FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Retired Principal of the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, in Granville, St. James, Dr. Cecile Walden, has been honoured for 40 years of dedicated service to the college and the general teaching profession.The function was hosted by the Board of Management, principal, staff, students and past students of Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, at the institution, on March 20.In his message, read by Custos of St. James, Hon. Patrick Corrodus, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen said that Dr. Walden had contributed to the teaching of a cadre of professionals whose knowledge, wisdom and courage must continue to be made available to the development of Jamaica.Principal of the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, in Granville, St. James, Dr. Asburn Pinnock (left) and retired Principal of the college, Dr. Cecile Walden (right), participate in a candle lighting ceremony, during a recent appreciation ceremony for Dr. Walden, held at the college, on March 20.“The qualities of an educator include exhibiting an inclination to engage students in life-long learning, creative self-preparation and professional development. I believe Dr. Cecile Walden’s forty-year sojourn in the teaching arena embodies those qualities and has made her the acclaimed educator, as she is so fittingly being recognised. Her legacy is realised in the graduates whose self confidence and motivation has been boosted by her interaction with them. In her administration of Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, Dr. Walden has instilled a culture of service within the graduates, which extends to the wider community,” the Governor-General noted.He said that Dr. Walden’s philosophy that “students can get knowledge from anywhere and so teachers should help them to fashion their personality and values,” pointed to a direction which the country should embrace, so education could add worth to the people’s lives.“I am pleased to join the Faculty, staff and students of the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in applauding Dr. Cecile Walden for her forty years of service to the teaching profession. She has left a legacy of achievement based on excellence, hard work and commitment and is deserving of commendation,” the Governor-General said.Principal of the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, in Granville, St. James, Dr. Asburn Pinnock (right), with past Principals, Dr. Simon Clarke and Dr. Cecile Walden, at the appreciation function for Dr. Walden, held at the college on March 20.Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, in his message, which was read by Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, said that Dr. Walden’s contribution to education spanned the entire gamut of the education sector, from the early childhood level, which was the foundation on which the future of the children was built, to the highest level of tertiary education.“Many of our country’s teachers and educators have dedicated their lives to one of ‘service above self’ to our children and nation, in pursuit of their mandate of securing a solid education for our people, and for this they deserve high commendations. Dr. Cecile Walden is one such Jamaican educator. A journey of over forty years in the nation’s education sector, while characterised by many changes and challenges – challenges which failed to daunt or deter a woman dedicated to her profession or to dampen a burning spirit of service – is also filled with many successes,” the Prime Minister said.“I am particularly pleased to be given this opportunity of sharing my own personal admiration of this educator extraordinaire and woman of excellence. I am confident that although her formal tenure in education has come to a close – her ‘door’ still remains open to continue making her contribution in whatever way she chooses,” the Prime Minister said.In her reply, Dr. Walden said she was appreciative to be recognised for her service to the college, which was “dear to her heart.”“I am satisfied that I have served my fellowmen and my country in this capacity and would like to challenge all my colleagues and especially the Members of Parliament, Dr. Horace Chang and Mr. Clive Mullings, to assist in the realisation of my dream of seeing the completion of the Resource Centre and Library for the campus, for the benefit of the student teachers here and the wider Sam Sharpe community,” she said.Dr. Walden joined the staff of the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in 1975 as one of the pioneers when it first opened its doors. After serving as Lecturer for several years, her outstanding performance and administrative ability were recognised and in 1985 she was appointed Principal, serving with distinction for 15 years. Retired Principal of Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College Honoured EducationMarch 23, 2010 Advertisements RelatedRetired Principal of Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College Honoured RelatedRetired Principal of Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College Honoured RelatedRetired Principal of Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College Honoured
