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JEF convention for MoBay

Sponsors join hands with members of the JEF team at Tuesday’s launch of Convention 2015, which takes place at the
Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall from May 21-24, under the theme: ‘Collaborate…. Innovate…. Opportunities for
Growth.’ Seated (from left) Yvonne Davis, conference coordinator; CEO JEF Brenda Cuthbert and President of the Montego
Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nathan Robb, while standing (from left) sponsors Everlyn Craig Brown, managing
director MOD Office by EHC; Angelique Reid, a representative of Fidelity Motors; Althea Samuels, manager, marketing and
communications, HEART Trust/NTA; and Donald Dennis, human resources solutions analyst at Red Stripe.

MONTEGO BAY, St James This year's staging of the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF) Convention will be held for the first time in Montego Bay. The event which is scheduled for the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, from May 21-24, was launched on Tuesday at the Montego Bay Cultural Ce ... Read More

From left:
Commissioner of
Police Dr Carl
Williams, ACP
Paul Ferguson
and SSP Derrick
Champagnie engage
in conversation during
their visit to Richmond
Hill, St James on
LEMONTE) More cops for St James
The investigating capacity of the St James Police Division, which has recorded over 40 murders since ... Read More

Orthopaedist Gabe Bevernslius (second right) assists Jhonelle Walker in putting
on a pair of splint on the feet of her nephew Tariq Bucknor, while (from left) Jim
Wellise, a technician from Michigan; Nicola Smith, locally trained technician;
and Elaine Allen-Bradley, a retired nurse, look on. Paediatric Orthotic Service Limited helps young Tariq Bucknor to walk
Last August, Tariq Bucknor - now two years old - of St James underwent his second surgery to correct ... Read More

HALL... I alone
cannot make much
change Hanover business community moves to revive chamber
LUCEA, Hanover The Lucea business community is moving to revive the Hanover Chamber of Commerce wh ... Read More

Erosion of Falmouth to Rock main road to be addressed

BY HORACE HINES Observer west reporter | Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Wilkinson... we have been losing the

FALMOUTH, Trelawny The erosion of the roadway along sections of the busy Falmouth to Rock main road could be addressed soon as the National Works Agency (NWA) has put to tender contracts for the planned rehabilitation project. Mayor of Falmouth Councillor Garth Wilkinson told the Jamaica Observer West that he was heartened by the NWA's decision to put the much- needed work to tender. "Over three years, other stakeholders and I have been lobbying assiduously for the repairs to that stretch of ... Read More

Guardian Life's 5K night run moves to MoBay

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Eric Hosin, president of Guardian Life Limited, presents Claudette Bryan, JP, president of the Lay Magistrates
Association, St James Chapter (second left), with her 'Keep it Alive' 5K night run 'T-shirt', while Sheraley
Bridgeman, assistant vice-president, business development at Guardian General Insurance Jamaica Limited
stands ready to present Bryan with her sports pack.

MONTEGO BAY, St James The Guardian Life 5K night run which will take place in Montego Bay for the first time on April 25, will see proceeds from the event going to the state-run Cornwall Regional and St Ann's Bay hospitals. The event, which is branded 'Keep It Alive', was officially launched at the Sunset Beach Resort and Waterpark in Montego Bay recently. There are two races in the series, the first of which will be held in Kingston on Saturday April 18. Both events will start at 7:00pm. T ... Read More

Harris says agropark will revive banana production in St James

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, March 26, 2015    

HARRIS… the agropark will be a stimulant to banana

President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society's (JAS) St James Association of Branch Societies, Glendon Harris is upbeat over Government's plans to establish a agro- park in St James, arguing that it will revive the production of banana for the export market. "The agro- parks will be a stimulant for the production of bananas so that we can go back into exporting bananas. We need not be seeing banana from the east[eastern section of the island] being supplied to our hotels here in the west," Harris who is also the mayor of M ... Read More

