Western News

Ex-Maroon Colonel Peddie dies

PEDDIE… to be buried Saturday

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Former Accompong Town Maroon Colonel Sydney Peddie is dead, community elders have confirmed. Peddie left office in 2009 after serving two five-year terms as head of the historic Maroon community, whose residents are descendants of freed and runaway slaves. Groups of ... Read More

HAUGHTON... I will just remain as a councillor PNP's Haughton confirms resignation as Lucea mayor
LUCEA, Hanover — Embattled Mayor of Lucea Shernet Haughton has confirmed her resignation as ch ... Read More

Education minister Ronald Thwaites speaking at the
50th Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) Annual
General Conference held at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel
and Spa in Montego Bay, St James, last Friday.
(PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE Thwaites: Pit latrines will be history by 2016
ROSE HALL, St James — Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites says that pit latrines in public ... Read More

DIXON... we expect that when
the time comes we will be
given our fair consideration JTA wants 'fair treatment' when wage freeze expires
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Newly installed President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), ... Read More

Nicks James... a New Yorker who would die for Jamaica

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large, Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 24, 2014    

Gwen Nicks James (left) and hubby Michael get close, shortly
after they tied the knot in Montego Bay last year.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Thirty-odd years ago when then New York college student Gwen Nicks arrived with friends and relatives in the resort town of Ocho Rios for a vacation, she immediately fell in love with the beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica. Today, that love affair has blossomed and has grown leaps and bounds, producing three Jamaican husbands, hundreds of friends, relatives, business associates and several business entities in the western section of Jamaica. "From the moment I ... Read More

Westmoreland motorcyclists get road safety training

Friday, August 22, 2014    

Assistant Superintendent at the Savanna-la-Mar Fire Brigade, William Dixon (kneeling), shares
emergency first response (EFR) tips with motorcyclists in Little London during a Sandals Resorts
Motorcycle Safety Awareness session on August 15. Lying down to assist with the
demonstration is motorcyclist Orain Reid. More than 50 peeople were exposed to road safety
lessons and EFR and received safety gear, including helmets, courtesy of Banmark, Prento Bike
Rental, Gas Bike Rental, Happy World Negril, and Wassy Bikes.

MORE than 50 motorcyclists in and around Little London, Westmoreland, recently benefited from a road safety sensitisation session, organised by Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Negril amidst concerns about rising road accidents and fatalities in the area. The intervention was done in collaboration with the Area One Police Division and Savanna-la-Mar Fire Brigade with support from several bike companies. In addressing the group at the August 15 session, the Savanna-la-Mar police cited West ... Read More

'We can't continue like this'

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, August 21, 2014    

SMITH… at nights the entire city becomes something that we
ought not to be proud of.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — CENTRAL St James Member of Parliament Lloyd B Smith says the resort city of Montego Bay is being overrun by prostitutes, vendors and rogue taxi operators. "I have a major concern about Montego Bay at this time. Downtown Montego Bay spells one word -- chaos," said Smith, emphasising that "at nights the entire city becomes something that we ought not to be proud of." "At nights the city is taken over by three elements," he declared. "First there are the prostitutes ... Read More

Men charged in murder of St James children make first court appearance

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, August 21, 2014    

Jason Grey (third left) gets ready to enter a police service vehicle under the watchful eye of a policeman (second left)
after making his appearance in the Falmouth Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

FALMOUTH, Trelawny - The two men charged with the murder of 10-year-old Meleeka Mitchell and 13-year-old Omari Sterling of Paradise in Norwood, St James, were remanded when they appeared in the Falmouth Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday. The duo, 20-year-old Jason Grey, a tattoo artist and 21-year-old Cashwayne Morgan, both of Hague Settlement, Trelawny, were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder on August 11. They are scheduled to reappear in court on Wednesday, October 8, w ... Read More

A kitchen for Garland Hall

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, August 21, 2014    

Members of the Wannabees pose for a photo during their recent visit to St James

ANCHOVY, St James — MEALS for the more than 20 wards of the state at the Garland Hall Memorial Children's Home in Anchovy are now being prepared in a more comfortable environment. This, as the Wannabees, a US-based charitable group, recently constructed a kitchen at the institution at a cost of roughly US$8,000. "We chose this project because from the first time we visited Garland Hall in 2011, we knew we would like to make their lives a bit better by improving their kitchen. It was extr ... Read More

Smooth transition!

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, August 21, 2014    

GARCIA SANZ… happy with the team he has inherited

TUCKER, St James — MONTEGO Bay United (MBU) head coach Carlos Aitor Garcia Sanz says he will not be trying to reinvent the wheel when the Red Stripe Premier League champions start the defence of their title next month. The Spaniard, who took over as head coach three weeks ago, said he has inherited "a good team and good system" and will only try to improve on what he has seen so far. "I will try to get a smooth transition," he told the Jamaica Observer West in an interview at the club's ... Read More

Beaches Negril's Anthony Campbell: A football force

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

Anthony Campbell, captain of
Beaches Negril football team (right)
holds high the winning trophy after his
team beat Petersfield FC in the finals
of the Westmoreland Football
Association’s Captain’s Bakery & Grill
Major League recently.

NEGRIL, Westmoreland — OVERALL, Anthony Campbell is described as a friendly, jovial and easy-going person. But on the field, he is a quiet storm, prepared to trounce any opponent who gets in his way of scoring a goal. It is this same focused and indomitable attitude that contributed to his team's victory in the recent Westmoreland Football Association's Captain's Bakery and Grill Major League finals. Known to most as 'Jucks', Campbell, the captain of the Beaches Negril Football team, is ... Read More

Aleisha Knott loves beautiful nails

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

Aleisha Knott, proprietor of
Tasia’s Nail Spa (left), and from
(second left) employees Camille
Buddington, Hopal Irving and
Donya Mullings posed for a
photo op at the spa recently.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — ALEISHA Knott (AK), proprietor of Tasia's Nail Spa, loves to see beautiful nails. The love for immaculate-looking nails has influenced the Capella University psychology student to establish Tasia's Nail Spa in 2011. Conveniently located in the Fairview Town Centre, Knott said her establishment is geared towards providing the highest quality of nail salon and spa services, offering environmentally friendly lifestyle products to each of her clients under the highest ... Read More

Sandals Foundation gives back-to-school items to inner-city communities

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

Youngsters from the inner-city community of Canterbury pause for a photo with bags of school supplies they received during a
Sandals Foundation back-to-school treat in the community last week Friday. The treat, the first of its kind for the community, was
hosted by a group of Sandals Foundation volunteers from Sandals Resorts within the Montego Bay area including Sandals
managers (back row, from left) Glenroy Smith, Christopher Elliott, Carl Beviere and Jermaine Baxter.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — THE Sandals Foundation last week presented almost 300 children from several inner-city communities across St James with back-to-school supplies. The items, which included shoes and school books, were distributed by volunteers, including general managers from three Montego Bay hotels in the Sandals Resort International chain, to students in the communities of Canterbury, Flankers and Whitehouse. According to Carl Beviere, general manager Sandals Montego Bay, a tota ... Read More

Councillor wants criminal records for small amount of ganja revoked

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, August 21, 2014    

Suzette Brown, People’s National Party councillor for the Montego Bay South Division.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — People's National Party (PNP) councillor for the Montego Bay South Division, Suzette Brown has called for the revocation of the criminal record for all persons sentenced for small-scale amounts of ganja. Brown, who earlier this year moved a resolution at the St James Parish Council for the decriminalisation of small quantities of ganja, made the call in light of the death of Mario Deane who was beaten in custody at the Barnett Street police station where he was hel ... Read More



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