PM Hails Red Stripe in Big Step for Brand Jamaica

By Denise Dennis  – September 8, 2016


Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (third left), applauds as a truck carrying a container leaves to symbolically launch Red Stripe’s first shipment to the United States after four years, at the company’s Spanish Town Road headquarters on September 7. He is joined by Managing Director of Red Stripe, Mr. Ricardo Nuncio (second left); Head of Corporate Relations, Mrs. Dianne Ashton Smith (second right); and Brand Manager for Red Stripe and Heineken United States, Mr. Andrew Anguin (right).

 

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.

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This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://www.jis.gov.jm


Jamaica Diaspora in US Donates Back-To-School Supplies to Maxfield Park Children’s Home

By O. Rodger Hutchinson  – September 7, 2016

Child Care Co-Coordinator at the Maxfield Park Children’s Home, Richard Lawrence (third left) and Acting Manager, Winston Bowen (fourth left), receive school bags from Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board member from the United States of America (USA), North-East, Joan Pinnock (second right), yesterday (September 6). At right is US Diaspora Advisory Board member (North-East), Sam Sherrington.

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.

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This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://www.jis.gov.jm


Students Take Part in Animation Training

By Tomeica Gunn – September 6, 2016

Project Manager of the Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation Industry (YEDAI) programme at the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET), Margery Newland (fourth right, front row), with Manager, World Bank Projects at MSET, Judy Marshall Anderson (centre) and Animation Specialist at the YEDAI programme, Robert Reid (fourth left), with animation teachers/students at the closing ceremony for the recently held animation Train the Trainer Programme, at the JAMPRO Training Room. In the second row (from third left) are Trainers Adam Sale and Don Perro from Capilano University, in Canada.

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.

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This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://www.jis.gov.jm/


PM Presents Computers to NAJ

by Chad Bryan – September 6, 2016

Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness (right) presents a laptop computer to Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) President, Janet Coore-Farr, during a ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister on September 5. Sharing the moment is Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang. The Prime Minister handed over two laptops and four desktops to the NAJ.

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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This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://www.jis.gov.jm/


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