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News for Week of April 18, 2021
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Carib Cement records milestone

Three months after Caribbean Cement Company Limited announced its 2020 record cement production results, the company is marking another milestone, that of manufacturing more than 100,000 metric tonnes of cement in a month. This was accomplished in March and marks the highest monthly production in recent history.

“While we have been making investments to improve our performance, a key component in this result is the human factor. This is really a mark of the commitment of our people who have been working consistently to keep our plant operating optimally, and best of all, we have achieved this safely, without any lost time injuries,” said Yago Castro, managing director of Carib Cement.

The trend for this quarter is of a higher average than that of the past ten years and is in response to domestic market demand. Round the clock, the cadre of highly skilled employees maintain equipment, conduct quality checks and keep a close eye on all aspects of the operation to quickly resolve issues and shorten down time.


Investments in the business over the past five years have begun to yield favourable results.

Carib Cement, the largest manufacturer in Jamaica, is essential to the economy not only for its product, but for the ecosystem around the company’s operations. The company is serviced by more than 450 local suppliers and made 70% if its purchases locally in 2020. Between 2015 and 2020, the government of Jamaica has received tax revenue of $49.5 billion.

Carib Cement committed to corporate social responsibility.

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Spanish Jamaican Foundation awards bursaries

Fifty-one 51 students from nine tertiary institutions, who are facing financial difficulties, have been awarded bursaries totalling $4.5 million, courtesy of the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF).

The recipients, who include pre-trained Spanish teachers, persons who study Spanish, and students of hospitality services, were selected based on their academic performance, financial need, community service, knowledge of the Spanish language, and comportment in an interview.

They are from the Shortwood Teachers’ College, Church Teachers’ College, Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, Montego Bay Community College, HEART College of Hospitality Services, University of the West Indies, Brown’s Town Community College, and Bethlehem Moravian College.


Bus donated to children’s agency

Mental health service delivery by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is poised to be significantly bolstered with the acquisition of a retrofitted 35-seater bus valued at $14.9 million.

The vehicle, which was purchased and modified by Toyota Jamaica, is equipped with two counselling areas, Wi-Fi service, air conditioning, a refrigerator, sink, and cabinets.

Its acquisition will assist in bolstering the CPFSA Mental Health Unit’s capacity to respond to the needs of children traumatised by acts of violence, who are in State care, by providing psychological screening and intervention.

The vehicle’s addition to the Mobile Mental Health Unit otherwise called the Smiles Mobile, and the provision of a US$3,957 multipurpose printer falls under the agency’s ICT Expansion Project.


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Sandals guests, Shannon and Mitchell Hopper, are among hundreds of travellers who continue to spread gratitude by packing for a purpose whenever they travel.

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Children at a basic school in rural Westmoreland are on the receiving end of brand new school supplies and learning manipulatives donated by travellers through the Sandals Foundation and Pack for a Purpose.

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A representative from the Annotto Bay Fire Station shows off her freshly picked JP St Mary’s pineapple alongside JP St Mary’s Assistant Depot Manager Simone Saunderson during a handover of care packages with the vitamin C-rich fruit to the Fire Brigade. The donation by JP St Mary’s is part of an overall initiative to encourage essential workers to eat healthy foods to boost their immune systems.

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Sandals guests, Shannon and Mitchell Hopper, are among hundreds of travellers who continue to spread gratitude by packing for a purpose whenever they travel.

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KingAlarm to offer new medical transport services

The KingAlarm Group has announced that it will be offering emergency ambulance response services, critical care transport services, air ambulance coordination and medical support products and services through its affiliate company, AmbuKing.


AmbuKing will recruit, train and certify the most qualified emergency medical technicians, ‎and will utilise only the most technologically advanced ambulances and associated lifesaving equipment, thereby ensuring the highest levels of professionalism and expertise coupled with unparalleled levels of customer service support that have become synonymous with the KingAlarm brand.


AmbuKing will, from the outset, aim to maintain the best ambulance to client ratio in the industry, thereby ensuring the fastest response times to all medical emergencies.



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