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Flood of athletes expected at Milo Western Relays

ELLIS... is expected to face a tough field in the short sprint

CATHERINE HALL, St James – Large fields are expected at today’s 38th staging of the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, set to start at noon as organisers have reported an increase in athlete participation over the last three years. Meet Director Ray Harvey told the J ... Read More

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting (left) and Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill  cut the ribbon to officially declare open the refurbished Negril Police Station recently. Sharing in the moment are a number of other stakeholders. McNeill hails JCF for work on Negril Police Station
Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill has commended members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) fo ... Read More

No cakewalk
The battle for the five parliamentary seats in St James in the coming general election has intensifi ... Read More

People’s National Party (PNP) candidate for Trelawny Northern Victor Wright (front, second right) is joined by party members on the steps of the Trelawny Parish Council Municipal building after his nomination. Nomination Day across the west
Twenty-eight candidates were on Tuesday nominated across the western parishes of Trelawny, Hanover, ... Read More

Somerton FC seek to extend lead

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

Jermaine McDonald of Bogue FC (right) gets between Somerton FC’s Oneil Sterling and the ball in their St James FA Sandals/ATL Division One clash at the UDC field last week. Somerton won the game 1-0.

Somerton FC will seek to create some space between themselves and the rest of Zone 2 today, when they take on Copperwood FC at Somerton, gunning for a fifth straight win in the St James Football Association’s Sandals/ATL Division One. Somerton FC, the only team yet to drop a point in Division 1, lead Zone 2 by two points, 12-10 over Bogue FC, with a game in hand. A win today would see them go five points clear. It will not be an easy stroll, however, as Copperwood FC have taken seven p ... Read More


BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, February 11, 2016    

Savannah SC celebrate winning the JFF Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League last year. (Photo: Paul Reid)

Savannah SC — one of the most successful clubs in western Jamaica football — appeared to have hit rock-bottom, as they were kicked out of the Jamaica Football Federation’s Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League on Monday, after failing to show for their third straight game. The two-time champions have run into difficulties from all appearances, but it has been difficult to get information as calls to the numbers listed for the club have not been answered. E ... Read More

‘Body n Beach’ opens in MoBay

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

Store owner Shanice Witter (centre) shares a quick snap with shoppers Trudy Morris (left) and Sharon Feanny.

The urbane shopping district of Fairview in Montego Bay has welcomed a new entity, offering high-end and stylish pieces for the city’s burgeoning chic set. ‘Body n Beach by Mia’ last Saturday unveiled practical and fashionable pieces for the discerning and style-conscious woman, showcasing trendy swimwear, sexy lingerie and comfortable active wear. “I have always been obsessed with swimsuits and I always had a problem getting the right ones,” said store owner S ... Read More

Montego Bay Convention Centre reaches out to Spot Valley High

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

From left: (back row) Jacqueline Walters, human resources coordinator, Montego Bay Convention Centre; Karen Ford-Brown, food and beverage teacher, Spot Valley High School; Randie Anderson, executive chef, Montego Bay Convention Centre; Doreth Chambers, former principal, Spot Valley High School; Ditty Guise, general manager, Montego Bay Convention Centre; and Andrew Cole, director, Culinary Federation of Jamaica pose with Spot Valley High School students who have successfully completed training at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

The Montego Bay Convention Centre, under its ‘Adopt a School Partnership’ initiative, has sought to improve and provide crucial work experience and opportunities for students of Spot Valley High School in St James. Under the initiative, the centre has provided work experience and training to the school in food and beverage preparations and operations, engineering, security, accounts, and sales and marketing. The school was adopted in 2013, and since then students have been receivin ... Read More

Granville FC waiting to pounce

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, February 11, 2016    

Clark’s Town’s Dwayne Brown (front) tries to get away from Sandals Whitehouse’s Oraine Shippy in their first-round JFF Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League game at Cedric Titus High. Clark’s Town won the game 1-0. (Photo: Paul Reid)

Granville FC’s opponent in the mid-season final of the Jamaica Football Federation’s Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League will be determined on Sunday following the last set of games in the second round. Two-time champions Granville FC lead Zone 1 by four points and will on Sunday gain three more from outgoing champions Savannah SC, who have been kicked out of the competition for failing to show for their third consecutive game, and so cannot be overhauled. G ... Read More

Melbourne blank Violet Kickers

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

Melbourne FC rebounded from last week’s loss to Faulkland FC to blank winless Violet Kickers 2-0 in their St James Football Association’s Sandals/ATL Senior League first-round game on Tuesday. Androcle Poyser scored in the 30th minute while Lloyd Whittingham added a second in the 73rd minute as Melbourne cruised, picking up their fourth win and joined Faulkland FC on 12 points at the top of the tables. The game was played at Albion. Meanwhile, Violet Kickers ended the first round ... Read More

All set for Sugar Cane Ball

Thursday, February 11, 2016    

The 59th staging of the Annual Sugar Cane Ball in aid of Hanover Charities will be held on Saturday at the beautiful Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Hanover. Held every February, the ball — which raises funds for the numerous projects that it supports through Hanover Charities — has seen tremendous growth over the years. “This year’s staging of the event promises to be fun, elegant, and will raise even more money than last year,” said co-chairs of the 2016 Ball, Ka ... Read More

STETHS retain titles at Western Athletics Championships

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Wednesday, February 10, 2016    

STETHS’s Nigel Ellis strides to the tape to win the boys’ Class One 100m at Saturday’s Digicel/COCAA Western Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. He broke the record 10.32 seconds set by Delano Williams in 2013.

CATHERINE HALL, St James — St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) successfully defended their titles at last Saturday’s Digicel/County of Cornwall Athletics Association’s (COCAA) Western Athletics Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, to complete their third double in four years. The margins were closer than last year however, as the girls’ team led, by the indefatigable Junelle Bromfield, just managed to get home ahead of a gradually improving Rusea&rsqu ... Read More

Bad roads, lack of water major factors in Hanover Eastern

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large, Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

Hopewell resident Vernal Campbell points to a section of the Haddington road that is in a state of disrepair. (Photos: Philp Lemonte)

HOPEWELL, Hanover — The deplorable state of the roads and the lack of piped water in many communities in the constituency of Hanover Eastern could play a major factor in determining which candidate wins the seat on Election Day, February 25. On Tuesday, Lucea Mayor Wynter McIntosh, who is also the People’s National Party (PNP) councillor for the Chester Castle Division in the constituency, and the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP’s) Dave ‘Spoon’ Brown are expected ... Read More

Minister: Tourism continues to do well despite Zika reports

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer | Saturday, February 06, 2016    

MCNEILL… Jamaica is hot out there

ROSE HALL, St James — Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill says that despite “anecdotal reports” of persons cancelling their bookings to Jamaica due to concerns about the Zika virus, the country’s tourism industry continues to do well. “... It is early days. We have anecdotally heard of cases of persons with concerns who have cancelled their trips. But, for now, our arrivals [are] still pacing ahead of last year. We are doing well and what we are doing is just monitoring ... Read More



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