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67 St James residents receive land titles

MINISTER of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change Pearnel Charles Jr on Thursday handed out land titles to 67 residents from six communities across St James. Read More

Duanvale produces yet another centenarian
DUANVALE, Trelawny - When former People's National Party (PNP) councillor for the Sherwood Content Division David Hubert Brown, affectionately called Blue Boots, celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this month, he became the latest centenarian emerging from the...... Read More

Riu's Executive Chef O'Neil Vernon shares journey as hotel marks 20 years in Jamaica
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Hanover native O'Neil Vernon attributes the culinary skills he acquired in his mother's kitchen to his meteoric rise from an assistant cook at Riu Palace Tropical Bay in Negril — where he started 20 years ago when the Spanish hotel chain set up shop in...... Read More

Education ministry gets full support from western Jamaica educators
LUCEA, Hanover — Some school principals in western Jamaica have given the Ministry of Education's adjustment to face-to-face classes their full support.... Read More

Overwhelming endorsement for new Trelawny custos

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, February, 25 2021    

FALMOUTH, Trelawny - After being instrumental in staging one of the most successful Hague Agricultural shows last year, Member of Parliament for Trelawny Northern Tova Hamilton is disheartened that the novel coronavirus pandemic ruled out this year's staging of the annual show, which is... Read More

Distin ready for SEC

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, February, 25 2021    

The timing of the South Eastern Conference (SEC) indoor track and field championships could not have come at a better time for former Rusea's High School jumper Lamara Distin who now attends Texas A&M University on an athletics scholarship. Read More

Westmoreland native Da Goddess launches music career

Thursday, February, 25 2021    

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Up-and-coming artiste Da Goddess is actively working to cement her place in the music industry, despite the negative impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the entertainment industry. Read More

Pharmacist by day, candle maker by night

BY ROCHELLE CLAYTON Observer West writer | Thursday, February, 25 2021    

MONTEGO BAY, St James - What started out as a hobby to pass time has now illuminated into a burning passion for one Jamaican woman, who operates under the business name IllumiScents. Read More


BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, February, 25 2021    

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The Vanzie Lands housing scheme here is poised for major transformation as some $38 million has been earmarked for a massive road rehabilitation programme in the run-down community. Read More


BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, February, 25 2021    

Courtney Lawrence and Daniel Cope of Cloud County Community College and Tyrese Reid of Barton County College got their first taste of US collegiate success over the weekend after winning their respective events at the National Junior College Athletics Association... Read More

Welcome gift

Thursday, February, 25 2021    

The Cornwall College track and field team recently received a tent and equipment as they prepare for the expected restart of competition. The tent was donated by family members of the late Dr Sammy Williams, in memory of that outstanding Cornwallian, while members of the Toronto chapter... Read More

Cops identify COVID-19 quarantine point for prisoners in St James

Monday, February, 22 2021    

THE St James police have designated the Barnett Street Police Station as the quarantine point for individuals taken into custody in the parish. Read More

16 abandoned people holding up space for COVID patients at CRH

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, February, 19 2021    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Clinical coordinator at Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St James Dr Delroy Fray says 16 people abandoned by relatives are taking up space on the ward designated for the overflow of COVID-19 patients at the facility. Read More

Maxine Henry makes her mark in landscaping

Thursday, February, 18 2021    

NEGRIL, Westmoreland — It is a very humid day and there is no letting up of the sun in the beautiful resort town of Negril. A petite frame, clad in green shirt and pants, pauses to take a sip of refreshing water from her tumbler, wipes sweat from... Read More

'I just want to breathe'

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer | Thursday, February, 18 2021    

LUCEA, Hanover — A resident of Hopewell phase two housing scheme in Hanover who currently suffers from a chronic asthma condition, which he claims is as a result of the persistent bush fires in his community, has made an impassioned plea for the revision of the Country Fires... Read More


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