Child abuse, rape a big problem – Portland Police chief

SMITH-WHYTE...says Portlands biggest problem is rape. (Photo: Kenyon Hemas)

SUPERINTENDENT of Police in charge of the Portland Division, Oberlene Smith-Whyte is raising concerns over what she says is the low conviction rate of rapists in the eastern parish. Smith-Whyte, who made the disclosure in an interview with the Jamaica Observer North and East, emphatically stated ... Read More

Shane McHugh stands between two of his pieces at the art gallery in Kingston. Double passion
NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Shane McHugh is one of the youngest of several artists whose works have been on ... Read More

Chriss-Ann Bodoo (left) receives a gift basket and a cash certificate from Simmonette Rose, youth development officer at Portland Youth Information Centre. (Photos: Everard Owen) Portland’s ‘Rope In My Yute’ programme reaches 102 youngsters
ONE hundred and two young people recently benefited from participating in the ‘Rope in my yute ... Read More

FRANCIS...I didn’t feel bad that I was not on Facebook or anything else. (Photo: Renae Dixon) Adonesse Francis a CSEC success
SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Adonesse Francis attained academic mastery at the Caribbean Secondary Education C ... Read More

Navy Island still in the wilderness

Monday, August 29, 2016    

A damaged cottage on the island

THE Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), between 2001 and 2007, invested US$2.7 million in Navy Island, which is located near to Port Antonio, Portland, but to date, the island remains in ruin. The 64-acre island property, once inhabited by the British Navy in the 1700s, is now a shadow of what it once was. Closed for more than a decade, the island remains a haven for fishermen, farmers and animals. In 2002 when the PAJ bought the property it outlined a slew of plans earmarked for its developmen ... Read More

New basic school for Tranquility

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer Portland correspondent | Monday, August 29, 2016    

Tranquility Basic School

CHILDREN of Tranquility in western Portland, and their teachers, are now benefiting from a new basic school which was constructed by Food for the Poor (FFP) recently in the parish. The school was handed over earlier this month. Volunteers from Kind Hearts and FFP took three days to construct the school on the grounds of the Tranquility Primary School. Christina Hudson, director at Kind Hearts, is hoping that the facility will be beneficial. “I’m a mother and the importance of ... Read More

North East Regional Health Authority to review customer service at health facilities

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 29, 2016    

ROBINSON... I will ensure there is a mechanism in place that brings these to my attention. (Photo: Renae Dixon)

NEWLY appointed chairman of the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA), Tyrone Robinson, has pledged to conduct a review of the services offered at all health facilities in St Ann, St Mary and Portland in order to improve customer service. “Although the board is not in the business of running hospitals and health centres, we will have a hands on approach to ensure these facilities are brought up to the levels and standards that we are looking for,” he said. Robinson, who is ... Read More

Dyslexic student on the verge of obtaining law degree

Monday, August 29, 2016    

LAWRENCE... I surprised myself (Photo: Renae Dixon)

Damion Lawrence did not believe that he would be able to complete his law degree programme at t he University of the West Indies (UWI). He was struggling to pay the tuition and equally could not always retain what was being taught as quickly as he needed to. However, several scholarships and sheer determination changed that process, thereby allowing Lawrence to reach his final year. “All this has taught me is that you have to be determined and trust God; I saw Him (God) really working ... Read More

Felicia Peterkin-Campbell is Miss Wag Water Valley 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016    

Miss Wag Water Valley 2016 Felicia Peterkin-Campbell is all smiles with her prize.

EIGHTEEN-year-old Felicia Peterkin-Campbell is Miss Wag Water Valley 2016. Ashley Bernard was first runner-up, while Brittany Hart finished as second runner-up. Peterkin-Campbell, who was a crowd favourite, finished ahead of seven other contestants at the coronation show held at the Tapioca Village Retreat in Devon Pen, St Mary, on August 6. She copped four of the sectional prizes, walking away with Most Congenial, Most Aware, Best Talent, and Best Dress. Tracy-Ann Phillips was adjudged M ... Read More

45 killed in crashes since January in north-eastern parishes

Monday, August 29, 2016    

The scene of a motor vehicle crash along the Agualta Vale main road in Annotto Bay, St Mary, in June.

THE number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes since the start of the year in the north- eastern parishes of St Ann, St Mary, St Thomas and Portland now stands at 45. Statistics from the Ministry of Transport show that for the period January 1 to August 27, eight people were killed in crashes in Portland, five in St Thomas, eight in St Mary, and 24 in St Ann. For the corresponding period last year, six people were killed in Portland, three in St Thomas, nine in St Mary, and 23 in St Ann. ... Read More

Reduced river inflows affecting NWC supply in St Ann, St Mary

Monday, August 29, 2016    

THE National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that reduced river inflows have been severely impacting operations at a number of its facilities, including the Bogue Water Supply System in St Ann which provides water to sections of St Ann and St Mary. The NWC said the system has seen a 2.3-million gallon per day reduction in inflows, which has resulted in intermittent supply or instances of no water in sections of these parishes. To supply both parishes, the NWC said it requires inflows of ... Read More

MP welcomes plans for MoBay ports

Saturday, August 27, 2016    

Marlene Malahoo Forte

ATTORNEY General Marlene Malahoo Forte has welcomed the development of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility at the Montego Bay shipping port, and the move by the Government to convert the shipping terminal into a regional multi-purpose port. Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Malahoo Forte, who is Member of Parliament for St James West Central, where the ports are located, said the massive investments in the LNG facilities and the port will change the landscape of the constituency and ad ... Read More

Bartlett using education to eliminate antisocial behaviours in constituency

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Tourism Minister and Member of Parliament for East Central St James Edmund Bartlett (centre)  with tertiary-level scholarship awardees from the constituency at the 15th annual East Central St. James Education Trust’s tertiary scholarship presentation ceremony, held at the IberoStar Resort in Rose Hall, St James, on Tuesday.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says he is using education in East Central St James to eliminate antisocial behaviours and activities. Addressing the 15th annual East Central St James Education Trust’s tertiary scholarship awards ceremony at the IberoStar Resort in Rose Hall, St James, on Tuesday, Bartlett said education is the only vehicle that will make Jamaica a country where its citizens respect law and order and are determined to work for an honest living. “My education poli ... Read More

CPJ disburses $2 million in scholarships

Thursday, August 25, 2016    

Caribbean Producers Jamaica executives Mark Hart (back row, left) and Dr David Lowe (right) with the high school and tertiary scholarship recipients at the presentation exercise, held last Friday at the company’s Montego Freeport offices. (Photo: Philp Lemonte)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — CARIBBEAN Producers Jamaica (CPJ) last week awarded $2 million in scholarships to 49 students who are children of employees at the company. The recipients were selected on the basis of their attaining and maintaining an average of above 74 per cent during the last school year at the primary and secondary level, and minimum grade point average of 3.0 at the tertiary level. It was the 14th consecutive year that the food and beverage distribution company was extend ... Read More



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