For the moment the restaurant is open once per week, providing students with invaluable real work experience. According to Richards, the college prepares its students for the global marketplace and is already looking to strengthen its foreign language programme to give each graduate a competitive advantage. Such an advantage could be realized sooner and closer to home here in Old Harbour, with key stakeholders working towards establishing the area as a community tourism destination on the island. It is a vision that the PCC unreservedly supports. “I’m a big believer in community tourism. Our rural communities are rich in heritage, rich in culture, and personally I think that we (Portmore Community College) need to focus a lot more on that as we go forward,” said Richards. Special commendations were reserved for Williams and the event management team, teacher Omar Frith, and Sheril Ramsaroop who is the campus director. School board chairman Karl Henlin and former principal Karen Hewitt-Kennedy participated in the symbolic ribbon cutting exercise. Visit the Old Harbour News Facebook page to view more photos. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
“Comrades, we have work to do, but we have to embrace (each other) for one purpose and it’s to defeat the Jamaica Labour Party in south west St Catherine and in Jamaica,” said Mears, who defeated Miller 90-35 last year in the race to become chairman of the constituency and was also retained unopposed for the said post a few weeks ago. Old Harbour News understands that prior to the proceedings which got underway at 10 o’clock this morning; Dr Miller expressed dissatisfaction with the voter’s list, claiming that some of his supporters were not listed. Except for a handful of supporters who hang around to hear the verdict, neither Dr Miller nor any member of his inner circle was seen when Old Harbour News got to the Portmore Community College, Old Harbour Campus. And although she believes that the process can stand up to scrutiny, Daley was disappointed in the manner the Miller camp went about the issue. Daley said: “The process was free and fair based on the list that we got from the general secretary of the People’s National Party. “There were about 10 groups of people that were not on the list based on Comrade Keste Miller, who is one of the aspirants, (argument). But I was told that up to Thursday (last week) he had agreed with the list which was being distributed from the People’s National Party. And I was told that both candidates signed off on the list. I was then surprised that they were some concerns with the 10 groups. However, I met with some of the supporters of Comrade Keste Miller. I met with a group this morning who expressed the view that they were not able to vote as a result of not being on the list and I promised them that if they register today I would take the names to the People’s National Party headquarters and make sure that they were either eligible or not eligible to vote, and if they were eligible to vote we would fix a date and give those persons the right to vote and at that time we would count the total amount of ballots. “They rejected it outright so I had no other choice more than to proceed as plan. I’m very disappointed overall that as a party we know how to communicate and to make sure that we get it right before today. And in my view if on Thursday you send a nominee and we did a walk through and you decided that everything was okay, even though the 10 groups were not there, in which he said he would love for them to be on the list, but they would proceed. “I’m very sorry that everybody did not take part in the process, because his name was on the ballot and his photograph was on the ballot and persons still came and gave support in the way they thought.” A total of 1200 delegates were eligible to vote. CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK
And in an effort to continue dialogue with the people the police, headed by chief commander DSP David White, will host a third meeting with stakeholders this evening at the Portmore Community College, Old Harbour Campus. The OHCC president is urging members of the business community to come out in their numbers for the meeting scheduled to start at 6:00 pm. The campaign to rid the streets of vending, which although still illegal under Jamaican law is a widespread practice across the country, began since the transfer of DSP White earlier this month. But the higglers have long argued that the market, which is owned and operated by Local Government agency the St Catherine Parish Council, is in an unhealthy state. They cite poor sanitary facility, lighting and security as reasons for selling on the streets. In a recent meeting with the higglers, organized by the police, the St Catherine Parish Council stated that only 26 of the 300 available spaces in the market are occupied by paid-up registered vendors. CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK
Civic groups are also welcome to share their views and participate in discussions regarding how as citizens they can contribute to the process, he said. Since his transfer to Old Harbour, DSP White has taken a zero tolerance approach to activities such as street side vending, bars operating without licence and unpermitted entertainment events – all illegal under Jamaican law. His actions have however divide public opinion, with some persons voicing strong support, while anti-supporters say its oppressive and will ultimately contribute to a rise in criminal activities. CLICK here to LIKE OLD HARBOUR NEWS ON FACEBOOK
Hospitality has been the flagship programme at the college for several years now, contributing thousands of students to the tourism sector. See images below. Visit the Old Harbour News Facebook page to view more images.
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Hospitality and Tourism is the college’s flagship programme offered only at its Old Harbour Campus. The college hosted a series of activities to celebrate this special day. Click on audio file to hear edited excerpts from Crawford’s presentation. LIKE Old Harbour News on Facebook
This win puts the MICO Crocs, the defending champions on 10 points and in joint first position with the G.C. Foster Lions who had defeated the UTech Knights earlier in the week.