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 MBCCI elects second female president http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MBCCI-elects-second-female-president_18849772 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Gloria Henry, assistant vice-president of operations and customer relations of the Montego Bay Free Zone, on Wednesday became the second woman to lead the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI). Local News Fri, 01 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT $15-m Squatter Upgrading Programme rolls out in Westmoreland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/15-m-Squatter-Upgrading-Programme-rolls-out-in-Westmoreland_18849934 THIRTY-FOUR serviced lots are to be developed in Hatfield, Westmoreland, this year under the Squatter Upgrading Programme. Local News Fri, 01 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Westmoreland centenarian provided food for many http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Westmoreland-centenarian-provided-food-for-many_18844058 TORRINGTON, Westmoreland — ONE of the most outstanding attributes of Josephine Seivwright, who celebrates the 100th anniversary of her birth today, is her show of generosity. Observer West Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT SSP McGregor to get tough on wayward St James minors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Youth-curfew_18844262 MONTEGO BAY, St James IN a bid to save youngsters from being lured into criminal activities, Senior Superintendent of Police Steve McGregor, the Commander of the St James Police Division, says he will implement a curfew for children under the age of 17 years old in communities across the parish, a tactic he successfully employed as head of the West Kingston Police Division. Observer West Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT 'From tent to prime seafront lands' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-From-tent-to-prime-seafront-lands-_18844041 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — REVEREND Seaton D Wilson, the founder of Spiritual Fortress Assembly in Falmouth, now the First Assembly of God, was among the 19 persons recognised by the church for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the ministry, during its 35th anniversary service on Sunday. Observer West Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Do or die for Reno http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Do-or-die-for-Reno_18840611 IF Reno FC are to avoid relegation back to the Western Confederation Super League next season, they must beat defending champions and semifinalists Montego Bay United at Frome on Sunday, when the preliminary rounds of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) come to an end. Reno FC, who were promoted to the RSPL last season along with Barbican FC, are hoping to avoid the same fate as Barbican, whose relegation was confirmed two rounds earlier. Local Sports Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT St Mary High, Manning's cop top 4-H awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/St-Mary-High--Manning-s-cop-top-4-H-awards_18844176 ST Mary High School and Manning's School, in Westmoreland, have copped the top prizes for the Jamaica 4-H Clubs' Boy and Girl of the Year, respectively. Local News Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Miss Beaches Negril 2015 crowned http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Miss-Beaches-Negril-2015-crowned_18844119 NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Crowd favourite Tricia-Gay Smith-McIntosh was crowned the 2015 Miss Beaches Negril Talent and Awareness queen at the Jungle Night Club in Negril, Friday night. Observer West Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT TFA mid-season champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/TFA-mid-season-champs_18844150 Kevin Barnett (third right) of the sponsors National Rums presents the Trelawny FA Major League mid-season champion trophy to Shermiah Gallimore of Spicy Hill (third left), after they beat Coopers Pen 2-1 in the mid-season final played at Elleston Wakeland Centre on Saturday. Also photographed are Linnel McLean, president of the Trelawny FA (left) and Miguel Coley, assistant national senior team coach (second left), as well as members of the winning team. Observer West Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT St Simon Primary gets help http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/St-Simon-Primary-gets-help_18844077 ST SIMON, Hanover — THE St Simon Primary School, in deep rural Hanover, was constructed decades ago to accommodate 150 students. But over the years, the co-educational institution has seen a marked decline in enrolment to 62 students. Observer West Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT HIP STRIP - April 30 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/HIP-STRIP-_18844016 GAL PALS Observer West Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Western Entertainment diary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Entertainment-diary_18844018 THURSDAY, April 30 Observer West Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Western Sport Diary April 30 - May 3, 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Sport-Diary-April-30---May-3--2015_18844147 TODAY Observer West Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Braco set to reopen for 2015/16 winter tourist season http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Braco-set-to-reopen-for-2015-16-winter-tourist-season_18828399 THE 225-room government-owned Braco Village is scheduled to reopen for the 2015/16 winter tourist season as the Meliá Braco Village, and is expected to provide hundreds of jobs for residents of Trelawny and nearby parishes in the western end of the island. Local News Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Kellier: Trelawny project a pilot for ‘workers passport’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Kellier--Trelawny-project-a-pilot-for--workers-passport-_18822491 BRACO, Trelawny — Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier says the Government plans to use the US$23.5-million expansion project at the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny as a pilot project for the proposed "workers passport." General News Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT 30 per cent of Jamaicans have no bank account http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/30-per-cent-of-J-cans-have-no-bank-account_18811091 MONTEGO BAY, St James — With more than 30 per cent of Jamaicans said to be "unbanked", chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), Colin Bullock, is calling for greater financial inclusion for all citizens as a key ingredient in fostering growth and national development. Local News Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Students praise Observer CSEC workshop http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Students-praise-Observer-CSEC-workshop-_18804384 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Scores of students who turned out at the Herbert Morrison Technical High School in Montego Bay for the final of several islandwide CSEC workshops organised by the Jamaica Observer, have described the day's event as largely fulfilling. Observer West Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Falmouth Cruise Ship pier to accommodate larger vessels http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Expansion-coming-_18805756 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — President and CEO of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) Professor Gordon Shirley says plans are being finalised for the expansion of the US$222-million four-year-old Falmouth Cruise Shipping Pier -- a joint venture between the Port Authority of Jamaica and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL). Observer West Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Customers buying into its conservation message, says JPS CEO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Customers-buying-into-its-conservation-message--says-JPS-CEO_18805782 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Jamaica Public Service (JPS) CEO Kelly Tomblin has cited a success in the utility company's energy conservation programme as one of the reasons for a five per cent decline in revenues last year. Observer West Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT FOTA donates US$3,800 to Friends of Falmouth Hospital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/FOTA-donates-US-3-800-to-Friends-of-Falmouth-Hospital-_18804881 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The Friends of Trelawny Association (FOTA), a non-profit organisation headquartered in New York, last week presented the Friends of the Falmouth Hospital with a cheque for US$3,800 towards the purchase of an obstetric bed for the delivery room at the maternity ward of the Falmouth General Hospital. Observer West Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT MBU tackle Humble Lion Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MBU-tackle-Humble-Lion-Sunday-_18805535 TUCKER, St James — Fresh from qualifying for the semi-finals of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships, defending champions, Montego Bay United will resume their quest for a place in the semi-finals of the Red Stripe Premier League when they take on Humble Lion at Wespow Park on Sunday, starting at 3:30pm. Local Sports Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Reducing major crimes tops Hanover police agenda http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Reducing-major-crimes-tops-Hanover-police-agenda_18804488 LUCEA, Hanover - With 10 murders committed in Hanover since the start of the year, Community Safety and Security Territorial Officer for the parish Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Sharon Beeput, says the police have put measures in place to reduce major crimes in the parish. Observer West Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Hanover youth councillors tackle environmental projects http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hanover-youth-councillors-tackle-environmental-projects-_18804601 LUCEA, Hanover - Several environmental projects are among the initiatives to be undertaken by the 2014/2015 youth councillors for Hanover. Observer West Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Petersfield makes Penn debut http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Petersfield-makes-Penn-debut-_18805378 PHILADELPHIA, USA - Petersfield High school is the latest school from western Jamaica to make the first appearance at the prestigious Penn Relays carnival in Philadelphia. Observer West Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Praise on the Beach for MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Praise-on-the-Beach-for-MoBay_18804998 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Atlanta-based Val Copeland Group's, Praise on the Beach gospel concert will be staged at the Dump-Up Beach in Montego Bay on Saturday, April 25. Observer West Thu, 23 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT