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Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

OCHO RIOS, St Ann:Commercial Credit Investments (CCI), a loan company in Ocho Rios, has taken the unprecedented step of offering to help parents in St Ann and St Mary with back-to-school expenses, even as it means giving out fewer loans.A health...

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Craft vendors and traders from Jamaica's main tourism resort areas, Negril, Montego Bay, Falmouth, and Ocho Rios, have flatly rejected Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett's plan to erect artisan villages in resort areas.At an emergency meeting in Ocho...

Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

A market study conducted by Dr Joy Moncrieffe of the Institute for Applied Social Research has confirmed the view held by many that employers are not keen on employing persons with disabilities (PWDs).The 2016 study said that while there were some...

Published:Tuesday | July 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

It didn't take the masses from Mines district to pack the St Ann's Bay Baptist Church on Saturday, July 14, to show how well loved Owen George Cole Sr was. Countless others from several communities across the parish also turned out to pay last...

Published:Friday | July 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

The multimillion-dollar Ocho Rios Fishing Village was officially opened Thursday evening, signalling a new phase for fisherfolk who have occupied the location for years.The magnificently crafted village, spearheaded by the Port Authority of Jamaica...

Published:Wednesday | July 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

OCHO RIOS, St Ann:Palace Foundation, the charity arm of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa in Ocho Rios, St Ann has been supporting community health and wellbeing from its inception.At the recent Relay For Life concert in that resort town,...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

For yet another year, the Jamaica Ex-Police Association of South Florida has returned to the island to assist in several areas of the society as part of its annual outreach project.This year, the team of around 30 former cops spent time in St Ann,...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Fifteen brilliant and selfless Jamaicans from the county of Middlesex, some with heart warming tales of overcoming their struggles to achieve their goals, last Thursday received the 2018 Governor General's Achievement Awards at a ceremony at the...

Published:Thursday | June 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Gospel singer Kevin Downswell will head a list of gospel artistes who are slated to perform at the Jamaica Cancer Society St Ann and St Mary Branch's Relay for Life at Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios, St Ann today.St Ann gospel artistes Gospel Head...

Published:Wednesday | June 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Well-thinking St Mary resident Cheridah Wilson initiated the Amiri Raja Takemoto Hamilton Scholarship last year to assist high-school students in the parish who are in need of such assistance.Named for his grandson, Amiri, the scholarship was...

Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

When Sashawn Hall of Ocho Rios Primary School begins classes at Holy Childhood High in September, she wants better grades than the 92 per cent average she got in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).Hall got scores of 96 per cent in mathematics, 94...

Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

St Ann's Bay Primary School's head girl, Cassandra Davy, and head boy, Rashard Dennis, did extremely well in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), with near perfect averages in the five subject areas.Cassandra, who will attend St Hilda's Diocesan...

Published:Sunday | June 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw has urged employers to focus more on helping to develop their employees in order to increase productivity in the workplace.Addressing the 36th annual Business and Workplace...

Published:Monday | June 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Dr Myrna Hague-Bradshaw, organiser of the Jamaica Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival and Franklyn D Resort (FDR) in Runaway Bay, St Ann, may have discovered a partnership - sweet jazz music and appetising cuisine. That was the order of the day as...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

"God bless you."That's one of the favourite sayings of Reverend Charles J Barrett. And whereas he loves to proclaim blessings on others, the outpouring of love and affection on the occasion of his 99th birthday last Saturday, in Brooklyn, New York,...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 6:24 PMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

The St Ann's Bay Infant School on Wednesday benefited to the tune of $3.5 million worth of repairs as one of the National Labour Day projects.Representatives of several government and non-governmental organisations turned out to assist with building...

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

A simple album launch by Ocho Rios gospel singer Prince Hall has blossomed into a fundraising event to build a home for an indigent community member.The launch of Hall's album, We Believe, is now set as a concert and scheduled for Father's Day, June...

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

It has been a difficult period for educational psychologist Trudean Scott-Elliott.After losing her daughter, Elianah, at just three months old, to a condition known as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), Scott-Elliott's world was plunged into chaos.But...

Published:Thursday | May 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

There's not a kinder soul than Andrea 'Peggy' Lawrence, it seems. And if we're to go by 2 Corinthians, then God loves her because she gives everything with a cheerful spirit.Hailed recently for her community involvement by her employers, Jewel Dunn'...

Published:Tuesday | April 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Sunday's second monthly instalment of Music and Comedy at Oceans 11 in Ocho Rios St Ann was worth going the miles to see.Following last month's first staging that featured St Mary trio, Exhale, and comedian Lemon, this month featured Peter Lloyd and...

Published:Thursday | April 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

The Ocho Rios Post Office has been closed for major infrastructural work and all its services transferred to shop #26, Ocean Village Shopping Centre, situated on premises located across the road from the post office.Kathy-Ann Yetman, public...

Published:Tuesday | March 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Without even knowing it, customers of Blingers in Ocho Rios are supporting children from a wide cross section of Jamaica by contributing to their well-being in several ways.That's because proprietor Mark Pai donates part of the proceeds from...

Published:Tuesday | March 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Some 25 shop operators at the renovated Ocho Rios Fishing Village, which will be opened near the end of April, have been trained in business skills in several sessions organised by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ).Institutions such as the Jamaica...

Published:Tuesday | March 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Ten male students from the St Ann's Bay Primary School have benefited from training in sift skills, thanks to the Children of Our Village Project, an ongoing partnership between the St Ann Homecoming Foundation and HEART Trust/NTA - Employment...

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Regarded as a strict but good man, George Theophilus Linton died the day before his 77th birthday, and for granddaughter, Susan Gordon-Pryce, it was hard to take.Not just because they were looking forward to a birthday celebration, but because of...

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