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 sets 2018 deadline for $1.4-b Falmouth upgrade http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Bartlett-sets-2018-deadline-for--1-4-b-Falmouth-upgrade_68195 TOURISM Minister Edmund Bartlett is targeting a 2018 completion deadline for several projects aimed at transforming the Georgian town of Falmouth into a premiere destination in the Caribbean. Local News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mobile again! - 275 wheelchairs presented to the needy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Mobile-again----275-wheelchairs-presented-to-the-needy-_68038 Some 275 wheelchairs were handed over to needy individuals at the New Testament Church of God in Montego Bay, St James, on Tuesday. Local News Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT McKenzie concerned over Falmouth market construction http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/McKenzie-concerned-over-Falmouth-market-construction_67831 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has expressed grave concern over the construction of the new Falmouth market which is being funded by the Port Authority of Jamaica [PAJ] to the tune of $300 million. Observer West Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Cops fear INDECOM http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Cops-fear-INDECOM_67797 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Prominent western Jamaica based attorney-at-law Delford Morgan has expressed concerns that members of the security forces could be reluctant to tackle criminals out of fear of being penalised by the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM). Observer West Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT St James cops hosting youth summer camp http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/St-James-cops-hosting-youth-summer-camp_67820 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Head of the St James Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Marlon Nesbeth says the police will be hosting a youth summer programme, among other ventures, as a means of reaching out to youth in the parish riddled with crime, including lotto scamming. Observer West Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Phillips calls on PM to urgently address crime issue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Phillips-calls-on-PM-to-urgently-address-crime-issue_67803 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Opposition Finance spokesman Dr Peter Phillips is calling on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to urgently address the crime issue affecting the country. Local News Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Trelawny infirmaries to recieve increased capacity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Trelawny-infirmaries-to-recieve-increased-capacity_67833 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The parish of Trelawny is shortlisted to benefit from a joint venture between the ministries of local government and health to provide 200 bed spaces in infirmaries for patients who have been abandoned at public hospitals, for over a year in some cases. Observer West Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT JPS signs MOU in MoBay for first Smart House http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/JPS-signs-MOU-in-MoBay-for-first-Smart-House_67849 IRWIN, St James — The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has moved a step closer to fulfilling its promise of introduce smart homes by the end of the year to its customers, starting with the second city, Montego Bay. Observer West Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT 21-y-o Tashna Bruce is Miss Beaches Negril http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/21-y-o-Tashna-Bruce-is-Miss-Beaches-Negril_67782 NEGRIL, Westmoreland - An overjoyed 21-year-old Tashna Bruce, from the Human Resources Department, broke down in tears after she was declared Miss Beaches Negril 2016 at the annual staging of the Talent and Awareness Pageant at Negril Hills Golf Club Friday night. Local Entertainment Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Solar Breakfast Party for MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Solar-Breakfast-Party-for-MoBay_67789 The popular trend of breakfast parties is set to have its first staging in Western Jamaica, as Antidote Entertainment will take over the lawns of Whitter Village in Montego Bay on Sunday for Solar all-inclusive breakfast party. Local Entertainment Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Nedrick at World Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Nedrick-at-World-Champs_67840 Kevin Nedrick of Petersfield High participating in the shot put event on Tuesday’s opening day of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He failed to get past the first round with a throw of 16.63m and will contest the discus throw on Saturday morning. Observer West Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Copperwood face Salt Spring in Western Masters League final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Copperwood-face-Salt-Spring-in-Western-Masters-League-final-_67843 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Copperwood and Salt Spring will meet in the 2016 Western Masters League finals on Sunday at the UDC field after completing semi-final victories over Faithful Masters and Challengers, respectively, last weekend. Local Sports Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT West Haven Children’s Home to benefit from football festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/West-Haven-Children-s-Home-to-benefit-from-football-festival_67839 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The West Haven Children’s Home is to benefit from this Saturday’s Cariblanta Soccer Fest 2016 at Jarrett Park, hosted by Violet Tourers and featuring six teams in the one-day tournament. Observer West Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Granville tipped to retain basketball title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Granville-tipped-to-retain-basketball-title_67838 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The semi-final match-ups in the Western Basketball Associations Tropical Blue Natural Spring Water Elite Basketball League were finally decided on Saturday after the final set of rescheduled games were played at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. Observer West Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Rotary Int’l gives Cornwall Regional Hospital $10m in eye care equipment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Rotary-Int-l-gives-Cornwall-Regional-Hospital--10m-in-eye-care-equipment-_67046 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Ophthalmology Department of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) last week received eye care equipment valued at approximately $10 million from the Rotary Club. Observer West Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bunting upset - Disappointed with McGregor’s transfer from St James http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Bunting-upset_67030 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Opposition spokesman on security Peter Bunting says he was saddened by the recent decision to relieve SSP Steve McGregor of the leadership of the St James Police Division. Observer West Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Don’t let them destabilise the govt, Malahoo Forte urges supporters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Don-t-let-them-destabilise-the-govt--Malahoo-Forte-urges-supporters_67082 MONTEGO BAY, St James — St James West Central member of Parliament Marlene Malahoo Forte is calling on Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters to ensure that those who may want to destabilise the Government, fail to do so. Observer West Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT MBU summoned again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MBU-summoned-again_67066 TUCKER, St James — Montego Bay United (MBU) will face yet another committee to answer to charges stemming from the lead-up to the May 1 final of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final against Portmore United. Observer West Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT DK Duncan returns to Hanover Eastern http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/DK-Duncan-returns-to-Hanover-Eastern_67032 SANDY BAY, Hanover — Former Hanover Eastern Member of Parliament Dr DK Duncan has returned to active politics, albeit temporarily, following the outcome of a delegate vote for him to assume the chairmanship of the People’s National Party (PNP) Hanover Eastern constituency. Observer West Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Former JLP councillor laid to rest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Former-JLP-councillor-laid-to-rest_67051 BOCA RATON, United States — Scores of Jamaicans, family and friends, led by Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett and his wife Carmen, attended the Babione Funeral Home in Boca Raton, Florida, on July 2 to bid farewell to Merton Cooke, former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor for the Spring Garden Division in the St James Parish Council. Observer West Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Use tourism to boost business opportunities’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Use-tourism-to-boost-business-opportunities-_67083 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Delano Seivright, senior advisor and communications strategist to Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, is urging insurance agents and financial advisors to take note and capitalise on upcoming developments in the tourism sector. Observer West Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Nedrick attempts double http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Nedrick-attempts-double_67072 Petersfield High’s Kevin Nedrick will be the first Jamaican thrower to compete in both the shot put and the discus throw at an IAAF event when he goes for the double at next week’s IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Local Sports Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bacca Stars win Trelawny U-13 football competition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Bacca-Stars-win-Trelawny-U-13-football-competition_67075 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Bacca Star United won the Trelawny Football Associations (TFA) Under-13 competition, sponsored by international basketball player Samardo Samuels, held at Elleston Wakeland Centre last Saturday. Local Sports Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Julie Dexter visits her native parish http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Julie-Dexter-visits-her-native-parish_67036 NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Julie Dexter, world renowned, award- winning British singer, songwriter and producer, considered by many to be among the most influential international female vocalists, left the island recently following a brief vacation in her native parish of Westmoreland. Observer West Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Été ‘Summer in France’ set for Mobay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-t---Summer-in-France--set-for-Mobay_67035 Été ‘Summer in France’ promises to be a culinary delight for patrons at the newly opened and very sleek 876 Legends Lounge at Fairview Shopping Centre in Montego Bay. Observer West Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT