Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Sapphire Agriculture Jamaica Limited, a fertilizer supply company, has introduced its range of NPK blends that contain 100 per cent certified organic matter as carrier with exclusive distribution to be done by H&L Agro.

Speaking at the launch event, at Hardware & Lumber headquarters, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Hardware & Lumber, Olive Downer-Walsh shared the inspiration behind the partnership.

“We aim to better the lives of our Jamaican people, allowing them to reap healthier and more wholesome produce, as we continue to enhance Jamaica’s agricultural productivity and bolster the government’s efforts at maximum food security,” she said.

“This partnership came about naturally as H&L Agro has the footprint and direction Sapphire Agriculture Jamaica Limited needs to get this product out to Jamaican farmers so they can enjoy better crops and a more nourishing soil,” said Daniel McHugh, managing director, Sapphire Agriculture Jamaica. “We’re excited to have H&L Agro onboard as together we strive to take Jamaica’s agricultural sector to new heights.”

At the launch, Hon. William J.C. Hutchinson, minister without portfolio, in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, lauded H&L Agro, a division of Hardware & Lumber Ltd. and Sapphire Agriculture Jamaica Limited on the launch, and the donation of two tonnes NPK blends of Sapphire fertilizers, to the National Irish Potato Production Programme.

The minister then went on to commend the Sapphire team on their innovative move in making available to the Jamaican farmers a 100 per cent certified organic fertilizer that will serve to enhance both plant and soil health.

Commenting that Jamaica’s current food import bill is upwards of US$800 million, Minister Hutchinson elaborated on the importance of partnerships of this nature in reducing this figure and stimulating the growth of the local agricultural sector. “I welcome the partnership between H&L Agro and Sapphire Agriculture Jamaica Limited. Through this partnership our farmers will have access to a wide array of products. I believe that partnerships, whether they are between the various government agencies, or private and public sectors, are critical to the overall development of our country,” he said.

The minister noted that due to the introduction of the national irish potato production programme, the agriculture ministry has recorded an over 90 per cent self-sufficiency rate, a sharp increase when compared to the 39 per cent rate in 2008. This figure is set to further increase following the donation of two tonnes of Sapphire Fertilizer, made to the Minister by H&L Agro and Sapphire Agriculture.

Galdford Brown, a coffee farmer of 30 years who has been using Sapphire Fertilizer for the past year on his crop grown at the Blue Mountains, shared his testimonial of the benefits derived from using the fertilizer. “When I just started using the Sapphire Fertilizer, I wasn’t expecting miracles, but I must say, I have seen the difference in the robustness of my plants, I have had a wonderful harvest, I have seen an excellent improvement in my beans,” he said.

Composed of 100 per cent certified organic matter as the filler, Sapphire Fertilizer is made from a blend of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium pellets and granules which increase the nutritional value and quality of crops and also improves the soil overtime. Sapphire Fertilizer becomes the first local fertilizer to receive international safety certification for its fertiplus which is a certified organic tested in regions such as Asia, Europe and the US.

H&L Agro is the exclusive distributor of Sapphire Fertilizer, and through its H&L Agro stores, select Rapid True Value Stores and over 200 H&L Agro dealers islandwide, the products will allow farmers convenient access.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 08:03

VIDEO: Hiya Flames taking it one step at a time

Upcoming reggae artiste Hiya Flames recently released his new video One Step At A Time.

The video, part of which was shot in Old Harbour, urges persons to stay focus despite all the negative energy that surrounds them. The video is produced by Brickwall Entertainment.

Born Eurlando Williams, the 26-year-old artiste, grew up in the Waltham Park area of Kingston and later Clarendon, and has been doing music for the last 10 years.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 07:42

Five students receive Kaluga back-to-school aid

Five students, on Sunday, received $10,000 each from the Kaluga Group as support towards the new academic year.

The students – all residents from Old Harbour communities – are Kelly-Angel McLean, who now attends Old Harbour High School; Kadeijra Gregory of Garvey Maceo High; Ensom City Primary’s Tadamia Broomfield; Izanna Fletcher, a fourth form student at Cumberland High and Jannise Townsend of Davis Primary.

The presentation was made during a reception inside the VIP Lounge at Kaluga Kafe.

