Wednesday, 3 April 2013

NEWS & NOTES: Over 3,000 youths land NYS summer jobs + Late Maurice Facey hailed as outstanding nation-builder

HAILING A GIANT: Maurice Facey, a founding member of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), is dead. He was 88. The business icon and philanthropist, who passed on Tuesday, has been hailed for his significant role in the construction of several landmarks in the Corporate Area. In a message of condolence, PM Portia Simpson-Miller said Facey's passing brings to an end the life of another truly outstanding and remarkable Jamaican who made a sterling contribution to the development of the private sector and the nation. "In his own quiet way Maurice Facey was a giant of a man," the PM noted, "and he leaves behind huge footprints across corporate Jamaica and in the voluntary service sector." Facey served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Pan Jam Group of Companies; Founder and Managing Director of Jamaica Property Company Limited and Chairman of the Kingston Restoration Company. For his contribution to the development of the nation and distinguished services in the fields of finance, tourism and agriculture, Facey was conferred with the Order of Jamaica in 1988. He is survived wife Valerie, son Stephen, and daughter Laura

YOUTH IN ACTION: Approximately $57 million has been set aside to finance this year's National Youth Service (NYS) summer programme, which will employ some 3,700 young Jamaicans (ages 17-24) in the private and public sectors. Of that number, ten percent are disabled youths. Almost 9,000 persons applied for the three-week jobs, which come with a stipend of $12,000. "This government is committed to making sure that with whatever resources that we have, we are focussed on youth development," says Youth Minister Lisa Hanna, who adds that over 11, 500 participants will be targeted this year for various projects islandwide, including some new ones to be rolled out by the NYS. Greater emphasis, Hanna says, will be placed on the promotion of cultural and social entrepreneurship.

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