A safer gayle

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites (right) Senior Advisor to the Education Minister, Radley Reid (right), and Member of Parliament Jolyan Silvera examine documents damaged by a fire at the Tacky High School in St Mary on May 5.

THE St Mary Police have implemented measures to combat the recent spike in crimes in Gayle after a section of Tacky High was torched earlier this year and the school's watchman murdered in a separate incident. The students' education was disrupted after four armed gunmen wearing masks held up the w ... Read More

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites (left) discusses an aspect of the latest National Education Inspectorate (NEI) report with Chief Inspector at the NEI Maureen Dwyer. Help for St Thomas schools
As of this month the Ministry of Education will seek to improve the performance of three high school ... Read More

Staff at the Port Antonio Hospital pose for a photo op after being recognised for their diligent ser ... Read More

Parents and others
attending the ceremony
took the time to socialise
with the boys. Parents praise police summer camp for at-risk youth
PARENTS who attended the closing ceremony for a two week camp hosted by the St Ann police had high p ... Read More

Never forgotten

Monday, September 01, 2014    

Councillor for the Sturge Town Division in St Ann Marlon Garvey lays a wreath in remembrance of Marcus Garvey, during the celebration of the national hero’s birth in St Ann’s Bay on August 17. Looking on are Councillor for the Beecher Town Division Ian Bell (right) and Professor Oba T’Shaka, lecturer at the San Francisco State University. Read More

Northgate's parenting group hosts health fair

Renae Dixon | Monday, September 01, 2014    

Among the large number of people receiving health care at the fair is this elderly woman.

The Northgate Parenting Empowerment Place (N-PEP), a value-based parenting initiative spearheaded by the Northgate Youth and Family Development Foundation, recently hosted its first major back-to-school health fair at the Northgate Centre in White River, Ocho Rios,  for hundreds of St Ann residents. The group, which promotes good parenting, was assisted by local medical practitioners as well as the Florida-based Health Care Professionals Giving Back whose members were coming to Jamaica on ... Read More

Promoter gives back to parish of birth

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, September 01, 2014    

Dexton Ennis (second right) is joined by Magnum’s Sophia Fairman (right) in presenting a cheque for $100, 000 to matron of the infirmary Sharon Burke and Mayor of Port Maria Levan Freeman. Looking on is councillor for the Boscobel Division Fitzroy Wilson.

Promoter Dexton Ennis is passionate about bringing entertainment to the Jamaican people, but what many may not know is that the former “Follow the Arrow” promoter is just as committed to helping the less fortunate.  For years his birth parish, St Mary, has been reaping from his kindness with his latest act of goodwill being to the St Mary Infirmary in Port Maria. Ennis who grew up in Mango Valley, St Mary, is the promoter of Follow the Sound — a series of sound system cla ... Read More

Buff Bay gets fire truck

Monday, September 01, 2014    

A fire lit at the Buff Bay Court despite the warnings to desist from burning garbage during this dry spell.

The town of Buff Bay in Portland which has been without the use of a fire truck for months has finally received a unit just in time to deal with numerous fires caused by the dry spell affecting the island. With recent bush fires in Woodstock, Chepstowe/Bybrook and Bangaridge which threatened life and property, residents who had staged a  peaceful demonstration demanding the use of a fire truck welcomed the arrival of the unit. West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz, who was instrume ... Read More

St Ann seniors encourage young people to prepare for retirement

Monday, September 01, 2014    

The National Council For Senior Citizens, St Ann chapter recently hosted an information seminar as part of its efforts to encourage young people to prepare for retirement. Director of the National Council for Senior Citizens Angella Toyloy said the council has been hosting several such seminars across the island in a bid to  raise awareness of the importance of preparing for retirement. She pointed out that persons who work in the informal micro sector have proven to be most vulnerable d ... Read More

Winners Circle

Monday, September 01, 2014    

St Mary parish winner 2014 Denton Levers (left) Pauline Rainford, winner of the 'Grace Ketch Di Taste' Sauce Competition and Alicia Bogues (right) brand manager CB Chicken and Bad Dawg Sausages take time out to pose for the camera at the recent CB Pan Chicken Eastern Regional Eliminations. Read More

Logistics hub necessary but not sufficient, PIOJ

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Monday, September 01, 2014    

BULLOCK...Those large
projects are not enough
because not everybody is
going to get a job.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Colin Bullock is cautioning that even though the logistics hub and other mega projects of that nature are important, they are still not enough for sustained economic growth.  "They (major projects) are necessary but they are not sufficient,” Bullock told the Jamaica Observer. He further noted that they are necessary in the short run because they can create jobs, economic activity, and confide ... Read More

Rural routes

Monday, September 01, 2014    

(pig van) This van laden with pigs bound for the slaughter house travels along the St Thomas mainroad. (guinep kids) These children sell guinep in their Bath community in St Thomas, recently. (fishing) These men are caught up in fishing at Rozelle, St Thomas. (firewood) This man transport a bundle of wood to make a fire in his Whitehall community in St Thomas. (Photos: Antonio Graham) (twins)  Tiffany Smith and her twins Amani and Amarie at Ginger House in the Rio Grande Valley. ... Read More

Disrespect, class bias cited in Mario Deane's death

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-large | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

PRYCE... what happened to Mario Deane could easily have happened with me

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — For Raymond Pryce, the shocking death of 31-year-old Mario Deane after he was beaten in a St James lock-up reflected the disregard by some police personnel for ordinary people as well as the need to decriminalise ganja. Another youthful parliamentarian, Pryce's colleague and People's National Party (PNP) backbencher Dayton Campbell said that the tragedy underlined an even more fundamental problem. It was testament, he said, to deep-seated class divisions and a pre ... Read More

Work to improve agriculture in Clarke's honour, Kellier pleads

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

KELLIER... Clarke respected all farmers and loved them very much (at left) CLARKE... died in the United States last Thursday

BETHEL TOWN, Westmoreland — Acting Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Derrick Kellier has called on agricultural stakeholders to continue working diligently for the improvement of the sector in honour of the late Minister of Agriculture Roger Clarke. "All of us are very sad at his passing and we sincerely hope that you will be able to pick up your life nonetheless. And for his sake and his memory that we continue to work hard to make sure that agriculture prospers and grows in this cou ... Read More



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