Western News

Green Island again without critical hydrant

HIBBERT... I can’t say how it has happened, but Green Island is
again without a fire hydrant

GREEN ISLAND, Hanover The rapidly developing town of Green Island, which sits between Lucea and the resort town of Negril, is again without a functioning fire hydrant. A new hydrant was installed in the town eight months ago, after over a decade without the vital equipment. The installation was th ... Read More

Mario Deane Mario Deane to be buried Sunday
MONTEGO BAY, St James Mario Deane, the Montego Bay construction worker who died after being beaten ... Read More

A large gathering of mourners at the funeral service for the late Roger Clarke welcome the arrival of Prime Minister Portia
Simpson Miller at the St George's Anglican Church on Saturday. Calls for Macfield to Withorn main road to be rehabilitated in Clarke’s honour
SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland THERE have been growing calls for the Government to rehabilitate the r ... Read More

Sonia Walters (second left) and Robert Graham (third
left) could hardly contain their joy after receiving
cheques for $50,000 each. The cheques were
handed over by Flow's Nicole Campbell (left) and
Garfene Grandison. Back-to-school cash flows to MoBay
MONTEGO BAY, St James Two lucky patrons were the recipients of scholarships courtesy of telecommun ... Read More

Budding artist?

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Budding artist?

This little girl appears to be well pleased with her colouring skills, as she displays her handy work during the recent back-to school health fair at the Fletcher's Grove Baptist Church, in Sandy Bay, Hanover. The Harris Family Vision Foundation Inc sponsored the event. (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE) Read More

Caribbean talents take centre stage at Sandals' ENCORE grand finals

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Winners in the 2003 staging of ENCORE share in a photo op at last year's grand finals in St Lucia.

WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland SANDALS Whitehouse European Village and Spa will host this year's 11th annual staging of the Entertainment Now Creates Opportunity Rewarding Excellence (ENCORE) Grand Finals at the resort's Le Cabaret Theatre on Saturday. ENCORE, a talent and model search competition, is staged throughout the Sandals/ATL Group across the Caribbean. Resorts and regions conduct elimination shows and select finalists to represent their respective islands in the last hurrah for the year, w ... Read More

Who should replace Roger Clarke as member of Parliament for Central Westmoreland?

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

Bernard Vanriel, PNP
Yolando Cazely, store

A date for a by-election to fill the Central Westmoreland seat left vacant with the passing of the People's National Party's Member of Parliament Roger Clarke is yet to be announced, but already a number of persons are eyeing the seat. The Jamaica Observer West's Alan Lewin sought reaction on Tuesday when he visited the constituency and asked: Who do you think is most suitable to represent the constituency of Central Westmoreland? Yolando Cazely, store manager: We want Michael Erskine because ... Read More

Busy weekend for MoBay United

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

MBU's Donovan Carey
(left) gets past Reno
FC's Denmark Gillings in
their opening RSPL
game at the Montego
Bay Sports Complex last
week. The game ended
in a 1-1 draw.

TUCKER, St James AFTER being idle for 10 days since their opening 1-1 draw against Reno FC, Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United (MBU) will have a busy schedule over the next four days. This afternoon, MBU will face Waterhouse at the Stadium East field, in a repeat of last season's final, before a home game at Wespow Park on Sunday against Boys’ Town. Montego Bay United shocked favourites Waterhouse 5-2 in the finals, to win their first title, which is the first for a ... Read More

Entertainment Diary

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

THURSDAY, September 18 Heineken All Star Thursdays @ Margaritaville Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay Admission: Free Heineken Urban Thursdays @ D'Rehab Lounge, Sports Bar & Pool Hall Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay Admission: Free Karaoke Thursdays @ MoBay Proper Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay Admission: Free Crab Night Thursdays @ Drunken Squid Bar and Grill Greenwood, St James Admission: Free FRIDAY, September 19 Inception, The New Genesis @ UWI WJC Admission: $500 with college ID, ... Read More

Sport Diary

Thursday, September 18, 2014    

September 18-21 TODAY ISSA Rural Area schoolgirls' netball Zone A Hopewell vs Anchovy 2:30 pm Merlene Ottey vs Rhodes Hall Zone B Herbert Morrison vs Green Pond Presentation/Awards ceremony for St James FA Div2 -- IUC, East Street, Montego Bay 7:00pm FRIDAY ISSA Rural Area schoolgirls' netball Zone B Muschett vs St James William Knibb vs Montego Bay Zone C Manning vs Petersfield Belmont vs Frome Tech Maud McLeod vs Godfrey Stewart SATURDAY 6th Tryall Club CUMI Come Run 5k/10K ... Read More

Show appreciation for politicians while they are alive, says Patterson

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large, Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 15, 2014    

Former Prime Minister P J Patterson at Saturday's funeral service for
Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke at the St George's Anglican Church in
Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. (MICHAEL GORDON)

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson has charged Jamaicans to appreciate the work of our political leaders while they are alive, instead of lambasting them. This, he argued, will preserve the memory of the late agriculture minister, Roger Clarke. "A fitting measure in Roger's memory demands that we cease to vilify our political leaders to lump them together in a class of gang, who are inimical to the national well-being and then wait until they die to praise ... Read More

MoBay school leavers among over 10,000 with new jobs

BY HORACE HINES Sunday Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 14, 2014    

CRUMP ... wants
Government to
provide incentives
to local investors (AT RIGHT) ROBB ...in the last two years the BPO sector has grown tremendously

MONTEGO BAY, St James — More and more school leavers in St James are gaining much-needed employment in the rapidly growing business process outsourcing (BPO) industry which now provides more than 10,000 jobs in Montego Bay, and which has established itself as the hub for the IT sector in Jamaica. "The primary benefit that the country derives from this industry would be jobs. The industry has created some 14,000 jobs and the Montego Bay Freezone has over 7,000 of those jobs. In Montego Bay ... Read More

'Dream come true'

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large, Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, September 11, 2014    

Helen McGann (left), the widow of Dr McGann presents the personal Bible of her
late husband to the principal of Cornwall College Denham McIntyre (second left),
while Regional Director in the Ministry of Education Hillary Foster looks on. The
occasion was the symbolic handing over of the chapel to the school on Sunday.

MONTEGO BAY, St James Dr Albert McGann has always wanted the best for his alma mater, Cornwall College. Two years ago when death came knocking at his door, the Florida-based medical practitioner was assured that his dream for the construction of a chapel at the school would one day become a reality. That dream came true on the weekend when the Cornwall College Old Boys' Association handed over a state-of-the-art chapel to the school at a ceremony attended by members of McGann's family, Minist ... Read More

Keep it Georgian

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, September 11, 2014    

The recently
renovated building
that houses the
Trelawny parish
office of the
Ministry of Labour
and Social

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — CUSTOS of Trelawny Paul Muschett has expressed concerns over the refusal of some builders to comply with stipulations regarding the Georgian architecture in the heritage town of Falmouth. "Many of us who care about Falmouth's heritage have become very concerned with the many structures that have been torn down to facilitate modern buildings with no character or not in keeping with the Heritage Trust's guidelines. [The guidelines] sometimes hinder some, [but we] are here to preserve the histo ... Read More



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