Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Vehicle scam http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Vehicle-scam_75288 JAMAICA Customs has warned the public to be on the alert for criminals who target mainly women with promises of good deals on motor vehicles, but who either trick them out of their money, or force them to accept vehicles that differ from what they ordered.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Nine times out of 10, ladies are targeted. You have persons who are not licensed as motor vehicle dealers who target professional women, or these ladies are referred to them. The individual engages with them, usually collects money and then is expected to remit the funds to the supplier. Oftentimes that money doesn&rsquo;t move. Then they ask for an update, and they say the car is on the way,&rdquo; head of Jamaica Customs, Major Richard Reese told yesterday&rsquo;s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange at the newspaper&rsquo;s head office in Kingston.<br /> <br /> He said that if the vehicle finally does arrive, it is usually not what the buyer ordered. &ldquo;They order a seven-seater SUV of a particular colour and it (what arrives) is white &mdash; the cheapest colour &mdash; with five seats,&rdquo; he noted.<br /> <br /> The Customs boss said the scammer usually asks for money to pay the importation duties. &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re paying duties then there is only one place that collects duties, and that is Customs, so you should either make out a manager&rsquo;s cheque to Customs, having been shown all of the various breakouts, or you go down to Customs and make the payment for yourself. The duties are usually more than the car, and that is what they (the scammers) move away with,&rdquo; he pointed out.<br /> <br /> According to Reese, the criminals often ask their unsuspecting victims to meet with them on the premises of the Jamaica Customs Agency to give greater legitimacy to the transaction and allay any doubts the purchaser may have. &ldquo;We have caught people using our CCTV,&rdquo; he remarked, further noting that sometimes scammers also go about fleecing their victims via telephone &lsquo;deals&rsquo;, using a similar modus operandi. <br /> <br /> Electronic scamming is yet another method being used to trap unsuspecting individuals, with the thieves going as far as to create a bogus e-mail account using the commissioner of Customs&rsquo; name. &ldquo;It has nothing to do with me,&rdquo; he stated.<br /> <br /> The Customs boss further explained that people are pressed to close the transaction swiftly, usually by a specified time, and given a bank account number to which deposits are to be made. He said the scammers draw their victims in with promise of a sale of newer model motor vehicles in &ldquo;showroom condition&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Reese said this particular scam tries to grab prospective buyers ahead of Customs&rsquo; own legitimate auctions. &ldquo;It rears its head usually a month or two before each Customs auction. Maybe they will miss two months and then return for the next auction,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> He advised that these offers have nothing to do with the department, as all auctions are publicised in the press and prospective buyers have to be registered in order to participate. <br /> <br /> In the meantime, he said the agency has intercepted a number of scamming machines that criminals attempt to import via couriers or post offices. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13314781/231036_58111_sld.jpg Local News Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:00 AM NSWMA partners with JSIF in waste separation project http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/NSWMA-partners-with-JSIF-in-waste-separation-project_75327 THE Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has provided more than 2,000 bins and two wood-chipping machines, valued at nearly $22 million, to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).<br /> <br /> These will be used to assist in improving garbage collection and disposal in 30 communities islandwide under a waste-separation and compost pilot project being jointly undertaken by the agencies with input from the firm, Recycling Partners of Jamaica. Funding has been provided by the World Bank<br /> <br /> The bins, which were acquired at a cost of $13 million, are colour-coded to facilitate the separation of plastic, organic and other material by householders<br /> <br /> A total of $8.9 million was spent to procure the wood chippers which will be used to assist in converting material, such as fallen tree limbs, into compost.<br /> <br /> The provisions have been facilitated under the JSIF-administered Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP) and will see the bins being distributed in Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, St Ann, St James, and Westmoreland.<br /> <br /> It is anticipated that approximately 140,000 people will directly benefit from the undertaking, which will be rolled out over the next four weeks.<br /> <br /> The presentations were made during a recent ceremony on the compound of the NSWMA&rsquo;s Transport Department on Hagley Park Road in Kingston.<br /> <br /> A memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining the responsibilities of JSIF and the NSWMA under the project was signed during the ceremony.<br /> <br /> Local Government and Community Development Minister Desmond McKenzie said the new initiative is part of the Government&rsquo;s continued efforts to ensure that proper waste-disposal practices are carried out in communities. <br /> <br /> The minister said the bins and wood chippers would greatly augment the environmental wardens programme, which was launched in February 2015. <br /> <br /> The programme trains key community members of participating ICDP communities in proper waste-disposal practices. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is a programme where, not only are facilities being provided to collect the garbage, there are environmental wardens who have been working. In some of the communities, you can see the difference where the wardens are working; you can see improvement in cleanliness and how garbage is being disposed of,&rdquo; McKenzie said.<br /> <br /> Managing director of the JSIF, Omar Sweeney, said the project is also part of the continued efforts by the Government to combat vector-borne diseases by ensuring there is proper disposal of waste, which is creating these breeding sites.<br /> <br /> The ICDP aims to enhance access to basic urban infrastructure and services and contribute towards increased safety in select, economically vulnerable inner city communities. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13314786/231019_58110_sld.jpg Local News Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:00 AM Checkmate for Harambe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Checkmate-for-Harambe_75285 Harambe, a song by African hip hop artiste Saba Saba and Jamaican deejay E-Dee, is featured on the soundtrack to the film, Queen of Katwe.<br /> <br /> The single is co-produced by Sean &lsquo;Due&rsquo; Lashley and American Jesse &lsquo;Belief&rsquo; Shatkin. Lashly&lsquo;s parents are Jamaican (he was born in New York and lived in Patrick City, Kingston, for several years). Shatkin is best known for producing Sia&rsquo;s monster hit Chandelier.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Harambe is featured on a &lsquo;riddim&rsquo; we did in 2009 called Weapon. Beenie Man&rsquo;s Woman was the only song on the project that we released on iTunes,&rdquo; Lashley told the Jamaica Observer. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited about this. This is more than I could have ever imagined. I have another song featured in a film from Lions Gate that&rsquo;s coming out soon.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Songs by Tifa, singer Jimmy Cozier and Vybz Kartel are also on the Weapon.<br /> <br /> Co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and ESPN Films, Queen of Katwe is directed by Mira Nair with the screenplay by William Wheeler. It stars David Oyelowo, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong&rsquo;o, and Madina Nalwanga.<br /> <br /> It is based on the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess prodigy who grew up in Katwe, one of that country&rsquo;s poorest areas. She began competing at nine years-old and has since excelled in numerous international tournaments.<br /> <br /> Queen of Katwe screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13314741/230931_58073_repro_sld3.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:00 AM Changing our littering culture http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Changing-our-littering-culture The unsavoury and hazardous problem of littering was highlighted recently in an incident on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston, where after a period of heavy rain, businesses on that stretch of road were flooded with water and surrounded by plastic bottles, Styrofoam boxes and other waste.<br /> <br /> Stephen Shaw, the communications manager at National Works Agency, indicated that the major factor resulting in the disastrous scenes was the improper disposal of garbage.<br /> <br /> The incident pushed one of our society's most crucial issues to the forefront of discussions as the Government has stated its intent to amend laws concerning littering.