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A diamond in the rough: Bernette Harvey’s story

Bernette Harvey, now a spa therapist at Sandals Royal Caribbean, prepares for an outdoor spa session at the resort. Photo: Courtesy of Sandals

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Ask any child what they want to be when they grow up. You are likely to hear “lawyer”, “doctor”, “pilot”, “astronaut”, “manager” — areas which, to them, embody success and the promise of a comfortable fu ... Read More

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (right) signs an agreement with CEO of the Excellence Group, Antonio Montaner–Ferrer for the group to build two hotels in Oyster Bay, Trelawny. Two hotels to be built in Trelawny
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has signed an agreement with representatives of the Excellence G ... Read More

The fountain in the historic Sam Sharpe Square that will be relocated by the NWA. Should the fountain in Sam Sharpe Square be removed?
Last week the National Works Agency (NWA) announced a raft of measures to ease the chronic traffic c ... Read More

Bottles of obeah oil seized during the operation in the Rose Heights community last week Obeah scammers
MONTEGO BAY, St James - Members of the Lottery Scam Task Force are reporting a new trend emerging am ... Read More

MoBay mayor says St James crime initiative bearing fruit

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Members of the security forces at the scene of the Saturday night’s deadly shoot-out in Goodwill, St James.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation Homer Davis says the Government’s decision to provide addition resources in a bid to put a lid on the high level of crime and violence in the parish is bearing fruit. “As a result of how the Government views the whole question of gang-related matters in St James, they have given additional resources, in terms of personnel and equipment, and that is now bearing fruit,” Davis argued. “Normally ... Read More

Hanover Charities donates computers to Church Hill Primary

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer West writer | Thursday, January 19, 2017    

From third left: Member of Parliament for Hanover Western, Ian Hayles; Katrin Casserly, chair of Hanover Charities; Jacqueline Brown, education officer; Food for the Poor representative Marsha Burrell-Rose; Delano Murdock, principal of Church Hill Primary and Silma Anderson, school board chairman, look on as students use the new computers during the official opening ceremony for a $2.2-million computer laboratory at the school. (Photos: Anthony Lewis)

SANTOY, Hanover — Principal of the Church Hill Primary School in Santoy, Hanover, Delano Murdock, says that despite the high level of criminal activities in the area, the school is receiving the full support from the community. “The crime is so bad, and it paints a negative picture, but I still get the support of the parents and community members,” said Murdock. “They are very much involved in the running of the school, and they help us greatly when it comes to extra ... Read More

MBU get nod

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, January 19, 2017    

MBU’s Ronaldo Rodney (left) takes on a Central FC defender in a CFU Group 3 game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex last year. Central FC of Trinidad won the game and advanced to the CONCACAF competition. (Photo: Paul Reid)

TUCKER, St James —Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United (MBU) will host the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships first round Group C games between February 27 and March 6, at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, it was announced earlier this week. For the second year running MBU will host their first round group, and will welcome three other teams, Elite Sport Club of the Cayman Islands, Grenades FC of Antigua and Club Barcelona Atletico of The Dominican Republic, ... Read More

Reno FC seek third straight RSPL win

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, January 19, 2017    

FROME, Westmoreland — Former champions Reno FC will be gunning for a third straight win in the Red Stripe Premier League this Sunday, when they host last season’s runner-up Portmore United at Frome, starting at 3:00 pm. Reno FC have made a strong restart after the holiday break, winning both games played — beating Boys Town 3-0 and Waterhouse 2-0 — to move two places up to seventh place on 24 points, but are still nine points behind Portmore United, who are in fifth pla ... Read More

Petersfield FC meet Faulkland FC in Western Confed game

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Petersfield FC’s Berchan Bryan (centre) controls the ball as Wadadah FC’s Robert Lewis moves in to challenge him in Sunday’s JFF Western Confederation Charlie’s JB Rum Super League first round game at Jarrett Park. Wadadah FC won the game 2-0, their first win of the season. (Photo: Paul Reid)

PETERSFIELD, Westmoreland — The first round of the Jamaica Football Federation’s Western Confederation Charlie’s JB Rum Super League will finally come to an end this afternoon, when Petersfield FC host promoted Faulkland FC in a rescheduled Zone 2 game in Petersfield, starting at 3:00 pm. The game was postponed from two weeks ago. Faulkland FC are on six points in third place, two points and a place ahead of the Westmoreland club, and both are coming off 2-0 losses in their ... Read More

Hip Strip - January 19, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Our roving Hip Strip camera landed on Maps party ambassadors during a promotional shoot at The Palms at Palmyra in Montego Bay on Sunday.

CHARTING THE COURSE Our roving Hip Strip camera landed on Maps party ambassadors during a promotional shoot at The Palms at Palmyra in Montego Bay on Sunday. Read More

St James Municipal Corporation honours Cornwall College d’Cup football team

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation and Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis (front, left), presents a citation to Dr Dean Weatherly, coach of the winning 2016 Cornwall College daCosta Cup football team, during last Thursday’s regular monthly meeting of the corporation. Mayor Davis also presented a citation to Jamario Hines, captain of the football squad, on behalf of the team. Looking on are members of the football team and team officials.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Members of the Cornwall College daCosta Cup football team and head coach, Dr Dean Weatherly, were honoured by the St James Municipal Corporation at its regular monthly meeting last Thursday, for their outstanding performance during the recently concluded season. During the meeting, team captain Jamario Hines and Dr Weatherly were presented with framed citations. Last year, the Montego Bay-based school lifted the daCosta Cup football title for the 12th time, whil ... Read More

PHOTO: Health hazard

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Photo: Alan Lewin

For several months now this drain at a section of Church Street in the resort city of Montego Bay has blocked by debris. Residents and motorists are calling on the St James Municipal Corporation to have it cleaned as soon as possible.(Photo: Alan Lewin) Read More

UTech Western Campus visit

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Sophia McIntosh, (second left), Western Campus Director, University of Technology, Jamaica, has the keen attention of new University of Technology, Jamaica President, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, (third left) during a visit to the Western Campus last Friday. Sharing in the discussion are (from left) Antoinette Smith, Western Campus Administrator, and Noel Whyte, member of Council who represents the university’s interests in western Jamaica. Prof Vasciannie visited the Western Campu ... Read More

Photo: An Evening of Excellence

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Widows (from fourth left) Winsome Simpson, Marian Fraser, Michelle Graham-Harrison and Ethel Graham pose with their plaques as they are joined with (from left) Samuel Coates, Bishop Dr Robert O Coates, Junour Bryan; President of the St James Lay Magistrates’ Association Claudette Bryan and Pastor Dr Andrene Coates, after they were recognised by the Visionaries Apostolic Church at Vernon’s Drive, Montego Bay, recently, during their ‘Evening of Excellence’ event. The bra ... Read More



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