Two of Jamaica’s top junior players, 15-year-old Selena Blythe and 13-year-old Damani Cain, took top honours in the 18 and Under sections of the Mayberry Investments Junior Tennis Tournament that was held at the Liguanea Club last Saturday and Sunday. They were also the outstanding players in the tournament.Playing standards were high and Anika Smith, vice-president, marketing, for sponsors Mayberry Investments, said she was so impressed, especially with the girls, that her company – which has sponsored the tournament for four years – would immediately pledge its commitment for 2016.Blythe had a stern challenge in the semi-finals from Michaela Stephens, but eventually prevailed 6-2, 1-6, 11-9. In the final, she had a fairly easy passage against Emma Dibbs and came out the winner 6-3, 6-3.competitive finalCain, who looked impressive throughout the tournament, defeated Gregory Spencer 6-4, 6-1 in the semi-finals. His finals opponent, Reuben Pinchas, defeated Myles Harrison 7-5, 6-3 in his semi-final.In a very competitive final, Cain got the better of Pinchas, because of his consistency. Cain played steadily throughout the match, but Pinchas, who showed touches of brilliance, did not play the difficult points well and went down 7-5, 7-6 (4).Other results were : (Girls 14 and Under) Jenna Harrison beat Kailey Chin 6-0, 6-1; (Girls 12 and Under) Savannah Thomson beat Cai Drummond 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 ; (Boys 14 and Under) Daniel Azar beat Jordan Parua 2-6, 6-3, 10-4; (Boys 10 and Under) Jordan Gibbs beat Kosel Gibbs 3-0, 2-1.
The Tourism Fort St. John Board has launched a formal complaint to the Ministry of Transportation over inadequate service from the city’s only taxi company.The lack of adequate service is posing several problems especially during the holiday season, says Darren Thomson, the Board’s chair.- Advertisement -Thomson says the letter outlines numerous criticisms about the company and is addressed to the Passenger Transportation Branch of the Ministry, which is in charge of taxi regulation.Some of the problems the Board outlines include long wait times to procure a taxi, unclean taxis and drivers that smoke in their vehicles. Thomson says smoking in a taxi contravenes municipal bylaws that regulate the city’s taxi industry.He even says certain businesses have had to resort to alternative measures to address these problems.[asset|aid=3376|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=fe5b491c3010af8a6d1c6468aba7a389-Thomson Taxi Problems 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement The operator of Fort St. John’s Teco taxi declined to comment on the situation. However, Thomson says it’s not just certain businesses that may be suffering because of the problems in the taxi industry, but the arts community as well. With the new drinking and driving laws that have come into effect, he says that not as many people are willing to venture out to various events unless they know they can secure a taxi.Despite the problems, he says he understands that the current service provider is understaffed due to the difficulty in procuring drivers in the area. He adds that it can take several weeks for a new driver to obtain the required permits from the local RCMP.Currently, Thomson says the company only has enough staff to operate three taxis on any given night, yet has a fleet of 15 taxis available for use.Furthermore, he says one of the biggest problems in the city is that there are only three licences available for taxi operators and the current company in the city owns two of those licences, but operates under at least two separate names. The third licence has apparently been taken out, but he says the Board has not been able to determine who has that licence.Advertisement