'Steps to rail' aids movement in East Portland
Residents, who have difficulty traversing the rugged mountainous terrain in East Portland, have been getting assistance with moving around through a 'Steps to Rail' project.
Under the project, which was instituted by Member of Parliament for the constituency, Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, several steps and rails have been constructed in areas which posed a great challenge to vulnerable groups such as the disabled and the elderly.
Dr Bloomfield highlighted this initiative, as one of several ongoing developments in his constituency, during his contribution to the State of Constituency Debate in the House of Representatives on September 9.
He noted that this infrastructure have been placed at Shanty Town in Berridale; David Lane, Bread Lane, and Cemetery Lane in Port Antonio; as well as Gully at Cornwall Barracks. He said the intention is to expand the project to other areas across the constituency.
Turning to other aspects of infrastructural development, the MP informed that the $1.87 billion Port Antonio Water Sewerage and Drainage project has been implemented; and several roads have been repaired at a cost of $145 million.
Fidel Castro campus opened in St James
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller last Friday officially opened the Fidel Castro Campus of the Anchovy High School located in Montpelier, St James.
The facility, will serve as the second campus of the Anchovy High School, and will accommodate approximately 900 students from grades seven to eight.
The Montpelier facility was originally built in 1980 by the Government and People of the Republic of Cuba. However, despite being built as an educational institution, the campus was never used for that purpose.
Giving her remarks at the opening ceremony at the Montpelier-based school, Simpson Miller thanked the Government and people of Cuba for their contribution to Jamaica and in particular to the education sector.
She cited the construction of four institutions, namely the Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon, the Jose Marti High School and the G. C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports in St. Catherine and now the new Fidel Castro Campus of the Anchovy High School as contributions made.
18 get awards from I Believe initiative
Eighteen tertiary-level students were last Friday presented with scholarships and book grants under the Governor-General's 'I Believe' Initiative.
The students, who attended colleges and universities across the island, were recognised for their participation in the 2015 Summer of Service competition, organised through the 'I Believe' programme.
Twelve of the recipients are enrolled at the University of the West Indies; two at the G.C. Foster College; and one each at the University of Technology, the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, Excelsior Community College, and the Caribbean Maritime Institute.
Throughout the summer, the youngsters volunteered with a variety of non-governmental entities, as well as religious and community organisations.
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, commended the students for their volunteerism and encouraged them to use their success upon completion of studies as an opportunity to help others and give back.