“Right now, what the Jamaican people want is for their hope and trust to be restored in this [ministry], so that is first,” says the newly installed Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams, speaking to journalists at the recent ceremonial opening of Parliament in Kingston. Williams says her team is not backing down from the challenges that lie ahead. “We will go in and begin the process of restoring their trust and confidence in these institutions.” For one thing, Williams is quick to emphasize, the Government will be forging ahead with the compulsory acquisition of the embattled oil refinery, Petrojam.
>> Prince Charles to commence C’bean tour in St. Lucia
On March 17, Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be embarking on a tour of the Caribbean. The Prince and the Duchess will kick off their tour in St. Lucia, and will be guests of honour at an event (hosted by GG Sir Neville Cenac and PM Allen Chastenet) to mark the island’s 40th year of Independence. The island-hopping tour will also include visits to Barbados, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, Cayman and Cuba, which Charles and Camilla will be visiting for the first time. The Caribbean tour is scheduled to end on March 29.
>> Digicel Foundation makes $16.5M donation to Mustard Seed
The Mustard Seed Communities has received a $16.5 million donation from the Digicel Foundation. Among the projects to be funded is the construction of a new multi-purpose centre at their St. Catherine-based Jerusalem residential care facility, catering to children with special needs. The new centre will house an art therapy room, an arts and craft and woodworking workshop, a home economics centre, a reception hall, gift shop, a computer-education area, and a classroom for adult literacy. “Through this partnership with Mustard Seed, we continue to enhance the lives of persons with special needs,” says Dennis O’Brien, founder and patron of the Digicel Foundation. “Valuable skills will be learnt here, skills that will empower and prepare our young people to participate in the society and lead wholesome, productive lives.”