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Greater Focus on Science and Technology – Minister Paulwell

first_imgMinister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says that Government will be placing greater focus on developing those skills that will foster job creation and grow the economy.As such, he said, young people will be encouraged to move towards subjects such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as “this is our bread and butter”.Minister Paulwell was speaking on the topic: ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, for Innovation and Economic Prosperity’ at a forum staged by the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) School of Education on Tuesday, February 5, on the Mona campus.He told the audience of students and faculty members that the Government recently finalized a strategic road map for science, technology and innovation (STI), which provides a framework for the general support of research, development and innovation. It will seek to generate greater interest in the sciences by young people, advance research and development, especially by tertiary institutions, and accelerate product development and effective commercialization.“In the road map, they have looked at five national priority areas where they believe we do have advantages, where we should focus on development so that we can achieve growth. These are health and wellness, the creative industries, resource use efficiency, resource value adding, and small and medium sized enterprises,” the Minister said.He said that the Government will be looking to cultivate partners in the various training institutions such as the universities that can develop the STI systems that will add value to the productive base.Turning to the rare earth elements project that was recently launched, Minister Paulwell said the Government will ensure that the initiative benefits Jamaica “to its fullest”.“We are looking beyond the refining of the oxides to where those oxides are going to be used for manufacturing and the approach that we are taking is that we intend to be ‘part and parcel’ of all the various stages of the use of our rare earth towards the development of so many products,” he stated.He also assured that the “issue of the environment is uppermost” as the Government proceeds with the project.Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the UWI, Mona campus, Professor Gordon Shirley, said that there is a growing recognition that one of the key requirements for growth in Jamaica is through innovation and that at the heart of this, is doing subjects in the sciences.He informed that efforts by the physics and mathematics departments at the UWI, aimed at reversing the trend of declining enrollments in these areas are reaping results.He noted that the pass rate and demand for places in areas such as physics, mathematics and actuarial sciences have increased.last_img read more

Gov’t Secures Property for Women’s Shelter

first_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government has acquired a property outside of Kingston, which will be used as a shelter for women fleeing domestic abuse. “We feel that Government has a responsibility to ensure that we provide the facilities and we are leading the way and setting the example in addressing issues of gender-based violence. We have physically taken over the property, and we are now assessing what renovations and refurbishing needs to be done,” Minister Grange said. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government has acquired a property outside of Kingston, which will be used as a shelter for women fleeing domestic abuse.The facility, which will be funded and run by the State, will house the women and their children and provide counselling and other services.“We feel that Government has a responsibility to ensure that we provide the facilities and we are leading the way and setting the example in addressing issues of gender-based violence. We have physically taken over the property, and we are now assessing what renovations and refurbishing needs to be done,” Minister Grange said.She was speaking to journalists following the launch of the Jamaica Women’s Health Survey Report at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel on June 21.Minister Grange informed that funds were allocated in the budget to purchase the property, which was previously being used as a guest house.“We know that before the end of the year, we will have the shelter up and running. We got a good deal on the property as we were able to purchase [it] in addition to the furniture,” Ms. Grange said.The Woman Incorporated Crisis shelter in Kingston was officially reopened on in October 2017 after extensive renovation and expansion to house additional women and children, who are victims of violence.The project was undertaken by the Government through more than $14 million in funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The Women’s Health Survey, the first of its kind in CARICOM, was conducted in Jamaica in 2016.It provides data on the national prevalence of violence against women and will support the country’s global commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence. Story Highlights The facility, which will be funded and run by the State, will house the women and their children and provide counselling and other services.last_img read more

Wake up key message in letter from Calgary camp to province of

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe Mohkinstsis Camp in Downtown Calgary wrote an open letter to the Saskatchewan government regarding its actions toward the camp in Regina, telling the province to “wake up” and take the time to learn from Indigenous people.The Justice for our Stolen Children camp occupied Wascana Centre, outside the Saskatchewan legislature for nearly 200 days.It was taken down September 12 following a court decision to have the camp dismantled.Meanwhile, in Calgary, the camp remains standing and is receiving full support from the city.“We’re here to say,” said Garrett Smith, founder of Mohkinstsis, “Calgary and the province of Alberta can be proud with how they’ve been dealing with us so far.”Mohkinstsis is the Blackfoot name for Calgary.Despite by-laws, there hasn’t been any push back.The fire department even donated a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors for the teepees.It’s the kind of support Smith says he wishes the Regina camp received.“We’re here in another province, hundreds of kilometers away, but we feel them gone,” Smith said adding the two camps were connected and inspired each other.“They’re a reason why we decided to re-raise and name Mohkinstsis.”Smith says before Mohkinstsis there was no Indigenous presence downtown, no way for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to connect.last_img read more