JGRA Commended for Campaign to Reduce Crashes

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, has commended the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers’ Association (JGRA) for its continued thrust to reduce fatalities on the nation’s roadways.Speaking at the JGRA’s Road Safety Month launch and Blood Drive at the FESCO Gas Station in Lydford, St. Ann, on June 5, Mrs. Williams acknowledged the efforts of the association in partnering with Government to bring the road safety message to road users through its month-long initiative.“As a major player in our petroleum industry, the JGRA has supported this initiative for over 30 years, and along with the road safety unit, the Ministry of Transport and many partners, you have kept the road safety message at the forefront of the Jamaican consciousness, and for that you must be commended,” she said.Mrs. Williams emphasised the need to reverse the current trend towards higher road fatalities.“Locally on a daily basis, road fatalities maim and rob the lives of so many promising men and women of this country. The news is even more devastating when we realise that the lives of our children, the future of this nation, have been lost in road accidents. For the past few years… more than 300 Jamaicans die annually on our nation’s roads. That’s 300 lives too many, she said.The Minister charged all road users to take personal responsibility for their safety on the nation’s roadways, noting that “in addition to the emotional and personal losses that road crashes incur, the impact on our productivity, our economy and healthcare system is just as great”.“As the Energy Minister, I have a personal interest in the road safety message. From the loading racks to the service stations, petroleum fuels our transport sector. It is my charge to every motorist that when you pull up to the pumps, fuel up to live, not to die. Too many lives are being lost on our nation’s roads. Drive with care, be patient,” she urged.For his part, President of the JGRA, Gregory Chung, said the association will continue to advocate for road safety in Jamaica.President of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers’ Association (JGRA), Gregory Chung, addresses the association’s Road Safety Month launch and Blood Drive, at the FESCO Gas Station, Lydford, St. Ann, on June 5. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, has commended the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers’ Association (JGRA) for its continued thrust to reduce fatalities on the nation’s roadways. “As a major player in our petroleum industry, the JGRA has supported this initiative for over 30 years, and along with the road safety unit, the Ministry of Transport and many partners, you have kept the road safety message at the forefront of the Jamaican consciousness, and for that you must be commended,” she said. Speaking at the JGRA’s Road Safety Month launch and Blood Drive at the FESCO Gas Station in Lydford, St. Ann, on June 5, Mrs. Williams acknowledged the efforts of the association in partnering with Government to bring the road safety message to road users through its month-long initiative. “The Jamaica Gasolene Retailers’ Association has been involved in road safety activities for over 30 years, and is proud of the fact that we were the ones to have the month of June designated nationally as Road Safety Month. The JGRA is committed to road safety activities for the life of this organisation,” Mr. Chung said.He urged road users to understand the profound national importance of reducing road traffic crashes, as these create a massive burden for victims and the country.“We realise the need for increased road safety awareness, because our customers (motorists), are the ones dying. Road safety is critical for the life of our country. Hospitalisation and medical care for our crash victims cost us billions every year. Crashes have also left many families without their income earners,” Mr. Chung said.Road Safety Month is being observed under the theme ‘Road Safety for Life’. read more

