North & East

You might can’t even say ‘ray’ if you never vote

HIBBERT...First time mi a vote enuh inna the general, and now the local it’s a first time for me (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

TWENTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD first-time voter Rushane Hibbert believes that his vote for change in the November 28 Local Government Elections was not in vain. The Seaforth, St Thomas resident suggested that had he not voted in last Monday’s elections he would have no grounds to stand on in terms of h ... Read More work speaks for itself Seaforth councillor mulls retirement after fifth term
ONLY days after securing a fifth term in the St Thomas Parish Council as councillor for the Seaforth ... Read More

BROWN LAWRENCE ...I am overwhelmed. (Photo: Renae Dixon) JLP’s Kim Brown Lawrence breaks PNP’s 34-year cycle in Brown’s Town
FOR many it was impossible and even ridiculous to think that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) could wi ... Read More

GORDON-BAILEY...I have always been socially involved that’s why I won (Photo: Contributed) Genevor Gordon-Bailey, the woman who defeated the mayor
WHEN the Jamaica Labour Party’s, Genevor Gordon-Bailey lost the Lime Hall Division in the 2012 ... Read More

‘Best of D Hills’

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, December 05, 2016    

Some members of the Alexandria Grand Market planning committee having discussion about the big event. From left are Gilian Thompson-Wilson, Kelvin Hill, Monique McHugh ,Jerome Waite and Colin Brown. (Photo: Renae Dixon)

Community groups, businesses and other stakeholders are anticipating the Alexandria Grand Market dubbed “Best of D Hills” scheduled for later this month. The event will be held on December 22 and will be the first of its kind in the community. It will highlight creative arts, music, food and a variety of small-and medium-sized businesses in the community. Over the years, the business community of Alexandria has received major setbacks as residents continue to make Brown’s Town ... Read More

Sandals Ochi entertainment coordinators now certified

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, December 05, 2016    


Sandals Ochi Beach Resort is celebrating the certification of its entertainment coordinators, the first entertainment team in Sandals International to be certified. The entertainment coordinators were trained through a partnership with the Brown’s Town Community College. Recently, the proud team of entertainment coordinators were presented with their certificates at a graduation ceremony held at the Ocho Rios property. Ramel Sobrino, general manager of the hotel, said the training of the ... Read More

JLP rules Northern and Eastern parish councils

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, December 05, 2016    

VAZ... I also think that the leader himself and Prime Minister Andrew Holness had a lot of currency among the young people (Photo: Everard Owen)

THE governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) swept three of four parish councils and tied for the fourth in the north-eastern end of the island claiming 33 of 48 divisions in last Monday’s local government elections. The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) took the other 15 divisions. Fresh off the heels of their general election win in February, the JLP reversed the 2012 parish council results, which saw the PNP dominating all four parish councils after winning 31 of the 48 divisi ... Read More

Keeping coffee alive in a bauxite-mining area

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, December 05, 2016    

Townsend Blake at work on the farm. (Photos: Renae Dixon)

Blake’s Coffee Plantation and Café in Alva, Alexandria, is keeping the production of coffee going, although much of the farmlands in the area have been lost to bauxite mining. The family-run business in the deep rural St Ann community is not only keeping the farming of the crop alive, but is also providing employment for approximately eight individuals from the community. The property which once stood at over 16 acres is now only three acres. however, Venice Blake and her family ar ... Read More

Nine Miles, St Ann grows through innovation

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, December 05, 2016    

Tomatoes growing in Nine Miles, St Ann. (Photos: Renae Dixon)

At the Denbigh 2016 agricultural show, the community of Nine Miles in St Ann won the first-place award for community- based initiative. A visit to the community confirms the reason behind the community receiving this award. Residents of Nine Miles are fast becoming entrepreneurs as they use the resources available to create economically viable options. There are now some five small companies under the umbrella of the Nine Miles Group of Companies. Among the businesses which stand out in the c ... Read More

North-easterners speak on local government

Monday, November 21, 2016    

Ricardo Anderson (Photos: Kenyon Hemans)

Ahead of the November 28 Local Government elections, the Jamaica Observer North and East team visited sections of St Mary, Portland and St Thomas to find out from residents in these areas what local government means to them? Here are their responses. Fitzroy Donaldson, Islington, St Mary: Local Government is supposed to represent the people at the local level. The representative of a particular area is supposed to be acquainted with everyone in the division. As far as I see it that person is s ... Read More

A grieving mother

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, November 21, 2016    

The house Raheem and his two sisters were asleep in when tragedy struck

CHARMANE Newell came face to face with every parent’s worst nightmare on Friday, November 11. Her 12-year-old son Raheem Davey was dead. He was crushed to death when massive boulders which had long threatened her hillside residence came tumbling down. One of Raheem’s twin sisters, Shennelle Brown, remains in hospital, only breathing with the help of a machine. The other, Jhenelle, is yet to realise what happened though she too was left nursing injuries. “It’s still ver ... Read More

Castleton mourns death of student, friend

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, November 21, 2016    

Photos: Kenyon Hemans

THE untimely death of 12-year-old Raheem Davey has left a void in the hearts of his teacher and classmates at the Castleton Primary School in St Mary. Raheem died when boulders crashed into his home in Broadgate, St Mary, while he slept on the night of November 11. “Raheem was a lively student. He was full of energy, despite suffering from an illness. He was kind and was always interacting with the other students. He’s a very caring little boy because I remember one morning he came ... Read More


Monday, November 21, 2016    

Teams from the National Works Agency at work in Portland trying to clear roads. (Photo: Everard Owen)

Teams from the National Works Agency at work in Portland trying to clear roads. (Photo: Everard Owen) Read More

Persistent rains continue to batter Portland

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer Portland correspondent | Monday, November 21, 2016    

Land slippage in the Bellevue area of Portland

HEAVY rains continued to batter Portland last week, leaving several communities and roadways flooded while creating great anxiety among residents living in the flood-prone areas of the eastern parish. Residents of Bellevue, the Rio Grande Valley, and Spring Gardens were expressing fear last week after the rains triggered a number of landslides. Some students who attended schools outside of these communities were left stranded as a result. The National Works Agency (NWA) had to use heavy equipme ... Read More



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