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Several Old Harbour communities will experience disruption in water supply starting February 19, the National Water Commission (NWC) is advising.

Yesterday, in a media release, the NWC said the disruption in the supply is due to maintenance work to be undertaken at one of its facilities in the area.

The water company said maintenance work at the facility is expected to last for eight days, ending February 26.

“The National Water Commission is advising that customers served by the Claremont water supply facility (Succaba Pen) in St Catherine will have their regular water supply disrupted as the plant is scheduled to undergo necessary maintenance works.

“These activities will commence on Monday, February 19, 2018 and are scheduled for completion on the following Monday, February 26, 2018.

“Areas to be affected: Bowers Pen, Claremont Drive, sections of Old Harbour Town, Bowers Drive, Succaba, section of Bannister, Old Harbour Bay, Bodles, and Rhone Park Housing Scheme.

“Customers are therefore being urged to store water for use during the period of disruption.

“In addition, the NWC will seek to provide trucked water to the affected areas.

“The NWC wishes to apologise to its valued customers for any inconvenience that these works may cause and seeks to assure them that every effort will be made to restore regular water supply in the shortest possible time.”

Several communities in south Old Harbour will be without electricity on February 15, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has advised.

The affected communities will be without power “between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm” while maintenance service is undertaken.

The suspension of electricity supply, the company said forms “part of ongoing efforts to improve service to our customers”.

The communities that will be affected are New Harbour Village I, II, III, Kelly Pen, Terminal Road, Blackwood Gardens, Bay Bottom, Station Lane, Budhoo and Moore Pen

“JPS apologizes for the inconvenience caused by this outage and will make every effort to restore power to the affected areas in the shortest possible time,” the company stated.

Monday, 12 February 2018 14:51

St Bess defeat Rivoli 2-0 in Super League

St Bess defeated Rivoli United 2-0 to remain atop Zone II following the latest round of matches in the SCC/Charley’s JB Rum Super League.

Yesterday, at the Lacovia Sports Complex, the St Elizabeth standard bearers finally broke the deadlock after 63 minutes when Naquain Brown scored from the penalty spot. Three minutes later, Oshane Staple doubled the advantage for the hosts to move a point ahead of the former premier league campaigners, who suffered their second defeat of the season.

Another former premier league team, Sporting Central Academy also tasted defeat as their terrible start to the new season continues. They were beaten for the fourth time in their Zone II clash away to Greenvale Academy, who ran out comfortable 3-1 victors at the Greenvale Community Centre.

Kemar Ricketts (26th) first half strike and Maxwell Robinson’s (32nd, 48th) two goals either side of the break ensured the visitors left Mandeville empty-handed. Kwesi Watts (48th) of Sporting Central scored within seconds of Robinson’s second goal.

Holland PYC moved ahead of Rivoli into second position on goal-difference, after Ockar Barnes’ (52nd) goal gave them a 1-0 home win over Dunbeholden, who are second from bottom in the zone.

York Town left it very, very late to snatch a 1-1 away draw against Hillstars PYC at Kirkvine. Kenroy Mullings’ 40th minute goal looked to have been enough until Ishmael Currie scored in the fourth minute of time-added to give the Clarendonians a share of the spoils.

SCC/Charley's JB Rum points standing as at February 11, 2018 (Data provided by South Central Confederation)

On Saturday, Old Harbour Bay continue to occupy fourth spot in Zone I after playing to a nil-all draw with overall leaders Blackstars at Marlie Acres.

Tru Juice slipped to third after being held 1-1 at home by Porus to remain four points from the top. Geo Givans (18th) fired the visitors in front, while Keeva Thomas (56th) leveled for the hosts early in the second half.

Vere are now only two points adrift of Blackstars after hammering Downs FC 6-1 on the road.

Goals from Shantel Mundle (29th), Shemar Nairne (12th, 52nd), Rafique Graham (64th) along with Shorndee Webb’s (79th) own-goal completed an embarrassing afternoon for the host, who managed to pulled a goal back via Ajay Chin sixth minute from full time.

Real Treasure Beach also won on the road with Jhavon Williams (49th) ensuring that they left the Riverside Football Field at Moores with maximum points.

The competition continues next week.

Calvin Harris, school principal at Marlie Mount Primary and Infant is crediting the implementation of specialized programmes as the main reason for its improved performances in the national literacy and numeracy results.

The 2017 results have been made public by the education ministry and show the Old Harbour-based institution registering a 90.8 per cent level of mastery in literacy which places them among the top-10 performers in the parish of St Catherine.

But the literacy performance fell below expectations Harris noted as original projection was placed at 95 per cent. Prior to these latest results the school averaged 86 per cent in literacy.

In numeracy, however, the performance averaged above expectations, registering 78.9 per cent – a marked improvement from their 2016 result of 69 per cent.

“I think what attributes to the performance is the fact that we have put in a few programmes in place,” Harris told Old Harbour News in a recent interview.

“For example those students who are not performing at their optimum we have what we call a Marlie CARE Programme, where we pull them out and they get special treatment as it relates to literacy and numeracy,” he added.

“We also did some diagnostics through MICO CARE, so we are able to identify some of the children and the challenges they’re having.

“Parental involvement was good, quite a number of the parents are in the WhatsApp group with the teachers which is a very good thing.

“The teachers also put a lot of effort into it this year. I must mention Mrs. Small-Brown, who is the coordinator for grade four.”

Getting children to love and appreciate mathematics is a perennial problem for educators. However, recent data is showing slight improvement with fundamental changes applied to improve performances. At Marlie Mount, making those fundamental adjustments are starting to bear fruit, its principal said.

“I think one of the problems with math, which is right across the country, the foundation has to be laid. If children are turned off not liking math from grade one, from grade two, they’re going to have a challenge catching up when they reach grade five, four and six. Certain fundamental things that we take for granted that we thing at their age they should not be exposed to,” said Harris, who rose through the ranks from classroom teacher to become headmaster.

“We have started the process and I think our grade fours are benefactors of that. We have started to make sure that from grade one certain fundamentals are taught to the children, reinforced at grade two and it goes on through to grade four.

“Our treatment plan is to start at grade one and I believe our current grade four would have been in grade two when we recognized where the problem exists,” he said.

Harris said the team is anticipating significant improvements when they will be no longer operating as a double shift school. The school is among several other institutions the State plans to take off the two-shift system geared towards guaranteed improved learning.

He said, the team he leads continues to find creative ways to improve learning. For example all grade six students preparing for GSAT function on a straight day schedule from seven o’clock in the morning to 1:30 pm.

Immediately after sitting GSAT grade six operations return to its normal two-shift system, while grade four is move to a straight day operation in preparing for the national assessment in literacy and numeracy.

As for the upcoming GSAT exams, Harris is anticipating improvement all round.

“We expect the students to do extremely well. We are going to try again what we did last year; we have our little small group that we are going to be pulling out with the intention to maximize their potential, and then we still have the ones at the bottom that we are going to be working with,” he said.

Sunday, 11 February 2018 14:24

One-day-old baby found in KFC Old Harbour

The Old Harbour police they are still trying to find the mother of a one-day-old baby who was discovered inside the KFC Old Harbour restroom last evening.

The beautiful baby girl was taken to the hospital where she was assessed by a doctor who gave her a clean bill of health, a police officer told Old Harbour News.

A large crowd had gathered outside the popular fast-food franchise restaurant, as news quickly circulated in the town.

The child was discovered at about 7:00 pm by a female staff, who alerted her colleagues and supervisor. The police were then notified and the little bundle of joy was handed over to the officers, who immediately took her to the medical facility. After the child was examined, doctors say she was not more than a day old, the officer said.

The child was seen by a doctor who gave her a clean bill of health

Finding the mother of the child could be very difficult an officer told Old Harbour News, as businesses are not under any obligation to supply video footage to law enforcement agencies irrespective of the situation.

The officer cited past incidents that occurred in the town in which business owners refused to furnish any video footage that would assist police investigation.

However, new legislation currently before Parliament will make it compulsory for business operators to hand over video footage of importance to law enforcers, the police said.

This is the second time that a baby has been discovered at the same establishment in the last two years.

In May 2016 a baby approximately one week old was found at the same location with a bag and a note, stating that the mother was raped and unable to care for the toddler.

Saturday, 10 February 2018 12:30

Church Pen man found hanging from ackee tree

The body of a man was found hanging from a tree in Church Pen, Old Harbour a short while ago in a suspected case of suicide.

He’s identified as 31-year-old higgler Morris Green, who was deported from Canada two years ago, the police said.

According to the police Green, whose body was spotted hanging from an ackee tree in his yard, was last seen alive about 10:30 this morning.

He was clad in a green marino, black pants with a knapsack on his back.

Old Harbour News understands that the deceased lives alone and all his immediate family members reside overseas.

His death has come as a shock to his neighbours who described him, as a quiet individual who didn’t speak much.

The Old Harbour Police are investigating.

One man is dead following a police shoot-out last night at Marlie Mount, Old Harbour.

The dead man has been identified as 48-year-old Wesley Wright, who goes by the alias ‘Dust’.

Reports are that at about midnight the police went to Jah T’s Bar in search of suspects believed to be armed.

Upon seeing the police two men ran in separate directions, firing at the officers. The police return fire during which Wright was hit.

Wright was then taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. A 9mm browning pistol was taken from Wright, while the other suspect escaped.

Investigation continues.

The date January 30, 2018 will forever be etched in the annals of Marlie Mount Primary School after winning its first ever major national sporting title.

Having claimed their first parish netball title in December, the primary institution, more known for its excellence in academia and the arts, took a giant step forward on Tuesday by beating Clarendon’s Portland Cottage 17-12 in the grand finale of the INSPORTS National Primary School Netball competition.

“I feel great. The season was a great one. It was hard work, sometime it gives me a lot of headache but the headaches paid off in the end. They have improved which they showed in this game and I am happy that we won,” an exuberant Tudi-An Green, head coach of the champions, told Old Harbour News at the end of the game played at the Leila Robinson Courts, at the National Stadium Complex.

The travelling party which included principal Calvin Harris, vice principals, teachers and scores of students were ecstatic at the sounding of the final whistle.

Donet Wallace (left) of Marlie Mount intercepts a pass to Portland Cottage’s Nickesha Powell (right), while teammate Gabrielle Harris looks on

Words were not enough to describe the mass elation as history has just been written.

“We are extremely elated about winning this championship. The girls have been working tirelessly over the season and this win means a lot to them and the school also, because the school is not known for sport, we are mostly known for academics… This win says a lot that we have diversity as it relates to what we offer at the school,” Harris said.

With each passing round Marlie Mount looked like the team to beat dispatching their enviable rivals with conviction.

Portsmouth in the quarterfinals would present their sternest test a difficult challenge they manage to overcome by two points.

Naggo Head were no match for them in the semi-final at GC Foster College. But a different proposition was required to overcome Portland Cottage - a team that possessed one of the best emerging talents in the form of lanky goal-attack Nickesha Powell.

Portland Cottage’s Shaneika Longmore (left) intercepts a pass to Calissa Cobourne of Marlie Mount

The Clarendon side’s route to the final was largely due to Powell’s individual brilliance. But after seeing them outclass St Elizabeth’s Burnt Savannah Primary in the semi-final, Marlie Mount’s plan was obvious.

“In training the girls said Miss ‘all we have to do is the mark the goal-attack’,” Green informed. “And that is exactly what they did. We marked her out of the game and got her confused and we won the game.”

For the first three quarters, Green’s girls executed their plan to perfection, as they led by as much as eight points at one stage.

Portland Cottage would rally in the last quarter – a nervous period for Marlie Mount players and supporters – but the damage was already done. This feat achieved, though, goes beyond just winning, the Marlie Mount principal said.

“We wanted to show our support as the management of the school… and I think it is only fitting for us to be here to represent Marlie Mount Primary and Infant,” Harris said, while adding “I want to commend the coach and the PE (Physical Education) Department because they’ve already put in plans in place for next year. We want to expand the offerings of the school as it relates to sports.”

Collin Rose (left), sports officer at the Institute of Sports presents Portland Cottage with the runner-up trophy

Harris’ counterpart Dale Edwards, the headmaster at Portland Cottage, says the competition has done a whole lot for his school based in a community more known for its flood-prone issues.

“We are very proud of what the girls have achieved. They did well. Yes, we are a bit disappointed. I must say congratulations to Marlie Mount who played extremely well.

“But I think we didn’t bring our A-game today. The girls seem a little bit nervous by the occasion, but we are still proud of what we have done. Asked how the competition has helped his school, Edwards added: “It has done a lot. I think people don’t remember Portland Cottage because of where we are from, but this has given us a lot of exposure, persons have been calling us, congratulating us… so it has really put Portland Cottage out there.”

As for Marlie Mount, a different kind of pressure awaits them next season, but Green says they will be ready.

“The plan is to start training from now because we are coming back to defend our parish title and out national title,” said Green after copping her biggest achievement as a coach.

Saturday, 27 January 2018 13:11

Old Harbour CIB reward detectives

In a show of appreciation, detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigative Bureau (CIB) at the Old Harbour Police Subdivision, were duly recognized for their work and worth throughout last year.

Recognition for the recipients came in the form of plaques, certificates and cash, highlighting their different means of contributions.

Detective of the Year, the top award on the night, went to Constable Cherrick Dorah “for his relentless efforts in investigations, arrest and conviction of some well known players of the criminal underworld during the year as also prior”.

