SHARING THE LOVE: Businessman donated drawing tablets to students

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PACE Canada donates tablets to schools

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has received 1,000 tablet computers and supporting inputs, valued at US$100,000, for the early-childhood sector.

The devices, donated by philanthropic organisation, the Project for the Advancement of Childhood Education (PACE) Canada, are in support of the Ministry’s ‘One Laptop or Tablet Per Child’ initiative and will be distributed to more than 200 institutions islandwide sponsored by the entity.

PACE Board Member, Mark Fullerton, presented the tablets to portfolio Minister Fayval Williams earlier this month. PACE Canada was able to secure the tablets through generous donations from members, supporters and through stakeholder partnerships.

Minister Williams welcomed PACE Canada’s gesture, noting that the donations “have come at a very good time for our children”.

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White Paper as diaspora policy inches to next stage

State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Leslie Campbell, says that the revised draft National Diaspora Policy, is now being finalised for submission to Cabinet for approval as a White Paper.

“Given the growth in the scope and nature of the interaction with the diaspora over the years, the Ministry is now at the point when we are about to enact the National Diaspora Policy,” he said.

The policy provides the framework for pursuing strategies and initiatives that are mutually beneficial to the national development process and the well-being of the diaspora population.

Senator Campbell, who has responsibility for diaspora affairs, said that development of the policy evolved over a number of years and benefited from the collective wisdom gained through the biennial diaspora conference process, broad consultation with ministries, departments and agencies, as well as from non-governmental organisations, academia, the private sector and the diaspora.

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Visitors staying longer, spending more

Jamaica is expected to welcome 1.5 million visitors by December 31 (calendar year), with estimated earnings of US$1.9 billion, according to Director of Tourism Donovan White.

“What we have seen is an uptick in the length of stay of visitors to the destination, since we reopened, from 7.1 days to eight days. We have also seen an uptick in the average visitor spend from US$169 per day per visitor to US$180,” he said. “This is what has allowed us to forecast our revenue projections to just under US$2 billion for the calendar year.”

White added, “This means that for the first time, our destination earnings are beginning to outpace arrivals, which is a good thing. This has also allowed us to reforecast where we believe the destination will return to pre-COVID levels of performance, and we see that happening round about third quarter of 2023.”

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Burger King is supporting artistes with a donation to the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artiste and Affiliates (JAVAA). Here, Sabrena McDonald Radcliffe (2nd right), head of Sales, Marketing & Corporate Communications, presents $250,000 to JAVAA representatives (from left): Donette Fielding, Frankie Campbell, and Orville ‘Biggs’ Case.

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Chain of Hope
Chain of Hope

Kimberly Tenant (centre) says ‘thank you’ to Consultant Cardiologist, South Hampton and Lead of the Chain of Hope and Gift for Life Medical Mission, Dr Alan MGee (right), at the Paediatric Cardiac Unit at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Her grandmother, Judith Osbourne Malcolm, shares in the moment.

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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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Burger King Support
Burger King Support

Burger King is supporting artistes with a donation to the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artiste and Affiliates (JAVAA). Here, Sabrena McDonald Radcliffe (2nd right), head of Sales, Marketing & Corporate Communications, presents $250,000 to JAVAA representatives (from left): Donette Fielding, Frankie Campbell, and Orville ‘Biggs’ Case.

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Million on table to buy equipment for hospitals

Dr. Christopher Tufton, the Minister of Health and Wellness, says that the Government has invested $700 million to purchase diagnostic and other medical equipment for three hospitals.

These are Spanish Town in St. Catherine; St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann; and the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon.

To be facilitated under the Health Services Support Project funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), this investment will see the purchase of three CT scan machines, three X-ray machines, dental equipment, and machinery for operating theatres at the facilities.

Minister Tufton said that the acquisition of the diagnostic equipment will speed up the process for assessment and treatment of patients at hospital, thereby reducing extended stay and overcrowding.

He noted that one of the main issues that affect service delivery at public health facilities is the lack of appropriate infrastructure to enable clinicians to access information in a timely manner, so that they can assess and diagnose illnesses and devise the appropriate treatment.

Said Tufton, “This delay impacts several aspects of the healthcare delivery, specifically bed-stay-time in hospital. This then, of course, has a ripple effect and impacts the turnover rate of beds and ultimately contributes to overcrowding.”

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Jamaica eyes technology to improve service delivery

The productivity and efficiency of more than 260 government entities are expected to improve greatly with the use of newly acquired geographic information System (GIS) technology.

This follows a new enterprise licence agreement Jamaica has entered into with American technology firm, Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) – a global market leader in GIS technology that the Government of Jamaica has been utilising in its operations for almost 30 years.

The agreement will see Esri providing GIS resources for 265 Government and quasi-government institutions, including 179 educational entities.

Through utilisation of the products and services of Esri’s mapping and location analytics platform, ArcGIS, the Government will seek to apply geospatial information tools and technologies in resolving several issues – crime, health services provision and for the greater economic growth and advancement of the country.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change, Dr. Alwin Hayles, said that GIS and other geospatial technologies are critical to the day-to-day deliverables of a wide cross section of ministries, departments and agencies of government.

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