RADA ramps up water harvesting programme in St Elizabeth

LAWRENCE… we have been
partnering with some donor

THE Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), in order to help alleviate the challenges faced by farmers annually in the farming areas of St Elizabeth because of a lack of water, is ramping up its water harvesting programme in sections of the parish. Deputy RADA Parish Manager Marvin Lawrenc ... Read More

From left: Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton; Diane Edwards,
president of JAMPRO; and Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris assist in the ribbon-cutting
exercise at the official opening ceremony for JAMPRO’s Western Regional Office at the Montego
Bay Convention Centre last week Thursday. Sharing in the moment also are (from fourth left)
Minister of State, Industry, Investment and Commerce, Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams; Ditty Guise,
general manager of the Montego Bay Convention Centre; and Custos of St James, Ewen
Corrodus. (PHOTO: ACEION CUNNINGHAM) Relocation of JAMPRO’s office will boost image — Hylton
MONTEGO BAY, St James — MINISTER of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, says th ... Read More

Credit cards
seized by the
police during
last week’s raid
in western
Jamaica 'A NEW TREND'
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Lottery Scam Task Force says it has identified a new trend. Scamm ... Read More

Clark’s Town
Primary School Help for Clark’s Town Primary
CLARK'S TOWN, Trelawny — For the past few months, Jamaican-born Danvil Blake, also known as DJ ... Read More

Bring back the private wards — Perrin

Thursday, July 31, 2014    

Custos Rotulorum for Westmoreland, Canon Hartley Perrin,
speaking during the Golden Jubilee celebration ceremony of the
Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital last week.

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Custos Rotulorum for Westmoreland Canon Hartley Perrin has called for the return of private wards to the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital. The operation of private wards at the facility, which opened its doors to the public on July 24, 1964, has been discontinued for more than two decades. "I dream and pray for the day of the return of the private wards, which will add dignity and comfort to those who can afford occupancy at that level," the Westmorel ... Read More

Falmouth mayor schedules meeting to address filthy town

Thursday, July 31, 2014    

Mayor of Falmouth Garth Wilkinson (fourth right) and representatives from several state agencies inspect one of
the filthy drains in the town during a tour on Monday. (PHOTO: ALAN LEWIN)

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — MAYOR of Falmouth Councillor Garth Wilkinson has scheduled a meeting for today with representatives of several Government agencies to address drain-cleaning, garbage removal and other issues dogging the historic resort town. The decision was reached following Monday's 'walk of the town' by the mayor, accompanied by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, representatives from the National Solid Waste Management Agency, the Trelawny Public Health Department and other ... Read More

MBU appoint Spanish coach

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Thursday, July 31, 2014    

GARCIA SANZ… I intend to raise the bar and bring a different
style of play to football in Jamaica

TUCKER, St James — Spanish coach Carlos Aitor Garcia Sanz will be calling the shots when Montego Bay United (MBU) start the defence of their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) title in August. According to a release from the Tucker-based club, their six-month search for the person to guide them ended when Garcia Sanz, who had worked his way through the ranks of the DAV Santa Ana club system up to head coach of the senior team, contacted them about his interest in taking over the reins of t ... Read More

Remarkable success!

Thursday, July 31, 2014    

Participants in the Sandals Football Academy (front row, from left) Tavin Shaw, Richard
Thompson, Robert Evans, Calvin Gardner, (back row, from left) Arnel Forbes, Garnet
Hudson, Calwayne Allen, Denyu Ricketts and Antonio Ramson take a break from training for
a quick photo.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — THE Sandals Football Academy (SFA) has seen remarkable success in its relatively short run over the past 12 weeks. The programme, which started in May, has produced nine players who have caught the eye of national Under-15 Coach Aaron Lawrence. The nine players, who represent the best of St James' young footballers, were chosen from the Academy's pool of over 50 players. The players, Arnel Forbes, Garnet Hudson, Calwayne Allen, Denyu Ricketts, Antonio Ramson, Tav ... Read More

All set for International DANCEHALL QUEEN

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, July 31, 2014    

International Dancehall Queen promoter Brian Martin (centre) makes a point to Kingsley Cooper, chairman of the
Entertainment Advisory Board (left) and Robert Russell of the Pier One Complex at the launch of International Dancehall
Queen held at the Mosino Gaming Lounge, Catherine Hall, last week. (PHOTO: ALAN LEWIN)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — All is now in place for what is expected to be the biggest staging of International Dancehall Queen to be held at Pier One Entertainment Complex, Montego Bay this Saturday, August 2. The 18th staging of the Big Head Promotion event will see more than 25 female contestants showing their best dancehall moves as they vie for the over $1million in prizes. Jamaican girls will be up against contestants from South Africa, Japan, Slovakia, Poland, Sweden, Spain, the Unite ... Read More

Western Entertainment Diary 

Thursday, July 31, 2014    

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 Beach Rave 2:00 pm-9:00 pm. Wavz Beach, Negril Adm: $3,500 Music by JusJay, Kamal Bankay, Chromatic Smirnoff Twisted Spiritz Cayenne Beach, Negril 10:00 pm-4:00 am. Adm: $3,500 LIME presents MoBay Jerk Festival, Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre, Montego Bay. Gates open at 10:00 am. Adm: Adults $800 pre-sold, at the gate $1,000, Children under 12 FREE Ole School After Work Fridays, Norman's Court Hotel, 15 Humber Avenue, MoBay, from 5:00 pm-2:00 am. Sparta Fridays, Donway ... Read More

Staff honoured for long service at Savanna-la-Mar Hospital

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Longest serving member of staff at Savanna-la-Mar Public General
Hospital Pauline Lindo (left) is presented with a commemorative plaque
by deputy chairman of the hospital's Management Committee Balwin Leslie.
The presentation took place at the 50th anniversary and awards
presentation ceremony held last Thursday on the hospital's grounds.

Eight medical and non-medical employees of the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital in Westmoreland have been honoured for long service and leadership. The awardees were presented with commemorative plaques in recognition of their contribution to the growth and development of the institution during the hospital's 50th anniversary and awards presentation ceremony held last Thursday on the grounds of the facility in Grange Hill, Pauline Lindo, who has been employed to the hospital for 43 years ... Read More

Nine rural schools to be upgraded

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites and Managing Director of the Jamaica Social
Investment Fund (JSIF) Scarlette Gillings affix their signatures to the contract for rehabilitation
and expansion of nine schools in rural Jamaica. Also sharing in the moment during a ceremony
at the ministry’s Heroes Circle offices last Friday are Director of MAE Construction Company
Phillip Evans (seated right) and (standing from left) Principal of Aberdeen Primary and Junior
High School Milbert Miller, Director of Ricam Construction Devon Richards, and Member of
Parliament for South East St Elizabeth Richard Parchment.

SOME $160 million has been allocated to undertake expansion and rehabilitation works at nine schools in rural Jamaica, ahead of the 2014/15 academic year, which begins in September. The schools are: Clarence Brimm, Dutch Hill, Ulster Spring and Raymoth Notice Basic in Trelawny; Austin Primary, Bethlehem All-Age, and Aberdeen Primary and Junior High in St Elizabeth; Glendevon Primary and Junior High in St James; and May Pen School of Special Education for Children with Intellectual Disabilities, ... Read More

Manchester farmers graduate from agro-business programme

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 28, 2014    

Chief technical director in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Dermon Spence (left) and Loy Malcolm (right) general
Manager of Project Management at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, share a moment with some of the graduates following
the ceremony at Grace Apostolic Church in Chudleigh, Manchester. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

CHUDLEIGH, Manchester — One hundred and sixty-nine registered farmers in Manchester were recent graduates of a four-month Agro-Business Technical Assistance Programme. Selected from the North East Manchester communities of Green Bottom, Long Coffee, Bottom Coleyville, and Contrivance, the farmers were exposed to the Food Safety Modernisation Act, safe use of pesticides, agricultural business management, agricultural disaster management, linkages to micro financing. They also had sensitisa ... Read More

South central Jamaica crying out for water

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-large, South/Central Bureau | Monday, July 28, 2014    

Trucks and other vehicles line up for water at a private well in Cheapside, south-east St Elizabeth.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — In St Elizabeth the drought is so intense, member of Parliament for the parish's south east, Richard Parchment, wants his constituency declared a disaster area to facilitate speedy relief. "Many people are struggling to find a cup of water to drink," explains Parchment. "What we have now is a very, very serious situation... lives depend on drastic action," he said. The situation is hardly better in sections of Clarendon and Manchester. While the damage to farmin ... Read More



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