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Students get hands-on training at Carib Cement

Tertiary level students from two universities in Kingston received valuable work experience under a programme spearheaded by the Caribbean Cement Company Ltd.

Managing Director Yago Castro wants to see more students enrolled in the programme and encouraged the participants to spread the message. “This is about the future of the country. The role of cement is important especially in creating more resilient infrastructure in Jamaica. Help us to convey this message to all your colleagues. We are trying to create that critical mass of people that can be a part of our company in the future,” he said.

Chairman Parris Lyew-Ayee described the programme as successful, noting that the second staging will open up to students from other universities such as the Caribbean Maritime University as well as to include our companies in Bahamas and Trinidad. “I think it was a success and the co-ordination and the working was good. I have been getting inputs from the professors who note that the feedback from the students are highly appreciative,” he said.

For five weeks, 42 final year students from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, and University of Technology (UTECH), Jamaica, were exposed virtually to cutting-edge research and development in the cement industry, state-of-the-art technology, and the operations of a multi-national company.

The students, taught by the company’s leaders and technical experts, hailed the work exposure programme, dubbed CEMEX Campus 2021. Final year UWI student Lesmar Murray, 22, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, described the programme as eye-opening, explaining that she was able to garner hands-on experience about the cement-making process.

Ms. Murray was speaking at a ceremony to hand over certificates to students who participated in the programme at the Carib Cement’s Sports Club in Rockfort, Kingston, on May 19.

Final year UTECH student, Shaneque Edwards, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering, said the programme taught her both the technical and non-technical aspects of running a cement business.

“This is something that will come in handy, irrespective of the programme we are in and I believe that it has allowed us to be more open-minded even after our journey at university has ended,” she said.

The programme was launched in March 2021.

Carib Cement committed to corporate social responsibility.

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Jamaica shines at tourism awards

Six Jamaican properties are this year recipients of the prestigious TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards.

In doing so, they have earned a coveted spot on TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean list. They are Kingston’s Spanish Court Hotel; Negril’s Cliff Hotel and Sandy Haven Resort; Ocho Rios’ Jamaica Inn and Montego Bay’s Round Hill Hotel and Villas and The Tryall Club.


Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism in Jamaica, hailed the teams for their exceptional performance. “I am very proud of the strong Jamaican representation on TripAdvisor’s Top Caribbean Hotels list.  These properties were ranked among the highest-rated locations in the entire region,” said the Minister. “This is a major achievement for these properties and by extension destination Jamaica. We are certain this will have a positive impact on our tourism industry, which is steadily rebounding.”


Additionally, the S Hotel in Montego Bay was listed among the Top 25 ‘Most Saved’ hotels in the world, which TripAdvisor described as “hotels that topped every traveller's list.”


“I offer my congratulations to the management team and staff of the Crissa Hotels Group for being the only Jamaican entity to be named on the Most Saved list, while their other property, Spanish Court Hotel, also made the Top Caribbean Hotels list. This proves that they have remained top of mind during what has been a very difficult year for travel and tourism globally,” said Minister Bartlett.


Established in 2002, the Travellers' Choice Best of the Best Awards are the highest honour TripAdvisor bestows.


20,000 more land titles coming

Jamaica expects to deliver 20,000 titles over the next two years under a reengineered land titling programme, according to Everald Warmington, the Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

He said that the titling process is targeting privately held lands at a community or scheme level; and will operate alongside the existing voluntary system of registration of lands, where persons visit the National Land Agency office and request the service to issue a title for their lands.

Warmington said the Government is working through a public-private partnership agreement with Geoland Title Limited to undertake cadastral surveying and titling services.


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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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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 wants maritime state status

Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague says Jamaica is making progress in its quest towards becoming a leading maritime state.

“Our plans to position Jamaica as a viable shipping centre, a subset of the Logistics Hub, will continue in spite of the obvious economic shocks of the [coronavirus] COVID-19 pandemic,” said the Minister. “This has the potential to attract more shipping and allied services, and to be a driver of economic development.”

He said this is occurring against the backdrop of “careful observation of international standards, [and] protection and preservation of the country’s natural environment”.

“We must ensure that shipping activities in our entire marine space and for our flagships sailing internationally are in compliance with the IMO’s international regulations for safety and security as well as the prevention of marine pollution, including air emissions by ships,” the Minister stated.

Mr. Montague said the IMO’s application of global standards through robust treaties and regulations has set the bar for member countries to follow.



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