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 Lindon Thompson gets 2014 Sam Sharpe Award for his contribution to sports http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Lindon-Thompson-gets-2014-Sam-Sharpe-Award-for-his-contribution-to-sports-_17788838 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Lindon Thompson received the 2014 Sam Sharpe Award for his contribution to sports during the St James Parish Council's Heroes' Day Civic Ceremony held in the historic Sam Sharpe Square on Monday. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Pell River launches neighbourhood watch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Pell-River-launches-neighbourhood-watch_17789838 PELL RIVER, Hanover — The community of Pell River in collaboration with the Hanover Police Youth Club has officially launched the Pell River Police Youth Club and Neighbourhood Watch, the 22nd such group to be established in the parish. Observer West Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT I was shocked http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/I-was-shocked--says-Erskine_17789790 PETERSFIELD, Westmoreland — Attorney-at-law Michael Erskine conceded that he was stunned after being beaten by businessman Dwayne Vaz during Sunday's run-off in the race to be the People' National Party (PNP) candidate to replace the late Roger Clarke as the standard bearer in the Central Westmoreland constituency. Observer West Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Sandals Foundation joins with iCare for 33 cataract surgeries at CRH http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Sandals-Foundation-joins-with-iCare-for-33-cataract-surgeries-at-CRH_17787131 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Thirty-three patients successfully underwent cataract surgeries conducted by five members of the overseas voluntary group, iCare, which partnered with personnel at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) at that institution last week. Observer West Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Trelawny Credit Union rolling out consolidation loans http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Trelawny-Credit-Union-rolling-out-consolidation-loans_17786989 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The Trelawny Credit Union (TCU) has revealed that plans are in the making to introduce a product dubbed Loan Maximizer, which seeks to consolidate the loans members may have with other financial institutions. Observer West Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Salaries in Business Process sector are competitive http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Salaries-in-Business-Process-sector-are-competitive_17787315 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Chairman of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) Yoni Epstein says the organisation will be mounting a public relations campaign aimed at dispelling the notion that workers in the sector are underpaid. Observer West Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT BUG programme aims to lift grades at Catherine Hall Primary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/BUG-programme-aims-to-lift-grades-at-Catherine-Hall-Primary_17787508 THE Kiwanis Club of Montego Bay launched the local arm of Kiwanis International's Bring Up Grades (BUG) programme at the Catherine Hall Primary School in Montego Bay on Monday. Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT New breed of politicians needed, says former MoBay Chamber president http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/New-breed-of-politicians-needed--says-former-MoBay-Chamber-president_17787612 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Davon Crump, has urged members of the St James Junior Council to consider entering representational politics at the local government level after schooling, arguing that there is a need for a new breed of politicians in the country. Observer West Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Evett Malcolm: sport is her passion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Evett-Malcolm--sport-is-her-passion_17788173 MONTEGO BAY, St James — At 46, Evett Malcolm still finds time to play netball for her club Crystal United, despite her hectic work load at the St James branch of the Social Development Commission (SDC), where she is employed as a community development officer. Observer West Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Miguel Antonio impressed at Soul in the Sun http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Miguel-Antonio-impressed-at-Soul-in-the-Sun-_17788620 ROSE HALL, St James — Patrons are still talking about the performance of native St James crooner Miguel Antonio who was one of the local acts to impress at the recent, inaugural staging of Soul in the Sun music festival here at the Aqueduct. Observer West Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Hip Strip - Oct 23 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hip-Strip_17787793 OBSERVER WEST: SOCIAL PICTURES Observer West Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Tough Super Cup first round Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Tough-Super-Cup-first-round-Saturday_17748199 MONTEGO BAY, St James - WESTERN Jamaica’s three representatives in the inaugural Lime Super Cup all drew tough oppositions for this Saturday’s first round of matches that will feature triple-headers at the Montego Bay Sports Complex and the national stadium. Observer West Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Bartlett launches welfare programme for elderly, shut-in http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Bartlett-launches-welfare-programme-for-elderly--shut-in_17752801 ROSE HALL, St James — EAST Central St James Member of Parliament Edmund Bartlett on Sunday launched a welfare programme for the elderly in his constituency. Local News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Possible jet skis operation in Long Bay Beach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Possible-jet-skis-operation-in-Long-Bay-Beach_17752829 NEGRIL, Westmoreland — TOURISM Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill has expressed the likelihood of the Long Bay Beach area of Negril being used as a launch area for jet ski operations. Observer West Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT BPO sector celebrates reduction in illegal activity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Columbus-Communications--BPIAJ-to-establish-incubator-in-MoBay-Freezone_17753700 MONTEGO BAY, St James — A year ago, lotto scamming activities threatened to flat-line the business processing outsourcing (BPO) sector. Today, with a clampdown on the illegal activity, bolstered by the relevant legislation, there is now next to no reports of the illegal activities and the industry is thriving. Local News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Lucea mayor to address neglected projects in ill councillor's division http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Lucea-mayor-to-address-neglected-projects-in-ill-councillor-s-division_17752851 RIVERSIDE, Hanover — MAYOR of Lucea and Chairman of the Hanover Parish Council Wynter McIntosh has agreed to oversee programmes in the Riverside Division that have been abandoned since People's National Party councillor for the area fell ill three months ago. Local News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Premier League champions MoBay United host Rivoli United Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Premier-League-champions-MoBay-United-host-Rivoli-United-Sunday_17753059 TUCKER, ST JAMES — DEFENDING Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United will hope to make Rivoli United's third trip to western Jamaica in 11 days another losing one when they meet in a first-round game at Wespow Park on Sunday afternoon. National Premier League Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Come Celebrate Jesus rocks MoBay Convention Centre http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Come-Celebrate-Jesus-rocks-MoBay-Convention-Centre_17752824 ROSE HALL, St James — GOSPEL artiste Kevin Downswell gave an outstanding performance at the recent staging of the Come Celebrate Jesus gospel concert at the Rose Hall Convention Centre here, as hundreds of people crammed the facility for praise and worship. Observer West Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT West conference schools seek to extend basketball win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/West-conference-schools-seek-to-extend-basketball-win_17752932 MONTEGO BAY, St James — TWO days after splitting their season opening double-header in Wakefield, Cornwall College and Muschett High will both be hoping to extend their winning starts as the ISSA Western Conference high school boys' basketball competition continues with two double-headers today. Local Sports Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT TSO a success in western Ja http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/TSO-a-success-in-western-Ja_17752881 MONTEGO BAY, St James — RETAILERS and shoppers in western Jamaica are still celebrating the recent successful staging of the Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out (TSO). Observer West Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Adventist leadership in west Jamaica pledges more community involvement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Adventist-leadership-in-west-Jamaica-pledges-more-community-involvement_17752846 MONTEGO BAY, St James — THE leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in western Jamaica has pledged to become more involved in the parish of St James through social intervention. Local News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Job Rush! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Job-Rush-_17753999 MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — People from all across western Jamaica turned out from early Wednesday morning seeking to be registered as the Hyatt Ziva Hotel (formerly Ritz Carlton Rose Hall) staged a job fair. The former Ritz Carlton Rose Hall is currently undergoing major renovation to reopen as the Hyatt Ziva in November. (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE) Local News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT OBSERVER WEST: HIP STRIP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/OBSERVER-WEST--HIP-STRIP_17753017 (PHOTOS: ACEION CUNNINGHAM, ALAN LEWIN AND PHILLIP LEMONTE) Observer West Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Entertainment Diary - THURSDAY, October 16 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Entertainment-Diary---THURSDAY--October-16-_17752984 Heineken All Star Thursdays Observer West Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Western Sports Diary Oct 16-19 2014 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Sports-Diary-Oct-16-19-2014_17752924 Today Local Sports Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT