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Published:Wednesday | August 24, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Dr Fritz Pinnock, executive director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute.
Education Minister Ruel Reid

CMI expands programme option

The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will be expanding its curricula and programme options with its engineering department, to be launched soon.

The $500-million facility, to be named FESTO Didactic Centre, will offer training in the field of industrial automation and mechatronics.

Executive Director at the CMI Dr Fritz Pinnock highlighted that the world-class centre will focus on areas such as robotics engineering, hydraulics and pneumatics.

The centre will be implemented in partnership with German company FESTO Didactic, a world leader in industrial automation technology training.

It will produce certified technicians needed for the maintenance and operation of ports to meet not just the demand in Jamaica, but also regional and international demand.

"It is about transforming engineering across the sphere. We will be doing research in engineering with medicine and looking at bionics," Dr Pinnock said, adding that the whole idea is to bridge the gap and make use of opportunities that these areas may create.

Garvey bust now on display

The official unveiling of a bust of Jamaica's first National Hero, the Rt Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, was held at the Brent Museum in Willesden Green Library, London, on August 17.

The bust will now be on permanent display in the museum.

Addressing the ceremony, Acting High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Angella Rose-Howell said Marcus Garvey's main goal was to improve the conditions of black people and all those who were oppressed.

She pointed out that this year, Jamaica celebrates the 129th anniversary of Marcus Garvey's birth and the 102nd anniversary of Garvey's establishment of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).

"The headquarters of the UNIA is still housed in Jamaica, on the same block on which the first meeting was held in 1914. It continues to promote the philosophy of Mr Garvey, as well as support projects and programmes geared towards youth empowerment in the areas of education, health, agriculture, music and the arts," Rose-Howell said.

Stay away from scamming, urges Reid

Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid is urging students to refrain from a life of illegal activities, especially lottery scamming.

"We have had to contend with scamming as a very notorious element of our society. There is nothing that says because you do not have, you have to do things that are unethical or criminal," he said.

Reid was speaking to students last Thursday during NCB Foundation's scholarships and grants reveal event and launch of its Innovative, Creative, Outstanding and Nationalistic Scholarship, held at the Courtleigh Hotel &Suites in Kingston.

He noted that the effects of lottery scamming are far-reaching as the bad reputation of the country impacts local banks as well as the economy, affecting the tourism sector, a significant contributor to the country's foreign exchange.

Hutchinson: Changing irrigation process can boost agri sector

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries J.C. Hutchinson has said sustainable growth of the agricultural sector requires transformation of the irrigation process.

He pointed out that with issues such as inadequate water supply and climate change negatively impacting the growth of crops, structured and planned management of water resources is important.

Hutchinson was addressing the official opening and introductory ceremony of a four-day training workshop at the ministry's offices in St Andrew on Monday.

The minister informed that the Government will be examining the most productive lands in the southern belt of the island with a view to fixing irrigation problems.