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

Kevin Spacey makes first public appearance since sex assault allegations with pointed

For months he has kept out of the public eye, his former star status languishing under a cloud of notoriety following numerous allegations of sexual assault.But now Kevin Spacey has broken cover, and in some style, to take part in a very pointed poetry reading about a wounded performer determined not to succumb to the blows he endures.Spacey appeared in front of the Greek statue Boxer at Rest in Rome, to read Gabriele Tinti’s poem The Boxer, about an exhausted fighter used for entertainment then left bleeding by the ringside.The poem contains the lines:  “They used me for their entertainment, fed on shoddy stuff. Life was over in a moment” and “The more you’re wounded the greater you are. And the more empty you are. I have endured no end of sleepless nights. I have spent hours and hours sweating to destroy and fall”. Standing beside the Greek bronze cast of the ravaged fighter, which dates from around 316 BC, Spacey, dressed in a tobacco-coloured suit, intoned the poem to a startled audience at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. Kevin Spacey and the writer Gabriele Tinti at the reading of “The Boxer – La nostalgia del poeta” (The Boxer – The nostalgia of the poet) at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, RomeCredit: Ernesto Ruscio /Getty Images Europe Kevin Spacey, reading The Boxer at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme in RomeCredit:Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images Europe One observer, Rome-based writer Barbie Latza Nadeau, said: “He made eye contact with almost everyone in the first few rows of the standing crowd. It was as mesmerising as it was slightly terrifying. It was clear that while he may have fallen from grace for the alleged sexual assaults he did not feel any apparent remorse.”Spacey last year posted a bizarre video to YouTube, appearing in the guise of Frank Underwood, the Machiavellian US president he played in House Of Cards, saying: “I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the thing I didn’t do.”Tinti said it was “an honour” to have the actor read his poem, writing on Twitter: “What a wonderful night! Everyone was so happy to celebrate art, it was an honor to have Kevin Spacey reading my poems, Rome loves you! A picture is worth a thousand words.” Mr Little had initially accused the actor of groping him when he worked as a then 18-year-old busboy at the Club Car bar and restaurant in Nantucket in 2016. Spacey denied the claims, but is still being investigated by officers from the Metropolitan Police over six allegations of sexual assault in the UK between 1996 and 2013.The Hollywood star was voluntarily interviewed under caution by Met’s Complex Case Team in May and Scotland Yard said on Saturday that “inquiries are ongoing.”Anthony Rapp, an actor, has also alleged he was 14 when Spacey, then 26, made a sexual advance to him in 1986. Kevin Spacey and the writer Gabriele Tinti at the reading of "The Boxer - La nostalgia del poeta" (The Boxer - The nostalgia of the poet) at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome This was the first time Spacey has performed in public since sexual misconduct charges from 2017 were dropped by a Massachusetts prosecutor, after William Little declined to testify against him at a pre-trial hearing. Spacey, who was artistic director at London’s The Old Vic theatre between 2004 and 2015, said he did not remember the alleged encounter, but apologised for any “inappropriate drunken behaviour”.The theatre later found 20 people claimed they had been subjected to inappropriate behaviour from the actor.The star was sacked from the Netflix show House Of Cards and Sir Ridley Scott erased him from his completed film All The Money In The World, recasting Christopher Plummer in the role at a cost of millions.Spacey’s reading initially took place in front of around 50  museum goers and selected guests. But by the time he had finished a bigger crowd had gathered outside, and he read the poem over again. Kevin Spacey, reading The Boxer at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme in Rome Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more