Speaking specifically to the parents present, chief executive officer and head honcho of Kaluga Group Adrian Samuda, said: “You have to take responsibility for your children to make sure they become successful in life. So we are not going to investigate how you spend this money. You all must be aware by now of the importance of a good education. Therefore it is your responsibility to make sure that you invest in their education.”

Adrian Samuda (left), Kaluga Group CEO, shares a light moment with the recipients (L-R) Kadeijra Gregory, Kelly-Angel McLean, Izanna Fletcher and Tadamia Broomfield (forefront)

Kedisha Bennett, mother of Kadeijra Greogry, is grateful for the assistance.

“I am overwhelmed,” she told Old Harbour News. “In some ways I am having it really hard. But I hope God will continue to bless him so he can give to others like what he has given to me.”

“He’s a man of my own heart,” beamed Rohan McLean, Kelly-Angel’s father, who noted this was the second encounter with the Kaluga boss after first trying to sell him potted plants when the restaurant had just broke ground for construction.

“It’s a great feeling,” added the proud the dad. “This will help my youth to the next level, believe me. It’s a good move and I just hope for the best.”

Samuda, who has been consistent in giving back to his community, has taken on added responsibility by offering weekly mentorship to Fletcher, who resides at the Sunbeam Boy’s Home. He said the teen will receive $50,000 in total support throughout the school year. It’s a move that makes Lemoy McLaughlin, Fletcher’s guardian, very delighted.

Adrian Samuda (centre), Kaluga Group CEO, share lens time with the recipients and their parents.

“I am more than happy,” he said. “I am very delighted. I ‘m very grateful; and I pray that God will bless Mr. Samuda in all that he does.”

Speaking afterwards to Old Harbour News, Samuda said: “It’s my way of giving back. Children are more vulnerable, they depend on us as leaders and guardians to be successful. Without our support they cannot be successful.

“It is also my way of showing gratitude to the community of Old Harbour. As a young leader it is my desire to give them hope to become successful. All of this is part of my Foundation, which I will be launching soon, called HOPE. HOPE means helping other people excel.”

A police special ops teams recovered a stolen motor vehicle in dramatic scene on East Street, Old Harbour yesterday.

The incident unfolded at about 3:15 pm along the busy main road in the vicinity of Smith Avenue when a man alighted from a Toyota Axio while police officers gave chase.

Long lines of vehicles were brought to a standstill, while the seemingly unarmed man ran into nearby bushes.

A search of the area was carried out but the cops came up empty handed after roughly two hours.

The officers say their suspicion was aroused when the vehicle sped out recklessly in front of their convoy from a gas station at Gutters, located three miles east of Old Harbour town.

A chase then ensued until the suspect got stuck in traffic.

Subsequent checks on the vehicle from the police command centre revealed that the car was stolen Wednesday night from a Spanish Town address.

The vehicle was handover to the Old Harbour Police Station while the special ops team consisting of roughly 20 officers continue their journey as originally assigned.

Minister of National Security Robert Montague is once again urging the Police Services Commission to promote the hardworking men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as vacancies and funding are available.

In a move to tackle the demotivation and demoralization faced by members of the JCF who work in strenuous conditions, the Minister said: “I am calling on the Police Services Commission, chaired by Professor Gordon Shirley, to promote deserving police men and women. If they are not deserving then do not promote them but a number of vacancies are available and this administration has the money to pay them.”

Citing the number of vacancies available for officers to be promoted by the Police Services Commission, the Minister said: “There are currently: 64 for Inspector, 85 for Assistant Superintendent, 14 for Deputy Superintendent, 11 for Superintendent, 10 for Senior Superintendent, two for Assistant Commissioner of Police and one for Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Since the past 17 months, there has been no broad scale promotion. Persons have sat exams three times and more plus have satisfied the requirements and cannot be promoted. Why? What is the reason?”

The Minister’s call comes amidst the longstanding issue of widespread discontentment among members of the JCF concerning promotions.

Minister Montague also directed his attention to the number of vacancies available for the promotion of Constables to Corporals and Corporals to Sergeants. This, he said, is the responsibility of the Commissioner of Police, George Quallo.

“I am calling on Commissioner Quallo to update and upgrade the promotions policy to make it more transparent, merit-based and easily understood. It is within the Commissioner’s remit to promote 152 Constables to Corporals and 46 Corporals to Sergeants. Promote them now or state why they are not being promoted,” the Minister charged.

While the JCF currently faces a high attrition rate of 500 cops per year, the Minister sought to establish a link between the lack of promotions and praedial larceny incidents across the island.

