Sayers, who financed his Mastered Degree studies in Business Administration at the University of Technology from goat rearing, said: “Goat farming can be very rewarding if you first develop a plan and put in strategies to achieve them… It’s not a get rich quick business. “The average goat takes eight months before it’s ready for the market, so you have to be patient and discipline. “The main problem doing business in Jamaica is access to venture capital. Particular in agriculture land is a problem. You need land titles to access funding and most small farmers don’t own any land.” He added: “Praedial larceny is really a big problem in Jamaica, but I believe it’s a problem we can mitigate if we utilise available technologies, such as surveillances, cameras, micro chip. But I believe the larceny problem has more to do with the people than the government.” Despite his relatively young years in the business Sayers demonstrates a level of seriousness beyond his years. The 32-year-old is now second in command at the Jamaica Goat Farmers’ Association (JGFA), which comprises of over 100 members. And the JGFA Vice President informed oldharbournews.com that the association is producing and looking at ways to expanding its organic compost, milk and cheese and even leather production - all from goat.
Businessman Rudyard “Kippy” Mears, one of the more influential figures in the community has endorsed the initiative and is hopeful that other businesses in the area will do the same. Mears said: “By bringing the communities together this competition is doing a wonderful, remarkable job. Seeing what is happening here almost the entire community is out today. You see the togetherness in the teams, the togetherness with the spectators. They are out in their numbers. These are the things that are needed, we have to sustain these things and we’ll find development through them too.” “If more influential people come around and then come on board then naturally we’ll have some positive spin-offs from it,” added Mears, proprietor of S-Mart Wholesale during the first set of quarter-final matches on August 11. Manager of Gutters United Samuel “Sagi” Bentley said: “If it wasn’t for this competition you wouldn’t see so much youth coming out. It brings joy to every community around.” Psychologically the social benefits are incalculable and far-reaching when communities are united by events such as this. The camaraderie displayed on the weekends is captured by an air of optimism and happiness that permeates the atmosphere on match days. This event says Mears will ease the mental pressures being faced by all, many of which are unemployed, during this harsh economic climate that’s rocking the country. Not wanting to be left out the women of the community have expressed their desire to see a netball competition start as well. The absence of a netball court is a major deterrent for such plans materialising, Porter told oldharbournews.com. In the meantime the focus is on the men but it doesn’t prevent the women either from coming out and cheer on their favourite team or player. “Every day you hear the players saying how much they are glad for the competition and they hope it’s not just a one-off,” Mears said. “They want to see this happening every year and I hope the management body stay together. We must have sports playing in the communities, it is an integral part.”
A trophy plus $40,000 is reserved for the league champions while second and third place will pocket $15,000 and $10,000 respectively along with trophies. The top scorer and most disciplined team will also receive special recognition.Those cash rewards are mere tokens of appreciation. What is more important is the collective objective of the community.
Several tributes struck a familiar tone, describing the senior citizen as fun-loving, humble, a quiet achiever, hardworking, kind and irresistible. “The Lord giveth unto us and He taketh back,” said Williams’ first daughter Deloris, her voice cracking as she fought back tears. “We are proud of the legacy he leaves behind as a father, husband and grandfather… May his soul rest in peace.” Williams was an evangelist for Christ in his latter years, even on his dying bed, Pastor Khani Brown preached during the sermon attended by over 250 individuals. “He was a man of great influence,” the preacher said of his elder church brother, drawing references from the books of First and Second Timothy. “He followed the Lord faithfully. He exhibited the characteristics of a strong believer and follower of Christ,” the Pastor said of the deceased, whom he’d had a very close relationship with.
He noted the health ministry’s intense efforts to improve primary health services around the country, reiterating data released by Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson during his Sectoral Debate presentation in June. According to Shirley, a total of $54.8 million has been spent on renovating 20 health centres this year by the ministry under its Primary Health Care Infrastructure Improvement Project, which saw other St Catherine communities, such as Waterford, Christian Pen, Harkers Hall and Kitson Town, benefiting. “Congratulations to the Spring Village Development Foundation, not only for the opening of the exceptional facility, but for its 15 years of outstanding service to residents of this community. “It is a milestone worthy of many accolades and the Minister of Health is looking forward to visiting this facility shortly to witness first hand the tremendous work that has been achieved,” said the regional head. The opening of the medical centre represents the first phase of a grand therapeutic design of a five-year strategic plan to transform the campus into a technical college, informed Randy Finnikin, executive director of the Spring Village Development Foundation. Phase One of the medical centre entails four medical exam rooms, a dental room, a laboratory, a conference room, a cafeteria, a reception hall, sanitation facility and a dispense area for over-the-counter medications.
An expanded dental facility, x-ray equipment and a mental health section represent phase two; while phase three will see a health training facility being established. The SVDF is managed by members from the community with a Board of Directors and an executive body in place. Their work is oftentimes sited as a model by several NGOs, stated Winsome Wilkins, CEO of CVSS United Way of Jamaica. And it was most befitting when the community was named National Model Community last year by the Governor General’s I Believe Initiative. “I want to congratulate all those who have contributed to the re-development of this community and pledge that we will continue to support the programmes that will empower residents of the area, which has been the home of our Best Dressed Chicken brand for decades,” said Nicole Marshall-Walker, Public Relations Manager of the Jamaica Broilers Group. She added: “This is just an extension of the vast improvement to the social infrastructure of the community.” Jacqui Banton-Lawrence, who is president of the Spring Village Association UK Chapter implore community members to work together and protect the facility. She applauded the various chapters in North America for supporting the initiative. “It’s good to dream and to have visionaries,” the Spring Village native said to loud applause from the audience.
Whoever possessed it had strategic control over the important port of the Old Harbour Bay. It also provided valuable protection for the capital, Spanish Town, against attack from the South West.
More details will be made available at a formal launch, he said. Whitely further stated that more recently the organisation has placed special emphasis on agriculture and has even enrolled a full-time specialised teacher solely for this purpose. “All of this forms part of our Agri-Science Department,” he said. “All our boys are being taught to rear pigs and to do farming in a scientific way. We have already employed the services of a full-time agriculture teacher, as we want to start a revival of agriculture among our young boys.” In coming days their fortunes will be significantly enhanced as well, as the North Iowa Jamaica Mission Team - a Lutheran Christian organisation - is set to complete a 50,000 gallon water storage facility. Head of the overseas mission, Pastor Daniel Hart, who has been visiting Sunbeam Boys Home since 2000, says the water project has been long in coming. “This project that we’re working on right now is the culmination of many years of frustration with the water system. Sometimes the water is off for four hours a day. And it’s never the same four hours. And when you have 40 boys, 10 staff and 20 team members and there’s no water it gets dry real fast,” said Hart, a pastor of 38 years at the St John Lutheran Church in Iowa. “That’s the main project,” added the missionary, who spent nine years on the continent of Africa before shifting to Jamaica. “But we end up doing all kinds of other projects. We’ve been doing some painting; we have been adding some fans, just general maintenance.”
Several tertiary students who are members of the Leo Club of Downtown Kingston assisted in the planting of a number of the island’s best known flowers. Signs and storyboards were also erected at the renowned heritage site, located a little more than a mile north of the Old Harbour town centre. The signs were developed with the support of the NCB Foundation and CIBC First Caribbean.
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