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Million-dollar problem

WHITE… shot dead on April 1

BUFF BAY, Portland — The family of Shereece White, the 21-year-old who was shot dead in Barbados on April 1, is now facing another dilemma: the inability to bring her body home for a proper burial due to financial constraints. Maureen Johnson, White's mother, told the Jamaica Observer that sh ... Read More

Students from Highgate Primary and Junior High perform a dance piece during
the awards ceremony on Thursday. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON) Dancing for health
WITH a large number of children worldwide developing lifestyle diseases, the St Mary Health Services ... Read More

A home in Boscobel,
St Mary, covered in mud
from the flood waters
which forced residents
out of their homes in
January. (FILE PHOTO) URGENT!
COUNCILLOR for the Boscobel Division Fitzroy Wilson said nothing has yet been done to prevent a rec ... Read More

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill
(right) and his junior minister Damion Crawford play tourists for a
day as they enjoy a short raft ride on the Rio Grande, expertly
guided by rafter Leroy Miller. The occasion was the handing over
of the newly renovated Berrydale Jetty, which is the embarkation
point for Rio Grande rafting. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO) Rural routes
Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill (right) and his junior minister Damion Craw ... Read More

PHOTOS: Math stars

Monday, April 14, 2014    

Competition organiser Dr Joseph Thomas (third right) shares a moment with students (front row,
from left) Fenclian Pollock, Rayne Melloy and Tahjaye Edwards, as well as teachers (from left)
Clyde McKenzie of Boundbrook Primary, Trisha Brown of Avacot Primary, and Nicki-Ann Vassell of
Norwich Primary.

Tahjaye Edwards of Norwich Primary School is the winner of this year's staging of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education/Rotary Club of Port Antonio Mathematics Competition held at the institution last Thursday. Second place winner was Rayne Molloy of Avacot Primary and Junior High while third place went to Fenclian Pollock of Boundbrook Primary. Students from 19 primary schools across the parish vied for the title. Math stars --> Read More

Vision fulfilled at Brighter Dreams

Y RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 14, 2014    

Students of the institution.
(PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

IT has only been in operation for a year but already the Brighter Dreams Preparatory School in Beverley, Runaway Bay, St Ann, is making a name for itself, as its students won four medals in the recent staging of the parish finals of the 4-H competition. Since it opened its doors in April 2013 the school has grown significantly under the leadership of principal and founder Chelsian Pyne. Persons, she said, can expect to hear of many more positives coming out of the school in the near future. " ... Read More

Bridge to a better life

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor — special assignment browni@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 14, 2014    

Beneficiary Coraleen
Thompson (seated) poses for
a photo op with her daughter
Marcia Wilson, mother Elsaida
Thompson, and her spouse
Noel Wilson at their home in
Pear Tree River, St Thomas.
(PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

A project being undertaken by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is empowering several impoverished families in St Thomas and Portland to improve their standard of living. Beneficiaries of the programme said not only have they been motivated to dream big but they are already taking steps to learn a skill or start their own small businesses. Thirty families — 10 each from St Thomas, Portland and Trelawny — were selected to benefit from training, housing assistance and income- ... Read More

Water crisis worsens in St Ann communities

Monday, April 14, 2014    

Water crisis worsens in St Ann communities

Residents in several communities in South West St Ann have been without adequate supply of water for weeks, as the drought conditions worsens across the island. Among the affected communities are Alexandria, Inverness, Watt Town and Nine Miles. With some of these communities not served by the National Water Commission, the residents are forced to rely solely on rain which is harvested in drums and tanks in their yards. However, many of these sources have gone dry and the residents say they a ... Read More

Providing Safe Pasture

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor — special assignment browni@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 14, 2014    

Members of Safe Pasture International pose for a photo op at the end of their week-long visit in
St Thomas. (PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

MEMBERS of the American Christian group Safe Pasture International have made it their life's mission to spend a week in St Thomas each year catering to the spiritual and physical needs of residents in the parish. Director of the group and senior pastor at White Oak Baptist Church in Tennessee Dr Tony Wilson, who has not missed a trip to Jamaica in the last 21 years, said the mission first started 30 years ago when the organisation's founder, Dr Billy Brown, was led by God to visit the island. ... Read More

Portland tourism receives major boost

Monday, April 14, 2014    

A section of the newly refurbished Neville Antonio Park in Port Antonio.

Portland is on its way to regaining pride of place as a sought-after tourist resort area as the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) recently allocated $48.5 million to improve tourism assets in the parish capital. This has now enabled Port Antonio to have a rehabilitated park and a designated craft village for craft traders to peddle their wares. Additionally, the drive into the Rio Grande Valley via Berrydale Road is much more comfortable due to improvements under the joint initiative. Spearheaded ... Read More

Young chef Daneann Minto pursuing her passion

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 14, 2014    

Chef Daneann Minto and Ian Erlich pose
for a photo op at the Bamboo Beach Club.
(PHOTO: RENAE DIXON)

Pay a visit to Bamboo Beach Club in St Mary and one is sure to encounter Daneann Minto, the chef extraordinaire who brings creativity to all the dishes she prepares. The 28-year-old from Runaway Bay, St Ann, says she enjoys nothing more than feeding the many patrons who visit the hideaway attraction daily. Although not always good in the kitchen, Minto was willing to learn and later developed a passion for cooking. "It was something I loved, but honestly I could not do it for a while," she s ... Read More

Dancing up a storm at Sandals

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 13, 2014    

Dancing up a storm at Sandals

OCHO RIOS, St Ann — A group of journalists from the United Kingdom joined professional dancers Ola and James Jordan, also from the UK, for a four-day dance workshop at the Sandals Grande Riviera in Ocho Rios recently. The popular dancers, who are also part of the popular UK dance show, Strictly Come Dancing, spent time teaching UK journalists as well as others who were interested in the art of ballroom dancing, as well as Latin dance. They also learnt some of Jamaica's popular dances. W ... Read More

Port Maria flooding in the spotlight again

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 13, 2014    

A section of the channel through which the Outram River flows in Port Maria, St Mary. (PHOTO: RENAE DIXON)

A preliminary study done on the St Mary capital of Port Maria suggests that widening of the channel through which the Outram River flows could be the solution to the flooding problems faced by the town. However, several businesses, homes, churches and other community buildings line the area, and so widening the channel would result in a major change in the parish capital, which could have social and economic implications for the once flourishing banana parish. Making a presentation at the mont ... Read More

Gunmen shoot 7-y-o boy

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 02, 2014    

Nordia Johnson (right) is a picture of grief as
she reflects on the shooting of her sevenyear-
old son Jahmauny Robinson shown here. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON)

A seven-year-old boy remained in hospital last night battling to stay alive after he was shot in the stomach by heartless gunmen who sprayed the one-bedroom house in which he, his nine-month-old brother and their mother slept in Lyssons, St Thomas, early yesterday morning. The heartless attack on the house in a section of the community called Pipe Lane left residents in fear and had Jahmauny Robinson’s mother, Nordia Johnson, frantically seeking assistance to save her son. “I was ... Read More



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