It's been over a year since The Gleaner launched its
interactive online feature myReport. Here are just a few of the most
recent stories that caught our attention.
carnage in Westmoreland
A fatal accident occurred Sunday morning at Top Road, Little London in Westmoreland, resulting in the deaths of males ages 19 and 16. Both men died on the spot as their bodies were flung from the vehicle they were travelling in. The teens were coming from a party when tragedy struck.
Youth For Change to the rescue
The Gleaner shared a touching story of young Shanice Nelson, a 20-year-old mom, and baby Daniel, who was reported to be 18 months old.
Youth for Change sought to assist them and turned to their general membership and the wider public via Facebook. Youth for Change has sought a psychologist for her to provide her with counselling. We've got a doctor to give both child and mother medical checks and we'll be taking care of the medications as they both suffer from scabies. We will be making over her room as it's in dire need of it.
We will be doing three walk-a-thons (Mandeville, May Pen and Kingston) to raise additional funds for her. There will be a team with their collection tins asking for monetary contribution.
'Christmas In July' kicks off at JBDC's Incubator and Resource Centre
More than 100 micro and small business owners from the gift and craft sector descended on the Jamaica Business Development Corporation's (JBDC) Incubator and Resource Centre at Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston recently to have their products assessed for 'Christmas in July' 2016, the corporate gifting and souvenir showcase implemented by the Tourism Linkages Network, of which the JBDC is an integral member.
The 'Christmas in July' exhibition showcases locally made products to buyers from corporate Jamaica, the hospitality sector, government entities, embassies, missions and international organisations.
This year's event is shaping up to be bigger than the inaugural staging, which saw exhibitions from 80 local producers, with 130 applications received.
The JBDC's CEO Valerie Veira says the event is an excellent initiative which provides strong support for the agency's mandate to provide business development services for the micro, small and medium enterprise sector.
The 'Christmas in July' exhibition is scheduled to take place on July 28.
Whitehouse community benefits
from literacy competition
"Children spend most of their early years in Early Childhood Institutions (ECI), therefore, ECIs must provide opportunities that promote child development and design comprehensive programmes to meet the language, physical, cognitive, creative, socio-emotional, cultural, spiritual and school readiness needs of their students."
This was the charge expressed by Emeline Coke from the Early Childhood Commission (ECC). Coke is the development officer in charge of 67 schools in Zone 30 and 31, which covers over 25 communities in eastern and central Westmoreland. She was addressing teachers and parents at an awards ceremony for kinder three students who participated in the Whitehouse Cluster of ECIs Literacy Competition recently at Culloden in Westmoreland.
During this year's competition, sponsored by Sandals Whitehouse and the Sandals Foundation, 43 students from nine ECIs in and around Whitehouse competed in five categories: word recognition, letter and letter sound, puzzles, comprehension, and picture word association. Three top schools were identified with Bluefields ECI tipping the scales to take the winner's trophy, and Culloden and Petersville taking second and third positions, respectively.
"We wanted to create a programme that would stimulate learning and provide an opportunity for students from different schools to interact with each other and for practitioners within the cluster to share ideas and best practices," said Taniesha Poyser, principal of Beeston Spring ECI and cluster leader for the Whitehouse Cluster of ECIs.