Community Focus : Niagara’s natural wonder | News

For those who are into exploring the nooks and crannies of Jamaica’s landscape, there is a cave network in the rural district of Niagara, St James, that offers a view of natural wonder, hidden in the depths of darkness. The Niagara caves, which are located on property occupied by a local flower farm and are home to colonies of bats, were explored and documented by the Jamaican Caves Organisation (JCO) in 2004 as part of the group’s assessment of caves in the parish of St James. “When we did that…

War ready! – Richards looking forward to tough Commonwealth competition | Sports

O’Dayne Richards is steeling himself for a battle in the shot put at the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Speaking in Mandeville last Saturday, Richards said that he was looking forward to throwing against the likes of World champion Tom Walsh at the games in April. He also has the World Indoor Championships on his radar. The MVP Track Club star thrower beat the New Zealander to win the Commonwealth gold medal in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2014 and knows him to be a worthy opponent. “I’m going up against Tom Walsh, who…

Coffee farming nuh easy – Blue Mountain grower speaks | News

Recently, THE STAR visited coffee farms in the Hagley Gap region, an area where the residents rely heavily on the income from the fruits of their soil. One farmer, Tashane, spoke to THE STAR about how he got started in coffee farming. “Is a family ting. My grandfada dem start out with like thyme and scallion an dem tings deh, but dem nah sell as much as di coffee, so dem start plant coffee,” he said. He said that the average farmer can start his day from as early as…

Only the best for Boyne | News

When the dust settled, Delroy Gordon, Andrew ‘Shirty’ Martin and Melvin Dyer were kept busy covering the final resting place for media icon Ian Boyne on Sunday. THE STAR saw the trio busily preparing for the burial at the Dovecot Memorial Gardens and Crematory in St Catherine. “It is one of the biggest celebrities that I have ever dealt with over here; it feels good to know that I am able to be a part of the provisions for one of Jamaica’s great journalists,” Gordon said. Gordon told THE STAR…

Jenkins happy with first goal for UWI | Sports

  University of the West Indies FC’s left-back, Oshane Jenkins is happy to get his first goal for the team – a goal that enabled them to break a five-match winless run in the Red Stripe Premier League second round. Jenkins fired home the first goal in his team’s 3-1 win against newcomers Sandals South Coast in front of his home supporters last Sunday. Having amassed only two points in the previous five games, UWI managed to remain in fifth position in the 12-team league on 29 points from 21…

Southfield greenhouse abandoned | News

The Southfield community in St Elizabeth is home to a greenhouse that was intended to help farmers in growing their crops, but which has fallen into disrepair. The greenhouse, which was originally erected by the Digicel Foundation in 2013, is located at the end of a battered dirt road some five minutes away from the main road. The sight of the structure is not worth the journey, however, as portions of the material which make up the roof and walls have been stripped off and there are no fruits or…

From Troy to Veronica Campbell Primary – Acting principal hopes school will get better facilities | News

Troy Primary has been around since 1884. It was once an all-age school, with the students staying there until age 15. With the creation of Troy High School, it is now a primary school with a population of 260 students. Troy Primary is the school where two-time Olympic 200-metres gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown spent her early days. Minister of Sports Olivia Grange has announced that the school will be renamed the Veronica Campbell Primary School. Clayton Collins, the recently retired principal of the school, is happy about the change of…

Refs paid .. kinda – Officials receive some of money owed | Sports

General secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Dalton Wint, said that the association was working to eliminate the chance of a recurrence of non-payment of fees to officials. On Saturday, Red Stripe Premier League referees were paid a portion of outstanding monies owed to them, and after a recent meeting between both parties, Wint expects a more amicable relationship going forward. However, he accepts that compensating the officials on time will be key in maintaining a good relation. “The referees collected their cheques,” said Wint. “Most collected (fees) on…

Fire guts man’s house twice in three years | News

  Based on the sadness that was etched on the face of Walter Roberts, it was clear that he was very devastated by the loss he suffered after fire gutted his house and workshop. As Roberts looked on helplessly while fire personnel carried out cooling down operation at the Spanish Town, St Catherine, location, he said that he would not lose faith. “Is mi son light WD40 say him a kill wasp. I warn him, but mi only hear him start bawl dat di place a bun down and mi…

Reggae Youths, Faulkland remain unbeaten | Sports

Reggae Youths FC and Faulkland FC remains unbeaten in the JFF Western Confederations/Charley’s JB Rum Super League. Despite having to battle their last two matches without their experience striker Allan Ottey, who has been linked with a move to Premier League club Waterhouse FC, Faulkland thrashed of Clarks Town FC 4-0 on Sunday at the Cedric Titus High School field. Niel Clarke (12th) and Chevoy Watkins (43rd) first-half goals gave Faulkland the lead before Renaldo Mcleish double (65th and 90th) help to ensure Faulkland maintain their four-point lead in Zone…