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Mobile again! - 275 wheelchairs presented to the needy

St James Public Health Nurse Mae Parchment (seated), accepts a wheelchair on behalf of a recipient at the handover ceremony of 275 wheelchairs at the New Testament Church of God in Montego Bay, St James, on July 19. Sharing in the occasion are Matt Andrews (left), one of the principal organisers, Dave Payerchin, another of the organisers, and Evangelist Errol Rattray (right).

Some 275 wheelchairs were handed over to needy individuals at the New Testament Church of God in Montego Bay, St James, on Tuesday. The Errol Rattray Evangelistic Association, a local faith-based humanitarian organisation, as well as the charity group, Ja’ Mobility from California, United Sta ... Read More

MCKENZIE ... what exists now is unworkable McKenzie concerned over Falmouth market construction
FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has expressed grave concern ov ... Read More

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Prominent western Jamaica based attorney-at-law Delford Morgan has exp ... Read More

Participants in Monday’s peace march in Sam Sharpe Square. St James cops hosting youth summer camp
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Head of the St James Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Marlon Nesb ... Read More

Phillips calls on PM to urgently address crime issue

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Thursday, July 21, 2016    

From left: Dr Dayton Campbell, Dr Peter Phillips and Dr Wykeham McNeill in attendance at the People’s National Party (PNP) North Trelawny Annual Constituency Conference held in Falmouth on Sunday. 

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Opposition Finance spokesman Dr Peter Phillips is calling on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to urgently address the crime issue affecting the country. “...And we need now the prime minister to step in and get a grip, especially as it was a central part of his proclamations before the elections,” Dr Phillips charged. He argued that currently the conflicting voices on crime coming from Government do not inspire much confidence. “... but even more ... Read More

Trelawny infirmaries to recieve increased capacity

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Thursday, July 21, 2016    

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie (left) in dialogue with administrators of the Falmouth Infirmary during a tour of the facility on Thursday. 

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The parish of Trelawny is shortlisted to benefit from a joint venture between the ministries of local government and health to provide 200 bed spaces in infirmaries for patients who have been abandoned at public hospitals, for over a year in some cases. The announcement was made by Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie during last week’s sitting of the Trelawny Parish Council’s monthly meeting. “There is a programme between the Ministry ... Read More

JPS signs MOU in MoBay for first Smart House

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer west writer | Thursday, July 21, 2016    

Houses constructed by West Indies Home Contractors Limited in Meadows of Irwin, St James.

IRWIN, St James — The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has moved a step closer to fulfilling its promise of introduce smart homes by the end of the year to its customers, starting with the second city, Montego Bay. This was made possible with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with West Indies Home Contractors Limited (WIHCON) for the development of smart homes in Meadows of Irwin, St James. The MOU was signed on Wednesday at the Club House located in the Meadows of ... Read More

21-y-o Tashna Bruce is Miss Beaches Negril

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, July 21, 2016    

Miss Beaches Negril 2016 Tashna Bruce flanked by second runner-up Stacy-Ann Sinclair (left) and first runner up Keashie Simpson.

NEGRIL, Westmoreland - An overjoyed 21-year-old Tashna Bruce, from the Human Resources Department, broke down in tears after she was declared Miss Beaches Negril 2016 at the annual staging of the Talent and Awareness Pageant at Negril Hills Golf Club Friday night. “I am so happy at this moment I can hardly express my feelings,” an emotional Bruce told the Jamaica Observer West. First runner-up was Keashie Simpson from the Loyalty and Travel Department, while Stacy-Ann Sinclair, fr ... Read More

Solar Breakfast Party for MoBay

Thursday, July 21, 2016    

Yanique the Curvy Diva is also on the line up

The popular trend of breakfast parties is set to have its first staging in Western Jamaica, as Antidote Entertainment will take over the lawns of Whitter Village in Montego Bay on Sunday for Solar all-inclusive breakfast party. The event will see popular DJ Kurt Riley of FAME FM headlining the entertainment roster; DJ Jigga and Chromatic are also slated to perform, with a special appearance by fast-rising media personality Yanique the Curvy Diva also on the line-up. Part proceeds from the e ... Read More

PHOTO: Nedrick at World Champs

Thursday, July 21, 2016    

Kevin Nedrick of Petersfield High participating in the shot put event on Tuesday’s opening day of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He failed to get past the first round with a throw of 16.63m and will contest the discus throw on Saturday morning. Read More

Copperwood face Salt Spring in Western Masters League final

BY PAUL A REID Observer West Writer | Thursday, July 21, 2016    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Copperwood and Salt Spring will meet in the 2016 Western Masters League finals on Sunday at the UDC field after completing semi-final victories over Faithful Masters and Challengers, respectively, last weekend. Faithful Masters and Challengers both won the return-leg semi-finals 3-2, but failed to overturn big first-leg deficits. Copperwood advanced 4-3 on aggregate after winning the first leg 2-0, while Salt Spring won 5-3 on aggregate after they had won their ... Read More

West Haven Children’s Home to benefit from football festival

Thursday, July 21, 2016    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The West Haven Children’s Home is to benefit from this Saturday’s Cariblanta Soccer Fest 2016 at Jarrett Park, hosted by Violet Tourers and featuring six teams in the one-day tournament. The event is in its seventh year and will be staged in Montego Bay for the first time after being held in Spanish Town and York Town, Clarendon previously. A release from the organisers said that their mission was to reach out into other communities, with Montego B ... Read More

Granville tipped to retain basketball title

BY PAUL A REID Observer West Writer | Thursday, July 21, 2016    

Ralique Grant of Granville Jaguars (centre) is about to pass the ball to teammate Dave Black (right) as Holland Saints’ Shavaughn Reid tries to block him in a recent WBA Tropical Blue Natural Spring Water Elite Basketball League reschedule game at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. Granville won the game 89-80 in overtime.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The semi-final match-ups in the Western Basketball Associations Tropical Blue Natural Spring Water Elite Basketball League were finally decided on Saturday after the final set of rescheduled games were played at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. Defending champions Granville Jaguars topped the points table with 28 points and will play Holland Saints (22 points) in one best-of-three semi-finals set to start next week, while Catherine Hall All-Stars and Montego Bay Hoop ... Read More

Rotary Int’l gives Cornwall Regional Hospital $10m in eye care equipment

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, July 14, 2016    

District Governor Haresh Ramchandani (left) and Rotary International President John Germ with the George Tyson plague at the Cornwall Regional Hospital on Friday.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Ophthalmology Department of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) last week received eye care equipment valued at approximately $10 million from the Rotary Club. “It has always been my dream and that of the Ophthalmology Department to offer the same standard of eye care in private practices to patients in the public hospital. We are now well on our way. Thanks to the CEO, Mr Smikle, who shares our passion, and now thanks to Rotary,” head of the O ... Read More



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