Chinese are coming

Passengers from the Costa Atlantica board one of several tour buses at the Reynold's Pier Wednesday morning.

There was a buzz of activity in Ocho Rios last week as nearly 1,000 Chinese vacationers descended on Ocho Rios to experience Jamaica's world class tourism offerings. The group represents the single largest number of Chinese visitors to vacation on the island ever. The visitors were brought into th ... Read More

One of several dishes on offer,
‘surf and turf’, consisted of
pork and shrimp served with
vegetables, potato salad and
polenta. A fine dining experience
CASE's hospitality, tourism and management students demonstrate culinary skills Second year Hospita ... Read More

Sandals Foundation volunteers and members of the Forestry Department pose for a photo after planting 600 trees to mark World Earth Day. Operation: Saving planet earth
VOLUNTEERS from Sandals Foundation Ocho Rios region planted 600 trees at the Bogue Estate section of ... Read More

Some of the running shoes that will be distributed during
Mission of Mercy 2015: Portland. Mission of Mercy 2015 hits Portland next month
Mission of Mercy 2015 will kick off in Portland next month with its signature Donation Day Give Away ... Read More

Canadians bring joy to Prickly Pole

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, April 27, 2015    

Outgoing principal Eunice Blake-Brown cuts the ribbon to officially open the playground while students
and members of SMILE and The Power To Be International look on. (Photos: Renae Dixon)

NORMA Anderson wiped tears from her eyes as she expressed her joy at seeing the children of Prickly Pole Primary and Infant School in St Ann finally receiving a well-needed play area. "I am very happy to be here; I am very emotional," she said. About five years ago, Anderson heard about Prickly Pole through a disturbing newspaper article which highlighted the challenges of the community. Not knowing where the community was, she made numerous attempts to discover its deep rural location. Afte ... Read More

Port Maria, Ocho Rios markets slated for upgrade this year

Monday, April 27, 2015    

ARSCOTT...our overall aim is to rehabilitate our markets around the country

Ocho Rios and Port Maria markets are among three facilities slated to be upgraded this year under the Markets Rehabilitation Programme. Minister of Local Government and Community Development Noel Arscott said the other facility slated for work is Santa Cruz market in St Elizabeth. Arscott was making his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate last week, in the House of Representatives. He informed that the Black River Market in St. Elizabeth, which was recently rehabilitated under the pro ... Read More

Govt seeks funding to build thoroughfare connecting Kingston to St Thomas, Portland

Monday, April 27, 2015    

DAVIES...the whole
of Jamaica will be
linked by modern

The Government is currently working to identify funding to undertake the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP). Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar Davies, who made the announcement during his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives last week, said priority is to be given to Section I which is Harbour View in St Andrew to Port Antonio in Portland. The project will, however, start with sections 1A and 1B which is from Harbour View ... Read More

Braco set to reopen for 2015/16 winter tourist season

Monday, April 27, 2015    

Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill (right) in discussions with (from left), President of the American Chamber of Commerce
Jamaica Ronald McKay; General Manager of Meliá Braco Village, Dimitris Kosvogiannis; Regional Vice-President of Meliá
Hotels International Alvaro Tejeda Schroder; and Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Edmund Bartlett,
a former tourism minister. The Braco property is slated to reopen in December 2015 as the Meliá Braco Village.

THE 225-room government-owned Braco Village is scheduled to reopen for the 2015/16 winter tourist season as the Meliá Braco Village, and is expected to provide hundreds of jobs for residents of Trelawny and nearby parishes in the western end of the island. A groundbreaking ceremony at the Trelawny property, on the weekend, signalled the start of a comprehensive renovation project ahead of the hotel's grand reopening as part of the Meliá Hotels & Resorts' brand all inclusive po ... Read More

Yallahs RM court to be expanded

Monday, April 27, 2015    

FALCONER...the Ministry of
Justice is seeking to improve the
physical infrastructure involved
in the delivery of justice services

The Ministry of Justice is to acquire land at Main Street in Yallahs, St Thomas, to facilitate expansion of the Yallahs Resident Magistrate's Court. Cabinet approved the ministry's acquisition of the property at its sitting earlier this week. Addressing last week's Jamaica House press briefing, Information Minister Senator Sandrea Falconer explained that the purpose of the acquisition is to correct an encroachment of the courthouse on adjacent private property. "A surveyor's identification re ... Read More

Green lashes PNP over Middle Quarters shrimp vendors

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South Central Bureau | Sunday, April 26, 2015    

The heart of
Middle Quarters,
shrimp capital

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) representative for South West St Elizabeth Floyd Green has lashed the ruling People's National Party (PNP) for failing to implement a development plan for shrimp vendors in Middle Quarters. Addressing a recent fund-raising dinner at Luana in the Brompton Division of South West St Elizabeth, Green said it was shameful that the Government had not implemented the plan which he said was created during the previous JLP administra ... Read More

St Elizabeth roadwork a good start, says Azan

Sunday, April 26, 2015    

A section of the Jointwood
Road for which $10 million
has been allocated. (PHOTOS:

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — All agreed that the $10 million allocated for patching work on the badly scoured Jointwood Road, which links Maggotty to Elderslie in North West St Elizabeth, "is just a drop in the bucket". But junior minister for Works, Richard Azan, and local political representatives also agreed that it is "a start and better than nothing". Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth North West, JC Hutchinson, who represents the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), and the ruli ... Read More

Kellier: Trelawny project a pilot for ‘workers passport’

Sunday, April 26, 2015    

Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier (left) shares a light moment with mayor of
Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson, and Opposition spokesperson on tourism and cruise
shipping, Shahine Robinson at Friday’s ceremony to mark the start of the US$23.5-million
renovation of Melia Braco Village in Trelawny. (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE)

BRACO, Trelawny — Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier says the Government plans to use the US$23.5-million expansion project at the Melia Braco Village in Trelawny as a pilot project for the proposed "workers passport." "While I know that the initiative is still in its early stages of development and the legislation is pending, as minister with responsibility for occupational safety and health, our team will be working assiduously with Melia to explore the possibility of i ... Read More

St Aubyn Bartlett ‘fired up’ to take Central Manchester

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter | Friday, April 24, 2015    

St Aubyn Bartlett in Bellefield addressing the first of 15 JLP
divisional meetings to take place in Manchester over the next
six months

BELLEFIELD, Manchester — Close to a year since becoming the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for Central Manchester, Dr St Aubyn Bartlett says he is "fired up" to replace Peter Bunting as Member of Parliament as well as help his party to form the next government. "Every time we (JLP) are in power Jamaica prospers and whenever we are outside of power Jamaica falters. A political party is here to get victory at the poll, not to be in opposition. I don't like to be called an opposition c ... Read More

30 per cent of Jamaicans have no bank account

Friday, April 24, 2015    

Colin Bullock.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — With more than 30 per cent of Jamaicans said to be "unbanked", chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), Colin Bullock, is calling for greater financial inclusion for all citizens as a key ingredient in fostering growth and national development. Financial inclusion refers to access to affordable financial services such as credit, insurance and savings, particularly for disadvantaged and low-income segments of society. Speaking at a Caribbean Group of ... Read More



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