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 Controversy rages over Bailey bridge in Lucea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Controversy-rages-over-Bailey-bridge-in-Lucea-_18309854 LUCEA, Hanover — The National Works Agency (NWA) says it has no problem with the width of a pedestrian bridge, which was recently erected parallel to the Lucea West (Riley River bridge). Observer West Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT MOCA launches 'Stop Lottery Scamming' in four St James schools http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MOCA-launches--Stop-Lottery-Scamming--in-four-St-James-schools_18309687 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Major Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) yesterday launched Stop Lottery Scamming in four schools in Montego Bay inner-city communities, an initiative aimed at discouraging students from becoming involved in lottery scamming activities. Observer West Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Buyers, suppliers want Tourism Linkages Speed Networking event to be held twice per year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Buyers--suppliers-want-Tourism-Linkages-Speed-Networking-event-to-be-held-twice-per-year_18309340 MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Representatives of the nearly 200 supplier and buyer companies which participated in the first ever Tourism Linkages Speed Networking Event, have hailed the venture as a success and are keen on participating in such events twice per year. Observer West Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT ‘The school community is in pain’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-The-school-community-is-in-pain-_18310258 FROME, Westmoreland — The normally lively chatter and smiles in the classrooms and within the halls of Frome Technical High School were replaced by sporadic sobs, grief and anger yesterday as students and teachers mourned the brutal slaying of 14-year-old Santoya Campbell, whose dismembered body was found wrapped in a garbage bag near the school on Tuesday. Local News Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Catherine Hall passes the test http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Catherine-Hall-passes-the-test_18309039 CATHERINE HALL, St James — With just three weeks' worth of work between hosting the Caribbean Football Union's Men's Championships in November last year and this month's CONCACAF Men's Under 20 Championships, there were doubts the field at the Montego Bay Sports Complex would be ready in time or would hold up for the duration of the tournament. Observer West Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Rickards says political bias in selection of EU Sugar Programme projects http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Rickards-says-political-bias-in-selection-of-EU-Sugar-Programme-projects_18309613 DUANVALE, Trelawny — Chairman of the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers' Association Allan Rickards (AIJCFA) says a number of the projects financed by European Union (EU) money under the Sugar Transformation Unit (STU) in the Ministry of Agriculture, are politically selected for the benefit of the cane farming communities. Observer West Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jazz and Blues kicks off tonight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Jazz-and-Blues-kicks-off-tonight_18309961 FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny — Veteran deejay Josey Wales, singers George Nooks, Judy Mowatt and Oscar B are among the artistes slated to perform at the kick-off of Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2015 tonight. Local Entertainment Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Granville, Violet Kickers face off in Confed Super League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Granville--Violet-Kickers-face-off-in-Confed-Super-League-_18309175 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Granville FC could move into the top four of the Jamaica Football Federation's Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League this afternoon when they take on last placed Violet Kickers in a rescheduled first round game at the UDC Field starting at 3:00pm. Observer West Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Sr James leagues kick off Friday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Sr-James-leagues-kick-off-Friday-_18309214 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Sandals/ATL St James Football Association's Senior and Division One leagues will get underway tomorrow afternoon with a triple header at Jarrett Park. Observer West Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT PHOTO: March for Peace http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/March-for-Peace_18309628 Minister of Security Peter Bunting (front right) with Councillor of Granville division, Michael Troupe (third left) West Central St James MP of Sharon Folkes Abrahams (second right) and members of the and residents participate in a march for peace in Granville, St James on Sunday. Observer West Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Western Sports Diary Jan 29 - Feb1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Sports-Diary-Jan-29---Feb1-_18309052 Today Observer West Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Murders decline sharply in Granville — police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Murders-decline-sharply-in-Granville---police_18301668 GRANVILLE, St James — The St James police are celebrating what they say is a drastic decline in major crimes, including murders, in Granville and surrounding communities of Montego Bay. Local News Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT MoBay doc returns tightness to vaginas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MoBay-doc-returns-tightness-to-vaginas MONTEGO BAY, St James — After giving birth to three children, the 33-year-old Montegonian just couldn’t get the pleasure she once experienced during sex. Local News Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:38:44 GMT Jamaica U20 team is bad but so are the others http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Jamaica-U20-team-is-bad-but-so-are-the-others_18258658 ONCE again a national junior team has failed to qualify for a FIFA tournament and the football fans are calling for heads to roll, in particular the head coach Theodore Whitmore. Observer West Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Bogue lands rift widens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Bogue-lands-rift-widens_18258699 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The ghost of the controversial Bogue Lands which are owned by the St James Parish Council but which have been for over a decade informally occupied by business interests, has resurfaced in the People's National Party (PNP)-led council. Observer West Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT St James educator overcomes odds to achieve her dream http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/St-James-educator-overcomes-odds-to-achieve-her-dream_18258628 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Founder and Principal of the Challenge Basic School in Montego Bay, Eileen McIntosh, stands as an example of what can be achieved through perseverance, self-belief and faith in God. Observer West Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT JPS Hanover customers to benefit from improved service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/JPS-Hanover-customers-to-benefit-from-improved-service_18258669 LUCEA, Hanover — More than 13,000 Jamaica Public Service (JPS) customers in several Hanover communities plagued by frequent power outages are expected to get a more reliable electricity supply soon. Observer West Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Mobay boys club go for four straight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Mobay-boys-club-go-for-four-straight_18258635 MONTEGO BAY, St James — A resurgent Montego Bay Boys' Club will go after a fourth straight win and possibly a top four position in the Jamaica Football Federation's Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League when they host promoted Salt Marsh United at the UDC Field on Sunday. Observer West Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Irwin Point serial rapist faces court tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Irwin-Point-serial-rapist-faces-court-tomorrow_18258641 MONTEGO BAY, St James —The matter involving a serial rapist, who was last week charged for the 2012 rape of five females, including an eight- year- old girl in Irwin Point, St James, has been set for mention in the Western Regional Gun Court tomorrow. Observer West Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT MBU welcome back Williams, Gordon for Arnett showdown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MBU-welcome-back-Williams--Gordon-for-Arnett-showdown_18258649 TUCKER, St James — Defending champions Montego Bay United will welcome back strikers Dino Williams and Omar Gordon, as well as utility player Lesly St Fleur, in time for Monday's big Red Stripe Premier League game against Arnett Gardens in Kingston. Observer West Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Rainforest Seafood Festival for Catherine Hall on Ash Wednesday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Rainforest-Seafood-Festival-for-Catherine-Hall-on-Ash-Wednesday_18258691 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The third staging of the Rainforest Seafood Festival will be held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay on Ash Wednesday, February 18. Observer West Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Montego Bay-based artistes to perform at Jazz Fest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Montego-Bay-based-artistes-to-perform-at-Jazz-Fest_18257844 FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny — Some Montego Bay-based entertainers will get the opportunity to parade their talents on the stage of this year's staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, scheduled for the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium from January 29-31. Observer West Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Caribbean Airlines offers passengers discount for Jazz and Blues Festival tickets http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Caribbean-Airlines-offers-passengers-discount-for-Jazz-and-Blues-Festival-tickets_18258666 MONTEGO BAY — Caribbean Airlines has announced that it will offer passengers who travel to Jamaica between January 24 and January 31 a 10 per cent discount on Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival tickets. Observer West Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Courtney Miller http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Courtney-Miller_18258676 Sandals Whitehouse General Manager Courtney Miller (right) serves as personal chauffeur to bride-to-be Jillian McElroy (now, Jillian McElroy-Allen) on her 'big day.' Sharing in the photo op is resort wedding planner Sebrina Campbell. The wedding chariot is a new complimentary on resort transportation service exclusively for Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts WeddingMoon couples. The chariot will be a means of escorting couples from location to location in style on their ' big day.' Observer West Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Murdered retired nurse to be laid to rest next week http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Murdered-retired-nurse-to-be-laid-to-rest-next-week_18258679 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Murdered retired nurse and former acting matron at the Trelawny Infirmary, Hyacinth Hayden, will be laid to rest next Thursday. Observer West Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT