“Even while we pray for the current drought to be broken, as your Government, we are doing our part to bring better water supply to more and more Jamaicans including here at Bellas Gate and surrounding communities,” she said. The Prime Minister further expressed pleasure that despite financial difficulties, over the past three years, the National Water Commission (NWC) has invested some $20 billion on water projects for both major and rural communities all across Jamaica. Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, welcomed the project, deeming it a “landmark occasion”. “It is something that we have desired for the longest while (and) it is going to make a difference (in the lives of citizens). The project will entail: repair of the water channels to increase water volume from the sources; installation of meters to measure the inflows at the Goldmine Spring source; replacing and upgrading of filters at the plant; and repairs to the retaining walls and access bridge at the plant. Installation of stand-by pumps, are to be undertaken as well. The project will also involve upgrading of the motor, starter and electrical works for the relift pumps; and repairs to the Bellas Gate/Cocoa Ridge Tank. The NWC has awarded the contracts for the works to Alcar Construction and Haulage Company Ltd., Champion Industrial Equipment Ltd., and Florida Aquastore. Engineering supervision is to be provided by Rural Water Supply Limited.
Teaka’s quest to stardom didn’t just start this year, she told Old Harbour News. In 2012 she accompanied her brother, Rice Bag who also deejays, to an audition but by sheer coincidence ended up performing before being eliminated in the third round of the preliminaries. Her friends continued to urge her to enter seriously, and she eventually conjured up the confidence in a giant leap of faith. “Mi always a get people a tell me to enter because dem always a seh mi have it like that. Actually the first time I entered Magnum I didn’t enter for real enuh. A mi artiste brother mi follow to the audition and I was in the line with him and never know that mi reach up to the front. So mi just sing a song. Mi and mi brother got through but dem call me and never call mi brother. Dem time deh mi not even have five songs. But the reason why mi get eliminated dem seh mi nuh have no confidence,” she said. “This time around mi know mi can do it. It’s something that I love,” she added. Well, it wasn’t to be for this talented damsel. As one who idolizes global star Beyonce, Teaka vows to continue her musical journey and establish herself as a trailblazer, breaking down barriers that will pave the way for other upcoming female artistes. She said: “I know that persons would probably say ‘but this girl don’t rate Jamaicans’. But I like Beyonce. I haven’t seen any female like her so young and can manage her thing. She gets a lot of Grammy awards. And then the next thing that I really like about her is that she dances while performing, which I really like to do because that was my first passion before I actually started to deejay. So if I should become the next big thing in Jamaica, I would have a thing where I dance while I perform.” Popular local talent show Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall is in its eighth season and has brought joy to many Jamaican communities and also to the lives of once unknown prodigious artistes.
Food for the Poor Chairman, Andrew Mahfood, said the organisation is pleased to undertake the project, while stating that 50 more schools should be completed in April or May. He said in addition to the new sanitary facilities, Bois Content Primary also benefitted from the installation of electricity; a newly build mathematics centre; and general painting work at the expense of Food for the Poor. South West St. Catherine Member of Parliament, Everald Warmington, in expressing gratitude, urged the students, teachers, and residents of Bois Content to ensure the facilities are properly maintained and preserved. He also implored other institutions to emulate Food for the Poor and JN Foundation, by partnering with the government to deliver quality services and other provisions for citizens. Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites (left) and St Catherine South West Member of Parliament Everald Warmington having a light moment (Photo: Aaron Fogah/FogahStyles Photography) In her remarks, JN Foundation General Manager, Saffrey Brown, said the organisation welcomed the opportunity to be involved in “this inspiring and heart-warming project.” “This launch is a demonstration of the recognition of a socially-focused partnership, as we join together to implement solutions for the upgrading of sanitary blocks for our students…one school at a time, until we can say ‘mission accomplished’,” she added. Board Chairman of Bois Content Primary, Rev. Lenford Newell, also expressed gratitude on behalf of the students and staff. “We are, indeed, happy (for) this very special gift and for being the first (beneficiary under) this programme,” Rev Newell said.