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National Baking Company supports teacher education

Science education received a tremendous boost to the tune of US$1 million under an agreement to establish the National Baking Company Foundation STEM Enhancement Scholarship Fund.

This agreement is between the Foundation and the University of the West Indies (UWI). It will see the programme dubbed BOOST – Building out our STEM Teachers – contributing J$159,600,000 over a period of six years.

Gary ‘Butch’ Hendrickson, chairman and chief executive officer of the National Baking Company, said, “We are delighted to partner with UWI on this ground-breaking programme. The aim of this donation is to literally BOOST Jamaica’s development agenda through improving our competencies in STEM. There is a lot of work to be done”.

He added, “A revolving cohort of the best science and math graduates is one way to increase the number of STEM teachers. This will eventually help to build empowered communities, besides enhancing the capacity of the University of the West Indies to assist and guide young Jamaicans towards a more prosperous future.”

Carib Cement committed to corporate social responsibility.

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Record earnings at Carib Cement

Caribbean Cement Company Limited, the maker of Carib Cement, recorded $1.5 billion of profit in the March quarter, which is three times the earnings recorded in the comparative 2020 period.

The quarter’s outstanding performance already puts the company halfway towards matching the $3.2 billion of profit made over the entire 2020 year. Its outlook on the construction sector and demand for cement remains positive.

Caribbean Cement focused on customer orders, efficiencies, expense controls and risk management during the quarter. “This effort has resulted in another quarter of growth, with the month of March yielding a record production of more than 100,000 metric tonnes of cement. For this, we commend all employees for their outstanding dedication and expert management of the plant and processes,” according to a joint statement from Chairman Parris Lyew-Ayee and General Manager and director Yago Castro.

The increased investments in the plant over the years allowed it to meet the increased demand emerging from the trade, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jamaica is strengthening apiculture industry

The Government of Jamaica spent in excess of $30 million to provide training and capacity building for 23 beekeeping projects last year.

At the same time, in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry, a $5-million grant was provided for a farm feeding support in an effort to preserve the life of roughly 12 per cent of the beekeeping stock across Jamaica.

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Floyd Green said that the apiculture sector has continued its growth path in 2020 with 3,000 investors managing just over 3,500 apiaries with about 65,000 bee colonies valued at about $2.6 billion or US$17 million.

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Gratitude Gift

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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Kiddies Gift

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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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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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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Hotel association targets vaccination drive

The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) is ramping up public education under its COVID-19 Ambassador Programme to encourage more workers in the sector to get vaccinated.

President of the JHTA Clifton Reader said that many Jamaicans, including those in the hospitality sector, continue to “sit on the fence” when it comes to vaccination.

He said that the Ambassador initiative will take aim at these “fence sitters” in communities situated in and around the tourism corridors, in order to highlight the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine, and how it will better help them to protect their families and wider community.

“If we produce the facts to them in a way that they can understand it, then I believe that they would make the decision to go out and take the vaccine,” Mr. Reader said.

He said that many of the initiative’s 40 ambassadors in hotels and attractions in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril, St. Elizabeth, Portland and Kingston have already taken the vaccine, which has inspired their colleagues to follow suit.

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