North & East

‘Mi old man would turn in him grave if ah close down di bakery’

Brick ovens are still used at Small’s Bakery.(Photos: Renae Dixon)

Business may not be booming like in years gone by, production has decreased because people are eating fewer baked products, but Peter “Raymond” Small has no intention of closing the doors of Small’s Bakery in Bamboo, St Ann. The bakery, which was started by his father, Elkanah Sma ... Read More

Students at Bamboo Basic seated in their class. Developing young minds
The 113 students presently attending the Bamboo Basic School are beneficiaries of an active breakfas ... Read More

Classrooms at Happy Grove. Making the transition to better suit students
IT is pretty clear that Monique Grant-Facey, principal of the Portland-based Happy Grove High School ... Read More

GRANT-FACEY...the Quakers are our founding fathers and are still very much involved with the school HAPPY GROVE – The school founded by Quakers
Happy Grove High School is located in the parish of Portland close to the community of Hector’ ... Read More

Special health and fitness club keeps senior citizens active

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, June 20, 2016    

Gohagan leads an exercise session on the grounds of the St Ann Parish Library.(Photos: Renae Dixon)

The instructor is 80 years old and many of the attendees at the St Ann Fitness Club are over the age of 70 years old, but these seniors strictly follow their exercise routines. Raphael Gohagan conducts classes at two locations, four days every week, in St Ann’s Bay and Seville Heights. “I am in St Ann’s Bay on Mondays and Wednesdays, and in Seville Heights on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” the senior said, who learnt the exercise routines he now uses to guide other senior cit ... Read More

Port Antonio High students display business skills

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer Portland correspondent | Monday, June 20, 2016    

Kimarley Jackson with his multi-coloured cookies.

Business education students at the Port Antonio High School, as a part of their studies, were challenged by teachers at the institution to demonstrate if they could established and operate a business as a part of their practical assessment recently. The students are tenth graders, and this particular task forms part of a section of their school-based assessment project. Student Shervin Stamp told Jamaica Observer North East how and why he chose to make and sell armbands. “I got gallon b ... Read More

Praedial larceny, wild deer, lack of Gov’t intervention hampering farmers in Mount Pleasant

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer Portland correspondent | Monday, June 20, 2016    

BARTLEY... I try to do every little thing, but one of the main problem that mashing up me, and not me alone, is road to go a wi groun. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans)

FARMERS in the hills of Mount Pleasant in western Portland are still banking on farming, despite the various challenges they have had, and are calling on Government and agriculture technocrats for assistance. “Farming used to be my life, but we are affected by praedial larceny. “Right now, I could be doing all the farming possible, but because of praedial larceny, I’m hesitant, that’s a fact. “If the Government can do something about that, I could be producing lik ... Read More

‘Yu haffi mek di boss money’

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, June 20, 2016    


(Photo: Antonio Graham)

WHILE some public passenger vehicle drivers who ply the Brown’s Town to Ocho Rios route in St Ann believe their colleagues could practise safer driving, one of the lot has maintained that the competitiveness of the route and the need to earn “enough” money add undue pressure on their situation. Last month, five people lost their lives along the Llandovery main road in the parish when the driving shaft of the bus they were travelling in broke, causing the vehicle to collide wit ... Read More

A bumpy ride with ‘Trasha’

Monday, June 20, 2016    

The driver of this vehicle could not manoeuvre the pothole-riddled Dunbarton to Discovery Bay roadway.

IT is highly unlikely that you will meet another public passenger vehicle operator who is able to manoeuvre the Dunbarton to Discovery Bay route in northwest St Ann like Alando ‘Trasha’ Jones. “Hey Miss Observer, is long time we want di media come. Di condition weh we a operate under bad and we want dem fix di road – NWA (National Works Agency) and NWC (National Water Commission),” Trasha shouts upon sighting the Jamaica Observer’s North and East news team. ... Read More

Illiteracy responsible for several St Ann crashes — Supt. Wayne Cameron

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, June 20, 2016    

CAMERON... they (taxi drivers) only conform when they see the police present at a checkpoint or observe a police unit in traffic.(Photo: Antonio Graham)

St Ann has been under the microscope in recent times following several road fatalities in the parish. The most recent incident, which occurred in Llandovery, claimed the lives of five people, including a basic school principal, when the driving shaft of the public passenger bus they were travelling in broke, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which then collided with the Toyota Rav4. It was then discovered that the driver of the bus was actually the conductor. “The worst s ... Read More

Portland clean-up in progress

Wednesday, June 08, 2016    

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie (left) assists workers to remove an abandoned refrigerator from the street in one of the Portland communities on June 4. (Photo: JIS)

The first day of the Portland eight-day clean-up campaign got off to a good start on June 4 with teams removing truckloads of old cars, garbage and building materials from the streets of Port Antonio. Leading the charge was Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie. Several teams were dispatched from as early as 6:30 am to begin the removal exercise, much to the delight of residents. McKenzie, who took part in the event, said he was happy for the positive respo ... Read More

Rain, rain and more rain

Monday, June 06, 2016    

One of the many roads in St Thomas destroyed by heavy rain. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

One can’t help but notice when driving through St Thomas and Portland the devastation and the grief occasioned by heavy and persistent rain that has been pelting these two parishes literally for the last two months. The heavy downpours have caused severe damage to both private and public properties, with residents clamouring for assistance to ease their wretched plight. The parishes’ main economic activity, agriculture, has taken a beating, with many farmers losing their crops and ... Read More

‘Operation Turnaround’

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, June 06, 2016    

Students of Oracabessa High during a class

These are trying times for Oracabessa High School. The school is operating with limited resources and has recently gained national notoriety for all the wrong reasons. Yet, Oracabessa High, which was built in the 1970’s to accommodate approximately 500 students and which now has a school population of over 1,500 students, is making progress. Only five classrooms and a library have been added to the school since it was first built. In spite of this and many other challenges, the school & ... Read More

School with a difference

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, June 06, 2016    

Nathaniel Morris, the student officer with responsibility for the school farm, shows some of the pigs which are on the school’s property.

Prospect College in St Mary is unique for a number of reasons. It is a semi-military institution which has been providing high school education to boys from across Jamaica for the last 60 years, at no cost to these boys or their parents. Students who attend the institution which was started by Sir Harold Mitchell in 1956 are provided with full scholarships. Headmaster of Prospect College, Gregory Wint, told Observer North & East that Mitchell, a former British parliamentarian, started the ... Read More



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