Jayquan’s second chance!

The welcoming party for Jayquan in Dallas on February 20
included host family Pastor Mark Vowell and his wife Shannon,
members of the group Dallas West Indies United including Dr
Carlton Clarke and a representative of the HeartGift Foundation.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester – Telling him not to play outside like other children his age is not the kind of advice that Shenelle Dillion wanted to pass on to her vibrant-looking four-year-old son, Jayquan Williams. However, until the United States-based HeartGift Foundation gave him a chance rece ... Read More

Students of Parry Town Primary School take pleasure in using the equipment at their new computer lab, donated by the
Sandals Foundation and Air Canada Vacations. (Observer File Photo) Adults attack grade three student at school
PARRY TOWN, St Ann — There are calls for security personnel to be placed at the Parry Town Pri ... Read More

The Montego Bay Free Zone in St James Montego Bay Free Zone marks 30 years
THE Montego Bay Free Zone (MBFZ), one of western Jamaica's most successful business facilitators, be ... Read More

urged by
interests to
call meeting
(R)BELNAVIS... a major stifle on
tourism product Belnavis wants McNeill to meet with tourism interests
OCHO RIOS, St Ann — Jamaica Labour Party councillor/caretaker for the Ocho Rios division Micha ... Read More

Trelawny's Holland High turns 10

BY MARLON TINGLING | Sunday, March 01, 2015    

Principal of Holland High School Pauline Reid proudly speaks of the institution’s achievements,
especially in the field of academics since it was opened in 2005.

ON May 20, 2005, then Education Minister Maxine Henry-Wilson officially opened the Holland High School in Falmouth, Trelawny with a student population of 400. Ten years later the institution is celebrating academic successes under the theme 'Excellence in Stewardship For a Decade and Beyond'. The school is being led by its first principal, Pauline Reid, who said that based on the accomplishments of the institution in the decade since it has been opened, Holland High, with a student population o ... Read More

JPS employee dies in road mishap

Sunday, March 01, 2015    

JPS worker repairs power lines(file photo)

A Jamaica Public Service Company employee died in a motor vehicle collision on Paradise main road in Westmoreland yesterday. The police report that about 8:00 am, 26-year-old Dwayne Bailey of Llandilo Housing Scheme, Savanna-la-Mar, was driving his Honda Civic Ferio motor car along the road when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an embankment, then a utility pole. The police, along with the Savanna-la-Mar Fire Department, were summoned. Bailey, who had to be cut from the wreckag ... Read More

Residents agonise over gruesome murder of 14-y-o girl

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Pauline Ferguson (right) and her daughter
Shanika Thomas chided the Observer

ALTHOUGH 14-year-old Santoya Campbell was last Saturday laid to rest here, three days after 37-yearold Cornelius Robinson was sentenced to life in prison for murdering her, members of her Logwood, Shrewsbury community are still in shock over the teen's horrific end. Like several other members of the rustic farming community, Veniesha Hill is of the view that the penalty handed down for such a gruesome crime was a mere slap on the wrist. Hill strongly believes that Robinson, a fashion designer ... Read More

Cornwall Regional gets $8.5m from Rainforest Seafood Festival

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

A section of the crowd at the festival.

MONTEGO BAY, St James -- Promoters of the third staging of the Rainforest Seafood Festival say despite the inclement weather which dogged the Ash Wednesday show, some $8.5 million was realised from the event. "With a third staging of the Rainforest Seafood Festival under our belt, the Rainforest family is immensely gratified with the support we received this past Ash Wednesday. Just under 10,000 patrons attended the event allowing us to make $8.5 million for the We Care for Cornwall Regional Ho ... Read More

Manning's School gets new greenhouse

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Deputy chairman of Manning's School's board and attorney Michael Palmer (right) assists Manning's School past student
and Food for the Poor director Debbie-Ann Gordon-Crawford (second right), as she bites into a freshly picked cucumber
from the school's greenhouse, following a handover ceremony at the institution last week.
Looking on from left are: Richard Washington, agriculture teacher at Manning's School; Vashawn Saxton, a student, and
Food for the Poor Executive Director David Mair. (PHOTOS: ANTHONY LEWIS)

Acting Principal of Manning's School in Westmoreland, Megan Berry, says students at the institution are set to benefit tremendously from a new greenhouse recently handed over to the school by Food For the Poor (FFP) in partnership with the Digicel Foundation. "The fact that you have the greenhouse technology, it therefore means that they [students] will get a chance to learn how such technology can increase production. So, it's really the practical aspect to it that is of great benefit to our students," ... Read More

Treating the elderly

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Treating the elderly

Shahila Bailey (right), a volunteer at Le Antonio's Foundation, presents Barnett Lane, Montego Bay resident Angela Blake, with a gift package containing items of foodstuff and toiletry during a treat for the elderly at the foundation's Barnett Lane headquarters in the resort city recently. Sharing in the moment is Antonio McKoy, the Foundation's president. Almost 20 elderly residents from Barnett Lane and adjoining communities received gift bags during the treat. According to McKoy, the distri ... Read More

Whitehouse residents benefit from free health services

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Public Health Nurse
Jacqueline Smith-Daley (left)
conducts blood pressure
testing on a Whitehouse resident
during the recent health fair held in
the community.

WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland -- Scores of residents in the rural community of Whitehouse, Westmoreland, received a variety of free health and wellness services recently, courtesy of Sandals Whitehouse along with key health partners. Throughout the day, residents were able to access numerous tests free of charge, ranging from HIV/AIDS testing, vision testing, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings. An obstetrician/gynaecologist (OBGYN) was also on board conducting tests; as well as a nutritioni ... Read More

Brace for drought, Pickersgill warns western Ja

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter MARTHA BRAE, Trelawny | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

French ambassador to Jamaica Jean Michel Despax (right) and Minister of
Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill in discussion
after the recent commissioning of two water projects at Martha Brae, Trelawny,
which were undertaken by French firm, Vinci Construction Grands Projects.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill has warned National Water Commission (NWC) customers in western Jamaica to be economical with the use of water in light of forecasted weather conditions, which could result in a severe drought. "The projections in terms of the weather conditions for 2015 are not what we would like to hear. So this whole business of rainwater harvesting and really making sure that you preserve your water supplies and treat it in a respon ... Read More

Garland Hall Children's Home gets bus

BY ALAN LEWIN Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Directors of Kemtek Development and Construction Company in
Tower Isle, St Mary (at front, from left) Garwin, Sylvester and
Handell Tullouch, pose with plaques received from members of
the Jamaica Baptist Union in appreciation for the company's
donation of a Toyota Hiace bus to the Garland Hall Children's
Home in St James, last week. (PHOTOS: ALAN LEWIN)

The Garland Hall Children's Home in Anchovy, St James, was last week presented with a 15-seater Toyota Hiace bus by the Tower Isles, St Mary, based-Kemtek Development and Construction Company Limited. The vehicle was handed over to the home during the celebration ceremony of the Jamaica Baptist Union Convention and 165th General Assembly held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay. Chairman for the Garland Hall Children's George Simpson and President of the Jamaica Baptist Women's Federa ... Read More

Wakefield Health Centre gets medical supplies

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Health care providers at the Wakefield Health Centre and
members of the Optimist Club of Falmouth, and NOW, pose with
medical supplies handed over to the clinic during a brief
ceremony at the facility on Monday

WAKEFIELD, Trelawny - The Wakefield Health Centre in Trelawny got a shot in the arm on Monday, when the Optimist Club of Falmouth in collaboration with NOW, a charitable organisation based in Atlanta, donated well needed medical sundries to the facility. Among the items donated were nebulizers, masks, gloves, bandages, syringes, gauze, iodine, forceps, scissors and bowls. Nurse Suzette Ried and her staff were on hand to receive the items from President of the Optimist Club of Falmouth Richard ... Read More



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