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Montego Bay Free Zone marks 30 years

The Montego Bay Free Zone in St James

THE Montego Bay Free Zone (MBFZ), one of western Jamaica's most successful business facilitators, begins its 30th anniversary celebrations with a church service at the Trumpet Call Ministries in Montego Bay today. The service forms part of a number of planned activities, guided by the theme: "Posit ... Read More

Principal of Holland High School Pauline Reid proudly speaks of the institution’s achievements,
especially in the field of academics since it was opened in 2005. Trelawny's Holland High turns 10
ON May 20, 2005, then Education Minister Maxine Henry-Wilson officially opened the Holland High Scho ... Read More

JPS worker repairs power lines(file photo) JPS employee dies in road mishap
A Jamaica Public Service Company employee died in a motor vehicle collision on Paradise main road in ... Read More

Pauline Ferguson (right) and her daughter
Shanika Thomas chided the Observer Residents agonise over gruesome murder of 14-y-o girl
ALTHOUGH 14-year-old Santoya Campbell was last Saturday laid to rest here, three days after 37-yearo ... Read More

Cornwall Regional gets $8.5m from Rainforest Seafood Festival

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

A section of the crowd at the festival.

MONTEGO BAY, St James -- Promoters of the third staging of the Rainforest Seafood Festival say despite the inclement weather which dogged the Ash Wednesday show, some $8.5 million was realised from the event. "With a third staging of the Rainforest Seafood Festival under our belt, the Rainforest family is immensely gratified with the support we received this past Ash Wednesday. Just under 10,000 patrons attended the event allowing us to make $8.5 million for the We Care for Cornwall Regional Ho ... Read More

Manning's School gets new greenhouse

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Deputy chairman of Manning's School's board and attorney Michael Palmer (right) assists Manning's School past student
and Food for the Poor director Debbie-Ann Gordon-Crawford (second right), as she bites into a freshly picked cucumber
from the school's greenhouse, following a handover ceremony at the institution last week.
Looking on from left are: Richard Washington, agriculture teacher at Manning's School; Vashawn Saxton, a student, and
Food for the Poor Executive Director David Mair. (PHOTOS: ANTHONY LEWIS)

Acting Principal of Manning's School in Westmoreland, Megan Berry, says students at the institution are set to benefit tremendously from a new greenhouse recently handed over to the school by Food For the Poor (FFP) in partnership with the Digicel Foundation. "The fact that you have the greenhouse technology, it therefore means that they [students] will get a chance to learn how such technology can increase production. So, it's really the practical aspect to it that is of great benefit to our students," ... Read More

Treating the elderly

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Treating the elderly

Shahila Bailey (right), a volunteer at Le Antonio's Foundation, presents Barnett Lane, Montego Bay resident Angela Blake, with a gift package containing items of foodstuff and toiletry during a treat for the elderly at the foundation's Barnett Lane headquarters in the resort city recently. Sharing in the moment is Antonio McKoy, the Foundation's president. Almost 20 elderly residents from Barnett Lane and adjoining communities received gift bags during the treat. According to McKoy, the distri ... Read More

Whitehouse residents benefit from free health services

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Public Health Nurse
Jacqueline Smith-Daley (left)
conducts blood pressure
testing on a Whitehouse resident
during the recent health fair held in
the community.

WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland -- Scores of residents in the rural community of Whitehouse, Westmoreland, received a variety of free health and wellness services recently, courtesy of Sandals Whitehouse along with key health partners. Throughout the day, residents were able to access numerous tests free of charge, ranging from HIV/AIDS testing, vision testing, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings. An obstetrician/gynaecologist (OBGYN) was also on board conducting tests; as well as a nutritioni ... Read More

Brace for drought, Pickersgill warns western Ja

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter MARTHA BRAE, Trelawny | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

French ambassador to Jamaica Jean Michel Despax (right) and Minister of
Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill in discussion
after the recent commissioning of two water projects at Martha Brae, Trelawny,
which were undertaken by French firm, Vinci Construction Grands Projects.
(PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE)

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill has warned National Water Commission (NWC) customers in western Jamaica to be economical with the use of water in light of forecasted weather conditions, which could result in a severe drought. "The projections in terms of the weather conditions for 2015 are not what we would like to hear. So this whole business of rainwater harvesting and really making sure that you preserve your water supplies and treat it in a respon ... Read More

Garland Hall Children's Home gets bus

BY ALAN LEWIN Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Directors of Kemtek Development and Construction Company in
Tower Isle, St Mary (at front, from left) Garwin, Sylvester and
Handell Tullouch, pose with plaques received from members of
the Jamaica Baptist Union in appreciation for the company's
donation of a Toyota Hiace bus to the Garland Hall Children's
Home in St James, last week. (PHOTOS: ALAN LEWIN)

The Garland Hall Children's Home in Anchovy, St James, was last week presented with a 15-seater Toyota Hiace bus by the Tower Isles, St Mary, based-Kemtek Development and Construction Company Limited. The vehicle was handed over to the home during the celebration ceremony of the Jamaica Baptist Union Convention and 165th General Assembly held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay. Chairman for the Garland Hall Children's George Simpson and President of the Jamaica Baptist Women's Federa ... Read More

Wakefield Health Centre gets medical supplies

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Health care providers at the Wakefield Health Centre and
members of the Optimist Club of Falmouth, and NOW, pose with
medical supplies handed over to the clinic during a brief
ceremony at the facility on Monday

WAKEFIELD, Trelawny - The Wakefield Health Centre in Trelawny got a shot in the arm on Monday, when the Optimist Club of Falmouth in collaboration with NOW, a charitable organisation based in Atlanta, donated well needed medical sundries to the facility. Among the items donated were nebulizers, masks, gloves, bandages, syringes, gauze, iodine, forceps, scissors and bowls. Nurse Suzette Ried and her staff were on hand to receive the items from President of the Optimist Club of Falmouth Richard ... Read More

Strong support for Diaspora Conference in western Ja

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter ROSE HALL, St James | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign
Trade, Arnaldo Brown (left), delivering the keynote address at
the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, Western Region
Stakeholders briefing at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and Spa on
Monday. Also pictured are Wayne Golding, member of the
Jamaica Diaspora Board, Southern USA (second left) and
Nathan Robb, the president of the Montego Bay Chamber of
Commerce and industry.

There is strong public and private sector support from western Jamaica for the sixth staging of the Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, scheduled for June 13 and 18 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) Nathan Robb has thrown the support of the business sector behind the event. "The last one was indeed very, very encouraging from many points of view in terms of the prospects that it held, not just for the Diaspora, but for ... Read More

Flying start

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Flying start

Kashief Brown (centre) got his Premier League career off to a flying start, scoring in the last three games for Montego Bay United in the Red Stripe Premier League and helping the defending champions to break out of a six game goalless slump. The Green Pond High schoolboy has played in four games, coming off the bench late in a loss at Humble Lion before starting his run of goals in a home win over Boys Town. He scored the first goal in a 2-2 draw away to Rivoli United, then got the equaliser in ... Read More

$18-m road improvement projects underway in St James

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

MONTEGO BAY, St James - The Government through the Road Maintenance Fund, has allocated $17.9 million for the rehabilitation of four Parish Council roadways in St James. The road improvement projects are currently underway and are being supervised by the National Works Agency (NWA). Community Relations Officer for the NWA's Western Region, Janel Ricketts, says that these projects are now in an advanced stage. She added that to date two roadways have been completed -- the Johnson Hill and Salt ... Read More



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