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 Flood of athletes expected at Milo Western Relays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Flood-of-athletes-expected-at-Milo-Western-Relays_51614 CATHERINE HALL, St James – Large fields are expected at today’s 38th staging of the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, set to start at noon as organisers have reported an increase in athlete participation over the last three years. Local Sports Sat, 13 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT McNeill hails JCF for work on Negril Police Station http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/McNeill-hails-JCF-for-work-on-Negril-Police-Station_51381 Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill has commended members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for their outstanding work on the renovation of the Negril Police Station. Observer West Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT No cakewalk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/No-cakewalk_51405 The battle for the five parliamentary seats in St James in the coming general election has intensified since Tuesday’s nomination of 11 candidates in the western parish. Observer West Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Nomination Day across the west http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Nomination-Day-across-the-west_51386 Twenty-eight candidates were on Tuesday nominated across the western parishes of Trelawny, Hanover, St James and Westmoreland to contest the 12 parliamentary seats in the February 25 general election in the region. Of that number, the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) and the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) each nominated 12 candidates, while there were two independent candidates and two representatives from the National Democratic Movement (NDM). The Jamaica Observer West brings you highlights. Observer West Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Somerton FC seek to extend lead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Somerton-FC-seek-to-extend-lead-_51364 Somerton Observer West Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Booted! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Booted-_51365 Savannah SC — one of the most successful clubs in western Jamaica football — appeared to have hit rock-bottom, as they were kicked out of the Jamaica Football Federation’s Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League on Monday, after failing to show for their third straight game. Observer West Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Body n Beach’ opens in MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Body-n-Beach--opens-in-MoBay_51369 The Observer West Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Montego Bay Convention Centre reaches out to Spot Valley High http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Montego-Bay-Convention-Centre-reaches-out-to-Spot-Valley-High_51376 The Montego Bay Convention Centre, under its ‘Adopt a School Partnership’ initiative, has sought to improve and provide crucial work experience and opportunities for students of Spot Valley High School in St James. Observer West Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Granville FC waiting to pounce http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Granville-FC-waiting-to-pounce-_51354 Granville Observer West Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Melbourne blank Violet Kickers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Melbourne-blank-Violet-Kickers-_51366 Melbourne Observer West Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT All set for Sugar Cane Ball http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/All-set-for-Sugar-Cane-Ball_51374 The Observer West Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT STETHS retain titles at Western Athletics Championships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/STETHS-retain-titles-at-Western-Athletics-Championships_51297 CATHERINE HALL, St James — St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) successfully defended their titles at last Saturday’s Digicel/County of Cornwall Athletics Association’s (COCAA) Western Athletics Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, to complete their third double in four years. Local Sports Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bad roads, lack of water major factors in Hanover Eastern http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Bad-roads--lack-of-water-major-factors-in-Hanover-Eastern_50976 HOPEWELL, Hanover — The deplorable state of the roads and the lack of piped water in many communities in the constituency of Hanover Eastern could play a major factor in determining which candidate wins the seat on Election Day, February 25. Local News Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Minister: Tourism continues to do well despite Zika reports http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Minister--Tourism-continues-to-do-well-despite-Zika-reports_50813 ROSE HALL, St James — Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill says that despite “anecdotal reports” of persons cancelling their bookings to Jamaica due to concerns about the Zika virus, the country’s tourism industry continues to do well. Local News Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘I have learnt a very valuable lesson’ — Dwayne Vaz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-I-have-learnt-a-very-valuable-lesson----Dwayne-Vaz_50622 SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Central Westmoreland Member of Parliament, Dwayne Vaz says he has learnt a very valuable lesson and has moved forward ­— with guidance — over comments he made at a People’s National Party (PNP) rally in December, which many construed as inciting violence. Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Deadly attack! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Deadly-attack-Three-shot-dead--one-injured-in-Meghie-Top-rampage--assault-rifles--shotguns-used-------_50659 SALT SPRING, St James - The island recorded the first triple murder since the start of the year on Tuesday night, when a group of men wielding high-powered rifles fired what was termed by residents as ‘an endless amount of bullets’ on patrons at a bar at Meghie Top, Salt Spring in the parish. Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Title on the line http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Title-on-the-line_50636 MONTEGO BAY, St James - Faulkland FC will have a point to prove when they face Red Stripe Premier League outfit Montego Bay United in Sunday’s final of the St James Football Association’s Captain’s Bakery and Grill Knock-out competition, to be played at Jarrett Park, starting at 3:00pm. Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Artists in Residence’ wow Round Hill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Artists-in-Residence--wow-Round-Hill_50644 ROUND HILL, Hanover — The Pineapple Room at the Round Hill Hotel in Hanover was abuzz with art enthusiasts and collectors last week Wednesday. The atmosphere was charged with positive vibes, vintage wines and finger foods, and in instances tastefully lining the walkway to the sanctuary were the sculptured treasures of five of our finest wood sculptors in Jamaica. Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Clear their names! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Clear-their-names-_50633 MARCH TOWN, Hanover - Elder at the March Town Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ricardo Samuels, has called for the names of the six family members who were killed in Campbellton last October to be cleared of any wrongdoing, stressing that they were not murdered because of any involvement in criminal activities. Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Harris backs MBU’s effort to win CFU first-round group http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Harris-backs-MBU-s-effort-to-win-CFU-first-round-group_50646 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Glendon Harris has thrown the full support of the St James Parish Council behind Montego Bay United’s effort to win their Caribbean Football Union’s (CFU) first-round Group 3 qualifying tournament in Montego Bay later this month. Local Sports Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Residents welcome $644m MIDP projects across the western region http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Residents-welcome--644m-MIDP-projects-across-the-western-region_50640 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Residents of several rural communities across the western Jamaica are now heaping praises on the Government’s Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), under which 32 kilometres of roadway across the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover and St James are been rehabilitated at a cost of $644 million. Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT 30 schools to compete in today’s Western Champs eliminations http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/30-schools-to-compete-in-today-rsquo-s-Western-Champs-eliminations_50619 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Thirty schools, led by defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) and including newcomers Aberdeen High, will be seeking to kick-start their quest for honours in the Digicel/County of Cornwall Athletics Association’s Boys’ Western Champs at today’s eliminations at Herbert Morrison Technical, starting at 10:00 am. Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Eyes fixed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Eyes-fixed Somerton FC’s Oniel Sterling (left) and Bogue FC’s Kirk Patterson have their eyes on the ball in Monday’s Sandals/ATL Division One game at the UDC field. Somerton won the game 1-0 to improve to four straight wins, while snapping Bogue’s three-game win streak. (Photo: Observer) Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 02:18:47 GMT Hip strip - Feb 4 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hip-strip---Feb-4_50612 ALL SMILES Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Cornwall College students to benefit from breakfast programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Cornwall-College-students-to-benefit-from-breakfast-programme_50615 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Acting Principal of Cornwall College Vinette Virgo has expressed confidence that a breakfast programme established at the institution by the local and Canadian chapters of Cornwall College Alumni Association, in partnership with the Canada-based Scarlett House Catering, will improve punctuality and attendance at the Montego Bay school. Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT