Are The Criticism's Of SPM Fair?
The management of our regional solid waste authority, Southern Parks and Markets (SPM) have been on the receiving end of sustained criticism over the past several months and despite seemingly justified explanations for the agency's inability to perform at acceptable levels, the public outcry continues unabated, but are we being fair?
It is a fact that the St. Elizabeth Parish Council have been unable to provide Southern Parks and Markets with enough funding to enable it to service the parish adequately, so how in God's name is the agency going to cover the expenses, is the solution simply to replace the manager, come on now, lets get real!
What the new solid waste agency will do is anybody's guess, but you do not have to be a Rhodes scholar to realize that a new approach to public cleansing is now imperative. The stipulation which requires the parish councils to use a percentage of the property taxes they collect to pay for public cleansing should be scrapped for at least two reasons, collections are too unpredictable and the property tax base varies too much from parish to parish.
What was once a beautiful drive from Junction to Flagaman, in St. Elizabeth is now ruined by mounds of garbage along the roadsides and knowing the residents as we do, their legendary pride must be hurting deep down, come on guys, we can do better!
Prominent physician and surgeon Dr. Ainsley Unsworth Dujon and renowned educator, Hyacinth Harker have been awarded the Rotary Club of Mandeville 2001 Vocational Services Award for outstanding services to the community.
The awards were presented at an awards banquet hosted by the Rotary Club of Mandeville on Saturday December 8 at the Mandeville Hotel in Manchester.
Dr. Dujon who began to serve the Jamaican health sector as a medical doctor of the Kingston Public Hospital in 1957, was cited as a gentleman who has distinguished himself as an outstanding physician. In 1958 Dr. Dujon migrated to Mandeville where he did general practice at the Public Hospital. There he also served as a casualty officer for 18 years.
Dr. Dujon was hailed for establishing himself as a highly skilled physician and surgeon who displays quality of generosity, patience and care to his patients. Dr. Dujon who was one of the pioneers in the development of the Hargreaves Memorial Hospital also served as Alcan Jamaica Company medical director. He was President of the Medical Association of Jamaica, and the Association of General Practitioners, respectively. In 1995 Dr. Dujon received the national honour, commander of the order of distinction.
Mrs. Harker was cited as a noble individual with many distinctions, for her contribution to education and community development.
She was hailed for the positive impression she created through her leadership in programs such as the Alpart Home School and Street (HSS) Safety Program and organizations such as the Snowdon All Age school where she served as principal for nine years.
Last year, Mrs. Harker was awarded the Mandeville Weekly Community LTD's Public Service Award.
Guest Speaker, Senor Rafael Jover Y de Mora Figueroa, the Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, congratulated the honourees and said that they too were ambassadors in their own way.
Ambassador Jover said that Jamaica has a very historic relationship with Spain. He pointed to Christopher Columbus' arrival to Jamaica in the fifteenth century and mentioned that there are still Spanish ties in Jamaica which are manifested in aspects of our culture and names of places such as Ochio Rios, Rio Nuevo and Negril.
Ambassador Jover continued that the Spanish Government remains committed to forging a stronger partnership with Jamaica through the Spanish Embassy, which was established in Jamaica in 1977.
One hundred and sixteen individuals from several communities in Manchester in which mining activities are conducted graduated from a special skills training program funded by the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (J.B.I) and facilitated by the Work Force Development Consortium.
Twenty-seven of the graduates successfully completed three months of training in home management at the Catholic School of Technology while, 42 completed the 3 month training in level 1 computer technology at Success Unlimited and the other 45 at Knox Community College.
The skills training program is one of several projects of the J.B.I's Bauxite Community Development Program (J.B.C.D.P). The J.B.C.D.P was established in 1996 to re-invest some of the earnings from the bauxite/alumina industry in the communities located close to mining operations. So far some $120 million have been spent on various projects under the program.
Keynote speaker, Mr. Paris Lyew-Ayee, General Manager, J.B.I, said that the bauxite/alumina industry accounted for over 20% of the total export earnings for Jamaica each year and implored those in attendance to recognize the importance of the industry.
"Whether we like it or not, the bauxite and the tourism industries will continue to be the main leg of our economy and we have a responsibility to keep it going" he said.
Mr. Lyew-Ayee told the graduates that as the world becomes more technological, they would need to further upgrade themselves. "Learn and develop the discipline to perform efficiently, harmoniously and effectively" he said adding that theoretical and practical competence in any skill cannot substitute for these qualities.
Among those in attendance were His Worship the Mayor of Mandeville Councilor Horace Williams, Executive Director of the Work Force Development Consortium, Mrs. Jennifer Cheesman, Chairman of the Manchester Plateau Community Council, Mr. Hugh Lewis and Corporate Relations Manager at WINDALCO, Jennifer Wynter.
Less than two months ago when Uriel Wright, reaped a sweet potato from his home garden in Mandeville weighing twelve pounds, he was astonished. He said to himself that it must have been a blessing but little did he know that there were many more "blessings' in store for him.
Since then, Mr. Wright has reaped approximately twenty-five potatoes weighing between ten and twenty pounds.
A returned resident, he grew up with his father in Manchester who himself was a farmer. Mr. Wright migrated to London, England where he lived for over twenty-one years.
While in England, he continued to till the soil and since his return to Jamaica he has been continuing a practice he refers to as his "life" and his hobby.
On a small piece of land surrounding his home, Mr. Wright cultivates yam, potatoes and vegetables.
Asked the secret to his success in farming Mr. Wright said that he engages in organic farming only. "I do not use any chemical on my crops and I think that is why my produce are always very fruitful" he said.
With a cheerful smile the youthful looking 66-year-old farmer who is a vegetarian. recalled how frightened his wife was when he reaped the first potato weighing ten pounds, so much so that she declined to look it at first. The potatoes grow in very attractive shapes. Some having a resemblance to objects and animals.
On countless occasions Mr. Wright donated produce from his farm to the Mandeville Seventh Day Adventist Church for its outreach program for the indigent.
Mr. Wright believes that if farmers cultivate crops using organic methods they will reap better quality produce and so say all of us.
The Accompong Maroons in St. Elizabeth have far advanced plans for their
annual January 6th celebrations in recognition of the significant signing of a peace treaty with the British in 1738.
The signing of the treaty marked the end of several hundred years of slavery. Since then, every year the maroons of Accompong have been celebrating this milestone and according to Sidney Peddie, Colonel of the Accompong Maroons, the 263rd celebrations which will be held on January 6, 2001 will be the biggest event ever in the history of the commemoration.
According to Colonel Peddie, the celebrations for 2002 will be more organized and will feature more traditional foods, dance and craft. He also noted that guided tours would be much more informed next year.
Colonel Peddie pointed out that the celebrations are aimed at further promoting the rich heritage of the maroon village.
Since December 2001, the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCO) has been involved with the Accompong Maroons in an attempt to market the village as a viable to tourist attraction. The agency has provided training for the residents of the community as tour guides and has also provided training in areas such as craft.
Recently 35 residents graduated from the craft and Team Jamaica Programme in Accompong.
Community Development Consultant of TPDCO., Shirley Lindo-Pennant has been working with the residents in the community as a training facilitator. She said that TPDCO has invested in the community to upgrade its human resources, infrastructure and standards and according to her the results have been very encouraging.
The Agency has refurbished the community centre in Accompong, constructed bathroom facilities and has contributed to other physical enhancement projects in the village including the establishment of a "Bickle Village."
Mrs. Pennant pointed out that TPDCo is now trying to better develop the human resources of the community with much emphasis on integration. The village has set up a community development committee (CDC), which is supported by the Maroon Council to focus on the integration aspect of the village's development.
Recycle For Life (RFL) along with the Manchester Environmental Protection Agency (MEPA) will stage a clean up in Alligator Pond on Saturday December 15, 2001. The litter reduction and (PET) bottle collection NGO, in partnership with MEPA, and members of the community will clean the community centre, the beach and parts of the of the "Sand Dune" area of the fishing village community.
Alligator Pond is a busy fishing community and the most popular fishing bay in Manchester. It is a typical Jamaican indigenous fishing village, which maintained a number of its traditional cultural heritage. Its natural beauty is attributed to its bio-diversity, endemic species and massive "Sand Dunes". This rural community is developing into a fine Jamaican sub-town but is losing its once pristine beauty as it is littered with garbage dumped by unknown persons or washed up from the beach. Recycle For Life and the Manchester Environmental Protection Agency are bringing to national attention the importance of litter reduction and solid waste management in safeguarding public health and the environment in affected communities such as Alligator Pond.
Recycle For Life is a non-profit, non-government organization that manages an islandwide litter reduction and recycling programme in Jamaica, focusing on the collection of PET plastic bottles. Manchester Environmental Protection Agency, another NGO, addresses environmental matters in the parish of Manchester. This clean up will also serve to officially launch this organization.
