3K5K RunWalk to Support Health and Food Security Initiative

Story Highlights About 200 persons are expected to participate in the Farm Up Jamaica Run/Walk scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 20, beginning at 5:00 a.m. at Emancipation Park in Kingston.The race is being held in conjunction with the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference from June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, under the theme, ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.It will have a 3K and 5K component, which will see runners beginning at the Emancipation Park and returning to the venue. Following the race, there will be the presentation of prizes and plaques and an address by Dr. Julius Garvey, son of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; and President, Union of Jamaica Alumni Associations (UJAA), Lesleyann Samuel, are also expected to speak.Race Coordinator, Neil Curtis, told JIS News that the Run/Walk is about health and food security.He said that Farm Up Jamaica, a diaspora organisation, aims to reduce the importation of foreign foods into Jamaica, increase Jamaica’s exports, and educate young people and farmers in the best practices of climate smart organic agriculture.“It is about increasing the health of Jamaicans by creating an option for organic food when you go to the supermarkets. Right now you only have what is available, but we want that local-grown organic food,” he said.Mr. Curtis said the project, which began in 2013, has trained about 600 young people in the art of organic sustainable climate smart agriculture.“We have done a number of research and development that relates to soil cleaning of the bauxite land and even some of the conventionally farmed lands. We figured how to regenerate those lands without using chemicals by using organic techniques and we have done that very successfully,” he added. The race is being held in conjunction with the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference from June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, under the theme, ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’. It will have a 3K and 5K component, which will see runners beginning at the Emancipation Park and returning to the venue. Following the race, there will be the presentation of prizes and plaques and an address by Dr. Julius Garvey, son of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey. About 200 persons are expected to participate in the Farm Up Jamaica Run/Walk scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 20, beginning at 5:00 a.m. at Emancipation Park in Kingston. read more

TAP Participants to Benefit From WellStructured Training

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the USF, Daniel Dawes, speaking at the TAP orientation programme at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on August 22, indicated that for the first three months, training will be provided at the USF’s Community Access Points (CAPs) in each parish in Data Management/Digitisation. Participants in the 2019 batch of the Universal Service Fund (USF) Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) will benefit from training given by the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the HEART Trust/NTA.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the USF, Daniel Dawes, speaking at the TAP orientation programme at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on August 22, indicated that for the first three months, training will be provided at the USF’s Community Access Points (CAPs) in each parish in Data Management/Digitisation.He also pointed out that training will also be conducted at the CMU in 3D printing.Once the CMU component is completed, Mr. Dawes said that the HEART Trust/ NTA will come on board to train the participants in the area of Computer Administration as well as in Basic Computer Repairs.Following this training, each of the participants will be evaluated, then placed in an organisation to work for six months.Mr. Dawes told the 600 participants, who will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000 per week, that “it is incumbent on you to ensure that the training works,” and emphasised the importance of proper grooming while participating in the programme.The TAP is being administered by the USF, an agency within the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET), and is geared at assisting Jamaican youth between 18 and 35 years to acquire employment skills, provide them with short-term employment and, ultimately, making participants ready for longer-term employment.Participants in the programme will be tracked for five years following their one- year training and work experience, to ensure that they continue to be meaningful contributors to the Jamaican society. Story Highlights He also pointed out that training will also be conducted at the CMU in 3D printing. Participants in the 2019 batch of the Universal Service Fund (USF) Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) will benefit from training given by the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the HEART Trust/NTA. read more

How major US stock indexes fared Friday

U.S. stocks pulled further back from their records on Friday to cap the weakest week for the S&P 500 since May.Indexes sloshed between small gains and losses for much of the day before turning lower in the afternoon after Iran said it seized a British oil tanker, the latest escalation of tensions between Tehran and the West. Reined-in expectations for how deeply the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates at its next meeting also weighed on stocks.On Friday:The S&P 500 fell 18.50 points, or 0.6%, to 2,976.61.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 68.77, or 0.3%, to 27,154.20.The Nasdaq composite lost 60.75, or 0.7%, to 8,146.49.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks dropped 7.73, or 0.5%, to 1,547.90.For the week:The S&P 500 fell 37.16 points, or 1.2%.The Dow fell 177.83 points, or 0.7%.The Nasdaq fell 97.66 points, or 1.2%.The Russell 2000 fell 22.10 points, or 1.4%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 469.76 points, or 18.7%.The Dow is up 3,826.74 points, or 16.4%.The Nasdaq is up 1,511.21 points, or 22.8%.The Russell 2000 is up 199.34 points, or 14.8%.The Associated Press read more