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‘There’s a lot I can offer the programme’ — Whitmore

WHITMORE… has been appointed interim Reggae Boyz head coach for two CFU Caribbean Cup games against Suriname and Guyana (Paul Reid)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — If offered the full-time job of coaching the Reggae Boyz, Theodore Whitmore, who was named to his third stint at the helm to guide the team through their two games in Scotiabank Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Championships third round, said he would gladly tak ... Read More

Tyreke Clarke (right) of St James High  gets to a high ball ahead of Maldon High’s Roxbert Williams in their ISSA/FLOW Zone A daCosta Cup return-round game played at Jarrett Park yesterday. St James High won the game 6-0. (Paul Reid) St James, Dinthill, Garvey Maceo remain perfect
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Three former champions, St James High, Dinthill Technical and Garvey M ... Read More

Cornwall College’s Peter-Lee Vassell (front) shielding the ball against St James High’s Cleyon Clarke at Jarrett Park on Saturday. In his first game this year, Vassell scored twice to lead his team to a 3-0 victory. (Paul Reid) CC, Dinthill, Garvey Maceo on the hunt for 6-in-a-row
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Three former champions Cornwall College, Dinthill Technical and Garvey ... Read More

St Elizabeth Technical High School’s goalscorer Jovaney Brown (left) powers past Munro’s Deandre Smalling. (Collin Reid) STETHS edge Munro 2-1
Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — In terms of quality, football’s purest connoisseurs may well ... Read More

American says he wants to protect Jamaica’s natural ganja

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

SANTIAGO ... new ganja varieties will emerge

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Anticipating that original ganja strains are likely to become extinct after the new, legitimate ganja industry opens up in Jamaica, American businessman Mark Santiago has committed to taking equipment into the island to ensure that the original genetics of the weed are preserved. Santiago, who invests heavily in the ganja sector in America, is now waiting to get the greenlight from the Cannabis Licensing Authority to kick off his business here in Jamaica with his ... Read More

More police in St James as crime rocks parish

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

(photo: www.gunsamerica.com)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The presence of members of the security forces has improved significantly in the parish of St James following a bloody week in which 12 murders were recorded up to Friday night. “There is an extraordinary deployment... we have an expansive roll-out of police from other places, including the Corporate Area and we have good support from other stakeholders, not just the Police High Command, but the stakeholder groups within St James who we met with yesterday (Fr ... Read More

St James gun violence bothers senior cop

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Sunday Observer writer | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

MINTO ... I am very concerned

DARLISTON, Westmoreland — Director of safety and security in schools in the Ministry of Education, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Coleridge Minto, has expressed concern over the spate of gun violence in St James and its impact on students in the parish. “I am very concerned. I have been in St James particularly because of the issues that are affecting our children in this particular end of the island. It is very unfortunate that persons have absolutely no regard for life ... Read More

Mom, baby die in Hanover crash

Friday, September 23, 2016    

The mangled wreck of the Toyota Rav 4 in which a mother and her baby daughter died after the vehicle crashed with a garbage turck on the Point Hill main road in Hanover yesterday. (Photo: Philp Lemonte)

POINT HILL, Hanover – Tragedy struck along the Point Hill main road in Hanover yesterday evening when a mother and her baby daughter died after suffering multiple injuries in a motor vehicle crash. Up to press time last night, the police did not disclose the identity of the deceased. Police report that about 2:00 pm the mother was driving a silver motor car during a light shower when she lost control of the vehicle, which developed a skid before colliding head-on with an orange-coloured ... Read More

Montego Bay Convention Centre wins sixth consecutive World Travel Award

Thursday, September 22, 2016    

Montego Bay Convention Centre manager Dittie Guise (second left) accepts the award for ‘Caribbean’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre’ from Chris Frost, VP, World Travel Awards (second right) at the awards ceremony held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort last Saturday, while two hostesses share in the moment. (Mark Hakansson)

The picturesque Montego Bay Convention Centre recently copped its sixth consecutive World Travel Award for the esteemed ‘Caribbean’s Leading Meeting and Conference Centre’ category. The prestigious awards ceremony was held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort last Saturday. “We are overwhelmingly pleased and excited at receiving a prestigious sixth consecutive World Travel Award. As a plus, we are genuinely thrilled that we were able to come out on top in a category with such ... Read More

Wanted: Traffic lights

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, September 22, 2016    

Curious onlookers at the site of a recent three-vehicle collision at the intersection of the Northern Coastal Highway and the road that leads to the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium (Mark Cummings)

ROCK, Trelawny — Emphasising the need for traffic signals to be installed at two critical intersections along the Northern Coastal Highway near this small community, which has been the site of numerous crashes - some fatal - in recent times, the Trelawny Chamber of Commerce has warned that if the matter is not addressed promptly, then there will be more deaths. “People are dying. Traffic lights need to be installed promptly at section of the highway at the turn-off to Fisherman's In ... Read More

HOPE up and running across the western region  

Thursday, September 22, 2016    

Heavy-duty equipment working on the Baggie Valley roadway

MONTEGO BAY, St James — There is a buzz of activity in several rural communities across the western region of the island as a number of road improvement projects are in progress under the Government’s Housing Opportunity Prosperity Employment Programme (HOPE). Community Relations Officer at the National Works Agency (NWA), Janel Ricketts, says 24 road sections across the parishes of Hanover, St James, Trelawny and Westmoreland are being targeted under the initiative at a cost of ro ... Read More

International Clean-up Day working in the west

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer West writer | Thursday, September 22, 2016    

Grand Palladium hotel employees, members of the Rotary and Rotaract clubs of Lucea and community members with bags of garbage collected at the Seaview Drive Beach in Hanover.

LUCEA, Hanover — Project manager at the Rotary Club of Lucea Mervin Spence says it appears that residents of Lucea and its environs are becoming more conscious about the need for a clean environment. “People are getting more educated about garbage and, speaking to the community, they are more passionate about keeping the community clean because they realise the health risk, especially with the Zika virus. A lot of them are talking about that they don’t want their baby to bor ... Read More

Talent on show

Thursday, September 22, 2016    

Best male model, Christopher McKoy of Sandals Whitehouse working the runway during the event.

WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland — There was no shortage of star-studded performances inside the Le Caberet theatre at Sandals Whitehouse last Wednesday, as the resorts in the west — Sandals Whitehouse, Sandals Negril and Beaches Negril — presented their regional finalists in the Sandals and Beaches Resorts Festival of the Arts Talent and Model Search Competition. As the night unfolded, a fully engaged audience shared in the passion, views and remarkable gifts of the region’s ... Read More

55th Montego Bay Marlin Tournament underway

Thursday, September 22, 2016    

Members of Team ‘Too Contagious’ pause for a quick photo before yesterday’s start of the fishing tournament.

Angler Lawrence Taylor of the Stewfish boat yesterday landed the first marlin catch as day one of the fishing competition in the 55th Annual Montego Bay International Marlin Tournament got under way. Some 40 boats with competitors from Jamaica and the Caribbean are participating in the competition, which will end tomorrow. The tournament officially kicked off on Tuesday with a short presentation by marine-biologist and conservationist Guy Harvey. Commodore of the Montego Bay Yacht Club, ... Read More



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