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Seven receive Sam Sharpe awards
One company and six individuals were presented with Sam Sharpe Awards by the St James Parish Council at a civic ceremony held on Monday at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St James.
The recipients are: 100-year-old Iris Denniston, for service in the field of health; Vivian Douglas and Irvin Atkinson for their contribution to education; football administrator and coach Tracy Reid for service in the field of sport; hotelier Doris Morgan for her contribution to tourism; Deputy Superintendent of Police Mercedes Curry for service in the field of national security; and Western Publishers Limited, publishers of the Western Mirror newspaper, for contribution in the field of industry and commerce.
In his address, Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Glendon Harris said the parish of St James has benefited immensely from the contributions made in the various fields by the Sam Sharpe awardees.
He also stated that despite recent social issues which have been affecting the parish, there is still a sense of hope among the citizens that better days are ahead.
“We must move forward with hope, built on our heritage, our legacy, our strength. As we seek to tame crime ... the only way forward is to unite in love to preserve that which our heroes fought for,” Harris said.
‘Jamaica Moves’ details to be announced
Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton says details of the exercise programme ‘Jamaica Moves’ will be announced shortly.
The initiative is part of measures to combat noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancers.
“You will hear more about it in the months to come, but it’s all about getting Jamaicans even just to walk more,” Tufton said.
He was speaking after participating in the Usain Bolt Foundation and Jamaica National Foundation-sponsored Heroes in Action Run/Walk in Falmouth, Trelawny, on Sunday.
The campaign will promote, educate and develop programmes to get Jamaicans moving. Traditional and nontraditional media will be utilised in transmitting the message.
Meanwhile, Tufton endorsed the Heroes in Action Run/Walk, stating that it forms part of ongoing efforts to improve the health of Jamaicans by getting them involved in more physical activities.
Johnson Smith hails the Church
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, has hailed the Church as a venerable institution that provides visionary, inspirational and positive contributions towards nation building.
Addressing the Jamaica Christian Diaspora Conference at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in St James last Thursday, Johnson said the Church has played a great role in Jamaica’s history and has been a place of hope and refuge for the powerless and most vulnerable in the society.
She noted that the sacrifices of two of the national heroes, Paul Bogle and Samuel Sharpe, who were both Baptist ministers, placed the nation on a path of self-determination.
The institution, she said, continues to champion the cause of the disenfranchised and the oppressed while at the same time providing leadership and service in the critical areas of health and education.
“Time would not permit me to list the many schools and hospitals that have been established by the Church throughout our history.
Likewise, in the diaspora, the Church has been the bedrock and a source of comfort for many Jamaicans who migrated to other lands,” she pointed out.