PM hands over 40 land titles to Clarendon residents

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday handed over 40 land titles to residents from several communities in Clarendon at a ceremony held at the Havannah Heights Community Centre in May Pen. The prime minister said that land/home ownership is generally accepted to be one of the most effectiv ... Read More

East Central MP Ed Bartlett (second left) and his wife Carmen (left) make a presentation to Macordy Johnson for her work in the
constituency over the years during an Evening of Excellence put on by Bartlett in Kemshot on Sunday. Looking on is JLP
councillor/caretaker for the Springmount division Uval Graham. (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE) Bartlett fetes JLP senior citizens
KEMSHOT, St James - Over 50 senior citizens were feted by Member of Parliament for East Central St J ... Read More

Montego Bay United’s Keniel
Kirlew (left) tries to contain
Waterhouse FC’s Romario Campbell
in their recent RSPL game at
WesPow Park. MBU won the game
1-0. (PHOTO: PAUL REID) MBU on revenge mission
TUCKER, St James - MONTEGO Bay United (MBU) will get the chance to avenge yet another defeat when t ... Read More

Map Head
carving out a niche in the dancehall Map Head carving out a niche in the dancehall
HAGUE, Trelawny - DERRICK Kerr, better known as 'Map Head', one of the top-flight selectors on the l ... Read More

CAPI co-convenor calls on Muschett to step down

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, December 18, 2014    

the people of
deserve quality

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — CO-CONVENOR of civil lobby group, Citizens' Action for Principles and Integrity (CAPI), Dennis Meadows, has called for the resignation of custos rotulorum of the parish of Trelawny, Paul Muschett, over his failure to commission justices of the peace since he assumed the post over four years ago. "He needs to step up to the task or step out of the job and find somebody who is willing to undertake the task," Meadows said. "The people of Trelawny deserve quality leaders ... Read More

T’ People look to regain lead in Western Confed Super League

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, December 18, 2014    

Beaches Negril’s Anthony
Campbell (centre) gets
away from Tomorrow’s
People’s Marlon Higgins
in their recent JFF
Charley’s JB Rum
Western Confederation
Super League game at
Irwin High School in St
James. Tomorrow’s
People won the game 2-0.

MONTEGO BAY, St James - TOMORROW'S People will be seeking to retake the lead in the Jamaica Football Federation's Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League, when they take on winless Montego Bay Boys' Club in a rescheduled game at the UDC field this afternoon, starting at 3:00 pm. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was rained out and postponed for today, along with the Village vs Violet Kickers game at the Elleston Wakeland field in Falmouth. Former champions Savannah ... Read More

‘A welcome Christmas gift’

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large, Western Bureau | Thursday, December 18, 2014    

A piece of heavy-duty equipment
being used on a section of the
Bunker’s Hill main road.

BUNKER'S HILL, Trelawny - TEN million dollars won't be enough to complete the job, but still, Bunker's Hill residents are grateful. For almost three decades, residents of the once-vibrant community have been complaining bitterly about the deplorable road conditions, many expressing the view that the district has been grossly neglected and abandoned by its political representatives. In fact, the disgraceful state of the roads is being blamed for the delay in the opening of the $21-million Unity ... Read More


Thursday, December 18, 2014    


Mt Alvernia High's Kemba Nelson moves away from the field to win her heat of the Girls' Class 2 300m during last Saturday's Custom Marbles Comets Classic at the Irwin High School in St James. (PHOTO: PAUL REID) Read More

'I am well aware of the IMF constraints'

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-large, South-Central Bureau | Wednesday, December 17, 2014    

Former prime minister PJ Patterson at the launch of the Donald
Buchanan Sports Tourism Centre on Sunday.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — He insists that he is not discounting the necessity of passing performance tests set by multilateral lender of last resort, the International Monetary Fund (IMF). However, former Prime Minister PJ Patterson is urging the Government to make sure that even as it meets IMF requirements, that appropriate attention is paid to growth and development. "I am more than well aware of IMF constraints," Patterson, who as prime minister guided Jamaica out of a borrowing arr ... Read More

CHIKV spike in St Elizabeth

Monday, December 15, 2014    

Regional technical director at the Southern Regional Health Authority Dr
Michael Coombs

The health ministry is confirming that the south central parish of St Elizabeth is among those now experiencing the highest rates of Chikungunya (CHIKV) infection. Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson told a town hall meeting in Mandeville last week that while the CHIKV infection had significantly declined in much of Jamaica "we are aware that in the middle of the island and more so St Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Hanover....the numbers are still rising....," Ferguson said some people may be mistaki ... Read More

Lights coming for Santa Cruz Transport Centre

Monday, December 15, 2014    

Local Government Minister Noel Arscott (left) and Mayor of Black River Everton Fisher at the
ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the transport centre in Santa Cruz, recently

Five years after it was built, the Santa Cruz Transport Centre for west-bound taxis and buses has been finally gazetted and is being used. However, poor lighting means that after dark the public passenger vehicles are back on the sidewalks, plazas and byways causing congestion and disorder. Chairman of the St Elizabeth Parish Council Everton Fisher who cut the ribbon alongside Local Government Minister Noel Arscott for the formal opening of the centre last month, has told the Observer Central ... Read More

Manchester tops JPSCo awards for Region Central

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter | Monday, December 15, 2014    

Senior Vice-President of Energy Delivery at JPSCo Gary Barrow (right) presenting the award for the most outstanding
parish in Region Central to Customer Service Manager in Manchester Andrewnette Henzil. Others from left are Regional
Director for Region Central Keith Garvey; Acting Parish Manager in Manchester Donovan Cunningham; and Operations
Manager Shelton Thomas.

Mandeville, Manchester — With seven awards overall and four first places in eight categories, Manchester was on Thursday recognised as the most outstanding parish in the electricity provider Jamaica Public Service Company's (JPSCo) Region Central. The region, which consists of Manchester, Clarendon, St Ann and St Catherine, is one of three divisions of the utility provider, since it was "decentralised" under president and CEO Kelly Tomblin. At the inaugural awards luncheon for Region Cen ... Read More

Pure torture!

SW St Elizabeth MP lobbies for repair of crucial road | Monday, December 15, 2014    

The road through Lacovia, Burnt
Savannah, Mountainside,
Watchwell, which links Santa
Cruz to Treasure Beach, is
among the more important
thoroughfares in St Elizabeth.
However, the badly potholed,
scoured surface has made it a
minefield for motorists.

All agree that the main roadway linking the buzzing commercial town of Santa Cruz to the thriving south coast tourist haven Treasure Beach, almost 20 miles away, is of absolute importance. But rain-scoured surfaces, potholes at every turn and broken drains have rendered driving on the stretch through Lacovia, Burnt Savannah, Mountainside and Watchwell, a torturous experience. Member of Parliament for South West St Elizabeth Hugh Buchanan, who bears most political responsibility, needs no remin ... Read More

Eat to live: Raw food business takes off in Mandeville

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter | Monday, December 15, 2014    

Customers awaiting their
orders in the health-staurant.

Mandeville, Manchester — Any entrepreneur would be pleased. Just nine months in, Yahya El, proprietior of Mandeville-based raw or 'live' food business Fancy Fruits, says there is a growing customer base. However, encouraging though that is, he says the focus of his venture, which came about because of his own "spiritual awakening" is more than to swiftly make a profit. El, who was named Marcus St John Reece at birth, told the Observer Central that he has been a vegetarian for over 14 ye ... Read More



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