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Domestic violence responsible for 60% of St Mary murders — DSP Powell

POWELL...What we realise is that when they are in their own environment and they interact they are not able to settle and resolve their conflicts among each other.

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in charge of the St Mary Division, Dwight Powell, recently disclosed that 60 per cent of the murders committed in the parish since the start of the year are domestic related. Powell told the Jamaica Observer North and East that that so far 26 people have been m ... Read More

The entrance to the Ian Fleming International Airport in St Mary. Ian Fleming International Airport to be expanded
THE runway at the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St Mary, is to be expanded to accom ... Read More

Infants from Seaview Basic School in Long Bay, Portland, wait to be picked up from school. Seaview Basic needs assistance to meet government standards
PRINCIPAL of Seaview Basic School in Long Bay, Portland, Claudia Smith, says the school is seeking t ... Read More

First Editor of Observer North and East, Ingrid Brown, does what she likes best - on the road trying to assist people. Rest, Sister Ingrid, Rest in Eternal Peace
It was on these pages that Brown found space to express her nascent love for people in need and mor ... Read More

A foul smell

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 26, 2016    

Sean Cooke makes his way from his pig pen to speak with the Jamaica Observer North and East. (Photos: Karl McLarty)

ANGRY residents of Long Bay in Portland are again calling on the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) to give urgent attention to their concerns regarding a foul smell coming from a pigpen that they say is affecting a school and businesses in the community. Residents say the smell, which they believe is as a result of pig waste, has been affecting the community for years and have insisted that the agency have sought to do nothing about it. “Whenever it rains we smell the faece ... Read More

Tacky High student nails 15 CSEC subjects

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 26, 2016    

Boyd says that he wants to become multilingual and so he has been taking online classes in Mandarin and French.

FINANCIAL struggles coupled with the ill-health of his father forced Devrow Boyd to make tough decisions, one of which should have affected him academically but the St Mary teen knew that he would have prevailed. “When my father got a stroke, due to financial reasons, I made the decision to transfer to Tacky High,” Boyd said, adding that it was closer to home. The young boy from Gayle, St Mary, made the decision to transfer from St Mary High to the school where he excelled in the 2 ... Read More

North coast business community welcomes expansion at Ian Fleming Int’l Airport

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 26, 2016    

Vana Taylor

TOURISM stakeholders in the northern section of the island have welcomed a recent announcement by Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett of plans to expand the runway at Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St Mary. Chairman of the Runaway Bay/ Ocho Rios Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, Vana Taylor, said that the expansion of the runway is great news for hoteliers and other tourism interests in the region. “That is such wonderful news. The growth in this area ... Read More

‘Me sell di best soup’

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 26, 2016    

Richard Lee stirs a pot of his Janga soup. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

RODNEY Lee has been selling his world famous Janga soup in Castleton, St Mary, since quitting his mechanic job some 41 years ago and he has no regrets. The 71-year-old St Mary native, who has procured a living from the spoils of his labour, told the Jamaica Observer North and East that he became tired of working for others. “One day mi just decide seh mi a go look something to survive from. Mi stop do mechanic work for the Englishman; I was doing it from I was 14. I worked for him for 17 ... Read More

Rural Routes - Sept 26

Monday, September 26, 2016    

Taxi man Michael Bolton tries to get the attention of this Sea view Basic School in Long Bay, Portland. Bolton, on a daily basis, transports at least 20 students to and from school.

1 - Taxi man Michael Bolton tries to get the attention of this Sea view Basic School in Long Bay, Portland. Bolton, on a daily basis, transports at least 20 students to and from school. 2 - This road leads to the community of Belvedere in west Portland. Residents are demanding that the relevant authorities conduct the necessary rehabilitation exercise to make travel to the community easier. 3 - This young lad is unaware of the danger he is in while he sleeps at the back of this Toyota Hiace mi ... Read More

St Mary Police working with the people

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 26, 2016    

POWELL...What we realise is that when they are in their own environment and they interact they are not able to settle and resolve their conflicts among each other.

DWIGHT Powell, the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in charge of the St Mary Division, says he has consistently relied on the partnership between residents in the various communities and lawmen to conduct effective policing in the parish. “We have 11 police stations in St Mary. What the force tries to do is to establish a presence in the main townships. What I know is that where you don’t have that kind of public dominance by the police, something else will take over. If you do ... Read More

American says he wants to protect Jamaica’s natural ganja

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

SANTIAGO ... new ganja varieties will emerge

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Anticipating that original ganja strains are likely to become extinct after the new, legitimate ganja industry opens up in Jamaica, American businessman Mark Santiago has committed to taking equipment into the island to ensure that the original genetics of the weed are preserved. Santiago, who invests heavily in the ganja sector in America, is now waiting to get the greenlight from the Cannabis Licensing Authority to kick off his business here in Jamaica with his ... Read More

Two killed in Drapers, Portland

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

File photo

DRAPERS, Portland — The quiet community of Drapers Heights in East Portland was shocked with the murder of two men around 4 o’clock yesterday morning, police confirmed. Dead are Asan Anderson, 43, a naturalised Dutch citizen who lived at Drapers Heights, and Leroy ‘Vegie’ McKoy, 48, from White River, Buff Bay also in Portland. Police said that Anderson returned to Jamaica four days ago to attend the funeral of a family member. According to the police, four gunmen, who ... Read More

More police in St James as crime rocks parish

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

(photo: www.gunsamerica.com)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The presence of members of the security forces has improved significantly in the parish of St James following a bloody week in which 12 murders were recorded up to Friday night. “There is an extraordinary deployment... we have an expansive roll-out of police from other places, including the Corporate Area and we have good support from other stakeholders, not just the Police High Command, but the stakeholder groups within St James who we met with yesterday (Fr ... Read More

Manchester butchers charged for breaches

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Fourteen butchers who operate from the Christiana market in north-eastern Manchester are now answering to charges before the Manchester Parish Court for breaches in plying their trade. The disclosure was made at the regular monthly meeting of the Manchester Parish Council by Superintendent of the Manchester Police Division, Vendolyn Cameron-Powell. She said that stolen animals usually end up at the Christiana Market. The offences include failure to produce anima ... Read More



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