Traffic changes for Black River this weekend

The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising motorists and pedestrians that movements through the town of Black River, St Elizabeth, will be curtailed this weekend to facilitate the staging of Black River Day activities by the St Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Black River Chapter, and the Parish Coun ... Read More

Marsha Smith (right), the first person to receive her passport under the new same-day express
system implemented by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), collects her
document from a PICA representative. (File Photo) PICA’s mobile unit rolls into Port Maria tomorrow
THE Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) will take its services to the residents of Po ... Read More

RTI founder Robert Williams (right) and selector/dancehall artiste Tony Matterhorn at a previous staging of RTI. RTI back with a bang
Rich Tropical Island (RTI), whose promoters were part of the inaugural ATI party in 2000, returns af ... Read More

National Security Minister Robert Montague at the National Conference on Citizen Security held recently at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James. JCF, INDECOM to sign working relation MOU
ROSE HALL, St James — Minister of National Security Robert Montague has disclosed that the Ind ... Read More

  No dance permits unless…

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer West writer | Thursday, July 28, 2016    

HARRIS ... there are legitimate reasons why some children may be found at a dance

ROSE HALL, St James – National Security Minister Robert Montague has called on mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris to approve requests for dances only on condition that the municipal police be mandated to lock down any event if children are in attendance after 9:00pm. “There are some parents that prefer to invest in Brazilian hair than in children’s books. And Mr Mayor, I am begging you, don’t give no more permit fi no dance unless you put a condition that if the munici ... Read More

Sandals Foundation hosts football camp

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporterBY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, July 28, 2016    

Members of the DeRo Foundation pose with young participants during football camp at Beaches Negril playing field last week. 

NEGRIL, Westmoreland — More than 50 western Jamaica boys not only sharpened their soccer playing skills, but were also privileged to gain lifelong lessons during a week-long football camp recently hosted here by the Sandals Foundation and the DeRo Foundation. The participants, whose ages range from eight to 16, were drawn from 10 schools in the parish of Hanover and were identified by their schools, parents and community members. Headed by former MLS player, Canadian native Dwayne De ... Read More

The Return of ‘Opulence’

Thursday, July 28, 2016    

We spotted the lovely Chevaughne Miller of Sagicor soaking up the vibe at Opulence.

The highly sought after ‘invite only’ Opulence Digicel/Secrets VIP party made its return to Montego Bay last Saturday at Seawind Club, after a one- year hiatus. The event earned premier status after a mere two stagings, a fitting testament to its renown as one of the best parties on Montego Bay’s entertainment calendar. The party offers a poolside and beachfront setting complete with fully-stocked bars from Secrets Resorts & Spa and Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ), an ... Read More

MoBay homework centre receives 300 books from Joey Foundation

Thursday, July 28, 2016    

President of the Joey Foundation Ann Torcivia (right) presents a teacher (fourth left) and students with books during the brief handing-over ceremony held at the Riu Hotel in Ironshore, St James recently.  

MONTEGO BAY, St James — President of Le Antonio’s Foundation, Antonio McKoy, has lauded the New York-based Joey Foundation for its recent donation of several hundred books to his foundation’s homework and development centre, located in the inner-city community of Barnett Lane, Montego Bay. “We are really appreciative of the over 300 books that we received from the Joey Foundation. In fact, it was a timely donation because the centre was in need of reading materials,&rd ... Read More

Bartlett banks on Falmouth pier

Thursday, July 28, 2016    

Tourism Minister Ed Bartett (centre) making a point to mayor of Falmoth, Garth Wilkinson (right) and North Trelawny MP Victor Wright during a recent tour of Falmouth.

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says that he is, in part, banking on annual cruise ship arrivals at the historic Falmouth pier to jump to 1.5 million to bolster his plan to reach five million visitors to the island yearly by 2021. He noted that data reveal that cruise ship arrivals at Falmouth “are closing in now on a million passengers annually”. “And you are all aware of projections for growth; that we want to have five million visitors to Jam ... Read More

Jaguars, Falcons start with wins

Thursday, July 28, 2016    


MONTEGO BAY, St James — Number one seeds Granville Jaguars and Muschett Falcons won their opening best of three semi-finals games as the Tropical Blue Natural Spring Water Western Basketball Association’s semi-final got under way on Tuesday at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. Granville held off Holland Saints 73-68 in the Elite Basketball League while Falcons were 52-47 winners over Cornwall Courts Chargers in their Men’s Basketball Championships game. Both will seek to end the ... Read More

Providence win St James D2 competition

PAUL A REID Observer West Writer | Thursday, July 28, 2016    

O’Neil Brooks, Regional Manager of Guardian Group, presents the championship trophy to the captain of the Providence FC team after they came from behind to beat Sam Sharpe Teachers, College in the finals of the St James FA Guardian Group Division Two competition last week Thursday.

MONTEGO BAY, St James - Providence FC came from a goal down last Thursday to beat Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College 2-1 in the finals of the St James Football Association’s Guardian Group Division 2 final played at the UDC Field. Rembrandt Allen gave Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College the lead in the 13th minute, but Providence FC shot back with goals within six minutes on either side of the half-time break. Howard Dent equalised for Providence in the 42nd minute as the teams went into ... Read More

Cariblanta win masters tournament

Thursday, July 28, 2016    

Michael Dixon (left) of Cariblanta receives the Macklin Peterkin Trophy after they beat Reno Masters on penalty kicks in the finals of the Montego Bays Sports Fest Tournament at Jarrett Park on Saturday. George Evans of Violet Tourers made the presentation.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Visiting Cariblanta won the 2016 Montego Bay’s Sports Fest Tournament at Jarrett Park on Saturday after beating Reno Masters 4-2 on penalties after the teams had played out a 0-0 draw in regulation. The Cariblantas goalkeeper Kirk Williams, who was later named best goalkeeper, saved two penalties in the shoot-out to preserve the win for his team. In the semi-finals Cariblanta beat Violet Tourers 1-0, thanks to a goal from Kirk Richards, while Reno Masters be ... Read More

Bed capacity to be increased at Black River Hospital — Tufton

Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton  (seated – holding young boy) is all attention as Dr Michelle Roofe, Senior Medical Officer of Health and Health Informatics at the Ministry of Health, points out relevant information on a computer screen. Sharing in the occasion are  Member of Parliament St Elizabeth North Eastern Evon Redman (left) and Chuck Berry, Health Information Management Administrator, E-Health Pilot Project, Ministry of Health. Dr Tufton was visiting Santa Cruz Health Centre as part of a tour of health facilities in St Elizabeth last week.

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth – Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is voicing satisfaction following last week’s tour of health facilities in St Elizabeth. “It was a good trip,” Tufton told the Jamaica Observer by telephone. “It was a matter of assessing what and where the immediate needs are, and seeing how we can deal with them,” he added. The health minister and his team visited Black River Hospital and health centres in Black River and Santa Cruz. Tufton ... Read More

Christians, take charge!

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, July 26, 2016    

One-hundred-year-old Amy Darby (left), who was among six centenarians recognised at the banquet, cutting the 200th anniversary cake with Rector of the St Mark-Mandeville Parish Church Reverend Barrington Soares .

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Parliamentarian and former Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has said that committed Christians — not politicians — media or civil society should shape society’s values. “Jamaica needs to recognise, now as never before, to repeat and to market and to teach it to our children that the basis of our society lies in the Judeo-Christian message. It is that which is the root of our civilisation,” he said. Thwaites was speaking at the 200 ... Read More



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