Two gunmen shot dead in Roehampton

MCGREGOR… led operation in violence-prone
St James communities.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Two men, believed to be from the community of Flanker, were shot dead during a joint police/military operation in Roehampton, as the St James Police Division moves to cut the high level of violence in the parish. Police said two illegal firearms were also recovered aft ... Read More

Nia plays the violin during a musical item by the graduating class. GSAT high performer loves the violin
MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- The saying "yuh likkle but yuh tallawah" is definitely true for 11-year-ol ... Read More

A man searches the rubble following yesterday's fire at the Old Shoe Market in Montego Bay, St James.
Rescue burnt-out vendors immediately — Sinclair
THE minority caucus in the St James Parish Council is calling on the relevant government agencies to ... Read More

Men at work
in Santa Cruz. Pipe-laying project set to ease water problems in Santa Cruz
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — In recent weeks residents, pedestrians, motorists and business oper ... Read More

Fruitalicious employs 15 in Mandeville

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 27, 2015    

Manager of Fruitalicious
Mandeville Michelle Lawe.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- Preparation work in past weeks was noticeable as the proprietors of Fruitalicious frozen yogurt set in motion the final touches for the space at its location in Park Crescent, virtually at the centre of the town of Mandeville. For many residents, the anticipation to see the business open to the public hinged on the promise that it will provide a different and "healthy alternative" to snacking and a regular meal. Others awaited the chance for employment. Just over a m ... Read More

Hanover residents to benefit from improved water supply

Monday, July 27, 2015    

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)

MORE than 8,000 residents of Cascade, Claremont and Jericho in Hanover are to benefit from an improved supply of potable water, as improvement works at a cost of $271.25 million are progressing on a system by the National Water Commission (NWC). Addressing residents after a tour of the main communities on July 24 at the Merlene Ottey High School in Hanover, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill said the project is necessary, as residents are experiencing ... Read More

Photo: Save our boys!

Monday, July 27, 2015    


Using the theme ‘Save our boys from abuse and violence through education’ the Boys’ Club at the Yabnel Care Centre recently led a road march through the streets of Mandeville. Organisers said the march was in response to the violence against children as well as abuse and neglect of boys. (PHOTO: YABNEL CARE CENTRE) Read More

Diary - July 27

Monday, July 27, 2015    

A diary

1) Wednesday, July 29 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Big Stage Performers Workshop Cecil Charlton Hall Mandeville -- 10:00am 2)Friday, July 31 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Emancipation Vigil Courthouse Grounds Mandeville -- 8:00pm 3) Friday, July 31 Black River Day Activities include: Float Parade, Boat Race, Health Fair, Car Show, Fashion Show, Stage Show St Elizabeth -- 9:00am 4) Friday, July 31- Sunday, August 2 Jamaica Agricultural Society 63rd Stagin ... Read More

Gov't committed to sugar sector -- Buchanan

Monday, July 27, 2015    

State minister for agriculture, labour and social security, Luther
Buchanan (at podium), addressing the Sugar Industry Delegates’
Conference at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville on Thursday.
Executives of the Sugar Producers Federation of Jamaica at the head
table (from left) are Executive Chairman Deryck Brown and Director of
Industrial Relations and Training Michael Martin

STATE minister for agriculture, labour and social security, Luther Buchanan, says that the Government will continue to work with sugar industry stakeholders to ensure that the sector remains sustainable. "The Government has an undying commitment to the success of the agricultural sector and specifically to the success of the sugar industry, which is the largest subsector, largest employer of labour and the largest foreign exchange earner in the agricultural sector," Buchanan said in an address ... Read More

And there was light

Monday, July 27, 2015    

...And there
was light

Montego Bay's Elegant Corridor is now brightly lit at night following the installation of lights along the thoroughfare under a contract which the Tourism Enhancement Fund signed with YP Seaton & Associates in 2014. The lights were turned on July 24. (PHOTO: JIS) ...And there was light --> Read More

MOCA nabs three in aviation fuel theft

Monday, July 27, 2015    

MONTEGO BAY, St James -- Three people are now in custody on reasonable suspicion of breaching the Petroleum Quality Control Act and the Larceny Act in connection with a case of aviation fuel theft at the Sangster International Airport in May. The police have withheld their identities pending further investigations. The three were held during a pre-dawn operation conducted by members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), the Financial Investigation Division and the Mob ... Read More

Guest house operator slain at home

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | 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

Overseas help for Santa Cruz Centre of Excellence

Monday, July 27, 2015    

Co-chair, Jamaican Diaspora Health Sector North-east USA, Claudette Powell (second right)
makes a presentation to Senior Public Health Nurse Erica Dennis-Smith while Regional Director
Michael Bent (right), Parish Manager Sean Brissett (left) and Public Health Nurse Sasha Forbes
look on.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth -- The Santa Cruz Centre of Excellence recently received significant help in the form of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals from overseas donors, according to a news release circulated here. Co-chair, Jamaican Diaspora Health Sector Northeast USA, Claudette Powell was reported as having said the donors recognised and supported the Jamaican health ministry's focus on primary health care, non-communicable diseases and Vision 2030. The donation included a pulse oximete ... Read More

Cricket invasion

Monday, July 27, 2015    


MANDEVILLE, Manchester - The annual West Indies Under-19 cricket tournament is ongoing in south central Jamaica between July 22 and August 2. Seven teams, defending champions Guyana, hosts Jamaica, Windward Islands, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Leeward Islands and Canada are participating. Competition is taking place in Manchester, St Elizabeth, Clarendon and St Catherine at six grounds: St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), Manchester High School, Jamalco, Ewarton, Chedwin Park ... Read More



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