<br /> <br /> However, Government's proclamation is not enough. What's more, Government indicating it will get more serious with handling the improper disposal of garbage has been expressed before.<br /> <br /> For some time now the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica campaign has done an excellent job in striving to educate citizens about the impact of poorly handled waste on public health and the environment. But it is quite obvious that education alone is simply not enough.<br /> <br /> We no doubt know that the reckless discarding of non-biodegradable items, such as water bottles, tin cans, and metal products, may lead to major complications for our communities. We have seen the possible consequences. So, why does the problem persist. Too many of us are guilty.<br /> <br /> There is a culture of lazy acquiescence to littering.<br /> <br /> What is required is a change in the mentality of our people.<br /> <br /> Where do we start?<br /> <br /> Schools need to focus more on discipline and respect of one's surroundings. The behaviour modification must begin here.<br /> <br /> Schools socialize then filter citizens into the communities. If we bolster the teaching of cleanliness within our schools then we can help shape a generation of people who understand the importance of keeping our surroundings clean. It is through this type of remedial action the mindset of the nation will be improved.<br /> <br /> Some years ago, Campion College faced a problem with littering and embarked on a 'Tek Up Dat' campaign. The results were quite effective.<br /> <br /> teenAGE suggests that the Government attempts to replicate programmes of this sort, beginning from basic and primary/preparatory schools.<br /> <br /> Crucial to the success of this effort will be a focus on recycling and repurposing waste.<br /> <br /> Legislation must then follow to serve as a deterrent to what would be understood as antisocial behaviour.<br /> <br /> It will be difficult to regulate the current generation and change attitudes, but educating the citizenry on the consequences of their actions, supported by enforcement, is the first step towards a cleaner Jamaica. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13314653/Garbage-flood-sld.jpg Teenage Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:00 AM Excelsior repeat 4-0 beating of Tarrant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/Excelsior-repeat-4-0-beating-of-Tarrant-_75326 In what was basically a repeat performance of their first-leg contest, Excelsior High once again trounced Tarrant High 4-0 in Group A return-leg action of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup competition yesterday.<br /> <br /> Substitute Tyane Wilson led the way with a brace in the 65th and 70th minutes, with Voshawn Williams (23rd) and Alain Skerritt (88th) grabbing the others in the lopsided contest at Molynes Field.<br /> <br /> The win propelled Excelsior to the top of the five-team standing on 10 points, with a superior goal difference over Greater Portmore. The latter also moved to 10 points following a 2-1 deafeat of Tivoli Gardens High in the other group fixture in St Catherine.<br /> <br /> Group favourites St George&rsquo;s College have slipped to third on nine points and will not be in action until Saturday.<br /> <br /> It was one-way traffic from the first whistle at Molynes Field, with the Mountain View Avenue-based Excelsior settling very briskly to dictate the pace of the game. They went to the break 1-0 up after Williams&rsquo; intended cross from the left side of the park fortuitously bounced past everyone and into the back of the net.<br /> <br /> Excelsior produced a more commanding display on the resumption with Coach Shavar Thomas inserting three of his more seasoned players in the dreadlocked Thorne Buchanan, Wilson and Ryan Spence.<br /> <br /> The trio wasted little time in impacting the contest, as Wilson got on the scoresheet from close range five minutes past the hour mark, after connecting with a well-timed through pass from Spence.<br /> <br /> Wilson completed his brace and sent Excelsior 3-0 up, when he capitalised on a defensive error at the far post and literally walked the ball into the net past the hapless Demario Riley in goal for Tarrant. <br /> <br /> Skerritt then put the icing on the cake two minutes from time, when he picked up a loose ball on the left flank and drove home a well-struck left-footed shot.<br /> <br /> Coach Thomas was pleased with the performance after fielding a second-tier team comprising mostly fringe players.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We got three points today (yesterday) on a tough field; sometimes when the opponents are a little less than us it causes a lack of concentration. We got some chances that we should have put away, but nevertheless we got three points and four goals, so I am happy with that. We are just building as we go along and everybody will get a chance, that is how the game is,&rdquo; Thomas told journalists in a post-game interview.