Digicel’s $100M to Assist Rehab of Coronation Market

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedDigicel’s $100M to Assist Rehab of Coronation Market RelatedDigicel’s $100M to Assist Rehab of Coronation Market Digicel’s $100M to Assist Rehab of Coronation Market Office of the Prime MinisterJune 17, 2010center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Restoration work on Coronation Market in downtown Kingston is scheduled to commence on Monday, June 21, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications, and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has disclosed.A portion of the market, situated in the heart of the commercial downtown Kingston district, was torched during the violent upsurge in sections of West Kingston in May.Speaking at Wednesday’s (June 16) post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House, Mr. Vaz, who indicated that the cost of the damage was a preliminary figure, said that telecommunications firm, Digicel, will fund the short term first phase of the repairs to the tune of $100 million.This phase, he told journalists, included the installation of a new roof and floor, as well as a water system, which will include the collection of rainwater for re-use.The works are expected to be completed by August, and will facilitate vendors being able to operate in a “much more enhanced atmosphere.”Mr. Vaz said that Digicel’s input resulted from their decision to fast-track a commitment, made several months ago, to assist with the market’s refurbishing, following a tour of the facility by company Chairman, Dennis O’Brien, and Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West Kingston, the Hon. Bruce Golding, as well as other Government officials.While admitting that the vendors would suffer “minor displacement” consequent on the work, the Information Minister indicated that Kingston’s Mayor, Senator Desmond McKenzie, had assured him that the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) had identified an area for them to be temporarily housed, with minimum dislocation.Regarding other activities, such as repairs to stalls and sanitary conveniences, Mr. Vaz advised that these would be executed in the medium to long term, and would form part of an overall comprehensive plan to be undertaken by a committee incorporating representatives of the government in partnership with the private sector, and involving multilateral agencies with whom Jamaica has relationships.He said that the government had been having discussions with the private sector, with a view to using the opportunity to really look at the needs and improvements that Coronation Market requires, in order to serve all of the vendors and farmers, and these meetings have been going well.Regarding the remaining $900 million required to complete the work, Mr. Vaz, said that while the administration had “minimal money” to inject into the initiative, members of the private sector and multilaterals were “at the table”.“It’s a comprehensive plan, and we will be in a position to speak better about it as soon as these discussions are concluded. So there is a plan that will be coming forward, in terms of what will be the requirements of government, and what the committee is recommending,” Mr. Vaz assured. RelatedDigicel’s $100M to Assist Rehab of Coronation Marketlast_img read more

Teachers Urged to Focus on Areas of Expertise

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, has urged teachers embarking on professional advancement, to focus on their areas of expertise, in pursuit of this endeavour.    “There are many teachers who are studying and doing well in subjects that have no relationship to what they teach in school.; that cannot work. We have to focus…on the areas of greatest need,” the Minister stressed, while addressing the 2012 Ministry of Education/Jamaica Teaching Council, World Teacher’s Day Leadership in Education award ceremony, at the Higgins Land Primary and Junior High School in St. Ann, on Friday (Oct. 5). While emphasizing that there is no aversion to “academic liberalism”, Rev. Thwaites said it is more practical for educators to pursue training in the subjects they attendant expertise in, and are required to deliver the requisite quality outputs, in teaching their students.   He added that where the training incorporated state resources, “we have to be very centered, focus, and surgical in how we use (what) we have, to achieve the objectives that everyone wants”. On the practice of schools offering extra lessons to students, Rev. Thwaites said while this was an important endeavour, it should not substitute for or replicate what is taught during the regular class periods. Rather, that is should complement and advance existing curricula content. Principal of the Higgins Land Primary and Junior High School, Fay Sterling, was awarded this year’s World Teachers’ Day Leadership in Education Award, which presented during the ceremony Friday, October 5, 2012.  A veteran educator of 33 years, Mrs. Sterling has been Principal of Higgins Land Primary and Junior High School since 2007. World Teachers’ Day has been observed annually, on October 5, since its establishment by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in 1994. RelatedTeachers Urged to Focus on Areas of Expertise RelatedTeachers Urged to Focus on Areas of Expertise Teachers Urged to Focus on Areas of Expertise EducationOctober 8, 2012center_img RelatedTeachers Urged to Focus on Areas of Expertise Advertisementslast_img read more