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 Take advantage of Winchester Housing Development, Dr Chang urges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Take-advantage-of-Winchester-Housing-Development--Dr-Chang-urges_75552 BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer West writer WINCHESTER, Hanover &mdash; Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, has called on National Housing Trust (NHT) contributors in western Jamaica to take advantage of the new Winchester Housing Development in Hanover. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is no other scheme in the island at this price, and this location out here in the west of course is the only one &hellip; and the Housing Trust loans have just started at zero per cent. So, this coming together at this point is really like you would call it, the tipping point for you, and I urge all of you to take advantage of it,&rdquo; Dr Chang urged. <br /> <br /> He was addressing a ground-breaking ceremony and the showcasing of two model units last Friday at the Winchester Housing Development, where some 1,003 housing units, starting at a price of approximately $4.7 million are to be constructed by Selective Homes in the rural community located between Green Island and March Town in Hanover. <br /> <br /> Dr Chang noted that with hotel developments taking place in the resort town of Negril, people are coming from all over the island seeking employment, as he urged people already living in the area to purchase houses. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t mind them coming to live down here. But, you who have lived here for many years, some of you used to live on the property and some just continued on the property that the sugar plantation owners owned. You live very humble. Now take advantage of this and buy your little piece of the rock. The price is right, the interest rate is good and the Housing Trust still has money and will have more money,&rdquo; Dr Chang argued. <br /> <br /> Councillor for the Green Island Division, Shernet Haughton in whose division the development falls, expressed similar sentiments. <br /> <br /> She noted that there are a number of civil servants, hotel employees, farmers and returning citizens living in and around the Green Island area without their own home. She said those in need vary from ages 20 to 60, pointing out that there are a number of low-income individuals in the area that could benefit from the project, either through the possibility of owning a home or gaining employment on the site. <br /> <br /> Managing Director of Selective Homes, Robert Cartade, said the one-bedroom houses would be constructed in three phases over a three-year period on the approximately 144-acre estate. <br /> <br /> He noted that each unit would be constructed with steel-reinforced concrete walls and a concrete slab roof. It will feature sliding PVC windows with insect screens and will have an open floor plan with areas for a bedroom, bathroom, small living room and kitchen. The kitchen will feature a small floor cabinet with stainless steel sink and faucet, while the bathroom will feature a pedestal basin, shower with sliding tempered glass shower doors and full shower trim. The housing units will also have plumbing for both hot and cold water, and will be piped to facilitate the installation of a solar water heater on the roof. <br /> <br /> The minimum size of each lot will be 3,200 square feet to allow for the further expansion of the unit by the prospective purchaser in keeping with pre-approved designs. <br /> <br /> Cartade said this approach, &ldquo;seeks to prevent the haphazard extension of the units, in order to maintain the external aesthetics of the community&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> Winchester is the eighth such development by Selective Homes. <br /> <br /> In Hanover, the Orange Bay Country Club consisting of over 150 houses was constructed over 20 years ago, while phase one and phase two of the Little Bay Country Club in Negril consisting of some 171 units have already been completed with the third phase set to commence shortly. <br /> <br /> Other properties developed by the company include Mango Walk in St James, consisting of some 258 town houses, which was completed in 2008. In St Mary there is the St Mary Country Club, which consists of 300 detached houses and the Sea Palms consisting of 44 apartments. There are also other developments in the Corporate Area. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319806/231401_58503_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319803/231416_58504_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319810/231400_58502_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM St James split http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/St-James-split_75564 BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Minority Leader in the St James Parish Council, Senator Charles Sinclair, has welcomed the announcement by Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams that St James will be divided into two police divisions as part of efforts to curtail criminal activities in the parish that has accounted for over 200 murders since the start of the year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think we are on the same page in that regard. And I wish it will be subsequently implemented as it will bring about better management of the parish, and it will lead to a reduction of criminal activities,&rdquo; Senator Sinclair said yesterday.<br /> <br /> Senator Sinclair, a former mayor of Montego Bay, has long argued that dividing the parish into at least two divisions, and allowing them to have adequate human and physical resources, could go a far way in stemming the blood letting in the western parish. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think it [St James] has grown beyond being considered as one division. The complexity of the parish has changed dramatically and so it needs greater supervision to have greater control and management. I think it needs to be divided into more than one division,&rdquo; Sinclair argued.<br /> <br /> In a tactical move to tame the vicious crime monster in St James, Dr Williams said in Kingston on Tuesday that the parish is to be split into two police divisions by the end of the year.<br /> <br /> And during a press conference on Sunday at the Office of the Prime Minister in Montego Bay, which was called in the wake of the wave of violent crimes in St James, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, argued that, with such a huge population, coupled with massive tourism arrivals, the strategy going forward would be to provide better police supervision of the parish. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;There may have to be some changes in the way in which the St James parish, this region, is administered by the police &hellip; to put more strategic leadership in this region, in this parish, to ensure that the policing is consummate to the size of the city and the level of business that takes place and the tourism industry which is so important,&rdquo; said the prime minister.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;With a huge population, and if you consider as well the number of tourists that visit, then the population is significant. So the level of police resources, compared to the population, certainly from what we have seen from all analysis, is inadequate.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> And when pressed if the parish would be divided into more than the existing division that presently exists, Dr Williams, who was also present at the press conference, noted that it was on the cards.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Certainly. In fact, we have already started discussions along this line,&rdquo; was his response.<br /> <br /> More than one dozen people were murdered in St James last week, which was said to be one of the bloodiest weeks in the history of the western parish.<br /> <br /> The recent flare-up of violence prompted a visit to sections of the parish by the prime minister, who was accompanied by Minister of Security Robert Montague, Dr Williams, chief of defence staff of the Jamaica Defence Force Major General Antony Anderson, St James Members of Parliament Marlene Malahoo Forte, Heroy Clarke and Dr Horace Chang, along with several other key stakeholders.<br /> <br /> During the press conference, the prime minister also expressed confidence that there will be a reduction in violent crimes in the parish soon.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I met with the leadership of our national security apparatus here [St James] and I am confident, I am satisfied, that they are motivated, that they are committed, that they are going to do everything within their power of law to bring the situation to heel. And I am expecting that there will be results soon,&rdquo; he emphasised. <br /> <br /> But since then, there have been at least three more homicides in the parish, pushing the murder toll past the 200 mark for this year.<br /> <br /> Yesterday, Dr Williams and a number of senior lawmen again visited sections of the crime-plagued parish. The commissioner, who has toured the parish on at least two other occasions since the start of the month, was later expected to update the nation on the worrying crime problem in St James. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319950/231425_58508_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319952/231426_58509_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319949/231427_58510_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM MBU/Arnett clash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MBU-Arnett-clash_75511 BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer CATHERINE HALL, St James &mdash;Defending champions Montego Bay United (MBU) and Arnett Gardens, the team they replaced at the top of the Red Stripe Premier League last season, will clash for the first time this season in a first round game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, starting at 6:00pm on Sunday.<br /> <br /> It will be the first time the teams, separated by two points early in the season, will be meeting since their hot-tempered return leg semi-final in Kingston last season.<br /> <br /> Montego Bay United held on for a 2-2 draw to win on 4-3 on aggregate, but Arnett Gardens were fined and had their venue suspended for the first two home games this season, for a number of incidents.<br /> <br /> On Sunday, Montego Bay United will go into the game with a momentum after winning their last three games, including a 2-0 win over FC Reno at Frome on Sunday, and are tied for the lead on nine points with promoted Jamalco FC.<br /> <br /> Despite not fielding the same starting eleven in their four games played so far, the champions are rounding into form and will be seeking their first win over Arnett Gardens in the regular season since the first round in the 2014-15 season, almost two years.<br /> <br /> The last time Montego Bay United beat Arnett Gardens in the regular season was a big 5-0 spanking in November 2014.<br /> <br /> Arnett, who are coming off a scrappy 1-0 win over Harbour View at home on Sunday, beat Montego Bay United by 2-1 margins twice last season, after coming from behind to draw the first meeting in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> The Kingston team have only scored three goals in their four games played so far, and face a Montego Bay United defence that has only given up one goal in three games since their opening loss to Maverly-Hughenden.<br /> <br /> At the attacking end, the tandem of Allan Ottey and Dino Williams have started to click, and has accounted for four of the team&rsquo;s six goals scored so far and three of the last four. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319813/231353_58447_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319812/231357_58448_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Half Moon hands over classrooms, equipment to Barrett Town All-Age http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Half-Moon-hands-over-classrooms--equipment-to-Barrett-Town-All-Age_75555 BARRETT TOWN, St James &mdash; It was a morning filled with laughter and cheers when the Half Moon team visited the Barrett Town All-Age School in St James last Thursday to hand over computers and the two classrooms, which had been refurbished during the summer. <br /> <br /> The project, executed by the resort, at a cost of roughly $1.6 million, included the donation of four computers and a multi-purpose printer for the school&rsquo;s library; a facelift for the grade two classroom, as well as new furniture and an extension on the grade one classroom. <br /> <br /> During the handing over ceremony, the school&rsquo;s acting principal Jennifer Miller smiled along with the grade one students, who were all seated in the extra space the extension provided, having just been treated to a story and performance of Little Red Riding Hood. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Who knew the Half Moon team members were such good teachers?&rdquo; Miller asked, as the students applauded. <br /> <br /> Narrated by European Wholesale Manager Conroy Thompson, the Little Red Riding Hood performance was an interactive session that allowed the children to be entertained by Half Moon team members Joan Coore, interior designer, who played the role of Grandma; Sherine Blake, executive housekeeper, as the Big Bad Wolf; and Dionne Wolfe, supervisor in the maintenance department, as Little Red Riding Hood. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Each experience we have with the Barrett Town school is truly wonderful,&rdquo; said Shernette Crichton, director of resort operations. &ldquo;We care about the school and we are dedicated to playing our part in equipping the teachers and students with tools that will support their teaching and learning.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Earlier this year, Half Moon completed the construction of a lunch area for the kindergarten students, and a renovation that saw to a computer room being turned into the school&rsquo;s library. The library was then outfitted with 200 books donated by 12-year-old Steuart Richardson, a resident of the USA. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319808/231409_58494_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319805/231410_58495_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319804/231414_58496_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Jamaica Bridal Expo gets thumbs up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Jamaica-Bridal-Expo-gets-thumbs-up_75541 BY ACEION CUNNINGHAM Observer West writer ROSE HALL, St James &mdash; Organisers, exhibitors and patrons have given the fifth staging of the Jamaica Bridal Expo held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James from September 23 to 25, the thumbs up. <br /> <br /> The three-day event opened on Friday with a wedding conference, featuring a panel of highly respected industry experts speaking on wedding planning, destination weddings and securing and expanding the business of weddings. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We were very excited to be a part of the expo this year. We took the opportunity to showcase our Indian wedding theme, as that segment within the destinations wedding market is growing. Overall, the experience has been great. People were able to see themes from exhibitors and they got a chance to see the emerging trends and how they incorporate textures and moods in their offerings,&rdquo; Lorraine Yapp, the wedding coordinator at the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa in Hanover told the Jamaica Observer West. <br /> <br /> Director of weddings and romance at Sandals Resorts International, Marsha-Ann Brown, also gave positive feedback regarding the expo. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have found it extremely beneficial, not just to me, but I have gotten the same feedback from others, the entire line- up of speakers was fantastic. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, the interaction and integration between suppliers, vendors and guests was awesome,&rdquo; Brown explained. <br /> <br /> Speakers on the first day of the expo included Angela Profit, event and productivity consultant; Jacqueline Vazquez, international master wedding planner; Kylie Carlson, CEO, The Wedding & Event Institute; Tom Curtin, special travel advisor to Bridal Guide Magazine, and Brown. <br /> <br /> The expo segment was opened the following day and saw over 80 exhibitors showcasing products and services for all needs related to weddings. Exhibitors included Sandals Resorts International, Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa, Jewel Resorts, Tai Flora, Exclusiv, Vantage One Event Rentals, Bliss Bridal Boutique and Earl&rsquo;s Fashion and Tailoring. <br /> <br /> Patron Kerry-Ann Thompson expressed delight with the offerings of the expo and the opportunity it provides for persons planning to get married. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is excellent for brides-to-be, everthing is in one place, and it helps you to find the service providers in every aspect. It&rsquo;s just good and I&rsquo;m happy to be here,&rdquo; said Thompson. <br /> <br /> Jamaica Bridal Expo event director Peter Shoucair spoke of the volume of business that destination weddings bring to the Caribbean and the importance of the event. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Destination weddings now account for $4 billion of the wedding market in the Caribbean. The event is a big plus for Jamaica as we seek to fill the rooms and take advantage of that market. We promote extensively overseas and we also take Jamaican exhibitors with us to North America to promote brand Jamaica,&rdquo; Shoucair explained. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319773/231392_58483_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319775/231393_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319770/231397_58485_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319774/231390_58482_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM ATL Autobahn West to showcase 2017 BMW and MINI in MoBay Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/ATL-Autobahn-West-to-showcase-2017-BMW-and-MINI-in-MoBay-Saturday_75546 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; BMW and MINI enthusiasts will get a chance to see some of the luxury brands of vehicles in the 2017 model-year during the ATL Autobahn West&rsquo;s 2017 Model Showcase to be held at the Bogue Showroom in Montego Bay on Saturday, October 1. <br /> <br /> The event follows the success of ATL Autobahn&rsquo;s first-ever BMW and MINI 2017 model-year VIP viewing at the company&rsquo;s Orchard Road Showroom in St Andrew in August. <br /> <br /> ATL Autobahn West&rsquo;s Head of Business, Petrena Purser, says the all-day showcase is a means to offer a personalised one-on-one customer experience ahead of the Showroom&rsquo;s opening in November. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;At ATL Autobahn West, we&rsquo;re proud to be the first to cater to our BMW and MINI customers on the north coast. This model gallery display will allow us to connect to our customers, tease them with these sleek new models, and of course hear their needs ahead of the first BMW and MINI Showroom and comprehensive Service Bay opening in our second city [Montego Bay]. We&rsquo;re excited to meet them and urge them to come out and meet us,&rdquo; said Purser. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/7872398/bmw_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM St James CA/TEF T20 champs to be known Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/St-James-CA-TEF-T20-champs-to-be-known-Sunday_75513 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; The champions of the St James Cricket Association's Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) T20 cricket competition will be decided on Sunday at Barnett Oval following Saturday's semi-finals at the same venue.<br /> <br /> After last weekend's quarterfinals, Farms Heights and Rose Heights will meet in the first semi-final game on Saturday, starting at 10:00am, followed by Elgin Town against Gutters, set to start at 2:00pm.