Corporate Jamaica Urged To Help Train Young People

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called for Corporate Jamaica to partner with the Government to help more of the nation’s youth acquire skills and competencies as part of the development of the country’s human capital. Minister Shaw argued that the country’s greatest crisis was not crime but the issue of human underdevelopment. He was delivering the keynote address at the graduation ceremony for the CAC 2000 Foundation/Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Air-Conditioning Technicians Training Programme at the AC Hotel in Kingston on Thursday (September 12). Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called for Corporate Jamaica to partner with the Government to help more of the nation’s youth acquire skills and competencies as part of the development of the country’s human capital.He was delivering the keynote address at the graduation ceremony for the CAC 2000 Foundation/Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Air-Conditioning Technicians Training Programme at the AC Hotel in Kingston on Thursday (September 12).Minister Shaw argued that the country’s greatest crisis was not crime but the issue of human underdevelopment.“By far, the most fundamental crisis that we face as a country is a crisis of human underdevelopment and where there is human underdevelopment there is the alternative development programme – murder, mayhem, lotto scamming – and so we have some work to do,” he said.Mr. Shaw noted that the example demonstrated by the CAC 2000 Foundation in partnering with JSIF to train 132 youth from communities in Kingston, St. Catherine and St. James should be a source of inspiration for Corporate Jamaica to get involved in the process of human development.“This is the kind of partnership that I need to see, that we need to see more of in Jamaica – partnership between the public sector and the private sector.“It’s the partnerships that can work, it’s a model that I would like to have spread across the country like a tsunami, and it has to be done with a sense of urgency,” he stressed.The Minister, during his address, lauded the 72 graduates, who completed the five to six-month-long air-conditioning course in seven batches. There were 10 dropouts, while 50 other youth, who have not yet qualified for graduation, will continue in the programme.The training, which falls under the Alternative Livelihood Skills Programme, is a sub-project under JSIF’s $69-million Integrated Community Development Project, which seeks to provide 3,000 youths with skills training, employability enhancement and employment.The programme targets young people aged 17 to 29 from 18 underserved communities across the island. read more

Persons Trained Under Alternative Livelihood Skills Programme Of JSIF

Story Highlights On September 12, they were presented with their certificates at a graduation ceremony for the CAC 2000 Foundation/Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Air Conditioning Technicians Training Programme, held at the AC Hotel, in Kingston. The new technicians hail from Barrett Town, in St James; Ellerslie Pen, in St. Catherine; and Rema, Denham Town, Maxfield Park, Rose Town, Tivoli Gardens, Hannah Town, Majesty Gardens and Greenwich Town, in Kingston. Seventy-two persons from 10 communities in three parishes have been trained in air-condition installation and maintenance, and certified, under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Alternative Livelihood Skills Programme (ALSP). Seventy-two persons from 10 communities in three parishes have been trained in air-condition installation and maintenance, and certified, under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Alternative Livelihood Skills Programme (ALSP).The new technicians hail from Barrett Town, in St James; Ellerslie Pen, in St. Catherine; and Rema, Denham Town, Maxfield Park, Rose Town, Tivoli Gardens, Hannah Town, Majesty Gardens and Greenwich Town, in Kingston.On September 12, they were presented with their certificates at a graduation ceremony for the CAC 2000 Foundation/Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Air Conditioning Technicians Training Programme, held at the AC Hotel, in Kingston.The graduates also received a tool kit and a one-year subscription for an online course in air conditioning.The group, which included three females, completed the six-month course in seven different batches from July 2018 to July 2019. The training included a theoretical component that highlighted the basic understanding of air conditioning and repairs, and practical components, to gain hands-on experience in the industry.In his address at the ceremony, Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney, said the ALSP targets close to 6,000 youth in 18 underserved communities across seven parishes and provides training in different areas, including film and digital animation.He emphasised that training is offered in skills that are in demand, and that the programme is an alternative to assist at-risk youth.The Managing Director noted that when the registration is being done in communities, many young persons opt not to participate, as they are waiting to see the benefits of the training.“My simple message to you (graduates) is that you represent the hope for the youth who never came and sign up that morning. It is important that you do well and that is why we are prepared to continue to invest in you,” he said.“This is not the end of your training, this is mere step along the way,” Mr. Sweeney told them.For her part, Chief Executive Officer of the CAC 2000 Foundation, Gina Abraham, said one of the main objectives of CAC 2000 Limited is to find a way to give back to at-risk youth in Jamaica and to children with disabilities, in the area of education.“The road to today has not been an easy one for many of us. However, we have persevered because of our belief that our youth have so much more to offer Jamaica when given the right opportunity,” she said.She congratulated the graduates and urged them to “always remember that each day is a gift from above. So, make the most of it and never give up on your dreams.”The top male performer, 24-year-old Javan Williams, during his testimonial, told the gathering that he signed up for the training after he dropped out of the University of the West Indies after experiencing seveve difficulties.He expressed gratitude, on behalf of his fellow graduates, to the instructors who were very patient with them.“I must say thanks to JSIF, as well as the CAC Foundation which facilitated us throughout the entire programme,” Mr. Williams said. read more