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SSP McGregor pledges to turn around crime in St James

MCGREGOR ... this will not be
an overnight situation

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of St James, Steve McGregor, is expressing confidence of a major turnaround in crime in the parish. He said a number of strategies have been implemented to achieve significant and sustained reduction in serious and violent crimes, including murders. ... Read More

Murders jump in three western parishes
LUCEA, Hanover — Data released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force Statistics and Information Ma ... Read More

General Manager of the Montego Cooperative Credit Union (MCCU) Ornell Bedasse (fourth left)
presents students of the Cambridge High School with the championship trophy during the
MCCU’s Skills for Life awards ceremony, held at Cornwall College, on Tuesday. Sharing in the
moment are Cambridge High teacher Marie Stewart (back) and MCCU’s Marketing Manager
Lorna Clarke (right). SSP McGregor laments wave of murders in St James
MONTEGO BAY, St James — SENIOR Superintendent of police (SSP) Steve McGregor is lamenting that ... Read More

Jahboukie Wynter
was found lying in
a pool of blood on
the street. At right: Trevor ‘Pepper
Rock’ Wynter Father, son murdered in Westmoreland
SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — The Westmoreland football fraternity was yesterday plunged into ... Read More

It's Little Bay All-Age again!

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Little Bay All-Age students Oraldino Small (front) and (back row, from left) Assauna-Chae
Donaldson, Courtney-Ann Jackson, Adonte Lindsay and their teachers Marsha Davis and
Cleopatra Miller Vacciana with their award winning solar water heater project made from plastic
bottles at the National Solid Waste Management Authority western Jamaica Clean Schools’
Competition awards presentation ceremony in Montego Bay last week.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — LITTLE Bay All-Age in Westmoreland has won yet another environmental awareness competition. Last week, the school was named the overall champion in the 9th staging of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) western Jamaica Clean Schools' Competition. Earlier in June, Little Bay copped the 2015 Rockhouse Hotel Green Challenge Quiz title during the sixth staging of the competition held at the Negril Branch Library. "Our success in these competitions t ... Read More

Spike in murders rocks Hanover

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Mother of the
murdered men
Michelle James
(right) with
family members.

LAGOON, Hanover — THE Hanover Police Division recorded an alarming 11 murders last month catapulting the tally of persons killed in the parish to 24 since the start of the year -- four more than the corresponding period in 2014. "This is the worst June I have ever seen in the parish," a veteran lawman lamented. The latest murder in the parish was Monday night's killing of 47-year-old businessman Leslie Clarke, also called Big Ras, who was shot dead at the restaurant he operated across th ... Read More

Principal wants Knockalva Agricultural School rebranded

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer | Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Senator Wensworth Skeffery (left) and State Minister of Agriculture Luther Buchanan (second left) pays close attention as Tagasa
Stewart, a third year student at the Knockalva Agricultural School, gives information on the growing of cabbage.

RAMBLE, Hanover — IF principal of the 75-year-old Knockalva Agricultural School, Josh Nelson, has his way, the Hanover-based educational facility would be rebranded as part of an initiative aimed at increasing subject offerings, thus placing the school "on a path of growth and development". "What it (rebranding) would do is to allow us to formally add environmental science to the curriculum, but also the rebranding would make us a little more attractive to potential students, as we are al ... Read More

Three western-based schools return to daCosta Cup

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Howard Haye (second left)
instructs the Cambridge High
daCosta Cup team during the
2013 season in a game
against Rusea’s High played at
Cambridge High. The school
will return to the daCosta Cup
competition in September.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — THREE western-based schools - Cambridge High, Hopewell High and Maud McLeod High - will return to the ISSA daCosta Cup schoolboys' football competition when the 2015 season begins on September 12. The trio have been away for periods ranging from one to three seasons and will be among 81 schools that are expected to seek a place in the December 3 final. Twenty-six schools from the county of Cornwall are down to take part in the competition, it was announced at the ... Read More

MBU resume training for CONCACAF League

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Allan Ottey (centre) of MBU tries to get away from two Cavalier players in a Red Stripe Premier League
game played at WesPow Park in St James last year. (PHOTOS: PAUL REID)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — ORVILLE Powell, president of Montego Bay United (MBU) has described the schedule in the upcoming Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League as a "mixed bag". The lone Jamaican team in the competition will play its first two games away before ending with back-to-back home games at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Saying that the team, which returned to training this week after a hectic 2014-15 season, would have little rest between season, Powell added that playing their ... Read More

Twelve western-based students named in national athletic teams

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Jauavney James winning the Class 2 boys 400m in a
new time of 50.70 seconds

TWELVE athletes from western Jamaica-based schools have been named on two teams that will represent Jamaica in major junior athletics competitions set for later this month. Seven have been named on the team to take part in the IAAF World Youth Championships to be held in Cali, Colombia, from July 15-19, while the other five were included in the team to the Pan-American Junior Track and Field Championships to be held in Edmonton, Canada, between July 31 and August 2. Additionally, Michael McInt ... Read More

All set for Cheers

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Patrons at the Cheers All White Everything
party at Chill Out Hut last December

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — ALL is now set for this Sunday's edition of Summer Cheers in the Cheers party series, to be held at Chill Out Hut in Greenwood, near the Trelawny/St James border. Organisers are expecting anywhere between 1,000 and 1,500 patrons at the event, which is scheduled to start at 2:00pm and will end at 10:00pm. The Cheers series now in its 11th year is a biannual beach party hosted by ANT Entertainment, which comprises Summer Cheers held in June and Cheers All White Everyt ... Read More

Battle royal!

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Kemar Harris (left) of
Daniel Town gets
away from Rio Bueno
FC’s Kemar Hylton in
their Trelawny FA
National Rums
Division One semifinal
game played at
Elleston Wakeland
Centre recently.

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — THE champions in the Trelawny Football Association's Monymusk Plantation Major League and National Rums Division One will be crowned this Sunday following a double-header at the Elleston Wakeland Centre in Falmouth. In the first game at 1:00pm Fire FC will take a 1-0 lead into the Division One final against Daniel Town in the return leg finals between the first-time finalists, while in the second game former champions Coopers Pen and Clark's Town will meet after a 0-0 ... Read More

Chetwood memorial spellers

Thursday, July 02, 2015    


Finalists in the inaugural Chetwood Memorial Primary School Grade One Spelling Competition pose with their certificate of participation after competing for the Perdita Martin and Vilma Campbell trophies at the St James-based institution recently. At the end of the contest John-David Duncan emerged winner of the Perdita Martin Trophy, while Omario Barnes copped the Vilma Campbell Trophy. Some 198 Grade One pupils participated in the competition. Vilma Campbell, the principal of the school, said ... Read More

Negril community donates blood

Thursday, July 02, 2015    

Beaches Negril snapshots photographer Nicolette Cunningham (right) relaxes after donating blood, while Odean Black
(left) Blood Donor Organiser (western region), attends to Negril resident and repeat donor Francis Williams during a blood
collection drive and mini health fair at the resort on Friday.

NEGRIL, Westmoreland — EMPLOYEES at Sandals and Beaches Negril, alongside members of the Negril community, provided a lifeline for Jamaica's health care system when they came together as voluntary donors at the resorts' third annual blood drive, held at the two properties recently. The collection drive, which was staged in partnership with the National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS), Cornwall Regional Hospital, pulled 68 prospective donors and yielded 43 pints of blood. "I am extremel ... Read More



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