<br /> <br /> The winners will then meet on Sunday in a 40 overs game to decide the champions.<br /> <br /> Last Saturday, Gutters beat Police by three wickets and Elgin Town got by Full 100 on faster run rate in a rain-shortened game; while on Sunday Rose Heights beat Green Pond by seven wickets, while Farm Heights beat Orange by 38 runs.<br /> <br /> In a match reduced to 18 overs, Police were sent to bat first on Saturday and were all out for 83 in 15.5 overs with Clive Hunt top scoring with 16 runs against Sandre Wilson's three wickets for 16 runs and Tremaine Robinson who took two wickets for 22 runs.<br /> <br /> In response Gutters made 84 for seven as Jose Glovers led the run chase with 46 runs. Rajaun Ford took three wickets for 17 runs and Gregory Ferguson took two wickets for five runs.<br /> <br /> After winning the toss and batting first, Full 100 made 133 for nine in their game against Elgin Town who were on 84 for two from 10.3 overs when the game was called off due to rain<br /> <br /> Rose Heights bowled out Green Pond for 69 in 14 overs as Randy Brown took seven wickets for seven runs, then easily got to 70 for three with Everett Taylor making an undefeated 28 runs.<br /> <br /> Farm Heights won the toss in their game and elected to bat, making 125 all out then bowled out Orange for 87 runs.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10677419/cricket-ball_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Digicel Foundation donates special facility centre to MoBay Learning Centre http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Digicel-Foundation-donates-special-facility-centre-to-MoBay-Learning-Centre_75530 BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Digicel Foundation is on the cusp of fulfilling its commitment to build 10 special needs schools in Jamaica over a three-year period, following their recent accomplishment of retrofitting the ninth such facility in Catherine Hall, St James. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Special needs is very big for us and that is one of our sectors that we are focusing on. Particularly, one of the objectives we have is over a three- year period, 2013 to 2016, we wanted to build 10 centres of excellence around education,&rdquo; remarked Samantha Chantrelle, CEO of the Digicel Foundation at the handover of the Digicel Foundation&rsquo;s Special Needs Centre at the Montego Bay Learning Centre in St James last week. <br /> <br /> She added: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not just about building the school and retrofitting the school which we did here, it&rsquo;s also about training the teachers.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> She revealed that work on the 10th institution would get underway shortly in the parish of St Thomas. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Roy Reid, principal of the institution, located in Catherine Hall, St James, expressed gratitude to Digicel Foundation, The United Nations Children&rsquo;s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners involved in the project to improve the facility which accommodates 89 special needs students. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Digicel has expanded the space and the aesthetics have been improved vastly. The grounds itself... the safety, we now have a perimeter fence, we also have fire safety equipment in place and that&rsquo;s very good,&rdquo; an elated Reid stated. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The teachers are very happy, the students are very happy for the intervention itself that has brought a lot more to this place.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, UNICEF representative in Jamaica, Mark Connelly, was also impressed with the project, spearheaded by the Digicel Foundation. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is just one of those things that we are just happy to be a partner. We are trying to learn from the Digicel experience here in Montego Bay, so that more of these centres and schools can open islandwide. <br /> <br /> We are looking to other sections of the country where the gaps like this exist,&rdquo; Connelly remarked. <br /> <br /> Special Olympics athlete Lucy Meyer, who is Special Olympics World Games Global Messenger, and who in 2013 was named Spokesperson for Children with Disabilities by the US Fund for UNICEF, was also in attendance at last week&rsquo;s handover ceremony. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Oh, I am so happy to be here and meet all the children,&rdquo; the elated Special Olympics swimmer expressed. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319723/231377_58456_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM MBU donate wheelchairs to Barracks Road Primary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MBU-donate-wheelchairs-to-Barracks-Road-Primary_75517 BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United recently made a timely gift of two wheelchairs to the Barracks Road Primary School in St James.<br /> <br /> The chairs were put into use almost immediately as just before they were officially handed over by MBU&rsquo;s president Orville Powell to the school&rsquo;s principal Alanzo Jones, during devotion, one of them was used to transport a female student who had fainted.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is a necessary tool as too often we have incidents where we have had to lift teachers and students to get them from one place to the other,&rdquo; an elated Jones told the Jamaica Observer West, shortly after receiving the gift.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Numerous organisations had promised in the past, but Montego Bay United is the first one to deliver on their promise, and we are grateful,&rdquo; added the school principal.<br /> <br /> The presentation of the chairs is the first step in what could be a long-term relationship with the educational facility and MBU, as Powell has promised to refurbish the school&rsquo;s badly run-down playfield. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319586/231364_58443_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM CUMI Come Run a success &mdash; Taylor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/CUMI-Come-Run-a-success---Taylor_75515 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; CHAIRMAN of the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI) Fund-raising group, Junior Taylor has described last Saturday&rsquo;s staging of the 8th annual CUMI Come Run as a tremendous success. <br /> <br /> Taylor told the Jamaica Observer West yesterday that the committee expects to raise roughly $4 million from the staging of the event, which had almost 700 participants. <br /> <br /> The event, which is CUMI&rsquo;s major annual fundraiser, was held at the Tryall Club in Sandy Bay. <br /> <br /> Last year, the run raised just under $4 million for CUMI to bolster the CUMI Trust Fund and support the rehabilitation of the mentally ill in St James and its environs. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Pacers&rsquo; Running Club&rsquo;s Karlene Blagrove secured her 10K championship title for the third consecutive year at the event. <br /> <br /> Blagrove completed the run in 49:09 minutes ahead of Danielle Terrier who clocked 49:31. <br /> <br /> The Spanish Town resident said that this was her hardest race yet, as she had to fight to retain her title. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am happy I was able to retain my 10K title. Elisabeth [third place finisher] did a good run all the way into the last stretch, but I was able to push through to win,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> Champion&rsquo;s Image&rsquo;s Ronique Williams who is known for dominating most of the 10K road races held in Montego Bay, finally made it into the CUMI Come Run 10K winners circle, with his first championship title, which he secured in 37:09 minutes. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was an awesome run and I had fun. This is my town so I had to come for the title this year. My rival who won last year wasn&rsquo;t here, so it was much easier to achieve. I came second last year on my first go and I&rsquo;ll definitely be defending my title next year,&rdquo; said Williams. <br /> <br /> Rainforest Seafoods dominated the 5K race in both male and female classes with their runners Troy Pennington and Jozanne Harris who secured their first championship each in 18:12 minutes and 23:50 minutes respectively. <br /> <br /> The first-time entrants both said that it was a challenging run but were happy they did it as it was in support of a great cause. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319588/231361_58444_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319585/231362_58445_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Hip strip - September 29 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hip-strip---September-29_75474 A LIGHT MOMENT<br /> <br /> Software director, Latin America & Caribbean, Aruba Networks, Andres Santamaria (left), and ATL Retail and Jamaica Observer managing director, Danville Walker, share a light moment at the ATL/Aruba Networks cocktails at Holiday Inn in Montego Bay on Tuesday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320658/231269_58369_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320662/231274_58370_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320661/231276_58371_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320660/231277_58373_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320659/231278_58374_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320664/231281_58376_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320665/231295_58381_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320663/231305_58382_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320657/231307_58383_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320667/231267_58368_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320668/231280_58375_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320669/231282_58377_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320670/231289_58378_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320671/231293_58380_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320672/231290_58379_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Western Sport Diary - September 29, 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Sport-Diary---September-29--2016_75512 TODAY<br /> <br /> ISSA Rural Area Netball<br /> <br /> Zone A<br /> <br /> Rhodes Hall vs Anchovy &ndash; 2:00 pm<br /> <br /> Cambridge vs Mt Alvernia &mdash; 2:00 pm<br /> <br /> Zone C<br /> <br /> Frome Tech vs Grange Hill &mdash; 2:00 pm<br /> <br /> ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup<br /> <br /> Zone A<br /> <br /> Maldon vs Green Pond &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Anchovy vs St. James &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Irwin vs Cornwall College &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Zone B<br /> <br /> Green Island vs Rusea&rsquo;s &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> FRIDAY<br /> <br /> ISSA Rural Area Netball<br /> <br /> Zone B<br /> <br /> William Knibb vs Herbert Morrison &mdash; 2:00 pm<br /> <br /> Spot Valley vs St James&mdash; 2:00 pm<br /> <br /> SATURDAY<br /> <br /> St James CA/TEF T20 semi-finals<br /> <br /> Farm Heights vs Rose Heights &mdash; Barnett Oval &mdash; 10:00 am<br /> <br /> Elgin Town vs Gutters &mdash; Barnett Oval 2:00 pm<br /> <br /> ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup<br /> <br /> Zone A<br /> <br /> Anchovy vs Green Pond &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Irwin vs Maldon &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Cornwall vs St James &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Zone B<br /> <br /> Frome vs Green Island &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Zone C<br /> <br /> Holland vs William Knibb&mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Cedric Titus vs Spot Valley &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Muschette vs Herbert Morrison &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Zone D<br /> <br /> Maud McLeod vs Grange Hill &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Petersfield vs Manning&rsquo;s &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Godfrey Stewart vs Little London &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> SUNDAY<br /> <br /> St James CA/TEF T20 finals &mdash; Barnett Oval 10:00 am<br /> <br /> RSPL<br /> <br /> MoBay United vs Arnett Gnds &mdash; MoBay Sports Complex &mdash; 6:00 pm<br /> <br /> MONDAY<br /> <br /> ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup <br /> <br /> Zone D<br /> <br /> Maude McLeod vs Petersfield &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> TUESDAY<br /> <br /> ISSA Rural Area Netball<br /> <br /> Zone B<br /> <br /> St James vs William Knibb &mdash; 2:00 pm<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison vs Montego Bay &mdash; 2:00 pm<br /> <br /> WEDNESDAY<br /> <br /> ISSA Rural Area Netball<br /> <br /> Zone A<br /> <br /> Hopewell vs Cambridge &mdash; 2:00 pm<br /> <br /> Anchovy vs Irwin &mdash; 2:00 pm<br /> <br /> Zone C<br /> <br /> Green Island vs Petersfield &mdash; 2:00 pm<br /> <br /> ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup<br /> <br /> Zone A<br /> <br /> St James vs Irwin &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Maldo vs Anchovy &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Green Pond vs Cornwall College &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Zone B<br /> <br /> Knockalva vs Rusea&rsquo;s &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Zone C<br /> <br /> Spot Valley vs Muschett &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> William Knibb vs Cedric Titus &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison vs Holland &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Zone D<br /> <br /> Manning&rsquo;s vs Godfrey Stewart &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Grange Hill vs Petersfield &mdash; 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Little London vs Maud McLeod &mdash; 3:30 pm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10636791/sdiary_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Beenie Man to headline Trelawny Food Fest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Beenie-Man-to-headline-Trelawny-Food-Fest_75503 BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter ROCK, Trelawny &mdash;The iconic dancehall artiste Beenie Man will headline the live performance segment of the fourth annual staging of Trelawny Food and Music Festival set for the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium at Florence Hall in the parish, on Heroes&rsquo; Day, Monday, October 17.<br /> <br /> Gospel artistes Prodigal and New Destiny are also booked to perform. <br /> <br /> The line-up also includes: Abby Dallas, Wowchi, Mycowave, Nicholas Voice and Mellisa King. <br /> <br /> Comedians, Ity and Fancy Cat, are expected to keep the patrons in stitches throughout the day. <br /> <br /> Organisers of the event have also promised diverse offerings of culinary fare, including Jamaican, Chinese and Indian. <br /> <br /> A kiddies&rsquo; village will also be in full operation on the day. <br /> <br /> Delivering the overview at last week&rsquo;s launch of the event at Fisherman&rsquo;s Inn, Desiree Vernon, a member of the organising committee, disclosed that part proceeds of the festival will go towards the school safety and security programme in Trelawny. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Part proceeds from the event will offset the cost of the Neighbourhood Watch Clubs/Schools Safety and Security Club, which is now in full effect in the piloting schools,&rdquo; said Vernon.<br /> <br /> And head of the Trelawny Police Division, Senior Superintendent of Police Clive Blair in giving the welcome said the police fully endorse the event. <br /> <br /> The festival is the brainchild of businessman Gregory King. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319613/231351_58442_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319614/231345_58441_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Rose, Schloss are Western Basketball MVPs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Rose--Schloss-are-Western-Basketball-MVPs_75525 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Levar Rose of Granville Jaguars and Michael Schloss of Muschett Falcons were named Most Valuable Players of the Western Basketball Association&rsquo;s Elite Basketball League (EBL) and Men&rsquo;s Basketball Championships (MBC) respectively, at the recent awards ceremony held at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.<br /> <br /> Catherine Hall All-Stars were declared winners of the EBL title, while Muschett Falcons won the MBC in the season that ended recently.<br /> <br /> Rose was the top scorer in the league with 254 points, ahead of Holland Saints&rsquo; Shavaughn Reid-246 who had the most three-point baskets &ndash; 29 &ndash; and was second in assists with 45.<br /> <br /> Hoopers&rsquo; Rayon Gardiner led in assists with 54 and also had the most steals &ndash; 66.<br /> <br /> Sherwin Gilzine of Lucea Flames was the top rebounder with 187, beating Tafari Vassell of Hoopers who had 177, while All-Stars&rsquo; Jermaine Rerrie had 138.<br /> <br /> Reid of Holland Saints had the most blocked shots with 24, one more than Rerrie, with Gilzine next with 21.<br /> <br /> Schloss was the top scorer with 159 points and top in assists with 50, while Andrew Parkinson of Montego Bay Boyss Club was the top rebounder with 124.<br /> <br /> Antonio Spence of UWI/WJC was the top shot blocker with 24 rejections. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10740009/basketball_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;There&rsquo;s a lot I can offer the programme&rsquo; &mdash; Whitmore http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-There-s-a-lot-I-can-offer-the-programme----Whitmore_75425 BY PAUL A REID Observer writer MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; If offered the full-time job of coaching the Reggae Boyz, Theodore Whitmore, who was named to his third stint at the helm to guide the team through their two games in Scotiabank Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Championships third round, said he would gladly take it.<br /> <br /> A day after Whitmore was named to coach the team along with Arnett Gardens&rsquo; coach Jerome Waite as his assistant, the former midfielder told the Jamaica Observer he thought he had a lot to offer the national football programme.<br /> <br /> Ironically, Whitmore will replace German Winfried Schaefer, the man who was hired after his firing in 2013, and who presided over Jamaica&rsquo;s disastrous FIFA World Cup campaign that ended with back-to-back losses to Panama and Haiti.<br /> <br /> Asked whether he would want the job on a permanent basis, Whitmore, who was getting ready to guide his St James High team in an ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup Zone A game at Jarrett Park yesterday, responded: &ldquo;Why not?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is a lot that I can contribute and there is a lot I can offer to the national programme,&rdquo; he added. Whitmore, who was relieved of his duties in his second stint in 2013 after three years, then said: &ldquo;We have all made mistakes, we all have grown and seen where we can improve the game in Jamaica.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> During his previous stint, Whitmore, who had replaced John Barnes as the head coach, won the Caribbean Cup title and had a good run in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing to the United States in the quarter-finals in Washington&rsquo;s RFK Stadium.<br /> <br /> The man who has served as the Under-20 and Futsal coach, said while the initial appointment was on an interim basis, &ldquo;it&rsquo;s always an honour serving your country in any role regardless of anything&rdquo;, and said in the three years since he was last in charge, he had improved his craft. &ldquo;As each day goes by whether football or in life, it&rsquo;s a learning process and this is the case with me now.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Like most Jamaican football fans, Whitmore said he was &ldquo;very disappointed&rdquo; with the failure of the Reggae Boyz to advance to the CONCACAF final round, &ldquo;because you always want your country to do well, regardless of the situation. We are part of the game and we have a lot to offer as far as football is concerned, so it&rsquo;s always a disappointment&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Like the skilful midfielder he was in his heyday of playing with Violet Kickers and Seba United, Whitmore deftly sidestepped questions of what in his opinion caused the breakdown with the team and who could be at fault.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I wouldn&rsquo;t want to say (what happened with the team); every coach has his own philosophy and strategy and I don&rsquo;t want to point fingers.&rdquo; Instead, he suggested that &ldquo;the best thing for us is to develop local players and give them the international experience that they need to start playing at the level that everyone wants to see them&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> He said there was enough blame to spread around with the World Cup failure, and not just coach Schaefer. &ldquo;Everyone has to sit and see where we went wrong, the JFF, the coaching staff and players as well, we can&rsquo;t point out any one person.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Whitmore also refused to get into grading Schaefer&rsquo;s body of work and said while the World Cup disappointment was hard to accept, he noted that there were high points, winning the CFU Caribbean Cup and advancing to the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.<br /> <br /> Presently, he said, the two-game stint would not affect his work with a young but promising St James team. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just two games and so it won&rsquo;t disrupt anything right now, and then we have to sit down with the JFF and see where we go from there.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Whitmore&rsquo;s technical staff has named a 20-man squad which will be prepared to face Suriname next week Wednesday at 8:00 pm at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.<br /> <br /> The squad is goalkeepers Andre Blake and Ryan Thompson; defenders Rosario Harriott, Damion Lowe, Ladale Ritchie, Alvas Powell, Dicoy Williams, Shaun Francis and Kemar Lawrence; midfielders Omar Holness, Andrew Vanzie, Ewan Grandison, Michael Binns, Je-Vaughn Watson, and Dwayne Ambursely; forwards Darren Mattocks, Cory Burke, Allan Ottey, Dino Willims, Owayne Gordon. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13317201/231162_58265_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:00 AM St James, Dinthill, Garvey Maceo remain perfect http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/St-James--Dinthill--Garvey-Maceo-remain-perfect_75434 BY PAUL A REID Observer writer MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Three former champions, St James High, Dinthill Technical and Garvey Maceo, extended their winning records to six straight in their return-round games in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition yesterday.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College stayed on top in Zone A with a 4-0 win over Anchovy High, Dinthill Technical beat Bog Walk High 2-0 in Zone K, while Garvey Maceo edged Porus High 1-0 in Zone M.<br /> <br /> Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) meanwhile increased their lead in Zone E with a 3-0 win over Black River High, as the other two games ended in draws. Manchester High and Mile Gully are still tied in Zone F after contrasting wins yesterday, while there were big wins for former champions Frome Technical and Glenmuir High.<br /> <br /> At Cornwall College, doubles from Jourdaine Fletcher and Peter-Lee Vassell led them over Anchovy High as they improved to 18 points ahead of St James High, who rebounded from their 0-3 loss to Cornwall College on Saturday with a 6-0 blanking of Maldon High at Jarrett Park.<br /> <br /> Eighth grader Tyreque Clarke scored a hat-trick to lead St James High, taking his scoring tally to seven goals this season.<br /> <br /> Irwin High scored their first win in the competition since the 2011 season when they beat Green Pond 3-1 in Zone A, with Andre Tate, Nicholas Pusey and Kemar Brown getting the goals.<br /> <br /> Alwayne Harvey scored his sixth goal and Kahreen Parris got the other as Dinthill Technical continued their good run, brushing aside Bog Walk.<br /> <br /> Garvey Maceo stayed ahead in Zone M with a 1-0 win over Porus High to move to 18 points, while Glenmuir High stayed in second with an 8-0 drubbing of Foga Road, and Denbigh High were 6-0 winners over Winston Jones.<br /> <br /> Demar James scored twice and Jovoney Brown scored his seventh goal for STETHS in their win over hapless Black River High in Zone E and improved to 15 points, four more than second-placed Lacovia, who drew 1-1 with Maggotty High, while Newell High and Munro College also ended 1-1.<br /> <br /> Brandon Brown scored twice to lead Manchester High to a 6-2 win over Cross Keys in Zone F, but Mile Gully also won, edging deCarteret College 1-0, while Andre Castle scored a hat-trick for BB Coke in their 6-0 win over Belair High.<br /> <br /> Jermaine Lindo scored four times for Frome Technical in their 7-0 trouncing of Knockalva Technical in the lone Zone B game as they improved to seven points, behind leaders Rusea&rsquo;s High on nine points.<br /> <br /> The competition continues with 23 games today and former champions Clarendon College could improve to six straight wins in Zone H when they play away to Edwin Allen, who they had beaten 4-0 in the first round.<br /> <br /> Clarendon College have steam-rolled the competition in Zone H scoring 27 goals in their five wins so far while conceding just one in the process.<br /> <br /> St Mary High, on 13 points, could move to within a few points of securing their spot in the Inter-zone round from Zone J with a win over Brimmer Vale High today.<br /> <br /> In Zone C, leaders Spot Valley High and Cedric Titus could create more space between the rest of the group with wins over a fading Herbert Morrison and Holland High, respectively.<br /> <br /> Both are on 11 points with Spot Valley having a game in hand, against Holland, who they beat 4-0 on Monday.<br /> <br /> Petersfield High, a quarter-finalist last year, are in an almost must-win situation when they take on Zone D leaders Godfrey Stewart at home.<br /> <br /> Godfrey Stewart lead with 15 points and a second win over Petersfield this season in today&rsquo;s game would all but wrap up an Inter-zone spot for them and leave Petersfield High, on seven points, in deep trouble.<br /> <br /> Surprise second-placed team Little London, on 12 points, would give themselves some breathing space with a win over Grange Hill at Belle Isle.<br /> <br /> In Zone G, fresh off their win over Holmwood Technical on Monday, Alston High will be on the hunt for back-to-back big scalps when they take on leaders Spalding High seeking to avenge a 0-4 loss at home in the first round.<br /> <br /> Alston High are tied in second place with Holmwood Technical, both on 12 points, three behind Spalding, all from six games played as the group looks to become a three-team race for two automatic spots.<br /> <br /> Holmwood are at home to Bellefield whom they had beaten 3-0 in the first round.<br /> <br /> Games for today<br /> <br /> Zone C<br /> <br /> Holland vs Cedric Titus<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison vs Spot Valley<br /> <br /> Muschett vs William Knibb<br /> <br /> Zone D<br /> <br /> Petersfield vs Godfrey Stewart<br /> <br /> Manning&rsquo;s vs Maud McLeod<br /> <br /> Grange Hill vs Little London<br /> <br /> Zone G<br /> <br /> Holmwood vs Bellefield<br /> <br /> Spalding vs Alston<br /> <br /> May Day vs Christiana<br /> <br /> Zone H<br /> <br /> Lennon vs Claude McKay<br /> <br /> Edwin Allen vs Clarendon College<br /> <br /> Knox vs Thompson Town<br /> <br /> Zone J<br /> <br /> Horace Clarke vs Tacky High<br /> <br /> Iona vs St Mary Tech<br /> <br /> St Mary High vs Brimmervale<br /> <br /> Zone L<br /> <br /> Port Antonio vs Oracabessa<br /> <br /> Happy Grove vs Fair Prospect<br /> <br /> Zone N<br /> <br /> Bustamante vs Central<br /> <br /> Tacius Golding vs Vere Tech<br /> <br /> Old Harbour vs Kemps Hill<br /> <br /> Zone O<br /> <br /> Morant Bay vs Seaforth<br /> <br /> St Thomas Tech vs Paul Bogle<br /> <br /> Yallahs vs Robert Lightbourne<br /> <br /> Results from yesterday<br /> <br /> Zone A<br /> <br /> St James 6, Maldon 0<br /> <br /> Cornwall 4, Anchovy 0<br /> <br /> Green Pond 1, Irwin 3<br /> <br /> Zone B<br /> <br /> Frome 7, Knockalva 0<br /> <br /> Zone E<br /> <br /> Black River 0, STETHS 3<br /> <br /> Newell 1, Munro 1<br /> <br /> Maggotty 1, Lacovia 1<br /> <br /> Zone F<br /> <br /> Manchester 6, Cross Keys 2<br /> <br /> BB Coke 6, Belair 0<br /> <br /> Mile Gully 1, DeCarteret 0<br /> <br /> Zone I<br /> <br /> Aabuthnott Gallimore 1, Brown&rsquo;s Town 2<br /> <br /> Zone K<br /> <br /> Guys Hill vs Charlemont was not played (no referee)<br /> <br /> Bog Walk 0, Dinthill 2<br /> <br /> McGrath 0, Ewarton 0<br /> <br /> Zone M<br /> <br /> Denbigh 6, Winston Jones 0<br /> <br /> Garvey Maceo 1, Porus 0<br /> <br /> Glenmuir 8, Foga Road 0 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13317261/231168_58271_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:00 AM CC, Dinthill, Garvey Maceo on the hunt for 6-in-a-row http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/CC--Dinthill--Garvey-Maceo-on-the-hunt-for-6-in-a-row_75298 BY PAUL A REID Observer writer MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Three former champions Cornwall College, Dinthill Technical and Garvey Maceo High are all shooting for a sixth straight win today as the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition continues with 19 return-round games across seven zones.<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s the best start for Dinthill Technical and Garvey Maceo in more than a decade, while 11-time champions Cornwall College will try to match their feat of winning all games in Zone A for the second time since 2014, when there were five teams in the group.