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1, 2, 3, Jamaica!

It was one, two, three for Jamaica in the Women's 100m Finals at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Saturday, July 31, 2021.


Elaine Thompson Herah won the event in an Olympic record 10.61 seconds, as she became the second fastest woman in history. The third fastest woman, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took the silver medal in 10.74s and their compatriot Shericka Jackson clocked a personal best 10.76s for the bronze medal.

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‘We tried to give a little relief, but this pandemic, this virus is serious’

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness is again appealing for Jamaicans to take the vaccine once it becomes available to them. He warned that the country’s unvaccinated population “could become the foundation on which the third wave [is] carried”.

“Therefore, I think every single Jamaican, when the opportunity comes, when your time comes, you should do what is in your best interest, what is in your parents’ and grandparents’ best interest, and what is in the interest of the country, in the interest of your children to return to school. Take the vaccine,” he implored.

He noted that even if persons who have been vaccinated contract COVID-19 they will not suffer the worst effects of the virus. The Prime Minister pointed out that “this virus intends to stick around,” stressing that the only way it will “go away” is if a large percentage of the population, at least 65 per cent, is inoculated against the disease.

“This is serious now. We recognise the psychological strain, the emotional strain. We heard the cries. We tried to give a little relief, but this pandemic, this virus is serious and I can only appeal to the good sense and reason of the people of Jamaica,” he said.

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Vaccine for Jamaicans 18 and over, soon

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Christopher Tufton says that approximately 1.4 million doses of vaccines – both double and single doses - are expected in the island.

“The target is to deliver doses to 900,000 Jamaicans between now and the end of September. It’s an ambitious target, but I believe with the support of the population and all of society, we can achieve that target,” he said.

Dr. Tufton noted that as soon as new batches of vaccines arrive, the programme will be opened up to all Jamaicans who qualify, aged 18 years and over.

He noted that once “we get to the 900,000, plus those who have already benefited, then we will be somewhere in the region of 50 per cent of target, given that we are looking at 1.95 million or so”.

As of Sunday, July 25, a total of 302,856 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered. Some 564 doses of the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine have also been administered under special arrangements for the country’s athletes who are competing in the Olympics and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football competition.

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Jamalco Scholarships

Cherrise Martin, student at the University of Technology, accepts her scholarship confirmation letter from Managing Director of Jamalco Austin Mooney. Jamalco has awarded some J$13 million in scholarships, bursaries and assistance with back-to-school items to early childhood, primary, high school and tertiary level students in Clarendon and Manchester.

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Back-To-School

From left: Danielle Coward, tTech Limited human resource coordinator; Samantha Jones, sales and marketing associate; and Gillian Murray, marketing manager at a back-to-school donation drive at the Yallahs High School in St Thomas.

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Pineapples
Pineapples

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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Jamalco Scholarships
Jamalco Scholarships

Cherrise Martin, student at the University of Technology, accepts her scholarship confirmation letter from Managing Director of Jamalco Austin Mooney. Jamalco has awarded some J$13 million in scholarships, bursaries and assistance with back-to-school items to early childhood, primary, high school and tertiary level students in Clarendon and Manchester.

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GraceKennedy notches up profit levels

One of Jamaica’s most successful group of companies, GraceKennedy (GK) Limited, is reporting huge profits for the six months ended June 30, 2021.


For the period under review GK realized revenue of J$63.4 billion, representing an increase of J$6.8 billion or 12.1% over the corresponding period of 2020.


Profit before other income was J$3.9 billion, representing an increase of 26.1% over the same period last year. Profit before tax was J$5.4 billion, reflecting a 20.4% increase, and net profit after tax was J$4.0 billion, a 30.3% increase over the same period last year.

Commenting on the half-year results, GK Group CEO Don Wehby said, “We are pleased to see the positive performance of our company continue. All our business segments showed improved profits and revenue performance year over year, with our international businesses performing exceptionally well.


“Our accelerated growth in revenue and profits before tax in the second quarter is a reflection of the significant progress we have made towards improving our operating performance. For the remainder of 2021 the team will continue to focus on executing our strategic initiatives and managing our operating expenses, liquidity, and supply chain. Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make the outlook for the rest of 2021 uncertain, the accelerated rollout of vaccination programmes in the markets where we operate is encouraging and we support this drive wholeheartedly.”

ZOSO brings social programmes to Denham Town

Since the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) was declared in Denham Town on October 17, 2017, more than 30 unique social-intervention activities have been completed. Over 2,500 residents have benefited directly and over 8,000 indirectly.

These activities include health services, infrastructure upgrade, educational projects, youth development, behaviour modification and entrepreneurship.

The information is contained in the Denham Town Community Zone Social Intervention Ministry Paper, tabled in Parliament by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang.

To date, more than $320 million has been invested by the Government of Jamaica in the physical infrastructure (roads, solid waste management systems and water), with a further $100 million to be invested over the next 12 months to improve the physical outlay of the community.

Livelihood development programmes inclusive of parenting support, skills training in areas such as the blue economy and entrepreneurship, have, through direct training, benefited more than 250 individuals.

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Canada to focus on people-to-people ties with Jamaica

Newly appointed Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Emina Tudakovic, says that her focus is to strengthen the “good relations” between the two countries.

Speaking in an interview with the Jamaica Information Service, High Commissioner Tudakovic, who officially began her duties in March 2021, noted that Jamaica and Canada have established bilateral cooperation in the areas of security, migration and development and have strong partnership in the multilateral fora.

“So really, it is to make sure that we are a little more coherent in terms of a strategic approach to Jamaica and building on what we already have,” she said.

The High Commissioner, who is from Vancouver, West Coast of Canada, said that the strengthening of people-to-people ties will also be one of her goals “and building on those relationships on the cultural and social diplomacy side as well”.

According to the high commissioner, she will continue discussions with the Government on the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, which facilitates cooperation between Jamaica and Canada in criminal investigations. She noted that the agreement allows the two countries “to share information in a much easier way in terms of preventing crime”.

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