Western News

ECJ chair bemoans low voter turnout at elections

Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica Dorothy Pine McLarty
addressing the official opening of the 10th International Electoral
Affairs Symposium at the Half Moon Hotel in Rose Hall, St James on
Wednesday. (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) Dorothy Pine McLarty says voting apathy is causing millions of dollars of taxpayers' money to go down the drain because preparation has to be made for a 100 percent voter turnout. The cost of staging the December 20 ... Read More

Andrea Paisley (third right) and her sons, Jordan (in red) and
Jaeden display their passports with Canadian immigrant visas
inside. They are joined by Paisley’s mom Sonia (left),
Counsellor Kate O’Brien, and High Commissioner Robert Ready. O, Canada!
GREEN Island, Hanover, resident Andrea Paisley yesterday travelled the four hours to the Canadian Hi ... Read More

(L) WAYNE WONDER... will be performing in western Jamaica for
the first time in more than five years.
(R)
MCGREGOR... performing at the first in the series of We Are
Reggae last month. Wayne Wonder set to perform at We Are Reggae
MONTEGO BAY, St James - INTERNATIONAL recording artiste Wayne Wonder will take centre stage on Satur ... Read More

Businessman Richard Vernon (third left) converses
with customers outside the Hart Street branch of
Foreigner’s Fast Foods and meats. Richard Vernon, entrepreneur extraordinaire
TWENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD entrepreneur Richard Vernon strongly believes the biblical words, 'Train up a ch ... Read More

MBU/Arnett showdown Monday

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, May 28, 2015    

MBU’s Lesly St Fleur
(left) tries to get away
from Arnett Gardens’
Anthow Dawkins in
their first-round RSPL
game at Wespow Park.
(PHOTO: PAUL REID)

FRESH from qualifying for next season's CONCACAF Club Championships in Trinidad, Montego Bay United (MBU) will have little time to rest before turning their attention to defending their Red Stripe Premier League title against Arnett Gardens at the National Stadium on Monday night. It will be the third consecutive national finals to be contested by Montego Bay United after beating Waterhouse 5-2 in last season's RSPL decider and coming up just short against Reno FC in the JFF Flow Champions Cup ... Read More

Alps residents welcome Ira V Brooks Memorial Foundation

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer ALPS, Trelawny | Thursday, May 28, 2015    

Sonia Graham, the secretary of the Ira V Brooks Memorial Foundation (back row, left), Viola Brooks (third left), coordinator of the
foundation and Joyce Simms (fourth left), coordinator of the Alps school, share a moment with students during the official launch
of the foundation recently.

RESIDENTS of Alps, located in deep rural Trelawny, have welcomed the recent launch of the Ira V Brooks Memorial Foundation for Education, pointing to its benefits to the struggling farming community. The official launch of the non-profit organisation at the Wire Fence New Testament Church of God in Trelawny earlier this month, came just weeks after the commencement of classes for needy Alps residents by the foundation. "Now that this institution is here, I think it is go ... Read More

Labour Day activities across the west

Thursday, May 28, 2015    

Members of the St James Police Youth Club paint a
pedestrian crossing on a section of the usually
busy Mount Salem main road on Labour Day.

Sandals Negril's Wedding Manager Andrea Luckoo Edwards made good use of her painting skills on the exterior walls of the Green Island Health Centre on Labour Day. Edwards was among a group of over 30 volunteers from that resort as well as from Beaches and Grand Pineapple Negril who repainted sections of the facility, cleaned the rafters, planted flowers and donated paint, rollers and brushes. President of the Cornwall Combined Disabilities Association Gausia Burchell (left) watches as Lorenzo ... Read More

PHOTO: Dangerous!

Thursday, May 28, 2015    

Dangerous!

These students were seen playing at various sections of this burnt-out two-storey Georgian building on Market Street, Falmouth last week, oblivious of the great danger the fragile structure poses. The building, which housed a doctor's office, an art gallery, a clothes store and a book store, was gutted in an early morning blaze nearly a year ago. But, despite the obvious structural defects of the building, the local authority is yet to put measures in place to avert any possible danger it may ... Read More

Entertainment diary - May 28

Thursday, May 28, 2015    

  THURSDAY, April 30 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 Mega Mart Complex Catherine Hall, Montego Bay FRIDAY, May 1 Smirnoff Fridays and Ladies Night Out @ D'Rehab Lounge, Sports Bar & ... Read More

Western Sports Diary

Thursday, May 28, 2015    

TODAY Westmoreland FA Captain's Bakery and Grill/Charley's JB Rum Russia vs Golden Touch -- Llandilo 3:00pm FRIDAY Return leg final Hanover FA Captain's Bakery and Grill D1 Grand Palladium vs Sandals Resort -- Watson Taylor Park 3:00pm Westmoreland FA Captain's Bakery and Grill/Charley's JB Rum Darliston vs Roaring River -- LLandilo 3:00pm SATURDAY Trelawny FC Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League Flames vs Baca Star United -- Sea Road 3:30pm Coopers Pen vs Wakefield -- Coopers Pen 3:3 ... Read More

Fontana fun day

Thursday, May 28, 2015    

Fontana fun day

Employees of Fontana's five locations -- Kingston, Mandeville, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Savanna la-Mar -- were in a jovial mood, as they posed for a photograph at Chukka Caribbean, Good Hope, in Trelawny recently during the company's first ever fun day. According to Fontana's director Anne Chang, the action-packed and exciting fun day was held to recognise staff members for their hard work and dedication to the company. "We believe our staff is our foundation and the reason for our success. ... Read More

Faulkland FC, Mountain Villa promoted to St J FA Senior League

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, May 28, 2015    

Mario Leslie of Club Stars (left) tries to get away from Faulkland FC’s Jelani
Nicholson in Saturday’s return-leg semi-finals in the St James FA Sandals/ATL
Division One competition. Faulkland lost 2-3, but advanced to the final 4-3 on
aggregate. (PHOTO: PAUL REID)

FAULKLAND FC who gained promotion in back-to-back seasons, and Mountain Villa will play in the St James Football Association's Sandals/ATL Senior League next season, after qualifying for the finals of the Sandals/ATL Division One last weekend. Faulkland FC who were promoted from the Division Two last year after finishing second to Somerton FC, got by Club Stars 4-3 on aggregate, while Mountain Villa qualified after beating Copperwood 3-1, also on aggregate. The finals will be played on June 5 ... Read More

Irwin Adventists renovate elderly woman's house

Thursday, May 28, 2015    

IRWIN, St James - MARY Dennison, a 96-year-old member of the Irwin community in St James beamed with joy when members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church first entered her premises with building material and tools to renovate her dilapidated house. When the project, which began nearly a year ago, was completed last week, Dennison expressed her heartfelt gratitude. "I feel so good to know that the church is here" said the elderly woman. "You don't know how I feel. It is nice to know that there ... Read More

Rush for semi-final spots in Masters League

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, May 28, 2015    

MONTEGO BAY, St James - THE preliminary rounds of Dango's Enterprise Western Masters League football competition end today with several teams racing for places in the semi-finals. Jamaica Brazil have already booked their place in the last four after winning their first five games to sit atop the Zone B points tables with 15 points, and will play out-of-contention Violet Tourers at Jarrett Park on Sunday. First Choice and Copperwood are both on 10 points and while Fist Choice have completed th ... Read More



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