During the ceremony, held at the renovated Old Harbour Parish Court, special commendations were also reserved for Sergeant Leroy Guy, who was successful in his investigations that led to the arrest and charge of three men for the September 20, 2017 murder of Dwayne Mitchell and Oniel Butler in Old Harbour Bay.

Detective Corporal Shaphat Smith was recognized as most dedicated and reliable during a difficult period in the subdivision with over 30 homicides recorded.

Det. Cpl. Andrey Smith and District Constable Rod ‘Ragz’ Langott were also singled out for displaying respective technical knowledge in particularly matters before the court and dedication to crime fighting.

Detective Cpl. Pavaul Brown and Woman Constable Diana Thomas - both of whom served four and three years respectively in the department - were awarded with plaques for their outstanding contributions to criminal investigations before they were transferred during the year.

In highlighting the work of the men and women under his supervision, head of the CIB Inspector Jermaine Anglin said it is always important to reward people and let them know their efforts are appreciated.

“You have to find creative ways to boost moral in this difficult environment that our officers have to function within. Take for example Detective Corporal Andrey Smith his experience especially in court cases helped to guide not only the detectives but other uniform personnel in ensuring proper cases are placed before the courts. He is like a technical director/vetting officer,” Anglin told Old Harbour News.

Parent of the year was awarded to Detective Constable Kerry Fearon who, according to the CIB chief “displayed a high level of bravery and support to his family during a tumultuous time but still not compromising his investigations”.

Constable Kadeem Earle was given a certificate and cash award for his contribution to investigation, whilst Woman Constable Andrea Henry was welcomed to the section with a certificate.

Special guest and keynote speaker was noted attorney-at-law Althea Grant.

Anglin also thanked sponsors McKay Security, Auto King Parts and Cars, Dong Dong Restaurant and Justice of the Peace Joseph Parker.

Professor Dexter Gordon, this year’s honouree of the Martin Luther King Jr Award, has described the accolade as humbling and special.

The award, he also stated, is recognition of the work of oppressed people who fought for liberation, justice and equality before his time.

Gordon, who grew up in Old Harbour Bay, is this year’s recipient of 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award from the City of Tacoma in Washington State. The award ceremony was held on January 15.

The lifetime service award is presented each year at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration, recognizing and encouraging excellence in community-service activities carried out by an individual, organization or group whose efforts reflect the essence of King's teachings.

Speaking to Old Harbour News, after receiving the award, Gordon said: “I am truly honored and humbled to be selected for this award. An honor such as this one affirms for me what is dearest to my heart – the cause of equity and justice.”

A past student of St Jago High, Professor Gordon has been a community servant all his life, receiving many accolades along his journey. However, he describes the prestigious MLK lifetime service award from the city as “special”.

“This is community work I have been doing in some form since my teenage years in Old Harbour Bay in the 1970s,” said the 62-year-old, who is the director of the Race and Pedagogy, as well as professor in Communication Studies and African American Studies at the University of Puget Sound.

“This award is special for a number of reasons,” he continued. “First, it is an acknowledgement by peers, partners, and fellow laborers, some I have known from years of collaboration, others I have never met, but all deeply engaged in the common mission of making real for all the promise of the equality.

“Also, my appreciation is heightened by my knowledge of the range and number of people doing outstanding work in the tradition of the principles and practices of Martin Luther King Jr.”

In explaining its reason for choosing Gordon ahead of several other outstanding individuals and groups, chairperson of the selection committee Erin Lee says “he demonstrates exemplary leadership that embodies the values of equity and inclusion and, for many years, has promoted and advocated for a campus environment and city that embraces racial and cultural differences.

“The committee is thrilled to present the service award to Dr. Dexter Gordon.

“A former student of his said that taking his class was a life-changing experience. That testimonial and all of the other community comments about Dr. Gordon convinced us he truly embodies this year’s theme, ‘Be the Change’.”

As a community advocate, championing social change, Gordon said the award goes to the very root of his cause.

“Perhaps, most significantly, I see this as a recognition of the long tradition and history of struggle by people who have resisted oppression by every means available to them. This long struggle includes my parents Ms. Love and Maas. Murrel, Eutedra (Perkins) Gordon and Murrel Gordon and all my sisters and brothers and their children who take their example from them.

“Finally, this award has deep meaning for me as I also receive it in honor of the memory of my brother Rev. Dr. Owen Constantine Gordon, the first of my 15 siblings to pass. He died July 4, 2017,” he said.

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