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Bellas Gate, last Friday, were crowned champions of the Windalco St Catherine Primary School Cricket.

The north west St. Catherine institution, guided by Nathaniel Burrell’s all-round display, defeated York Street by nine runs at the Ewarton Sports Club, sparking wild celebrations.

In a closely fought game reduced to 13 overs per side due to rain, Bellas Gate posted 95 for two after being sent in to bat.

Burrell topscored with 59 not out for Bellas Gate, while Kevan Harvey claimed one for 17.

York Street, in reply, were restricted to 86 for six from their allotted overs, with Burrell finishing with two for 17, Omarion Gibson (2-20) and Dujaney Williams, two for 19.

Sunday, 25 June 2017 15:14

Shadow Frass murdered on Burke Road

The police force’s sub-division of Old Harbour registered its ninth murder of 2017 following last night’s homicide in the troubled community of Burke Road.

Dead is Kazan Corniffe, alias Gaza or Shadow Frass, a 26-year-old labourer of Succaba Gardens, Old Harbour, whilst Ricardo James also known as Skilachie was shot an injured by unknown assailants, the police say.

Old Harbour News understands that at some time after 8:00 pm citizens heard several explosions and called the police. When the police arrived Corniffe’s lifeless body was found with gunshot wounds to the head. James, who was standing close by, was shot in his right foot.

This is the first murder of the year in Burke Road, which has been experiencing a period of stability following last year’s bloody gang feud, resulting in a number of killings.

Four of the nine murders in the division have been cleared up, the police informed Old Harbour News.

The police are yet to establish a motive for the killing.

Investigation continues.

Constable Adian Dowding of the Trelawny Police Division was offered bail in the sum of $400,000.00 when he appeared in the Trelawny Parish Court on Wednesday June 21, 2017.

It is alleged that Dowding was a member of a police team conducting a vehicular check-point along main road in Trelawny when the vehicle in which the complainant was travelling in was signaled to stop. The occupants were asked to surrender their cellular phones, which were later searched by Dowding. Following the search Dowding accused the complainant of being involved in lottery scamming activities which resulted in a negotiation between both parties. Subsequently, it was agreed that $12,000.00 would be paid to the constable.

The complainant later made a report to the MOCA West office where an investigation began and an operation planned. Dowding, was later arrested by detectives on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 after he was observed collecting the sum of $12,000.00 from the complainant for the return of a smart phone that was confiscated during the police operation.

Dowding was charged on Monday June 19, 2017 for breaching the Corruption Prevention Act. He will return to the Trelawny Parish Court on Wednesday September 20, 2017.

A male suspect is in custody at the Old Harbour Police Station after three men were shot at in the town early Saturday morning.

The shooting took place in the town centre at about 3:00 am when a man pulled a gun and fired at the men mere meters from the station, the police informed Old Harbour News. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Police in the town responded immediately, while the suspect ran into the direction of the Old Harbour Market.

Within five minutes the suspect was held and a hi-point 9mm pistol loaded with six rounds taken from him, the police say.

The name of the suspect is being withheld as formal charges are yet to be laid.

Pelican Publishers has announced that it will be hosting a kids publishing camp this summer, a first for the company.

In a release the company, founded in 1999 by Dr Henry Lowe, said: “Pelican Publishers is offering the first ever publishing camp for youngsters as young authors are becoming the hot new trend. We want to start moulding the minds and transmitting the art of communication to those who are interested in the craft of storytelling. ‘Everyone has a story,’ it has been said. ‘Not everyone knows how to tell that story,’ we have found. ”

The publishing camp will run for three weeks, providing “interesting, fun and educational activities for youngsters eight to 10 years old.

“It was created to help foster a sense of creativity, discipline and entrepreneurship at a young age”.

Campers will be taught the art of storytelling, plot and character development, components of a book and book design, all with a blend of fun and educational activities.

“The highlight of the camp is that at the end of the three weeks, each camper will leave as a published ‘author’. On the final day, there will be a public book sale where they will get a chance to sell copies of their books,” said the firm that has published over 50 book titles.

