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 Lucea mayor blasts police, NWC for non-attendance at meetings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Lucea-mayor-blasts-police--NWC-for-non-attendance-at-meetings_89670 LUCEA, Hanover —  Chairman of the Hanover Municipal Corporation and Mayor of Lucea Sheridan Samuels has made good on his promise to boycott a meeting in the parish – which he said was called by the police – in protest against the absence of representatives of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) at the corporation’s regular monthly meetings. Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT ‘No more drought’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-No-more-drought--_89682 WARSOP, Trelawny - Thousands of residents across southern Trelawny are poised to benefit from a $350-million water supply system expected to come on stream early next year. Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Let’s put Trelawny to the ‘TEST’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Let-s-put-Trelawny-to-the--TEST--_89657 As I watch the parish of Trelawny position itself to become a major player in the fundamentals for the country’s economic growth, my thoughts reflect on the general citizenry — on whether they, too, are positioning themselves to benefit from the growth and development in the parish. Local Opinion Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Do you agree with the decision to remove tints from PPVs? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Do-you-agree-with-the-decision-to-remove-tints-from-PPVs--------_89658 As of Monday, bus and taxi-operators were required to remove heavy tints from public passenger vehicles (PPVs) following instructions given last week by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in light of the recent upsurge in abductions, allegedly by perpetrators posing as taxi operators. Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Manhunt on for killers of Trelawny cabbie http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Manhunt-on-for-killers-of-Trelawny-cabbie_89692 WILTSHIRE, Trelawny — The Trelawny police have launched a massive manhunt for the shooter, and his accomplice, who allegedly fatally shot a cabbie execution-style in the parish on Tuesday night. Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Reggae Youths seek berth in Western Confed mid-season final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Reggae-Youths-seek-berth-in-Western-Confed-mid-season-final_89662 MONTEGO BAY, St James — A point will be good enough for Reggae Youths against Hopewell FC on Saturday for them to book a place in their first-ever Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley’s JB Rum Super League mid-season final. Local Sports Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Hip Strip - Feb 16, 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hip-Strip---Feb-16--2017_89649 Connecticut native 24-year-old Chaquanzha Stephenson, the 2016 Miss Dream Castle winner, pose for our Hip Strip lens at Rick’s Café in Negril on Monday. Stephenson has been in the island since last Thursday as part of her prize for winning the contest, which is held in New York annually Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Sandals Reggae Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Sandals-Reggae-Day_89661 Guests and staff at Sandals Royal Caribbean were too excited for the day of reggae-themed events at the resort recently. Here, team members Oshin Linton (left), Cadene Roye (second left), Andriana Mendez (second right) and Ann-kay Leslie (right) get guests into character as they pause for a quick photo op. Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Jimmy Cliff delights fans at Somerton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Jimmy-Cliff-delights-fans-at-Somerton_89660 SOMERTON, St James — Hundreds of reggae lovers received a musical lesson from iconic reggae ambassador Jimmy Cliff in a masterful performance at Somerton All-Age and Infant School on Sunday. Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Blood donation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Blood-donation_89695 ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Warren Clarke, the commander of Area One, donates blood at the St James Police Co-operative Credit Union office at Baywest Shopping Centre in Montego Bay, St James, on Valentine’s Day. He was participating in the blood drive which was staged by the credit union in collaboration with the Blood Bank, with a view to encourage the police and members of the public to support life on Valentine’s Day. Looking on are: Nurse Nashina Phang (left) and Chaulette Eldemire, branch manager of the St James Police Co-operative Credit Union. (Photo: Alan Lewin) Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Filthy! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Filthy-_89688 This section of Fish Lane in Montego Bay, from which an obnoxious odour emanates, has become an eyesore to passersby and motorists who use the area on a daily basis. The area has been used as a garbage disposal site for several years and is now infested with flies. (Photo: Alan Lewin) Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Safer Internet Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Safer-Internet-Day_89671 Joy Clark, Digicel Head of Sales – West (front), raps with students of Green Pond High School in St James, during the first of two interactive sessions held at the institution to mark Safer Internet Day last week. (Photo : Trescott Myers) Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Champs_89668 Kamal Powell (right), senior sponsorship and development manager, Digicel shares in the victory celebrations with Munro College’s Class 1 4 x 200 metre team (from left) Roshane Edwards, Sheldon Smith, Delano Williams and Devaraine Rowe, during the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James on Saturday. Local Sports Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Coopers Pen, Harmony seek to rebound in TFA league http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Coopers-Pen--Harmony-seek-to-rebound-in-TFA-league_89666 COOPERS PEN, Trelawny — After losing their perfect win record last weekend, both Coopers Pen FC and Harmony FC will seek to rebound with wins today, when they take on Salt Marsh United and Bunker’s Hill respectively in the Trelawny Football Association Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League. Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Western Champs finals on Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Champs-finals-on-Saturday_89673 SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Rusea’s High’s middle-distance runner Ackeem Colley set the only individual record in Tuesday’s elimination of the County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA)/Digicel Western Championships at the St Elizabeth Technical High Sports Complex in Santa Cruz, lowering the mark in the boys’ Class 1 1,500m. Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Sport Diary - February 16, 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Sport-Diary---February-16--2017_89677 TODAY Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Legalise them, Transport Authority urges Westmoreland taxi operators http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Legalise-them--Transport-Authority-urges-Westmoreland-taxi-operators_89274 WESTMORELAND — General manager of operations at the Transport Authority, Colonel Audley Carter has called for illegal taxi operators in and around Westmoreland to get their operations legalised. Local News Sun, 12 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT ‘Crime Free February’ launched in Granville http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Crime-Free-February--launched-in-Granville-_88911 GRANVILLE, St James — The Granville Peace, Justice and Resource Development Foundation has launched an initiative, dubbed ‘Crime Free February’ aimed at making a crime free 28 days in the month across Granville and other sections of St James. Observer West Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Spice to headline Floats Foam Party in MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Spice-to-headline-Floats-Foam-Party-in-MoBay-_88926 High-riding female dancehall artiste Grace Hamilton, better known as Spice, is set to “spice” things up at the Floats Foam Party at Vista Ambassador on the Hip Strip (Gloucester Ave) in Montego Bay on February 19. Observer West Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT ‘Tasha couldn’t hurt a fly’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Tasha-couldn-t-hurt-a-fly-_88933 Tears that flowed down the cheeks of family members of 30-year-old Cauldell, Hanover resident, Tasha Gordon, mirrored the mood in that deep rural community. Observer West Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Fundaciones: making learning fun http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Fundaciones--making-learning-fun_88906 It has been four years since the operators of Fundaciones opened its doors to the public in western Jamaica. Observer West Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT A firearm is a tool for selfdefence, not a toy for show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/A-firearm-is-a-tool-for-selfdefence--not-a-toy-for-show_88904 The ability to carry a firearm in Jamaica is first and foremost a privilege, not a right, and the decision to apply for a gun and carry one – if a licence is granted – is usually a personal one. Observer West Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Reno to host MBU in western RSPL derby http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Reno-to-host-MBU-in-western-RSPL-derby-_88943 FROME, Westmoreland — Reno FC will continue their hunt for a place in the top six of the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday when they welcome defending champions and joint leaders Montego Bay United (MBU) in their second-round game at Frome Sports Grounds, starting at 3:00pm. Observer West Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Entertainment Diary — February 9 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Entertainment-Diary---February-9--_88928 THURSDAY, February 9 Observer West Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Are the authorities doing enough to rehabilitate the mentally ill in the society? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Are-the-authorities-doing-enough-to-rehabilitate-the-mentally-ill-in-the-society--_88907 Since the start of the year at least two people have been allegedly murdered by men, said to be of unsound mind, in the parish of St James. Observer West Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT