Hard work paying off for Portland hairstylist Kaydian Hall

Kadian Hall works her magic on customer Tianna Hamilton’s hair.

KAYDIAN Hall, who dreams of someday owning a chain of salons catering exclusively to styling natural hair and locks, from all indications seems well on her way to accomplishing this feat given her growing list of clients and the increasing demand for her creative hairstyles. Building her reputation ... Read More

Three killed in bloody Manchester Sunday
THE Manchester police reported three murders in the parish on Sunday. Dead are 74-year-old Mulgrave ... Read More

MCNEILL... measure tourism in terms of the social and
economical impact Tourism gains not reaching population — Minister
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill is lamenting ... Read More

Head of Area Two Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell (fourth left) is joined by (from left) DSP Paul
Thomas, officer in charge of crime; Superintendent Dudley Scott, head of operation at Area Two, SSP Yvonne
Martin-Dalley, head of St Ann police, and head of Portland Police Superintendent Wayne Cameron at a recent
press conference to provide an update on the state of crime in the division. (PHOTO: RENAE DIXON) St Ann, St Mary, Portland report decline in serious crimes
The Area Two police are reporting a 20 per cent decline in major crimes in the parishes of St Ann, S ... Read More

Well deserved

Monday, November 24, 2014    

Kiwanis Foundation of Jamaica's Gerthlyn Holman (right) holds the Godfrey Dyer medallion which was presented to president of the Kiwanis Club of Charlton-Alexandria Richard Austin (left) for outstanding contribution to his club, community and Jamaica. The club's inaugural installation which was held at Browns Town Community College in St Ann, recently, also saw long-standing Justice of the Peace Norma Walters receiving an award for being an outstanding educator, musician and social worker in th ... Read More

HEART NE region boasts full job placement

Monday, November 24, 2014    

The HEART Trust/NTA building on Oxford
Road in Kingston. The Trust is training and
recruiting people to fill available jobs in the
Business Process Outsourcing industry.

The HEART Trust/NTA North East Region is boasting a record 100 per cent success rate in its trainee placement programme for the 2013/14 academic year. Regional Director for Employment and Career Services, Althea Smikle-Martin, said the 800 trainees for the period were all successfully placed in permanent employment shortly after graduation. Smikle-Martin was delivering her report at the certification ceremony for the North East Region held recently at Moneague College in St Ann. Some 350 grad ... Read More

AgroGrace sets up temporary store in Port Maria

Monday, November 24, 2014    

General Manager for AgroGrace Olive Downer-Walsh engages her listeners
about the product and crop-care information that is regularly delivered
across the island. (From left) are Donovan Stanberry, permanent
secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Labour and Security; Minister of
Agriculture, Labour and Social Security  Derrick Kellier;  Donna Doran,
CEO, Hardware & Lumber Ltd; Victor Guevara, Syngenta marketing
representative Luther Buchanan, minister of state for Agriculture,
Labour and Social Security;  and Silbert O'Meally, marketing and
business development officer, AgroGrace.

Farm and garden retail chain AgroGrace will be setting up a pop-up store on Stennett Street, in Port Maria, St Mary from this Thursday through to Saturday. The term 'pop-up' refers to the short-term duration of the store, which is usually anywhere from a single day to a few days. Chief Executive Officer of Hardware and Lumber, of which AgroGrace is a division, Donna Doran said it is a concept the company plans on rolling out to other communities in a similar fashion in the near future. "This ... Read More

Brighter smiles for Boscobel Primary

Monday, November 24, 2014    

This student seems quite relaxed as she prepares to receive dental treatment.

Sandals Foundation/Great Shape! Inc sealant programme has contributed to the smiles on the faces of 200 children at Boscobel Primary in St Mary. The sealant project is designed to reduce dental cavities by some 50 per cent. As children living in these areas have limited access to dental care, sealant assists in saving and preventing teeth from rotting. Under the programme, dentists use sealant and fluoride treatments to reduce the occurrence of cavities helping children maintain healthy teeth f ... Read More

Airy Castle logging on to technology

Monday, November 24, 2014    

Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Phillip Paulwell

A 16-unit computer centre, complete with full Internet access, has been established in the community of Airy Castle in rural St Thomas. The facility, set up through the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $3.8 million, will provide easier access to Internet service for residents, and enable students to carry out research for school. It will make a difference in the lives of residents, several of whom had to travel as far as Morant Bay to access Internet service. Minister of Science, Tec ... Read More

Cop released in poisoned teacher case

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South/Central Bureau | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

The house where 30-year-old teacher Kerry-Ann Powell and her boyfriend were attacked.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Authoritative police sources have confirmed that a policeman detained in connection with the suspected poisoning death of a teacher early Wednesday has been released pending further investigations. However, a woman, also held in relation to the death of 30-year-old teacher Kerry-Ann Powell remained in custody up to yesterday afternoon, police sources said. Police are said to be in search of a third person, who was named as an assailant in the alleged poison atta ... Read More

Western derby as MBU, Reno battle for Flow Cup

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

The MBU trio of (from left) Kemiro James, Omar Gordon and
Dino Williams could hold the fate of their team in their
collective hands in today's Flow Champions Cup final against
Reno FC at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

CATHERINE HALL, St James — Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United will be going after back-to-back national titles today when they face Reno FC in a historic Flow Champions Cup Knockout final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex starting at 5:00 pm. It will be the first time a western-based club is qualifying for the Flow Cup final and a western team will be crowned champions as both finalists are from the region. The teams have met once this season -- in the opening week ... Read More

At last!

By Renae Dixon Observer staff reporter | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson is joined by a student in cutting the ribbon to officially reopen the facility, while looking on (at front from left) are
Member of Parliament for Central St Mary Dr Morais Guy; Estriana Thompson; director of Nursing Services, Linda Sutherland Hines; CEO of NHF Everton
Anderson; (at back from left) Mayor of Port Maria Levan Freeman; Chairman of the North East Regional Health Authority board Leon Gordon and Dr Maurice
Sloley, acting senior medical officer.

Estriana Thompson also known as 'Miss Essie" was extremely happy when the Port Maria Hospital's operating theatre was finally reopened. Three decades earlier she was one of several persons who protested against its and the hospital's possible closure. "I lay in front of the fridge where they keep the blood," she recalled. Thompson was one of several excited residents who attended the reopening ceremony earlier this month at the hospital. "I feel very happy," the elderly woman told the Jamaic ... Read More

Port Antonio chaos!

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Businesses, pedestrians and motorists alike have been severely inconvenienced by this road work which has been going on in the Portland capital Port Antonio for months now. (Photo: Everard Owen) Read More

Woman dies in crash, man found dead on roadside

Saturday, November 22, 2014    

The motor car in which Melrose Wedderburn died when the driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the truck
pictured here. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT)

ST ELIZABETH — A woman died in a motor vehicle crash just west of Gutters in St Elizabeth, close to the border with Manchester on Thursday afternoon, and a few hours later the victim of a presumed traffic accident was found dead on the streets of Santa Cruz, police say. In the first incident, shortly before 5:00 pm the woman, identified as Melrose Wedderburn of Westmoreland, died when the car in which she was a passenger ran out of control on the steep, winding road -- made slippery by ra ... Read More



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