Education Minister Calls for Renewed Partnership

first_imgEducation Minister Calls for Renewed Partnership EducationMarch 14, 2012 RelatedEducation Minister Calls for Renewed Partnership RelatedEducation Minister Calls for Renewed Partnership By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter RelatedEducation Minister Calls for Renewed Partnership FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, has called for a renewed partnership involving the state, teachers, parents and students, which will facilitate adequate resources to advance the provision of education, particularly at the secondary level. Speaking at a meeting of  the Jamaica College (JC) Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) at the institution’s Old Hope Road campus in St. Andrew, on March  12, Rev. Thwaites contended that the notion of free education in Jamaica “has been misunderstood.” “We must recognise, nationally, that education is wrought at a very high price. Nothing of great value in life, such as education, is free. Even if you do not have to pay fees, courtesy of the Jamaican taxpayer, you know (that there are) the other expenses that are so necessary for a child’s education,” he told  the meeting. Rev. Thwaites alluded to the late former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Michael Manley’s advocacy for free education during his tenure, pointing out that this was based on the position that no one should be denied quality education, based on economic inability, asserting that this “is a principle from which we must never resile.” “And so, we need to look to a new kind of covenant between parents and teachers and students and the state, going forward, where we see ourselves as engaged in a robust partnership where everybody contributes to the extent that they can,” the Minister said.  Rev. Thwaites emphasised that contributors should  do  willingly, “not looking over their shoulders, not saying that ‘you should contribute more’, but doing the very best that they can, if we want a (bright) future for our nation.” Advertisementslast_img read more

GCS in year-long Iraq project

first_imgThe machinery is sourced from production plants throughout Russia, and Trancontainer acts as the agent for Sarjak Container Lines, which has been contracted to ship the cargo to the port of Umm Qasr.Ruscon operates the off-dock terminal, which will provide stuffing and port handling for the cargo, consisting of 100 flatrack and open-top containers that will be transported for the project.Pavel Merinov, head of Trancontainer’s project and out-of-gauge cargo (OOG) team, explained that the company had been involved in a growing OOG export business driven by the Russian currency depreciation over the past year. “The fall of the ruble has made our manufacturers more competitive in international markets, so we are seeing growing volumes of exports – to Asia, Africa and South America, which creates new opportunities for OOG shipments in specialised containers out of Russia,” said Merinov.  www.gcs-group.rulast_img read more

Lena Waithe says she believes Queen & Slim has the potential to become a classic film

first_imgL-R – Daniel Kaluuya, Matsoukas, Waithe/Photo – Eric Charbonneau(NEW YORK) — With a strong opening weekend for Lena Waithe’s feature film debut Queen & Slim, the Emmy winner tells ABC Audio that she believes fans have the ability to make her new romantic action-drama a classic. “To me what you take away from it is what you bring to it,” Waithe says. “I think that to me is my mission as an artist. I never want to tell people how to feel. I never want to be in control over how people receive my art.”She continues, “The rest really up to people… and they really make it what it is, you know. To me, Do the Right Thing, Boyz n the Hood, Love Jones. Those movies are classics. Not just because the artists, but because of what the people have said. And the people have kept those movies alive and the people keep revisiting those films. Even more so, I will say, than critics.”Waithe’s film, which she wrote and executive-produced, stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith as a new couple who go on the run after a minor traffic infraction turns deadly. Waithe hopes her film follows in the footsteps of films she grew up on that later became classics.“Black people are the reason why Love Jones is so talked about… is the reason why The Five Heartbeats is so phenomenal,” she explains. “Because… I love that story.” So far, Waithe’s dream seems to be coming true. Thanks to the support of fans and celebrity friends like Snoop Dogg, Kelly Rowland, Big Sean, and Lil Rel, who decided to buy-out screenings of the film, Queen & Slim brought in an estimated $11.7 million for the three-day weekend and $15.8 over the five-day weekend.Queen & Slim, directed by Melina Matsoukas, is in theaters.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more