OUR names new director general
The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has confirmed that Albert Gordon, outgoing president of the National Water Commission (NWC), has been appointed director general of the utilities- regulating agency.
The appointment of Gordon, a senior engineer with multisector industry experience, is effective November 1. He succeeds Maurice Charvis, whose tenure ends tomorrow.
Prior to his tenure at the NWC, where he also served as vice-president of project administration and vice-president of corporate and strategic planning, Gordon held several senior managerial posts in strategic planning, private power projects, and generation and transmissions systems development planning at the Jamaica Public Service Company.
UTech graduation this weekend
More than 1,500 persons are slated to graduate from the University of Technology (UTech) on Saturday at the National Arena after qualifying to receive terminal, master's, or undergraduate degrees, diplomas, or certificates in a variety of disciplines.
In a release yesterday, the UTech said it would this year award its first doctoral degrees.
"One candidate will be awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Computing, and four candidates will receive the Doctor of Pharmacy," the release stated.
"The Graduation Class of 2013 will also include the first cohorts of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Technology, Master of Science in Career and Technical Education, Bachelor of Science in Applied Science specialising in Forensic Chemistry, Industrial and Analytical Chemistry or Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics specialising in Social and Economic Statistics, and the Master of Science in Mathematics Teaching delivered at Church Teachers' College."
The UTech will also confer honorary degrees on two outstanding nation builders: the Doctor of Laws honoris causa on former Education Minister Burchell Whiteman; and entrepreneur and philanthropist Kenneth Benjamin.
Gov't won't allow Chinese enclave
Transport, Works and Housing Minister Dr Omar Davies has dismissed suggestions that the Goat Islands could become a Chinese enclave.
Former prime minister, Bruce Golding, and his one-time transport minister, Mike Henry, are among those who have suggested that Jamaicans could be shut out from the site should the Government give approval for China Harbour Engineering Company to construct logistics facilities at the Portland Bight area.
"There is no chance of us allowing a country within a country," Davies said.
"We won't allow anything more than that which is allowed with the Kingston Container Terminal."
The minister was asked to speak on the issue by South West St Catherine Member of Parliament Everald Warmington.
"You have some people in high places pushing around that the Chinese are going to establish a community on the Goat Islands. Could you put that to rest so that those who are pushing it could stop it?" Warmington asked.
Education symposium for UWI
At least 15 presenters are scheduled to participate in a two-day symposium on 'Changing the Landscape of Education within Under-resourced Urban Schools and Communities' tomorrow and Friday at the Mona Visitors' Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Registration takes place at 8 a.m. tomorrow and the official opening ceremony is set for 9 a.m.
The keynote speaker is Professor Annette Henry, distinguished Jamaican educational researcher and former head of the Language and Literacy Department of the University of British Columbia in Canada.