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 &lsquo;No more vending in Falmouth&rsquo;s Water Square&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-No-more-vending-in-Falmouth-s-Water-Square-_83143 BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com FALMOUTH, Trelawny &mdash; Newly sworn in Mayor of Falmouth Colin Gager warned Wednesday that vending will no longer be tolerated in the historic Water Square section of the town.<br /> <br /> Water Square is a pedestrianised area which was designed as a historic recreational park.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We will have to re-resurect Water Square for what it was meant for. It was not meant for a market place; it was meant for a place where you can come and have recreation. It wasn&rsquo;t meant for what it is used for right now,&rdquo; Gager told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer shortly after the swearing-in ceremony held at the Falmouth town hall on Thursday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo; I am sorry, but we can&rsquo;t function with Water Square like that. &ldquo;<br /> <br /> Gager, who was deputy mayor of Falmouth under the recent PNP-controlled Trelawny Municipal Corporation, formerly the Trelawny Parish Council, said that there are streets outside of Water Square where vending is allowed.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There are streets that are designated for vending so we will have to cooperate and people will have to go on those streets. It can&rsquo;t be on the brick that is laid there on the beautiful place, it can&rsquo;t be,&rdquo; he insisted.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Gager, who has been the councillor for the Warsop Division in Trelawny South since 2003, and who served as mayor of the Georgian seaside town from 2008 to 2012, disclosed that he will embark on an exercise to beautify the town as a matter of urgency.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My number one priority is to clean up to get a facelift; I will have to draft in other people, I will have to call on the Port (Authority) to help me,&rdquo; he remarked.<br /> <br /> He also promised to to improve the traffic management system, improve on the use and development of the transportation centre, and the completion of the new market in the town.<br /> <br /> He was nominated unopposed by his predecessor, Garth Wilkinson, People&rsquo;s National Party (PNP) councillor for the Falmouth Division.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor for the Duncans Division, Donovan White, was nominated as Gager&rsquo;s deputy.<br /> <br /> The other councillors sworn in during the ceremony were: Phillip Service and Dr Pauline Foster of the PNP, and the JLP&rsquo;s Dunstan Harper, Jonathan Bartley, Desmond Smith, and Nicole Nugent. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13493619/246314_72966_repro_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, December 10, 2016 12:00 AM JLP wins Maroon Town Div after 30-year drought http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/JLP-wins-Maroon-Town-Div-after-30-year-drought_82951 MAROON TOWN, St James &mdash; When Everes Coke is sworn today at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre as councillor for the Maroon Town Division, he will be the first Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) member to represent the division in 30 years. <br /> <br /> In the November 28 Local Government Elections, Coke defeated Chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, (formerly the St James Parish Council) and Mayor of Montego Bay, Glendon Harris, who has been the elected representative for the division since 1990, in what political observers say, was one of the major upsets in the local government polls. <br /> <br /> For the 46-year-old year-old Coke, however, who, like Harris, is a native of Maroon Town, the win was inevitable. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;My team and I were very confident of the victory. We did our research, we worked very hard, we knew where to find the voters, and we went after them,&rdquo; said Coke, who defeated the People&rsquo;s National Party&rsquo;s (PNP) Harris by 81 votes. <br /> <br /> He added that the division, which has been represented by the PNP, both at the local and central government levels, has been neglected by the elected representives for almost three decades. <br /> <br /> According to Coke, the division, which encompasses several farming communities, including Maroon Town, Summer Hill, Maldon, Garlands, Shaw Castle, Flagstaff, German Town and Tangle River, is characterised by poor road conditions and a chronic shortage of water. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Most of the areas of the division have been without piped water for many, many years. It&rsquo;s a disgrace. The elected representatives have failed the people miserably,&rdquo; said Coke, who taught at the Maldon High School for 15 years. <br /> <br /> Coke, who is one of several first-time councillor candidates to be sworn in today as elected representatives in St James, said his first order of business it to provide water for the area&rsquo;s residents. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;My top priority is to get water to the residents who have been suffering from a lack of it for years. I have already started to make contact with the National Water Commission and other agencies so we can look at various ways to supply water to the residents. Under my watch the people must get water. There is an urgent need for it,&rdquo; Coke declared. <br /> <br /> He noted that scores of residents have been accessing water from a number of untreated sources for domestic use, as well as at a &ldquo;roadside location&rdquo; in Popkin in the division. <br /> <br /> He also plans to see to the establishment of training centres in the various communities and the upgrading of the Maroon Town Health Centre. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Mark Cummings<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488161/245927_72291_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488159/245928_72292_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM JLP councillor-elect for Cambridge Division to be sworn in as mayor of MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/It-s-Homer-_82947 BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; The Jamaica Observer West has been reliably informed that Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Deputy General Secretary and councillor-elect for the Cambridge Division, Homer Davis, will today be sworn in as the new mayor of the resort city of Montego Bay. <br /> <br /> The charismatic Davis, who unsuccessfully contested the 2011 and February 2016 general elections against the People&rsquo;s National Party&rsquo;s (PNP) Derrick Kellier in the constituency of St James Southern, is said to be favoured for the job by the majority of the victorious JLP councillor/candidates in last week&rsquo;s local government polls. <br /> <br /> In the elections, the ruling JLP won 13 of the 17 divisions up for grabs in St James to gain control of the Municipal Corporation (formerly the St James Parish Council) from the Opposition PNP. <br /> <br /> Davis, the chairman of the Rural Water Authority who has been the councillor for the Cambridge Division since 2003, will replace the PNP&rsquo;s Glendon Harris, who lost the Maroon Town Division to the JLP&rsquo;s Everes Coke. <br /> <br /> The decision to install Davis as mayor of Montego Bay has come as a surprise to many, as it was widely believed that JLP Senator Charles Sinclair, who served in that position from 2008 to 2012, would have made a return to the post. <br /> <br /> When the Observer West contacted Davis yesterday, he declined to comment on the matter. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have no comment at this time, absolutely no comment; see you tomorrow [Thursday] at the swearing-in ceremony at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> Davis has long argued that he is willing to work in any capacity that the party sees fit. <br /> <br /> Yesterday, however, deputy leader in charge of the JLP Area Council Four, J C Hutchinson, stopped just short of declaring that Davis will be the new mayor of Montego Bay. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;My understanding is that a caucus was held on Sunday with the prospective councillors and they agreed that Davis should be given the job as mayor. That&rsquo;s my understanding; I wasn&rsquo;t there,&rdquo; Hutchinson cautioned. <br /> <br /> Davis is expected to have long-standing councillor for the Glendevon Division, Leeroy Williams, as his deputy. <br /> <br /> In the neigbouring parish of Trelawny, where the JLP won six of the nine divisions, former Mayor of Falmouth Colin Gager is expected to return to that post. Gager, who has been the sitting councillor for the Warsop Division since 2003, was mayor of that Georgian seaside town from 2008 to 2012. <br /> <br /> Donovan White, the councillor-elect for the Duncans Division &mdash; also the son of former JLP councillor for the division and ex-deputy mayor of Falmouth, Errol &ldquo;Juppie&rdquo; White &mdash; will be Gagor&rsquo;s deputy. <br /> <br /> In Westmoreland, where the PNP won nine of the 14 divisions, Bertel Moore, will continue as mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, while Danree Delancey, the councillor-elect for the Bethel Town Division, will remain as his deputy. <br /> <br /> And in Hanover, which saw the PNP winning four of the seven divisions, Sheridan Samuels, a former councillor, is expected to get the nod as mayor of Lucea. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488139/245924_72288_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488138/245925_72289_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Unearthing The Diamond http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Unearthing-The-Diamond_82935 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; The heavy downpour in the lush district of Camrose, St James, recently could not prevent Tamika Pomella Williams from launching her book, Unearthing The Diamond, at her home and businessplace at Ahhh&hellip;Ras Natango Gallery and Garden in that quiet rural community. <br /> <br /> Her husband Ian, and son Ayale, hosted the launch and welcomed guests at the function, held on November 25, the United Nation&rsquo;s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. <br /> <br /> Unearthing The Diamond is an autobiography by Williams, who was brutally gang-raped when she was a teenager. In the book she relates her horrible experience after she was kicked out of high school following the rape, while the alleged perpetrators were transferred to another prominent high school. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;As a teenager I was crippled with fear, unable to speak, unable to move as an utter violation took place which has changed my life forever. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;But today, I am a woman with a voice and I shall speak for the world to hear. This book is my voice and the voice of every woman who has experienced this type of violence, any type of violence. I finally have a voice,&rdquo; Williams told guests. <br /> <br /> She also used the occasion to encourage fathers to be involved in the lives of their children, particularly their daughters. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Doing little things &hellip; taking her out to dinner, bringing her flowers, being interested in her life and knowing her likes, dislikes, as well as her friends,&rdquo; she stressed, adding, &ldquo;this will help to make her so confident, so no child or adult will be able to confuse or coerce her into any negative behaviour.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13487927/245896_72241_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13487924/245898_72242_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Cornwall College target JC for all-island schoolboy football supremacy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Cornwall-College-target-JC-for-all-island-schoolboy-football-supremacy_82919 BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer CATHERINE HALL, St James &mdash; Fresh from their daCosta Cup triumph over St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) last week, 12-time champions Cornwall College will seek to end the decade-long drought of a rural area team winning the Olivier Shield when they take on title holders and Manning Cup champions Jamaica College at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday, starting at 6:00pm.<br /> <br /> Jamaica College, who beat Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; in the Manning Cup final, before losing the Walker Cup final to Kingston College, are going after a fourth-straight and 21st hold on the traditional symbol of all-island schoolboy football supremacy.<br /> <br /> The last daCosta Cup team to win the Olivier Shield was Glenmuir High in 2004, and since 2008 Jamaica College and St George&rsquo;s College have been the only winners.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College won the last of their 11 titles in 2001. <br /> <br /> Earlier this week, Cornwall College coach Dr Dean Weatherly told the Jamaica Observer West that winning the daCosta Cup was only the first step towards their goal of all-island championships.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Jamaica College has proven they are a quality team and have a quality programme, and no team left in the competition at this time of the year are going to be easy to beat,&rdquo; Weatherly argued.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We however are confident in what we can do; we have quality players in our team and our players are as aware of what it will take and they have the desire.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> He added that last Saturday&rsquo;s win over STETHS will help his players to get ready for the game on the weekend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Yes, we took on a good STETHS team, one that has shown a lot of fight all season and one who we knew would give us a good fight. Our players have shown, however, they have what it takes to make that next step,&rdquo; said Weatherly.<br /> <br /> Last Saturday Jourdaine Fletcher snapped a three-game scoring drought, after scoring in all his previous 15 matches, by notching his 33rd goal of the season in all competitions to give Cornwall College the lead in the 73rd minute. <br /> <br /> Shavon McDonald came up with the goal of his life in time added on to secure the title, both goals set up by the brilliant work from Peter-Lee Vassell who took over the game in the final 20 minutes.<br /> <br /> Weatherly thinks that if his players can build on Saturday&rsquo;s performance, they will give the expected large turnout a lot to cheer for.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;All that we worked on since July in training paid off, and that was one of our better- executed games of late,&rdquo; he said. Weatherly was however, coy about any changes he would make for Saturday&rsquo;s Olivier Shield match.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have a full squad and based on what we expect, we will adjust accordingly,&rdquo; Weatherly said.<br /> <br /> Cornwall&rsquo;s Howard Dent, who played most of the season as a wing-back, has moved up into the midfield, where he helps Giovanni Reid to anchor the team. On Saturday, he made a number of runs into the STETHS area, opening up space for the attacking players to exploit.<br /> <br /> Michael Heaven, Pagiel Brown, Clifton Russell and Emmanuel Campbell will start in front of goalkeeper Jamario Hines, and one of two youngsters in Garnett Hudson or Aiden Jokomba could start up front with Fletcher and Vassell. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13487417/245874_72195_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13487414/243702_70259_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13487421/245871_72193_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;Dream big&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Dream-big-_82945 BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; President and CEO of Golden Crust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, Dr Lowell Hawthorne, has challenged western Jamaica business operators to venture on the international market. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I stopped by to tell you to expand your business beyond the shores of Jamaica, into the Americas where there are no borders. Think globally, think export, think Brand Jamaica and explore every opportunity to market our products, our country, in this unlimited resources to those ready and waiting in the wings,&rdquo; Dr Hawthorne charged. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to encourage you to stay focused and build a lasting legacy for Jamaica and our people.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> He was delivering the keynote address at the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry Annual Awards Banquet at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in St James on Saturday night. <br /> <br /> The event was held under the theme: &ldquo;Honouring Tradition, Embracing Innovation&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> The CEO of one of the largest Caribbean franchises in the world, dared the local business sector to dream big. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;If you are from Flanker, dream big; if you are from Tivoli Gardens, dream big, if you are from Rema, dream big. Do not let your zip code or community determine your destination. You may be the product of your past, but it should not be the trap of your past. Don&rsquo;t be afraid to dream big, don&rsquo;t be afraid to dream alone. Only be afraid not to dream at all,&rdquo; said the Golden Krust boss, who received a standing ovation at the end of his speech. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I dare you to be bold. If you don&rsquo;t take risks, you run the risk of missing opportunities. I dare you to invest in our people and use this chamber as a catalyst, or change agent for our people.&rdquo; President of the MBCCI, Gloria Henry, outlined that the tagline was selected to stimulate the minds of guests. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We at the chamber recognise that the world is quickly becoming an interconnected industry of sub-sectors where only the very well-equipped will thrive,&rdquo; she argued.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, media pioneer Lloyd B Smith was inducted in the MBCCI Wall of Fame. <br /> <br /> Other awardees were: MoBay City Run for Community Contribution award; Itel-BPO copped the Outstanding BPO Operator award; Downtown Renewal My MoBay went to Hilton & Hilton Ltd; Caribbean Producers Jamaica Ltd won the corporate award; New Investment Business Development & Expansion went to Jamaica Public Service; Rainforest Seafood copped the Business Development and Expansion in the Productive Sector award; T&rsquo;Shura Gibb got the Outstanding Customer Service Vocation award; Young Entrepreneur award &mdash; Reggae Tech Limited and Round Hill Hotel and Villa walked away with the Hospitality Services Partner award. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488170/245914_72277_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488169/245915_72278_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Esher Primary library reopens after seven years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Esher-Primary-library-reopens-after-seven-years_82946 BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer West writer ESHER, Hanover &mdash; Anthonette Wright, principal of the 24-year-old Esher Primary School in Hanover, is hoping that the recent reopening of the school&rsquo;s library, which was closed seven years ago, will increase the reading and reasoning ability of her students. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Hopefully, with the introduction of our school library, I am expecting to see reading and reasoning abilities skyrocket,&rdquo; asserted an optimistic Wright during the opening ceremony held last Thursday. <br /> <br /> The school, which currently has an outstanding record in the performing arts, has a literacy success of 90 per cent in the 2015 islandwide report. However, Wright&rsquo;s aim is to increase this figure by getting all students on par. <br /> <br /> The reopening of the library became a reality with the assistance of Reading Owls International and their donors, who donated books, book shelves and other furniture valued at over US$13,000. The creation of the library was done under the supervision of the Jamaica Library Service. <br /> <br /> Elaine Dickson of St Mary and her husband, Easton, a Hanover native, started Reading Owls International three years ago after returning home from the United States of America. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Having left Jamaica for 30 or so years, we came back and said to ourselves, &lsquo;not much has changed in terms of some of our communities where books are still absent&rsquo;. So, three years ago we came together and we said, &lsquo;we need to transform reading through kids in Jamaica&rsquo;. And, so out of that, Reading Owls International was born and this is the reason why we are here today [at Esher Primary],&rdquo; explained Dickson. <br /> <br /> The original library was closed in order to accommodate classroom space. However, Wright, a professed bookworm as a teenager and young adult saw the need to reopen the facility. <br /> <br /> Former Hanover Parish Library senior librarian, Marvetta Stewart-Richards, who was recently promoted to the post of acting regional director for the Jamaica Library Service, said the Jamaica Library Service in partnership with stakeholders, is hoping that the school library will transform the lives of the students. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We know that the library is not able to provide all the information needs that you have. So that is why we have a public library in your community as well, and we expect you to share in that occasion with us as well, and come and make use of what we have there in our library. So, I am encouraging you students, take care of your facility. Make use of the resources and be champions in your community,&rdquo; she encouraged. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the school is also set to start benefiting from a computer centre within another two weeks, thanks to the charitable group, Hanover Charities, which has donated 12 desktop computers, tables, and chairs, at a cost of $1.3 million, to the institution. <br /> <br /> Katrin Casserly of Hanover Charities said her group, which has donated some $30 million to various needy organisations in the parish since the start of the year, recently decided to undertake a number of projects involving the establishment of computer centres. <br /> <br /> The 59-year-old charity garners it&rsquo;s funds from an annual fund-raising activity called &lsquo;Sugarcane Ball&rsquo; held jointly by the Round Hill Hotel and Tryall Golf Resort, both located in Hanover.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Some really loving people who come to this island several times a year ... they say, &lsquo;Katrin, we really want to build computer centres&rsquo; and we [Hanover Charities] said perfect, we want to do that too. Because we feel every child needs access to computer besides reading all the beautiful books. As a prerequisite, you&rsquo;ve got to read well first before you use the computer well,&rdquo; stated Casserly, who noted that Esher would be the first primary school to receive a computer lab from her organisation under the new initiative. <br /> <br /> Education Officer Warren Brown noted that without partnerships it is almost impossible to maximise education. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have recognised as a ministry that without sponsors, without donors, without our education partners, it is almost impossible to effectively deliver to the system,&rdquo; said Brown. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488046/245916_72285_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488045/245919_72287_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13488047/245917_72286_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Granville FC start defence of Western Confed title against Hopewell United http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Granville-FC-start-defence-of-Western-Confed-title-against-Hopewell-United_82928 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Granville FC will open the defence of their Jamaica Football Federation&rsquo;s (JFF) Western Confederation Charlie&rsquo;s JB Rums Super League title on Sunday when they take on promoted Hopewell United in the third game of a triple-header at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> Granville FC won their third title last season, beating Sandals Whitehouse in the final at Jarrett Park, but failed to make it past the JFF Premier League play-offs. Now they will line up in the 12-team league, seeking back-to-back titles.<br /> <br /> Also on Sunday, the exciting Faulkland FC, who have made their way through the St James FA leagues with three consecutive promotions, will face Sandals Whitehouse in the second game, set to start at 5:00 pm, following the opening match between Clark&rsquo;s Town of Trelawny and first-time qualifiers Three Miles River of Westmoreland.<br /> <br /> The other games in the first round will be played on Tuesday and will see former champions Wadadah FC taking on Montego Bay Boys Club in a St James derby at the UDC field, Beaches Negril hosting Reggae Youths at Long Bay Beach Park, and Petersfield hosting Trelawny&rsquo;s Holland United, the fourth promoted team.<br /> <br /> Twelve teams will compete for the title and the right to contest the Premier League play-offs, and will face each other twice before the top two in each zone advance to the semi-finals.<br /> <br /> The top teams on points after the first round will also meet in a mid-season play-off.<br /> <br /> Granville FC, Beaches Negril, Clark&rsquo;s Town, Reggae Youths, Three Miles River, and Hopewell FC will play in Zone One, while Sandals Whitehouse, Wadadah FC, Petersfield FC, Montego Bay Boys Club, Holland United, and Faulkland FC will compete in Zone Two.<br /> <br /> St James clubs make up nearly half of all the clubs taking part with five &mdash; Granville FC, Reggae Youths, Wadadah FC, Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club, and Faulkland FC.<br /> <br /> Westmoreland account for four teams: Sandals Whitehouse, Beaches Negril, Petersfield, and Three Miles River; while Trelawny will have two teams in Clark&rsquo;s Town and Holland United. Hanover will have just Hopewell United (formerly Bamboo United) who are returning to the league.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13487407/245894_72209_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Photo: Royale Pharmacy health fair http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Royale-Pharmacy-health-fair_82938 Carol Muschett, director and pharmacist at Royale Pharmacy (third left), is seen with members of a Bioprist team participating in a recent health fair, put on by the pharmacy on location in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13487925/245900_72243_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Photo: Oliver Shield hunt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Oliver-Shield-hunt_82919 Jourdaine Fletcher of Cornwall College (right) gets away from his marker Clifton Woodbine in Saturday&rsquo;s ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Fletcher scored the opening goal as Cornwall College won the game 2-1 for their 12th title. (Photo: Paul Reid) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13487419/245869_72192_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Photo: Ball chase! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Ball-chase-_82922 Cornwall College&rsquo;s Omreiki Lindo (right) chases York Castle&rsquo;s Nigel Steele in their ISSA/TruJuice Rural Area Under-14 quarter-final game at Cornwall College last week. Cornwall College won the game 4-0 to advance to the semi-finals. (Photo: Paul Reid) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13487415/245891_72176_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Western Sport Diary - December 8, 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Sport-Diary---December-8--2016_82924 FRIDAY<br /> <br /> ISSA/Western Conference boys&rsquo; basketball final &mdash; Cricket Club<br /> <br /> U-16 third place &mdash; Muschett vs Rhodes Hall- 2:30 pm<br /> <br /> U-16 Final Game &mdash; 2- Cornwall vs Herbert Morrison &mdash; 4:00 pm<br /> <br /> U-19 Final Game &mdash; 2- Cornwall vs Herbert Morrison &mdash; 5:30 pm<br /> <br /> SATURDAY<br /> <br /> Seymour Panton Over-Distance meet<br /> <br /> Rusea&rsquo;s High<br /> <br /> Trelawny FA Victor Wright KO semi-final<br /> <br /> Coopers Pen FC vs Spicy Hill SC &mdash; Coopers Pen &mdash; 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> ISSA/Flow Olivier Shield Final<br /> <br /> Cornwall College vs Jamaica College &mdash; MoBay Sports Complex 6:00 pm<br /> <br /> SUNDAY<br /> <br /> JFF Western Confed Charley&rsquo;s JB Rums Super League<br /> <br /> Clark&rsquo;s Town vs Three Miles River &mdash; Jarrett Park &mdash; 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Faulkland FC vs Sandals Whitehouse &mdash; Jarrett Park &mdash; 5:00 pm<br /> <br /> Granville United vs Hopewell United &mdash; Jarrett Park &mdash; 7:00 pm<br /> <br /> MONDAY<br /> <br /> ISSA/Western Conference boys&rsquo; basketball final &mdash; Cricket Club<br /> <br /> U-16 Finals Game 3 Cornwall vs Herbert Morrison &mdash; 4:00 pm<br /> <br /> U-19 Finals Game 3 Cornwall vs Herbert Morrison &mdash; 5:30 pm<br /> <br /> TUESDAY<br /> <br /> JFF Western Confed Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum Super League<br /> <br /> Wadadah FC vs MoBay Boys Club &mdash; UDC &mdash; 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Beaches United vs Reggae Youths &mdash; Long Bay Beach Park &mdash; 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Petersfield vs Holland United- Petersfield &mdash; 3:00 pm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10636791/sdiary_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Entertainment diary - December 8, 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Entertainment-diary---December-8--2016_82915 THURSDAY, December 8 <br /> <br /> 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, December 9 <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, December 10 <br /> <br /> International and Latin Night <br /> <br /> @ Facebaar Restaurant Nightclub and Lounge <br /> <br /> Ironshore, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $1,000 <br /> <br /> Time: 10:00pm <br /> <br /> Smirnoff Night Life <br /> <br /> @ Margaritaville, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $600, Time: 10:00 pm <br /> <br /> Music By: DJ Blu <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Karaoke Night <br /> <br /> @ Jerky&rsquo;s Bar & Grill <br /> <br /> Alice Eldemire Drive <br /> <br /> Montego Bay <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> SUNDAY, December 11 <br /> <br /> Temperature Grove <br /> <br /> @ The Palms, Palmyra Resort <br /> <br /> Rose Hall, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Time: 2:00 pm-10:00 pm <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Real Rich Water Party <br /> <br /> @ Dumfries Community Centre <br /> <br /> Time: 4:00 pm- 12:00 am <br /> <br /> Adm: $1,000, VIP $1,500 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10636783/ediary_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 08, 2016 12:00 AM Graham, Brown retain titles at &lsquo;Sweet 16&rsquo; Reggae Marathon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Graham--Brown-retain-titles-at--Sweet-16--Reggae-Marathon_82751 Negril, Westmoreland &mdash; Two runners retained their titles at the 16th staging of the Reggae Marathon along the Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, while the others were first-time winners on Saturday. <br /> <br /> Over 2,300 runners took part in the event from 38 countries.<br /> <br /> The race got off to its usually prompt start at 5:15 am by race director Alfred &lsquo;Frano&rsquo; Francis in the three categories 10K (6.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles) and the 26.2 mile-marathon as runners and walkers started in the dark to the beat of reggae music along the route.<br /> <br /> The 10k was won by defending champion Dwayne Graham in 32.32 minutes followed by Garfield Gordon in 32.52 minutes, with third going to Andre Walker in 34.16 minutes. The top female was Britnie Dixon of Vere Technical in 41.30 minutes, ahead of teammate Kris-Ann Plummer in 41.34 minutes, and Shantay Chamberlin third in 42.06 minutes.<br /> <br /> Graham was happy for the victory. &ldquo;It was a great run from start to finish as I have trained for this and planned for it and decided that I am not going to lose it.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Dixon, who was second last year, moved up one place. &ldquo;It was ok and challenging in parts. I put in a little extra in training this week and Kris-Ann Plummer, my teammate, was right beside me. I got the extra push needed to finish the event winning. This is my third year, the first year I was third, last year second and this year first. I&rsquo;m feeling very great and proud of myself and my teammates.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Vere Technical won the high schools girls&rsquo; category. <br /> <br /> Kirk Brown successfully retained the half marathon in one hour 12 minutes and 58 seconds ahead of Gregory McKenzie in one hour 13 minutes and 28 seconds, with third going to Kemar Leslie in 1 hour 20 minutes and 12 seconds.<br /> <br /> Brown was happy for the win as he sees it as preparing him for the National Cross Country event. &ldquo;It is a very nice route, the weather was good and the competitors... towards the end I had a cramp and I had to stop and vomit a little bit about the 11th mile and I overcame that. This is preparing me for the cross country and the High Mountain races.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Brazilian Adelita Gomes won the women&rsquo;s section in one hour 29 minutes and three seconds ahead Americans Stephanie Zammit in one hour 39 minutes and three seconds, and Yuki Chorney in one hour 53 minutes and 56 seconds in third place. <br /> <br /> Gomes, who was in Jamaica for the first time, was elated. &ldquo;The course and the time of the race starting at 5:15 in the morning was the first time for me. It was really good and the organisation with water all over the course was excellent. Every race is a challenge as you don&rsquo;t know what to expect from the body, as I felt a pain but I went through and carried on and it was ok. I wish I will be back next year if I can afford to as this is my first time in Jamaica,&rdquo; she reiterated.<br /> <br /> The marathon was won by the Japanese marathon champion Kota Taniguchi from Tottori &ndash; a town that has a twinning relationship with Westmoreland &ndash; who came through the exchange programme. He won in two hours 38 minutes and 49 seconds ahead of Rupert Green in two hours 43 minutes and 49 seconds and Brian Polen in two hours and 58 minutes. <br /> <br /> The women&rsquo;s section was won in three hours 39 minutes and 15 seconds by Canadian Karen Warrendorf, ahead of China&rsquo;s Ting Yu in three hours 48 minutes and 19 seconds, with third going to Chinese champion and record holder Sun Yingjie in three hours 52 minutes and one second.<br /> <br /> Taniguchi, speaking through an interpreter, said: &ldquo;Coming to Jamaica I am really happy to be competing in the Reggae Marathon and to win this Reggae Marathon is very special to me. It is a very beautiful place with the mountains and trees. I&rsquo;m here through the friendship agreement with Jamaica and I&rsquo;m just happy to be here. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was extremely hot... I am a fireman... it was hot and difficult running through the course and the competitors were competitive and with the reggae music along the course I was happy. It is important that I won as this is the very first exchange programme between us and I was able to win for the very first time and I feel extremely proud. This course is extremely hot and very difficult, as we have more hills and it is very cool and the Jamaican runners will enjoy running in the Tottori Marathon,&rdquo; Taniguchi said. <br /> <br /> Warrendorf said: &ldquo;It was really hot as I am from Vancouver and I just wanted to come and finish, and I did that coming out on top. I was motivated as I heard about the trophy (Rita Marley), the course and the people are very nice. I missed my water and one man took it to me and started running beside me. They are really nice people. The course is good and I like the bend, it was pretty good and I had no problems with it. It is the first time here in Jamaica.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Race director Francis was pleased with the event. &ldquo;The concept of the Reggae Marathon is for sports tourism and running is the business that we do and reaching 16 is a milestone. The variety of countries keep expanding and we make sure that they have fun so that when they go away they speak good of Jamaica, as we have a number of returning runners. This year I think we are very successful and it is a sweet 16 and sweet event. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have the Chinese record holder and Japanese champion who won the event. The fun experience is really good and this is a slow period in tourism in Jamaica and most of the rooms here are full. We have contributed significantly to the economy of Negril and Jamaica at large,&rdquo; beamed Francis. <br /> <br /> &mdash; Everard Owen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485511/245355_72027_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485508/245358_72030_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485509/245356_72028_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485507/245357_72029_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485505/245361_72033_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485512/245360__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13485513/245359__w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 AM Herbert Morrison, CC to contest ISSA Western Conference basketball finals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Herbert-Morrison--CC-to-contest-ISSA-Western-Conference-basketball-finals_82864 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Defending champions Herbert Morrison Technical and former winners Cornwall College will contest both finals of the ISSA Western Conference boys&rsquo; basketball best-of-three finals, set to get under way today at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.<br /> <br /> Both schools have also qualified for the national play-offs in both the Under-16 and Under-19 sections, set to start next month after the Christmas break.<br /> <br /> The Under-16 finalists were decided on Monday after the semi-finals at Cricket Club, when Herbert Morrison beat Rhodes Hall 72-18 and Cornwall College edged Muschett High by two points, 35-33, holding off a hard-charging Muschett High.<br /> <br /> The Under-19 finalists were decided on the top two teams after the regular season.<br /> <br /> On Monday four players, led by Davaughn Campbell&rsquo;s 20 points, scored in double digits for Herbert Morrison as they got off to a fast start and ran away from Rhodes Hall, beating them by more than 50 points for the second time in five days.<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison led 12-4 after the first quarter and were up by 12 at half-time, 23-11, and then extended that to 20 points, 36-16, at the end of the third quarter, before outscoring the Hanover school 26-2 in the final quarter.<br /> <br /> Campbell had eight rebounds and steals to go with his 20 points; David Gordon scored 15 points and had nine rebounds; while Ryheem Barrett had a triple-double 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals along with nine blocked shots.<br /> <br /> Javani Davis scored seven points and had five rebounds for Rhodes Hall.<br /> <br /> The second semi-final was more evenly contested as, after jumping out to a big 19-7 lead after the first quarter, Cornwall College were pegged back by a resilient Muschett High team that outscored them 26-16 over the next three quarters.<br /> <br /> Jowayne Jones&rsquo; 14 points for Cornwall College led all scorers as he also collected eight rebounds, while Omar Campbell scored seven points and had 10 rebounds.<br /> <br /> Michael Tomlinson scored 11 points and had eight rebounds for Muschett, and Kamani Daley scored seven points and had 11 rebounds. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10740009/basketball_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 AM Tears of joy for Jamario Hines as CC end long drought for daCosta Cup title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Tears-of-joy-for-Jamario-Hines-as-CC-end-long-drought-for-daCosta-Cup-title_82747 BY PAUL A REID Observer writer MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Jamario Hines was one of the most relieved players on the field last Saturday as referee Valdin Ledgister blasted his whistle to end the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, signalling Cornwall College&rsquo;s 2-1 win over St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS).<br /> <br /> Hines, goalkeeper and captain of the Cornwall College team that won their 12th title and first in 15 years, admitted he shed &ldquo;tears of joy as it has been a long journey and a long season&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> By their own admission, Cornwall College underperformed in the last two seasons when they were expected to at least make it to the semi-final stages but fell short.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Yes, it makes up for the last two years, it does a lot,&rdquo; Hines told the Jamaica Observer yesterday as Cornwall College celebrated their victory. &ldquo;It gave us the push we needed to come together more and to be more disciplined and focused on the goals we set for ourselves.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &lsquo;Droopy&rsquo;, as he is nicknamed, added: &ldquo;Winning the daCosta Cup is a good feeling, as last year was tough, but we grew from that and this year we were stronger.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> After winning at the Under-14 and Under-16 levels, taking the all-island title in 2012 before losing to STETHS in the Rural Area Under-16 in 2013, a lot was expected of the Cornwall College team, but last season they were beaten 4-3 by Petersfield High in the inter-zone round at Frome and failed to advance; and in 2014 they were beaten 2-0 by Glenmuir High in the quarter-finals with a team that was ravaged by the viral disease ChikV.<br /> <br /> Interestingly, Hines was the goalkeeper in the 2013 Under-16 final against STETHS that lost and was blamed for his mistake late in extra time that saw STETHS win 1-0.<br /> <br /> On Saturday against a number of the same players he faced three years ago, Hines admitted to being &ldquo;a bit nervous&rdquo; at the start of the game.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Coach (Dean Weatherly) told me that it was okay to be a little, it&rsquo;s a good thing as it helps us to remain focused and to think about the game,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;But as a unit we were confident and stuck to the game plan.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Jourdaine Fletcher&rsquo;s opening goal in the 73rd minute, he said, &ldquo;was a big relief for me&rdquo; and the final whistle, &ldquo;tears of joy, it was unbelievable, but we finally did it&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> He said they really wanted to win all four titles available to them this season, but after losing in the FLOW Super Cup final and the semi-finals of the Ben Francis KO, &ldquo;we went back to the drawing board and looked at mistakes we made and learned from them, and then put those games behind us and moved on&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Hines warned that they are not satisfied with just the daCosta Cup. &ldquo;This was the main cup we wanted but we know what the Olivier Shield means and we want that one as well.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482942/245364_71850_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Tuesday, December 06, 2016 12:00 AM Dent revels in victory after swapping Green Pond for CC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Dent-revels-in-victory-after-swapping-Green-Pond-for-CC_82753 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; It&rsquo;s never an easy decision to leave the known for the unknown and when Howard Dent left Green Pond High and transferred to Cornwall College, it was maybe the biggest decision of his life.<br /> <br /> On Saturday, Dent played a solid role in the Cornwall College midfield as they beat St Elizabeth Technical High School 2-1 in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex to complete a perfect 18-win season and lifted their 12th title, and their first in 15 years.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It has been an excellent experience for me,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer yesterday as the team celebrated at the Orange Street campus.