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TIP Friendly Society awards 40 scholarships valued $1.78M

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#Jamaica, August 29, 2017 – Kingston – Forty students have received scholarships valued at $1.78 million from the TIP Friendly Society for the 2017/18 academic year, which begins in September.   Thirty-two scholarships were awarded to students who successfully sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), while the remaining eight were presented to tertiary students.

Twenty-six GSAT students received scholarships valued at $30,000 each.   The other six scholarships, valued at $35,000 each, were presented to students whose parents are members of TIP Society branches in Westmoreland, Manchester and St. Catherine.

The $35,000 scholarships were named in honour of past TIP parish Board members.   They include Stafford Blake (Westmoreland), Judith Thompson (Manchester), and Livingston Allen (St. Catherine).

All eight tertiary scholarships were awarded to students who are members of TIP.   Three are undergraduate students, who were each awarded the $100,000 Sylvia Spence Scholarship, named in honour of the former TIP Board member.   The five postgraduate students were each awarded the $110,000 Vilma Lawes-Munroe Scholarship, also named in honour of a past Board member.

The presentations were made at the 16th TIP scholarship awards ceremony at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Friday, August 25 Guest speaker, Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, congratulated the students on their academic achievements, and lauded TIP for its partnership in educating the nation’s youth.

The Minister also reiterated the Government’s commitment to ensuring that every child has access to education.  He further noted that the Administration remains steadfast in its undertaking to diversify the education sector’s provisions to ensure every child receives the requisite support to achieve academic excellence.

This, Senator Reid pointed out, is being targeted through the early-education component of the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) which has assisted more than 40,000 children; and the Career Advancement Programme (CAP), which has seen 48,301 students trained in technical and vocational skills and 5,622 enrolling in the general programme of literacy and numeracy.

“I am excited that we are extending the capacity and that we now have the opportunity to have everybody in not just a five-year programme but a seven-year programme to guarantee that every youngster will have the opportunity to fulfil their dream of education and development.   That would be a fantastic programme for Jamaica’s future development,” he said.

Meanwhile, General Manager of TIP, Wilton South, challenged the scholarship recipients to participate in nation building through academic excellence.

“As we offer (these) 40 scholarships to some of the brightest young minds across Jamaica, we feel honoured (that) we are able to give back to our TIP family that has supported us over the years.   We (will continue to) support education from the primary to the tertiary level,” he said.

TIP Friendly Society (TIP) is a non-profit insuring society for persons employed in the field of education.

 

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CANARI outlines climate priorities ahead of Cop28

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Rashaed Esson

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The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) informed that the Caribbean Climate Justice Alliance, in preparation for the upcoming annual COP28 in 2023, launched its “Caribbean Climate Justice and Resilience Agenda,” outlining the priorities for climate justice and resilience in vulnerable Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS).

 

In a press release, CANARI highlighted that the agenda recognizes the major threat of climate change to the region as well as aims to louden the voices of the at-risk groups “on the frontlines of the climate crisis and catalyze actions for climate justice and local resilience in the Caribbean SIDS.”

 

The priorities stated under the agenda are:

 

  1. Curbing emissions to limit global temperature

increase to 1.5 ̊C

 

  1. Scaling up locally-led solutions for adaptation and

loss and damage

 

  1. Improving access to and delivery of climate finance

for frontline communities, small and micro enterprises, and civil society organizations as part of a ‘whole of society’ approach

 

  1. Scaling up just, nature-based solutions for resilience

 

  1. Supporting a just transition for pro-poor, inclusive,

sustainable and resilient development

 

  1. Promoting gender equity and social inclusion

approaches to climate action

 

  1. Promoting youth and intergenerational equity as

core to the climate response

 

  1. Integrating a rights-based and earth-centered

approach in addressing all these priorities and ensuring climate justice

 

The at-risk groups referred to in the release include small-scale farmers and fisherfolk, rural women producers, income-poor people, elderly and disabled people, Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities, migrants, and LGBTQIA+ people.