<br /> <br /> Dinthill Technical were expected to struggle without talismanic striker Rodave Murray, but have done better so far than when he was in the team and after beating Bog Walk 3-1 in the first round, are expected to continue winning today.<br /> <br /> Garvey Maceo, who won their only title in 2007 and were the beaten finalists three years ago, have grabbed Zone M by the scruff of the neck with 15 unanswered goals and should beat Porus High again after their first round 1-0 victory.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College are also leading with defence, having conceded one goal in five games played and face an Anchovy team that they outclassed 4-0 in their opening game.<br /> <br /> The Dr Dean Weatherly-coached team has been strengthened with the return of National Under-20 midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell, who scored twice in his first game, a 3-0 win over a young St James High team on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School will hope to rediscover their scoring touch when they play away to Black River, who they had thumped 10-1 in their opening game, and despite winning three more games since, have only scored four goals in the process.<br /> <br /> They are coming off a big morale-boosting win over long-time rivals Munro College on Saturday and their tails will be up.<br /> <br /> Manchester High and Mile Gully will continue their close battle in Zone F, taking on Cross Keys and deCarteret College, respectively, after scoring contrasting wins in the first round.<br /> <br /> Manchester High had won 5-1, while Mile Gully won 1-0 and both are tied on 13 points, separated only by goal difference. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13314793/230936_58101_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:00 AM STETHS edge Munro 2-1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/STETHS-edge-Munro-2-1_75289 Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth &mdash; In terms of quality, football&rsquo;s purest connoisseurs may well have been unimpressed.<br /> <br /> However, for the game&rsquo;s excitement value, fans went home fully satisfied having watched defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) clip long-time parish rivals Munro College 2-1, in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup at the STETHS Sports Complex here last Saturday.<br /> <br /> Before a packed house on a sunny afternoon with good underfoot, conditions STETHS scored twice in two minutes, through Jovaney Brown in the 32nd minute and an under-pressure Munro defender (34th minute). Aneeko Allen, a shining light for Munro all afternoon, pulled one back for his school in the 57th minute.<br /> <br /> STETHS, smarting from a 0-1 loss to Lacovia High in midweek and without top striker Romeo Wright, who suffered a fractured left leg against Maggotty High two weeks ago, started fast.<br /> <br /> Inspired by their captain and midfield general Chris Andrew Dixon, STETHS, with rapid-fire passes from side to side, came forward in waves, keeping Munro pinned to their own half in the first 25 minutes. Ironically though, as the half-hour mark approached, Munro came closest to scoring. Munro&rsquo;s Tevin Shaw countered rapidly down the left, escaping a defender&rsquo;s fumbling tackle in the process and cutting inside, but with the goal at his mercy kicked across the face of goal. The ball flirted tantalisingly with the far post before sliding harmlessly past.<br /> <br /> STETHS responded with more forward pressure and soon reaped rich rewards. Striker Jovaney Brown, who has been under intense scrutiny for errant shooting so far this season, capped good attacking play by finding goalkeeper Akym Davies&rsquo; right-hand corner with his right-footed grounder on 32 minutes.<br /> <br /> STETHS fans were still celebrating that opening goal when Munro&rsquo;s Ja-Michael Foster&rsquo;s miscued attempted clearance turned out to be a bullet header lodged in his own net.<br /> <br /> Such was dominance at that stage that their fans had visions of an unusually comfortable afternoon against their staunch rivals. But gradually, Munro&rsquo;s confidence and composure built and their eventual goal was deserved. <br /> <br /> Allen, a dangerous dribbler, won the ball just above the half line, 12 minutes into the second half and raced for goal, skillfully eluding STETHS defender Clifton Woodbine before beating goalkeeper Nickalous Gayle inside the far post.<br /> <br /> STETHS wasted two glorious chances thereafter. First Brown, sent clear following magnificent combination play, kicked straight at &lsquo;keeper Davies, and then Damar James with Davies at his mercy, volleyed high.<br /> <br /> With the minutes ticking away Munro almost had the last laugh. But a header from second-half substitute, the towering, powerfully built Rashaad Buchanan went high.<br /> <br /> The victory lifted STETHS to top of the Zone E table with 12 points. Munro College are third on eight points behind Lacovia High on 10 points.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Garfield Myers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13314792/230946_58103_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:00 AM American says he wants to protect Jamaica&rsquo;s natural ganja http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/American-says-he-wants-to-protect-Jamaica-s-natural-ganja_75102 BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Anticipating that original ganja strains are likely to become extinct after the new, legitimate ganja industry opens up in Jamaica, American businessman Mark Santiago has committed to taking equipment into the island to ensure that the original genetics of the weed are preserved.<br /> <br /> Santiago, who invests heavily in the ganja sector in America, is now waiting to get the greenlight from the Cannabis Licensing Authority to kick off his business here in Jamaica with his local partner, Courtney Laing.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have equipment in America that I am bringing to Jamaica which will assist us in being able to preserve the indigenous Jamaican strain that we call the land races,&rdquo; Santiago told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> He explained that a land race is something that is grown in a particular geographic area for &ldquo;many, many, many generations&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s of pure genetic stock, so it looks the same as its great, great-grandfather did. lt has not changed from the beginning of time,&rdquo; the American businessman expounded.<br /> <br /> He envisions that as soon as the Jamaica Government opens up the new industry &ldquo;a lot of new varieties (of ganja) are coming in&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When I say new, I mean varieties that have been created by men... mixes with this and that and create some new variety. Those varieties are not going to come here immediately, but the next few years, and they are going to come and they are going to start poisoning and changing the genetics of original Jamaican herbs and I see a situation which I want to avoid,&rdquo; he argued.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The original collie herb that your grandfather enjoyed, it won&rsquo;t be here anymore: it will be gone, disappear, because it is mixed with this and mixed with that. It will be unrecognisable. So I will be bringing equipment to help to preserve these genetic strains for the next 20, 30 years. We can pull them (plants) out every five years and then grow them and then save them again and keep going over and over again.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Santiago, who refers to himself as a &ldquo;ganjapreneur&rdquo;, noted that his planned preservation of the original genetics of the weed is his way of giving back to the industry in which he plans to become a major player locally.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;To me, that is my version of philanthropy, taking a chunk of my business capital, equipment &mdash; very expensive nitrogen-pumping equipment that cost a fortune to operate monthly &mdash; and dedicating it just to the cause,&rdquo; he remarked.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am not going to make any money from that, I am not selling those I am just keeping them here. A lot of people coming here to profiteer, to sell this, to sell that, to export. I think we have to give back. When you are given an opportunity to set up, when you are given a chance to come into a country to develop a new industry, the least you can do is to give back to those that have helped paved that way, blazed the path for you.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> His plan is to enter into the new ganja market here in Jamaica by producing a diversified range of products such as pharmaceuticals, edibles, oils, &ldquo;electronic spliffs&rdquo; among others under his local Star Leaf brand, from ganja cultivated locally.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A lot of the business I do in America, I am going to do it here,&rdquo; Santiago expressed. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13310856/230704_57856_repro_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, September 25, 2016 12:00 AM More police in St James as crime rocks parish http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/More-police-in-St-James-as-crime-rocks-parish_75128 BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; The presence of members of the security forces has improved significantly in the parish of St James following a bloody week in which 12 murders were recorded up to Friday night.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is an extraordinary deployment... we have an expansive roll-out of police from other places, including the Corporate Area and we have good support from other stakeholders, not just the Police High Command, but the stakeholder groups within St James who we met with yesterday (Friday),&rdquo; Commander of the St James police division Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth told the Jamaica Observer. &ldquo;We had some discussions to look at short-medium- and long-term solutions and also to assist us with some resources. That is already in train and we expect to see some fruits yielding from these endeavours.