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I always played against Cornwall and always watched them, but to be a part of this is unforgettable. It has been a long and hard season for all of us and it is unfortunate that we lost in the FLOW Cup (Super) and the Ben Francis, but right now we are celebrating.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The losses, back-to-back, to Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; School in the FLOW Super Cup and to Lennon High in the semi-finals of the Ben Francis knockout was the catalyst for their push to the daCosta Cup title, Dent said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Obviously yes, those losses would have pushed us, the players and the coaching staff, as we knew that not taking home a title this season would have been a disaster,&rdquo; explained Dent, who is one of two players who transferred to Cornwall this season and played mostly at right back before being shifted into the midfield late in the season.<br /> <br /> Dent, who attended Green Pond for six years, from first form to sixth form, said it was not an easy decision leaving the team which he said was like a family. &ldquo;It was a hard decision to leave, but right now I am happy.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482944/245362_71849_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Tuesday, December 06, 2016 12:00 AM MBU train rolls on after late strike http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MBU-train-rolls-on-after-late-strike_82743 BY PAUL A REID Observer writer TUCKER, St James &mdash; A maiden Red Stripe Premier League goal in time added at the end of the game, gave defending champions and leaders Montego Bay United a 1-0 win over promoted Maverley-Hughenden in a second round game at WesPow Park and extended their winning streak to six games.<br /> <br /> Johann Weatherly, the former Philadelphia Union Academy member, who replaced Jermaine Woozencroft at the start of the second half, buried a shot from close range after the Maverley-Hughenden defence had failed to clear it out of danger and saved his team some blushes.<br /> <br /> Montego Bay United finished the game with 10 players after Fabion McCarthy was red-carded in the 58th minute after he grabbed the legs of a player while lying on the round. That player was heading to goal just on the edge of the penalty area.<br /> <br /> Despite playing most of the second half short-handed, Montego Bay United avenged an opening day 1-2 loss to Maverley-Hughenden and assistant coach Dillon Thelwell admitted his team &ldquo;failed to play at the level we are used to&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Thelwell told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer. &ldquo;I think we came into the game flat as we underestimated them, to be honest, but we are happy for the win, an ugly win is better than a pretty loss.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Maverley-Hughenden&rsquo;s coach Lijyasu Simms was not pleased with the outcome and told the<br /> <br /> Observer. &ldquo;When you get chances and don&rsquo;t take them and when the other team take their chances this is what happens.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The breakdown, he said, came when his defence got the chance to clear the ball away and did not &ldquo;and it cost us&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Montego Bay United improved to 31 points at the top of the table, while Maverley-Hughenden stayed in 10th spot, just one point out of the drop zone.<br /> <br /> A double save by Maverley&rsquo;s goalkeeper Nicholas Campbell in the 10th minute kept MBU off the score sheet as the custodian blocked a header from point blank range then recovered in a split second to save the rebound also from close range.<br /> <br /> Campbell&rsquo;s agility and quick reflexes saved Maverley and captain Andrew Peddlar a lot of embarrassment when the defender inexplicably aimed a curling kick to the top left corner of his own goal in the 29th minute, but the goalkeeper luckily tipped it for a corner.<br /> <br /> MBU had two good scoring chances late in the half, both from good left footed shots &mdash; Zvezden Dordilovic&rsquo;s effort that stayed about six inches off the ground was just wide of the left post in the 38th minute, while Donovan Carey&rsquo;s chance three minutes later was even closer.<br /> <br /> MBU&rsquo;s goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett was called on in the 56th minute to make his first save when he went low to his right to block a header from Andrew Whyte for a corner.<br /> <br /> Maverley-Hughenden should have done better two minutes later as after McCarthy was expelled the resulting free kick was drilled into the wall and blocked for a corner.<br /> <br /> Weatherly made his first impact in the 61st minute when he ran past two defenders down the left flank but his cross was misplayed by Ronaldo Rodney.<br /> <br /> Later in the game in the 84th minute, the diminutive winger again got the better of the tired Maverley defence but his cross was headed wide by Dino Williams.<br /> <br /> Three minutes into the four added on, two MBU players failed to get a loose ball in to six-yard box past a sea of legs and the ball fell nicely to Weatherly to stroke it into the goal. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482881/245344_71830_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482882/245345_71831_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13482880/245346_71832_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Tuesday, December 06, 2016 12:00 AM Who will it be? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Who-will-it-be-_82177 BY MARK CUMMINGS AND HORACE HINES Observer West reporters MONTEGO BAY, St James &ndash; A number of meetings are scheduled between senior members and councilors-elect of the two major political parties over the next few days, in an effort to decide who will be sworn in next week as the new mayors for the various towns across western Jamaica. <br /> <br /> In Monday&rsquo;s Local Government Elections, the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Opposition People&rsquo;s National Party (PNP) each won two of the parishes in the region. <br /> <br /> According to the preliminary results, the JLP won six of the nine divisions in Trelawny, and 13 of the 17 in the parish of St James. <br /> <br /> The PNP, on the other hand, got four of the seven in Hanover and nine of the 14 in Westmoreland. <br /> <br /> In Trelawny, former mayor of Falmouth Colin Gager is tipped to return to that position. <br /> <br /> The JLP&rsquo;s Gager, who has been the councillor for the Warsop Division in Trelawny South since 2003, served as mayor of that Georgian seaside town from 2008 to 2012. <br /> <br /> More recently, he was the deputy mayor of Falmouth under the PNP-controlled Trelawny Municipal Corporation, formerly the Trelawny Parish Council. <br /> <br /> Yesterday, Gager, who is expected to have councillor-elect for the Duncans Division, Donovan White, as his deputy, told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer West that if given the mayorship of Falmouth, his main focus would be to make the town centre more attractive. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;If I am selected, my top priority would be to have the town of Falmouth cleaned up. The drains, for example, are in a terrible state and the vendors operating in the town are not organised,&rdquo; Gager said. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is not going to be an easy task, but I believe that it can be done.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> In St James, Senator Charles Sinclair Jnr, who served as mayor of the resort city of Montego Bay from 2008 to 2012, is expected to make a return to that post. <br /> <br /> The chairman of the JLP&rsquo;s Area Council Four, which covers the parishes of St Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Hanover, Trelawny and St James, however, is expected to &ldquo;get stiff competition for the job&rdquo; from the party&rsquo;s deputy general secretary, Homer Davis, said a party insider. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Homer is well qualified for the job, he has been a councillor for the Cambridge Division since 2003, and is well loved by the people,&rdquo; he argued. <br /> <br /> Davis, who contested the February 2016 General Election in a losing effort against the PNP&rsquo;s Derrick Kellier, said yesterday that he is willing to work in any capacity that the party sees fit. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am prepared to work in whatever position the party wants me to. If I am given the head, I will work with it, if I get the tail, I will still work with it. I am a party, party man,&rdquo; he emphasised. <br /> <br /> In Westmoreland, PNP councillor-elect for the Negril Division Bertel Moore, is expected to be returned as mayor of Savanna-la-Mar &mdash; a position he has held since 2007 &mdash; while Danree Delancey of the Bethel Town division should return as his deputy. <br /> <br /> Moore yesterday reflected that under his watch, a new building to permanently house the daily activities of the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation is being constructed. <br /> <br /> He cited too, a number of infrastructural development projects and the partnership forged with the Japanese city of Tottori, as other major achievements. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are in negotiation with the city of Durban in South Africa to have a twinning arrangement with them also,&rdquo; added Moore, who was first elected councillor of the Negril Division in 1998. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, a source close to the PNP in the bordering parish of Hanover, told the Observer West that Sheridan &ldquo;Worms&rdquo; Samuels is tipped to be the next mayor of Lucea. <br /> <br /> Councillor-elect Samuels, pulled off a victory over the JLP&rsquo;s Roland Gooden and independent candidates, Keith Donaldson and Daliah Spence, in the Caldwell Division on Monday, and if selected, will replace the PNP&rsquo;s Wynter McIntosh who lost the Chester Castle Division to the JLP&rsquo;s Fearon DeCarish. <br /> <br /> Samuels served as councillor for one term in the division from 2003 to 2007, but did not contest the 2012 Local Government elections. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Samuels is the most experienced, he was there before, he knows the workings of the council and I think at this time he is the right person for the job,&rdquo; said a usually reliable PNP source. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13471452/244403_70878_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13471446/244406_70881_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13471443/244408_70882_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13471448/244404_70879_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13471450/244405_70880_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM Western Jamaica courts to get more resources for lotto scam cases &mdash; Chuck http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Jamaica-courts-to-get-more-resources-for-lotto-scam-cases---Chuck_82171 BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer LUCEA, Hanover &mdash; Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says efforts are being made to clear up cases before the circuit courts in western Jamaica, which have been overwhelmed by lottery scamming matters. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Ministry of Justice is quickly trying to get matters going and resources available &hellip; I am in touch with the chief justice and with the DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions] to provide additional resources so that we can have additional courts and time to really send that signal across Jamaica that we are going to deal with these cases,&rdquo; Chuck said. <br /> <br /> He was speaking with the Jamaica Observer West in Hanover recently, following a sensitisation session on justice services in the parish. <br /> <br /> Recently, Chief Justice Zaila McCalla lamented that more resources were needed to extend circuit courts, which are currently being overwhelmed by lottery scamming cases. <br /> <br /> She bemoaned that in the neighbouring parish of St James, for instance, lotto scam matters made up one-third of the case list. <br /> <br /> Chuck pointed out that circuit courts in Hanover and St James may have to be extended in order to complete lotto scam cases, as the government tries to send a signal that the illicit activity will be eliminated. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;What is happening across the western part of the country is that there are so many people being charged with lottery scamming and we certainly want to make sure that all of them are tried expeditiously and it may mean that the circuit courts in Hanover and St James, the time allotted may have to be extended. And, the resources will be found to have two or three circuit courts running at the same time, because we want to send the signal that lottery scamming will be eliminated,&rdquo; said a strident Chuck. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470335/244386_70871_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM MBU to host struggling Maverly/Hughenden http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MBU-to-host-struggling-Maverly-Hughenden_82166 BY PAUL A REID Observer writer Red-hot defending champions and leaders Montego Bay United (MBU) will get the opportunity to avenge one of their losses this season when they host promoted and struggling Maverly/Hughenden in a second-round Red Stripe Premier League game at WesPow Park on Sunday, starting at 3:00 pm.<br /> <br /> Maverly/Hughenden got off to a flying start, taking advantage of a typically slow-starting MBU to win their opening game 2-1 at WesPow Park, were unbeaten in their first three games.<br /> <br /> Also, at Frome on Sunday, Reno FC will host Harbour View, hoping for a second win over the East Kingston team this season after beating them 1-0 in Kingston in the first round.<br /> <br /> At WesPow Park, MBU have hit a purple patch, stringing together five straight wins after a loss away to Portmore United and playing without four players who were away on national duties. Their confidence is expected to be high going up against Maverly/Hughenden.<br /> <br /> Since their opening-day win, Maverly/Hughenden have managed just one other victory &ndash; drawing seven times and losing four &ndash; and are in 10th place, two points above the relegation zone.<br /> <br /> The Maverly/Hughenden defence that has conceded 17 goals, third most in the competition, will face the MBU offence that has scored 18 goals so far &mdash; second best in the league &mdash; and will be led by Dino Williams, who has scored in four straight games.<br /> <br /> MBU are coming off a big 3-1 win away to Harbour View following back-to-back 2-0 wins over Arnett Gardens, but they will have to find a replacement for defender Jason Watson, who was sent off in the 90th minute, after he picked up a second yellow card in that game.<br /> <br /> Reno FC have slipped to seventh place in the points table, on 17 points, and will face a Harbour View team that is two points and a place below them.<br /> <br /> Harbour View&rsquo;s loss to MBU on Sunday snapped a three-game win streak that saw them dragging themselves out of the relegation zone, having picked up 10 points in four games.<br /> <br /> Reno FC&rsquo;s form has dipped over their last two games, losing 1-2 to Tivoli Gardens and then being held 1-1 by a badly slumping Arnett Gardens. The Westmoreland team will be hosts on Sunday and this could be to their advantage. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470286/244370_70868_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470283/244371_70869_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470289/244369_70867_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM Showdown! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Showdown-_82154 BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer CATHERINE HALL, St James &mdash; Cornwall College, the most successful rural area football team with nearly 30 titles, will seek to add to their daCosta Cup tally when they take on defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) in the final of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW-sponsored competition at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday, starting at 6:00pm.<br /> <br /> The Montego Bay-based institution with 11 daCosta Cup titles is into their first final in 15 years, since the treble-winning 2001 team, and will face a STETHS team that have played in the last five finals, winning three.<br /> <br /> Of the record 89 teams that started the competition in September, the battle between the two finalists &ndash; Cornwall College and STETHS &ndash; promises to be one of the best in years. Both teams qualified for the final after similar 2-1 scorelines in the semi-finals played last week.<br /> <br /> The Dr Dean Weatherly-coached Cornwall College beat Clarendon College 2-1 at STETHS on Friday, their second semi-final win over Clarendon this season after beating them in the FLOW Super Cup a month ago.<br /> <br /> STETHS, coached by Omar &ldquo;Rambo&rdquo; Wedderburn, got sweet revenge on Lennon High at Manchester High on Saturday, a week after Lennon High had wrestled the Ben Francis KO Cup from their grasp, following six consecutive wins.<br /> <br /> The teams have not met at this level since 1998 when Cornwall College &ldquo;upset&rdquo; the fancied STETHS in the semi-final round 1-0 at Jarrett Park, with the St Elizabeth team needing only a draw to advance.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College will, however, hope to make amends for their loss in the ISSA Rural Area Under-16 final in 2013 when they were dethroned by STETHS at Manchester High, winning 1-0 in extra time.<br /> <br /> This weekend, no fewer than 20 players from both teams who took part in that game three years ago will be in action to crown the 61st champion in the island&rsquo;s biggest football competition, in terms of the number of participants.<br /> <br /> Both teams are into their second final this season, Cornwall College were beaten 1-0 in the FLOW Super Cup final by Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo;, while STETHS were beaten on penalty kicks by Lennon High in the Ben Francis KO.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College will come into Saturday&rsquo;s game with a record 17-game winning streak in the daCosta Cup, but will be up against a STETHS team that is among the most experienced in schoolboy football, with the senior players being involved in at least six finals over the past few seasons.<br /> <br /> STETHS, however, will be without top striker Romeo Wright who broke his leg earlier in the season, while Jovoney Brown, who has scored 19 goals this season but missed the last few games, could play a part in Saturday&rsquo;s game &ndash; his final in schoolboy competition &ndash; if needed. If Brown is unable to start, Demar James, Alex Thompson and Tahjae Palmer will be the players in the hunt for goals against one of the toughest defences in the competition this season, allowing eight goals from 17 games, and three in their last five games.<br /> <br /> STETHS has shown some cracks in their usually tough armour this season and have had to battle their way back from deficits, but they are usually the most reliable team at this stage of the season.<br /> <br /> After scoring 27 goals, Cornwall College&rsquo;s Jourdaine Fletcher has been held scoreless in his team&rsquo;s last three games and has scored just once in their last four, a second-half penalty kick in a quarter-final game against Manchester High on November 9. <br /> <br /> Aiden Jokomba, Garnett Hudson and defensive players Giovanni Reid and Pagiel Brown have stepped up, but it is expected that Fletcher and Peter-Lee Vassell will lead the attack on Saturday.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470288/244354_70853_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470281/244357_70856_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470287/244353_70852_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470291/244356_70855_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470292/244355_70854_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM A record year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/A-record-year_82144 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; The Palymyra Foundation continues to inspire and encourage children at the basic school level to get excited about reading and writing through the non-profit organisation&rsquo;s Books4Kids Jamaica programme. <br /> <br /> Earlier this week, the organisation announced that through the initiative, 11,367 kindergarten children at 113 schools across Jamaica received books during the course of this year &mdash; a record since the inception of the programme in 2007. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This year has been a very successful year for Books4Kids Jamaica, a year of many firsts. We broke the US$100,000 fund-raising mark for the first time. A record number of 140 sponsors and volunteers participated in the delivery of books to the children, and with 11,367 kindergarten children receiving the tools they need to learn and flourish this year, we reached our goal of distributing book bags to over 10,000 children in a year,&rdquo; said Ragni Trotta, chairman of the foundation. <br /> <br /> Under the initiative, each child receives a &ldquo;Books4 Kids book bag&rdquo; containing a 300-page Brain Quest Workbook, a kindergarten reading book, a pack of crayons, and a pencil. <br /> <br /> The delivery of the material has become a much anticipated event among the four-and five-year-old recipients, as well as teachers, principals and parents at schools where they are distributed. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The book distribution is a blessing; it is something that both the children and I look forward to,&rdquo; said Constance Graham, the principal of the Montego Bay Infant School, adding that the material gives the children a sense of ownership. <br /> <br /> Shivena Spence-Rankine, parent of a student at Green Pond Infant School, also in Montego Bay, said, &ldquo;We use the Brain Quest Workbook every day; my son loves it. It makes learning fun and it is so easy the grasp the concept&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> Principal of Chatsworth Primary and Infant School in Maroon Town, St James, Elicia Fowler, noted that many of the children who receive the books are from a poor socio-economic background, and &ldquo;many unemployed parents struggle to buy books&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> The fund-raising efforts for the programme, as well as the distribution of the books, are supported by a number of companies. <br /> <br /> Prime Minister Andrew Holness and minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Daryl Vaz were among the volunteers who participated in the delivery of books this year. <br /> <br /> The prime minister lauded the foundation for the initiative as he urged the private sector to assist the education sector. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to thank Palmyra Foundation for their contribution and encourage other corporate sponsors to make their contribution to our education sector,&rdquo; Holness said. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13469766/244330_70830_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13469763/244331_70831_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13469764/244332_70832_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13469762/244333_70833_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;JLP Area Council 4 candidates exceeded expectations&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-JLP-Area-Council-4-candidates-exceeded-expectations-_82168 BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Deputy leader in charge of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Area Council Four, JC Hutchinson, says the performance of his candidates across the western region in Monday&rsquo;s Local Government Elections, exceeded the expectations of the party. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am very pleased, the region did extremely well. As a matter of fact, beyond the expectations of almost everybody,&rdquo; an elated Hutchinson told the Jamaica Observer West yesterday. <br /> <br /> According to preliminary results across the region, the JLP won six of the nine divisions in the parish of Trelawny; 13 of the 17 in St James; three of the seven in Hanover; five of the 14 in Westmoreland and nine of the 15 in St Elizabeth, while the Opposition People&rsquo;s National Party (PNP) won the others. <br /> <br /> Hutchinson said he was particularly happy with the outcome of the polls in the parish of Westmoreland, which has been dominated over the years by the PNP. <br /> <br /> In the 2012 Local Government Elections, the then ruling PNP, won all of the divisions in the three constituencies &mdash; which are represented by the PNP &mdash; in the parish. <br /> <br /> On Monday, the JLP took four of the five divisions in the Westmoreland Central constituency, which is represented by the PNP&rsquo;s Dwayne Vaz. <br /> <br /> Interestingly too, the JLP also won the Maroon Town Division, which has been represented by Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris for more than 25 years. Harris&rsquo; PNP counterpart in Hanover, Wynter McIntosh, also lost his division. <br /> <br /> Harris was beaten by former schoolteacher and banker Everes Coke. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It just goes to show that a lot of work had been put in by the candidates and the workers,&rdquo; said Hutchinson, who is also the Member of Parliament for St Elizabeth North West, as he lauded the candidates and party workers for a job well done. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I must congratulate the candidates for the hard work that they have put in, not only those that have won, but those that didn&rsquo;t come through. Those that didn&rsquo;t come through did not come through because they had very difficult divisions running, but they also played their part and worked very hard.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470338/244378_70872_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470334/244380_70873_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM Elections in western Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Elections-in-western-Jamaica_82145 The ruling Jamaica Labour Party won the parishes of Trelawny and St James, while the Opposition People&rsquo;s National Party held onto Westmoreland and Hanover in Monday&rsquo;s local government elections across the western region.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Observer West brings you highlights on the day&rsquo;s activities in western Jamaica. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470261/244339_70847_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470272/244340_70848_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470258/244342_70849_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470271/244334_70844_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470273/244338_70846_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470278/244335_70845_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM