Tributes to Edward Seaga at Special Sitting of KSAMC

Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, who led the tributes, noted that Mr. Seaga was instrumental in building many of the island’s strongest institutions and “is undoubtedly our greatest institutional architect”. Story Highlights Glowing tributes were offered at today’s (June 18) special sitting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) to reflect on the life and work of the former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga.Mr. Seaga was Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister, serving from 1980 to 1989. He represented the constituency of West Kingston from 1962 until his retirement from active politics in 2005. He died on May 28 on his 89th birthday.Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, who led the tributes, noted that Mr. Seaga was instrumental in building many of the island’s strongest institutions and “is undoubtedly our greatest institutional architect”.He said the Jamaica Stock Exchange, Students’ Loan Bureau, and the HEART Trust/NTA are among the flagship accomplishments of the former Prime Minister.The Mayor said the former legislator, who was one of the key architects of Jamaica’s Constitution, which was framed in 1961, played a seminal role in the recognition of the country’s music and culture. He noted, too, that Mr. Seaga laid many foundations that are still being developed.“As a city, we are grateful for his work and vision. The redevelopment of Kingston waterfront is among our flagship targets for this Administration, and it must be noted that the waterfront was the brainchild of Mr. Seaga from as early as 1967, and seeing its success, he went on to create the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) in 1968 to replicate the vision in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril,” he said.Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, hailed Mr. Seaga’s crucial role in protecting the country’s most poor and vulnerable, particularly through the entrenchment of Poor Relief in the country’s Constitution.He noted, too, that Mr. Seaga was instrumental in compensation packages being offered to representatives at the local government level, starting in the 1980s.“Edward Seaga is synonymous to what development is all about,” he said, adding that he built institutions that benefited all Jamaicans.For his part, Custos of Kingston, Hon. Steadman Fuller, said Mr. Seaga’s commitment and dedication to the country is unparalleled.He noted that his contributions have impacted Jamaica in fundamental ways and will transcend many generations.In his tribute, visiting Mayor of Miramar, Wayne Messam, encouraged Jamaicans to build on the legacy that was created by Mr. Seaga, to ensure the prosperity of the country.Minority Leader, Councillor Andrew Swaby, said the former Prime Minister was an institutional builder who was committed to Jamaica.Councillor Donovan Samuels from the Tivoli Gardens Division, said Mr. Seaga sought to uplift and improve the lives of many Jamaicans, particularly the residents of Tivoli Gardens.For his part, Councillor Dennis Gordon said Mr. Seaga was a true patriot and visionary who used sports to build communities.“The research further said that he was perhaps a better wicket-keeper. He didn’t score a lot of runs for Wolmer’s, but I can confess that he has scored a lot of runs for Jamaica,” he said.During the course of his political life, Mr. Seaga made a significant impact on Jamaica’s growth and development through the introduction of various programmes and the establishment of institutions across the social, cultural, political and financial landscapes.On June 19, both Houses of Parliament will sit in a joint session, starting at 2:00 p.m., to pay tribute to the former legislator.During the official period of mourning (June 19 to 22), the National Flag will be flown at half-mast on all public buildings.The State funeral for Mr. Seaga will be held on Sunday, June 23 at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, after which he will be buried in National Heroes Park. Glowing tributes were offered at today’s (June 18) special sitting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) to reflect on the life and work of the former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga. Mr. Seaga was Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister, serving from 1980 to 1989. He represented the constituency of West Kingston from 1962 until his retirement from active politics in 2005. He died on May 28 on his 89th birthday. read more

Improved Passes for CSEC

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is reporting an overall improvement in passes for students, who sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) this year, when compared to 2018. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio, Hon. Karl Samuda, in presenting the preliminary report during a press conference at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle headquarters on Wednesday (Aug. 14), said that higher scores were recorded in 23 of the 34 subjects taken. He noted that of the 32,617 students, who sat CSEC this year, 29,139 or 89.3 per cent obtained grades one to three. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is reporting an overall improvement in passes for students, who sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) this year, when compared to 2018.Minister without Portfolio, Hon. Karl Samuda, in presenting the preliminary report during a press conference at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle headquarters on Wednesday (Aug. 14), said that higher scores were recorded in 23 of the 34 subjects taken.He noted that of the 32,617 students, who sat CSEC this year, 29,139 or 89.3 per cent obtained grades one to three.English language and mathematics recorded percentage passes of 82.8 per cent and 54.6 per cent, respectively. The results represent a 7.4 per cent increase in passes for English and 3.2 per cent decrease in passes for math.Mr. Samuda said there were also improvements in the sciences and some mathematical- related subjects, with integrated science having the highest percentage increase of 22.7 per cent.There were also improvements in the average pass rates for chemistry (8.6 per cent); biology (2.6 per cent); physics (3.9 per cent); additional mathematics (3.8 per cent); agricultural science – single award (7 per cent); technical drawing (3.7 per cent); information technology (2.2 per cent); music (10.9 per cent); textile, clothing and fashion (8.7 per cent) and visual arts (11.3 per cent).Six subjects had average pass rates of over 90 per cent. These are agricultural science –double award (97.9 per cent); agricultural science – single award (90.9 per cent); food, nutrition and health (90.5 per cent); information technology (91.1 per cent); physical education and sport (97 per cent); and principles of business (90.7 per cent).A total of 33,639 students from public schools were registered for CSEC this year, which was 1, 510 fewer than 2018.Of the candidates entered, 18,627 (55.4 per cent) were females and 15,012 (44.6 per cent) were males. read more

Government Electrical Regulator To Begin Operations Shortly

“It is an effort that will be privatised so that we will have many more inspectors to meet the demand in the sector,” she added. Story Highlights Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the Government Electrical Regulator (GER) is to be operationalised in short order to speed up the process for the delivery of electricity. “We are changing the structure of how consumers access the inspectors to inspect their buildings and connect to Jamaica Public Service (JPS),” she noted. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the Government Electrical Regulator (GER) is to be operationalised in short order to speed up the process for the delivery of electricity.“We are changing the structure of how consumers access the inspectors to inspect their buildings and connect to Jamaica Public Service (JPS),” she noted.“It is an effort that will be privatised so that we will have many more inspectors to meet the demand in the sector,” she added.The Portfolio Minister was addressing day two of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) Engineers’ Week conference at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (Sept. 17).GER, which is expected to transform the Government Electrical Inspectorate (GEI), will be responsible for the regulation of the electrical inspection process; the licensing of electricians and electrical inspectors including making recommendations for renewal and revocation; and monitoring work done by the inspectors.Meanwhile, Minister Williams said that “considerable work” is being done by the Government to diversify the country’s energy sources by incorporating more renewables, in order to strengthen the country’s energy security.“Jamaica’s energy landscape has changed significantly over the years with renewables and natural gas playing a greater role in the country’s energy diversification efforts,” she noted.Turning to other matters, Mrs. Williams said that the Ministry is redoubling its efforts to ensure that pieces of legislation pertaining to net billing, auxiliary connections and power wheeling are tabled in Parliament. read more