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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Lucea mayor blasts police, NWC for non-attendance at meetings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Lucea-mayor-blasts-police--NWC-for-non-attendance-at-meetings_89670 LUCEA, Hanover &mdash;  Chairman of the Hanover Municipal Corporation and Mayor of Lucea Sheridan Samuels has made good on his promise to boycott a meeting in the parish &ndash; which he said was called by the police &ndash; in protest against the absence of representatives of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) at the corporation&rsquo;s regular monthly meetings. <br /> <br /> During last Thursday&rsquo;s sitting of the corporation, Mayor Samuels harshly criticised agencies in Hanover, which he said have failed to send representatives at regular monthly meetings over an extended period of time. <br /> <br /> Among the agencies singled out by the mayor were the National Water Commission and the JCF. <br /> <br /> He told the meeting that he would not be attending a function planned for last Friday with the police who, he stressed, have failed to attend municipal meetings. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The police. The police. The police with the crime situation right now ... and I haven&rsquo;t seen any police representative coming to this meeting. <br /> <br /> But, yet, they [are] inviting me to a meeting tomorrow morning 10 o&rsquo;clock [last week Friday] down by Watson Taylor Park,&rdquo; said Mayor Samuels. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi not going. Mi not going. Yeah, mi not going, mi not going. Agree, councillors? &hellip; so, put it in the minutes that it has been mentioned and we decided that councillors instructed me not to go,&rdquo; quipped Samuels to an outburst of laughter from those in attendance at the meeting. <br /> <br /> On Tuesday, Mayor Samuels confirmed with the Jamaica Observer West that he did not attend the meeting. <br /> <br /> But in a quick response, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) assigned to the Hanover Police Division, Ainsley McCarthy, who described the mayor&rsquo;s criticism of the Hanover police at the meeting as &ldquo;unfortunate,&rdquo; said that the mayor &ldquo;got it all wrong&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The police did not invite the mayor to a meeting, so the mayor had it all wrong. The mayor was invited to a meeting by the Ministry of National Security and Justice, which is in the process of revamping the parish&rsquo;s consultative committee. The custos was invited, the mayor was invited, along with other people. So it is unfortunate that the mayor would have made such a statement. Very, very unfortunate,&rdquo; said DSP McCarthy. <br /> <br /> DSP McCarthy admitted, however, that he was unable to attend last Thursday&rsquo;s regular monthly meeting of the corporation. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is a meeting that we have always been to, and we are there whenever we are called upon. So, if the mayor sees it fit, as the person entrusted with running of the parish council [municipal corporation] for this parish, to make those comments that he is invited to a meeting and he is not going anywhere, [then] that is the mayor&rsquo;s problem, because we did not invite him to a meeting, it&rsquo;s the Ministry of National Security that is in the process of revamping the consultative committee in all the parishes invited him to a meeting,&rdquo; DSP McCarthy argued. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, in his broadside against agencies such as the NWC, which sometimes do not send representatives to the corporation&rsquo;s regular monthly meetings, Mayor Samuels charged that &ldquo;probably the NWC don&rsquo;t have anything to report to us about, because they don&rsquo;t care&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;When we come here and NWC is not here &hellip; we speak about the water situation within the parish itself. Probably, if they [NWC] were here, they could probably assist us in some shape or form..,&rdquo; Mayor Samuels argued. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The schools are without water. We could call upon them if they are at the meeting, then we could get the report and then we will know... probably they don&rsquo;t have anything to report to us about, because they don&rsquo;t care. They don&rsquo;t care about us. So, they don&rsquo;t have anything to report to us.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> CEO of the Hanover Municipal Corporation, David Gardner, then suggested that a meeting be sought with the NWC. <br /> <br /> Mayor Samuels in the meantime expressed fear that &ldquo;it may reach a point where no agency will show up for meetings&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> The Hanover Municipal Corporation is controlled by the Opposition People&rsquo;s National Party. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13646656/258619_85210_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM &lsquo;No more drought&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-No-more-drought--_89682 WARSOP, Trelawny - Thousands of residents across southern Trelawny are poised to benefit from a $350-million water supply system expected to come on stream early next year. <br /> <br /> According to minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, upon completion, the new water supply will serve a number of communities including Rock Spring, Spring Garden, German Town, Freeman&rsquo;s Hall, St Vincent, Burnt Hill, Stettin, Albert Town and Ulster Spring, which have been experiencing chronic water shortage. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It will be more than $350 million to complete the whole thing from Albert Town, Ulster Spring, the Crown area; from Stettin to Wait-a-Bit, right back to Warsop. We will give south Trelawny a reliable water supply. We will have no more drought,&rdquo; quipped Dr Chang during an interview with the Jamaica Observer West. <br /> <br /> Member of Parliament for Trelawny Southern Marissa Dalrymple-Philibert could hardly contain her joy over the proposed water supply system to be established in her constituency. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Oh, the Quashie River project when completed will benefit thousands of people. It will feed the entire Albert Town, right up to Stettin and beyond; will go right down into the Ulster Sring area. So, in fact, it will supply water to the residents of the Albert Town Division and Ulster Spring Division because it will go into St Vincent and all over in both divisions,&rdquo; an elated Dalrymple-Philibert told the Jamaica Observer West.<br /> <br /> The hilly southern Trelawny area is famous for the cultivation of yellow yams and other ground provisions. <br /> <br /> The MP shared that currently residents in those communities source their water by way of trucking, from springs, and rainwater catchment tanks. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We get water from trucking, water harvesting from our roofs. Really and truly water is the greatest need in the area and Dr Chang has committed and said the funds have been earmarked for the project, and we look forward to it and we thank him very much,&rdquo; said an excited Trelawny Southern MP. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Dr Chang explained that the project will be delivered in two phases. <br /> <br /> During the initial phase, with a $95-million budget, water will be sourced from the Quashie River in Freeman&rsquo;s Hall, while in the other phase, lines transporting water from the Mouth River will be connected with the Quashie River source. <br /> <br /> He noted that &ldquo;shovel should be on the ground by late September, and early next year we should have water down there&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> Additionally, Dr Chang noted that consideration would be given to renovating some of the existing water storage tanks in a bid to incorporate them with those to be constructed. <br /> <br /> He was speaking during the commissioning of the John Daggy Water Supply System in Warsop, Trelawny, last Friday. <br /> <br /> That system, the brainchild of Councillor for the Warsop Division Colin Gager &mdash; who is also mayor of Falmouth &mdash; and developed by Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL), will benefit some 300 residents. <br /> <br /> Councillor Gager thanked Dr Chang and Dalrymple Philibert for their support in the implementation of the project. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The successful completion of this project could not be without the assistance of our Member of Parliament Marissa Dalrymple-Philibert. Through partnership between myself and the Member of Parliament, this community, and by extension the constituency, will witness growth in the future,&rdquo; Councillor Gager remarked. <br /> <br /> In the meantime, Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis, who is also chairman of the RWSL board, noted that students from the John Daggy area will now get more time to study as a result of the project. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am sure that this project will not only enhance the community in one way, but it will be much better for the kids who would normally have to go to the spring to catch water. So that hour that is spent in the morning and another hour in the evening that could be dedicated to doing their homework,&rdquo; Davis explained. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13646811/258635_85226_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Let&rsquo;s put Trelawny to the &lsquo;TEST&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Let-s-put-Trelawny-to-the--TEST--_89657 As I watch the parish of Trelawny position itself to become a major player in the fundamentals for the country&rsquo;s economic growth, my thoughts reflect on the general citizenry &mdash; on whether they, too, are positioning themselves to benefit from the growth and development in the parish. <br /> <br /> Since 2000 the parish has seen massive growth in its housing stock, agricultural production, tourism (including cruise shipping) and small business, yet the indices of poverty and unemployment remain very high in the vast majority of communities. <br /> <br /> Trelawny was once one of the richest parishes in the western hemisphere. The parish was the home of two of Europe&rsquo;s richest planters in James Tharpe and Edward Barrett. <br /> <br /> So prosperous were the major players that the talk in Europe was that everyone wanted to be as rich as a Trelawny planter. <br /> <br /> Although the major players were endowed with indices of riches, the average Trelawny resident remained rooted in poverty and a low quality of life. <br /> <br /> I view the future of the parish with some trepidation as it relates to how the average citizen will be able to benefit from planned developmental interventions such as Harmony Cove, housing, crop production, commerce, cruise shipping, sports and tourism. <br /> <br /> With that in mind, I am calling on major stakeholders in the parish to establish a &lsquo;Trelawny Economic Support Taskforce (TEST), to develop an intervention strategy in an effort to have a holistic approach to development and how those developments can impact the quality of life of the people of the parish. <br /> <br /> The taskforce should consist of players from the political directorate, civil society, former Members of Parliament, custos, business community, the Trelawny Diaspora and community-based groups. <br /> <br /> The terms of reference of such a taskforce could include: <br /> <br /> &bull; Consultative approach to development; <br /> <br /> &bull; Participation in the decision-making processes from the political directorate; <br /> <br /> &bull; How the development will impact the environment and the citizens; <br /> <br /> &bull; How development will impact on community development; and <br /> <br /> &bull; Strategies to make the quality of life of the people of Trelawny synonymous with all developments. <br /> <br /> For too long the people of Trelawny have remained behind the curtains and zinc fences in the parish&rsquo;s development. <br /> <br /> Both central and local governments have played lip service to improving the quality of life in the parish. <br /> <br /> In the midst of a plethora of projects in Trelawny, we are yet to see the upward corresponding movement in the happiness index of the people. <br /> <br /> TEST, once properly put together, can be the catalyst to spur hope and aspiration of the people. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Fernandez &ldquo;Bingy&rdquo; Smith is a former councillor for the Sherwood Content Division in Trelawny.<br /> <br /> E-mail: fgeesmith@yahoo.com http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13646727/258581_85170_repro_w300.jpg Local Opinion Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Do you agree with the decision to remove tints from PPVs? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Do-you-agree-with-the-decision-to-remove-tints-from-PPVs--------_89658 As of Monday, bus and taxi-operators were required to remove heavy tints from public passenger vehicles (PPVs) following instructions given last week by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in light of the recent upsurge in abductions, allegedly by perpetrators posing as taxi operators. <br /> <br /> The Jamaica Observer West&rsquo;s Alan Lewin took to the streets of western Jamaica earlier this week and asked: &ldquo;Do you agree with the decision to have tints removed from PPVs?&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Here are some of the responses:<br /> <br /> SASHA GAYE RITCHIE, school principal<br /> <br /> Yes, it should be removed so people can see what is going on inside the vehicles.<br /> <br /> JUNIOR REID, businessman<br /> <br /> Yes. It should be removed from all vehicles&hellip; PPV, police, as well as other government owned vehicles. The playing field must be level.<br /> <br /> NEISHA WALCOTT, waitress<br /> <br /> Yes. Because a lot of tinted cars are used to carry out criminal activities.<br /> <br /> FITZROY WILSON, photographer<br /> <br /> Yes. It should be removed. Because when a car is tinted you can&rsquo;t see who is in it, whether it&rsquo;s a criminal or a decent citizen.<br /> <br /> FANTACIA MYRIE, chef<br /> <br /> Yes. I agree with the prime minister. When you remove the tints you have a better view, especially of the cars transporting students.<br /> <br /> CHENEE WATSON, sales representative<br /> <br /> Definitely! Tints should be removed because the person who is driving may have abducted someone, so when the car is tinted you can&rsquo;t know what is going on it.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13646728/258606_85177_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Manhunt on for killers of Trelawny cabbie http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Manhunt-on-for-killers-of-Trelawny-cabbie_89692 WILTSHIRE, Trelawny &mdash; The Trelawny police have launched a massive manhunt for the shooter, and his accomplice, who allegedly fatally shot a cabbie execution-style in the parish on Tuesday night.<br /> <br /> The deceased has been identified as 64-year-old Hubert Boothe, who lived at the Long Pond Housing Scheme in Clark&rsquo;s Town, Trelawny. <br /> <br /> Reports are that about 7:30 pm Boothe, who plies the Montego Bay, St James, to Falmouth, Trelawny route, stopped along the Wiltshire main road in Trelawny, to let off one of two male passengers he picked up in St James. <br /> <br /> Booth was shot at point blank range by the gunman, posing as a passenger, who was sitting behind him, as he was in the process of collecting the fare from the man who disembarked the vehicle. <br /> <br /> Police say Boothe attempted to drive away, but lost control of the vehicle, which crashed in a column. <br /> <br /> He was later taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. <br /> <br /> The two men are being sought in connection with the murder of the cabbie. <br /> <br /> Boothe&rsquo;s murder is the second recorded by the Trelawny police since the start of the year. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13393882/gun-n-ammo_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Reggae Youths seek berth in Western Confed mid-season final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Reggae-Youths-seek-berth-in-Western-Confed-mid-season-final_89662 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; A point will be good enough for Reggae Youths against Hopewell FC on Saturday for them to book a place in their first-ever Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum Super League mid-season final.<br /> <br /> Reggae Youths lead Zone 1 on 18 points, three more than second-placed Clark&rsquo;s Town, after beating Three Miles River 4-0 on Tuesday, and at least a draw would see them qualify for the mid-season play-offs against Sandals South Coast on Saturday, February 25.<br /> <br /> Reggae Youths, who will host Hopewell FC at WesPow Park, will be gunning to avenge a first-round loss.<br /> <br /> Sandals South Coast will end their second round fixtures with a home game against Holland United in Whitehouse, Westmoreland.<br /> <br /> On Tuesday, O&rsquo;Carey Spence scored twice to improve his league-leading goals tally to eight goals, while Santino Grinnion also had a brace, as they dominated Three Mile River on their own grounds.<br /> <br /> Grinnion gave the St James club the lead after 37 minutes, and Spence doubled the lead in the 45th for a 2-0 half-time lead.<br /> <br /> Grinnion got his second in the 52nd minute, and Spence followed suit in the 56th minute to take the team&rsquo;s total goals to 17, tied with Faulkland FC, and two more than Sandals South Coast. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13646649/258616_85204_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Hip Strip - Feb 16, 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Hip-Strip---Feb-16--2017_89649 Connecticut native 24-year-old Chaquanzha Stephenson, the 2016 Miss Dream Castle winner, pose for our Hip Strip lens at Rick&rsquo;s Caf&eacute; in Negril on Monday. Stephenson has been in the island since last Thursday as part of her prize for winning the contest, which is held in New York annually http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13647787/258524_85166_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Photo: Sandals Reggae Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Sandals-Reggae-Day_89661 Guests and staff at Sandals Royal Caribbean were too excited for the day of reggae-themed events at the resort recently. Here, team members Oshin Linton (left), Cadene Roye (second left), Andriana Mendez (second right) and Ann-kay Leslie (right) get guests into character as they pause for a quick photo op. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13646753/258611_85179_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Jimmy Cliff delights fans at Somerton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Jimmy-Cliff-delights-fans-at-Somerton_89660 SOMERTON, St James &mdash; Hundreds of reggae lovers received a musical lesson from iconic reggae ambassador Jimmy Cliff in a masterful performance at Somerton All-Age and Infant School on Sunday. <br /> <br /> The reggae maestro, who was the honouree at the inaugural Irie FM Lifetime Achievement Award, was not merely satisfied to receive the tributes paid to him in song and speeches, but treated those on hand to a delightful performance at the school where he received his primary education in his native Somerton community. <br /> <br /> Among the performers who paid tribute to Jimmy Cliff, whose given name is James Chambers, were Beenie Man, Queen Ifrika, Bushman,Yasus Afari, Dwight Richards, Bongo Herman, Owen &ldquo;Blacka&rdquo; Ellis, Shuga, and L&rsquo;Acadco Dancers. <br /> <br /> Most of the performances during the official ceremony, held inside the school building and which were beamed on a large screen affixed to the side of an Irie FM truck, were renditions from Cliff&rsquo;s vast catalogue. <br /> <br /> But, immediately following the tributes, the stage was moved outside the building, where the world-famous reggae singer belted out hits for which he is renowned around the globe. <br /> <br /> Armed with his acoustic guitar, Cliff gave what can be aptly described as a memorable performance, starting with Rebel in Me, then launched into his string of hits. <br /> <br /> He delighted the strong, appreciative gathering, as he belted out selections such as: You Can get It, Welcome Home, Me Come From Somerton, Harder they Come, Lion Say, I Can See Clearly Now, and Many Rivers to Cross, to deafening applause. <br /> <br /> In closing, the highly sought-after reggae star, who is also famous for his on screen talent, shouted &ldquo;I love you&rdquo; to his captive audience, who returned the sentiment with wild screams, cheers and applause. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13646758/258608_85200_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Photo: Blood donation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Blood-donation_89695 ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Warren Clarke, the commander of Area One, donates blood at the St James Police Co-operative Credit Union office at Baywest Shopping Centre in Montego Bay, St James, on Valentine&rsquo;s Day. He was participating in the blood drive which was staged by the credit union in collaboration with the Blood Bank, with a view to encourage the police and members of the public to support life on Valentine&rsquo;s Day. Looking on are: Nurse Nashina Phang (left) and Chaulette Eldemire, branch manager of the St James Police Co-operative Credit Union. (Photo: Alan Lewin) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13646678/258657_85271_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Photo: Filthy! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Filthy-_89688 This section of Fish Lane in Montego Bay, from which an obnoxious odour emanates, has become an eyesore to passersby and motorists who use the area on a daily basis. The area has been used as a garbage disposal site for several years and is now infested with flies. (Photo: Alan Lewin) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13646669/258655_85269_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Photo: Safer Internet Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Safer-Internet-Day_89671 Joy Clark, Digicel Head of Sales &ndash; West (front), raps with students of Green Pond High School in St James, during the first of two interactive sessions held at the institution to mark Safer Internet Day last week. (Photo : Trescott Myers) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13646647/258620_85208_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Photo: Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Photo--Champs_89668 Kamal Powell (right), senior sponsorship and development manager, Digicel shares in the victory celebrations with Munro College&rsquo;s Class 1 4 x 200 metre team (from left) Roshane Edwards, Sheldon Smith, Delano Williams and Devaraine Rowe, during the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James on Saturday. <br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13646646/258615_85203_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Coopers Pen, Harmony seek to rebound in TFA league http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Coopers-Pen--Harmony-seek-to-rebound-in-TFA-league_89666 COOPERS PEN, Trelawny &mdash; After losing their perfect win record last weekend, both Coopers Pen FC and Harmony FC will seek to rebound with wins today, when they take on Salt Marsh United and Bunker&rsquo;s Hill respectively in the Trelawny Football Association Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League.<br /> <br /> Both teams played out a 2-2 draw in their Zone 1 games on Saturday, but will be up against teams lower down the points table today, and will start favourites to win.<br /> <br /> Coopers Pen and Harmony FC are tied on 10 points each, while their opponents today are both on five points each.<br /> <br /> On paper the odds are stacked against Salt Marsh, who have scored just two goals in four games played, and Bunker&rsquo;s Hill who have scored just four, but have also given up four goals.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Baca Star United and Duanvale FC, who also had their win streak stopped, will also be in action.<br /> <br /> Baca Star United, who lead Zone 2 on goal difference over Duanvale, will face Kinloss FC on Sunday, while Duanvale FC play away to Daniel Town on Saturday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10564323/FOOTBALL-FIELD_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Western Champs finals on Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Western-Champs-finals-on-Saturday_89673 SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth &mdash; Rusea&rsquo;s High&rsquo;s middle-distance runner Ackeem Colley set the only individual record in Tuesday&rsquo;s elimination of the County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA)/Digicel Western Championships at the St Elizabeth Technical High Sports Complex in Santa Cruz, lowering the mark in the boys&rsquo; Class 1 1,500m.<br /> <br /> Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) lead after 19 finals with 123 points, just ahead of Petersfield High on 119.33, followed by Cornwall College with 95.33, Munro College on 93, and Herbert Morrison Technical on 55 points, rounding out the top five.<br /> <br /> The girls&rsquo; eliminations will be held today, also at STETHS, with the finals set for Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.<br /> <br /> On Tuesday, Colley, the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Boys&rsquo; Championships bronze medallist last year, put on a dominating display in the metric mile, leading from the front to win his race in 4 minutes 03.28 seconds, beating the old mark of 4 minutes 05.31 seconds set in 2014 by Munro College&rsquo;s Tariq Fullerton.<br /> <br /> STETHS&rsquo; Denvare Robinson was second in 4:04.13 seconds and Shemar Salmon was third in 4:04.18 seconds.<br /> <br /> Munro College&rsquo;s Rushane Fullerton took the Class 2 event in 4:16.95 seconds, beating Maggotty High&rsquo;s Rajeeb Haye (4:20.53) and STETHS&rsquo;s Dwight Mason (4:23.65).<br /> <br /> Henry James of Munro College won the Class 3 1,500m in 4:42.88 seconds, beating the STETHS pair of Tajay Bramwell and Mekhai Daley.<br /> <br /> But it was Petersfield High&rsquo;s Kevin Nedrick who stole the show by winning three gold medals, while his teammate Christopher Brown won two more in the field events, which were dominated by Petersfield High athletes.<br /> <br /> Nedrick &ndash; who was a double gold medallist at the Youth Olympics in 2015, and who also represented Jamaica in both the discus throw and shot put events at last year&rsquo;s IAAF World Under-20 championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland &ndash; easily won both events in Class 1, as well as the javelin Open, on a hot and sunny day in Santa Cruz.<br /> <br /> Nedrick, who is also the world leader in the shot put event, won the event with 18.94 metre, beating Munro College&rsquo;s Danree Delancey and teammate Courtney Lawrence.<br /> <br /> Earlier in the day he won the discus throw with a season&rsquo;s best 56.39 metres to move him up to fourth place on the IAAF Under-20 ranking, beating teammate Daniel Cope (47.96m) and Munro College&rsquo;s Delancey (42.30m).<br /> <br /> He finished a good day by taking the javelin throw in 43.70m, beating teammate Devonery Gordon, while Maude McLeod&rsquo;s Hasan Williams took third place.<br /> <br /> Brown took the Class 2 double, winning the discus throw in 51.14m ahead of Green Island High&rsquo;s Okado Fray and Mannings&rsquo; Darrio Beckford; and the shot put with 15.49 metre, beating Green Island High&rsquo;s Donroy Brown and Petersfield&rsquo;s Tevaughn Tate.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College&rsquo;s Kobe-Jordan Rhooms made up for his disappointment last year by winning the Class 1 high jump with 2.05m ahead of the St Elizabeth pair of Brian-neil Robinson (1.95m) and Ajay Thompson (1.85m).<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison&rsquo;s Antonio Hanson won the Class 2 gold with a clearance of 1.90 metre, just edging two Cornwallians &ndash; Daniel Meggo and Omari McKenzie, who both cleared 1.85 metre.<br /> <br /> Merlene Ottey High&rsquo;s Lee Junior won the Class 4 high jump with 1.40 metre, beating Rhodes Hall High&rsquo;s Javaughn Duhaney and Cornwall College&rsquo;s Timothy Simpso, both clearing 1.35 metre.<br /> <br /> Ansel Grey of Petersfield High won the Class 1 long jump with a best mark of 6.82 metre, just beating Cornwall College&rsquo;s Owayne Owens (6.67m) and Michael Buchanan of STETHS (6.54m).<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison&rsquo;s Ajrael Anderson won the Class 3 long jump with 5.43 metre ahead of Andrew Lawrence of Green Island (5.36m) and Cornwall College&rsquo;s Kaheem Allen (5.36m).