Thursday, January 18, 2018
Old Harbour News

Old Harbour News

It is the intention of many businesses to extend beyond its place of birth, but the Trin-Jam Auto brand is looking no farther than establishing itself as the premier auto hub in the Old Harbour.

Dave Balroop, principal director and owner of the used parts auto dealer, made the disclosure during the company’s recent official grand opening at its new home on South Street, Old Harbour.

“We don’t intend to operate outside of Old Harbour,” he told Old Harbour News. “We’re staying right here with the people of Old Harbour.”

Founded 10 years ago, the company has been operating in Old Harbour from its former East Street location, providing a wide range of used parts and accessories.

Dave Balroop (right) speaking to broadcaster Markland Edwards (Photo: OHN)

At its new home, the company has added a complete service centre, offering installation, repairs and diagnostic testing.

Balroop will not disclose the cost for the new structure and expansion of the business, but the new development certainly runs into the millions.

“We just want to satisfy the needs of our customers,” he said. “Whatever they want we’ll try and get it for them.”

“Our new location makes it easier for persons living near and far to reach us,” he added. “We are close to the highway, so those persons living outside of Old Harbour will be able to reach us in quick time.

“But we urge our customers to always call us first and find out if we have the parts they need.”

Group A of the SDC T20 Community Cricket remains a wide open race going into Sunday’s final set of matches in the National Round.

The winners of both games, to be played at Port Esquivel, will earn a place in the quarter-finals of the competition with Old Harbour playing Melrose in the 2:00 pm feature after Heartease and Richmond Park face-off at 10:00 am.

The group is interestingly poised after Old Harbour were beaten for the first time this season by Richmond Park in last weekend’s clash at Maxfield Park, while Heartease bounced back from their opening round loss to Old Harbour, beating Melrose by five wickets also at the same venue.

With a win assuring them of a place in the last eight, Old Harbour were dealt a severe blow as they succumbed to a 62-run loss after the St Andrew champions made 162 for eight from their 20 overs.

Andre Bailey (39) was the topscorer against the bowling of Lascele Davis, who bagged three for 35.

In reply the St Catherine representatives were bowled out for 100 with Kemar Isaacs (24) and Erron Downer (15) the only batsmen reaching double figures.

Ralston Nelson claimed two wickets for nine runs while Jermaine Harrison grabbed two for 13, to give Richmond their first win of the round.

Despite playing at home Kingston’s Melrose were outplayed by the visiting Heartease of St Thomas.

The hosts, batting first, made 152 for nine from their allotted overs. But this proved insufficient as the visitors edged home with 154 for five with two balls to spare.

Banned West Indies star all-rounder Andre Russell was named T20 International Cricketer of the Year at last night’s WIPA/CWI Annual Awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Russell, a resident of Old Harbour, is currently serving a one year ban for breaching World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) whereabouts rules three times in a 12-month period.

Prior to his suspension in January of this year by an independent anti-doping panel, Russell, 29, was undoubtedly one of the best players in T20 International cricket due to his consistent performances with both bat and ball and as a proven match winner in T20 franchises around the world.

But the night belonged to Barbadian Roston Chase, who collected four awards including the main prize of Cricketer of the Year.

Roston Chase

The 25-year-old is enjoying an impressive start to his Test career after debuting against India in July 2016. He has scored three centuries and three 50s from 10 Tests – all achieved in difficult circumstances.

In addition to copping the most coveted award, Chase was also named Test Cricketer of the Year, Emerging Cricketer of the Year and Regional Four-Day Cricketer of the Year.

Women’s captain, Jamaican Stafanie Taylor was named Women’s Cricketer of the Year as well as Women’s One Day International and Women’s T20 International cricket of the year.

The Chris Gayle Foundation was recognized on the night while lifetime awards went to Jamaican Cleveland Davidson and Walter Eden St. John of Grenada.

Please see below the full list of award winners:

• Under-19 Team of the Year: Guyana

• Under-19 Cricketer of the Year: Joshua Bishop

• WIPA in the Community Award: Kameah Cooper

• First-Class Team of the Year: Guyana

• Regional Four-Day Cricketer of the Year: Roston Chase

• Regional Limited-Overs Cricketer of the Year: Ashley Nurse

• Regional T20 Cricketer of the Year: Dwayne Bravo

• Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Roston Chase

• ODI Cricketer of the Year: Jason Holder

• Test Cricketer of the Year: Roston Chase

• T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Andre Russell

• Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Stafanie Taylor

• Women’s T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Stafanie Taylor

• Windies Foundation Award: The Chris Gayle Foundation

• CWI Lifetime Award: Walter Eden St John

• WIPA Lifetime Award: Cleveland Davidson

• Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Stafanie Taylor

• Men’s Cricketer of the Year: Roston Chase

Jamaica Ambassador to the United States of America Audrey Marks presents her Jamaica pin to Michael Campbell, a son of Old Harbour, Jamaica during a recent occasion for Diaspora leaders called by the Ambassador.

