Forty Educators to Receive 2019 Prime Ministers Medal of Appreciation

The awards will be presented by Mr. Holness, who will also deliver the keynote address. Forty educators with over 1,250 years in combined contribution to Jamaica’s education system will receive the 2019 Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation (PMMA) for Service to Education at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 26. Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, head dignitaries who will attend the event, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. on the lawns of Jamaica House.The awards will be presented by Mr. Holness, who will also deliver the keynote address.The Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education is awarded annually in observance of Education Week and is presented to teachers with a minimum 15 years’ service to education in Jamaica, whose contributions are deemed outstanding.This year’s recipients are: Janet Paulett Able-Simpson, Central Branch All-Age School, Kingston; Professor Ibrahim Aladeusi Ajagunna, Caribbean Maritime University, Kingston; Marcia Fernica Ankle, Rock River All-Age School, Clarendon; Lurlene Delzeta Bryan-Davis, Bridgeport High School, St. Catherine; Barrington Cromwell Buchanan, Black River High School, St. Elizabeth; Dorrett R. Campbell, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kingston; and Janice Angela Cunningham, Jessie Ripoll Primary School, Kingston.Also being recognised are: Celestine Delores Dalrymple-Collins, Cornwall College, St. James; Dr. Dosseth Marie Edwards-Watson, Trench Town Polytechnic College, Kingston; James Adolphus Folkes, Bethlehem All-Age and Infant School, St. Elizabeth; Dotlyn Francis-Young, Calabar Infant, Primary and Junior High School, Kingston; Olga Meleta Griffiths, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, St. James; Clayton Orlando Hall, Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Kingston; Janet Jacqueline Haye, Lime Hall Primary and Infant School, St. Ann; Lincoln Garth Heron, Retrieve Basic School, Westmoreland; Molly Maureen Jacas, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kingston; Richard Thomas James, Ocho Rios Primary School, St. Ann; Mohan Kumar Kuttikkalayil, Morant Bay High School, St. Thomas; Gerald Alphonso Lawrence, Anchovy Primary School, St. James; Glenroy James Messam, Red Hills Primary School, St. Andrew; Robert Delano Miller, Northern Caribbean University, Manchester; Kenneth Anthony Morrison, HEART Trust/National Training Agency, Kingston;Also included are: Wayne Dave Mullings, Louise Bennett Coverley All-Age School, St. Andrew; Mark Donald-Burn Nicely, Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Kingston; Marcia Carline Claudia Palmer, Bridgeport High School, St. Catherine; Carmelita Evadne Patterson, Watsonton Primary School, Clarendon; Ouida Natalie Peterkin, Herbert Morrison Technical High School, St. James; Reverend Jennifer Esmelda Porteous-Brown, Manning’s School, Westmoreland; Olive Barbara Robinson, Winston Jones High School, Manchester; Conrad George Romans, Black River Primary and Infant School, St. Elizabeth; and Elaine Patricia Roulston, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kingston.The other recipients are: Claudette St Clair Shaw-Brown, Clan Carthy Primary School, Kingston; Susan Natalee Simms, Glendevon Primary and Junior High School, St. James; Sharon May Smith-Whyte, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kingston; Terry-Ann Simone Thomas Gayle, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kingston; Jean Aeleen Thomas-Manning, Central High School, Clarendon; Everett Jean Thomas-Ramsay, Churches Teachers’ College, Manchester; Dr. Dian Allison Williams-Medley, College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), Portland; Phillip Anthony Wilson, St. Andrew Technical High School, Kingston; and Gerald Thomas Winkler, Montego Bay Christian Academy, St. James. To be considered for the award, recipients must have shown evidence of community involvement including participation in civic and club activities.Educators involved with uniformed groups and programmes fostering community development and creativity in the service rendered may also be considered.The award is presented to persons who are Jamaican citizens, but in exceptional circumstances, a person who is not a citizen may be recommended for the award. Story Highlights Forty educators with over 1,250 years in combined contribution to Jamaica’s education system will receive the 2019 Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation (PMMA) for Service to Education at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 26. Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, head dignitaries who will attend the event, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. on the lawns of Jamaica House. The Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education is awarded annually in observance of Education Week and is presented to teachers with a minimum 15 years’ service to education in Jamaica, whose contributions are deemed outstanding. read more

Minister Montague Encourages Cabbies To Be More BusinessFocused

Route taxi operators are being encouraged by Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, to see their chosen vocation as a business that can be sustained for generations. Story Highlights Route taxi operators are being encouraged by Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, to see their chosen vocation as a business that can be sustained for generations.“I want to push you in the direction of seeing the industry as a business and not a hustle; even better than that, as a career path that you can encourage your children to take up,” he said.“This is not an industry to be ashamed of. I would prefer you to earn the money, expand the business and encourage your children to take it to the next level,” he added, while addressing members of the Route Taxi Association at the Tropics View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on Wednesday (September 11).The Minster, during his presentation, shared a number of business ideas that the cabbies could consider to grow their operations.“I would like you to think of other things to do with your cars such as legal advertisements inside the cars. Get a video screen with ads tailored to adults and children,” he said.He noted that there is also opportunity for members to operate tyre dealerships, and apply for used-car dealership licences under the umbrella of the National Association of Transport Operators, which would enable them to import cars for resale to other drivers.Other suggestions forwarded by the Minister include becoming a distributor for oil and petroleum products; operating a public transport maintenance garage; importing or manufacturing brake pads; operating a grocery shopping service; providing shuttles to and from airports and markets; organising a courier service, among others.“This industry is the only one where mothers will entrust their young children to a driver to transport them to and from school and leave their house keys for them to leave the children at home – people trust you,” Minister Montague told the taxi operators. “I want to push you in the direction of seeing the industry as a business and not a hustle; even better than that, as a career path that you can encourage your children to take up,” he said. “This is not an industry to be ashamed of. I would prefer you to earn the money, expand the business and encourage your children to take it to the next level,” he added, while addressing members of the Route Taxi Association at the Tropics View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on Wednesday (September 11). read more

UN expert calls on Ukraine to step up its efforts to protect

Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Chaloka Beyani. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre “Internally displaced persons should be able to receive their pensions and social payments wherever they are in the country,” he stressed, warning that the combined effect of the registration system and the suspension of payments is causing secondary displacement as well as unsafe spontaneous returns. In the release, the UN rights expert also underscored that in the areas controlled by the Government, the authorities must ensure freedom of movement and choice of place of residence. He further emphasized that in Non-Government controlled areas, the leadership of the territories under the control of armed groups are also bound by the same obligations, to the extent proportionate with national and public security measures. “I have seen myself the issues around freedom of movement as I crossed the contact line: at the few available checkpoints along the contact line, people queue for hours or days, at great risk to their safety; there are no efficient special arrangements for the elderly, children, pregnant women or persons with disabilities,” he said. “With winter closing in, the situation is only bound to get worse,” the human rights expert warned, underlying the need for all parties involved to guarantee unimpeded access for humanitarian actors on the ground. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. “I urge the Government to intensify its efforts to protect the rights of IDPs from the conflict affected east of the country and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). According to the news release, Ukraine is among the countries with the highest number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world, and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes due to the ongoing conflict since April 2014. The release further noted that during his visit, Mr. Beyani commended the Ukrainian Government for its continued efforts to address the IDPs’ situation, including the adoption of a new law on internal displacement and the establishment of a ministry to deal directly with the issue. However, he also noted the challenges affecting IDPs’ welfare, including a system of payment of pensions and social benefits, which is based on verification of the place where they reside. In particular, the Special Rapporteur emphasised: “Payment of pensions and social benefits must be delinked from registration, as this has led to problems in the verification of the residence of IDPs resulting in a suspension of such payments affecting some 500,000 to 600,000 IDPs in eastern Ukraine and this needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.” read more