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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 McInto ... Read More

President of the JTA, Howard Isaacs. Teachers urged to remember principles of JTA
MONTEGO BAY, St James — President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Howard Isaa ... Read More

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) Ken Gordon ‘gets it write’ at CARIMAC lecture
Trinidadian media magnate Kenneth Gordon delivered a riveting and insightful lecture at the Caribbea ... Read More

Jermanie  (left) shows off his reading skills under the tutelage of his teacher, Saleem Johnson. Sandals Foundation helps nearsighted student ‘look ahead’
NEGRIL, Westmoreland — According to child development experts, in the first gradechildren tran ... 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

I-Octane delivers at Pier Pressure

Thursday, April 20, 2017    

I-Octane performs in front of a large audience at Appleton Estate Pier Pressure

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Montego Bay’s premier Friday night event was relaunched last week Friday when Appleton Estate officially presented Pier Pressure at the resort city’s hot spot, Pier 1. Patrons were in for a double dose of fanfare as Appleton Estate Pier Pressure kicked off the carnival week of feting with the ‘Carnival Unmasked’ theme. Vibrant soca and dancehall fusion, along with Appleton Estate V/X Signature Blend specials, set the ambiance for what can a ... Read More

Tiana Wilson named girls’ basketball MVP

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, April 20, 2017    

Tiana Wilson of Mt Alvernia High (left) receives her MVP award from Deon Williams, coordinator of the ISSA Western Conference girls’ basketball competition, after last week’s final against Holland High. Wilson also won the award for most steals. (Photo: Paul Reid)

Mt Alvernia High’s Tiana Wilson was last week named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) after she led the Montego Bay school to their second Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association Western Conference girls’ basketball title in three years. Mt Alvernia upset the previously unbeaten Holland High 31-28 in the exciting final played at the Montego Bay Cricket Club recently. Wilson, who had a double-double with a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds, also won the award for most steals in th ... Read More

PHOTO: Moving away

Thursday, April 20, 2017    

Photo: Paul Reid

Montego Bay United’s (MBU) Owayne Gordon (left) tries to get away from two Jamalco FC players, Ajuran Brown (centre) and Tyrone Buddah, in Sunday’s Red Stripe Premier League third-round game at WesPow Park. Gordon scored the first goal as MBU won the game 4-0 and finished third in the table. (Photo: Paul Reid Read More

Gilpin on fire as Relevation FC clobber Mt Villa

Thursday, April 20, 2017    

Revelation FC’s Orlando Gilpin went on a goalscoring spree on Tuesday, scoring five times to lead his team to a 6-0 win over Mountain Villa FC in a clash between cellar dwellers in the St James Football Association Sandals International Senior League third-round game at Spot Valley High. After Oliver Marston gave the visitors the lead in the 33rd minute, Gilpin took over to produce one of the best displays of scoring in a single game in the local league. Gilpin got his first goal in the ... Read More



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