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 Port Authority to help push growth of BPO sector http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Port-Authority-to-help-push-growth-of-BPO-sector_18785003 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Transport and Works Minister Dr Omar Davies says he has tasked the Port Authority of Jamaica with the responsibility to grow the business processing outsourcing (BPO) industry and position places like the historic town of Falmouth as an attractive home for players in the sector. Local News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Atkinson basks in new Falmouth market project http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Atkinson-basks-in-new-Falmouth-market-project-_18777925 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Member of Parliament for Trelawny North Patrick Atkinson's fervent desire to establish a commercial hub on the eastern side of this historic town took a giant leap towards reality when ground was broken for a $180 million project to construct a new state-of-the-art market last week. General News Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Ban stays! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Ban-stays- THE Trelawny Police Division are to continue the ban imposed more than three years ago which prohibits residents of Bunker’s Hill and its environs from playing music at social events staged in those communities at nights. Observer West Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:34:54 GMT Luz Longsworth leaves UWI, Western Jamaica Campus for Barbados http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Luz-Longsworth-leaves-UWI--Western-Jamaica-Campus-for-Barbados_18761794 MONTEGO BAY, St James - THERE were glowing tributes for well-loved, outgoing director of the Western Jamaica Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Dr Luz Longsworth, during a glitzy farewell function held in her honour at Sandals Cay, Royal Caribbean, in Montego Bay on Tuesday night. Observer West Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Hyde, O’Hara fall to ‘Penns’ hurdle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hyde--O-Hara-fall-to--Penns--hurdle FROM Saturday’s high of Elaine Thompson’s incredible 10.92 seconds world-leading women’s 100m run at the UTech Classic to Monday’s confirmation that two of Jamaica’s brightest young athletes would not be running for their high schools at the Penn Relays, track and field fans experienced the highs and lows that are part and parcel of the sport. Observer West Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:44:54 GMT Garcia fires back! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Garcia-fires-back- TUCKER, St James — Carlos Garcia, the former coach of Montego Bay United has fired back at accusations that the team was unfit, and hinted that he was fired because he resisted interference from the management of the club. Observer West Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:35:58 GMT Hyatt awards excellence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hyatt-awards-excellence_18761470 ROSE HALL, St James - THE recently opened Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva resorts in Rose Hall hosted their first quarterly staff awards at the property last week. Thirty-five staff members were recognised for outstanding service for the months of January to March this year. Observer West Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Orange Bay man seeks funding for food processing plant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Orange-Bay-man-seeks-funding-for-food-processing-plant_18761444 ORANGE BAY, Hanover — From his boyhood days, 60-year-old Floyd Grant has been obsessed with the idea of establishing a food processing plant. A lack of funding, however, has prevented him from realising this dream. Observer West Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Hip Strip — April 16 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hip-Strip---April-16_18761473 HIP STRIP, TIME Observer West Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Strike Force are domino kings! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Strike-Force-are-domino-kings-_18761477 MONTEGO BAY, St James - STRIKE Force domino team of Barnett Street, St James, walked away with the major prizes during the awards ceremony for the J Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Western Jamaica Domino Association competition held on Tuesday night at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. Observer West Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ramchandani takes Miss Global World to T'dad and Tobago http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Ramchandani-takes-Miss-Global-World-to-T-dad-and-Tobago_18761489 MONTEGO BAY, St James Observer West Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Western Entertainment Diary — April 16 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Entertainment-Diary---April-16_18761445 THURSDAY, April 16 Observer West Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Reggae Youth tackle Melbourne is St James FA/Sandals League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Reggae-Youth-tackle-Melbourne-is-St-James-FA-Sandals-League_18761448 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Reggae Youths will seek to slow down leaders Melbourne FC when they meet at Albion tomorrow in the St James Football Association's Sandals/ATL Senior League, at 3:30 pm. Observer West Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Regional Catholic Bishops' conference for MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Regional-Catholic-Bishops--conference-for-MoBay_18761729 MONTEGO BAY, St James - THE Diocese of Montego Bay will be hosting 26 bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference for the 59th Annual Plenary Meetings from April 18-25. It will be the first time that the Diocese will be playing hosts to this event in many years. Observer West Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Former Lucea mayor issues warning http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Former-Lucea-mayor-issues-warning_18737038 LUCEA, Hanover -- Shernet Haughton, the embattled councillor for the Green Island Division and former mayor of Lucea, has broken her silence on revelations that she acted in an unethical manner during her tenure as chairman of the Hanover Parish Council. General News Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cornwall College awards excellence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Cornwall-College-awards-excellence_18717965 MONTEGO BAY, St James - More than 110 students, coaches and staff advisors at Cornwall College were last week recognised by the school for their outstanding contribution to various aspects of co-curricular activities at the institution over the past year. Observer West Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Commuters to be inconvenienced during $14m upgrade of H.C. Blvd http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Commuters-to-be-inconvenienced-during--14m-upgrade-of-Howard-Cooke-Blvd_18717675 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Communications and Customer Services manager at the National Works Agency (NWA) Stephen Shaw has warned that motorists will experience delays in travelling in and around the city of Montego Bay as of tomorrow, when the rehabilitation of a section of the usually busy Howard Cooke Boulevard begins. Observer West Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Mixed reactions to the country's agricultural sector http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Mixed-reactions-to-the-country-s-agricultural-sector_18718574 MONTPELIER, St James — There were mixed reactions over the state of the nation's agricultural sector from some of the farmers who turned out at the 32nd staging of the Montpelier Agricultural and industrial Show on Easter Monday. Observer West Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Sacked! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Sacked-_18719994 TUCKER, St James - For the second straight season, Dr Dean Weatherly has been asked to guide Montego Bay United (MBU) through the last few games of the Red Stripe Premier League and the play-offs, after coach Carlos Garcia was relieved of his position on Monday, a day after a 2-1 loss to Cavalier at Wespow Park. Observer West Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ffolkes-Abrahams to deliver keynote address at Technology Business Expo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Ffolkes-Abrahams-to-deliver-keynote-address-at-Technology-Business-Expo_18718805 MONTEGO BAY, St James - Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural staging of the one-day Technology Business Expo at the Montego Bay Community College on Saturday, starting at 9:00am. Observer West Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jamaican-born doctor bats for organ transplant unit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Jamaican-born-doctor-bats-for-organ-transplant-unit_18718154 ROCK, Trelawny - Dr Vaughn Whittaker, a Jamaican-born transplant surgeon based in the United States, has said that the time has come for Jamaica to have a functional transplant unit where patients with end-organ deceases such as kidney or liver failure, can be given an organ transplant. Observer West Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Closure of Scotiabank Lucea branch to hit businesses, pensioners hard, say Hanoverians http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Closure-of-Scotiabank-Lucea-branch-to-hit-businesses--pensioners-hard--say-Hanoverians-_18718332 LUCEA, Hanover — Lucea businessman and senior citizen Patrick Kerr has been a customer of Scotiabank Lucea branch for more than four decades. He believes that the planned closure of that branch next month will impact the elderly and entrepreneurs, who have been doing business there, the hardest. Observer West Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Montego Bay Sports Complex to get boxing gym http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Montego-Bay-Sports-Complex-to-get-boxing-gym_18719400 MONTEGO BAY, St James - Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris has said that plans are well advanced to construct a boxing gym at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James. Observer West Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Police to meet Bunker's Hill residents today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Police-to-meet-Bunker-s-Hill-residents-today_18717754 BUNKER'S HILL, Trelawny - Bunker's Hill resident and the police are to meet today to discuss a number of issues facing the community. Observer West Thu, 09 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Good vibes at Great Escape Weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Good-vibes-at-Great-Escape-Weekend-_18718922 NEGRIL, Westmoreland - The fourth staging of The Great Escape Easter Weekend, one of several events on Negril's growing party scene, ended in the wee hours on Tuesday with Wet Dreams -- 'the classical all-white party with a sexy touch' -- at Cayenne Beach in the resort town. Observer West Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT