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

Wadadah fireworks

Thursday, April 13, 2017    

Faulkland FC’s Peter-Lee Vassell (right) tries to get the better of Beaches Negril’s Kenneth Smith in Tuesday’s Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley’s JB Rum third-round game at Jarrett Park. Vassell scored two goals to lead Faulkland FC to a 4-1 win and a place in the semi-finals. (Photo: Paul Reid)

Former champions Wadadah FC secured a berth in the semi-finals of the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley’s JB Rum Super League as the regular season ended with fireworks on Tuesday. Wadadah FC’s entry in the top four had earlier seemed unlikely as they had been in the lower half of the points standing for most of the first half of the season. However, they ended the regular season like a runaway train, scoring their seventh-consecutive victory, a 2-1 win over ... Read More

New season for Robin’s River greenhouse

Thursday, April 13, 2017    

Sandals South Coast General Manager Adrian Whitehead (left) presents a cheque to farmers at the Robin’s River greenhouse in Westmoreland on behalf of the Sandals Foundation, Sandals Foundation is assisting local female farmers at the greenhouse in growing hybrid green peppers and tomatoes to be supplied to hotels and groceries in the parish. The female entrepreneurs will also grow seedlings to sell to farmers in the area. Sharing in the moment are Sandals South Coast Environment, Health an ... Read More

Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College to house $62-m infant school and diagnostic centre

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer West writer GRANVILLE, St James | Thursday, April 13, 2017    

From left:  Micheal Matalon of Food For The Poor; Dr Simon Clarke, past principal of Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College (SSTC); Dr Asburn Pinnock, president of Mico University College; Latoya Harris, manager for public-private partnership at the National Education Trust; Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis; Dr Lorna Gow-Morrison, principal SSTC and Regional Director for the Ministry of Education Region 4 Dr Michele Pinnock participate in the recent groundbreaking exercise for the construction of the $62 million diagnostic centre and infant school on the SSTC  grounds.

Principal of the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College Dr Lorna Gow-Morrison says the $62- million diagnostic centre and infant school to be constructed at the college will make special education more accessible to western Jamaica residents. “The goals of this centre are to make special education and related services more accessible to persons in western Jamaica,” Dr Gow-Morrison declared. “The centre also seeks to heighten public awareness on disability issues. Through this c ... Read More

Gift boosts blood storage at Percy Junor Hospital

Monday, April 10, 2017    

Senior Medical Officer of the Percy Junor Hospital, Dr Carlos Wilson (second left) receives the cheque from President of the Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Hugh Meredith (right) watched by Minister of Finance and Public Service, Audley Shaw (left) and Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority, Wayne Chen.

SPALDING, Clarendon — The Percy Junor Hospital on the border of north-east Manchester and north-west Clarendon is now able to increase its intake of blood and blood donations, following the gift of $500,000 from the Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers. A news release from the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) said the money has gone towards the purchase of a Compact Blood Bank Refrigerator. The (SRHA), which manages the hospital, provided the additional cos ... Read More

Fine Art and Finance

Monday, April 10, 2017    

Participant Talijhe Bowen (left) strikes a pose with JMMB’s Client Relations Officer Saskia Williams

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Junction and Santa Cruz branches hosted an all-female audience at its “Fine Art & Finance” event held in late March at the Junction Guest House. Organisers say the event was designed to empower the participants by providing information on financial planning in a fun and engaging way. Michelle Sinclair-Doyley, manager of client financial education, told the gathering that women had a longer life expectancy t ... Read More


Monday, April 10, 2017    

STETHS captain Michael Frew led from the front with bat and ball. (Photo: Ainsley Clarke)

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — Led by an outstanding all-round performance from their captain Michael Frew, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) cruised to a seven-wicket victory over Manchester High and their 30th all-rural ISSA/Grace Headley Cup cricket title at the STETHS Sports Complex here on Saturday. Frew — a former Jamaica Under-19 captain and a member of the triumphant West Indies Under-19 team at last year’s ICC Under-19 World Cup — first made a patient unbe ... Read More

Manchester pharmacy launches mobile clinic

Monday, April 10, 2017    

Three Angels Mobile clinicPhoto: Three Angels Pharmacy

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Three Angels Pharmacy’s proprietor Rohan McNellie has a “privileged front row seat” when it comes to medical issues. He knows of many people walking around not knowing their health status and some who are reluctant to seek medical attention even if they are aware. “I have been to many funerals; I have been to many bedsides in the hospital. I have seen people lose limbs who never had to; I have seen people with stroke who never had to. The ... Read More

New garbage trucks for SPM

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter | Monday, April 10, 2017    

Garbage disposal is a major problem in Mandeville and other major towns in south-central Jamaica. (File photo)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Two new garbage trucks have this month been added to the fleet of Southern Parks and Markets (SPM), which is responsible for garbage collection in Manchester, St Elizabeth and Clarendon. Customer Relations Officer Stacey-Ann Anderson told the Jamaica Observer Central that the additions have now taken the SPM’s truck fleet to sixteen. SPM is one of the regional bodies of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). NSWMA executive director, Audl ... Read More

Courts Optical comes to Mandeville

Monday, April 10, 2017    

Member of Parliament for Manchester Central Peter Bunting (second left) participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Courts Optical store in Mandeville

Mandeville, Manchester — Courts Optical recently opened its first store in this south-central town catering for those in search of eyeglasses and accessories including prescription lenses and frames. Ann-Marie Williams, director of sales at Unicomer Jamaica — which owns and operates Courts — told a well-attended opening ceremony that the new store located at the Reliance Centre demonstrated her company’s continued willingness to “invest in the Jamaican economy&rdqu ... Read More

Inaugural Manchester Family Festival set for Easter Monday

Monday, April 10, 2017    

Community Tourism Consultant and guest speaker Diana McIntrye-Pike (centre) with Manchester Family Festival conceptualisers Cheryl Thompson (left) and Derrick Smith.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Manchester Family Festival, which is projected to be a “diverse culinary, cultural and musical experience”, will be held at the Kirkvine Sports Complex here on Easter Monday. The event is happening for the first time and was conceptualised by Cheryl Thompson and Derrick Smith, who both claim ties to the parish. Thompson said that a key goal of the festival is to create social change by helping to restore family values. “We started with a di ... Read More



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