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Assistance also is coming from the Government in a very forceful way, Nesbeth went on.<br /> <br /> The latest wave of violence now besieging the parish has catapulted the murder tally to 192 since the start of the year, which represents an increase of 37 more than the 155 reported over the corresponding period last year.<br /> <br /> SSP Nesbeth disclosed that the recent surge in murders and shootings is fuelled mainly by reprisal attacks involving rival gangsters, as well as bitter fallouts from players involved in the lucrative lotto scam, which is deeply rooted in the parish.<br /> <br /> The head honcho of the St James police division, however, disclosed that two individuals fingered as part of the recent mayhem, are now in police custody and are expected to be charged soon.<br /> <br /> The motor car which featured in the transportation of a set of the hoodlums, is also in the possession of the cops.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The vehicle is in custody and two of the perpetrators, one of whom is a renowned individual who would have been a prominent, prominent lotto scamming figure, in terms of the wealth he would have amassed and so on. I am confident they will be charged as we unfold our investigation,&rdquo;SSP Nesbeth declared.<br /> <br /> One of the gruesome killings occurred on Thursday when a motorist was shot and killed by men travelling in another vehicle during a daring daylight attack along the busy Ironshore thoroughfare in the parish.<br /> <br /> According to bewildered eyewitnesses, just before noon, the driver of a black Toyota Corolla was shot and killed by men aboard a car which drove up and blocked his path.<br /> <br /> On Tuesday, the driver of a bus, loaded with students, was cut down in a hail of bullets fired by a gunman along the busy Creek Street in Montego Bay. As the shooter peppered the bus with bullets, frightened students were sent scampering for cover, but two of them were shot and injured.<br /> <br /> Later that same day, students were pinned down in their classrooms at the Glendevon Primary School, as rival factions were engaged in a fierce gun battle near the facility.<br /> <br /> The killings and shootings have driven fear in residents of the parish.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;No, it too bad now. We can&rsquo;t undergo this any longer,&rdquo; a woman was overheard saying at the Creek Street murder scene.<br /> <br /> But, like most of the persons on the scene, she refused to go on record with her comment.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A me you want them come kill?&rdquo; she asked.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Opposition spokesman on national security, Peter Bunting is lamenting that the police are being asked to fight the onslaught in St James with woefully inadequate resources.<br /> <br /> In fact, Bunting who was the minister of security in the former PNP Administration, argued that because they are given basket to carry water, the reputation of successful, senior police officers are negatively impacted soon after they take charge of the crime-plagued St James Police Division.<br /> <br /> Senior Superintendent Nesbeth took charge of the St James Police Division recently, from the reputed crime fighter SSP Steve McGregor, who just ahead of his departure admitted that murders in the parish spiked under his watch.<br /> <br /> But, since the arrival of SSP Nesbeth, who successfully commanded other police divisions across the island, the bloodletting continues unabated in the division.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mr Nesbeth is a capable commander, with capable senior officers. He has been successful wherever he has been: in Manchester, in Spanish Town, but in St James it seems this is where causes good commanders to negatively impact their reputation,&rdquo; Bunting remarked.<br /> <br /> He was speaking Wednesday in Montego Bay at an International Day of Peace rally.<br /> <br /> Bunting, who expressed that the problem of crime in St James &ldquo;seems intractable&rdquo;, added that SSP Nesbeth cannot be expected to succeed in the fight against crime until he is given several more police personnel and service vehicles.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The police will do the best with what they have, but until we can give another 300 police officers to Mr Nesbeth or maybe another 50 or 60 cars, then we can&rsquo;t seriously hold him accountable to bringing St James down to the average first of all, then below average&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Twenty per cent of all murders in Jamaica this year takes place in this police division and he doesn&rsquo;t have five per cent of the police resources of the JCF in this police division. So he and his team are overwhelmed by the level of violent crime and he cannot respond effectively to it. And until we give them adequate resources we can&rsquo;t hold them accountable.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Speaking after Bunting, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security Senator Pearnel Charles Jnr promised that upgrades in police numbers and an increase in infrastructure projects were planned for St James.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The majority of the new (police) recruits will be deployed here. There will be an investment in the infrastructure here in St James because we acknowledge that St James, unfortunately, has the highest numbers of murders and it has been so consistently for the past three years or so,&rdquo; Senator Charles Jnr said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;And so we intend and are intent on having more interventions, more direct investment and more engagement in this parish,&rdquo; he stated. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12948117/9mm_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, September 25, 2016 12:00 AM St James gun violence bothers senior cop http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/St-James-gun-violence-bothers-senior-cop BY ANTHONY LEWIS Sunday Observer writer DARLISTON, Westmoreland &mdash; Director of safety and security in schools in the Ministry of Education, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Coleridge Minto, has expressed concern over the spate of gun violence in St James and its impact on students in the parish.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am very concerned. I have been in St James particularly because of the issues that are affecting our children in this particular end of the island. It is very unfortunate that persons have absolutely no regard for life or property, that they can continue to do these acts of violence against our people,&rdquo; said ASP Minto.<br /> <br /> Last Tuesday, two students of the Maldon High School in St James were shot and injured as gunmen shot up a Toyota Coaster bus, killing the driver of the vehicle who was transporting the students to school.The injured students were rushed to hospital for treatment. <br /> <br /> And later that day, students of the Glendevon Primary and Junior High, also in St James, were locked in classrooms for almost an hour as rival gangs traded bullets in the inner-city community. <br /> <br /> Police were later deployed to the school in an effort to allow students safe passage home. A similar incident again took place on Thursday. <br /> <br /> ASP Minto told the Jamaica Observer on Thursday, following a community meeting held at the Maud McLeod High School in Darliston, Westmoreland, that he has since visited the injured Maldon High students, noting that one of them has been released from hospital.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I would have visited with the two children that were shot in the bus. One is still admitted in hospital; the other was released and is at home recovering. <br /> <br /> My understanding is that she will be back in school in a couple of days. Her injury was less severe than the other that was admitted,&rdquo; informed ASP Minto.<br /> <br /> And, ASP Minto has commended the management of the Glendevon Primary and Junior High for the professional manner in which they handled the situation during last week&rsquo;s gun battle in the community.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The principal and her team were able to contain the students in the confines of the classrooms and lock them in. For them to manage that situation without panicking, without getting hysterical... and we are talking about primary school students, at that level. <br /> <br /> And even after the shooting ended, the report I got is that they allowed the students to remain in the classrooms until the police came... that is proper management, that is forward thinking, so we have a lot of commendation for the staff at Glendevon,&rdquo; Minto stated. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13311985/ZZ24E0F21F_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, September 25, 2016 3:20 AM Mom, baby die in Hanover crash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Mom--baby-die-in-Hanover-crash_74963 POINT HILL, Hanover &ndash; Tragedy struck along the Point Hill main road in Hanover yesterday evening when a mother and her baby daughter died after suffering multiple injuries in a motor vehicle crash.<br /> <br /> Up to press time last night, the police did not disclose the identity of the deceased.<br /> <br /> Police report that about 2:00 pm the mother was driving a silver motor car during a light shower when she lost control of the vehicle, which developed a skid before colliding head-on with an orange-coloured garbage truck that was heading towards Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> The mother and child had to be cut from the mangled remains of the vehicle.