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 Fish and vegetables keep Hanover senior going http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Fish-and-vegetables-keep-Hanover-senior-going_93594 BY JEDIAEL CARTER Staff reporter carterj@jamaicaobserver.com It&rsquo;s not every day someone lives to be actively involved in the rearing of children from the third generation of their family. Centenarian Leanora Watson, an example of such, is confident that she will live to nurture and raise her fourth generation of relatives.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Me gwaan live to see di fourth generation, all dem yah gwaan give me grandpickney,&rdquo; Watson declared as she pointed to her great-grandson, whom she readies for basic school daily. <br /> <br /> In a spirited conversation with the Jamaica Observer last Thursday, the Hanover native declared: &ldquo;Me a 105&rdquo;. A household name in the community of Brissett, near the capital of Lucea in the parish, Watson said she celebrated her birthday on February 18. <br /> <br /> She boasted that despite her age, she&rsquo;s still very involved in her household and community. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Me cook, me sweep up di yard. This morning me go a Lucea and come back,&rdquo; the centenarian bragged as she smiled. &ldquo;Me go church too yuh nuh, up to Sunday gone me go a church. Me go a me church when me feel good &lsquo;cause sometimes the feeling go an come, but when di feeling is right me go church an me ask God fi carry me safe an carry me back an Him help me.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> What&rsquo;s the secret? The bubbly centenarian noted that she is a vegetarian. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Me nuh eat nuh meat at all. Me eat fish and veg. You need fi stop eat meat,&rdquo; she stated when asked. <br /> <br /> Her granddaughter Joan Chambers, who is Watson&rsquo;s caregiver, told the Sunday Observer that Watson is not fond of processed foods. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;If me get tin mackerel an me eat, she nuh eat tin mackerel, she say weh American get so much fish put inna one tin,&rdquo; Chambers related, to which her grandmother chimed in: &ldquo;Eeeh weh dem get so much fish.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;If you give her sardine she say nuh buy it wid yuh money, dem yah too raw, dem will raw up yuh place, a &lsquo;raw-raw&rsquo; dem. Only thing inna tin she eat a bake bean,&rdquo; Chambers continued. <br /> <br /> Miss Lea, as she is affectionately called, soon explained that she is satisfied with what is provided. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Me nuh unsatisfied enuh. If me get tea an two crackers me give God thanks an gone to mi bed. If she nuh have fish an veg fi give me, me satisfy,&rdquo; she pointed out. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Me nuh love rice an if me eat yam tonight, nuh give me tomorrow night, me nuh want it. Tea and porridge, oats porridge, cornmeal porridge, an me gone to mi bed an give God thanks,&rdquo; Watson said. <br /> <br /> Watson also lives by the philosophy that even in pain you should be grateful, reasoning that without pain you wouldn&rsquo;t know something is wrong. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Me sick wid mi eye but me gi God thanks dem nuh shet (shut) dung, mi gi God thanks&rsquo;, dem nuh close dung. Me can walk up an dung and see,&rdquo; said Watson. &ldquo;Di two-foot man bother me. Me got arthritis inna dem but me tek olive oil anoint an rub dem.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Sometimes...di eye dem scratch me but me nah scrape it, me too old fi scrape eye. Me too old fi go a Cuba. Me cyaa go a Cuba man. If me go Cuba me nah come back,&rdquo; she jokingly said, making reference to an initiative whereby Jamaicans receive free eye surgeries under the Cuban eye care programme. <br /> <br /> The centenarian professed her belief that God will help her with her eyesight as &ldquo;me believe inna di man weh put di eye inna mi head say Him will help mi; Him nah go mek dem close down.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> She noted that she lives a life of thanksgiving. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Me go brush me teeth, me give Him thanks. Me bathe, mi give Him thanks, me sweep up di yard, me give Him thanks. Everything that me do, me give Him thanks. He is worthy to be praised... 105? Dat nuh likkle bit,&rdquo; she noted. &ldquo;Me give God thanks man, me give God thanks.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> The mother of four, told the Sunday Observer of her commitment to care for her family. She noted that in her youth, she worked tirelessly to ensure they were provided for. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Me nuh work, but me wuk fi mi children dem an grandchildren,&rdquo; she stated. <br /> <br /> Listing a myriad of places where she was employed, the centenarian recounted her years working with persons she identified as Georgie, Q, Riley and some gentlemen from England called Mr Newport and Mr Frater.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Me work fi West Indies Sugar Company a Westmoreland, pick up di drop cane dem; me clean di ice factory yard; me work a Riley, weed cane an drop manure; an me work up a Rusea&rsquo;s school, wash di boarder children dem clothes an iron dem,&rdquo; Watson outlined. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Whole heap a work, so if me a feel pain now me affi gi God thanks.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> When asked whether she was married, she had the most unique response. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Cho, dat husband dead man,&rdquo; she said nonchalantly. &ldquo;Me husband dead, me pray God fi him, an him dead for him bad,&rdquo; she continued bursting into laughter. <br /> <br /> She reasoned that because her husband treated her badly, she was happy her prayers were answered when he died. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi last pickney a one girl and sometimes she couldn&rsquo;t go a school and me say to him say, &lsquo;Jenny you cya go a school&rsquo; and she say she deh beg God fi tek piece a stick an use it beat him pa an God go cut di piece a stick an beat him,&rdquo; she told the Sunday Observer erupting into laughter once more. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13735840/266534_92560_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13735838/266535_92561_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13735837/266536_92562_repro_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:00 AM Top cop lashes out at people who back wrongdoers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Top-cop-lashes-out-at-people-who-back-wrongdoers_93423 BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant has lashed out at people who warn wrongdoers of the police&rsquo;s approach to their communities, in a scathing attack against residents who take the side of criminals.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t signal to them (criminals). Don&rsquo;t give paralanguage and sign language, and all kind of sounds in the community, to tell them that we (police) are coming. Don&rsquo;t do that because what you are doing is exposing yourself to even greater risks and danger,&ldquo; the acting police commissioner charged.<br /> <br /> She also questioned why citizens are so unwilling to communicate what they know to the police when they can surreptitiously pass on information through Crime Stop and the Stay Alert app.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am saying, why are communities being complicit with criminals? You can&rsquo;t be complicit with criminals and turn around say who is going to protect you because there are many avenues for you to report without having to put yourself out there. We have Crime Stop, and we have various ways, we have Stay Alert app that we are asking people to download. So we are not asking you to jump up in the street and point on people,&rdquo; she argued.<br /> <br /> She was speaking to members of the media in Montego Bay on Wednesday, after addressing a group of women at Sandals Royal Caribbean during a round-table talk under the theme: &ldquo;Beating the Odds for Success&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> The group of women, drawn from the three Sandals Resorts properties in the Montego Bay region and a group from the nearby Flanker community, participated in the session that was put on by the public relations department of the Sandals Resorts properties in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the top cop cited ways in which women can assist in the fight against crime.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;And some of the things women can start to do are: To help to reduce the number of youngsters that are available for criminal gangs; (Be mindful of) how you rear your children, how you treat with them, the kind of values and the kind of lessons you are teaching them,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> She further noted: &ldquo;How you work with your schools, because when your schools are asking for people to come in and be a part of your children&rsquo;s development, please be present in your children&rsquo;s lives. Please understand when you get feedback, whether it&rsquo;s from police or other community members or agencies about the issues that you need to deal with with your children, please take it on board.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Please don&rsquo;t abuse, please don&rsquo;t curse, please don&rsquo;t say people don&rsquo;t like your children. What we are trying to do is to help you, as a parent, to steer your child in the way they should go,&rdquo; she said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731152/266283_92123_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13731150/266282_92124_repro_w300.jpg Local News Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM More help for Trelawny All Stars Marching Band http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/More-help-for-Trelawny-All-Stars-Marching-Band_93283 BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com FALMOUTH, Trelawny &mdash; The financially-strapped Trelawny All Stars Marching Band, which was earlier this month adopted by Sergeant Wayne Wallace, the 2017 Lasco Top Cop for the parish, received another boost on Monday when they were presented with a cheque for roughly $55,000 by Shellion Rhoden, the business manager at the Falmouth Jamaica Land Company Limited, a subsidiary of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. <br /> <br /> The donation, which will be used to purchase spare parts for several musical instruments, follows on the heels of a gift of US$15,000 worth of uniforms to the 35-member band by Michelle-Ann Tinglin, the founding director of Sweetwater Blossom Foundation, after she saw the group performing at a recent event in Falmouth without proper attire. <br /> <br /> Speaking at the brief hand over ceremony for the latest donation to the band held at the Falmouth Police Station, Rhoden promised more help for the band. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is just the start; We are going to do other projects with Sergeant Wallace, so certainly we are on board with his plans for the parish,&rdquo; said Rhoden, noting that already her company has hired the band to entertain visitors at the Falmouth pier one day per week. <br /> <br /> And through the instrumentality of Rhoden, members of the band were able to travel to Kingston earlier this week for television interviews. <br /> <br /> The adoption of the band by Sergeant Wallace forms part of a raft of initiatives being implemented by the charismatic cop &mdash; whose community projects are being undertaken under the theme, &lsquo;Inspiring Youth Through Partnership&rsquo; &mdash; aimed at positively impacting the lives of scores of youth in Trelawny. <br /> <br /> Sergeant Wallace told the Jamaica Observer West that since his adoption of the band, things are looking up for the group. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Over the past few weeks, several persons have been coming on board with the project. The Custos [Paul Muschett] is on board, a number of business places are on board&hellip; I have even gotten calls from as far as Westmoreland that some persons there want the band to play at hotels,&rdquo; said Sergeant Wallace, who is assigned to the Jamaica Constabulary Force&rsquo;s Community, Safety and Security Branch in Trelawny. <br /> <br /> He said he decided to adopt the band after seeing the plight of its members, adding that the band can play an integral part in instilling discipline in the youth of the parish. <br /> <br /> Bandleader Andre &ldquo;Kermit&rdquo; Williams, in the meantime, has expressed gratitude for the assistance, noting that members of the group have been motivated. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;They are now motivated and are training even much harder. We are happy and excited about the developments over the past few weeks,&rdquo; said Williams. <br /> <br /> Sergeant Wallace said that over the next few weeks several other aspects of his community programme for the parish would be rolled out. <br /> <br /> This will include a &ldquo;suspension programme&rdquo;, which will allow high school students who are suspended from schools because of disciplinary reasons to serve their time away from school at the Falmouth Police Station. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;These students will come in at the Community Safety and Security office attire in their school uniform with their books and do school work until their respective schools are dismissed. They will also be monitored and counselled by the police and given motivational lectures,&rdquo; Wallace explained. <br /> <br /> Parenting workshops, the creation of a homework centre, lifestyle and etiquette training, a mentorship programme, as well as the launch of the Sweetwater Blossom Foundation&rsquo;s 2017 CPR-Jamaica campaign will also be held at the Falmouth Police Station in coming weeks. <br /> <br /> Tinglin, who hold a masters degree in nursing education as well as a post-master&rsquo;s as a family nurse practitioner, will partner with Sergeant Wallace and other stakeholders in the rolling out of several of the various programmes. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am ecstatic about this partnership as it has a shared vision for the development of the youth in Trelawny,&rdquo; Tinglin emphasised. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728271/265884__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728273/265880__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728275/265883__w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM SJCA calls up 24 for Senior League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/SJCA-calls-up-24-for-Senior-League_93269 MONTEGO BAY, St James - Seven members of the Thompson Street team that won the St James Cricket Association's Heroy Clarke 40-Over competition on Sunday, have been included in the 24-man St James squad selected to start training for the Jamaica Cricket Association's Senior League that starts in May.<br /> <br /> Tyrone Johnson, Andre Ramgeet, Dalton James, Myron Wilson, Christopher Watson, Omar Romans and Samuel Evans Jnr of Thompson Street were called up for the team that will be coached by Chester Sterling.<br /> <br /> The squad will train at Jarrett Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays before it is cut to 16 players in time for the start of the islandwide competition.<br /> <br /> Three players were selected from beaten finalists Green Pond - Errol Martin, Kristof Samuels and Carique Williams - as well as four from Water Lane - Hodwayne Davis, Andrew Walker, Damion Douglas and Jadane Brown.<br /> <br /> The rest of the squad is made up of Renard Clarke, Kevaughn Rowe and Nehroo James of Police; Orlando Christie, Clifton Russell, Igal Scott and Cameron Wedderburn of Cornwall College, Reno Edmondson of Spot Valley High School, Keoni Stevens of St James High School and Keith Ogle of Rosemont. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10573037/CRICKET_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM Views from the west: A look at western Jamaica&rsquo;s crime problem http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Views-from-the-west--A-look-at-western-Jamaica-s-crime-problem_93300 BY Fernandez ‘Bingy’ Smith There are three basic factors driving the crime wave in western Jamaica &mdash; the economic factor, social factor and the political factor. <br /> <br /> These collectively are the main pillars on which criminal intent, anti-social behaviour, and lawlessness are built. They give the clearest indication that a community is ideal for the planting of the seeds for crime and other aspects of anti-social behaviour.<br /> <br /> When one looks at the crime statistics in western Jamaica&rsquo;s four parishes -&mdash;Trelawny, St James, Hanover and Westmoreland &mdash; one can see a trajectory pointing in the wrong direction. <br /> <br /> The statistics are even more frightening when we observe the crime statistics in the major communities across the western parishes. Communities, which have not registered any serious crime in over 25 years, are now witnessing crime of unprecedented levels. The present crime wave did not just jump at us like a &ldquo;jack in the box&rdquo;, but was festering and ready to mushroom into what it is today. <br /> <br /> So, what are the social, economic and political sub-factors that are driving this crime wave?<br /> <br /> Social factors<br /> <br /> These include poverty, unemployment, rural/urban migration, squatting/unplanned development, social injustice and teenage pregnancy.<br /> <br /> All the above social indices have been germinating in our western communities and have now grown to fuel the levels of serious criminality. Most available data from social anthropologists, media, Statistical Institute of Jamaica and the security forces, show that the age group 18-25 years is seeing a high unemployment rate across the four western parishes. As the rural youth migrate into the urban centres like Montego Bay, Falmouth, Savanna-la-Mar, Lucea and other major town centres, they put pressure on housing accommodation, thus resulting in unplanned developments.