Dance — a source of empowerment

Educator and choreographer Carolyn Russell-Smith (centre) on stage with children and adult

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Through the Khulcha Theatre School of Dance, which she has operated for 26 years, choreographer and educator Carolyn Russell-Smith says that she is using her craft as a source of empowerment. "A lot of persons underestimate the power of the arts. We are a school (that ... Read More

Claudette Parker at her office in Mandeville as she prepares to travel back to Portmore at the
end of another work day. JCSA one-woman team in South Central Jamaica
Mandeville, Manchester — Since the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) opened its doors i ... Read More

State Minister for
Transport and Works
Richard Azan (4th right)
and member of
parliament for South
Manchester Michael
Peart (2nd left) led an
inspection tour of the Old
Porus road recently.
Once rehabilitation work
on the road is completed
it will serve as an
alternate route for the
main road through Porus. 'This is not a race track'
PORUS, Manchester — With $24.5 million being pumped into repairing the Old Porus road to make ... Read More

Pastor Bancroft Barwise and wife Hyacinth. Barwise ordained for pastoral ministry
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Accountant and Seventh-day Adventist Church administrator, Bancroft B ... Read More

10-hour prayer session for Ja this Friday in Manchester

Monday, January 26, 2015    

Jamaicans praying at a church on New Year’s Eve, 2014. About 4,000 members of more than 105
churches across the island are expected to gather at Kendal Camp and Conference Centre,
Manchester on Friday in a 10-hour prayer session for Jamaica.

APPROXIMATELY 4,000 members of more than 105 churches across the island are expected to gather at Kendal Camp and Conference Centre, Manchester on Friday in a 10-hour prayer session for Jamaica. The National Healing The Land All-Night All-Parish Prayer and Strategic Intercessory Conference is scheduled to begin at 8:00 pm. The event is being organised by Prayer 2000, an inter-denominational partnership prayer ministry, which says it was "created and mandated by the Lord to sufficiently raise t ... Read More


Monday, January 26, 2015    

“Dynamic Expressions” danced by the teens.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 (10:00 AM) Jamaica Agricultural Society Half Yearly Meeting Wesleyan Methodist Church Hall Mandeville SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1 (12 NOON) Just Imagine Hair Design and Day Spa Grand Gala Opening Hargreaves Medical Complex Mandeville SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (7:00 PM) Awthentik Expressions Play: Tying the Knot Cecil Charlton Hall Mandeville THURSDAY, MARCH 12 (9:00 AM) St Elizabeth 4-H Clubs Youth & Family Expo BB Coke High St Elizabeth TUESDAYS (5:45 PM) Weekl ... Read More

Additional sports field for Holmwood

Monday, January 26, 2015    

(L)Minister with Responsibility for Sport,
Natalie Neita Headley
(R)Member of Parliament for North East
Manchester Audley Shaw

CHRISTIANA, Manchester — The Government is to undertake development of an additional sports field at Holmwood Technical High School in Christiana, Manchester at a cost of $10 million, according to the State-run Jamaica information Service (JIS). Minister with Responsibility for Sport, Natalie Neita Headley, who made the announcement during a recent visit to Holmwood, said the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) will fund the facility's development, to be executed under the Government's H ... Read More

PUMA/JAAA meet a success, says Pat Anderson

Monday, January 26, 2015    

Jauavney James of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) was a star performer at the 23rd staging of the Puma/JAAA Charlie Fuller meet at Kirkvine
recently. James was responsible for two of four records set at the meet. He won the 800m in two minutes, 03.70 seconds and returned to take the 400m in 50.70
seconds. Photo shows James leading the pack at the halfway point in the 800 metres. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN)

Mandeville, Manchester — Pat Anderson, chairman of the organising committee of the recent PUMA/JAAA Charlie Fuller meet at Kirkvine is a satisfied man. Anderson told Observer Central that he was very happy with how the meet turned out in terms of performances, participation and organisation. "Everything was good," he said. "We had over 80 schools, including many new schools and over 1600 athletes," he said. Young athletes from schools in south central Jamaica -- all preparing for the IS ... Read More

Jamalco takes earthquake awareness to schools

Monday, January 26, 2015    

Students at Frankfield Primary & Infant School take cover under a desk during an earthquake awareness session at the school.

MAY PEN, Clarendon — More than 700 students from schools in Jamalco's (bauxite mining/alumina processing) operating areas in Clarendon and Manchester benefited from an earthquake awareness seminar recently, according to a news release. The schools are Frankfield Primary and Infant, Rest Primary and Junior High, Gravel Hill and Milk River Primary schools. The session was organized by Jamalco in conjunction with the Clarendon and Manchester parish councils' disaster management coordinators. ... Read More

Annotto Bay residents want peace

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Minister of National Security Peter Bunting (centre) shares a light moment while leading a peace
march through Annotto Bay. At right is Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay and behind them are
Members of Parliament Joylan Silvera (left) and Dr Winston Green. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

Residents of Annotto Bay, South East St Mary have said that they are fed up with the high level of criminal activities now taking place in the community. They expressed this sentiment when they joined Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, their Member of Parliament, Dr Winston Green and several other key stakeholders and political representatives in a peace march through the town last Wednesday. The march ended at the St Theresa's Roman Catholic Church where a community meeting was held ... Read More

MoBay doc returns tightness to vaginas

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large Western Bureau | Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Dr Germaine Spencer (right) and plastic surgeon Dr Jan Hochtritt pose at the entrance of the
Baywest Wellness Clinic in the Fairview Shopping Centre, recently.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — After giving birth to three children, the 33-year-old Montegonian just couldn’t get the pleasure she once experienced during sex. The woman, who has been married for almost three years, said the tightness in her vagina no longer existed. Fearing that the lacklustre sex could impact negatively on her marriage, she became worried, and suffered in silence for months. “It [sex] just didn’t feel the same as before, and I know my husband who is 37 felt the ... Read More

Jamaica U20 team is bad but so are the others

PAUL REID ON THE SPORTING EDGE | Thursday, January 22, 2015    

Jamaica's Under 20 team against the USA in the CONCACAF Men's Under 20
Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Jamaica lost 2-0, their third
straight and were eliminated from World Cup contention. (PHOTO: PAUL REID)

ONCE again a national junior team has failed to qualify for a FIFA tournament and the football fans are calling for heads to roll, in particular the head coach Theodore Whitmore. With a game to go against last-placed team Aruba, Jamaica had one point, garnered from their dramatic comeback to draw with Trinidad and Tobago 2-2 in their opening game. Since then the Jamaican team had failed to score even a single goal and have conceded five, and have no chance of even playing a play-off game befor ... Read More

Bogue lands rift widens

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, January 22, 2015    

(L)Mayor Glendon Harris & (R)Former mayor Charles Sinclair

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The ghost of the controversial Bogue Lands which are owned by the St James Parish Council but which have been for over a decade informally occupied by business interests, has resurfaced in the People's National Party (PNP)-led council. Leader of the minority caucus, Councillor of the Montego Bay North East division, Charles Sinclair, has accused Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Glendon Harris of surrendering the council's right to collect six years' back rent and se ... Read More

St James educator overcomes odds to achieve her dream

Thursday, January 22, 2015    

Sam Sharpe Awardee and Principal of the Challenge Basic School in Montego Bay, St James, Eileen McIntosh (right) makes a point to teacher Eveleth Kerr (second
right) while another teacher, Jennifer Cleghorn, and students looks on.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Founder and Principal of the Challenge Basic School in Montego Bay, Eileen McIntosh, stands as an example of what can be achieved through perseverance, self-belief and faith in God. She overcame tremendous odds, including the death of her parents and interruption of her formal education, to achieve her dream of starting her own school and contributing to the development of young minds at the early childhood level. For her dedicated and meritorious service to educa ... Read More



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