Meantime, Samuda is urging the police to be more assertive as he’s of the view that the town feels less safe since the departure of Superintendent David White, who now heads the Westmoreland Police Division. “As a business person I don’t get the feeling like I could walk to the bank with a million dollars,” said Samuda. “When Mr. White was here you felt like you could walk in the town with any amount of money at any time.” White’s militant approach to policing drew commendation as well as condemnation from the general public, as he made a successful push restoring public order in the town space, ridding the streets of illegal vending and mitigating traffic congestion. But according to Inspector Carey Duncan, head of operations for the Old Harbour Police Division, Samuda’s perception isn’t supported by the current statistics related to serious crimes being committed in the division. Based on data presented at the meeting by Duncan major crimes, which include murder, shooting, robbery, break-in, aggravated assault, rape and larceny, has seen a 46 per cent decline in the division up to this time of the year when compared to the corresponding period of 2015. Duncan reported that a combined total of 35 major crimes have been committed so far this year, a massive drop when compared with the 65 recorded the same time last year. Of the serious crimes recorded up to the end of May this year seven were murders, four involved shooting, 14 robberies were logged, six break-ins took place, and there were two incidents each for rape and larceny. The corresponding numbers for the same period last year showed nine murders, six shootings, 19 robberies, 23 break-ins, two aggravated assaults, four incidents of rape and two cases of larceny. Earlier this week the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) reported a 10 per cent decline in major crimes committed nationally between January and June 4 with the corporate area and St Catherine showing the biggest reduction. “When Mr. White left the division I knew that he’d left a big shoe to fill,” said Duncan. “As you are already aware we have a resource issue. For the most part the vendors have been conforming by selling inside the market, which has allowed us to shift some of the resources to other areas, which I believe has contributed to the reduction in the numbers we are seeing now.” Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
Renea Brown put a Jamaican touch to her Japan Street Fashion concept titled Chudoku – meaning ‘addiction’ – which was also well received as well. Kaluga Kafe chief executive officer (CEO) Adrian Samuda, who is the brainchild behind the event, said the show achieved its objectives. “Like I’ve said before we want to promote and elevate all aspects of fashion. There are a lot of talented young people out there which was evident during the four nights of the show. But I was impressed most on the final night because we saw designs that can compete with the best in the world. My hope is that as Jamaicans we really support our own people more because these designers need our support and it is support that they deserve,” said Samuda, noting that the plan is to make Kaluga Fashion Month and annual showpiece. “Food and fashion is a great blend and one of the things we at Kaluga try our endeavour best to do is strive to be number one by being creative and entertaining for our guests and Kalugans (regular customers). Kaluga Kafe is not just about food alone, we are about fun and entertainment too,” added Samuda. Samuda was on point in every aspect there but the massive publicity created wasn’t lost on the designers either. “On Behalf of all the designers I would like to publicly thank Adrian (Samuda) for this opportunity because it’s not often we as designers get opportunities likes this to showcase our skills. It really means a lot to us and I don’t think we can ever thank Adrian enough for creating such a platform for us,” said Banton. Images courtesy of Ojay Cowan/Venum Entertainment Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Click this link and FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
Fashion aside the night also celebrated with the Bowers, a Clarendon couple reflecting on 28 years of marriage and a group of teachers from Gimmie-mi-bit. The curtains will come down on Kaluga Fashion Month on Boxing Day with four designers taking centre stage. Show time is 9:00 pm. Images courtesy of Andrae Henry of Datzryte Entertainment Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
This month’s second edition saw the organizers incorporating a food presentation by Kaluga Kafe resident chef Keith Johnson, who prepared chicken teriyaki pasta in front of another good Saturday night crowd. Again photographer Andrae Henry, with his shutterbug, was present to bring you highlights. The event continues December 19 with exhibits from Alicia Clahar, Daltonette Crawford and Roxanne Rose-Genas. Show time is 9:00 pm. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
“I was a bit hesitant. I didn’t have any collection ready because I’m preparing for Miss World with my seamstresses Claudia Barnes and Marlene Haylette. I felt the love from the people and the support. I think it’s a good venture for Kaluga and I think it’s a pretty good show for a start,” added Maxam, who is from Free Town, Clarendon. Next show is December 12 with collections from Daniel Dinnal and Nicole Harris-Williams.
