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UWI Western Campus installs new ambassadorial corps

Education, Information and Youth Minister Senator Ruel Reid (centre) and Patrick Prendergast (fourth left), the acting director of the UWI, Western Jamaica Campus, are joined by members of the university’s latest batch of ambassadorial corps (from left) Wayne Cummings, Kerry-Ann Quallo-Casserly, Richard Bourke, Paula Kerr-Jarrett, Gloria Henry, Kathryn May, John Byles, Rajesh Kripalani, and Richard Ferdinand at an installation ceremony held at the Sandals Montego Bay Resort last Friday.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Education, Information and Youth Senator Ruel Reid has congratulated the latest batch of the University of The West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus (UWI, WJC) ambassadorial corps, who will, among other things, be tasked with integrating the tertiary instituti ... Read More

A section of the Elegant Corridor. Speeding motorists put Elegant Corridor in the dark
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Speeding motorists have been blamed for the scores of non-functioning ... Read More

Ricky Purkiss (left), business development manager, Digicel; and Yoni Epstein, CEO, Itel BPO, assist in the repainting of the perimeter wall at the Blossom Gardens Children’s Home in Montego Bay.   PHOTOS: Labour Day activities across the West
1 - Ricky Purkiss (left), business development manager, Digicel; and Yoni Epstein, CEO, Itel BPO, as ... Read More

Faulkland FC’s Peter-Lee Vassell (second left) crosses the ball in a game against Mountain Villa FC in a St James FA Sandals/ATL second-round game at Jarrett Park. Faulkland FC won the game 6-0. (Photo: Paul Reid)
Football fever!
The race to the 2015/16 St James Football Association’s Sandals/ATL Senior League and Division ... Read More

Former soldier eyes 50 years as Red Cap porter

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, May 26, 2016    

YOUNG ... I have no regrets

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Many people looking on would have thought that Michael Cracker Jack Young made a big mistake when he quit the Jamaica Defence Force in 1967 for a job as a Red Cap porter at the Sangster International Airport in the resort city of Montego Bay. But Young, the longest serving porter at the airport ,who has 49 years of service under his belt as a luggage carrier, will tell you today that he has no regrets. In fact, he would gladly urge individuals to become a Red Cap, ... Read More

Three Miles River take aim at Western Confed crown

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, May 26, 2016    

Brandon Johnson of Three Miles River (right) runs past Roaring River’s Jason McIntosh in last week’s final of the Westmoreland FA Captain’s Bakery and Grill/Charley’s JB Rum Major League at Llandilo.Photo: Paul Reid

Llandilo, Westmoreland — First-time Westmoreland Football Association Captain’s Bakery and Grill/Charley’s JB Rum Major League champions, Three Miles River, will not be settling with just being a competitor in the Western Confederation Super League next season. According to club president, Allan Gopaul, plans are afoot to add new players to the team in a bid to win their first season at the Confederation level. Soon after their 2-0 win over Roaring River in the final of the W ... Read More

Granville Jaguars seek to rebound in WBA league

Thursday, May 26, 2016    

Michael Schloss of Catherine Hall All-Stars (right) passes the ball over Holland Saints’ Damaine Thorpe (second right) in Saturday’s WBA Elite Basketball League second-round game at Montego Bay Cricket Club. Catherine Hall won the game 67-58. (Photo: Paul Reid)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Granville Jaguars will seek to rebound from their first loss this season when they take on Cricket Club Knights in the first game of a Western Basketball Association’s Elite Basketball league double-header at the Montego Bay Cricket Club this evening. Granville were beaten by 20 points by Catherine Hall All-Stars in their last outing, and face Knights who are coming off a hard-fought win over Hoopers last Saturday. In the second game Ho ... Read More

