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 New Hanover PC chairman wants to put 'parish back on the map' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/New-Hanover-PC-chairman-wants-to-put--parish-back-on-the-map-_17438531 LUCEA, Hanover — Wynter McIntosh, the newly appointed chairman of the Hanover Parish Council, has vowed to ensure that viable opportunities are created to improve the economic development of the parish. Local News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Westmoreland mourns for Roger http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Westmoreland-mourns-for-Roger_17438602 PETERSFIELD, Westmoreland — The constituency of Central Westmoreland was plunged into a state of shock and mourning yesterday after news circulated in the western parish that their Member of Parliament Roger Clarke had died. Local News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT St James student is national reading champ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/St-James-student-is-national-reading-champ_17433059 MONTEGO BAY, St James Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT New Chairman! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/New-Chairman-_17435121 LUCEA, Hanover Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Equal treatment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Equal-treatment_17434317 TUCKER, St James Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Crooks welcomes Lloyd B's 'gift' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Crooks-welcomes-Lloyd-B-s--gift-_17433441 MONTEGO BAY, St James — ADMINISTRATOR at the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), Joy Crooks, has welcomed the announcement by Central St James Member of Parliament Lloyd B Smith to repair the roof of the building that houses CUMI's administrative offices, as well as the roadway leading to the facility, by year end. Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Kellier to open $23-m sorrel factory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Kellier-to-open--23-m-sorrel-factory_17433253 BETHEL TOWN, Hanover — acting Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Derrick Kellier will today hand over the Bethel Town Sorrel Processing Facility to the Bethel Town Agricultural Cooperative Society at a ceremony in the Westmoreland community, beginning at 2:00 pm. Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Stewart cites regional integration for growth of UWI WJC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Stewart-cites-regional-integration-for-growth-of-UWI-WJC_17433425 MONTEGO BAY, St James — CHIEF Executive Officer of Sandal Resorts International (SRI) Adam Stewart has attributed the phenomenal growth of the University of the West Indies Mona, Western Jamaica Campus (UWI WJC) to regional integration. Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT LASCO scholarships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/LASCO-scholarships_17433403 LASCO Brand Representative Renee Rose (right) poses for this photo op after making presentations to Akira Robinson from Success Primary School (left) and Marisa Brooks of Corinaldi Avenue Primary, both in St James, recipients of the Lasco/Curves GSAT Scholarship 2014-2015. Both girls will be attending Montego Bay High School next month, at the start of the academic year. The scholarship presentations were made at LASCO Distributors Ltd at White Marl, St Catherine, recently. LASCO Distributors Ltd through their personal care brand Curves has provided scholarships to eight girls, who were successful in the recent Grade Six Achievement Test. The total contribution of the LASCO/Curves GSAT Scholarship 2014-2015 is $500,000. Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Six western-based players named in JBA’s U-17 team http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Six-western-based-players-named-in-JBA-s-U-17-team_17433021 MONTEGO BAY, St James — SIX western-based players were last week included in a National Under-17 team named by the Jamaica Basketball Association (JBA) to prepare for a home series against the Cayman Islands later this year. Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT MBU offer fans membership http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MBU-offer-fans-membership_17434296 TUCKER, St James Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Flow delivers at second MoBay back-to-school-fair http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Flow-delivers-at-second-MoBay-back-to-school-fair_17433164 MONTEGO BAY, St James — DESPITE the weekend's gloomy weather forecast, the Flow team beat the odds and staged their second successful Flow/Discovery Back-to-School Fair at the Old Hospital Park in Montego Bay on Sunday. Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT DJ Scott eyes stardom http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/DJ-Scott-eyes-stardom_17433318 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Twenty-two-year-old Scott Davis, also known as DJ Scott 'The Supreme', is steadily making a name for himself as a disc jockey. Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT D-Day for Johann Weatherly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/D-Day-for-Johann-Weatherly JOHANN Weatherly will know today whether his trial stint with American Major League Soccer (MLS) team LA Galaxy will be extended, or he will return home. The Montego Bay-based Munro College student is the only Jamaican in the current crop of players invited to the weeklong camp. Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Sandals brings health and services clinic to Lilliput http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Sandals-brings-health-and-services-clinic-to-Lilliput_17433406 MONTEGO BAY, St James — SANDALS Resorts in the Montego Bay region, in collaboration with the Social Development Commission, (SDC) will tomorrow host a one-day free health and social services clinic for residents in and around the community of Lilliput in St James. Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Black, Lawrence, named in national senior basketball squad http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Black--Lawrence--named-in-national-senior-basketball-squad_17433516 MONTEGO BAY, St James — DAVE Black and Leroy Lawrence of the NBL-West champions, Granville Jaguars, have been named to a 16-man national senior team that will start preparation for the Caribbean and Central American Games in November in Mexico. Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Sparring http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/PHOTO--Sparring_17435355 Shiahh Shukura of Montego Bay (left) and Carlos Gonzales of Peru participate in the second round of the men's 78 Kilo sparring on yesterday's first day of the Fifth ITF World Cup at the Montego Bay Conference Centre in Rose Hall, St James. Shukura won his first-round bout, but then lost to Gonzales.The tournament ends on Saturday. (PHOTO: PAUL REID) Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Entertainment diary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Entertainment-diary_17432944 THURSDAY, AUGUST 28 Observer West Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ex-Maroon Colonel Peddie dies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Ex-Maroon-Colonel-Peddie-dies_17415618 SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Former Accompong Town Maroon Colonel Sydney Peddie is dead, community elders have confirmed. Local News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT PNP's Haughton confirms resignation as Lucea mayor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/PNP-s-Haughton-confirms-resignation-as-Lucea-mayor_17396656 LUCEA, Hanover — Embattled Mayor of Lucea Shernet Haughton has confirmed her resignation as chairman of the Hanover Parish Council. Local News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Thwaites: Pit latrines will be history by 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Thwaites--Pit-latrines-will-be-history-by-2016_17405504 ROSE HALL, St James — Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites says that pit latrines in public schools will be a thing of the past by the end of 2015. Local News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT JTA wants 'fair treatment' when wage freeze expires http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/JTA-wants--fair-treatment--when-wage-freeze-expires_17405505 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Newly installed President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), Doran Dixon has served notice that teachers are not prepared to engage in another round of prolonged negotiations when the five-year wage freeze ends next year. Local News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Nicks James... a New Yorker who would die for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Nicks-James----a-New-Yorker-who-would-die-for-Jamaica_17408657 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Thirty-odd years ago when then New York college student Gwen Nicks arrived with friends and relatives in the resort town of Ocho Rios for a vacation, she immediately fell in love with the beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica. All Woman Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Westmoreland motorcyclists get road safety training http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Westmoreland-motorcyclists-get-road-safety-training_17394128 MORE than 50 motorcyclists in and around Little London, Westmoreland, recently benefited from a road safety sensitisation session, organised by Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Negril amidst concerns about rising road accidents and fatalities in the area. Local News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT 'We can't continue like this' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/We-can-t-continue-like-this_17388291 MONTEGO BAY, St James — CENTRAL St James Member of Parliament Lloyd B Smith says the resort city of Montego Bay is being overrun by prostitutes, vendors and rogue taxi operators. Observer West Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT