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 Norman Allen following in father’s footsteps http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Norman-Allen-following-in-father-s-footsteps_19226198 ROSE HALL, St James -- When 43-year-old Norman Allen assumed the helm of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) during the organisation's 51st annual conference here recently, he was following in the footsteps of his father, Sherlock, who held the position between 1994 and 1995. General News Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Universities should offer student loans — Bartlett http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Universities-should-offer-student-loans---Bartlett_19226231 MONTEGO BAY, St James -- East Central St James MP Edmund Bartlett has challenged tertiary institutions to partner with the private and public sectors to assist students with special tuition loans. Local Education Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Organisers, students hail inaugural summer science camp http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Organisers--students-hail-inaugural-summer-science-camp_19225910 LUCEA, Hanover — STUDENTS who participated in the inaugural three-week summer science camp hosted here at Jockey Factory by Bioprist Knowledge Park, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Centre for Community Outreach Development (CORD), Digicel Foundation and other partners, have expressed satisfaction at the learning experience. Observer West Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Roaring River pipes dry despite supplying other communities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Laughing-stock-_19225943 ROARING RIVER, Westmoreland — ROARING River residents are livid. The small Westmoreland community, which has an abundance of springs and a steady flow of water that snakes through the lush district, on a daily basis produces roughly four million gallons of water at its two treatment plants for distribution to many districts in the parish. Observer West Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Flow hosts another successful Back 2 School fair http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Flow-hosts-another-successful-Back-2-School-fair_19225888 MONTEGO BAY, St James — FLOW and its associate sponsors on Sunday staged another successful Flow Back 2 School fair at the Old Hospital Park in Montego Bay. Observer West Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT CC, Munro battle for Jackson Shield Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/CC--Munro-battle-for-Jackson-Shield-Saturday_19225859 MONTEGO BAY, St James -- Cornwall College will be going after a fifth straight hold on the Jackson Shield, when they take on long-time rivals Munro College in an annual pre-season double header at Jarrett Park on Saturday afternoon. Observer West Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT CPJ disburses $2.5 million in scholarships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/CPJ-disburses--2-5-million-in-scholarships_19225845 MONTEGO BAY, St James — CARIBBEAN Producers Jamaica (CPJ) has awarded $2.5 million in scholarships to 50 students who are children of employees at the company. Observer West Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT BrawtaSports brings statistics to football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/BrawtaSports-brings-statistics-to-football_19225856 SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — THERE will be an additional dimension to the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association's (ISSA) schoolboys' football this season, as internet company BrawtaSports will track statistics during both the daCosta Cup and Manning Cup competitions. Observer West Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Smirnoff Mixify — a good experience http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Smirnoff-Mixify---a-good-experience_19225841 MONTEGO BAY, St James — ELETRONIC Dance Music (EDM) enthusiasts and curious patrons filed into popular party spot Margaritaville Montego Bay last Friday to experience a new dimension to club lifestyle -- the first-ever live stream party in Jamaica. Observer West Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Gimme Five basketball camp seeks to empower youth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Gimme-Five-basketball-camp-seeks-to-empower-youth_19225858 MONTEGO BAY, St James — O'NEIL Johnson, the development director of the Western Basketball Association (WBA), has described last week's Gimme Five camp held at Cornwall College in Montego Bay as "a blessing". Observer West Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Faulkand FC, Irwin High win St JFA/Sandals leagues http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Faulkand-FC--Irwin-High-win-St-JFA-Sandals-leagues_19225868 MONTEGO BAY, St James — FAULKLAND FC retained their St James Football Association's/ Sandals Resorts International Under-20 title, while Irwin High took the Under-17 crown. Observer West Thu, 27 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Thwaites: Careless fathers, loose mothers have no place in the teaching profession http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Thwaites--Careless-fathers--loose-mothers-have-no-place-in-the-teaching-profession_19224801 ROSE HALL, St James — Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has made it clear that there is no room in the teaching profession for reckless parents. Local News Mon, 24 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT 1,500 to receive free dental care in the west http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/1-500-to-receive-free-dental-care-in-the-west_19225345 ONE thousand, five hundred people from the parishes of Hanover and Westmoreland will be receiving free dental care, starting today and running for three weeks, courtesy of Great Shape! Inc and the Sandals Foundation, though the project '1000 Smiles'. Local News Mon, 24 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Cops kill one, hold three after blazing gunfight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Cops-kill-one--hold-three-after-blazing-gunfight_19225111 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Like a scene from a western movie, one of four robbers was yesterday shot and killed after allegedly engaging the police in a running gun battle in this historic town yesterday morning. Local News Sat, 22 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Flow promises bigger, more exciting back-2-school fair in MoBay's Old Hospital Park Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Flow-promises-bigger--more-exciting-back-2-school-fair-in-MoBay-s-Old-Hospital-Park-Sunday_19224757 MONTEGO BAY, ST James — Telecommunications provider, Flow, after a thrilling first and second staging of the Flow Back 2 School Fair in Montego Bay where patrons were treated to a number of school supplies, is promising an even more exciting and worthwhile staging this year to be held this Sunday at the Old Hospital Park. Local News Fri, 21 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Maldon taken off shift system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Maldon-taken-off-shift-system_19224829 PRINCIPAL of Maldon High School in St James, Janet Manning, says come September the institution will no longer be operating on a two-shift system. Local News Fri, 21 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Bounty Hall centenarian journeys on with Jesus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Bounty-Hall-centenarian-journeys-on-with-Jesus_19224649 BOUNTY HALL, Trelawny Observer West Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Drought buster http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Drought-buster_19224690 BRACO, Trelawny Observer West Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT StarzPlus artistes set to shine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/StarzPlus-artistes-set-to-shine_19224640 MONTEGO BAY, St James Observer West Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Pastor says ban on vending at school isn’t the answer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Pastor-says-ban-on-vending-at-school-isn-t-the-answer_19224602 ROSE HALL, St James Observer West Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Top dacosta cup coaches meet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Top-dacosta-cup-coaches-meet_19224603 Top schoolboy football coaches (from left) Emerson 'Diggy' Henry of Rusea's High, Dr Dean Weatherly of Cornwall College and Patrick 'Jackie' Walters of Glenmuir High greet each other during a pre-season double-header at the Collin Miler Sports Complex in Lucea recently. (PHOTO: PAUL REID) Observer West Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Well done! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Well-done--_19224610 Veteran educator Evelyn Tugwell receives the Anglin Jones Award from immediate past president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) Doran Dixon during the 51st Annual Conference Awards Ceremony held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Rose Hall, St James on Tuesday. Two other members of the JTA, Adolph Cameron and Patrick Smith, were also presented with the Anglin Jones Award, which is reserved for retired JTA employees. Tugwell joined the JTA in 1970 during her internship at Green Island Secondary High School in Hanover. She later taught at her alma mater, Mount Zion Primary School, in St James, where she served as principal for a number of years. Tugwell retired from the JTA staff this month, after joining the organisation in September 1995. She has served as regional officer west at the JTA for 20 years. (PHOTO: PHILP LEMONTE) Observer West Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Time to get to work, Netball Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Time-to-get-to-work--Netball-Jamaica-_19224600 I really want to believe in these Sunshine Girls. I want to invest some emotions in them. But I can't. They don't allow me to with the regular meltdowns in consolation play-offs at international championships. Observer West Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Sandals/St JFA youth finals set for Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Sandals-St-JFA-youth-finals-set-for-Saturday-_19224598 MONTEGO BAY, St James Observer West Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Uphill Task! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Uphill-Task-_19224601 TUCKER, St James Observer West Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT