Grave Concern!

Chair of the Civic and Community Affairs Committee at the St
James Parish Council Suzette Brown (second left) makes a
point to (from left) councillors Sylvan Reid and Stanley Harris,
and the council's director of planning Trevion Manning, while
on a tour of the old cholera cemetery on MoBay's 'Hip Strip' on

MONTEGO BAY, St James THE dead are no longer buried at the decades-old Cholera Cemetery on Montego Bay's 'Hip Strip', but those interred there must be turning in their graves due to the deplorable state of the St James Parish Council-owned facility. A recent visit to the site on Gloucester Ave, wh ... Read More

BARTLEY… they worked
nowhere else but Hampden 'We want houses too'
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor for the Wakefield Division Jonathan Bartley is appealing for r ... Read More

Partygoers dancing up a storm at last Saturday's staging of Uberblue at Pier One in
Montego Bay (PHOTO: ACEION CUNNINGHAM) Appleton Uberblue delivers
Appleton Uberblue has built a reputation for delivering quality entertainment, and the most recent s ... Read More

Tomorrow's People's Donville Cornwall (right)
takes on Granville United's Davian Thelwell in a
recent JFF Captain's Bakery and Grill/Charley's
JB Rum Western Confederation Super League
game at Jarrett Park. Both teams are in the
semi-finals that start on Sunday.
(PHOTO: PAUL REID) Semi-finals battle
It will be St James against Westmoreland in the semi-finals of the Jamaica Football Federation's Cap ... Read More

Entertaiment Dairy- Thursady April 17 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

Thursday April 17 o Appleton's Baywest @ Buccaneer Beach Hotel, Dead End, Montego Bay. Adm: Everyone before 6:00 pm; $500 After o Splish Splash Dancehall Rock @ Sandpiper, Cave, Westmoreland from 7:00 pm-Until..... Adm: FREE before 10:30 pm; $1000 After o Heineken All-Star Thursdays Ladies Night @ Margaritaville, Hip Strip, Montego Bay. Adm: Ladies FREE before Midnight FRIDAY April 18 o Negril Bacchanal @ Cayenne Beach, Negril from 10:00 pm-Until. Adm: $1500 Presold; $2000 at the Gate Get ... Read More

Western Sport Diary April 17-20

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

SATURDAY St James FA Sandals/ATL/Honda Senior League Seaview FC vs Lilliput- Jarrett Park 3:00pm Seba FC vs Montego Bay United Under 21- Jarrett Park 5:00pm Salt Spring United vs Catherine Hall- Jarrett Park 7:00pm Trelawny FA Monymusk Overproof White Rum Major League Clark's Town FC vs Prospect Links- Cedric Titus 3:30pm Invaders SC vs Salt Marsh United- Wakefield 3:30pm Harmony FC vs Flames FC- Bounty Hall 3:30pm National Supplies Western Basketball Association's Men's League Blitz v ... Read More

Million-dollar problem

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer correspondent | Tuesday, April 15, 2014    

WHITE… shot dead on April 1

BUFF BAY, Portland — The family of Shereece White, the 21-year-old who was shot dead in Barbados on April 1, is now facing another dilemma: the inability to bring her body home for a proper burial due to financial constraints. Maureen Johnson, White's mother, told the Jamaica Observer that she has been informed that it would cost $1 million to bring the body to Jamaica. The woman said she appealed to the foreign ministry but was told that the ministry doesn't offer the kind of financial ... Read More

Bridge to a better life

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor — special assignment | Monday, April 14, 2014    

Beneficiary Coraleen
Thompson (seated) poses for
a photo op with her daughter
Marcia Wilson, mother Elsaida
Thompson, and her spouse
Noel Wilson at their home in
Pear Tree River, St Thomas.

A project being undertaken by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is empowering several impoverished families in St Thomas and Portland to improve their standard of living. Beneficiaries of the programme said not only have they been motivated to dream big but they are already taking steps to learn a skill or start their own small businesses. Thirty families — 10 each from St Thomas, Portland and Trelawny — were selected to benefit from training, housing assistance and income- ... Read More

Dancing for health

St Mary dancing competition promotes diabetes awareness in schools | Monday, April 14, 2014    

Students from Highgate Primary and Junior High perform a dance piece during
the awards ceremony on Thursday. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

WITH a large number of children worldwide developing lifestyle diseases, the St Mary Health Services in collaboration with the Health Education/Promotion division in the parish recently hosted a diabetes dance and essay competition. Several primary and high schools from across the parish participated in the competition aimed at promoting physical activities among children. Speaking at last week's award ceremony to culminate this season of the competition, Health Education Officer Pauline Steel ... Read More


BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, April 14, 2014    

A home in Boscobel,
St Mary, covered in mud
from the flood waters
which forced residents
out of their homes in
January. (FILE PHOTO)

COUNCILLOR for the Boscobel Division Fitzroy Wilson said nothing has yet been done to prevent a recurrence of the flooding in Boscobel, St Mary, which affected residents earlier this year. Some homes were flooded out in January and the residents blamed it on a new development being undertaken by the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ). Addressing the St Mary Parish Council last Thursday, Wilson pointed out that flooding has occurred in the Boscobel area twice already but nothing has been done by ... Read More

Vision fulfilled at Brighter Dreams

Y RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, April 14, 2014    

Students of the institution.

IT has only been in operation for a year but already the Brighter Dreams Preparatory School in Beverley, Runaway Bay, St Ann, is making a name for itself, as its students won four medals in the recent staging of the parish finals of the 4-H competition. Since it opened its doors in April 2013 the school has grown significantly under the leadership of principal and founder Chelsian Pyne. Persons, she said, can expect to hear of many more positives coming out of the school in the near future. " ... Read More

Water crisis worsens in St Ann communities

Monday, April 14, 2014    

Water crisis worsens in St Ann communities

Residents in several communities in South West St Ann have been without adequate supply of water for weeks, as the drought conditions worsens across the island. Among the affected communities are Alexandria, Inverness, Watt Town and Nine Miles. With some of these communities not served by the National Water Commission, the residents are forced to rely solely on rain which is harvested in drums and tanks in their yards. However, many of these sources have gone dry and the residents say they a ... Read More

Providing Safe Pasture

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor — special assignment | Monday, April 14, 2014    

Members of Safe Pasture International pose for a photo op at the end of their week-long visit in

MEMBERS of the American Christian group Safe Pasture International have made it their life's mission to spend a week in St Thomas each year catering to the spiritual and physical needs of residents in the parish. Director of the group and senior pastor at White Oak Baptist Church in Tennessee Dr Tony Wilson, who has not missed a trip to Jamaica in the last 21 years, said the mission first started 30 years ago when the organisation's founder, Dr Billy Brown, was led by God to visit the island. ... Read More

Portland tourism receives major boost

Monday, April 14, 2014    

A section of the newly refurbished Neville Antonio Park in Port Antonio.

Portland is on its way to regaining pride of place as a sought-after tourist resort area as the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) recently allocated $48.5 million to improve tourism assets in the parish capital. This has now enabled Port Antonio to have a rehabilitated park and a designated craft village for craft traders to peddle their wares. Additionally, the drive into the Rio Grande Valley via Berrydale Road is much more comfortable due to improvements under the joint initiative. Spearheaded ... Read More



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