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Nine rural schools to be upgraded

Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites and Managing Director of the Jamaica Social
Investment Fund (JSIF) Scarlette Gillings affix their signatures to the contract for rehabilitation
and expansion of nine schools in rural Jamaica. Also sharing in the moment during a ceremony
at the ministry’s Heroes Circle offices last Friday are Director of MAE Construction Company
Phillip Evans (seated right) and (standing from left) Principal of Aberdeen Primary and Junior
High School Milbert Miller, Director of Ricam Construction Devon Richards, and Member of
Parliament for South East St Elizabeth Richard Parchment.

SOME $160 million has been allocated to undertake expansion and rehabilitation works at nine schools in rural Jamaica, ahead of the 2014/15 academic year, which begins in September. The schools are: Clarence Brimm, Dutch Hill, Ulster Spring and Raymoth Notice Basic in Trelawny; Austin Primary, Beth ... Read More

Youngsters watch as craftswomen Joy Samuels (left) and
Jennifer Satchwell add some adhesive to their petal cut-outs
from empty toilet paper rolls. Youngsters learn to make craft at summer workshop
SUMMER Camp at the Beeston Spring Library saw 40 youngsters exploring their creative side as Sandals ... Read More

An artist’s impression of the overhead view of what the Sandals Royal Caribbean Spa Resort and Offshore Island will look like. Sandals to build Caribbean's first over-the-water suites
SANDALS Resorts International is pumping US$5.5 million into five of the Caribbean's first over-the- ... Read More

Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier addressing
potential farm workers at a recruitment exercise held at
Montego Bay Community College in St James on Friday. Recruitment age limit increased for farm work programme
THE maximum recruitment age limit for the Overseas Farm Workers Programme has been adjusted from 40 ... Read More

Educator Melrose Cameron honoured for years of service

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Melrose Cameron (right) is presented a plaque by (from left) Yolanda Vernon, Diana McNeil and
Richard Vernon during a function held in her honour at the Foreigners Fun Park in St James on

MONTEGO BAY, St James - MELROSE Cameron, teacher and education officer, was honoured by several of her past students, for her remarkable contribution to education. A teacher for more than 35 years, Cameron has worked at a number of schools, including Adelphi All-Age, Somerton All-Age, Riverton Open Bible and DRB Grant Resource Centre -- all in St James. On Sunday, scores of past students and well-wishers turned out at the Foreigners Fun Park to pay tribute to Cameron who they say had helped to ... Read More

Beaches Negril cop all titles in WFA's Captain's Bakery and Grill Major League

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Beaches Negril’s Alton Green (right) shields the ball away from his Petersfield opponent Akeem Whyte during action in the Westmoreland Football Association’s
Captain’s Bakery and Grill Major League final at the Llandilo playing field last week.

LLANDILO, Westmoreland - BEACHES Negril made sure their first season in the Westmoreland Football Association's Captain's Bakery and Grill Major League was a memorable one, as they swept all three titles on their way to beating Petersfield FC 2-1 in last week's final played at the Llandilo playing field. Despite playing with 10 men, Beaches Negril came from a goal down late in the game to clinch the title and book their place in next season's Western Confederation Super League. They are the thi ... Read More

Parent of one of three children killed in Negril fire stunned

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Campbell, the
mother of

LITTLE BAY, Westmoreland — WHEN eight-year-old Savia McKenzie and two other children perished in a fire at his grandmother’s house last week, it was the first time his mother, Natasha Campbell, had allowed the little boy to leave her care. “Me never leave him go anywhere yet, never, never. First, first time him ever leave me. Ask anybody around here. First him ever leave me, first,” bemoaned the grieving mother at her Little Bay, Westmoreland, home yesterday. “I ... Read More

Negril Resort Board pushes for trauma centre

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Cliff Reynolds, chairman of the Negril Resort Board