Two sets of campers will be accommodated – the first set will start July 3 and the second August 8. The camp will offer an authentic experience as the young authors will be right on site at 44 Lady Musgrave Road, where they will see how their books develop every day.

Campers will arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave at 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday with an option for aftercare. The cost is $3,500 weekly, plus $500 for registration. Space is limited.

The company said the camp will serve as an opportunity for a lot parents faced with the difficult challenge of being at work, while kids are on holiday.

Friday, 23 June 2017 11:31

NWC to resume late payment fee charge

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has given the National Water Commission (NWC) the go-ahead to resume applying late payment fees to applicable bills as at July 1, 2017.

On March 31, 2017 the OUR issued a directive to the NWC to stop charging their customers late payment fee on bills for which there are amounts outstanding, with immediate effect and until further notice.

Following a review of information as well as discussions with NWC, the OUR wrote to water provider on June 16, 2017 expressing satisfaction that appropriate measures were implemented to resolve the issues which had caused the erroneous application of the late payment fees to some customers’ bills.

The OUR has asked the NWC to provide its customers with notice prior to its resumption of the late payment fee.

The OUR’s investigation into the issue came against the background of complaints received from NWC’s customers that the late payment fee was being applied to their accounts although their bills were settled in full, on or before the due dates.

The OUR will continue to monitor the application of the late payment fee and urges customers to report any billing anomalies.

Old Harbour’s renowned medical doctor Orlando Thomas says he intends to offer functional medicine to patients at his medical facility.

Dr Thomas made the announcement last week in a post on his personal Facebook page.

Functional medicine is widely regarded as an evolutional practice of medicine that addresses the underlying causes of diseases instead of treating the symptoms.

Upon returning home from Washington, DC, where he completed his applying functional medicine to clinical practice (AFMCP) module at the Institute of Functional Medicine, Dr Thomas said: “I truly believe that this is the future of medicine and the existing body of research and research still ongoing is astounding.”

“Over the next few months, I will be putting my team together so we can begin to offer functional medicine to Jamaica.

“I invite my medical colleagues to link me up. I may be the first functional medicine practioner in Jamaica but I hope many more of you will join me. I will be rolling out new info and tips every week,” he added.

However, following online checks, Old Harbour News discovered Dr Patrice Lawrence-Pryce as a certified functional medicine practioner based in Jamaica, according to her LinkedIn page.

The popular medical doctor will certainly add a new service to patients at his private facility - Thomas Medical Centre – and seems confident this innovative approach will gain traction.

“This is a well-researched area of medicine where we practice medicine by cause, rather than just treating your symptoms,” he wrote on his social media page. “For example instead of just giving you an antidepressant or some herb for your depression, some antacid or aloe vera for you acid reflux, some Voltaren, prednisone or turmeric for your rheumatoid arthritis and have you take these for life, we get to the root cause and deal with those; and when we do that amazing things happen.”

Thomas, who has been offering alternate medicine to patients as part of his practice continued: “We get to the root cause by using well established and new information gathering techniques that take into consideration things that could affect you even before you were born, detailed physical examinations, a vast array of tests for biomarkers, genomic testing, microbiome assessments, nutrition and toxicology tests.

“We take you on an individualized healing journey that will free you from a life of being tied to an illness and being dependent on medication.”

Functional medicine is not to be confused with herbal phytotherapy.

It was an almost perfect score for Marlie Mount Primary’s Arecia Burgess, who averaged 98.2 per cent following the release of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) results.

Burgess’s score topped a list of high achievers from schools based in the Old Harbour area, while classmate Terrence Grant recorded the highest average amongst all boys.

From our list of best performers, four will begin the next chapter of their education at Glenmuir High, while two students head to Kingston College and also St Jago High.

Of the 11 schools targeted, only five supplied Old Harbour News with information. For the first time Good Hope Primary was among the highlights, with Lenworth Harrison, their top performing student, set to begin his secondary education and indoctrination we must add, into the famous Fortis culture at North Street, Kingston.

GSAT is an annual examination exercise which arguably determines the placement of students into the secondary education system.

Old Harbour News did not receive any information from Bois Content, Bellas Gate, Browns Hall, Monsignor Colin Bryan Prep, Bartons Primary and Davis Primary, prior to publishing.

See highlights below.

Editor's Note: The following is an opinion submitted by human rights activist Lloyd D'Aguilar. The views expressed below are not necessarily those of Old Harbour News

The assault upon a male student at Vauxhall High School by three teachers for the crime of not complying with school policy regarding his hair style raises political and constitutional issues beyond the assault itself. And the response of the Minister of Education (Senator Ruel Reid) is indicative of Jamaica’s laissez-faire political culture of not holding leaders of State and government accountable for the violence of those whom they command.

The Tivoli Gardens Massacre comes to mind but I will not divert.

School rules which dictate hair styles are in themselves a violation of freedom of speech or freedom of expression, and the implied sanctity of one’s control over one’s body. Schools can make recommendations about hairstyles but that is all that it can be – recommendations. There is nothing in the Education Act which suggests that schools have the right to dictate or punish anyone for choosing how to wear his or her hair.

Indeed the Education Act makes it clear that public schools cannot force students to participate or not participate in school religious activities. This is a recognition of one’s right to one’s beliefs and one’s right to freedom of expression. This is a non-negotiable part of our human and civil rights – our so-called democracy.

The Education Act gives the Minister of Education tremendous powers over the public education system. In light of his powers and duty to uphold the constitution, there should have been far more outrage from the Minister once this matter came to his attention. He chose instead to focus on the fact that “they” had been having “problems” with the student “in terms of dress code.” This act of violence was nothing more than a “breach” by the teachers. Shame! Shame! Shame! Indeed, his most decisive act was to demand that the position of “dean of discipline” be filled in the “shortest possible time.”

The truth is that the minister is a former high school principal where hair policing was and is no less oppressive than it is at Vauxhall High School. That is the culture from which the minister hails.

The fact is, therefore, that where superior commanders fail in their duty to prevent abuses, or to discipline those who commit abuses, then they themselves ought to be held accountable and disciplined if necessary.

Where there is a failure to live up to their command responsibility then they would have legally and morally lost the legitimacy to continue in their command position.

It is time to end this stupid school policy about hair. Let the students express themselves through their hair styles. It has nothing to do with their ability to learn. It should not be a threat to school administration. This obsession with hair is in fact an indication of a misguided concept about what is education versus social indoctrination.

And what about the length of the girls dresses? That’s for another time.

Lloyd D'Aguilar is Jamaican human rights activist. Send feedback to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Table Tennis Jamaica has signed a four-year deal with Stag International worth “millions of dollars,” Old Harbour News can report.

President Godfrey Lothian made the disclosure during a recent interview with Old Harbour News, noting the “deal is valued close to US$1 million” when converted.

According to Lothian, the India-based firm will supply Jamaica with 32 match tables, balls, umpire tables, scoreboards, score counters and gear for the national team following fruitful discussions while attending the recent International Table Tennis Federation annual general meeting staged in Dusseldorf, Germany, where incumbent Thomas Weikert of Germany defeated Belgian Jean-Michel Saive 118-90 votes.

The first batch of supplies includes 16 tables and will arrive in time for the Pre-Cadet tournament, August 21-16, 2017, at the National Arena.

Regarding the deal, Lothian said: “Table Tennis Jamaica will be able to stand on its own feet for a number of years in terms of being able to host competitions and tournaments. We will be able to attire the national teams in proper uniforms.”

Since becoming president of the local governing body in 2013, Lothian has overseen the renaissance of the sport in Jamaica with close to 100 schools and some 40 clubs actively involved in regular competition at present.

“With this deal Jamaica can host international tournaments like Germany and other countries,” he added, before informing Old Harbour News that the Table Tennis Premier League, involving 20 clubs from all parishes, will commence in September.

The Table Tennis Jamaica President also revealed that the country will host the first Table Tennis Conference of the Caribbean.

Sixteen regional members will converge at Hotel Four Seasons on August 24, 2017 to discuss matters relevant to the development of the sport in the region.

Other ITTF dignitaries, including president of the Latin America Table Tennis Union Juan Villa, have been confirmed to attend.

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