PIOJ Introduces Growth Inducement Strategy Economic Growth & Job CreationMarch 22, 2011Written by: Douglas McIntosh RelatedPIOJ Introduces Growth Inducement Strategy FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsRecommendations aimed at inducing short and medium term economic growth in Jamaica, have been included in a strategy developed within the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).The document, a Growth Inducement Strategy for Jamaica in the Short and Medium Term, was developed through a special secretariat established within the PIOJ. It establishes a strategic framework for robust economic growth, aligned with Jamaica’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030. Approved by Cabinet and endorsed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Growth Inducement Strategy seeks, through proactive partnership between the government and the private sector, to build and sustain an enabling environment for creative and enterprising stakeholders. RelatedPIOJ Introduces Growth Inducement Strategy Advertisements Recommendations aimed at inducing short and medium term economic growth in Jamaica, have been included in a strategy developed within the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).The document, a Growth Inducement Strategy for Jamaica in the Short and Medium Term, was developed through a special secretariat established within the PIOJ. It establishes a strategic framework for robust economic growth, aligned with Jamaica’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030.Approved by Cabinet and endorsed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Growth Inducement Strategy seeks, through proactive partnership between the government and the private sector, to build and sustain an enabling environment for creative and enterprising stakeholders.A synopsis of the 170-page strategy was presented during the PIOJ’s recent Growth Strategy Symposium, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, by the agency’s consultant on the project, Professor Don Harris.Professor Harris highlighted several concerns arising during consultations which the Secretariat held with a wide cross section of stakeholders, which were deemed barriers to economic development.These factors, he said, were supported by a “systematic assessment” of commonly regarded and recognized constraints to economic activity in Jamaica, based on surveys and reports developed by international agencies, such as the World Bank, Transparency International, and the World Economic Forum. Among the issues were challenges related to crime and violence, energy, finance and taxation.On the matter of crime, Professor Harris pointed to the fact that any development of an economic policy would require a firm grip on associated challenges.“But, we also argue strongly, that there is need to address the problem from the standpoint of bringing back those communities that have been destroyed by economic distress and volatility and violence,” he stressed. He cited the Community Renewal Programme as an effort to “grapple” with the situation in a “systematic and serious way”.The Programme, which is being implemented through the PIOJ’s Community Renewal Secretariat, aims to guide the design and implementation of violence reduction and community development projects, in 100 of the most vulnerable and volatile communities.“We’re not saying that community renewal is crime reduction. We’re saying community renewal must be the basis on which the social structures in these inner city communities are reconstituted, in order to make them viable,” consultant said.Other factors Professor Harris highlighted included: inadequate technology applications in business; idle and under-utilized public and private sector assets; abundant under-utilized liquidity; and matters related to the built and natural environment.In addition to the recommendations on crime and violence and asset mobilization, Professor Harris pointed to the need for collaboration and partnerships among large and micro, small and medium sized business enterprises, to create an environment conducive to facilitating efficiency by all stakeholders.Regarding the built and natural environments, Professor Harris lamented the tremendous cost the country incurs, annually, from infrastructural damage and destruction, consequent on a range of hazards such as hurricanes, and, invariably, earthquakes.“We say let’s systematically attack those issues, by upgrading the infrastructure of the country, improve the roads, improve the embankments, introduce better gully management,” he said.Professor Harris pointed out that the Growth Inducement Secretariat’s mandate was not for a long term development plan, which already exists in the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan.“We believe those should constitute a guide to the way in which we think about policy, and the way in which we design policy, and we took very great care, indeed, in designing this strategy in thinking about those goals and trying to map the strategy into those goals,” he said. 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It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York…Posted by Eagles on Monday, January 18, 2016 Earlier today, we lost another legend. Founding member and guitarist of the Eagles, Glenn Frey passed away today at the age of 67, as a result of a combination of complications in his health. As a member of the Eagles, a band that started 45 years ago, Frey won six Grammy Awards and give American music awards. The musician/singer/songwriter also played piano and keys, and sang lead vocals on many Eagles hits such as ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’, ‘Tequila Sunrise, ‘Already Gone’, ‘Lyin’ Eyes’, ‘New Kid in Town’, and ‘Heartache Tonight’. His legacy of music will live on.Even during Eagles’ hiatus, Frey went on to produce music in his solo career, coming out with eight Top 40 Hits including ‘The One You Love’, ‘Smuggler’s Blues’, and more.The Eagles have addressed the news on their Facebook page: Listen to a few songs featuring Frey’s signature vocal sound, below:The Eagles, ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’:The Eagles, ‘Take It Easy’:The Eagles, “Tequila Sunrise”Glenn Frey, “The One You Love”RIP Glenn Frey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Frey’s loved ones, family, friends, and fans at this time.
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