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Ja will need 98,000 health, education professionals by 2040

A dental surgeon attends to a resident of St James during the Mission Project 2019 Health Expo at Sam Sharpe Square recently. CONTRIBUTED

JAMAICA WILL need approximately 49,000 teachers, 12,000 doctors and 37,000 nurses by the year 2040. This is what Education and Health: The Sectors of the Future?, the second issue of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB)’s The Future of Work in Latin America and the Caribbean series, says in its projection of the demand for social sector professionals in 24 countries in the region.

“Our study shows that, even in the framework of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we can expect the number of teachers, doctors and nurses in Latin America and the Caribbean to continue growing at... read more

SVL donates over $1m in new year outreach

Peter Green (left), director of marketing at Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), presents one of eight fans to Dionne Henry-Levy, principal of the Windsor School of Special Education in Greater Portmore, St Catherine. SVREL participated in the Supreme Ventures Foundation outreach programme, Simply Vested In Love, by donating eight fans and two computers to the school. Looking on are Michka Smith, SVREL senior marketing and hospitality officer, and Stephanie Todd, SVL communications officer.

Supreme Ventures’ #SimplyVestedInLove outreach programme brought smiles to hundreds of children across the island with a three-day donation spree intended to give 10 children’s institutions a bright start to the new year.

In three days, from September 15 to 17 last year, Supreme Ventures, through its foundation, donated $1.2 million in appliances and furniture to institutions across the length and breadth of the island. Under the Supreme Ventures Foundation’s unique ‘each one help one’ outreach programme, members of staff were asked to identify facilities in parishes where retail... read more

EU forum engages youth

A beaming Nicole Collins receives a plaque from Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, while Senator Damion Crawford, opposition spokesperson on youth, looks on. Collins is a current university student and beneficiary under the EU's Poverty Reduction Programme Scholarship and Internship Programme. She participated in the recent youth forum at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge.

Entrepreneurship, volunteerism and internship were the ongoing themes as youth from several volatile communities shared their vision for the Jamaica they want to live in and the avenues available to assist them. The youth forum, a joint initiative of the European Union (EU) and the Government of Jamaica, incorporated the views of some of the young persons who would have received scholarships and internships under the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP) which has been implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The forum, hosted on January 10 in Kingston, encouraged a panel of... read more

I, Robot Kaeden Brown is top boy in SVL Robotics Creators Camp

Kaeden Brown (right) with his brother, Kyle.

Kaeden Brown is the 2018 recipient of top boy award at the third staging of the Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) Junior Creators Robotics Camp, which included a $50,000 scholarship for school supplies, in addition to trophies to commemorate his efforts.

The 10-year-old was selected based on the work done each week.

One hundred students from primary schools in Kingston were selected to take part in the SVL camp, held at Campion College. Initially, Brown was not invited to attend the camp; only his twin brother, Kyle, was given a permission slip. However, Claudia Walker, the... read more

We Are DEAFinitely Readers!

WE ARE DEAFinitely Readers! is a new reading competition designed to inspire deaf children to become voracious readers and to boost their literacy standards within the deaf schools. It is implemented by the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD), under the Partnership for Literacy Enhancement for the Deaf (PLED) Project, which is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The inaugural staging was held on November 29, 2018, in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre at The University of the West Indies. Specially invited guests in attendance included Alando... read more

The installation of Ja’s first-ever SeaBin

ADVOCATING AND executing projects to achieve a cleaner, greener and more sustainable environment is one of the fundamental goals under the Corporate Social Responsibility Portfolio at Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP). Through this portfolio, under the theme ‘Environment’, sustainable business practices as well as activities that promote environmental preservation are critical to who we are as a company. JEP and WKPP participate in several initiatives that reduce our carbon footprint and engender a culture of environmental awareness.

This month, JEP will continue to play its part in... read more

GK Foundation Scholarship Programme adds volunteer component To focus on creating well-rounded nation builders, says Wehby

Scholarship recipients of the Bruce Rickards Scholarship, which is given to past students of Kingston College, are joined by Madame Hall, French teacher at Kingston College (front row, cenre) and Dave Dacosta, VP of digital marketing and communications, First Global Bank (back row, right).

GraceKennedy Foundation has added a service component to its scholarship programme that is aimed at contributing to Jamaica’s development. This was announced by Senator Don Wehby, Group CEO, GraceKennedy Limited (GKL), who addressed the foundation’s Scholars Awards Ceremony, held at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, on October 18.

Speaking to GraceKennedy’s focus on nation building through education, Wehby said, “If every child is given the right opportunity, wherever you are from, once you apply yourself, you will do well. That is why I believe very strongly... read more

JFM Foundation marks 30th anniversary by giving $3.6m in scholarships

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton (left, front), Derrick Nembhard (right), managing director, Jamaica Flour Mills, and Professor Neville Ying (third right, back), chairman, JFM Foundation Mills, celebrate with the recipients of the 2018 JF Mills Foundation and Hart Jacobs Scholarships during the scholarships’ 30th anniversary and awards luncheon.

Eight students from communities across the island will be completing their tertiary education with no major cost to their families, thanks to $3.6 million in scholarships they have received from the Jamaica Flour Mills (JFM) Foundation.

The foundation, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, has, over the years, funded the education of more than 200 students with financial contributions amounting to more than $45 million.

Speaking at the 30th anniversary awards luncheon, held on Thursday, October 4, at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew, Derrick Nembhard,... read more

BRYANNA HYLTON WINS TEENS ON PURPOSE ESSAY COMPETITION

Teens on Purpose Founder Krystal Tomlinson presents an award to Bryanna Hylton.

With A birth rate of 72 per 1,000 adolescent girls in 2013 (Martin- Wilkins, 2013), a rape rate of 21.3 per 100, 000 in 2015 (Knoema, 2015), more than 1, 600 murders in 2017, and 449 missing children within the first quarter of 2017 (Office of the Children’s Registry, 2017), it is clear that there is not enough love and loyalty, wisdom and courage, or strength and vigour in our young Jamaicans.

Jamaica is currently poised for Vision 2030 – a strategic road map geared towards making Jamaica the place of choice to live, grow, start businesses and raise families. Hence, with the... read more

Seven truckloads of garbage collected on International Coastal Clean-up day

THE JAMAICA Environment Trust (JET) is reporting that seven truckloads of garbage were hauled away from its 2018 International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day, a flagship event undertaken at the Palisadoes go-kart track in Kingston. The event was JET’s 25th annual beach clean-up of the Palisadoes strip marking ICC Day, which took place on Saturday, September 15. More than 1,700 volunteers joined JET on ICC Day 2018, collecting more than 1,000 bags of garbage weighing an estimated 15,488 pounds from the Kingston Harbour coastline.

The number one item collected at the clean-up was plastic... read more

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