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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Who will it be? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Who-will-it-be-_82177 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 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 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 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 Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM Showdown! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Showdown-_82154 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 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 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 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 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 Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM Duncans face Village in TFA Knockout http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Duncans-face-Village-in-TFA-Knockout_82158 DUNCANS, Trelawny &mdash; The first round of the Trelawny Football Association's Victor Wright Knockout competition will conclude this afternoon when Duncans United SC face Village United at Sea Road, starting at 3:00 pm.<br /> <br /> It will be Duncans United SC's second game of the round after they were given full points for their game against Prospect Link SC.<br /> <br /> Both teams will be seeking a spot in the second round along with the seven other first round winners.<br /> <br /> Western Confederation team Clark's Town FC, Coopers Pen, Duanvale FC, Granville FC, Spicy Hill SC, Harmony FC and Salt Marsh United, have all secured their places in the second round.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Major League champions Holland United were upset by Coopers Pen FC on Sunday, beaten on penalty kicks after the teams were tied at 3-3 after regulation and extra-time, while Clark's Town edged Bunker's Hill 2-1 and Friendship FC failed to show for their game against Harmony FC. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10948363/manning_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM Herbert Morrison on top in Western Conference U-19 basketball http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Herbert-Morrison-on-top-in-Western-Conference-U-19-basketball_82198 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Defending champions Herbert Morrison secured the top spot in the ISSA/Western Conference Under-19 boys&rsquo; basketball competition after beating William Knibb Memorial by 78 points, 104-26, in Montego Bay on Tuesday, chalking up their sixth consecutive win.<br /> <br /> Three players led by Brendan Dawkins&rsquo; triple double, scored in double figures for Herbert Morrison, who were scoring over 100 points in a game for the fourth time this season.<br /> <br /> With Cornwall College expected to forfeit their game against Herbert Morrison today, the champions are on 14 points from seven games, one more than Cornwall College on 13; Muschett are next on 12 followed by William Knibb on eight.<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison&rsquo;s Under-16 team also remained perfect with a 53-33 win over Muschett High to be tied for the lead with the losers on eight points each.<br /> <br /> In the Under-19 game, Dawkins scored 24 points, 11 steals and 10 assists, Shaqueal Benti had a game-high 30 points and 11 assists, while Tafari Vassell scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds for Herbert Morrison, as they steamrolled the Trelawny school, leading 25-4, 42-11 and 66-22 at the end of the intervals.<br /> <br /> National Under-16 player David Gordon had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, Rashaun Thompson scored 10 points, while Ryheem Barrett had nine points and eight rebounds for Herbert Morrison who led 17-3, 27-17 and 36-19 on their way to win number four.<br /> <br /> Michael Thompson had a game-high 21 points for Muschett along with 10 rebounds, while Warren Brooks scored nine points.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10740009/basketball_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM Hanover&rsquo;s Van Dyke Bernard takes second place in PAN 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hanover-s-Van-Dyke-Bernard-takes-second-place-in-PAN-2016_82160 Elgin Town, Hanover resident Van Dyke Bernard honed his culinary skills working at the Rock House Hotel in Negril.<br /> <br /> For the past 13 years he has been in the pan chicken business.<br /> <br /> Recently, Bernard was named the second-place winner in the CB Foods-promoted PAN 2016 grand finals. The competition saw 27 other pan chicken operators from across the island battling for cash and prizes.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This has been a wonderful experience and I have learnt a lot. Coming into this competition really meant a lot for me,&rdquo; the elated 36-year-old second-place winner told the Jamaica Observer West.<br /> <br /> Bernard said he entered PAN 2016 after one of his friends introduced him to the competition.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Even though I didn&rsquo;t win first place, I still walked away with the experience and the exposure. This competition is the greatest thing ever,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The Hanover native, who owns the Sunshade Restaurant in Elgin Town, was the first-place winner for Hanover in the regional eliminations held in St Elizabeth in August.<br /> <br /> For his efforts at the PAN 2016 grand finals, he won $150,000 from CB Foods, $70,000 from National Baking Company, $100,000 business development grant from Jamaica National Small Business Loan, and a year&rsquo;s supply of CB Chicken. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470324/244363_70851_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM Entertainment diary - December 1, 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Entertainment-diary---December-1--2016_82159 THURSDAY, December 1 <br /> <br /> Exotic Thursdays <br /> <br /> @ SundazeBar & Grill <br /> <br /> Gloucester Ave, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Time: 10:00 pm <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 /> FRIDAY, December 2 <br /> <br /> Five in the City <br /> <br /> @ Margaritavlle Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: Free Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm <br /> <br /> SATURDAY, December 3 <br /> <br /> 100% Addi <br /> <br /> @ Pier One, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Music By: ZJ Ice, DJ Shem, <br /> <br /> Dexta Peppa, Shotta Hype <br /> <br /> Adm: $1,000 <br /> <br /> Masicka Birthday Party <br /> <br /> @ Taboo Night Club, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $1,000 general, VIP $2,000 <br /> <br /> MBCCI Annual Awards Banquet <br /> <br /> @ Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa <br /> <br /> Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $13,500 <br /> <br /> Time: 6:30 pm <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 /> 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 /> Karaoke Night <br /> <br /> @ Jerky&rsquo;s Bar & Grill <br /> <br /> Alice Eldemire Drive <br /> <br /> Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Garden Trade Show <br /> <br /> @ Water Cress, near Ferris Cross, Westmoreland <br /> <br /> Featuring: artwork, pottery, plants and a variety of food, as well as a children&rsquo;s village <br /> <br /> Gates open: 10:00 am <br /> <br /> Adm: $500.00 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10636783/ediary_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM Dustin Brown plays for charity at Tryall Club http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Dustin-Brown-plays-for-charity-at-Tryall-Club_82165 Former Jamaican international tennis player Dustin Brown ended his two-week vacation in the island last week by participating in the annual Tryall Thanksgiving Tennis Classic held at the Tryall Club near Sandy Bay in Hanover.<br /> <br /> Brown, who grew up in Montego Bay and honed his craft on the courts at Tryall, joined three other invited guests in a number of exhibition matches that were part of the day&rsquo;s activities.<br /> <br /> Richard Ferdinand, director of guest relations at Tryall, told the Jamaica Observer West they were very lucky that Brown was in Jamaica on holidays and was able to compete with other guests, who also took part in the event held annually since 1996.<br /> <br /> Tennis professional Jan-Michael Charles Gambill, who has a career-high ATP ranking of number 14; Michael Russell who has played 115 Main Draw Singles in ATP events; Arantxa Parra Santonja, a member of the Spanish team to the 2012 London Olympic Games and who has a highest singles ranking of 46; and Irina Falconi, who had her highest WTA ranking at number 63, were the other invited players.<br /> <br /> There were three matches: a men&rsquo;s doubles, men&rsquo;s singles &mdash; where Brown beat Russell &mdash; and a mixed doubles.<br /> <br /> The German-born Brown, who rose to his highest-ever ranking at number 64 on the ATP rankings this past season, said he was happy to have played a part in the event that is used to help raise funds for charity.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This was a lot of fun,&rdquo; Brown told Observer West. &ldquo;Michael Russell is a good friend and we play at the same tournaments, and is just retired. When I heard he was coming I wanted to see him; then Richard said they were having the event and I wanted to be a part of it, to help out, and it was fun.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Brown, who is known on the tennis circuit as &ldquo;Dreddy&rdquo; for his long locks, said he was heading back to his base in Germany to start preparations for the 2017 season. <br /> <br /> He added that, &ldquo;It was great to come back to a place where I spent a lot of time as a kid.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470282/244367_70870_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM Sport Diary - December 1, 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Sport-Diary---December-1--2016_82157 TODAY<br /> <br /> ISSA/Western Conference Under-16 basketball<br /> <br /> Rhodes Hall vs Herbert Morrison &mdash; Rhodes Hall 2:00 pm<br /> <br /> Trelawny FA/Victor Wright KO<br /> <br /> Duncans United SC vs Village United &mdash; Sea Road field 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> SATURDAY<br /> <br /> ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup finals<br /> <br /> Cornwall College vs St Elizabeth Tech &mdash; MoBay Sports Complex 6:00 pm<br /> <br /> SUNDAY<br /> <br /> Red Stripe Premier League<br /> <br /> Reno FC vs Harbour View &mdash; Frome 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Montego Bay United vs Maverly &mdash; Hughenden &mdash; WesPow 3:00 pm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10636791/sdiary_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM Hip strip - December 1, 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hip-strip---December-1--2016_82131 &lsquo;CELEBS&rsquo; SIGHTINGS<br /> <br /> Douglas Gordon (left) of OCEAN Style magazine shares a frame with American actors (from left) Vivica Fox and Anthony Anderson at Eyes Wide Shut All White party at Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay last Friday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470049/244312_70822_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM Cornwall College rebound in ISSA/Western Conference basketball http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Cornwall-College-rebound-in-ISSA-Western-Conference-basketball_81820 WAKEFIELD, Trelawny &mdash; After being beaten in both sections of the ISSA/Western Conference shcoolboys&rsquo; basketball competition by Herbert Morrison Technical on Monday, Cornwall College rebounded immediately with wins over the previously unbeaten Muschett High and William Knibb Memorial, respectively, on Wednesday in Wakefield, Trelawny.<br /> <br /> Jowayne Jones scored 27 points to lead Cornwall College to a 46-34 win in the Under-16 game, handing Muschett High their first loss of the season, while the Under-19 team held off William Knibb Memorial by three points, 48-45, coming from behind.<br /> <br /> The win helped Cornwall College to take over the lead in the Under-19 section with 13 points from seven games, one point more than Muschett, who have played eight games with defending champions Herbert Morrison in third place with 10 points from five wins. William Knibb are next with seven points from their six games and Spot Valley with six points from six games.<br /> <br /> Muschett High, who have played four games, and Holland High, who have played five, are tied for first place in the Under-16 on seven points each; defending champions Herbert Morrison Technical, who have played three games, Cornwall College and Rhodes Hall, who have played four each are next on six points, while Williams Knibb are on four points from their four games.<br /> <br /> In the Under-19 game on Wednesday, William Knibb led by double digits for long periods and were up well into the fourth quarter before the Montego Bay school got into high gear.<br /> <br /> William Knibb led 13-11, 27-17 and 40-29 before they were restricted to just five fourth quarter points, as Giovanni Bailey led Cornwall College to the win with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Davian Reid scored 10 points and also had 10 rebounds.<br /> <br /> Kymani Lodrick and Jason Rampasard both scored 10 points each for William Knibb.<br /> <br /> Earlier in the Under-16 game, Cornwall also had to rally as they trailed 6-9 after the first quarter, and 16-19 at half time, before outscoring the home team 30-16 over the second half.<br /> <br /> Omar Campbell also had seven points and 10 rebounds for Cornwall College, while Conroy Scott led Muschett with 10 points and eight rebounds and Michael Tomlinson scored nine points and had six rebounds. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10740009/basketball_w300.jpg Local Sports Monday, November 28, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;Bull Bull&rsquo;, &lsquo;Don P&rsquo; square off over Duncan&rsquo;s Division http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Bull-Bull----Don-P--square-off-over-Duncan-s-Division_81826 DUNCANS, Trelawny &mdash; The People&rsquo;s National Party (PNP) candidate for the Duncans Division in Trelawny, Wendell &ldquo;Bull Bull&rdquo; Stewart, is hoping to make a comeback as an elected political representative in tomorrow&rsquo;s local government election, almost 20 years after he became the Member of Parliament for Trelawny Northern.<br /> <br /> Stewart served as the MP for the constituency from 1997 to 2002, after which he was controversially replaced by the PNP&rsquo;s Dr Patrick Harris.<br /> <br /> A year later, Stewart was also bypassed by the leadership of the PNP in his bid to contest the Falmouth Division on the party&rsquo;s ticket in the local government election.<br /> <br /> A then disappointed Stewart later cut ties with the party and contested the division, in a losing effort, as an independent candidate.<br /> <br /> Now, he is back in the fold of the PNP and is challenging the Jamaica Labour Party&rsquo;s (JLP&rsquo;s) Donovan &ldquo;Don P&rdquo; White, who has served as the councillor for the division since April 2011, replacing his father, Errol &ldquo;Juppie&rdquo; White, who died in November 2009 after a long battle with cancer.<br /> <br /> At the time of his death, the senior White was the deputy mayor of Falmouth, a position he held for two years.<br /> <br /> Stewart expressed confidence on Thursday, while campaigning in Duncans, that he will win the seat for the PNP. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am no stranger to the people in the division because I was the Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2002, and coming on the ground I have rekindled a lot of the things and the lives I have touched during my tenure as an MP, and I am looking forward to turn the tables on the JLP,&rdquo; Stewart said.<br /> <br /> He added that since last year when he was assigned as the PNP&rsquo;s candidate, he has been &ldquo;present in the division, going places, mixing with the people and working with them&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> The Duncans Division forms part of the constituency of Trelawny Northern, which has been represented by the PNP since 1989 and includes communities such as Duncans, Spicy Hill, Samuel Prospect, Jackson Town, Brompton, Barnstable, Middlemost, Rio Bueno, Carey Park and Silver Sands.<br /> <br /> Stewart said, if elected, his top priority is to address the poor infrastructure in the division.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The infrastructure has been neglected. The roads in this division are probably the worst in all the five divisions in Trelawny Northern. The incumbent councillor [White] is missing in action; he is sleeping,&rdquo; Stewart charged.<br /> <br /> He added that education, water and electricity would also be given attention under his watch.<br /> <br /> But White, who won the division by just over 40 votes in the 2012 Local Government Election against the PNP&rsquo;s Derrick Gallimore, cited road improvement works in communities like Samuel Prospect, Spicy Hill, Jackson Town, and the provision of water to Samuel Prospect, Brompton, Calabar and Middlemost, as highlights of his tenure in office.<br /> <br /> He said, too, that he was instrumental in organising for the collection of household garbage in the Brompton and Refuge communities of the division.<br /> <br /> He charged, however, that for the most part of his tenure he was unable to do more for the division because of victimisation by the then ruling PNP.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;If it wasn&rsquo;t for sabotage by the PNP I would have done much better, but come Monday, November 28 when the people re-elect me, I will be able to deliver more for the people of the division under the leadership of Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness,&rdquo; a confident White declared.<br /> <br /> He said that during his new term in office, priority attention will be given to a number of parochial roads in sections of the division that are in a deplorable state, including Duncans Hill, Middlemost, Biddiford, Calabar and Barnstable.<br /> <br /> In the last local government election, the then ruling PNP won four of the nine divisions up for grabs in Trelawny, the JLP four, while independent Paul Patmore won the other.<br /> <br /> The elected councillors then voted for the PNP&rsquo;s Garth Wilkinson (Falmouth Division) to become mayor of Falmouth, and Colin Gager, a former mayor who won the Warsop Division on the JLP ticket, as his deputy, effectively giving the PNP control of the Trelawny Parish Council. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13461669/243681_70243_repro_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, November 27, 2016 12:00 AM Baulk ECI benefits from Sandals Foundation initiative http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Baulk-ECI-benefits-from-Sandals-Foundation-initiative_81435 WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland &mdash; The 39 students enrolled at Baulk Early Childhood Institution (ECT) in Westmoreland are in a more comfortable space following the installation of new bathroom facilities at their school. <br /> <br /> The project, which was spearheaded by Sandals Whitehouse Stewarding Manager, Anthony Rowe, was funded through Sandals Foundation&rsquo;s Team Member Support Project Initiative. <br /> <br /> For the past 27 years the students had to venture outside under close monitoring to use a pit toilet. Now, with three new bathrooms, including a proper restroom for the teachers added to the school&rsquo;s pre-existing infrastructure, children can take bathroom breaks in comfort with little or no supervision. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are extremely grateful to the Sandals Foundation for these new facilities which we&rsquo;ve dreamt of for some time now,&rdquo; said principal of Baulk ECI, Rose Rashford. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The new facilities are a big help to the children, especially when it rains.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Rashford further noted that the new facilities are also a welcomed addition for the school&rsquo;s public health inspector, who has said the school has come a long way. <br /> <br /> For Sandals representative Rowe, who played an integral role in making this dream a reality, the opportunity could not have come at a better time. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m a very active resident of the Baulk community. Actually, the pit latrine that the school used prior to getting these new facilities was on my property. I really thought a new bathroom added to the school building would be more convenient and safer for the kids,&rdquo; Rowe explained. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I had put out a challenge to the parent body to assist in building new bathrooms, but money is often a challenge. Once I learnt of the opportunity afforded by the Sandals Foundation&rsquo;s Team Member Support Project Initiative, I knew this was our chance.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> The Sandals Foundation recognises the sterling contribution made by team members, who have tirelessly served the needs of communities in every region, securing the mission and mandate of the foundation. <br /> <br /> Through Team Member Support Project Initiative, the Sandals Foundation provides financial support to a project awarded to each hotel annually, after submissions are made by Sandals & Beaches Resorts employees and approved by the foundation&rsquo;s advisory board. The selected projects satisfy the criteria of supporting the mission of the Sandals Foundation in Education, Community and Environment. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, director of programmes at Sandals Foundation Heidi Clarke has expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the initiative. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are pleased with the progress this project has had over the past three years, perpetually adding value to the lives of our community members across the Caribbean region. For this period, the Sandals Foundation has implemented over 45 projects valued at over $12 million across the Caribbean region,&rdquo; Clarke noted. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13455275/242865_69460_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, November 24, 2016 12:00 AM World&rsquo;s largest cruise ship docks at Falmouth port http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Boost-for-Falmouth_81465 FALMOUTH, Trelawny &mdash; There was a buzz of excitement in this historic town on Tuesday soon after Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship on earth, pulled into the multimillion- dollar Falmouth Cruise Shipping Port on its inaugural visit to Jamaica, with its over 8,000 passengers and crew.<br /> <br /> The ship, which forms a part of the Royal Caribbean fleet, is scheduled to berth at the Falmouth port twice monthly. Harmony of the Seas now joins its sister ships, the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, in berthing in the historic town of Falmouth.<br /> <br /> Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said that the visit will provide a major boost for Jamaica&rsquo;s growing cruise ship sector which, for the period January to September 2016, saw a 9.6 per cent increase in cruise passenger arrivals, with 1,223,608 recorded passengers, when compared to the same period last year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am happy to share that we recorded cruise passenger earnings of approximately US$111 million, up from some US$98.3 million for the same period last year,&rdquo; remarked an elated Bartlett during a plaque-exchange ceremony on-board the vessel. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Today is truly a historic day for Jamaica&rsquo;s tourism industry as we welcome the inaugural call of Harmony of the Seas, the world&rsquo;s largest cruise ship to the port of Falmouth and the beautiful parish of Trelawny,&rdquo; Bartlett added. <br /> <br /> President of the Trelawny Chamber of Commerce, Delroy Christie, was equally enthusiastic over the prospects of the boost to Trelawny&rsquo;s economy that will flow from the mega cruise ship.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This will contribute significantly to the economic viability of Falmouth; 6,000 guests and 2,000 crew is a significant amount of people, so we have to do what we have to do so that we benefit as much as possible from visits like these,&rdquo; Christie argued. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Harmony of the Seas Captain Johnny Faevelen outlined that being wedged between the resort areas of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, Falmouth is strategically placed. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Falmouth is absolutely fantastic. It&rsquo;s really location perfect. And the people here are so accommodating and friendly and the crew members are really happy and they love the food here,&rdquo; said Captain Faevelen. <br /> <br /> Mayor of Falmouth, Garth Wilkinson, expressed similar sentiments. &ldquo;Now that we have Harmony of the Seas visiting the port, and will be here every other week, it just goes to show how important Falmouth and Trelawny are,&rdquo; the Falmouth mayor said. <br /> <br /> However, he bemoaned that people from the two resort areas &mdash; Montego Bay and Ocho Rios &mdash; straddle Falmouth are at times guilty of visitor harassment. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Persons realise that once you pass the gate [at port], Falmouth is the easiest place to walk in. The people of Falmouth and Trelawny do not harass our visitors. <br /> <br /> The persons of Trelawny are not the harassers, they [harassers] are persons coming from Ocho Rios and Montego Bay,&rdquo; Wilkinson claimed. <br /> <br /> Nonetheless, the tourism minister is adamant that the harassment problem &ldquo;has to be solved by interests within Falmouth&rdquo;. &ldquo;... The problem has to be solved overall from internal conditions,&rdquo; Bartlett emphasised. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, American couple, Hugh and Evelyn Gaskill who arrived on the cruise ship and have been visiting Jamaica since the 1960&rsquo;s, were happy to be in Falmouth again. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Beautiful. We have been here many, many times in Falmouth and all over Jamaica,&rdquo; an enthusiastic Hugh Gaskill said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13455580/243062_69505_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, November 24, 2016 12:00 AM Patmore bows out &hellip;for now http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Patmore-bows-out--for-now_81442 LORRIMERS, Trelawny &mdash; When the over 3,000 electors in the Lorrimers Division of Trelawny go to the polls to cast their votes in next Monday&rsquo;s local government elections, Paul Patmore, the incumbent councillor&rsquo;s name, will not be on the ballot. <br /> <br /> The 45-year-old Patmore created history in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)-dominated division in the 2012 Local Government Election when, as an independent candidate, he thrashed the then JLP incumbent councillor and then deputy mayor of Falmouth, Steve Warren, by over 600 votes. <br /> <br /> In fact, in that election, Patmore, a funeral directorwho cut ties with the JLP just weeks before the polls, amassed 1,526 votes, while Warren got 908 votes, and the People&rsquo;s National Party (PNP&rsquo;s) candidate, Kevin Guy polled 366. <br /> <br /> But, despite patting himself on the back for his accomplishments over his four-year tenure as a councillor in the Trelawny Municipal Corporation (formerly the Trelawny Parish Council), Patmore did not seek nomination during the recent nomination day exercise. <br /> <br /> He has, however, vowed to return to active politics in the near future. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have decided to take a little break, but I will be back soon,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer West, emphasising that he won&rsquo;t be returning as an independent. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have realised that it is hard to get things done as an independent councillor, and that it cost a lot of money to run the campaign, so I will be applying to one of the main political parties for membership after the local government election,&rdquo; he added, declining to reveal where his preference lies. <br /> <br /> He stressed, however, that he is impressed with the exemplary leadership Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has given to the parish councils since his appointment. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am really impressed with Mr McKenzie. He has visited the Trelawny Parish Council, reasoned with us, as well as members of other councils, and has given us an insight about how local government matters should be treated. He is very knowledgeable about local government issues,&rdquo; added Patmore, a 2006 recipient of the Governor General Achievement Award for Community Development. <br /> <br /> He said among his achievements in the Lorrimers Division during his tenure were the rehabilitation of 13 roads; the commissioning of major water supply and the instillation of standpipes and street lamps. <br /> <br /> Patmore, however, expressed disappointment that he was not able to adequately address the collection of solid waste in the various communities in the division. <br /> <br /> On Monday, the JLP&rsquo;s Wayne Smith and the PNP&rsquo;s Gregory Clarke will do battle for the division, which consists of a number of farming communities. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13455721/242901_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, November 24, 2016 12:00 AM Back at WesPow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Back-at-WesPow_81412 TUCKER, St James &mdash; Defending champions Montego Bay United (MBU) could take over the lead in the Red Stripe Premier League this afternoon, when they take on Arnett Gardens in a rescheduled first-round game at WesPow Park, set to start at 3:00pm.<br /> <br /> The teams will meet in an unusual back-to-back regular season fixtures after MBU won Sunday&rsquo;s opening second-round game 2-0, also at Wespow Park, in St James.<br /> <br /> Donovan Carey scored his first goal of the season and Dino Williams got his fifth, both coming in the second half, on Sunday.<br /> <br /> The victory moved MBU to 22 points, one behind leaders UWI FC, while Arnett Gardens, who lost to MBU in the semi-finals last season, slipped one place to sixth place &mdash; stuck on 18 points and winless in their last three games.<br /> <br /> For today&rsquo;s game, both coaches will be looking to their benches as they seek to keep their players fresh after Sunday&rsquo;s game and another scheduled for Sunday, three days later.<br /> <br /> MBU&rsquo;s coach Slavisa Bozicic said he could make some adjustments. &ldquo;Depending on how the players recover, we will still play an attacking game, but we want to see how they recover from their injuries as well.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Arnett Gardens&rsquo; Jerome Waite said returning to Montego Bay in five days will be tough.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Travelling to MoBay and playing is always difficult; it will be hard to travel all that way again in a few days. We will have to rotate players and see what we can get from the game,&rdquo; said Waite.<br /> <br /> MBU dominated the possession and scoring chances on Sunday, attacking the Arnett Gardens team from the start, and a pleased coach Bozicic told the Jamaica Observer West afterwards, &ldquo;that was the style of football we wanted to play from the start, but had to wait for the players to adapt to the system.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We needed time, but we are getting better and stronger,&rdquo; he said, adding that the team had improved between 40 and 50 per cent since he took over in July.<br /> <br /> Kevon Lambert, who played schoolboy football for Glenmuir High last season, could retain his position after making his debut for MBU on Sunday, taking over the central midfield position, and replacing regular holding midfielder Dwayne Ambusley, who was injured on national duties. Lambert looked poised against the more experienced Arnett Gardens players and fitted in well alongside Keniel Kirlew and Jermaine Woozencroft.