PM Hails Red Stripe in Big Step for Brand Jamaica
By Denise Dennis – September 8, 2016
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was on hand yesterday (September 7) to see Red Stripe sending off its first shipment to the United States from Jamaica in four years.
At a ceremony at Red Stripe’s Spanish Town Road location, Mr. Holness hailed the move by the iconic Jamaican brand to re-establish Jamaica as its global production hub.
He said this is a reflection of the company’s commitment to protect the authenticity of the brand by having it produced locally as well as of the confidence in the country’s improving macroeconomic environment.
Describing the repatriation move as a good business decision, the Prime Minister said the Government appreciates the company’s improvements in efficiencies through the upgrade of its plant as well as increases in its workforce.
“That is a big thing and the Government of Jamaica expresses its gratitude for that investment decision. It is that decision that has made it possible for your output to increase, employment to increase and, indeed, the growth of the company, which will translate into the growth of the Jamaican economy,” he said.
Jamaica Diaspora in US Donates Back-To-School Supplies to Maxfield Park Children’s Home
By O. Rodger Hutchinson – September 7, 2016
Essential back-to-school supplies were handed over to the Maxfield Park Children’s Home in Kingston, yesterday (September 6), by the Jamaica Diaspora in the United States.
The supplies were delivered by Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board member from the United States of America (USA), North-East, Joan Pinnock.
Ms. Pinnock, who is an attorney-at-law, told JIS Newsthat the donation is a way of giving back, in some small way, to the children of Jamaica who are less fortunate.
“We were able to bless the children with some books and backpacks, just to get them fully ready for school,” she said.
She pointed out that a call was made to the wider Jamaican population in north-east USA, who were encouraged to make the donation that would be taken back to Jamaica and distributed to needy children in homes.
Students Take Part in Animation Training
By Tomeica Gunn – September 6, 2016
Twenty-three students participated in the recently concluded Train the Trainer programme 2 (TTT2) in the animation industry.
The four-week training programme, which ended in July, also required the instructors to make recommendations to the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET) about ways to improve the industry.
Trainers for the TTT2 were Animation Instructors, Adam Sale and Don Perro from the Capilano University in Canada.
The course was held at the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI). It was the second component of a three-part programme, with the first completed in the summer of 2015.
Mr. Sale tells JIS News that this year’s focus was training persons in production, while last year’s Train the Trainer 1 dealt with training persons in the various methods to teach animation.
“Jamaica has a few animation studios; however, there is no large capacity for people to get experience in animation,” he notes.
Therefore, the trainers came up with small productions, which challenged the faculty/students in the course.
This, Mr. Sales explains, gave the trainees the opportunity to do animation production.
PM Presents Computers to NAJ
by Chad Bryan – September 6, 2016
The administrative functions of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) have been bolstered through the presentation of computers by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.
The two laptop and four desktop computers were accepted by NAJ President, Janet Coore-Farr, and members of the association, during a brief ceremony held at the Office of the Prime Minister last afternoon (September 5).
Mr. Holness noted that the donation of the computers was the fulfillment of a commitment made to the nurses during a visit to his office recently.
“During that meeting they expressed concerns about the shortage of equipment generally and they specifically mentioned that they didn’t have computers to help them with their work,” he said.
Mr. Holness said the equipment will help the nurses with appropriate record-keeping and report preparation. They will also facilitate training programmes.
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