Saturday, 22 December 2018

NEWS & NOTES: Jampro and PICA join forces + Ward Theatre to be ready for next year? + 2018’s top teacher, principal announced

>> St. George’s Margaret Campbell, Munro’s Amorkard Brown win Principal, Teacher of the Year 
Eleven finalists in total were in the running to be named LASCO Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year for 2018/19. At Tuesday’s awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, Margaret Campbell, who in 2006 became the first headmistress of the North Street-based St. George’s College, won the Principal of the Year trophy. The trophy for Teacher of the Year went to Amorkard Brown, a senior instructor at the St. Elizabeth-based Munro College, another venerable all-boys institution. Lauding this year’s crop of nominees, state minister for Education and Youth, Floyd Green, who delivered the keynote address at the ceremony, hailed the teachers and principals as all winners “because every day you inspire and shape the lives of our children.” 

>> Ward Theatre renovation work to be completed in 2019 
“I believe we will all be proud of the building when we have done the renovations,” says Mayer of Kingston, Delroy Williams, announcing that the ongoing work on the badly damaged Ward Theatre should be fully completed in the New Year. According to Mayor Williams, 80 per cent of the work should be completed by September. Repair and upgrading of the landmark theatre’s facilities so far includes the installation of waterproof membrane on the roof, the fitting of countertops and basins in a restroom and four changing rooms, installation of dry-wall ceiling and sanitary fixtures and wall repairs. The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) is spearheading the renovation project in collaboration with the Culture ministry. 

>> Jampro looks to introduce “investor visa” for improved immigration experience 
The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (Jampro) have signed an MOU aimed at making it easier for international investors to do business in Jamaica. The two government agencies will collaborate on the development and execution of processes to facilitate investments and will combine efforts to lobby for policy changes that will positively impact visitors. “We are looking forward to this partnership with PICA as they have committed to working with us to improve immigration processes that affect investments,” says Jampro president, Diane Edwards, adding that her agency will be introducing an “investor visa” for their clients to benefit from a “more seamless immigration experience.”

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