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Residents agonise over gruesome murder of 14-y-o girl

Pauline Ferguson (right) and her daughter
Shanika Thomas chided the Observer

ALTHOUGH 14-year-old Santoya Campbell was last Saturday laid to rest here, three days after 37-yearold Cornelius Robinson was sentenced to life in prison for murdering her, members of her Logwood, Shrewsbury community are still in shock over the teen's horrific end. Like several other members of t ... Read More

A section of the crowd at the festival. Cornwall Regional gets $8.5m from Rainforest Seafood Festival
MONTEGO BAY, St James -- Promoters of the third staging of the Rainforest Seafood Festival say despi ... Read More

Deputy chairman of Manning's School's board and attorney Michael Palmer (right) assists Manning's School past student
and Food for the Poor director Debbie-Ann Gordon-Crawford (second right), as she bites into a freshly picked cucumber
from the school's greenhouse, following a handover ceremony at the institution last week.
Looking on from left are: Richard Washington, agriculture teacher at Manning's School; Vashawn Saxton, a student, and
Food for the Poor Executive Director David Mair. (PHOTOS: ANTHONY LEWIS) Manning's School gets new greenhouse
Acting Principal of Manning's School in Westmoreland, Megan Berry, says students at the institution ... Read More

Treating the elderly Treating the elderly
Shahila Bailey (right), a volunteer at Le Antonio's Foundation, presents Barnett Lane, Montego Bay r ... Read More

Whitehouse residents benefit from free health services

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Public Health Nurse
Jacqueline Smith-Daley (left)
conducts blood pressure
testing on a Whitehouse resident
during the recent health fair held in
the community.

WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland -- Scores of residents in the rural community of Whitehouse, Westmoreland, received a variety of free health and wellness services recently, courtesy of Sandals Whitehouse along with key health partners. Throughout the day, residents were able to access numerous tests free of charge, ranging from HIV/AIDS testing, vision testing, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings. An obstetrician/gynaecologist (OBGYN) was also on board conducting tests; as well as a nutritioni ... Read More

Brace for drought, Pickersgill warns western Ja

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter MARTHA BRAE, Trelawny | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

French ambassador to Jamaica Jean Michel Despax (right) and Minister of
Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill in discussion
after the recent commissioning of two water projects at Martha Brae, Trelawny,
which were undertaken by French firm, Vinci Construction Grands Projects.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill has warned National Water Commission (NWC) customers in western Jamaica to be economical with the use of water in light of forecasted weather conditions, which could result in a severe drought. "The projections in terms of the weather conditions for 2015 are not what we would like to hear. So this whole business of rainwater harvesting and really making sure that you preserve your water supplies and treat it in a respon ... Read More

Garland Hall Children's Home gets bus

BY ALAN LEWIN Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Directors of Kemtek Development and Construction Company in
Tower Isle, St Mary (at front, from left) Garwin, Sylvester and
Handell Tullouch, pose with plaques received from members of
the Jamaica Baptist Union in appreciation for the company's
donation of a Toyota Hiace bus to the Garland Hall Children's
Home in St James, last week. (PHOTOS: ALAN LEWIN)

The Garland Hall Children's Home in Anchovy, St James, was last week presented with a 15-seater Toyota Hiace bus by the Tower Isles, St Mary, based-Kemtek Development and Construction Company Limited. The vehicle was handed over to the home during the celebration ceremony of the Jamaica Baptist Union Convention and 165th General Assembly held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay. Chairman for the Garland Hall Children's George Simpson and President of the Jamaica Baptist Women's Federa ... Read More

Wakefield Health Centre gets medical supplies

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Health care providers at the Wakefield Health Centre and
members of the Optimist Club of Falmouth, and NOW, pose with
medical supplies handed over to the clinic during a brief
ceremony at the facility on Monday

