Wednesday, 22 August 2018

NEWS & NOTES: Dr. Garth Anderson is new JTA president + Lennox Channer appointed NHT Chairman + Bolt and Sean Paul named CCA ambassadors

>> Olympic sprint legend Usain Bolt and Grammy winner Sean Paul are the ambassadors of the recently launched Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator programme. In their new roles, the Jamaican icons will be using their star power to promote the call for climate-smart action in the region and globally. The programme, endorsed by the World Bank and the IDB, was launched on August 9 at the UWI Mona campus. It brings together more than 26 countries dedicated to promoting climate-smart action and making the Caribbean the world’s first climate-smart zone.

>> Among the highlights of this week’s 54th annual Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) conference at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay is the installation of Dr. Garth Anderson as the new JTA president. Current principal of Church Teachers’ College in Manchester, Dr. Anderson succeeds Georgia Waugh Richards. Already, Dr. Anderson has a successor, as veteran educator Owen Speid has been tapped as President-elect, waiting in the wings to assume the top job at the end of Anderson’s tenure.

>> Lennox Channer is the new Chairman of the National Housing Trust (NHT). Channer brings vast corporate-world expertise to the job, having served such companies as Caribbean Broilers, Digicel and the National Commercial Bank. Current Vice-President of Accounting at the Jamaica Broilers Group, Channer holds a BSc from UWI Mona and an MSc from the University of Florida. “I do intend to continue the great work of my predecessor [Dr. Nigel Clarke],” Channer says. “I am well aware of [PM Holness’] vision and charge to the NHT to build more houses, and I take the charge to build more houses.” For the 2018/19 financial year, the Chairman reveals, the NHT will be spending over $30 billion on housing projects.

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