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Fear grips Steer Town

Fear grips
Steer Town

WITH crime, high unemployment and many other Challenges plaguing their community, residents of Steer Town have expressed delight at the implementation of the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP) which they are hoping will help stem the increase in criminal activities.    The IC ... Read More

Students of Parry Town Primary School take pleasure in using the equipment at their new computer lab, donated by the
Sandals Foundation and Air Canada Vacations. (Observer File Photo) Adults attack grade three student at school
PARRY TOWN, St Ann — There are calls for security personnel to be placed at the Parry Town Pri ... Read More

urged by
interests to
call meeting
(R)BELNAVIS... a major stifle on
tourism product Belnavis wants McNeill to meet with tourism interests
OCHO RIOS, St Ann — Jamaica Labour Party councillor/caretaker for the Ocho Rios division Micha ... Read More

(L) HOUSEN ... I want to become
a chef
(R)Housen shows his right leg Ailments attack young St Ann sports lover
At16 years old, Rondel Housen loves sports, particularly football. However, having been diagnosed wi ... Read More

Titchfield takes all

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, February 16, 2015    

The winning team from Titchfield High poses for a photo with ACP Ealan Powell (left), former head of Area Two, and Acting ACP Glenford Hudson, head of Area
Two (right). Team members (from second left) are Ricardo Allen, Christina Williams and Dwanique Passley, along with their teacher and coach Shakeisha Simms.

AFTER what many described as a close battle, Titchfield High was crowned the champions of the first Area Two police regional debate competition on Tuesday at the Sandals Grande Riviera Resort in Ocho Rios. The Portland-based school surprised St Mary High School when it took an interesting but brilliant turn on the moot it was asked to oppose. “Jamaica’s high crime rate is a direct result of the island’s social and moral decay, rather than the lack of effective policing,&rdquo ... Read More

Marie Afflick celebrates 100 not out

By Everard Owen Observer writer | Monday, February 16, 2015    

Thelma Percy, neighbour and close friend.

Marie Afflick of Belle Castle, Portland, scored a ‘100 not out’ when she celebrated her 100th birthday among scores of family and friends at a special event held in her honour at the Belle Castle Seventh-day Adventist Church last month. The second of eight children, of which she is the only survivor, Afflick is described as a peaceful, loving, kind, quiet, and easy-going individual. “She is very understanding, a confidante; we could relate to her more than our parents. She ... Read More

Multimillion-dollar support for CASE

Monday, February 16, 2015    

Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier (4th left) presents a copy of
the signed memorandum of understanding between the ministries of agriculture and education to
Dr Mary Nichols, president of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE); at the
institution’s Founder’s Day ceremony in Portland recently. Others, from left, are Dr Dian Medley,
vice-president at CASE, Jasmine Holness, chairman, Jamaica Dairy Development Board; and
Donovan Stanberry, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries through the Jamaica Dairy Development Programme, has provided a multimillion-dollar support package to the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Passley Gardens, Portland. The support package includes grant funding of $12.2 million to renovate the college’s dairy unit,  repair  the existing cooling system, acquire fodder-chopping equipment, install a  machine-milking system, resuscitate and create new pastures, an ... Read More

Adrian Parkes still needs more help

Monday, February 16, 2015    

Parkes is desperate for help to finance a medical procedure to
grant him some relief after 13 years of suffering

BROWN’S TOWN, St Ann — A cure for Adrian Parkes, who has been suffering from lymphedema for more than 13 years, could finally be possible, but only if the 26-year-old receives financial assistance in securing the $250,000 needed for a medical procedure. Parkes’ 13-year search for a cure for the disease which has left him in excruciating pain came to an end when a doctor finally gave him hope that a procedure can be done to restore his leg to 95 per cent normalcy. “The d ... Read More

Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Campaign hits St Ann

Monday, February 16, 2015    

Community members join in
the exercise to clean the
beach in the St Ann capital

The Sandals Foundation, in a major display of solidarity with the recently launched ‘Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica’ campaign, staged a major clean-up at the Fisherman’s Beach in St Ann’s Bay, removing over 100 bags of garbage from the prime waterfront area. The clean-up team comprised team members from Sandals Grande Riviera, Beaches Ocho Rios and Sandals Royal Plantation, as well as members of the local community, who put hands and hearts together to remove the refuse which had ... Read More

Rural routes - Feb 16

Monday, February 16, 2015    

These girls walk home from school in
Portland recently.

This school boy enjoys a refreshing piece of sugar cane as he made his way home in Golden Grove, Portland. These girls walk home from school in Portland recently. (Photos: Kenyan Hemans) Portland resident Ricky shows of this castle made from used digicel phone cards, bamboo and old calendars at Cane Wood near the Hope Bay Bridge in the parish recently. (Photo: Everard Owen) Read More

Ocho Rios tackles 'white collar harassment'

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, February 15, 2015    

Persons wait in line to raise their concerns at the recent stakeholders’ meeting in Ocho Rios.

WITH the Carnival Cruise Lines expected to pull out of Ocho Rios soon, and with constant complaints of harassment in the town, stakeholders have continued to make a plea for people to desist from harassing visitors to the town. However, those being given most of the blame say they are not the only perpetrators. Taxi operators and craft vendors have been singled out as those responsible for the high level of harassment in Ocho Rios. However, at least one tour bus operator has said that the group ... Read More

LIME on board with Eastern Championships 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015    


Telecommunications firm LIME will come on board to boost this year's staging of the Eastern Championships 2015. Each year, the highly anticipated meet is hosted on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday at the National Stadium. However, this year will see the event happening for just one day, Tuesday, February 17. Richard Thompson, representing meet organisers, says the involvement of LIME will greatly boost the delivery of this year's staging. "We are extremely happy this year to have t ... Read More

A ramp for Anthony Davis

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, February 08, 2015    

(L)Davis cuts the ribbon to the ramp which is expected to ease the
challenges that he faced. Sharing in the moment are (from left)
Astley Plunkett, Winston Fairweather and Kenworth Euter.
(R)Davis tries out the ramp for others to see.

Despite being confined to a wheelchair for years, Anthony Davis, popularly known as Charley, has made it his duty to give to the less fortunate in St Mary through partnership with others. Davis, who fell from a tree several years ago and has been paralysed since, gets around by using a wheelchair. Although he is unemployed, Davis has dedicated himself to helping others and through sponsorships has had his own support organisation, the Sandra and Charley T and Friends Foundation. Davis, throug ... Read More

Tourist visits for more than sun, sea and sand

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer writer | Monday, February 02, 2015    

A computer room which was built
at Windsor Forrest Primary school

GERMAN national Axel Meier has been 'adopted' by residents of Long Bay as one of their own as the visitor to the island has been working to improve the lives of community members through offering scholarships to early childhood and primary school students. Meier was inspired to start the programme after his first visit to Jamaica in 1994 where he stayed in the home of a Jamaican family. " One day the family's little child wanted to go to school and they asked me if I could take her to school ... Read More



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