Colbeck’s ‘Off Tha Wall’ for Pier One

Thursday, May 26, 2016    

DJ TURBO ... one of the selectors to play at the event

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Lovers of retro music will be in for a treat this Saturday when J Wray & Nephew Limited’s Jamaican-made Colbeck Ginger Wine brings ‘Off Tha Wall’ to Pier One, Montego Bay, with musical hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Powered by its new partner, Colbeck, Off The Wall promises to take patrons on a trip down memory lane with an old school vibe, Colbeck Ginger Wine specials and smooth dance moves, under the theme ‘Purple Rain’. &ldq ... Read More

Festival Queen hopefuls get a taste of Sandals Whitehouse

Thursday, May 26, 2016    

Contestants in the Miss Westmoreland Festival Queen Competition are picture perfect as they pause for a group photo during a recent visit to Sandals Whitehouse in the parish. Sharing the moment are: chaperones Carlene Rumbolt (left, front row) and Taleisha Plumber (second left, front row); Pearlena Blagrove, executive board member (second right, front row); Coretta Spence, parish manager for the JCDC (left, second row) and Jermaine Williams (right, second row), chairman of the Westmoreland Par ... Read More

Hip Strip May 26

Thursday, May 26, 2016    

CABANA DAZE - We snapped these two beauties at Cabana Beach Daze at Blue Waters in Cooper’s Pen, Trelawny, on Sunday.

CABANA DAZE - We snapped these two beauties at Cabana Beach Daze at Blue Waters in Cooper’s Pen, Trelawny, on Sunday. Read More

Thanks, JPS

Thursday, May 26, 2016    

Sandra Christie, COO for MBU (left), receives the sponsorship cheque from JPS’ Ruel Barnett (right).  From second left are Steve Johnson who will head up MBU’s marketing, Stella Ebanks Richards, Petra Basaragh and Donald Martin. (Photo: Paul Reid)

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) made good on their sponsorship of Montego Bay United’s (MBU) staging of Group 3 of the Caribbean Football Union Club Championships with the presentation of a cheque for $90,000 at Wespow Park on Tuesday. Sandra Christie, COO for MBU, thanked the energy company for their contribution, saying they were “pleased that JPS have followed through on their commitment and this paves the way for the new season as we prepare for the new Premier League se ... Read More


Thursday, May 26, 2016    

THURSDAY, May 26 Reggae Night @ Facebaar Nightclub and Lounge Ironshore, Montego Bay Adm: $1,000 Time 10:00 pm Exotic Thursdays @ Sundaze Bar & Grill Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay Time: 10:00 pm FRIDAY, May 27 Ladies Night @ Facebaar Restaurant Nightclub & Lounge Ironshore, Montego Bay Adm: $1,000 Time: 10:00 pm SATURDAY, May 28 Off Tha Wall @ Pier One, MoBay Featuring DJ Marviv, DJ Turbo and DJ Jessie Adm: $999.00 Time: 9:00 pm Cook ... Read More

Western Sport Diary May 26-31

Thursday, May 26, 2016    

TODAY St James FA/VMBS Under-13 Albion vs Somerton — UDC field 10:00 am Salt Spring vs John’s Hall —UDC field 11:15 am Success vs St James Prep — UDC field 12:30 pm St James FA Sandals/ATL Div 1 semi-final Club Stars FC vs Salt Spring United FC — UDC field 3:30 pm Western Basketball Association Elite League Granville Jaguars vs Cricket Club Knights —MBCC 6:00 pm Lucea Flames vs Montego Bay Hoopers —MBCC 7:45 pm FRIDAY St James FA/VMBS Under-1 ... Read More

Hanover couple brutally murdered

Friday, May 20, 2016    

Balfour Gordon

ELGIN TOWN, Hanover — The Hanover police have theorised that robbery was the motive for the shooting death of a Hanover couple whose bullet-riddled bodies were discovered early yesterday in a thick clump of bushes in Mosquito Cove district, about three miles from their home. The deceased have been identified as 56-year-old Balfour ‘Fire Bird’ Gordon, a bus operator, and Aleth Brown Gordon, 45, both of Eglin Town. A third person, the couple’s cousin, who was also shot du ... Read More



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