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 Crime scares Sumfest patrons http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Crime-scares-Sumfest-patrons_19221728 A St James businessman is speculating that the murder of seven persons in that parish recently may have been the contributing factor to the low turnout of patrons during the final two nights of Reggae Sumfest 2015. Local Entertainment Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Fire station needed in Montpelier — JLP caretaker http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Fire-station-needed-in-Montpelier---JLP-caretaker_19221065 JAMAICA Labour Party caretaker for St James Southern and councillor for the Cambridge Division Homer Davis has renewed his call for a sub-station of the St James Fire Department to be housed at the Montpelier Post Office compound. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Hanover MP irked by 2-year delay in multimillion-dollar water project http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hanover-MP-irked-by-2-year-delay-in-multimillion-dollar-water-project_19221280 CASCADE, Hanover -- MEMBER of Parliament for Hanover Eastern Dr DK Duncan is fuming over the close to two-year delay in completing the $271.25-million project to improve a potable water supply system that is to benefit more than 8,000 residents of Cascade, Claremont and Jericho in Hanover. Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT MoBay United leaves island Monday for Panama in quest for CONCACAF Club Championships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MoBay-United-leaves-island-Monday-for-Panama-in-quest-for-CONCACAF-Club-Championships_19221371 TUCKER, St James -- MONTEGO Bay United, the most consistent team in the Red Stripe Premier League over the last two seasons, are set to leave the island on Monday for Wednesday's opening CONCACAF Club Championships first-round game against Panamanian side Arabe Unido at the Estadio Maracana in Balboa, Panama. Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Murder of student helped to prompt move across St James http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Vending-ban_19221319 MONTEGO BAY, St James — HIGGLERS across St James will now be banned from selling outside school gates come September as the parish council and police move to make these areas no-vending zone. Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Sandals Whitehouse guests in awe of Hurricane Honeymoon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Sandals-Whitehouse-guests-in-awe-of-Hurricane-Honeymoon_19221281 WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland -- THERE were raving reviews from guests at Sandals Whitehouse Hotel in response to Hurricane Honeymoon, which has been playing at the resort for the past three Sundays. The play is scheduled to run for another 13 weeks. Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT St James violence prompts ‘10,000 Men and their Families March’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/St-James-violence-prompts--10-000-Men-and-their-Families-March-_19221339 MONTEGO BAY, St James — THE St James Ministers' Fraternal has partnered with other agencies within the parish to initiate the 10,000 Men and their Families March, which is scheduled for Sunday, August 16. Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Large turnout for Hanover health fair http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Large-turnout-for-Hanover-health-fair_19221292 DIAS, Hanover -- LAST weekend's health fair here saw a huge turnout of people seeking free medical check-ups at the event spearheaded by Donna Malahoo-Bowen, the newly selected Jamaica Labour Party councillor-caretaker for the Riverside Division. Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Digicel’s masters football tournament for Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Digicel-s-masters-football-tournament-for-Saturday_19221277 TUCKER, St James -- A new chapter will be added to the Jamaican football landscape on Saturday, with the inaugural staging of the Digicel Jamaica Invitational Masters Football Tournament set for WesPow Park in Tucker starting at 10:00 am. Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Hip strip- July 30 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/HIP-STRIP--July-30_19221269 Digicel's representatives (from left) Ricky Purkiss, Audia Lawrence and Howard Dyer are all smiles at the viewing of the Digicel VIP Party for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final between Jamaica and Mexico at Margaritaville in Montego Bay, last Sunday. Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Richard Byles calls on private sector to match US$500-M Petrocaribe fund http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Richard-Byles-calls-on-private-sector-to-match-US-500-M-Petrocaribe-fund_19221330 MONTEGO BAY, St James — RICHARD Byles, the co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee, is calling on the private sector to step up to the plate and match the US$500 million the Government has accumulated under the Petrocaribe fund. Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jamaicans aim to top previous medal count at American Junior Track & Field Championships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Jamaicans-aim-to-top-previous-medal-count-at-American-Junior-Track---Field-Championships-_19221351 Cornwall College's Odaine Lewis and St Elizabeth Technical's Shemar Salmon will both be in action on Friday's opening day of the Pan-American Junior Track and Field Championships at Foote Field on the campus of the University of Alberta in Canada. Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry Expo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Montego-Bay-Chamber-of-Commerce-and-Industry-Expo_19221355 Cheddi Van Creighton, Jamaica Observer Western Bureau Manager (left) and Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris at the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry Expo 2015 launch at Wexford Court Hotel yesterday. (PHOTO: ANTHONY LEWIS) Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Photo: GG Awardees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--GG-Awardees_19221271 Stephen Price (centre) in charge of retail at Flow/Lime is all smiles as he poses with Shequille Dior (left) and Sujoe Bell, two of the youth recipients at The Governor General's Achievement Awards for Cornwall, held on Thursday, July 23 in Westmoreland. They were two of five youngsters who were awarded for their outstanding academic performance in the county of Cornwall. Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Western Sports Diary  -  July 23-26 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Sports-Diary-----July-23-26_19221360 TODAY Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Entertainment diary - July 30 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Entertainment-diary---July-30_19221270 THURSDAY, July 30 Observer West Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Two gunmen shot dead in Roehampton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Two-gunmen-shot-dead-in-Roehampton_19221112 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Two men, believed to be from the community of Flanker, were shot dead during a joint police/military operation in Roehampton, as the St James Police Division moves to cut the high level of violence in the parish. Local News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Rescue burnt-out vendors immediately — Sinclair http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Rescue-burnt-out-vendors-immediately---Sinclair_19220845 THE minority caucus in the St James Parish Council is calling on the relevant government agencies to urgently come to the rescue of the vendors who have sustained devastating losses from the recent fire at the Old Shoe Market in Montego Bay. Local News Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Hanover residents to benefit from improved water supply http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hanover-residents-to-benefit-from-improved-water-supply_19220799 MORE than 8,000 residents of Cascade, Claremont and Jericho in Hanover are to benefit from an improved supply of potable water, as improvement works at a cost of $271.25 million are progressing on a system by the National Water Commission (NWC). Local News Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT And there was light http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/And-there-was-light_19220772 Montego Bay's Elegant Corridor is now brightly lit at night following the installation of lights along the thoroughfare under a contract which the Tourism Enhancement Fund signed with YP Seaton & Associates in 2014. The lights were turned on July 24. (PHOTO: JIS) Local News Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT MOCA nabs three in aviation fuel theft http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MOCA-nabs-three-in-aviation-fuel-theft_19220810 MONTEGO BAY, St James -- Three people are now in custody on reasonable suspicion of breaching the Petroleum Quality Control Act and the Larceny Act in connection with a case of aviation fuel theft at the Sangster International Airport in May. Local News Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Guest house operator slain at home http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Guest-house-operator-slain-at-home_19220807 NEGRIL, Westmoreland --The Westmoreland police were up to late last evening probing the circumstances surrounding the brutal gun slaying of a businessman who was killed at his home here Friday night. Local News Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Lights installed along MoBay's Elegant Corridor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Lights-installed-along-MoBay-s-Elegant-Corridor-_19220642 Montego Bay's Elegant Corridor is now brightly lit, following the installation of lights along the thoroughfare. General News Sun, 26 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Help for Daniel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Help-for-Daniel-_19218916 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Renesha Crewe, the mother of Daniel Reid, the former Albion Primary and Junior High student whose dream is to attend Munro College in September, says she has received tremendous support from Jamaicans home and abroad since her plight was published in the Jamaica Observer West last week. Observer West Sat, 25 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Chamber of Commerce calls for priority on crime fight in St James http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Chamber-of-Commerce-calls-for-priority-on-crime-fight-in-St-James_19220070 PRESIDENT of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) Gloria Henry believes that the time has come for the crime situation in St James to be treated as a national priority, as murders spiral out of control in the resort parish. Observer West Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT