Moon Palace Hotel says its committed to opening five star property soon

Kathy Halpern (right), vice-president of sales and marketing of Palace Resorts has the attention of other team members (from left) Robert Martinez, senior
account executive; Public Relations Director Cessie Cerrato and General Manager Clifton Reader.

The Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Hotel in St Ann says it is expending $150 million to upgrade the former Sunset Jamaica Grande into a five-star property. And despite the hotel missing its April 11, 2015 completion date, following recent industrial unrest at the construction site, General Manager Clif ... Read More

PHOTO: Lawmen at work
Constable R McLeod and Constable C Bryan of the Castleton Police Station kept motorists in line as ... Read More

Past student of
the Jefferey
Town Basic
school in St
Mary Nisa
engages in
playtime with
the students as
she teaches
them how to
strut on a
runway. Watching over Jefferey Town little angels
RESIDENT of Jefferey Town in St Mary Nisa Spencer spends most of her spare time helping out at the b ... Read More

(L) Health minister Fenton Ferguson says there is a paradigm shift
to primary health care.
(R) Raymond Pryce aims for hospital
status in five years MP aims for hospital in Santa Cruz
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth -- Raymond Pryce, Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth North Eastearn, isn ... Read More

JLP council wants former Hanover mayor out

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

HAUGHTON ... JLP wants her out of Hanover Parish Council

THE executive of the Jamaica Labour Party Area Council Four has called on former Mayor of Lucea and Councillor of the Green Island Division, Shernett Haughton, to "do the honourable thing" and resign as councillor in the aftermath of the damning report from the Office of the Contractor General, which found her guilty of nepotism. The report has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for criminal charges to be considered. Speaking on behalf of the Area Council, Chairman Charles Sincla ... Read More

JEF convention for MoBay

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Sponsors join hands with members of the JEF team at Tuesday’s launch of Convention 2015, which takes place at the
Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall from May 21-24, under the theme: ‘Collaborate…. Innovate…. Opportunities for
Growth.’ Seated (from left) Yvonne Davis, conference coordinator; CEO JEF Brenda Cuthbert and President of the Montego
Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nathan Robb, while standing (from left) sponsors Everlyn Craig Brown, managing
director MOD Office by EHC; Angelique Reid, a representative of Fidelity Motors; Althea Samuels, manager, marketing and
communications, HEART Trust/NTA; and Donald Dennis, human resources solutions analyst at Red Stripe.

MONTEGO BAY, St James This year's staging of the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF) Convention will be held for the first time in Montego Bay. The event which is scheduled for the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, from May 21-24, was launched on Tuesday at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre. Brenda Cuthbert, CEO of JEF, in her opening remarks said this was the 33rd staging of the event, but noted that it is the first time it will be held in the city of Montego Bay. "The time is r ... Read More

More cops for St James

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, March 26, 2015    

From left:
Commissioner of
Police Dr Carl
Williams, ACP
Paul Ferguson
and SSP Derrick
Champagnie engage
in conversation during
their visit to Richmond
Hill, St James on

The investigating capacity of the St James Police Division, which has recorded over 40 murders since the start of the year, is being boosted with the arrival of additional detectives in the parish. The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) headquarters will also closely monitor serious cases in the division. "We are adding new personnel to the cadre of detectives down there already, and headquarters will pay close attention to serious crimes committed in St James. It is going to be a more compre ... Read More

Paediatric Orthotic Service Limited helps young Tariq Bucknor to walk

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer West writer NEGRIL, Westmoreland | Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Orthopaedist Gabe Bevernslius (second right) assists Jhonelle Walker in putting
on a pair of splint on the feet of her nephew Tariq Bucknor, while (from left) Jim
Wellise, a technician from Michigan; Nicola Smith, locally trained technician;
and Elaine Allen-Bradley, a retired nurse, look on.

