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Fish and vegetables keep Hanover senior going

Leanora Watson, 105, is confident she will live to see the fourth generation of children in her family. (Kenyon Hemans)

It’s not every day someone lives to be actively involved in the rearing of children from the third generation of their family. Centenarian Leanora Watson, an example of such, is confident that she will live to nurture and raise her fourth generation of relatives. “Me gwaan live to see d ... Read More

Police questioning a motorist (File Photo) Police tell Manchester residents to be vigilant
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Superintendent Wayne Cameron of the Manchester Police Division has ur ... Read More

Women attend a round-table talk at Sandals Royal Caribbean in St James on Wednesday. (Photos: Philp Lemonte) Top cop lashes out at people who back wrongdoers
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant has lashed out at people ... Read More

Members of the Trelawny All Stars Marching Band, in their uniforms donated by Michelle-Ann Tinglin, are joined by other stakeholders after a recent performance at the Falmouth pier. More help for Trelawny All Stars Marching Band
FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The financially-strapped Trelawny All Stars Marching Band, which was earl ... Read More

Tax collection bus welcomed in St Elizabeth

Monday, March 13, 2017    

The mobile property tax unit visited St Elizabeth recently. (Photos: Gregory Bennett)

Black River, St Elizabeth — The figures show gradual improvement year by year, but St Elizabeth remains among the most backward regions in terms of property tax collections. In late February, the south coast parish was running a 58 per cent property tax compliance rate for the 2016-17 financial year which will end on March 31. That’s up from 52 per cent at the same point the previous year, but still $300 million behind where tax collectors say it should be. No wonder then that St ... Read More

PHOTO: Go Sachin!

Monday, March 13, 2017    

Sachin Dennis (centre) of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) wins the Digicel Grand Prix Boys U-17 200-metre final in 21.10 seconds at the GC Foster Classic held at the National Stadium over the weekend. Second is Jeremy Farr (left) of Wolmer’s Boys School in 21.48 seconds, with Antonio Watson of Petersfield High School third in 21.65. (Bryan Cummings)

Sachin Dennis (centre) of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) wins the Digicel Grand Prix Boys U-17 200-metre final in 21.10 seconds at the GC Foster Classic held at the National Stadium over the weekend. Second is Jeremy Farr (left) of Wolmer’s Boys School in 21.48 seconds, with Antonio Watson of Petersfield High School third in 21.65. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Read More

Sandals Foundation supports fisherfolk in White River

Friday, March 10, 2017    

Fishermen on the White River prepare their net before heading off to catch fish. Photo: Marina Fitzgerald Selby

Sandals Foundation has committed US$20,000 annually for three years towards the establishment and management of a Special Fishery Conservation Area (SFCA) in the White River. The initiative supports the White River Marine Association’s drive to have a 500 per cent increase in fish biomass in and around the Special Fishery Conservation area within five years of it being gazetted. The sanctuary will stretch 4.5 kilometres and will have Sandals Ochi Beach Resort and Sandals Royal Plantation ... Read More

PHOTO: A special cop

Friday, March 10, 2017    

Sandals Resorts in the Montego Bay region yesterday susprised Deputy Police Superintendent Pheonia Watson (seated at centre) when they presented her with special gifts for International Women’s Day and for her 27 years of invaluable service in the fight against crime. Here, women managers of  Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Inn and Deputy Superintendent Watson’s colleagues pose for a snap following the presentation.

Sandals Resorts in the Montego Bay region yesterday susprised Deputy Police Superintendent Pheonia Watson (seated at centre) when they presented her with special gifts for International Women’s Day and for her 27 years of invaluable service in the fight against crime. Here, women managers of Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Inn and Deputy Superintendent Watson’s colleagues pose for a snap following the presentation.   Read More

PHOTO: CFU match up

Thursday, March 09, 2017    

Photo: Paul Reid

Montego Bay United’s (MBU) Donovan Carey (right) takes on Club Barcelona Atletico’s Erik Ozuna in their CFU Caribbean Club Championships Group C game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Sunday. MBU came from 0-2 down to draw the game 2-2. Read More

'Hold them accountable'

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, March 09, 2017    

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell (second left) makes a point to Cornwall College students during one of the recent Jamaica Constabulary Force ‘Youth Leaders Power Lunches’, series held at the school.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — As the society grapples with a turbulent wave of crime and violence, Cornwall College's dean of discipline, Robertino Gordon, is calling on Government to establish a policy to hold parents accountable for their children's upbringing. "There has to be a national position, a governmental position on parenting, because it is a part of the foundation of the problem," said a passionate Gordon. "If the Government does not do something it's not going to happen by accid ... Read More

Crippled

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland | Thursday, March 09, 2017    

The ambulance at the Savanna-la-Mar Fire Station was taken out of service since January of this year. The vehicle is in need of spare parts, which cannot be sourced locally.

Concerns have been raised over the ability of the Jamaica Fire Brigade-operated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to carry out its functions effectively owing to a lack of ambulances at fire stations in the western parishes of Hanover and Westmoreland. The absence of the ambulances has reportedly de-motivated the emergency medical technicians (EMT) manning the essential service. "You will be aware that we have a whole lot of motorbike and motor vehicle accidents in the parish [Hanover] ... it is har ... Read More

Bounty Killa speaks on banning dancehall music

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, March 09, 2017    

A section of the huge crowd at last week’s staging of the Rainforest Seafood Festival 

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Hard-core dancehall deejay Bounty Killa weighed in on the controversial topic of the banning of music during his performance at the Rainforest Seafood Festival at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre on Ash Wednesday. He argued that when a song is prohibited from being played on the air, it ignites more interest and popularity of that banned piece. He recounted that his hit Anytime, in which he says, “hungry again you a go see me nine (9mm pistol)&rdquo ... Read More

Ontario natives fete Roaring River Basic School students

BY ALAN LEWIN Observer West writer | Thursday, March 09, 2017    

Principal of the Roaring River Basic School Lucretia Burt (centre) accepts a gift from Ontario native Marlene Lloyd (second right) during a recent treat for students of the school at Roots Bamboo in Negril. Sharing in the moment are (from left) teachers Sasha Vassell and Rackel Wallace, and Marlene’s husband, Lloyd. (Photos: Alan Lewin)

NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Twenty-one students of the Roaring River Basic School in Westmoreland were recently feted by Ontario, Canada, natives Barry Lloyd and his wife Marlene at the Roots Bamboo complex in the resort town of Negril. The students were treated to a number of dishes and many were given the opportunity to go horseback riding, while others frolicked on the pristine white sands at the Negril beach. It was the second year that the basic school was being treated by Lloyd and hi ... Read More

Well done!

Well done! | Thursday, March 09, 2017    

Tyreese Reid wins the boys’ Under-18 800m.

Athletes from Petersfield High in Westmoreland highlighted an outstanding display by western-based athletes at last weekend’s Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) Carifta Trials at the National Stadium in Kingston. Students from the Westmoreland school won or placed second in eight events over the two days, led by a brilliant world-leading and new personal best 20.08m by Kevin Nedrick in the Under-20 boys’ shot put, the second-best throw ever by a Jamaican ju ... Read More



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