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The Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Old Harbour was recently honoured to host a group of approximately 60 students from Homestead Primary School at its Mahdi Mosque recently.

The visit provided well needed opportunity and insights for students and teachers to ask questions and remove misunderstandings many people have about the world’s second largest religion.

Organized by school teacher Kaydian Thomas-Gentles, the trip forms part of an initiative for students to visit religious organizations to learn firsthand about different religions.

Audrey Maragh, who is president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim women’s organization, says her group was very pleased to host the students and teachers. “There are so many misconceptions about our Mosque and religion of Islam. It is extremely important in this day and age for people to get correct knowledge about Islam and the best way to do that is to go and meet a Muslim yourself!” said Maragh, who credited the school She says she was pleased by Homestead Primary School for taking the lead in educating the young minds of students through the visit.

Gentles also got very positive feedback of the trip through her students, most of whom were visiting a Muslim Mosque for the first time.

She said: “We believe all students should receive the best education possible and so when we have to educate our students on world religions we believe that we should not just stick to the textbooks but rather have the students visit themselves and ask questions.”

Students of Homestead Primary were not shy to ask difficult and controversial questions related to Islam. After an introductory presentation by the Muslim women’s group, the students had an opportunity to ask questions. Some of those questions included gender equality, role of women in Islam, why a Muslim woman wears a headscarf (hijab), marriage in Islam, acts of worship and Muslim beliefs, and many more. Members of the Muslim community also demonstrated how Muslims worship five times a day.

Jamaican born and raised Maragh who is a recent convert to Islam, wishes that more schools will take the initiative to bring their students to visit the Mosque which would help bridge gaps and improve understandings about Islam.

“We as Jamaicans believe ‘Out of many one people.’ But how can we put that into practice unless we make the effort to understand each other and the best way to do that is to follow such examples of students and teachers of Homestead Primary making efforts to bring their students to visit the Mosque, asking us questions, and removing any misunderstandings one may have,” she posited.

The Mahdi Mosque in Old Harbour regularly hosts school visits and is recently taking more steps to invite and welcome the public to visit and ask questions. Teachers or organizations interested for free Mosque tours can contact the Mosque at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 283-9533 directly to schedule trips.

Yes, it was a bit different, but quite soothing and entertaining nonetheless.

Violinist and music teacher Joelle Lee kept customers intrigue throughout Old Harbour Optical’s customer appreciation day on December 12.

Owner and managing director Gillian Byles-Lee, says it’s very important to show appreciation towards those persons supporting the business.

Emma Easy, one of many customers, won herself a free transition lens.

Emma Easy won a free transition lens

Marlie Mount ended the INSPORTS St Catherine Primary School Football season in fourth place as defending champions McAuley retain their title for a third time.

The competition climaxed yesterday at the Homestead community centre with Marlie Mount coming out on the losing end of a five-goal thriller with Ensom City in the play-off for third.

Ensom City had to come from behind twice thanks to Marcus Anderson’s goals in the 30th and 52nd minutes after Marlie Mount’s skipper Shyjah Orridge scored in the 19th and 50th minute of play.

Akiel Morris then hit the winner for Ensom City on the stroke of full time in the 60-minute contest.

McAuley are champions for the third time after a 1-0 win over Friendship in the final.

McAuley’s victory was set up by Rajae Taylor’s seventh minute goal, before going close on several occasions.

Friendship, through talismanic captain Jadee Mitchell, had a couple chances too, but in the end McAuley ran out deserved champions.

In the preceding presentation ceremony, Marlie Mount was named most disciplined team, while Mitchell copped the leading goalscorer award for his 11 goals.

Taylor, who is head boy at McAuley, was most valuable player (MVP) of the final, with teammates Jahvay Marshall and Tiny Seaton taking the top goalkeeper and best female player prize respectively.

McAuley Primary are champions for the third after beating Friendship in the final

Six high school basketball teams will do battle in the inaugural Kevon Godfrey Memorial Invitational set for December 16.

The one-day event will be played at the Old Harbour High and Old Harbour Church of Christ basketball courts with the latter hosting the semi-finals and final.

Participating teams are placed in two groups of three; teams play each other twice with the top two advancing to the semi-finals.

Start time for the under-16 tournament is 8:30 am with Jamaica College, Old Harbour High and Knox College drawn together in Group 1, while in Group 2 Calabar, Dinthill Technical and Manchester High will compete for top honours at the Church of Christ court.

The tournament organizers have adopted the ‘old school format’ which uses two 14-minute halves and running time, meaning the game clock only stop for free throws and when making an inbound pass.

At the end of tournament, the winner will walk away with the main prize of a trophy, medals and laptop computer

The final is set to get underway at 5:30 pm under lights. Admission is free.

Chief organizer Ricardo Edwards says the tournament will benefit the players in many ways.

“As the name suggest the tournament is in honour of Kevon Godfrey, who was a very talented basketball player but became ill and unfortunately died a few months ago. Kevon was part of the Old Harbour High team that won the National Under-16 title a few years ago. He was only 12 years old at the time,” Edwards told Old Harbour News.

Edwards, the current coach at Old Harbour High, added: “The tournament is another outlet for more basketball to be played. It is also a precursor for the teams who are all in the quarter-finals in their respective zones of the national competition which is on a break now before resuming in January. So it will really prepare the teams when the competition resumes and I am expecting an improvement in the overall quality of play going forward from these teams.”

He said he’s grateful for the support from corporate Old Harbour particularly O-Jay Koolers and Benson’s Pharmacy, but would like to see more businesses come on board and support the initiative which will be an annual event.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:15

Three injured after car overturned in Marlie Hill

Two persons remain hospitalized while another was treated and released after a car overturned in Marlie Hill, St Catherine Monday evening.

The injured were coming from a funeral in the area when the Toyota motor car went over a ditch. The incident happened about 5:30 pm.

Old Harbour News understands that the male driver suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung, while one of the two females had a broken collarbone and a dislocated shoulder.

The police traffic unit is investigating.

Marlie Mount defeated Ensom City 11-7 to lift the INSPORTS St Catherine Primary School Netball crown at the Homestead Community Centre last Friday.

The St Catherine south west side led their Spanish Town opponents 3-1 at the end of the first quarter and managed to hold a one-point lead at the half-time break.

Ensom rallied briefly to draw level at 7-7 at the end of the third quarter. However, a fired up Marlie Mount netted four unanswered goals in the deciding quarter to claim their first major netball title.

Marlie Mount’s victory was inspired by captain and wing-defence Donette Wallace, who was named MVP of the final.

Tudian Green, coach of Marlie Mount, was ecstatic at the end amid wild celebrations and attributed hard work and dedication as the key reasons behind the historic victory.

Meantime, dethroned champions Spring Garden, who lost to Marlie Mount in the semi-finals, drubbed Linstead’s York Street 9-1, to secure third spot.

In football, Marlie Mount were on a high after their netball team won the parish title earlier at the same venue.

But their spirits were shattered by the brilliant Jaedeo Mitchell who scored in the 37th and 52nd minutes to give Friendship Primary a deserved 2-0 semi-final victory.

Friendship will play defending champions McAuley Primary in final is set for December 12, 2017 at Homestead starting 12:30 pm, while Marlie Mount and Ensom City will contest the third-place kick-off at 11:00 am.

Monday, 04 December 2017 17:06

Usain Bolt immortalized in statue

Sprint legend Usain Bolt, arguably the greatest athlete of all times, has been immortalized with a statue in his honour in Kingston, Jamaica.

At a ceremony, led by Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness among other luminaries including the iconic Bolt himself, an eight-foot bronze statue was unveiled at Statue Park at the entrance of the National Stadium.

Bolt’s statue, sculpted by renowned artist Basil Watson, will now share eternal space with many of the country’s athletics great such as Herb McKinley, Merlene Ottey and Donald Quarrie.

“Never did I feel that I would be in this moment, as big as it is now, among statues at the National Stadium where it all began,” said Bolt, winner of six individual Olympic gold medals and seven individual world titles.

Bolt, the world record holder for the 100m and 200m, added: “This is why I always encourage everybody. Anything is possible, no limits. Because at no point in time did I ever think I would achieve this much, but I've always pushed on and stayed focused for what I want.”

In a video message during the ceremony, IAAF President Sebastian Coe acknowledged the impact Bolt has had on athletics.

“Usain has changed the face of our sport,” said Coe. “His has been an extraordinary career which has exemplified competitive excellence, extraordinary character, good sportsmanship and professionalism.

“His career has exemplified competitive excellence, extraordinary character, outstanding sportsmanship and professionalism, all of which has made him a global superstar.

“Usain may have left the track but I know he will never leave the sport and we look forward to working closely with him on the next part of his journey in the greatest sport on the planet,” added Coe. “On behalf of the world of athletics, thank you to a giant of world sport who has made an immense contribution to athletics worldwide.”

While lauding the achievements of the sprinter, Prime Minister Holness says it’s important that the National Stadium is upgraded to world class status to hosts world class events and nurture more Usain Bolts for the future.

The Old Harbour police say they are still awaiting relatives to formally indentify the body of a man who was found dead in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

The deceased is believed to be Patrick Gordon, who was found across from his Lues Crescent, Bay View Gardens home with what appear to be a single gunshot wound to the head.

According to the police, at about 1:50 am officers were summoned to the location after residents heard an explosion. Upon the arrival of the police the man, with long dreadlocks, was found suffering from a wound to the head.

A motive is yet to be established for the killing. Investigation continues.

The Old Harbour Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on December 17.

The historic traditional event takes place across many Jamaican towns and cities signalling the official start to the festive season.

Steve Graham, councillor of the Old Harbour Central Division, recently confirmed the date with Old Harbour News.

The decades-old ritual is one many citizens and businesses anticipate as streets are kept abuzz throughout the night and into the wee hours of the morning.

With schools scheduled to close for the holiday, children are usually out in their thousands along with parents.

For many the occasion is an opportunity to grab an early gift or purchase items on discount. And for others it's an event they look forward to every year along with family and friends.

Navigating the busy streets will also be a huge challenge for pedestrians and motorists, who urged to use alternate routes.

Meanwhile the police say several crime fighting measures will be deployed to ensure the safety and security of all during the ceremony and throughout the festive period.

It was a pleasant surprise when Old Harbour News learnt that one of the fashion designers behind Miss Jamaica Universe Davina Bennett’s wardrobe is a native of Old Harbour.

Within hours we made contact with Donald Mirander, the young 24 year-old designer who only got involved in the trade three years ago.

Bennett ignited global appeal as she finished third from 92 beauties in the 2017 Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas two weeks ago.

The stunning Nubian beauty from Mitchell Town, Clarendon, had tongues wagging as she sported a distinct natural afro hairstyle along with several eye-catching outfits, some of which were done by Mirander, who gre up in the Old Harbour community of Marlie Mount.

Mirander, a past student of Marlie Mount Primary and Glenmuir High, was the creator behind Bennett’s royal blue cocktail dress that had an extravagant knot at the back and also the black jump suit worn by the Miss Jamaica Universe winner at the Celine Dion concert in Vegas.

Donald Mirander (left) and Davina Bennett (Photo: Contributed)

In an effort to maintain uniqueness and originality, the Rednarim brand founder told Old Harbour News, that he tries not to read too much fashion articles.

“I try not to read too much fashion news, because I want to maintain originality. And even if I look at what’s trending, I put my personal touch to it to give it that unique look,” Mirander, who recently graduated from the University of Technology with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Apparel Design Production and Management, said.

It took him less than a week to design, cut, sew and complete the pieces worn by Bennett during her time in Vegas, he revealed in our interview recently.

“All the materials were bought here in Jamaica,” he said of the pieces done for the beauty queen. “Yes, we have some good materials here in our local stores.”

The partnership with Bennett only started in May of this year, he recounted, after doing a show in Kingston.

“It was Davina who reached out to me after I did a show at the Jamaica Pegasus,” he said. “She was like ‘I like really love your work’ and then we had a meeting the same week.”

Since then the two have been working together, with Mirander the artist behind Bennett’s pieces paraded at the Miss Jamaica Universe pageant in August.

Despite his limited years in the fashion industry, Mirander’s work has been a real shot in the arm, a work of artistry and imaginativeness.

Jamaica's 'First Lady' Juliet Holness in her Rednarim design (Photos: Contributed)

His work has been strutted by Jamaica’s ‘First Lady’ Juliet Holness, wife of the Prime Minister; 2015 Miss World third runner-up Sanetta Myrie; 2016 Rhodes Scholar Sherona Forrester and he was even invited to join the 2017 Miss World Wardrobe.

Increased attention is highly anticipated, but the young university graduate, who was the only male in his batch, is up for the rising demand that is to come.

“Yes, definitely,” says the talented designer who finished top of class, “there has been a steady growth. I will have to expand for sure. But everything comes down to managing the demands. It’s important not to take on too much work because I do not want to compromise on the high quality standard I’ve set myself.”

Mirander can be found via Facebook and Instagram

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