 

Being cognizant of the severity of the effects of climate change on the Caribbean, CANARI referred to the fact that the very existence of the region is on the line.

 

“If greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated and global temperature exceeds 1.5 ̊C, the impacts of rising sea levels, more intense hurricanes, rainfall variability, ocean acidification, and other changes threaten the very existence of our way of life in the Caribbean and other SIDS that have contributed the least to global emissions.”

 

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CARICOM Sec Gen speaks on Gender Based Violence

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Rashaed Esson

 

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“Everyone must continue to invest in preventing violence against our women and girls (VAWG). It is an investment in our shared future,” were the words of Dr. Carla N. Barnett, CARICOM Secretary-General, as she reiterated the need for solutions against VAWG.

 

She called attention to VAWG as she gave a speech surrounding the annual campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence,” which runs from November 25 to December 10, 2023.

 

Barnett expresses the well-known fact that VAWG is one of the most prevalent issues affecting all corners of society.

 

“VAWG remains one of the most pervasive forms of human rights violations in the world and cuts across all races, cultures, genders, and educational backgrounds,” she maintained, as she continued to point out the sad reality that this is still a major issue despite regional and global policies.

 

“Despite the existence of regional and global policies and legislation to combat VAWG, weak enforcement and discriminatory practices remain significant barriers to ending VAWG.”

 

The Secretary-General highlighted statistics for VAWG, bringing attention to how serious and embedded this issue is in society.

 

She said that globally, 736 million women—nearly one in three—have experienced violence—physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or even both.

 

For the Caribbean region, she said surveys conducted between 2016 and 2019 inform us that one in two women experience intimate partner violence, which is higher than the global average. 

 

In continuation, Barnett expressed that the campaign calls everyone to action against VAWG, including “development partners, civil society organizations, women’s organizations, youth, the private sector, and the media.”  Also, world governments are being asked to share how they are investing in gender-based violence prevention.

 

Ending her address, the Secretary-General urged everyone to wear the color orange for the duration of the campaign, as well as on the 25th of each month, “as a symbol of hope for a brighter future where women and girls live free from violence.”

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Support for Flood-Affected Farmers

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#Kingston, November 26, 2023 – A total of $157 million is to be provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, to support farmers affected by the recent heavy rains from Potential Tropical Cyclone 22.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Floyd Green, made the announcement during a National ‘Eat Jamaican Day’ ceremony in Portland on Friday (November 24).

The Minister lamented that the country had moved from a period of harsh drought to the next extreme – flooding.

“A number of our farmers suffered tremendous loss and the team from RADA (Rural Agricultural Development Authority) has been out since last week Saturday, trying to quantify what has been the losses that have been suffered by our farmers,” he said.

According to the Minister, preliminary figures reveal that $274 million in damage was done to the agricultural sector, with livestock farmers suffering about $25 million in losses; equipment loss of over $10 million; $173 million in crop loss; and $64 million in damage to the farm road network.

“The good news is that we are not going to leave our farmers alone and we know, as they said to the Prime Minister when he toured last week, that once they get some support, they are willing to go back out and farm,” Mr. Green indicated.

The $157 million support package from the Ministry will be used in several ways. A total of $70 million is to be provided for crop support – inputs, seeds, and fertilizers – and another $8 million for equipment support.

A total of $15 million will be expended for support to livestock and $64 million will be used to rehabilitate farm roads.

Minister Green also announced that resulting from a gift from the Kingdom of Morocco, 24,000 bags of fertilizers will be distributed among farmers over the next two weeks.

The Minister informed that the parish that was most affected by the recent weather event was St. Thomas and that, “almost every farming community in St. Thomas suffered from flood damage.”

Farming communities in St Andrew were also cut off because of landslides.

 

Contact: Mickella Anderson-Gordon

 

Photo Caption: Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, Hon. Floyd Green.

Photo by Mark Bell

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