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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Incredible fightback http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Incredible-fightback_78135 CATHERINE HALL, St James &mdash; St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) staged an incredible fightback, scoring two times in two minutes late in the game to complete a brilliant comeback to beat 2014 finalists Holy Trinity 4-3 in their first-round Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association/Flow Super Cup game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.<br /> <br /> Javoney Brown scored twice, including the winner in the 85th minute, as the daCosta Cup champions STETHS came from behind three times to deny the Manning Cup team and advance to the quarter-finals where they will face another Manning Cup team, Bridgeport High.<br /> <br /> Demar James and Rujay Robinson also scored for STETHS after Rojae Welch, Shai Smith and substitute Dante Green had given Holy Trinity the lead each time.<br /> <br /> Omar &ldquo;Rambo&rdquo; Wedderburn, the STETHS coach, said the result showed the &ldquo;character&rdquo; of his team and said it pointed to &ldquo;great things to come&rdquo;, and it shows &ldquo;we have what it takes&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> He said, however, their focus remains on the daCosta Cup, which he said &ldquo;is our main objective every season&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Devon Anderson, the Holy Trinity coach, was stunned by the quick turnaround of fortunes and blamed goalkeeper Antonio Millington, for three of the goals they conceded.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My players played very hard tonight, they worked hard,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> After coming close in the first minute of the game, Holy Trinity shocked the large group of STETHS supporters in the seventh minute when Welch rammed home his own rebound that came back off the left upright, reacting quicker than the STETHS defenders.<br /> <br /> Brown levelled the scores in the 11th minute with his first shot of the game, beating Millington from inside the six-yard box.<br /> <br /> Smith restored his team&rsquo;s lead in the 28th minute when he danced through the STETHS defence on the right side of the 18-yard box, then moved the ball to his left foot before powering it into the near corner of the goal.<br /> <br /> James restored parity in the 34th minute when he coolly lobbed Millington, who was stranded midway his area, as the teams went into the break tied at 2-2.<br /> <br /> STETHS appeared to be taking the initiative in the second half as a number of the Holy Trinity players suffered cramps, but it was the Manning Cup team that struck first when Green, who had replaced Karim Brown in the 59th minute, gave his team the lead again by beating the STETHS &lsquo;keeper Lenroy Wallace in the 68th minute.<br /> <br /> Danray Miller, who came on for STETHS, came close to drawing his team level in the 75th minute when he beat two defenders on the right wing, but his cross flew across the area before any of his teammates could connect.<br /> <br /> STETHS finally drew level in the 83rd minute when Robinson&rsquo;s corner beat everybody and flew into the far corner of the goal to restore hope to the 2014 semi-finalists.<br /> <br /> STETHS then took the lead for the first time and for good when Brown powered his way through the Holy Trinity defence and beat Millington with a shot into the far right corner. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376335/236093_63160_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Fletcher&rsquo;s hat-trick propels CC past Denham Town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Fletcher-s-hat-trick-propels-CC-past-Denham-Town_78102 CATHERINE HALL, St James &mdash; Cornwall College flew the flag for daCosta Cup teams on Friday night&rsquo;s opening set of games in the FLOW Super Cup, cruising to an almost effortless 3-0 win over Denham Town High in the second game of a double- header at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.<br /> <br /> Jourdaine Fletcher scored all three goals for Cornwall College as they ran their record to 14-straight wins this season, in all competitions, and were the only rural area team to win as Ocho Rios High, Dinthill Technical and Little London all fell at the first hurdle.<br /> <br /> Fletcher netted in the 16th, 37th and 60th minutes, all three goals form close range after combinations with Peter-lee Vassell tore the Denham Town defence apart.<br /> <br /> It was the first-ever win for Cornwall College in the cash-rich knockout competition, after they were eliminated in the first round by eventual winners Jamaica College in Montego Bay in the inaugural competition. They now set up a second-round game against the winners of the Rusea&rsquo;s High vs Haile Selassie game which was slated for last night.<br /> <br /> The Cornwall College coach Dr Dean Weatherly was pleased with his team&rsquo;s efforts and told the Jamaica Observer, &ldquo;We got off to a sort of lethargic start as I guess the players were trying to feel out their opponents, but once we established ourselves we were able to control the game in all departments.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The game, he said, also gave him an insight to the Manning Cup style of play.<br /> <br /> Despite his team being outplayed and forced to defend for long stretches, the Denham Town coach Omar Edwards was not too displeased with his team&rsquo;s showing.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t bad, despite no punch upfront,&rdquo; Edwards said. &ldquo;We are a young team and we are building. this was a good encounter and we got to play on a very good surface and we were up against a well rounded team.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> It took Cornwall about 15 minutes to figure out their Manning Cup opposition and Fletcher exploited the slow defenders, darting into the box and beating goalkeeper Brian Bennett from close range in the 16th minute to give the daCosta Cup team the lead.<br /> <br /> Fletcher doubled Cornwall College&rsquo;s lead in the 37th. Vassell should have made it 3-0 early in the second half, but his low, hard shot hit the base of the left upright and rebounded into play, where it was cleared out of danger by an alert defender.<br /> <br /> After misplaying a ball over the bar from inside the six-yard box, Fletcher completed his hat-trick when he skipped past two defenders on the left and curled the ball past the advancing Bennett delicately into the far corner of the goal. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376127/236051_63111_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Sandals Foundation, CHASE finance $96-m Westmoreland school project http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Sandals-Foundation--CHASE-finance--96-m-Westmoreland-school-project_78101 NEGRIL, Westmoreland &mdash; A manifestation of Sandals Foundation&rsquo;s perpetual, robust support for early childhood education was demonstrated in a joint venture with the CHASE Fund to finance the construction of the state-of-the-art West End Infant School in Negril, Westmoreland at a cost of $96 million.<br /> <br /> On Thursday, ground was broken at the construction site in the tourism resort town. Upon completion the new eight-classroom building will replace the current overcrowded structure located on the periphery.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This eight-classroom facility will be a game-changer. This is a true investment for the people of West End community, the mothers and fathers; but most importantly those who attend the school,&rdquo; President of the Sandals Foundation Adam Stewart remarked during the groundbreaking ceremony.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We recognised many, many years ago that our business was powered by people. We founded the Foundation focusing on education, environment and the community; three pillars that we believe are vital for the success, not only for Jamaica, but for the Caribbean as a whole,&rdquo; Stewart said.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, CHASE Fund&rsquo;s Chief Executive Officer Billy Heaven, who highlighted the importance of investing in early childhood education, expressed his enthusiasm at partnering with the Sandals Foundation.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The CHASE Fund has focused its attention on early childhood education, guided by the knowledge that investing in early childhood development will eventually yield high economic and social returns to the country,&rdquo; Heaven said.<br /> <br /> Upon completion, the structure will, apart from the eight classrooms, boast a dining area, staff and student bathrooms, a sick bay, administrative office, kitchen and a remedial room to serve a student population of 150.<br /> <br /> Sandals Foundation&rsquo;s Director of Programmes Heidi Clarke, who outlined that in the last seven years the Sandals Foundation has constructed two early childhood institutions: the Culloden Basic School in Whitehouse with the Seville Golden pre-school in St Ann; underscored the Foundation&rsquo;s commitment to supporting educational projects in Jamaica and across the Caribbean.<br /> <br /> She also revealed that the project was hatched after the Foundation identified the great need.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Sandals Foundation has worked in West End for a number of years.When we looked at the (current ) structure we realised that there is great need to provide more adequate space to meet the developmental needs of the students of the increasing population,&rdquo; Clarke stated.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, a study by the MOE revealed the broader scope of need in the community for which a Sandals Foundation-led multi-sector collaboration would prove to be the catalyst to initiate change in the provision of quality developmental support for the children of the community.<br /> <br /> Robert Miller, senior advisor to Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid, lauded the collaborative efforts of Sandals Foundation and CHASE Fund.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Like the Ministry of Education the Sandals Foundation recognises the importance of investing in early childhood education. We know that between the ages of three and six young children are developing socially, intellectually, emotionally and physically making this one of the most critical stages where the best care and the learning environment will set the stage for future success,&rdquo; Miller said.<br /> <br /> In the meantime, Westmoreland Western Member of Parliament Dr Wykeham McNeill had high praise for the Sandals Foundation and the CHASE Fund for mounting the major early childhood educational project in his constituency, and charged other hoteliers to follow suit.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I really want to congratulate the Sandals Foundation. I think as a spokesperson on tourism, one of the things that we encourage and want our partners to do is give back to the community and so certainly Sandals Foundation has been at the forefront of this,&rdquo; Dr McNeill told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Prior to the project, Sandals Foundation worked with the staff at West End Basic School to assist their efforts to improve the educational environment of the existing structure but realised the great need to create more adequate space to meet the development needs of an ever-increasing population of children. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13376026/236053_63108_repro_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00 AM Bar attack http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Bar-attack_78045 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; One woman was shot and killed and three other people shot and wounded when two gunmen went berserk at a bar in the tough inner city community of Norwood, St James, on Thursday evening.<br /> <br /> The deceased has been identified as 26-year-old Marcia Dixon of Paradise, Norwood, St James.<br /> <br /> Police said about 6:30 patrons were at a bar in the the Paradise section of Norwood when two armed men walked up and sprayed the facility with bullets.<br /> <br /> The four injured were taken to hospital, where Dixon was pronounced dead.<br /> <br /> The police, who had not yet ascertained a motive for the attack, said the wounds to the three others were not considered life threatening.<br /> <br /> More than 200 murders have been reported in St James since the start of this year. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11831883/CrimeScene2_w300.jpg Local News Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 AM Dr Cecil Aird inducted into CC Hall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Dr-Cecil-Aird-inducted-into-CC-Hall--_77722 ROSE HALL, St James &mdash; Dr Cecil Aird was inducted into the Cornwall College &lsquo;Men of Might&rsquo; Hall of Fame during a glitzy dinner and awards function hosted by the school&rsquo;s old boys&rsquo; association at the elegant Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall on Saturday night. <br /> <br /> Dr Aird, who is internationally recognised as a specialist in the surgery of the hand and microsurgery, joins the late Professor Rex Nettleford; nuclear physicist Dr Vernon Wong; late Professor Aggrey Brown; Dr Constantine Campbell, a research agronomist; and Dr Kenneth Baugh, a former deputy prime minister of Jamaica, as inductees. <br /> <br /> Three other &lsquo;old boys&rsquo; were also recognised with honour awards &mdash; Dr Kirk Campbell, an associate professor of medicine and director of nephrology fellowship programme at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York; realtor and pastor Ledger Kellier and national goalkeeper coach Warren Barrett &mdash; at the well-attended function, which formed part of the institution&rsquo;s 120th anniversary celebrations. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, six teachers from Cornwall College &mdash; Kecia Reid, Tamika D&rsquo; Giovanni, Corysa Salmon, Christopher Mitchell, Nicoleen Rhooms and Navarone Morgan &mdash; were also recognised by the old boys&rsquo; association at the function. They received the Mary HoFatt/Gladys Myers Incentive Awards for their outstanding contribution to education at the school during the 2015/2016 academic year. <br /> <br /> Teachers Andrea Brown-Hill and Carmeta Brown-Sinclair, as well as Glenroy Myers who retired in June, received incentives from the old boys&rsquo; United Kingdom chapter, while the school&rsquo;s Class of 1991 awarded scholarships to several needy students. <br /> <br /> Principal of Cornwall College Dr Lennox Rowe, who lauded the old boys and other stakeholders for their contribution to the 120-year-old institution, said the school is poised to take its rightful place in the history of the country. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Never in the past have we seen so many alumni gathered together with one common goal. Never have we seen this level of interest shown in our school. Yes, the interest is always there, because Cornwall [College] old boys are proud of their alma mater,&rdquo; he argued. <br /> <br /> He added that the level of interest shown in the Montego Bay school this year is unprecedented, noting that the rebirth of the UK chapter of the old boys&rsquo; Association is &ldquo;a testament of the movement taking place&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> He cautioned, however, that there is still work to be done. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is still work to be done, and as such we are presently working on a strategic plan which we plan to roll out in a draft form within the next two weeks. This plan will be made available to all the stakeholders,&rdquo; said Dr Rowe, as he appealed to the gathering to make meaningful contributions to the draft &ldquo;to the relevant persons.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368516/235346_62474_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM McKenzie saddened by deplorable working conditions of Westmoreland Municipal Corporation employees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Poor-state--_77716 SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland &ndash; Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has expressed shock and disappointment at the deplorable conditions under which the staff of the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation is undertaking their daily duties.<br /> <br /> "I visited the existing building that has been used by the Westmoreland Parish Council [renamed Westmoreland Municipal Corporation] to carry out the affairs of the parish and I am truly disappointed. I think it demeans the value of the people who work there, and further undermines the performance of the workers," expressed a seemingly embarrassed McKenzie. <br /> <br /> McKenzie, who pointed out that there is lot of work to be done at the corporation, added, "The mayor's office, I find it not fitting that of the first citizen of the parish of Westmoreland." <br /> <br /> The minister expressed disgust at the matter last Thursday following a tour of the building, which houses the administrative offices of the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation, formerly Westmoreland Parish Council. <br /> <br /> The recent name change forms part of the local government reform process. <br /> <br /> Checks carried out by the Jamaica Observer West have revealed that at present most of the corporation's operations are located in crammed spaces on a section of the Savanna-la-Mar Parish Court building in the town. <br /> <br /> Deputy Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar Danree Delancey, who sympathised with the staff for working under such poor conditions, argued that &ldquo;working at the corporation is tantamount to carrying out their duties under duress&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> He noted that the termite-infested building that houses the administrative offices lack storage space for documents; there is no office space for the deputy mayor; the sanitary conveniences are grossly inadequate, while the mayor operates from a small cubicle. <br /> <br /> Delancey pointed out that for more than 15 years the monthly general meeting of the corporation has been held at the Anglican Church Hall in Savanna-la-Mar, because of the lack of space at the area on the Westmoreland Parish Court building allotted to the corporation. <br /> <br /> He added that the inadequate space has also forced the Poor Relief and Road and Works departments of the corporation to operate from separate locations in the town. <br /> <br /> The less than ideal situation at the corporation caught the attention of then Minister with responsibility for Local Government, Robert Montague, during the last Jamaica Labour Party-led administration. <br /> <br /> In 2010, Montague committed $35 million from the Equalisation Fund, while a further allocation was made by the immediate former Minister of Local Government, Noel Arscott, of the then ruling People's National Party, for the construction of a building to house the Westmoreland Parish Corporation. <br /> <br /> The construction of the facility began just over a year ago. <br /> <br /> During a tour of the building under construction last Thursday McKenzie said he is hoping that the facility will be commissioned into service early next year. <br /> <br /> "It is a pity that a new building that was to have started way back in 2010... has taken this long for it to reach to where it is," he argued. <br /> <br /> "I visited the new facility which is under construction and hopefully, come early next year, the facility will be up and running for the parish council [corporation]." <br /> <br /> Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar Bertel Moore said the technical officer has given next February as the new deadline &ndash; an extension from September 2016. <br /> <br /> The building, when completed, will house an administrative office, mayor's parlour, a meeting room and the planning department, among other amenities. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368380/235313_62465_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Wise Women&rsquo;s Club of Montego Bay&rsquo;s 12 years of service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Wise-Women-s-Club-of-Montego-Bay-s-12-years-of-service_77739 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; It was an overwhelming reaction of gratitude at last week&rsquo;s function to celebrate the work of the charity group, Wise Women&rsquo;s Club of Montego Bay, which has provided 72 scholarships over the past 12 years to needy students of two of western Jamaica-based tertiary institutions, Montego Community College (MBCC) and Sam Sharpe Teachers&rsquo; College. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am saddened that it [scholarship programme] is coming to a close. Not very pleased to hear that. I respect and appreciate that they [club members] must now turn their attention to themselves and take care of their own personal needs. But, my personal desire was that we would have been able to carry it forward with a new generation,&rdquo; said Georgia Rose, a former guidance counsellor at the Montego Bay Community College, where the bulk of the beneficiaries attended. <br /> <br /> The programme was initiated by Denise Dear, wife of prominent Montego Bay businessman Winston Dear, who in 2004 contacted some of her closest friends and urged them to develop a scholarship programme for local needy students, whose parents did not have the means to further their education after high school. <br /> <br /> The Wise Women&rsquo;s Club of Montego Bay was subsequently born. <br /> <br /> Under the initiative, students were required to maintain high academic grades, and club members monitor the students&rsquo; scholastic and personal progress during the course of their studies. <br /> <br /> The bulk of the funding for the programme was realised from at least two annual funding-raising events. <br /> <br /> Rose said despite some students not living up to their responsibilities, club leader Dear would always reach out with a caring heart. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Never once did we hear Mrs Dear and the team say, &lsquo;we are going to stop, because the group before did not demonstrate their gratitude.&rsquo; There were some [benificaries] who dropped out of the programme without warning. There were some who did not treat it with the respect it deserved. There were some who thought it was a free ride. But, amidst all of that, Mrs Dear would say, &lsquo;I wonder what the problem is, Miss Rose. Let&rsquo;s call them&hellip;,&rdquo; said Rose. <br /> <br /> Acting Principal of MBCC, Dr Maureen Nelson in her remarks said that the institution owed a debt of gratitude to Dear and her team for the educational opportunities given to students in the western region. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I know we have come to the end of a partnership that we did not want to end, but like all good things, they will come to an end, and Montego Bay Community College salutes members of the Wise Women&rsquo;s Club for what they have done to the college,&rdquo; Dr Nelson emphasised. <br /> <br /> At last week&rsquo;s appreciation programme the club presented six computers to the college&rsquo;s Career Development and Resource Centre, while Dear was inducted as an honorary fellow of the institution. <br /> <br /> Club member Rita Hilton told the gathering that members would continue to make their own individual contributions, despite the programme coming to an end. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t think that because this club is being disbanded that we are not going to continue in our individual ways. In fact, I have a student here from Seaford Town that my priest approached me and said &lsquo;if you don&rsquo;t help her, she is going to be lost. She is the first child in her community to come to college&hellip; to go beyond O&rsquo; Levels and CXC&rsquo;s,&rdquo; said Hilton. <br /> <br /> Apart from Dear and Hilton, members of the club are Laurice Brown, Judith Dear, Jackie Chandiram, Jennifer Hanna, Audrey Small, Jennifer Alton, Janet Gordon, Holly Hosen and Diane Hilton. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368550/235380_62489_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM $2-m expansion for Logwood Basic School http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-2-m-expansion-for-Logwood-Basic-School-_77747 Construction for additional classroom space at the Logwood Basic School in Hanover got underway earlier this week following a $1-million donation from Member of Parliament for the area, Ian Hayles&rsquo; Constituency Development Fund, and a similar amount from the Hanover Charities. <br /> <br /> Hayles was prompted into action after it came to his attention that 114 students were crammed in small classrooms at the early childhood institution. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think one of the things we have seen is that crime is playing a role in Hanover now, and I want to ensure that education plays a greater role in Hanover for generations to come,&rdquo; remarked the MP, who had high praises for Hanover Charities. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;In all of the bad things that are taking place within the parish, there are still some good things taking place and one of those good and great institutions is Hanover Charities.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Chairman of Hanover Charities, Katrin Casserly, who pledged to provide another $1-million towards the school next year, expressed her delight to lend a helping hand. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Early this year we met the principal from Logwood Basic School through their MP Mr Ian Hayles, and when we heard he was actually looking for a partner, so to speak, in giving the school additional classrooms because they are bursting out of their seams, we decided to help,&rdquo; Casserly explained. <br /> <br /> Principal of the Logwood Basic School, Joyce Smith, who expressed gratitude to Hanover Charities and MP Hayles for providing the funds, indicated that on completion of construction, more students will be admitted at the school. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Presently we have 114 students enrolled and three classrooms, and each room is divided into two. One class has 41 children, so you can just imagine how the children are clustered. <br /> <br /> So having the expansion of three additional classrooms will say a whole lot for us,&rdquo; Smith outlined. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the two-term MP is appealing to parents and guardians to provide voluntary labour during the construction period of the classrooms. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368795/235391_62510_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM MoBay United welcome Waterhouse in RSPL http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MoBay-United-welcome-Waterhouse-in-RSPL_77743 TUCKER, St James &mdash; Defending champions Montego Bay United (MBU) will face an improving Waterhouse team at WesPow Park on Sunday when the Red Stripe Premier League continues with the seventh round of matches.<br /> <br /> After getting off to a horrid start, losing their first four games by a 7-1 goal aggregate, Waterhouse have rebounded in a big way to win their last two games, dragging themselves off the foot of the table to 11th place.<br /> <br /> Last Sunday, with the veteran Jermaine &ldquo;Tuffy&rdquo; Anderson back in the team and scoring, Waterhouse will be seeking to make it three wins in a row. <br /> <br /> But they could find a stubborn MBU seeking to rebound from a frustrating outing against Harbour View last week.<br /> <br /> Montego Bay United will face Arnett Gardens next Wednesday at WesPow Park and will be seeking to avoid going three games without a win, as they lost two weeks ago at Humble Lion and were held 0-0 by last-placed Harbour View at home on Sunday.<br /> <br /> Despite creating several scoring chances, both Dino Williams and Allan Ottey were held by a determined Harbour View defence, and this Sunday they will face a Waterhouse defence that has not given up a goal in two outings. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368578/235387_62506_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Beenie Man a no-show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Beenie-Man-a-no-show-_77709 FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny &mdash; Fans of &ldquo;King of the Dancehall&rdquo;, Beenie Man, were left disappointed after the star performer, who was billed to headline the Trelawny Food and Music Festival, was a no-show at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium on Heroes&rsquo; Day.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Observer West failed to get a comment from the promoters of the event over the absence of the dancehall kingpin. <br /> <br /> However, despite the non-appearance of Beenie Man, there were good performances from other acts. <br /> <br /> One of the standouts was Medikal, who graced the stage immediately after the gospel segment and delivered a professional gig that was well received by his hometown fans. <br /> <br /> Backed by his Kemistry band, the crooner sang his way into the hearts of the patrons with renditions of Redemption Song, Sailing, Best of Me, Should I, and originals Marley and Hopelessness. <br /> <br /> Another bright spark during the live performance entertainment segment of the family festival, was the cameo performance of Montego Bay-based Mycowave, who received the night&rsquo;s only encore following his captivating deliveries of Mama and Tek You Book. <br /> <br /> Veteran performer Woochi generated a buzz among the audience, while the patrons, sensing that Beenie Man would not be performing, begun to stream out of the venue during the performance of Mackie Conscious, who did Lucky, Leave the Crumbs Alone and What If to bring the curtains down on the event <br /> <br /> Earlier, despite the delivery of their popular songs, well-known gospel artistes Kuckodoo and Prodigal failed to connect with the crowd. <br /> <br /> But Katalys Crew with lead singer Shalom gave a good account of themselves in the gospel section. <br /> <br /> The fourth staging of the day and night event also featured several booths offering a diverse cuisines. Children were also treated to a variety of rides. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368420/235306_62457_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Cornwall, Rusea&rsquo;s lead western Jamaica D&rsquo;Cup hunt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Cornwall--Rusea-s-lead-western-Jamaica-D-Cup-hunt_77720 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Former winners Cornwall College and Rusea&rsquo;s High will lead western Jamaica&rsquo;s charge into the quarter-finals of the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup schoolboys&rsquo; football competition when it gets underway next Wednesday.<br /> <br /> Five schools, including first time qualifiers Little London, who also won their Inter-zone group, as well as Petersfield High and Spot Valley, who were runners-up, have also advanced to the final 16 of the competition.<br /> <br /> Only the winners of the four quarterfinal groups will make progress to the semi-finals and also to the Ben Francis KO semi-finals. Cornwall College have been paired in Group P with surprise team, Ocho Rios; Manchester High and the runner- up from Zone Seven which will be decided today.<br /> <br /> Rusea&rsquo;s High are in Group Q along with Paul Bogle, Dinthill Technical, who along with Cornwall College, have not dropped a point all season, and Holmwood Technical.<br /> <br /> Petersfield High are in Group R along with the winner of Zone Seven, Fair Prospect and defending champions St Elizabeth Technical, while two western-based schools, Little London and Spot Valley, will be in Group S along with Clarendon College and either Port Antonio High or first timers Steer Town.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College, who won the last of their 11 titles 15 years ago, have the best record of any team in schoolboy football in Jamaica, winning 13 games, while conceding just four goals in the process.<br /> <br /> They topped Zone One with maximum nine points, same as Zone Two winners Rusea&rsquo;s High, who have 10 titles and also failed to concede a goal in the Inter-zone round.<br /> <br /> Little London have scored seven goals, six away from Westmoreland, and are growing more confident with each game they play, after winning Zone Eight over Paul Bogle High on the thinnest of margins.<br /> <br /> The teams finished tied on seven points and a goal difference of two, but Little London&rsquo;s seven goals to Paul Bogle&rsquo;s three, put them into the biggest stage in their football history.<br /> <br /> Petersfield rallied from their potentially devastating 6-0 loss to Cornwall College on Saturday, to beat Cedric Titus 2-0 Tuesday, and took second place in Zone One.<br /> <br /> Spot Valley&rsquo;s 1-0 win over Godfrey Stewart on Saturday was the difference as they were spanked 4-0 by Rusea&rsquo;s on Tuesday, but held on for the second spot in Zone Two.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368806/235321_62456_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Super qualifiers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Super-qualifiers_77741 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Western Jamaica&rsquo;s hopes of a first <br /> <br /> Flow Super Cup title will rest on the shoulders of the trio of Cornwall College, Rusea&rsquo;s High and Little London when the cash-rich islandwide knock-out competition kicks off this weekend in Montego Bay and Kingston. <br /> <br /> Cornwall College and Rusea&rsquo;s High were the only schools to win all three Inter-zone games without conceding a goal, while Little London continued their fairy-tale season by topping their zone by the slimmest of margins to be among the eight schools to represent rural Jamaica in the three-year-old competition. <br /> <br /> In the meantime, Petersfield High and Spot Valley also booked spots in the quarterfinals of the Inter-secondary Schools&rsquo; Sports Association/Flow daCosta Cup that will start next Wednesday after taking the runners-up spots behind Cornwall College ad Rusea&rsquo;s High respectively. <br /> <br /> Petersfield rebounded from their big 0-6 loss to Cornwall College on Saturday to blank Cedric Titus 2-0 at Drax Hall on Tuesday, finishing on six points in Zone One, while despite a big 4-0 flogging from Rusea&rsquo;s High at Jarrett Park, Spot Valley made progress to the top 16 as the second-placed team from Zone Two with six points. <br /> <br /> The western teams&rsquo; opponents for the Super Cup were drawn late yesterday, but at least two of the teams could be in action at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday. <br /> <br /> Cornwall College, which is the only one of the three western Jamaica schools that has participated in the Super Cup, extended their nationwide run to 13 games on Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Green Island High at Jarrett Park, amassing 13 goals, the most by any one team in the Inter-zone round. <br /> <br /> National under-20 representatives Peter-Lee Vassell and Jourdaine Fletcher have accounted for nine of the goals, and the fate of the 11-time daCosta Cup champions could rest on their shoulders. <br /> <br /> After winning their first two games by 1-0 margins, Rusea&rsquo;s High broke free on Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Spot Valley, as Shawn Bradford grabbed a brace and national under-20 player Deshane Beckford scored his first of the campaign in only his second game since coming back from a knee operation. <br /> <br /> Little London continued to live dangerously as, after getting one of two &lsquo;best third-place&rsquo; spots, they topped Zone Eight with seven points, beating Paul Bogle High by a second tiebreaker and danced into their first national competition. <br /> <br /> Both teams finished on seven points and goal difference of two, but the Westmoreland team edged ahead having scored more goals, seven to three. <br /> <br /> Twice they went to Clarendon and beat Clarendon schools by 3-2 margins &mdash; the then unbeaten Garvey Maceo last week and Kemps Hill on Tuesday &mdash; while drawing 1-1 at home to Paul Bogle. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368582/235385_62495_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Ras Iyah V urges participation in inaugural Ganjamaica Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Ras-Iyah-V-urges-participation-in-inaugural-Ganjamaica-Cup-_77727 NEGRIL, Westmoreland &mdash; Ganja growers islandwide are invited to participate in the inaugural Ganjamaica Cup, which forms part of the highlights of the second staging of Rastafari Rootzfest to be held at the Long Bay Beach Park in Negril from December 9 to11, 2016.<br /> <br /> The three-day and night festival, which opens at 12:00 noon daily, will feature: over 75 exhibitors and ital food vendors in the Ganja Expo and Rastafari Village; 12 ganja seminars, including two growers workshops; Rastafari reasonings, acoustic performances, yoga and two nights of Reggae concerts. The festival will end with the awards ceremony to announce the winners of the inaugural Ganjamaica Cup.<br /> <br /> Last year, the inaugural staging of the ganja festival, which was a joint effort between High Times and Rastafari Rootzfest, was the first legally-exempt ganja event in Jamaica. <br /> <br /> Despite the absence of High Times on board this year, Ras Iyah V, head of the festival's management's team, is brimming with confidence that the event will be a major success. <br /> <br /> Among other factors, his conviction hinges on the feedback from local and international interests, which are already surfacing. <br /> <br /> His confidence is also buoyed from the fact that the projected price for booths this year is half of what they were last year. <br /> <br /> "Certain things were at a price last year that the average Jamaican could not afford it. Plus, it gives us the opportunity now to direct the event which is more beneficial both in terms of the educational aspect and the opportunities created by the interaction Jamaican people," Ras Iyah V argued. <br /> <br /> He added that the Rastafari Village, which was a major pulling card last year, is again expected to play a pivotal role in attracting local and international patrons. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13368430/235351_62479_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Entertainment diary - October 20, 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Entertainment-diary---October-20--2016_77704 THURSDAY, October 20 <br /> <br /> Reggae Night <br /> <br /> @ Facebaar Night Club and Lounge <br /> <br /> Ironshore, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $1,000 <br /> <br /> Time :10:00 pm <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Exotic Thursdays <br /> <br /> @ Sundaze Bar & 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, October 21<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Five in the City <br /> <br /> @ Margaritavlle Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: Free <br /> <br /> Time: 5:00 pm &mdash; 9:00 pm <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Pier Pressure <br /> <br /> @ Pier 1 <br /> <br /> Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm <br /> <br /> Adm: $1,000 <br /> <br /> SATURDAY, October 22<br /> <br /> <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:10:00 pm <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Smirnoff Night Life <br /> <br /> @ Margaritaville, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $600 <br /> <br /> 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, OCTOBER 23<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Soca Madness <br /> <br /> @ Aquasol Theme Park, Gloucester Ave <br /> <br /> Adm: $1200, Early bird (12:00 pm &mdash; 2:00 pm) <br /> <br /> $1,000 <br /> <br /> Time: 12:00 pm &mdash; 8:00 pm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10636783/ediary_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Invaders knock out Holland United in Trelawny FA President&rsquo;s Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Invaders-knock-out-Holland-United-in-Trelawny-FA-President-s-Cup-_77745 FALMOUTH, Trelawny &ndash; Trelawny<br /> <br /> Football Association&rsquo;s Major League champions Holland United, who will be returning to the Western Confederation Super League, were knocked out by Invaders FC in the first round of the Trelawny FA President&rsquo;s Cup KO last weekend.<br /> <br /> Invaders SC scored an upset 3-0 win over the Major League champions, with Omar Williams slotting in a double in the game played at Bounty Hall on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Williams scored in the 29th and 49th minutes, while Rohan Stewart added a third in the 90th minute to put the game out of reach for Holland United.<br /> <br /> On Sunday, Bunker&rsquo;s Hill So Fresh joined Invaders in the second round after they beat Granville FC 1-0 at Bunker&rsquo;s Hill, with Akeem Graham scoring the winner in the 49th minute.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul Reid<br /> <br /> Observer West Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:00 AM Seven book FLOW Super Cup spots from D&rsquo;Cup Inter-zone http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Seven-book-FLOW-Super-Cup-spots-from-D-Cup-Inter-zone_77670 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; DaCosta Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) led four former champions into the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/FLOW Super Cup competition after topping their respective Inter-zone rounds yesterday.<br /> <br /> Seven of the eight daCosta Cup places were filled yesterday and the final one will be known tomorrow, from Zone Seven, following the playing of three rescheduled games.<br /> <br /> STETHS; Cornwall College, who have a season-long 13-game perfect run; Rusea&rsquo;s High; Clarendon College; and Dinthill Technical will all be included in the draw that will take place today and will be accompanied by Ocho Rios High and Little London.<br /> <br /> It will be the first time in the cash rich FLOW Super Cup for Rusea&rsquo;s High, Ocho Rios and Little London, who were one of the best third-placed teams after the first round of the competition.<br /> <br /> Five schools &mdash; Cornwall College, Rusea&rsquo;s High, STETHS, Ocho Rios, and Dinthill Technical &mdash; were perfect through the Inter-zone round, while two &mdash; Cornwall College and Rusea&rsquo;s High &mdash; have not allowed a goal.<br /> <br /> Vere Technical have not allowed a goal in two games, a win and a draw.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, six of eight runners-up who will contest the quarter-finals of the daCosta Cup competition were also decided yesterday &mdash; Petersfield, Spot Valley, Holmwood Technical, Manchester High, Paul Bogle High, and Fair Prospect High.<br /> <br /> At Jarrett Park, Cornwall College made it lucky 13 as they extended their perfect run with a 4-0 win over Green Island High, with Jourdaine Fletcher scoring twice in the second half and Garnett Hudson getting one after Peter-Lee Vassell had given them the lead in the first half with his fifth goal of the round.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College barely got out of first gear as they also pushed their goal tally in the round to 13.<br /> <br /> Jovoney Brown scored a double and Denroy Miller got the other as STETHS beat Mile Gully 3-1 at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex to top Zone Three, while Shawn Bradford also bagged a double for Rusea&rsquo;s High, who turned back Spot Valley High 4-0 in the second game of the double-header at Jarrett Park.<br /> <br /> National Under-20 player Deshane Beckford also got on the scoresheet for Rusea&rsquo;s in only his second appearance this season after a knee operation, while Daniel Reid scored the other goal.<br /> <br /> Mickel McCoy scored in his third-straight game for Ocho Rios as Delano Allen and Michael Campbell also got one goal for Ocho Rios as they beat Alston High 3-0 at Drax Hall.<br /> <br /> Alwayne Harvey scored twice and Kaheem Parris and Newton Nicholson got the others for Dinthill Technical in their 4-0 beating of Brimmer Vale High.<br /> <br /> Clarendon College booked their spot by beating Lacovia High 3-1 and topping Zone Four with seven points, one more than Manchester High, who came from 1-2 down to beat Spalding High 3-2.<br /> <br /> Little London continued their fairytale season by topping Zone Eight on more goals scored after ending their Inter-zone round tied with Paul Bogle High on seven points and the same goal-difference of two.<br /> <br /> The Westmoreland school scored seven goals to Paul Bogle&rsquo;s three after a 3-2 win over Kemps Hill at Juici Field &mdash; the second time they were beating a Clarendon team in Clarendon by the same margin.<br /> <br /> Last week they had come from behind twice to beat Garvey Maceo.<br /> <br /> Three schools are on four points in Zone Seven, led Vere Technical, who have a goal-difference of four after beating Bog Walk 4-0 yesterday, their second game.<br /> <br /> Seaforth High, who beat Glenmuir High 1-0, are on zero goal-difference, while Bog Walk are on minus three.<br /> <br /> Results from yesterday<br /> <br /> Cornwall College 4, Green Island 0<br /> <br /> Rusea&rsquo;s 4, Spot Valley 0<br /> <br /> Cedric Titus 0, Petersfield High 2<br /> <br /> Ocho Rios 3, Alston 0<br /> <br /> Godfrey Stewart 3, St James 1<br /> <br /> STETHS 3, Mile Gully 1<br /> <br /> Holmwood Tech 3, Lennon High 1<br /> <br /> Manchester 3, Spalding 2<br /> <br /> Garvey Maceo 0, Paul Bogle 1<br /> <br /> Clarendon College 3, Lacovia 1<br /> <br /> St Mary Tech 1, Fair Prospect 3<br /> <br /> Port Antonio 1, Steer Town 1<br /> <br /> Dinthill 4, Brimmer Vale 0<br /> <br /> Kemps Hill 2, Little London 3<br /> <br /> Vere Tech 4, Bog Walk 0<br /> <br /> Seaforth 1, Glenmuir 0<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13363722/235271_62310_repro_spsecld_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:00 AM STETHS defeat Lennon amid high drama http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/STETHS-defeat-Lennon-amid-high-drama_77536 SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth &mdash; Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) fought back well from a goal down to beat Lennon High 2-1 in their Issa/Flow daCosta Cup interzone round game here last Saturday, but that was only part of the story.<br /> <br /> A frightening lightning storm forced Referee Leon Brown to rush the players off a rain-flooded field with five minutes remaining. And if all that was not enough, two players, one from either side, had to be rushed to hospital after an accidental clash of heads early in the second half.<br /> <br /> The two, Sanjay Snaith of Lennon and Clifton Woodbine, were later cleared after extensive tests. Woodbine was released from hospital after 24 hours, while Snaith only left hospital yesterday.<br /> <br /> In the game itself, Lennon High shook STETHS when striker Odane Grant scored in the 21st minute. But tenacious STETHS found the equaliser from a Lennon own goal in the 66th minute. And in driving rain, STETHS&rsquo;s leading scorer Jovoney Brown, who came on as a second-half substitute &mdash; presumably to take full advantage of tiring defenders &mdash; found the winner with a right-foot blast in the 74th minute.<br /> <br /> The victory for STETHS, their second in the interzone round following a 1-0 win over Holmwood Technical, means they are now through to the quarter final round.<br /> <br /> Lennon, with a 4-0 win over Mile Gully High last week must await today&rsquo;s clash with Holmwood Technical to know their fate.<br /> <br /> Before a fair-sized crowd, Lennon, having come to Santa Cruz with a big reputation, finishing second to Clarendon College in Zone H of the preliminary round &mdash; started slowly. But they soon found their bearings with their speedy number 7, Christopher Randall making serious inroads down the left-hand side.<br /> <br /> Another searing run from Randall left the STETHS defence in disarray, and his cross across the face of goal was headed home by Grant to leave the home support dumbstruck.<br /> <br /> But STETHS gradually asserted themselves in midfield, showing patience and good passing, and by the end of the half appeared the more dominant team.<br /> <br /> The second half will be remembered as much for the driving rain, lightning and thunder as for the STETHS comeback. The more the rain fell, the more the defending champions pressed and the more Lennon seemed to wilt.<br /> <br /> Substitutions, including the arrival of Brown, appeared to strengthen the STETHS resolve and the equalising goal when it came was no surprise. Rujay Robinson capped a strong run down the right with a good cross. Amidst a flurry of legs, the ball crossed the line into the net. The match officials ruled that a Lennon defender, Ray Campbell, had the last touch.<br /> <br /> STETHS kept driving forward as the rain, which was light at first, became a cloudburst, leaving large pools of water on the surface. Brown, running hard, would not be denied. Racing through the centre, his powerhouse right-foot shot left the Lennon goalkeeper, Tyrone Mullings, helpless, giving STETHS the lead.