191 Million Approved for Rose Town Integrated Infrastructure Project

Mr. Samuda was speaking at today’s (September 4) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House in St. Andrew. A sum of $191.4 million will be spent to carry out rehabilitative works under the Rose Town Integrated Infrastructure Project, in Kingston.Making the disclosure, Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, said Cabinet has given approval for the award of a contract by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to Contraxx Enterprises Limited, to carry out the works.Mr. Samuda was speaking at today’s (September 4) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House in St. Andrew.The project, which is slated to last for 10 months, will see the installation of 3.54 kilometres of 100-millimetre polyvinyl chloride (PVC) distribution water mains, including fire hydrants and service laterals to lots, and a PVC sanitary sewer, inclusive of 0.38 kilometre of 100-millimetre-diameter and 5.7 kilometres of 200-millimetre-diameter pipes.Under the project, the roadway will also be rehabilitated. Story Highlights Making the disclosure, Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, said Cabinet has given approval for the award of a contract by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to Contraxx Enterprises Limited, to carry out the works. A sum of $191.4 million will be spent to carry out rehabilitative works under the Rose Town Integrated Infrastructure Project, in Kingston. read more

Jamaicans Pay Final Respects To Dr Baugh

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen; and Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, headed the list of dignitaries in attendance, which included members of the Cabinet, former Prime Ministers, private-sector leaders, members of academia, among others . Jamaicans from all walks of life congregated at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Chapel, Mona, on Thursday (September 19), to pay their final respects to late medical doctor and Statesman, Dr. Kenneth Baugh. The large throng of well-wishers spilled outside the halls of the chapel and into tents erected on the grounds, where they were able to watch the service of thanksgiving on monitors provided. Story Highlights Jamaicans from all walks of life congregated at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Chapel, Mona, on Thursday (September 19), to pay their final respects to late medical doctor and Statesman, Dr. Kenneth Baugh.The large throng of well-wishers spilled outside the halls of the chapel and into tents erected on the grounds, where they were able to watch the service of thanksgiving on monitors provided.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen; and Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, headed the list of dignitaries in attendance, which included members of the Cabinet, former Prime Ministers, private-sector leaders, members of academia, among others .Mr. Holness read the first lesson, while Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, read the second lesson.The former Deputy Prime Minister, who devoted 30 years of his life to public service, passed away on Sunday (September 1) at the age of 78. He was accorded an official funeral by the Government.During the service, heartfelt tributes flowed in speech and song for Dr. Baugh, who also served as Minister of Health, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator, and Member of Parliament.Violinist, Dr. Jessica Yap, played ‘Could I Have This Dance,’ which was one of Dr. Baugh’s favorite songs to croon.In a moving tribute to his colleague and longtime friend of 40 years, Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, remembered Dr. Baugh as a “talented, caring and patient man of extraordinary honesty and integrity”.“Ken was always a deep philosophical thinker, steeped in high principles and simple ordinary decency,” he said, while sharing fond memories of his varied interactions with Dr. Baugh.Dr. Baugh’s daughter Melanie said her father was “a great man” and was “the standard by which we measured everyone in our lives. He was the voice of reason, the quiet calm in chaos, the lighthouse in the storms of our lives”.She said her father gave of himself “so unselfishly”, and would drop everything, to be there for his children.“His humility in public was the same humility he displayed in private. He never cared if he never fit in. He never sought fanfare. He only sought the road that was honest and right,” she said.Melanie also shared intimate memories of her father, noting that he loved to cook, planning meals well in advance, and had a “slight obsession” with keys that he would wear on his belt – and the bunch got bigger and bigger as the years passed.Melanie said that her father found pleasure travelling throughout his constituency and learning about the people, and researching ways to bring productivity to communities.“He knew them by name; he knew their needs. He ran school clinics, he tended to the elderly, never turning a patient away, whether they could pay or not,” she noted.Melanie said her father focused on the “kernel of promise” in everyone he met, as he knew that in order to achieve, one had to be given a chance. “He took those kernels, he watered them, he nurtured them and he guided them with his unbending morals and faith,” she said.“The people of Jamaica were his love; this country was his love,” she added.Dr. Baugh’s son, Warren, said his father was a “great comedian, great magician, prankster, great singer, teacher and great friend”.“No matter what our stage or age in life was, he always had words of comfort and sage advice,” he said.Dr. Baugh’s youngest child, Gregory, who was one of the officiating Ministers, said he saw his father as “a kind of superhero”.“Throughout his life, he was often depended on to fix dire situations, whether it be medical, emotional, political or national. He always seemed to have the right answer,” he said.“Daddy was a good man”, he added.A Surgeon Specialist, Dr. Baugh was in 1976 appointed a Consultant in General Surgery at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, then Senior Medical Officer and Chairman of the Professional Committee of Doctors at that institution until 1980.Prior to these appointments, he was a Senior Registrar in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHW1).He was Member of Parliament for North West St. James from 1980 to 1987; Senator from 1989 to 1993; and Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine from 2002 until his retirement in 2016.For his distinguished service to Parliament, public service and his contribution to medicine, Dr. Baugh was conferred with one of Jamaica’s highest honours, the Order of Jamaica, in 2016. read more

Joint UNAfrican delegation backs delaying Benins presidential election

3 March 2011A joint delegation of the United Nations, the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) officials today backed calls for delaying Benin’s presidential poll, scheduled for Sunday, to allow time to ensure that the electoral process is credible. The team “expressed its support for a postponement of the presidential elections by a few days to a date that is consistent with the deadlines prescribed by the Constitution,” according to a joint communiqué issued at the end of today’s visit.The delegation included Said Djinnit, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa; Ramtane Lamamra, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security; and James Victor Gbeho, the President of the ECOWAS Commission.They were received in Benin’s capital, Cotonou, by incumbent President Boni Yayi, and his main challenger in the poll, Adrien Houngbedji, and other officials, including the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENA).“The delegation took note of concerns expressed by various stakeholders, including candidates in the presidential election suggesting the postponement of the presidential election to make adjustments necessary for the holding of credible elections under acceptable conditions,” said the joint statement. Media reports have highlighted opposition claims that more than one million people have not been included in the voter register, which lists some 3.5 million people.The delegation encouraged stakeholders to explore all possible ways consistent with the rule of law and the Constitution to create the best conditions for holding peaceful and credible elections to preserve peace and stability and maintain national cohesion in the West African nation.“The delegation appealed to the people of Benin and their leaders to continue to demonstrate a high sense of responsibility and preserve its values of tolerance and peace at this historic moment of democratic consolidation,” the statement added. read more