<br /> <br /> Motorists travelling along the corridor were trapped in long lines of traffic from both ends for hours.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13306680/230347_57468_repro_w300.jpg Local News Friday, September 23, 2016 12:00 AM Montego Bay Convention Centre wins sixth consecutive World Travel Award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Montego-Bay-Convention-Centre-wins-sixth-consecutive-World-Travel-Award_74756 The picturesque Montego Bay Convention Centre recently copped its sixth consecutive World Travel Award for the esteemed &lsquo;Caribbean&rsquo;s Leading Meeting and Conference Centre&rsquo; category.<br /> <br /> The prestigious awards ceremony was held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort last Saturday. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are overwhelmingly pleased and excited at receiving a prestigious sixth consecutive World Travel Award. As a plus, we are genuinely thrilled that we were able to come out on top in a category with such impressive nominees. Since inception the SMG-managed Montego Bay Convention Centre has focused on providing sterling service to our clients. So for us it&rsquo;s truly an honour that validates the exceptional effort we place on providing a first-rate convention centre we can all be proud of,&rdquo; said Dittie Guise, the centre&rsquo;s general manager. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have built an impressive brand that has international appeal and what we offer in terms of space, flexibility and service is unparalleled within the Caribbean.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Guise noted that the significance of the award is further heightened as the centre is enjoying a tremendous year. <br /> <br /> The centre recently hosted the 46th Annual Board of Governor&rsquo;s Meeting for the Caribbean Development Bank and is scheduled to host Foromic 2016 in October a first for Jamaica, as well as several other events. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is always something happening at the Montego Bay Convention Centre,&rdquo; she stressed. <br /> <br /> The World Travel Awards was mandated to acknowledge, reward and celebrate entities dedicated to excellence in all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. The governing body is headquartered in London and was founded in 1993. An international jury of hospitality experts and peers adjudicate the nominees, with awards given both on world and international region levels in a wide range of categories. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13303368/229976__w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:00 AM Wanted: Traffic lights http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Wanted--Traffic-lights_74793 BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com ROCK, Trelawny &mdash; Emphasising the need for traffic signals to be installed at two critical intersections along the Northern Coastal Highway near this small community, which has been the site of numerous crashes - some fatal - in recent times, the Trelawny Chamber of Commerce has warned that if the matter is not addressed promptly, then there will be more deaths.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;People are dying. Traffic lights need to be installed promptly at section of the highway at the turn-off to Fisherman's Inn and the one going towards the stadium [Trelawny Multi-purpose], if not, more people are going to die,&rdquo; warned President of the Trelawny Chamber of Commerce Delroy Christie. <br /> <br /> He said the business community has long expressed concern about the need for the installation of the traffic signals and has lobbied the National Works Agency (NWA), but to no avail. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have also spoken to the police about it, and they have agreed that those intersections are in need of traffic lights,&rdquo; Christie told the Jamaica Observer West. <br /> <br /> He argued that Trelawny is the only parish along the Northern Coastal Highway - which runs from Portland to Negril - that is without traffic signals. <br /> <br /> Over the past year, there have been reports of a number of crashes at both intersections. <br /> <br /> Earlier this month, for instance, there was a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of the highway and the road that leads to the multi-purpose stadium. <br /> <br /> Although a number of people were injured in that crash, there were no fatalities. <br /> <br /> The deaths, however, of three people - two gas station pump attendants and a hotel worker - who perished in a bizarre two-vehicle collision along a section of the highway, at the turn-off going towards Fisherman's Inn in April, are still fresh in the minds of Trelawny residents. <br /> <br /> The deceased in that crash, who were heading home after a hard day's work, were identified as 23-year-old Janice Brown of Wilson Run, 20-year-old Keno Edwards of Clark's Town and 41-year-old Dwight Sutton of Bounty Hall, all in Trelawny. <br /> <br /> The police reported then that Sutton was driving a Mitsubishi Cedia motor car with the attendants aboard from the road that leads from Rock onto the highway when on reaching a section of the highway, the vehicle reportedly collided with a trailer truck that was heading in the opposite direction. <br /> <br /> The impact of the collision dislodged the engine of the car, sending it flying several metres from where the vehicle came to a halt. The two vehicles were extensively damaged. <br /> <br /> The occupants of the car reportedly died instantly and members of the Falmouth Fire Station had to cut the vehicle is several areas in an effort to remove their lifeless bodies from the mangled remains. The driver of the truck reportedly sustained minor injuries. <br /> <br /> At that time, passersby argued that the accident could have been avoided if traffic signals were installed at the nearby intersection. <br /> <br /> A day after the deadly crash, which plunged the entire Trelawny community in a state of shock and mourning, Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Traffic Department, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, and his team, visited the scene of the accident. <br /> <br /> He later told reporters that he has been in dialogue with the NWA to install traffic signals at various sections along the Northern Coastal Highway, included those in Trelawny. <br /> <br /> Yesterday, NWA's Community Relations Officer for the Western Region Janel Ricketts said the agency is aware of the number of accidents along that section of the corridor. She pointed out, however, that they are due largely to excessive speeding on the thoroughfare. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The NWA has, however, done a preliminary assessment of the situation and a series of recommendations have been made. We are now in the process of devising a comprehensive plan to help to reduce the number of accidents along the corridor,&rdquo; Ricketts said in a statement.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13303628/230020__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13303630/230021__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13303629/230027__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13303626/230037__w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 22, 2016 1:00 AM HOPE up and running across the western region   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/HOPE-up-and-running-across-the-western-region--------_74772 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; There is a buzz of activity in several rural communities across the western region of the island as a number of road improvement projects are in progress under the Government&rsquo;s Housing Opportunity Prosperity Employment Programme (HOPE).<br /> <br /> Community Relations Officer at the National Works Agency (NWA), Janel Ricketts, says 24 road sections across the parishes of Hanover, St James, Trelawny and Westmoreland are being targeted under the initiative at a cost of roughly $100 million. <br /> <br /> The programme involves the bushing of verges, drain cleaning, drainage improvement and the rehabilitation of road surfaces. <br /> <br /> Among the roadways which are now receiving attention, are the Baggie Valley roadway in Westmorland; Solas Lane and Sandy Bay in Hanover; the Allsides to Dry Land corridor in Trelawny; and the Farm roadway in St James. Ricketts said these projects are at varying stages of completion. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, residents have welcomed HOPE, which is giving well-needed attention to community roadways, some of which have been in a deplorable state for an extended period. <br /> <br /> Baggie Valley resident Una James expressed her delight with the project, which is now underway in her community. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi feel so nice mi can&rsquo;t even explain&hellip; mi heart is overjoyed to see what happening here,&rdquo; James said. <br /> <br /> She added that the rehabilitation of the roadway, which was in a poor condition for many, many years, has come as a pleasant surprise to her. <br /> <br /> Other residents, who were all elated with the latest development, expressed similar sentiments.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I look forward to not having to take off my shoes, when I am going out. Wi used to have to walk with two pairs of shoes, because of how the road was bad, especially when it rained, wi shoes would be so muddy,&rdquo; said Claudette Gayle, another Baggie Valley resident. <br /> <br /> Gayle added that it was hard to secure public transportation to venture into the community, as most taxi operators were turned off by the condition of the roadways. <br /> <br /> Completion of the projects is expected by year-end. <br /> <br /> The HOPE replaces the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP). <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13303528/229988__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13303530/229986__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13303532/229987__w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:00 AM