Western News

Rescue burnt-out vendors immediately — Sinclair

A man searches the rubble following yesterday's fire at the Old Shoe Market in Montego Bay, St James.

THE minority caucus in the St James Parish Council is calling on the relevant government agencies to urgently come to the rescue of the vendors who have sustained devastating losses from the recent fire at the Old Shoe Market in Montego Bay. According to minority leader Charles Sinclair, "The fire ... Read More

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change
Robert Pickersgill (second right standing ) and contractor,
Courtney Laing (right), examine the improvement works
underway in Cascade, Hanover. At second left is Member of
Parliament for Eastern Hanover DK Duncan. (PHOTO: JIS) Hanover residents to benefit from improved water supply
MORE than 8,000 residents of Cascade, Claremont and Jericho in Hanover are to benefit from an improv ... Read More

...And there
was light And there was light
Montego Bay's Elegant Corridor is now brightly lit at night following the installation of lights alo ... Read More

MOCA nabs three in aviation fuel theft
MONTEGO BAY, St James -- Three people are now in custody on reasonable suspicion of breaching the Pe ... Read More

Guest house operator slain at home

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 27, 2015    

NEGRIL, Westmoreland --The Westmoreland police were up to late last evening probing the circumstances surrounding the brutal gun slaying of a businessman who was killed at his home here Friday night. The dead man has been identified as 45-year-old Crawford Brown, guest house operator of a West End, Negril address. Reports are that about 11:00 pm, Brown mounted his bicycle and rode towards his home after playing dominoes with a group of friends. As he was opening the grille to enter his house, ... Read More

Lights installed along MoBay's Elegant Corridor

Sunday, July 26, 2015    

Montego Bay’s Elegant Corridor is now brightly lit at nights, following the installation of lights along the thoroughfare under a contract which the Tourism
Enhancement Fund (TEF) signed with YP Seaton & Associates. (PHOTO: GLENIS ROSE)

Montego Bay's Elegant Corridor is now brightly lit, following the installation of lights along the thoroughfare. This was done under a contract which the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) signed with YP Seaton & Associates last year. LED lamps, which have been installed along the highway from the roundabout at the Sangster International Airport to Iberostar Hotel in Lilliput, were turned on for testing on Friday. The lights will continue to be turned on at nights to facilitate the requisite ... Read More

Help for Daniel

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, July 25, 2015    

Wisynco Region Sales Manager Vivia Newman (left) presents a cheque for $50,000 to Daniel
Reid and his mother Renesha Crewe, at the company's regional offices in Montego Bay on
Monday. The money will assist Daniel, who recently graduated from the Albion Primary and
Junior High School in St James, with his school fees. (PHOTO: PHILP LEMONTE)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Renesha Crewe, the mother of Daniel Reid, the former Albion Primary and Junior High student whose dream is to attend Munro College in September, says she has received tremendous support from Jamaicans home and abroad since her plight was published in the Jamaica Observer West last week. "The response has been good. People are showing that they really want to help. I am really encouraged," Crewe told the Observer West yesterday. Daniel, who hails from the crime-ri ... Read More

Chamber of Commerce calls for priority on crime fight in St James

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, July 23, 2015    

(L) Gloria Henry
(R) Dr Horace Chang

PRESIDENT of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) Gloria Henry believes that the time has come for the crime situation in St James to be treated as a national priority, as murders spiral out of control in the resort parish. "We need a national priority in terms of security and we have to have everybody coming together in a very co-ordinated way. The police obviously need more resources, but we need to have, at the national level, a greater focus on what is required here in M ... Read More

Teens, adult on makeshift boat missing for close to a week

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, July 23, 2015    

Fishermen showing
vessel in which three
missing persons set
out to sea on Friday.

COUSINS COVE, Hanover RESIDENTS here are fast losing hope that two teenagers and an adult from this seaside community will be found alive, if at all, after they went missing at sea last week Friday afternoon. The situation seems grimmer, as the makeshift boat, fashioned from an old jet ski, has since washed up ashore. The three have been identified as Robert Samuels, 25, and his brother Chevayne Samuels, 15; as well as 13- year-old Maurice Grant. Reports are that the three left the Industry ... Read More

Eye On The Future

PAUL A REID Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, July 23, 2015    

Stephen Hector (crouching) Sandals’ Global Director of Public Relations takes a selfie with some of the campers and staff at the launch of the second Sandals
football academy at Jarrett Park on Saturday morning. (PHOTO: PAUL REID)

THE second annual Sandals football academy was launched at Jarrett Park on Saturday morning and will continue for the next six weekends. Fifty of the most talented players between the ages of 10 and 13 years old are to take part in the programme, which aims to help in their development. The initiative is a partnership with the St James Football Association and will be co-ordinated by Hopeton Gilchrist. Gilchrist told the Jamaica Observer West that the objective of the effort is to "try and te ... Read More

Holness knocks Gov't over failure to achieve literacy target

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, July 23, 2015    

A section of the students who received awards on Sunday, during the 17th annual East Central St James Education GSAT Awards ceremony at the Montego Bay
Convention Centre.

OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness has expressed disappointment over the Government's failure to achieve universal literacy in primary schools this year - a target set by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration in 2009. "Recently, at an awards event, I heard the minister [of education] concede that we will not meet this target. I am certain that maybe in another two to three years the education system will meet that target. But you can't take it for granted. We can't look at these very important targets ... Read More

Multimillion dollar rehabilitation for Hanover roads

Thursday, July 23, 2015    

Residents in attendance at the community meeting.

RIVERSIDE, Hanover APPROXIMATELY $583 million has been earmarked for the much-needed rehabilitation of three critical roadways in Hanover. The projects are being undertaken under the Government of Jamaica's US$82.9 million Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP). The projects will be executed by local contract under sub- contracts with the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), under the supervision of the National Works Agency (NWA). Among the thoroughfares to be reh ... Read More

Forget ship-jumping athletes, answers needed on dismal Youth Championship performance

PAUL REID | Thursday, July 23, 2015    

(L) Shericka Williams
(R) Andrew Fisher

THE decision by three athletes with western Jamaica roots to transfer their allegiance to the Middle Eastern country Bahrain has been met with a firestorm of criticism and has diverted attention from the appalling failure by the Jamaican team that competed at last week's IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia. The 29-member team returned with one medal, a gold by Christopher Taylor in the men's 400m, the lowest number of medals a Jamaican team has ever won in the history of the champi ... Read More

Triple A 'shells down' Digicel stage at Sumfest

Thursday, July 23, 2015    

Jamila Turner (right), a visitor from England, is all smiles, posing with Digicel brand ambassador Miss Kitty, after winning a new
DL900 smartphone at Sumfest International Night II, at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay. (PHOTOS: PHILP LEMONTE)

MONTEGO BAY, St James MAGNUM Queen of Dancehall Triple A delivered a big performance on the Digicel stage during the closing night of Sumfest 2015 at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay. During one of the intervals from the Sumfest main stage, the dancehall diva held members of the audience, who were glued to the front of the Digicel stage, captive, with selections such as Warn Dem Eno, Wine, The Man Them Love Me Off, among others. Hosted by emcee Miss Kitty, patrons were ... Read More



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