Healthy Catch! Rainforest Seafoods ‘reels in’ internal Jamaica Moves programme

Rainforest Seafoods recently became the latest corporate company to launch their internal Jamaica Moves programme. The launch, held at the company’s headquarters, follows the Ministry of Health’s Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge launched in July this year.
Bethany Young, marketing manager at Rainforest Seafoods, pointed out that the core of what the company does is related to living a healthy lifestyle, making reference to the products they manufacture and sell – seafood. She further explained that it was a no-brainer for the company to get involved in the Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge, since participating in 5Ks is almost innate to the company and its employees.

“It’s part of our company culture. It’s who we are. We’ve always been a participant of 5Ks and a lot of physical activities for years. We saw the Jamaica Moves Corporate Challenge as an opportunity for our team members to get out there, to participate in something fun, inspiring and good for them,” Young said.

COMPANY CULTURE

Alison Sutherland, special projects manager at Rainforest Seafoods and team leader for the physical activity at the company, noted that the company has been able to develop a healthy habit for recreational activity because they have the support of their chief executive officer (CEO), Brian Jardim; general manager Jerome Miles; other executives and senior management within the company.

“The leader has to support it and that’s what we have here. Our CEO supports what we are doing. Without a support system, it’s not going to happen,” Sutherland said.
Adding to what Sutherland said, Bethany made mention of Jardim, who along with his wife, Shelagh, participate in almost every 5K run that their company is involved in.
“It feels like a team activity. Everybody is involved. Every level of the company is invited,” Young said.

The company also took it a bit further to encourage employees to get their family members active as well. Young explained that in a lot of the 5K runs, the company allows employees to bring a family member, which the company pays for. Winners and participants in the 5K races are also given special commendation in the company’s newsletter and featured on their social media pages.

ACTIVE TEAM

The Friday afternoon workout session is aimed at getting employees within the company to engage in 30 minutes of physical activity each day in an attempt to reduce their risk of contracting a non-communicable disease (NCD). The company currently has a similar programme at their Montego Bay, St James office, where they invite a personal trainer in. Sutherland said other employees now do their own workout sessions at home, while others have joined the gym.

“We are an active team,” Sutherland said with a smile.

The Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challenge has become increasingly important in light of a 2011 study by the World Bank, titled ‘Public Policy and the Challenge of Chronic Non Communicable Diseases’, which estimated that an individual suffering from any NCD spends approximately one-third of household per capita expenditure on health-care services and the purchase of pharmaceutical drugs.
Jamaica Moves is the country’s coordinated national response to the increased incidences of NCDs such as diabetes, hypertension and certain cancers. Through education, engagement and the building of supportive environments, the programme hopes to reduce NCDs by 25 per cent by the year 2025.

Source: Jamaica Gleaner

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National Journalism Week | Public Lecture and Panel Discussion: “Who’s Watching the Watchdog? Media Regulation in Jamaica & Elsewhere.”

THE PRESS ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA | JAMAICA PEGASUS HOTEL

MEDIA ADVISORY

Telephone: 876.631-6390 or 876.348-1682
Email: pressassociationjamaica@gmail.com

Who: Press Association of Jamaica

What: Public Lecture and Panel Discussion: Who’s Watching the Watchdog? Media Regulation in Jamaica & Elsewhere

Where: Jamaica Pegasus Hotel

When: Monday November 27, 2017 at 6:00pm

Background: This year, activities for National Journalism Week are being held from Sunday November 26, 2017 to Saturday December 2, 2017 under the theme “Media Accountability in the Digital Age.”

In line with that theme on Monday November 27, 2017 at 6 p.m. the PAJ will host a forum at the Jamaica Pegasus with the topic “Who’s Watching the Watchdog? Media Regulation in Jamaica & Elsewhere.” The topic arises from an important conversation being had about holding the media accountable.

The forum will feature Dr. Janet Steele, the Director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at George Washington University in the United States. Her areas of interest include how culture is communicated through the mass media, the role of the press in a democratic society and narrative journalism.

Bringing local perspectives will be Press Association of Jamaica President Dionne Jackson-Miller, Vice-Chairperson of the Media Association of Jamaica Claire Grant, Isabel Viera Bermudez of UNESCO and Director of Communications in the Office of the Prime Minister, Robert Morgan.

The event is open to the public.

Contact: Press Association of Jamaica
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Email: pressassociationjamaica@gmail.com

National Journalism Week | Western Jamaica Forum: “Who’s watching the Watchdog? Media Accountability in Jamaica & Elsewhere.”

THE PRESS ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA – 5 EAST AVENUE, KINGSTON 8 | UWI MONA – WJC

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Who: Press Association of Jamaica/UWI Mona – WJC

What: National Journalism Week Western Jamaica Forum: “Who’s Watching the Watchdog? Media Regulation in Jamaica & Elsewhere.”

Where: Lecture Room – E202 The University of the West Indies – WESTERN JAMAICA CAMPUS

When: Tuesday November 28, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Background: This year, activities for National Journalism Week are being held from Sunday November 28, 2017 to Saturday December 2, 2017 under the theme “Media Accountability in the Digital Age.”

In line with that theme and in concert with the US Embassy, Kingston, the PAJ will host THREE lectures. This year’s topic “Who’s Watching the Watchdog? Media Regulation in Jamaica & Elsewhere” will focus on the very current and topical issue of holding the media accountable. These lectures are being held in Kingston, Montego Bay and Mandeville.

The lecture in Montego Bay is being hosted by the UWI Mona – WESTERN JAMAICA CAMPUS on Tuesday November 28, 2017 at 9.a.m. It will feature Dr. Janet Steele, the Director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at George Washington University in the United States. Her areas of interest include how culture is communicated through the mass media, the role of the press in a democratic society and narrative journalism.

