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JTA pays homage to history at Mizpah Primary

Mizpah Primary is of special significance to teachers and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Members of the teachers’ union, Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), gathered in their numbers at the Mizpah Primary School in Walderston, northern Manchester, earlier this month for their Founders Day ceremony. As explained by Byron Farquharson, secre ... Read More

An official march during the Modern Languages’ Celebration on the Manchester High School grounds (Photos: Gregory Bennett) Manchester High making strides in foreign language education
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Head of the Modern Languages Department at the Manchester High School ... Read More

Manager, Corporate Services at Jamalco, DonnaMarie Brooks-Gordon (left) presents a certificate of completion to ACEP graduate Latoya Bryan. Certification upgrade for 128 basic school teachers
May Pen, Clarendon — One hundred and twenty-eight early childhood practitioners from Clarendon ... Read More

The foundation for the regional pathology lab on a property owned by the Mandeville Regional Hospital. The lab is a Legacy Project of the Lions Club of Mandeville (File photo) Men Who Cook set for April 30
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Establishing a pathology lab for the Southern Health Region, which se ... Read More

Scotiabank’s cocktails and conversations

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Dermatologist Dr Carol Burrell excitedly takes her turn at getting the feel of the Audi R8 Spyder.()

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Scotiabank took time out on March 16 to treat “premium banking” clients here to an intimate evening with members of the division. The occasion, called “Cocktails and Conversations”, was to reassure customers, many of whom have been longstanding businesspeople in Manchester, that their service is valued. Manager of Scotiabank Mandeville, Earl Blake, said that those customers have stayed with the bank in good and bad times. “In any ... Read More

Sutherland Global named Business of the Year

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Sutherland Global’s country director Odetta Rockhead-Kerr (second right), whose organisation won the Business of the Year award at the recent Manchester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards function at the Golf View Hotel, and members of her team. (Photos: Gregory Bennett)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - Still a relatively new business in the parish, business process outsourcing (BPO) company Sutherland Global Services took top spot at this month’s Manchester Chamber of Commerce (MCC) Business Awards function. The other nominees in the category were Shoppers Fair Supermarket (Progressive Foods) and H&L True Value/H&L Agro. Sutherland Global started operations on Ward Avenue in Mandeville in late 2015, and its service is one of the alternatives aimed at ... Read More

Police worried by upsurge in crashes on Santa Cruz/Lacovia main road

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Overtaking on newly resurfaced roadway between Santa Cruz and Lacovia

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — Local police are expressing extreme concern at an upsurge in fatal and other serious motor vehicle crashes on the main road from Santa Cruz to Lacovia since it was resurfaced a few months ago. Police say three people have died on the four-mile stretch since December and there have been several other major accidents causing injuries and property damage. The last fatality came on the night of April 14. Police say Richard Ellison of Leeds, three miles south of Sa ... Read More

Major road rehabilitation in south Clarendon

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Mayor of May Pen Winston Maragh (centre) discuss rehabilitation work on the main road from Lancelot Hall through Mitchell Town to Portland Crossing, with (from left) Stephen Shaw of the National Works Agency and Rudyard Spencer, Member of Parliament, Clarendon South Eastern. (Photo: Gregory Bennett)

May Pen, Clarendon — A total of $350 million is being spent on major road rehabilitation in southern Clarendon. The National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting that $200 million is being spent on the roadway from Lancelot Hall through Mitchell Town to Portland Cottage Crossing in South-east Clarendon. Another $150 million is going toward rehabilitation work on the Toll Gate to Rest main road in South-west Clarendon. The work includes bushing, drain repairs and construction, as well as and ... Read More

Photo: Glorious!

Monday, April 24, 2017    

Photo: Collin Reid

Student athletes from the south-central region were outstanding as Jamaica again outclassed the Caribbean region at track and field’s junior level, topping the Carifta Games medal table for the 33rd year in a row. Jamaica won 86 medals for the third-straight year, finishing with 39 gold, 28 silver and 19 bronze. Photo shows Vere Technical High’s Britany Anderson (left) who broke the Carifta Girls Under-18 100m hurdles record in 13.16 seconds, and her teammate Daszay Freeman of Manche ... Read More

Not satisfied!    

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, April 22, 2017    

Diedre Clarke, fiancée of the late Federhori Clarke, in mourning, yesterday. (Photos: Philp Lemonte)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Family members of 27-year-old Federhori McIntosh, who was killed in a bizarre accident at RIU Reggae in Ironshore, St James on Thursday, have expressed disappointment at the hotel’s handling of the tragedy. Two of McIntosh’s grieving brothers, Derron McIntosh and Marlon McIntosh, as well as the deceased’s fiancée, Diedre Clarke, told the Jamaica Observer last night that they are yet to be contacted by representatives of the hotel. & ... Read More

Teachers urged to remember principles of JTA

Friday, April 21, 2017    

President of the JTA, Howard Isaacs.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Howard Isaacs has urged members to constantly remind themselves of the principles under which the association was formed. Addressing the opening of the JTA’s annual three-day education conference at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa on Tuesday, Isaacs noted that the founders of the JTA in setting out clearly defined guidelines wanted members to adhere and be guided by a certain type of behaviour. ... Read More

Central Junior Schools Classic set for tomorrow

Friday, April 21, 2017    

From left: Founder and chairperson for the Central Junior Schools Classic organising committee Deon Hemmings-McCatty, committee member Twitty-Ann Sajabi, meet director Garth Burke and senior brand manager at Cari-Med Allison Dexter during the presentation of the sponsorship cheque at a press conference at Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville on Tuesday. (Photo: Gregory Bennett)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The sixth staging of the Central Junior Schools Classic Track and Field meet is set to take place at Kirkvine Sports Complex here tomorrow. Participating educational institutions are Vaz Preparatory, Ardenne Preparatory, Bethabara Primary, Black River Primary, Knox Junior School, Mandeville Primary, Mount Saint Joseph Preparatory, Our Lady of the Angels Preparatory, Rock Hall Primary, St Catherine Preparatory, Yabnel Care Centre, El Instituto de Mandevilla Prepara ... Read More

Ken Gordon ‘gets it write’ at CARIMAC lecture

Thursday, April 20, 2017    

From left: Director of The University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus Patrick Prendergast, Trinidadian media magnate Kenneth  ‘Ken’ Gordon and Professor Hopeton Dunn, director of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication  (CARIMAC) UWI, Mona, discuss media-related issues at UWI, Western Jamaica Campus’ annual public lecture last week. (Photo: Philp Lemonte)

Trinidadian media magnate Kenneth Gordon delivered a riveting and insightful lecture at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at The University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus’ annual public lecture last week. The event was held under the theme “Get It Together: The Role of Media In Caribbean Integration”. Gordon said, “The logic of working together must continue, as unlike 1961 when the federal experiment was politically driven, now ... Read More

Sandals Foundation helps nearsighted student ‘look ahead’

Thursday, April 20, 2017    

Jermanie  (left) shows off his reading skills under the tutelage of his teacher, Saleem Johnson.

NEGRIL, Westmoreland — According to child development experts, in the first gradechildren transform into true readers. They read a variety of texts for pleasure, write stories, notes and descriptions, and enjoy sharing their writing with others. Six-year-old Jermanie Brown, whose first grade at the Green Island Primary School is coming to an end, is yet to achieve many of these developmental wins. First grade for the youngster was rife with frustration and lack of interest; the shy and ... Read More



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