NEGRIL, Westmoreland — THE Negril Resort Board says it will be pushing for the Negril Health Centre in Westmoreland to be upgraded to a trauma centre. Speaking with the Observer West recently, Chairman of the resort board, Cliff Reynolds said, "We (Negril stakeholders) over the years have felt that the Negril Health Centre needs to be upgraded... because the closest hospital is 18 miles away in Sav (Savanna-la-Mar) and also in Lucea. So we need an emergency centre right here. "It is some ... Read More

Jehovah's Witness Convention opens in Trelawny tomorrow

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

CLARKE… the convention will explain what is God’s Kingdom

FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny THOUSANDS of members of the Jehovah's Witness faith are expected to stream into the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium here tomorrow for the beginning of the three-day convention. The Annual District Convention, which organisers say will attract roughly 11,000 Witnesses from Westmoreland, St James, Trelawny, Hanover and St Elizabeth, will be held under the theme "Keep Seeking First God's Kingdom". "People of many faiths pray for God's Kingdom. This convention will explain ... Read More

MoBay artistes shine at Reggae Sumfest

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, July 24, 2014    

NATURE… dazzled with his vocal skills and great showmanship
Jesse Royal

MONTEGO BAY, St James - MUSIC aficionados are proud of the outstanding performances by Montego Bay-born (and based) artistes at the recently concluded Reggae Sumfest at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre. One of the performances, which left an indelible mark on the patrons attending the 22nd staging of the "greatest reggae festival on earth", was that of Nature on International Night 1. The singer showed nimble footwork and utilised the entire stage to send patrons into wild cheers, as he ... Read More

Western Ja to pay tribute to Sir Howard

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Former Governor General,
Sir Howard Cooke will lie-instate
at the Montego Bay
Cultural Centre in Sam
Sharpe Square on August 5,
from 9:00 am to 5: 00 pm.

MONTEGO BAY, St James - Thousands of Jamaicans across the western end of the island are expected to pay tribute to late former Governor General, Sir Howard Cooke, at several activities being planned to honour the distinguished son of St James. According to Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lloyd B Smith, who chairs the committee spearheading the events, Sir Howard's body will lie in-state at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in Sam Sharpe Square on August 5, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. ... Read More

Walk Good Mass Lloyd

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Lloyd Young
strikes a pose
after winning the
Mr Jamaica
bodybuilding title
in 1949.

The death of Lloyd Young Snr, closes the chapter on one of the truly great Jamaicans of our times. And, while one might argue that living for almost 94 years is great inning, we may never see the likes of him again. It might be a cliché to say God broke the mould when he made the likes of Young Snr, but it rings true nonetheless. While he was known as a body builder and trainer of bodybuilders and weightlifters for decades, Young's body of work far exceeded that. Matter of fact, his leg ... Read More

Memorial service for Lloyd Young tomorrow

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Lloyd Young

MONTEGO BAY, St James - The life of Lloyd Young Snr, Jamaica's first bodybuilding champion, former weightlifting champion and trainer to a generation of bodybuilders will be celebrated tomorrow at a funeral service at the St James Parish Church starting at 10:00 am. Young, who died two weekends ago -- surrounded by his family at his home in Albion -- passed away a week or so, shy of his 94th birthday. In addition to being given an Order of Distinction for his service to the country, Young was ... Read More

Paulette Vidal: 30 years in business and going strong

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Paulette Vidal (left) helps Fire J, a disc jockey at Linkz 96FM,
in selecting a pair of shoes. (PHOTOS: ANTHONY LEWIS)

PAULETTE Vidal (PV) is a veteran entrepreneur in the town of Lucea, Hanover, who has been in the men's and ladies' apparel business for almost three decades. Vidal, who described herself as an individual who "loves business and would venture into other types of business if the opportunity arises", operates Paulette Fashion Diva Store in the town's centre. OBS WEST: Why did you decide to venture into this business? PV: After leaving school I was employed in a store for quite some time. I later ... Read More



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