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

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

Chang commits more water for Negril

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer West writer | Thursday, April 20, 2017    

Minister with responsibility for water, works and housing in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, addresses members of the Negril Chamber of Commerce at Couples Swept Away last Thursday. (Photo: Anthony Lewis)

NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Minister with responsibility for water, works and housing in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, says despite the government’s fiscal limitations, his administration is committed to address the chronic water shortage in the resort town of Negril. “The government has extremely limited space for borrowing … that is the challenge that we face, but I will have to find the money for Negril,” Dr Chang told members of ... Read More

JAS wants cess on imported beef

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, April 20, 2017    

President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society Norman Grant addressing the annual staging of the Montpelier Agricultural Show in St James on Monday. (Photo: Anthony Lewis)

MONTPELIER, St James - President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) Senator Norman Grant is calling on Government to impose a cess on the importation of beef, as part of efforts to resuscitate the cattle industry. "With the challenges we have with beef, we need to develop a local beef industry and as an advocate for 'eat what we grow and grow what we eat', I have no difficulty if we kick-start that industry by imposing a tax on the importation of fresh beef and use that to expand the liv ... Read More

Wadadah FC tackle Sandals South Coast in crucial Confed semis

Thursday, April 20, 2017    

Wadadah FC’s Kimani Russell (right) leads the charge in a recent Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley’s JB Rum Super League third-round game against Clark’s Town at Jarrett Park. Wadadah FC won the game 2-0. (Photo: Paul Reid)

FROME, Westmoreland - Former champions Wadadah FC will hope their late-season form will continue on the weekend when they take on title favourites Sandals South Coast in the second game of the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley’s JB Rum Super League semi-final double-header at Frome on Saturday. Last season Sandals South Coast beat Wadadah FC in their two-way semi-final play-off on their way to the final. The St James club are hoping to gain revenge this season. In ... Read More

Primary Prevention: A strategy for sustainable growth

By Veronica Waugh-Brown | Thursday, April 20, 2017    

Primary prevention is stopping an incident from occurring at the first or main level and involves applying interventions before there is any evidence of a possible event. It forms the cornerstone to a prosperous and productive nation, as the proactive interventions positively impact the social and economic well-being of a country. Sad to say, however, in planning, primary prevention has been constantly overlooked. The recent happenings at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay have br ... Read More

Help us!

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, April 20, 2017    

QUALLO … the 29th commissioner of police (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Business leaders across western Jamaica are expecting newly promoted Commissioner of Police George Quallo to hit the ground running in an effort to address the chronic crime problem in the region, even as they welcome his elevation to the post. Quallo, who began his job as the 29th Commissioner of Police on Tuesday, was last week approved by the Police Service Commission to replace Dr Carl Williams, who retired in January. Following Williams’ retirement, Deputy Commissioner of Police (D ... Read More

Golden Touch are Westmoreland FA Major League champs

Thursday, April 20, 2017    

Golden Touch were crowned the mid-season champions of the Westmoreland Football Association’s Charley’s JB Rum/Dujons Construction/Captains Bakery Major League after beating Forever Sports 2-0 in the finals played last week. O’Brian Gayle and Darren Woolistan scored once in either half for Golden Touch as they took the first trophy on offer for the season. Gayle scored in the 18th minute, while Woolistan added a second in the 87th minute to put the game out of reach of Forev ... Read More



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