WAKEFIELD, Trelawny - The Wakefield Health Centre in Trelawny got a shot in the arm on Monday, when the Optimist Club of Falmouth in collaboration with NOW, a charitable organisation based in Atlanta, donated well needed medical sundries to the facility. Among the items donated were nebulizers, masks, gloves, bandages, syringes, gauze, iodine, forceps, scissors and bowls. Nurse Suzette Ried and her staff were on hand to receive the items from President of the Optimist Club of Falmouth Richard ... Read More

Strong support for Diaspora Conference in western Ja

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter ROSE HALL, St James | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign
Trade, Arnaldo Brown (left), delivering the keynote address at
the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, Western Region
Stakeholders briefing at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and Spa on
Monday. Also pictured are Wayne Golding, member of the
Jamaica Diaspora Board, Southern USA (second left) and
Nathan Robb, the president of the Montego Bay Chamber of
Commerce and industry.

There is strong public and private sector support from western Jamaica for the sixth staging of the Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, scheduled for June 13 and 18 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) Nathan Robb has thrown the support of the business sector behind the event. "The last one was indeed very, very encouraging from many points of view in terms of the prospects that it held, not just for the Diaspora, but for ... Read More

Flying start

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Flying start

Kashief Brown (centre) got his Premier League career off to a flying start, scoring in the last three games for Montego Bay United in the Red Stripe Premier League and helping the defending champions to break out of a six game goalless slump. The Green Pond High schoolboy has played in four games, coming off the bench late in a loss at Humble Lion before starting his run of goals in a home win over Boys Town. He scored the first goal in a 2-2 draw away to Rivoli United, then got the equaliser in ... Read More

$18-m road improvement projects underway in St James

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

MONTEGO BAY, St James - The Government through the Road Maintenance Fund, has allocated $17.9 million for the rehabilitation of four Parish Council roadways in St James. The road improvement projects are currently underway and are being supervised by the National Works Agency (NWA). Community Relations Officer for the NWA's Western Region, Janel Ricketts, says that these projects are now in an advanced stage. She added that to date two roadways have been completed -- the Johnson Hill and Salt ... Read More

Montego Bay Restorative Justice Centre opening

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Minister of Justice Mark Golding (left) cuts the ribbon to officially declare open the Montego Bay Restorative Justice Centre. Sharing in the moment are (from right) Deputy Superintendent of Police Ainsley McCarthy, Commanding Officer for St James Superintendent Derrick Champagnie, Custos of St James Ewen Corrodus and Deputy House Speaker and Member of Parliament for Central St James Lloyd B Smith. The centre which was opened last week in the Overton Shopping Centre, will act as a referral p ... Read More

Granville FC seek to avenge loss to Sandals Whitehouse

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer GRANVILLE, St James | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Wadadah FC's Andre Atkinson (front) takes on Salt Marsh
United's Nickoy Edwards in their JFF Charley's JB Rum
Western Confederation Super League return-round game played
at the UDC field on Tuesday. Wadadah FC won the game 1-0.

Former champions Granville FC will seek to avenge a first round loss to mid-season champions Sandals Whitehouse when the teams meet in the return round Jamaica Football Federation Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League game at the Granville Community Centre playfield on Sunday. Sandals Whitehouse have never beaten Granville FC in St James, but have won both games the teams have played in Westmoreland, winning the first round game this season 1-0. A full round of matches will be pl ... Read More

Red Dragon cops four gold medals

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Red Dragon's instructor Shiahh Shukura (left) in practice with a member of his martial arts school.

Fighters from the Montego Bay-based Red Dragon Taekwon-Do Centre won eight medals, including four gold in their first outing this year -- the Jamaica Superstars Martial Arts Open 'Best of the Best'. The competition was hosted by Olympian and World Champion Kenneth 'Kenman' Edwards at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium, University of Technology on Saturday. Seretha Johnson won two gold medals, while Jamela Shukura and Taneisha Jarrett also won a gold medal, Deshaun McKenzie won a silver medal, wh ... Read More



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