<br /> <br /> These rural youth later become prime target for gang recruitment and other criminal activities. Social injustice and indifferent policing agitate the poor and unemployed youth to shift into a social mode of &ldquo;them against us&rdquo; and are rebellious to law and often feel that for them to improve their quality of life they must live a life of crime. The gun thus becomes their &ldquo;equipment of trade&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> Economic factors<br /> <br /> This includes economic growth without equity, paradox of development, inadequate infrastructure and the proceeds from drug trade and other criminal activities.<br /> <br /> Research has shown that there is a direct link between the rise in crime and all of the above factors. A country cannot curb crime with anemic economic growth, even if that growth is consistent with world averages. If that growth comes without equity, western Jamaica will still be seeing a rise in crime. Successive Governments have focused on development around urban centres, thus drawing unemployed from rural areas, putting stress on urban infrastructure and negating the gains of those developments in what economists term &ldquo;the paradox of development.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> The availability of weapons, especially for use in the drug trade, the lottery scam all play an integral part in the crime wave. <br /> <br /> Political factors<br /> <br /> These can be looked at under the heading the urbanisation of politics; political contracts; politicisation of community-based organisation; politicisation of State intervention in community projects; disbursement of government projects and funding based on political allegiance. <br /> <br /> Of the above sub-factors, urbanisation of politics tops the list as a major driving force in the crime wave. <br /> <br /> Urban politics involve intimidation with the use of arms, vote buying, &ldquo;goonmanship&rdquo; and other violent acts on the electoral processes. These individuals often resort to criminal activities once the election is over. This appears to be quite evident in the parishes of St James and Westmoreland. The political factor, although in most cases remain camouflaged, has a direct correlation between itself and criminality. Proceeds from political contracts oftentimes have gone into the purchases of weapons and the strengthening of community dons. Successive governments have failed to stem their intervention into community activities on a political basis.<br /> <br /> We are yet to see the level of political maturity that will engender a concerted effort to curb crime through the elimination of the social, economic and political factors that drive crime in our western parishes.<br /> <br /> Until these factors are adequately addressed, it is unlikely that there will be a significant reduction in criminal activity in western Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Fenandez &lsquo;Bingy&rsquo; Smith is a former Jamaica Labour Party councillor for the Sherwood Content Division in Trelawny.<br /> <br /> e-mail: fgeesmith@yahoo.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728472/265890_91948_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM More students to benefit from MoBay City Run http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/More-students-to-benefit-from-MoBay-City-Run_93268 ROSE HALL, St James &mdash; Organisers of the fourth staging of the MoBay City Run have extended their reach and will broaden their scope as they seek to assist more students from the proceeds of this year&rsquo;s event, which will be staged on May 7 in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> Chair of the organising committee, Janet Silvera, told Tuesday&rsquo;s media launch at Holiday Inn Resort in Rose Hall that they will be extending assistance to residents of western Jamaica who attend tertiary institutions outside of the western region, as well as students at the early childhood level.<br /> <br /> Previously, only students who attended tertiary institutions in western Jamaica benefited from the fund raising event.<br /> <br /> According to Silvera, $500,000 from the proceeds of the 5K race will go towards assisting students at the early childhood level.<br /> <br /> The event will see a 5K and a 10K road race being contested, starting and ending at the Old Hospital Park in the resort city.<br /> <br /> Silvera said the organisers are hoping to attract over 4,000 participants &mdash; 1,000 more than those that participated last year. She added that some $5 million is expected to be raised from the staging of this year&rsquo;s event.<br /> <br /> The event was started four years ago with the aim of assisting needy students of tertiary institutions in western Jamaica.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728251/265839__w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM Western Jamaica Domino competition begins with Strike Force win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Jamaica-Domino-competition-begins-with-Strike-Force-win_93270 BY ALAN LEWIN Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica &mdash; The 2017 staging of the Western Jamaica Domino Association Charley&rsquo;s JB Overproof Rum-sponsored competition began on Sunday at the 24x7 Sports Bar in Montego Bay with Classic, the defending champions for the premier league, being outscored by Strike Force 300 to 290 in the only match played. <br /> <br /> The competition, which is divided into three categories, will see several matches down to be played next Sunday. <br /> <br /> In the Premier League, Uptown will take on Scotch Bonnet at Peckus Lawn on Barnett Street; Dallas will be up against Deeside at Dynasty Club on Union Street, Montego Bay; Whithorn Raiders will be against Unity Strikers at Whithorn while Dynamic Strikers play Dynasty in Clark&rsquo;s Town Trelawny. <br /> <br /> In the Division One competition, Tornado will tackle Clarke&rsquo;s Shellaz at 24x 7 Sports Bar in Montego Bay; Western Strikers take on Rainbow at Ball Ground in Savanna-la-Mar; and Venus will entertain Grange Hill at Water Works in Westmoreland. <br /> <br /> The Division Two competition will see Perry Strikers playing Next Generation at Burnt Savanah in Westmoreland; Western Star engage Peace And Love at Retrieve in Cambridge; while Pineapple invite Fire Strikers to Huntley in St Elizabeth. All matches will start at 1:00 pm. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728252/265841__w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM PHOTO: &lsquo;Women talk&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Women-talk-_93304 Acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant (centre) fields questions from a group of women drawn from the three Sandals Resorts properties in the Montego Bay region, as well as ladies from the nearby Flanker community, during an intimate round-table talk themed: &ldquo;Beating the Odds for Success&rdquo;, held at the Sandals Royal Caribbean property yesterday. Also photographed are: Public relations manager for Sandals Montego Bay region Khadine Daley (left) and training manager Sigourney Hastings. Grant, in her remarks, instructed the women to be exemplary in their conduct, stressing that children mirror their behaviour. (Photo: Philp Lemonte) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728245/265900__w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM PHOTO: Record breaking throw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Record-breaking-throw_93277 Montego Bay Community College&rsquo;s Lacie Allen on her way to a new meet record in the women&rsquo;s discus throw final at Saturday&rsquo;s second staging of the CCCJ track and field and cheerleading competition at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Allen, who was the only winner for MBCC, threw 27.20 metres, breaking the mark of 23.25 metre set by Donique McIntosh of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE). (Photo:Paul Reid) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728031/265874__w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM Thompson Street lift Heroy Clarke 40-over title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Thompson-Street-lift-Heroy-Clarke-40-over-title-_93274 MONTEGO BAY, St James - Thompson Street won the St James Cricket Association Heroy Clarke 40- Over competition after beating Green Pond by 36 runs in Sunday&rsquo;s final at Barnett Oval in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> In a game reduced to 30 overs, Thompson Street, who lost the toss and were sent in to bat, made 130 for eight, then bowled out Green Pond for 94 in 24.5 overs as Christopher Watson took five wickets for 25 runs off 12.4 overs for winners.<br /> <br /> Samuels Evans took two wickets for Thompson Street as Shane Fowler was the top scorer for Green Pond with 24 runs while Daniel Hines made 20 not out.<br /> <br /> When Thompson batted, Andre Ramgeet top-scored with 44, while Dennis McGarvey made 40 against Veroom Martin&rsquo;s four wickets for 25 off seven overs and Milton Taffe&rsquo;s four for 42 off eight overs. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10677419/cricket-ball_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM Tight race! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Tight-race-_93273 BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer Semi-final<br /> <br /> hopefuls Montego Bay Boys Club and Faulkland FC will take on relegation-threatened Granville United and Three Miles River respectively on Saturday as the race for play-off places in the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum Super League heats up.<br /> <br /> Montego Bay Boys Club are in second place on 24 points, 11 points behind leaders and semi-final qualifiers Sandals South Coast, while Faulkland FC are a point and a place below on 23 points.<br /> <br /> Both teams will start favourites to win and continue their drive to the top four with three round of matches left to be played.<br /> <br /> Granville United&rsquo;s grip on the title is slipping with each passing round of matches and they are just above the relegation zone on 16 points from13 games, winning just three so far this campaign.<br /> <br /> Granville United, who beat last-placed Holland United last weekend, are in a must-win situation if they are to stay clear of the drop zone. They will find it difficult against a Boys Club team that is finding its form at the right time.<br /> <br /> Faulkland FC should beat Three Miles River in a match-up of promoted teams and move closer to securing a place in the semi-finals in their first season at this level.<br /> <br /> The St James club have scored 25 goals, tied for first place with Sandals South Coast, and have scored seven goals in their last three games. Three Miles River have conceded 25 goals, the most in the competition.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, on Sunday Sandals South Coast will be hoping to avenge their mid-season final loss to Reggae Youths when they meet at WesPow Park. <br /> <br /> In other games, Wadadah will seek to maintain their winning run when they face Clark&rsquo;s Town at Jarrett Park; Holland United and Beaches Negril will meet at Elleston Wakeland Centre; while Petersfield United and Hopewell United will lock horns at Petersfield. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728026/265857_91934_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728028/265859_91933_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM Negril gets ready for Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum Great Escape Weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Negril-gets-ready-for-Charley-s-JB-Rum-Great-Escape-Weekend_93267 BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com Plans are now in high gear for this year&rsquo;s staging of the Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum-sponsored Great Escape Weekend party series, which begins on April 14 in the resort town of Negril.<br /> <br /> Speaking at the launch of the sixth staging of the event at Bambooze Negril, member of the organising committee, Nekeisha Myrie Kozier, promised patrons a fun-filled Easter weekend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We will have something for everyone. This year will be no different. It&rsquo;s going to be four days of non-stop partying,&rdquo; said Myrie Kozier. <br /> <br /> Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum Great Escape Weekend, which will end on April 17, features four epic events.<br /> <br /> They are: Black On Black (night event) on Good Friday April 14 at Negril Escape Resort; the all-blue themed-Liquid Fusion dancehall explosion on Saturday, April 15, at Bambooze Negril; and on Sunday April 16 Escape J&rsquo;ouvert meets Soakin Wet (2:00pm to 10:00pm) at Cayenne Beach. The festival closes with Wet Dreams All White party (night event) at Cayenne Beach on Monday April 17.<br /> <br /> The organisers also say that anticipation for Great Escape is very high, indicating that it is a testament to their commitment to make the weekend a memorable experience for everyone.<br /> <br /> Pavel Smith, brand manager for Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum, noted that the event has become one of western Jamaica&rsquo;s premiere party experience.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;From April 14 to 17 we are going to see thousands raise their cups in what has become one of western Jamaica&rsquo;s premier party experience. Throughout the tournaments attendees, both local and international, will be connected to our culture by great vibes, great party feelings, exciting music and, of course, enhanced by JB Rum mixes,&rdquo; said Smith, as he commended the organisers of the event.<br /> <br /> Negril hotelier Richard Wallace, in his remarks, also commended the Great Escape team, saying &ldquo;it shows the commitment of the promoters to provide quality entertainment, which plays a vital role in the tourism industry.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alwin Brown, who is in charge of the Negril Police Area, has endorsed the event.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We want to make it abundantly clear that we are supportive of the Great Escape Weekend event, and contrary to the misconception that some people have that we are against the music industry and entertainment in Negril, I want to make it clear also that we fully understand the importance of the music industry and the integral part that entertainment plays in the tourism industry,&rdquo; said DSP Brown.<br /> <br /> He urged the promoters, however, to comply with the Noise Abatement Act during the staging of the event.<br /> <br /> Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Western and former Tourism and Entertainment Minister Dr Wykeham Neill, who was present at the launch, also stressed the importance of the event to the tourism sector.<br /> <br /> According to the organisers, tickets for the Great Escape Weekend are being sold at UG&rsquo;s Cellular in Lucea and Grange Hill, Keri Page Fashions in Savanna-la-Mar; Riverside Pharmacy in Negril; Bambooze Negril; Foto Shop in Montego Bay; and online at firstinline.com.<br /> <br /> Tickets will also be available at the gate during the events staged at the various venues. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728005/265836__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728003/265837__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728002/265838__w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM Itelbpo donates playground to Blossom Gardens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Itelbpo-donates-playground-to-Blossom-Gardens--------_93308 MONTEGO BAY, St James - A playground may seem like an ordinary, insignificant structure merely to occupy the time of children for a few hours.<br /> <br /> But for wards of the state at the Blossom Gardens Child Care Facility in St James, a playground is a place that brings joy, smiles and laughter for many of them who have very little. <br /> <br /> On a visit to the facility you will notice that there was a recent facelift of the space. With this facelift came the construction of a new playground complete with a gazebo, walkway, monkeybars and a new seesaw, for the close to 41 wards of the state who find a home at the facility. <br /> <br /> This project was the effort of itelbpo Smart Solutions, which last year received a $1 million grant from the Digicel Foundation for its execution. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;One of the greatest feelings as an employer is to be able to give back to the community where we operate. It's an even better feeling, one of hope, when your team members are excited and energised to do so on behalf of the company. It speaks to the culture of our work environment and it tells me that we're doing something right,&rdquo; said Yoni Epstein, chairman and CEO of itelbpo Smart Solutions. <br /> <br /> Last year, itelbpo Smart Solutions carried out several employee-led initiatives geared towards assisting the childcare facility with much-needed supplies, and possibly the most appreciated gift &mdash; their many visits. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our children are certainly benefitting from the new equipment and the improved grounds, additionally, a gazebo was constructed, which both children and staff utilise on a daily basis. We are indeed thankful to Mr Yoni Epstein and his team for the deep interest they have shown in our home,&rdquo; said manager of the child care facility, Ameria Munroe. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Over the past two years they not only donated to the home, but they have taken the time to visit and interact with our children, thereby adding that personal touch.<br /> <br /> We sincerely appreciate those times and the completion of this recent project.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729473/265909_91959_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729472/265908_91960_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM Good luck! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Good-luck-_93271 Sandals Resorts Montego Bay region (Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Inn) presented the Flanker Primary and Junior High School in St James with much needed football gear for the preparation of the St James FA/VMBS Under-13 Football competition set to start in April. <br /> <br /> Flanker, who were semi-finalists in the competition last year, have expressed confidence that they will advance in the upcoming season. <br /> <br /> Here, Khadine Daley, the Sandals Resorts regional public relations manager for the Montego Bay region (back row,left), stands proudly beside coach Kerry Alexander and team members, along with principal Rupert Shaw (back row, right) after the presentation. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728253/265843__w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM Deadly gangs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Deadly-gangs-_93303 BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer West writer LUCEA, Hanover - Newly installed commanding officer for the Hanover Police Division Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sharon Beeput has vowed to dismantle the four existing gangs operating in the parish, two of which, she said, are creating mayhem.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;&hellip; It is our intention to dismantle the gangs operating in our space. And we need the corporation of everybody,&rdquo; DSP Beeput told the recent regular monthly meeting of the Hanover Municipal Corporation. <br /> <br /> She listed the gangs as the Ants Nest, 100 Rounds, One Link and One Voice, stressing that, &ldquo;the One Voice and the One Link gangs are creating mayhem in the parish.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I must inform that some members from those gangs [One Voice and One Link] have met their demise... Other members who are still associated with these gangs are still active within the spaces,&rdquo; said DSP Beeput, who was assigned to the parish as the commanding officer earlier this month. <br /> <br /> She noted that members of the One Voice and One Link gangs are operating within the Lucea, Green Island, Canaan and Kingsvale areas, adding that, &ldquo;all those areas are very, very, very active.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> The DSP also disclosed that plans are afoot to revive neighbourhood watches and youth clubs in the parish, as part of her crime fighting strategy. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We do have a challenge with the community policing. You might not have been seeing them in your spaces regularly, because we do have some resource challenges of which the high command is addressing presently. So, sooner or later the police will be out there in your communities trying to bring back the neighbourhood watches and police youth clubs that have been absent for a little while now,&rdquo; said Beeput. <br /> <br /> She added that the police will also be dominating public spaces such as the transport centres and markets, while frequent operations targeting criminal suspects and other persons of interest are also to continue. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Frequent raids in public spaces &hellip; just want you to be aware of this, that is going to happen. Persons are going to be calling you [councillors], but it has to go on. If you want to get rid of criminal elements, we have to continue all these activities to keep it down,&rdquo; asserted DSP Beeput, who added that the raids will also include people suspected of being involved in the lottery scam. <br /> <br /> Up to a week ago, 17 murders have been recorded in the parish since the start of the year, compared to four during the corresponding period in 2016. <br /> <br /> According to Beeput, Lucea has accounted for eight deaths, Green Island five, while they were three in Kingsvale and one in Sandy Bay. <br /> <br /> Last year, 51 murders were reportedly committed in Hanover, compared to 59 in 2015. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Chairman of the Hanover Municipal Corporation and Mayor of Lucea, Sheridan Samuels, and his six councillors, have pledged to work with Beeput and her team in the fight against crime and violence in the parish. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728249/265898__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13728248/265899__w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM Hip Strip - March 23 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hip-Strip---March-23_93264 Training and Development manager at Sandals Negril, Keitho Nembhard (centre) is one lucky fellow as he is sandwiched by Kayon Witter (left) and Nicola Whyte as they get ready for a recent catamaran cruise.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729480/265827_91909_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729479/265821_91903_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729478/265824_91906_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729482/265825_91907_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729483/265829_91911_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729481/265819_91901_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729476/265831_91913_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729486/265822_91904_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729487/265820_91902_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729488/265823_91905_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729489/265830_91912_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13729491/265826_91908_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM Western Entertainment Diary - March 23 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Entertainment-Diary_93266 Exotic Thursdays <br /> <br /> @ SundazeBar & Grill <br /> <br /> Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Heineken All Star Thursdays <br /> <br /> @ Margaritaville <br /> <br /> Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: Free <br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> FRIDAY, March 24 <br /> <br /> The Urge Quiet Party <br /> <br /> @ Facebaar Nightclub, Ironshore <br /> <br /> Music By: DJ Kentucky and DJ Tippy <br /> <br /> Adm: $2,500 pre-sold, $3,000 gate <br /> <br /> Time: 12:00 am-5:00 am <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Five in the City <br /> <br /> @ Margaritavlle Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: Free Time: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SATURDAY, March 25 <br /> <br /> Silent Cruise Quiet Party <br /> <br /> Boarding at Pier One, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Music By: DJ Blu, Tippy and 47 <br /> <br /> Adm: $2,500 pre-sold, $3,000 gate <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Savage <br /> <br /> @ Iberostar Hotel, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $4,000 <br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm-3:00 am <br /> <br /> Music By: DJ Crazy Neil, ZJ Liquid and TC <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Jamaica Carnival MoBay Blow Out <br /> <br /> @ Pier One, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $1,500 general, $2,500 VIP <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> International Night <br /> <br /> @ Facebaar Nightclub & Lounge <br /> <br /> Ironshore, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $500 <br /> <br /> Three DJs; three separate floors <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Different Strokes Retro party <br /> <br /> @ Cayenne Beach, Negril <br /> <br /> Adm $1,000 pre-sold, gate $1,500 <br /> <br /> VIP $3,000 pre-sold, $4,000 gate <br /> <br /> Ticket outlets: UG&rsquo;s Cellular in Lucea;<br /> <br /> Foto Shop in MoBay;<br /> <br /> Carlas Nail Spa in Savanna-la-Mar <br /> <br /> Police Area One 150th Anniversary Concert <br /> <br /> @ Sam Sharpe Square, MoBay <br /> <br /> Time: 6:00pm <br /> <br /> Adm: Free <br /> <br /> SUNDAY, March 26 <br /> <br /> Sunday Breeze Boat Cruise <br /> <br /> @ Pier One, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Tickets: $1000 pre-sold, $1500 gate <br /> <br /> Boarding: 7:00 pm, Departure: 8:00 pm <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 <br /> <br /> Musical Explosion <br /> <br /> @ Clock Tower, Barnett St, MoBay <br /> <br /> Featuring: King Stur Gav, Daddy U Roy and General Trees <br /> <br /> Time: 9:00pm <br /> <br /> Adm: $800 pre-sold; $1,000 gate <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10636783/ediary_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM Western Sports Diary - March 23 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Sports-Diary---March-23_93275 Trelawny FA Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League<br /> <br /> Rio Bueno FC vs Invaders SC &mdash; Sea-Road playfield 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Westmoreland FA Major League<br /> <br /> Delveland PYC vs Hertford FC &mdash; Delveland 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Roaring River vs Russia FC &mdash; Bay Road 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> St James FA Sandals International Division