North & East

St Thomas PC to get new $250-m home

ARSCOT… does not convey the idea that the local government ministry is in safe
and competent hands

A new building is to be constructed to house the St Thomas Parish Council at a cost of approximately $250 million. Local Government and Community Development Minister Noel Arscot last Friday broke ground for the project, on which work is scheduled to start soon. The proposed two-storey structure, ... Read More

Kadian Hall works her magic on customer Tianna Hamilton’s hair. Hard work paying off for Portland hairstylist Kaydian Hall
KAYDIAN Hall, who dreams of someday owning a chain of salons catering exclusively to styling natural ... Read More

Port Antonio chaos!
Businesses, pedestrians and motorists alike have been severely inconvenienced by this road work whic ... Read More

Head of Area Two Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell (fourth left) is joined by (from left) DSP Paul
Thomas, officer in charge of crime; Superintendent Dudley Scott, head of operation at Area Two, SSP Yvonne
Martin-Dalley, head of St Ann police, and head of Portland Police Superintendent Wayne Cameron at a recent
press conference to provide an update on the state of crime in the division. (PHOTO: RENAE DIXON) St Ann, St Mary, Portland report decline in serious crimes
The Area Two police are reporting a 20 per cent decline in major crimes in the parishes of St Ann, S ... Read More

Well deserved

Monday, November 24, 2014    

Kiwanis Foundation of Jamaica's Gerthlyn Holman (right) holds the Godfrey Dyer medallion which was presented to president of the Kiwanis Club of Charlton-Alexandria Richard Austin (left) for outstanding contribution to his club, community and Jamaica. The club's inaugural installation which was held at Browns Town Community College in St Ann, recently, also saw long-standing Justice of the Peace Norma Walters receiving an award for being an outstanding educator, musician and social worker in th ... Read More

HEART NE region boasts full job placement

Monday, November 24, 2014    

The HEART Trust/NTA building on Oxford
Road in Kingston. The Trust is training and
recruiting people to fill available jobs in the
Business Process Outsourcing industry.

The HEART Trust/NTA North East Region is boasting a record 100 per cent success rate in its trainee placement programme for the 2013/14 academic year. Regional Director for Employment and Career Services, Althea Smikle-Martin, said the 800 trainees for the period were all successfully placed in permanent employment shortly after graduation. Smikle-Martin was delivering her report at the certification ceremony for the North East Region held recently at Moneague College in St Ann. Some 350 grad ... Read More

AgroGrace sets up temporary store in Port Maria

Monday, November 24, 2014    

General Manager for AgroGrace Olive Downer-Walsh engages her listeners
about the product and crop-care information that is regularly delivered
across the island. (From left) are Donovan Stanberry, permanent
secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Labour and Security; Minister of
Agriculture, Labour and Social Security  Derrick Kellier;  Donna Doran,
CEO, Hardware & Lumber Ltd; Victor Guevara, Syngenta marketing
representative Luther Buchanan, minister of state for Agriculture,
Labour and Social Security;  and Silbert O'Meally, marketing and
business development officer, AgroGrace.

Farm and garden retail chain AgroGrace will be setting up a pop-up store on Stennett Street, in Port Maria, St Mary from this Thursday through to Saturday. The term 'pop-up' refers to the short-term duration of the store, which is usually anywhere from a single day to a few days. Chief Executive Officer of Hardware and Lumber, of which AgroGrace is a division, Donna Doran said it is a concept the company plans on rolling out to other communities in a similar fashion in the near future. "This ... Read More

Brighter smiles for Boscobel Primary

Monday, November 24, 2014    

This student seems quite relaxed as she prepares to receive dental treatment.

Sandals Foundation/Great Shape! Inc sealant programme has contributed to the smiles on the faces of 200 children at Boscobel Primary in St Mary. The sealant project is designed to reduce dental cavities by some 50 per cent. As children living in these areas have limited access to dental care, sealant assists in saving and preventing teeth from rotting. Under the programme, dentists use sealant and fluoride treatments to reduce the occurrence of cavities helping children maintain healthy teeth f ... Read More

Airy Castle logging on to technology

Monday, November 24, 2014    

Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Phillip Paulwell

A 16-unit computer centre, complete with full Internet access, has been established in the community of Airy Castle in rural St Thomas. The facility, set up through the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $3.8 million, will provide easier access to Internet service for residents, and enable students to carry out research for school. It will make a difference in the lives of residents, several of whom had to travel as far as Morant Bay to access Internet service. Minister of Science, Tec ... Read More

At last!

