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Big jump in revenues!

Picturesque view of the Montego Bay Convention Centre with ocean backdrop.

The Montego Bay Convention Centre (MBCC), unkindly termed a white elephant in the past, has hit the jackpot with an impressive 53 per cent jump in revenues over the previous year. The good news comes on the three-year anniversary of the opening of the centre which was built at Rose Hall east of the ... Read More

Mary Jackson Clarke (right), grandmother and great-grandmother of the children
who died in the fire, gets comfort from Joan Parrier, one of her daughters, after
the tragic incident yesterday. (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE) Negril tragedy - 3 children perish in house fire
NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Three children died yesterday morning when fire destroyed a house at We ... Read More

Nicholas Feanny, Sandals Resorts International project manager and Director of the We Care initiative (left), hands over a
defibrillator to Dr Dena Kirnon, Head of the Cornwall Regional Hospital's Accident and Emergency Unit (second right) and
Gillian Ledgister, acting matron (right), at the hospital recently. Sharing in the moment is Dr Jennifer Dixon, sister of the
late Dr Barrington Dixon, who was shot and killed nearly two years go. New equipment for Cornwall Regional Hospital
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The American-based Grodzin Foundation through The American Friends of ... Read More

Sir Howard Cooke Goodwill residents want landmark in honour of Sir Howard Cooke
GOODWILL, St James — AS the country continues to mourn the passing of former Governor General ... Read More

Don't get complacent!

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Thursday, July 17, 2014    

standing still
is not an

HOPEWELL, Hanover — PROMINENT Montego Bay businessman Mark Kerr-Jarrett has urged the players on Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United (MBU) not to get complacent and to work harder in an effort to successfully defend their title next season. At Saturday's awards ceremony to commemorate the 2013-2014 season held at Sky Beach in Hopewell, Hanover, Kerr-Jarrett told the players and members of the management team that they would have to work even harder in the coming season ... Read More

Police dominate HCDC awards ceremony

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

Some of the members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who were recognised for outstanding contribution to the Haddington
community on the weekend pose for a photograph during the awards ceremony held in the district.
They are: (from left) Constable Vanessa Haughton, Constable Roan Anderson, Inspector Andrea Johnson, Sergeant Devon
Montique and Sergeant Michael Spenc

HADDINGTON, Hanover — The Haddington Community Development Committee (HCDC) in collaboration with the Hanover Parish Development Committee (HPDC) on Sunday awarded 21 persons, including 11 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, for their outstanding contribution to the development of the community. The individuals, who were presented with certificates, were recognised in the areas of policing, sports and "general community contribution." At the well -attended ceremony vice -president ... Read More

Westmoreland steps up fight against mosquito- borne diseases

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

DELANCY… we are well on the way to educating our people

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland – AN extensive public education campaign on how to combat mosquito-borne diseases, in particular the dreaded Chikungunya virus, is currently underway in Westmoreland. The campaign is being spearheaded by the Westmoreland Parish Council in collaboration with the Public Health Department, and is being carried out in schools, churches, youth clubs and other community groupings. Westmoreland's Deputy Mayor, Councillor Danree Delancy, said that both entities are e ... Read More

Danniel Thomas hopes to impress at XX Commonwealth Games

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

THOMAS... won the women's
shot put with a distance of
16.04m and was second in
the discus throw

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com On Tuesday July 29 when Danniel Thomas participates in the first round of the shot put at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, she will become the first former Frome Technical student to represent Jamaica at a major track and field event. Thomas won the women's shot put with a distance of 16.04m and was second in the discus throw with 55.02m at the recent JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships. She also ha ... Read More


Thursday, July 17, 2014    

Keri Paige shows off some of the dresses at her store

Despite a hectic schedule, Westmoreland native Christine Salmon says she is committed to both her apparel business and singing career. Singjay with the stage name Keri Paige, the former Mannings School student has been singing for more than a decade. She admits, however, that she is yet to carve out a name for herself, in the male-dominated music industry. These days, when not on music business, Keri Paige for the most part, can be found at her store, KP's Fashion, located at 90 Great Georges ... Read More

Sumfest moves into high gear tonight

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

Patrons at the All-White Party at the Pier One Entertainment Complex on Tuesday night

MONTEGO BAY, St James — ALL is set for the staging of the popular Dancehall Night of Reggae Sumfest at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay tonight. "Everything is in place for Dancehall Night (tonight)," Richard Russell, executive director of Summerfest Promotions, organisers of Reggae Sumfest, told the Jamaica Observer West. "All of our equipment are already in place and the vendors are now putting on the finishing touches to their stalls here today (yesterday)." The ... Read More

Leaving Munro College was a tough decision, says Harrison

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, July 17, 2014    

Neil Harrison (centre) poses with the Munro 4x400 team that retained their title at the 2012 Penn
Relays in Philadelphia

MUNRO, St Elizabeth — After 17 years at the helm of the track and field programme at Munro College, Neil Harrison says leaving the St Elizabeth school to take up another job was one of "the hardest decisions" he had to make. It was confirmed last week that Harrison would be the new coach at Kingston College, their third coach in as many years. The decision has forced Munro College to start searching for a new head coach as well as a Sports Master. Harrison will be the first non- Kings ... Read More


Thursday, July 17, 2014    


Businessmen Robert Russell (left) and Godfrey Dyer cheer on their favourite team on Sunday, as they watched the World Cup 2014 final between Germany and Argentina on a big screen television at the Pier One Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay. Germany won the match 1-0 to lift football's most coveted prize. WORLD CUP FEVER! --> Read More

JSIF to spend $44m on two Trelawny schools

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) says that it will spend approximately $44 million on expanding and rehabilitating two schools in Trelawny within a four month period. Set to benefit from improvements, the Ulster Spring Basic and Dutch Hill Basic schools will be outfitted with additional classrooms, kitchen and play areas among other amenities. According to JSIF the projects are being done through the Community Investment Project which is funded by the Caribb ... Read More

Caribbean Shrimp Fest ends on high note

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, July 17, 2014    

Melissa Gordon (left) and daughter Zineilla Hylton enjoy a meal at the Caribbean Shrimp Festival at Whitter Village
in Montego Bay last Sunday.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The third staging of Caribbean Shrimp Festival ended on a high note with solid performances from the billed acts at Whitter Village, Ironshore, St James, on Sunday night. Patrons from all age groups were treated to performances from entertainers, spanning different generations and musical genres. The younger patrons and the young at heart were kept rocking by dancehall performers Cheeko and up-and-coming roots-rock reggae singer Zagga. Cheeko was joined by fellow ... Read More



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