One<br /> <br /> Irwin United vs Somerton FC &mdash; Irwin High 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Norwood Strikers vs Fire House SC &mdash; UDC field 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> FRIDAY, MARCH 24 <br /> <br /> ISSA Western Conference Girls Basketball<br /> <br /> Holland High vs Mt Alvernia &mdash; Holland 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Rhodes Hall vs William Knibb &mdash;Rhodes Hall 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> St James FA Sandals International Senior League<br /> <br /> Heights FC vs Mountain Villa &mdash; UDC field 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Revelation FC vs MoBay City FC &mdash; 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Westmoreland FA Major League<br /> <br /> Westmoreland Police vs Straths &mdash; Bay Road 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Frome FC vs Golden Touch- &mdash; Frome 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> SATURDAY, MARCH 25<br /> <br /> JFF Western Confederation Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum Super League<br /> <br /> Montego Bay Boys Girls Club vs Granville Utd FC &mdash; UDC field 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Faulkland SC vs Three Miles River FC &mdash;Jarrett Park 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Trelawny FA Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League<br /> <br /> Spicy Hill SC vs Granville FC &mdash; Georgia Playfield 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Bunker&rsquo;s Hill SC vs Harmony FC &mdash; Unity Sports Ground 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Salt Marsh Utd vs Coopers Pen FC &mdash; Davis Pen Playfield 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Westmoreland FA Major League<br /> <br /> Georges Plain United vs Forever Sports &mdash; Bay Road 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Negril FC vs Little London &mdash; Negril 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Hanover FA Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum/Cpt Bakery & Grill Major League<br /> <br /> Logwood United vs Friendship United &mdash; Watson Taylor Park 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> SUNDAY, MARCH 26<br /> <br /> JFF Western Confederation Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum Super League<br /> <br /> Holland Utd vs Beaches Negril &mdash; EWYC 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Petersfield FC vs Hopewell Utd FC &mdash; Petersfield Playfield 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Reggae Youths FC vs Sandals South Coast &mdash; Wespow Park 3:30 pm <br /> <br /> Wadadah FC vs Clark&rsquo;s Town FC- &mdash; Jarrett Park- 5:00 pm<br /> <br /> Trelawny FA Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League<br /> <br /> Kinloss FC vs Baca Star Utd &mdash; Kinloss Playfield 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Duanvale FC vs Daniel Town FC &mdash; Duanvale Playfield 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Hanover FA Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum/Cpt Bakery & Grill Major League<br /> <br /> Lucea FC vs Sandals Negril &mdash; Watson Taylor Park 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Sandy Bay FC vs Jericho Rangers &mdash; Orchard Sports Ground 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> MONDAY, MARCH 27<br /> <br /> Westmoreland FA Major League<br /> <br /> Golden Touch vs Roaring River &mdash; Petersfield 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Forever Sports vs Delveland FC &mdash; Bay Road 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> St James FA Sandals International Division One<br /> <br /> Copperwood FC vs Lane FC &mdash; Bickersteth 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Irwin United vs Violet Kickers &mdash; Irwin High 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Somerton FC vs Paradise FC &mdash; Somerton 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Bogue United vs Norwood Strikers &mdash; UDC field 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Hanover FA Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum/Cpt Bakery & Grill Major League<br /> <br /> Super Star YC vs Johnson Town &mdash; Watson Taylor Park 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> TUESDAY, MARCH 28<br /> <br /> St James FA Sandals International Senior League<br /> <br /> MoBay City FC vs Melbourne Mind Game FC &mdash; UDC field 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Lilliput Rovers vs Revelation FC &mdash; Hilton Rose Hall 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Westmoreland FA Major League<br /> <br /> Straths FC vs Hertford FC &mdash;Petersfield 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Russia FC vs Negril FC &mdash; Bay Road 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29<br /> <br /> Westmoreland FA Major League<br /> <br /> Georges Plain United vs Westmoreland Police &mdash; Bay Road 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Little London vs Frome- Little London High &mdash; 3:30 pm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10636791/sdiary_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:00 AM Police to host concert, sports day in St James http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Police-to-host-concert--sports-day-in-St-James_92752 ALBION, St James &mdash; The Area One police say they will be using two upcoming events in St James to foster a better relationship with residents in western Jamaica.<br /> <br /> The two events, a concert and a sports day, form part of the Jamaica Constabulary Force&rsquo;s (JCF&rsquo;s) 150th anniversary celebrations.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have always done hardcore policing. So, this is the softer side of policing to reach out to the communities and the various cross-section of St James... Area One on a whole, that they may view the police in a different light and as such bring communities closer to the police...&rdquo; Deputy Superintendent of Police in charge of the Hanover Community Safety and Security Branch, Ainsley McCarthy, said.<br /> <br /> DSP McCarthy, who was supported by other police officers from Area One, was speaking at a press conference on Wednesday at the Social Development Commission (SDC) building on Albion Road in St James.<br /> <br /> The free two-hour concert is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm on March 25 at Sam Sharpe Square, while the sports day, which is opened to the public, is to be held on the April 27 at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in the parish.<br /> <br /> The police Area One is made up of the parishes of St James, Trelawny, Hanover, and Westmoreland.<br /> <br /> While pointing out that police officers will be singing and performing as deejays at the concert, DSP McCarthy also made it clear that the concert is not being used as a means of forgetting crime.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This concert is aimed at just togetherness for the people, basically, not to forget about the crime situation, because we can&rsquo;t forget about the crime situation. But, we also have to realise that in the midst of everything, we have to continue our normal lives,&ldquo; he said. &ldquo;So, we want people to realise that, yes, crime is there, but it cannot prevent us from going about our normal lives, doing what we do on a daily basis.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In relation to the sports day, DSP McCarthy said police officers will be participating but the event will be open to the public to participate too.<br /> <br /> He also moved to assure people who would want to venture to St James but are concerned about the parish&rsquo;s crime problem.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I can assure you that the streets of St James are no different than in any other parish. They (killings) are random acts like anywhere, but the streets of St James are as safe as any other place,&rdquo; DSP McCarthy said.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Anthony Lewis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10245256/police-hat2_0_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:00 AM Road tour: &lsquo;We Inspire Girls to Be Strong Women&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Road-tour---We-Inspire-Girls-to-Be-Strong-Women-_92568 The Cortia Bingham-led We Inspire Agency kicked-started the &lsquo;We Inspire Girls To Be Strong Women&rsquo; school tour in St James last week Tuesday. <br /> <br /> With a group of dedicated sponsors which included the Jamaica Observer, Lasco Lasoy, i-Cool, Foska Oats, ARRC Media, Iprint, BluePrint, Elle & Vire, Ari Skin Care, Well-Teen and Curves in tow, the &lsquo;We Inspire Girls to Be Strong Women&rsquo; team journeyed to their first stop, Mount Alvernia High School, in the resort city of Montego Bay. <br /> <br /> Being the alma mater of the We Inspire Agency&rsquo;s founder, the home of &ldquo;the girls in white&rdquo; had to be the first stop. <br /> <br /> The Mount Alvernia students received words of inspiration, and valuable life lessons from guest speakers, Joy Clark, head of Digicel Business (Western), Yendi Phillips, Miss Universe 2010 first runner-up, and TV personality, Dr Claudine Lewis, and Diahann Gordon-Harrison, Children&rsquo;s Advocate.