<br /> <br /> Williams has scored in back- to-back games and might also retain his place in the starting line-up. He may be partnered by either Allan Ottey or Corey Hylton, who came off the bench on Sunday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13455527/242806_69345_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, November 24, 2016 12:00 AM Hanover police welcome chamber&rsquo;s CCTV proposal for Lucea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hanover-police-welcome-chamber-s-CCTV-proposal-for-Lucea_81436 LUCEA, Hanover &mdash;The Hanover police have welcomed a proposal by the Hanover Chamber of Commerce, which would see the chamber spearheading efforts to install surveillance cameras across major towns in the parish. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think it is a very good proposal, in that what they want to do is to put cameras in the townships to assist in the crime-fighting efforts&hellip; it is a good proposal by the Chamber of Commerce,&rdquo; Community Safety Territorial Officer for Hanover, DSP Ainsley McCarthy said. <br /> <br /> DSP McCarthy added the proposal, which would see the cameras being remotely monitored by the police from another location, would assist in making the job of policing easier. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The thing about it that I am most glad about, having looked at it [proposal], is that they want the monitors to be out at the police headquarters. So, the police would be able to monitor the town and monitor by way of the cameras from a remote location. So, that would make policing a bit easier for us&hellip;&rdquo; he explained, adding that the police would also benefit from being able to better deploy their resources. <br /> <br /> The chamber is proposing a system that is capable of handling up to 75 cameras, which are to be mounted on the premises of business establishments and on utility poles. <br /> <br /> The chamber said it will be seeking the assistance of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) in funding the project, which will hopefully get off the ground by the end of March next year. <br /> <br /> Assistance will also be sought from the Ministry of National Security, while permission will be sought from the Jamaica Public Service Company in utilising their property. The business community is also expected to play a part by providing, for example, electricity for the cameras affixed to their properties. <br /> <br /> Kevin Hall, the chamber&rsquo;s steering committee chairman, told the Jamaica Observer West that the cameras would be &ldquo;of good quality with certain enhanced features&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The ones we are speaking of are of good quality that will have facial recognition and licence plate identity recognition. So, what we are looking, is to go high-tech,&rdquo; assured an optimistic Hall, who is also the National Commercial Bank Lucea branch manager. <br /> <br /> He said his members gave their approval of the project over the weekend, and the Chamber&rsquo;s next step is to work on a plan, which includes a proper costing, and later to approach several institutions for their assistance. <br /> <br /> Hall said the suggestion to undertake the project is as a result of a heightened concern by his members regarding the growing level of crime in the parish. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have been having dialogue with members of the business community who have highlighted the growing level of crime in the parish and the suggestion was made for us to seek funding to place video cameras at different points across the parish. I have already done some preliminary investigations and found out that it can be feasible and beneficial to the police in crime prevention,&rdquo; Hall explained. <br /> <br /> Up to November 21 of this year, there has been a seven per cent increase in robberies and a 23 per cent increase in shootings in the parish, when compared to the corresponding period last year, police data show. Other major crimes, however, have seen a reduction. <br /> <br /> According to the police, there has been a 28 per cent decline in murders, 20 per cent reduction in rape, aggravated assault down by 45 per cent, while break-ins are down by 33 per cent. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13455277/242870_69476_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, November 24, 2016 12:00 AM All to play for http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/All-to-play-for_81415 Cornwall College will tomorrow continue their quest for a 12th ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup schoolboys&rsquo; football title, when they take on Clarendon College in the semi-finals at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex in Santa Cruz, starting at 2:30 pm.<br /> <br /> The winner of the game will meet the victor in the other semi-final between defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School and Lennon High scheduled a day later at Manchester High.<br /> <br /> Tomorrow&rsquo;s game at STETHS will be a repeat of the FLOW Super Cup semi-final three weeks ago that Cornwall College won 4-2, but both teams have combined to lose their last five games, and will be desperate to advance to the final.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College lost the FLOW Super Cup final to Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys in Kingston on November 12 , and three days later, went down to eventual champions Lennon High in the semi-finals of the Ben Francis KO in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth.<br /> <br /> And after losing to Cornwall, Clarendon College were upstaged by Spot Valley High in the Ben Francis KO quarterfinal game, and were then beaten on sudden death penalty-kicks by St Elizabeth Technical in the semis.<br /> <br /> Both Cornwall and Clarendon would have benefited from more than a week&rsquo;s rest, after a hectic period of playing successive games with little time off. The match-up between the schools promises to showcase the two teams at their fluent best.<br /> <br /> If they can reproduce the form they showed leading up to, and in the FLOW Super Cup semi-finals, then fans will be in for a treat between two teams that at one time were tipped to sweep all in front of them.<br /> <br /> After being held goalless in their last two games, Cornwall College&rsquo;s Jourdaine Fletcher will be relied on to get back to the form that saw him score 27 goals this season, including a hat-trick against Clarendon College.