Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 ECJ chair bemoans low voter turnout at elections http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/ECJ-chair-bemoans-low-voter-turnout-at-elections_19032672 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) Dorothy Pine McLarty says voting apathy is causing millions of dollars of taxpayers' money to go down the drain because preparation has to be made for a 100 percent voter turnout. Local News Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT O, Canada! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/O--Canada-_19034408 GREEN Island, Hanover, resident Andrea Paisley yesterday travelled the four hours to the Canadian High Commission in Kingston to pick up the immigrant visa for which she applied in March, making her the first person in Jamaica to be successful under that government's new Express Entry system. Local News Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Wayne Wonder set to perform at We Are Reggae http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Wayne-Wonder-set-to-perform-at-We-Are-Reggae_19026120 MONTEGO BAY, St James - INTERNATIONAL recording artiste Wayne Wonder will take centre stage on Saturday night when the monthly concert series We Are Reggae continues at the Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay. Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Richard Vernon, entrepreneur extraordinaire http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Richard-Vernon--entrepreneur-extraordinaire_19027798 TWENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD entrepreneur Richard Vernon strongly believes the biblical words, 'Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it'. Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT MBU/Arnett showdown Monday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MBU-Arnett-showdown-Monday_19027968 FRESH from qualifying for next season's CONCACAF Club Championships in Trinidad, Montego Bay United (MBU) will have little time to rest before turning their attention to defending their Red Stripe Premier League title against Arnett Gardens at the National Stadium on Monday night. Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Alps residents welcome Ira V Brooks Memorial Foundation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Alps-residents-welcome-Ira-V-Brooks-Memorial-Foundation_19025724 RESIDENTS of Alps, located in deep rural Trelawny, have welcomed the recent launch of the Ira V Brooks Memorial Foundation for Education, pointing to its benefits to the struggling farming community. Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Labour Day activities across the west http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Labour-Day-activities-across-the-west_19026060 Sandals Negril's Wedding Manager Andrea Luckoo Edwards made good use of her painting skills on the exterior walls of the Green Island Health Centre on Labour Day. Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Dangerous! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Dangerous--_19025953 These students were seen playing at various sections of this burnt-out two-storey Georgian building on Market Street, Falmouth last week, oblivious of the great danger the fragile structure poses. Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Entertainment diary - May 28 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Entertainment-diary_188440182015-05-28T02-23-37   Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Western Sports Diary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Sports-Diary_19028009 TODAY Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Fontana fun day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Fontana-fun-day-_19025965 Employees of Fontana's five locations -- Kingston, Mandeville, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Savanna la-Mar -- were in a jovial mood, as they posed for a photograph at Chukka Caribbean, Good Hope, in Trelawny recently during the company's first ever fun day. Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Faulkland FC, Mountain Villa promoted to St J FA Senior League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Faulkland-FC--Mountain-Villa-promoted-to-St-J-FA-Senior-League_19028154 FAULKLAND FC who gained promotion in back-to-back seasons, and Mountain Villa will play in the St James Football Association's Sandals/ATL Senior League next season, after qualifying for the finals of the Sandals/ATL Division One last weekend. Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Irwin Adventists renovate elderly woman's house http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Irwin-Adventists-renovate-elderly-woman-s-house_19026154 IRWIN, St James - MARY Dennison, a 96-year-old member of the Irwin community in St James beamed with joy when members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church first entered her premises with building material and tools to renovate her dilapidated house. Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Rush for semi-final spots in Masters League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Rush-for-semi-final-spots-in-Masters-League_19028060 MONTEGO BAY, St James - THE preliminary rounds of Dango's Enterprise Western Masters League football competition end today with several teams racing for places in the semi-finals. Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Photo: In control http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/In-control_19028064 Veteran player Raphael Palmer (left) of Melbourne FC shields the ball from Marl Road's Lerone East in last week's St James FA Sandals/ATL Senior League semi-finals at Jarrett Park. Melbourne beat Marl Road to advance to the finals against Reggae Youths set for June 5 and 12. Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Hip strip - May 28 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hip-strip_19025786 MAKING A POINT Observer West Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT $20 billion owed to NWC said hampering expansion of water supply systems http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-20-billion-owed-to-NWC-said-hampering-expansion-of-water-supply-systems_19010116 GUTTERS, St James — State Minister in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Ian Hayles describes the close to $20 billion in outstanding payments owed to the National Water Commission (NWC) as an obstacle which denies the ministry well-needed revenue to set up additional water supply systems across the island. Local News Mon, 25 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Teacher accused of pulling knife, using expletives at student http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Teacher-accused-of-pulling-knife--using-expletives-at-student_19001119 MONTEGO BAY, St James -- A teacher assigned to a high school in western Jamaica is under probe by school officials after she was accused of using expletives to a student and subsequently pulling a knife from her waist in a flex of power and might. General News Sun, 24 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Reggae Youths, Melbourne enter decisive semi-final leg in front http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Reggae-Youths--Melbourne-enter-decisive-semi-final-leg-in-front_18988818 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Reggae Youths and Melbourne FC will take leads into today's return-leg semi-finals of the St James Football Association Sandals/ATL Senior League over Lilliput Rovers and Marl Road respectively at Jarrett Park. Local Sports Fri, 22 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Trelawny gets two libraries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Trelawny-gets-two-libraries_18979762 RESIDENTS here are the beneficiaries of two new libraries which were constructed at a combined cost of $27 million under the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries' Sugar Transformation Unit. Observer West Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Whitehouse fisherfolk get more help from Sandals Foundation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Whitehouse-fisherfolk-get-more-help-from-Sandals-Foundation Observer West Thu, 21 May 2015 00:11:54 GMT South Trelawny primary school to cease operation in June http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Alps-closing_18981189 ALPS, Trelawny -- The Alps Primary School, nestled in the farming community of Southern Trelawny, is to close its doors at the end of this school year, due to its dwindling student population. Observer West Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT South Trelawny residents welcome $15-M retaining wall programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/South-Trelawny-residents-welcome--15-M-retaining-wall-programme_18979452 ULSTER SPRING, Trelawny - RESIDENTS in South Trelawny have welcomed the $15-million retaining wall programme being undertaken by the National Works Agency (NWA) on three roadways in that section of the parish. Observer West Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT MBU to compete in CFU club championships this weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MBU-to-compete-in-CFU-club-championships-this-weekend_18979535 MONTEGO Bay United (MBU) will be seeking a date with destiny this weekend when they compete in the semi-final and final stages of the Caribbean Football Union's Club Championships at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad. Observer West Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Russia residents welcome ICDP launch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Russia-residents-welcome-ICDP-launch_18980917 RUSSIA, Westmoreland --Forty-seven-year-old Paul Anthony Richards, electrician and cable technician, is concerned about the deteriorating quality of life and the feeling of desperation affecting residents of Russia in Savanna-la-Mar, especially the young. Observer West Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT