Serious Knox

The large turnout for College Day, which preceded the
installation ceremony at Knox Community College.

SPALDING, Clarendon — Dr Gordon Cowans, new principal of the 38-year-old Knox Community College, is in no doubt that national development depends on education and that his institution has a lead role to play. "Knox Community College is open for business, the elusive economic growth and develo ... Read More

Mandeville Mayor Brenda Ramsay addressing the church
service. She said that it is the obligation of responsible
citizens to intervene and stop child abuse. Break the cycle of child abuse
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Mandeville Mayor Brenda Ramsay has called for more care to be taken i ... Read More

Brooks Park is the main green space and recreational area
available to the public in Mandeville. Need for green space
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Local health sector leaders want more focus on the development of gre ... Read More

The NHT’s mobile
unit on show. Housing agency launches mobile service in Manchester
MILE GULLY, Manchester — For Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller it was a case of "promise ma ... Read More

NCU group wins business model competition

Monday, April 21, 2014    

Happy members of the victorious NCU team.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A group of five young entrepreneurs from Northern Caribbean University (NCU) last month won the inaugural National Business Model Competition and $2 million in prize money, according to a news release. Under the business name Herboo Enterprises, the students successfully commercialised an all-natural shampoo-conditioner made from a blend of local herbs and spices, the release said. In addition to the cash prize, the team won an all-expense-paid trip to participat ... Read More

A Visual Art FEAST

Monday, April 21, 2014    

Lines Institute dancers Jeanique Baxter
(left) and Sade O’Sullivan in performance.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) promised Flavourful Entertainment and Art Sweetened to Taste (FEAST) at the exhibition launch for its travelling visual arts showcase at Bloomfield Great House in Mandeville on April 12. With the highest awarded JCDC visual arts competition pieces for 2013 on display, singer Tanice Morrison in performance, Lines Dance Institute performers gracing the stage, and a fashion show by textile students of Edna Manley Col ... Read More

We Care Foundation gives $8.25-million boost to CRH

Monday, April 21, 2014    

(From left) Matron of the Cornwall Regional Hospital Gillian Ledgister; Anthony
Smikle, acting CEO; Dr Dena Kirnon, head of accident and emergency; Nicholas
Feanny, a member of the We Care board of directors; Candis Craig, We Care
board member; Brian Jardim, CEO of Rainforest Seafoods; and Dr Delroy Fray,
senior medical officer at the hospital, pose with two cheques handed over to
hospital last Thursday by the We Care Foundation. (PHOTO: ALAN LEWIN)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) last week received a well-needed cash injection of $8.25 million from the We Care Foundation. The figure represents $7.25 million raised from the staging of the Rainforest Seafoods Festival at the Montego Bay Entertainment Centre on Ash Wednesday, combined with another $1 million raised through former 100-metre world champion Yohan Blake's YB Afraid Foundation. Blake is a native of Montego Bay. The money will go towards the ren ... Read More

Smartphone as teaching tool

Monday, April 21, 2014    

Digicel’s data expert Altonie Thomas conducts a Data Link-up session at the Digicel store in Juici
Beef Plaza, Mandeville, last Saturday.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — St Elizabeth school teacher Romel Richards is looking forward to incorporating her newly acquired smartphone as a vital tool in helping her to connect with her students. According to a news release from telecommunications provider Digicel, this was her sentiment after purchasing her DL600 smartphone from a store in Juici Beef Plaza, Mandeville during Digicel's Data Link-Up session last Saturday. "Technology is advancing every day, and as a teacher I see where the ... Read More

For Your Diary

Monday, April 21, 2014    

JCDC Festival Queen Krystal Tomlinson (left) with Valerie Dixon
(centre) and mayor of Mandeville Brenda Ramsay at the
ribbon-cutting exercise to launch the exhibition at Bloomfield
Great House in Mandeville. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

Monday, April 21 -- 10:00 am Rotary Club of Christiana Second Annual Potato Festival and Fun Day Sacred Heart Academy School Grounds Proceeds in aid of community-based projects Monday, April 21 -- 10:00 am 120th Anniversary PTA Community Extravaganza Albion Primary School, Manchester Thursday, April 24 - Saturday, April 26 Acts of the Holy Spirit Ministries International Family and Marriage Conference Golf View Hotel, Mandeville Admission Free Saturday, April 26 --10:00 am Mandevil ... Read More

Push out or step out, teachers told

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, April 20, 2014    

A section of the audience at the Golf View Hotel for the
Catholic College of Mandeville and Saint Mary's University of
Minnesota Spring Conference on day one of the two-day event.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - Veteran educator, researcher and consultant Pauletta Chevannes has said that teachers who find themselves unable to cope with the demands of the profession should walk away from it. "You have entered what I see as one of the most prestigious and the most demanding professions," Chevannes told an audience of mainly teachers involved in a Master's degree programme done at the privately-run Catholic College in Manchester in partnership with St Mary's University of Minnesot ... Read More

Smiles all around as Islington Post Office reopens

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, April 20, 2014    

Residents turned out in large numbers
for the reopening of the post office.

ISLINGTON, St Mary - The smiles on their faces revealed the joy that the residents of Islington felt on Thursday, April 17 when the post office in the community was reopened after an 18-month closure, following the passage of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The structure, which was destroyed during the hurricane, was repaired at a cost of $5 million, half of which came from the coffers of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme. "After a year and a half, this is like a dream come true," st ... Read More

Successful US-based Jamaican gives back to his roots

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, April 20, 2014    

Michael Folkes shares a photo
moment with principal of the
Mount Waddy Primary Inez

IT was a celebratory atmosphere at the Mount Waddy Primary School in Friendship, Moneague, St Ann last Monday, for the launch of the Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation, more popularly referred to as MIC (Mighty in Character). The foundation, which is expected to empower the children at the school, as well as community members, was launched by Michael Folkes in honour of his grandfather, Melbourne Folkes. Folkes said that he launched the foundation in order to share his success with people ... Read More

Licensed firearm holder kills alleged robber

Saturday, April 19, 2014    

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — An alleged gunman, who reportedly attempted to rob a businessman and his wife late Thursday at Nain in south east St Elizabeth, ended up being shot dead by the businessman, police have confirmed. Police have identified the dead man as Charles Rowe, otherwise called 'Chris' of Greenvale, just outside Mandeville in Manchester. Police said a Glock 40 pistol and ammunition were taken from the scene. Police and residents told the Jamaica Observer that about 8:40 pm ... Read More

Senior citizen dies in Manchester car accident; 2 other people injured

Saturday, April 19, 2014    

The crashed Honda seen resting on its side yesterday. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Sixty-nine year old Fay Swaby, a housewife of Chudleigh Housing Scheme in Manchester, died as a result of injuries she received in a motor vehicle accident in Mount Olivet in the parish late Thursday. Two other people, including the driver of the vehicle, were injured in the crash. According to the Christiana police, the vehicle — a grey Honda Odyssey — was being reversed when the driver allegedly lost control of it, resulting in a collision with a wa ... Read More



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