North & East

‘Mi go look fi girl and dem shoot mi’

Hansel Small at his usual selling spot in Ocho Rios..

Twenty years ago Hansel Small’s life changed forever. He was left disabled after being shot multiple times by men unknown to him in St Catherine. “Ride mi ride go look for a girl and them shoot me,” he told the Jamaica Observer North & East, as he reflected on the night of Ap ... Read More

The section of the house that was set ablaze by the gunman. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans) Belle Air residents mum on killing of pregnant woman
COMMUNITY members in Belle Air, St Ann, have shied away from commenting publicly on the recent killi ... Read More

Brown-Wes students and supporters jump for joy after winning one of several 4x100-m races.. Happy blues
THE rivalry between Danvers House and Brown-Wes House at Boston Primary and Infant School in Portlan ... Read More

The entrance to Brown’s Town Market in St Ann.. Open for business
FOOD vendors at Brown’s Town Market in St Ann are optimistic sales will pick up in the coming ... Read More

Yush at the falls

Monday, April 17, 2017    

Junior Titus and Marvalyn Bennett make it an all-white affair at Wray & Nephew Yush..

IT was the coming together of Generation X and millennials at Wray & Nephew Yush staged at Dunn’s River Falls and Park in Ocho Rios, St Ann, last Saturday. Here are some highlights from the best of the 90s event held over the Easter weekend. Read More

Over 200 employed at police job fair

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 17, 2017    

Long lines were a feature at the packed job fair..

OVER 200 people gained employment at a recent job fair put on by the St Ann police in Ocho Rios in the parish. The event, which also formed part of efforts to maintain community safety and security, was held under the theme ‘Reducing’. Over 3,000 people attended the event, organiser Constable Winston Burke told the Jamaica Observer North & East. Burke said that the turnout for the event exceeded his expectations and noted that people from other parishes, including Manchester, ... Read More

Living on the edge

Monday, April 03, 2017    

The steps leading to the houses have begun to break away. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans)

THERE is anxiety among residents living in Bryan’s Bay, Portland, following heavy rains late last month which triggered landslides, causing the earth beneath their houses to shift. Twelve people occupy six houses in the affected area. The residents, who spoke to the Jamaica Observer North & East last Wednesday, said the construction of the highway which links the resort towns of Ocho Rios and Port Antonio on the country’s northern coast, in addition to persistent rainfall and t ... Read More

Water to flow in Mount Pleasant

Monday, April 03, 2017    

THE National Water Commission (NWC) says residents of Mount Pleasant and adjoining communities in Portland Western are benefiting from extensive repairs and expansion being carried out at a cost of more than $12 million to the once-defunct water supply system. The NWC was responding to an article carried by the Jamaica Observer North & East on Monday, January 20 highlighting the plight of residents in the west Portland community who pleaded with their political representatives to address th ... Read More

Dunn’s River Falls expands with new central gardens

Monday, April 03, 2017    

An aerial shot of the recently opened Central Gardens at Dunn's River Falls and Park..

THE Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has invested $122.5 million to add another tier of excitement to Dunn’s River Falls and Park with a new Central Gardens. What was once a customer parking lot has been transformed into a cluster of three lush gardens with a waterslide and splash pad as its central features. Interspersed throughout the area are 12 wood-overlaid kiosks which add a rustic aura to the space and will serve as commercial outlets for Dunn’s River branded merchandise, ... Read More

‘Mi naah go thief or scam people’

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 03, 2017    

Goat farmer David Dixon is out feeding his animals. (Photos: Kenyon Hemans)

NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD David Dixon did not finish high school, but despite this, he has managed to find his niche in goat farming. Dixon, who is originally from Clarendon, now rears goats in Albany, St Mary. He explained that after dropping out of the Clarendon-based Claude McKay High School his “only means of survival” was to migrate to the parish, where his father did similar business, and try his luck. “Mi drop outta school early man but mi decide seh mi naah go thief or scam ... Read More

Work to begin soon on Dumbarton main road — NWA

Monday, April 03, 2017    

The section of the Dumbarton main road which collapsed in December. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

THE National Works Agency (NWA) says the Dumbarton main road in St Ann is among several roads to be rehabilitated as part of a $3.2-billion road works project to begin shortly. A large section of the main road, which connects Brown’s Town to Discovery Bay, was destroyed by floodwaters in December, disrupting the lives of residents and businesses in the community and surrounding areas. The road works project is slated to get underway in 11 parishes. The projects will be executed under the ... Read More



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