<br /> <br /> By then, lightning was streaking the field, eliciting screams from the crowd with every peal. With five minutes of full time remaining, the whole field lit up and Referee Brown was left with no choice, hastily beckoning the players off.<br /> <br /> The break lasted 15 minutes before officials decided it was safe to return. Lennon tried hard in the last few minutes in gathering gloom but, if anything, the home team appeared the stronger at the end.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Garfield Myers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10595868/Football-2_w300.jpg Local Sports Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:00 AM Dacosta Cup teams turn up heat in Super Cup hunt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Dacosta-Cup-teams-turn-up-heat-in-Super-Cup-hunt_77504 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; At least seven of the eight qualifiers from the daCosta Cup competition for the third staging of the lucrative Flow Super Cup competition will be decided this afternoon as the third and final round of games in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup Inter-zone are contested.<br /> <br /> The winners of the eight Inter-zone groups will be paired against the top-eight schools in the Corporate Area&rsquo;s Manning Cup competition at Wednesday&rsquo;s draw for the lucrative all-island competition that gets underway on Friday.<br /> <br /> Five teams &mdash; daCosta Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) from Zone Three, Cornwall College in Zone One, Rusea&rsquo;s High in Zone Two, Ocho Rios in Zone Five and Dinthill Technical in Zone Six &mdash; have won their first two games in the Inter-zone round and have already qualified for the quarter-finals and need only a point to secure wins and qualify for the Super Cup.<br /> <br /> Two other spots will come from Zone Four where Clarendon College and Spalding High are tied on four points, separated by goal-difference and Zone Eight where Paul Bogle High and Little London are also tied on four points each.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, teams will also be vying for quarter-final spots as the top two from each group will earn qualification to the next round.<br /> <br /> Green Island and Petersfield could join Cornwall College from Zone One, Spot Valley need a draw from Rusea&rsquo;s in Zone Two to make progress, while the winner of the Lennon High vs Holmwood Technical game will join STETHS. A draw would favour Lennon, while either Alston High or Fair Prospect could advance from Zone Five.<br /> <br /> The race will be for the Super Cup spots, however, and after two tough games, STETHS should be able to get the point from Mile Gully that would see them into their third-straight Super Cup.<br /> <br /> With a goal-difference of nine, it would take a massive upset to deny Cornwall College in Zone One and they will take on Green Island, who are coming off a win over Cedric Titus and will be battling Petersfield for second place.<br /> <br /> Unbeaten Cornwall, who will be going for their 13th-straight win this season, should be led by Peter-Lee Vassell who leads the Inter-zone goal scoring with four, snatching two goals in each of their last two games and will be hunting goals along with Jourdaine Fletcher who has scored two goals.<br /> <br /> Rusea&rsquo;s High have done just enough, winning both games by 1-0 margins and a draw today against Spot Valley High at Jarrett Park would see them through to their first Super Cup berth.<br /> <br /> Ocho Rios have been a surprise so far with wins over St Mary Technical and Fair Prospect and could make it to the Super Cup in their first trip to the Inter-zone in over five years.<br /> <br /> Today they will face Alston High who also have a shot at winning the zone and advancing with a two-goal margin win.<br /> <br /> Dinthill Technical have cooled off their high-scoring ways and gave up two goals on Saturday against Steer Town and will face Brimmervale, who also have ambitions of advancing to the next stage.<br /> <br /> Clarendon College were held by Spalding on Saturday and the two are now tied on four points. Clarendon play Lacovia High today, while Spalding will have their hands full against Manchester High away.<br /> <br /> Manchester revived their hopes with a win over Lacovia on Saturday and they too will have ambitions of a quarter-final spot with a win.<br /> <br /> Little London High have been the surprise package so far and lead Zone Eight on goals scored over Paul Bogle with whom they are tied on four points and identical goal-difference of one.<br /> <br /> A point would be good enough for either Little London or Paul Bogle to advance ahead of the more fancied Garvey Maceo and Kemps Hill.<br /> <br /> Little London will play Kemps Hill at Juici Field, while at Lynch Park, Paul Bogle face a Garvey Maceo team still smarting from their loss to Little London, their first this season.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Zone Seven is still up for grabs after the Vere Technical vs Glenmuir game was rained out on Saturday and they could be made to wait until Thursday when the rescheduled games are most likely to be played to know who will advance.<br /> <br /> Bog Walk lead with four points and a win over Vere would see them take at least a quarter-final spot, while Seaforth and Glenmuir will battle for the other spot. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13360270/234932_62005_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:00 AM MoBay let down by dropped points against cellar-dwelling Harbour View http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/MoBay-let-down-by-dropped-points-against-cellar-dwelling-Harbour-View_77463 TUCKER, St James &mdash; Defending champions Montego Bay United (MBU) were held scoreless by last-placed Harbour View in a bruising Red Stripe Premier League clash at WesPow Park on Sunday afternoon.<br /> <br /> Harbour View came out the worst in the rough and tumble game as Damarley Oliver was red-carded in the 61st minute after picking up his second yellow card in his hour-long battle with MBU&rsquo;s Dino Williams who suffered a nasty gash on his left shin in a first-half clash with Oliver, but soldiered on.<br /> <br /> The home team had the lion&rsquo;s share of the scoring chances, but came up against an inspired Joel Johnson in the Harbour View goal and assistant coach Dillon Thelwell said it was more of them dropping two points than earning one.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Based on the game we played, we feel like we dropped two points,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer. &ldquo;It was an evenly balanced first half, but we dominated the second half, in terms of possession and chances created, but that&rsquo;s the nature of the game,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> Harbour View coach Ludlow Bernard thought the point and performance could form the basis of a turnaround in the team&rsquo;s fortunes as they seek to get off the bottom of the tables.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Under the circumstances a point is good enough... we pleaded with them (the players) that we needed to leave here with at least a point today,&rdquo; he noted.<br /> <br /> The teams started well and each created a good scoring chance in the early goings. For Montego Bay, Williams missed putting his ahead in the seventh minute when he miskicked from three feet from the goal line and two minutes later Harbour View&rsquo;s Daniel Green kicked high from the edge of the six-yard box.<br /> <br /> Green should have done better in the 34th minute, but he curled a ball wide of the far right post with only goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett to beat.<br /> <br /> Harbour View were pushed back in their own half for long periods in the second half, but MBU failed to capitalise even when they went down to 10 men.Dwayne Ambursley came the closest, but hit the base of Johnson&rsquo;s right upright in the 90th minute.<br /> <br /> Teams: <br /> <br /> Montego Bay United &mdash; Jacomeno Barrett, Ladale Richie, Fabian McCarthy, Orlando McBayne (Jason Watson 46th), Allan Ottey, Ramone Sibley (Ronaldo Rodney 46th), Keniel Kirlew, Dwayne Ambursely, Zvezdan Dordilovic, Dino Williams, Cory Hylton (Johann Weatherly 77th)<br /> <br /> Subs not used: Al Nesbeth, David Swaby, Derron McLeod, Donovan Carey<br /> <br /> Booked: Williams (28th), Ottey (63rd)<br /> <br /> Harbour View &mdash; Joel Johnson, Andre Messam, Demarley Oliver, Richardo Harriott, Mark Miller, Nicholas Beckett, Rosario Harriott, Jon-Ross Edwards, Daniel Green (Ross Burton 68th), Ranique Muir, Jaleel Chamberlain (Hugh Evans 68th)<br /> <br /> Subs not used: Mark Bryan, Omar Palmer, Dario Stewart, Daminan Anderson, Le-Shaun Young<br /> <br /> Booked: Miller (26th), Evans (76th), Oliver (ejected 61st)<br /> <br /> Referee: Gawayne Scott<br /> <br /> Assistant Referees: Lloyd Edwards, Jeron Porteous<br /> <br /> Fourth Official: Tyrone Robinson<br /> <br /> Match Commissary: Linnel McLean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13359964/234899_61986_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:00 AM 2nd JN Foundation Heroes in Action Run/Walk a success &mdash; Jarrett http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/2nd-JN-Foundation-Heroes-in-Action-Run-Walk-a-success---Jarrett_77428 FALMOUTH, Trelawny &mdash; Organisers of the second staging of the Jamaica National Building Society (JN) Foundation Heroes in Action Run/Walk described yesterday&rsquo;s staging of the event as a resounding success.<br /> <br /> The Usain Bolt Foundation, which partnered in the inaugural staging of the event last year, was again on board this year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I understand, based on the numbers I have seen, that we have doubled the number of persons who have participated this year. We have now gone over 1,000 persons, that&rsquo;s a good thing; it means that persons are finding the event very attractive,&rdquo; Earl Jarrett, general manager of Jamaica National Building Society, told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Bolt, the iconic sprinter, mirrored the banker&rsquo;s comments.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I feel good, many more people came out, which is a great thing because we are trying to get greater awareness, so I am looking forward to next year again to make it even bigger,&rdquo; the legendary athlete commented.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This year it is much bigger so it shows that we are going in the right direction, so hopefully next year it will be even bigger.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> He indicated his involvement in the event for the long haul.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;For me it is forever!&rdquo; the fastest man on the planet declared.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Jarrett gave kudos to the Port Authority of Jamaica, which facilitated the staging area of the event on the premises of the historic Falmouth Port, for their involvement again this year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am really happy with the partnership with the Port Authority (of Jamaica) to make this possible. And I send greetings back to the board of directors, to the entire management team at the Port Authority, to open up this facility to the community to enable us to have this good event,&rdquo; Jarrett said.<br /> <br /> He hinted that the event, which featured an 8K run and a 4K run/walk this year, will see an additional feature next year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Of course this year we have changed it up a bit, we have 8K which is unusual and 4K. For next year we will have something different but more on that later,&rdquo; he cited.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton gave the event the thumbs up, citing that among other things, it promoted health and wellness.<br /> <br /> The winner of the male section of the 8K Run was Lenford Adams, while Ronique Williams and Lucien Graham finished second and third, respectively. In the women&rsquo;s section, Ann-Marie Finnegan finished ahead of Ashelaun Linton and Chantel Cornwall.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the 4K winners were Shawna-Kay Prince in the female category, and Jamario Daley for the males.<br /> <br /> The proceeds from the event will go towards the Victim Support Division of Trelawny and additional funding to last year&rsquo;s refurbishment project at the Granville Place of Safety for Girls. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13358618/234809_61918_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 AM Jamaica to host big tourism conference next year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Jamaica-to-host-big-tourism-conference-next-year_77311 ROSE HALL, St James &mdash; Jamaica is slated to host 157 ministers of tourism from across the world during the inaugural United Nations (UN) Global Conference on Tourism Development to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre next year December.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Next year, 2017, has been declared by the United Nations as The International Year for Sustainable Tourism Development and little Jamaica has been selected as the venue for the first global conference on tourism development and sustainability,&rdquo; Bartlett announced.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;And the development agencies of the UN will also be here in those discussions to look at the future of tourism and the development strategies that must go hand in hand with that.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Bartlett explained that the conference will represent the first time that both the private and public sector arm of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) will jointly host a global event.<br /> <br /> He was speaking to members of the media following the opening the Gastronomy of Fats and Oils seminar, put on by Seprod in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa last week.<br /> <br /> The tourism minister argued that the upcoming UN conference will provide a glorious opportunity to display authentic Jamaican food and cuisine to the visiting delegations, which will not only include the 157 tourism ministers, but representatives from &ldquo;500 companies that are in tourism services and provisions&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are excited by it. This is an opportunity for gastronomy for the health and wellness network, particularly for the entertainment and music side to really shine, because Jamaica&rsquo;s food will be on display,&rdquo; Bartlett, who is also chairman of the Affiliates Committee, UNWTO, remarked.<br /> <br /> He argued that &ldquo;to build out gastronomy is to create a very new dynamic and distinctive stream of visitors into Jamaica&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Eighty-eight per cent of the people who go to other places go in search of food, and in our largest market, the United States, 23.7 million people travel every year for gastronomy experience. Jamaica could do with two million of that,&rdquo; Bartlett remarked. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13357252/234630_61746_repro_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, October 16, 2016 2:00 AM Rose Heights double amputee fights life&rsquo;s adversities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Rose-Heights-double-amputee-fights-life-s-adversities_77002 ROSE HEIGHTS, St James &mdash; Paul Gibson&rsquo;s dream of making it big in the construction industry turned into a nightmare 16 years ago when a worksite accident involving high voltage electricity wires left him with both legs amputated just below the hips.<br /> <br /> With the help of doctors, relatives and a few friends, together with his positive outlook, the then fledgling builder was out of hospital almost eight months after the mishap, which also left him with burns on significant portions of his body. <br /> <br /> Now, the Rose Heights double amputee is determined to eke out a living for himself, despite the odds. <br /> <br /> Well respected and greatly admired in the inner-city community of Rose Heights for his resilience and hard work, Gibson still harbours thoughts of becoming one of the best builders in western Jamaica. <br /> <br /> Apart from his ability to be engaged in several aspects of construction, the Trelawny native, who moved to the resort city of Montego Bay shortly after the destruction to the island wrought by Hurricane Gilbert in September 1988 to seek a better living, is a fine upholsterer and an excellent baker. <br /> <br /> Some area residents have described him as a &lsquo;jack of all trades&rsquo;. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;He is a good baker, he cooks for the community, he does upholstery work, he builds houses and fowl coops&hellip; he can do almost everything in the construction business&hellip;dig the foundation, do the steel work, lay the blocks, lay the tiles&hellip;,&rdquo; said Vivinne Black,&rdquo; a Rose Heights resident, who has known Gibson for more than two decades. <br /> <br /> When the Jamaica Observer West news team visited the community recently, Gibson was hard at work constructing a building for Black, which she said, will serve as a business establishment. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I trust him to build my shop, he is a good builder and he has built many houses in the community, even though he has no legs. He is really a good community man,&rdquo; Black emphasised. <br /> <br /> Derron Black, another resident, added that Gibson is also good at climbing trees. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;He climbs coconut and breadfruit trees faster than any man with foot. Him really good,&rdquo; he quipped. <br /> <br /> The 51-year-old Gibson told the Observer West, however, that it was not smooth sailing after he was discharged from hospital. <br /> <br /> In fact, he said he was dealt another hard blow, when his wife of several years decided to end their relationship. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;So I couldn&rsquo;t go back to the matrimonial home. I had to rent a place in Irwin, but after about three months I had to leave there because the landlord raise up the rent on me, so I could no longer afford it,&rdquo; said Gibson. <br /> <br /> He said he spent the next several months living in old cars and under boats on a section of the Montego Bay waterfront, until he was evicted. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was living there until one day them [authorities] came and move the boats and the old cars, so I had to move, leaving me with nowhere to go,&rdquo; said an emotional Gibson. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;But, luckily a friend was passing at the time and saw what was happening and he decided to put me up at his unfinished house in the Rose Heights area.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Gibson said after several months he was able to save enough money from donations to buy a few sheets of plyboard, which enabled him to construct a house of his own on Government-owned property in the community. <br /> <br /> Since then, he said, &ldquo;things have improved somewhat&rdquo;, noting that he has managed to get a few jobs to build houses and to do &ldquo;some upholstery work&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> But in spite of this, Gibson said he is in need of equipment to improve his business. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I badly need a sewing machine to do the upholstery work, so I can expand the business and employ a few persons,&rdquo; said Gibson, as he urged people with disabilities not to give up, despite the odds. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13351055/234093_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:00 AM Crime study for St James http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Crime-study-for-St-James_77014 MONTEGO BAY, St James &ndash; Concerned about the runaway crime rate in the north-western parish of St James, the University of the West Indies, Mona, Western Jamaica Campus, is set to collaborate with the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), to undertake research on the crime epidemic afflicting the parish. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, they have been talking about doing a research in crime, in collaboration with the University of the West Indies. We are still working on that,&rdquo; Director of UWI Mona, Western Jamaica Campus, Patrick Prendergast revealed.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The discussions around that [research] are still ongoing, but we are definitely going to. It&rsquo;s just an example of the areas that we need to get involved as academics. So we are working on getting that research done.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Prendergast was speaking on Tuesday during a media appreciation breakfast, hosted in Montego Bay by the university. <br /> <br /> During the MBCCI Annual General Meeting in April, Gloria Henry, who was returned unopposed as president, expressed that on the agenda for the 2016/17 calendar year, would be a &ldquo;crime study with UWI and increased use of intelligence in crime-fighting&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> She indicated then that the discussions along that line have been in progress since her first term as president. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We commenced engagement with UWI Western Campus for the development of a research proposal on an empirical study into causes of crime in St James, with a view to informing policy on intervention and other crime-fighting measures,&rdquo; Henry remarked, while listing the achievements of the chamber during her first stint at the helm. <br /> <br /> At Tuesday&rsquo;s media appreciation breakfast, Prendergast revealed that some students would be writing reflective essays on the crime situation in Montego Bay for a magazine to be published by the university.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;One of the things that they are working on is a magazine that would reflect some of the issues the students face, living and studying in Montego Bay. And so, the first one is going to be a series of reflective essays on crime,&rdquo; the university director stated.<br /> <br /> Last month the murder tally in St James surpassed the 200 mark since the start of the year, following one of the bloodiest weeks in the parish&rsquo;s modern history, which saw close to 20 people murdered. <br /> <br /> The flare-up triggered a strong response from the authorities, who ramped up security personnel in crime hot spots in the parish. <br /> <br /> During a subsequent press conference called by Commissioner Dr Carl Williams at the Montego Bay Freeport Police Station, Major Murphy Price of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) revealed that three companies of soldiers were deployed to assist the police in St James. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;As it relates to the most recent upsurge in violence, the Jamaica Defence Force had previously committed a company of soldiers to conduct operations in St James, and the Chief of Defence Staff has reassigned many of the troops that are operating elsewhere in the country to St James. Therefore, we have brought two more companies of soldiers to operate with the St James police,&rdquo; he told reporters. <br /> <br /> He noted that in addition to the manpower, the JDF has also brought &ldquo;certain operational planning capabilities to assist our police counterparts&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have also brought along some augmentation of the intelligence services that are here. We brought in what we consider specialist capabilities that would not normally reside here. For instance we brought in an aircraft to assist with operations at day and night and we also brought in some armoured personnel carriers,&rdquo; the army man stated. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;So we are supporting the police efforts in a very significant way. And we will continue to support those efforts.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> In the meantime, commander of the St James Police Division, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, told members of the media that &ldquo;we are in a crisis and we intend to deal with it effectively&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> He added that initiatives launched since the recent flare-up in St James were already yielding success. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13351423/234106_61137_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:00 AM Howard Cooke Primary aims to win LASCO REAP again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Howard-Cooke-Primary-aims-to-win-LASCO-REAP-again---_76982 CATHERINE HALL, St James &mdash; Dave Scott, principal of the Howard Cooke Primary School in Catherine Hall, says his school intends to top the 2016/2017 staging of the LASCO Re-leaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) for the second consecutive year. <br /> <br /> The 2016/2017 programme was launched at the school last Friday. <br /> <br /> John Rollins Success Primary School, also in St James, topped the 2014/2015 staging of the environmental competition. <br /> <br /> Scott said Howard Cooke Primary displayed &ldquo;good envy&rdquo; of John Rollins Success Primary, noting that his students &ldquo;learned and made improvements which were used to their advantage last year&rdquo; [2015/2016]. He stressed that this time around, the students intend to &ldquo;outdo themselves&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Good envy. Because the Bible says you should covet good gifts. So, we learned from them. They say a wise person learns from other experiences and that is what we did, and we build on those experiences. And the experiences that we had last year, we will be building on those experiences this year, because we intend to outdo ourselves this time around,&rdquo; a confident Scott said. <br /> <br /> In addition to taking the top prize, Howard Cooke Primary also won Best Poem and Best Essay and received 10 computers and two tablets for its efforts. The school also had the top teacher, who received a trip for two to New York City in the USA. <br /> <br /> Now in its fifth year, the programme, which was conceptualised by Stephen Newland, seeks to increase environmental awareness in primary schools across Jamaica. <br /> <br /> Students are judged in several areas including tree planting, best garden, and most plastic bottles collected. <br /> <br /> Speaking at last Friday&rsquo;s launch, Newland, the project director, encouraged students to do their best, and disclosed that winners in this year&rsquo;s staging of the event will also get the opportunity to appear on television. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;So, make sure you do your best, make sure you play fair, make sure you work hard, make sure you don&rsquo;t neglect your schoolwork, make sure you have the cleanest, nicest school, make sure you have the best environment club, make sure you get everybody recruited in the programme,&rdquo; he urged the students. <br /> <br /> LASCO REAP is supported by the Lasco Group of companies, which has committed over $30 million to the initiative. Since the start of the programme, some 12,500 trees have been planted, 1.5 million plastic bottles collected, and 150 school gardens started. <br /> <br /> Last year, 90 primary, preparatory and all-age schools across the island participated in the programme, which saw some 710,000 plastic bottles collected. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13351357/234039_61100_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:00 AM Herbert Morrison to start defence of basketball titles tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Herbert-Morrison-to-start-defence-of-basketball-titles-tomorrow_77027 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Herbert Morrison Technical will start the defence of their ISSA Western Conference Under-16 and Under-19 basketball titles tomorrow when they host former champions Muschett High in a double-header at Herbert Morrison, starting at 2:30pm.<br /> <br /> The Dave Black-coached Herbert Morrison will be going after a third-straight hold on both titles after successfully defending them last season, sweeping Cornwall College in both finals.<br /> <br /> Seven schools will take part in the Under-16 competition where they will play each other once, while there are five teams in the Under-19 section which will play home-and-away.<br /> <br /> The top four teams in each category will qualify for the semi-finals, while the winners will then play a best-of-three final.<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison, Cornwall College, Muschett High, Rhodes Hall, Spot Valley, William Knibb and Holland High will contest the Under-16 section, while Holland and Rhodes Hall will not compete in the older age-group section.<br /> <br /> Also on Friday, Holland High and Spot Valley will meet in a double-header at Holland; on Tuesday Cornwall College host Herbert Morrison, also in a double-header, while Holland will play Muschett in the Under-16 game and Spot Valley meet Holland in the Under-19 section, both at Spot Valley High.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul A Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13351551/234119_61143_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:00 AM