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April 12, 2019
Juliet Holness (left) MP, and wife of the prime minister, and Jean Lowrie-Chin (second left), chairman of the Digicel Foundation, engage students in the new science lab at St Catherine High School, which was officially opened on Wednesday.

Parents urged to screen children early for disabilities


The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is imploring parents to get children screened early if they show any sign of a disability or developmental challenge, so that the appropriate interventions can be applied.

The CPFSA’s Director for Financial Management and Accounting Services, Michelle McIntosh, said that there are entities that provide the necessary screening to determine the type of challenges a child may be exhibiting and can help determine the correct treatment that is required.

McIntosh said the CPFSA remains committed to ensuring the care and protection of children with disabilities and special needs, and called on all members of society to partner with the entity in this effort.


Postal Corporation to upgrade post offices


The Postal Corporation of Jamaica (PCOJ) is looking to upgrade post offices across the island and diversify product offerings in order to enhance services offered to business and domestic clients.

As stated in the 2019/20 Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, the measures are among improvements being undertaken to better enable the corporation to negotiate local and global sector changes.

The entity also intends to procure Counter Automation Software (CAS) for deployment to 60 locations to replace inefficient and manual processes across the service.

Technology-based income-generating activities will also be strengthened.

Increased revenue from the rental of additional letterboxes in the Corporate Area, main towns and parish capitals is also being targeted.


Chinese medical mission team training KPH staff


The Bright Journey Medical Mission will be training staff of the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) in new technology to ensure the sustainability of the work being undertaken by the team from China.

The 50-member team, comprising ophthalmologists, nurses, and technical support staff, including biomedical engineers, arrived in Jamaica on March 27 to perform cataract surgeries on more than 500 Jamaicans at KPH. The mission extends to April 27.

Senior Medical Officer at the hospital, Dr Natalie Whylie, said that while the mission is focused on performing surgeries, the training component exists to ensure that the work will continue after the team has left.

The Bright Journey Medical Mission first visited Jamaica in 2015.


Rocky Meade inducted into hall of fame


The US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) inducted three military leaders into its International Hall of Fame at the Lewis and Clark Centre, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, last Thursday.

Officers honoured were: Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, chief of the defence staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); General Bari del Valle Sosa, chief of the joint chiefs of staff of the Armed Forces of Argentina; and General Bipin Rawat, chief of the army staff of the Indian Army.

Meade was recognised for a myriad of accomplishments achieved as part of his service to the JDF and people of Jamaica.

Before being appointed chief of the defence service in December 2016, he conceptualised and implemented a number of projects, including the flight safety programme, the Jamaican Military Museum, and the JDF Language Lab. Among other degrees, Mead holds a masters of military arts and science degree from the US Army CGSC and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.


St Catherine High gets new science lab


A refurbished science laboratory was officially handed over to St Catherine High School in Spanish Town on Wednesday by Member of Parliament Juliet Holness, who is a past student.

The laboratory was refurbished at a cost of $10.5 million by the Digicel Foundation.

Holness thanked the foundation for its donation, adding that the renovated science laboratory will now better assist the students with their preparation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based subjects and examinations.

Principal of St Catherine High, Marlon Campbell, said there is now “an enthusiasm of readiness to enter the new space as the students prepare themselves for class.”

To date, the foundation has partnered with 11 high schools islandwide to renovate and equip them with science labs, while donating an additional 44 mobile science labs to schools with inadequate space for full science labs.


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