Double victory for St Mary Technical High School
St Mary Technical High School emerged as worthy champions following a series of competitions hosted by the parish police force's Community Safety Branch (CSS) earlier on Friday, October 25.
The competitions marked the culmination of a month-long series of events targeting the parish's students, under the theme 'Safer schools, safer St Mary',
The initiative, which was conceived by the CSS's Corporal Hodel Harris, aimed to address social and other issues affecting young people, including their ability to amicably settle conflicts.
The debating match and a jingle-writing contest were both won by students from St Mary, Technical High School.
Corporal Harris believes her Safe Schools programme will help reduce crime in St Mary, and hopes to expand the initiative next year.
She told The Gleaner: "Today was a success, and proves the CSS and the schools in St Mary are having a wonderful symbiotic relationship, and we are grateful for that.
Bench joins Bar for upcoming Bar Association Conference
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Jamaican Bar Association (JBA), and the association's conference will be held at the Hilton Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, from November 15 -17.
This year's conference theme, "Strengthening regional institutions" is illustrative of the Bar's commitment to playing its part in building a robust justice system not only locally but throughout the region.
Participating are Chief Justice Zaila McCalla and the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Seymour Panton. The Honourable Mr Justice Brooks will present on the theory and practice of bail applications, and Dennis Morrison Q. C., will present on appellate advocacy.
Other conference guests are: Sir Dennis Byron, president Caribbean Court of Justice. He will join a distinguished panel of local jurists led by Michael Hylton Q. C., and Meridian Kohler, deputy director of public prosecutions, to address members of the Bar and the public on the subject of judicial ethics.
Registration closes on October 31. To register, contact the Jamaican Bar Association at 967-3394 or email@example.com.
Three new programmes to receive $150,000 each this year
More than 400 teachers plus 1,000 residents in more than 60 communities across the island have received training sensitising them to the nature and prevalence of childhood mental illness.
The funds were provided as part of the financial institution's RBC Children's Mental Health Project which each year provides a grant to organisations dedicated to providing early intervention, increasing public awareness and reducing the stigma of mental illness.
RBC continues its fight against children's mental-health issues in Jamaica, and has announced that this year $450,000 funding will be shared among three non-government, community or charitable organisations that will implement early-intervention programmes.
RBC Royal Bank has called for applications from non-governmental, community and registered charity organisations for consideration to receive a $150,000 grant to support programmes that focus on children and youth from 0 to 18 years; provide services and support to at-risk youth, parents and caregivers; offer public outreach and education and offer solutions and practices that can be reused and taught elsewhere.
Deadline for submission of proposals for funding under the project is October 31. Applications must be submitted to: The Manager, Corporate Communications & Brand, RBC Royal Bank, 17 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5.