<br /> <br /> Fletcher will have midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell and the duo Aiden Jokomba and Garnett Hudson, as his partners in attack.<br /> <br /> After being given most of last week off, the Cornwall College team returned to training on Monday and the word was that the players were ready and raring to go to return the school to the football pinnacle.<br /> <br /> As impressive as the offense has been with nearly 70 goals in all competitions this season, the Cornwall College defence has been solid and will be back to full strength for the Clarendon College game tomorrow.<br /> <br /> Clarendon College have lost a total of four games this season, two when they rested players against Lennon High after topping Zone H in the regular season, and against Spot Valley.<br /> <br /> With everything on the line however, the daCosta Cup champions two years ago, are expected to also be at full strength with Creggton Charlton, Nique Daley and Ronaldo Richards leading the way. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13455264/242832_69453_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Thursday, November 24, 2016 12:00 AM Herbert Morrison post double wins over Cornwall College http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Herbert-Morrison-post-double-wins-over-Cornwall-College_81446 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Double defending champions Herbert Morrison Technical scored a double over Cornwall College in Monday&rsquo;s ISSA/Western Conference boys&rsquo; basketball competition with easy wins at Cornwall to extend their perfect winning runs this season.<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison shook off a slow start to win the Under-16 game 69-40 and, despite being held below 96 points for the first time this season, won the Under-19 game 57-33.<br /> <br /> Muschett High also won their double over Holland High 37-36 in the Under-16, and 55-38 over a grieving Spot Valley High in the Under-19 game.<br /> <br /> Holland High lead the Under-16 section with seven points from five games; with three teams tied on six points &mdash; Herbert Morrison, Muschett High and Rhodes Hall; followed by Cornwall College and William Knibb on four points each.<br /> <br /> Muschett High lead the Under-19 section with 12 points, followed by Cornwall College after their first loss of the season on 11; Herbert Morrison are next on a perfect 10, followed by Spot Valley High and William Knibb Memorial on six points each.<br /> <br /> On Monday, Cornwall College got off to a fast start in the Under-16 game and led 12-0 before Herbert Morrison started their comeback and cut the deficit to four points 12-8 at the end of the first quarter.<br /> <br /> The visitors then outscored Cornwall College 61-28 over the next three quarters to run out easy winners with David Gordon scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, while Kevin Smith and Davaughn Campbell both scored 12 points each.<br /> <br /> Jowayne Jones also scored 17 points to lead Cornwall College, as Kenrick Brown added nine points.<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison held Cornwall College to just 13 first-half points in the Under-19 game, leading 11-9 and 23-13 after the first two quarters, as Tafari Vassell had a double-double 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Brendan Dawkins scored 15 points for the winner.<br /> <br /> Ryan Whyte, with 10 points, was the only Cornwall College player who got double digits, while Giovanni Bailey scored eight points.<br /> <br /> At Spot Valley, despite being held to six points in the fourth quarter, Muschett High edged Holland High by a point, 37-36, in a game that saw the lead change hands several times, thanks to a game-high 20 points from Michael Tomlinson, who also had 16 rebounds.<br /> <br /> Muschett led 10-9 after the first quarter, but Holland took over in the second quarter and led 24-20 at half time, only for Muschett to retake the lead at the end of the fourth quarter 31-26 then held on to eke out the win by the thinnest of margins.<br /> <br /> Shavon Wallace scored 10 points and had nine rebounds for Holland, while Owen Rodney scored eight points and had 12 rebounds.<br /> <br /> The winless Spot Valley High, who are still mourning the sudden death of captain Saymar Ramsay, led for the first three quarters but could not prevent a big fourth quarter from Muschett, who had three players scoring in double digits.<br /> <br /> Spot Valley held small leads after each break 10-9, 21-19 and 30-28, but Muschett exploded for 27 points in the fourth quarter while holding Spot Valley to eight points.<br /> <br /> Shawayne Small scored 14 points to lead Muschett, Cashwayne Simms scored 12, while Clayon Rankine scored 11 points.<br /> <br /> Roger Hines was the top scorer for Spot Valley with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Jerry Galloway scored nine points. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13455771/242940_69520_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, November 24, 2016 12:00 AM Independent candidate in Hanover crying foul over JLP bushing work http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Independent-candidate-in-Hanover-crying-foul-over-JLP-bushing-work_81468 LUCEA, Hanover &mdash; Neville &ldquo;Bibby&rdquo; Humphrey, an independent candidate who is running for a seat in the Lucea Division of Hanover is crying foul over bushing work currently being carried out in the division.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am calling foul, because a lot of bushing going on in the division is not the right way &hellip; People who are not elected are giving out work mainly in Johnson Town, Malcolm Heights, out by the &ldquo;keep left&rdquo; coming into Haughton Gardens,&rdquo; complained Humphrey.<br /> <br /> Humphrey, who is a former People&rsquo;s National Party (PNP) member, is claiming that he is at a disadvantage in his efforts to gain a seat in the municipal corporation as one of his opponents, who is running on a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) ticket, is the one giving out the work. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am bawling foul. And I have good evidence that the work is being given by the (JLP) councillor candidate.<br /> <br /> However the JLP&rsquo;s candidate, Easton Edwards, who was once a councillor for the Lucea Division between 2007 and 2012, is refuting Humphrey&rsquo;s claims.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He needs to understand and know what he is talking about. I don&rsquo;t give out work. And, he [Bibby] would have to prove and see me give out work. I don&rsquo;t do those things. So, he needs to fence up his argument, right, and know his facts. I don&rsquo;t go about giving out work because I am not a councillor. I am a councillor-in-waiting,&rdquo; argued Edwards.<br /> <br /> Edwards continued, &ldquo;Until that time comes when I have authority to give out work, I don&rsquo;t give out work. So, he needs to get his facts together before we can speak.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Humphrey is one of eight independent candidates running for four of seven seats in the Hanover Municipal Corporation in the upcoming November 28 Local Government election. The four seats are in Hanover Western, while the other three are in Hanover Eastern.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Anthony Lewis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11130310/ZZ11420CCA__w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, November 24, 2016 12:00 AM Lennon High finally joins the winning Clarendon party http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Lennon-High-finally-joins-the-winning-Clarendon-party_81405 The entire community of Mocho, in the hills of Clarendon, should still be celebrating last Friday&rsquo;s historic ISSA/Flow Ben Francis KO victory by Lennon High School, who were in their first-ever final, and second senior football final in the school&rsquo;s history.<br /> <br /> However, it would be a classic case of irony should Clarendon College end the season without any silverware for the second-straight season, following their seventh daCosta Cup title in 2014.<br /> <br /> In mid-October Clarendon gifted Lennon High a Zone H game, allowing them to advance ahead of Thompson Town.<br /> <br /> Having already topped Zone H in the first round and securing their Inter-zone spot, Clarendon College rested most of their starters against a then badly struggling Lennon team, who won and edged Thompson Town by a point for the second place and other the Inter-zone spot.<br /> <br /> It could be argued as well that Lennon, under the astute guidance of Coach Merron Gordon, rode their luck all the way to the Ben Francis KO title and into schoolboy football folklore.<br /> <br /> Lennon High made their name in high schoolgirls&rsquo; football and was a national powerhouse for years. Their male counterparts, on the other hand, were lagging in the shadows of the more celebrated schools in the parish, such as Vere Technical, Clarendon College, Glenmuir High and even Garvey Maceo, all of whom had won either one of the three ISSA competitions &ndash; the daCosta Cup and Olivier Shield &ndash; which is the traditional symbol of all-island schoolboy supremacy, and the Ben Francis KO.<br /> <br /> Since 1965 when Vere won the first of nine daCosta Cup titles over a 15 years span, Clarendon schools have won or shared 42 titles &ndash; 20 daCosta Cup crowns, 11 Ben Francis KO titles, eight Olivier Shields, and sharing three with their Manning Cup counterparts under the old home-and-away series.<br /> <br /> However, Lennon High have kicked down the door and joined the party with an unlikely run at the title, before beating six-time defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) at Manchester High last Friday.<br /> <br /> Lennon High scored one goal in each of their last seven games in both the daCosta Cup and Ben Francis KO competitions, winning four of the last five, with last week&rsquo;s game which ended at 1-1 after regulation and extra time going into penalty kicks.<br /> <br /> Coach Gordon, who was also the architect of their success with the female teams and once coached at the national level before stepping down, told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer West last week that it was not by chance they were doing so well, but a &ldquo;scientific method of training&rdquo; that saw them &ldquo;peaking at exactly the right time&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> That may be so, but Gordon cannot deny a massive stroke of luck about five weeks ago that saw them escape elimination at the end of the first hurdle.<br /> <br /> After a good start, winning their first two games by a combined 13-0 margin, Lennon High hit a skid, winning just two more games and drawing another with a 13-5 goal aggregate. They also lost 0-1 to Thompson Town in their return-round game after hammering them 5-0 in the first round.<br /> <br /> After back-to-back losses to Thompson Town and Clarendon College, and a big wins over Knox College (9-0) and over Edwin Allen (5-0), Lennon were third in Zone H on 13 points, two behind Thompson Town, with Clarendon College sailing on with 21 points from seven straight wins and a 23-2 goal difference. <br /> <br /> Obviously, with their eyes set on the rest of the season, thought they did not have to risk their top players in a game against Lennon High that could neither help nor hurt them.<br /> <br /> As history will record, Lennon High won the twice-postponed first-round game 2-0, denying Thompson Town a first-ever Inter-zone berth, despite scoring just six goals in the school&rsquo;s record five wins.<br /> <br /> It would be dramatic irony of the highest order should a Lennon High team, brimming with confidence and growing in stature with every game, having had victory over more favoured teams, meet Clarendon College in the daCosta Cup finals in two weeks&rsquo; time.<br /> <br /> In the semi-finals of the daCosta Cup on Saturday, Lennon High will face STETHS, again at Manchester High, a day after Clarendon College meet Cornwall College at STETHS.<br /> <br /> Clarendon College have lost four games this year, including the one to Lennon High in Zone H; they were beaten 4-2 by Cornwall College in an epic FLOW Super Cup semi-finals on November 5, and four days later, after all but securing qualification to the semi-finals of the daCosta Cup and Ben Francis KO, rested players once more and were upset 1-2 by unheralded Spot Valley High.<br /> <br /> On Monday, with their full team, Clarendon College crashed to a third loss, losing to STETHS in the semi-finals of the Ben Francis KO.<br /> <br /> One can only guess how the string of losses will play on the minds of the players as they seek to salvage their season against another desperate team, Cornwall College, who have lost two games in a row as well.<br /> <br /> Losing, as winning does, becomes a habit, sport analysts will tell. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13455240/242797_69352_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, November 24, 2016 12:00 AM