Youth urged to join energy revolution
Young Jamaicans have been urged to join the energy revolution and pursue careers in the renewable industry.
Making the call, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, says meeting the global demand for renewable energy by 2030 could result in 24 million jobs worldwide, and Jamaica's youth need to be part of that development.
The minister, who was delivering the keynote address at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica Schools Energy Programme awards ceremony, held last Friday in Kingston, said renewable energy is "ideal for the infusion of these young and creative minds."
Emphasising that energy "holds tremendous possibilities for the world," the minister told the audience that the "best of energy is yet to come."
"I am pleased that the PCJ is doing its part in ensuring that Jamaica and our people are well positioned to take full advantage of the possibilities in energy," he added.
Wheatley urged participants to use the knowledge they gained during the programme and "become good stewards of the environment and energy."
Medical scholarships awarded
Eight young Jamaicans have been awarded medical scholarships to study in Cuba for the 2016-2017 academic year, under the Cuba-Jamaica Cooperation Programme.
Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica, Bernardo Guanche Hernandez, presented the scholarships to the awardees last Friday, at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba, in Kingston.
In his remarks, Ambassador Hernandez said the programme has helped to strengthen the friendship and cooperative ties between Cuba and Jamaica over the years.
He noted that Cuban institutions have kept that programme ongoing, despite Cuba's economic challenges.
"Cuba has also offered and continues to offer cooperation, mainly in the fields of health and education, in countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Not only Cuban teachers have rendered their services in many developing countries, but also many students from those countries have studied and graduated, free of charge, in Cuban universities," he added.
The ambassador congratulated the recipients of the scholarships and encouraged them to do their best.
Apart from studying medicine, Hernandez said the awardees will learn the Spanish language and interact with Cubans.
Cultural workshops for children
Jamaican children will have an opportunity to develop their talents this summer in a series of cultural workshops organised by the Programmes Coordination Division of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ).
The focus will be on developing the talents of the six to 18 year olds in the visual and performing arts.
Workshops are scheduled to take place at the Greater Portmore and East Street Junior Centres from July 4 to 29,while activities at the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre at 10 to 12 North Parade Kingston will encourage appreciation for the Latin American and Caribbean arts.
Activities at the junior centres will be a combination of art and craft, speech and drama, paper making, drumming, dance, music, creative writing, sign language, personal development, life skills, tours and presentations.
Director of the Programmes coordination division of the IOJ, Jacqueline Bushay, said the children will be able to learn while having fun.
"Additionally, there is an opportunity to learn and enjoy Latin American and Caribbean culture through artistic activities," she added.
Sessions will be hosted Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Junior Centres; and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the cultural centre.