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Published:Saturday | September 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

  • Manchester High gets multi-purpose courts


The Sports Development Foundation (SDF) recently handed over two multi-purpose courts to the Manchester High School during a brief ceremony at the institution.

The courts are designed to host basketball, netball, volleyball, tennis and other sports.

Principal Jasford Gabriel said the new courts will enhance the sports programme of the school, as well as other institutions in the area that need to use the facility.

He said the SDF's foresight in investing in these facilities ensures that all the students and the wider communities are afforded the opportunity to develop their talent.

Mayor of Mandeville, Brenda Ramsay, expressed her appreciation to the SDF.

- Angelo Laurence

  • Road programme drives into St Catherine

St Catherine:

Several roads and bridges in St Catherine are slated to be rehabilitated under the Chinese-funded, US$400-million Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP).

Work in the parish under the five-year programme is expected to begin on the Fairview Park Housing Scheme road network in October.

Some of the other roads slated to be repaired by March 2011 are Riversdale to Pear Tree, Old Harbour to Old Harbour Bay, Featherbed Lane, Worthy Park to Ewarton and Old Troja Road.

In the meantime, periodic maintenance will be carried out on roads including Bog Walk to Barry, and Sligoville to Spanish Town.

Additionally, traffic signals are to be erected at a number of intersections in the Old Capital. These are St John's Road and Spanish Town bypass, Brunswick Avenue and Spanish Town bypass, Job Lane and Spanish Town bypass, as well as Young Street and Burke Road.

The JDIP, launched at the Ebony Park Baptist Church in St Catherine recently, has been described by Transport and Works Minister Mike Henry as "the single most comprehensive infrastructure development programme to be implemented in Jamaica's history".

- Karen Sudu

  • Curry festival goes national

St Ann:

After four years of staging the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival, the promoters Tropical Vibes, has expanded its reach in the food festival market, and will be staging the inaugural Jamaica Curry Festival at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios, St Ann, on December 19.

The Wyndham Kingston hotel is to spearhead the festival, which is set to coincide with the start of 2010-2011 winter tourist season.

The hotel's owner, Delroy Howell, who is also chairman of the Cayman-based First Financial International Group, said the opportunity to stage a national curry festival is a major step in marketing one of Jamaica's most popular cuisines at both the local and international levels.

"The Wyndham will be there as one of the participating hotels where local and overseas patrons can enjoy a wide variety of our curry dishes: meat, fish and poultry, breadfruit, ground provisions, ice cream, pastries, drinks, shrimp, crab, conch, lobster, mango and rice," said Howell.

- Carl Gilchrist