His immeasurable faith was a true testimony to those around him and those who came in passing conversation with him. Without doubt his family, friends and community have lost a beautiful soul who inspired them all. “I saw Kevon for the last time three days ago; my heart is in pain to see a child's dream taken away. I have lost a basketball son. Word cannot express what I am feeling. He fought a courageous battle with mom Sharon Hemley at his side. I saw greatness in Kevon and felt the need to help him to fulfill his dream,” said Jamaican-born African American Michael Williams, another one of Kevon’s mentors. Writing on Facebook, Dr Mark Broomfield, president of the Jamaica Basketball Association, commented: “I am really saddened by his death but I am motivated by the strength of his mother and this young man who showed joy even through the pain. We have lost a great soul.” Hundreds of condolences have been pouring in since the shocking news about the boy many called ‘Ears’ – due to his obviously large ears – had died. Even his opponents are touched. “We were rivals from two different schools in basketball, you were a true competitor and always showed good sportsmanship,” said Mickhail Treasure of York Castle High in paying tribute on behalf of their basketball team. “You played the game with passion and pride and you made your school and the Northern Conference proud.” Godfrey’s passion for basketball was evident from a tender age, based on anecdotes from those close to him. He promised his mother that he would be future star one day and transform his and her life for the better. He was on that road for sure in the eyes of many, until his untimely passing. “Kevon brought us a short moment of joy. I saw in him a future NCAA Division One basketball player,” said Williams who scouts Jamaican talent for teams in the United States. “If there are any more Kevon Godfreys out there I want to find them.” “My prayers and condolences go out to the Godfrey family in this time of bereavement. I pray that God strengthens you in this time and give peace and comfort,” added Edwards, a church minister, who also took part in Godfrey’s baptism. “I have been privileged to have known Kevon and worked with him. My heart hurts right now. But on behalf of the Old Harbour High basketball family I want to say thank you for lending him to us. He was a son, brother and friend. He made a great impact and most of all gave his life to the Lord.” The funeral service of the late Kevon Godfrey will be held at the Church of Christ, Marlie Acres, Old Harbour on September 2, 2017, starting 1:00 pm. The viewing of the body starts 11:00 am, while interment is at the Church Pen Cemetery.
“When Old Harbour Bay United started we saw where there was plan. A plan to have a good youth programme,” said Peter Reid, the long-serving president of the St Catherine Football Association. “More than 50 per cent of players playing now for Old Harbour Bay United came through their youth programme. “When you have a programme and you have vision it will come to fruition and tonight is an example of that.” Another key club figure impressed with the running of the organization is experienced coach Vassell Reynolds, who has coached at the premier league level before. After their victory over Federal in the final, Reynolds says he “realized the significance of the achievement” as the St Catherine Prison Oval was invaded by Old Harbour Bay supporters after the final whistle. The former Humble Lion coach said: “I would have worked with premier league teams and super league teams; and the small management group of people you have are some people that have the community and the players at heart. I find that they are pretty much organized much more than management at a higher level that I would have worked with and that is what you want sometimes to be successful.” “From I came here this evening I keep hearing the notion of the premier league and it must be the ambition of the club to go to the premier league” said Laurence Garriques, who delivered the keynote address. In outlining what he believes to be three main pillars on which a successful club is built, Garriques, a lecturer in at the University of the West Indies in the faculty of science and sports, said: “We can use football as another means of community development.” Speaking in the context of Paul Pogba’s world record transfer fee from Juventus to Manchester United, Garriques added: “We need to seriously have a look at what we are doing and how best can we reach these kinds of heights. “You can imagine how much development, how many resources, how many families and how much the community will change if Old Harbour Bay United had a Paul Pogba amongst you?” But perhaps Lewis offered the best advice on the night, reminding the club that “today’s success is the beginning of tomorrow’s greatness”. They have been true to their motto: “A team above all, above all a team”. Undoubtedly Old Harbour Bay remains united to achieve its dream of one day playing in the premier league.