<br /> <br /> Cornwall College took the gold and silver in the Class 4 long jump as Lansford Cunningham was first with 5.20m and Timothy Simpson second with 4.94m, whike Merelene Ottey&rsquo;s Junior Lee was third, also with 4.94m.<br /> <br /> St James High&rsquo;s 13-year-old, barefooted runner Cleveroy Myles won the 3,000m Open in a smart 10 minutes 17.26 seconds, beating Aberdeen High&rsquo;s Jadau Burke and Tajay Bramwell of STETHS. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13646630/258629_85220_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Sport Diary - February 16, 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Sport-Diary---February-16--2017_89677 TODAY<br /> <br /> ISSA Grace Headley Cup cricket second round<br /> <br /> Cornwall College vs Cross Keys &mdash; Barnett Oval 10:00 am<br /> <br /> Green Pond vs Marcus Garvey &mdash; Green Pond- 10:00 am<br /> <br /> Trelawny FC Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League<br /> <br /> Coopers Pen vs Salt Marsh &mdash; Coopers Pen 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Harmony FC vs Bunker&rsquo;s Hill &mdash; Bounty Hall 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> St James FA Sandals International Div One<br /> <br /> Paradise FC vs Irwin United &mdash; Green Pond High 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Firehouse SC vs Copperwood FC &mdash; UDC field 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> ISSA/Lockerroom Girls&rsquo; Football<br /> <br /> Zone A<br /> <br /> Spot Valley vs Mt Alvernia &mdash; Spot Valley 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> St James vs Merlene Ottey &mdash;Jarrett Park 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> FRIDAY<br /> <br /> St James FA Sandals International Senior League<br /> <br /> Melbourne Mind Game FC vs MoBay City FC &mdash; Albion 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Lilliput Rovers vs Seba FC &mdash; Hilton Rose Hall 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> SATURDAY<br /> <br /> COCAA/Digicel Western Champs finals<br /> <br /> MoBay Sports Complex 11:00 am<br /> <br /> JFF Western Confederation Charley&rsquo;s JB Rum Super League<br /> <br /> MBBC vs Faulkland FC &mdash; UDC field 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Sandals South Coast vs Holland United &mdash; Whitehouse 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Three Miles River vs Granville United &mdash; Three Miles River 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Reggae Youths vs Hopewell United &mdash; WesPow Park 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Clark&rsquo;s Town FC vs Beaches Negril &mdash; Cedric Titus High 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Petersfield FC vs Wadadah FC &mdash; Petersfield 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Trelawny FC Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League<br /> <br /> Invaders SC vs Rio Bueno FC &mdash; Unity Sports Ground 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Daniel Town vs Duanvale FC &mdash;Daniel Town 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> SUNDAY<br /> <br /> St James Cricket Association /Heroy Clarke 40- over competition<br /> <br /> Green Pond vs Police &mdash; Green Pond 10:00 am<br /> <br /> Water Lane vs Thompson Street &mdash;Spot Valley 10:00 am<br /> <br /> Rose Mount vs Cornwall College &mdash; Barnett Oval 10:00 am<br /> <br /> Trelawny FC Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League<br /> <br /> Granville FC vs Spicy Hill &mdash; Bounty Hall 3:30 pm<br /> <br /> Baca Star United vs Kinloss &mdash; EWYC<br /> <br /> TUESDAY<br /> <br /> ISSA Girls Western Zone volleyball<br /> <br /> Frome vs Mannings &mdash; Frome 1:00 pm<br /> <br /> ISSA/Lockerroom Girls Football<br /> <br /> Zone A<br /> <br /> Merlene Ottey vs Spot Valley &mdash; Merlene Ottey 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> Mt Alvernia vs Montego Bay &mdash; Cornwall College 3:00 pm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10636791/sdiary_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00 AM Legalise them, Transport Authority urges Westmoreland taxi operators http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Legalise-them--Transport-Authority-urges-Westmoreland-taxi-operators_89274 WESTMORELAND &mdash; General manager of operations at the Transport Authority, Colonel Audley Carter has called for illegal taxi operators in and around Westmoreland to get their operations legalised.<br /> <br /> The call was made on Thursday here, following a reception held for the newly opened Transport Authority offices in Savanna-la-Mar, the parish capital.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The systems are here, the facilities are here. Come into this office and make your applications to regularise yourselves,&rdquo; encouraged Colonel Carter.<br /> <br /> Colonel Carter said that the opening of the Westmoreland office will assist in making it easier for operators to get regularised.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You see, we are trying to make it easier for people to regularise themselves. So in a sense, we are trying to remove all impediments. So, we don&rsquo;t want somebody to have the excuse to say, &lsquo;look, I can&rsquo;t bother to go to Montego Bay, so mi a go do mi little roboting in Savanna-la-Mar&rsquo;. So we have removed all of that impediments,&rdquo; argued Colonel Carter.<br /> <br /> President of the Petersfield Taxi Association in Westmoreland and chairperson for the Western Regional Committee of Taxi Association, Patrick Forrester also made a similar call.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Transport Authority (TA) come and meet you, you need to meet them. They have come halfway to you, the other half is you. Get yourself regularised because, as I said initially, this is a stepping point. They (TA) are doing more. So, whatever they are coming with is going to lessen the illegal activity, because they will be out there in numbers to do what they have to do to maintain law and order,&rdquo; urged Forrester.<br /> <br /> In the past, persons would journey into either Montego Bay or manchester to have their applications processed.<br /> <br /> Regional Manager in charge of the western region of the Transport Authority, Ralston Smith said, at present, the Savanna-la-Mar office will facilitate three types of applications.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We will be accepting applications for all categories of road licence. From stage carriage, contracts carriage, route taxi, to both public and private commercial, as well as badge application for drivers and conductors,&rdquo; disclosed Smith.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The other services the authority offers deals with the whole matter of motor vehicle custody and release thereof. So at this point in time we will be dealing with limited service. So we are focusing on the application aspect, getting persons to legitimise their operations, because we want a safer mode of transportation for the public,&rdquo; Smith said.