Contact: Press Association of Jamaica
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Christine Ryan – The ambitious beekeeper

By: Kimberley Hibbert

CHRISTINE Ryan could have decided that her painful experiences would hinder her progress in life, but instead, she fought long and hard until her passions became a reality.

Born and raised in St Catherine, Ryan, 39, told All Woman that her parents separated when she was six, and she went to live with her father. It was there that she suffered the misfortune of being molested by a close family member. After being labelled a liar by those whom she actually told, Ryan was afraid to tell her father, so she eventually ran away from home at age 14 and went to live with her older siblings in Newlands, Portmore.

She dropped out of school in third form as she said she lacked confidence and believed no one would understand what she was going through. But instead of sinking into depression, she used her skills to develop a T-shirt line at age 14, and worked at it until age 17 when she had her first child.

She became a producer at KOOL FM in 2001, which saw her being recognised by UNICEF for a programme that she did on children’s rights.

She also came across the Global Institute for Transformation (GIFT) 10 years ago — a cross-denominational ministry which supports the spiritual, material and physical needs of people around the world — where she did a personal development course that helped to align her spirits.

In the midst of working at KOOL, Ryan had to cope again with a mystery illness which she had been battling for a few years, and which became worse at that job. This limited her ability to work. This illness saw her taking 18 medications three times a day, but after meeting physician Dr Clement Williams who adjusted her diet and lifestyle, her symptoms vanished.

She eventually started a natural juice business based on her new lifestyle, but was forced to close owing to competition from the larger players.

Ryan, a mother of three, was now unemployed, and yearning to earn for herself to help her husband contribute to the household.

“I began praying about it, and I met a lady who sold honey on a retail basis. She encouraged me to try my hand at it, but the earnings were thin and there were too many bills to pay. Also, when the bee farmers did not have honey I couldn’t earn,” she said.

But Ryan was undaunted. She managed to save enough to buy her own two boxes of bees which she split into six units, but four were stolen by praedial thieves. She eventually moved her supplies to Hellshire, where ants invaded the hives and killed all her bees.

Others would have given up, but Ryan was made of sterner stuff. She decided to rebuild, and obtained training through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). An experienced beekeeper mentored her in the craft and taught her how to use burnt gas oil to keep away ants, as well as how to breed the queens and reap honey.

Having participated in a beekeeping training programme through RADA, Ryan was recommended to Food For the Poor (FFP) through the St Catherine RADA office in 2013. In 2016 a field investigation was done and she was considered to be eligible for help based on her financial situation, training and experience in beekeeping, and her determination to get involved in beekeeping as a business to take care of her family.

In June 2016, FFP gave her 10 colonies of bees along with tools and equipment to pursue her craft. She has since harvested over six five-gallon buckets of honey and increased the apiary to 13 colonies.

Ryan has been making a wide variety of products under the Pure Natural Mystik brand, using the by-products from her hives to infuse natural herbs like spirulina, guinea-hen weed, moringa and cinnamon in her honey. She also has a line which makes hair and body butters, soaps and oils.

She was also assisted by Kwao and Agape Adams of Yerba Buena Farm in St Mary, who obtain grant funding to bring trainers from abroad to facilitate farmers in product training and development.

This entrepreneur, who home-schools her children, trains other mothers in beekeeping so they can have an option to provide for their children who are also being home-schooled.

Overall, Ryan is passionate about helping people in the trade and getting over hardships as she has done.

She believes that all her trials happened for a reason, and it is now her turn to help others to overcome their difficulties.

Source: Jamaica Observer

Rising Star Winner Akeem “Short Boss” Smith partners with Digicel Foundation to renovate basic school in Portmore

The Reliance Basic School in Braeton, St Catherine is in for a major upgrade, thanks to a partnership between 2017 Digicel Rising Star winner Akeem “Short Boss” Smith and Digicel Foundation. Akeem has chosen the school as his charity of choice to benefit from the Foundation’s donation of J$1.5 million that’s part of his overall winnings in the talent show.

 

“The world is nothing without education,” said Akeem, whose daughter is in her second year at the early childhood institution. “The school is where we start to prepare our young ones to go out into the world. It is so important, not only for our community of Phase Three, Braeton – Portmore, but also for children from outside the area to come here and learn. It means everything to me.”

 

The funds will go towards renovation and expansion of classrooms, building a resource area, setting up a multipurpose room and erecting a perimeter fence. Akeem is elated that he is able to make such a great impact. He shared, “I want the kids from the community to have a more comfortable environment – a ‘home away from home.’ This will really encourage them to learn more.”

 

The school has been serving the community since 1988 and currently has forty-eight pupils on roll. Principal, Judith Royal Gardner welcomed the partnership and commented, “The Reliance Basic School is most grateful for the assistance.” She is especially delighted that the school will have a fence that will provide a safer environment for students. Principal Royal Gardner is hopeful that the planned improvements will help Reliance Basic to obtain certification from the Early Childhood Commission – a goal the administration is working hard to achieve.

Cheque Handover

CEO of the Digicel Foundation, Dane Richardson, said the Foundation is delighted to be partnering with another Rising Star winner this year. “We congratulate Akeem on his win,” Richardson shared. “We are happy to be working with him on this project. Clearly, he is a man with a strong community spirit, and this will be a welcome contribution.”

 

Principal Royal Gardner is optimistic about the future: “This is where everything starts. This is the foundation. We are looking forward to providing much more for our students, thanks to Akeem and the Digicel Foundation.”