<br /> <br /> Day two was spent at the St James High School, also in Montego Bay, where the &lsquo;We Inspire Girls To Be Strong Women&rsquo; tour continued with an even stronger message as the group celebrated International Women&rsquo;s Day with emphasis on this year&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Be Bold For Change&rdquo;, under the auspices of Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis and Councillor Richard Vernon. <br /> <br /> On both days the students were feted by the sponsors who provided product samples and tips to use these products to nourish their bodies and maintain proper hygiene.<br /> <br /> There were also giveaways as the group encouraged students to share with them what they learned during the sessions with poise and confidence.<br /> <br /> Over the next two months the We Inspire Girls To Be Strong Women school tour will visit at least 13 other schools across the island with a slew of powerful speakers. <br /> <br /> The Jamaica Observer West brings you highlights of the opening tours in Montego Bay. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13712092/264476_90589_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13712091/264473_90588_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13712087/264478_90590_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13712090/264472_90587_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 AM &lsquo;Pain! pain! pain!&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Pain--pain--pain--_92599 BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter MOUNT PETO, Hanover &mdash; The challenge faced by double amputee, 20-year-old Jaseine Greenfield, could be described as an unsurmountable hurdle. <br /> <br /> Her woes commenced on the morning of Monday, February 13 this year &mdash; the eve of Valentine&rsquo;s Day &mdash; when her arms were chopped off during a brutal attack while leaving her grandmother&rsquo;s home in the usually quiet Mount Peto community for work as a cashier at a wholesale and sports bar in the neighbouring parish of St James.<br /> <br /> According to the distraught domestic violence victim, as she made her way down the lonely narrow path to get transportation, she was pounced upon from behind by an enraged man armed with a sharp machete, which he used to chop her all over her body, severing both her arms. <br /> <br /> She alleged that her attacker was her estranged husband, Jodelyn Siceron, a Haitian immigrant from whom she had been separated since last December, one year after exchanging vows.<br /> <br /> Greenfield said the break-up was as a consequence of repeated physical abuse. <br /> <br /> Following the bizarre incident in February, the mother of a six-year-old son underwent an over-12-hour-long surgery at Cornwall Regional Hospital where doctors reattached the severed arms. <br /> <br /> Unfortunately, however, the doctors subsequently had to detach the arms due to complications. <br /> <br /> She was released from hospital last week. <br /> <br /> Acting senior medical officer at Cornwall Region Regional Hospital, Dr Derrick Harvey, said doctors at the hospital tried their best to save Greenfield&rsquo;s arms. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The limbs were lost despite every effort to save them. The surgeons tried their best to save the arms&hellip; she was in surgery for a very long time where she underwent difficult operations,&rdquo; said Harvey. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the accused man, who is facing a charge of felonious wounding in connection with the attack, when he made his first appearance in court, was remanded in custody until March 31. <br /> <br /> When the Jamaica Observer West team visited Greenfield on Tuesday, masking her grief she recounted the excruciating physical and emotional pain and sleeplessness which tortured her while in hospital. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was taken to theatre and never woke up until Tuesday [February 14] and saw the two hands reattached. But there was not much hope for the left hand, which was very black. Doctors conceded it was very hard to save. The right hand seemed to be okay; it had little life after it was just reattached, but the nerves were not connected to it,&rdquo; Greenfield said as she narrated the horrific memory. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The left hand was without feeling, so a week after they [doctors] took it off. They then reattached the nerve to the right hand. I could move it a little, but it was painful. Life was there, but it &lsquo;slow-poison&rsquo; and they had to take me back to theatre to take it off back. Mi start cry seh mi don&rsquo;t have no hand and might as well God take me.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Noting that she continues to be tortured with severe pain and sleeplessness, Greenfield is, however, eternally grateful to her grandmother, who not only cares for her, but also her son.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Sometimes it&rsquo;s hard, and sometimes me feel some terrible pain. As long as the night is, me just sit up. Pain! Pain! Pain! Sometimes mi feel like the whole hands are on it, nuff cramps&hellip; but doctors seh mi going have that for time being, so that is why I was given nerves pill,&rdquo; she bemoaned. <br /> <br /> But, despite her challenges, Greenfield remains determined to complete her Career Advancement Programme course which, she said, she would have completed by June, had it not been for last month&rsquo;s tragedy. She said she is planning to venture into tourism upon completion of the programme. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I only had five months to complete to go out in the hotel sector because mi have mi six-year-old child to support,&rdquo; she said, adding she was &ldquo;just holding the cashier job temporarily&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> In fact, Greenfield, who explained that &ldquo;everything I did, I have to use my hands&rdquo;, has her sights set on the acquisition of two prosthetic arms in order to &ldquo;function normally again&rdquo;. She is now seeking assistance to source the robotic arms. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Greenfield is advising people in abusive relationships to get out as quickly as possible. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I would tell dem try get out of it; try seek help because mi don&rsquo;t want what reach mi reach them, because they might not have the luck like me to live. Maybe God nah guh deh pon dem side, like how God help me fi live. It&rsquo;s not pretty,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> Added Greenfield: &ldquo;Me nah go hide mi conscience. If me could reborn and come back in a abusive relationship, to be honest, mi a go a prison because mi a kill the man first. Because since what happen to me, mi just think negative, and mi just have some bad thoughts. Mi don&rsquo;t know how mi going face the court the 30th [of March] because when mi see him [Siceron] &hellip;to see what him do to me, mi going want to do him back.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13712388/264493_90618_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13712385/264495__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13712387/264494__w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 AM Sandals, Beaches Negril host girls in State-run facility on International Women&rsquo;s Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Sandals--Beaches-Negril-host-girls-in-State-run-facility-on-International-Women-s-Day_92605 NEGRIL, Westmoreland &mdash; Fourteen teenagers from the Summerfield Child Care Facility expressed that one of their deepest desires has been to spend a day at a prominent hotel, to learn from employees, and experience what the hospitality industry offered to visitors.<br /> <br /> Sandals and Beaches Negril got wind of this, and decided to add fuel to the passion of the teenagers by challenging them to the International Women&rsquo;s Day theme &lsquo;Be Bold For a Change,&rsquo; and go after that dream. <br /> <br /> As part of the resort chain&rsquo;s recent International Women&rsquo;s Day celebrations, the girls, age 13-17, along with their chaperones were invited to a day of &ldquo;edutainment&rdquo; at Beaches Negril Resort and Spa. <br /> <br /> All 14, according to manager at the Clarendon-based facility, Althea Baker, want to pursue a career in hospitality and tourism, with one already securing a spot at the Ebony Park Heart Academy to study Food and Beverage Supervision Level III. <br /> <br /> Spearheaded by the resort&rsquo;s regional public relations department, the girls received an entertaining welcome by managers and Sesame Street friends Grover and Cookie Monster, topped off by cold towels, refreshing welcome amenities and the lovely ambience of the resort&rsquo;s Great Room. They were checked into the resort by the personable front office team and were given a wealth of information on the front of house and animations operations. <br /> <br /> The youngsters were later taken on an information-laden tour of the lush 12-acre beachfront property making stops at key departments. <br /> <br /> The resort piazza bar was the top hangout spot, as bartender Sileon James staged a show-tending event for the teenagers, pouring them tall glasses of various concoctions and answering their many questions. The girls also had the opportunity to interact with the food preparation team, which hosted the group to a food-carving demonstration and an interactive session.