Arnett’s Waite wants three points off Cavalier

first_img “The only thing I think we need to do differently is finish our chances as a team. The last encounter that we had we had the better chances and just weren’t putting them away, so hopefully, this Sunday we can put them away,” a hopeful Cowan said while reflecting on their draw with Tivoli Gardens last time out. It will take more than hope and wishful thinking to get the goals for Cavalier as whenever Chevonne ‘Messi’ Marsh is not in the team, as was the case on Monday, Cavalier struggle. “We have been putting in extra work on the training ground as it relates to finishing our chances, it’s a problem that we have had from the season before, coming into this season as well. We create opportunities, but just not put them away, that’s what we have to do,” Cowan said of their efforts to improve. Former leaders Montego Bay United could not have asked for a better match to get over their blues, following their loss last week to second-place Portmore United. Their opponents, UWI FC, have shown a lot of fight, but appear to lack the required quality to shake things up at this level. Montego Bay United should look towards Dino Williams, Owayne Gordon and Allan Ottey to fire them to a victory, while Girvon Brown should lead UWI FC’s charges. Rivoli United will play their second home match in St Ann when they host title aspirants Portmore United at Drax Hall, while Tivoli Gardens and Boys’ Town will battle it out in the Western Kingston derby at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex. Waterhouse’s rebuilding job will continue with the visit of former pacesettters Reno, while Harbour View and Humble Lion will take centre stage on Monday night at Harbour View Stadium. FINISH OUR CHANCES 6:00 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Cavalier at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex 3:00 p.m. Montego Bay United vs UWI at Wespow Park 3:00 p.m. Rivoli United vs Portmore United at Drax Hall 3:00 p.m. Tivoli Gardens vs Boys’ Town at Edward Seaga Sports Complex 3:00 p.m. Waterhouse vs Reno at Drewsland Stadium 8:40 p.m. Harbour View vs Humble Lion at Harbour View Stadium Monday Night’s game: The last time defending champions Arnett Gardens faced Cavalier the more-fancied team was taught a lesson by Cavalier, and today, when they meet again, coach Jerome Waite will be hoping that his Arnett Gardens team will set the record straight. “It is a most-improved Arnett team. As you all know, we started out slow and we have seen a lot of improvements. Currently, we are in third spot so we expect a much-improved performance. Definitely a win, that is what we are aiming for, three points,” a confident Waite told The Gleaner. “Big win is not important, three points is what is important. Whatever happens in the game, the objective is to ensure that we get three points,” he added. Cavalier manager Toni Cowan believes her team is in a good place and just need to correct a few things. Today’s Gameslast_img read more

Crime unit on tap for holidays

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Last fall, the city added a similar patrol. In the first year of operation, those deputies were credited with making 363 arrests, including those of three murder suspects and 12 people suspected of assaults with a deadly weapon. “They can get out there and attack anything,” Mayor Jim Ledford said of the patrol. “I think it’s every deputy’s dream to work a bomber car.” For the first nine months of this year, serious crime is down 6 percent in Palmdale compared with the same period in 2004. The biggest drop is in auto thefts, down 10 percent, and burglary, down 8 percent, though murders are up from nine to 13 through Sept. 30, sheriff’s records show. While bolstering the sheriff’s contract with the city, Palmdale officials are concerned that a departmentwide manpower shortage has left the Palmdale station with 28 vacancies. The positions, for now, are being filled by deputies working overtime. “We’re not complaining about the service, but we want them to get these officers on line,” Ledford said. “We want these officers trained and out in the field.” Denham said the department is looking to hire 1,000 deputies and get them trained quickly. New deputies typically work jail duties, so their arrival will create movement within the department that will allow more experienced deputies to come to Palmdale. PALMDALE – A two-deputy, 40-hour-a-week patrol team will hit Palmdale streets in time for the holiday shopping season. Called a “bomber” car, the unit starting Dec. 1 will be used to focus on particular high-crime areas or to look for particular crimes, without being diverted to routine calls. “They are very effective,” said Lt. Bobby Denham, acting commander of the Palmdale sheriff’s station. “They can look for crimes in progress. The deputies are experienced and they don’t have to handle calls.” Approved by the Palmdale City Council on Monday night, the unit is expected to cost the city $153,000 for the remainder of this fiscal year, which runs to June 30. In a related development, Denham said the $24 million sheriff’s station under construction at Avenue Q and Sierra Highway will be completed to an extent by late November that the building can be turned over to the department. The move into the new 48,000-square-foot station will run through the winter and will be completed in March. In September, the City Council approved converting four community service officer positions from the sheriff’s contract into city jobs. The community service officers handle tasks such as taking reports on minor, nonemergency crimes; taking fingerprints; answering phones; issuing parking citations; and directing traffic at crash sites or special events. For the past four years, the city has contracted with the Sheriff’s Department for the four officers, but for each of the past two years the county has not been able to fill two of the slots. City officials believe they will be able to attract candidates to fill those slots because they will be higher-paying jobs than they were with the county. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more