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 Westmoreland pair found dead in cane field http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Westmoreland-pair-found-dead-in-cane-field_90548 The bullet-riddled bodies of a man and woman were on Wednesday found in a cane field in Mount Eagle, Westmoreland, with their hands and feet bound. Local News Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Mayor refutes claim that Savannala- Mar bus park is overcrowded http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Mayor-refutes-claim-that-Savannala--Mar-bus-park-is-overcrowded_90370 Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar Councillor Bertel Moore has refuted claims that there is a shortage of space for public passenger vehicles at the Savanna-la-Mar bus park in Westmoreland, emphasising instead that the facility is underutilised. Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT New St James Family Court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/new-St-James-Family-Court_90405 Plans Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT ‘We are ready’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-We-are-ready-_90376 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions Montego Bay United are fine-tuning their preparations for next week’s hosting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships first-round Group C game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James. Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Strong line-up for Rainforest Seafood Fest 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Strong-line-up-for-Rainforest-Seafood-Fest-2017_90356 MONTEGO BAY, St James — A line-up of some of Jamaica’s top- flight artistes is set to deliver performances at the highly anticipated fourth staging of the Rainforest Seafood Festival on Ash Wednesday, March 1, at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, St James. Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Hotel boss pledges to increase visitors from Latin America http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hotel-boss-pledges-to-increase-visitors-from-Latin-America_90349 MONTEGO BAY, St James — President of the Decameron group of hotels, Fabio Villegas, has given a commitment to use his influence in the airline industry to secure airlifts from Latin America into Jamaica in a bid to boost tourist arrivals. Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Second Maggi Farmers’ Market for MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Second-Maggi-Farmers--Market-for-MoBay_90351 MONTEGO BAY, St James  — Farmers in western Jamaica will today have a unique opportunity to engage directly with customers and end users of their fresh produce. Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Today for you, tomorrow for me, Mr Butler http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Today-for-you--tomorrow-for-me--Mr-Butler_90392 The Jamaican football establishment has come under serious attack in the past few weeks from well-known antagonist Craig Bulter, the owner of the Phoenix Academy and agent of Leon Bailey, one of the brightest prospects in European football. Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT PHOTO — Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/PHOTO---Champs_90381 Member of Parliament for St James North Western Dr Horace Chang (front, right) presents Jason Edwards (front, left), the captain of the victorious Army football team, with the Norwood five-aside championship trophy at the Norwood Multi-purpose Court on Sunday. Army defeated Hurricane 3-2 on penalties, after both teams had played to a 1-1 scoreline at full time. Some 18 teams participated in the competition which was sponsored by the Norwood Achievers Youth Club and Dr Chang’s Constituency Development Fund. Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Western Sport diary - February 23, 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Sport-diary---February-23--2017_90380 TODAY Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT It’s better to be a little paranoid than dead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/It-s-better-to-be-a-little-paranoid-than-dead_90358 Nothing can spoil a good afternoon with the family, or a good domino game for that matter, like being suddenly pounced upon and being robbed. Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Entertainment diary - February 23, 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Entertainment-diary---February-23--2017_90354 THURSDAY, February 23 Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Are you satisfied with the performance of the JLP since it came to power in February 2016? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Are-you-satisfied-with-the-performance-of-the-JLP-since-it-came-to-power-in-February-2016-_90364 The Jamaica Observer West’s Alan Lewin took to the streets of western Jamaica earlier this week and asked: Are you satisfied with the level of performance of the JLP Administration since it came to power on February 25, 2016? Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Rainforest Seafood Festival provides $25m for Cornwall Regional Hospital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Rainforest-Seafood-Festival-provides--25m-for-Cornwall-Regional-Hospital_90353 The Cornwall Regional Hospital has benefited from some $25 million from proceeds raised from three stagings of the Rainforest Seafood Festival, which was first held in 2013. Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Cornwall College victory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Cornwall-College-victory_90402 Washington Brown (right) anchors the Cornwall College Class 1 4x100m team to victory in Saturday’s COCAA/Digicel Western Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. The Cornwall College team clocked 41.35 seconds and were followed by Green Island and Petersfield High. (Photo:Paul Reid) Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT 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