North & East

Cultivating oysters at Bowden Bay in St Thomas

One of the oysters removed from the collector.

For years now, a government-run oyster programme in the Bowden Bay area of St Thomas has been providing local hotels with the delicacy. Oysters are naturally grown in estuarine bodies of brackish water. When farmed, the temperature and salinity of the water are controlled or at least monitored, in ... Read More

(Photos: Renae Dixon) No jungle justice!
RESIDENTS of Orange Hill in St Ann are promising that they will not harm the mother and stepfather o ... Read More

Some of the items sold by Laing in the Morant Bay Market. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans) Trying St Thomas market vendor laments bad economy
FOR more than 40 years, Leonie Laing has been selling in the Morant Bay market in St Thomas, but des ... Read More

Pettigrue with his walking stick. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans) ‘When mi inna di dirt, mi feel good — elderly St Mary farmer
EIGHTY-eight-year-old, Stanley Pettigrue has been using a cane since breaking his leg late last year ... Read More

‘Mi need help’

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 18, 2016    

PATTERSON…mi hope unuh can help me.

EIGHTY-three-year-old Eric Patterson could not predict the life of hardship he now lives from his one-bedroom wooden structure in Bowden, St Thomas. Patterson, known to many as ‘Tall Man’, believes his once pulsating life has been reduced to nothing. From his crude zinc-roofed structure, he sat gazing as vehicles, though scarce in number, passed by. A small pot filled with bananas and diced dasheens sat atop a coal stove mere metres away from the entrance to his house. He was prepa ... Read More

PHOTO: Cultivating oysters

Monday, July 18, 2016    

(Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

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Rural Routes - July 18

Monday, July 18, 2016    

The Bowden Wharf in St Thomas, which has been closed for over a decade, is now occupied by the Jamaica Defence Force and Jamaica Constabulary Force. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans)

1 - The Bowden Wharf in St Thomas, which has been closed for over a decade, is now occupied by the Jamaica Defence Force and Jamaica Constabulary Force. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans) 2 - These young lads are on their way to get water. 3 - This man is all smiles as he transports coal in eastern St Thomas. 4 - The bike taxi is a popular means of transporting residents in Bowden, St Thomas. 5 - These men attempt to give this car a push-start in Morant Bay, St Thomas. Read More

‘We hungry and thirsty for it’, - Comsee residents

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 18, 2016    

The entry road to Comsee

FOR more than 30 years, residents of Comsee, St Mary, say they have been appealing to the authorities for legal electricity, but to date, they are still without the basic service. . “We get light through the bush, but as rain fall tree drop pon it and dem say it is illegal,” one resident, Theresa Forrest, told the Jamaica Observer North and East. Another resident of the area, Viola Shaw, said that others have to depend on other sources for energy. “I came here in 1986 and I ... Read More

Another GSAT triumph

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 18, 2016    

Kristine was awarded several prizes at her graduation ceremony.

AS any parent would, Mildred Walters beamed with pride as she spoke of her daughter’s accomplishment following her sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in March, the results of which were recently made public. Her eldest of three children, Kristine Williams, 12, did exceptionally well in the annual national exam. “She is just extraordinary,” Walters said, citing that Kristine had been doing well in school over the years and that she expected the results she receiv ... Read More

No highway necessary

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 18, 2016    

EDWARDS… If we get that highway, we’re going to have a lot of problem in St Thomas. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

AT least one St Thomas resident is arguing that Government’s decision to follow through with the South Coast Highway proposed by the previous People’s National Party (PNP) Administration, albeit under different terms, is illogical. The project is expected to cost US$384 million. “First thing, certain parts of St Thomas can’t get nuh highway, so I believe what they should do is widen the road and give them a two lane with proper drains. It should come straight from Har ... Read More

‘Wi want wi highway’

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 18, 2016    

LESLIE... The highway will increase activities for us.

DESPITE reassurance from Prime Minister Andrew Holness that plans are afoot to continue with the construction of a highway in St Thomas, which would extend to Portland, some residents in the eastern parish are threatening protest action if the project does not get underway soon. The People’s National Party Administration in 2015 announced that Government intended to construct a US$385-million highway which would run from Harbour View in St Andrew to Port Antonio in Portland as part of the ... Read More

PHOTO: NO JUNGLE JUSTICE!

Monday, July 18, 2016    

(Photo: Renae Dixon)

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Maroons are maroons

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter Francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 04, 2016    

Colonel of the Moore Town maroons Wallace Sterling stops by the post office to collect his copy of the Jamaica Observer. (Photos: Antonio Graham)

HEAD of the Moore Town Maroons in Portland, Colonel Wallace Sterling says culture preservation is one of the main reasons maroon towns still exist in the country. Jamaica has several Maroon settlements of which Accompong in St Elizabeth, with approximately 600 residents, is the largest. Other major maroon communities can be found in Moore Town, Scotts Hall, Trelawny Town, and Charles Town. Wallace, who was speaking to the Jamaica Observer North and East recently, said it is important to retain ... Read More

Maroons are not runaway slaves

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter Francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 04, 2016    

The Moore Town Culture Centre in Portland.

THE institutionalised description of Maroons as runaway slaves has been passed down from generation to generation for years, however, colonel of the Moore Town Maroons in Portland, Wallace Sterling, has rubbished this concept, arguing that Maroons are free people who resisted slavery. Wallace explained to the Jamaica Observer North and East, during a tour of the John Crow mountain-located maroon settlement of Moore Town last Wednesday, that the word maroon is a “derogatory” term tha ... Read More



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