Repairs to the Hampton High School in Malvern St. Elizabeth is moving ahead as the institution prepares to celebrate its one hundred and fifth anniversary in March of next year. The school was severely damaged by hurricane Dean as was the case in 2004 when hurricane Ivan visited the south coast of the island. With some eighteen millions in pledges and donations secured, the administration is trying to raise $150 million by the end of 2008 according to principal Heather Murray.
The administration building known as Boxer Home ( which was bought from the Boxer family in 1896) is slated for a $7 million face lift. A long planned museum and auditorium are part of the rebuilding process and donors will have their names and messages placed in a time capsule to be buried on the campus on Founders and Benefactors Day , on May 20th, 2008. The time capsule will be opened in the year 2058.
If you would like to assist this all girls school meet its target and continue its unparalleled service to the education of young ladies, contact the school at 1-876-966-5937 or Hampton High School , Malvern P.O. , St. Elizabeth, Ja.
The Northern Caribbean University’s (NCU’s) Information and Technology team of Conroy Smith, Imran Allie , Ayson Baxter, Kenrie Hylton and Damaian Mitchell continue to create waves of congratulations for their third place finish in the Microsoft Image Cup competition held in Korea earlier this year. This, after coping the regional cup which had some 40,000 entrants. The NCU team ,without the use of steroids, won over other countries with more financial resources, including the United States. The Microsoft competition is a worldwide program aimed at technological awareness and development among students. The NCU team developed a software that allows students , teachers and other resources to interact from remote locations, thus facilitating distance learning.
Mrs. Sylvia R. Woodstock of Mandeville celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday October 2, . Looking elegant with her broad rimmed hat, she was lauded by friends and family during a dinner party put on by the family at the Manchester Club in Mandeville to mark the milestone. After cutting the birthday cake she was treated to music by saxophonist Seymore Heron and a number of presentations by family members and friends from around the world. Congratulations from Queen Elizabeth 2nd as well as Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall were also read. She is the mother of four children, Earnest, Hyacinth, Gloria and Winston who were all on hand to help her celebrate the happy occasion.
Young Cecil Dawkins who hails from the rural community of Lancaster in south Manchester is becoming one of the parish’s best known businessman. He has managed to prove to his peers as well as the older folks that young people do have an appreciation for hard work, perseverance and a clean lifestyle by the way he conducts himself. Young Dawkins is a participant in the Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s 1.5 million dollar Operation Entrepreneurship training program. Dawkins operates a manufacturing business in his district which produces sweets made of indigenous materials and employs eleven persons. The products are available in stores across the island . Mr. Dawkins who expresses thanks to the Manchester Chamber of Commerce (MCOC) headed by its president Mr. Winston Lawson who is also Branch Manager for National Commercial Bank in Mandeville.
Mayday High School in Mandeville, Bethabara Primary and Junior High in Newport
Manchester and a number of persons in south St. Elizabeth have benefited form the generosity of Alumina Partners of Jamaica (Alpart) after the recent passing of hurricane Dean. The company embarked on a mission to ease the burden of persons within its operating belt who lost their homes and farms to hurricane Dean by making cash donations, services and other necessities such as water. One resident/farmer of Comma Pen in south St. Elizabeth told Pace Tv. that Alpart is the only entity that came to their aid . She said the community, though devastated, has not seen any one from Government or receive any assistance to restore their homes or farms.
Farmers in both south Manchester and St. Elizabeth are blasting the Government’s Rural Agricultural Development Agency (RADA) for the poor manner in the way it handled the distribution of fertilizer intended to help farmers who were affected by hurricane Dean.
In Mandeville in Manchester and Santa Cruz in St. Elizabeth , angry farmers were left empty handed after being advised to visit the designated distribution centres. One Farmer from Marlie Hill in rural Manchester said he was telephoned by a representative from the office of RADA and advised to come for at least one bag of fertilizer to help him plant new crops. He said however after making the twenty five mile trip and spending an entire day at the RADA office he and a large number of other farmers were turned away and simply told non of the fertilizer, which was seen stocked up in a near by storage house, would be handed out. A similar situation took place in Santa Cruz and on both occasions the police had to be called in to cool tempers. Some farmers accused the RADA personnel of giving the fertilizer to their friends and family while they got none. This led to Agricultural Minister Christopher Tufton putting a halt to the distribution until the problem could be resolved. In the mean time hundreds of farmer in both parishes are left to fend for themselves, a situation they are not particularly surprised at.