The occasion was a meeting of leaders of the Diaspora in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia to discuss the upcoming Jamaica55 Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.

Mr. Campbell, who grew up in Nightingale Grove, St Catherine is currently a Commissioner in the Washington DC government and is the holder of several positions in many Jamaican Diaspora organizations.

Campbell told Old Harbour News that the impromptu photo-op came about after expressing to Ambassador Marks the beauty of the Jamaica pin she was wearing. In return the Ambassador gave the DC Commissioner her pin as a token of appreciation.

Digicel yesterday informed the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) that it has indefinitely halted the recent charge of a Prepaid Maintenance Fee (PMF) to customers whose monthly spend is less than J$50.

This action follows the OUR’s intervention in response to Digicel’s implementation of the PMF on 2017 June 22. In a letter to the company, the OUR asked that it provide evidence that customers had been given sufficient advance notice; the exact amount to be charged and the basis for such a charge.

In its initial response to the OUR, Digicel indicated it had issued a ‘public notice on June 22, 2017 to its customers via the Digicel website,’ where it also updated its Terms and Conditions of service.

However, in response to the OUR’s correspondence, the company subsequently acknowledged that the implementation of the PMF may not have been ‘customer centric’ and that it had not in fact provided sufficient notice of the change to its customers. As a result, Digicel has decided to withdraw the fee at this time. It says any decision to resume charging the PMF, will be preceded by proper notification to customers and the OUR.

The company also gave assurances that all affected customers who were charged this fee since 2017 June 22, have already received rebates of the amounts charged.

Given this development the OUR has suspended, for now, its enquiry into this matter.

The top performing boy and girl from Monsignor Colin Bryan Prep will begin the next phase of their academic career at Campion College and Glenmuir High respectively

Daniel Lewis and Gabrielle Newman both completed the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), released a few weeks ago, with identical averages of 97 per cent placing them atop the school’s high achievers’ list, arising from the annual national assessment for children matriculating from the primary education level.

“For years we've been the silent producers of excellence in the area of academics as well as co-curricular,” said Angeline Brown, principal of the only preparatory school of its kind in Old Harbour.

“Having been for years, Old Harbour's best kept secret, we have maintained a standard of excellence that is second to none.

“We seek to highlight our achievements this year as it serves to motivate our current GSAT batch as well as those to come,” added the principal.

As expected, both youngsters are the toast of their families.

Lewis registered perfect score in Social Studies, earned 97 per cent average in both Mathematics and Science, chalked up 92 per cent in communication task before falling one percentage point shy of a perfect score in Language Arts.

Little Gabrielle was just as impressive with scores of 95 per cent in Math; 98 per cent in both Science and Social Studies; 94 per cent in Language Arts and 100 per cent in communication task.

Gabrielle’s report card as well as that of Daniel did not come as a surprise but both students hold a special place in the school’s heart, says the principal.

“We are particularly proud of them because they started with us as early as two years old in our pre-kinder class,” she told Old Harbour News.

“To all the teachers who impacted their success, we salute you and we wish them great success in all their endeavors. We trust also, that this remarkable standard of excellence be maintained throughout their academic trajectory.”

Brown noted that overall a number of her students did excellently with quite a number of them being placed in the island’s top traditional high schools such as St George’s College, St Catherine High, St Jago High, Holy Childhood and The Queen’s School for Girls.

Title challengers, Old Harbour defeated Heartease of St Thomas by 36 runs in their SDC T20 encounter at Maxfield Park on Saturday.

Victory puts Old Harbour atop the four-team group following the completion of the first round of matches in the National Play-Offs.

The St Catherine champions won the toss and batted before posting 140 for nine off their 20 overs. Veteran Lascele Davis topscored with 48, while Brian Mighten (26) and Ronville Brown (22) were also among the runs.

Dane Scott bagged three for 34 bowling for Heartease.

In reply, the St Thomas champions were restricted to 104 for nine off their allotted overs. Jowayne Robinson topscored with 18, against the bowling of Erron Downer (4-24) and Andre Brown, who took three for 11.

In the other group game played at the same venue, Melrose of Kingston defeated St Andrew’s Richmond Park by 31 runs. After winning the toss and opting to bat, Melrose made 109 all out before dismissing Richmond Park for 78.

Veteran Reggae Boy Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson is among eight local-based players named in the final 23-man Jamaica squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup which kicks off on July 7, 2017 in the United States.

