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Norman Allen following in father’s footsteps

JTA President Norman Allen (left) and his father Sherlock, during a break from a session of the JTA’s 51st Annual Conference at
the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, recently. (PHOTO: ANTHONY LEWIS)

ROSE HALL, St James -- When 43-year-old Norman Allen assumed the helm of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) during the organisation's 51st annual conference here recently, he was following in the footsteps of his father, Sherlock, who held the position between 1994 and 1995. The new JTA presid ... Read More

Edmund Bartlett addresses recipients of the Ed Bartlett Tertiary
Scholarship at the Iberostar Hotel, Rose Hall, St James on
Tuesday. (PHOTO: PHILP LEMONTE) Universities should offer student loans — Bartlett
MONTEGO BAY, St James -- East Central St James MP Edmund Bartlett has challenged tertiary institutio ... Read More

Organisers and volunteers (back row) of the inaugural three-week summer science camp hosted at Jockey Factory by Bioprist Knowledge Park, the University of
Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Centre for Community Outreach Development (CORD) and other partners, share lens time with participating students, last week. Organisers, students hail inaugural summer science camp
LUCEA, Hanover — STUDENTS who participated in the inaugural three-week summer science camp hos ... Read More

Residents fetching water from a section of the Roaring River in the community on Sunday. Roaring River pipes dry despite supplying other communities
ROARING RIVER, Westmoreland — ROARING River residents are livid. The small Westmoreland commun ... Read More

Flow hosts another successful Back 2 School fair

Thursday, August 27, 2015    

Children enjoy the bounce about at the Flow Back 2 School fair
in Montego Bay last Sunday. (PHOTOS: ACEION CUNNINGHAM)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — FLOW and its associate sponsors on Sunday staged another successful Flow Back 2 School fair at the Old Hospital Park in Montego Bay. The event organisers pledged to cater to 5,000 patrons for this year's staging and they delivered on their promise to make the event bigger and better than it was last year. The first 700 patrons received back-to-school packs upon entrance. The Health and Wellness Zone was a must-attend for many patrons whose children received free ... Read More

CC, Munro battle for Jackson Shield Saturday

Thursday, August 27, 2015    

Cheryl McGaw-Douse, Group
Manager, public relations for
Sandals Resorts International
(in cap) presents the St James
FA/Sandals International Under-
17 winners’ trophy to Irwin
High’s captain Oliseh Hayes
after they beat Green Pond
High 3-2 in the final played at
the UDC field on Saturday.
Sharing in the moment (at left)
is Gregory Daley, the president
of the St James FA. (PHOTO:

MONTEGO BAY, St James -- Cornwall College will be going after a fifth straight hold on the Jackson Shield, when they take on long-time rivals Munro College in an annual pre-season double header at Jarrett Park on Saturday afternoon. Teams from the schools will meet in two games. The present-day daCosta Cup teams in the first game will start at 3:00pm, followed by the Old Boys of both schools in the featured game. The aggregate scores of both games will decide the winners of the competition. T ... Read More

CPJ disburses $2.5 million in scholarships

Thursday, August 27, 2015    

Caribbean Producers Jamaica executives led by Tom Tyler (third
left, back row) and (from right, back row) Petra-Ann Williamson,
Roger Williams and Jan Pollack pose for a photo with the high
school and tertiary scholarship recipients at the presentation
exercise, held last week Thursday at the company’s Montego
Freeport offices. (PHOTO: ACEION CUNNINGHAM)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — CARIBBEAN Producers Jamaica (CPJ) has awarded $2.5 million in scholarships to 50 students who are children of employees at the company. The recipients were selected on the basis of them 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 13th consecutive year that the food and beverage distribution company was extending fin ... Read More

BrawtaSports brings statistics to football

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, August 27, 2015    

Former Green Island High daCosta Cup
player Donovan Campbell (right) takes
instructions from his spotter during the
BrawtaSport statistic workshop at
Godfrey Stewart High last Thursday.

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — THERE will be an additional dimension to the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association's (ISSA) schoolboys' football this season, as internet company BrawtaSports will track statistics during both the daCosta Cup and Manning Cup competitions. Teams of two will be embedded within each of the approximately 120 schools participating in both competitions, and their findings are expected to go a far way in helping the sport in several areas. Two youngsters -- 1 ... Read More

Smirnoff Mixify — a good experience

BY ACEION CUNNINGHAM Observer West writer | Thursday, August 27, 2015    

EDM DJ Tommy
Trash live on
screen inside
last week Friday
for Smirnoff

MONTEGO BAY, St James — ELETRONIC Dance Music (EDM) enthusiasts and curious patrons filed into popular party spot Margaritaville Montego Bay last Friday to experience a new dimension to club lifestyle -- the first-ever live stream party in Jamaica. The broadcast from Los Angeles, which featured popular Australian EDM DJ Tommy Trash, was shown in five other countries. In addition to Margaritaville Montego Bay, the broadcast was shown at Ribbiz Ultra Lounge and Regency Bar in Kingston, as ... Read More

Gimme Five basketball camp seeks to empower youth

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, August 27, 2015    

Action in the all-star game that was played at Cornwall College at the end of the weeklong
Gimme Five basketball camp.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — O'NEIL Johnson, the development director of the Western Basketball Association (WBA), has described last week's Gimme Five camp held at Cornwall College in Montego Bay as "a blessing". According to Johnson, the one-week camp staged by Gimme Five, a New York-based basketball organisation for young players, has helped to develop the skills of participants who will now be able to share what they learned with their teammates when they return to their respective teams. ... Read More

Faulkand FC, Irwin High win St JFA/Sandals leagues

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, August 27, 2015    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — FAULKLAND FC retained their St James Football Association's/ Sandals Resorts International Under-20 title, while Irwin High took the Under-17 crown. After being held 1-1 in regulation and extra time by Reggae Youth, Faulkland FC won 4-3 on penalty kicks, while Andrew Gaynor scored twice for Irwin High in their 3-2 win in the Under-17 final last Saturday at the UDC field in Montego Bay In addition to the trophies and medals, the teams were given back-to-school supp ... Read More

Thwaites: Careless fathers, loose mothers have no place in the teaching profession

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August 24, 2015    

THWAITES...lashed falling
standards in parents and

ROSE HALL, St James — Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has made it clear that there is no room in the teaching profession for reckless parents. "Careless fathers and loose mothers have no place in the teaching profession. This is not Ronnie teaching the Sunday sermon or the Sabbath sermon on a Wednesday. It is the clear statement of utilitarian and practical value in the society. People of the JTA (Jamaica Teachers' Association), unless we fix our family lives, we are not going to achie ... Read More

1,500 to receive free dental care in the west

Monday, August 24, 2015    

Principal of Pell River Primary School Elaine Samuels-Brown (left) is joined by her students, as they share a proud
moment with the team from Great Shape Inc! and representatives of Sandals, during a recent visit to the Hanover-based

ONE thousand, five hundred people from the parishes of Hanover and Westmoreland will be receiving free dental care, starting today and running for three weeks, courtesy of Great Shape! Inc and the Sandals Foundation, though the project '1000 Smiles'. The communities set to host the clinics include Greenland in Hanover and Grange Hill in Westmoreland during the period August 24-28; and Cave Valley and Grange/Kendal in Hanover as well as Grange Hill throughout August 31 - September 4 and Septembe ... Read More

Cops kill one, hold three after blazing gunfight

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, August 22, 2015    

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Like a scene from a western movie, one of four robbers was yesterday shot and killed after allegedly engaging the police in a running gun battle in this historic town yesterday morning. The drama started to unfold about 11:00 am after members of the Highway Patrol responded to a call from a motorist that he was robbed along the Bogue Gate section of the North Coast Highway, near Falmouth. Police spotted the motor car with the suspects aboard and gave chase after the ... Read More



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