Superintendent Campbell to meet with Bunker's Hill residents

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

(L) WALKER... we are really hoping that
the superintendent will lift the ban.
(R) CAMPBELL... we have to take a hard

BUNKER'S HILL, Trelawny Commanding officer for Trelawny Superintendent Wilford Campbell is expected to meet with residents of Bunker's Hill at the Unity Sports Complex today, in the wake of calls by area residents for the police to lift the three-year ban prohibiting the staging of social events in the community at nights. The restriction, the residents argued, is stifling the growth and development of the rural community. "The non-issuance of permits for us to stage fund-raising events at ni ... Read More

Good Friday start for Great Escape

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

From left: JB Rum Ambassadors Diana Ramsay, Nadeika Bernard, Abigail Arthurs and Amanda Fisher are engaged in a
lively conversation during the launch of The Great Escape Weekend at the Gardenia Resort in Negril last Thursday.

NEGRIL, Westmoreland THE Great Escape Weekend, one of several events on Negril's growing party scene, kicks off on Good Friday with its Liquid Fusion Beach Rave at Cayenne Beach. Now in its fourth year, the Charley's JB Overproof Rum-sponsored Easter series was launched last week Thursday at Gardenia's Resort in Negril. Organisers say this year's staging will be bigger and better than previous years. "The Great Escape weekend commences April 3 through to April 6 under the theme: 'Best Easter ... Read More

Sport Diary —  March 26

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

THURSDAY St James FA Sandals/ATL Senior League Montego Bay United Under-21 vs Reggae Youths -- Jarrett Park --3:30 pm Salt Spring United vs Catherine Hall-- Albion-- 3:30 pm Lilliput Rovers vs Little Miami-- Hilton Rose Hall --3:30 pm Marl Road vs Seba FC-- UDC field-- 3:30 pm FRIDAY St James FA Sandals/ATL Senior League Heights FC vs Melbourne FC --UDC field -- 3:30 pm Norwood Strikers vs Fogo -- Albion --3:30 pm International football Jamaica vs Venezuela -- Montego Bay Sports Compl ... Read More

International friendlies for MoBay

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer CATHERINE HALL, St James | Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Jamaica's Je-Vaughn
Watson (left) takes on
a Cuba defender when
the teams met in a
friendly international
played at the Montego
Bay Sports Complex,
last July.

Caribbean men's champions Jamaica will kick off their preparation for what will be a busy 2015 international season with two friendly internationals at the Montego Bay Sports Complex this weekend. Tomorrow evening, the 76th - ranked Reggae Boyz will take on Venezuela, ranked 72nd, and then the 110th - ranked Cuba on Monday, both games are set to start at 8:00pm. Jamaica will play in the Copa Americas starting in June and then the CONCACAF Gold Cup starting a month later, as well as the early ... Read More

Unfair ticket system

PAUL REID | Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Every year, with the anticipation and excitement of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships, we get stories of tickets being sold out before they even get to the fans. On Saturday, we saw yet another story of lines being formed hours before the ticket offices were set to open for business. There are usually a few confrontations as tempers flare, some of which escalate into fights and angry fans venting, mostly at ISSA, and the ... Read More

Sandals Prestige Awardees

Thursday, March 26, 2015    


Team dining room was all smiles last Friday after copping two significant awards at Sandals Whitehouse's Annual Prestige Awards and 10th Anniversary celebrations. Here, Resort Team Member of the Year Aleisha Powell (second left) and Smile and Courtesy awardee Fellicia Smith (right) share lens with Food and Beverage Manager Neil McLeish (left) and Assistant Restaurant Manager Keesha Wright. Sandals Prestige Awardees --> Read More

Preparing to cross

Thursday, March 26, 2015    


Montego Bay United's Kemiro James (left) gets ready to cross the ball after getting by Waterhouse defender Rohan Amos in Sunday's Red Stripe Premier League third round game at Wespow Park. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. (PHOTO: PAUL REID) Preparing to cross --> Read More



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