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Published:Sunday | May 1, 2016 | 5:08 AM
Michael Lee Chin
Kamina Johnson Smith
Baroness Patricia Scotland
Everton Hannam
Mike Fennell
Woman Corporal Judith Williams
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Michael Lee-Chin

 

Jamaican-Canadian businessman Michael Lee-Chin was last week introduced as Jamaica's growth tsar, promising a five per cent economic growth rate by the end of a four-year period - a rate not seen in more than two decades in Jamaica. The billionaire also endorsed the strictures of the International Monetary Fund programme in Jamaica, even as he solicited a pledge of partnership from Jamaicans on the path to sustained economic growth.

Kamina Johnson Smith

Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has successfully lobbied the African, Caribbean and Pacific Council of Ministers on behalf of the Caribbean for more funds to be allocated to the region in the fight against the dreaded Zika virus.

She said Jamaica and the other countries in the Caribbean needed the support in light of the serious potential for economic and social harm.

Approximately 36 countries across the Americas and the Caribbean are now affected by the virus.

Baroness Patricia Scotland

New Commonwealth secretary general, Baroness Patricia Scotland, is on her way to Belize to explore how to further strengthen a climate change centre to assist Jamaica and other CARICOM member states.

Baroness Scotland said Jamaica is one of several countries with access to US$900 million worth of aid and assistance which is available, but not easily accessible. She left Jamaica last week after a visit to the island, the first since she assumed office three weeks ago on April 1.

A Dominican by birth, Baroness Scotland was elected in November 2015 as Commonwealth secretary general of the 53-member Commonwealth nation states.

Everton Hannam

As debate raged on social media, and opinions differed among education institutions about the impending removal of auxiliary fees from schools, the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica urged the Government to consider a proposal by a high-school principal to allow schools to charge a fixed percentage of the planned increase in tuition assistance per student.

Everton Hannam, NPTAJ president, said he believed the idea was worth exploring. The Government said it intended to remove the fees come September and increase to $19,000, from $11,500, the tuition assistance per student given to the secondary schools. School administrators said despite the increase, the Government would not meet the funding gap.

Mike Fennell

Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) President Mike Fennell said the association is paying close attention to the health and political issues affecting Brazil ahead of this summer's Olympic Games.

The JOA said it was pleased with the precautions and counter- measures being taken.

The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil has been a major cause for concern going into the 2016 Olympic Games. The virus has been declared by the World Health Organization as an international public health emergency.

The vote in congress to impeach the country's first female president, Dilma Rousseff, is also being watched as well as how the country treats with water pollution concerns.

 

Corporal Judith Williams

 

A policewoman assigned to the Office of the Police Commissioner died last week after she was attacked and shot six times in Dunkirk, east Kingston, as she made her way to work.

The death has brought condemnation from Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller, who have both called for the nation to rise up against the scourge of crime.