Rebuilding the welcome sign
(From left) Lady Allen officially opens the Spring Village ‘I Believe’ Medical Clinic in St Catherine on Tuesday. Observing are Lyttleton Shirley, chairman of the South-East Regional Health Authority; Rev Norval Rodney (background), member of the Spring Village Ministers Fraternal; Norace Harris-Bolt, and Jacqui Banton of the Spring Village Development Foundation’s United Kingdom Chapter; and Nicole Marshall-Walker, group public relations and training manager at Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies. (PHOTO: JIS)
THE Spring Village Development Foundation (SVDF) in St Catherine has been commended for its commitment to the residents in the community, and for its work in establishing a medical facility to serve more than 20,000 persons. Speaking at the official opening of Phase One of the Spring Village 'I Believe' medical clinic on Tuesday, Lady Allen, wife of governor general Sir Patrick Allen, noted that the clinic is the result of the foundation's tireless work and dedication to the community.
"This complex proves what can be achieved when you dare to dream, pursue that dream with determination, and are so enthusiastic about it that others are led to support you for the achievement of that dream," she said.
Karen Sudu, Gleaner Writer
THE OCCASION was an outpouring of love and appreciation in song, poetry and speeches, as well as a fine array of food, drinks, liquor and some great music.
The ambience befitted the celebration, and those who attended wished they never had to leave.
They welcomed and relished the moments shared with Alburn George Whyte, affectionately called 'Maas Alban', of Spring Village, St Catherine, at his 100th birthday party held at his home last Saturday.
"I am 100 years and three days today," he shared with Rural Express.
The Jamaica Broilers Group has invested more than $300 million to construct a new processing plant at Spring Village, St. Catherine to relocate its Further Processing Facility from Content, Bog Walk, in the parish.
Senior vice-president of operations and finance at Jamaica Broilers, Ian Parsard, said the facility at Bog Walk is being occupied by an entity in the seafood industry that has a five-year lease and an offer of the option to buy before the lease expires.
"The property at Bog Walk is a very good processing facility still and there are some folks in the seafood industry that we have actually signed a lease agreement with, with an option for them to purchase and we are very hopeful that they will be able to take over the facility before the lease expires," Parsard told the Financial Gleaner during a tour of the new processing plant on Wednesday.
He said most of the funds for the new facility were generated internally and a small amount of debt was taken on to make up for the shortfall.
Parsard noted that the new 22,000-square-foot facility more than double the 10,000 square feet that the company previously occupied at Bog Walk.
In addition, Parsard said, the investment has helped to safeguard the jobs of more than 50 workers directly.
The company said the plant is internationally certified in ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 standards, demonstrating "firm commitment to sound environmental and quality management practices".
Parsard said this investment shows the company's commitment to provide "wholesome quality products" to the consuming public at reasonable cost.
He said the move has helped them to realise gains, especially since they are now able to save on electricity as the plant operates on power accessed from Jamaica Broilers' own power-generating plant.
"The expanded Best Dressed Further Processing Facility is yet another significant investment by Jamaica Broilers Group in the manufacturing industry, an indication of the company's support for the Government's efforts to save foreign currency through increased local food production," the company said in a release.
"It also signals the group's commitment to doing its part to stimulate economic growth and its confidence in the future of the Jamaican economy," the release said.
The new facility has the capability to manufacture value-added protein products, with additional production capacity to meet the growing and diversified needs of its consumers.
The facility is configured to facilitate multiple products being produced in designated areas, in conformance to standard operating procedures that meet regulatory requirements.
"The facility at Bog Walk was smaller and we are growing. And what we are doing is not just processing beef. We were doing beef, fish, chicken and pork, and it is very important from a health standpoint and a safety standpoint that you have enough space to do proper segregation and so on," Parsard said.
In addition, Parsard said the expanded new facility has poised Jamaica Broilers to be able to produce pouch-packaged items, such as chicken nuggets that are currently being imported into Jamaica, as well as replace some of the products it used to import with locally manufactured ones.
Further, he said the expansion will help with the company's export thrust.
"Currently, we are working with one of our large customers that have operations across the Caribbean to basically help us to do some exporting in those regions," he said. "Our vet is coordinating with the other vet divisions in those countries ... everything is at a delicate stage of negotiations right now," he added.
Parsard said there are several other plans in the pipeline which the company expects to build out over a five-year period, but they are all at a stage that is too sensitive to publicly divulge information about them at this time.
23-y-o Carlene James, 28-y-o Michael Thomas missing
Published by (The Jamaica Observer) Wednesday, December 05, 2012
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Twenty-three-year-old Carlene James of Awful Gully, St James has been missing since November 16.
She is of dark complexion, medium build and about five feet tall.
The Cambridge police report that about 1:00 pm, James left home for an undisclosed location, and has heard from since. Her mode of dress at the time she went missing is unknown.
Also, twenty-eight-year-old Michael Thomas, a vendor of Lyndale Avenue, Kingston 20 has been missing since November 18.
He is of dark complexion, slim build and about six feet tall.
The Old Harbour police report that Thomas was last seen in Spring Village in Old Harbour about 4:50 pm wearing a pair of blue jeans pants and a white T-shirt.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Carlene James or Michael Thomas is being asked to contact the Cambridge Police at 912-2266, Old Harbour Police at 983-2255, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.
Man Missing from St. Catherine
Published by (The Jamaica Observer) Friday, April 12, 2012
NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Michael Barth of Berwick District, Riversdale in St Catherine has been reported missing since Friday, March 30.
He is of dark complexion, stout build and about five feet eight inches tall.
The Bog Walk police report that about 7:00 am, Barth was last seen at home dressed in a pair of black jeans pants, a black T-shirt, and a pair of black sneakers. He is known to frequent Spring Village district, Linstead, St Catherine.
Anyone knowing his whereabouts is being asked to contact the Bog Walk Police at 708-2081, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.
Who rememba JawBanna? Oh Yes I rememba the days he used to operate the little merry-go-round down de road. I am not sure he could have counted de money because whatever u gave him he took. I now wander how he knew how long one ride lasted. He must have had an inbuilt mental clock because all we knew the rides all lasted the same short time.
It was one of our best holiday entertainment. We would dress to kill in our best frock and shoes to go on that wood and chain contraption. And what wonderful contraption it was!!!
Maas Sunny used to sell some big red plum. On second thoughts maybe sell is not the right word because him used to make u pick them yourself. I would eat until I feel sick then pay for the minimal for the biggest best-dressed chicken plastic bag I could find. Bless him.
There was a big competition between Mr.Young's peanut and Version's. U rememba Version? On dat red bike.
Riding up and down de village bawling out"Vervion, Version ere" No question about it. Mr.Young peanut was my favourite.
Coming to the close of the evening, and our funds start to run low, we would go to Mr. Campbell shop to buy donkey jaw bone. Maybe thats the only time I go to dat shop. He never took kindly to creditors. Bless him.
Until next time Memba dis-if u memba someting dat I feget, tell Pothousepen.
Peace and Love
Contributed by Sheryl U.K.
Bajohn (Edwin Duffus) from Spring village was responsible for the rediscovery of the Jamaican Iguana Lizard?
His findings sent shockwaves around the world among the conservation community and as a result, triggered an effort which prevented the Jamaican Iguana from extinction. Because of this his name is recorded in conservation journals around the world. Furthermore this Jamaican success story prompted conservation efforts across the wider Caribbean.
The Jamaican Iguana is not only unique to Jamaica but it is the largest of its kind in the world.
How would you like to be the one responsible for preventing a specie from extinction?
Recently the Jamaican Government has been in negotiations with the Chinese to turn Goat Island into a trans-shipment hub (we already have one in Kingston Harbour). Goat Island is a habitat for the Iguana and this would drive it into extinction.
HELP SAVE GOAT ISLAND!
The Chinese have gone through great lengths to save their Giant Panda, we need to save our Iguana!
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