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 Montego Bay Free Zone marks 30 years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Montego-Bay-Free-Zone-marks-30-years_18487779 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. General News Sun, 01 Mar 2015 03:00:00 GMT Trelawny's Holland High turns 10 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Trelawny-s-Holland-High-turns-10_18487758 ON May 20, 2005, then Education Minister Maxine Henry-Wilson officially opened the Holland High School in Falmouth, Trelawny with a student population of 400. Ten years later the institution is celebrating academic successes under the theme 'Excellence in Stewardship For a Decade and Beyond'. General News Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT JPS employee dies in road mishap http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/JPS-employee-dies-in-road-mishap_18487942 A Jamaica Public Service Company employee died in a motor vehicle collision on Paradise main road in Westmoreland yesterday. General News Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Residents agonise over gruesome murder of 14-y-o girl http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Shrewsbury-mourns ALTHOUGH 14-year-old Santoya Campbell was last Saturday laid to rest here, three days after 37-yearold Cornelius Robinson was sentenced to life in prison for murdering her, members of her Logwood, Shrewsbury community are still in shock over the teen's horrific end. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:13:44 GMT Cornwall Regional gets $8.5m from Rainforest Seafood Festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Cornwall-Regional-gets--8-5m-from-Rainforest-Seafood-Festival_18471317 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. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Manning's School gets new greenhouse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Manning-s-School-gets-new-greenhouse_18471093 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. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Treating the elderly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Treating-the-elderly_18470876 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. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Whitehouse residents benefit from free health services http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Whitehouse-residents-benefit-from-free-health-services_18471203 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. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Brace for drought, Pickersgill warns western Ja http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Brace-for-drought--Pickersgill-warns-western-Ja_18471136 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. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Garland Hall Children's Home gets bus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Garland-Hall-Children-s-Home-gets-bus_18470812 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. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Wakefield Health Centre gets medical supplies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Wakefield-Health-Centre-gets-medical-supplies_18471512 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. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Strong support for Diaspora Conference in western Ja http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Strong-support-for-Diaspora-Conference-in-western-Ja_18471548 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. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Flying start http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Flying-start_18471942 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 a 2-1 come from behind win over Tivoli Gardens on Sunday. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT $18-m road improvement projects underway in St James http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/18-m-road-improvement-projects-underway-in-St-James_18471612 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. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Montego Bay Restorative Justice Centre opening http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Montego-Bay-Restorative-Justice-Centre-opening_18471583 Minister of Justice Mark Golding (left) cuts the ribbon to officially declare open the Montego Bay Restorative Justice Centre. Sharing in the moment are (from right) Deputy Superintendent of Police Ainsley McCarthy, Commanding Officer for St James Superintendent Derrick Champagnie, Custos of St James Ewen Corrodus and Deputy House Speaker and Member of Parliament for Central St James Lloyd B Smith. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Granville FC seek to avenge loss to Sandals Whitehouse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Granville-FC-seek-to-avenge-loss-to-Sandals-Whitehouse_18471886 Former champions Granville FC will seek to avenge a first round loss to mid-season champions Sandals Whitehouse when the teams meet in the return round Jamaica Football Federation Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League game at the Granville Community Centre playfield on Sunday. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Red Dragon cops four gold medals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Red-Dragon-cops-four-gold-medals_18471917 Fighters from the Montego Bay-based Red Dragon Taekwon-Do Centre won eight medals, including four gold in their first outing this year -- the Jamaica Superstars Martial Arts Open 'Best of the Best'. Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT ENTERTAINMENT DIARY http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/ENTERTAINMENT-DIARY_18471248   Observer West Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT New clock for Montego Bay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/New-clock-for-Montego-Bay_18436005 MAYOR of Montego Bay and chairman of the St James Parish Council, Glendon Harris, says that the city's clock tower is to be repaired and a new clock purchased at a cost of US$23,000. Local News Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT STETHS on course for double at Western Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/STETHS-on-course-for-double-at-Western-Champs_18442964 CATHERINE HALL, St James — St Elizabeth Technical were well on their way to winning the double at the Digicel/Hanover Co-Operative Credit Union's Western Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Complex as they led in both the boys' and girls' sections on the final day. Local Sports Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Businessman gets life for murder of 14-year-old girl http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Businessman-gets-life-for-murder-of-14-year-old-girl_18432756 SAVANNA-LA-MAR, West-moreland — Fashion designer and photo studio operator 37-year-old Cornelius Robinson, who pleaded guilty to the murder of 14-year-old schoolgirl Santoya Campbell, was sentenced to life when he appeared in the Westmoreland Circuit Court yesterday. Local News Fri, 20 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT New St James JPs donate $500,000 to local charities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/New-St-James-JPs-donate--500-000-to-local-charities_18423822 MONTEGO BAY, St James Observer West Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT 20-y-old taken from worksite, feared dead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/20-y-old-taken-from-worksite--feared-dead_18424114 FALMOUTH, Trelawny Observer West Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT A plea for help http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/A-plea-for-help_18425228 FIFTY-seven-year-old Gloria Ormsby is worried, frustrated and penniless. Observer West Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Granville All-Age gets facelift http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Granville-All-Age-gets-facelift_18425746 MONTEGO BAY, St James Observer West Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT