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PHOTO: ‘A madness!’

This taxi operator was observed reading a copy of the Jamaica Observer while waiting to load his vehicle. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans)   Read More

Dwayne Richards Taxi driver Tax affi pay. Inna 2012 a litre of gas was fi $128. How much for a litre of gas now? Gas a less than that now suh tax fi pay. The only thing is that Government a put too much pressure pon motorist because the insurance a motorist, and the tax a motorist, and the gas a motorist. I think if people did a see weh di tax a go dem wouldn4 frown, but dem naah see it.. Northeasterners rap Government over ‘wicked’ tax package
TAXES amounting to $13.5 billion were included in a package tabled in the House of Representatives e ... Read More

BURKE... if 10 people get employed we would have been successful in reducing unemployment. (Photo: Renae Dixon) St Ann police staging job fair next month
AN event aimed at helping young Jamaicans gain employment is scheduled to be held next month by the ... Read More

Police Corporal Wayne Bartley prepares to baptise his colleague, woman constable Claudine Johnson.. St Ann cop baptises 6 people
POLICE corporal and elder at Ocho Rios Seventh-day Adventist Church Wayne Bartley is a man on a miss ... Read More

More bee farmers needed in St Mary

Monday, March 20, 2017    

President of St Mary Bee Farmers Association, Patrick Haywood helps this patron to identify the queen bee. (Photos: Everard Owen).

PRESIDENT of St Mary Bee Farmers Association in Orange River in the parish, Patrick Haywood, is urging more Jamaicans to become a part of the bee-keeping industry. Haywood, who spoke with the Jamaica Observer North East at the St Mary Creative Arts and Skills Festival at Claude Stewart Park two Fridays ago, said the association provides the technical support bee farmers need. He said the association also offers training at the Orange River base where there are two apiaries. An apiary, also ... Read More


BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, March 20, 2017    

THE mother of a St Mary teen, who was allegedly assaulted sexually by a Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) elder in Heywood Hall in the parish, is facing backlash from some community and church members. The woman, who timidly spoke to the Jamaica Observer North East last Wednesday, said she has had to attend a different church because of how “difficult” and “awkward” the situation has got. “They talk behind my back and say that I knew it (alleged sexual assault) was ... Read More

Seaview Basic meets standard 5 of Early Childhood Regulations

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer writer | Monday, March 20, 2017    

SMITH... says the school is still in need of a sickbay

SEAVIEW Basic School in Long Bay, Portland, last Tuesday received much-needed outdoor equipment to meet standard five of the Early Childhood Act and Regulations for institutions. Standard 5, which covers equipment and furnishing, says early childhood institutions should have indoor and outdoor equipment and furnishings that are safe, child-friendly and promote optimal development of children. Last September, Principal Claudia Smith told the Jamaica Observer North East that the school was se ... Read More

‘MP, we are human’

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, March 20, 2017    

Small farmer Calva says the lack of water has prevented his crop from fully developing..

RESIDENTS in Mount Pleasant, west Portland, are pleading with their political representatives to address the water problems which, they say, have persisted for more than a decade. The residents, who spoke with the Jamaica Observer North East last Wednesday, say for years they have been promised water, but, to date, that promise has not been fulfilled. “We affi a live off rainwater and tank. If yuh look inna everybody yard inna di community, a pure big black tank yuh a see. A over ... Read More

NWA clears landslide that marooned over 4,000 people in Portland

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer correspondent | Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Men working at the breakaway at West Retreat, east Portland, yesterday. (Photos: Everard Owen)

LONDON, Portland — The National Works Agency (NWA) yesterday cleared in London, Portland road of large boulders that had left more than 4,000 residents of Moore Town and Cornwall Barracks marooned from about 2:00 am. The Jamaica Observer was told that the land started slipping from last Tuesday when the parish was under flash flood watch. “I came down with my wife in the car and we saw a car parked there, so we thought the driver ran out of gas. We came out to help and realised t ... Read More

Smuggling drugs

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, March 06, 2017    

Sergeant at the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Narcotics Division, Jermaine Folkes shows residents a mat filled with ganja. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans)

THE many ways in which people attempt to smuggle drugs into and out of the island are near, if not, inconceivable, a lawman is contending. Sergeant at the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Narcotics Division, Jermaine Folkes shared with the Jamaica Observer North East last Tuesday, during a JCF forum put on in Portland to discuss the ills of domestic violence and its prevention, that drug syndicates have tried almost every way humanly possible to smuggle drugs. In excess of 800 drug off ... Read More

Horace Clarke High sports programme receives major boost

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, March 06, 2017    

From left: Custos of St Mary Errol Johnson, Basil Hylton, Charles Simpson, and principal Christopher Walker ceremonially broke ground for work to start on the cricket pitch. Also sharing the moment are vice-principal Rhona Thomas (third left) , teacher Romean Doyle and student Damaine Coldspring. (Photo: Renae Dixon)

Principal of the St Mary-based Horace Clarke High School, Christopher Walker, says he expects the rural institution to be among the top schools in cricket in coming years after ground was broken for a cricket pitch to be laid at the school, recently. “I am happy for the benefactors who will help to unearth the talent of the students. We see ourselves possibly in the finals of the Headley Cup three years from now,” Walker said following the handover of a cheque to the school, formerl ... Read More

Missing for 14 years

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter | Monday, March 06, 2017    

Romesha Forrester reflects on her brother, Agustos Forrester, who has been ‘missing’ for 14 years. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

FOURTEEN years after Agustos Forrester went missing, his sister Romesha Forrester still has hope that he will be found. According to Forrester, her brother went missing when he was “only” eight years old. At that time, she was six. Forrester, now 20, recalled that she was not at home the Sunday he went missing, but said that she was told by her mother that she had sent him to get dressed because he needed to go to the shop for a man. This man, she said, was not familiar to her. She ... Read More

PHOTO: Love me to live

Monday, March 06, 2017    

Police, residents and members of civil society march through the streets of Port Antonio, Portland, in protest against domestic violence.(Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

Police, residents and members of civil society march through the streets of Port Antonio, Portland, in protest against domestic violence. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans) Read More

Replanting mangroves in Portland

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer writer | Monday, March 06, 2017    

Mangroves planted at Salt Creek in Portland.

Members of Alligator Head Foundation along with students from the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) 4-H Club, two Saturdays ago, replanted mangroves at Salt Creek in Port Antonio, Portland, as part of the ‘Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction’ project. Over three hundred red mangrove trees were replanted. Research co-ordinator at Alligator Marine Lab, Denise Henry, informed that it is best that red mangroves are planted because they are able to survive the pari ... Read More



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