Students and parents of St. Aban’s All-Age School near the town of Malvern, St. Elizabeth, are giving thanks that there are persons like Mr. Mark Brooks still around.The school lost its roof during the recent un-invited visit of hurricane Dean to the island.
Mr. Brooks, who lives a short distance away from the school , took on the responsibility of bearing the cost of $65,000 for the material to replace the roof . Mrs. Brooks, an agricultural expert, also helped the school with repairs after the passing of hurricane Ivan in 2004. Questions are being asked as to where are the past students of the school which include a former high ranking government minister and sport great among them.
The National Water Commission (NWC) , particularly its Black River office, continues to be branded as one of the worst government run agency in the island. One resident Mrs. Channer Morgan told Pace the NWC is a “conglomerate of woes” for the people of south ST. Elizabeth. She along with other farmers, gathered at a little shop in the community, said the NWC has failed to adequately supply the community with water for the past twenty five years. They said this is so , despite the fact that former Water Minister , Donald Buchanan is from St. Elizabeth, meaning that he was aware of the problem first hand. They also complain that water is piped pass through their community to another where “persons of influence” live while they have none.
May Day High School in Manchester and Lacovia High School in St. Elizabeth are two schools of lesser fame which are now getting noticed by the “top-a-top” of society.These two schools have out performed a number of other well known schools with some students who sat the CXC and CSEC exams passing as much as 10 subjects .
In the mean time Principal of May Day High School , Mr. Stanly Skeen will be leaving that post . Mr. Skeen is credited with leading the school from a frowned upon institution which was avoided by most parents to one which is now bursting at the seems as parents vie to get their children in. May Day is now known for its excellent academic, including the sciences, curriculum.
The Government is busy establishing an independent investigation authority for the primary purpose of looking into abuse by members of the security forces. In a news paper advertisement the Government is asking that the public submit suggestions as to how the body should be set up. Suggestions should be sent to, Investigation Authority , Ministry of Justice , NCB Towers (south) 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5, no later than October 17. Persons in St. Elizabeth and Manchester are encouraged to make their submissions.
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Tourist interests on the south coast of St. Elizabeth and Manchester can now feel vindicated for what they have been saying for years about Montego Bay being crowned Jamaica’s tourist capital. President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce , Ms. Pauline Reid in a recent Gleaner article indicated she believes calling Montego Bay the tourist capital hypocritical. According to the article, Ms. Reid echoed the cries of a wide cross section of residents and the business community when she pointed to the endless congestion on the Bogue main road , flooding near some hotels and the need for a traffic management system. Ms. Reid who was speaking during a meeting with newly appointed Minister of Transport and Works the Honorable Mike Henry, did not walk away with any promise of these problems being taken care of as might have been the case before the election . When Pace visited what is called the second city, one had to wonder if there is any governing body responsible for that town.
First Global Bank officially opened its Mandeville Branch on Ward Ave on Tuesday October 9. The Bank marked the occasion with what it termed a “Jamaica Night Celebration” at the Manchester Golf Club where it treated its current and potential customers . First Global is the latest bank to open its door in the ever expanding Mandeville town.
According to Bank personnel, in a previous interview with Pace Television, First Global intends to give the residents of Mandeville the best financial service available and will strive to meet their varied demands . First Global Bank is a member of the Grace Kennedy group which is no stranger to the Mandeville community as it has long history in the region . The Bank is located in the old Century National Bank building near the intersection of Ward Ave and Perth Road and has added a touch of class to that part of Mandeville.
Construction on the hurricane battered Wesley Methodist Church on Manchester Road in Mandeville (Manchester) will begin in the near future according to administrators of the Church. A contact for the rebuilding of its hall which had its roof and other parts remove by hurricane Ivan was signed on Tuesday October 9th with the construction company ,Aljodix Ltd. The first phase of the work is expected to be completed within the next eight months. The Wesley Methodist Church was established on April 15th, 1891 and is among a number of historical churches in Manchester, including the New Broughton United Church which did not lay a welcome mat for hurricane Ivan in 2004. This seemed to anger Ivan which did its best to destroy them.
With the general election now history and the Jamaica Labour Party finally relinquishing its position as a permanent opposition party, a number of persons are now positioning themselves to run for councilor seats in St. Elizabeth and Manchester when the Local Government election is called . JLP candidates are hoping they will benefit from a positive spin-off from the party’s recent victory at the polls . One such person is a new comer to politics Mr. Damion Baker who will be vying to oust the Peoples National Party from the Black River division . Baker, who has been very active in the farming sector and a parish manager for the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) at one time, told Pace Tv. he brings “thinking outside the box” and youthful innovation to local governance.
Constituents in the Christiana community in north Manchester are getting impatient with Minister of Finance , Audly Shaw contending that hey have not heard anymore about the promises he made during the election campaign to develop the area.
The residents told Pace they want to see work on a bypass for the town started as well as the poor condition of the roads given immediate attention. Farmers in Craighead and Breezy Hill said for the past thirty years all they have received is a couple load of marl during election time and promises and as far as he knows no fools live the area.
Motorist are going to eventually cause the traffic authority to institute a ban on the use of cell phones while driving. Women and taxi diver in particular are creating havoc on the roadways by being distracted dialing and talking on cell phones while driving.
Some persons find it hard to chew bubble gun and walk much less operate a cell phone while driving according to Taxi operator Devon Anderson of Santa Cruz. He said a lady with two toddlers on board slammed into his taxi two months ago after she became so engross in a cell phone converstion she failed to pay proper attention to her driving.
Sergeant Lancelot Frazer of the Mandeville Police Traffic division is reminding motorists that driving requires ones full attention and it is best to pull off the road and complete your conversation there where it is safe to do so. Given the number of traffic accidents taking place daily with deadly result, no phone could be important to put your life and others at risk.
A vendor in the Christiana Market was the recipient of a strong tongue lashing for a comment he made while he was listening to a radio program last Monday.
The DJ after playing a series of music commented that One Third is slated to travel to a distance country to perform as part of their first engagement over seas. The vendor than blurted ‘you mean sah Mr. Shaw just get di job as Finance Minister an em start travel abroad a-ready” . This did not go down well with a fellow vendor who reprimanded his colleague and explained that One Third is a successful singing group.
The Manchester Parish Development Committee (MPDC) held a one day forum at the Kendal Conference Center in Mandeville recently to present its thirty year development plan for the parish. Headed by Mr. Jackie Minott of Jamaica Standard Products, the producers of High Mountain Coffee, the MPDC has been working on a development plan for the parish of Manchester for a number of years.
Businessman Michael Chin was the guest speaker while others including president of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Mr. Winston Lawson made presentations.
Attorney at Law Camelle Shields is being lauded for per contribution to improve the lives of the people of Mandeville through the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Attorney Shields has been working with the Chamber to implement its “Closed to Crime Initiative” (CCI) free of charge. The CCI is an effort by the Manchester Chamber of Commerce to install video cameras at key locations in the town of Mandeville as well as to assist the police with other resources.
Central Manchester Member of Parliament Peter Bunting is calling for more attention to be paid to appropriately reclaim mind out land in the region. Mr. Bunting who was addressing members of the Rotary Club of Mandeville let it be known he was not please with the appearance of the landscape left behind by the bauxite companies.
Emanuel Kinder Preparatory School on West Road in Mandeville celebrated its twentieth anniversary on October 7th at the Emanuel Missionary Church . The school was founded by educator Mrs.Norman who was lauded for her sterling contribution to the education of young people. Two former students made a presentations in song.
The entire function will be shown on Pace Television at a later date.
A check with a number of police men and women in the region pertaining to the pending departure of Commissioner of Police Luscious Thomas revealed that it is a regrettable development . One Inspector Told Pace that some members of the JCF expected the Mr. Thomas to depart within a year after the new Government took over but not so soon and sudden. He said there are many in the JCF who feel the Jamaica Labour Party look on the force with disdain. He said he will not be surprised if many other high ranking members depart soon after Mr. Thomas.