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are most definitely hoping to stay at the top because the vision is to be in the FLOW Super Cup and the Walker Cup and even to win the Manning Cup, but I tell my players, to win we have to simply go through St George&rsquo;s College and Jamaica College,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> His counterpart, Francois Fenton, took some positives from the contest.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have some serious injury issues and we had to reconstruct the side so inexperience has contributed to our losses all season. But there are a lot of positives to take from this game because a lot of the younger players gained some experience here to build on their confidence going forward,&rdquo; he noted.<br /> <br /> Yesterday&rsquo;s results<br /> <br /> Group A<br /> <br /> Tarrant 0, Excelsior 4<br /> <br /> Greater Portmore 2, Tivoli Gardens 1<br /> <br /> Group B<br /> <br /> Eltham 0, STATHS 1<br /> <br /> Group E<br /> <br /> Holy Trinity 3, Waterford 1<br /> <br /> Charlie Smith 5, Mona 0<br /> <br /> Today&rsquo;s schedule<br /> <br /> Group C<br /> <br /> Norman Manley vs Denham Town @ Maxfield Park<br /> <br /> Papine vs Ascot @ Papine<br /> <br /> Kingston College vs St Mary&rsquo;s College @ National Stadium<br /> <br /> Group D<br /> <br /> Ardenne vs Jonathan Grant @ Ardenne<br /> <br /> Pembroke Hall vs Haile Selassie @ Pembroke Hall<br /> <br /> Meadowbrook vs St Catherine @ Michigan Avenue<br /> <br /> Group F<br /> <br /> Kingston Technical vs Dunoon Technical @ Kingston Technical<br /> <br /> Camperdown vs Jose Marti @ Alpha Institute<br /> <br /> Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; vs Edith Dalton James @ Heroe&rsquo;s Circle<br /> <br /> Group G<br /> <br /> St Jago vs Campion College @ Prison Oval<br /> <br /> Bridgeport vs Calabar @ Dunbeholden<br /> <br /> Cumberland vs Hydel @ Cumberland<br /> <br /> *All games are scheduled for 3:30 pm kick-off<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13314824/230983_58112_repro_sld5.jpg Local Sports Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;A Maneater&rsquo; on the loose http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/-A-Maneater--on-the-loose_75248 It was anticipated, and she delivered.<br /> <br /> She&rsquo;s A Maneater demonstrated on Saturday last that she does possess more than average ability, after signifying same on the exercise track.<br /> <br /> Running in the $1-million Front Runner Sprint feature, She&rsquo;s A Maneater, a bay filly by Natural Selection &ndash; Ahwhofah, trained by Wayne DaCosta and ridden by Omar Walker, broke smartly into the lead but was quickly challenged by Silver Rocket, with Wesley Henry in the saddle, after the first half a furlong of the five-and-a-half-furlong (1,000 metres) event.<br /> <br /> When Walker asked She&rsquo;s A Maneater to up the tempo swinging into the half-mile turn, she moved away from<br /> <br /> Silver Rocket, who was under some strong handling at the time.<br /> <br /> As the roar from the crowd started to get louder and louder, She&rsquo;s A Maneater opened up the gap on the field turning for home and romped home by 13 &Acirc;&frac12; lengths, easing down in the final furlong of the race.<br /> <br /> Chrisanli was second and Terri&rsquo;s Princess third.<br /> <br /> If the 13 &Acirc;&frac12;-length margin of victory wasn&rsquo;t convincing enough, then the final time of 1:05.3 minutes was a clear indication of her potential.<br /> <br /> She&rsquo;s A Maneater received only two cracks of the whip from Walker in her victory run. She received one crack on her right hip shortly after turning for home to give her a gentle reminder that she was still in a race, and the other was a tap on her right shoulder in the last 25 yards to say &lsquo;well done&rsquo; from her rider.<br /> <br /> After the race DaCosta said: &ldquo;It was an exceptional performance by She&rsquo;s A Maneater. She has done what she was doing at exercise in the mornings. She was burning up the track and so we expected her to do the same at the races. However, you can never tell what can happen with two-year-olds running for the first time. Something can easily spook them at the starting gates or something can spook them during the race. Anything can happen, and so we were just keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that everything went ok. I think she is one of the best two-year-olds so far this season, if not the best, so the sky is the limit for her right now.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13314481/230849_58030_repro_sld4.jpg Local Sports Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:00 AM