<br /> <br /> They were shown that all work and no fun was not on the day&rsquo;s agenda and went to unwind in the popular resort club Liquid at Beaches, took their turns in the X-Box Games Lounge and were treated to massages, exfoliation teasers and complimentary products courtesy of the Red Lane Spa. <br /> <br /> Baker said the visit was more than she anticipated.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I appreciated Beaches accommodating our ladies as part of their celebrations for International Women&rsquo;s Day. The field trip accomplished all that we had hoped for, and more. The girls met with managers and team members who went all out; they wowed beyond expectation. The tour was so interactive and fun and this made the girls feel even more comfortable in their career choices,&rdquo; she shared.<br /> <br /> Surinder &lsquo;Lucky&rsquo; Kahlon, general manager at Beaches Negril in his address to the girls charged them to embrace their roles as powerful females in society and encouraged them to continue working towards a successful career in the field.<br /> <br /> According to one of the girls in the group, who has her sights set on a career as a dietician, &ldquo;It was one of my best experiences, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone at Beaches for treating us to such a wonderful day.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> All the youngsters received individual school bags stacked with school supplies as a farewell gift courtesy of the resort&rsquo;s charity arm, Sandals Foundation.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13712371/264500_90612_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 AM MBU, Tivoli clash in RSPL game at WesPow Park http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MBU--Tivoli-clash-in-RSPL-game-at-WesPow-Park_92546 BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer TUCKER, St James &mdash; Defending champions Montego Bay United (MBU) will have a score to settle when they host title contenders Tivoli Gardens in a rescheduled Red Stripe Premier League third-round game at WesPow Park today, starting at 3:30 pm.<br /> <br /> Tivoli Gardens edged MBU 1-0 when both teams met at WesPow Park at the end of the second round. <br /> <br /> Now just two points separate the teams that were scheduled to meet two weeks ago. The game was rescheduled to accommodate MBU&rsquo;s hosting of the Caribbean Football Union&rsquo;s (CFU) Caribbean Champions Cup first-round Group C match at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.<br /> <br /> Both teams are coming off 1-1 draws; MBU came from a goal down to earn a point against Humble Lion on Monday, while a day earlier Tivoli Gardens gave up an early lead and were held by relegation-threatened Maverly/Hughenden.<br /> <br /> Since their loss, which triggered a three-game winless run and saw them giving up the lead, MBU, who are in fourth place on 47 points from 25 games, have seen American coach Rod Underwood taking over the reins.<br /> <br /> Despite winning just three of the six games since he took over, losing once to Antiguan club Grenades in the CFU tournament, Underwood thinks the team is starting to grasp what he has been teaching. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We can&rsquo;t be drawing games; we need to win and move up the standings.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Underwood is also concerned about allowing &ldquo;soft goals&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> In the six games they have played under him so far, they have let in seven goals, most of which, he argued, were preventable.<br /> <br /> With the departure of top striker Dino Williams to the Indy XI in the NASL, there is a three- way battle between the seasoned Allan Ottey and two youngsters, Johann Weatherly and Jourdaine Fletcher, to accompany Owayne Gordon in attack.<br /> <br /> So far Weatherly, with two goals off the bench in the CFU event, appears to have won the starting place, playing 85 minutes on Monday against Humble Lion.<br /> <br /> Gordon, who was the competition&rsquo;s top scorer last year when they won their second title in three years, got his first goal of the RSPL season on Monday.<br /> <br /> He also scored three times in the final two games of the recent CFU tournament.<br /> <br /> Today MBU will take on an inconsistent Tivoli Gardens team led by the competition&rsquo;s top striker, Jermaine Johnson, who has so far netted 14 times, and has combined with his strike partner Elton Thompson for 22 of the team&rsquo;s 38 goals scored. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13711844/264412_90570_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13711843/264411_90571_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 AM Granville United fight to avoid relegation in Western Confed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Granville-United-fight-to-avoid-relegation-in-Western-Confed_92588 BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer THREE MILES RIVER, Westmoreland &mdash; Defending champions Granville United will have two chances in four days starting this afternoon to rescue themselves from the relegation zone of the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley&rsquo;s JB rum Super League.<br /> <br /> After Saturdays 1-3 loss to semi-finals qualifiers Sandals South Coast at home, Granville United fell to ninth position on 12 points. <br /> <br /> But if they can beat fellow strugglers Three Miles River and Holland United they could create some breathing room.<br /> <br /> Today, they travel to 11th -placed Three Miles River for a rescheduled game, and will host last-placed Holland United at Granville on Sunday &mdash; both games set to start at 3:30pm.<br /> <br /> With a place in the semi-finals still a long shot, Granville United&rsquo;s immediate focus will be to secure their spot in the competition next season.<br /> <br /> A perennial title contender, Granville United edged Sandals South Coast on penalty kicks last season, but failed to win a single game in the Confederation play-offs. and that poor form carried over to this season when they won just once in their first five games.<br /> <br /> While goals have been hard to come by with just 15 scored, they have been generous at the back, allowing 18 tying for third worst of the 12 teams in the competition.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, both Three Miles River and Holland will also be fighting against the drop. Both are on six points, two behind Petersfield, who snapped a 10-game winless run last weekend, but could run out of games with just four rounds left to be played. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13712196/264488_90592_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 AM Coopers Pen go for mid-season final berth in TFA league today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Coopers-Pen-go-for-mid-season-final-berth-in-TFA-league-today_92591 COOPERS PEN, Trelawny &mdash; Knock-out champions Coopers Pen could secure their place in the mid-season final of the Trelawny Football Association&rsquo;s Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League this afternoon with a win over Harmony FC in their top of Zone One return-round clash at home.<br /> <br /> Coopers Pen lead the Zone with 22 points, and a win over second-placed Harmony FC would put them out of reach and ensure their place in the consolation final set for Sunday, April 2.<br /> <br /> Baca Star United hold a similar three-point lead in Zone Two over Duanvale FC, and the two will meet on Sunday.<br /> <br /> The first meeting between Coopers Pen and Harmony FC ended in a 2-2 draw, the only blemish on Coopers Pen&rsquo;s record this season, while Harmony FC slipped up last weekend when they got hammered 4-1 by Salt Marsh United.<br /> <br /> Harmony FC, the competition&rsquo;s top-scoring team with 24 goals in eight games, must bounce back immediately from their loss and beat Coopers Pen today if they are to have a chance of passing them for the mid-season place.<br /> <br /> The game will pit the zone&rsquo;s leading team against Coopers Pen - the best defensive team - who also has the league&rsquo;s top scorer Shaunavan McKenzie with six goals so far.<br /> <br /> Harmony have the best attack with three players on four goals: Shannary Brown, Shaquille Reid and Ricardo Reid.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul A Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10948363/manning_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 AM