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 Bartlett fetes JLP senior citizens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Bartlett-fetes-JLP-senior-citizens_18117713 KEMSHOT, St James - Over 50 senior citizens were feted by Member of Parliament for East Central St James Edmund Bartlett and his wife Carmen, during a function at the newly renovated Kemshot community centre dubbed An Evening of Excellence. Observer West Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT MBU on revenge mission http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MBU-ON-REVENGE-MISSION_18117352 TUCKER, St James - MONTEGO Bay United (MBU) will get the chance to avenge yet another defeat when they host Cavalier SC in the Red Stripe Premier League second-round game at WesPow Park on Sunday, starting at 3:00 pm. Observer West Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Map Head carving out a niche in the dancehall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Map-Head-carving-out-a-niche-in-the-dancehall_18117318 HAGUE, Trelawny - DERRICK Kerr, better known as 'Map Head', one of the top-flight selectors on the legendary Killamanjaro (Jaro) sound system, has been steadily carving out a niche for himself in dancehall both locally and internationally. Observer West Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT CAPI co-convenor calls on Muschett to step down http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/CAPI-co-convenor-calls-on-Muschett-to-step-down-_18117424 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — CO-CONVENOR of civil lobby group, Citizens' Action for Principles and Integrity (CAPI), Dennis Meadows, has called for the resignation of custos rotulorum of the parish of Trelawny, Paul Muschett, over his failure to commission justices of the peace since he assumed the post over four years ago. Observer West Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT T’ People look to regain lead in Western Confed Super League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/T--People-look-to-regain-lead-in-Western-Confed-Super-League_18117072 MONTEGO BAY, St James - TOMORROW'S People will be seeking to retake the lead in the Jamaica Football Federation's Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League, when they take on winless Montego Bay Boys' Club in a rescheduled game at the UDC field this afternoon, starting at 3:00 pm. Observer West Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT ‘A welcome Christmas gift’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-A-welcome-Christmas-gift-_18117371 BUNKER'S HILL, Trelawny - TEN million dollars won't be enough to complete the job, but still, Bunker's Hill residents are grateful. Observer West Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT PHOTO: AHEAD OF THE CLASS! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/AHEAD-OF-THE-CLASS-_18117250 Mt Alvernia High's Kemba Nelson moves away from the field to win her heat of the Girls' Class 2 300m during last Saturday's Custom Marbles Comets Classic at the Irwin High School in St James. (PHOTO: PAUL REID) Observer West Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Outlook for winter tourist season positive, McNeill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Outlook-for-winter-tourist-season-positive--McNeill-_18094601 ROSE HALL, St James — Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill is brimming with confidence that the upcoming winter tourist season, which officially starts today will be a successful one. Local News Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Tomorrow's People look to extend lead in Super League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Tomorrow-s-People-look-to-extend-lead-in-Super-League MONTEGO BAY, St James — Early leaders Tomorrow's People could extend their lead atop the Jamaica Football Federation's Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League this afternoon when they take on winless Montego Bay Boys’ Club at the UDC field starting at 3:00 pm. Local Sports Sun, 14 Dec 2014 04:39:10 GMT Montego Bay United score 1-0 revenge win over Waterhouse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Montego-Bay-United-score-1-0-revenge-win-over-Waterhouse_18094820 TUCKER, St James - Defending champions Montego Bay United continued their excellent run of form in the Red Stripe Premier league yesterday beating leaders Waterhouse FC 1-0 at the WestpoW Park. This win cuts Waterhouse's lead in the competition to two points and allowed the MoBay team to avenge their first round loss. Local Sports Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Sandals empowers small business owners http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Sandals-empowers-small-business-owners_18093319 THIRTY-FIVE aspiring and existing small business owners from the Cambridge Development Area benefited from a one-day intense entrepreneurship workshop which was hosted by Sandals Resorts in the Montego Bay region last month. Local Business Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Dr Johnston bats for Hanover Educational Institute http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Dr-Johnston-bats-for-Hanover-Educational-Institute_18085647 COUSINS COVE, Hanover — SENIOR advisor to the education minister, Dr Franklin Johnston, is calling on Hanoverians to support a privately owned educational institution, the Hanover Educational Institute (HEI). Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Fatal head-on bike crash involving cousins leaves family members mystified http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Odd-accident- CAULDWELL, Hanover — NOTHING could have prepared Annakay Jones for the trauma she is now undergoing, following the death of her father and a cousin during a bizarre accident involving two motorcycles which collided head-on on the Prospect main road in Hanover, last week. Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:15:49 GMT Negril mourns Observer vendor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Negril-mourns-Observer-vendor_18085632 NEGRIL, Hanover — THE resort town of Negril has been plunged into mourning following last week's passing of popular Jamaica Observer vendor, 48-year-old Keith "Japanese" Campbell. Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Scotiabank sees growth at Fairview facility http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Scotiabank-sees-growth-at-Fairview-facility_18085621 MONTEGO BAY, St James — PRESIDENT and Chief Executive Officer of Scotia Group Jamaica, Jacqueline Sharp, says the recent opening of the state- of- the-art financial centre at Fairview in Montego Bay has already begun to bear fruit, as the bank has seen an increase in customers. Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Keen tussle! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Keen-tussle_18085631 TUCKER, St James — RED hot Montego Bay United will get a chance to avenge their first loss of the Red Stripe Premier League season today, when they welcome leaders Waterhouse FC at WespoW Park in their second round game. Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT 'Herbie' eyes basketball titles http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Herbie--eyes-b-ball-titles_18085607 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Herbert Morrison Technical are on the verge of being crowned double champions in the ISSA Western Conference boys' Under-16 and Under -19 basketball competition, as they take one-game leads into both best of three finals today at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Fit and ready! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Fit-and-ready-_18085630 Seventy-five-year-old Gerline Nelson poses for the Observer West lens after finishing first in her age group at last Saturday's Reggae Marathon in Negril. Nelson, who hails from Lima in St James, says she has over the years participated in 57 races and has placed first 47 times in her age group category. "Running is like medicine to my body," she says. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN) Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Miss Global International wants to discover Jamaica's culture http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Miss-Global-International-wants-to-discover-Jamaica-s-culture_18085663 MONTEGO BAY, St James — MARTINIQUE contestant Anne-Sophie Ribesois, who was on the weekend crowned Miss Global International 2014 in Montego Bay, says she plans to return to Jamaica in the near future to discover the island's rich culture and heritage. Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Several schools confirmed for COMETS Classic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Several-schools-confirmed-for-COMETS-Classic_18085677 IRWIN, St James — A number of schools including St Elizabeth Technical High have already confirmed their participation at Saturday's Custom Marbles COMETS Classic, set to get underway at 10:00am at Irwin High. Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Tis The Season! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Tis-The-Season-_18085679 Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris (third left), is joined by (from left) his wife Dr Angela Samuels-Harris, Digicel's Joy Clark, Morganne Kellier, junior mayor of Montego Bay 2014/2015 and JPS's T'Shura Gibbs, as they participate in turning on the lights of the municipal Christmas ree in the historic Sam Sharpe Square on Monday night. Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT PHOTO: FATHER HAYLES BASH! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/FATHER-HAYLES-BASH-_18085634 International Reggae artiste Luciano (right) greets his fans during a splendid set at the Father Hayles Birthday Bash held at the Lucea Bus Park on Saturday night. The event which was free to the public was sponsored by Member of Parliament for Western Hanover Ian Hayles, his family and friends, as part of his birthday celebrations. It also featured several other reggae acts including Beenie Man, Mikey Ranks, Errol Dunkley, Ikaya, Rickey Trooper, Read Heat, Benjy Myaz and Miguel Antonio. (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE) Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT TOYS! TOYS! TOYS! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/TOYS--TOYS--TOYS--_18085682 Sandals Montego Bay Hotel Manager, Dawn Smith (left) and Regional Public Relations Manager, Khadine Daley (third right) accept toys from Great Shape! Inc. Executive Director, Joseph Wright (second left) and Projects Manager, Salli-Jo Walker. The toys are among several palettes of toys and games that will be gifted to kids during the Sandals Foundation- sponsored Christmas treats which begin today within the Montego Bay region. The Sandals Foundation is participating in 90 Christmas treats across the Caribbean this year, with some 13,000 children expected to receive gifts for the festive season. Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Violet Tourers retain Masters title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Violet-Tourers-retain-Masters-title_18086014 MONTEGO BAY, St James — VIOLET Tourers of Montego Bay retained the NCB/Clinicare sponsored Masters Extravaganza after beating Hanover Masters 1-0 in the final of the four- team one-day competition at Jarrett Park on Sunday. Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT We’ve got the answer! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/We-ve-got-the-answer-_18085623 One eager youngster of Leonora Morris Basic School in Lilliput, St James, jumps to his feet, while another raises his hand in response to Education Minister Ronald Thwaites' question during his recent visit to several basic schools across the parish. Sharing in the moment are (from left) Councillor for the Rose Hall Division, Jason Cummings, and Ashley-Ann Foster, the People's National Party's chairperson for East Central St James. Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT