Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (right), presents winning trophy for the 2019 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival Song Competition to Raldene Dyer, who topped the finalists with his entry -‘Big Up Jamaica’. He also copped the awards for ‘Best Performer’ and ‘Best Song Writer’ The presentation was made during the grand final at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston, on Saturday (July 27). The Ministers Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams (left), and Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon Olivia Grange (centre), congratulate veteran Festival Song winner, Zachariah Henry, after he was presented with a special award by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) for outstanding contribution to the development of the Festival Song Competition. The presentation was made during the grand final of the 2019 competition, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston on Saturday (July 27).
Custos Rotulorum for St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, is encouraging civic-minded Jamaicans to play an active role in suicide prevention.Speaking at the Choose Life International (CLI) ‘World Suicide Prevention Day Seminar 2019’, at Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay, St. James, on Tuesday, September 10, Bishop Pitkin noted data indicating that some 238 Jamaicans have committed suicide between January 2015 and March 2019.“As we observe today as World Suicide Prevention Day, we must rededicate ourselves to actively working, not only today, but every day to fulfil our collective responsibility to watch out for and take care of each other,” he said.The Custos argued that, globally, men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women.Additionally, he noted that death by firearm is the most commonly used method of suicide among men, followed by hanging.Against this background, Bishop Pitkin urges more Jamaican men with overwhelming challenges to seek help or find “someone that you can share with”.“When someone is going through challenges and comes to us for help, it doesn’t make them weak. It means they are strong because asking for help when you need it takes courage and strength,” the Custos stated.“What we and our entire country need to remember is that these brave individuals shouldn’t be avoided or stigmatised. We need to embrace them. It only takes persons to ask one question or make one call, and that single act can save a life,” he added.Tuesday’s seminar was held under the theme, ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide, Murder and Murder-Suicide’.Among the topics discussed were: ‘Intimate Partner Violence, Murder and Murder-Suicide’; ‘Parental Connect and Suicidality’; ‘Managing Suicidal Risk in School’; and ‘Expanding Suicide Counselling to Text and Chat’.Founder of CLI, Dr. Donovan Thomas, indicated that the seminar was designed to provide enlightenment on the issues contributing to suicides and how persons can aid in preventing these.“We believe that every person here can make a difference. You can show up in somebody’s life and make a difference. Don’t underestimate the impact that you can have in helping people to choose life,” he noted.Another seminar is planned for the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on Friday, September 13. “As we observe today as World Suicide Prevention Day, we must rededicate ourselves to actively working, not only today, but every day to fulfil our collective responsibility to watch out for and take care of each other,” he said. Custos Rotulorum for St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, is encouraging civic-minded Jamaicans to play an active role in suicide prevention. Story Highlights Speaking at the Choose Life International (CLI) ‘World Suicide Prevention Day Seminar 2019’, at Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay, St. James, on Tuesday, September 10, Bishop Pitkin noted data indicating that some 238 Jamaicans have committed suicide between January 2015 and March 2019.
NORCAT, a global leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and innovation services, is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with Santiago-based mining technology and innovation centre Centro Nacional de Pilotaje Chile (CNP), to work together to enhance and accelerate innovation and technology adoption in the global mining industry.As defined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the primary objective is to establish and build a long-term relationship and work together on a variety of initiatives related to developing and delivering mine worker education and training programs, enhancing innovation and technology adoption, and improving the commercialisation of academic applied research serving the mining industry.“We are very excited to collaborate with CNP as it allows both organisations to engage a broader network of mining companies, mine workers, tech ventures, capital markets, and academic research to creatively address both the opportunities and challenges facing the global mining industry,” cites Don Duval, NORCAT CEO. “Ultimately, this partnership demonstrates the importance and value of collaborating across borders to make a meaningful and sustainable impact in the mining industry.”In the near-term, CNP and NORCAT will work together to offer mine worker training and development programs to Chilean mining companies and contractors and develop an operating model to enable mining tech companies to develop, test, and demonstrate emerging technologies both in Chile and in Sudbury at NORCAT’s Underground Centre.On January 23rd, 2019 CNP will host industry leaders to present the Primer Encuentro de ValidaciÓn TecnolÓgica para la MinerÍa and NORCAT will discuss its role as the global “one-stop shop” for all that is the future of mining technology and how it has created a vibrant tech ecosystem at the NORCAT Underground Centre.