While addressing a group of farmers, he stated that it is because police officers feel disheartened that farmers sometimes have not been receiving robust support in getting rid of the thieves that plague them, the Minister said.

“This cannot continue. It is unfair, it is not right and something must be done. The Ministry is doing its part by moving to increase the number of recruits but the Police Services Commission and Commissioner must also facilitate the process of motivating the rank and file members. It is a shame that these men and women who put their lives on the line every day cannot reap the benefits of a promotion. It is demotivating and demoralizing and it must not continue,” Minister Montague said.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 14:33

PHOTO: Former Old Harbour barber shot 14 times

Joseph ‘Hardball’ Henry, who was shot and killed in Clarendon by a gunman once worked as a barber at the then Style View Salon at Lincoln Plaza, Old Harbour.

A reliable source who knew the deceased through his work while in Old Harbour informed Old Harbour News while expressing surprise upon hearing the sad news.

According to the police, 36-year-old Henry was shot dead at a bar in Nineteen Miles, Clarendon at approximately 7:15 pm last Monday night.

He was shot 14 times Old Harbour News understands.

Jamaican Dorothy Scott, Old Harbour’s first ever Olympian celebrated her 60th birthday this past weekend in style with family and close friends.

Celebrating yet another milestone (in photo) with Scott at the very beautiful Heron Bay Golf Club, Georgia, USA, are childhood friends Valerie Rochester of Rebecca’s Haven PCH and Joan Lloyd, former teacher at Old Harbour High.

Scott, who grew up on Lafe Street, Old Harbour and attended Vere Technical High School, represented Jamaica in long jump at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games along with the likes of Merlene Ottey, Donald Quarrie and Bertland Cameron.

The two Old Harbour Bay fishermen whose bodies were found at sea were murdered, an autopsy report has concluded.

A police source told Old Harbour News that, based on the autopsy, the bodies of Nigel Blake, 42, and 49-year-old Wadell Williams-Wood had gunshot wounds, while their throats were slit.

One of the deceased man’s hands – first thought to have been severed due to decomposition, was cut off by a sharp instrument the reported stated.

The decomposing bodies of both Blake, alias ‘Weedy’ and Williams-Wood also called ‘Dudo’, were found afloat, sometime between one and two o’clock in the afternoon of August 6, 2017 in the Rolling Bay waters near Salt River, Clarendon.

The men had left for “nearby sea” on Thursday, August 3 at about 3:30 pm and were expected to return by mid Friday morning the following day.

But they were not seen Friday, raising concerns amongst their colleagues and family members, who lodged an official report at the Old Harbour Bay Police Station at about 11:00 am Saturday.

A search involving the Marine Police and other fishermen was then launched, following which the bodies were discovered.

Police probe mystery death of Old Harbour Bay fishermen found at sea

Meantime, the police said investigators are still unable to determine if the men were killed on land or at sea.

Investigation is ongoing.

St Catherine High School secured their first ever schoolboy football title of any kind when they defeated Eltham High 4-3 on penalties to lift the INSPORTS Challenge Cup at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, St Catherine on August 30, 2017.

The game boil down to penalties after St Catherine’s Marcovich Brown’s 76th minute goal canceled out Eltham’s Devonto Francis 61st minute strike in normal time, while the scores remain unchanged after 20 minutes of extra-time.

Raheem Henry, who starred in St Catherine’s semi-final victory last week, denied Francis in the shootout before Richard Brown, with Eltham’s fourth kick, fired wide of the target to spark wild celebration amongst the boys from St John’s Road.

In a game full of energy but lacking real quality, Francis’ goal which came against the run of play, added much intrigue through to the end. The tension was certainly high, particularly in the St Catherine High camp, which played out when Aliki Ellis wasted a glorious opportunity from the penalty spot to level. But minutes later Marcovich Brown restored parity from a free-kick 14 minutes from the end.

Winning coach Anthony Patrick said it was a morale boosting win and a statement going into the Manning Cup season.

St Catherine’s Paul Planter (left) and Jordan Mullings of Eltham battle for possession in the INSPORTS Challenge Cup final

"This is the first football final St Catherine has ever won, so it is very important and I am very happy we won,” he said. “This is a morale booster, now we have to wait on the Manning Cup season and see what happens. But it augurs well for us, as we started the season shakily but gradually game by game we started to play well and this is a testimony going into the Manning Cup season.”

