Thursday, 17 August 2017

NEWS FEED: Holness launches youth summer work programme + St. Thomas girl cops Farm Queen title + Quarrie lays down the law

WORK TO BE DONE: Over the course of the next four weeks, some 2300 youths across the island will be employed under the National Youth Service Employment Programme. The programme, launched by PM Andrew Holness at Jamaica College on August 10, will see the young workers engaged in the auditing of street lights, identifying vulnerable persons within communities who may require assistance during periods of natural disasters and other forms of emergency, and identifying streets for which signs are missing. “Some street lights are on but the lights are dim. We want to know which street lights are out, so that we can better provide the service for the communities,” Holness told the gathering. The youth work programme is being spearheaded by the local government ministry and will run from August 4 to September 8. Each worker will be paid a weekly $8000 stipend. 

WINNER TAKES ALL: One of the highlights of the annual Denbigh Agricultural Show in Clarendon is the crowning of the National Farm Queen. This year’s winner is Trudiann Ashmead, a 25-year-old St. Thomas native currently pursuing gender and development studies at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). In addition to a handsome cash prize from title sponsors Nutramix, Ashmead won a scholarship to pursue studies of her choice at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) and will embark on a two-week exchange programme courtesy of Delaware State University. 

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? What’s the way forward for Jamaica’s senior athletics programme in the wake of the disappointing results gleaned at the 16th IAAF World Championships in London – not to mention the shocking report of an altercation between two of the country’s female representatives at the championships? Taking stock and looking ahead, technical leader Donald Quarrie has laid down the law. “Guidelines are going to have to be set up and enforced, and athletes are going to have to understand that if you are not prepared to step up to the line, you can be replaced – even if it means we are not going to win,” Quarrie told The Gleaner’s AndrĂ© Lowe. “We have to start somewhere as it relates to certain disciplinary means of making sure our athletes realize that when it comes to the country – especially in the relays – the country comes first.”

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