Jamaica continues to forge bi-lateral and mutually beneficial cooperation agreements that will allow the country to export technical sport expertise around the world, to assist in the development of sport and physical education.“These kinds of partnerships have the potential for significant foreign exchange earnings, a significant part of which could be repatriated to Jamaica,” stated Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley.She was making her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate on Wednesday, June 5, in the House of Representatives.She noted the work of the Sport Tourism Committee, chaired by Chris Dehring, which was established by the Office of the Prime Minister in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment.The committee seeks to ensure full marketing and exposure of the sport component of Brand Jamaica.Mrs. Neita Headley said Jamaica continues to benefit from strong partnerships with sporting goods manufacturers, who see the value of attaching their name to Brand Jamaica.Mrs. Neita Headley said Jamaica continues to benefit from strong partnerships with sporting goods manufacturers, who see the value of attaching their name to Brand Jamaica.“We have the coaches and technical experts; now we need to develop the facilities. We must make note of the fact that, for most non-winter sports, athletes from temperate climates require tropical locations for training, and we must take advantage of that fact,” she stated.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says Jamaica has made significant progress in reducing the total fertility rate per woman over the last 40 years.She informed that the country has seen a notable decline in the fertility rate among women from a high of 5.7 births per woman in the 1960s, to approximately 2.1 in 2012.The total fertility rate of a population is the average number of children that is expected to be born to a woman over her lifetime.The Minister, who was speaking at a luncheon in honour of the First Lady of Burkina Faso, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on June 26, said this reduction has been the result of intense public education campaigns.She pointed out that Jamaica has also made notable strides in reducing teenage pregnancy, which has fallen from a high of 31 per cent in the 1970s to 18 per cent in 2008.“This was done through the commitment of the government and the dedication of all persons involved,” she said.[RELATED: First Lady of Burkina Faso Hails Efforts to Protect Women and Girls]Ms. Falconer said the government is committed to providing equal opportunities for women and in helping young mothers stay focused on their educational and career goals.This commitment, she said, is highlighted in the administration’s recent adoption of the policy on the reintegration of teenage mothers, which now makes it mandatory for schools to accept these girls after pregnancy.The policy will come into effect at the commencement of the new school year in September.Senator Falconer noted that while Jamaica has had a number of successes in the fight against teenage pregnancy, over the years, there is still much work to be done.“We have a responsibility to redouble our efforts to further reduce the rate of adolescent pregnancy. We have come a long way, but if we do not remain vigilant in the fight against teen pregnancy, the gains we have made may be reversed,” she said.Ms. Falconer said an integrated multi-tiered approach that educates boys and girls on the value of abstaining from sexual activities, that encourages safe sexual practices, and which advances education on responsible parenting and family values must be actively pursued.“There is also a need to develop a more caring and supportive society that provides assistance to adolescent mothers and provides opportunities for them to continue their education and keep focused on the path to success,” she added.Meanwhile, Mrs. Compaoré, who is in the country on a six-day working visit tolearn about Jamaica’s experience in preventing adolescent pregnancies and supporting adolescent mothers, said there is much to take away from Jamaica’s experience.She noted that after just two days in Jamaica, she is convinced that she “did not make a mistake in coming here to learn from you and your experiences.”“I can assure you that as soon as we go back to Burkina Faso, we will give a public account of everything that we have learned here in your country,” she said.The First Lady said she will do everything possible to mobilise state partners and members of civil society to undertake concrete action, “similar to what you have undertaken here in Jamaica, to ensure the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and in dealing with young girls who are pregnant.”In Burkina Faso, recent studies show that adolescent girls and young women are the first victims of unwanted pregnancies and illegal/unsafe abortions, along with all the risks and consequences they cause.[Special Page: First Lady from Burkina Faso Her Excellency, Madam Chantal Compaoré]Mrs. Compaoré informed that a survey conducted in 2010 by the Ministry of Education in the West African country, found that teenage pregnancies continue to rise year after year.Additionally, the survey showed that one in every 10 girls is sexually active before the age of 15, while more than half of the women in the country or 53 per cent are sexually active before they are 18 years and almost all women or 95 per cent before the age of 25.In the meantime, Officer-in-Charge, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean, Patrice La Fleur, said the organisation continues to work with the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF), as part of its commitment in supporting the government to reduce teenage pregnancy and the risk of unintended second pregnancies.She noted that in this regard, the UNFPA has provided technical and financial support to the WCFJ to support its work in this area.“We believe that with the right information and means, young people can shape their future,” she said.The six-day working visit, which has been organised by the UNFPA Sub-regional office for the Caribbean, and the UNFPA country office in Burkina Faso, will see the First Lady and her team holding talks with various stakeholders who work in the area of adolescent pregnancy.Other participants on the mission include, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Women Promotion and Gender, Hon. Nestorine Sangare, and Head of Capacity Building in the Ministry of Women Promotion and Gender, Koudraogo Kabore.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker
Image Courtesy: AALEver wondered how monster trucks are transported from one place to another? Well, it takes another type of a monster. Thirteen enormous haulage trucks were recently shipped on a heavy lift vessel owned by Singapore-based multipurpose operator AAL Shipping from Laem Chabang Port in Thailand to the Port of Nakhodka in southeast Russia.Intended for Siberian mining project, these truck units – each over fourteen meters in length, weighing 170 million tons – were transported on the 19,000 dwt AAL Dampier, on behalf of Freightplus. Built in 2011, AAL Dampier features a length of 149 meters and a width of 23.4 meters.“We were delighted … to have successfully completed the delivery of this important cargo ahead of schedule. The crane capacity of our S-Class fleet came into its own, giving Freightplus the assurance that each 170mt truck could be lifted, stowed and discharged at Nakhodka terminal without any reach issues,” Namir Khanbabi, Managing Director of AAL’s Tramp & Projects Division, commented.AAL said it has the sector’s youngest fleet of the new generation and “technologically advanced” multipurpose heavy lift vessels. The AAL Dampier is part of AAL’s owned 19,000 dwt ‘S-Class’ fleet, with each vessel featuring a combined lifting capacity of 700 million tons.“These highly versatile vessels are designed to load and transport all manner of industrial and commercial heavy-lift and dry bulk cargo to and from the busiest, or most remote, ports around the world,” according to AAL.Video Courtesy: AAL
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos – December 4, 2017 – Multiple fires were set at the Grand Turk Landfill and now officials and the managers of the site are struggling to contain the blazes. Turks and Caicos Environmental Management or TCEM issued a statement to say they suspect it is arson which caused the fires noticed around 3am Monday.TCEM said, “This extremely unfortunate incident appears to be the result of intentional arson at the site, set at various points on the landfill in order to inflict maximum harm. An investigation is underway as to the cause of this fire.”Residents we spoke to on Monday night say there is still smoke blanketing the Capital; they believe someone was trying to control mosquitoes and other pests which might be coming from the dump. There has been no statement from anyone about the fire – not from Police, Fire Department or Health.TCEM explained that the security on duty coordinated with the airport fire service for a rapid response and emergency protocols for landfill fire management are being followed and the fire is being contained.Additional mitigation will be ongoing until the fire is completely extinguished.”This is not the first time arson has been suspected at the landfill; no one was caught the last time either for setting the blaze.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will consider finalizing next year’s school calendar.The School Committee will review proposed changes to the High School’s Program of Studies after a presentation from Principal Linda Peters.The School Committee will receive an update from the district’s Behavioral Health Task Force.The School Committee will receive a presentation on adopting the Seal of Biliteracy. The Committee will receive an update on the Global Child Spanish Classes.The School Committee will receive a presentation on the Wilmington CARES program.Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand will discuss the district’s upcoming Behavioral Health Fair on March 28; the Director of Technology Job Posting; an update on the cost of the NEASC accreditation visit to Wilmington High; and the upcoming administration of the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.The School Committee will receive a student presentation on the High School’s DECA program. The Committee will also consider an out-of-state field trip request for members of the program to attend DECA’s International Conference in Orlando.The School Committee will accept a $1,500 donation from the Wilmington Educational Foundation to fund the district’s 2019 STEM Fair.The School Committee will receive subcommittee reports and any public comments.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-Meetings — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon. The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At May 8 MeetingIn “Education”