JCPD to be Made Body Corporate

Speaking with JIS News in a recent interview, she explained that as a Body Corporate, the JCPD will have the power to act on cases of discrimination against persons with disabilities. Story Highlights Executive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), Dr. Christine Hendricks, says the Council is to be transitioned to a Body Corporate once the Disabilities Act comes into effect. Dr. Hendricks said this transition will give the Council greater autonomy to carry out its mandate of supporting and advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities. Executive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), Dr. Christine Hendricks, says the Council is to be transitioned to a Body Corporate once the Disabilities Act comes into effect.Dr. Hendricks said this transition will give the Council greater autonomy to carry out its mandate of supporting and advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities.Speaking with JIS News in a recent interview, she explained that as a Body Corporate, the JCPD will have the power to act on cases of discrimination against persons with disabilities.“The JCPD currently is a department within the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. To give us the authority and legal power we need, the JCPD cannot remain as it is and so it has to become this body with the authority to bring to book, whether private sector or government, entities that discriminate against persons with disabilities,” she said.Dr. Hendricks further noted that in the process, there will also be a disability rights tribunal, which will hear matters of discrimination against persons with disabilities.“The JCPD will investigate cases of discrimination that will be brought to them… and taken to the tribunal for adjudication,” she pointed out.“We are working on a new structure that will provide us with greater resources and enable us to ensure the implementation of the Disabilities Act. The Act mandates that the JCPD be established as a Body Corporate to ensure the implementation of the Act,” the Executive Director said.The Disabilities Act is complemented by the regulations and codes of practices, which are being developed by the JCPD.The Act makes provisions to safeguard and enhance the welfare of persons with disabilities across Jamaica. This legislation protects and promotes the equal rights of the disabled and prohibits discrimination against them. read more

Senator Lauds Jamalco for Investing in Education

Some 60 tertiary students from its operating communities received grants at a ceremony held on July 31, at the Wembley Centre of Excellence, in the parish. Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Robert Morgan, has lauded the bauxite alumina company, Jamalco, for its “consistent” investment in education. Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Robert Morgan, has lauded the bauxite alumina company, Jamalco, for its “consistent” investment in education.The Clarendon-based company has allocated more than $11 million in its 2019 scholarship programme for students at various levels in the education system.Some 60 tertiary students from its operating communities received grants at a ceremony held on July 31, at the Wembley Centre of Excellence, in the parish.Senator Morgan, who is a native of Clarendon, told the ceremony that Jamalco has always promoted excellence in the parish, and as a singular entity, it outpaces others in contributions to communities and education.He said the company has, for many years, “consistently focused on education, and that the significant contribution they are making to educate people is commendable”.In a wide-ranging address, Senator Morgan urged parents and community members to help children realise their full potential, and to inspire them with hope, as “once you have dedication and courage, you can rise to the top”.He added that more persons need to give back to their communities, by pointing youth to possibilities and new pathways.For his part, Managing Director of the company, Austin Mooney, said the beneficiaries have not allowed circumstances to define them or dampen their determination to succeed.“Remember, you are the master of your own destiny. Give back to somebody else in the future, and strive for excellence,” Mr. Mooney told the recipients.Beneficiary, Jheanelle Pinnock, told JIS News that Senator Morgan has “inspired and motivated us to do our best, instilling the importance of education and courage, and we are more motivated to get ahead”.Another recipient, Ryan Rhoden, said Jamalo “has made my life a lot easier, and I thank them for thinking about young people”.Meanwhile, Randy Mahoney-Grant said she is thankful for the investment in “tomorrow’s leaders, and for treating communities with respect, and believing in our development”.“We will use this opportunity to make a difference. Thanks for helping us to defy the odds,” she said. Story Highlights The Clarendon-based company has allocated more than $11 million in its 2019 scholarship programme for students at various levels in the education system. read more

SDC to Stage Social Event for Communities in Westmoreland

Public Relations Manager at the SDC, Mandel McKulksy, said the programme will bring together several communities in Savanna-la-Mar and present them with the opportunity to access important services to enhance their lives. The Social Development Commission (SDC) is seeking to address unemployment and youth engagement in New Market Oval, Westmoreland, through its Parish Inter-Agency Networking Programme.Public Relations Manager at the SDC, Mandel McKulksy, said the programme will bring together several communities in Savanna-la-Mar and present them with the opportunity to access important services to enhance their lives.The New Market Social Services and Sports Fair will be held at the New Market Oval Community Centre, Westmoreland, on August 29, starting at 10:00 a.m., and is free to the public.“The event is for persons from the Cooke Street, New Market Oval and Dalling Street communities, and just about anyone can attend. As the name suggests, we will be having several sporting events, including netball, dominoes and male and female football finals,” Mr. McKulksy told JIS News.The Parish Inter-Agency Networking Programme aims to increase social protection and enhance community safety and security through the creation of customised networks of government and non-governmental agencies that can fill the identified gaps of the provision of services to individual communities.The event will also entail a back-to-school treat for children from the communities, and services will be offered by agencies that have partnered with the SDC. These include the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Registrar General’s Department, the National Youth Service and Peace Management Initiative (PMI), Western.“We (SDC) did a study of the area and we realise that approximately 35 per cent of the population is unemployed and a similar percentage being youth. Also, the only viable occupation is fishing, and as you know, that is affected by hazards and climate change. In light of this, we decided to undertake some medium- and long-term initiatives and community activities to address the social issues and build and strengthen the community,” he explained. The Social Development Commission (SDC) is seeking to address unemployment and youth engagement in New Market Oval, Westmoreland, through its Parish Inter-Agency Networking Programme. The New Market Social Services and Sports Fair will be held at the New Market Oval Community Centre, Westmoreland, on August 29, starting at 10:00 a.m., and is free to the public. Story Highlights read more