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Published:Monday | October 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:The Princess Margaret Hospital in St Thomas was last Wednesday the recipient of several pieces of medical equipment, donated by the United States-based Friends of Eastern St Thomas, a charity organisation concerned with...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:Donovan Gordon was saved in December 1981 at the age of 12. After a powerful spiritual experience, the St Thomas native made a commitment to God and was baptised at the Church of the First Born South Avenue Gospel Hall in...

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

LYSSONS, St Thomas:Mario Samms wears many hats. He is the upper-school guidance counsellor at Lyssons Primary School, with responsibility for grades four to six. At Christ Church (Anglican) in Morant Bay, he is also an acolyte and a prospective lay...

Published:Saturday | October 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:On any given Friday afternoon, the women, and several men, of the Christ Church (Anglican) in Morant Bay, can be found at the Anglican Church Hall, setting up their small thrift shop to sell items to support the Mothers' Union...

Published:Saturday | September 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:Marcel Clarke, son of Morant Bay High School founder Winston Clarke, and great grandson of national hero Paul Bogle, is no stranger to adversity.According to the St Thomas native, he should have been dead several times,...

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

For practitioners of many major world religions, pilgrimages are an important part of exercising faith and demonstrating belief. Described as a physical or spiritual journey to a shrine or other location of religious significance, pilgrimages figure...

Published:Saturday | August 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

LYSSONS, St Thomas:For the last 17 years, Desreene Dayle has been an educator at Lyssons Primary School in St Thomas. But that is not the only job that keeps her busy.Since April 2014, she has been a news correspondent for a local radio station, but...

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2015 | 3:01 AMJolyn Bryan

TWENTIETH CENTURY mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell believed that religion is rooted in fear; fear of the mysterious, of defeat and death.To Alison Marshall, this is true, as she lives with a crippling fear of God, having been brought up...

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2015 | 11:04 PMJolyn Bryan

MORANT BAY, St ThomasIn an effort to continue its drive to promote food safety in the parish, the St Thomas Health Department recently held its Food Safety Awareness Fair at the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay.The fair was aimed at sensitising the...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:Ian Hash, from Washington D.C. in the United States, came to Jamaica in March as a volunteer with the US Peace Corps.After six weeks of training in Port Morant, St Thomas, and living and working with farmers in Red Lands,...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:Like many Jamaicans, Marlon Phillips grew up in Sunday school, but stopped attending church in his teenage years because, he admitted to Family and Religion, he found it boring and routine.Phillips began partying and chasing...

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:While most seven-year-olds were focused on making new friends in primary school, Tai-wan Gayle had to be coping with the death of his father, Marlon Gayle, who died as a result of complications due to diabetes in 2007.Now 15,...

Published:Saturday | July 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:During his time as St Thomas parish agricultural manager for the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Caswell Glover tried to find solutions to the marketing problems that plagued farmers across the parish.Now,...

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2015 | 12:32 PMJolyn Bryan

CEDAR VALLEY, St Thomas: Desmond Shaw, a coffee farmer in Cedar Valley, St Thomas, is both mother and father to his children.The 40-year-old Monk Land resident told Family and Religion that he has been infarming for more than 20 years, and the yields...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

SEAFORTH, St Thomas:Several students from the Seaforth Primary School in St Thomaswere awarded theDr Emerson Henry Awardfor improvement in academicsand conduct at a small ceremony held at the Seaforth Methodist Church last week.Henry, an alumnus and...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

The Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT), through the efforts of its president, Ainsley Henriques, has begun renovation at the site of the 'Paul Bogle and the Martyrs' monument in Morant Bay, in preparation for events marking the 150th anniversary...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

The St Thomas Parish Council successfully staged the latest concert in its series of events to mark the 150th anniversary of the Morant Bay Uprising. Dubbed St Thomas Sings, it was held at the Seaforth Methodist Church last Sunday.There were...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

Organisations and individuals across St Thomas turned out in full force to participate in the National Labour Day project at the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay.The main project included the installation of a playground in the park, with swings, a...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 11:07 PMJolyn Bryan

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:WITH THE passing of Queen Bernice ?Bernicy? Henry last November, a huge gap was left in the hearts and minds of the people of Port Morant, St Thomas, and especially of those who were practitioners of Kumina, a Jamaican cultural...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2015 | 9:33 AMJolyn Bryan, Gleaner Writer

The St Thomas Police have stepped up measures to ensure that public passenger vehicles (PPV) are equipped with safety features in the event of an emergency. This move follows a fire which destroyed a Coaster bus about 1 p.m on Thursday along the...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

RESIDENTS OF St Thomas are dubious about the construction of a film lot on the site of the old Goodyear factory, plans for which are slowly taking shape. Industry Minister Anthony Hylton revealed that a high-end film park would...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

STUDENTS OF Nine Miles, Bull Bay and surrounding communities will have greater access to online educational assistance and Internet access with the recent establishment of a homework and resource library at the Community Information Technology and...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

Daubed with the dubious title of one of the parishes with the highest rate of sexual abuse of children, some residents of St Thomas are shifting the blame from the perpetrators of these attacks to the parents and even the children who are the...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

Struggling against a culture that says, 'a little sex a no nothing' and adults who turn a blind eye to, if not condoning, the sexual abuse of children, the St Thomas police are finding it difficult to arrest and charge the predators." Some men...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMJolyn Bryan

The crisis in St Thomas, with several adults involved in sexual relationships with minors, is being pointed to as a factor in the murder last Tuesday of 14-year-old student Kayalicia Simpson in the Newlands Housing Scheme. With the police still...

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