The 37-year-old Tivoli Gardens FC striker’s rich form in the just concluded Red Stripe Premier League has earned him yet another selection following his inclusion to the Caribbean Cup squad.

Other local-based players in the squad are Arnett Gardens FC goalkeeper Damian Hyatt; defenders Ladale Richie of Montego Bay FC and Harbour View’s Rosario Harriott; Portmore United midfield trio of Michael Binns, Ewan Grandison and Ricardo Morris.

Striker Owayne Gordon of Montego Bay FC is among seven forwards named including overseas-based Darren Mattocks and Dever Orgill.

Top goalkeeper Andre Blake of the Philadelphia Union; Jermaine Taylor, Alvas Powell, Je-Vaughn Watson and Kemar Lawrence are all included and are among some the players who were instrumental in getting 2015 team to the final where they lost to Mexico.

No English-based players were named on the list made public by the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

“In accordance with the competition regulations, injury-related changes will be allowed to the final 23-player rosters for the group stage until 24 hours before each team’s first match. Any injury replacements must come from the announced preliminary 40-player rosters and must be approved by the Gold Cup medical committee,” the organizers noted.

“As in past years, teams that qualify for the quarterfinals of this year's Gold Cup will be permitted to amend their 23-player roster following the group stage, by replacing up to six players with new players from the 40-player provisional rosters announced on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.”

The 14th edition of the continental championship will begin Friday, July 7 at Red Bull Arena in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. That opening double header features a Group A match-up of perennial Central American rivals, Honduras and Costa Rica and 2000 champion Canada facing newcomer French Guiana.

Group B will kick off on July 8, in Nashville, with a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup third-place match between USA and Panama, followed by Martinique and Nicaragua.

Defending champion Mexico will begin its title defence on July 9 in San Diego, versus El Salvador as the second match of a doubleheader. Curacao and Jamaica will begin play in Group C in the first match of that day.

JAMAICA GOLD CUP SQUAD GOALKEEPERS (3): Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union, USA); Damion Hyatt (Arnett Gardens FC, JAM); Dwayne Miller (Valsta Syrianska IK, SWE)

DEFENDERS (8): Sergio Campbell (Pittsburgh Riverhounds, USA); Oniel Fisher (Seattle Sounders FC , USA); Rosario Harriott (Harbour View FC, JAM); Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls, USA); Damion Lowe (Tampa Bay Rowdies, USA); Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers, USA); Ladale Richie (Montego Bay United FC, JAM); Jermaine Taylor (Minnesota United FC, USA)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Michael Binns (Portmore United FC, JAM); Ewan Grandison (Portmore United FC, JAM); Kevon Lambert (FK Vojvodina, SRB); Ricardo Morris (Portmore United FC, JAM); Je-Vaughn Watson (New England Revolution, USA)

FORWARDS (7): Cory Burke (Bethlehem Steel FC, USA); Owayne Gordon (Montego Bay United FC, JAM); Jermaine Johnson (Tivoli Gardens FC, JAM); Darren Mattocks (Portland Timbers, USA); Shamar Nicholson (Boys' Town FC, JAM); Dever Orgill (Wolfsberger AC, AUT); Romario Williams (Charleston Battery, USA)

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 16:28

PHOTO: So long, Captain!

Bayer Leverkusen player Jamaican Leon Bailey signs the condolence book during the public viewing of the body of late president of the Jamaica Football Federation Captain Horace Burrell at the National Arena today.

Capt. Burrell died on June 6, 2017.

A Thanksgiving Service for the life of the late JFF president will be held at the National Arena on June 28, 2017, commencing 10:00 am.

A private Interment follows at Up Park Camp.

Meanehile, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange wrote:“Rest well, we will miss you. Jamaica will miss you, but your legacy will remain etched in our minds forever” in the Book of Condolence.

Hon. Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Minister of Sport

Old Harbour are parish champions of the SDC T20 Cricket for the fifth time after defeating arch rival Greater Portmore by six wickets at Chedwin Park yesterday.

Two-time national champions Old Harbour will represent St Catherine in the national play-offs.

Opener Devoy Smith led Old Harbour’s victory charge with an unbeaten 57 after Greater Portmore posted 134 for eight off 20 overs.

Rushane Bird (45) topscored for the south St Catherine side that opted to bat after winning toss against the bowling of Krischon Givans (3-17), Christopher Halstead (3-30) and Deron Royal, two for 18.

Old Harbour, of south west St Catherine, responded with 138 for four in 18.1 overs, thanks to Smith’s mature knock with support coming from Ronville Brown (32) and Erron Downer, who made 24.

Old Harbour, the 2011 and 2012 national champions, have secured themselves $100,000 for winning the parish title, while Greater Portmore will receive $50,000 as runner-up.

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