Scott deservedly was named overall champion boy. His two gold medal runs placing Old Harbour Primary 25th out of 94 participating schools. In a brief chat with Old Harbour News, a proud Ladonna Francis, mother of Scott, says her little speedster simply loves to run. “From he was three years old he was running,” she said before adding “he has been running in some of the parish meets but this is his first time running here”. School principal George Goode said he was happy that he made the decision to enter the school with only a small batch of promising athletes. He wanted to give the most talented youngsters the opportunity to excel, but thanks to Scott, who gave them their only points (19) at the championships, doors are being open that could improve the school’s sporting programme. The scouts were out in their usual numbers. Surely, Scott will go to one of the top schools with the view of improving his athletic development while exceling academically. Calabar and Kingston College, Old Harbour News understands, are leading the race to land him. He should be fine choosing either. In 2009, a young man by the name Kemar Bailey-Cole from Old Harbour shot to national prominence. Eight years later the south coastal town of Old Harbour could lay claim in the near future to giving the country another sprint phenom. The community awaits with bated breath.
She commends the Councillor Hull and the team before stating how comfortable and safe she feels going home even at such hours. When the competition was in its infancy, Mazie Browne was the only person selling at the venue. Those days she was smiling all the way the bank on Monday mornings. Not anymore she said though as competition among vendors increase each season. “A mi alone was here for the first two seasons. But right now nutten naah gwaan fi mi. A better a did mi alone,” she said laughing. “One time at this time of the night $50,000 worth a goods would a sell off a’ready.” But Brown hasn’t given up hope though, as she plans to be more creative next season in order to boost sales. Support from the general public has been excellent. I met Lindell Brown and James Anderson – both close friends enjoying the irie vibes around the park. Brown, alias Tall Up, told me that the competition has a personal connection with fans. “Is it more time prevent killing and violence from gwaan. Whenever football a play nuh violence nuh gwaan. If mi nuh come here mi cant sleep enuh mi general,” he said. Anderson, who goes by the name Ruffyler, added: “A good something because every Sunday we can come out and enjoy wi self.” With another season now behind them the organizers remain motivated and optimistic towards improving a product that is a game-changer for sure. “It’s challenging you know, but we have to still motivate ourselves and deal with it. At the end of the day you will always have challenges in everything but we still manage to go through,” said Damion ‘Cameroon’ Murray, a member of the organizing committee. Going forward Hull had nothing but high praises for all involved and said they want to create a team to compete in the second tier football division in the parish. “It is a great success for us and we want to applaud the community and persons from outside of the community to make this possible. We also have to be thankful to the police in Old Harbour for their support,” she said. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Click this link and FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
Trendsetters goalkeeper and captain Rojae Robinson gave credit to Hammer & Nail for “playing the better ball” but bemoaned his team’s lapse in concentration and poor finishing. Trendsetters collected $40,000 as runners-up. Hammer & Nail team captain Jason Grant said: “We really hungry for it. But I must say thanks to my fellow teammates. We know it was going to be a tough game because we all know each other, so we expect this challenge.” In the third-placed play-off, Highway defeated Mews 3-1 on penalties after both teams played to a 1-1 draw in addition to $25,000. A $5,000 incentive and a trophy was awarded to individual awardees in the presentation ceremony which followed immediately afterwards. Among the recipients was Robinson who won the best goalkeeper award, while Andre McKnight of Mews earned himself the golden boot with a tournament high of seven goals. Young Strikers was named most disciplined team. Meantime, Young Star won the Under-20 Division of the competition, overcoming Black Lion 4-3 on penalties following 0-0 deadlock. As Champions Young Star bankrolled $20,000, while Black Lion walked away with $10,000. Love United received $5,000 for finishing third. The competition, now in its 10th season, was once again sponsored by south west St Catherine Member of Parliament Everald Warmington and Cllr. Jennifer Hull. Eight teams competed in the Under-20 competition, while the open tournament attracted 24 participating teams, thus showcasing a combined total of 480 talented players. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Click this link and FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
“But I take this position (of acting principal) humbly and with much humility. So I am just carrying this baton for however long I’d be afforded with this chance. “But it is all about the school development and I intend to give it my best shot and ensure that my teachers, the students and the entire school community are on course with one vision and mission and that is to uplift the school and students’ performance.” School board chairman Bernard Richards also lauded the effort of White and the team but having seen the dream realized he’s now more hopeful of seeing an overall improvement in the school’s performances. “We have to say thanks to all those who came on board,” Richards said. “The project was managed by JSIF as you would know, the engineers were Beckford and Beckford and the contractors were Ashtrom. “We work together as a team. The workers were drawn from the community so we had less problems because the community is made of past students and individuals who live around the school. “The project was a little late behind schedule but we are quite satisfied that the objective was achieved. The occassion also saw past student Dr Donna Brown, who is well known physiotherapist,being recognised for her contribution to the school over the years. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Click this link and FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
Having rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s best players of the game, Powell said it’s now a case of playing efficient and consistent cricket. “You know international cricket is a whole different level of cricket but cricket still remains the same. So it’s just for me to continue doing the stuff that I’m doing right and continue to improve on my game,” said the Banister resident. “To be honest there is no set targets,” he added. “You know when you set targets you set up yourself for disappointments. So it’s just for me to assess and do what’s best in every possible situation and I think that’s the best route to go about it.” Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Click this link and FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
But with the right mindset and the desire to make yourself truly economically independent the possibilities are endless, said Carl Pommells, president of the St Catherine Bee Farmers Association. “A lot of the people who are involved today got involve through our association and we are glad for that and I hope what they’ve learnt here will keep the beekeeping industry alive,” the parish president said. “Just like any other business you put in the capital. There is no immediate returns and it will take up to three years to start generate real profit.” According to Pommells one bee box referred to as a colony cost between $15,000 to $20,000. With proper management that single colony can be expanded to four within a year. A farmer with four colonies is now able to produce enough to supply the market albeit in small quantities. This doesn’t mean, however, that the expansion of his colony has ceased, Pommells said. In fact each year the farmer can double his capacity, which means a 16-colony apiary is quite achievable within three years. Apiculture is one of the better ventures in farming in Yates’ view. “I have been farming for more than 20 years doing different areas of farming. Since three years ago I have entered beekeeping I’ve realized that beekeeping should have been the choice from day one. Beekeeping is far more fulfilling than any other farming activity I’ve been engaged. It doesn’t take up a lot of time and it’s very rewarding,” said Yates who has an apiary of 13 colonies. With a membership of 25 bee farmers, Pommells added: “I have farmer in the association who are making shampoos for both human and pets; ointments, pollens and propolis… and that is just one farmer.” Locally the demand for honey is extremely high and even in much higher demand on international markets. The demand of honey byproducts is even far greater. “You can do all your byproducts,” said Johnson. “You can start with your main honey, you can collect propolis; you can rear queen bees. Then you can set up your little factory to do your value added stuff.” Honey also forms a large part of the cosmetic industry, while as a natural sweetener is the preferred choice amongst people who have adopted healthy lifestyles practices. Getting bee farmers certified was a critical step forward, said Hugh Smith acting chief plant protection officer in the apiculture unit, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, as it ties into the overarching policy of the state. “We want to lift the standards of what is happening in the field; and as a result this programme fits in quite well with lifting that standard. We feel that certification will increase the benefit to the industry, increase production, increase efficiency. It’s not only a paper but it’s what happen within the programme that allows the beekeeper to lift himself. It also increases the marketability because there’s a large export market for some of these products, especially the Canadian market,” said Smith. Vivian Brown, director general, in the ministry says Wednesday’s launch is one example of exploiting the synergies between agriculture and the commerce and industry sectors to promote economic growth and job creation. “If agriculture must go forward and viable in this country one of the things we must do is to ensure we get younger persons involve in agriculture and agro business. The ministry has a particular interest and responsibility to expand the training and the orientation to young persons that agriculture is a business and not merely a hobby or a hustling,” said Brown.
“I must say thanks to the Almighty God,” stated Lewis who will be majoring in computer science at the Washington DC-based University. “Thanks to my mentors at AISK: Ms. Henriques, Ms. Brownie, Ms. Picasso, Ms. Nicole Campbell, my principal Ms. Canobie and finally my Head of School, Ms Shirley Davis, so welcoming with that infectious smile. “A big thank you to the Jamaica Energy Partners C.E.O. Mr. McKenzie, Ms Odette Reynolds and Ms. Melissa Newman. “Another journey has just begun.” “She really works hard,” added LeAnn’s mother Shirley Lewis. “You know, coming from a little community in Old Harbour Bay, makes us feel even prouder.” The elder Lewis who operates a home school programme for kids in Old Harbour Bay further added: “I’m trying to groom some more here through my school.” Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Click this link and FOLLOW US ON TWITTER