St Catherine started better and created better opportunities but Brown squandered many of those chances to put St Catherine ahead. Eltham created good openings but most times had no one on the end of things.

The best chance of the half fell to St Catherine's Parrin Lewis but he failed to connect with Paul Planter's low cross.

Just after the break, Brown breached Eltham’s defence but kicked straight to Henry in goal.

Minutes later Eltham won a corner and Francis curled the resulting kick directly into the goal to give Eltham the lead.

But St Catherine got a great chance to equalise when Planter was brought down inside the box, but Ellis placed his effort wide of the target.

Malieke Miller (centre left), captain of St Catherine High School, accepts the symbolic champions’ cheque from Sport Minister Hon. Olivia Grange. Sharing in the presentation are Institute of Sport Administrative Director (ad interim) Renardo Smith (right) and Peter Reid (left), president of the St Catherine Football Association.

However, Brown made amends for all his profligacy earlier, when St Catherine received a free-kick outside the area and the midfielder curled a delicate shot past Ricardo Wright in the Eltham goal.

In extra-time, St Catherine also came closest with Jevaughn Cole missing a sitter. Rudy Brian also found the net but was ruled offside, while Joel Simpson hit the post with a header late on.

In the shootout, St Catherine netted all four kicks taken while Eltham failed to make it count with their fourth and fifth kicks.

Eltham's assistant coach Grenville Holmes said the defeat was “heartbreaking” but they were pleased with the preparation it afforded them for the upcoming schoolboy football season.

"It’s heartbreaking really. The fact that this idea is Eltham High School’s idea and to see we didn't win it hurts, but that's football. But it was a great tournament and hats off to INSPORTS," he said.

Jamaica Football Federation Director of Football Wendell Downswell (left) presents the tournament’s leading goal scorer award to Dinthill’s Antonio Roberts

St Catherine receive the Challenge Cup trophy and $100.000.00. Eltham took home $50.000. The eight participating teams also received $30.000.00 each.

Meanwhile Dinthill finished the eight-team pilot pre-season tournament third after blanking fellow daCosta outfit and neighbours Bog Walk 2-0. Antonio Roberts, who copped the golden boot award with six goals, scored both goals in the 23rd and 30th minutes.

Organised by state agency, the Institute of Sports, The INSPORTS Challenge Cup is a pilot preseason schoolboy football tournament held in parish of St Catherine involving eight teams.

Old Harbour were denied a third hold on the SDC T20 title by a brilliant run chase from defending champions Junction/Bull Savannah in yesterday’s grand final in St Ann.

Having lost the toss, Old Harbour posted an impressive 220 for three with opener Devoy Smith scoring a majestic unbeaten 116 runs. But in equally brilliant fashion the St Elizabeth champions responded with 221 for seven from precisely 19 overs on a batting paradise at the Naranda Bauxite Sports Club.

The game was predicted to be close between two of the most consistent teams in the history of the competition.

Prior to now Old Harbour were the only team to win back-to-back titles, achieved in 2011 and 2012. Junction had to match that record in order to retain their status as champions en route to securing their third title overall.

On a placid batting strip, Old Harbour perhaps would have fielded too if they had won the toss. However, Smith’s superb century knock off 65 balls and a blistering 21-ball 64 from international player Rovman Powell, laid the foundation for a fascinating contest.

At their turn to bat, Junction went immediately on the attack with top order batsmen Owane Holness (86) and Shane Powell (43) sharing in an 80-wicket stand for the second wicket. At 98 for three after 10 overs, the champs were within striking distance. But the departures of Powell and Holness gave Old Harbour the edge with five overs remaining as the asking rate crept upwards with Junction at 135 for four after 15 overs.

The game took a dramatic twist, though, when medium pacer Derron Royal, who had taken two wickets for 16 runs so far in the match, was called for an illegal bowling action by umpire Verdayne Smith. At that point veteran seamer Lascele Davis (3-36) and Rovman Powell (2-37) had finished their quota of four overs each.

With Royal, Old Harbour’s specialist bowler at the death, unable to bowl his two additional overs , Junction’s David Powell (69 not out) and Christopher Dyer (35) pounced with menace against the part-time bowling of Ronville Brown and Krischon Givans.

Both bowlers went for a combined 58 runs, as Junction scored at a mesmerizing rate to claim an unbelievable victory.

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