Fond farewell

It was fun all around last week Thursday night at the farewell party for Father Howard James at the private cottage of SuperClubs Executive vice president, Joe Issa.

Hosted by Issa, National Meats’ boss David Phillips and other members of Father’s Howard’s congregation, the function was to pay tribute to a humble priest who has, in two relatively short years, strengthened the sometimes shaky bond between his parishioners. He has also been credited for increasing the attendance to the Ocho Rios Catholic Church by nearly threefold.

Fond farewell

A large crowd turned out for the event.

The lovely Cindy Brakespare and husband Rupert Bent, entertained with a mixture of ballads that went over well with the very appreciative audience.

In attendance were: Tanya Phillips, Bruce and Maggie Lyn, Dr. Francis Barnett, Ravi and Michelle Chatani, Don Creary, Asha Manglani, Peter Bovell, Keisha Roberts, Granville and Leslie Bennett, Paula Thompson, Heather Hudson, Ian Spencer, Natalie Green, Gail Harvey, Joan Whitter, Karen Rhone, Sheryl Robinson and Pierre Battglia.

War of words

Another row seems to brewing between players in the tourism industry with the news of a proposal to lower the cruise shipping head tax charged to passengers arriving in the ports of Montego Bay and Port Antonio. The Ocho Rios interests, feeling that it could means ships leaving their town for the other ports, are not amused and have been making their objections known.

They are maintaining that if there is going to be a reduction of the head tax, it should be done right cross the board and not to appease a select few. A war of words has already began, which I expect to escalate in the coming weeks ahead. One can only hope that good sense will prevail and that what is in the best interest of the country is taken into consideration.

An eye on Boscobel

An interesting thing is happening at Boscobel Beach that bears watching. Currently in receivership and which has resulted in a change in the management structure, the popular family resort is now closed for a supposedly major renovation job, which, at best, is confusing.

The staff is reportedly, though not working, still being paid and there appears to be no fixed time when they will resume work.

It would seem that when a hotel or business is in receivership, it is in the bet interest of the receiver to get it sold as fast as possible?

The Boscobel Beach situation is one to keep an eye on.


Source: The Gleaner