<br /> <br /> The opening of the office, located at Shop #19 Dunbar Mall in the parish, was welcomed by the mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, Councillor Bertel Moore who had been lobbying for it for a number of years.<br /> <br /> Additionally, Colonel Carter said the Transport Authority is currently at an advanced stage of planning for the opening of a full service office. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13638239/Untitled-1_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, February 12, 2017 3:00 AM &lsquo;Crime Free February&rsquo; launched in Granville http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Crime-Free-February--launched-in-Granville-_88911 GRANVILLE, St James &mdash; The Granville Peace, Justice and Resource Development Foundation has launched an initiative, dubbed &lsquo;Crime Free February&rsquo; aimed at making a crime free 28 days in the month across Granville and other sections of St James. <br /> <br /> Councillor for the Granville Division, Michael Troupe, said after attending the funeral services for two murder victims earlier this year, he was prompted to initiate the concept. <br /> <br /> He rued that having recorded only one murder last year, Granville has recorded four in January this year. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was a concept that came to me after attending two funerals &hellip; it came to me that it&rsquo;s time the citizens of St James rise up with the people power and have a crime-free February,&rdquo; Troupe remarked last week at the launch of the initiative in front of the building that houses the Granville Post Office. <br /> <br /> According to Troupe, the initiative will involve various community leaders, including teachers, pastors, lawyers and club members, descending on various communities &ldquo;preaching peace and love.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Troupe, a former deputy mayor of Montego Bay, said that he will bring a resolution to today&rsquo;s regular monthly meeting of the St James Municipal Corporation to get all councillors on boardin an effort to spread the initiative across other sections of the parish, which has been leading in the murder statistics in recent years. <br /> <br /> Reasoning that the fight to &ldquo;tame the crime monster&rdquo; requires all hands on deck, and should not be left to the security forces alone, Troupe called on residents to do their part to achieve a crime-free month. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is time for us to take up the baton and say let&rsquo;s go out there and face this monster crime, and we can achieve it. We have over two million citizens in Jamaica and everyone [should need] stop depending on police, stop depending on Government, stop blaming PNP or JLP; it can be done,&rdquo; Troupe charged. <br /> <br /> He also called on members of the clergy of the 13 churches in the Granville community, to infuse the &ldquo;Crime Free February&rdquo; message into their sermons. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, head of the St James Police Division, Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth, revealed that plans are afoot for members of the security forces to engage residents in sporting events in the community. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;As we police the space of Granville, the police can&rsquo;t do it alone. People have to step up to the plate. You have to be your own security around yourselves. Be that eye that watch out, speak to the police,&rdquo; SSP Nesbeth added. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13630017/257208_83891_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 09, 2017 12:00 AM Spice to headline Floats Foam Party in MoBay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Spice-to-headline-Floats-Foam-Party-in-MoBay-_88926 High-riding female dancehall artiste Grace Hamilton, better known as Spice, is set to &ldquo;spice&rdquo; things up at the Floats Foam Party at Vista Ambassador on the Hip Strip (Gloucester Ave) in Montego Bay on February 19. <br /> <br /> The event, which is being billed as the &lsquo;Ultimate Day Rave&rsquo;, also features Montego Bay-based fast-rising dancehall artiste Tee Jay. <br /> <br /> Spice, known for her provocative and energetic stage routines, is expected to deliver no less for the much-anticipated event. <br /> <br /> The self-proclaimed &lsquo;Stage Show Boss&rsquo; has been enjoying a wave of success with songs such as A So Me Like It, Indicator and her latest single Sheet. She has also been touring extensively, especially in Europe, due mainly to the strength of her singles and stagecraft. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are creating a new party series that will focus on patron experience,&rdquo; Ricardo Downer, event organiser, told the Jamaica Observer West. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is the first instalment of Floats and we are looking to do it even better for this coming summer. We will have attractions such as the pool floats, foam pit and a VIP area, which will have drink and food inclusive. We are creating an experience for patrons to leave with the best feeling. We want it to be on the lips of everyone,&rdquo; said Downer. <br /> <br /> Popular Montego Bay DJs Kentucky, Cray Neil, Jigga and Dexta Peppa have been charged with musical juggling for the event, and they are expected to deliver top-notch stints. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13630048/257231_83906_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 09, 2017 12:00 AM &lsquo;Tasha couldn&rsquo;t hurt a fly&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/-Tasha-couldn-t-hurt-a-fly-_88933 Tears that flowed down the cheeks of family members of 30-year-old Cauldell, Hanover resident, Tasha Gordon, mirrored the mood in that deep rural community.<br /> <br /> Gordon&rsquo;s decomposing body was found in a cane field at the weekend, more than three weeks after she was abducted from her workplace.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Oh God, have mercy, Tasha gone! How mi a go take this? Mi can&rsquo;t take it! Tasha gone left mi! Tasha! ...Mi nah guh make it,&rdquo; wailed Tasha&rsquo;s grandmother, shortly after the family got the unwelcome news that her body was discovered.<br /> <br /> Tasha&rsquo;s stepmother, Angella Goslyn, told the Jamaica Observer West that as a child, Tasha was &ldquo;a well disciplined and mature individual&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;When Tasha goes to school in the days, school over like 12, she was back by 12:30 pm. And, I said to her &lsquo;Tasha, don&rsquo;t you talk to friends at school? How you come home so early? She said &lsquo;I don&rsquo;t idle on the streets, I just go to school and come home.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> She added that Tasha would go to church or work and head straight back home. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Her grandmother raised her up so good. That little girl never could even hurt a fly. She was a good role model to the whole community and to everybody around her. Tasha was the best,&rdquo; a teary-eyed Goslyn stressed, as family members and residents gathered at the family home in Cauldwell to reflect on her life. <br /> <br /> Yatin Gordon, Tasha&rsquo;s younger sister, said she was shocked when she heard that her sister went missing. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was so shocked, I started to cry, weak, could not eat, could not sleep, uncomfortable, everything that is bad. Now, I am even more devastated,&rdquo; she said, as tears rolled down her cheeks. <br /> <br /> Gunmen allegedly abducted Tasha, who has been missing since January 9, after her employer, 36-year-old Marvin McIntosh, was killed at his businessplace in Prospect, Hanover. <br /> <br /> A search party, including the police and residents, had, in January, combed the area where Tasha&rsquo;s body was found at the weekend, but at the time did not see her. <br /> <br /> However, during their search, the police found $9,000 and a pair of slippers reportedly belonging to her. <br /> <br /> When Tasha&rsquo;s body, which was in an advanced state of decomposition, was found last Friday at Prospect, a small district that adjoins Cauldwell, the hands and feet were bound and the mouth gagged. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know why anybody would want to kill Tasha. She was such a very nice person. The whole community is in shock and mourning,&rdquo; said a Cauldell resident who expressed shock at the gruesome find. <br /> <br /> The Hanover police are yet to make an arrest in the murder of Tasha. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in charge of the Community Safety and Security Branch in Hanover, Ainsley McCarthy, has called for Hanover residents to &ldquo;get back to basics&rdquo;, as a means of addressing the spiralling crime in the parish. <br /> <br /> He pointed out that Hanover once had one of the lowest crime rates in the island, but noted that last year the parish recorded 53 murders. <br /> <br /> Since the start of the year, some 13 people have been murdered in the parish, when compared to one during the corresponding period in 2016. <br /> <br /> DSP McCarthy, in the meantime, disclosed that the Hanover police are receiving assistance from the Jamaica Defence Force and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force from the parishes of Kingston and St James in Hanover&rsquo;s crime-fighting efforts. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13629825/257255_83922_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 09, 2017 12:00 AM Fundaciones: making learning fun http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Fundaciones--making-learning-fun_88906 It has been four years since the operators of Fundaciones opened its doors to the public in western Jamaica. <br /> <br /> And already parents are heaping praises on the institution for its delivery of quality education. <br /> <br /> T&rsquo;Shura Gibbs, the regional director-west for the Jamaica Public Service, told the Jamaica Observer West that she started a relationship with the school three months after it began operating at Bogue City Centre, Montego Bay, St James, in January 2013, and has had no regrets. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;To me, the location is convenience&hellip; and just the reputation that it [Fundaciones] had. When I was asking around for a school to send my son to, everyone was pointing me to Fundaciones,&rdquo; Gibbs recalled. <br /> <br /> The Spanish word &lsquo;fundaciones&rsquo; translated to English, means, foundations. And it appears that&rsquo;s exactly what Gibbs&rsquo; first child, who spent almost three years at the school, received. She now has a second child at the institution for a little over a year. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It [Foundaciones] far exceeded my expectations. The quality of the teachers, the activities that are here, the personal relationships that are formed, and just overall how much my children love school,&rdquo; Gibbs expressed. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Fundaciones, it seems, makes learning fun. Definitely this is the place that you would want your child to start at. It certainly is that foundation that you want your child to have. You want your child to be exposed to the level of activities that are here. You want them to be able to expand their mind from the traditional things they have become accustomed to that schools undertake, and to open their minds and broaden their horizon,&rdquo; Gibbs argued. <br /> <br /> Lana Chin, another parent, expressed similar sentiments. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;My daughter came to the school from another school and ever since I have never looked back. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Apart from the regular curriculum, they have gymnastics, French class, what is called &lsquo;Lab Rats&rsquo; (learn to create things), science experience, and homework club,&rdquo; said Chin, adding that her daughter always looks forward to go to school. <br /> <br /> Rachael McDonald, who has a first degree in Spanish and a master&rsquo;s in kindergarten and primary education, established Fundaciones in 2008 in Kingston as an after-school Spanish programme.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A year later we opened our doors at Hillcrest Avenue, where we literally offered a variety of programmes, services and activities for kids as young as three at the time, up to about 18 years. We were doing anything&hellip; reading programme, GSAT, birthday parties, summer camp, science sessions, Spanish sessions, anything at all that we could offer for kids we were doing it,&rdquo; McDonald explained. <br /> <br /> Surrounded by good friends, McDonald was once again encouraged to open a branch in St James. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;In 2012, I saw a couple of friends from Montego Bay and they just jokingly said, &lsquo;Why don&rsquo;t you come to Montego Bay and start a school?&rsquo; <br /> <br /> &ldquo;And, I said, Oh, you have children,&rsquo; and they were like &lsquo;Yes we have kids.&rsquo; And I was like alright, cool. And, within a week I came and looked at place,&rdquo; said McDonald. <br /> <br /> The school in Montego Bay, she said, started with 17 students, but now has an enrolment of 80. <br /> <br /> It is being supervised by Danielle Effs, education concierge (principal), who has under her wings a group of enthused and motivated teachers. <br /> <br /> Teachers Shantaul Simpson and Shanae Patterson told the Observer West that their aim is to &ldquo;find magic in learning and to make learning fun&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13629679/257180_83878_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 09, 2017 12:00 AM A firearm is a tool for selfdefence, not a toy for show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/A-firearm-is-a-tool-for-selfdefence--not-a-toy-for-show_88904 The ability to carry a firearm in Jamaica is first and foremost a privilege, not a right, and the decision to apply for a gun and carry one &ndash; if a licence is granted &ndash; is usually a personal one. <br /> <br /> Acquiring a licensed firearm often forces the holder to act in a more sober and responsible manner. <br /> <br /> However, that being said, I often find myself cringing with morbid discomfort every time I see a firearm holder, whether consciously or unconsciously, exposing their gun in public. A firearm holder must always remain alert and aware of his or her surroundings. Consequently, their &ldquo;concealed&rdquo; weapon should remain hidden, so they don&rsquo;t inadvertently give away their tactical advantage by advertising to a would-be attacker that they are in fact armed. <br /> <br /> Here are some tips that I believe can help in minimising this occurrence: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Wear proper clothing. I cannot emphasise this enough. When you start carrying a firearm, some fashion trends will just have to pass you by. Tight shirt and guns make for an unholy matrimony. <br /> <br /> I&rsquo;m not trying to say we all need to wear baggy clothing, as this has its own drawbacks, but you definitely may want to rethink that small, tight polo shirt. The responsible thing to do is to find that balance between comfort, style and concealment. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Avoid conflicts. The vast majority of firearm holders in Jamaica are sober and extremely responsible people who take carrying a firearm seriously. However, there are some who are not as responsible, and go out of their way to escalate, or even instigate confrontations, owing to this false sense of invincibility that comes with carrying a weapon. This is the absolute worst attitude to have and only helps to stigmatise or otherwise marginalise responsible firearm holders. Brandishing your firearm for no good reason other than to stroke an over-inflated ego can only end badly, with the irresponsible firearm holder either hurting someone or themselves. <br /> <br /> Choose a firearm that works well with your body type. Bigger is not always better and smaller may be uncomfortable. The best size to carry is the size that will allow you to properly conceal and shoot efficiently and effectively. <br /> <br /> Remember, a firearm is a tool for self-defence and not a toy for show and tell. <br /> <br /> AK Robinson is a certified physical security professional/executive close protection officer and co-founder of Tactical Solutions. e-mail: <br /> <br /> Ak-robinson@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> . <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13629614/257179_83890_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 09, 2017 12:00 AM Reno to host MBU in western RSPL derby http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Reno-to-host-MBU-in-western-RSPL-derby-_88943 FROME, Westmoreland &mdash; Reno FC will continue their hunt for a place in the top six of the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday when they welcome defending champions and joint leaders Montego Bay United (MBU) in their second-round game at Frome Sports Grounds, starting at 3:00pm.<br /> <br /> Both teams are coming off 0-1 losses two weeks ago and will be seeking to rebound immediately to avoid losing ground as the second round comes to a close.<br /> <br /> MBU slipped marginally to second place &mdash; on goal difference &mdash; after losing at home to Tivoli Gardens, but are still tied at the top of the table on 42 points.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Reno FC snapped a three-game unbeaten run when they went down to promoted Jamalco, and are in seventh place on 25 points, three behind Arnett Gardens, who they will host next weekend.<br /> <br /> The return of striker Craig Foster from a two-year stint in the United States has given Reno FC a lift. But they will need a lot more on Sunday if they are to beat MBU for the first time since April 2015. At that time they faced a must-win situation and were up against a MBU team that had already secured a semi-final berth.<br /> <br /> Since then MBU are unbeaten in four games to their Westmoreland neighbours, winning all three games last season on their way to taking the RSPL title, and 2-0 at Frome in September.<br /> <br /> After a week&rsquo;s break both teams should be back to full fitness, especially in their strike force. Reno FC were without Foster in their loss at Jamalco, while MBU&rsquo;s top scorer Dino Williams was a second-half substitute against Tivoli Gardens.<br /> <br /> Schoolboy Jourdaine Fletcher, who made his senior national team debut against the USA in a friendly game in Tennessee last weekend, started against Tivoli Gardens and partnered well with fellow national team player Owayne Gordon, who is still seeking his first goal since rejoining the team in January.<br /> <br /> Afiba Chambers is the top Reno FC scorer with five goals, while Foster and Romario Smith are next with three each. But Reno FC have added a bevy of young strikers in the January transfer window in an effort to boost one of the weakest attacking forces in the competition.<br /> <br /> Reno FC have scored just 18 goals in their 21 games played, seven of those goals coming in their two games against last-placed Boys&rsquo; Town. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13630225/257263_83920_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 09, 2017 12:00 AM Entertainment Diary &mdash; February 9 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Entertainment-Diary---February-9--_88928 THURSDAY, February 9 <br /> <br /> Exotic Thursdays <br /> <br /> @ Sundaze Bar & 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, February 10 <br /> <br /> Five in the City <br /> <br /> @ Margaritaville Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: Free <br /> <br /> Time: 5:00 pm -9:00 pm <br /> <br /> Saturday February 11 <br /> <br /> International and Latin Night <br /> <br /> @ Facebaar Restaurant, Nightclub and Lounge <br /> <br /> Ironshore, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $1,000 <br /> <br /> Time: 10:00pm <br /> <br /> Smirnoff Night Life <br /> <br /> @ Margaritaville, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $600 <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 /> SUNDAY, February 12 <br /> <br /> Sunday Breeze Boat Cruise <br /> <br /> @ Pier One, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $1,000 <br /> <br /> Boarding time: 7:00 pm <br /> <br /> Red & White Pre-Valentines Boat Ride <br /> <br /> @ Tropical Bliss, Whitehouse, Montego Bay <br /> <br /> Adm: $4,500 gate, $4,000 pre-sold <br /> <br /> Boarding time: 4:00 pm <br /> <br /> Music by: DJ Blu, DJ Jigga <br /> <br /> TUESDAY, February 14 <br /> <br /> Valentine&rsquo;s Love at Woodstock <br /> <br /> @ Woodstock, Negril <br /> <br /> Featuring: Beres Hammond <br /> <br /> Adm: gate US$80 per couple; US$100 VIP single http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11964519/filename_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 09, 2017 12:00 AM Are the authorities doing enough to rehabilitate the mentally ill in the society? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/westernnews/Are-the-authorities-doing-enough-to-rehabilitate-the-mentally-ill-in-the-society--_88907 Since the start of the year at least two people have been allegedly murdered by men, said to be of unsound mind, in the parish of St James. <br /> <br /> The Jamaica Observer West&rsquo;s Alan Lewin took to the streets of the parish earlier this week and asked: &lsquo;Do you think the authorities are doing enough to rehabilitate the mentally ill in the society?&rsquo; <br /> <br /> Here are some of the responses: <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13629616/257185_83881_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, February 09, 2017 12:00 AM