Asked which one of the options she has taken, she said: “I took the second option because I am one of those persons who just never badda fi tek out nuh passport. But I’m glad for the laptop because I will be starting school soon so it comes at the right time. “I will be going to look about my passport for sure now because I might win something like this again,” she ended, laughing aloud. Support for the raffle was excellent said Byfield after the original draw date had to be pushed back due to popular demand. Over 3,000 tickets were purchased, with the proceeds in aid of restoring the infant department play and learn area. “The raffle was an initiative of the Marlie Mount Primary and Infant School PTA. The staff of the infant department bemoaned the current state of the playground, while reinforcing the benefits of play and learn. “The initial funding for the raffle came from other fundraising efforts, for example, a bake sale and a sports day paraphernalia fundraising activity from the class of 2017 prefect body. “With the support of teachers, parents, community members, students and many other well wishers, the current PTA body staged our first major fundraiser. We raised over $330,000.00. In the coming months we will start the renovations of the infant play and learn area. We continue to crave the support of all well-wishers and donors as we continue to enhance our school,” Byfield said.
Persons can donate to the fund by visiting the ISupport Jamaica platform at www.isupportjamaica.com and clicking on the donate button; by using JN Live; or by visiting the nearest JN Branch or JN Money Shop and making a contribution to the JN Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, account number 2094267610. Several islands were affected by the major hurricanes, Irma and Maria, which swirled across the northern Caribbean leaving a trail of physical and human disaster behind. The countries affected include: Barbuda where more than 1,000 residents had to abandon the island, as it was deemed inhabitable; Dominica, which had 27 deaths and the majority of its infrastructure destroyed; the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands where most people are still without power; St Maarten, which had a third of its buildings destroyed; as well as Puerto Rico and Cuba.
“I want to thank the Ministry of Agriculture for its quick and positive response to our request for an export permit to allow us to ship relief supplies of food, including Best Dressed Chicken products,” he continued. “We are also in discussion with our customers who have been left destitute, to see how we may assist them individually. Jamaica has benefited from the kindnesses of people around the world when we have been affected by storms and hurricanes, so it is our turn to show God’s love and care. “Our members of staff locally and regionally will be playing their part by conducting a clothing drive to assist the hurricane victims. This is how we intend to show love to our neighbours,” Salmon said.
“When I was in Spanish Town, most of my customers were from Old Harbour,” he stated. “Then the way Old Harbour is developing with so many houses being built it was the right decision. Business is so excellent right now.” Keeping customers happy is very important, he stresses, a character trait he lives by. “We offer warranty on our products, do free delivery and installation at a discounted price. For example we give three years warranty on fridges and five years on AC units. We also sell industrial and commercial items. We have been supplying a lot of businesses in Old Harbour like Kaluga and Andre Russell’s Restaurant,” Gangwani said with great pride. “We believe in excellent customer service. Old Harbour never had a good place like this before. Now the people don’t need to go to Spanish Town or May Pen to shop for furniture and appliances” At the grand opening shoppers will experience 14 hours of rock bottom prices with business scheduled to open between the 9:00 am and 11:00 pm. It's an opportunity of a lifetime for shoppers. But should one unfortunately miss out on the grand opening, Gangwani is confident his new concept of offering quality products at cheap price, top class customer service, along with a host of spectacular offerings will set him apart from the competition. “Our interaction with the customers is amazing and we take care of them so much they don’t need to go anywhere else. The prices are cheaper than anywhere else,” he said
Ricardo Edwards, co-founder of the Old Harbour Basketball Academy is grateful. “The students of the Kevon Godfrey Basketball Academy were elated upon receiving the sneakers from some wonderful persons living in the USA who I refer to as friends of the academy. I am happy to see the joy and hope it brings,” said Edwards, who is also coach of the Old Harbour High basketball team. “Some may say how one pair of sneakers can do that, but it opens the door for them to see the possibilities that are before them that that pair of sneakers might be the game changer in their lives.” He added: “I am grateful to those who made it possible that may help one life saved, which may save a family, a community and even a country.” The men are now hoping their benevolence will gain additional support to enable them to help more children, who through the sport can achieve their dreams. “My imagination has no limits brother,” said Bonitto in response to the positive impact their charitable deed is likely to create back home. “We intend to take it to wherever it leads us. There are so many kids that love the sport, and if they have resources, something as simple as sneakers, basketballs, facilities, etc, the possibilities are endless.” Plans are also in the pipeline to stage in December an inaugural invitational basketball tournament to honour the memory of Kevon Godfrey, who died from cancer in August. Godfrey, past student of Old Harbour High, earned a US basketball scholarship last year, before his untimely death.
She said that with the direction from the JCDC such talent, including boys and girls, could be honed to participate in the 2018 Independence celebrations. The Sport Minister said the Ministry would also work with the Ministry of National Security to upgrade sports infrastructure at the correctional institutions. “I am putting my money where my mouth is,” Minister Grange told State Minister for National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles, who established The We Transform Youth Empowerment and Reintegration Programme in 2016. “In the same way that the Ministry has embarked on a programme to develop sport infrastructure in communities and in schools, we will see to the funding for the upgrade of sport facilities in the correctional institutions.” Minister Grange said she was pleased to endorse The We Transform programme and to align the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport as well as the Jamaica 55 Secretariat to its successful implementation. She was conducted on a tour by Minister Charles of the exhibition of items produced by the wards competing in the Expo. On display were items of clothing, art and craft, jewelry and food.
Red Stripe first introduced the Drink Right mobile app in 2015, where it formed part of a broader responsible drinking campaign dubbed Drink Right. Since then, the company has sought to increase the visual appeal of the app and expand its functionalities. “Our aim is to have more young adults practicing responsible drinking. It made perfect sense to recruit one of them to help us re-design this app,” explained Garth Williams, Red Stripe’s sustainability manager. “This competition has also given us an opportunity to aid in the progress of Jamaica’s future in software engineering and show the world just how talented our youth are,” Williams said. Williams added that Che-Andre Gordon, computer scientist and co-founder of Pionic Works assisted Grant in arranging the final aesthetics of the app and making it more user friendly, but it was Grant who did the work to bring her vision for the app to reality. In addition to her academic scholarship and a three-month paid internship at the Red Stripe, Grant shared that entering the competition was a fulfilling experience that has contributed significantly to her personal growth and development. “It was a great opportunity to learn more and channel my passion into something that could really make a difference in the lives of others. I was motivated by the possibility of my design encouraging people to drink responsibly or even saving a life,” she shared. The newly designed app is equipped with exciting new features and is it expected to be launched later this month
Commenting that Jamaica’s current food import bill is upwards of US$800 million, Minister Hutchinson elaborated on the importance of partnerships of this nature in reducing this figure and stimulating the growth of the local agricultural sector. “I welcome the partnership between H&L Agro and Sapphire Agriculture Jamaica Limited. Through this partnership our farmers will have access to a wide array of products. I believe that partnerships, whether they are between the various government agencies, or private and public sectors, are critical to the overall development of our country,” he said. The minister noted that due to the introduction of the national irish potato production programme, the agriculture ministry has recorded an over 90 per cent self-sufficiency rate, a sharp increase when compared to the 39 per cent rate in 2008. This figure is set to further increase following the donation of two tonnes of Sapphire Fertilizer, made to the Minister by H&L Agro and Sapphire Agriculture. Galdford Brown, a coffee farmer of 30 years who has been using Sapphire Fertilizer for the past year on his crop grown at the Blue Mountains, shared his testimonial of the benefits derived from using the fertilizer. “When I just started using the Sapphire Fertilizer, I wasn’t expecting miracles, but I must say, I have seen the difference in the robustness of my plants, I have had a wonderful harvest, I have seen an excellent improvement in my beans,” he said. Composed of 100 per cent certified organic matter as the filler, Sapphire Fertilizer is made from a blend of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium pellets and granules which increase the nutritional value and quality of crops and also improves the soil overtime. Sapphire Fertilizer becomes the first local fertilizer to receive international safety certification for its fertiplus which is a certified organic tested in regions such as Asia, Europe and the US. H&L Agro is the exclusive distributor of Sapphire Fertilizer, and through its H&L Agro stores, select Rapid True Value Stores and over 200 H&L Agro dealers islandwide, the products will allow farmers convenient access.
Born Eurlando Williams, the 26-year-old artiste, grew up in the Waltham Park area of Kingston and later Clarendon, and has been doing music for the last 10 years.