Last August, Tariq Bucknor - now two years old - of St James underwent his second surgery to correct the deformity known as talipesequinovarus, otherwise called clubfoot, that has affected his feet. But according to his aunt Jhonelle Walker, the youngster, whose front half of both feet are curved inwards and downwards, had not seen much improvement in walking until he was fitted with specially designed splints and shoes at a clinic for children with disabilities, held at the Sunshine Village ... Read More

Hanover business community moves to revive chamber

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

HALL... I alone
cannot make much

LUCEA, Hanover The Lucea business community is moving to revive the Hanover Chamber of Commerce which has been dormant for more than three years. To this end, a steering committee, headed by banker Kelvin Hall, was recently established to oversee the affairs of the business community, before formal election of officers is held later this year. "One of the things that I found difficult is that whenever I would call the [Hanover] Parish Council or any other body, it would be only me. If I call about h ... Read More

Erosion of Falmouth to Rock main road to be addressed

BY HORACE HINES Observer west reporter | Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Wilkinson... we have been losing the

FALMOUTH, Trelawny The erosion of the roadway along sections of the busy Falmouth to Rock main road could be addressed soon as the National Works Agency (NWA) has put to tender contracts for the planned rehabilitation project. Mayor of Falmouth Councillor Garth Wilkinson told the Jamaica Observer West that he was heartened by the NWA's decision to put the much- needed work to tender. "Over three years, other stakeholders and I have been lobbying assiduously for the repairs to that stretch of ... Read More

Guardian Life's 5K night run moves to MoBay

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Thursday, March 26, 2015    

Eric Hosin, president of Guardian Life Limited, presents Claudette Bryan, JP, president of the Lay Magistrates
Association, St James Chapter (second left), with her 'Keep it Alive' 5K night run 'T-shirt', while Sheraley
Bridgeman, assistant vice-president, business development at Guardian General Insurance Jamaica Limited
stands ready to present Bryan with her sports pack.

MONTEGO BAY, St James The Guardian Life 5K night run which will take place in Montego Bay for the first time on April 25, will see proceeds from the event going to the state-run Cornwall Regional and St Ann's Bay hospitals. The event, which is branded 'Keep It Alive', was officially launched at the Sunset Beach Resort and Waterpark in Montego Bay recently. There are two races in the series, the first of which will be held in Kingston on Saturday April 18. Both events will start at 7:00pm. T ... Read More

Harris says agropark will revive banana production in St James

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, March 26, 2015    

HARRIS… the agropark will be a stimulant to banana

President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society's (JAS) St James Association of Branch Societies, Glendon Harris is upbeat over Government's plans to establish a agro- park in St James, arguing that it will revive the production of banana for the export market. "The agro- parks will be a stimulant for the production of bananas so that we can go back into exporting bananas. We need not be seeing banana from the east[eastern section of the island] being supplied to our hotels here in the west," Harris who is also the mayor of M ... Read More

Superintendent Campbell to meet with Bunker's Hill residents

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

(L) WALKER... we are really hoping that
the superintendent will lift the ban.
(R) CAMPBELL... we have to take a hard

BUNKER'S HILL, Trelawny Commanding officer for Trelawny Superintendent Wilford Campbell is expected to meet with residents of Bunker's Hill at the Unity Sports Complex today, in the wake of calls by area residents for the police to lift the three-year ban prohibiting the staging of social events in the community at nights. The restriction, the residents argued, is stifling the growth and development of the rural community. "The non-issuance of permits for us to stage fund-raising events at ni ... Read More

Good Friday start for Great Escape

Thursday, March 26, 2015    

From left: JB Rum Ambassadors Diana Ramsay, Nadeika Bernard, Abigail Arthurs and Amanda Fisher are engaged in a
lively conversation during the launch of The Great Escape Weekend at the Gardenia Resort in Negril last Thursday.

NEGRIL, Westmoreland THE Great Escape Weekend, one of several events on Negril's growing party scene, kicks off on Good Friday with its Liquid Fusion Beach Rave at Cayenne Beach. Now in its fourth year, the Charley's JB Overproof Rum-sponsored Easter series was launched last week Thursday at Gardenia's Resort in Negril. Organisers say this year's staging will be bigger and better than previous years. "The Great Escape weekend commences April 3 through to April 6 under the theme: 'Best Easter ... Read More



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