Executive Director of Recycle For Life, Bevon Morrison believes that in order for RFL to achieve its goals, partnership with NGO's like the Manchester Environmental Protection Agency are essential. According to her, "these kinds of partnerships are needed to ensure that the social and environmental problems are effectively tackled in all communities across Jamaica.
We must lead by example if we are to mobilize persons to keep their community clean on an on-going basis."
The other groups involved in the clean up in Alligator Pond are: Alligator Pond Consultative Committee, Sustainable Community Fund, Southern Parks and Markets, Alligator Pond All Age School, Social Development Commission, Boys Scouts of Jamaica (Central Regional) and members of the community of Alligator Pond.
The National Water Commission (NWC) is advising residents of Hayes and surrounding areas in Clarendon that they will continue to experience intermittent disruption in their regular water supply until further notice.
The disruptions are to facilitate ongoing maintenance work and repairs to the pipeline serving Hayes and neighbouring communities in that parish.
Customers are therefore being asked to store water for use during the disruption periods, or they may call the NWC's May Pen office for assistance and or further information.
Areas, which are affected, include:
* Hayes * Savannah * Cornpiece
* New Town * Top Hill * White Road.
The NWC apologizes for any inconvenience this necessary work may cause.
Two men were arrested for breaches of the Firearms Act following the seizure of a firearm in Effortsville, Clarendon recently.
Charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition are Errol Forrest, 46 year-old welder and 21 year-old higgler Steve Harris both of Effortsville.
The CCN's Clarendon Liaison Officer report that between the hours of 5:00 and 7:30 a.m, an operation was carried out in the Effortsville community. During the operation a house occupied by both men was searched. The search yielded a homemade handgun with five rounds of ammunition. The two men were subsequently arrested and charged.
The May Pen Police are investigating.
Chairman of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce (MCOC), Mr. Donavan Cover has issued a challenge to the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), to foster social values. " In addition to its' involvement in the promotion of the performing arts, the agency has an even more important role of fostering values and attitudes that will result in real growth and development" he said.
Mr. Cover was speaking at the JCDC, St. Elizabeth Cultural Development Committee, Annual General Meeting held on Thursday November 29 at the Sharon Baptist Church Hall in Santa Cruz.
He continued that the need for the fostering of social values is becoming more apparent with the increasing number of youngsters being engaged in illicit activities, the growing problems of drug abuse and broken homes.
According to Mr. Cover, it is important that we become fully aware of these circumstances and be determined to counteract them. The MCOC President said that if our social values continue to deteriorate then soon, some positive aspects of culture would disappear.
JCDC, Parish Manager, Winsome Burthwright reported that the Committee managed to achieve the majority of its objectives for the administrative year 2000-2001.
She highlighted that the committee facilitated festival competitions in music, speech, drama and dance during the last administrative year and noted that representatives from the parish performed creditably the parish regional and national levels. Three entries from the parish were awarded trophies at the national level.
Custos of Westmoreland, Hon. Owen Sinclair officially launch of the Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle drive in Savanna-la-mar on Friday Nov. 23 at a brief service held at Sinclair's Bargain Center on Beckford Street in Savanna-la-mar.
Making his personal donation to the kettle drive, along with members of his staff, Custos Sinclair took the opportunity to laud the work of the Salvation Army especially among the poor. "It is amazing that they can still use the widow's mite to assist the needy", said the Custos who noted the valuable service of the Christian organization among the sick and other less fortunate individuals around the world.
Appealing to the public to contribute generously to the kettle drive proceeds of which will go to assist the poor, aged and children at Christmas, Mr. Sinclair urged "hold the kettle and candle of hope to those in need of assistance." The Custos' appeal was echoed by president of the local Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Douglas Arnold who also made his own financial contribution to the kettle drive after bringing greetings.
Mrs. Major Terrence Green, in giving a brief history of how the kettle drive began back in 1894, disclosed that it was during the Great Depression in San Francisco, USA, that Captain Joseph McGhie organized it to feed the hungry; old pots of food boiled at the bottom of Market Street waiting for hungry sailors who were later fed from them. Ever since, the Pot, backed by jingling bells, manned by uniformed Salvationists appear on street corners and shopping malls all around the world.
Providing the music at the launch was the Corps Band led by bandmaster Dalton Laing. The program was emceed by the Corps Commanding Officer, Major Terrence Green who made his own appeal to the public to support the fund so that a measure of cheer can be brought to the poor. Several Christmas carols were sung to round off the program.
Mr. & Mrs. Jasper Bent of Yardley Chase, Southfield, St. Elizabeth, are pleased to announce the recent academic achievement of their daughter Carol Bent Wright, who graduated from the University of the West Indies on November 9, 2001, with a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development (with distinction). Carol attended Mayfield All Age School, Junction Secondary School and West Indies College High School. In 1984, she graduated from West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) with an Associate of Science degree in biological science. In 1992 she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (with honours) in Economics and management from the University of the West Indies. Carol works at Andrews Memorial Hospital as the Human Resource Manager.
Lititz All Age School beat Morningside Primary 2 goals to 1 in the under-12 category of the Alpart sponsored Essex valley football competition. In the under-15 category New Forest Primary and Junior High moved pass Lititz All Age 3 goals to nil.
A total of thirteen (13) schools from Alpart's operating area participated in this event. In the under-12 category of the Alpart sponsored Netball competition Lititz clinched Prospect Primary 9-8 while in the Under-15 category New Forest Primary and Junior High won over Lititz 16-12.
Alpart has been sponsoring football, cricket, athletics and netball competitions among All Age and Primary schools in the Essex Valley bordering St. Elizabeth and Manchester for the past 27 years.
Jamaica's longest running concert series, Heineken Startime, is set to make a triumphant return to St. Elizabeth at the Alpart Sports Club in Nain on Saturday December 15, 2001 after making an auspicious debut there last September.
The rain affected show in September was heralded as a big success throughout the media, as everyone was surprised at the fairly large turnout despite the storm watch posted over the island at the time plus heavy rains which fell all day.
Those lucky patrons who braved the conditions and attended the show had a marvelous time and will definitely be back, along with the thousands who failed to attend because of the unstable weather conditions.
This special return to St. Bess billed the "Christmas Explosion" is part of a historic Triple Bill series, also staged in Kingston (Dec. 8), and heading for Kaiser Sports Club on December 22 as a Christmas treat to ensure that the Heineken Startime faithful all across the island have a rip-roaring start to the festive season.
"Life's Little Instruction Book" started out as a collection of hand written words of counsel which H. Jackson Brown gave to his son, Adam, as a college freshman;
* Don't waste time learning the "tricks of the trade." Instead, learn the trade.
* Put the cap back on the toothpaste
* Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
* Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.
· Admit your mistakes.
I am having a problem and I hope you can help me. I am 23 years old and was along with my boyfriend but we no longer see each other anymore. Andrea, I had never got involved with another man for the past one year and three months. I waited for the right person to come along until this month of November I met and fell in love with a married man. He is a 41-year-old businessman. I never loved this man for his wealth, believe me. I loved him because I see love in him. But something now troubles me. I came home late from work one evening and I called him, and to my surprise he told me that he is going to stop fooling around and get baptized and asked me what do I think. In my shock I could not say a thing because I know I can not stop him from serving the Lord, but why now when we have spent many happy moments together and sharing my fantasies with him? Andrea why do some men like to fool and use young girls? I was so madly in love with him and I am still madly in love with him.
Andrea I know you are going to tell me to get involved with a training program but how can I when I can't sleep. I cannot even concentrate on the things I do, I am so hurt. I want all the youngsters out there to be very careful in whatever they do because they will get hurt and I don't want them to end up like me looking into space.
I don't want you or others to believe that I am trying to brush you off when I suggest that you try to get involved in a training program. It is only that when you have a skill you won't need to depend on a man to take care of you and you can take time to pick and choose. The letter you wrote me has one or two good things in it. One is that your love affair did not last for a full month. It is easier to root up a plant in the early stages than when the roots have gone deep. The second thing is that your lover did not reject you because you got stale on him, but because he wanted to square his conscience with God.
Now, I know your first live-in boyfriend deserted you and left you feeling empty for fifteen months. That is probably why you turned to the arms of a mature man, but unless he and his wife are separated and on the verge of getting a divorce, you were setting up yourself for a let down sooner or later. According to you the man told you he is now going to stop "fooling around." Didn't that strike you as funny? Could it be that while you were pouring out your love on him he was just fooling around?
Why do you hurt so much? Well, first of all your body has been re-awakened, and it is missing the physical fun you used to have together. Also you feel like there is something wrong with you why the man has been able to suggest you break up so easily. About the first of your problems, there is no instant or easy solution. You will have to want to get this thing out of your psyche. That could mean avoiding suggestive books, pictures and movies that tease you, for a while at least. It could also mean using your spare time for good reading and or games that will tire you out and make you sleep easily. It wouldn't hurt for you to try getting nearer to a church where the members are understanding and supportive of people with problems.
Because you are young you can shake off this disappointment, but set your mind to it. You are the one who will benefit most.