'Be careful on the road in 2016'
As the curtain came down on 2015, the accomplishments of the year were celebrated and resolutions for improvement in sectors of the country were highlighted.
With each parish having the responsibility to add to the nation's growth, member of parliament for Central Manchester, Peter Bunting, is positive that amid the challenges faced, the foundation that has been laid will come to greater fruition.
"These have been challenging times for us as a community, but in true Manchester spirit, these challenges have been faced with confidence, creativity and resilience. Your (citizens') support of our vision of transforming Central Manchester into a centre of excellence for the knowledge-based industries built on education, health care and ICT has contributed greatly to the progress we are making towards its fulfilment.The developments in education have been complemented by our work in expanding investment and job opportunities in the community, with a focus on the growing field of ICT."
He further noted that while there is much to be done, the support of every resident is key to securing the gains already made to ensure the continued progress towards a transformed parish and country.
The hardships faced as a result of the economic downturn were felt by many, and while there is no guarantee that things will be better for the new year, the president of the Rotary Club of Mandeville, Marcelle Fenton, is encouraging all to exercise optimism and work towards the common goal.
"We all have felt the effects of the world economic crisis. We have been beaten, but not defeated, and we know that it will be our individual high standards of professionalism and efficiency that will set us apart. Let us pull ourselves together, and dust ourselves off, as the new year is just around the corner. let's pull on those talents and, with an inner resolve and belief in Almighty God, begin today the march to be victors in the vicissitudes of life. We urge all today that we must remain relevant and vibrant in preparation to meet the ever-changing landscape and needs of our people and our families," Fenton told The Gleaner late last year.
Fenton pleaded to road users to be cautious in the New Year.
"We urge each and everyone to take extra precautions as we commute on our roads throughout the island, so that we may keep our alarming road-accident count to a minimum, and please. we implore you, if you drink, don't drive," she urged.