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News for Week of May 16, 2021
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Paper mill to add hundreds of new jobs

The parish of Westmoreland in Jamaica is to get a bamboo pulp and paper mill, according to the Minister with responsibility for industry, investment and commerce, Audley Shaw.

He said that talks are being finalised with an investor to establish the mill valued at roughly US$296 million. It is estimated that the project will add 500 direct jobs and 5,000 indirect jobs to the local economy over the next 10 years.

According to the minister, mill, to be situated in Frome, will be the first of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean, will also create opportunities for local farmers. He added: “The company requires a total of 20,000 acres of arable land to establish bamboo orchards to meet the one million tonnes of bamboo fibre required per year. This opens up opportunities for owners with land suitable for bamboo cultivation to supply the mill.”

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Jamaican is new Chancellor at Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland has a new Chancellor. He is Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Scotland, Professor Sir Geoff Palmer. Sir Geoff, who is an internationally renowned scientist and human rights activist, will assume his new role at an official inauguration ceremony, which will be held during the University’s Bicentennial celebrations in October 2021.

As Chancellor, Sir Geoff will play a central role in promoting Heriot-Watt’s international reputation as a pioneer in  research and education across its campuses in Scotland, Malaysia and Dubai.


Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan, expressed pleasure at Sir Geoff’s new appointment. He said, “This is a proud moment for the Jamaican diaspora and for all Jamaicans across the world. Sir Geoff, who made history in 1989 when he became Scotland’s first black professor, continues to be a stalwart supporter of Jamaica and the diaspora and a tireless advocate for human rights. He exemplifies academic excellence and his research into the history and connections between Scotland and the Caribbean is well known and highly regarded.”


Edna Manley college seals new deal for students

Students specialising in music production at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts will have the opportunity to further hone their skills and create musical content for global advertising campaigns. 


This will be facilitated through an apprenticeship programme as part of a partnership between the college and global entertainment marketing agency, the SMC Group, which will see the company hiring five graduates per year from the college. 


Representatives from college and SMC Group signed an agreement to solidify the partnership during a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, May 12.

With an initial investment of US$30,000, the SMC Group will be establishing a fully equipped music-production studio that will serve to develop the talents of local songwriters, producers, and artistes attending the institution. Work on the music studio is slated to begin by September 2021.

This first phase of the venture will focus on Jamaican-based talent, with a long-term goal of recruiting from across the Caribbean. The partnership will also enhance animation and dance specialisations at the college.


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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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Jamaica injects buy-back programme

Jamaica’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is putting an additional $200 million into its Buy-Back Programme.

Minister Floyd Green said that the programme is among “aggressive strategic initiatives” implemented last year in response to the “unprecedented crisis” caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Under the programme, the Government provides money to assist in the movement of excess produce from farmers to domestic consumers. The excess is due to the closure of hotels, restaurants and schools during the pandemic.

Charities get support to manage donations

A local company has come forward to help some charities in Jamaica to manage their donations. The United Way of Jamaica (UWJ) has teamed with JETS Limited, owners and operators of the MultiLink Debit Card system, to provide support for the company’s corporate social responsibility programme.

The partnership valued at $3 million will benefit projects in the areas of education and health, to support clinical services, skills training and various other outreach initiatives. The benefiting projects and organizations include the Jamaica Cancer Society, Mustard Seed Communities, Salvation Army, the R Danny Williams School of the Deaf, the Jamaica Society for Blind and United Way of Jamaica’s Early Childhood initiatives.

CEO of JETS Limited, Mr. Edmundo Jenez, said that, “his organization is pleased that this partnership with United Way Jamaica will ensure the efficient administration and disbursement of donations in keeping with our company’s corporate social responsibility focus on health and education initiatives”.



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