Norman Gardens Primary Gets $39m Facelift

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail 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 Advertisementslast_img read more

State Minister Emphasises Importance of Small Businesses

first_imgRelatedState Minister Emphasises Importance of Small Businesses FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, has emphasised the value and importance of small businesses to the development of the country’s economy. The State Minister explained that the sector creates many jobs, provides a vehicle for reducing income disparities, provides forward and backward linkages between economically, socially and geographically diverse sectors of the economy, and offers an excellent breeding ground for entrepreneurial and managerial talent. Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams was delivering the keynote address at a luncheon of the Board of the Jamaica National Small Business Loans Limited, held at The Ruins, in Ocho Rios, on Monday, November 26. The State Minister  said the country is progressing towards a small business procurement policy that will not only be favourable to existing businesses, but will also provide the opportunity for new firms to participate in the government procurement process, once certain criteria are met. She also cited  a move towards exporting more locally made products,  and mentioned  the Government’s ‘ExportPlus’ initiative, which is geared towards providing the necessary technical assistance to achieving this goal.  She said that over 200 small and medium-sized local enterprises are expected to benefit from improved competitiveness and greater access to international markets through this initiative. Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams added that in its continued quest to put in place the necessary policy and infrastructural support for the establishment of new businesses and the survival of existing ones, the Government, through the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, has established a ‘Bureaucracy Hotline’. The number is: 1-888-733-8273 (1-888-REDTAPE). “This is to assist in procuring and streamlining data on the bureaucratic challenges impacting investors in Jamaica, and to establish a more conducive environment for business within the island,” she said. “We have also been spearheading several pieces of legislation, geared towards improving our business environment,  including  the Secured Transaction Act; the Probate, Patent and Insolvency Laws; and amendments to the Copyright, Trademark and Companies Act,” the State Minister added. RelatedState Minister Emphasises Importance of Small Businesses RelatedState Minister Emphasises Importance of Small Businessescenter_img State Minister Emphasises Importance of Small Businesses CommerceNovember 27, 2012 Advertisementslast_img read more

Antisipasi Pelecehan Seksual, Pemerintah India Hadirkan Halte Khusus Wanita

first_imgSelain itu, instrumen lain seperti CCTV dan WiFi pun turut disematkan pada halte ini. Sementara halte khusus ini tidak bisa digunakan oleh kaum adam, otoritas terkait pun membangun halte khusus untuk laki-laki – jaraknya sekitar 20 meter dari halte khusus wanita dan hanya dilengkapi dengan tempat duduk saja.“Kami akan membangun fasilitas serupa yang lebih banyak lagi di berbagai penjuru kota,” ungkap salah satu sumber dari otoritas berwenang tersebut. Sebenarnya, halte khusus wanita ini merupakan ‘peremajaan’ dari yang sebelumnya pernah ada. “Jadi kami ganti yang lama dengan yang baru, yang lebih modern, dan lebih aman. Letaknya sama persis dengan halte yang sebelumnya,” imbuhnya.Menurut Mayor V K Prasanth, Walikota Thiruvananthapuram, ide pembangunan halte khusus wanita ini merupakan jawaban dari sejumlah keluhan yang bersumber dari media sosial. Banyak kaum hawa yang mengeluhkan soal minimnya fasilitas seperti ruang menyusui dan toilet khusus di pra-sarana transportasi. Padahal, lokasi tersebut bisa dibilang tidak pernah sepi setiap harinya.Hadirnya halte khusus ini tentu menuai respon positif dari banyak orang di media sosial dan semakin menjamur pula permintaan pembangunan halte serupa – seperti di Technopark Campus dan daerah sekitarnya.Baca Juga: Seorang Desainer Industri Rancang Halte Bus yang Dilengkapi Pengisian Daya EV Nirkabel!Tidak melulu dikaitkan dengan tindak pemerkosaan atau tindakan yang berhubungan dengan fisik seorang wanita, tapi memperhatikan seorang wanita yang tengah menyusui anaknya pun termasuk ke dalam golongan pelecehan terhadap wanita.Berbeda dengan Indonesia yang sudah menyediakan fasilitas khusus seperti ruang menyusui di sejumlah pra-sarana transportasi – sebut saja Stasiun Senayan MRT Jakarta yang kiranya bakal mulai beroperasi pada April 2019 mendatang. Sumber: Maraknya pelecehan yang marak terjadi pada wanita di sarana dan pra-sarana transportasi memaksa sejumlah operator memutar otak untuk mencari solusi terbaik dari masalah ini. Semisal Commuter Line Jabodetabek memiliki gerbong khusus wanita, maka berbeda dengan halte bus yang ada di India – tepatnya di Thiruvananthapuram. Selain dikhususkan untuk wanita, ternyata halte bus ini juga bisa dibilang cukup lengkap lho dari segi infrastrukturnya!Baca Juga: Operator Kereta India Digitalisasikan Layanan Keluhan PenumpangDilansir dari laman (20/7/2018), para kaum hawa yang singgah ke halte bus yang terletak di Kazhakkoottam junction ini dapat menggunakan toilet multifungsi yang juga berfungsi sebagai ruang menyusui.last_img read more

Rocky Mountain Rogues edge Nelson Grizzlies in KRU action at Lakeside

first_imgThe Rogues, supported by a few locals to fill out the roster, defeated the Grizzlies 24-14.Cranbrook had a strong second half to secure the victory.Rowan Megale and Matthew Rendell scored tries for the Grizzlies. Ben Davies added a conversion to round out the Nelson scoring.The Grizzlies are idle until mid-June when the club travels to the East Kootenay for a pair of games.Nelson will meet a touring team from Edmonton before resuming its Kootenay rivalry with the Rogues June 14.The club, which had been idle the past few seasons, trains Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. as well as Saturday at 1 p.m. at the L.V. Rogers pitch. Nelson Grizzlies Rugby is back in Nelson.The Grizzlies hosted Cranbrook’s Rocky Mountain Rogues Saturday before an enthusiastic crowd of supporters at the Lakeside Pitch in Kootenay Rugby Union action.last_img read more