Resident chef Akeeli Dixon and the team live for occasions like these the Kaluga boss told Old Harbour News but there’s the possibility of a “guest chef” appearing. “The kitchen team is very versatile. We might pick a dish from Russia but we infuse it with Jamaica. Just like our jerk pork. It’s not done the regular Jamaican way we infuse it with something else to make it different. So it has the Jamaican smoke and flavour but it’s not done the traditional way,” explained Samuda regarding day seven, earmarked as Jamaica Infused night. He added: “The music will be a representation of the different nights. We looking to create a feel as much as possible of the regions we’ll be representing each night.” For a company that opened its doors in April 2014, Kaluga Kafe has created an image that is appealing to every strata in society – not just Old Harbour but throughout the country – racking up rave reviews from all over. For Samuda, the sky is the limit. “Culinary Week last year was good. We sold over 70 menus for that week. But this year we are looking to triple that. The brand has grown, there’s more awareness. We started out wanted to be the best chill spot in Old Harbour… we achieved that easily in less than a year. We are now the best in St Catherine and based on positioning we are not just a St Catherine brand we have become a Jamaica brand. Where we are at now there is still a lot to be done. But the brand is a solid brand,” he said. CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK
Keeping in line with the force’s strategic approach to granting permits for entertainment events, he said a risk assessment will be conducted first before approval. Bars operating without a spirit licence will be ordered closed, while violators will be prosecuted if they fail to comply. A meeting involving representatives from the St Catherine Parish Council and the vendors has been arranged already with a view to resolving the issues of improper lighting and inadequate sanitary facility inside the market. According to DSP White a date is being looked at for the police to meet with promoters of entertainment events, as it is largely felt that many of the breaches committed is due to ignorance. It is a view shared by Fabian Donaldson and Fitzroy Gouldbourne, two of Old Harbour’s most renowned party promoters, who were present at the meeting. But there are other issues that DSP White says make the job of policing more difficult, citing insufficient manpower, office space, a station that is derelict and a vehicle fleet that stands at five. Coming to Old Harbour is a culture shock DSP White admitted, having spent the majority of his time in the force at the Commissioner’s HQ and the Constant Spring Police Station. But as a results-driven officer, he and his team are committed to the challenge, he said while stressing the importance of having the support of the business community. “We believe that we would have garnered some partnership with the business community. We want to have that working relationship where we both can work together to treat with the crime situation and all other issues with the Old Harbour community,” he said. “One of my legacies… I’d love to be remembered for developing a mechanism to control traffic and also reduce the murder rate and also have citizens operating in a legal way in terms of selling their goods as they do so in the market.” Adrian Samuda, interim president of the OHCC, says the business community in Old Harbour stands ready to support the police in whatever way that will protect the interest of businesses and the people of Old Harbour. CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK
The CEO said that this experience not only gave him hope in Jamaica’s youth but also inspired him to think about increasing the offerings at Stocks and Securities Ltd. This is the first time Croskery is coming to Old Harbour for a business event and at the conclusion of the mingle he admitted to Old Harbour News that he has been blown away by the experience. “It’s been just a really rewarding experience. It’s just amazing seeing so many young business people. The chamber of commerce out here seems very vibrant and I like the age group, it’s very youthful and it’s just impressive,” said Croskery, who has served on a number of public sector boards despite his young age. “Seeing so many people from Old Harbour are starting businesses and the age that they’re at I think that’s what gonna really build confidence in the country,” In light of the hard economic times the country is experiencing now, he said he was impressed by some of the businesses around Old Harbour, listing Kaluga Kafe and Old Harbour News as two businesses that stood out in his mind. Croskery who is a director on the Board of the Jamaica Stock Exchange said: “In my 11 years of working in Jamaica I have never seen it so difficult for young entrepreneurs to get a start in their own business. Whether it is to access credit, capital, or even business advice, as young professionals we really need to come together and pool our knowledge and assets. I am hoping that in the future, SSL Group’s management team can conceptualize a product or a concept that is regulated that can assist young people with acquiring the necessary start-up capital. Until we get this going members of the SSL Foundation will continue to be active in mentoring students and young people in general on things that we sometimes take for granted.” CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK