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 Audit for Hanover PC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Audit-for-Hanover-PCMcKenzie-promises-stricter-monitoring-of-local-government-body_62186 LUCEA, Hanover — Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie yesterday ordered an in-depth audit of the operations of the Hanover Parish Council in the wake of alleged incidents of gross impropriety, favouritism and other breaches involving the awarding of government contracts uncovered by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) at that local authority. Local News Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT UWI Western Campus installs new ambassadorial corps http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/UWI-Western-Campus-installs-new-ambassadorial-corps_61996 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Education, Information and Youth Senator Ruel Reid has congratulated the latest batch of the University of The West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus (UWI, WJC) ambassadorial corps, who will, among other things, be tasked with integrating the tertiary institution with communities across the western region. Observer West Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Festival Queen hopefuls get a taste of Sandals Whitehouse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Festival-Queen-hopefuls-get-a-taste-of-Sandals-Whitehouse-_61994 Contestants in the Miss Westmoreland Festival Queen Competition are picture perfect as they pause for a group photo during a recent visit to Sandals Whitehouse in the parish. Observer West Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Former soldier eyes 50 years as Red Cap porter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Former-soldier-eyes-50-years-as-Red-Cap-porter-_62020 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Many people looking on would have thought that Michael Cracker Jack Young made a big mistake when he quit the Jamaica Defence Force in 1967 for a job as a Red Cap porter at the Sangster International Airport in the resort city of Montego Bay. Observer West Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Speeding motorists put Elegant Corridor in the dark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Lights-out_61973 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Speeding motorists have been blamed for the scores of non-functioning street lights on St James’s Elegant Corridor, sections of which have been in darkness for several weeks. Observer West Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT PHOTOS: Labour Day activities across the West http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Labour-Day-activities-across-the-west_62002 1 - Ricky Purkiss (left), business development manager, Digicel; and Yoni Epstein, CEO, Itel BPO, assist in the repainting of the perimeter wall at the Blossom Gardens Children’s Home in Montego Bay. Observer West Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Football fever! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Football-fever-_62008 The race to the 2015/16 St James Football Association’s Sandals/ATL Senior League and Division One titles will intensify as of tomorrow with the start of the semi-finals in both competitions. Local Sports Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Three Miles River take aim at Western Confed crown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Three-Miles-River-take-aim-at-Western-Confed-crown_62024 Llandilo, Westmoreland — First-time Westmoreland Football Association Captain’s Bakery and Grill/Charley’s JB Rum Major League champions, Three Miles River, will not be settling with just being a competitor in the Western Confederation Super League next season. Local Sports Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Granville Jaguars seek to rebound in WBA league http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Granville-Jaguars-seek-to-rebound-in-WBA-league_62021 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Granville Jaguars will seek to rebound from their first loss this season when they take on Cricket Club Knights in the first game of a Western Basketball Association’s Elite Basketball league double-header at the Montego Bay Cricket Club this evening. Observer West Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Colbeck’s ‘Off Tha Wall’ for Pier One http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Colbeck-s--Off-Tha-Wall--for-Pier-One-_61993 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Lovers of retro music will be in for a treat this Saturday when J Wray & Nephew Limited’s Jamaican-made Colbeck Ginger Wine brings ‘Off Tha Wall’ to Pier One, Montego Bay, with musical hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Local Entertainment Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Hip Strip May 26 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hip-Strip-May-26_61976 CABANA DAZE - We snapped these two beauties at Cabana Beach Daze at Blue Waters in Cooper’s Pen, Trelawny, on Sunday. Observer West Thu, 26 May 2016 02:00:00 GMT Thanks, JPS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Thanks--JPS_62013 The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) made good on their sponsorship of Montego Bay United’s (MBU) staging of Group 3 of the Caribbean Football Union Club Championships with the presentation of a cheque for $90,000 at Wespow Park on Tuesday. Sandra Christie, COO for MBU, thanked the energy company for their contribution, saying they were “pleased that JPS have followed through on their commitment and this paves the way for the new season as we prepare for the new Premier League season starting in September; the new CFU season and hopefully on to CONCACAF.” Observer West Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT ENTERTAINMENT DIARY http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/ENTERTAINMENT-DIARY_61992 THURSDAY, May 26 Observer West Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Western Sport Diary May 26-31 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Sport-Diary-May-26-31_62010 TODAY Observer West Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Hanover couple brutally murdered http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hanover-couple-brutally-murdered_61518 ELGIN TOWN, Hanover — The Hanover police have theorised that robbery was the motive for the shooting death of a Hanover couple whose bullet-riddled bodies were discovered early yesterday in a thick clump of bushes in Mosquito Cove district, about three miles from their home. Local News Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Back to Basics’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Back-to-Basics--_61355 WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland — The Back to Basics team is that much closer to making real inroads on the streets of western Jamaica, following the team’s successful staging of its Motorcycle Safety Workshop at Sandals Whitehouse in Westmoreland on Sunday. Observer West Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Senior cop vows to reduce crime in Westmoreland http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Senior-cop-vows-to-reduce-crime-in-Westmoreland_61322 SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland —Buoyed by the strong support from stakeholders in Westmoreland for a recent peace march initiative, commanding officer for the parish, Superintendent David White, has expressed confidence that within a few months the crime-infested parish will begin to see a noticeable reduction. Observer West Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Early Childhood Institution lauds Sagicor Foundation’s Adopt-A-School programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Early-Childhood-Institution-lauds-Sagicor-Foundation-s-Adopt-A-School-programme-_61319 ROSE HALL, St James — Development Officer at the Early Childhood Commission, Jean Robinson, has lauded the efforts of corporate entities and individuals who invest in early childhood institutions, arguing that it’s “a worthwhile investment where returns are guaranteed”. Observer West Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Record entrants http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Record-entrants-_61344 A record 35 schools, including eight first-time entrants, are down to participate in the 8th renewal of the JPS Western Primary Schools Athletics Championships to be held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday, June 11. Observer West Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Henry plans to expand ‘My MoBay’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Henry-plans-to-expand--My-MoBay--_61359 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Recently re-elected President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), Gloria Henry, says the clean-up of downtown Montego Bay will continue to be a priority under her watch. Observer West Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Westmoreland PC municipal building to be completed by September http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Westmoreland-PC-municipal-building-to-be-completed-by-September_61356 SAVANNA-LA-MAR,Westmoreland — If all goes according to plan, the Westmoreland Parish Council, come September, could have a place of its own following the construction of a building, expected to cost $74 million. Observer West Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jehovah’s Witness Convention opens in Salt Marsh tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Jehovah-s-Witness-Convention-opens-in-Salt-Marsh-tomorrow-_61353 SALT MARSH, Trelawny — Hundreds of members of the Jehovah’s Witness faith are expected to gather at the group’s Assembly Hall in Salt Marsh, Trelawny, tomorrow, for the beginning of a series of three-day regional conventions which will be held under the theme: ‘Remain Loyal to Jehovah!’ Observer West Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Nesbeth for MoBay Crab Fest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Nesbeth-for-MoBay-Crab-Fest-_61313 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Crab lovers are expected to turn out in their numbers for the popular MoBay Crab Festival to be held at Pier One this Saturday. Observer West Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Melbourne edge Lilliput Rovers to reach St James FA semis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Melbourne-edge-Lilliput-Rovers-to-reach-St-James-FA-semis-_61363 ROSE HALL, St James — Melbourne FC made it back-to-back qualification to the semi-finals of the St James Football Association’s Sandals/ATL Senior League after outscoring Lilliput Rovers 3-2 in their rescheduled third-round cross-zone game played at the Hilton Rose Hall playfield on Tuesday. Observer West Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Granville meet Marverley/Hughenden in Premier League play-off opener http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Granville-meet-Marverley-Hughenden-in-Premier-League-play-off-opener-_61362 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Western Confederation Super League champions Granville United will kick off their campaign to qualify for the island’s top club football competition when they host Marverley/Hughenden FC of KSAFA at Granville Community Centre on Sunday as the Jamaica Football Federation’s Charley’s JB Rum Premier League play-offs get underway. Observer West Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT