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 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 Photo: Flanker computer lab http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Flanker-computer-lab_50628 Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell (right) surfs the web, while (from left) Anthony Henry, PNP candidate for St James North West, Dr Horace Chang, JLP MP, St James North West, and Hugh Cross, CEO, Universal Service Fund, share in the moment. The occasion was the official opening of the Flanker Computer Lab at the Flanker Resource Centre in St James last Friday. The lab was outfitted with 18 computers as well as printers and other accessories at a cost of $3.7 million, and is the 242nd such facility created under the Universal Service Fund. (Photo: Aceion Cunningham ) Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Western Sport Diary,Feb 4-9, 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Sport-Diary--Feb-4-9--2016_50642 TODAY Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Inaugural ‘One Love’ Music Festival kicks off in Rose Hall tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Inaugural--One-Love--Music-Festival-kicks-off-in-Rose-Hall-tonight_50638 ROSE HALL, St James - The inaugural staging of Tuff Gong International’s ‘One Love’ Music Festival kicks off on the lawns of the Rose Hall Great House in St James tonight with a charity gala reception featuring “Queen of Reggae” Marcia Griffiths and Benjy Myaz. Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Entertainment diary - Feb 4 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Entertainment-diary---Feb-4_50617 THURSDAY, February 4 Observer West Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Pastor shot by attackers weeps as he bids church farewell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Pastor-shot-by-attackers-weeps-as-he-bids-church-farewell_50067 MOUNT CAREY, St James — Outgoing pastor of the Mount Carey Circuit of Baptist Churches in St James Rev Dr George Simpson could not hold back the tears last week Sunday, as he listened attentively to the reading of the glowing citation in his honour, in front of scores of his colleagues and well-wishers at the Mount Carey Baptist Church, South St James. Local News Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Copperwood score first win in St James football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Copperwood-score-first-win-in-St-James-football_50193 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Copperwood FC won its first game this season after holding off Salt Spring Roses 3-2 in their St James Football Association Sandals/ATL Division One competition at Albion. Local Sports Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Hanover heightens vector control activities as ZIKV looms http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hanover-heightens-vector-control-activities-as-ZIKV-looms_49957 LUCEA, Hanover — Local health authorities in Hanover say they are well advanced in their campaign to destroy mosquito-breeding sites in the parish ahead of the expected arrival of the Zika virus. Observer West Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Councillor to be charged http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Councillor-to-be-charged_49988 SAVANNA-LA-MAR,Westmoreland — The Westmoreland police have vowed to make an example of a councillor, who will be charged soon, to show that no one is above the law “irrespective of creed, class or social status”. Observer West Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Kellier lauds HEART/Trust NTA for supporting CTEP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Kellier-lauds-HEART-Trust-NTA-for-supporting-CTEP_49966 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Member of Parliament for St James South, Derrick Kellier, has hailed the HEART Trust/NTA for the significant role it has played in providing training for participants in the Community Training for Empowerment Programme (CTEP), which he initiated in 2004 for his unskilled constituents. Observer West Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Tomorrow’s People seek to extend lead in Sandals/ATL Senior League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Tomorrow---s-People-seek-to-extend-lead-in-Sandals-ATL-Senior-League_49926 ALBION, St James — Former champions Tomorrow’s People will go hunting a third straight victory in the Sandals/ATL Senior League tomorrow when they take on Norwood Strikers at Albion, starting at 3:30pm. Observer West Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Herbert Morrison duo named schoolboy basketball MVPs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Herbert-Morrison-duo-named-schoolboy-basketball-MVPs_49930 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Herbert Morrison Technical’s Shaqueal Benti and Ralique Grant were on Monday named Most Valuable Players, respectively, for the Under-16 and Under-19 sections of the ISSA Western Conference boys’ basketball competition. Local Sports Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT