FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Following $39 million of repairs, an upgraded Norman Gardens Primary and Junior High school in East Kingston was officially handed back at a ceremony on Thursday (November 3). The school, which has a student roll of 682 and 37 teachers, suffered severe damage from hurricanes Gilbert (1988), Ivan (2004), Dean (2007) and most recently Tropical Storm Gustav (2008), to its roof and other infrastructure causing grave inconvenience, especially during rainfall. Completed eight weeks ahead of schedule, the upgrading fell under JSIF’s Tropical Storm Gustav Recovery Grant, funded by the European Union (EU) and administered by the World Bank, and involving rehabilitation of 10 schools and two health centres, including the Glen Vincent Health Centre, which was also handed over on Thursday Undertaken at a cost of $39 million, the works included rehabilitation of the roof and ceiling; construction of a guidance counsel block; electrical works; repairs to windows and doors; drainage improvement; repairs to bathrooms and associated plumbing works. Other works entailed painting of the school; provision of school equipment, a stove and a refrigerator; rehabilitation of green areas; construction of solid waste disposal bins; and rehabilitation of the multipurpose court. The project also involved capacity building in disaster reduction and maintenance training, which will assist in improving resilience to natural disasters. Managing Director of JSIF, Scarlette Gillings, said that the project, a critical part of the Government’s programme to provide infrastructural development to communities considered underserved, will benefit the students and teachers, as well as residents who seek shelter there during emergencies. “This investment in education at the school is intended to create new conditions under which the school, and indeed the entire community, can thrive,” she said, adding that to date, roughly two thirds of JSIF’s investments have gone into education. “We feel, if you are going to be called a poverty reduction programme, this is where you must invest, in education,” she said. Outgoing Head of the EU Delegation in Jamaica, Ambassador Marco Mazzocchi Alemanni, said he was particularly keen on assisting communities significantly affected by crime. “This is why I pushed for the Tropical Gustav project to take place in volatile communities, such as this one,” he said. In welcoming the intervention, the school’s Principal, Winston Pratt, said the project has transformed the plant, and has “raised the self esteem of the Norman Gardens family to its highest point in a long time”. “We will do our best to transform the teaching/learning process (as well),” he added. Board Chairman, Leroy Gayle, was also appreciative of the work done, noting that the project represented the single largest investment in the school since its inception. Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal, Phillip Paulwell, Regional Director, Ministry of Education, Elaine Roulston, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Caretaker for East Kingston and Port Royal, Peter Sangster, Councillor for the Norman Gardens Division, Angella Brown-Burke and World Bank Country Representative, Giorgio Valentini, also brought greetings. General Manager of Grace Kennedy Limited, Robert Walker, a past student of the school, was the guest speaker. There will be a six months defect period, to allow for the resolution of any problems that may have been encountered during the course of the project. RelatedNorman Gardens Primary Gets $39m Facelift Norman Gardens Primary Gets $39m Facelift EducationNovember 4, 2011 By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter RelatedNorman Gardens Primary Gets $39m Facelift RelatedNorman Gardens Primary Gets $39m Facelift Advertisements
Bungie to launch free-to-play Destiny 2 in SeptemberDestiny 2: New Light will launch on the same day as transition to Steam, the “new home for the Destiny PC community”Matthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefFriday 7th June 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleBungieBungie is launching a free-to-play version of Destiny 2 this September, which it intends to be the new “baseline” version of its flagship IP.Destiny 2: New Light will launch on September 17, 2019, two years after the game first launched. It will be free to download for all players. Bungie described the free-to-play version as, “a brand new entry point for newcomers, that puts the worlds of Destiny 2 — and all of its foundational modes, activities, and rewards — into the hands of every player.”New Light will include all of Destiny 2’s first year content. However, expansions like Forsaken, which launched in September 2018, and the forthcoming Shadowkeep will need to be purchased.This is the boldest step Bungie has taken with Destiny since it regained its independence from Activision Blizzard in January this year.But it is not the only bold step the Washington-based developer has taken this week. On the same day that it launches New Light, it will also make Destiny 2 available on Steam for the first time.Previously, the game had only been available on Battle.net, but Bungie described Steam as, “a new home for the Destiny PC community.” Current players will be able to migrate all of their characters, gear and progress between the two platforms ahead of the date.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Destiny 2 is one of the key games in the launch line-up for Google Stadia, which was revealed yesterday alongside details of its $10 a month premium subscription model. It is the one game that Google has confirmed will be free with the subscription, although the apparent generosity of that offer has been changed by the release of New Light two months before Stadia’s launch. Stadia subscribers will also receive the Shadowkeep expansion for free.Bungie has also confirmed that it will support “cross save” functionality across all versions of Destiny 2, including Stadia.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesDestiny 2 delays Witch Queen expansion to 2022The publisher says its narrative ambitions and the complications of COVID-19 have necessitated a change in scheduleBy Eric Van Allen 2 months agoBungie opening Amsterdam publishing officeDestiny studio also doubling size of Bellevue HQ, adding two board members, planning multiple teams and new IPBy Brendan Sinclair 2 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.