Wanted: official status

Visitors to the island river tube on the White River which borders St Mary and St Ann. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

RAFTERS operating along White River, which borders St Mary and St Ann, are calling on the Government for assistance as they seek to legitimise their businesses. The group of approximately seven men told the Jamaica Observer North & East that business is most times difficult without a licence, w ... Read More

Lascelles Wray Hamilton (Photo: Renae Dixon) Programme for troubled St Ann teens working — director
A programme launched to positively influence the behaviour of teens who have found themselves in tro ... Read More

Members of the Titchfield High School team, Antonette Anderson, (centre) Vanessa Laidley (second right) Chavar Henry and their coach Shakeisha Simms pose for a group photo with Assistant Superintendent Troyville Haughton from the Portland Police Division. Three schools to battle for top spot in St Ann police debate competition
Three schools are expected to battle for the top spot in the Area Two police debate competition this ... Read More

These flags are landmarks at Irie Blue Hole. The famous Blue Hole — making its mark
EASILY one of the most- visited, undeveloped attractions of Jamaica, Irie Blue Hole, located south o ... Read More

Food For The Poor assists family, elderly with houses

BY EVERALD OWEN Observer Portland correspondent | Monday, January 23, 2017    

Jacqueline Thompson stands at the entrance of her new house.

A Portland family and an elderly man are the latest beneficiaries of houses from philanthropic organisation Food For The Poor (FFP) after their plight was highlighted by the Jamaica Observer North East in 2015. The family of four, which includes a wheelchair-bound man, was desperately in need of a house to get out of the crammed space they shared in the back room of a relative’s house in Waybridge, Portland, for years. Observer North & East reported in 2015 that Jacqueline Thompson, ... Read More

$55-mil boost to Manchester Infirmary

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter | Monday, January 23, 2017    

Jamalco volunteers commence the transformation of interior
sections of the Manchester Infirmary in 2015. (File Photo)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Ground work has started at the Manchester Infirmary for the building of a new ward for female residents and working space for staff. The $55-million project is being facilitated through the Equalisation Fund in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development. Following a tour of the facility on Friday, Minister Desmond McKenzie said that within months the new building is expected to be completed. “[The] first phase is to put in the doctors’ of ... Read More

Leading Manchester journalist Angelo Laurence is dead

By GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-large South-Central Bureau | Monday, January 23, 2017    

Angelo Laurence (Gregory Bennett)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Angelo Laurence, a leading journalist and media owner/operator in central Jamaica, died in the Mandeville Regional Hospital minutes after midday on Friday, following a long, intense battle with colon cancer. He was 62. Well known for his incisive mind and sharp tongue, Laurence pioneered local cable operations in Manchester and wider central Jamaica in the late 1990s, establishing and leading the company which later became PACE (People, Art, Culture, Education ... Read More

‘I need a home’

BY EVERALD OWEN Observer Portland correspondent | Monday, January 23, 2017    

The house Kay-Ann Henry is being evicted from. (Photos: Everald Owen)

A mother of five is desperately seeking assistance to get a house after receiving several eviction notices from the owners of the place she now occupies in Hector’s River, Portland. Kay-Ann Henry has had to ask family members to look after four of her children, aged seven to 14, while she is forced to wander in the evenings or loiter at a bus stop in the community with her two-year-old daughter until a neighbour is home for her to stay. She said the house which she currently lives is in ... Read More

Photo: ‘I need a HOME’

Monday, January 23, 2017    

The bus stop where Kay-Ann Henry stays in the evenings with her two-year-old. (Photo: Everald Owen)

The bus stop where Kay-Ann Henry stays in the evenings with her two-year-old. (Photo: Everald Owen) Read More

Not enough!

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, January 23, 2017    

Portraits of Harold Nichols and Randy Hentzel

Residents of Trinity Land and Albion Mountain in St Mary are accusing the police of not doing enough to recapture 25-year-old Dwight Henry, one of two men charged for the brutal murder of two American missionaries last year. Henry escaped custody after he was taken to the Port Maria Hospital for medical attention on January 4. He was being held at the Oracabessa police lock-up. “The man deh a bush and the police dem naah go a bush. Dem ya police ya a taxi police. That’s all dem kn ... Read More

A diamond in the rough: Bernette Harvey’s story

Sunday, January 22, 2017    

Bernette Harvey, now a spa therapist at Sandals Royal Caribbean, prepares for an outdoor spa session at the resort. Photo: Courtesy of Sandals

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Ask any child what they want to be when they grow up. You are likely to hear “lawyer”, “doctor”, “pilot”, “astronaut”, “manager” — areas which, to them, embody success and the promise of a comfortable future. As a young girl, Bernette Harvey, the fourth of seven children, had no such dream. She grew up in Lucea, Hanover, nurtured from humble beginnings. She attended Rusea’s High School but for ... Read More

Two hotels to be built in Trelawny

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (right) signs an agreement with CEO of the Excellence Group, Antonio Montaner–Ferrer for the group to build two hotels in Oyster Bay, Trelawny.

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has signed an agreement with representatives of the Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts to build two hotels in Oyster Bay, Trelawny. The Ministry of Tourism said in a news release Thursday that the hotels are expected to add more than 700 rooms to the island’s room stock. The Excellence Group plans to begin construction on their first property, which will be built at a cost of US$110 million, in February. It will have some 325 rooms and is exp ... Read More

Should the fountain in Sam Sharpe Square be removed?

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

The fountain in the historic Sam Sharpe Square that will be relocated by the NWA.

Last week the National Works Agency (NWA) announced a raft of measures to ease the chronic traffic congestion in the resort city of Montego Bay. Included in the measures is the relocation of the decade’s-old fountain to another section of the historic Sam Sharpe Square. Jamaica Observer West’s Alan Lewin took to the streets of Montego Bay earlier this week to ask: “Do you think that the fountain should be relocated in an effort to ease the traffic congestion in the city?&rdq ... Read More

Obeah scammers

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Bottles of obeah oil seized during the operation in the Rose Heights community last week

MONTEGO BAY, St James - Members of the Lottery Scam Task Force are reporting a new trend emerging among more and more scammers — practising obeah to guard them from the long arm of the law. But last week a couple found out that the potions were not strong enough to stave off members of the Lottery Scam Task Force who swooped down on them during a pre-dawn anti-lottery operation in the inner city of Rose Heights, St James. According to Sergeant Kevin Watson, the media liaison officer of ... Read More



Should National Security Minister Robert Montague be blamed for the escalating crime and violence in Jamaica? 

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon