Huge turnout for Marcus Garvey Lecture

A section of the audience in attendance at the lecture on Marcus Garvey. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON)

A large number of people, including students from several schools, turned out for the fourth staging of the annual Marcus Garvey Lecture at the St Ann Parish Library in St Ann's Bay recently. The lecture hosted by the St Ann Homecoming and Heritage Foundation was held in commemoration of the death ... Read More

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen presides over the swearing-in of Errol Vaughan Johnson as Custos of St
Mary as Mrs Johnson looks on. Errol Johnson is new Custos of St Mary
GOVERNOR-GENERAL Sir Patrick Allen has appointed Errol Vaughan Johnson JP, as Custos Rotulorum for t ... Read More

Residents of Hagley Gap in St Thomas fear that sections of this collapsed wall will come crashing down in the next heavy rains and cause injury to people.
(Photo: Garfield Robinson) Retaining wall collapsing weeks after construction in Hagley Gap
RESIDENTS of Hagley Gap in St Thomas are demanding to be told why a multimillion dollar retaining wa ... Read More

Members of Ferncourt High School band leads the students on the march. St Ann schools take a stand against child abuse
HUNDREDS of students from schools in St Ann, recently, took to the streets of Moneague in the parish ... Read More

Winning streak

By Everard Owen Observer writer | Monday, July 06, 2015    

Shebian Preparatory players ( in purple) and Portland Preparatory players in action on the field where Portland Prep won 3-2. (PHOTO:EVERARD OWEN)

Manchioneal Primary School retained the Portland Insports 3P's football title for the third time when they defeated Port Antonio Primary two goals to one at Carder Park, recently. Manchioneal Primary goals were scored by leading competition scorer Dontae Wallace with a brace moving his tally to 33 while Rajay Grant scored Port Antonio's lone goal. In other football action at the Basic School level Port Antonio Infant defeated George Cohen 3-1 on penalties after both teams ended without a goal ... Read More

Maths champions

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Members of the winning Port Antonio Primary team with their trophies and certificates.

Ebhana Powell who organised the competition said this will help the students to sharpen their mathematics skills and develop the love and discipline to do the subject. "The students and teachers were enthused as this is the start in a series of competitions," he said, adding that all the finalists received certificates of participation. Maths champions --> Read More

Rural Routes - July 6

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Three girls make their way home from school in Golden Grove
St Thomas.

  These two men riding home together on their bicycles in St Thomas, recently.   These girls make their way home from school in Golden Grove St Thomas   This vendor escorts a woman across the bust street in Morant Bay, St Thomas   These boys hang out along the road as they made their way home from school in St Thomas   This farmer and his donkey make their way home in Portland. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans) rural routes --> Read More

LIME Foundation, USF making The Link in St Mary

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell cuts the ribbon declaring the High Gate Link Learning Centre
officially open. Sharing in the occasion are (from left) Rev Leo Hall, CEO, Universal Service Fund Hugh Cross, executive chairman,
LIME Foundation Errol K Miller, and member of parliament for Southeast St Mary Dr Winston Green.

The Link, located at Bethel United Church in Highgate, received a facelift, speed upgrade and WiFi functionality courtesy of the foundation. For its part, the USF contributed 13 computers and two printers. The USF falls under the remit of Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell, who was on hand to declare the new-look facility officially open. "I want to thank LIME for this gift of providing the Internet service here free of cost and in particular for the remarkable ... Read More


Monday, July 06, 2015    


Marketing Manager at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Renee Whitehorne presents the Best Community Outreach prize to students of Vista Preparatory School in St Ann (from left) Coral Bresser, Khalie Jones and Jordan Buddo during the Jamaica Environment Trust 2015 school environment award ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel recently. Vista Preparatory shared the prize with Sandy Bay Primary and Junior High in Clarendon. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Winners --> Read More

York Castle wins first greenhouse competition

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 06, 2015    

Students of the winning school York Castle High pose for a photo with stakeholders which include Noranda's Executive Chairman
Pansy Johnson (fourth left) and their principal Raymon Treasure (third left).

YORK Castle High is the first champion of a Greenhouse competition hosted by Noranda Bauxite Partners among schools in the mining area. The participating schools are those which would have already benefited from a programme by the company to build greenhouses in schools in its mining area. After one year of greenhouse farming, York Castle High was declared the inaugural champions at a presentation ceremony held at the school on June 29. Noranda's Public and community Relations superintendent K ... Read More

Zion Hill Primary takes trophy in health and environment quiz

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 06, 2015    

The inaugural
champions Clonmel

FOLLOWING a very competitive match, Zion Hill Primary was declared the winner of the St Mary Health Department Health and Environment Quiz after defeating second place winners Gospel Chapel Preparatory 50 to 32 to take the trophy at the finals held on World Environment Day last month. Held under the theme 'One World - Our Environment' the quiz was implemented by the St Mary Health Department as its health and environment programme in primary schools in the Annotto Bay and Highgate districts. ... Read More

SSP McGregor pledges to turn around crime in St James

Friday, July 03, 2015    

MCGREGOR ... this will not be
an overnight situation

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of St James, Steve McGregor, is expressing confidence of a major turnaround in crime in the parish. He said a number of strategies have been implemented to achieve significant and sustained reduction in serious and violent crimes, including murders. St James has recorded 101 murders since the start of the year, the highest number of the 14 parishes. "Turning around the parish from this will not be an overnight situation ... this is going to be s ... Read More

Murders jump in three western parishes

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer | Friday, July 03, 2015    

LUCEA, Hanover — Data released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force Statistics and Information Management Unit have shown that three of four parishes in western Jamaica — Westmoreland, Hanover and St James — have seen a spike in murders for the first half of the year, when compared to the same period last year. The data requested by the Jamaica Observer show that the parish of Westmoreland has been hit the hardest with an almost 100 per cent increase, jumping from 22 last year to ... Read More

SSP McGregor laments wave of murders in St James

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, July 02, 2015    

General Manager of the Montego Cooperative Credit Union (MCCU) Ornell Bedasse (fourth left)
presents students of the Cambridge High School with the championship trophy during the
MCCU’s Skills for Life awards ceremony, held at Cornwall College, on Tuesday. Sharing in the
moment are Cambridge High teacher Marie Stewart (back) and MCCU’s Marketing Manager
Lorna Clarke (right).

MONTEGO BAY, St James — SENIOR Superintendent of police (SSP) Steve McGregor is lamenting that the St James Police Division, which he heads, is not only the leading parish in the number of murders committed across the island, but is the only division with a murder tally over 100 since the start of the year. "St James is the only parish in the country today (Tuesday) which has surpassed 100, as it relates to the number of murders in any parish in our country. In fact, St James is at 103 th ... Read More



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