Jamaicans Urged to Clean Up Their Communities on Labour Day

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaicans are being encouraged to come out and clean up their communities on Labour Day, which is being observed on Tuesday, May 23. “Bring back volunteerism to Labour Day,” she said, while urging citizens to engage in meaningful projects in their respective areas. Jamaicans are being encouraged to come out and clean up their communities on Labour Day, which is being observed on Tuesday, May 23.Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Dr. Janice Lindsay, made the call while speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank on Thursday (May 18) at the agency’s head office in Kingston.“Bring back volunteerism to Labour Day,” she said, while urging citizens to engage in meaningful projects in their respective areas.She said that persons can be involved in the beautification of parks, painting of murals, or the planting of trees.“Whatever it is that is distinctively unique to your respective communities, whether it is something related to your tangible heritage, we are saying come out on Labour Day to restore, preserve and beautify,” she said.Noting the recent heavy rains and damage to the nation’s infrastructure, she said it was an appropriate time for Jamaicans to come together and work to improve their communities.“With the rains that we have been experiencing…it was a disaster but it’s an opportunity for us to really mobilise our people and to get our communities back up and running again,” Dr. Lindsay said.However, the acting Permanent Secretary warned citizens to seek guidance from the relevant agencies, with regard to the cleaning and restoring of monuments in their communities.“If you are undertaking any work on a monument or site, you really ought to work closely with the Jamaica National Heritage Trust to undertake those restoration works,” she emphasised.Labour Day is being observed under the theme ‘Restore…Preserve…Beautify’, with the emphasis on two National Projects – the Ward Theatre and the Central Police Station in Kingston. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Dr. Janice Lindsay, made the call while speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank on Thursday (May 18) at the agency’s head office in Kingston.last_img read more

Plans for Two More Running Tracks in Kingston and Central Jamaica

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, made the disclosure during her visit to observe repair work at the Stadium East running track in Kingston, yesterday (January 7). The upgrading work is scheduled to be completed before the upcoming Gibson McCook Relays, the Minister noted. There are plans for the installation of additional running tracks in Kingston and central Jamaica. There are plans for the installation of additional running tracks in Kingston and central Jamaica.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, made the disclosure during her visit to observe repair work at the Stadium East running track in Kingston, yesterday (January 7).The upgrading work is scheduled to be completed before the upcoming Gibson McCook Relays, the Minister noted.Ms. Grange said that discussions regarding the installation of additional tracks have been “very fruitful”.“Where we are now is that we are looking at a couple of other tracks being done, one at a high school, maybe in partnership with a private-sector entity, and another track, which will be sited to facilitate athletes in central Jamaica,” she said.The Minister pointed out that the installation of the synthetic tracks will be two main objectives of the Ministry for the next fiscal year.“We are still going to pursue our infrastructure development programme at various other sporting and entertainment facilities… but I hope we will be able to install two additional tracks in locations to be announced in the next fiscal year,” she added.Ms. Grange said she has received reports with the possibility of developing four to six running tracks across Jamaica. She noted that the reports were done following visits to the locations by officials of the Sports Development Foundation and representatives from the BSW GmbH, the company contracted to repair the Stadium East running track.Meanwhile, the Minister said that the running track at Catherine Hall in St James will be refurbished.“The estimates have been presented and BSW has visited the site. They have worked out all the details, and the funding for Catherine Hall has been, more or less, identified,” she added.last_img read more