Ground Broken for Cedar Grove High School

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedGround Broken for Cedar Grove High School RelatedGround Broken for Cedar Grove High School Ground Broken for Cedar Grove High School EducationJune 30, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Ground has been broken for the construction of the Cedar Grove High School in Gregory Park, St. Catherine. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, headed the list of officials who  took part in the ceremony, on June 28. The others were: Administrative Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Rev. Dr. Barrington Brown; Member of Parliament for East Central St. Catherine, and State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown; Country Representative, Inter-America Development Bank (IDB), Ancil Brewster; and Mayor of Portmore, George Lee. On  completion, the school will be the first to be built under the National Education Trust (NET), on behalf of the Ministry, and the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP). It is a joint initiative involving the New Testament Church of God Jamaica/Cayman Islands, which has leased the land. Funding is being provided by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The school, which is slated to be completed next year, will cost $660 million, with works being undertaken by HDB Construction. Speaking at the ceremony, the Education Minister  lauded the initiative, noting that it renews the partnership between the Ministry and the church in providing education. “The great educational institutions were born out of religions faith,” he said, reiterating that education is the only legitimate way for upward mobility in the society. Rev.  Thwaites encouraged members of the church to participate actively in the school and the upliftment of the students who will be attending. He pointed out that there is a tremendous shortage of spaces at the secondary school level, and informed that 20,000 school places are needed in St. Catherine. The  Minister used the opportunity to encourage more partners to come on board in the process of building more schools in the island. The school, which will be sited on the Gregory Park main road, next to the Cedar Grove community, will accommodate 1,200 students and 80 members of staff. It will have 20 classrooms, 10 technical workshops, 3 science laboratories; two computing laboratories;  library, book rental room; tuck shop; store room; kitchen; multi-purpose dining area; and a ramp for the disabled. The National Education Trust is a Government of Jamaica (GoJ) Company limited by guarantee and is the executing agency for GoJ’s strategic objectives in enabling and maintaining infrastructure investments in the education sector. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter RelatedGround Broken for Cedar Grove High Schoollast_img read more

Filipina spikers bow to Aussies in Thailand tourney

first_imgAlyssa Valdez of the Philippines drills the ball past two Australian defenders during their 2018 Asian Volleyball Confederation Women Seniors Cup game on Sunday, Sept. 16 in Thailand. AVC MANILA – The Philippines failed to sustain its strong start to suffer a 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 16-25, 10-15 defeat to Australia in the 2018 Asian Volleyball Confederation Women Seniors Cup in Thailand.Sunday night’s defeat was heartbreaking for the Filipina spikers, who won the first two sets and nearly finishing off the Australians in the third before fading in the fourth and fifth sets.The Philippines got into a tight exchange with Australia in the first set as it trailed 17-19 before Cha Cruz, Alyssa Valdez and Mylene Paat conspired in the next 8 points to turn things around.Australia had a strong start in the second frame 6-2 but the Philippines kept it close and forced deadlocks 11-all and 21-all before draining 4 straight points from Cruz and Paat for a 2-0 set edge. The Philippines struggled in the third set and fell behind 12-18 before mounting a huge fight-back behind Valdez and Paat to tie the scores 24-all. But it conceded two goals to the Aussies.In the fourth set the Philippines had a flat start and fell behind by double-digits as Australia’s Rachel Rourke anchored the offense and dragged the Filipinas to a fifth and deciding set.The Philippines barely hung on to an 8-6 advantage after a slow start in the fifth frame. Rourke pounded on the defense of Cruz to take an 11-8 edge before completing Australia’s fight-back for good.Rourke led Australia’s scoring with 33 points while Valdez and Paat finished with 25 and 17 points, respectively, for the Philippines./PNlast_img read more