Friday, 4 October 2019

COMMUNITY BEAT: News + Notes from Negril to Morant Point

ST. CATHERINE: “We look forward to brightening the path to tomorrow for our nation’s children. Each cohort inspires us to keep advocating for our young girl, so that their academic path to living their dreams is made a little easier,” says Renee Rose, brand manager for sanity napkin providers LASCO Curves, which recently hosted a ceremony at their White Marl headquarters to present scholarships (and other prizes) to seven female students who excelled in this year’s Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exams. The awardees were picked from the education ministry’s six regions. A special award was also given to the top performing female child of a LASCO employee.

ST. ELIZABETH: Per a release from the Ministry of Transport & Mining, a sizeable number of workers will be out of a job when alumina production is suspended at the JISCO-Alpart plant. The scale-down is scheduled to start within a month or two and coincides with the second phase of an expansion and modernization plan. According to the release, a percentage of the current workforce will be kept for maintenance jobs and to help with the execution of the upgrading programme, which is expected to result in a significantly more efficient plant with production capacity being increased from 1.65 million tonnes to 2 million tonnes annually.

CLARENDON: When completed, the Vernamfield aerodrome, dubbed the Aerotropolis Jamaica project, will be equipped with international air cargo and logistics facilities, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services and a training school. To design the layout for this US$2.5 billion project, the government is looking to local talents, including students from the University of Technology’s Caribbean School of Architecture. “While the [aerodrome] can be built within two to five years, the development around it is going to be over the next 20 years,” says project manager Lieutenant Colonel Oscar Derby. “So our young people can see a whole career in this development.”

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