It is the biggest donation yet by the UK chapter of this Diaspora body of predominantly expats who also contribute monetarily on a monthly basis to assist with paying staff and managing the facility which forms part of the Spring Village Development Foundation. Since the clinic opened its doors to the community, keeping its doors open remains a continuous challenge said Randy Finnikin, executive director of the foundation. “It’s a welcome one because sustaining this health and wellness centre is a big problem. We have no support other than support that is mobilized by the foundation. The (Spring Village Homecoming) UK Chapter’s contribution is big because most of what they’ve contributed is consumables and that goes very fast. This will certainly help with the sustainability issues that we have right now,” Finnikin told Old Harbour News. “It cost us roughly £600 to £700 and that includes shipping,” said Banton following the presentation. “When we giving to the community we giving back to ourselves basically because we are a part of this community. This community is us. This is where we are from so whatever we’re doing we are doing it for ourselves. So it gives us a sense of pride, a sense of achievement and makes us feel really, really proud… and our endeavour is to continue to build the community.” It was heartwarming listening to Nurse Simms, Banton added before urging others to give back to the community. “I am pleased that we have been able to facilitate so that her job can be a little bit easier and do a better job in the sense that more people will be reached, there’ll be more supplies for individuals who really need it,” she said. “We are an inclusive group, so anybody who wants to be a part of this endeavour is welcome. You don’t have to be specifically from Spring Village to be part of what we are doing. It’s not exclusive.” Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
Today’s seizure is the third gun taken off the street by the Old Harbour police in four days. On Tuesday morning a .38 revolver with four rounds was discovered in a community near the town centre. This weapon, the police theorized was used to rob a business established on Monday evening which saw citizens teaming with the police in chasing the suspected robber who has been held. A shotgun was also found in the Marlie Mount area on Wednesday. This week’s finds have been credited to joint efforts of the domestic and operational support unit of the Old Harbour Police. The police continue to encourage members to utilize the various available channels to report illegal weapons, wanted persons or suspicious individuals in their communities. CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK
The NWC regrets the inconvenience the disruption in supply has caused. Some of the affected communities are Spring Village, Nightingale Grove, Island Farm, Gutters, Lloyd’s Pen, Church, Marlie Mount, Old Harbour Villa and Gordon Wood. CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK
In welcoming the SVTI to the JFLL’s team of Volunteer Adult Learning Centres, JFLL Executive Director Worrell Hibbert commended them for their efforts and added “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the SVTI. As a part of the support of this new partner we will be forming a joint committee to ensure the smooth execution of the project, pooling our joint expertise to serve the Spring Village and surrounding communities.” The partnership will see JFLL making its curriculum, teacher training and other capabilities to SVTI. This will create a second chance to education and training for many of the area’s youth who did not excel in the formal school systems.
The contribution of the Jamaica Broilers Group was lauded in every sense with Dr Davies indicating that more public-private partnerships such as this are a sure way of getting more development done. “From my perspective I don’t care who owns the project as long as the people in the community benefit and the Broilers plant benefit. So it’s a win, win project for everyone. We recognize the problems. We get reports on what issues need to factor in. But the stark reality is that the financing which we have at our disposal is simply not adequate to respond to every need identified. And to the extent that we have public minded companies such as Jamaica Broilers we can immediately seek to alleviate this depression and distress in which many communities suffer,” Dr Davies said. The Spring Village Road has been the scene of many a demonstration in the past and though grateful for its completion the Member of Parliament was quick to highlight that the entire project itself is still incomplete. Warmington said: “I want to thank the PS (Permanent Secretary Audrey Sewell), Mr. EG Hunter (CEO, NWA) and the minister. They have accommodated myself and Councillor Mark O’Connor in several meetings just to have this stretch of road complete. I also thank Mr. (Robert) Levy and the Jamaica Broilers family for partnering with the government in providing 50 per cent of the cost to complete this road. I hope that we could have more businesses like Jamaica Broilers to partner with the government so we can have more done for the country. A company like Jamaica Broilers doesn’t think about making profit for themselves but is a company that thinks about the people that they serve and the people of the community that their lives can be better and they need to be commended for that.” “We have achieved something today but I wish to remind the minister that the task is not yet completed because among these we have the Bushy Park Road to be completed, we have Rock Stone Road to be completed and we have Brethren Town to be completed because they were part of process then,” he added. Levy was arguably the most excited person on this day as the deplorable road then was affecting precious production at his Best Dressed Chicken Processing Plant. “Today I can only say that it is worth every bit of the 20 years… and it has been worth the 50 per cent share with the government. We now have a new road that represents the industry at the top of the road,” the JB Group Chairman said during a lively remark spiced with plenty banter.