Diaspora Conference Attracted Increased Number of Overseas Attendees

Story Highlights Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the recently staged 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference saw an increase in the number of overseas participants, moving from 239 in 2017 to 280 this year.“Not only was there an increase in numbers, but, in addition to attendees from the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and Canada – our traditional Diaspora locations, we also had attendees from Ghana, Mexico, Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas,” she said.The Foreign Affairs Minister was addressing a press conference held at her New Kingston offices on Tuesday (June 25).She noted that the conference, which “galvanised a wide cross section of Jamaicans and friends from all over the globe, “remains one of the principal fora for engagement and inclusion of the overseas nationals in the country’s development.Among the outcomes were endorsement of the draft National Diaspora Policy and a new Global Jamaica Diaspora Council, which is an expansion on the Diaspora Advisory Board, allowing for wider representation and engagement across Diaspora locations.Mrs. Johnson Smith said that the Jamaica Diaspora Youth Council was also sanctioned. The body will provide a mechanism to link with the Global Council and increase connection between young people in the Diaspora and Jamaica.The Diaspora members further committed continued support in the area of health, and looked at the use of technology in education as a driver for workforce development.The conference also examined investment opportunities in the stock market, climate smart agriculture and medical cannabis, among others.The conference, which ran from June 16 to 20, was hosted by the Ministry under the theme: ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.This year’s staging focused on expanding and building pathways for the Diaspora and Jamaica to work together to prepare effectively for the future within the context of achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which incorporate the core targets under the Vision 2030 National Development Plan. “Not only was there an increase in numbers, but, in addition to attendees from the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and Canada – our traditional Diaspora locations, we also had attendees from Ghana, Mexico, Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas,” she said. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the recently staged 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference saw an increase in the number of overseas participants, moving from 239 in 2017 to 280 this year. The Foreign Affairs Minister was addressing a press conference held at her New Kingston offices on Tuesday (June 25). read more

Students Receive Scholarships From Burger King Jamaica

Twenty eight students from across the island, who have excelled academically, have been awarded scholarships, bursaries and grants totalling $5.1 million by restaurant franchise, Burger King Jamaica, to offset tuition and other related expenses. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, in his remarks, noted that an education is the best gift that can be given to a child. The scholars, who will be pursuing secondary and tertiary studies, beginning in September, were presented with their awards and prizes, during a ceremony held at the Terra Nova Hotel, in Kingston, on Monday, August 19. Twenty eight students from across the island, who have excelled academically, have been awarded scholarships, bursaries and grants totalling $5.1 million by restaurant franchise, Burger King Jamaica, to offset tuition and other related expenses.The scholars, who will be pursuing secondary and tertiary studies, beginning in September, were presented with their awards and prizes, during a ceremony held at the Terra Nova Hotel, in Kingston, on Monday, August 19.Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, in his remarks, noted that an education is the best gift that can be given to a child.“The best investment we can make in Jamaica is in our youth. The best investment we can make is in developing the human capital of this country. These young [students] are that human capital; it is in them that we must spend billions of dollars to ensure their prosperity and the prosperity of our nation,” he said.Mr. Terrelonge also expressed appreciation to Restaurants Associates Limited, of which Burger King is a franchise, for having invested some $5.1 million into the education of the youth.The State Minister encouraged the recipients to not let the disparaging remarks of others make them feel less than, “or make you feel like you don’t belong.”“Do not ever let anyone make you feel inferior by virtue of the colour of your skin or how you choose to express yourselves by your hair or how you dress. What is important is the skills set that you will develop and the skills set that you in turn offer to any organisation,” Mr. Terrelonge said.For her part, Head of Sales and Marketing, Burger King, Sabrena McDonald Radcliff, said her organisation believes in unleashing the potential of people.“This is the reason why since 2001, we have invested more than $43 million in scholarships, bursaries and grants, that have benefitted more than 250 of Jamaica’s youth who have great potential but also had great financial challenges,” Mrs. McDonald Radcliff noted.Among the scholarship recipient is Amica Gordon who was presented with the Lois Sherwood Scholarship, valued at $900, 000, payable over three years. She will be pursuing Actuarial Science at the University of the West Indies.The Rodwell Lake Scholarship, valued at $900,000, payable over three years, was awarded to Quwayne Howell, who will be attending the University of the West Indies (UWI), to pursue a degree in Medicine.The Burger King Open Tertiary Scholarship, valued at $900,000 [each] and payable over three years, was presented to Lorenzo Blake and Johari Douglas. Both will be studying medicine at the UWI.Other scholarships awardees included: Akeem Jackson, who received the Lois Sherwood Arts Scholarship, valued at $200,000, to pursue studies at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.In addition, the total value of new Primary Exit Profile (PEP) scholarships and recurring Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scholarships and book grants amounts to $1.1 million. Story Highlights read more

CMS Cepcor strategic partnership with Requip

first_imgUK companies CMS Cepcor Ltd, based in Coalville, Leicestershire and Requip Supplies Ltd, based in Newark, Nottinghamshire have agreed a new strategic supply partnership to better serve the growing global aftermarket demand for premium quality jaw, cone and impact crusher spare parts along with replacement screen and asphalt plant spares.Requip has for many years been accepted as the leading UK supplier of impact crusher spare parts, whereas, CMS Cepcor is a leading and largest supplier of cone and jaw crusher spares and service. “Combined our joint experience and product range provides crusher operators with a genuine alternative for most popular crusher brands and models.”As part of the supply partnership CMS Cepcor will manage and distribute the entire Requip stock inventory from its global headquarters based in Coalville, utilising our modern warehousing and distribution networks. Requip will continue to focus on product support and development of its impact crusher ranges.“With a combined sales turnover approaching £30 million and stock inventory of over £10 million the alliance strengthens the position of both CMS Cepcor and Requip as the genuine alternatives to the OEM.”last_img read more