By Renae Dixon Observer staff reporter | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson is joined by a student in cutting the ribbon to officially reopen the facility, while looking on (at front from left) are
Member of Parliament for Central St Mary Dr Morais Guy; Estriana Thompson; director of Nursing Services, Linda Sutherland Hines; CEO of NHF Everton
Anderson; (at back from left) Mayor of Port Maria Levan Freeman; Chairman of the North East Regional Health Authority board Leon Gordon and Dr Maurice
Sloley, acting senior medical officer.

Estriana Thompson also known as 'Miss Essie" was extremely happy when the Port Maria Hospital's operating theatre was finally reopened. Three decades earlier she was one of several persons who protested against its and the hospital's possible closure. "I lay in front of the fridge where they keep the blood," she recalled. Thompson was one of several excited residents who attended the reopening ceremony earlier this month at the hospital. "I feel very happy," the elderly woman told the Jamaic ... Read More

Farming project launched in two St Ann schools

Monday, November 10, 2014    

Acting principal of Alderton Primary Wendy Litchmore is not afraid to get her hands dirty as she assists in
preparing the land for the school’s farming project .

ALDERTON and Bensonton primary schools in St Ann have received support from various agencies to establish a special project which will boost the schools' feeding programmes. The Social Development Commission (SDC), in collaboration with the Claremont Development Area Committee (DAC), the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, and the St Ann 4-H Clubs recently launched the Farm to Fork project at the schools. The project provided the schools with items, including seedlings and farm tools, to ... Read More

Palmyra gives back

Monday, November 10, 2014    

Mayor of Port Antonio Benny White (left), members of Parliament for Portland Daryl Vaz and Dr Lynvale Bloomfield assist with handing out of books and stationery supplies to students. Assisting with the presentation is board member
of Palmyra Foundation Frank Perolli (stooping). (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN)

PALMYRA Foundation recently donated several books and stationery supplies to Port Antonio Infant School as part of a US$40,000 initiative to distribute items to more than 60 early childhood institutions across the island. Under its 'Books for Kids' initiative, the foundation is aiming to deliver books to approximately 6,500 children between the ages of four and five. Acting principal at Port Antonio Infant School, Jennifer Buchanan was very appreciative of the donation, which the school is rec ... Read More

Portland’s artistic talents on display

Monday, November 10, 2014    

Some of the artists who displayed items at the inaugural art show. From left (front row) are Marsha-Lee Hutchinson, Winston Hill, Shallene Dawkins, O’Neil Lewis,
and Omaron Reid. From left (back row) Christoff Hamilton, Mark Bell, and Cornell Skervin (PHOTOS: EVERARD OWEN)

THE recently held Portland art show dubbed 'The Finest Art with a Touch of Magic' is being hailed a success as local artists displayed a wide variety of art and craft items. The items which were on display at the show, held at Cajanas Cafe in Port Antonio, included woven baskets, T-shirts and a wide assortment of candles. The youngest artist with items on display was eight-year-old Omaron Reid who received great commendation for his painting entitled 'Climbing the Mountain'. Organiser of the ... Read More

JCDC recognises Portland’s most outstanding

Monday, November 10, 2014    

Accompanied by her group, Keva Harris (fifth left), teacher of Port Antonio High, receives a trophy from Desmond Goulbourne (fifth right), board member of JCDC
Portland, for best overall group in Portland combined in speech, music and dance. (PHOTOS: EVERARD OWEN)

THE Portland branch of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) recently recognised several schools, teachers, and individuals for outstanding work in cultural development. Port Antonio High was recognised for being the top school for the parish in Festival 2014 and Comfort Castle Primary for their improved performance. Read More



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