Meadowbrook High teacher wins Spanish award
A teacher at Meadowbrook High School, in St Andrew, Errol Haughton, is the inaugural winner of the Spanish Jamaican Foundation's (SJF) Spanish Teacher of the Year Award.
This was announced by Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica and president of the SJF, Celsa Nuņo, during a reception celebrating Spain's National Day at the Mona Visitors' Lodge on Wednesday.The award is an initiative of the SJF, given to a Jamaican teacher who has demonstrated excellence in the delivery of the Spanish language in the classroom.
Productivity campaign starts in Nov
Beginning November, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security will spearhead a 12-month islandwide public-education campaign aimed at promoting the importance of productivity as a national priority focus.
Dubbed 'Productivity is Our Priority: Get in the Know!', the campaign will seek to heighten public awareness about the social and economic benefits of productivity growth and its impact on individuals, entities, and the country, in general.
Portfolio Minister Derrick Kellier, who made the announcement during the closing ceremony of the National Productivity Awareness Week Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday, said the campaign would incorporate a combination of communication and public-relations tools and initiatives, utilising print, electronic and outdoor advertising media to channel tailored messages to a wide cross section of Jamaicans.
Disaster tests for disabled begin this week
Testing will begin this week on a pilot early warning system to alert disabled persons of impending disaster.
Senior telecommunications engineer at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management Ruel Corniffe said the pilot system, which will be tested in targeted communities in Portmore, St Catherine, facilitates real-time warnings and responses to disasters such as hurricanes and flooding for the disabled.Brothers charged with Christine Hewitt-Gordon murder freed
The brothers charged for the murder of media personality Christine Hewitt-Gordon have been freed.
The woman's husband David Gordon and his brother Wordsworth Gordon were charged for the 2006 murder.
After the crown closed its case in the St Catherine Circuit Court yesterday morning, defence lawyers Michael Deans and Pierre Rogers told the judge that they had a no case submission to make.
The judge then called on the prosecutors to indicate if the elements for the offence of murder were established.
The prosecutors conceded that they had not established the elements of murder based on the evidence.
Justice Leighton Pusey then directed the 12-member jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty, freeing the men.
brothers were charged in 2009, three years after Hewitt's burnt remains
were found in a Toyota Townace motor car along the Freedom Main Road
near Mount Industry district in St Catherine.
JPS head eager for 360-megawatt project to get under way
President of the Jamaica Public Service company (JPS), Kelly Tomblin, said she was anticipating the commencement of the 360-megawatt project, as the JPS will be partnering with the preferred bidder to generate and supply cheaper electricity to its consumers.
She noted that the company continues to suffer from the continual devaluation of the Jamaican currency, largely due to a lack of growth in the economy. Ageing infrastructure also posed a problem for the company because the older power plants take twice the amount of fuel to generate electricity.
said about 600,000 people paid for electricity while 200,000 were found
to be stealing, despite efforts by the company to crackdown on such a
EWI seeking to seal 360MW deal
Officials of the Hong Kong-based Energy World International (EWI), who arrived in the island on Wednesday, yesterday met with officials of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) in the first step of completing moves to formally take on the 360 megawatts energy project.
The EWI officials were also slated to meet with representatives of the Jamaica Public Service Company late yesterday to begin to iron a fuel-purchase agreement.
Head of EWI Stewart Elliot, who is leading the team, has expressed delight at being awarded the right to construct the plant and vowed that the project will be done on time.EWI is expected to post a US$7.4 million bid bond with the OUR shortly.
Ja to pass bill to counter money laundering, terrorism financing
Jamaica's financial institutions risk being locked out of the global system if Parliament fails to pass amendments to the Terrorism Prevention Act by November 18, Foreign Minister A. J. Nicholson has revealed.
"They touch on and concern very deeply our international economic relations, certainly the International Monetary Fund," Nicholson, the leader of government business in the Senate, said of the amendments.
Nicholson, in piloting the bill through the Upper House last Friday, said Jamaica might be deemed to be non-compliant by the Caribbean Financial Action Taskforce as regard to taking agreed steps to counter money laundering and terrorism financing.
NWC still has 'Best Tasting Drinking Water'
For the second year in a row, the National Water Commission (NWC) was on Tuesday adjudged the provider of the Best Tasting Drinking Water in the Caribbean by a panel of water experts.
This took place during the 22nd Annual Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association conference and exhibition in Barbados.
As in previous years, more than 25 regional water utilities were invited to submit samples of their best-tasting tap water for the competition. Eight water service providers, including the NWC as the defending champions, submitted water from their systems for the contest.
$21m Portmore Sewage Project to begin soon
Work is expected to begin on the Portmore Sewage Project, following approval by Cabinet of a contract valued at approximately US$21 million to Surrey Paving and Aggregate Company Limited.
Speaking at Wednesday's Jamaica House media briefing, Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer, informed that the project is expected to benefit the approximately 95 per cent Portmore residents who are connected to the National Water Commission's sewage infrastructure.
Med-Rx Caribbean donates supplies to MoH, UHWI
Med-Rx Caribbean on Wednesday donated 45,000 units of intravenous (IV) giving sets, at a value of $2.7 million, to the Ministry of Health and the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).
A part of Mar Roc Ltd, Med-Rx Caribbean is a licenced medical distribution company which sells affordable medical supplies.The company donated 100 cases of IV giving sets to the health ministry, and 50 to the UHWI.