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$20 billion owed to NWC said hampering expansion of water supply systems

HAYLES... we would want to
give everybody across
Jamaica water but we are
owed close to $20 billion.

GUTTERS, St James — State Minister in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Ian Hayles describes the close to $20 billion in outstanding payments owed to the National Water Commission (NWC) as an obstacle which denies the ministry well-needed revenue to set up additional ... Read More

Accused ‘bus park’
attackers remanded in jail Teacher accused of pulling knife, using expletives at student
MONTEGO BAY, St James -- A teacher assigned to a high school in western Jamaica is under probe by sc ... Read More

Reggae Youths' Oshane
Thompson (front) shields the
ball from Seba FC's Steven
Forrest in Wednesday's St
James FA Captain's Bakery
and Grill KO semi-final game
at the UDC Field. Seba FC won
the game 4-3 on penalties.
(PHOTOS: PAUL REID) Reggae Youths, Melbourne enter decisive semi-final leg in front
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Reggae Youths and Melbourne FC will take leads into today's return-leg ... Read More

The newly constructed Clark's Town Branch Library. Trelawny gets two libraries
RESIDENTS here are the beneficiaries of two new libraries which were constructed at a combined cost ... Read More

South Trelawny primary school to cease operation in June

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer | Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Students of the Alps Primary in South Trelawny gather at the gate of the school yesterday, before the start of classes.

ALPS, Trelawny -- The Alps Primary School, nestled in the farming community of Southern Trelawny, is to close its doors at the end of this school year, due to its dwindling student population. The State-run institution, which was reclassified years ago from an all-age school to its present status as a primary school, currently has on roll 56 students and three teachers, including the principal, according to data from the education ministry's Region Three office in Brown's Town, St Ann. Accordi ... Read More

South Trelawny residents welcome $15-M retaining wall programme

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

A section of the Ulster Spring main road where a gabion wall is being constructed

ULSTER SPRING, Trelawny - RESIDENTS in South Trelawny have welcomed the $15-million retaining wall programme being undertaken by the National Works Agency (NWA) on three roadways in that section of the parish. The foundations of the retaining walls have been eroded by persistent flood over the years. Community relations officer for the NWA's western region, Janel Ricketts, says the projects are being undertaken in the Dutch Hill, Ulster Spring and Rock Spring communities. According to Rickett ... Read More

MBU to compete in CFU club championships this weekend

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer CATHERINE HALL, St James | Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Dwayne Ambusley (centre)
takes control in the midfield in
Sunday’s return-leg RSPL semifinal
game against Waterhouse
FC at the Montego Bay Sports

MONTEGO Bay United (MBU) will be seeking a date with destiny this weekend when they compete in the semi-final and final stages of the Caribbean Football Union's Club Championships at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad. The first-time entrants MBU are seeking to join several other Jamaican clubs in winning the Caribbean title and earn one of three places in the lucrative CONCACAF Club Championships next season. After crushing Waterhouse 5-1 in Sunday's return-leg semi-finals of the Red S ... Read More

Russia residents welcome ICDP launch

Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Russia resident Paul Richards speaking at the ICDP launch

RUSSIA, Westmoreland --Forty-seven-year-old Paul Anthony Richards, electrician and cable technician, is concerned about the deteriorating quality of life and the feeling of desperation affecting residents of Russia in Savanna-la-Mar, especially the young. "This scamming foolishness, is just about 10 years ago it start. The older people have their trades, but the young have very little," he said. Richards, who is also public relations officer for the Russia Community Development Committee (CDC) ... Read More

Papa D tops WAVS 1170 Reggae chart

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, May 21, 2015    

Papa D

VETERAN Montego Bay roots singer Papa D has scored his first international success when his song, Jamaica Jamaican, surged to the pinnacle of the WAVS 1170 Radio reggae chart in Miami, Florida last week. The tune, which is also being heavily rotated on local radio stations, moved to the top of the Florida chart after spending two weeks in the number two slot. "It is a joy. I am glad that the song has taken off internationally, and this will only serve to supply me with more energy to put out m ... Read More

NCSC to stage Cultural Day next Tuesday

BY LUTHER IRVING Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, May 21, 2015    

In this Wednesday, April 9, 2008 file photo, Debbie Coluter, a certified nursing assistant, holds the hand of an elderly inmate with Alzheimer’s disease as she helps
him to his cell at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, California. (Photo: AP)

THE St James National Council for Senior Citizen (NCSC) will stage its annual Cultural Day Senior Citizens Rising Star and All Together Sing at the St John's Methodist Church in Montego Bay next Tuesday, commencing at 10:00 am. According to Marah Salmon, parish coordinator for the National Council for Senior Citizens, the event will be held under the theme, "Make Food Safer". She said a number of nutritionist from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Rural Agricultural Development Au ... Read More

'Fathers role out’

Thursday, May 21, 2015    


FATHERS who turned out at the "100 Fathers 'Role'-Out", staged by the Cambridge Primary School, St James, in collaboration with Sandals Resorts Montego Bay region, pose for a photo on the grounds of the school last Thursday. Organisers say the objectives of the event, which formed part of the school's Child Month activities, are to motivate fathers in their roles as head of the home and role models for their children; to strengthen father-child relationships; to encourage fathers to provide the ... Read More

It's a masquerade!

Thursday, May 21, 2015    


Sandals Royal Caribbean Entertainment Manager Ladon Burke (centre) paused from MC duties to share lens with these two lovely masquerade dolls during an all-white, glow party, hosted by Sandals Resorts International for Mark Travel Executives and over 190 travel agents from the US on Sandals Private Island in Montego Bay, last week. IT'S A MASQUERADE! --> Read More


Thursday, May 21, 2015    

THURSDAY, May 21 Exotic Thursdays @ Sundaze Bar & Grill Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay Heineken All Star Thursdays @ Margaritaville Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay Adm: Free Heineken Urban Thursdays @ D'Rehab Lounge, Sports Bar & Pool Hall Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay Adm: Free Sushi Night @ G's Sports Bar and Grill Mosino Gaming Lounge MegaMart Complex Catherine Hall, Montego Bay FRIDAY, May 22 Smirnoff Fridays and Ladies Night Out @ D'Rehab Lounge, Sports Bar & Pool Hall ... Read More



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