said installation of new cupboards at the facility was made possible through proceeds the church was able to raise fro ... Read More

Portlanders at work

Monday, September 28, 2015    

Cleaning up White Cane
River’s outlet to the
ocean at East Harbour,
Port Antonio.

Scores of Portlanders turned out recently to clean up several beaches in the parish as part of ..... Among the areas which came in for special attention were Hope Bay, Orange Bay, Winifred Beach and the East Harbour in Port Antonio. Among the groups participating in the clean-up were the Lions and Leo's of Port Antonio, The College of Agriculture, Science and Education Environmental group, NEPA, Alligator Head Marine Lab, Portland Environmental Protection Association, Port Antonio Police Youth ... Read More

Rural Routes - September 28

Monday, September 28, 2015    

Basil Scott and his donkey set out for the farm in Woodburn, St Thomas.

This man saves himself some transportation cost as he uses his bicycle to take these pipes to his home in St Thomas. Basil Scott and his donkey set out for the farm in Woodburn, St Thomas Vincentie Anderson does the family's laundry at her home in Logwood, St Thomas This woman manoeuvres the rough roads in Logwood, St Thomas on a bicycle. This baby and his guardian enjoy a beautiful day in St Thomas. (Photos: Joseph Wellington) Rural Routes --> Read More

Money in crabs

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor -- special assignment | Monday, September 28, 2015    

Residents of Long Level in
Yallahs, St Thomas display
some of the crabs they
caught while awaiting
customers.(PHOTO: JOSEPH

Some residents of Long Level in Yallahs, St Thomas want a thriving crab industry to be developed in the parish to provide an income for the many unemployed people in the rural communities. Hundreds of crabs are said to be living near the marshlands in Port Morant and are an easy catch whenever it rains. Last week, a small group of men who went crab-hunting for just over four hours returned with 15 dozen crabs which were being boiled and sold for $100 each when the Jamaica Observer North East v ... Read More

Portland football champs - St George's, Manchioneal top leagues

By Everard Owen Observer writer | Monday, September 28, 2015    

Deputy President of the Portland Football Awards Dalmain Moore (left) and Melvine Berry, accountant and assistant general manager at Portland Credit Union
present the Knockout Trophy to Manchioneal’s coach Lamon Henry as Jamaica Football Federation General Secretary Raymond Grant looks on.

St George's Sports Club topped the Portland Football Awards taking home the Western Union Major League Trophy while placing third in the Portland Credit Union Knock Out and Under 20 competition to receive some $160,000 in cash prizes. Manchioneal Community Club which placed second in the Western Union Major League and Dr Lynvale Bloomfield Under 17 emerged winners of the Portland Credit Union Knockout and Under 20 to walk away with a $240,000 cash prize. Manchioneal's Kesslon Hall who was the ... Read More



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